- Don’t Wear Panties or Pants That Are Too Tight
Try to avoid wearing jeans, underwear or bathing suits that are too tight for long periods of time. These clothes tend to retain heat and moisture, making it a prime place for yeast infections to occur, according to Dr Christopher Ng, obstetrician and gynaecologist at Gynae MD Women’s & Rejuvenation Clinic.
When showering, clean just your vulva with a gentle soap – your vagina self-cleanses with discharge. Also, avoid douching, which can reduce the pH levels of your vadge, leading to yeast infections.
Fill up on vitamin A-rich soya, tofu and flaxseed to relieve vaginal dryness. Love yogurt? Good – it contains lactobacillus, which could help stave off a urinary tract infection (UTI), says Dr Ng.
This is reportedly one of the best ways to ward off UTI because it helps to flush out bacteria in the urethra.
Go for a Pap smear once you turn 21 or become sexually active (whichever is earlier). Get one every three years until you’re 65, advises Dr Ng.
They absorb vaginal discharge and trap heat down there, increasing your risk of a yeast infection.
Get him to change condoms when switching from oral to vaginal sex, so you don’t introduce bacteria into your privates.
Text: Lee Xin Hui, HerWorldPlus Additional Reporting: Atika Lim
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