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Yes that's right, I said it. Shove garlic up your vagina.

Before we being, I would like to start by us all saying it out loud. Come on guys “Yeast Infection”.. see it was not that bad. Jump in a time machine with me and let’s go a few years back to when I was 20-years old. Back then, the only knowledge I had on yeast infections were from the jokes that were on the timeline of my twitter (so no correct knowledge basically). I noticed it’s such a taboo subject so… Let’s talk about them!

With just this small amount of information you call tell:

a. I was receiving wrong information about yeast infections which lead to…

b. being very ignorant towards yeast infections which lead to…

c. having fears of yeast infections

*I’m trying to see how many times I can say “Yeast Infection” in one post*

You can only imagine the horror and discomfort that was brought to me the first time I received one at the age of 19. I was not only embarrassed but I was hurting, and being me I hopped on google instead of going to my mom. I knew it was linked to my birth control (that’s a story to another time) + the antibiotics I was taking at the time, so I did the most common thing and I purchased Monistat Kit…and I kept buying them as the years went on. It was no big deal since I would not get them that often, it was an easy $10 to spend. As time has gone along I have grown to stop being afraid and grossed out by the infection, and that comes with taking the time to understand and converse. Anyone who has ever had one of these pesky infections(or has one now) know what I am talking about. Now if you have never had one, lucky you, but I greatly encourage to keep reading to #SpreadTheKnowledge. I will explain why I stopped using the drug-store medicine and switched over to using natural remedies.

What is a Yeast Infection?

The only way to stop being afraid of something is to learn about it, get comfortable with it, and don’t let it see you sweat. Candida is the scientific name for yeast. It is actually a fungal that lives everywhere, and that includes your body too. It thrives in damp fold areas. Everyone gets yeast infections including babies, men, old people, and even people with weak immune systems. You can receive a yeast infection on multiple surfaces, but it’s basically because there is an imbalance and the fungus over grows.

A list of  few include:

Vaginal Thrush– This fungal infection effects the vagina. This mostly effects people with…vaginas.

Oral Thrush– This fungal infection effects the mouth. This mostly effects babies but anyone can receive the thrush.

Yeast Infection Skin Rash– This fungal infection effects the skin. This is like athletes foot and ring worm.

Now while all these are important, we’re going to focus on the vagina today.

How Do I Know I Have a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

A Vaginal Yeast Infection is a fungal infection that effects not only the vagina but also the vulva (the tissue at the vaginal opening). It can cause irritation, discharge, and also one hell of an itch. We all know different discharge gives signals on what’s wrong with your body, so that is key. If you are curious on the discharge it is WCT (white clumpy thick), like cottage cheese but it is odorless! While this does help tell if it is a yeast infection, not all women experience discharge. There is also a lil annoying burn when you pee and that is right, you guessed it, pain during sex. If you are unsure about the symptoms and you cannot tell the difference between a Vaginal Yeast Infection, other infections, or an STDs please visit a doctor. Especially if there is even a chance of it possibly being a STD, I recommend getting tested.

Luckily (using that term loosely) I had the discharge and I had been having protective sex, so I knew I had a yeast infection off the bat. I am not a doctor by any means, this just comes from personal experiences, doing my research, and knowing my body!

Now you are sitting there on the toilet reading symptoms and you realize you have a yeast infection. I don’t know about you, but after cussing under my breath, I sat and my next question was…

How did I get this yeast infection?

Remember all of those Twitter jokes I was talking about? Majority of them gave the tone to be ashamed to have a yeast infection because it meant you were dirty. They all circled around you not being clean so I was confused. I knew that was not the case for me, it was due to those antibiotics and my birth control. That was the first step in me not being ashamed. 3 out of 4 women receive a yeast infection in their lifetime. Just know that there is just an over population of yeast camping out in your cooch.

