REDUCING URINARY, YEAST OR BACTERIAL VAGINITIS INFECTIONS

What are they?

Most basic urinary, yeast and vaginal infections are cases of bacterial or candida overgrowth and can be attributed to a disruption in the P.H. It is normal to have an amount of yeast or certain bacterias in the vagina and urinary tract. The problem is when the bad bacteria or yeast outgrow the good bacteria. This happens when P.H is disrupted. P.H can be disrupted by pregnancy hormones, pressure on the bladder, stress, poor diet, soaps, bath oils, male ejaculate and douching. If the P.H is too high, then one may be susceptible to or have a bacterial infection. If the P.H is too low, then one may have or be susceptible to a yeast infection. Unfortunately, the use of medical treatments, can cause a swinging back and forth from bacterial vaginosis to a yeast infection. 

What is the problem?

Urinary tract and bacterial infections can lead to preterm labor and other serious medical complications. Yeast infections, and to a lesser degree, bacterial vaginosis, can lead to tearing of the vagina during birth because they diminish the health and integrity of the tissues. 

What is the goal?

If you develop a urinary, bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection, we will offer you both natural remedies as well as a referral to see a medical professional. Alternative treatments work MUCH better if they are started before the infection becomes advanced. 

PREVENTION STRATEGY

  • Sprinkle probiotic powder on a panty liner 1-3 times per week
  • Don't use tampons (while not pregnant, if you were wondering)
  • Don't wear string underwear 
  • Don't wear underwear to bed
  • Don't wear synthetic underwear 
  • Don't shave or totally remove pubic hair- Especially after 30 weeks of pregnancy
  • Wear skirts a few times a week without underwear (let your vagina air out occasionally) 
  • Orgasm at least 3x per week
  • Have your partner wash their genitals prior to intercourse and keep any toys clean and dry
  • Dont let anything go from your anus to your vagina, cover anything going into your anus with a condom and always wipe front to back
  • Urinate after sex and make sure to fully empty bladder every time that you urinate
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of fluids every day.
  • Have a serving of yogurt, kefir, pickles, kim chi, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso or soy, daily
  • Eat sea vegetables or take a blue green algae supplement daily (Nori, kelp, spirulina)
  • Eat a fruit or vegetable high in Vit. C daily and eat a serving of greens daily 
  • Avoid white flour and white sugar 
  • Work up to taking 2 ounces of “mothered” apple cider vinegar daily. Dilute as needed.
  • Take a magnesium supplement daily
  • Take a zinc supplement daily (on a full stomach) 
  • Take 5,000 IU Vitamin D3 supplement daily (spray, no artificial colors or ingredients)
  • Take 500 mg of natural Vitamin C daily 
  • Take a probiotic daily
  • Avoid toxic shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants and other body products
  • Avoid toxic household cleaners
  • Avoid artificial fragrances in perfume, air fresheners, candles, dryer sheets, laundry soap
  • Get a least 15 minutes of outdoor time, daily
  • Get at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly
  • Take a salt bath (1 1/2 c Epsom salt, 1 cup sea salt, 1/4 c baking soda) 3-7 times a week