6:15 pm - 03/13/2012

How I finally kicked my chronic yeast infection with a holistic approach.

Hey Superstars,
I posted way back in February about how I was battling a VERY persistent yeast infection (srsly, 7 months of pure torture). I didn't even realize chronic yeast was a thing until I had it, and it made my life bloody miserable. I gained 20 pounds since it started, I began getting really bad acne (which I never even had when I was in my teens), had terrible insomnia, and battled severe depression and anxiety...candida overgrowth is pure hell.
I tried EVERYTHING on the market for YIs: a ton of Diflucan, Monistat, various prescription strength antifungals, yogurt/probiotics, you name it. I wouldn't even wish this malady on my own worst enemy, but I have some pointers for ladies who have this same problem.
Here's what worked for me personally. Your mileage may vary, but these are the supplements that I am currently taking, and have helped me tremendously in eliminating YIs from my system.

1) Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I take three rather large tablespoons a day (with water) and apply it externally 3-4 times a day. There are tons of different brands out there and you can get it pretty much anywhere. I absolutely love this stuff and use it on my skin/hair too. :)

2) Garlic capsules. Kind of a given, but they're a must.

3) Grapefruit Seed Extract. I've been taking 125 mg 3x a day.

4) Candida Clear by NOW Foods. This stuff is AMAZING. It's got caprylic acid, pau d'arco, black walnut, and oregano oil in it, all of which are helpful at combating candida.

5) Molybdenum. This is supposed to be good for getting rid of toxins produced by candida as it dies off.

6) Milk Thistle. Also good for getting rid of toxins.

7) A very high dosage of probiotics. I take Ultimate Flora Critical Care (found in refrigerated section of organic grocery stores).
(To be mentioned: I also found a delicious carbonated drink at my local organic grocery store that has 4 different strains of live cultures AND apple cider vinegar in it. It's called KeVita and it's an awesome alternative to soda if you're a soda drinker like me.)

I also had to make a few lifestyle modifications to make my VJ happy again. Organic leafy greens have now become a staple in my diet: kale, lettuce, spinach, etc...I never even realized how good kale is until I tried it! While I thought being on a more restricted diet meant less choices, I found that it actually allowed me to be more creative with my food. Kale chips, curried spinach & onion, raw salads w/ my own homemade dressing (turns out olive oil, lemon juice and garlic are actually amazing together), and yeast-free naan (which was way easier than I thought it would be).

Also, don't use any soap down there. I just rinse w/ cool to tepid (NOT hot) water daily, then blowdry w/ a blowdryer on cool and wear loose-fitting cotton undies washed in hot water.

Since I have started this regimen earlier this month, I have had no more itching, discharge, acne, or insomnia. The weight is coming off since I've started working out again, and I'm finally starting to feel like a normal human being again. I think the reason my candida got so out of hand was because I let it wait too long; it was just festering in my system and my diet/lifestyle was only feeding it more. Lesson learned: do not let your YI go untreated! I know that sometimes they go away on their own accord, but sometimes leaving it can make your life miserable. Love your VJ, and it will love you back. :)

I hope this proves to be helpful to anyone suffering through this horrible thing...I now know firsthand how awful yeast can be after having a 7-month itch. Don't lose hope!

If you have any questions, feel free to message me!

ladyvox 13th-Mar-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Interesting read, thanks for sharing. I've been battling (and still am) a yeast infection for what seems like forever myself as well.. using cream and those lil eggshaped mini-bombs etc. But it keeps coming back (or maybe just never got rid of it completely?).

What exactly does the grapefruit stuff do? I'm on meds that I can't combine with anything grapefruit..
swampmermaid 13th-Mar-2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
It just has antifungal properties and vitamins C & E in it. I heard that some naturopaths also suggest using it in liquid form combined with water to spray externally, but I haven't tried it so not sure about the efficacy.
jaguarx13 14th-Mar-2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on ridding yourself of candida. I went through this several years ago, and took many of the supplements you have, and it was an incredible feeling to finally be on the path to wellness.
kuradi8 14th-Mar-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
Molybdenum! Who'da thunk it???

And I thought that stuff was only used as a high temperature automotive and industrial lubricant!

voleusedenuit 15th-Mar-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for sharing your story! I've been struggling with chronic yeast for 2 years now and unfortunately a lot of the holistic approaches I've tried haven't worked.

