How do I Choose the Best Vaginitis Cures?

Erin J. Hill

The best vaginitis cures will depend on the underlying cause of symptoms. There are two main pathogens which may cause vaginitis: bacteria and yeast. Common treatments include medication like antifungal and antibiotic drugs. Natural remedies can include tea tree oil, vinegar, probiotics, yogurt suppositories, and antiseptic rinses.

Probiotics might offer a natural vaginitis cure.
Probiotics might offer a natural vaginitis cure.

Most vaginitis is caused by an overgrowth of naturally occurring bacteria or yeast which are found in the reproductive tract. These are generally not harmful because beneficial bacteria keep them at bay. There are various things which may cause the balance of good and bad organisms to change. Hormonal changes, inserting soaps or other fragranced substances into the vagina, or having sex with a new partner are all risk factors for developing vaginitis.

Yogurt-dipped tampons may be used to treat vaginitis.
Yogurt-dipped tampons may be used to treat vaginitis.

There is some debate on which vaginitis cures are most effective. Bacterial infections are often treated with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. While these can kill the bacteria leading to infection, there are side effects and risks associated with their use. Vaginal insert varieties are not always fully effective because they don’t absorb into the body as well as oral antibiotics, and infection may return. Antibiotics also kill the good bacteria within the body, which can allow yeast to overgrow and cause a secondary infection.

Several natural vaginitis cures are also commonly used, and some have been shown to work equally as well as medicinal cures. Sometimes they work better. Probiotics are one effective method for getting rid of both bacterial and yeast vaginitis cases. These are supplements taken either orally or inserted directly into the vagina, and they contain millions of beneficial bacteria to restore the body’s natural balance.

Other natural vaginitis cures can include various types of vaginal rinses and medicinal douches. Vinegar and tea tree oil are often used to both soothe the external symptoms around the vaginal opening and they can be mixed with water to insert into the vagina directly. This is often combined with oral probiotics or inserts. Sometimes yogurt-dipped tampons can be inserted into the vagina because yogurt contains natural bacterial cultures. When using yogurt, it is important to choose organic plain yogurt with no added sugars.

Antifungal creams are also commonly used to treat vaginal yeast infections. They are available at most pharmacies and come in one, three, and seven day treatments. For bacterial infections, an antiseptic douche is one of the most effective vaginitis cures. To use this method one part antiseptic solution is mixed with five parts water is combined in a douche container or bag and then inserted into the vagina.

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