Yeasts can go from being a normal part of your body to becoming what’s known as pathogenic. That is, becoming a serial pest, causing infection with symptoms that go with it.
Symptoms of a yeast infection
- Vulvovaginal itching
- Discharge – white, sometimes cottage cheese-like
- Occurs often after taking antibiotics
If you have a vaginal yeast infection, your intestines are probably also overgrown with yeast. The effect is throughout your body, which results in your vagina having a yeast bloom, causing these uncomfortable, sometimes painful, vulvovaginal symptoms.
There are several types of yeast, with the most common cause of yeast infections being Candida albicans. Candida albicans tends to result in the cottage-cheesey discharge – it can be quite copious and chunky, though it never smells bad. The yeast with fewer symptoms like this next in line is Candida glabrata. Less common yeasts that can cause vulvovaginal symptoms are Candida tropicalis, Candida parapsilosis, and Candida krusei.
To treat a yeast infection, you treat both the vagina and the gut. You may also need to dissolve yeast biofilms in your intestines using special biofilm-busting enzymes.
We look at what your doctor is looking for when they do a wet mount in their office – ask them what they can see!
A quick overview of a clue cell.
A quick chat about getting wasted and how this affects your microbial colonies.
We look over some ways to improve your good bacterial colonies using diet.
We review some key elements to keep your vagina safe from infections.
Here’s the rundown on fermented foods for your vaginal ecosystem.
Fluomizin is a vaginal tablet used for vaginal infections, primarily in the European Union.
Dequalinium chloride (Fluomizin) is a very solid general antimicrobial used vaginally for infections of all kinds.
Easy reference table for determining your vaginal infection.
We examine the antimicrobial properties of colloidal silver and discuss the possible efficacy of colloidal silver in vulvovaginal infections.
Instructions on making vaginal or rectal suppositories and pessaries.
C. krusei is a rare cause of vulvovaginitis, typically appearing in women who have had multiple courses of other antifungals throughout their lives.
A fluconazole-resistant species of yeast that can cause vulvovaginal yeast infections.
Cyclic vaginitis is recurrent symptoms that follow the predictable pattern of your menstrual cycle.
We discuss a less commonly found vulvovaginal yeast pathogen.
Gentian violet can be used as a treatment for some vaginal infections. Messy, but great!
Learn about Betadine vaginal applications.
Learn about vulvovaginal Candida glabrata infections and how to treat them effectively.
If you can’t afford expensive probiotics and tests, there are a couple of very cheap tricks to solving yeast infections.
Recurrent yeast infections may have their root in a biofilm in your intestine. Learn how to fix it.
An overview of the use of povidone-iodine (Betadine) vaginally.
You can inexpensively fill your own vegetable caps with boric acid at home.
Woman Seeking Boric Acid.
We give examples of what 600mg of boric acid looks like if you don’t have it in capsules already.
How to deal with an antibiotic-driven yeast infection.
We run you through aerobic vaginitis – different to, but usually mistaken for, BV, with yellow, thick discharge, itching and inflammation.
Review: Jarro-Dophilus Women probiotic with L. crispatus, L. jensenii, L. gasseri and L. rhamnosus – 5bn, 10bn CFUs
Jarrow has finally burst the L. crispatus bubble with their new probiotic product for women.
A yeast allergy can manifest in the vagina and vulva causing itching and burning, and being totally missed by your doctor.
Ever wondered why you can’t figure out how to take your probiotics? We discuss and give you our definitive answer.
Boric acid is a cheap product like salt, so don’t spend lots of money buying pretty vagina capsules (unless you want to).
Sometimes your vagina swings the opposite way to your infection and lactobacilli overgrow, causing yeast-infection-like symptoms, in particular the itch. Here’s why
A study looks into vitamin C for a treatment for changing the pH of the vagina and restoring healthy microflora in women (including pregnant women).
A quick tour of boric acid research in the vagina.
We do not recommend using store-bought milk kefir when treating the vagina. Here’s why.
This vaginal probiotic contains the strain Lactobacillus crispatus, which can be difficult to find in regular women’s probiotics.
Warning for anyone having protected sex in Chile!
Itchy? Learn some possible causes of vulvar itching.
A young woman has what appears to be a post-antibiotics yeast infection. Here’s how to fix it.
A 58-year-old woman is experiencing unusual cuts, bleeding, and pain in and around her vagina and anus.
Easy, cheap, at-home treatments for minor vaginal yeast infections.
We look at the study results of biofilm formation in the mouth and how coconut can interrupt it.
This is the complete guide to catching an STD on purpose.
Ever wondered just how important your underwear is to your vaginal condition? We explain.
A gut biofilm busting enzyme collection.
Veggie caps can be quite drying and gluggy in the vagina, because they absorb moisture to break down, and are designed for the stomach, which has acid.
A study takes a closer look at whether coriander and thyme essential oils work on biofilms.
Goldenseal is one of our favourite microbe-managing herbs.
It’s pretty hard to get an STD from kissing alone.
Fem-Dophilus is used to introduce two patented strains of useful probiotic bacteria into the vagina.
Probiotic capsules should have as many CFUs as possible, with a properly tailored variety of bacteria and species.
She has an itchy vulva that isn’t responding to prescribed medications.
She just masturbated for the first time, and has noticed the insides of her vagina. What is it?
These treatments are designed for minor irritations, like a post-antibiotic yeast infection. If you have a vaginal infection, please remember that some more serious conditions and infections mimic yeast infections and BV, and if you aren't sure or your problem isn't...
Getting an STI test is a good idea, especially if you (or your partner) likes sex with more than one person.
Women with diabetes and blood sugar dysregulation get more yeast infections due to high glucose levels in the vagina feeding the yeasts.
A 26-year-old has ongoing yeast and bacterial issues and wants help to solve it.
Human breast milk is actually a great option for making dairy-free ferments with your kefir or even healthy vaginal secretions.
A woman is concerned she is allergic to milk kefir – what should she do?
A BV sufferer has a couple of questions regarding the impossible-to-source probiotic strains and how to make kefir.
A woman’s BV symptoms disappear with an elimination diet and other treatments under the guidance of her naturopath. See what she’s doing.
This probiotic contains a couple of species native to healthy vaginal tracts, however it is more geared toward the gut. We examine.
She has a dirty weekend coming up and a few questions about BV and antibiotic gel and Latin men’s semen.
Is it a chemical burn from antifungals? We discuss.
A woman has an itchy clitoris during the night, and wants some advice on how to manage the itch before she sees her doctor.
What’s this itch all about?
Gyno-Daktarin as a treatment for vaginal thrush/yeast infections.
Gynoflor is a combination of oestrogen and lactobacilli used to repopulate the vagina after treatment for infections.
A yeast infection won’t go away even after OTC vaginal treatments. What can she do?
A woman keeps getting vaginal yeast infections, but doesn’t understand why. What’s going on?
Vulvovaginitis and vaginal discharge in girls, and what to do about it.
Hydrogen peroxide does NOT get rid of BV – find out why.
Lady’s Mantle is used to temporarily combat vaginal itch and discharge.
Candida albicans is one cause of a yeast infection.
Treating a vaginal fissure depends entirely on what caused it.
Eating fermented foods is a great way to increase your vagina’s good bacteria immediately.
The causes of vaginitis vary. This list provides symptoms and causes.
If you have vagina problems, Lactobacillus bacteria are your new best friends.
Think you have something? Check this list and see if you could actually be experiencing a different kind of problem.
This quiz will tell you if you have BV or a yeast infection. If you don’t know what to look for, it can be confusing.