Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal Yeast Infection – Are You Treating The Cause or The Symptoms

Vaginal yeast infection symptoms cause many unpleasant discomforts: pain and burning during intercourse, swelling, thick vaginal discharge, itching, soreness, rash among others. A common mistake that often causes recurring yeast infections is to only treat the symptoms in the vagina without addressing the source of the yeast infection. In addition, many people use home remedies for yeast infection that have very little research on their safety or effectiveness and in many cases do more harm than good.
We’ll cover all these topics in this guide.

Table of Content

  • 1 – What is a vaginal yeast infection
  • 2 – Recurrent yeast infections
  • 3 – Top causes of yeast infections in women
    • 3.1 – Candida overgrowth
    • 3.2 – Specific issue in the vagina
  • 4 – The vaginal yeast infection self test
    • 4.1 – Vaginal yeast infection symptoms
    • 4.2 – Candida overgrowth symptoms
  • 5 – Quick relief for yeast infection
  • 6 – Home remedies for yeast infection

What is a Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infection is inflammation of the vagina (Vaginitis) and the area around it caused by the overgrowth of yeast-like fungi called Candida Albicans or other candida species. It is also known as candidal vulvovaginitis or commonly referred to as yeast infection.
Yeast infection in women is one of the most common reasons for vaginal infections. It is estimated that 3 out of 4 women will suffer from yeast infection at one point in their lives.

Recurrent Yeast Infections

Recurrent chronic yeast infections are very common and usually occur when the treatment for the yeast infection doesn’t address the source of the problem which in most cases is a systemic candida overgrowth in the body.
A few important facts about candida – It is normal to find candida in small amounts in the digestive system, mouth, vagina, skin and mucous membranes. Candida can benefit the body in various ways such as in cases of bacterial overgrowth, digestion of excess sugars and according to some evidence even in cases of heavy metal toxicity.

In a healthy state, the good bacteria in the body limits candida from growing out of control, helping to keep a healthy balance between the good bacteria to candida.
When this balance is being disturbed, candida changes into a more aggressive fungal form that spreads and releases over 80 different toxins. These toxins can get anywhere in the body, suppress the immune system and cause a wide variety of health issues and frequent yeast infections all over the body. A very common symptom many women experience is a vaginal yeast infection.

What Causes Yeast Infections in Women

The most common cause of yeast infection in women is a systemic candida overgrowth in the body, where the vaginal yeast infection is only one of the symptoms. Less common are cases where the vaginal yeast infection occurs as a result of an isolated issue in the vagina, without a systemic yeast problem.

1 – Systemic Candida Overgrowth

Common causes of yeast infection in women that typically lead or contribute to candida overgrowth in the body:

  • Antibiotics (kill the good bacteria)
  • Steroids or corticosteroid
  • Poor diet that is not suitable to your body
  • Diet high in sugars or processed foods
  • Blood sugar issues or diabetes
  • High estrogen levels (hyperestrogenemia)
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Birth control pill
  • Menstrual cycle issues
  • Pregnancy
  • Low immune system
  • High levels of stress
  • Being overweight
  • Ongoing lack of sleep or insomnia 

2 – Specific Issue in The Vagina

In some cases, the source of the vaginal yeast infection is in the vagina without systemic yeast infection symptoms present in the body.
Here are the most common contributing factors and causes of vaginal yeast infections when there is no systemic candida overgrowth issue present:

The vagina is not kept dry for a long time

This can be due to the clothes you wear or simply by not drying the area well after taking a shower.
Yeast thrives and grows best in warm and moist environment. Many female athletes or women that are very active may be at a higher risk, especially during the summer. How to prevent yeast infections:

  • Maintain good hygiene
  • Avoid clothes that make the area moist
  • Prefer cotton breathable underwear
  • Make sure to keep things dry and clean
Feminine products

This one is quite common and surprises many women. Frequent use of feminine hygiene products, harsh soaps, scented wipes or tampons, deodorants, and others is one of the main causes of vaginal yeast infection. Most of these products contain chemicals that can disturb this balance in the vagina and alter the good bacteria – yeast balance.
These chemicals are not supposed to be in the human body (internal or external) in the first place, and they can change the natural environment of the vagina. Douches can also create a problem, since they can wash away the good bacteria. How to prevent yeast infections:

  • Use organic 100% cotton tampons or pads
  • Avoid “chemicals” enhanced products and treatments in the vagina area
  • Avoid long hot bath or bubble bath
Yeast infection creams

Ironically, many anti-fungal and yeast infection creams that are supposed to help and treat a vaginal yeast infection, actually cause it to get worse. Many yeast infection creams contain substances (even natural ones) or chemicals that can damage the good bacteria and create imbalances between the good bacteria to the candida and yeast in the vagina.
If you are looking for a natural and safe yeast infection cream, you may want to consider using Ozonated olive oil, which was shown to be effective for vaginal yeast infections. Learn more.

