All you need to know about yeast infection and it possible treatment

Most women will get a vaginal yeast infection at some time in their
lives. Symptoms include:
thick “cottage cheese” discharge
Yeast infections are not sexually transmitted disease (STD), so
they can happen to women and girls of all ages. Yogurt may be used to treat a yeast infection by:
applying yogurt topically to the vulva (the area around the vaginal
inserting yogurt into the vagina
consuming yogurt as part of your diet
Some people find that a mixture of yogurt and honey is most
effective. Other people take probiotic supplements that contain
lactobacillus, the friendly bacteria in many yogurts.
Read on to learn more about yogurt for the treatment of yeast
Yogurt and yeast
Yogurt is a safe and affordable treatment option used by women
around the world for the treatment of yeast infections. It works
because of a type of bacteria called lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is
a “good” bacteria that normally lives in your digestive system,
urinary tract, and vaginal area without causing problems.
What does the research say?
A 2012 study found that a mixture of yogurt and honey was
actually more effective than an antifungal agent for the treatment
of vaginal yeast infections in pregnant women. Participants in this
study applied the yogurt and honey mixture vaginally. The clinical
cure rate for the yogurt mixture was 87.8 percent. With the
antifungal cream, it was 72.3 percent.
Researchers in a 2015 study compared a honey and yogurt mixture
to clotrimazole cream and came to the same conclusions as the
researchers from the 2012 study.
How to use yogurt for a yeast infection
According to the research studies cited above, the best way to use
yogurt for the treatment of a yeast infection is to apply it topically
or vaginally. Just be sure to use a plain sugar with no added
To apply yogurt vaginally:
Take a tampon out of its applicator. Fill the applicator with yogurt,
and use it to insert yogurt into your vagina.
You can also use an old applicator from an antifungal cream. But
be sure to wash it first with soap and warm water.
Freeze the yogurt first. Some people freeze yogurt inside a tampon
applicator. Others use the finger of a latex glove. You could even
put it in an ice cube tray. It will be cold, but soothing.
Or you can just use your fingers to get as much into your vagina as
you can.
Many people believe that eating yogurt can treat or prevent a yeast
infection. This theory is mostly anecdotal, but adding healthy
bacteria into your body can’t hurt.
Some people take probiotics that contain lactobacillus. One
literature review found that there is promising, but not conclusive,
research suggesting that probiotics can help prevent yeast
infections in women who get three or more per year.
What type of yogurt should you use?
Not all yogurt is created equal. Check the ingredients to make sure
it contains lactobacillus .
Make sure to get plain yogurt. Even vanilla yogurt has extra sugar.
If you plan on eating the yogurt, go with a low-fat version.
Several of the studies conducted on yogurt for yeast infections
involved mixing the yogurt with bee’s honey. Honey has strong
antimicrobial properties, which seem to enhance the effects of the
How long does it take to work?
Expect to use the yogurt for about seven days. Generally, you’ll
want to continue using it until your symptoms have disappeared.
Risks of this treatment
The only risk related to this treatment is that it may not relieve
itching as quickly as commercial vaginal creams can. Talk to your
doctor if you have a yeast infection that isn’t improving.
When to see a doctor
You can get treatment for a yeast infection from your primary care
doctor or gynecologist, or at a women’s health or family planning
clinic. The symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to the
symptoms of other conditions, including STDs. If you’ve recently
had unprotected sex with a partner, especially a new partner, you
might want to see your doctor for a pelvic exam.
Otherwise, make an appointment with your doctor when:
you get a yeast infection for the first time
you’re not sure whether you have a yeast infection
your symptoms don’t improve after using OTC antifungal creams
or suppositories
you develop other symptoms, such as blisters, fever, or foul-
smelling discharge
The takeaway
Yogurt may help treat vaginal yeast infections. There are no real
risks, and it may be more affordable than some of the OTC
antifungal creams. Give it a try to see if it works for you. If this is
your first yeast infection, see your doctor. Also see your doctor of
your symptoms are getting worse or not improving after a week.

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