Here are just 6 factors that can increase your risk of developing an infection:

Sexual Activity: Before you freak out saying “I thought it was NOT an STD” is it not. Women who are not sexually active can develop them also. The fungal can still spread to your sexual partner, and he can give it back to you, creating a viscous cycle. That is why it is important to not have sex while you have/and are healing from a yeast infection

  • Antibiotics: When you are taking antibiotics they are going in and also killing good bacteria that are great for the vagina. That leads to an overgrowth in yeast

Impaired Immune System: Women with low immunity are subject to getting yeast infections

Uncontrolled Diabetes: Women with diabetes who have poor controlled sugar levels are more likely to develop the infection

Increase in estrogen levels: This is for a hand full of ladies. This is for pregnant women, women who are on birth control like myself, and also for women who are estrogen hormone therapy

Your living habits: things like stress, lack of sleep, and also poor eating habits can cause yeast infections

9/10 if I get an infection I know EXACTLY what I did and why I’m being punished. If you seriously do not know, do no stress. My best advice is to focus on how to cure and to find ways to prevent them from happening instead of freaking out that you have one. There are a hand full of things that can happen to make an imbalance. Things happen, and like it said it is common.

What should I do now?

There are so many things you can do! Just a few include:

Going to see a doctor: I mostly recommend this if…

  • You are unsure of it being a yeast infection
  • It is the first time you have had one (kind of kind of not, I did not go personally but go if you can or want)
  • You start to gain other symptoms
  • Your symptoms do not light up over time of treatment

Go purchase an anti fungal medication:

There are creams, ointments, suppositories, and even tablets.

They are your medicines like butoconazole (Gynazole-1), clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin), miconazole (Monistat 3), and terconazole (Terazol 3).

They have kits that take one, three, or seven days to treat the infection.

Treat it at home naturally. Here are 3 at home remedies you can try to cure your yeast infection:

Yogurt– Yogurt contains live bacteria which helps restore the bacteria and yeast balance. You can either eat the yogurt or insert the yogurt into the vagina. Many women will freeze the yogurt to make the application a little more clean. I personally just eat yogurt a lot along with the garlic method for speedy recovery.

Coconut Oil– Coconut oil is an established anti fungal. The same way you use it for everything else to cure it, you can slap it on your vagina to ease the excruciating pain. Okay maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but adding some oil helps after inserting the garlic. Trust me on this one. You can also soak a tampon in coconut oil (or Tea Tree Oil!) and wear it during the day.

Garlic– Garlic kills yeast, ask any baker. The trick to this method is attacking it before it attacks you. When you’re about to receive an infection, you’ll feel a little itch and discomfort.

  1. At night time take a fresh clove, cut the ends off, and add a few slits to it. You can attach a string to the garlic if you’re afraid of it getting stuck.
  2. After placing a soothing cream, ointment, or coconut oil place the clove in your vagina
  3. I personally like to wear a pad for extra support and comfort, my favorite pads are _____
  4. In the morning remove the garlic from your vagina. You can then place a soaked tampon for the day as mentioned before

I know this sounds CRAZY, because that is exactly what I thought when I first read about it. This is the method that I use when I get yeast infections. It works within 2-3 days and it’s not as painful as the miconazole is, that’s why I love it. I highly recommend doing this at night time because your vagina will turn into a crock pot while you’re brewing, and you will smell like your nanas pot roast when you wake up.

As I mentioned earlier, yeast infections can be passed to your sex partner. Your’e probably wondering, “what do I do if my partner gets a yeast infection? Should I garnish his penis in garlic?”, and the answer is no. But it’s okay, I have a remedy for men also!

A yeast infection in a man is called balanitis. Men should take a cotton ball and douse it in tea tree oil. Some men apply it to the penis at least 2 times a day. Other men douse multiple cotton balls and wrap their penis with the cotton balls. 

Now that that is out of the way we need to discuss the next big question:

How do I prevent these from happening?

-Make sure you have a well balanced diet and stay away from too many sugary things

-Stay away from super tight clothes all the time,including g-strings and thongs

-Wear natural fibers like cotton, linen, or silk

-Avoid using feminine deodarants, scented tampons/soaps, and DOUCHING

-Wash your vagina with water only

-Try not to sit in wet clothing for too long

And there we have it ladies and gentlemen! The first of many blog posts on inbetween inc. Thank you very much for taking the time to learn about yeast infections and make sure to share, subscribe, and join the community

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