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How to clean properly after sex to avoid yeast infections?

By Anonymous October 14, 2014 - 10:47pm
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So I keep getting yeast infections and they will go away after I take medication, but then I will get another after intercourse. I never got a yeast infection until I had sex. My boyfriend nor I have any sti's and the gyno has confirmed yeast infections. If I have one now, it is probably my 5th one since July (it's October). I have tried lube, no lube, condoms, no condoms, cleaning in the shower after, peeing, wiping, and ph balance wipes, along with a combo of a few. Some prevent longer than others, but I keep getting reoccurring infections. I am going to try to see a gyno again, but last time my gyno said it wasn't from sex. However I never got these before I had sex. What can I do to stop getting yeast infections, or what am I doing wrong. Please help I am desperate and I feel like I have no control over my body. -19 years old

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern about frequent and recurring yeast infections.

The fungus that causes a vaginal yeast infection can spread through oral-genital contact. Since you experience frequent recurrent infection. you may need a longer course of therapy and a maintenance plan. This is definitely something you need to discuss with your gynecologist.

Some women report success in preventing vaginal yeast infection with lactobacillus containing yogurt.

Tips with personal hygiene: Keep your vaginal area clean, use mild, unscented soap and water and rinse well. Don't douche or use deodorant tampons or feminine sprays, powders, or perfumes. These items can change the normal balance of organisms in your vagina.

After using the toilet, wipe from front to back to avoid spreading yeast or bacteria from your anus to the vagina or urinary tract.

Wear cotton underwear that helps keep your genital area dry and doesn't hold in warmth and moisture. Avoid tight-fitting clothing, such as panty hose, and tight-fitting jeans, which can increase body heat and moisture in your genital area.

I hope this helps,

October 15, 2014 - 8:29am
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