Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acidophilus, Garlic, Yogurt
- Acidophilus, Vitamin C, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Acidophilus, Vitamin E, Folic Acid
- Acidophilus, Yogurt, ACV and Peroxide Douche
- Aloe Vera
- Anti-Fungal Remedies or Medication
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Salt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, H2O2, Castor Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Salt, Castor Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Salt, Garlic
- Athlete's Foot Fungus Cream
- Avoid Spermicides
- Baking Soda
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Boric Acid
- Caprylic Acid
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Cranberry Juice
- Don't Douche
- Dung Smoke
- Folic Acid
- Fragrance-Free Laundry Detergent
- Garlic, ACV, Acidophilus, Coconut Oil
- Garlic, Yogurt, Hydrogen Peroxide
- General Feedback
- Giving Up the Pill
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Honey and Tea Tree Oil
- Honey, Yogurt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Acidophilus Douche
- Lifestyle Suggestions
- Monistat Reactions
- Multiple Remedies
- Oregano Oil
- Povidone Iodine Douche
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Salt Water
- Sun Dry Laundry
- Tea Bags
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedies Feedback
- Vanadium (Vanadyl Sulfate)
- Vitamin E, Oregano Oil, Boric Acid
- Water and Kefir
- White Vinegar
- Yeast-Free Diet
- Yogurt, Garlic, ACV
A vaginal yeast infection is characterized by burning, itching, soreness, pain during intercourse and/or urination, and vaginal discharge that looks rather like cottage cheese. A diagnosis is confirmed through identification of the yeast under a microscope from a specimen scraped from the vaginal area.
Yeast infections occur when new yeast is introduced into the vaginal area, or when there is an increase in the quantity of yeast already present in the vagina relative to the quantity of normal bacteria. When normal, protective bacteria are eradicated by antibiotics or by immunosuppressive drugs, for example, the yeast can multiply, invade tissues, and cause irritation of the lining of the vagina.
Diagnosis: Before starting treatment for a yeast infection, please make certain that it is the proper diagnosis. Two other similar vaginitis conditions can be easily confused with this condition. So how to diagnose your vaginal ailment? Bacterial vaginosis is caused by bacteria, while candidiasis (a yeast infection), is caused by the excessive presence of yeast, and Trichomonas vaginalis (trichomoniasis) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a parasite. To complete your own differently diagnosis for your vaginitis, consider your symptoms (most indicative listed first):
Bacterial Vaginosis: Relatively thin, whitish, foul-smelling discharge; little to no discomfort; discharge most common following sexual activity; vaginal pH above 4.5.
Trich: "Fishy" smell, itchiness (potentially from thighs to urethra), frothy yellow-green discharge, labial swelling. Sexually communicated.
Yeast Infection: "Cottage cheese" discharge; burning, itching, or pain related to sexual activity or urination; redness. Most likely in the case of someone with a weakened immune system.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
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Acidophilus Cure for Yeast Infections
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Acidophilus Supplements
Acidophilus is a bacterium that naturally occurs in the human body, including in the vagina. To reduce yeast levels and restore your body's natural balance, you can take acidophilus capsules available at the pharmacy. Use as directed for a long-term yeast infection cure. For fast relief, some women will insert a tablet vaginally in addition to the oral route.
06/28/2011: Sjj from St. Louis, Mo: "The refrigerated acidophilus chews work PERFECTLY for me! They dissolve easily... I don't experience that initial burning and extreme discomfort I feel upon insertion of a Monistat treatment... And relief comes QUICKLY. I insert one and chew one. If I act immediately (the day the little itch n twitch begins)... I'm back to normal in 1 or 2 days. I got mine from Walgreens. One bottle was $11, but they were buy one get one free! Sometimes I still use the external itch cream left over from the Monistat three day pack for immediate relief if I haven't acted right away... I think you can buy the cream separately as well... Hope this helps!"
11/09/2010: S.n.b. from Bristol, Ct: "Hello everyone im so glad to have found this site.. Ive been reading all the comments for 3 hrs now... Anyway I have recently started to experience excessive discharge as if I was on my period and of course the discharge comes with an odor.. I can smell it when I am sitting down and it makes me very self conscious which is not like me because I feel I am a very bubbly person.... Anyway I actually have my yearly gyn opt tomorrow and I was thinking of telling him about my problem but like most of you, all he did when I was suffering from multiple yeast infections was give me that metrogel and flucazanol and another one that starts with a T that I cant remember.. But honestly I didnt start having this discharge and odor until he perscribed that freakn flucaznol.!!!! .. So I recently have tried the acidophilus and folic acid.. Im not sure the dosage I should take but ive been taking 2 acidophilus and 3 folic acid and have even been taking 1 of the rephresh pills (which I think im going to stop taking those since it has really helped).. I will try inserting the acidophilus up the "twoat"to see if that helps as well.. This is my first post so I will keep you updated.. Thank you all for being so honest.. It really helps because sometimes I feel I am alone with this.."Replies
01/27/2012: Desimom from Sterling, Va replies: "I am facing similar issues.... Could you please share if those medicine work for you?"
03/05/2012: Natural1 from Florence, Italy replies: "If there is discharge with a strong odor, you may have a bacterial infection or other problem, not a yeast infection. Likewise if it is a different color. I would recommend a visit to your doctor to be tested before you treat for a yeast infection, since if it's not one, natural remedies for yeast won't help."
03/15/2012: Stuck from San Francisco, California replies: "If you have a strong smell you might have bacterial vaginosis or BV. taking probiotics will help I recomend seeing a natropathic dr bc a regular dr is just going to perscrip a bunch of medicine that is going to throw you back and forth between BV and yeast."
[YEA] 07/13/2009: tamara from washington, dc: "Something I tried for a recurring yeast infection that worked 10 years ago and I never had it again may work for BV but I can't try it because my monthly was not regular and now I don't have one. Take 2 acidophilus pills (normal dose in the bottle)for the 2 nights before your period starts and 2 nights after they end. My doctor told me acidophilus won't work for BV but this is better then inserting them vaginally and bleeding. I don't know how long to take them. I took them for 6 months and it also helped my constipation. Ten years later I am still regular were I never was before. So this will defintely help yeast infections and regularity. My thought is that acidophilus is good for the vaginal flora which SHOULD be good for BV but I can't test it."
