Vaginal yeast infections are caused by the introduction of new yeast into the vaginal area, or if there is an increase in yeast already present in the vagina in comparison to normal bacteria. For instance, if the normal, protective bacteria are eradicated due to antibiotics, it can result in the increase of yeast levels causing irritation in the lining of the vagina
Vaginal yeast infections are also caused due to injury to the inner vagina, as a result of chemotherapy. Also, women who have suppressed immune systems as in the case of those who take cortisone-related medications like prednisone) are more prone to such vaginal yeast infections than women who have a normal immunity. Other causes could be due to excessive use of douches, vaginal hygiene sprays or perfume sprays.
Vaginal yeast infection is not considered to be a sexually transmitted disease and can occur in sexually inactive women too.
Before going for any natural home remedies for yeast infection, it is advisable to see a doctor, as these remedies should not be entirely relied upon, but rather as a supplement to regular professional treatment which the doctor may provide. All the remedies given below may not be effective for everyone – one should find the most suitable remedy.
Probiotics are a useful natural remedy for yeast infections. Probiotics are live microbial organisms that occur naturally in the vagina and digestive tract. They are readily available over the counter, under names like “Kefir” and other similar supplements.
Essential tea tree oil is diluted and applied to the vagina. This will give some relief from the symptoms of vaginal yeast infection.
A tampon is dipped in yogurt and inserted in the vagina. This is to be repeated twice daily for two days and repeat for an extra day until the symptoms disappear.
This is to be used only for non-vaginal yeast infections. Garlic paste is applied directly on the infected parts. Diluted garlic oil can also be used, blended with some Vitamin E oil, coconut oil (a few drops).
1½ cups of Apple Cider Vinegar is added to a bathtub of lukewarm water. One should soak in this tub for about 20 minutes. Then the genitals should be washed thoroughly. This process is repeated daily for 3 days. On the fourth day, 1½ cups of water are mixed with a couple of tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. This mixture is used as a vaginal douche twice daily for 5 days. On the second day of douching, DRINK a glass of water containing 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar daily.
IMPORTANT: Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant.
If these simple measures are maintained then yeast infections can be kept in check and the discomfort that this condition causes can be avoided. Remember, always keep in touch with your doctor while using these home remedies, as in certain extreme cases, these measures may do more harm than good.