What is a vaginal yeast infection?
Vaginal yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis) is caused by an overgrowth of a fungus called Candida albicans that lives in the vagina.
This overgrowth can cause irritation, inflammation, itching, and painful discharge. Most people with genital or vaginal yeast infections will experience yeast infections throughout their lives.
If this is the first time you are experiencing the symptoms of a yeast infection, visit your gynecologist and get checked for a yeast infection.
But if you’re sure you have a yeast infection, there are a few home remedies you can try. Some of these remedies use ingredients you already have in your home. However, their effectiveness varies, and evidence of success is often anecdotal.
Let’s take a closer look at home remedies for yeast infections and how they work.
What causes a vaginal yeast infection?
The main cause of a yeast infection is an overgrowth of yeast on a part of the body. There are many causes of yeast infections, including:
Hormones: Changes during pregnancy, lactation or menopause can alter the balance of the vagina.
Sex: The fungus is transmitted sexually from person to person. In addition, intercourse changes the balance of bacteria in the vagina.
Diabetes: Elevated sugar levels in the vaginal mucosa create a breeding ground for yeast.
Antibiotics: These medications can kill many of the good bacteria that live in your vagina.
Vaginal sprays and sprays: These products can change the balance of the vagina.
Immunocompromised: If you have HIV or other immune system disorders, yeast can grow out of control.
11 Home Remedies for Yeast Infections from Healthline
- Greek yogurt
Probiotics are effective against C. Albicans.
Yogurt can be considered a probiotic because it contains live bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. These bacteria are necessary to create a healthy environment in the vagina. They help treat overgrowth caused by imbalance.
A 2017 study found that eating yogurt can help expand your gut microbiome, which can help reduce yeast in the body. If you don’t like yogurt, you can take probiotic supplements or eat other probiotic foods.
When it comes to using yogurt for yeast infections, choose plain Greek yogurt. Make sure the yogurt doesn’t have added sugar, spices, or fruit. Added sugar promotes the growth of Candida yeast.
Try eating yogurt, applying it around your vagina, or putting it inside your vagina to reap the benefits.