A woman’s vagina makes discharge that’s usually clear or slightly cloudy. In part, it’s how the vagina cleans itself. It doesn’t really have a smell or make you itch. How much of it and exactly what it looks and feels like can vary during your menstrual cycle. At one point, you may have only a small amount of a very thin or watery discharge, and at another time of the month, it’s thicker and there’s more of it. That’s all normal.
However, when discharge has a very noticeable odor, or burns or itches, that’s likely a problem. You might feel an irritation any time of the day, but it’s most often bothersome at night. If your infection is in the beginning stages or you are tired of trying conventional medicines prescribed from either your doctor or simply bought from your local pharmacy, try treating it naturally as nature intended.
First and foremost, avoid sexual intercourse and tampons when you have a vaginal infection because it can make some symptoms worse. Refraining from sex also helps to reduce your chances of spreading the infection, and to avoid irritating and inflaming the area more. If you get your period whilst treating the vaginal infection, then ensure you use organic 100% cotton tampons and sanitary towels to avoid any chemicals that are on the conventional store bought ones that can cause further irritation down there.
Avoid Antibiotics. Antibiotics kill off both the good and bad bacteria and yeasts living in your digestive tract, and other various parts of your body. What this means is with not much good bacteria around, more negative bacteria and yeast types have a chance to grow out of control as nothing is there to stop it. So this means your vaginal infection effectively will only recur.
Wipe from Front to Back. Take extra care to keep your vaginal area clean and dry by ensuring you only ever wipe yourself from front to back after urinating or having a bowel movement. Also, if you know you have a yeast infection you should never wash until the infection has cleared up, because yeast loves water and it could make the infection grow faster.
Avoid underwear and lingerie. Until your vaginal infection has resolved, it is advised to wear no underwear or lingerie as doing so could contribute to keeping the infection spreading due to the excess moisture build up that happens. The main offenders are those that are tight and restrict air getting to the area. If you have to wear underwear, then go for 100% cotton underwear in the day only, and go ‘live’ at night time to allow the vagina to breathe and ventilate properly.
Use Organic Garlic. Garlic has both antiviral and antibacterial properties, which means they are better than antibiotics which can only ‘treat’ bacterial infections. The great thing about garlic though is that it comes without the horrible side effects antibiotics can cause. A fresh garlic clove can easily cure a yeast infection.Take a clove of fresh garlic and peel off the natural white paper shell that covers it, leaving the clove intact. At bedtime, insert the clove into the vagina.You can cut it into half if you want. In the morning, remove the garlic clove and throw it away. The garlic often causes the vagina to have a watery discharge. One night’s treatment may be enough to kill the infection, or it might have to be repeated for several nights until all itchiness is gone.
Supplement with Vitamin C or Omega 3 fish oil. These supplements can help to reduce the amount of inflammation and tissue swelling you have in and around your vaginal area when an infection is present.
Whilst we really like to encourage and empower you to take control of your health problems yourself, there are two instances you may need to consult with a doctor.
One is if you are on any medication as you must ensure you discuss any new supplements you would like to take with your doctor beforehand, as some supplements cannot be taken with certain drugs.
Secondly, for severe cases that do not respond to any of the above suggestions for treating a vaginal infection naturally, then it’s probably time to make an appointment with your doctor, or nutritionist.