Yeast infections are common among women and every woman will probably experience a yeast infection at least once in her lifetime. A yeast infection is when bacteria from an increased level of yeast attacks the vagina causing itching and burning. You may also experience painful urination, white discharge, painful sex and an offensive odor. Different factors that contribute to yeast infections are pregnancy, antibiotics, or tight jeans.
You can get a prescription from your doctor, or you can try an inexpensive home remedy instead.
Three Yeast Infection Home Remedies
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil will reduce pain and inflammation. Soak a cotton ball in the oil and apply directly to the vagina. Repeat every other day.
Apply yogurt with live cultures to the vagina opening before going to bed. Use several times a week. Soon, your infection will be gone! If you are prone to infections, eat yogurt daily.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix apple cider vinegar with water and apply to the vagina with a cotton ball. Use sparingly.
Preventing Yeast Infections
Yeast infections don’t have to run your life. You can prevent reoccurring yeast infections easily and naturally. Below are several things you can do to help keep yeast infections at bay.
Make your own douche solution.
Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with one quart of water. Use a douching bulb to wash. Make sure to only use once a week so you don’t end up getting rid of the “good” bacteria.
Eat spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots and other foods that have high levels of beta-carotene.
Avoid sanitary products that have perfumes in them. These can also cause bladder infections.
Use cotton underwear
Cotton will keep your vaginal region cool and dry. Yeast thrives in moist, warm environments, so stay away from satin.
Use cornstarch/baby powder.
Sprinkle powder on your undergarments to help absorb wetness.