Antibiotics are a leading cause of yeast infections in women, and the reason for this is that while the antibiotics work to kill the bacteria in your body to treat the illness that you have (sinus infection, bronchitis, etc), the antibiotic will also kill the good bacteria that we have in our bodies naturally to keep our vaginal pH in check, and a yeast infection is a nasty result of having to take antibiotics. However, you can help keep yeast infections at bay while taking antibiotics in a few simple ways.
Drinking lots of water while taking antibiotics is a given. Since many antibiotics are dehydrating and cause “dry mouth” as a rule, consuming lots of water daily while on antibiotics helps keep the body comfortable, and helps flush out the bacteria in the uterus and the bladder more effectively. While the antibiotics are killing off the bacteria in our bodies that prevent infection, drinking water can flush our excess bacteria and help us keep our pH in check.
Wear loose fitting underwear, and avoid wearing tampons if you are on your period while taking antibiotics. Change your sanitary pad often, to avoid irritating the vagina and allow bacteria to breed and lead to a yeast infection. Keep the vaginal area dry as much as possible with cotton underwear, and shower or bathe daily to help keep the vaginal area clean. With the good bacteria being temporarily compromised, you don’t want to give your body reason to rebel against you by having sweat, moisture, and filth create a lovely breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to a yeast infection.
Towel dry thoroughly, or use a blow dryer on a low heat to make sure the anal and vaginal areas are dry prior to getting dressed. A cool setting is best, but on warm about 12 inches away from your body will dry you right up.
Moisture is a favored breeding ground for bacteria.
Avoid antibacterial soaps and harsh chemicals in your clothing, like washing detergents and even dryer sheets, to avoid irritating your lady parts. Wash with warm water only, and avoid douching or scented products on your underwear or skin. Make sure to keep body lotion that is scented away from your vaginal area (inner thighs, lower stomach, etc) to keep your vaginal area from being irritated.
If it won’t interfere with the effectiveness of your antibiotics, start drinking cranberry juice often as soon as you begin taking antibiotics. Cranberry juice helps keep bad bacteria from sticking inside your uterus and bladder, and helps the excess bacteria flush out of your body more successfully. Continue to drink lots of cranberry juice and water for a week after stopping antibiotics, as they can remain in the body for a long time after stopping use.
I have never had an antibiotic compromised via drinking cranberry juice.
Take your Vitamin C. Increasing your Vitamin C intake while on antibiotics (be careful to take the vitamin 8 hours before you take your antibiotics or 4 hours after taking them to prevent the vitamin from affecting the antibiotic’s effectiveness) to help boost your immunity and prevent against a possible yeast infection. This boosts your overall immunity while you heal, so long as you take your vitamins properly.
If you have concerns about getting a yeast infection while on antibiotics, talk to your doctor about what you can do to prevent a yeast infection while you are on antibiotics in general. My doctor approved the intake of Vitamin C and cranberry juice, and lots and lots of water, to help me keep from getting yeast infections while I am on antibiotics, and your doctor may recommend the same for you.
personal prevention while on antibiotics from advice from my doctor