Natural Remedies For Frequent Vaginitis

· August 14, 2014
Even though local treatments are of great help, nutrition also plays an important role when it comes to preventing or eliminating infections.

Experts affirm that all women tend to suffer some form of vaginal infection over the course of our lives.  There are some steps to prevent these infections, but in certain cases, they happen anyway.

As women, we are exposed daily to a variety of activities. Even more so in modern times when the belief that women belong solely in the home, without other job opportunities, has been cast aside.

A high-activity life sometimes could result in a lack of care or preventative measures, either in correct intimate hygiene or nutritional aspects, which are very important when trying to prevent health inconveniences.

A stressed and agitated body is less efficient in fending off microorganisms that cause illness.

What Are the Most Common Vaginal Infections?

The most common type of infection is vulvovaginitis which means “inflammation of the vulva and the vagina”. It is caused by a fungus called Candidiasis .

Why Do They Occur?

Normally, certain microorganisms coexist in the genital zone, and which do not damage our body, though, sometimes, the normal balance is altered and gives way to infections.  They can also be contracted through sexual contact (trichomoniasis).

What sort of situations or events can alter this normal balance?

Hormonal changes during pregnancy, menopause, diabetes, or prolonged use of antibiotics.

Indicatory Symptoms

According to Dr Ferreira some of the symptoms include:

  1. Itching
  2. Excess vaginal discharge with disagreeable odor
  3. Redness of the vulva
  4. Inflammation of the labia
  5. Pain and burning when urinating
  6. Discomfort during intercourse

Fortunately, vaginal infections can be treated.  In many cases, women refuse to speak about them to their physician due to fear or embarrassment, without realizing that a minor bother can quickly become a major problem.

For your safety, it is always best to consult your physician first before trying any natural treatments or remedies.

Natural Remedies

Plants with antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, and which strengthen the body’s immune system:

  • Boldo:  is useful for infections caused by fungus.  Possesses antifungal properties.  Take boldo baths.
  • Marigold: Possesses antibiotic and antifungal properties.  Put a small amount of marigold in boiling water, let it steep, and place on the infected zone.

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  • Chamomile: may be infused into the water of a sitz (or hip) bath.

Other Natural Methods

  • Garlic: Excellent antibacterial and also antifungal.  Crush a clove of garlic to make a paste, and apply externally.
  • Tea Tree Oil:  Put a few drops in bath water.  Possesses antibacterial properties.

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  • Apple Cider Vinegar:  Helps balance pH.  Mix 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.  Drink three times a day.

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  • Yogurt is a great help for avoiding vaginal infections, and if you are already suffering from one, you can put a little in your vaginal zone.

Nutrition

Nutrition also plays an important role. Certain foods have properties that prevent or eliminate infections.

In addition, a healthy nutrition helps strengthen the immune system to fight any microorganism impeding its improvement.

We should eat foods that contain:

  • Iron: clams, organ meats, legumes, green vegetables.
  • Zinc: lamb, oysters, peanuts, pumpkin, wheat germ
  • Vitamin B:  liver, milk, eggs, fish.

Discover more: The Most Vitamin-Filled Foods

Which should we avoid?

Alcohol, tobacco, drugs, bread, processed and preserved foods, yeasts, and sugars.

General Recommendations

  • Practice proper intimate hygiene, if possible with soaps with a neutral pH and which do not alter the natural flora of the vagina.
  • Do not wear tight jeans, also avoid underwear made with synthetic fibres.  Remember that the intimate zone requires proper ventilation.  When humidity rises in that zone, microorganisms can reproduce more easily and rapidly.
  • If using feminine products such as pantyliners, change them at least 4 times a day, and the same advice goes for using tampons during menstruation.
  • Wash underwear in neutral detergent.
  • When using the toilet, wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from the anus from causing infection in the vaginal area.
  • Lead a more relaxed life; stress and anxiety lower our defenses, and we will be more likely to suffer illness.
  • Always use cotton underwear that absorbs the natural moisture of the body.
  • Although it may seem ironic, do not go overboard with cleaning the vagina, even when using proper soaps for the area.  It is recommended that you wash with soap once a day and rinse with water.
  • The vagina has an automatic cleansing mechanism, so only wash the external part.
  • Using a female condom will help prevent sexually transmitted infections.

We hope you liked our article, for more information on vaginal infections click below!

  • Nivin Todd, MD Vulvovaginitis: What are the symptoms and how is it treated? WebMd (2018) https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/what-is-vulvovaginitis
  • Vaginal candiasis Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), (August, 2017) https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/genital/index.html
  • Goncalves B, Ferreira C, Alves CT, Henriques M, Azeredo J, Silva S. Vulvovaginal candidiasis: Epidemiology, microbiology and risk factors. Critical reviews in microbiology 2016;42:905-27.