Cause of Yeast Infections

By: gwinmill
Yeast infections are a very common and most women, about 70% of them, will get an infection at least once in their lifetimes. And some of these women will get recurring infections. To help prevent and cure this though, the first thing that should be known is, what is the cause of yeast infection?

Well, to begin with it should be stated that there is no one cause of yeast infection, there are many and they run the gamut from simple stress in life to hormonal changes to transference through sexual intercourse.

And since there is no actual one cause of yeast infection that can be pinpointed and isolated to avoid getting an infection, it's best if you can be aware of most of them. In the long run this can help you to avoid getting a yeast infection.

One of cause of infection is if you take antibiotics. This includes, the overuse of antibiotics, and even normal usage of antibiotics. In brief, antibiotics are taken to kill off any bad bacteria in your body.

Sometimes however it can also kill off some of the good bacteria thereby causing an imbalance in your body and promoting the growth of yeast producing bacteria.

Another cause of yeast infection occurs due to stress. A stressful lifestyle can and will change your hormones around and this can sometimes result in a yeast infection.

This same hormonal change is a prime factor in the cause of yeast infection of pregnant or lactating women, and women who are menopausal. The same applies before and after menstruation cycles as this also promotes a significant hormonal upheaval.

For men, the most common cause of yeast infection is through sexual intercourse with a woman affected with a yeast infection. This includes oral sex as well as vaginal sex.

Other factors that can be a major cause of infection in women include the use of douches, scented feminine hygiene products, feminine sprays, and the regular use of spermicides.

The use of any or all of these will imbalance the delicate balance of the vagina and can bring about an onset of yeast infection.

Another cause of infection that is largely overlooked is clothing. This includes the use of such items as pantyhose, tight jeans and synthetic fiber underwear. Tight fitting clothes such as jeans won't allow the vagina to breathe, and articles of clothing made from man made fibers will also do the same thing.
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