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Yeast Infections: Prevention Is The Best Cure

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Yeast infections are one of the most common (and annoying) problems to get “down there.” But what many people don't know is that yeast is actually already part of the vagina's natural environment, part of the balance that keeps your vagina healthy. Yeast infections happen when there is an “overgrowth” of this beneficial organism, called Candida albicans. This can occur when something upsets the balance of yeast in your body; this can be caused by antibiotics, hormone imbalances, a compromised immune system, or even just stress.

You probably already know the symptoms of a yeast infection and they're not at all pleasant. Itching, burning, redness, swelling, clumpy discharge, and painful intercourse are all signs that candida albicans is throwing a big old party in your ladyparts. It's important to get a yeast infection in the genital area treated because you can pass it on to sexual partners. Untreated yeast infections can also weaken your immune system and make it harder to get pregnant.  Yeast infections can also occur in the mouth (which is called thrush) and on rare occasions, they can enter your bloodstream and make you very sick.

Why not prevent a yeast infection before it begins rather than treat it once you're feeling the burn? It's said that yeast infections can be prevented by taking probiotics to both treat an overgrowth of yeast in your system and prevent more candida from growing. Diet and home remedies are also options for women who would like to both prevent and treat yeast infections.  For more information on prevention and treatment visit curemyyeastinfections.com.

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