Vaginal Infections (cont.)
Vaginal Infection Prevention
- The best ways to prevent bacterial vaginosis are not known. However, enough
is known to show that bacterial vaginosis is associated with having a new sex partner or having
multiple sex partners. It is seldom found in women who have never had
intercourse. Basic prevention would include using condoms, limiting the number
of sex partners, abstaining from douching, and using all the medicine prescribed
for treatment of bacterial vaginosis, even if the symptoms go away.
- Vaginal yeast infections can be easily prevented in most cases.
- Keep your vaginal area dry, especially after a shower.
- Wipe from front to rear after using the toilet.
- Switch to looser-fitting cotton underwear.
- Change wet bathing suits after a swim.
- Avoid tight-fitting jeans or pantyhose.
- Pregnant women should see their doctor immediately if they are experiencing
- Avoid chemical irritants in deodorized tampons. Do not use douches or
feminine hygiene products. Regular bathing is usually adequate to cleanse the
- Trichomoniasis can be prevented. If you are diagnosed with a trichomonal
infection, your sex partner should also be checked. He or she may have other
sexually transmitted diseases and also may re-infect you if not treated. Safe
sex with condoms and counseling about sexually transmitted diseases may help
decrease the rates of infection and reinfection.
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