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Yeast infection and painful sex (file this under TMI)

post #1 of 7
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I think it finally dawned on me that I have a yeast infection. Some times I can be really clueless about these things but I am also quite wet and uncomfortable when I am pregnant so I thought that's what it was for the longest time. What clued me in is that sex has been so painful and yet my hormones are making me crazy so I hadn't wanted to cut back.

 

However, my real question is what home remedies work for you? I have a feeling this infection is quite far-gone and I don't get to see my doctor until next week - and then she will probably prescribe some over-the-counter stuff that usually doesn't work for me. What has worked in the past is washing with a apple cider vinegar wash and soaking a tampon with yogurt and wearing it over night. I'm nervous to do the tampon thing since I'm pregnant. Any suggestions? I hate the thought of not having sex for a whole week.

post #2 of 7

What often works for me if I am just STARTING to get a yeast infection (probably too late for you, but maybe worth a try), is a mix of tea tree oil and vitamin E.  I bite open two 400 iu gel caps and add 2-3 drops of tea tree, and apply as best I can with a finger.  test a drop on the edge of your labia first to make sure you don't have too much tea tree.  You want it strong enough to feel really warm but not burn - straight tea tree will burn like heck in sensitive spots.  Do this twice a day.  

 

O.k., now that I've written all this, I'm thinking that it would be best to check with an herbal-savy midwife or naturopath before trying, just in case vit E or tea tree are contraindicated during pregnancy.  

post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by Brambleberry View Post

O.k., now that I've written all this, I'm thinking that it would be best to check with an herbal-savy midwife or naturopath before trying, just in case vit E or tea tree are contraindicated during pregnancy.  

 

Let me know what your midwife says. I trust a midwife way more than I trust my doctor when it comes to things like this. I have a good doctor - but she is still very much a part of the establishment. ; )

post #4 of 7

Coconut oil works for me if the infection is mild or inserting a garlic clove overnight (cut in half and then use a needle to string thread through... like a garlic tampon, haha). I used both of these last pregnancy :)

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Originally Posted by Elodie's Mama View Post

Coconut oil works for me if the infection is mild or inserting a garlic clove overnight (cut in half and then use a needle to string thread through... like a garlic tampon, haha). I used both of these last pregnancy :)

My friend does this every time and she just swears by it. 

post #6 of 7
Yes, coconut oil and garlic.
I've also used gentian violet with coconut oil.
post #7 of 7

Oh! Oh! I had one 2 weekends ago and I got rid of the symptoms in 48 hours! Garlic has never worked for me :-( I did catch it super early, but it worked so fast, it may be worth trying even if yours is more advanced. The first day I knew I had it, I took one probiotic capsule orally and one vaginally (hey, it's less scary than a Monostat pearl!), and used plain Greek yogurt as anti-itch cream. The yogurt worked in seconds. SUCH a relief. I reapplied the yogurt every 6 hours, just because that's how long it took to start itching again, and the first day I took another probiotic capsule vaginally. It felt a lot better the next day. I took another probiotic orally + one vaginally again, and did the yogurt morning and evening only. The third day, I had no symptoms! I did one more probiotic capsule in both places, to make sure I wasn't stopping too soon, and that was it!

 

I used to get yeast infections frequently - like twice a month frequently - and they've always been pretty stubborn, so I was really anxious about pregnancy starting the cycle again, but this worked fantastically well. I'm actually really glad I had the infection over the weekend, so I wasn't as tempted to get a prescription. Hope it helps someone else!
 

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