Vaginal thrush is a type of infection that most women suffer from. In fact, it affects up to 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lifetimes. Some women may even experience more than one episode of it.
Vaginal thrush, also known as a vaginal yeast infection or candidal vulvovaginitis, occurs due to excessive growth of yeast (candida) in the vagina.
Under normal circumstances, the vagina contains a balanced mix of yeast, including candida, and bacteria. The bacteria produce acid, which prevents yeast overgrowth. When the balance between the naturally occurring yeast and good bacteria gets disrupted, it causes a yeast infection.
The most common symptom of vaginal thrush is itching in the vagina and the vulva, which may be severe. Other symptoms include a burning sensation with urination, white and thick vaginal discharge having an appearance like cottage cheese, severe pain during intercourse, and redness and soreness around the vagina.
Though not classified as a sexually transmitted infection, this problem is more common in women who are frequently sexually active. Some of the other risk factors include taking antibiotics, pregnancy, uncontrolled diabetes, impaired immunity, HIV/AIDS and use of oral contraceptives or hormone therapy that increases estrogen levels in the body.
Most cases of vaginal thrush are easily treatable. If you would like to avoid taking prescription medication, you can give natural home remedies a try.
This is the home remedie for vaginal thrush.
Yogurt contains good bacteria or probiotics and thus helps maintain the proper balance of good bacteria tokeep yeast from overgrowing.
A 1992 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that daily ingestion of 8 ounces of yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus decreased both candidal colonization and infection.
Another 2012 study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics found that the mixture of bee-honey and yogurt produced a high clinical cure rate and a reasonable mycological cure rate in patients with vulvo-vaginal candidiasis during pregnancy.
A 2003 study published in FEMS Immunology and Medicinal Microbiology reports that the combination of probiotic L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. fermentum RC-14 is safe for daily use in healthy women and can reduce colonization of the vagina by potential pathogenic bacteria and yeast.
In a 2006 research review published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, experts found that some probiotics, especially L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. fermentum RC-14 may be effective against candida. However, more randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials with a larger sample size should be carried out for a proper conclusion.
Dip a tampon in yogurt and insert it in the vagina for 2 hours. After removing it, clean the area with lukewarm water and pat dry thoroughly. Do this twice a day.
Also, include yogurt containing live cultures in your diet. You can also opt to take probiotic supplements after consulting your doctor.
Note: For treating a yeast infection, only use plain, unsweetened yogurt. Any sweetened yogurt will only worsen the condition.