So you spoiled yourself and bought an awesome vibrator, you regularly do your kegel exercise routine and have an active & happy sex life. What could possibly go wrong? Well... it all goes down the hill when your vagina isn't happy. If you’ve ever had a yeast infection (Aka vaginal thrush), you know how uncomfortable they can be. Its a fun-killer. Over the counter and prescription yeast infection treatments have a time and place, but they can be harsh on the body and expensive. However, there are several inexpensive methods of preventing and treating yeast infections that are safe, gentle, and effective that you can try before turning to pharmaceuticals.
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Identifying Yeast Infections
Candida albicans, the organism that causes yeast infections, naturally resides in the human body. It only becomes a problem when your vaginal PH is imbalanced, leading to an overgrowth of yeast and not enough good bacteria to keep up. The tell-tale signs of a yeast infection are itching, burning, skin inflammation, and a thick, curdy white discharge.
Yeast infections usually have no odor, or a mild and inoffensive scent. If you are having symptoms of itching or burning with a discharge that is watery or discolored, especially if it is accompanied by a fishy or foul odor, you could have bacterial vaginosis or another infection that is not yeast. If you are unsure, consult a health care provider to be sure that you are treating the right infection before proceeding.
Preventing Yeast Infections
If you are prone to yeast infections, the best treatment is prevention. Limit sugar and refined carbohydrates intake, dry yourself well after bathing, and wear cotton underwear. Yeast thrives in warm, dark, wet environments, and sugar feeds the little beasts. Sleep naked to allow your vagina to breathe.
Protect your vaginal PH by bathing immediately after sex and using only lubricants that are glycerin- free (anything Sliquid). If you use sex toys, be sure to clean them after every use. This is important for a number of health reasons; and preventing yeast infections is amongst them. You can buy sex toy cleaners that are specifically formulated to kill potentially harmful organisms without causing your toys to degrade and break down, which can also be a health risk.
Treating Yeast Infections
If you treat a yeast infection as soon as you notice the symptoms, naturally ridding the yeast will be much easier and faster. The treatment methods are inexpensive, and you may already have the necessary items in your kitchen.
Garlic is one of the safest and most effective ways to kill yeast. Raw garlic will help re-balance your system, so add as much of it as you can stand to your food. If you can’t stomach raw garlic, take garlic pills. You should also insert garlic vaginally to kill off yeast. Wash and dry your hands. Peel one clove of garlic and wrap it in sterile gauze. Leaving a “tail” of extra gauze will make the removal process easier. Insert the garlic before bed and remove it in the morning. Repeat for three to five nights. Don’t stop before three, even if your symptoms clear. If your symptoms have not totally cleared up after the fifth night (which is rare), talk to your doctor.
Another method is douching with apple cider vinegar, which makes your vaginal PH less acidic. Use 1cup of apple cider vinegar diluted with one cup of warm water. This will also soothe itching and burning. It is very important to douche properly. The idea is for everything to run back out of you, not to force it up. Lie flat on your back on some towels. Only insert the douche bottle or nozzle into the lower third of the vagina. Create a slow, low-pressure flow of liquid. After the process, lie there for about fifteen minutes before getting up. Repeat daily for three days.
Even if your partner doesn’t exhibit signs of a yeast infection, it’s possible that they have it and you can pass it back and forth. Avoid sex while you are getting rid of yeast, or use protection. This means condoms, gloves, or dental dams until it is gone. Whether your partner is male or female, avoid genital to genital contact, and if you are touching your partner sans gloves, wash your hands thoroughly before touching yourself.