Am I Normal 'Down There'?

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I’ve had several yeast infections recently. Is my diet to blame?

A food trigger might sound reasonable, but this down-there issue has no connection to your meal choices. If you’re having sex with the same partner, there are other factors to consider.

Too-tight or noncotton underwear can create a breeding ground for yeast, as can harsh cleansers. (Try a mild, pH-neutral soap like Dove.) And some medications, including antibiotics and birth control pills, can disrupt the balance of bacteria. Talk to your doctor about other alternatives or look for a probiotic to help counteract the antibiotics.

A note about over-the-counter yeast-infection treatments: Studies show that a seven-day course may be more effective than a three-day. Whatever you choose, see a doc if the infection keeps coming back.

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