After years of dealing with yeast infections, my new midwife said that some women deal with yeast infections consistently, and that some women can have one after every period because of a ph imbalance your period causes. Not all women have the same symptoms and many things may cause a yeast infection for one and not for another.
Here are my personal experiences:
I notice a major shift when I start eating more processed foods, and that it lightens or clears when I eat all vegetables and little sugary fruits.
I have never itched or burned, but have always had a discharge and a yeast smell. I have had BV, but I always get YI.
I keep a spray bottle with diluted tea tree oil and water on the back of the toilet, and when I go to the bathroom, I spritz everything. It feels great and feels clean. Tea tree smells more fresh than spraying Apple Cider Vinegar. I will also insert some of the tea tree/water solution in my vagina and it makes a huge difference.
Priobiotics: I started taking a 15 billion non-refrigerated probiotic that I purchased from a large natural and whole foods store. It comes in a pink box. This has been the best probiotic I have ever taken, and I have taken a lot.
Women's Whole Food Multi: I also take a food based whole foods women's multi 2x day (says 3x, I'm doing good just to remember to take 2).
Douche: I am going to try a Tea Tree Oil and/or Apple Cider Vinegar douche to see if I can get more of the root of the problem with the discharge - which is my main problem.
Perhaps this will help someone too!
Rustenburg, North West, South Africa
So, I was on anti biotics cause of strep, and it ended up giving me a yeast infection. I was so not happy. AFter trying everythinggg I could think of. I finally decided to give this ACV thing a shot. I went a local HEB (super market in Texas) and bought raw ACV. In a small spray bottle, I poured about 1oz of hot water, and 3oz of the ACV. While in the shower, I sprayed my vaginal area until I could feel the ACV dripping down my legs. (my shower smells like vinegar :P) It burned for a few moments, but I already started feeling better. When I got out of the shower, I refilled the bottle because I had used most of it, but no water this time; just the ACV. I soaked a tampon in it and inserted it for about 30 min, and sprayed my vaginal area once more until I could feel it burning. While sitting down, I could actually feel the intense burning from the ACV in my vagina.. Let' sjust saying it really did suck. But after I took it out, I felt tons better. This stuff actually worked. So glad I gave in to it. I'm going to do this for another three days and see how everything works out.
I am 27, and have had yeast infections several times a year since I started dating my ex. They went away when I stopped dating him, and I'm pretty sure he has a yeast issue himself. I also struggle with fatigue, toenail fungus, anxiety and digestive issues that make me believe my problem is candida. I don't eat processed foods and eat very little sugar or carbs. I wanted to address my other issues, so I started drinking the organic with mother ACV and baking soda combo, 2tbsps ACV with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, twice a day. Within 3 days I had a raging yeast infection. I cut out the baking soda and maintained the ACV drink and went with 50/50 ACV douches, morning and night. The second morning, it was worse than ever, swollen and painful and itching. Garlic helped stop the itch. In any case, this is the 2nd or 3rd time that drinking ACV has brought on a yeast infection, in my opinion.
Perhaps it would have resolved had I continued, but I'm going camping for 3 weeks and cannot be dealing with this out there. I'll be taking diflucan in the morning. Maybe I'm just not one that can handle it, though it does help when I use it externally and I do think it makes me more regular and more perky. Wish I could do it!
Beverly Hills, Mi
I've had a recurrent yeast infection for several weeks now that I believe was brought on by birth control pills (which I have stopped taking about 2 days after developing the infection). I am fairly sure the infection also exists in my bladder (as I have had frequent urination & have been urinating white specks for 2 weeks) and in my bowels as I've been struggling with constipation for over a month (doc says its probably stuck fecal matter). I'm not sure if this is considered general candida overgrowth. I don't have a coated tongue, rashes, or any other symptoms really.
I've been taking organic ACV orally for about 2 weeks (1 tsp in water several times a day, anymore makes me constipated) and applying nondiluted ACV topically (sometimes the organic stuff, usually the regular pasteurized stuff) by holding a soaked cotton ball under my clitoral hood and vaginal opening for 15 seconds each, then wiping the entire vulva and anal area (front to back of course) and holding the cotton ball on my anus for 15 seconds. When it gets really itchy internally, I will soak a few cotton swabs in ACV and insert as far as I can without letting go of the ends and leave in for several minutes (usually this step isn't necessary as the itch occurs mainly outside the vagina; if you can do without this step I recommend it as it tends to dry me out). The burn is not too intense unless I've been rubbing/scratching and lasts only briefly, then the itch subsides completely. This doesn't seem to help the infection itself; however, it does relieve the itch.
