An Effective Solution For Vaginal Thrush
Many women will have heard about a yogurt douche, and quite a few will have tried this method. There are several different ways you can do this and I will explain the different methods and techniques. Women have used yogurt in Third World countries for many years and for many this is the only way they can get relief from their vaginal yeast infection.
Yoghurt is rich in lactic acid, because the process of growth from milk into yoghurt involves the conversion of lactose into lactic acid. The lactic acid helps digest lactose. In other words, yoghurt provides the enzyme required to digest milk and various dairy products high in lactose. Candida yeast infections cannot thrive in a lactic acid rich environment, and because yogurt is so rich in lactic acid, it makes sense to eat yogurt and use it regularly as a douche.
You may want to use this method for example on holidays or if you travel, because you need minimum equipment and it is very simple to do.
The first thing you will want to get is an irrigating syringe or vaginal applicator. Your local drug store will be able to supply you. I know some women who have successfully used a turkey or chicken baster, one those plastic syringes some people use to baste poultry with gravy. You can buy one at a good kitchen shop, and there are many different types available. You may find the applicator from the drug store more user friendly, as they tend to have a narrower tip and a rounded smooth end, but I have seen some kitchen-type basters which are perfectly acceptable, so find a gadget for this job that suits your own needs.
Make sure you buy a top quality organic natural yoghurt, and leave some out until it gets to room temperature, you will NOT want to place refrigerated temperature yogurt inside your vagina!
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Yogurt Douche Method
You will require up to two tablespoons of (room temperature) yogurt and an applicator. The technique is very simple, you just pull out the plunger (or squeeze the bulb if you use a baster) and fill with sufficient yoghurt, then gently insert the tip into the vagina and squeeze the contents gently inside. Get yourself in a comfortable position you normally would if you were going to do a douche. Do not rinse the vagina afterwards, just rinse the outside gently and pat dry. You will want to wear a maxi pad generally to minimize any possible leakage, and most women will do this before bed and leave in overnight.
The trick with a vaginal yeast infection is to ensure that you get the yogurt deep inside the vagina up to and around the opening of the cervix. Yeast will often hide in and around the opening of the cervix and it is here where most vaginal yeast douche methods fail, they never mention the importance of trying to reach deep inside and only recommend that you just insert the tip into the vagina, not taking into account the cervix. I recommend that you lie with a pillow under your hips and elevate the pelvis, thereby allowing the yogurt to move further and deeper into the vaginal area. That way you have a better chance of reducing the yeast population throughout the vagina, and will positively affect the health of the cervix as well.
In the morning you will want to have a good wash in the shower or bath naturally and preferably wear a mini pad that day to prevent any residual leakage. Some women will use a tampon they have rolled in yogurt, although I don’t find the yogurt tampon anywhere near as effective as the Tea Tree oil tampon I will describe in my book The Permanent Yeast Solution.
The three basic treatment options for the yogurt douche are:
- Use a high quality natural (organic) low fat plain yoghurt 10 ml
- Use a mixture of purified water and yogurt
- Use the whey liquid (the straw like liquid on top of the yogurt), soak a tampon in the whey solution as it is an extremely rich source of lactic acid, the perfect environment for lactobacillus acidophilus. (Note the “lacto” component of lactobacillus.)