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Could Some Of Your Favorite Products Be Causing Your Vaginal Irritation And Yeast Infections? Unfortunately, The Answer Is Yes

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While there's nothing inherently wrong with buying certain products on sale or trying new ones when they first hit the market, if you're a female with sensitive parts, you may be forced to shop with less abandon and more caution, unfortunately. That pretty bottle of bubble bath adorning your sparkling sink, among other products, could actually cause all sorts of symptoms you'd really rather avoid.

The Products That May Be Creating Problems

While each woman has her own sensitivity range and reasons, there are many products and ingredients that are more apt to aggravate than others. If you're extra sensitive or experience frequent infections, keep a running cause-and-effect list of things that bother you, along with exercising caution when buying or using products already known to potentially wreak havoc on a woman's body:

  • Anything scented, including toilet paper, pads, and tampons.
  • Laundry detergents.
  • Douches, lubricants, and other personal products.
  • Bubble bath, bath bombs, and other relaxation aids.
  • Underwear made of anything other than cotton, especially if they're lacy, tight, or thong-style.
  • Ill-fitting pants, even the popular yoga pants, that simply don't allow the body to breathe.

Even organic and other natural ingredients may present problems for you; thus, it's good to experiment in moderation and take a wait-and-see approach, rather than go all in when trying something you've never used before. 

Other Common Causes Of Yeast Infections And Irritation

Besides some of your favorite products, a slew of other issues can leave you feeling itchy or even in pain, along with experiencing discharge and other unpleasant symptoms:

  • Urinary tract infections, accompanied by painful urination, burning, odors, and physical discomfort.
  • Antibiotic prescriptions, which often produce odd and itchy rashes.
  • Hormones, either in the form of birth control, replacement therapy, or natural events like menopause and giving birth.
  • Remaining in a wet bathing suit or clothing for too long, too often.
  • Underlying medical conditions, like diabetes and sexually-transmitted diseases, among other things.

Sometimes, it may feel like everything in your life, including stress, humidity, and weight gain are working against your having a healthy, inconspicuous vagina, and that's the time to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.

Talking To Your OB/GYN

Any problems involving your vaginal region should be reported to your OB doctor; however, it's important for you to rule out new products that may be culpable. For example, if you're feeling insanely itchy, and have recently switched detergents, try switching back to your usual brand and see if that eliminates the symptoms.

Additionally, especially if you're prone to yeast infections, it might be a good idea to ask your OB/GYN for a list of the "usual suspects" (common contributors to yeast infections), so you have a list of products to avoid buying in the first place. Not only do you risk repeated infections and the accompanying misery, but you're also flushing your money down the toilet.

Once you know what causes vaginal symptoms and infections for you, be extra careful about the products you use. As tempting as the price and packaging may be, you're better off sticking to the known variables that don't cause you problems and following the advice of your OB/GYN, always.