Can coconut oil cure a yeast infection?

Can coconut oil cure a yeast infection?

 

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Coconut oil is an excellent natural remedy for a vaginal yeast infection. It’s extracted from mature coconuts and it has got a variety of applications, from cooking to cosmetics. Surprisingly, coconut oil can last as long as six months at 24 °C (75 °F) without going bad, so there’s no need to refrigerate it.

 

Although it’s got a high amount of saturated fat, coconut oil has become increasingly popular in cooking due to its sweet, nutty taste. It’s also more and more common in cosmetic industry for skincare and hair products because of its fantastic moisturizing qualities. But can coconut oil cure yeast infection? There’s more and more evidence that it can because of its strong antifungal qualities. Let’s have a look at some recent studies:

 

  • A study from 2007 found that Candida albicans (the most common Candida strain which causes vaginal yeast infections) is very susceptible to coconut oil, which shows that coconut oil should be used to treat of fungal infections.

 

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  • In a study from 2014 they compared the efficiency of clotrimazole suppositories on their own and clotrimazole suppositories with a coconut oil core. The latter proved a much more effective treatment of vaginal yeast infection caused by Candida albicans and Candida glabrata both susceptible and resistant to fluconazole. Adding coconut oil to clotrimazole suppositories also increases its absorption into the body.

 

  • Another study from 2008 shows that women who ate daily one spoon of virgin coconut oil enriched with zinc had better immunity against Candida and as a result, suffered less from vaginal yeast infections than women taking placebo.

 

  • The most recent study from 2015 focused on the effect of enriching mice’s diet with coconut oil. Turns out that eating coconut oil cut the amount of C. albicans in the gut by more than 90%! As a result, incorporating coconut oil in your diet can decrease the chances of getting different kinds of Candida infections, vaginal yeast infections included.

 

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How to use coconut oil to cure yeast infection?

 

When you’re suffering from a bout of vaginal Can coconut oil cure a yeast infection?yeast infection prepare a mixture of five tablespoons of good quality coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil (or both!). Put it in the fridge or freezer until it’s solid. Form a small lump with a spoon and insert it in your vagina overnight.

 

You can also pour the mixture into a special suppository ice tray for ready-made suppositories.

 

Make sure you use a sanitary pad, as it’ll most probably leak. Use it every night until you recover. You can also use it once a week to prevent a Candida infection.

 

  • In order to prevent or supplement treatment against a vaginal yeast infection eat a spoon of virgin coconut oil every day to boost your immunity.

 

  • You can also use coconut oil as a lubricant during sexual intercourse. You could use it as often as you wish to help keep Candida at bay. But remember, coconut oil can break latex, so don’t apply it if you’re using a condom.

 

Conclusion

 

There’s no doubt that coconut oil is your best ally when it comes to fighting vaginal yeast infections. If you want to use only natural remedies for vaginal yeast infections, then its beautiful smell and texture make it a much better alternative to garlic or yogurt. Coupled with some antifungal essential oils, it can be a very potent treatment against vaginal candidiasis.

 

Please use the comment section below to ask questions or share your thoughts on the article.

 


 

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21 comments

  • Pure cooking coconut oil will it work as well soaked in a tampon till I go to the doctor?

    • Hi Nicole, a tampon soaked in coconut oil should work fine and relieve your symptoms, given it’s a yeast infection. I’m glad you’re going to see your doctor to get proper diagnosis and treatment. All the best!

  • hi Im sooooo suffering right now and im scared because im not sure if im right and to very much embarresed to talk to a doctor.
    So im gonna give this a try and go from there
    What kind of cocnut do u have to use? does it matter if organic or not and does it have to be organic and virgin?
    thanks!!
    Sorry young and inexperienced with body and medical problems :/

    • Hi Marie, I’m really sorry to hear that you’re in so much pain. If I were you I would still go to see your doctor to get properly diagnosed, your doctor has seen thousands of cases of vaginal infections before, so there’s no reason to feel embarrassed Marie, this infection is very common in women of all ages. If you want to try coconut oil I think it’s best to use organic. You’ll insert it into your vagina, so you want it to be the best quality! All the best!

  • If you can grow the aloe in your backyard that is the best thing to do. then all you have to do is trim the aloe leaf to suppository size and it doesn’t leak as much while you sleep. That is the most annoying thing in the world. Make sure you cut off the sharp points! this will cause bad things if you don’t pay attention.

    some people can grow it indoors rather successfully. I have mounds of this stuff all over the backyard. Awesome natural remedy for many many things! I also use it on my face with ginger and coconut oil.

