When people talk about yeast infections they usually mean the ones that cause vaginitis. This can have causes other than yeast, which is also known as Candida, but yeast is very common. The majority of women will experience it at some point in their lives. While not serious, it is an unpleasant condition better avoided.
Like other organisms, Candida is usually present in the body to some extent and not a problem. But under certain conditions it can increase to the point of causing unpleasant symptoms. In some cases the cause for this increase can be managed and the symptoms perhaps avoided. Some conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, and AIDS, will contribute to the chances of Candida growth.
The growth of excessive Candida can be caused by a fluctuation of hormone amounts the body contains. Taking oral contraceptives or pills to replace hormones no longer produced by the body can be the source of this fluctuation. When a woman is pregnant or goes through menopause the fluctuation of her hormones naturally happens.
Though taking antibiotics is sometimes necessary for other illnesses, they can have the unwanted side effect of enhancing Candida growth. This is because the bacteria that minimize the presence of Candida are killed by the drug. Eating yogurt can counteract this effect by replacing the good bacteria.
Candida levels tend to increase in a moist area, and wearing tight clothing will enhance moisture retention. Snug underwear of synthetic fibers also contributes to the problem. Clothing with a looser fit and made of natural fabric will minimize the moisture that Candida needs to grow.
Being knowledgeable about the conditions in which yeast infections tend to grow is important. Of course, not all factors are controllable. But managing the ones that can be managed is a significant step towards freedom from this undesirable affliction.