[YEA] 12/15/2008: Tiffany from Los Angeles, CA: "Acidophilus Pills from Trader Joe's worked instantly for curing yeast infections. I took a pill as soon as I felt any sort of itching and it worked immediately."Replies
04/28/2010: Cassie from New York, New York City replies: "Which one? There is a regular one and a super one. Which one did you take?"
[YEA] 11/28/2008: Juanita Browne from New Orleans, La. USA: "I suffered a raging yeast infection after having to take a regime (3 months) of strong antibiotics for a staph infection a couple of years ago. Someone suggested taking Acidophillus... I took 4 capsules of the 8 Billion strength with each capsule as a maintance dose till I finished the antibiotic treatment... However, when I started on the Acidophillus treatment, I needed fast relief from the itching and inserted 2 capsules directly in the vagina 2xs a day... this really helped and gave a jump start to relieving my symptoms! I did this also while taking the capsules oraly.
I don't understand why Doctors are not savvy to this and tell their patients about Acidophillus when they prescribe antibiotics in the first place... maybe to sell higher priced Nystatin drugs thru big Pharmacital corporations!
This site is a blessing... I come here often in search of new remedies and cures! God bless you...
J. Browne "
[YEA] 08/05/2009: Tanja from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hello there.
I just wanted to add that I also had a recurring vaginal yeast infection (or thrush as it is known here) over the years. In Australia you can get an over the counter cream which you insert. However, I found this cream to be only a temporary fix, and the infection came back. Once, I had it twice within a two week period. Frustrated, I went to my local health food store and asked about an alternative...and yes...I was also told to insert 2 Acidophilus capsules directly into the vagina every night for 2 weeks. Major relief virtually overnight! This happened 2 years ago and I've never had an infection since!
The reason they don't tell you about it is because it's all way too simple, and if you knew about it, then you would stop having to go to the chemist for more of the other stuff which doesn't work in the long term.
ps. I discovered this site several months ago. Thank you to everyone responsible for making it work and getting the message out there. There are so many simple and cheap remedies you can use which work. Why poison yourself with pharmaceuticals which only make matters worse. All the best to everyone."
01/26/2012: Jenifer from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Acidophilus is just one of the many things I've done to combat a permanent yeast infection that I've had for over a decade. I can't tell you guys how I have suffered with this condition and I have tried every natural cure on the planet. It's been the single most challenging health problem that I've faced in my whole life. The emotional, sexual, personal, mental, and spiritual, aswell as finacial, and physical toll this condition has caused me cannot be sufficiently put into words. The worst thing about it, as I felt I was the only one. The only one that couldnt carry on a sex life like a normal person, (and I Love sex! ) the only one that had this embarrassing and distracting condition. I just felt and STILL feel so abnormal, and completely alone.
Thanks to my tireless research online and earthclinic, I can live like a somewhat normal person, and can have a functional sex life again.
Diet: Very important.. Green Smoothies, superfoods like Maca, Spirulina, Barley and Wheat grasses, aswell as Goji Berry juice, Coconut oil and flax oils. All essential to builing up your health and Immune system. Start there.
Supplements: Take em. I take everything. I am a health food, vitamin junkie, thanks to my yeasties!! Take at least a multivitamin, and a vitamin c tablet every day. AND Acidophilus, everyday.
Folic Acid: Some women claim to be yeast free by taking this vitamin everyday. It worked for me for about a year, then my body got used to it.
Herbs: Grapefruit seed extract, taken three times a day during and infection, HELPS A LOT. Six droplets in an empty gel cap three times a day. Also Oregano oil (filled to the brim of the gelcap) three times a day is great too. I rotate em every other infection. But dont store Oil or Oregano in a gelcap, it will burn rite thru the geletin.
Colloidal Silver, is good too. Taken everyday for maintenance. Some people swear it cures an infection in larger amounts.
Coconut oil: Some people claim this will cure an infection in a few days taken in large quantities a few times a day, but it didnt really work for me. I do tak it everyday in a smoothie and I think it does help.
Dong Quai: As a tea and herb. This works wonders for balancing hormones, which might also be your problem. I also read online a women cured her painful sex with this herb.
Tea tree oil: Awwww yesss!! Good ole' tea tree oil!! A long time friend and partner and ally in my battle against the yeast but it does nothing for me now, my body got used to it. I started inserted it in Gel caps in my vajajay mixed with a carrier oil like castor oil and it worked for a while to cure my infections!! I also used it as a preventative after sex, or swimming or whatever. Dabbed some on my fingers and wiped it around in there. But it stopped working after a couple years.
Douches: Acidophilus, sea salt, ACV douches, you name it. I did it. Douching is horrible for the PH. Caused me more problems than anything. Lavender oils, are good too, along with tea tree.
Neem oil can also be used to cure an infection. Inserted in a tampon or gel cap. No need for a carrier oil. Needs to be set in warm water to liquify during the winter months.
Myrrh oil. Awesome. I cannot say enough about this oil, its incredibly healing. It Burns tho, Ive almost killed myself with this oil before. NEEDS to be diluted. Use this oil in a gelcap, TWICE a day for 3 or more days. Like maybe 2 drops in a gelcap with almond oil or something.
Grapefruit seed extract in a gel cap with a carrier oil or DOUCHE (some women do that too) in also awesome. It does burn tho. Douching may be preferable. 20 drops or more in a cup of water.
Silver can also be put in a douche.
What I do: It's hard for me to cure an infection completely on supplements alone. Unfortunantly, I have to get rite in there down and dirty, and put things inside, actually IN the area to get really effective results. Investing in empty gel caps is a must.
Oils: Some women claim to cure infections with Castor Oil, Coconut oil, and Flax oil alone. For me, it helps, A LOT, and makes me functional for sex, and soothes the tissues, etc, but does not really cure an infection.
