Preventing vaginitis may be as simple as changing a few habits related to your hygiene, lifestyle, or clothing. Follow the tips below and see your health care provider if you suspect vaginitis again.
Avoid using douches (unless recommended by your health care provider), vaginal sprays, scented toilet paper, or scented tampons. They contain chemicals that can irritate your vagina.
Wash your vulva (outer vaginal area) thoroughly every day and keep it as dry as possible to guard against bacterial growth.
Wipe from front to back after a bowel movement. This prevents spreading bacteria from your anus to your vagina.
Change tampons frequently during your period to allow the flow of normal vaginal discharge.
Limit your number of sexual partners and use latex condoms to reduce your risk of infection.
Get enough rest and sleep to help keep your resistance to infection high.
Lose weight if you're very heavy. Obesity can promote infection by preventing air circulation around your vagina.
Exercise regularly to reduce stress and strengthen your body's resistance to infection.
Don't sit around in wet clothes, since yeast thrive in a warm, damp environment.
Avoid wearing tight pants or pantyhose without a cotton crotch, since they trap warmth and moisture.
Wear cotton underwear to allow good air circulation around your vagina.
Publication Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Publication Source: Planned Parenthood Association
Online Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Online Source: Planned Parenthood Association
Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00
Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00
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