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How to Cure Vaginal Infections Without Using Medications

If you are having a itching, burning, or a change in your vaginal discharge, you may have a vaginal infection. This article will show you how to treat them without using medications. Keep in mind that it is important to consult your doctor whenever you experience vaginal infection symptoms.

Diagnose the infection first.See your doctor immediately if you experience severe symptoms, such as fever. More ↓
Use douching with care. It is not usually recommended, but it may help if used sparingly. ↓
Try vaginal suppositories, such as yogurt or other probiotics. ↓
Use medicine if home remedies don't help, such as over-the-counter gels or creams.

Method One of Six:
Diagnosing Vaginal Infections

Recognize the symptoms of BV. Bacterial vaginosis is typically marked by certain symptoms. These include:[1]
Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor, often described as “fishy”.
Vaginal discharge that is white or grey and may look foamy
Burning on urination
Itchiness and irritation around the vagina
Keep in mind that not all women with BV have symptoms.

Recognize the symptoms of a yeast infection. Yeast infection symptoms can often resemble the symptoms of BV. These symptoms include:[2]
An abnormal vaginal discharge. The discharge can be a watery, white discharge to a thick, white, and chunky discharge. This is often described as looking like cottage cheese.
Itching and burning of the vagina and labia
Painful intercourse
Painful urination
Redness and swelling of the area just outside of the vagina.

Recognize the symptoms of trichomoniasis. Symptoms of trichomoniasis (sometimes called “trich”) in women can be:[3]
Vaginal discharge that is usually smelly or itchy
Vaginal discharge that is typically frothy or foamy
Vaginal itching
Yellow or a gray-green discharge
Painful urination

Keep track of your menstrual cycle. Vaginal infection symptoms can differ depending on where a woman is in her cycle. This is because the hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle can affect the composition of the bacteria in the vagina and the characteristics of the vaginal environment. [4]
Knowing your menstrual cycle will help you keep track of changes that you’re experiencing

Realize that some women experience no symptoms. Many women have BV or trichomoniasis but they do not have any of the tell-tale symptoms.[5]
If you suspect you might have an infection, see your doctor.
Trichomoniasis can be transmitted to sexual partners. If you suspect you have trich, see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.

Know that the risk of BV increases with certain activities. Most women have probably had at least one experience with BV. There is no specific cause. Essentially anything that disrupts the normal bacterial balance in the vagina can result in BV. The risk of BV increases with:[6]
Having a new sexual partner
Having multiple sexual partners
Having sex without a condom
Using an intrauterine device (IUD) as a method of birth control

Know what increases the risk of yeast infections. Yeast infections, also called candidiasis, are increased by:[7]
Wearing tight underwear or non-cotton panties. These styles of panties can increase the temperature, the moisture levels and can be irritating.
A weakened immune system
Using vaginal douches and/or perfumed feminine hygiene sprays
Vaginal trauma. This can be scratches in the vagina that occur during insertion of a tampon or other objects, or during rough sex.

Understand how these vaginal infections can occur. These types of infections can occur because of a number of causes.
In BV, there is no specific cause, but it typically results from an imbalance of the normal bacterial populations.
Yeast infections can result after antibiotic use; the antibiotics kill off the normal bacterial populations, allowing the yeast to get a “foothold.” They can also come about as a complication of diabetes, or during hormonal changes, including a normal menstrual cycle or the use of birth control.

Visit your doctor. It is important to get the correct diagnosis from a doctor before starting treatment. The treatments for the different forms of vaginal infections can be different, depending on the degree of infection.
At the doctor’s office, your physician will likely take a sample of the vaginal discharge, ask for a urine sample and perform a vaginal exam. This exam may be uncomfortable but it is usually over quickly. The discharge will be tested for the presence of bacteria, yeast or other organisms such as Trichomonas.
It’s important to get a specific diagnosis from your doctor. The approaches for treating vaginal infections differ depending on the type of infection.

Know the risks of leaving an infection untreated. Untreated or incorrectly treated BV can result in complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), pre-term births and low-birth weight babies and put a woman at higher risk of sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, herpes simplex virus (HSV ), chlamydia and gonorrhea.[8] Untreated or incorrectly treated Trichomonas infections can also lead to increased risk of HIV.[9]

See your doctor immediately if you have severe symptoms. If you choose to only use natural remedies, make sure you call your physician if:[10]
There is no improvement in your symptoms after three days.
You develop a fever.
You experience difficulty or pain on urination.
Sexual activity is painful.
You have abdominal pain.
The amount or characteristic of the vaginal discharge increases or changes (such as changing odor or color).
You have a new rash that appears anywhere on your body.

Tell your doctor you’re planning to use natural treatments. You should always get a diagnosis from your physician when you first start experiencing any of the symptoms. This is because some natural treatments work better for BV or candidiasis, and others may not work as well. You can also use these treatments along with the medications prescribed by your physician. They don’t interfere with oral antibiotics.
Tell your doctor that you are using these approaches. If you are successful, perhaps your physician can recommend the method to others.

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