Other supplements/remedies I have been using include: 250 mg magnesium oxide 1-3 times daily; 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses in a 10 oz glass mixed with 1. 5 tsp organic ACV and 2 tbsp lemon juice, then topped off with water and taken in the morning before breakfast and sometimes before bed; 1/8 tsp borax and 1 tsp baking soda added to 1 liter of water and sipped throughout the day (if I take too much I get headaches so I usually only drink about 2/3 of this mixture per day. 5 days on & 2 off); daily multivitamin (vegan) most days; 125 mg lithium aspartate (5 mg lithium) in the mornings most days; gingko biloba once or twice daily; silica complex sometimes; 1 tsp psyllium with 20 oz water once a day; 1-2 tbsp ground flax added to food daily; 1 tsp creatine once a day; borax baths about once a week after swimming or when I see visible culture buildup (1/2 cup added to bath water and filled up to hips), acidophilus tablets twice daily after eating. If you would like any additional info about brand names or anything, email me.
I eat an almost vegan diet: no meat or dairy at all, fatty fish occasionally (though not recently), organic local eggs sometimes. Recently my diet has included fast/processed food once or twice a week, but I try to limit my portion sizes and eat veggies daily. I avoid sweets, eat whole grains, and add sea salt to my food when I can (helps cut down the excessive thirst). I exercise regularly (daily stretching and weekly cardio). I'm a healthy weight usually though occasionally I get slightly underweight.
I hope this helps, and I would appreciate any other suggestions if you have them.
Lake Worth, Florida, Us
For external yeast infections, I put apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle without diluting it. Then, twice a day, I spray the area directly. Yes, it burns initially but then feels so much better. I do this for about 5 days.
I got my first yeast infection about 3 days ago, I thought it was just a minor itch and would go away.... Until I had sexual intercourse and felt this god awful pain I instantly knew I had a a yeast infection. I came across this site and saw all the open post on what people have done to cure their Y. I and sweet Jesus it may have burrrrrrnnnn but it worked! I douched and 10mins gone nothing no problem!
I had a persistent yeast infection that did not go away after using Monistat, or Diflucan, OR both together. The treatment would clear up the infection for a day or so, then it would return. My doctor told me I needed to see a pelvic specialist. I couldn't get an appointment with a specialist for A MONTH... I thought "well, if I have to wait that long, trying Mom's advice can't hurt. " (My mom grew up poor in rural Georgia where "folk" medicine was all the medicine most people could afford.)
I poured out half a cup of unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar and added a little bit of warm water. I was having internal and external itching and dryness, varying amounts of discharge (from "a little" to "buckets"), and a LOT of yeasty smell.
Day 1: Soaked two Q-tips in the ACV for a couple of minutes, then put them in my vagina and kept them there for 5-6 minutes. It BURNED LIKE CRAZY for about 90 seconds, then I felt... Nothing. No burning, no itching, nothing! I took those out and then used the ACV to wet a paper towel and wiped everything external (note that I trim my pubic hair pretty closely, you might need to use more ACV than 1/2 cup if you don't). Again -- burning for a little while, then nothing! The itching was gone all day, the discharge stopped after a couple of hours, and all that was left was a little bit of the smell.
Day 2: The smell had become a little worse and the external itching had come back a little bit. I repeated the same process. This time, NO burning internally, and only a little burning externally. The smell and itching went away again.
Day 3: A little bit of the smell had come back. I repeated the whole process one more time, and I've been INFECTION FREE ever since!
I get yeast infection last week and my aunt told me to sit over hot water with Apple Cider Vinegar in it. What I did was Boil the water, then put it in a bucket then add half bottle of acv. Then sit over it wrap a towel around you so the steam doesn't escape. Just sit over it for 15 mins or more do this 3 times daily. I did it for 5 days now my yeast infection is gone, I also use vagisil creme for the itch. Now am also taking vitamin c pills and eating yogurt and I also drink one glass of water with 1tbp of apple cider vinegar. good luck to those who try it.
I have been suffering with vaginal irritation for over 10 weeks. Went to the doctor before Thanksgiving and it was determined as BV not YI, however, then the antibiotic charged up a massive YI. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar douche, Apple Cider Vinegar drink and acidophilus this evening. I do feel some external relief but I am still itching inside rather badly. Will do this again in the morning. Hoping for the best. Thanks so much for this site.
