Like other sexual health issues, yeast infections can be sort of a tough topic to approach. But they shouldn’t be so taboo when you consider how common they are. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75% of women will experience at least one during their life. And men can get them as well, which may lead to an uncomfortable inflammation called balanitis. Basically, the infection happens when Candida yeast, which is always present on your body, starts to multiply too rapidly.
Because symptoms can closely mimic those of other genital infections, it’s important to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis before trying any over-the-counter medications. Symptoms in women include genital itching, burning, and sometimes an unpleasant discharge. Symptoms for men include an itchy rash in the genital area.
While most women know sitting around in a wet bathing suit all day can lead to a yeast infection or that sex with a certain partner can lead to complications, there are precautions women, and men, can take to ensure a lower risk of catching an infection. Here are five tips for preventing a yeast infection.