How to Use Garlic to Treat Vaginal Yeast Infections

November 15, 2017
If you need to treat a vaginal yeast infection, don’t be ashamed. These infections turn up more often than you might think, and natural remedies can help.

Looking for a treatment for vaginal yeast infections isn’t always easy. This is especially true because of the stigma involved. Some people even think of them as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). However, this isn’t true. There are many ways to get them.

The most common ones usually come from the bacteria Candida albicans. This bacteria is present both in your intestines and your genitals. The infection happens when there is an excess of this bacteria.

The origin of the said excess can be due to:

  • A hormonal change
  • Lowered defenses
  • A side effect of taking antibiotics
  • High levels of sugar
  • A rapid temperature change that affects the balance of your bacteria.

However, if you’ve had sexual relations with another person, it’s best to tell them about this.

Even if this isn’t the case for you, you might have given it to someone else. This is even true if you’ve had oral sex. Also, keep in mind that sometimes, it’s asymptomatic. Because of this, it’s possible that those who have it haven’t realized it.

See also:Seven Myths About Oral Sex and its Health Consequences Busted

Why use garlic for treating vaginal yeast infections?

Garlic is good to treat vaginal yeast infections

If you know about the properties of garlic, you’ll realize that it’s perfect for this kind of problem. When it’s mixed with the enzyme alliinase, it creates a substance called allicin. This is a great fungicide.

Also, garlic also helps you to strengthen your immune system. Thus, you can use it to fight against the bacteria. At the same time, it also helps your defenses resist the attack.

Lastly, it also contains ajoene. This is another compound that fights against microorganisms that come from infections. This way, your vagina will stay free from any element that it seeking to harm it.

What does garlic treatment consist of?

Cloves of garlic and chopped garlic

In theory, it sounds great. But, understandably, you probably feel a little skeptical.

By treating such a sensitive area, it’s quite normal for you to have suspicions. However, this natural remedy is completely safe. Despite this, if you aren’t sure, you always have the option of asking your doctor.

If you’re ready, here are the instructions for applying the recommended treatment:

  • Crush three cloves of garlic with the help of a pestle and mortar or a grinder. Make sure that the pieces are very small.
  • Wrap a sterile gauze strip around the garlic as if it were a bag.
  • Then, tie it together with a strong thread (keep in mind that you’ll have to pull it out with this thread).
  • Put it in the affected area or insert it into your vagina as if it were a tampon.
  • Keep it there for between 2 to 3 hours. Never let it go past 4 hours.
  • Pull on the string to take it out.

At the beginning, it’s possible that you’ll feel a certain burning sensation. You may also see certain milky fluids. Don’t worry, this is very normal. Neither of the two things are harmful.

However, if you don’t find relief, talk to your doctor. You may need other solutions. Remember to tell her that you have used this treatment just so that she’s aware.

Using garlic to control vaginal yeast infections

Woman in her underwear

There are women who only suffer from this problem once or twice in their life. Others, however, suffer from it on a recurring basis. For the latter, you need to protect yourself to get rid of this problem or reduce its frequency.

  • To do this, you have garlic powder pills at your disposal. They can be found in drugstores or health food stores.
  • The normal dose usually consists of a pill at every meal. The goal is to increase nutrients thanks to the garlic. This also increases your defenses.

At the same time, there are also delicious ways to eat it raw. For instance, you can add garlic to olive oil. You can set this aside for toast and snacks. The flavor is delicious and its ability to control infections is immeasurable. It also takes care of your health in general.

As this is for treating such a delicate area, the best thing to do is to respect your body and use non-aggressive therapies.

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