What can I do to protect myself from a vaginal yeast infection?

There are several things you can do to protect yourself from yeast infections. Most of them have to do with keeping the vaginal area drier.

  • Wear underpants and pantyhose with a cotton crotch (wearing a pantiliner daily can also help keep you drier)
  • Wear loose-fitting bottoms (shorts or pants) when you exercise, rather than tight fitting clothing
  • Avoid wearing wet bathing suits or exercise clothing for long periods of time, and wash them after each use
  • Don't use douches that can irritate the vagina