Yeast infections are not something you wish to be plagued by as the itch will drive you mad if it’s a bad infection. There are, luckily, ways to prevent yeast infections and to make them go away faster if you already have one.
N.B. This article does not aim to give medical advice. Do not try to treat yourself without seeking medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you get a yeast infection, especially if you haven’t had one before or if you have them frequently.
We give you some tips on how to get rid of a yeast infection naturally and quickly, which is what we all want. It can be effective, but the most important thing is to be persistent.
The best way to treat a yeast infection? Don’t get it in the first place!
One of the most common causes of yeast infections is the pH in your vagina being disturbed. New sexual partners, frequent sex, tight pants, wearing a wet bikini for too long, etc. can all contribute to this. Many women get yeast infections when they have their period due to irritation caused by pads and tampons.
If you are prone to yeast infections, try avoiding irritants. As kinky as it might sound, ditching your panties might very well help you to avoid yeast infections as underwear tends to irritate your nether region.
If you are wearing pants/trousers that definitely aren’t see-through (and not likely to split!), try to go without panties for a while and see if it helps. You can also wear regular tights/leggings underneath your pants/trousers if you feel too exposed without underwear.
Wet swimsuits and sweaty gym wear also affect your nether region negatively, so you should change out of these as soon as possible.
Another tip is to use coconut oil to avoid drying out your vagina. Often, what underwear, tampons and pads do is that they remove too much moisture. Using an oil such as coconut oil (which has anti-fungal properties, but you can also use olive oil and other natural oils you aren’t allergic to) can help to prevent your vagina from getting too dry (apply it inside and outside; during your period, you can put a little bit on your tampon or mooncup before inserting it).
Personally, I’ve found this to be a lifesaver. Just ensure that you aren’t going to have sex just after applying the oil if you are using a condom as the oil can break down the condom.
If you are prone to getting yeast infections during your period, another method of prevention is to use a mooncup. This does not irritate the vagina the way a tampon or pad does because it doesn’t suck up moisture.
The vagina cleans itself, so don’t use soap as it can irritate it. When washing the area around your vagina, water should be sufficient. If not, use a special soap for this purpose. Do not use scented cleansing wipes.
Yeast lives off sugar. So, if there is no sugar, there is no yeast. If you are prone to yeast infections, staying away from sugar and carbs for a couple of weeks might work. However, that’s no guarantee as there are other contributing factors.
A recent Italian study showed that inserting a probiotic tablet in your vagina nightly for seven nights, then every third night for three weeks and then once a week, was greatly helpful in preventing yeast infections. In fact, women saw an 87% drop in infections!
Now, while it’s not certain that this can also help to cure a yeast infection, it’s long been known that the beneficial bacteria in probiotics helps to prevent yeast from growing.
Women, for centuries, have used natural yogurt straight on the vagina to help cure yeast infections. In other words, if you have a yeast infection, this is worth trying.
You should also make sure to eat probiotics as it will help your body build up good bacteria to fight infections and yeast in general, and might also help to prevent yeast infections.
Tea tree oil
Using very diluted tea tree oil (dilute in a carrier oil if you buy pure essential tea tree oil) might help to cure a vaginal yeast infection. However, tea tree oil is also an irritant, so while it has shown promise to fight off yeast, it might make your condition worse if you’re sensitive to it.
Bonus tip: While this isn’t natural, if you are very prone to yeast infections and are just starting out your natural prevention regime (i.e. it hasn’t had time to kick in yet), you might want to double up by using a vaginal anti-fungal cream from the pharmacy.
You can buy it over the counter. You can’t use these creams non-stop, but if you easily get yeast infections after sex, then use some after sex. If you get them when having your period, use some during your period. Note that you might want to buy some applicators too to use it inside your vagina.
The best method for yeast infections is prevention, and the same tricks that aide in prevention will help you to cure a yeast infection. Try using probiotics, both for your vagina and orally, ditch your underwear from time to time, always change out of sweaty gym wear and wet bikinis as soon as possible, apply some coconut or other natural oil to prevent dryness and avoid using soaps or anything else that can negatively affect your vaginal pH balance.
Finally, always consult a doctor if you’re uncertain or in pain.