Sexual Contact.

Vaginal yeast infection isn’t considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD) since you don’t have to have sexual contact in order to get it. It is possible however to get it through sexual contact with someone who has a yeast infection. The prevention in this case is simple…practice safe sex…

Hygiene.\

This goes without saying, but still a contributing factor due to the fact that yeast likes to grow in the inside folds of the vagina which is an area that may not get proper attention. Good hygiene practice is the key here.
On the other hand, make sure not to over-wash, as this can irritate and cause imbalances as well.

The Vaginal Yeast Infection Self Test

Which of the following yeast infection symptoms do you have?

1 – Vaginal Yeast Infection Symptoms

Common vaginal yeast infection symptoms:

Itching, irritation and burning in the vagina
White thick vaginal discharge, usually without smell. (looks like cottage cheese)
Rash, redness, cracks and swelling of the skin outside of the vagina
Dry white spots on the vaginal wall
Pain, soreness or burning during intercourse
Pain or burning when passing urine
Low sex drive

Learn More about vaginal yeast infection discharge

2 – Yeast & Candida Overgrowth Symptoms

Common yeast & candida overgrowth symptoms:

Fungal infection
Vaginal yeast infection
Oral Thrush (infection of the mouth, throat, or tongue)
Skin & Nails issues
Digestion issues, constipation, bloating, gas
Water retention
Low energy, fatigue
Poor memory, focus issues, brain fog
Behavior changes and mood swings
Headaches, migraines
Sinus infection
Weight gain, difficulty to lose weight, eating disorders
Muscles & joints pain
Hormonal imbalance
Low sex drive
Allergies

Vaginal Yeast Infection Test – Check Your Results

If you have multiple yeast infections symptoms in the body

When the vaginal yeast infection is caused by a systemic yeast and candida overgrowth, it is common to have symptoms in more than one area in the body.
This is the point when many mistakes are made: If only the vagina area is treated without addressing the source of the problem (candida overgrowth), the overgrowth may progress, become more severe and may impact other areas in the body. This is the main reason why many women experience recurring yeast infections that very often become worse.

(see our yeast infections symptoms checker for the complete list of symptoms)

Systemic yeast infection treatment

Treatment for systemic yeast infection typically include transitioning to the candida diet along with anti candida supplementation plan in order to balance the candida overgrowth.
We highly recommend to read our yeast infection treatment protocol which covers the yeast infection topic in depth, including the most effective time proven traditional remedies, latest modern research and critical mistakes to avoid.

For a quick relief of your vaginal yeast infection

vaginal yeast infectionIf you are looking for a natural quick and safe relief for your vaginal yeast infection, you may want to consider using Ozonated olive oil, which was shown to be effective for vaginal yeast infections (read study) along with other fungal infections in the mouth and skin.
Based on our experience, Ozonated olive oil is one of the most effective and safe natural home remedies for yeast infections that has helped many, especially where a fast relief is needed. Learn more about Ozonated olive oil.

If the only symptoms you have are in the vagina.

Follow the prevention guide that is listed above, but don’t wait too long. If there are no improvements within a week, you should see your gynecologist.
We see many cases of women who tried natural remedies for yeast infection in the vagina and unfortunately experienced more irritation and complications as a result of these home remedies.

Home remedies for yeast infection

Home remedies for yeast infection are very popular although many of them are problematic, used incorrectly and in a lot of cases do more harm than good.

There are many home remedies for yeast infection in women that suggest to relief the vaginal yeast infection by inserting various substances into the vagina. The theory behind these home remedies is that certain ingredients have antifungal properties or contain healthy bacteria, so by inserting these ingredients into the vagina, they may be able to balance the yeast overgrowth.

The problem we see with many home remedies for yeast infection is that the majority of them lack sufficient research that support their safety and effectiveness. The fact that certain home remedies worked for a few people doesn’t guarantee that it may work for you. In fact, many women experience even more irritation, burning, inflammation and other discomforts after using these remedies.

When used correctly, certain home remedies can provide a very simple, safe and effective natural way that can help you ease the many discomforts of a vaginal yeast infection.
To learn more about home remedies for yeast infections, see our expert guide:

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One Last Thing 

Like we mentioned, educating yourself is the key to a complete healing. If you have any questions, we are here to help ! please feel free to contact us.