I also actually put Goldenseal EXTRACT, (with the alcohol) inside as well, and can cure an infection in 3 days. But it burns a bit, the buring subsides after a few minutes. Hey, I'm a vet at this. I don't care about a little burning. Anything not to have to endure burning, uncomfortable sex all the time!! Who wants to live like that!!!
Boric Acid: I hate Boric Acid. It works. It's strong. But it's messy and its a poison. I get the runs while using it, and it dries the tissues out so much that I have to wait a week after using it to have sex again. It's awful. But it does work.
Gential Violet. Some people swear by this remedy aswell. I myself, have not tried it.
Tampons:: I don't like tampons cuz I'm prone to yeast anyway, but I also find I waste a lot of medicine this way(which is expensive), and they are uncomfortable and drying.
Pau de Arco:: I've heard this works well as a tea/ douche and taken internally as a tea and supplement, but I have not tried it yet. They say that in Brazil, this is the only tree that doesn't get fungus.
My theory on this: I dont know why I have this problem. I don't know what my body is missing, or lacking, to where I cannot fend off even one infection and I contract this horrible problem each and everytime I have any kind of sexual activity.
I know I prolly have Vulvodynia. I've had this problem ever since I lost my virginity at 22, so maybe my body wasn't built for sex. But I do know, that ever since I started the herbs, my health is great, I look great, feel better, and at times, when I manage to have yeast free, sexually active periods, sex feels awesome, and clean!! And my flowers feel the way it did when I was a teenager. So, yes, it's possible to feel normal again, and to have normal sex again. It's just time consuming and something you have to fight for more than others, I guess."
01/31/2012: Charlene from Anywhere, Ks, Usa replies: "Tanja, You are not alone. I too have had this problem since I lost my virginity at the age of 19. I'm now 41. I've never had a normal sex life either. There always seems to be some kind of problem. I've been suffering from an ongoing yeast infection for nearly a year now. I can't take it anymore. I'm here to learn how to "cure" it myself, since my doctor hasn't succeeded. THANK YOU for your information."
02/20/2012: Jenifer from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I also want to to add to my post::
What I mean by empty gel caps is, I put the essential oils IN the Gel caps with a carrier oil, and insert into the vagina twice a day.
What I do now::
I use grapefruit seed extract in a small amount of water(half cup, about 20-25 drops) as a douche or in a gel cap, (bout 5 drops) to olive oil. The Myrrh oil I do not swallow. I put in a gel cap with a carrier oil and insert in the vag, twice a day. About 3 to 5 drops, just the myrrh. Goldenseal can be put in a gelcap or douche aswell and inserted up there twice a day. I use grapefruit seed and goldenseal EXTRACT together when I have an infection now, the Myrrh when I want to pull out the big guns.
I also take grapefruit extract and swallow about 3 gelcaps a day (5-8 drops per cap) for a week. And an ounce of colloidal silver twice daily for a week during infection along with the extract, inserted into the vag AND swallowed
I'm gonna make my own colloidal silver here soon. It's quite expensive."
03/20/2012: Zara from London, Uk replies: "Hi everyone! For those women who insert a capsule directly into the vagina at night-what type of capsules are these?
I am trying probiotic capsules but the problem is that they never stay up there... By morn they come out when I go to the toilet. Some of the coating may have dissolved, but its not enough for the contents to start working in the vagina.
The first time I did it... It stayed up there and dissolved but I haven't managed to get it right again! :( I'm just literally throwing them down the toilet! Any advice on this please? I'm running out of ideas and so far they have already been "creative"! Thanking you all in advance for offering your advice! From a fellow thrush battler!!
Wishing good health and peace to all! "
06/17/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Plain yogurt is a popular, well known cure for a yeast infection. Organic if possible, but make sure it's plain yogurt and not flavored or heavily sugared. Use topically/locally(i.e. inside you) for best results. Yes awkward I know, but effective, and works quicker than the dietary or suppository capsules. You do want to address the systemic side too, so make yourself a yogurt smoothie also. This will provide amazing relief (straight from the fridge... Aaah) and not only is drug free, but directly gives the yeast infection exactly what it needs. I found the most basic less-fussed-with plain yogurt at the Indian grocer near me, but any plain yogurt should do the job. Make yogurt a regular part of your eating habits and you will greatly minimize yeast issues."
07/06/2012: K from Denver, Co replies: "Zara, You have to really get it up in there - use an applicator for a commercial yeast treatment or something similar - I have a toothbrush that I use (handle end! ) that is the perfect size and shape to get the capsule all the way in."
08/19/2012: Erin from Pittsburgh, Pa replies: "Jenifer from LA, Look into cytolytic Vaginosis and see a specialist. You could be treating something that you do not have. I guess Cytolytic Vaginosis involves having too much of the "good" bacteria. I would definitely see a doctor who specializes in complicated vaginitis. It seems like Preseed oil (lube for women trying to conceive) was the solution for one girl who was just continuously diagnosed with yeast and bv with the typical remedies never working. With a condition that complicated you must see a specialist."
[YEA] 08/22/2008: Mel from Kobe, Japan: "Thanks for this wonderful webiste. Despite reading all the comments for ACV, I'm sorry to report that it hasn't helped me in my battle with Yeast Infections!! I've also tried numerous other methods - Ted's suggestion of Nicaniamide, probiotics etc. I have found some relief with yoghurt though - I make my own with a high bacterial content & insert it into my vagina at night. My husband (graphic as it is!!) then inserts his you-know-what, which pushes it in & around properly i guess. It might be a bit bizarre, but I've tried ALL the remedies & this is the only thing that makes any difference. I feel substantially better, so hope that this helps someone out there!!"Replies
06/27/2011: Jsga from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "You may be getting reinfected by your husband."
07/22/2011: Kesha from Birmingham, Al replies: "That's exacly what it is. You're getting re-infected by him. He may need to eat some yogurt as well and try some things and you guys wait for at least a week to have sex until the infection is gone."
08/09/2011: Notmesaidme from Birmingham, Alabama replies: "Can my husband take this too so that we do not pass this back and forth to each other and we can nip this in the bud, so to speak??"
