During pregnancy, your body goes through drastic hormonal changes. These can sometimes make your vagina prone to infection. Some of the infections you can develop include bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, group B strep, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. To prevent these infections, practice good hygiene and get tested regularly along with your partner.
Yeast infections are fairly common. Consuming yogurt and garlic, using a garlic vaginal suppository, cleaning affected parts with a diluted tea tree wash, applying clove oil, and using a mix of water and goldenseal as a mouth or skin wash can be helpful. You may avoid infection by keeping skin clean and dry, not using tight underwear in nonbreathable fabric, brushing twice a day, and flossing.
If you aren't sexually active, it's not genital herpes. Genital herpes spreads via sex with someone who has herpes. It causes blisters and sores around the genital area, sometimes along with flu-like symptoms during the first outbreak. Yeast infection by a fungus called candida causes itchiness but no sores and an odorless, cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge. Genital herpes causes a watery and smelly vaginal discharge.
Vaginal infections could be caused due to bacteria, fungi, parasites, or viruses. Antibiotics, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, and stress can trigger yeast infections. Pregnancy, douching, and intrauterine devices might cause bacterial infections. Sexual intercourse might pass on viral and parasitic infections. Symptoms of these infections include itching, burning, and pain during sex. Tea tree oil, garlic, yogurt, fenugreek seeds, neem, and coconut oil can relieve symptoms.
- Include yogurt (homemade) and soured products in your diet. - You might try douching with two capsules of Kyolic (garlic) or with the juice of fresh garlic and water. - Keep the vagina clean and dry. - Apple cider vinegar is preferable to an over-the-counter product when douching. - Cotton underwear may be preferable because it allows for free circulation of air.
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