A yeast infection occurs when there’s an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans in your vagina. While it naturally lives there, too much of it triggers irritation, inflammation, itching, and discharge.
They’re uncomfortable but easily treatable and very common: Mayo Clinic estimates that three out of four women will experience a yeast infection in their lifetime.
The standard course of treatment is an antifungal medication (available as creams, ointments, tablets, and suppositories). However, some natural home remedies can help lessen symptoms or prevent an infection from taking hold—but more research needs to be done to definitively support their effectiveness.
(Note: Always see a doctor to confirm you have a yeast infection and not a sexually transmitted or bacterial infection, which may have similar symptoms.)
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Some studies suggest that eating a daily eight-ounce serving of yogurt with “live cultures” or taking a Lactobacillus acidophilus capsule each day may help prevent yeast infections, or even help reduce repeat infections in people who are prone to them—but larger studies need to be done to assess exactly how effective probiotics may be at preventing or treating yeast infections.
“Adding in probiotics to help lower the candida load is another way of treating candida,” says Taz Bhatia, MD, a board-certified integrative medicine physician and wellness expert in Atlanta, GA, and author of Super Woman RX. Try eating plain Greek yogurt without a lot of sugar, since the sweetener fuels C. albicans growth.
2 Oregano oil
Several studies suggest that oregano oil has antifungal and antimicrobial properties that may help halt the growth of C. albicans. “Oregano oil helps reduce the load of candida,” Dr. Taz says.
“You can use by applying topically, diluted in a carrier oil. You can also take capsules of oregano oil—500 mg is the average dose taken a few times per day for candida infection. It can also be ingested under the tongue—in a small amount—1 to 2 drops.”