These steps can help prevent vaginitis:
- Women who often get yeast infections may want to avoid clothes that hold in heat and moisture, such as pantyhose without a cotton lining, nylon panties, or tight jeans.
- Do not douche or use vaginal sprays because they can kill "good" bacteria or cause irritation.
- Practicing safe sex can help protect against sexually transmitted forms of vaginitis. Limiting the number of sex partners and using condoms are examples of safe sex.1
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Self-study STD module—vaginitis. Retrieved March 23, 2012, from http://www2a.cdc.gov/STDTraining/Self-Study/vaginitis/ [top]