I have a couple of questions for you, if you don't mind! The garlic capsules, did you take them orally or insert them vaginally? What was the number of bacteria in the probiotics your taking? And how many pills do you take a day? For the greens, I've also added them to my diet but how much to you eat on average a day?

swampmermaid 16th-Mar-2012 12:59 am (UTC)
I've just been taking 3 gel caps per day of odorless garlic capsules orally (1000 mg each), and also add a lot of garlic to my food (usually 1 to 2 cloves w/ veggies). I've heard about people breaking open the capsules and applying the gel externally and also putting whole cloves of garlic wrapped in cheesecloth into their vagina at bedtime, but I didn't want to deal with the mess/potential lost clove of garlic so I didn't try it out...coconut oil works just fine for me. :)

The probiotic that I'm currently taking has 50 billion live cultures per capsule; 10 different strains. I take only one of these in the morning, and it seems to work well.

Here's what I've been using per day, and will probably continue for a few weeks just to make absolutely sure my candida is gone:

Morning: Candida Clear (2 capsules), milk thistle (1 capsule, 175 mg), 1 grapefruit seed extract (125 mg), molybdenum (1 tablet, 500 mcg), 1 tbsp coconut oil.

Afternoon: 1 grapefruit seed, 1 tbsp coconut oil.

Evening: 2 Candida Clear, 1 milk thistle, 1 grapefruit seed, 1 tbsp coconut oil.

So altogether, it's kind of a lot of supplements, but I think the payoff is worth it. Once I started taking this stuff and cut out sugars/starches/alcohol, it took about a week or so for my vagina to get back to normal. Patience and persistence, for me, were invaluable for recovery.

And I just apply the coconut oil externally throughout the day as needed. As far as veggies are concerned, I eat a lot of kale, spinach, lettuce, onion, celery, and garlic. I eat about 6-7 stalks of kale per day, either made into chips or sauteed with onion and garlic. Raw salads w/ spinach/lettuce and sliced cucumber for lunch sometimes...I've heard conflicting info about brown rice, but I've been eating sauteed vegetables w/ it and it hasn't caused me any problems.

I hope this helps at least a bit, and I hope that you get better soon... We're in this together!
browniefun Yeast infection from hell 26th-Sep-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
This is literally the story of my life right now. Over the counter drugs and diflucan did NOTHING. I feel like I'm losing my mind from candida. The discharge isn't bad, actually stopped at times. It's the external itching that's killing me.
Yesterday I did one day of the coconut oil detox.
I also bought vitamin C capsules
Garlic capsules
Raw Garlic
Candida Clear
Kefir non flavored

I think the past two weeks I didn't completely follow the candida diet, id cheat, not a lot but obviously the flour fried foods are not helping my situation so after yesterdays coconut oil detox and today I'm going on a STRICT candida diet.

Also, I did the "garlic in vagin" overnight three weeks ago, it helped a lot. But not enough to wipe out the annoying itch.

How important is milk thistle?

I def plan on returning to this thread when I'm healed. It's been 9 months of pure Hell....not to mention the constant peeling of the skin on the labia.... :-( I hope I knock this out.
swampmermaid Re: Yeast infection from hell 26th-Sep-2012 08:25 am (UTC)
I've also found that adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil to the coconut oil applied externally gives some extra firepower for really persistent infections. Anytime I feel a YI coming on, I just eat a couple tablespoons of coconut oil interspersed throughout the day and apply the tea tree/coconut oil combo and it works really well for me. The way I do it is I actually use a contact case (it's very discreet, travel friendly, and waterproof), put some coconut oil in both sides, then close the lids tightly and put the case in warm water so it melts. Then after a few minutes, I add about 5-8 drops of tea tree oil to each side. Then when it hardens again, it's mixed/diluted and it works wonderfully. Alternatively, you can just take a bit of coconut oil from the jar and add 3 or 4 drops to it in your hand. I really wish I had discovered this one sooner...this kicks it in like 3 days or so (provided you're not using any soap down there/wear cotton panties), and the last time I had a yeast infection I didn't even have to make any changes to my diet or take any additional supplements. I think the primary components that helped me get over that really bad one were probably the candida clear, garlic, and coconut oil...I think you should try out the tea tree oil in tandem with the coconut oil though; it's really soothing and works great. Oh and I'm not entirely sure about the efficacy of the milk thistle...I just read that it was supposed to be good for detoxing but I was also taking a lot of other stuff at the time so I can't attest to how much it actually does. Hope you feel better!!
browniefun Re: Yeast infection from hell 26th-Sep-2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Ok I'm def gonna try the tea tree/ coconut oil mix today. Today is also day 3 of the strict diet. Question is, after you beat it, how long did you stay on the candida diet? I def don't plan on jumping right back into "the bad foods" but I wanted to know when I can start introducing one food at a time.
Waiting for my candida clear from now to get delivered, and coconut oil is my new lover lol. I pray I beat this, ur story was inspiring and hopefully mines can help someone as well.
sinac297 Re: Yeast infection from hell 1st-Dec-2012 04:30 am (UTC)
Jumping on this post a bit late.. but has this helped you and would you say you're "cured"? I'm pretty much in the same boat right now. Any input/info would be fantastic. Thank you!
Teleca Carlson How long17th-Jan-2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for such a great option to kicking sucha pest as YI are....
I was wondering however how long should i stick to the pill aspect of te treatment? I will forever on the diet being healthy now but i was wondering how long do i need to take the same pill regiment as you did till i can go back to reg. vitamins etc. and not have to take a million pills a day?

