I remember my first yeast infection. Initial reaction; end of the world! Because duh, it’s the worst. As a millennial, I went straight to my phone to start the googling. The first step, turn on private browse mode, I definitely did not want any nosey neighbors or co-workers knowing my intimate current health status.
After some thorough, and to be honest, quite confusing research, I decided to cross my fingers and hope that my self-diagnosis of yeast infection was correct and not something worse. But dang! What a gross sounding ailment to have. Why me? As the ever-private person with a preference for natural health (particularly with my privates), I decided to cure myself, with the “Home Remedies” I found online.
I did some more research, and let me tell you, there is a never-ending supply of articles on this delicate subject. I then made my list of what seemed acceptable and not too zany, which quite frankly looked more like a grocery list than a treatment plan.
My list included:
Yogurt and Kombucha – Probiotics such as yogurt or kombucha are the most popular and consistent across list. They claim that products with probiotics create a healthy environment in the vagina and can kill the overgrowth of yeast, when an imbalance is occurring.
Coconut oil – Coconut oil is magical now days, you can use it for just about anything, cooking, beauty treatments, and even health. Because of its antifungal properties you can apply it directly to the area.
Garlic – Garlic has been shown in some studies to be effective at killing candida (yeast.) Websites recommend eating as much garlic as you can (this is a natural boyfriend repellent as well) or inserting it into the vagina. No ma’am!
Boric Acid – Boric acid is a natural and strong antiseptic; therefore it is believed to be helpful in treating yeast infections. You are supposed to dilute the boric acid in water and then apply to the vagina or vulva area to treat.
*Not all the above remedies have been lab tested and even the few that have been, do not make any substantial claims. Most studies conclude that “more testing is needed.”
For two days, I ate as much yogurt as I could possibly ingest and choked down glass after glass of kombucha. Well after two uncomfortable (and to be honest miserable days), I called it. I needed medical help.
I saw my gyno and she diagnosed me with a yeast infection. She recommended that I get my butt to the pharmacy and pick up an over-the-counter (OTC) yeast infection treatment pronto.
Once again, back to my research. I found there wasn’t a ton of options for OTC yeast infection treatments. There was Monistat, which offered 3 varieties (why would you ever decide to do a 7-day when a 1-day is an option? Are you a masochist or is there something strange going on with 1-day?) and FemiClear 2 Day, the only all-natural and organic yeast infection treatment. At least that made it easy to choose!
Like clockwork, I was cured. Thank goodness for FemiClear, the best of everything I love: natural, organic, effective, and fast acting. I keep a box around the house at all times now, that way if I find myself in THAT position again, I am prepared.