Several factors increase susceptibility to yeast infections, particularly pregnancy, prolonged antibiotic use and perhaps birth control pills (still being debated). During pregnancy, vaginal yeasts increase because of decreased vaginal acidity and a higher output of female hormones (which raise glycogen [carbohydrate] levels) favoring candidal growth. Poor ventilation in the genital area may exacerbate or perpetuate (but not cause) yeast infections.
Tight underwear or jeans may trap the infection against the vulva. Other predisposing factors include: menopausal thinning of the vaginal wall, diabetes, cuts or abrasions in the genital area, poor hygiene (soiled underwear and transfer of fecal yeasts) and douching. Dietary sugar and a defect in milk sugar (lactose) metabolism may predispose some women to yeast infections. For them, eliminating dairy products from the diet and cutting down on sugar may help to curb candidiasis.
While there is no proof that diet alters susceptibility to vaginitis, abnormal carbohydrate metabolism (as in diabetes) can increase the sugar content of vaginal secretions. Since yeasts feed on sugar, conditions that raise vaginal glucose levels could promote their growth.
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