Even though three out of four women will have a yeast infection at least once, there are still many myths and misunderstandings about what a yeast infection is and what causes it. Dr. Campbell clears up some common misconceptions about yeast infections and their causes.
- Sex causes yeast infections. You should refrain from having sex while you have a yeast infection because it is possible to transfer the infection through sex, and it is one of the more common ways for a person to get a yeast infection. However, yeast infections are not a form of STD, but a fungal infection caused by Candida. Along with sex, it is also possible to get a yeast infection from leaving your tampon in too long, certain antibiotics, or wearing cotton underwear that fits too tight. Having diabetes or high blood sugar can make you more prone to getting a yeast infection.
- Only women can get yeast infections. It is more common for women to get a yeast infection in their lifetime, but men are capable of getting a yeast infection as well.
- Yeast infections only occur in the vagina. You can get a yeast infection on your feet, in your mouth, under your breasts, or on your breasts–especially for women who are breastfeeding, or on your butt which is most common when the vagina is already infected, and on the penis, especially for men who are uncircumcised.
- Having a yeast infection means a person is unclean. Yeast infections can happen for various reasons and are not indicators of how clean a person is. A lot of things can cause a yeast infection to occur that don’t deal with a person’s cleanliness.
- Diet does not affect a person’s likelihood of getting a yeast infection or ability to cure it. There is no significant scientific research that points to a certain food that can maintain the proper chemical balance, however, having a healthy diet and exercise can help fight off general infections, yeast infections included.
- You can’t cure a yeast infection. It is possible to cure a yeast infection, the best way to do so is to visit your doctor, using over-the-counter medications, and not letting it cure itself. To decrease your likelihood of getting a yeast infection, have a healthy diet and exercise regiment, keep proper sanitation, and wear breathable underwear.
New River Women’s Health wants to empower women to better understand their health and wellness needs. If you are suffering from symptoms of a yeast infection or have questions about what to look for, contact New River Women’s Health for an appointment at 540-605-7566.