Vaginal Yeast Infections

Many women unfortunately experience monthly vaginal yeast infections. Yeast is a fungus that naturally lives in the vaginal area. The type of yeast that usually overgrows is Candida albicans. Healthy vaginal flora contains beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus acidophilus which help keep the yeast under control. Yeast is encouraged to grow when one is on the birth control pill (high estrogen), antibiotics, cortisone, or if one eats lots of refined bread and sugar. As such, diabetics are predisposed to vaginal yeast infections. Stress is also a common cause of vaginal yeast infections because it causes hormonal imbalances.

 

Symptoms

–        Itching

–        Burning and soreness

–        Vaginal discharge that is often thick like cottage cheese

–        Pain during sex

–        Reddened vaginal labia

 

Treatment/Prevention

–        Do not use harsh soaps, deodorant tampons, sprays or douches which eliminate the beneficial bacteria in the vaginal area

–        Vaginal probiotic suppositories as well as oral probiotics can help rebalance the vaginal flora

–        Reduce sugar in your diet and stress in your life

–        I help rebalance your hormones using herbs, homeopathics, acupuncture, or bio-identical hormones

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