Yeast Infections and You-What You Can Do

Not a pretty subject, is it?

Originally, this post was going to be on a different subject, but this issue suddenly became a lot more…relevant to me, and i figured I could at least maybe sway some people away from using terrible and potentially even more harmful home remedies. (Please, don’t put yogurt, and ESPECIALLY not honey, in a vagina.) Remember, if you’ve been having a yeast infection for a while, go to the doctors first and foremost. “Home Remedies” can only do so much, and it’s much better to be safe then pay for it.

Yeast infections are caused by a lot of things. While the exact cause is an increase of yeast cells, and can be accompanied by a decrease of the healthy bacteria in a vagina, that can be caused by many different reasons, like wearing tight clothes, diet changes, hormone shifts, or having an immune deficiency. Any sugar or other carbs that come in contact, or get into the vagina are also likely to cause a yeast infection, as it gives the cells something to feed on.

Generally, you’re going to know if you have a yeast infection. Your vagina will get itchy. and hot, in the worst way possible. Space heaters probably comparable in temperature, or at least that’s how it feels. I highly suggest you don’t rub or scratch your labia, as this does nothing but make it worse, and depending on the length of your nails, might cause scratches that will make it feel even more awful.Having to heal itself from a yeast infection and scratches at the same time will worsen the healing time by a lot.

If you don’t think it’s that serious, one of the best things you can do is nothing. Keep yourself clean, but don’t try douching with anything-that will most likely make anything flare up even more- and don’t touch it. I know I’m advocating not touching yourself, but penetration is NOT your friend. Eating yogurt, the plain or non-sweetened ones, can also help slightly. If it’s mostly external, you can wet a cloth or a paper towel with a water/vinegar mixture, and rub your labia with it. You can also add half a cup of vinegar to a warm bath, if you have access to one. Some places say that tea tree oil helps while others say that it does nothing, but adding a drop or two to a bath can’t hurt (unless you’re allergic, of course).   Of course if it’s been going on for a long time, going to a doctor is always your best option.

Being sexual with a yeast infection is hard, and as I said, penetration should really be left for when your vagina is feeling better. You don’t want to cause it to get worse accidentally. If your clitoris isn’t affected by it though, external stimulation probably won’t affect anything. You should probably wash your toys more thoroughly when you have a yeast infection too, even though yeast infections can not be sexually transmitted, I think it’s better to be safe then sorry.

Yeast infections are always awful, regardless of how “bad” they actually are. And it sucks, but sometimes waiting it out is your best bet. Generally, putting anything edible inside your vagina is a bad idea, so eating some yogurt is the most you can do. Go get an ice pack (or a heating pad, if you prefer, on low), your favorite external vibrator if you want it, and settle it on your crotch for as long as it takes to get your vagina back to its dildo-taking champion self.

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