Vaginal thrush is common in many women and can sometimes take over a person’s life, however there are plenty of ways to treat vaginal thrush naturally.
Vaginal thrush is caused by a fungus called Candida albicans and you may recognise the symptoms of vaginal thrush as having vulval itching, soreness, irritation, discomfort during sex or a very thick, cottage cheese like discharge. This is of course very embarrassing for lots of women, but there are possible ways to get rid of this problem for good.
Natural remedies to treat vaginal thrush
- Besides the over the counter treatments, which work the majority of the time, vaginal thrush sometimes seems to reoccur. This is frustrating and difficult to deal with on a daily basis. Home treatments are often the most effective, private and cheapest options to treat this annoying dilemma.
- Garlic is a wondrous home remedy that can be purchased from a local supermarket with no hassle. The powerful agents in raw garlic help to fight off the fungus that causes thrush in the gut. Consuming raw garlic is effective, but also pressing a raw garlic peel into a paste and applying to the affected area can do the job just as well as branded treatments.
- Alternatively, try raw apple cider vinegar. This helps to treat the problem by balancing the pH in the body to its natural levels. It also miraculously prevents fungal growth from developing inside the body. If three teaspoons are drunk in a glass of water three times per day you are sure to see vast improvements.
- Finally, natural yoghurt contains active cultures, which are beneficial bacteria. This bacteria can kill-off the Candida fungus that causes thrush, however it must be unsweetened and unflavoured yoghurt. This works best when a tampon is immersed into the yoghurt and left inside the affected area overnight.
What causes thrush?
- Apart from the above treatments for vaginal thrush, there are changes you can make in your lifestyle that will help to prevent vaginal thrush occurring and disrupting your lifestyle.
- It is thought that some forms of contraceptive, particularly the combined oral contraceptive, can cause thrush. Visit your GP to change your form of contraception if you think this may be a problem for you. Also, sexual behaviour may bring on a thrush spell. Try to stay well lubricated to avoid scratches on the inner surface of the vagina that may result in vaginal thrush.
- Female hygiene plays a big role in battling this problem. Ensure to stay clean but avoid cleaning continuously as this can upset the pH balance inside your vagina.
- Tight-fitting clothing can cause vaginal thrush, such as wearing panty-liners, tights or tight trousers. These may increase the risk of thrush, so allow your body to breathe when you choose your clothing.