I Can’t Get Rid of my Yeast Infection!
If you’ve been suffering from a yeast infection and you haven’t seen any improvement after following your antifungal treatment, you must be desperate to get rid of it as soon as possible.
There are many other treatments you can choose from as well as some lifestyle changes you could make to speed up your recovery and prevent future bouts of yeast infections. I’ll discuss all of them below.
First of All, The Itch Down There May Not Be a Yeast Infection
Yeast infection symptoms can be easily confused with BV or an STD such as trichomoniasis. Each of these infections requires a different treatment and some can lead to severe health complications if left untreated. One of the most convenient ways to get tested is to use online lab testing.
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What are the best treatments for vaginal yeast infection?
There is a wide variety of treatments you can choose from, from over the counter medication to natural remedies. Some of the most effective treatments that I recommend to my readers are:
- Monistat – antifungal suppositories which will help you get rid of your yeast infection within a few days.
- Boric acid suppositories – it’s a 100% natural treatment, very effective in cases of stubborn and recurrent vaginal yeast infection. You can read more about using boric acid for yeast infection here.
- Aloe vera homemade suppositories – a very effective home remedy which you can make using aloe vera gel (or fresh leaves) and coconut oil.
What can I do to prevent yeast infections?
Apart from following a treatment to get rid of a yeast infection, try to follow my tips to make sure you recover swiftly and keep yeast at bay to prevent future infections:
- Don’t take antibiotics when it’s not necessary. They kill friendly bacteria which boost your defenses against pathogenic yeast. If you have to follow antibiotic treatment, make sure you take probiotic supplements during and at least two weeks after your treatment.
- Keep your cortisol level low. Heightened cortisol level can significantly lower your immunity and make you more prone to infections. To maintain a healthy amount of cortisol in your blood do the following: get enough sleep, avoid situations leading to chronic stress and cut down your caffeine intake.
- Keep your vaginal area dry and ventilated. In order to achieve this you can: sleep naked, wear 100% cotton or silk underwear and loose fitting trousers and skirts (preferably made of cotton or silk), get changed straight after exercise or a swimming session.
- Use 100% natural intimate washes and sexual lubricants. Avoid scented soaps and lubricants as they can irritate your vaginal area making you more prone to infections.
- Try to cut down on alcohol. It can upset your bacterial balance allowing Candida to spread and cause an infection.
- Any type of injury to the vulva or vaginal tissue can provide an opportunity for Candida to start an infection, so make sure you practice safe sex and try not to have sex more than seven times a week to avoid micro-injuries.
- Hormonal imbalance before and after your period, during pregnancy or due to birth control pills can trigger vaginal yeast infections. Follow a probiotic-rich diet and use probiotic suppositories and probiotic tampons during your period as a preventative measure.
- Avoid steroid medications because they tend to trigger yeast infections. If you have to follow a steroid treatment ask your doctor to prescribe oral antifungal medication as a preventative measure.
- If you suffer from diabetes, cut down on sugar because increased glucose levels in your blood are a great source of food for Candida.
- Choose ozone or UV-sanitize swimming pools instead of chemically treated ones. The chemicals in conventional swimming pools can change the pH in your vagina making you more vulnerable to infection.
- Avoid vaginal douches as they can upset your vaginal flora leading to low levels of friendly bacteria that protect you from vaginal infections.
As you can see, there’s a lot you can do to treat and prevent yeast infections and make sure it doesn’t come back.
Don’t get discouraged if your antifungal treatment hasn’t worked, try a different option and you’ll find a treatment that works for you.
In my case, boric acid suppositories were a lifesaver, but then again, each of us is different and what works for me may not work for you.
Check my website to find articles about all sorts of vaginal yeast infection treatments available and you’re bound to find an effective cure that suits your needs.
If you’ve got any questions or would like to share your experiences, please use the comment section below