Thanks again
g1zz1e 19th-Apr-2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I have been struggling with chronic yeast for about three months now, and I am so sick of it! Every time I think it's gone, I wake up itchy and burny and miserable. I've tried OTC stuff like Monistat, I've tried Diflucan, I've had prescription treatments, and nothing seems to keep the infection away. I even threw out all my undies, started washing the new ones twice in hot water, treated my male partner in case we were playing Pass-the-YI, tried using yogurt, etc. The YI goes away quickly, but comes back every time without fail.

After reading your post, I'm thinking of trying something similar to what you're doing. However, I live in a tiny Southern town, so no organic grocery stores or anything like that. My choices are basically Walmart or Piggly Wiggly. I know Walmart carries some of this, but I'm wondering if there's a way to find some of the other stuff online and have it shipped in.

Thanks for the ideas, and horrah for getting rid of chronic candida!
musingsofmine 8th-Jun-2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

Thanks for your story. I am myself battling chronic yeast right now that I've had for about a month and a half, so I looked in memories, and your post is still fairly recent :) I only tried the yogurt remedy (orally and inserting it) as well as diluted tea tree oil, though. I've heard horror stories about Monistat and the like, so I really didn't want to go with OTC medications. I also don't have insurance at the moment so a doctor visit is a bit out of my reach.

Thing is, I can't really afford to buy ALL of the supplements you're taking (oh, college...). Can I possibly get rid of this with only a couple of them? Mine is not "pure hell" as yours was (sorry to hear!), it's just...really annoying. So, I guess it's still fairly moderate.

Hope to hear from you, thanks again :)
Amazonbookworks Dmz holistic cures30th-Aug-2012 08:35 am (UTC)
These books had all the information I needed!http://www.yeastcureinfection.com/
Margot Goldstein BODY ECOLOGY DIET10th-Jan-2013 06:10 am (UTC)
So 7 years ago I had a year long yeast infection. After 3 months of herbs and the anti-candida diet from BODY ECOLOGY DIET i still had yeast, had lost 15 pounds with NO working out, and couldn't take it anymore. I took Diflucan and of course it killed everything. I hated to turn to diflucan, but it worked. However, I now am facing it once again. Thank god there is now Xylitol and tons of gluten free options, but ultimately the body ecology diet helps greatly. LOTS of rules. In a nut shell, NO SUGAR, NO FLOUR, and your plate should be 70% greens and 30% protein or grain (quinoa, millet, or amaranth ONLY). KALE, eggs, Salmon, Brocoli and PESTO are STAPLES in my fridge. good luck, it is a beast this yeast.
mizzmaree Supplements31st-Jan-2013 09:13 am (UTC)

Are you taking these supplements on a daily basis? If so, how often?
tich94uk 30th-Dec-2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
hi, i am yet to use any of ur treatmeants. unfortuanetly i have had a continuous yeast infection for about three, four years and my doctor gave me the advice of just takin a tablet every month or so but for me that will be far to exspensive as i am currently unemployed. so i need to be able to find a treatment that i can afford as well it not bother my skin as my skin is very sensitive. what would u recommend? x
przekeind :)4th-Jan-2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
Кажется, верная статья
browniefun Re: :)8th-Feb-2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
I am in the same situation as you.
BUT I did get rid of it twice.
The bad thing is I got back to doing all the wrong things and bring it back two weeks later (because I love food lol...well bad foods)
Here is how I did it.