I was so excited to come across this site when I was looking for alternative cures for a YI. Sadly, the ACV did not work at all. My symptoms have progressed into a full blown YI, so I had to give in and buy Monistat. I tried the ACV spritz, and the bath along with acidophilus pills when the symptoms started. Now I'm in for the long haul. I wish you all luck out there. YI's are not fun at all :(
My name is Sandy, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2 yrs. ago this Christmas. Ever since then, I've had the most God-Awful yeast infection ever!
I tried everything, including all the so called cures online. Nothing would touch this infection until last night, when I was at my wit's end with this thing.
I bought a small bottle of ACV from Walmart for .64 cents. I used it last night, and again this morning, the infection not only burned, itched, and aggravated me, but upset my balanced lifestyle.
The ACV really works, for those of you who may be skeptics. I like most women, tried the monostate, the vagi-guard, creams, garlic, etc.
I'm so thankful for the ACV, this infection is brought on by yeast, and too much sugar and bacteria in the body, the diabetes doesn't help that's for sure, and the infection is something I've never had before in my life.
It's not pleasant, and is the most serious and disturbing thing that's ever happened to me healthwise.
If you're running out of ideas, time, and patience, like I was, you must try the ACV, you sure can't beat the price, and the results are amazing. Stop wasting your money, time and effort on creams, that are messy, and garlic, it's a waste of time!
The ACV is a true cure and blessing, Thank you, so much! Sandy
I am an absolute believer in Apple Cider Vinegar! I had a yeast infection for the past month that has come and "gone" or been hidden for a few days. It came back this last week with a vengeance. I read the posts on here and figured I had nothing to lose. I tried the douche method and the sitz bath. After that I soaked a cotton swab in pure ACV. Little bit of burn at first but nothing unbearable. The results were AMAZING! About 30 minutes later I already felt a huge relief. Probably 70% better which isn't bad after a month of the YI. This morning I woke up and did the douche again with 75% ACV and 25% water. Then I applied the cotton swab soaked in ACV to the labia area. Again the results were amazing! This is the first time in a month that I am sitting at my desk not squirming around because of the intense itching and burning. I had tried the OTC inserts prior and it would mask the symptoms but they would come right back as soon as I stopped the treatment. So far this is proving to be a great natural cure.
San Antonio, Tx
HANDS DOWN APPLE CIDER VINEGER IS A CURE ALL. Tried the yogurt a person can only eat so much of that stuff and putting it on my cookie not a great idea with 2 dogs DON'T ask. Lol After 2 days of itching and burning. I turned to my trusted friend ACV thank god for it and Earth Clinic. I took a nice warm bath cleaned what I had to and took a little spray bottle (. 97 at walmart) and filled it with 25% ACV and 75% luke warm water and went to town spraying it over every part, yes it did burn But.. After the burn was over BLISS no more itching or burning nothing. IT DOES WORK. Maybe not for everyone. will keep doing it untill gone. THANK YOU AGAIN EARTH CLINIC.
I have been a EC fan for years. As I age and hormones changes so does the V-jay jay flora. Im sure most women go through the same thing. At 45 I have learned a few things. Diet is important to keep things in order. Also being clean as I have started sweating more as I get older.
I got some burning and itching a few days ago and it was getting annoying. Tried a bit of yeast cream with no response. Did an ACV and luke warm water douche last night and am fine now. Will do a couple more just for good measure but I have no burning now at all. TY EC.
I'm 28 years old and have never had a yeast infection until two weeks ago. I'm sure it was due to high stress, sodas every evening for days and working as a landscaper in soaked clothing after a rainstorm. I didn't realize what it was until it had gotten quite bad and the vaginal skin was bleeding. I went right to the ACV and dabbed a 1:1 mixure onto the outer vagina and it has kept the yeast under control however there was still yeast problems in the internal vagina.
So inserted an all cotton organic tampon leaving it just slightly protruding outside the vagina. While sitting in my empty bathtub I poured a diluted mixure of ACV/water over the vagina to soak the tampon and then pushed it farther in. I used about 1 tsp ACV/cup water but will strengthen it next time. I left it in for about 2 hours and when I took it out it was covered in yeast. I have not itched at all for the last 12 hours. I'm going to continue this until it is completely cured, which I don't think will take too long. Good Luck.
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