05/30/2008: Mandi from Fort Worth, TX: "I've been having a reocurring yeast infection for almost a year and a half now. (A few bouts of BV every now and then as well) I had never had either problem ever until a year and a half ago.. it's so frustrating. The only thing that really worked was taking 9 diflucan pills over the course of 3 months. But, after a few months of relief, i got another yeast infection. and, now since it's summer i guess, i've had a yeast infection since the beginning of may that won't go away. doctor gave me terazol and diflucan, it only got worse.. i tried acidophilus, but i guess i took too many a day because it made my stomach hurt! I just tried yogurt insertion. I hope it works. I don't know what else to do. I'm considering getting off of birth control as well, or at least taking it in a way where i don't get periods. Maybe that'll help. Has getting off birth control worked for many people?"Replies
09/08/2008: Niese from Houston, TX replies: "Mandi: I would not continue to take too much more diflucan. I recently went to the doctor for what I thought was a yeast infection, later I found out it was a bacterial infection; however, she told me that continued long use of diflucan will eventually make your body not respond to the medicine, and when this happens it will be almost impossible to get rid of a yeast infection. The most effective thing to do is to use a 7 day cream. Old fashion I know, but it's safe and effective."
11/04/2008: Niccole from Manhattan, Montana, USA replies: "Response to Mandi from Fort Worth.
I also dealt with constant yeast infections for about a year to year and a half. I finally went off birth control. After 2 months of being off them I felt better than I had in years! No more itching, no more burning, no more pain during intercourse. Plus, for me (and it seems the opposite for most people), I had a shorter period! "naturally" my period became only 2.5-3 days long. Heavy, but manageable. And then done with. On the pill, it would drag on for 8 days and be just enough bleeding to be an annoyance. Plus two days after it stopped, a new yeast infection would start. After being off the pill for a year, I tried going back on. Within 1 week I had the same aweful symptoms I had the year before. So I went right off it the next month. Just this past month (another year and half later) I have given the pill a third try... and guess where I am? On this site looking for more remedies to try!! An infection started last night- 3 days after the end of my period, and two days into a new pack of pills. My obvious answer is to stay away from the pill (which I had taken for nearly 15 year before I ever had problems like this). And yes, i have tried different doses and brands. But I am wanting a method of birth control that isn't permanent or requires too much preparation (i.e. diaphram). So my quest continues... I have tried boric acid suppositories (they work ok- less mess- but the infection always came back), I have tried all the doctor prescribed creams, gels, tablets and they have never worked, other than giving me a few days relief. The tablets (diflucan, etc.) only made me feel ill and upset my stomach. I have been eating yogurt everyday for the last 2 years. I went on a "yeast free" diet for a while. I am going to now try the apple cider vinegar approach. But ultimately I see myself back at the doctor's office trying to get a different form of birth control. In my experience, the only noticeable difference, and CURE, was going off the pill. So Mandi, if you can, try it and see what happens. Good Luck!"
12/08/2008: Debbie from Queens, NY replies: "This is a question for Niccole from Manhattan, Montana... I have been on the pill for almost ten years. In the last year and 1/2 I have gotten a yeast infection every month after my period. Now it seems that its not going away at all after using diflucan and monistat. I have cut all refined sugar, wheat and limited dairy out of my diet, I drink ACV, take acidophilus and garlic in pill form and nothing works! Its really getting depressing and I dont know what else to do besides come off the pill. Do you think its possible that this is the cause even though I've been on it for almost 10 yrs straight? Also, after 15 years did you experience and side effects from coming off the pill?"
01/17/2009: Angela from Kennewick, WA replies: "This is in response to Niese from Houston, TX I have a similar story to yours. I've had chronic yeast infections that was treated with diflucan. I've recently been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis from e-coli. Do you know why you got BV? I'm curious if continued use of diflucan can allow certain bacterias to grow? Any information is helpful, thanks!"
01/10/2010: Caralyne from New York, Ny replies: "I was suffering from recurrent yeast infections an BV a few years back. I got tired of taking the prescribed medications, because fighting the BV caused a yeast infection and then getting rid of the yeast would only last for a little while and back and forth and back and forth.
I started taking acidophilus orally (more than 100 million active per pil) twice a day and inserting garlic cloves into my vagina at night (strange right?) but it worked.
Also, I got rid of my partner. Sounds funny, but I do believe he was constantly passing the yeast and possibly even the BV back to me everytime I worked to get rid of it (that, and he was cheating on me anyway) but I noticed that after having sex with him (which was usually unprotected) I would get a yeast infection. I believe either he brought them to me or was carrying something that I may have given him but men usually dont get symptoms and so sex with him was disrupting my pH.
I suggest to any woman who is getting recurrent infections to definitely convince their partner to treat for yeast or to get a prescription of the flagyl to take orally for BV. It's very possible HE may be the reason you can't get a cure...and the pair of you might not even know it.
I haven't had a single yeast infection since I stopped dating and sleeping with him, but I also haven't had one since I started regularly taking Acidophilus, limiting my sugar intake and the garlic rememdy for about a week... and I eat yogurt (mostly, because I love yogurt tho! lol)
I am currently treating a very mild *so mild in fact i didn't know i had it until i had my annual pap smear* bout of BV with metrogel and am still taking my acidophilus regularly and will probably insert garlic vaginally and maybe even some capsules of the probiotic vaginally after i finish the metrogel just in case, as I dont want yeast to think they can come back!! Its been a great few years without yeast whereas i was having an infection every few weeks and was miserable!!"
07/15/2010: Sheryn from Milwaukee, Wi replies: "Caralyne from NY, NY who noticed that every time she had sex with her boyfriend she'd get a yeast infection: while it's entirely possible he was passing it back and forth. . . If you were using lubricant for sex, that might also be the culprit. Most drug-store brand lubricants are thickened with glycerin, which is a sugar. And if it's flavored. . . That's usually even MORE glycerin. Yeast loves the stuff, so if you're prone to yeast infections, and notice that you get itchy after sex, you might want to check the label and find yourself a water-based lube that doesn't have glycerin in it."
