Let’s talk about something that most people are embarrassed to talk about. Something that’s been considered shameful or even dirty, while being one of the most natural things in the world. Without sugar coating or further ado, I present to you – the Vagina and her troubles!
Whether on the road or at home, the poor little Vagina can get a bit under the weather and worst of all, shamed for it. People are just ignorant and don’t understand that it’s not really her fault. Sometimes there’s just some nasty stubborn bacteria or fungus that is too strong to be beaten by her friend the immune system. However there’s really nothing to worry about! Mama Nature gave us two incredible remedies to knock out the infections and help the beautiful Vagina be happy and healthy again.
The two most frequent infections that occur in the vagina are yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis. If you’ve had them once, you’ll know right away what it is when it happens again. If it’s your first time and you’re unsure, here’s a little info about those little buggers:
Vaginal yeast infections are caused by the overgrowth of a fungus called Candida albicans. Getting it is sometimes too easy as a number of factors can cause it – stress, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, too much sugar intake, weak immune system, etc.
Symptoms are usually itching, burning or swelling around the vulvar area, and thick white odorless discharge (looks a bit like yoghurt or cottage cheese). Pain and unpleasant sensations during sex are also possible.
Naturally, the vagina has good bacteria and bad bacteria living in it. The Yin and Yang. While they’re in balance, there’s no problem. However sometimes the balance is disrupted and the bad bacteria grows more, which causes the bacterial vaginosis.
The symptoms include excessive vaginal discharge with grayish-white color, itching and worst of all – fishy smell! The smell gets stronger during or after sex, which can ruin the experience and leave you feeling rather embarrassed.
Women who are sexually active (with a new or multiple partners) are more exposed to such type of infections compared to women who are not sexually active. Sometimes the infection will go away on its own after a while, but sometimes it might need treatment or you just might want to get rid of it asap.
Natural Remedies For Vaginal Infections
I’m a keen supporter of natural remedies and using nature’s gifts for our own benefit. After all, this is what people used for ages before the appearance of pharmacies and over-the-counter drugs.
I have two personal favourites, which do miracles with numerous issues, including vaginal infections! Meet my best friends – Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV for short 🙂 ) They are easy to find in the stores, inexpensive and can be used for numerous purposes.
I first learnt about the countless health benefits of the coconut during my long trip around SE Asia. I got so fascinated by it, that I wrote a post about it (to read it just click here). ACV kept appearing in my search results for natural remedies for various issues, I tried it and I love it! Maybe I should write a post about it too 🙂
But enough about this. Let’s get to the essence:
Treating Vaginal Infections On The Road
In the different sources that I read there were different suggestions on how to use ACV for treating infections – douching, soaking, baths, etc. When it comes to something practical while on the road however, there is one indisputable winner – apply a soaked tampon overnight!
Note: This is pretty much the only time I suggest the use of tampons. For my periods I’ve trusted a much more healthy product, which gave me a completely new period – the menstrual cup. I’m such a big fan that it also has a post of it’s own and you can read it here.
How To Use ACV:
It’s recommended that a bit of ACV is diluted with a bit of water (I do it roughly 3:1 or 2:1 ratio), a clean tampon is soaked in the liquid and inserted into the vagina overnight. Due to its high acidity ACV helps restore the normal pH balance of the vagina, knock out the bad bacteria or fungi, and help the good bacteria thrive.
When you remove the tampon the morning after, you’ll notice the difference already.
I never had to use it for more that 3 nights in a row, but if your condition doesn’t improve after this time, it’s best to consult with a doctor.
How To Use Coconut Oil:
Same way as the ACV. Cover the tampon with the oil and insert overnight. Coconut oil has fantastic anti-fungal properties and works well both with BV and yeast infections. Adding a few drops of tea tree oil can boost the healing process.
Compared to ACV coconut oil might need a bit more time to have an effect (around 7 days), but the results should be there. Once again, if your condition doesn’t improve – consult with a doctor.
How To Choose Your Product:
Which one you choose is entirely up to you and kinda depends on your current situation. A bottle of ACV will be a bit harder to carry around if you move a lot, while a 100ml of coconut oil won’t make a difference and can be used for many other things (I always have my coco with me). On the other hand, ACV works faster and if you’re staying somewhere for a week or two it won’t make such a difference. What is more, you can add 1 tbs ACV to a glass of warm water and drink it in the morning or before meal – this regulates the pH of the stomach, detoxes, improves metabolism and cleans the body inside-out.
No matter what you decide to go for, make sure you buy pure organic products. The good ACV is considered “alive” and should have a “Mother” inside. In plain words this means that it shouldn’t be a clear liquid, but slightly brownish with something like an organic sponge floating inside. If you can’t find it in the organic stores around you it’s also available on Amazon:
I’ve personally tried those methods with bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections and they work for me. However, if you’re unsure what your infection is or your condition doesn’t improve after a few days, you should consult with a doctor.
If you have other suggestions of natural remedies that can treat such infections while on the go, please leave a comment below 🙂