The vagina is its own ecosystem and there are many different types of normal “good” bacteria that live in the vagina whose job it is to keep “bad” bacteria and yeast from overgrowing. When this vaginal ecosystem becomes disturbed (from a new sexual partner, douching, poor diet, etc.) then you may experience abnormal discharge, itching, and pain. When this happens, it’s important to be seen by a gynecologist to receive an accurate diagnosis.
Some women only experience these types of infections occasionally. Others have a pattern of repeated vaginal infections that have a big impact on their quality of life. Naturopathic strategies can be very effective in both of these scenarios. Especially in the case of repeated infections, they may be a sign of a deeper imbalance in your overall body that can be corrected and reduce other symptoms as well.
Bacterial and yeast infections of the vagina can be helped effectively with naturopathic medicine through herbal suppositories, nutritional supplements, homeopathic medicines, and dietary changes. Identifying and addressing the cause(s) of your recurring infections is the key to stopping the cycle.