01/24/2013: Mcbrooke from Baltimore, Md replies: "Definitely stop taking the birth control if you can. I just went to my gyn 3 days ago for having constant yeast infections. I started birth control well after I was having the yeast infections, but my doctor (a different doctor perscribed me birth control) said being on birth control would make make the issue worse. I just stopped a few days ago, so I don't really have any feedback for you other than that. Good luck to you though!"
[YEA] 07/05/2007: Ann from toronto, Canada: "I have had a yeast infection for the past 5 years. I tried EVERYTHING. The apple cider vineger douche worked for a couple of days but the infection returned. Then I tried a cure I found for candidia, which I think I have/had, do to the other side effect of dandruff. I ate a section of a garlic clove and took acidophilus tablets. I was on the tablets, 3 a day for about 4 days, then I took a section of garlic before I went to bed on the fourth day. The next day I found that the white discharge I had been used to in my underwear was not there! Gross I know-- but think what a relief that was after 5 years of it.!! I will continue with the tablets and garlic to see if my dandruff clears up. Also I have found since taking the garlic that my tounge getting less of the white stuff (another sign of candidia). Try it! Hopefully it help someone else!"Replies
09/27/2009: Sharelle from America replies: "please help me i want to know what types of food u were takin help"
02/19/2010: Mmd from Oakland, Ca replies: "I had a severe Candida infection after taking a six week course of Doxycycline as an anti-malarial. It took me 8 months of dedicated effort, but I killed the Candida. If you believe you have a serious Candida overgrowth, I would suggest the following:
1) Colon cleanse
2) Acidophilus pills, on the high end of the recommended dosage
3) An anti-candida diet. Essentially, you are eliminating sugars which the yeast needs to live. Eventually, it starves and you are able to return to a "normal" diet. I did an anti-candida diet for 5 months and lost 20 pounds, 5 of it almost immediately. My hair, skin, and nails were pristine, and I looked and felt great. I'd stay away from any recommendations that suggest you can have fruit. You're symptoms will ebb and flow as you starve or feed the yeast."
01/12/2011: Shygrll from Westchester, Ny replies: "Did you have to refrigerate the the acidophilus?"
[YEA] 03/31/2007: Cherryann from Mairetta, GA: "I had a girlfriend who got yeast infections every month before her period. Her doctor told her it was hormonal. I did not buy it. I told her body had too much candida and she needed to take a Probiotic daily and that would balance the good bacteria in her system. She didn't believe me. She tried it and the next month, no yeast infection! I take Probiotics often and they help balance the bacteria in your digestive track which helps balance it in your whole body. I use "Garden of Life" Probiotic but there are others out there. You can check GNC as well. The Apple Cider Vinegar is a great "cure." A Probiotic can be used as a preventative supplement that can keep you from developing them later on."
[YEA] Donna from Aspen, CO: "Cure for yeast infection: One freeze dried acidophilus tablet inserted in the AM and one in the PM for the first day. Following 4-5 days--insert one tablet in the morning."Replies
[YEA] 10/18/2009: Shampoo from Houston, Texas replies: "I have been having recurring yeast infections for the last 4 years. This year I was diagnosed with HPV. My doctor adviced me to continue living a regular life style and that the HPV would go away on its own. The following week he inserted a Merina IUD. I told him that I thought the birth controls I was taking imbalanced my harmones. The IUD seem like it's not helping either. Every month I get a yeast infection. This month is by far the Worst Ever. I took off of work, because I was so uncomfortable. Aft reading about Acidolphius on this website, OMG!!!! Thank you sooooo much for the advice. To be honest, I was sort of skeptical about inserting a pill into my virgina. After trying prescribed medication (Diflucan, Terozol, etc.)and even over the counter medicine Monistat, I was desperate. I was sooo uncomfortable with the itching and burning that I was desperate for any advice. I went to ___ and purchased the 1 billion acidolphius. I took 3 orally, and I inserted 1 tablet vaginally. (I did not have time to freeze it, I just immediately inserted it). I feel like a completelly new lady. There in no itching, burning, or irritation (the first day). For the next 4-5 days I will continue doing this."
10/03/2011: Alley from Sydney, Australia replies: "I've had chronic yeast infections for the past year, almost the same amount of time I've been on the birth control pill. I think stress and poor diet last year had something to do with it as well. I have tried everything in the last 5 months, I eat healthy, am (relatively) stress free, working out more, stopped taking birth control, tried the candida diet plus supplements (no sugar no alcohol! ) for 2 months, tried garlic, acidophilus, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, folic acid and Vit E supplements, and finally, relucantely and hopefully, resorted to Canesten (Monistat) creams, and even took 2 diflucan (flucanazole) pills twice over 2 weeks and.... noooo it's coming back.
I haven't found the cure yet but I think I'm onto something. I am out of options aside from going on the candida diet for longer period of time than 2 months.
I think probiotics hold the key but it has to be the right probiotics - L. Reuteri and L. Rhamnosus. You have to get your vagina back in balance with the yeast and have to build up good bacteria and get your pH back to the right level (which is more acidic). I found a product called Femdophilus that seems to have rave reviews on amazon.com. I found a product that I can order in Australia with the same strains, (Nature's Way Reuteri Pearl). I REALLY REALLY think I'm onto something and I didn't want to miss sharing it. I promise I will report back in 2 months, but I'm sure it can't hurt to try a different probiotic so if anyone else wants to try one now and report back as well. If anything, look at the reviews on amazon.com for the Femdophilus. I've never seen so many positive comments about one thing."
10/08/2011: Alley from Sydney, Australia replies: "Also, get yourself a home Vaginal pH test. This can help you determine whether it is a bacterial or yeast infection. However it won't tell you if you have an STI, so do go to the doctor if this could be the case."
12/29/2011: Alley from Sydney, Nsw replies: "Update: CURED. My home pH test was alkaline and tipped me off that it may be bacterial rather than yeast. Went to a different doctor, told her all my symptoms inc results of the pH test, got a pelvic exam and a swab done - it was in fact bacterial. Took the antibiotics as prescibed, have been cured for 2 months now. I still take probiotics with reuteri strain daily. Nothing alone but the antibiotics worked for me.
