Can a woman get a vaginal yeast infection from using the mikveh? If so, what steps must be taken to prevent this from happening?
We are posting about this issues since we have received this question many times, though the answer is not definitive.
The vaginal area contains a natural system of checks and balances between yeast and good bacteria. When the good bacteria decreases, a fungus called candida can increase and this causes a yeast infection (called Candidiasis). This imbalance and the rise of candida is often due to the use of antibiotics or other medical issues. Generally, yeast infections are not transferred from one person to another, but rather are caused by internal changes in the flora.
However, we have received reports from women that infections are more common when they go to certain mikvaot than others.
So can the mikveh cause an imbalance and therefore lead to a yeast infection?[Read more…]
We are elated to share with you an immense accomplishment which we are proud to be a part of! For the past 6 years The Eden Center has played a leading role in promoting the importance of mikveh attendants receiving training in a broad range of topics concerning women’s health, well-being, communication and sensitivity skills. We have worked hard to provide professional development for attendants, slowly reshaping the focus to include issues of mental, physical and emotional health, and how the mikveh can become a more supportive space for every woman.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs recently released updated regulations for the training and hiring of new mikveh attendants employed by the State of Israel. We are thrilled to share that these new criteria adopted our recommendations in full and made women’s health and crisis topics a mandated part of the training for all future mikveh attendants in Israel, thus changing the very definition of what it means to be a mikveh attendant!
We celebrate this accomplishment together with you and thank you for your continued support. You are our partners in bringing about this revolutionary change and we look forward to continuing this work together!