Oh it is what it is……Candida, thrush, candidiasis and vaginitis a yeast infection by any other name is still a yeast infection. Unfortunately about 75% of women will get an infection at least once in their lifetime. Men can and do get yeast infections, although the occurrence for this isn’t as high as it is in women. Did you know yeast infections can occur in a number of different places like the mouth,underarms, between the toes or any other place on your body that might serve as a good breeding ground for the bacteria that forms the yeast. The most common area that a yeast infection will occur though is in the vagina. If you are one of the luckier 25% do read on you never know when this info will come in handy. More and more women are becoming aware of what they put on their bodies and are against chemicals used in personal care products, especially in cosmetics. But, have you ever really thought about the products you use “down there”. Frequent washing with soaps, douching, prolonged menstruation, and unhygienic practices contribute to a change in pH balance of a woman’s flora. And based on research, feminine washes that contain harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances may cause irritation. Knowing this, we really need to pick a feminine wash that’s free of all chemicals.
Why not try some of these instead they are cheap as chips chemical free and won’t harm “down there”
Wash your vulva using warm water each day as you shower or bathe. Plain warm water is the best feminine wash you can use.
Mix one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar with one cup of water. Pour this onto your vulva then rinse with water. This homemade feminine wash will leave your vulva odor-free. Since it’s nontoxic, you won’t experience breakouts or rashes as you may with soap.
ALOE VERA GEL
Make a feminine wash for your vulva using the aloe vera plant. Slice open an aloe vera leaf and scrape the gel out. Mix it with water in a small bowl then apply it to your vulva. Rinse with warm water.
Clean your vulva with a mixture of one cup of hydrogen peroxide and three cups of water. This is another nontoxic feminine wash that leaves your vulva odor-free.
FOR RASHES & ITCHING
Add two tablespoons of slippery elm bark powder to one cup of water. Mix well to create a thick, slimy gel. Apply to your vulva to soothe any itching you may have. Slippery elm will also heal rashes around your vulva. Rinse with water.
DON’T FORGET TO
Always wipe and clean your anal area front to back. This keeps bacteria from entering your vagina. Avoid using antibacterial soap and essential oils on your vulva and vagina. These destroy healthy bacteria, exposing you to infection. Avoid using vaginal sprays and vaginal deodorants. If you’re prescribed an antibiotic, you are at double risk of getting a vaginal infection. Speak to your doctor about also taking a probiotic or healthy bacteria like acidophilus to replace healthy bacteria in your vagina and body. Always wear loose cotton underwear or underwear with a cotton crotch. Synthetic materials and tight underwear lead to vaginal infections. Use unscented pads and tampons. Change them every four to eight hours.
By Nellie Lee Luhrmann