Get a proper diagnosis!"
04/20/2012: Mike from Boston, Mabostonm replies: "In reading lots of these replies I see assumptions and attempts which are blind. My "better half" has a yeast infection once a year or less. This one the itching is driving her nuts which brought me here. Some of the people posting are saying they've had the symptoms for years or more. For those--- get yourself a referral to a qualified major teaching hospital and present your case and history to people that won't stop until they find the REAL ANSWERS.
Typically your local (insert doctor here) has a practice and has a handle on the usuals and routine appointments for screenings. There is absolutely ZERO REASON for anyone to suffer these effects chronically without following a diet or prescription that is placed as a solution driven by CLINICAL FACTS. Don't place all of your trust into a first line staple doctor. If you have relentless symptoms of this or any other kind--- and there is no relief from your first line of defense medical attention, then you need to advocate for your own health and sanity to find the real answers with medical facts- biological test results- clinical analysis- and REAL answers for the symptoms. Most if not all insurance sources allow for you to qualify for immediate referral to people that dive far deeper than the community or even regionally percueved 'expert'.
Do some homework and locate the real experts - the ones that perform clinical trials to find real answers- the ones that find the answer to the most complicated symptoms. People entrust their primary care physician and in most cases the next level of "focus" that is refffered to... Then they assume that there is no answer. That is completely ridiculous. For those that do have chronic symptoms please insist on a boatload of clinical and biological facts in QUANTITY- and don't just assume the answer you get is the REAL answer."
04/20/2012: Mike from Boston, Ma replies: "Part 2 as my browser did an oopsie.
Bottom line- you need to advocate for your own well being. If the facts are few and the clinical assessment is weak based on those facts--- YOU need to insist on getting a higher quality of care. Few doctors do it and fewer want to question the easy answer they've come to.
Even for these remedies- people should really request a clinical trial in a teaching hospital to see what effect truly occurs based on the ideas expressed here. I find it absurd that so many people realize relief from things doctors would never prescribe. Is it because a pharmaceutical isn't involved?! ?! ? Please be vocal beyond this great site of sharing. There are obvious disconnects between relief, cures, doctors, and pharma-money. Drugs are not the only answer at ANY doctor in most cases.... Yet every patient walks out with a prescription. Doesn't this site prove that point and in context of this ailment it makes me need to express these facts. Relief to all and I hope things are "fixed" or relieved. Happy days and be your own medical advocate- nobody else will do it."
05/15/2012: Theresa from Bloomfield, Nj replies: "Hi I just wanted to thank everyone who posted about Acidophilus pills. After having a bad sinus infection and being put on antibiotics I got the worst raging yeast infection ever. OTC medicines did nothing to help it. I went to my gyno and he gave me 3 pills (don't remember what they were) and told me to do another round of monastadt. It got better but was still not gone completely. I figured before I made another doctors appt to see what else I could try and found this site. I got the Trader Joes Super Acidophilus pills. I take one before dinner and insert one at bedtime. I've been doing this for 3 days now and my yeast infection seems to be gone! I'm going to insert the pills for two more days to be sure but fingers crossed it doesn't come back. Thank you so much to everyone who posted."
Acidophilus, Garlic, Yogurt
[YEA] 09/25/2009: Sambi from Atlanta, Ga: "I have had reoccurent yeast infections BV for years. I am apparently immune to the prescription drug they give you for yeast and a I am painfully allergic to the otc creams. I read about garlic pessaries before (1 clove tied up in cheesecloth) and it had worked in the past so i tried it again. I was always skeptical of the yogurt thing but in desperation tried it and it worked IMMEDIATELY. so now, 2 acidophilus pills orally, garlic pessaries at night/8-10 HRS and topical and internal yogurt as needed for discomfort. I always hated yogurt but I thank god for it now."
Acidophilus, Vitamin C, Hydrogen Peroxide
[YEA] 08/26/2009: Lana from Morris Plains, Nj: "Yeast Infection: A combination of Acidophilus, vitamin C, and hydrogen peroxide. I took 3 different kinds of Acidophilus on the first day I noticed the infection, each with 2x their normal doses (one full daily dose of each in the morning and evening). I also inserted Acidophilus the first night i noticed the infection, two of the different kinds (capsules) I had on hand. Since one of the three brands was chewable I decided not to use it like that. Then I would insert Acidophilus in both the morning and before i went to bed. I took about 4000 mgs of vitamin C each day. The last thing I did was put Hydrogen peroxide on my labia to relieve the itching. It stings for a minute, but after it is sweet relief. After the first night of this regimen there was about 90% less discharge and much less itching.
I was amazed that i was almost completely cured in just one day.
So, in total the plan is-
1) a double dose of more than one brand of Acidophilus
2) Insert acidophilus twice daily, in the morning and before bed. But I think the gel capsules are best for inserting into the vagina.
3) 4000 mgs of vitamin C each day. I took up to about 8000 mgs a day, but in some people that much vitamin C can give you a stomach ache.
4) Hydrogen Peroxide on a cotton ball swiped over all the itchy parts. I used it whenever I itched and after each time i used the bathroom.
I was about 90% better IN ONE DAY!"
07/11/2012: Chlorellafever from Australia replies: "hi. I was on antibiotics for about a week. I noticed the itching, but I thought it would go away after I finished my course. in the past that has been the case when I am on antibiotics and I am always eating yoghurt.
however this time things were different. After I finished my course my symptons were INSANE. I was really swollen and itchy and there was tonnes of discharge... Just urrg.. I tried Apple Cider Vinegar the first day and that helped a little but the itching always came back. Discharge is minimal. Though it's hard to tell with all the coconut oil :D
i bought some kefir but it was one of those sweetened ones and my symptons were worse. I stopped taking that immediately.
the next day I tried garlic and it helped immensely. I started cleansing as well with hydrogen peroxide and then topically applying coconut oil. This provided immense relief. the swelling and itching have subsided substantially.
last night I inserted a probiotic and did the cleansing thing again. And I feel almost normal. The itching is still there but it's manageable. I JUST WANT IT GONE!
starting yesterday, I have cut back on all sugars, juices, fruits and carbs and have been taking probiotics, chlorella (a prebiotic/detoxifier) and olive leaf extract ( A GREAT ANTIFUNGAL/ANTIBACTERIAL). I am on detox now to get what I believe to be a candida overgrowth under control. This has been the first time I have had antibtiotics in six months. I dont get YI otherwise. And I only started getting them when I was 16 while taking antibiotics but yoghurt always helped. I am 20 years old.
i wondered why my body did not stablise itself like it normally does. I think it had to do with the fact I was drinking lots of juice while on the antibiotics and not eating enough yoghurt and that is probably why my symptoms have been more stubborn. It must have been feeding the candida
is anyone aware of how long this usually takes?"
