10 Lifestyle Choices That Might Cause Yeast Infection

The cause of yeast infection is an overgrowth of Candida albicans or occasionally Candida glabrata.

There are other yeasts in this family but rarely are C tropicalis, C parapsilosis, C krusei or one of the other Candida species the cause of yeast infection. Candida albicans is a fungi (yeasts are fungi) and it normally lives in our gastrointestinal tract, our mouth, and vagina in harmony with the bacteria that also live in those places.

The presence of the bacteria competing for both food and space keeps the Candida albicans in check. So - Candida is supposed to be present but just be a bit player in the grand scheme of things, not the star!

Yeast infection causes an awful lot of unhappiness - the Mayo Clinic estimates that 3 out of every 4 women will have an infection in their lifetime. Here's a link to check for yeast infection symptoms.


Lifestyle choices can be a cause of yeast infection

A number of things, whilst not actually causing the infection, definitely increase a woman's chances of developing this complaint.

she hopes it isn't yeast infection

Here's 10 lifestyle choices that can trigger an outbreak.

  1. uncontrolled diabetes

  2. taking birth control pills

  3. using vaginal contraceptives

  4. menopause

  5. pregnancy

  6. taking antibiotics

  7. taking steroids

  8. feminine hygiene products

  9. tight fitting clothing around genital area

  10. sexual partner with a yeast infection

Remember, none of those things listed above actually GIVE you yeast infection but they can all predispose you towards it. It's possible that if you have a slight increase in yeast cells - but nothing that the vaginal bacteria couldn't have handled - and then you factor in a few of the above - hey presto - you've got a yeast infection.


Things that look a bit like yeast but ain't

Yeast infection is just one of the possible causes for vaginitis so that if you have what you believe is a yeast infection but it keeps coming back, you really should look at some of the other possible causes that produce symptoms similar to yeast infection.

Bacterial vaginosis is always a possiblity. So is cytolytic vaginosis. Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite and can also be confused with yeast infection.

Probiotic Choices For Yeast



Mayo Clinic

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases