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.
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.
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 women.
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 immune suppressive 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.
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 yeast infections.
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 doctor.
** 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.
Super Prescriptions – Vaginits
Prescription #1 Lactobacillus acidophilus
Insert 1 capsule intravaginally 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 overgrowth.
Prescription # 2 Homeopathic Combination Vaginitis Formula
Take as directed on the container. It contains the most
common homeopathic remedies used for vaginal yeast infections.
Prescription #3 Boric acid
Insert a 600 mg capsule intravaginally 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.
Prescription #4 Echinacea
- LifeSource Product
Take 3 ml or 500 mg four times daily for immune support.
Prescription #5 Vitamin
C - LifeSource
Take 1,000 mg two to three times daily for immune support.
Prescription #6 Echinacea
& Goldenseal - LifeSource
Take twice daily or as directed on the container. Oregano
oil has potent antifungal effects and is very important
for women who have repeated vaginal yeast infections due
to systemic candidiasis.
Prescription #7 Oregano
oil - LifeSource
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 antifungal effects and is very important for
women who have repeated vaginal yeast infections due to