Sports Medicine
A Crucial Period
Good Pain, Bad Pain
On Your Knees
Secondary Injuries
Imaging Technology
What's Sciatica?
The Female Athlete
Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
Twisted (Ankle)
What's Goin' On?
Think Inches, Not Pounds
Preventing Vaginitis
That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
Exercise & Arthritis
Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
Exercise and Your Breasts
Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
Exercise Abuse
Pelvis Sighting
Hand Aid
It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
Post Partum Prescription
Weight Loss Mystery
Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
Biking and Back Pain
Swimmer's Shoulder
A Hidden Athlete
Avoiding Osteoporosis
Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
Headway Against Headaches
Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
Hoop Help
Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
Personal Bests
Air Pollution
Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

Preventing Vaginitis


When the pH or bacteria are disrupted for some reason, the fungus is able to proliferate. The natural environment of the vagina may be disturbed by antibiotics, birth control pills, pregnancy diabetes, douching or sexual activity.

Athletic women may be prone to yeast infection because of the hours they spend training in workout clothes that retain moisture and don't allow the pubic area to dry out.


You can take several precautions to reduce your chance of getting vaginitis. Wear cotton undergarments and polypropylene workout clothes that "breathe" and wick away moisture. Use a hair dryer on a cool setting to dry the pubic area after a workout. Sleep in cotton pajamas or no underwear to allow air to circulate at night.

To avoid introducing bacteria and Candida into the vaginal area, wipe from front to back when using the toilet. If you use a diaphragm, make sure it is clean and properly dried. Using condoms reduces your risk of vaginitis and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Acidifying the vagina weekly with an applicator full of slightly acidic sterile vaginal jelly (Aci-jel) may discourage the growth of Candida if you are susceptible to it.

Douching is not recommended because it does not acidify the vagina and may introduce infection. If you have a recurring chronic infection, you may be reinfected by an asymptomatic sexual partner. You may both need to be treated.

A recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine confirmed that eating yogurt may provide some relief from chronic yeast infections. The women in the study benefited from a daily 8-ounce serving containing Lactobacillis acidophilus bacteria.

Using yogurt vaginally to cut down on yeast infections is a messy proposition and actually not that effective. Yogurt can also introduce other infections since it is not sterile.

Should you use over-the-counter remedies to cure your yeast infection?

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Foreword: Billie Jean King

Comments by Barb Harris
Editor in Chief,
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