Is Vagisil Good for Yeast Infections?
Is Vagisil Good for Yeast Infections?
If you’re looking for over-the-counter medication for vaginal yeast infection, Vagisil can provide a quick solution for the itching skin around your vulva, but it won’t help you get rid of the infection for good.
Vagisil cream contains benzocaine and resorcinol, numbing compounds which block nerve signals in your body. It’s very effective in reducing discomfort caused by vaginal yeast infection, but as I said before, it won’t cure a vaginal yeast infection.
What I don’t like about Vagisil, is that it contains some potentially irritating and toxic ingredients, which should be avoided during a vaginal yeast infection. Have a look at the ingredient list:
Benzocaine (5%), Resorcinol (2%), Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Corn Oil, Cholecalciferol, Lanolin Alcohol, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Stearate, Sodium Sulfite, Triethanolamine, Trisodium HEDTA, Maltodextrin.
As you can see, it contains alcohol which can irritate and disrupt the bacterial flora around your vagina. Maltodextrin is an artificial sugar, it provides food to yeast cells and enables them to thrive. It also contains parabens, potentially carcinogenic compound.
So what should I choose instead of Vagisil?
If you want to get rid of a vaginal yeast infection for good, you’ll be much better off using antifungal suppositories and creams or natural remedies, such as aloe vera or boric acid suppositories. They contain compounds scientifically proven to kill Candida cells (yeast) and provide a long lasting relief from itching and pain.
Using Antifungal Creams and Suppositories for a Vaginal Yeast Infection
Antifungal suppositories and creams contain such antifungal compounds as Clotrimazole, Miconazole or Tioconazole. All of them have been shown to have a strong effect against different Candida species and they usually work within a few days. The most popular antifungal cream is Monistat.
It contains 7 prefilled applicators that will help you insert the cream into the vagina for seven consecutive nights and external cream to help relieve the itching. The cream contains Miconazole, a strong antifungal compound, and it will help you get rid of a vaginal yeast infection within a few days. You should experience a great relief after the first night of use.
Using Natural Remedies for a Vaginal Yeast Infection
If you use antifungal creams and suppositories, you cannot avoid contact with potentially irritating and toxic compounds used to preserve them or improve texture. If you prefer an all natural remedy for a yeast infection, you can choose from a variety of options, such as coconut oil, tea tree oil or aloe vera.
My personal favorite is aloe vera. It’s got scientifically proven antifungal qualities and gives immediate effects. You can make aloe vera suppositories using aloe vera gel with only natural ingredients, such as Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera Gel.
If you want to make your aloe vera suppositories, follow these easy steps:
- Use an ice cube tray, with small and round cavities
- Mix 1 ounce of aloe gel with 8 ounces of coconut oil in a bowl (you can add a few drops of tea tree oil if you’re not allergic to it)
- Pour the mixture onto the tray and leave it in the freezer
- Once solid, insert one suppository overnight
- Don’t forget to use a pad, as it may leak!
In the meantime you can apply some aloe vera gel on your vulva for instant relief from itching. If you’ve got access to fresh aloe vera, use the pulp from its leaves instead of aloe vera gel.
Although Vagisil cream can help you relieve vaginal yeast infection symptoms, it won’t make it go away. Make sure you use over the counter antifungal medication or natural remedies to get rid of it for good. If you see that your symptoms don’t go away, make sure you visit your doctor.
I’d love to hear about your experiences. What have you used to get rid of a vaginal yeast infection? Did you choose medication or did you try natural remedies? Have you tried Vagisil?