If you think that wearing tampons on your periods causes yeast infections, then let us tell you that it’s not true. Tampons DO NOT cause yeast infections directly. The causes of these infections are entirely different than you think. To help you understand how this infection is caused and its symptoms, let’s first quickly look at what this infection is and its symptoms.
What is Yeast Infection?
A vaginal yeast infection is basically an infection caused due to fungi that lead to irritation, itching in the vagina & vulva, and unusual discharge. It is quite common to get this infection post-period among some women. This infection is also known as vaginal candidiasis or fungal infection that affects the tissues around the vagina and vulva.
Causes of Yeast Infection
Something that most women don’t know is that your vagina already contains bacteria which is known as Lactobacillus. Along with this, your vagina also has Candida fungi.
Lactobacillus bacterias work to keep your vagina healthy and clean. Remember those articles that say vagina self-cleanses itself? It is due to the presence of this bacteria. It also keeps the growth of Candida fungi in check.
However, when this bacteria is harmed or killed due to anything, the fungi start growing uncontrollably. And when this fungus starts growing out of control, it leads to yeast infection.
For instance, antibiotics are known to kill these healthy bacteria in your vagina, leading to yeast infections.
Apart from antibiotics, the following conditions can also cause yeast infection:
- Hormonal Imbalance ( which is common during pregnancy)
- High Blood Pressure
- Increased Stress Levels
- Using feminine hygiene products with fragrance
- Having intercourse with a partner that already has yeast infection
- Not changing your tampons or pads in short intervals
- Wearing snug underpants
Symptoms of Yeast Infection
- Intense itching in vagina and vulva
- Rashes, swelling and redness of the vulva
- Soreness and pain in the vagina
- Burning sensation while peeing or during intercourse
- Thick, white, odourless vaginal discharge
Treatment for Yeast Infection
You can ask for over-the-counter antifungal medicines at your local pharmacy or contact a doctor if you have severe burning sensations to treat it. Yeast infections are pretty common and can be treated fully within 3-5 days. However, if you get yeast infections frequently, it is advisable to talk to your gynecologist.
Can I Use a Tampon With a Yeast Infection?
Yes, you can use a tampon with the infection but it is suggested not to as it can irritate the tissues around your vagina more. But in case you end up using it make sure to change it frequently.
Are Tampons Safe to Use?
Yes, Tampons are entirely safe to use and do not cause infections directly. However, not changing tampons or pads or a cup frequently can lead to such conditions. Apart from this, please pay attention to the ingredients list given on such products to ensure their safety. Some of these tampons or pads are heavily scented, which can harm the bacteria. Also, avoid using any pads with synthetic fibers to prevent infections.
To summarize, we can say that tampons do not cause yeast infections but not changing them frequently can lead to it. As a part of personal hygiene, see to it that you change your tampon or pad every 4 to 6 hours because such unchanged sanitary products can become a breeding ground for fungi which causes yeast infection.