A vaginal yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is a common condition that affects a lot of folk - women & men! A health vagina contains bacteria and some yeast cells, these help maintain a health vaginal microbiome and help protect the vagina. But when the balance of bacteria and yeast changes, the yeast cells can multiply too quickly and take the microbiome out of balance. This causes intense itching, discharge and irritation.
Treating a vaginal yeast infection can relieve symptoms within a fe days. In more severe cases, it may take up to 2 weeks.
Vaginal yeast infections aren’t considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Sexual contact can spread it, but women who aren’t sexually active can also get them. Once you get a yeast infection, you’re also more likely to get another one as imbalances in the vaginal microbiome can be difficult to bring back to balance.
Vaginal yeast infections have a common set of symptoms, such as:
- vaginal itching
- swelling around the vagina
- burning during urination or sex
- pain during sex
Whitish-gray and clumpy vaginal discharge (almost like cottage cheese) is another symptom. Sometimes the discharge may also be watery.
Usually the length of time your yeast infection is left untreated has a direct impact on how severe your symptoms may become.
Current prescription medications are mostly strong anti-fungal drugs that try to wipe out all yeast cells in your vagina. However, we know that a healthy vagina needs some yeast cells and if you whip out all yeast cells, you leave the vagina prone to attack from other bugs and bacteria. You can try to treat vaginal yeast infections with natural remedies if you’d like to avoid taking prescription medication. Some popular natural remedies include:
- coconut oil
- tea tree oil cream
- boric acid vaginal suppositories
- plain yogurt taken orally or inserted into the vagina
Turmeric is one of the most well-studied medicinal herbs of our time. Its versatility as a natural remedy for common ailments has made it an incredibly popular and time-tested dietary supplement.
Researchers have uncovered significant health benefits from regular turmeric use, which is the reason why our ancestors used curcumin in natural medicine for thousands of years. But, can turmeric kill off a yeast infection, and does it have antifungal properties?
Recent studies have shown that turmeric may potentially help treat yeast overgrowth and various other types of fungal and yeast infections. One study proved that curcumin possessed anti-fungal activity against 14 different strains of yeast.
Try our Fem Patch Co Tumeric and Lavender Tampons to help with yeast cell control. Tumeric also has anti-inflammatory qualities.
Despite their prevalence, it’s important to treat vaginal yeast infections early. Not only will you alleviate uncomfortable symptoms, but you can also reduce the chances of the infection becoming more widespread in your body.