Treating Yeast Infections Naturally

Let’s get this out of the way first: Even though there are numerous natural home remedies and over-the-counter treatments for yeast infections, treatment without the proper diagnosis is dangerous - and a waste of time and money.

So see a doctor first, especially if you answer yes to any of the following:

  • This is your first supposed yeast infection (“supposed” because if you’ve never had them, then you cannot know for sure if that is your condition)

  • If you are pregnant, or could be pregnant.

  • You have already tried unsuccessfully to remedy the situation (you’re wasting time and money!)

  • You have had other forms of vaginal or urinary infections.

  • You have changed sexual partners recently, or have multiple sex partners (you need to eliminate the possibility of having contracted any sexually transmitted diseases)

  • You have abdominal pains, chills, difficulty urinating, fever, nausea, pain or vomiting, in which case you may have a medical emergency and should not be reading this, but seeking immediate medical help.

Yeast infections are very common, in fact most women encounter at least one form of yeast infection during their life, with the majority of cases occurring during their reproductive years. Yeast infections are triggered by an imbalance in the natural bacteria found in the vagina, often as a result of hormonal fluctuations during a woman’s cycle, during stressful times, while taking birth control pills, or during perimenopause.

Yes, yeast infections are one of the many menopause symptoms and treatments we often end up researching in an effort to bring quick relief to yet an another annoying condition that affects countless numbers of women.

Some women may have these yeast infections on a recurring basis, and although they may not be severe, they are just a nuisance to be dealt with. Many of these women have found natural ways to remedy flare-ups and to naturally prevent yeast infections from returning.

Natural remedies for yeast infections include the following (listed without detail), to be detailed in future posts:

  • Probiotic supplements, topical tea tree oil, garlic, oil of oregano, grapefruit seed extract, apple cider vinegar, cranberry juice, goldenseal, lactoferrin and yogurt (taken orally and topically).

  •  Boric acid in the form of vaginal capsules, or in a sitz bath.

  • Abstaining from sex during treatment will prevent passing the infection back and forth.

Here are some natural ways to help prevent yeast infections:

  • Dietary changes like reducing (or eliminating all-together) the intake of refined sugar, avoiding foods high in yeast, and eating foods containing probiotics (like yogurt).     

  • Wearing underwear made from natural fibers (like 100% cotton panties) and avoiding pantyhose.  If you must wear pantyhose, then buy those with the cotton crotch and remember that you do not have to wear panties with them (overkill + less ventilation).     

  • No tight-fitting clothes (spandex is a particular no-no).

  • Boost your immunity by reducing stress, getting enough sleep at night and enough exercise during the day.    

  • Drink plenty of water every day – a simple way to ‘flush’ your system.

  • Use natural, unscented cleansers and personal products. The chemicals used to provide the scent can be an irritant (especially for pads and tampons).

  •  No feminine deodorants or douches.

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