Yeast infections are not a girl’s best friend. With symptoms like vaginal itching, burning and discharge, they are the absolute worst. To understand why we are burdened with the occasional bout of a yeast infection symptoms, let’s look at what a yeast infection is and its triggers.
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Similar to your gut, your vaginal microbiome is home to different types of good bacteria. When your vagina is healthy, a natural number of good bacteria (Lactobacillus) and yeast cells (Candida) thrive together in harmony, helping to balance your vaginal pH. When an imbalance between the good bacteria and yeast cells occur, things go a little sideways.
When your vaginal balance is affected, there is ample opportunity for Candida to start to grow… and grow… and grow! This overgrowth of yeast is what we call a yeast infection. When the overgrowth becomes too much, you start to experience vaginal burning, itching and discharge. It can be uncomfortable and at times unsightly. The best way to reduce your chances of yeast infection symptoms is to know some common stressors that affect the balance of your vaginal microbiome:
Common stressors include:
- Lack of Sleep
- Poor eating habits
- Non-breathable fabrics
- Heavily scented soaps and intimate products
As mentioned earlier, an imbalance of good bacteria can lead to a yeast infection. Stress and lack of sleep can also contribute to throwing your body’s natural chemistry off-balance. A diet high in sugar and carbs feeds Candida which can lead to overgrowth. Yeast also LOVE a warm moist environment. So, it’s important to wear breathable fabrics, like cotton. And don’t forget—avoid using heavily scented soaps and intimate washes as they can disrupt your vaginal pH.
Knowing these triggers is key to a healthier and happier vagina which in turn, means a healthier and happier you.