Yes, Your Tight Yoga Pants Could Be Causing Your Yeast Infection

We’ve all been there. A surprise yeast infection catches us off guard and takes us out for a few weeks. Trying to remember what could have possibly caused it is irritating and difficult. You rule out sex, pregnancy, and a weakened immune system. What could it be? Surprisingly, the tightness of your clothes could be the issue. Although it feels good to do all day and wear all day, it could be causing you to get a yeast infection. There are actually a lot of health risks associated with wearing yoga gear all the time. You can even get an outbreak of spots or a rash. We’ve outlined some of the basics and the best way to avoid getting one. Keep reading for more!

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What Is a Yeast Infection?

According to the Mayo Clinic, a vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge, and intense itchiness of the vagina and the vulva, the tissues of the vaginal opening. It is also vaginal candidiasis by name. This infection affects up to 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lifetimes (that is a little frightening but absolutely normal). You can usually treat this with a medication you take for a few days.

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How to Prevent This Issue

Some of the causes of a yeast infection actually can come from a variety of factors. It could come from douching, which removes some of the normal bacteria in the vagina that actually protects you from getting an infection, scented feminine products, hot tubs and very, very hot baths, unnecessary antibiotic use, staying in wet clothes like swimsuits for a long period of time, and tight-fitting yoga pants. It would help to avoid these if you want to avoid a yeast infection. The best tip we can give you to avoid a yeast infection from yoga pants is to go commando. Yes, that’s right!

 

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