Do you experience a white, yellow or green vaginal discharge?
Have you ever gotten a yeast infection (Candida) after taking antibiotics?
Do you have a red, burning vaginal area that is itchy and sometimes swollen? You may also have a sour smell from a creamy yellow discharge. Having a constant or reoccurring vaginal discharge is a sign that you have a yeast infection. If you are experiencing any of these vaginal symptoms, your body is more than likely becoming acidic from taking antibiotics. Anytime you become sick, your body goes from an alkaline state to an acidic state. When you take an antibiotic, it can cause your body to become more acidic and in time you may develop a red irritation around any orifice in your body (i.e., eyes, vagina or anus). When your vaginal area becomes acidic and is irritated, you can develop a vaginal discharge which is commonly called a yeast infection. The homeopathic remedy Natrum Phosphoricum 30c taken 1-2 times a day is an acid/alkaline balancer that will address your red burning vaginal area and creamy yellow itching discharge by alkalizing your body. When your body starts to move from an alkaline state to acidity, you will start to have less vaginal discharge and itching. When your vaginal area is swollen (i.e., labia) you will also need to take the homeopathic remedy Apis 200c several times a day along with Natrum Phosphoricum. The Apis will address the swelling as the Natrum Phosphoricum is alkalizing your body, eliminating the vaginal discharge.
Have You Ever Had a Milky Cottage-Cheese Textured Vaginal Discharge?
When you have a milky cottage-cheese (curd-like) vaginal discharge that is itchy and stains your underwear, you will need the homeopathic remedy, Sepia. You may also experience a stitching pain up inside your vagina. Taking Sepia 30c 1-2 times a day will address this kind of vaginal discharge and vaginal pain. Sepia is also used for a vaginal discharge that can occur when pregnant.
What is Vaginitis?
Your vagina has a natural well-balanced form of bacteria. When the well-balanced bacteria in the vaginal area has a chemical change it causes an acidic problem, and you develop a vaginal infection. For example, taking an antibiotic can upset this balance by killing the natural bacteria and causing a yeast overgrowth, which then creates a yeast infection. Other factors that can cause imbalance of the natural bacteria in the vagina are scented hygiene products, tight clothing, and pregnancy.
Common Symptoms of Vaginitis:
- Change in vaginal discharge color (i.e., milky, white, yellow, green), and consistency (i.e., watery, thick)
- Itching or burning in and around the vagina and vulva
- Swelling or redness at the opening of the vagina
- Vaginal odor
- Painful urination
- Pain during sex
- Light vaginal bleeding or spotting
Common Causes of Vaginitis:
- Allergic reactions or sensitivity to scented “feminine hygiene” products (i.e., vaginal washes, panty liners, pads, or tampons)
- Chemicals in laundry detergents and fabric softeners
- Latex and rubber products (i.e., condoms)
- Tight pants, underwear (that don’t have a cotton crotch) or pantyhose
- Wearing wet bathing suits or damp clothing for long periods of time
- Hot tubs or swimming pools
- Mental and emotions can also cause you to have vaginitis
You may sometimes experience yellow acrid discharge from the vagina that stains your underwear with some itching and the labia area feels like raw burning tissue. You need the homeopathic remedy Kreosotum 30c to be taken 1-2 times a day. The key symptom of Kreosotum is having a “green corn smell”. These vaginal symptoms can be your typical vaginitis, come on from antibiotics or happen in between your menstrual periods. Taking Kreosotum 30c will help address these kinds of vaginal symptoms.
The 4 Most Common Types of Vaginitis
All vaginitis has common characteristics and each type of vaginitis has specific characteristics that sets one apart from another. In most cases in homeopathy, the name of the vaginitis doesn’t not need to be known in order to select a homeopathic remedy. Your vaginal discharge consistency (i.e., watery, thick) and color (i.e., white, yellow or green) will be used in selecting a homeopathic remedy.
1.Yeast “Candida” Infection. Specific symptoms of a typical yeast infection are the following:
- Thick, white, cottage cheese (curd-like) vaginal discharge, that is watery
- Itching and redness of the vulva and vagina
- Pain with urination or sex
- Sometimes you don’t know if you have a UTI or yeast infection
2. Bacterial Vaginosis
You’ve been noticing a milky vaginal discharge for the past week, thinking you are ovulating. The vaginal discharge is still going on 2 weeks later and it is starting to change to a more yellowish color. You notice a slight “fishy” smell from your vaginal area, even after bathing the smell hasn’t lessened. Whether you get a medical diagnosis or not, you have Bacterial Vaginosis. The homeopathic remedy Sanicula is what you need when you are experiencing these symptoms. Taking Sanicula 30c once a day at bedtime you will start to notice the “fishy” smell lessening. As the “fishy” smell continues to improve the yellow vaginal discharge will become lighter in color and in time become a clear discharge. You will continue taking Sanicula until you do not have any vaginal symptoms. What sets bacterial vaginosis aside from the other vaginitis is the overgrowth of bacteria in your vagina which causes a vaginal discharge to have an offensive” fishy odor”, which may be more obvious after sex.
