Yeast infections are a common complaint among women of childbearing age. A yeast infection occurs when the balance of the vaginal flora is disrupted due to environmental changes, underlying health conditions, or certain medications. This can result in an overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans.
Doctors diagnose a patient as suffering from recurrent yeast infections when the patient experiences four or more yeast infections per year. This condition affects around five percent of women.
Natural medicine is a growing trend that puts focus on four different factors leading to good health: physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing.
This article will help you to take a natural approach to managing yeast infections.
1. Eat yogurt to manage yeast infections naturally. Yogurt contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. It also works when applied topically. Insert some into the vagina using a finger or plastic tampon applicator. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures â?? preferably organic.
2. Take lactobacillus/acidophilus supplements. Use according to directions.
3. Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods to manage yeast infections naturally. Sugar promotes yeast growth.
4. Keep the vaginal area dry and clean. Yeast flourishes in a moist and warm environment. The following tips will help to manage yeast infections
Choose cotton or cotton lined underwear over synthetic varieties, as natural fibres are more breathable.
Avoid wearing pantyhose, tights or tight clothing.
Change out of your wet swimsuit immediately after swimming.
Go without underwear while sleeping or change into fresh underwear before bed.
5. Use only natural personal hygiene products to manage yeast infections.
Choose unscented toilet paper. Dyed and scented toilet paper can cause irritation in some people that can trigger yeast infections.
Switch to free and clear or eco-friendly laundry detergents and fabric softeners, or go without fabric softener when doing your laundry.
Avoid scented tampons, sanitary pads and underwear liners.
Wash the vaginal area with a gentle cleanser – antibacterial deodorant soaps can upset the balance of bacteria and yeast in the vagina. Douches are also harmful to the balance of vaginal flora.
6. Choose condoms without spermicide if you experience frequent irritation from spermicides that could cause a yeast infection. Certain women are sensitive to the spermicide nonoxynol-9, and their repeated use of spermicidal condoms may lead to yeast infections.
7. Ask your sexual partner or partners to seek treatment or testing for yeast infections if you are experiencing recurrent yeast infections. Refrain from sexual activity while you have a yeast infection.
8. Consider switching from a high-dose to low-dose hormonal birth control method if you suffer from frequent yeast infections.
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