I wonder frequently if this whole blog is a TMI. Have ever seen the movie, “Welcome to Me”? That’s how I feel sometimes. Obviously, there are many personal and embarrassing details. I go back and forth with, “did I really just say this?” Or “should I really say that?” I guess it all comes back to the thought that there are others out there who may think they can’t talk about it. That they have been struggling silently without the courage to ask someone. Maybe they think they are crazy like I used to think about myself.
So let’s just “rip the band-aid off,” so to speak. Today’s topic is about vaginal yeast infections. That is a great TMI topic today. Even though I have struggled with Candida, an overgrowth of yeast in the large intestine, it affects many other parts of the body. One of the recurring symptoms is vaginal yeast infections. Yes, it is that amazing.
Many women struggle with yeast infections. The CDC website says, “nearly 75% of all adult women have had at least one “yeast infection” in their lifetime.” Whether you have Candida or not, there are still ways to fight the vaginal infection homeopathically. The reason I am taking the time to deal with the issue the natural way is because over time our bodies become immune to the over-the-counter medications. Even the prescription oral antifungals were losing their effectiveness. The first time I used the prescription medication, it was a life-saver. The last time I took one, I had to follow it with an “over-the-counter” medicine. I was still getting infections within a couple of weeks of each other. At that point, I started looking for other solutions. I was desperate.
If you have Candida, you need to modify your diet and possibly start with a detox. I always refer back to this website. It is not an affiliate link, but it started my journey to wellness. https://www.thecandidadiet.com/ultimate-candida-diet/
Other tools to fight vaginal yeast infections:
Bathing in warm water with ¼-1/2 Cup unpasteurized apple cider vinegar “with the mother”. You can also apply the vinegar with a cotton ball to the area when you are a short time.
Eat probiotics. Three different ones per day. Unsweetened kefir has more live cultures than yogurt. You can also eat yogurt with live cultures, Kombucha (fermented tea), take a “shelf-stable” probiotic with at least 30 billion CFUs, homemade fermented sauerkraut, etc.
Take 1 or 2 natural antifungal supplements per day. Grapefruit seed extract is powerful. (Check with your doctor if you are on any prescriptions first to make sure there won’t be a reaction.) Olive leaf extract and coconut oil are also great antifungals.
Eat foods that are natural antifungals. Garlic, onions, rutabagas, olive oil, coconut oil, lime, and lemon are a few. You can look up more on-line.
Change underwear material. I always thought cotton was the best. Thankfully, my friend told me to go with nylon. Even the crotch material needs to be nylon. Cotton holds the moisture there, but nylon doesn’t. This was critical for me. These can be hard to find at first, but I did find some at Target and JC Penney or Kohl’s. Sometimes the “teen” section has a better selection.
Change pants material. For a time, I had to wear more lycra/spandex material for work rather than cotton. I am on my feet all the time, and constantly on the move.
Eat prebiotics. Prebiotics are found in fruits and vegetables. Prebiotics help nourish the beneficial microorganisms that are already in the intestines.
Hopefully, this gives you more tools to fighting vaginal yeast infections. The changes I made, for the most part, helped me avoid infections altogether. I have only had 1 since last November. Prior to that, it was every couple of weeks. I think those are great results without loading my body up on “over-the-counters” or prescriptions that lose effectiveness over time. The probiotics, prebiotics, antifungals, diet and clothing are daily precautions. The baths are used when symptoms arise. It usually wards off a full-blown infection.