The worst pain and discomfort I’d felt in years in my vagina area hit me hard—just before Christmas. I hadn’t experienced a vaginal or yeast infection since my early 30s, which was when I’d finally begun my self healing journey by reducing processed sugar (eventually ditching completely) and adding in a high quality probiotic supplement to my daily regimen.
After getting into my groove of eating whole, real, fresh foods and taking my probiotics—I totally stopped getting yeast and bladder infections…along with other benefits like clearer skin (acne and eczema mostly gone), no more panic attacks (was eventually able to get off all my anxiety meds!), and just felt happier overall.
So when I woke up to unbearable pain and discomfort, my mind went straight to thinking something was horribly wrong. But I tried my best not to overreact…at first any way.
You see, after dealing with so many health issues in my past and experiencing the worst panic attacks ever—none of the doctors I’d gone to had been able to help me at all. I mean, they tried to help me with various medications (Xanax, antibiotics, valium, Zoloft, an array of sleeping pills, etc.) but all of that seemed to be “Band-Aids” on a much deeper root issue….and I wanted to know what was wrong with me, what was causing all these issues, and I was desperate to feel better—really feel better—once and for all.
So I powered through a couple days, taking some leftover pain pills from a surgery a few years back and also doing various holistic tricks I’d learned on my self-healing journey and in Nutrition School. The pain meds helped with some relief, but my symptoms just weren’t getting any better.
Back in my early 20s I’d had an outpatient surgery for Severe Dysplasia on my cervix, it’s never come back at any of my checkups, but because of that (and all the crazy pain and discomfort I was having) I started to get really concerned. So I made a rush doctors appointment and got in with him a couple days before Christmas.
He did two ultrasound checks on me and as he moved the device around it pinched and burned and was so very painful—at the vulva, throughout the canal, and even up into my cervix and ovaries.
To my dismay (or should I say relief?) he told me he couldn’t see anything wrong at all. “Nothing is wrong. I can’t see anything that would be causing these symptoms. The device shouldn’t hurt when I move it around…that’s not normal. But I don’t know what to tell you. I just don’t see anything wrong. Our next steps would be to get an MRI so I can see more.” (That may not be verbatim to what he said, but it’s a close enough summary).
Sure, I was relieved he didn’t see any abnormalities—but now I was even more perplexed as to what the hell was wrong with me…and trust me, there was something very, very wrong.
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Diagnosing My Vaginal & Yeast Infection
Straight home I came and immediately started doing research. Don’t ask me why I didn’t already do this…typically I take matters into my own hands and most of the time bi-pass going to the doctor altogether.
Since I hadn’t had a yeast, vaginal, or bladder infection in years, my mind was spinning with how in the hell I could possibly have it now. I do believe I figured out the culprit(s) and I’ll share about that in a minute.
How I Healed My Vaginal Infections Naturally
Let me start by thanking my sister (who is NOT very holistic-minded at all, lol). I’d sent my hubby out to get some Monistat for me (because that’s what I’d always used when I was younger and suffering with this crap), but it was my sister that said, “Before you do that, take a baking soda bath for about 10 minutes…and slush the water up in there really good.”
Needless to say the bath did help a little so instead of using the Monistat, I dove into researching Natural Ways to heal my issues.
I already knew to double up my probiotics, which I do every time I feel like I’m getting sick, and I wasn’t surprised to see probiotics hugely encouraged by various health experts.
Here are a few of the articles that really helped:
Two of my favorite probiotics are by Plexus—one of my product partners—ProBio5 and VitalBiome. You can take a deep dive on all the core supplements I take personally (plus see a couple other probiotic options here).
*Just a quick re-mention to Please be mindful I’m simply sharing my personal experience along with some of the information and research I found helpful or insightful, so you can continue to do your own research alongside your health care practitioner. I don’t ever advocate relying on someone’s blog to make major medical decisions.*
Based on what I’d read, I took an unscented cotton tampon and removed the applicator. In a small bowl, I mixed a couple spoons of coconut oil (organic) and a couple drops of good quality tea tree oil. Then I slathered that mixture all over the tampon, coating it everywhere. After that, I inserted it and noticed instantly some relief…so I also rubbed it all around that area too.
I left that in for a few hours (removed it) and when I could, I took another bath with baking soda and this time I added in a spoon of coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree oil.