Acidophilus, Vitamin E, Folic Acid
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/03/2013: Hopeful from Orlando, Fl: "I recently started back up taking an Acidophilus, Folic Acid, and Vitamin E in the morning, and using a small acidophilus vaginal suppository every couple of days (should probably do it every day).
For the last year especially, I've been battling with burning feeling (feels like a UTI sometimes, but lab tests show no UTI). It was making me irritable, sometimes made me want to cry, and sometimes I stayed home from work because of it. I gave up on going to the doctor since it has been more manageable in the past 3 months.
So, like I said, I've been taking (2 billion) Acidophilus tablet in the morning with Vitamin E and Folic Acid. And I have cut some of the acidophilus tablets into fourths and am using those as vaginal suppositories on occassion. It seems to be managing the problem. I've only been doing this for the past 2-3 weeks and right away I noticed I have less discharge and burning.
I've also been eating pretty healthy for the past 3 months. No real significant change in my diet, other than cutting out candy for the most part. And I make an effort to ensure each meal includes fruit (breakfast) or veggies (lunch and supper). But I make all my meals at home from scratch mostly (even making homemade pita bread! ). I think I've eaten out 3 times in the past 3 months. Maybe this has influenced it, maybe not.
Hope this continues to work. Fingers crossed."
[YEA] 12/02/2010: Sharon from San Antonio, Tx: "Cure for a Yeast Infection: Acidophilus pills, Vitamin E, and Folic Acid. I struggled for about 2 years with constant burning in the vaginal area. I need to stress here that all I had was burning. Hardly any discharge, not the cottage cheese type, and NO itching!
It started with what I thought was a UTI. My doctor gave me antibiotics. It didn't work. Long story short, I took around 7 different antibiotics in about 3 months. Doctor just kept trying different ones. Please don't ever do this. It messed up my digestive system big time. I went to a naturopath next. Nothing helped. After 2 years passed with constant burning and going to a few different doctors, a new doctor finally diagnosed me with a resistant strain of yeast. I took 6 rounds of Diflucan. Didn't work. The doctor's last resort was boric acid suppositories. Didn't work.
I had pretty much given up until, by the grace of God, I read in a food/nutritin book about how Vitamin E kills yeast. I had also read here on Earthclinic how alot of women with Bacterial Vaginosis get relief by taking Acidophilus and Folic Acid. So, I took them all together. 2 Acidophilus, 1 200IU Vitamin E, and 1 Folic 400mg Folic Acid morning and night. Within a few days I felt a little better. I was hopeful. The burning wasn't as bad, but still there. I imagine 2 years of burning would take awhile to heal. After a month, I knew the combination was definitely working. I took it for 3 months. Then, gradually took it less and less. It has been gone for a long time.
And here is the kicker: At my next GYN appointment, I told the doctor what finally cured me. She then told me how she read about a very small study that tested the SAME EXACT combination I took and yes, it worked. I was FLOORED! She said big pharm doesn't do those kinds of studies (No way for them to make money off of vitamins). So, alot of people won't know about what has been found. So, I am telling you my own experience. I hope this will help someone else. This period in my life was horrific. It affected my family, marriage, and my overall health. I am still dealing with the physical effects of the stress and anxiety. It was so defeating to have this burning, but no one could tell me what it was. I credit the Lord for showing what I needed to take. I did pray for those two years and couldn't understand why God wouldn't heal me. The journey wound bringing me closer to God than I have ever been and I feel this is what He wanted from me all the while. I realize some people may downplay this aspect of my healing, but I am here to say I am living proof. May God Bless You! "Replies
01/04/2011: Violet from Chino, California replies: "Acidophilus, vitamin E, and folic acid. I have something similar to you, Sharon from San Antonio, Tx. I have had what I perceive as burning and hotness in vagina. As I have advanced in years and after menopause I find that dryness, burning and felling of hotness in vagina has increase, becoming really bad during intercourse. I have had many infections but I never consider this to be an infection. I would like to take the combination of Acidophilus, vitamin e, and folic acid to at least try to help myself. Could you tell me the quantity of acidophilus that you use. I already have the vitamin e and folic acid. I would appreciate it. Thank you"
01/16/2011: Sharon from San Antonio, Tx replies: "Hi Violet - The Acidophilus I took is 500 Million live cells per tablet. At first I took 2 tablets morning and night (along with the Vitamin E and folic acid), then I went down to 1 tablet as I felt better. Good Luck to you! "
01/18/2011: Margaret from Houston, Tx replies: "I have had what my doctor calls yeast infection for 3 months now. Went through 3 courses of Terconazole that only worsen my symptoms, and 2 courses of Moinstat and only got worst. Tried the garlic insertion and felt I was getting worst. Inserting yogurt caused what trully looks like yeast infection where before I only had discharge, but I felt it didn't really resembled yeast although the test came back positive. I'm dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and know that unless I can fight it off to begin with my chances are slim. I bought expensive 500 billion probiotic but it worsen my symptoms and I'm afraid to take it further. What brands did you find best? My main symptom now is burning with minimal discharge. Thank you,"
01/27/2011: Sharon from San Antonio, Tx replies: "Margaret, I used Nature Made brand for all three. I know you can get it from any chain drugstore."
