There’s not a woman on the planet, young or old, that hasn’t had to deal with the uncomfortable symptoms of a Yeast Infection, Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) or Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). Some of us live with the persistent inconvenience for days, for weeks, for months and for some it can be years. In addition to the physical discomfort we experience it also affects our mental and emotional wellbeing and sometimes our personal relationships.
Vaginal candidiasis is the second most common type of vaginal infection after bacterial vaginal infections. An estimated 1.4 million outpatient visits for vaginal candidiasis occur annually in the United States (https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/genital/index.html)
Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginal symptoms among women, but it is not clear what role sexual activity plays in the development of BV. The prevalence in the United States is estimated to be 21.2 million (29.2%) among women ages 14–49 (https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stats.htm)
One in five women will have at least one UTI in her lifetime. Nearly 20 percent of women who have a UTI will have another, and 30 percent of those will have yet another. Of this last group, 80 percent will have recurrences. (https://www.kidney.org/sites/default/files/uti.pdf)
Yeast Infections, BV and UTIs can be caused by any of the following:
- Weak immune system and health conditions, like diabetes, that reduce the ability of the body’s immune system to fight off infection,
- Too tight clothing, wearing certain items like thongs, or staying in wet clothes, such as swimsuits and workout attire, for long periods of time
- Douching or using vaginal deodorants and other irritating products,
- Irritation caused by sex as well as your partner’s natural genital chemistry which can also change the balance in your vagina and causes bacteria to grow.,
- Poor eating habits, including a lot of sugary foods.
- Hormonal changes and imbalance near your menstrual cycle
- Lack of sleep
- Use of tampons and/or spermicides
- Wiping back to front
- Oral contraceptives or hormone therapy that increase estrogen levels or the use of diaphragms
- The use of a catheter
- Antibiotics, which decrease the amount of Lactobacillus (“good bacteria”) in the vagina
Antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat Yeast Infections, BV and UTIs, but they come with their own set of issues and side effects. Antibiotics are used to kill the bad bacteria but they also kill the good bacteria that’s needed for a healthy gut and a healthy ph-balanced vagina. The more you take antibiotics, the more resistant your body will likely become and the less likely to work as effectively.
Here’s a list 6 alternative products that were created by women, who turned their frustration and experiences into a business to help other women find some relief. These products are touted to holistically help with the pain, discomfort and frequency of infections due to their formulation of natural, organic, vegan or plant-based ingredients. Overall these are potentially great supplemental options to add medicine cabinet.
Momotaro Apotha is a PH balanced vaginal care line, with ingredients are that certified organic and clinically approved. The Salve is a plant based multi-use topical that is made with ingredients like Echinacea, Tea Tree, Goldenseal and Calendula which are known for their power to heal and shown to work with your body gently relieve symptoms associated with yeast and bacterial infections
Created by QueenV, a millennial focused feminine wellness brand, The Eraser is a homeopathic approach to help relieve the painful symptoms of yeast infection.
The Killer Vaginal Suppository claims to relieve yeast infections and BV within hours with their ground-breaking boric acid suppository treatment. It’s made from a mineral found in sea water, which helps it to work to quickly and effectively relieve the systems.
Another product by Love Wellness. UTI Don’t Think So is a supplement developed by their in-house Urogynecologist with an ingredient, called proanthocyanidins or PAC which is a nutrient found in cranberry fruit extract. This active ingredient is clinically proven to help maintain urinary tract health and when taken every day at the same time, it works to support your urinary tract so you feel comfortable and healthy.
QueenV is the only millennial focused feminine wellness brand. UTMI support urinary tract (UT) health with D-Mannose, a sugar known to maintain UT health, and cranberry, an ingredient that supports UT lining in your vagina.
Uqura is a UTI Prevention Company that developed Uquora Prevention System in collaboration with Physicians and Urologists . The main ingredient in the products is d-mannose, a sugar that works by binding with the bacteria that can cause UTIs so when you pee, the bacteria gets swept out with the urine instead of staying in your bladder. Uquora is 3-Step System with three components: Target, Control and Promote:
- Target: it’s a packet of powder that’s to be mixed with water after activities that you know cause your UTIs or you think you are risk for one. It helps binds the bacteria, preventing it from attaching to the wall of the urinary tract and helps flushes it out of the urinary tract when you pee
- Control: a once daily pill that breaks up your vagina’s biofilm ( a collective of one or more types of microorganisms that grow in your vagina and are tightly attached to its surface) and prevents old bacteria from reforming in your system again out of the blue.
- Promote: is also a once-daily probiotic pill that balances the vagina’s pH (not your gut) and restores and balances your good bacteria for optimal health while helping to protect from you more infections.
An important thing to note is that Uqora is only effective at combating infections caused by E.coli (the bacteria that’s responsible for the vast majority of UTIs).
As always, it’s important to see your healthcare provider to make sure your infections are properly diagnosed and treated.