I get vaginal yeast infections every month after my period and almost everytime I have sex with my husband. I have done some research that suggest the vaginal pH should be around 4.5 and that both blood and semen have a pH of anywhere from 7.5 to 9.0. That would explain the timing of my infections. I have tried preventing the infections with herbal remedies, but with little result. I think balancing my vaginal pH, especially around those certain times will be the way to prevent future infections. I have heard about hydrogen perioxide douches and vinager douches, but I am unclear on what actually balances the vaginal pH. I am considering using a balancing douche after my period and after my husband and I have sex, each time to see if it makes a difference. Do you have any ideas on douches, or herbs to take, vitamins, foods, etc. or anything that will make the vagina in particular balance it's pH? My understanding is that a healthy vagina is highly acidic, so I guess I need things to lower my vaginal pH. I am already taking acidophilus by mouth and cranberry capsules. Thanks for any help!!!!
I have posted several posts in the Candida forum about this subject in the beginning of my posts!
In the Natural cycles of Life you have Bacteria which create Acids and you have their counter part, the Fungi and Yeast which come in to the condition when the Bacteria have done their job of Creating Acids, but the condition has become TOO Acidic, and the Bacteria stop working, and the Fungi and Yeast come in and try to Raise the pH of the Media, so that the Bacteria may start doing their job again!
For when the Digestive flora in your Digestive system stop working, you will Die if this condition is not corrected, because they are what help Create the Electrical Energy Release to power your body!
Because without the Yeast and Fungi to Correct an over Acidic condition, Life would "STOP" existing and instead of Organic matter being formed to feed new Life, everything would turn into a Hydrocarbon!
So if you remove the reason for the need of the Fungi and Yeast, then they may not be needed and they may not cause you any problem!
The purpose of the Fungi and Yeast is to Raise the pH of the condition which is in question which has become too Acidic to allow the Bacteria to continue to do their job!
So to "STOP" problems of Yeast problems in the body of "ANY" kind, all you need to do is to Change your Diet so that your body has enough Alkaline Minerals and thus recive enough "OXYGEN" and this may "STOP" any problem of having the Yeast problem in the first place!
What you need to do to solve your problem is to learn what foods you are eating which may be causing your body to become too Acidic in the first place and "STOP" eating these foods!
Then to replace those foods with foods which may help raise your pH , so that your whole body may be Healthy!
You may want to review what other people are doing which has been helping them raise their pH so that they are solving some of their problems!
As everything is all about the Acid Alkaline pH Balancing Principles!
As we get more organized, Invincible is going to try to arrange to index info about all of this info for easier locating, but this is not in place yet, so you may need to do a little more searching through past post!
If you may read the -R- posts first, it may help you to start to learn?
Also Invincible has a Blog which she has organized much info about how to Alkalize the body, which you may want to read?
I love your description of why yeast overgrows in the first place! Thansk for posting that. I have said over and over again on the forums that candida is there to help your body from going into a worse state from all the toxins we carry, but that has been usually dismissed. Maybe people will think about it now. I hope so. To grasp the concept helps to change the healing plan from one of attack to one of balance.
People may choose what ever they may choose to believe and do!
But when people are having problems and they choose to keep believing and doing the same things which they have been doing and not getting their problems solved, they may expect much more of the same, until they are willing to admit to themself that they may be Wrong in their thinking!
So as long as people choose to believe in False info, then it should be no suprise to them when they may "NOT" solve their problems with this False info!
But for those "FEW" who are willing to recognize the errors of the info which they have been believing in,and are willing to change and help themself and these "FEW" may recieve many Blessings, While the rest of the people may expect much of the same as they have been getting = continuing Suffering and Pain!
Lady Love, When you say it might partly be my husband's problem, what exactly do you mean? The reason I ask is we have been told before and have treated him externally with anti yeast creams a couple of times over the years, but with no luck! Is this what you were thinking or do you have another idea to how he could do something to potentially help? Thanks for any help!!
From the way I see it, the outbreaks during periods and sex are simply showing a more severe imbalance in your genital health. I do not see that it is your husband that is causing the problem, per se. If your reproductive organs were healthy and balanced, they would not be so susceptible to 'external' bacterial sources, i.e. of your husband's penis. To me, it seems that sex may simply be 'stirring up' vaginal bacteria. The same seems to be occuring during your period, when waste matter is flushed from the rep. organs.
The time of a woman's period brings up any issues that may be under the surface and bearable all other days. This may expose any physical and emotional disturbances.
Colon cleansing (enemas, colemas, colonics) are helpful for reproductive issues of any kind as they are in close proximity. The rep. organs may be absorbing waste overload from overwhelmed intestines. The vaginal infections may be symptomatic of broader organ and organ system toxicity (including intestines, liver, lymphatic system, etc).
Balancing ph with alkalizing minerals is an important component as well as is removing the excessive waste and toxins that are causing need for the excessive fungus in the first place. The rep. organs may rebalance themselves once the intestinal/liver/lymphatic systems are balanced. If you haven't begun already, I would encourage you to learn about autointoxication and organ cleansing. Curezone is a great place to start!
I have included a link to a post regarding Uttara vasti, an ayurvedic program of douching. It is primarily intended to help women return their monthly cycles to the natural new moon cycle and also to correct imbalances. You may be using some of these herbs already. Another highly recommended herb is Pau d'Arco.
No Dear, I'm not thinking of any messy cream.A cream eliminates nothing but surface space, if even that.
It bothers me that you seem to be making an assumption about who the problem is, and I am tired of seeing so many women do this.
First off, I want to make clear that we are discussing an intensely personal subject here, and I want you to know that I intend no offense to you..
I am trying to assist the situation and am therefore offering suggestions and questions in that spirit *only*.
I am saying your hubby's 'fluid contribution' may have a component that is affecting you, whether it be pH-wise or some other way, and I am saying that IMO you two should eliminate that as a possibility, instead of *assuming* that *you* are the "problem". In light of the fact that sex with him preceeds the problem predictably, I think it would be dangerous to ignore this possibility.
If an infection happens predictably after you have had sex with hubby and you have identified this timing, then this is an infection you would not have had without hubby's interaction, no?
1.) So have you checked his pH?
2.) Have you checked your own? I didn't see it mentioned.
Doing this may provide much valuable information.
3.) Is a personal lubricant or anything else in use?
4.) Have you done a 'fingernail check' ?(I mean of him..Getting really nitty gritty here..)
5.) Are tampons in use during your period? If so, how often are they changed?
IOW, have you a situation where 'dry friction' is an issue? *That* could produce trouble at both those times..
6.) Is hubby circumcised? Is he 'squeaky clean' as he gets out of the shower and into bed with you?
These questions are simply food for thought for yourself and hubby, you certainly *don't* have to answer them on this very public forum if you'd rather not..
But these were the questions I came up with while reading your first post, and is the reason for my reply.
The reason I am bringing this up is, if this infection occurs specifically after sex with your hubby, then there are *two* of you tangoing there, and *both* specifically need to be addressed, not just one.
This problem is so similar to what I am experiencing. The odor after sex with my husband and the frequent bv. My OB suggested "resetting my vagina" with a cocktail of bv pills and cream for 6 months. This worked fine while on the regime but when done I had the same issue after having sex with my husband. I use tampons and also douche, infrequently. Have you had any luck with finding a solution?