Recurring Infection

Recurring infection is a problem experienced by many women, and can stem from a number of contributing factors – especially hygiene, sex, and diet.

Yeast & Yeast Infections
Yeast is always present in the vaginal canal, but should only be present in small amounts. A vaginal environment that is balanced is equipped to ward off yeast growth, however, when the vaginal ecosystem is even slightly out of balance yeast growth will be excessive and cause infection. This is because yeast thrives in warm, moist environments. While it may not be largely advised against, vendors who offer vaginal steaming products and services should be clear with their customers about when steaming can be performed. The heat and moisture from vaginal steaming is actually harmful if performed while a woman has a yeast infection, so it is important to keep that in mind when considering this particular wellness practice. Recurring and persistent yeast infections are often diet-based in nature, and typically the result of an overgrowth of yeast in the gut. A naturopath can determine whether or not this overgrowth is present.

Bacterial Vaginitis (BV)
Bacterial vaginitis and trichomoniasis are both characterized by abnormal discharge and a “fishy” odor – so it is always important to be evaluated by a medical professional to determine which infection is causing these symptoms. Recurring bacterial infections can stem from poor hygiene, underwear material, and/or underwear that “rides up”. The vagina and anus are extremely close in proximity to one another, which makes it easy for bacteria to move – or be moved – from one area to the next. While many women enjoy being pleasured orally (vaginal & anal) that act, as well as switching in between vaginal and anal intercourse, can contribute to bacterial infections as well. When it comes to vaginitis, a “long period” or extensive bleeding over time, can also contribute to infection. A prolonged menstrual cycle effectively diminishes the good bacteria present in the vagina, leaving the vaginal ecosystem weak and susceptible to infection after the menses has finally ended.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
While lack of water consumption can contribute to a UTI, recurring UTIs can often be attributed to sexual intercourse during times in which inflammation (vaginitis) is present inside of the vaginal canal. The heat and friction associated with intercourse tends to cause bacteria to multiply exponentially throughout the course of the sex act; penetration pushes that bacteria further up inside of the woman – causing the bacteria to populate in the urinary tract.


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