A yeast infection is an imbalance of naturally occurring bacteria in the vagina, or anywhere else in the body. Most women just know it as annoyingly painful. There are many prescriptions and over the counter medicines you can take, but these can be slow, expensive, or just not work. If youre sick of dealing with all these medicines, you should try a natural cure for yeast infections.
These cures are safer and generally have no side effects. Many can also be used after the infection is gone to prevent future yeast infections from occurring. This is something medicines cant provide you. Here are a few natural cures for a yeast infection that you can do at home.
Restoring Balance Topically
There are many natural cures for yeast infections that you can apply directly to the affected area to return the bacterial balance to normal. Generally these are substances that contain the good bacteria that are missing. Adding these bacteria will return the balance to normal.
Yogurt can be applied to the area either through douching (you should use a maxi pad to absorb the excess), or by dipping a tampon in yogurt and inserting it for an hour. These treatments should be used several times a day until the infection is completely gone. You can also get the good bacteria from yogurt without all the messiness by using acidophilus pills.
They can be inserted several times a day and will dissolve by themselves. Other suggestions include other types of curds, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Some people also suggest buying boric acid powder and gel caps to make your own caplet to insert. While effective, this can be very time consuming and messy (although it cant be more messy than the yogurt).
Other natural cures for yeast infections involve treating them orally. These methods may not work as quickly as applying treatments directly, but they can be used continually even when youre healthy so yeast infections dont come back. Topical treatments can negatively alter your bacterial balance and should only be used when there is an active infection.
Many of these remedies are the same as the applied treatments, you simply eat them instead. Eating yogurt or drinking buttermilk daily can help to cure a yeast infection. If you dont like the taste, try the acidophilus pills mentioned earlier. You can also try eating garlic. Although, if youre not like me and dont enjoy eating tons of garlic, they make convenient pills that you can take.
There are other tonics you can mix that will help. Drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in with a glass of water will generally help cure yeast infections internally. However, when using apple cider vinegar, start with a small amount and work your way up because some brands are acidic enough to actually worsen your infection. You can also try mixing olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extraction, and water for another yeast fighting tonic.
While these natural cures for yeast infections may prove helpful, there are some other simple steps you can take to help ease and prevent them. This includes eating a diet low in yeast, wearing loose fitting pants, and taking all your vitamins. Follow these steps and hopefully youll feel better in no time.