Understanding Yeast Infections
September 24, 2012 | By Thomas Ehrman

Many people think only women get yeast infections, and that they are mainly caused by poor hygiene. That is not true. Men also get yeast infections, and most causes are from unnatural substances.

Common causes include:

  • Antibiotics - kill beneficial bacteria, along with bad bacteria.
  • Clothing - Non-cotton, tight bottoms don't allow you to breathe and trap in heat and moisture. Sleeping without underwear on is recommended.
  • Chemicals – Inks, dyes and perfumes can upset your natural balance. Stay away from colored panties, douches and anything perfumed or scented such as laundry detergent, fabric softeners, certain toilet papers, tampons, sanitary pads, body soaps and feminine deodorant sprays. The unscented, unbleached brands are gentler.
  • Condoms – Many brands contain spermicidal lubricants with nonoxynol-9, which has been found to cause yeast infections in some people. Other people may be allergic to latex which can also lead to a yeast infection. There are alternative condoms you can use.
  • Hormones – Birth control and steroids have been linked to yeast infections. A pregnant woman's naturally elevated level of hormones commonly lead to yeast infections also.
  • Compromised immune system
  • Diabetes

Most women don't like to talk about their struggle with yeast infections or other vaginal issues, but it's important to realize that these can be indicators of other health issues. Don't be embarrassed to speak with your doctor if you think your infections could have underlying causes.

How Yeast Infections Work

People tend to think of fungus as something that can attack their bread if it is left on the counter too long or something that can grow in dark, moist corners of their basement. Many people fail to realize that fungus is also a natural part of the human body.

Yeast is a type of fungus that grows in warm, moist parts of the human body, including the genitals. Although the yeast, called Candida or Candida Albicans, is there all the time, certain issues, as mentioned above, can cause it to grow uncontrollably, creating yeast infections. When this happens, most people will start to notice significant yeast infection symptoms.

Yeast Infection Symptoms To Watch For

Although women are more susceptible to yeast infections, men can also develop them. These infections have nothing to do with gender or sexual activity. They are a result of a bacterial imbalance or other health issues.

If you'd like to be able to spot yeast infection symptoms before they get out of control, here are some things to look for:

  • Tender or burning feelings in the genital region
  • Soreness around the vagina
  • Pain or burning during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Genital discharge that is thick and white with a cottage cheese-like texture

Since each person's body is different, it's important to verify these yeast infection symptoms with a doctor before seeking a yeast infection remedy. Some yeast infection symptoms can be confused with symptoms from other health issues.

Natural Options For Yeast Infection Remedies

There are plenty of over-the-counter and prescription drug treatments that you can use for reducing yeast infection symptoms. However, these medicines can be costly and often ineffective. They might alleviate symptoms, but they don't fix the problem that keeps the infections coming back.

If after changing the common causes listed at the beginning of this article, you still experience yeast infections, you may want to try probiotics. Probiotics, good bacteria, can help restore and maintain beneficial bacteria levels for better vaginal and urinary tract health.*

The content material of this article or webpage is for educational and consumer information purposes only, under section 5 of DSHEA.

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