TMI – vaginal fungal infection

Hi everyone,
It’s been a while sorry. Hope you are all having a great week.
Today’s post is a TMI subject… vaginal fungal infection and how to cure it naturally.
Because 3 out of 4 women would have the ‘pleasure’ of experiencing this at least once in their lifetime, I thought I’d share with you how we can cure it with natural remedies.
Last October, I went to my annual gynaecological check-up. The day after I felt itchiness down there. I thought I was irritated because of the examination so I didn’t handle it thinking it would go. The itchiness got stronger. So I wrote an email to my gynaecologist who is quite slow to answer – that’s a fact.
The itchiness got stronger so I started to look for something I could do at home while waiting for his answer. And I read here and there that inserting vaginal tablets or cream could worsen the problem. In fact the conventional treatment would kill the germs, literally all the germs living inside our vagina.
Ok, let’s first try to understand our vaginal flora. Microorganisms live inside our vagina, the dominant one is called lactobacillus. Those are good bacteria that produce lactic acid to keep our vaginal flora at a pH of around 4 (from 3.8 to 4.2 to be specific) as an acid environment helps protect against infections.
But lactobacillus is not the only tenants in our vagina, there are also the candidaalbicans but at a lower number. The latter is a fungal, it can be nasty if its number overly proliferates; this results in a disturbed pH. Indeed, if for any reason – antibiotics intake or use of personal care products for instance – the level of lactobacillus is reduced, the healthy low pH is compromised giving the opportunity for the candida albicans to overgrow at their ease. An imbalance in our vaginal flora brings its share of itchiness, excessive discharge and for some women even urinary infection and pain.
The first thing to do is to avoid any antibiotics. The reason remains in their name, they are anti bacteria and we all know our body hosts about 500 different kind of bacteria which amounts an average of 100,000 billions. No, we don’t, I googled these figures but we do know there are a lot.They all have specific tasks and usually work well together. So taking antibiotics would surely kill the bacteria responsible for your infection but they would also kill the good ones! By killing the candida albicans you also kill the lactobacillus, which literally means your vaginal flora will remain unbalanced. Thus causing recidivism.
How can you cure a vaginal fungal infection then?

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Let’s take care of the bad bacteria with antifungal and antiseptic products:
  • Coconut oil: apply internally and on the vulva
  • Tea tree essential oil: you can add 2 drops with half a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage internally and on the vulva
  • Black cumin oil (Nigella Sativa): same use as for the coconut oil
  • Cloves of garlic – yes, yes you read it right. Garlic is antiseptic and anti-fungal. Peel off a clove of garlic, organic if possible (make sure there is no signs of damage or rottenness), cut the bottom and prickle it with a fork or a toothpick. Rub some coconut oil on it and insert it inside your vagina before going to bed. Repeat it for five days. In the morning, when you go to the bathroom, it should glide down naturally. If you are afraid it won’t, you can add a thread with a sterilized needle to remove it easily. 
Let’s restore the acid flora and by the way relieve the itchiness:
  • Sodium bicarbonate: dilute 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate in 1L of water and insert some inside your vagina with either a vaginal bulb or a syringe without the needle, right.  
  • Apple cider vinegar: dilute 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1L of water and insert some inside your vagina with either a vaginal bulb or a syringe, still no needle ok?   
And let’s bring back the good bacteria:
  • Plain yoghurt as it contains lactobacillus: spread some Greek yoghurt on an organic pad, secure with a cotton panty and then go to bed. You can do it in conjunction with the garlic, as the yoghurt will ease the itchiness.
  • Probiotics: it’s best to start taking probiotics after you cured the infection to avoid any recidivism. 
You can implement a routine using few of the remedies above. Here was mine:
  • I personally slept with a clove garlic inside my vagina for 5 days
  • I injected bicarbonate solution inside my vagina after my morning shower
  • I applied tea tree oil + coconut oil inside my vagina and on the vulva
  • I took some probiotics for a couple of days
You will need to adapt your diet as well so these natural remedies can work effectively. You will have to reduce the consumption of sugar as much as possible: no sweetened drinks, no desserts – I hear you but it’s for the best, little fruits, no industrial food as it contains way much sugar than you can imagine etc. And don’t consume food that contains yeast either, so no bread, no beer for what I can think of. Eat raw garlic instead. Your conversation partner may not appreciate but your vagina will thank you.
It took me 5 days to become mycosis free but I felt great improvement of my condition after 3 days. You can keep using coconut oil beyond these 5 days as a prevention measure for its antifungal properties. It is also an excellent lubricant by the way 😉 but only if you don’t use condoms.
Hope this post will help those of you looking for some natural remedies. And if you tried any of them before I’d love to read your feedback.