If you struggle with so many yeast infections “down there” that it’s enough to make you buy Monistat creams in bulk, you should definitely read this article. Yeast infections typically come with the following symptoms: itching sensation, cheese-like or smelly discharge, burning sensation, and uncomfortable or painful sexual intercourse.
While Candida can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, frequent yeast infections are usually a sign that something has gone wrong with your intestinal flora, your immune system, or both.
Furthermore, there are some things you could be unknowingly doing every day that will cause your yeast infections to recur with no end in sight.
Let’s see if your daily habits are causing this annoying problem!
Do you use feminine care products on a regular basis, such as pantyliners, tampons, and pads, like most women? If so, you may not realize that these products often include bleach on their surfaces to make them look white. Many of these feminine products are often scented with synthetic chemicals, as well.
Frequent exposure to bleach and synthetic fragrance can often lead to irritation and upset the natural pH balance of this sensitive region. Furthermore, the gel layer inside the pads, which traps and seals in moisture during menstruation, also dries out your body’s natural lubrication, and this can be a contributing factor to chronic yeast infections.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to switch to using a sea sponge every month or something like that!
There are actually organic feminine care products that you may wish to check out. Personally, I love Naturacare products and have been using them for years!
The second thing in your bathroom that you need to pay attention is your vaginal douche. If you are using a douche, you are essentially washing away the natural lubrication of the region, making your system much more prone to yeast infections.
Believe it or not, the best way to clean your vagina is with plain water. That’s it! Your vagina cleans itself out naturally every day. If you want to wash the area around your vagina (the vulvar region), use only mild, organic, unscented soap and water.
One of my absolute favorite Etsy shops, TicklebellySoap, has some really wonderful organic and natural soaps and bathing products. Click on the photo below to check out their “Naked” unscented bar soap!
No douche, feminine sprays, or anything else needed!
Note: If you notice an odor that won’t go away after taking these steps, it’s important to see your gynecologist to figure out what’s causing it. Every vagina has its own natural scent, but if yours is noticeably foul, it’s an indication that something is wrong and needs to be treated. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Doctors see this kind of thing every day!
Speaking of the bathroom, let’s take a brief peek into your medicine cabinet. Do you frequently use antibiotics? Regular or excessive use of antibiotics could be another factor that contributes to the formation of Candida yeast.
What you do in the kitchen can have a profound impact on your health.
Fast food, processed food, refined sugar, and alcohol can all play a role in the development of chronic yeast infections.
The best way to treat chronic yeast infections is to reduce as many outside factors as possible before treating the problem from the inside.
So, get rid of all the processed junk, sweets, and alcohol from your fridge or cabinet. You can have a small treat once in a while, but when your system is not healthy enough, it requires adequate nutrients to heal itself.
Next time you head to the supermarket, fill your cart with green leafy vegetables, garlic, low-sugar fruits, organic or free-range chicken, wild fish, cayenne pepper, turmeric, organic butter, organic yogurt (low sugar), brown rice, green tea, and water. Stick to this diet pattern for 30 days, and you should start noticing a change for the better!
Afterward, you’ll still want to limit your consumption of processed foods to once a week or less, so you avoid getting back to square one.
Meanwhile, get rid of all your toxic chemical cleaning agents, too. The substances in common household detergents are connected to intense allergic reactions and autoimmune problems. If your immune system is already weakened, these chemicals will only further inhibit your body’s natural ability to fight an overgrowth of Candida yeast.
Instead, use organic cleaning products that are designed to be easier on both your health and the environment!
Here are some cleaners I recommend:
Now that we’ve discovered the possible culprits of your chronic yeast infections in the bathroom and kitchen, let’s take a peek into your bedroom.
First, let’s have a look at your panty drawer. What kind of underwear do you wear? If they’re made of dyed, synthetic fabric, wearing them could be contributing to your chronic itching and torment. They may be cute, but what’s the point in wearing them if they’re completely inhibiting your love life?
Do your crotch a favor, and switch to cotton panties (preferably organic, but those can get a bit pricey). They may not be the sexiest things on the planet, but I’ll bet your partner won’t mind at all because they’ll get have to have sex with you again!
Also, speaking of sex, what kind of lubricant are you using? Artificial and scented lubricants can interfere with your body’s natural pH balance and cause itching, burning, rashes, and chronic yeast infections.
Try using organic coconut oil instead! It gives you the lubrication you need and also has natural anti-fungal properties to boot! Boom! You can kill two birds with one stone.
If chronic yeast infections have been a problem for you for a long time, know that you are not alone, and you can do something to treat them. Below are some additional resources to check out so you can feel confident, sexy, and comfortable again!