Q: Anything I can do to prevent getting a vaginal infection?

Some habits definitely up your odds. Here are three healthy moves to help keep you healthy:

Don’t douche. You may have heard this before, but your vagina is self-cleaning, so there’s no need to ever douche. Doing so can actually disrupt the natural harmony of your vaginal flora and put you at risk for another unpleasant infection.

Wear all-cotton undies. The all-cotton kind lets the air flow better than synthetics and keep moisture (which breeds bacteria) to a minimum. If you’re prone to BV or yeast infections, it’s also wise to swear off thongs.

Sleep commando. Forgoing panties at night helps air out your vagina, making it harder for bacteria to multiply and set up shop.

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