A little more relief. Thank God. I applied one more coconut oil/tea tree oil coated tampon for a few more hours and took it out before bed. Rubbed more of my oil mixture around the area, washed my hands, popped a couple ProBio5 and thankfully got some good sleep.
I woke up the next morning feeling so much better. There was still some remnant pain and discomfort, but nowhere near as bad. Nothing I needed any type of pain medicine for…it was bearable.
To be safe, I took it easy and kept rubbing on my coconut and tea tree oils. Since I was better, I didn’t do another tampon but the research articles said you totally could if you needed to.
The next day I was myself again. Ah! Now it was time to dig into what caused the issue…I’m all about getting to the root issue of a problem!
Why I Believe The Pain Was So Unbearable
The timing this horrible vaginal infection hit me was during my ovulation cycle. For the past 6 months, my cramps and pains have been pretty noticeable—very similar to having really bad PMS.
Mittelschmerz is the pelvic and lower abdominal pain that some women experience during ovulation. Ovulation generally occurs about midway between menstrual cycles; hence the term mittelschmerz, which comes from the German words for “middle” and “pain.”
Endometriosis is usually a long-lasting (chronic) disease. When you have endometriosis, the type of tissue that lines your uterus is also growing outside your uterus. The clumps of tissue (called implants) may have grown on your ovaries or fallopian tubes, the outer wall of the uterus, the intestines, or other organs in the belly. In rare cases they spread to areas beyond the belly.
Another quickie reminder that my policy on my blog is to share resources that I’ve personally found helpful and informing for you and other people to use as a starting point for their own research, and to make their own decisions with the care of their own doctor.
Those are my best self-diagnosis guesses. I haven’t gone down the rabbit hole of tests for this yet with my doctor…and honestly the pain is only tough to handle during ovulation and PMS. I’m pretty much pain-free the rest of the month. If it gets worse, I’ll start exploring this more thoroughly.
How I Think I Got The Yeast/Vaginal Infection
The day after Thanksgiving I went to the Abaco Islands with a few girlfriends (wow, what a gorgeous paradise!). After I got back home I started taking some parasite cleanse pills. A few weeks later was when the infection hit.
After doing more researching on parasite cleansing…it led me to believe that could have been one of the factors to set my body up for the infection. You see, a good quality parasite cleanse is going to wipe out not only bad parasites but also lots of the good bacteria too (much like taking antibiotics). Which is why it’s strongly recommended to take a good probiotic supplement at bedtime (to get some good bacteria back in your gut.)
As you know, I’m not a fan of taking antibiotics—unless I absolutely have to—and I feel strongly they’re overly misused and abused.
And just like after a cycle of antibiotics, you’re more susceptible to catching a virus or cold—that seems to be the same case with parasite cleanses. Your body is more susceptible because you’re wiping out a lot of the good bacteria. And it’s the good bacteria in your gut that keeps your immune system functioning strong. (80% of your immune system is in your gut…and roughly 90% of your serotonin production (mood elevating hormone) is also in your gut.)
So I suspiciously believe that the parasite cleanse may have greatly reduced the probiotics in my body and I simply didn’t take enough of my probiotic supplements and cultured drinks/veggies to replenish what was needed to keep my immune system strong.
The only other thing I can link the infections to is perhaps it could’ve been a new toy I got for some bedroom fun with my hubby. It’s very important to make sure your toys are super clean before using and also there’s no issue how you react to the material they’re made of.
But me and my hubby are pretty OCD about cleanliness with those things (and what it’s made of has never been an issue before) so we’re both leaning more strongly on the parasite cleanse pills.
Again, that’s my own self-diagnosis. Our best guess at what could have led to the vaginal and yeast infections that I hadn’t gotten a single time since adding in my probiotics and ditching processed sugar from my diet (sure I indulge every now and then, but I mostly skip processed sugar by creating healthier trade-offs.)
I’m not saying never do a parasite cleanse or that I’d never do one again—I do think they can help—but just be sure you take enough of a good quality probiotic to ensure your immune system stays strong and less susceptible to infections and viruses.
And maybe it’s a good idea not to play with any “toys” while on the parasite cleanse too. Even super clean ones.
*Just a quick re-mention to Please be mindful I’m simply sharing my personal experience along with some of the information and research I found helpful or insightful, so you can continue to do your own research alongside your health care practitioner.*
What are some natural and holistic ways that have worked for you with getting rid of these types of infections? Have you tried the baking soda and coconut/tea tree oil before? I’d really love to hear any comments and tips you can share below.
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