Vaginitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the vagina.
The symptoms usually include burning or itching and may extend to abnormal
vaginal discharge, painful urination, and pain during sexual intercourse.
The vast majority of women will experience vaginitis at some point during
their lives, and the unpleasant symptoms usually send women to their
doctors for treatment.
Vaginitis is commonly caused by an overgrowth of yeast (Candida albicans).
Common symptoms may include vaginal itch and/or soreness, burning, a
cottage cheese-like discharge, and pain during intercourse. A physician can
make a diagnosis, after a microscopic examination and a culture of the
vaginal secretion. Other common conditions can mimic vaginal yeast
infections. These include bacterial vaginosis (BV); the symptoms of this
bacterial infection can include an abnormal grayish-white vaginal discharge
and a foul-smelling vaginal odor. Another common cause is trichomonas
vaginitis. This is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a one-celled
microorganism called Trichomonas vaginalis. Symptoms include a
foul-smelling, yellowish-green vaginal discharge and itching. Symptoms
worsen during menstruation. This section focuses on yeast-related
vaginitis. It is important to see your doctor to discover the cause of your
vaginitis, because certain infections can be quite serious.
Women who experience chronic yeast infections often have a common history
of being on repeated courses of antibiotics. While antibiotics may destroy
harmful bacteria, they also have the potential to wipe out helpful normal
flora in the vagina, as well as in the urinary and digestive tracts. Good
bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, play an important role as part
of the local immune system in the vaginal area. They function to prevent
the overgrowth of yeast and other opportunistic organisms that can cause
infection. In addition, these good acidophilus species help to maintain an
acidic pH in the vagina, which makes it less likely that an overgrowth of
yeast will occur. These good bacteria also produce hydrogen peroxide, which
is a natural antimicrobial agent that kills bacteria and fungus.
Acidophilus supplements taken internally, as well as applied directly into
the vagina (insert at night and cover with a pad), are an effective means
to prevent and treat yeast infections. This remedy is best done under the
supervision of a doctor. In addition, it's helpful to eat yogurt that is
rich in friendly bacteria. A 1992 study found that women who consumed 8
ounces of yogurt daily had three times less incidence of vaginal yeast
infections, as compared to women who did not eat the yogurt.
A key dietary factor that will help prevent reoccurring vaginal yeast
infections is to reduce simple sugars in the diet. Yeast thrives on sugar,
and too much of it has a suppressive effect of the immune system. Finally,
be aware that food sensitivities can aggravate yeast infections for some
The immune system is constantly on the lookout for opportunistic organisms
such as the yeast Candida albicans. When functioning optimally, it keeps
unhealthful organisms in check. High stress, poor nutrition, and other
factors can impair immune function, allowing for the overgrowth of candida.
Many conventional doctors argue that only people with severe
immunosuppressive diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, have immune systems that are
weak enough to allow for the overgrowth of yeast. This appears to be
untrue, and a surprising number of seemingly healthy persons suffer from a
weakened immune system, linked to systemic candidiasis.
Hormone balance is important in preventing vaginal yeast infections. These
infections commonly occur one week prior to the beginning of a woman's
menstrual flow. This is a sign that hormone balance playas key role in the
susceptibility to vaginal yeast infections. It is not unusual for women who
experience PMS to also have problems with yeast overgrowth. Imbalanced
estrogen and progesterone levels lead to an unfavorable vaginal pH.
Typically, many of these cases are caused by what doctors call "estrogen
dominance." The normal increase of progesterone does not occur during
ovulation, and as a result, the relative balance of estrogen is too high.
We have also found that many women resolve their chronic susceptibility to
vaginal infections once they discontinue the use of the birth control pill.
It is a well-known fact that this medication increases the incidence of
In summary, natural approaches are your best bet to resolve chronic cases
of vaginal yeast infections. They can also be effective for relieving acute
cases, when used under the supervision of a medical professional. If you
are pregnant, do not start any therapy unless instructed to do so by your
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of
effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements shown to help Vaginitis:
Prescription for Natural Cures
James F. Balch
Super Prescription #1 Lactobacillus acidophilus -
Insert 1 capsule intra-vaginally each evening, and
cover with a pad overnight. Repeat for seven
consecutive days for acute infections. Also, take a
probiotic supplement (with friendly bacteria such as
Lactobacillus acidophilus) orally that contains at
least 4 billion organisms twice daily, thirty minutes
after meals. These friendly bacteria fight yeast
Super Prescription # 2 Homeopathic Combination
Vaginitis Formula -
Take as directed on the container. It contains the most
common homeopathic remedies used for vaginal yeast
Super Prescription #3 Boric acid -
Insert a 600 mg capsule intra-vaginally each morning
and evening for seven days for acute infections (cover
with a pad). For a chronic infection, repeat for a
total of two to four weeks. Vitamin E oil can be used
on the external genitalia to prevent burning and
discomfort. Note: Do not ingest boric acid orally.
Super Prescription #4
- LifeSource Product - Take 3 ml or
500 mg four times daily for immune support.
Super Prescription #5
- LifeSource Products -
See All of our Vitamin C Products. Take 1,000 mg two to
three times daily for immune strengthen and support.
Super Prescription #6
Echinacea and Goldenseal
- LifeSource Products - See All of our
Echinacea/Goldenseal Products. Take twice daily or as
directed on the container.
Super Prescription #7
- LifeSource Product - Take 500 mg of
the capsule form of 0.5 ml of the liquid twice daily or
as directed on the container. Oregano oil has potent
anti fungal effects and is very important for women who
have repeated vaginal yeast infections due to systemic
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studies for Vaginitis
Cottage cheese-like discharge
Pain during intercourse
Poor diet (especially, too many simple sugars)
Birth control pills
Sexually transmitted diseases
Food allergies or sensitivities
A suppressed immune system
A hormone imbalance
Fortify you immune system by eating a diet that's focused on natural, whole
One of the best dietary strategies for restoring the natural balance of
vaginal flora is to eat a cup of unsweetened yogurt every day. Make sure
the yogurt contains L. acidophilus and other friendly flora.
Garlic and onions can be consumed liberally for their anti fungal
properties. Flaxseeds also fight yeast infections. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons
daily, along with 10 ounces of water.
Women with vaginitis often suffer from dehydration. Drink a glass of clean
water every two waking hours.
Foods to Avoid
If you have vaginitis, you have two reasons to avoid sugar. For one, many
of the organisms such as Candida albicans, that cause vaginal infections
feed on sugar. Second, sugar depresses the immune system, making it
difficult to recover from your current infection and leaving you vulnerable
to repeated cases of vaginitis. Do not eat any refined sugars, and restrict
your intake of simple sugars from fruits, honey, molasses, and other
Avoid foods that are high in yeast or mold, especially alcohol, aged
cheese, dried fruit, nuts, and nut butters. You must also stay away from
fermented foods, including vinegar, pickles, tempeh, and soy sauce.
Food allergies may be the cause of recurring vaginitis. If your symptoms
disappear when you stop eating a certain food, eliminate that product from
Avoid sexual intercourse during the course of treatment to avoid
irritation and re-infection. For some chronic cases of yeast-related
vaginitis, the male partner needs to be on an anti fungal protocol (see
the Candidiasis section).
Wear loose cotton clothing that allows your genitals to breathe. Avoid
tight jeans and pantyhose with nylon crotches.
If you go swimming, change out of your wet bathing suit quickly.
Otherwise, you'll create a breeding ground for bacteria.
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