    • Hi Red, thanks you for contribution! I’m wondering how safe it would be to insert a piece of aloe vera leaf in the vagina, it may be difficult to remove it later. I think it’s best to put a peeled leaf in a blender along with some coconut oil, pour it into an ice cube tray and leave it in the fridge/freezer so it can solidify (not freeze). After inserting it before going to bed it will slowly leak out without causing any issues.

  • This is true and I’ve also already tried it…

    • Thanks for commenting Liah. In my opinion coconut oil and aloe vera are the best natural remedies for a vaginal yeast infection.

    • Hello, I’m a college student and I’ve always struggled with yeast infections. I’ve tried the diflican, capsules, and changing my diet. But nothing compared to coconut oil! Once a week I use a tampon and dip it in melted coconut oil and once fully obsorbed I insert it over night into my vagina. It’s a great, and simple way to not only to get rid of one but to prevent one. I love it!!

      • Thanks for commenting Selena. I’m glad that coconut oil works for you and that it also helps you prevent yeast infections. Do you use it on its own or do you mix it with tea tree oil?

  • Yes you are right, I agree with this. I had an infection but itching was gone when I applied coconut oil. Thanks for this, very helpful.

  • I knew Coconut Oil was good for a lot of things, but I had no idea it could also treat yeast infections. I think it’s a much better solution than all these medicines because at least it’s natural…
    So basically eating Coconut Oil could also prevent the appearance of these infections, right? That’s what I understood.
    I love your site, by the way 😀

  • Wow I have heard of this thing. I think my sister had this as well. Very very interesting to read about it on the internet now. Heard a lot of stuff on it and it can be a true killer. Really not fun to have. She had been sick for a while with all the side effects you can think off. Crazy thing. Lovely explained by the way very engaging

  • hey
    awesome article, yes i’m also a guy but this had me hooked as i keep straight coconut oil in my bathrrom and i use it everyday as a moisturizer. My girlfirend asks why i use it and i tell her that prefer to use natural products over processed chemicals, plus i believe there is a natural solution to every porblem. But i think she’ll have a little more respect for it once i tell her this. keep doing what you do , nathan

    • Thanks for commenting Nathan. Coconut oil is such a versatile natural remedy, the smell and texture make it a pleasure to use! It works great as a moisturizer and recently I learnt it’s good for mosquito bites. I tried it recently on myself and my kids and it really worked! Its antifungal properties are another bonus for yeast infection sufferers, both men and women.

  • I know that coconut is a godsend fruit, but I am surprised of its effectiveness as coconut oil.
    Does it helps if just by drinking fresh coconut water as I am not sure of the processing procedure to turn it into coconut oil like adding of additives?
    All I know is coconut if eaten straight from the fruit itself like the water, flesh or freshly squeeze milk is supposedly very beneficial to health

    • Thanks for your comment. Coconut has got both antifungal and antibacterial properties, whether it’s in the form of coconut water, flesh or oil.
      I’m recommending oil, because it adheres best to the skin and therefore it’s more effective to treat vaginal yeast infections. Organic coconut oils contain no additives and are obtained by cold pressing. So they are definitely safe to use.

  • Hey Kams,

    Even though I am a guy I found this very informative.

    I think a lot of this type of stuff is kept out of the eyes and ears of men to “protect them” or something, I guess some would find it gross but then that causes a lot of men to know nothing about a womens body.

    I think it is more important than ever for men to know about womens bodies and how they work and also how to prevent diseases and infections in the vagina. It would cause a better understanding and I’m sure a stronger relationship between the man and his partner because he would be able to understand her problems and help find solutions.

    Now this coconut oil to cure yeast infections is an interesting concept, I agree it would smell nice so that’s a bonus, I can’t believe people put garlic in their vagina, I can’t imagine that?

    How exactly does it work after you put the coconut oil in your vagina? Does your vagina absorb the nutrients? Or does it just help fight off the bacteria so they die or leave then melt and get excreted?

    Thanks for a great article!

    Aiden
    Freedom Weight Loss

    • Thank you for commenting, Aiden. Fatty acids found in coconut oil, namely lauric and caprlicil acids, break down the membranes of the yeast cells, causing them to die.
      I agree that both partners should be aware of different female health issues to strenghten their bond and trust and help find the best solutions together. What’s more, genital yeast infections can also happen to men, but they’re much easier to cure and don’t cause as much discomfort as they do to women.

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