Douching is a washing method that forces water or other fluid mixtures up into the vaginal area. A survey conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center showed that around 27% of women between 14-55 years of age douche on a regular basis. It is an effective way of keeping the vagina clean and free from infection.
Baking Soda Douche
According to the American Cancer Society, baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, can kill yeast. Dr. Tullio Simoncini, MD is the main proponent of the use of sodium bicarbonate to eliminate yeast cells.
There are pharmacies that offers pre-mixed baking soda douches, but you can create your own if you cannot find something nearby. All you have to do is to mix two tablespoons of baking soda to four cups of heated water. As an alternative, you can fill an empty gelatin capsule with baking soda and insert this makeshift tampon into your vagina. Both of these baking soda douching treatments should be continuously done for two weeks.
Boric Acid Douche
The University of Michigan Health System prescribes the use of boric acid for localized yeast infection. One study has shown that 85% of the women who used boric acid were cured of yeast vaginitis. All of these women on trial have tried other treatments before but were not cured. If you have chosen this method, you should douche yourself twice a day for fourteen days. In some cases, you might feel a slight burning sensation but this is just normal.
In order to douche yourself with boric acid, you should put it in an empty gelatin capsule and only then can you insert it in your vagina. Because doing this improperly can cause it to leak, you may put a pad on your underwear so that it would not stain. When you are douching yourself, make sure that you lift your clitoral hood because yeast infection seems to always stagnate at that area for some reason.
There was a study by the University of Milan back in 2007 that took a sample of forty women with yeast infection. What they found out was that those who douche with acidophilus mixed in water showed significant improvement from the symptom manifested by candida. Another study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine supported the claim that introduction of acidophilus relieves individuals of complications related to candida.
You can try out the same remedy by combining two teaspoons of acidophilus powder and one liter of water. You can douche yourself with this combination once a day. However, do not forget to stop using this remedy after five days because your vagina might be irritated if your douche too much.
Yoghurt is a rich source of probiotics other than acidophilus. When making a douche out of this material, you can combine yoghurt with three cups of water and three drops of lavender or tea tree for an added soothing effect. You can apply this mixture once a day for five days.
If you do not want to make a mixture yourself, you can just simply dip a tampon in plain yoghurt and leave it leave it there for three to four hours. This process can be repeated for at least three days.
Take note that using commercially manufactured yoghurt may not be as effective compared to a fresh live culture.
Apple Cider Vinegar Douche
In the wake of 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, proposed the healing properties of apple cider. It is alkaline in nature so it can cause the pH level of your vagina to be neutralized. Moreover, it makes some toxic released by yeasts lose its effectiveness. You can make a simple apple cider douche by combining it with one teaspoon of honey in a cup of water.
Perhaps the safest way to douche yourself is with a Betadine solution. If it stings as you are applying it to your vaginal area, then it means that it is healing the infection. However, it needs to be applied continuously for a week or two before you can get visible results. Betadine is an antiseptic solution that can clear infection and relieve vaginal itching and irritation.
Tips on Douching
Although there are a lot of available alternative remedies for douching that can cure candida, it is advisable that you use one remedy at a time. If this will be your first time to douche, then I would recommend that you use boric acid or apple cider vinegar. However, if your candida has been recurring for quite some time, then using Provodine or Betadine douche would suit just fine.
Whatever douche you use, you need to make sure that all areas, including the clitoral hood, are cleansed before applying anything to it. You should remember that you should not douche during the time that you are menstruating. When you feel as if your infection is getting worse and you are experiencing pain then stop your douching. This is a cue that you need to get back to your doctor and ask for a more potent medicine.
Research conducted by University of Rochester Medical Center. http://www.womens-health-advice.com/vaginitis/douching.html
Use of baking soda for treating candida. http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/sodium-bicarbonate. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
University of Michigan Health System. http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2812003#hn-2812003-uses. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
CandidaCrusher – Yeast Infection Treatment YoutubeChannel by Eric Bakker. Checked May 6, 2013.