Your vaginal ecosystem normally includes both healthy bacteria and some natural unhealthy bacteria (both known as flora). Vaginal infections happen when there is an overgrowth of the unhealthy bacteria. This imbalance can lead to vaginal infections and repeat vaginal infections like yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.
What Can Disrupt the Balance?
- Taking oral antibiotics to treat an unrelated condition
- Using anti-fungals – found in traditional yeast infection medication
- Hormonal changes
- Stress or fatigue
- Birth control pills
- Wearing wet or moist clothing, such as bathing suits, for long periods of time