I know what you’re probably thinking ‘DIY pessaries?! Wtf?’ It’s OK, I wasn’t exactly sold the first time it was suggested I make something to put inside my vagina either. Don’t worry though, once you’re done reading this post you’ll be more at ease with this concept too. Any woman who’s ever experienced vaginal thrush will know: When your bits are itching and you’re desperate for relief from the symptoms of thrush it’s easy to submit to the Canesten, creams, pessary, tablets anything to make it stop! I know I’ve shared home remedies for thrush before when I shared how I cured oral thrush in my toddler. The thing is, thrush isn’t always of the oral variety, many of my female readers will know thrush is a common complaint down below too. Vaginal thrush aka yeast infection of the nether regions is HORRIBLE! The symptoms of yeast infection can drive us to the brink of insanity and often, symptoms appear at the worse possible time. 4.06pm on Sunday just after the shops have closed, anyone? Yes, this has happened to me. Unless you’re equipped with alternative remedies or happen to keep a stock of Canesten you’re screwed until Monday morning. There’s a long night of burny, itchy, soul-destroying discomfort ahead. Gee, what fun! Well, forget that for a game of soldiers, with this simple home remedy can help relieve those horrid symptoms, neutralize thrush and restore vaginal equilibrium. Keeping stock on one simple item means you never need worry about what time your symptoms strike again. Once you know what thrush is, I’ll share with you how I treat it and some tips on how to keep it at bay. Ready to ditch the vaginal itch? Let’s do this!
What is Thrush?
Thrush or vaginal candidiasis for want of the fancy medical term, describes a common vaginal yeast infection. It’s caused by the overgrowth of candida albicans, a yeast like fungus that occurs naturally in the vagina. When candida runs amok it causes some rather uncomfortable symptoms that really drive you potty and leave one with a very sore cooch indeed. On a brighter note, thrush isn’t a sexually transmitted infection and is easily treated at home saving you the paying for over the counter anti fungal pharmaceuticals. Let’s take a glance at the common symptoms of thrush:
- Itchy vagina /vulva
- Soreness around the opening to the vagina
- Cottage cheese like discharge (sorry cottage cheese fans for ruining it for you there…)
- Slight swelling of vaginal lips (labia)
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Coconut oil for Thush
Extra Virgin Raw Non GMO Coconut Oil is an absolute staple in my home. I have jars in every room and for good reason, it’s absolutely key to for successful treatment of thrush, because it is the treatment. Coconut oil is well-known for its health benefits as a powerful natural anti fungal, antibacterial and antiviral and soothing to the skin which is why it works so well against thrush. This 2007 study on coconut oil for fungal infections concluded that coconut oil should be used to treat fungal infections, especially since candida is showing resistance to prescribed mainstream medicines. However, I do believe we shall be waiting a mighty long time to see medical doctors writing scripts for coconut oil, though. You can’t patent extra virgin, raw, naturally occurring coconuts. Plus, the lack of unpleasant side effects of coconut oil means the customer (you) is unlikely to become repeat business because it’s unlikely you’d be back for more pills for the ‘side effect’ ill. Ba humbug! Don’t feel bad about them losing business though, big pharma is a billion dollar industry they’ll be alright, until everyone catches on, of course…
DIY Coconut Oil Pessaries
When yeast infections strike this is my go to remedy. It’s super easy, cheaper than over the counter fixes and works a treat for relieving uncomfortable symptoms. Moreover, it puts candida in its place. Unlike pharma products coconut oil is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding you’d be advised to use a pessary anyway and I’d always choose a homemade coconut oil one over anything that comes out of a chemistry lab. I used this remedy when I was pregnant with my son with great results. I feel these pessaries are safer than anything offered over the counter. Make your own informed decisions and do what is right for you.
Ingredients and supplies:
- RAW Extra Virgin Coconut oil
- Wash your hands and ensure your work surface is clean
- Pop a small dollop of coconut oil onto a small piece of clingfilm and fashion into a pessary shape by and seal it up
- Make about 8 and pop them into a zip lock or freezer safe container
- Freeze – this doesn’t take long, mine were ready in 20 minutes
- When you want to use a pessary simply unwrap it – quickly before it melts but ensuring ALL clingfilm is removed – and place inside the vagina with clean fingers.
The coconut oil will of course, melt so if you want to save your underwear from the fall out (no pun intended! But it is rather funny!) wear a cloth or organic panty liner or pad. Change as needed and replace pessary as required. Slather some extra coconut oil onto your labia and sore areas as needed with clean fingers. No double dipping in the tub though! Coconut oil is soothing and really calms that soul-destroying itch!
I find that putting a pessary in before bed and leaving overnight works really well. The coconut oil work it’s magic while you sleep. My symptoms improved dramatically within a few hours and completely disappeared in 1-2 days. This may vary so keep an eye on your symptoms. As always, consult your health care provider if in doubt, if symptoms do not improve after a few days or indeed get worse. Engage the noggin and listen to your gut, I always say.
Helpful tips to prevent thrush
I mentioned earlier that diet and lifestyle can play a huge role in preventing thrush. It’s estimated that 75% of women will experience thrush at least once during their lifetime. Here’s what you can do to help prevent thrush occurring while boosting your overall well-being at the same time:
- Consume fermented foods like kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut these are rich is healthy gut bacteria
- Take a good quality probiotic if you aren’t eating fermented foods
- Take a shot of RAW apple cider vinegar daily – if you can stomach it or eat plenty on salads
- Swap disposable menstrual products for reusable sanitary products. Check out my posts on menstrual cups and cloth pads to get started.
- Wear organic cotton underwear and avoid skin-tight trousers made from synthetic materials.
- Ditch the fanny wash ladies. Products like Femfresh and Vagisil (absolutely terrible name ) are full of crap and do NOT help your vaginal health status, plain water and regular personal hygiene is you need. Even for munchy time, just water.
- Wipe from front to back, keep your poop out of your cooch!
- Avoid harsh detergents on clothes especially underwear. Use something gentle and non-toxic like soap nuts, read more about them in this post here
- Drink enough water and eat a variety of vegetables
- Reduce or cut sugar and avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague.
Implementing some of these suggestions into your lifestyle can help prevent future candida yeast overgrowth. Suffer oral thrush? These tips help put that to bed too and boost your overall health and well-being too. So, you’ve nothing to lose and health to gain. Happy days!
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So long yeast infections!
So, there we have it, an overview of what thrush is and easy step by step instructions of how to make your own coconut oil pessaries easily for quick relief at home. By utilizing fermented food, only water to clean intimate areas and avoiding disposal plastic sanitary products you’ll be well on your way to reducing your risk of recurrent infections in the future. All this with the bonus of boosting overall health and well-being. Sound like the sweet smell of awesome huh? With candida resisting pharma creations and the science no one is talking about pointing to coconut oil as a viable natural alternative, it’s looks like a smart move. Indeed, my own experience has converted me to coconut oil yet again. Given the choice of a pharma pessary or coconut oil one, I know what I’d rather put in my vagina. How about you?
Yours coated in raw coconut oil,
Have you had success with coconut oil for thrush? Any thoughts on coconut oil pessaries? Would you use them? Give me a shout in the comments. I’d love to hear from you and I promise to reply!