3. Noninfectious Vaginitis
When you have burning watery discharge the consistency of a raw egg white that feels better with a cool application. You have a typical “yeast infection“ or what is called Noninfectious vaginitis. A noninfectious vaginitis develops from an allergic reaction to a vaginal product (i.e., douches, spermicide) or perfumed soaps or detergents. In this case scenario you need the homeopathic remedy Natrum Muriaticum 30c to address the raw, burning egg white discharge. This type of vaginal discharge can also occur in place of your menstrual period. When you have an allergic reaction, it is very common to experience swelling of the vulva. The homeopathic remedy you will need for the swelling is Apis 200c. You willtake Apis several times a day along with Natrum Muriaticum. The Apis will address the swelling as the Natrum Muriaticum is decreasing the vaginal discharge from the allergic reaction. Noninfectious vaginitis is a vaginal irritation without an infection being present. Most often is caused by an allergic reaction to, or irritation from, vaginal sprays, douches, or spermicidal products. It may be also be caused by sensitivity to perfumed soaps, detergents, or fabric softeners which can cause an allergic reaction to your vulvar and vaginal tissues.
When you are experiencing noninfectious vaginitis, you want to think back to what new product have you started using 1-3 weeks before you started noticing a vaginal discharge and stop the product.
4. Trichomoniasis Vaginitis
When you have Trichomoniasis vaginitis, you will have a burning, raw feeling, especially after peeing. The vulva area (labia) most often will become swollen, in time. You may also start experiencing pelvic pain, especially during sex. When your vaginitis is a thick green discharge and goes from one menstrual period to the next period. You more than likely have a vaginal or cervical wart(s). The good news the homeopathic remedy Thuja 30c will address both the green vaginal discharge and warts. The green vaginal discharge will become yellow and in time clear as Thuja is addressing the warty growths on your vagina or cervix. Trichomoniasis or “Trich” as it is commonly called, is caused by a parasite that is often sexually transmitted infection. Trich is a one-celled parasite that passes between partners during sex. Most men do not have symptoms of trichomoniasis infection, or goes undiagnosed until the woman develops greenish-yellow, sometimes frothy discharge. Some women with trichomoniasis may not have any symptoms.
Common Symptoms of Trichomoniasis:
- A frothy, often musty-smelling, greenish-yellow discharge
- Light bleeding, especially after sex
- Burning during urination
- Discomfort in the lower abdomen
- Pain during sex
Don’t Confuse Vaginitis with Ovulation Discharge
How to Know the Difference?
Ovulation discharge is an egg white discharge that only happens when you are ovulating, around days 10 to 14 for a 28-day menstrual cycle and last 4 days. Whereas vaginitis the discharge, is always there, sometime can take the place of your menstrual period. Vaginitis discharge can change in consistency (i.e., watery, thick) and in color. When a discharge goes from a clear color to yellow, green color your symptoms are moving into an infectious state.
Commonly Used Homeopathic Remedies for Vaginitis
A 30c homeopathic remedy can be taken acutely 1-2 times a day for when you have the vaginal discharge. However, when you have a reoccurring vaginal discharge, you will need to have a complete health history taken to help select a 6c homeopathic remedy to address why you are having a reoccurring vaginal discharge.
Apis 200c – Is used when the vaginal area has a burning, irritation and swelling. Another homeopathic remedy will be used in conjunction with Apis to address the vaginal discharge.
Alumina – Has a profuse, acrid, transparent, ropy discharge that is known to run down to the feet. The vaginitis feels better with cool bathing.
Arsenicum Album – Is selected for a profuse, acrid, yellowish thick vaginal discharge. That is worse from standing and better from heat.
Graphites – Has an itching, jelly like vaginal discharge.
Kreosotum – Is selected for a yellow, acrid vaginal discharge that causes a raw burning feeling on the tissues and itches. The key symptom for Kreosotum is the discharge is an offensive “green corn” smell and stains your underwear. Kreosotum is worse between menses and when pregnant.
Natrum Muriaticum – Has an acrid, watery vaginal egg white discharge that feels better with cool bathing. The vaginal discharge can be present instead of menstrual period.
Natrum Phosphoricum – Is selected for an acidic, alkaline problem that occurs after antibiotics with itching and a foul smelling vaginal creamy honey color discharge. Sometimes the vaginal discharge can be an acrid and watery after using antibiotics.
Nitric Acid – Has a brown fleshy color vaginal discharge that is either, watery or stringy vaginal discharge that stains your underwear yellow or leaves spots with a black border. The vaginal discharge can also be acrid, causing violent itching. Nitric Acid can be for vaginitis from antibiotics.
Pulsatilla – Has a thick milky, creamy like vaginal discharge with back pain. Can have an itchy, milky vaginal discharge during pregnancy.
Sanicula – Is selected for a profuse vaginal discharge that has a “fish-smell” (bacterial vaginosis). The vaginal discharge can be milky or yellow colored and more noticeable after sex. The “fishy” odor cannot be removed with washing.
Sepia –Is selected for a yellowish, greenish or a milky white cottage cheese (curd like) itchy vaginal discharge that may stain your underwear. You may experience stitches up into the vagina or a vaginal discharge during pregnancy. Sepia can also have a very bad smelling odor (fetid) vaginal discharge and is most profuse after urinating.
Sulphur – Has a burning vaginal discharge that is worse from bathing.
Thuja – Is selected for vaginal discharge that is a profuse, thick green discharge and can go from one menstrual period to the next period. You can have vaginal or cervical warts.
How to Prevent Vaginal Discharges
Good hygiene may help in preventing some types of vaginitis and relieve some symptoms:
- Avoid baths, hot tubs and whirlpool spas
- Avoid irritants – Don’t use scented tampons, pads, douches, scented soap, or bubble bath
- Avoid douching regularly as it can cause more vaginal problems.
- Wear cotton underwear, especially white underwear