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Vaginal Yeast Infection Causes in Women

Aug 17, 2007
When a woman suffers from a vaginal yeast infection it's not because she has a choice, it's because her normal bodily balance has gone out of synch, which in turn creates a hospitable environment in the vagina for the yeast producing bacteria to thrive.

The reason that a vaginal yeast infection is more common than any other type of yeast infection is due to the fact that the vagina is the perfect place for these little bacteria to grow.

In fact, even when the body is in balance there are yeast producing bacteria present in the vagina. The Candida Albicans bacteria are normally controlled and kept to a minimum by the immune system and the good bacteria.

When something goes wrong however and the balance of the vagina is thrown off track, the Candida Albicans bacteria can take over and create ever more masses of yeast, which in turn leads to a vaginal yeast infection.

Which is why, really, you should ideally try to keep your body in as balanced and healthy condition as possible. This means that to even think about giving your immune system a fighting chance to win out against a vaginal yeast infection, many women turn to such home remedies as yogurt to aid them.

The unsweetened yogurt uses the live lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria cultures to fight to off the Candida Albicans bacteria. In other words you're sending in reinforcements to fight the good fight.

This is also why many women use the unsweetened yogurt directly instead of orally. In other words they smear their vagina with the stuff so that the good bacteria, the lactobacillus acidophilus, has only a hop skip and a jump to get into the thick of things so to speak.

Besides which, by applying the yogurt directly to the vaginal yeast infection, relief from the burning and itching sensations are almost immediate, and that's definitely worth the fuss and the mess with the yogurt.

After applying the yogurt, which can be done in a number of ways, you should then look into setting your body back on track by aiding and abetting it in the guise of dietary changes.

Since a vaginal yeast infection, will thrive on such foods containing sugars and sweeteners you should really stay away from these, along with foods containing carbohydrates, yeasty foods, and fermented foods.

You should also try and stay away from such things as red meats and alcohols. And along with what you shouldn't eat for a vaginal yeast infection, there are also foods which you should eat, and these include whole grains, brown rice, plenty of vegetables, unsweetened yogurt, and garlic to name but a few.
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Graham Winmill has written a series of articles on the treatment of yeast infections. Find further information on this subject at
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