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One of the plagues of women today is a yeast infection: itching, burning, thick discharge, soreness, rash, painful intercourse and urination. . .
Sounds lovely, doesn’t it.
The Mayo Clinic claims that three of every four women will have a yeast infection in their lifetime. (source) And once you get one, chances are it won’t be your last. Nearly 50% of women have two or more a year, and about 5% get four or more each year! (source)
That’s some pretty depressing statistics! And unfortunately, it’s become so common that women feel it’s just a part of life they have to deal with.
But what’s behind a yeast infection? Why do some women get them all the time and others don’t? Why do prescription creams and medications eventually fail to work?
Treating Yeast Infections With Over-the-Counter Creams
If you go to your doctor with a yeast infection, you’ll most likely be prescribed anti-fungal drugs or over the counter creams. The problem is that these creams might give short-term relief, but repeated use for recurring infections lead to the yeast developing stronger strains and becoming resistant.
Many doctors skip the creams and go straight to antibiotics. But as you’ll soon find out, antibiotics just add to the problem.
Secondly, these creams and drugs aren’t addressing the reason the yeast infections occurred in the first place. If you don’t get rid of what’s causing your infections, you’re just creating a vicious cycle with no end.
Candida & Yeast Infection
Yeast infections are caused by candida. What is candida? It’s a yeast-like organism that everyone has in their bodies. Most of the time it’s not an issue because it’s generally kept in check by good bacteria. The trouble starts when candida grows out of control. (source)
Many people consider candida and yeast infections synonymous. But candida isn’t JUST a yeast infection. A yeast infection is one symptom of candida overgrowth. You can have other symptoms of candida without having recurring infections.
Other Contributing Causes of Yeast Infection
There are many factors contributing to candida overgrowth. The ones listed below are especially important as they seem to go hand in hand with yeast infections.
- changes in your hormones during pregnancy and childbirth
- lack of sleep (affects your hormones)
- stress (affects your hormones)
- diabetes (you pass more sugar through urine)
- irregular menstrual cycle
- birth control pills
- chemicals in tampons, pads, vaginal shampoos and deodorants, and even toilet paper
- frequent douching and use of lubricants
- tight fitting clothing like jeans (Conway Twitty might have made a popular song about tight fittin’ jeans, but he failed to mentioned the side effects. ;))
- a poor diet made up of sugar, soft drinks, candy, alcohol, refined carbs like breads, cookies, and processed and packaged foods. (This is usually low in nutrients as well which doesn’t help.)
Treating Yeast Infections at Home
Yeast infections are easy to treat at home. The following suggestions will bring relief – but not a cure. (We’ll cover that part next. :))
- Combine warm honey and freshly chopped garlic and insert it vaginally. Lie down and let it stay there for about 20 minutes.
- With a vaginal applicator or baster, douche with 2-3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp. colloidal silver.
- Soothe the area with plain, sugar-free yogurt without additives, colors, fruit, etc. Apply it over the whole area.
- Insert one boric acid powder capsule into your vagina morning and evening for three to seven days for an acute infection, and 14 to 30 days for a chronic infection.
- Insert one garlic clove into your vagina in the morning and an acidophilus capsule in the evening for three to seven days.
- Make a douche with bentonite clay, Pau D’ Arco tea, plain yogurt, tea tree oil and goldenseal and douche twice a day for 7 to 10 days.
- Soak a tampon with diluted tea tree oil and keep it in your vagina for several hours or overnight. (I mentioned above that tampons can attribute to yeast infections, so be cautious about using this method if you think this could be the case for you. I’d suggest finding organic cotton tampons instead of your common Wal-Mart brands.)
Treating Yeast Infections Permanently
If you want to eliminate yeast infections permanently, here are some helpful tips:
- regulate your hormones with natural supplements like raw maca
- get a consistent amount of sleep (stop laughing – I’m serious!)
- r e l a x
- regulate your menstrual cycle with primrose oil and red raspberry leaf tea
- avoid antibiotics – if you get colds, flus, sore throats, coughs, etc. try Pepper Juice
- switch to cloth pads, wash with organic soaps, and maybe even take the plunge and use family cloth 😉
- peel off those jeans and wear looser fitting clothing – allowing your skin to breathe
These suggestions will start you on the right track, but to truly rid yourself of recurring yeast infections, you need to eliminate the problem at the source: candida.
Candida isn’t something you can totally get rid of, because remember, we all have it in our system. The goal is to control it and get it back into balance with our good bacteria. This is a multi-step solution – and everything need to be done simultaneously in order for it to truly work well.
You can start with the steps above, or, if you’re more comfortable with a step-by-step program, check out the Kicking Candida Program which includes 5 kicking candida phases and one-on-one coaching.