Thrush, aka the irritating and distressing yeast infection, now recurrently affects 138 million women, according to new research at The University of Manchester.* The research also suggests that this will increase by 2030 to 158 million women. Dr. Marilyn Glenville author of The Natural Health Bible for Women explains how you can look after your lady garden to prevent and treat thrush from occurring…
Thrush is an infection caused by a yeast (fungus) called candida albicans, which occurs naturally in the gut, in the skin and in the vagina. Under normal circumstances, it is kept under control by other ‘friendly’ bacteria in the body, but occasionally it overgrows, which is when problems start.
With vaginal thrush you usually get a thick, white, sticky discharge with soreness and irritation. The discharge can often look like cottage cheese and can have an unpleasant smell. If you are suffering from thrush, you may experience pain during sex and when passing urine. The outside of the vagina may also feel sore and swollen. The most irritating symptom is an intense itching around the outside of the vagina, which is definitely worse in some cases than in others.
As well as eating healthily, you can help to eliminate the thrush by focusing on a few specific dietary changes. You will definitely need to avoid sugar, and any foods containing sugar, as they will promote the growth of yeast. You also need to cut out foods that contain yeast, and any products that are fermented, such as bread and wine.
Research has been undertaken into the effects of tea tree on candida and other vaginal infections and it has been shown to be an excellent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent herb.
Try adding a few drops of tea tree essential oil to your bath when you have thrush. If you are prone to thrush, it can be used on a preventative basis.
By taking probiotics, you are aiming to increase the amount of beneficial bacteria in your system, which in turn helps to control the amount of yeast overgrowth. As well as eating live plain organic yoghurt, it is important to take a probiotic supplement. Yoghurt has shown to be helpful in preventing attacks of yeast, but a probiotic supplement goes one step further to actually treat a yeast infection. The difference is that lactobacillus levels in yoghurt are high enough to work on a preventative basis, but they will not be concentrated enough to deal with an infection.