When I got rid of it
For 3 days I did the salt water lemonade cleanse
That's a quart of water in the morning on an empty stomach with two teaspoons of sea salt.
Took garlic pills

I ate fish (baked in extra virgin olive oil/ lemon and fresh garlic) with veggies (spinach and broccoli) every day for SEVEN days. NO carbs NO sugar.
Breakfast I did eat eggs with baby spinach and garlic, turkey bacon.

By the end of the week my itching was GONE
I used vagisil anti itch cream when the itching was TOO BAD but i stopped and would only use vasoline to stop the dryness.

Also changed my panties 3 times a day. I would put a paper towel in my panties to wear during the day to stop the discharge and change it a few times. The discharge is really what causes the itch.
Be careful which detergent you wash your clothes in.

Im back to itching like crazy now.
I want to cry and scream.

MONDAY im going to do this all over again.
Hopefully it works again and I stick to eating right and beat this once and for all.
My issue is one week after im better I go to eating everything from junk foods to pastas. Keep the diet up to beat it! At least a month
sofifemmefatale Another Supplement to Consider...21st-Feb-2014 12:59 am (UTC)
Hey ladies, I'm in the same boat too. Have been for about two years now. Unfortunately, I have not been lucky enough to completely get rid of my YI's permanently, but a supplement that has helped me out a lot is Monolaurin. You can google it to find out more about it but long story short it is one of the active ingredients in coconut oil and breast milk. For me, Monolaurin has not been able to get rid of a YI (I use either a garlic suppository, apple cider vinegar, or tea tree oil for that) but it has greatly helped me in keeping YI at bay. I used to get a YI EVERY single time I had sex, then clear it up with Monistat before I discovered more holistic and waaaay cheaper approaches. Now as long as a remember to take my Monolaurin along with a strong probiotic (my current one has 50billion cfu's) I get no YI after sex or any other time. But remember just because your YI is gone, if you have a reoccurring yeast infection, doesnt mean you are "cured". The underlying problem that is causing these YI is still present and needs to be addressed. I have yet to figure out WTF my underlying cause is :( Maybe I have to repopulate the gut with healthy yeast fighting bacteria? But I've also heard that once your natural bacterial balance is offset by too many antibiotics, there is no way to permanently gain them back only temporarily through probiotics. Let me know what you find out!

If you don't want to read my unintended long paragraph above ^^^ let me quickly summarize. Look up Monolaurin and try it :))
___zoeee 1st-Mar-2014 08:13 am (UTC)
I'm just curious how you were able to pinpoint the candida to your weight gain? I think I'm in the same boat as you were, and I've only just ticked on that I have a lot of symptoms of candida overgrowth. Ty so much for this post as well, you've given me a lot of things to bring up with my naturopath!
mrsgomez5209 Thanks a bunch23rd-Jul-2014 06:13 am (UTC)
I want to thank you for your post. I have been dealing with this mess for almost 8 months of misery and pain. I have taken your suggestions and purchased the items you said worked for you, I need to take them in the same dosages you took them in. I have been on the anti-Candida diet almost the entire time, no sweets, no breads, no dairy, except for yogurt. I've lost so much weight, was happy at first, but now its just bad. I can't wait to be in your yeast free state. I'm planning on having a baby but can't, since I haven't had sex, I can probably count with my hand the amount since I got the YI. My gynecologist prescribed boric acid suppositories, but with my extremely sensitive skin I now have chemical burns. I feel like I'm out of options, just trying to stay positive and praying to God I will get better to start my family (30years old :( )Sorry for venting, but I will follow your suggestions.
Rachel Hennessey 21st-Aug-2014 05:04 am (UTC)
Thank you so so much for this. I've been fighting YIs for almost a year now, and it has been a difficult journey. It's nice to know other people understand what I'm dealing with. Boric acid suppositories have worked well for me so far but I'm looking for other options to stop the problem hopefully completely. Your post was so helpful, thanks again.
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