Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Yeast Infection Remedies

For yeast infections, what remedies other than the uber chemical-y suppositories from pharmacies are out there?

One option is Diflucan which is a prescription pill which is still a drug, but not a suppository.

A home remedy which can be used for mild yeast infections involves yogurt. The bacteria in yogurt is the same type of bacteria that is naturally in the vagina that needs to be replaced when a yeast infection occurs. Plain, sugarless yogurt that has active bacteria cultures in it can actually be inserted into the vagina to help combat yeast infections. Getting the yogurt in there is the hard part. You can soak a tampon in it, fill a needleless syringe (the same kind used to inject the chemicaly yeast infection creams), or experiment with different methods yourself to find one that works for you.

There are other home remedies that are suggested elsewhere, but yogurt is really the only one that I'm willing to endorse.

You should always consult a physician before trying any home remedies and if it is your first yeast infection you should get diagnosed by a physician as well. If symptoms persist it is important to seek medical assistance.

In order to help prevent yeast infections women can wear underwear with a cotton crotch, avoid tight pants, eat yogurt with live bacteria cultures on a regular basis or take acidophilus supplements, practice safer sex, clean sex toys before and after use, and practice good hygiene which does not include douching.

Of course it is impossible to prevent all yeast infections especially at times when body chemistry is changing like during pregnancy, after pregnancy, or when on antibiotics.

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