When looking to stop recurring yeast infections, it is important to understand the root cause of the issue.
You are more likely to develop a yeast infection –
- After a round of antibiotics (where both “good” and “bad” bacteria is wiped out and yeast is left to thrive)
- If you are practicing poor hygiene
- If you are consuming a poor diet, high in refined sugars
- If you have a hormonal imbalance (like high progesterone) or when levels are imbalanced (during the second half of the menstrual cycle, during menopause, when a woman is taking birth control or when a woman is pregnant)
- If you have a weakened or overactive immune system
- If you have diabetes (sugar also fuels yeast growth – if diabetes is uncontrolled it allows an optimal environment for the yeast to multiply)
Some babies contract a yeast infection at birth after coming into contact with the yeast from the mother. If the individual still experiences chronic yeast infections due to this, it is usually because their immune function is impaired and there is a lack of beneficial bacteria in their system (which can help keep other organisms, including yeast, from taking over).
What can you do?
Treat the vaginal yeast infection naturally at home with supplements, essential oils, a nutrient-rich diet, probiotics and lifestyle changes.
- Boost your immune system with supportive supplements
- Consume more antioxidants, especially vitamin C.
- Limit the amount of refined sugar and processed foods you consume.
- Maintain balanced blood sugar levels as high levels of sugar feed candida yeast growth.
- Consume more probiotics to help restore the bacteria-yeast balance throughout your body.
- Only use antibiotics when completely necessary.
- Avoid putting products on your vagina that could cause irritation/that may alter the balance of good bacteria and yeast in your vagina (sometimes latex condoms, tampons, harsh soaps or other hygiene products can negatively impact the balance of bacteria in your vagina).
- During your period, change your tampon/pad regularly (and use ones without fragrances).
- Make sure to wash the genital area every day and dry off the area well after showering (moist environments are bueno for yeast to thrive).
- Ideally wear choose cotton underwear or another breathable fabric to allow air to reach your genitals
- Following sexual intercourse, make sure to wash the genital area. It’s possible to spread yeast infections during sex from person to person, and even though women are much more likely to carry yeast infections, men can develop yeast infections in the genital area too.
- When wearing swimwear, do not hang around in a wet/dirty bathing suit for long periods of time.
- Use essential oils topically (just outside of the vaginal area): tea tree, and lavender oils can work to kill a variety of yeast – ensure you are using a carrier oil – use several drops mixed with coconut oil.