06/10/2011: Alex from Tucson, Az replies: "I have had a yeast infection for about 8 months now. I feel incredibly better than I used to, though it is still not cured. Check out yeastinfectionadvisor.com though - lots of good information. I am following the candida diet and am currently taking Syntol (which has enzymes in it that is supposed to break down the yeast cell walls) and CP1 probiotics and Vaginal Flora probiotics. I take about 500 billion a day of 11 different strains. I think that the diet and these medications/probiotics have been hugely beneficial to me. You need to do the diet and not eat any sugar/breads/carbs. Also, keep in mind that your chronic fatigue might also be caused by yeast... I can't even tell you how tired and irritable the yeast was making me. Now that I am feeling much better, I also have way more energy and am less irritable. Your symptoms also will get worse before they get better - more discharge and more irritibility might mean that you are killing the yeast. So don't give up on things right away.
I think I'm going to try the vitamin E and folic acid thing."
07/30/2011: Simgirl from Caribbean, W.i replies: "Sharon I thought you're story was inspirational, thanks for sharing. I have a question tho. Is it 400 mg or 400 mcg folic acid? I am using 5mg folic acid once a day along with 400 IU Vit E once a day. [I haven't added the acidophilus as yet. ] But is there anything wrong if I take this strength of folic acid for this condition. Will it work just the same? I couldn't find the 400 mg in the pharmacy.
08/11/2011: Sharon from San Antonio, Tx replies: "Simgirl, You are right. It is 400 mcg of Folic Acid."
08/16/2011: Jingkatphils from Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines replies: "sharon, I just wanna ask when do you take the acidophilus pill, vit. E and folic acid during the day? is it an hour before breakfast or right after breakfast? do you take the 3 immediately before going to bed? is it necessary to refrigerate the acidophilus pills right after opening? I took the pills last march, but did not refrigerate it. I thot I was cured but now the yeast is back, maybe it had less effect as I did not refrigerate it. Im going to try the other vit. 3 and folic acid together with the acidophilus as you have tried..
hope you reply on this sharon.
10/02/2011: Sharon from San Antonio, Tx replies: "Jingkatphils,
I took the three together about a half hour to an hour before breakfast and then I took the three together again before bed, a few hours after dinner."
10/03/2011: Sharon from San Antonio, Tx replies: "Jingkatphils,
I did not refrigerate the acidiophilus. Some brands require it and some don't. I hope you try the combination. The yeast has never returned for me."
11/27/2011: Hopeful from Orlando, Fl replies: "Of those who have tried this combination of vitamins, has anyone else had success with it?
I began itching 2 years ago. I have been to the doctor 3 times since then, and I have tried the prescription meds, repHresh, and Monistat to no avail. I have asked to be referred to a specialist, but the doctor doesn't seem to be taking this seriously. They have taken several samples, and at first they said it was BV, but after taking samples a 2nd time and sending to the lab, they say it looks a "slight yeast infection. " Not if it's been irritating me for 2 years!
I have occassional itching and redness. I always have at least a noticeable amount of thicker white discharge. And just recently I have begun to experience a burning/urgency feeling, especially *after* urinating in the morning.
I am hopeful upon reading of your success with this combination. I just bought all the vitamins and have taken the first round this evening. I am 22 years old, and I don't want to be like this forever. Has anyone else had success with this combination?"
02/06/2012: Jingkatphils from Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines replies: "Hopeful from orlando, I am also 22 years old and have been suffering this infection for a year..
Have you already cured yours? I drank kefir for a week and the white discharge is no longer in my underwear however if I try to scoop my finger towards my vagina, the white discharge is still there but no longer itchy..
Hope ud reply on this.."
07/18/2012: Michelle from Phoenix, Az replies: "How did you get tested for the resistant strain of yeast? Which doctor did that for you? I'm having the same exact symptoms as you had... just burning for 2 years, but all the docs say there is no yeast. thanks"
09/17/2012: Jessica from El Paso, Tx replies: "Hi sharon!! Thanks so much for that positive, motivating story! I just started my first set of round right now, hopefully it works. God bless!!"
11/11/2012: Sharon from San Antonio, Tx replies: "Michelle, My GYN looked under a microscope and said it was yeast. Of course, she could not identify the strain. The reason we knew it was resistant is that none of the conventional yeast medications worked. I tried a Diflucan; once a week for 4 weeks, then one every 2 weeks for a month, and then 1 a month for 3 months. This is a treatment given when women are believed to have a resistant strain. After 2 months, I asked my doctor if I could stop taking it because this too was not working. She agreed. I then tried boric acid as a last resort, which did not work either. Also, the lab tests always came back normal. For some reason, the yeast was never detected in the lab."
11/11/2012: Sharon from San Antonio, Tx replies: "UPDATE: I am still yeast free. I did have one bout of it a year ago. My standard treatment of Vit e, folic acid, and acidophilus did not work. I suspect that the yeast became resistant to the treatment since I used it so much. For the last infection a year ago, I consumed lots of yogurt/plain kefir and did ACV baths. I would also recommend checking your Vitamin D levels. I was always running low in the vitamin over the last few years. Since all this occurred, I have been diagnosed with gallstones and have been having symptoms of a sluggish gallbladder. Gallbladder disease causes us to run low in fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. I did run low in D during the time I had the chronic yeast infection. So, I suspect my body may have been low in Vitamin E as well. I believe now that this had something to do with why my body could not fight off the yeast. I have read about Vitamin D and E being used to fight yeast infections."
05/13/2013: Lloyd from Charlotte, Nc replies: "When I was married over 20 years ago I suddenly developed a yeast infection... A kind of white residue; lots of itching. Every time my wife and I would have sex, a day later there it was again. Then after a year of this torture, we found Nystatin. After consistent treatment, my wife was cured and so was I. Never another problem.
Now the BV I'm reading on these posts under "Yeast Infections" and the "BV" posts here on Earth Clinic has a different cause of course. For that I'd suggest three tablespoons of a high ppm colloidal silver every day on an empty stomach. See if in two weeks that does not knock out the bacterial infection. And can also apply topically too."
05/18/2013: Lloyd from Charlotte, Nc replies: "One last word of advice; if the infection is body wide (called systemic) you may need to be on the silver solution for six months to knock it out."