What Are Vaginal Yeast Infection Symptoms & Natural Treatment Options?
Did you know that yeast fungus lives naturally in the vagina? Typically, this yeast only survives in small numbers, but when the population growth gets out of control, it can lead to a vaginal yeast infection. Some infections will go away on their own, but without treatment, the infection can become severe.
Vaginal yeast infection symptoms vary in intensity, and are categorized into two severity levels: localized and systemic vaginal yeast infection. We’ll talk about the symptoms for each type as well as the causes of yeast infections and how to treat them.
What Causes a Vaginal Yeast Infection?
Vaginal yeast infections occur when there’s an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. There are a number of things that can cause excess vaginal yeast growth, including:
- Hormonal imbalance. Women who are estrogen dominant, pregnant or taking high-dose birth control pills may be more vulnerable to yeast infections.
- Antibiotics are wonderful, but they also kill all of the good bacteria in the body that keeps the bad bacteria at bay.
- This can be a particularly big problem if your blood sugar levels tend to be high and are not well managed.
- Use of corticosteroids, like prednisone.
- Being overweight.
- A compromised immune system.
In most cases, yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans.
Symptoms of Yeast Infection
The symptoms of vaginal yeast infection cases vary depending on whether or not the infection is localized or systemic (severe). Common symptoms include:
Localized Vaginal Yeast Infection Symptoms
- Abnormal or white vaginal discharge.
- Vaginal irritation, itching or burning.
- Painful urination.
- Aching in the lower pelvic region.
- Pain during sex.
- Irritated or inflamed pubic hair follicles.
- Inflammation in the perineum region.
Severe Yeast Infection Symptoms
- Painful urination.
- Severe vaginal swelling; purple vulva and swollen anus.
- Difficulty walking.
- Painful cracks in the skin caused by the dryness in the vulva and vaginal regions.
- Difficulty having sex.
- Hemorrhoid vein swelling and bleeding.
Complications Associated with Vaginal Yeast Infections
When a yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of Candida, complications can occur if the infection isn’t treated properly. Eventually, Candida will make its way into the bloodstream and localize in other areas of the body. This can lead to a host of other symptoms, including joint pain, sinus issues, rashes, problems with the prostate, acne, IBS and more.
In order for Candida to survive, it needs to live in a warm, moist environment. That’s why vaginal yeast infections are such a common issue. However, this yeast can also set up a home inside the walls of your digestive tract. Here, it will interfere with the digestive process and prevent you from absorbing all of the vital nutrients in your food. Cells of the yeast will embed themselves into the mucus membranes of your body and feed on undigested food and digestive enzymes.
As the body struggles to absorb nutrients, a host of other health problems arise. Over time, the immune system can weaken, which only strengthens the hold that the yeast has on your body and creates a vicious cycle.
Some of the toxic waste products that Candida produces can lead to surprising symptoms, including:
- Upper back pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Brain fog
- Panic attacks
- High cholesterol
When left untreated, systemic vaginal yeast infections can lead to:
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Food insensitivities
- Weakening of the immune system
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Sepsis (in extreme cases)
Treating the infection is crucial. And the sooner you treat the infection, the easier it will be to heal.
Treating Yeast Infection Symptoms
When it comes to treating a yeast infection, you have two options: conventional medicine or holistic (alternative) medicine.
There are numerous over the counter and prescription medications that your doctor can recommend, so we won’t be discussing those here. Instead, we’re going to look at holistic or alternative treatments that encourage the body’s natural healing process.
There are several holistic approaches to treating and eliminating vaginal yeast infections, but some of the most effective are the protocols recommended in the Yeast Infection No More program.
While the entire treatment protocol in this program is lengthy and will take some time produce results (all effective treatments do), it does offer some remedies that will help you treat the symptoms of your infection for immediate relief. These remedies include:
Everyone knows that yogurt is great for your digestive health. It’s loaded with probiotics (the good bacteria that keeps bad bacteria in check) and can help boost your immune system.
Yogurt can provide you quick relief from your infection symptoms, but you need to be sure that you buy the right type of yogurt. The Yeast Infections No More program recommends buying plain products that don’t contain any additives, sugars or artificial colors. Ideally, you should eat yogurt that hasn’t been heat-treated.
Eating yogurt is one way to get some relief, but you can also apply the yogurt topically to the vaginal area.
Did you know that garlic has antimicrobial properties? The inulin in garlic is a fiber that the good bacteria in your gut loves to feed on.
For immediate relief from your symptoms, apply garlic topically. Just make sure that you wrap the garlic in cheesecloth before applying to the skin or inserting it into the vagina.
Raw honey is renowned for its antibacterial, antibiotic and antiviral properties. As a powerful antibiotic, honey can help heal wounds and eliminate yeast infections. Yeast Infections No More recommends buying raw, unprocessed and unheated honey.
Apple Cider Vinegar Douche
Apple cider vinegar is praised by people in the alternative health community – and for good reason. As a drink, apple cider vinegar is a powerful antibiotic and antiseptic drink. But it needs to be unfiltered, raw and preferably made from organic apples.
This powerful vinegar can also be applied locally or using a douche (although we recommend being careful with douching). The Yeast Infection No More program recommends adding the vinegar to a bath, rather than douching.
These are just a few of the many remedies recommended by the Yeast Infection No More program, and the system outlines detailed protocols on how to use these remedies in an effective way to enjoy relief in as little as 12 hours.