What is vaginitis?
Did you know that vaginitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the
vagina) is fairly common after menopause?
What causes vaginitis?
Vaginitis can be caused by bacterial or fungal infection, vitamin B deficiency,
intestinal worms, or irritation from excessive douching. Infectious vaginitis is often caused by trichomonas, gonococci, or
other sexually transmitted organisms. Tight, nonporous clothing may contribute, and the use of antibiotics can disturb your
body's natural balance, creating an environment that helps infectious organisms thrive.
What is atrophic vaginitis?
Atrophic vaginitis occurs when ovaries have been surgically removed. Surgery
of any kind results in adhesions (the membranes stick to each other due to inflammation) and a high susceptability to infection.
How do I know if you have atrophic vaginitis?
Common symptoms include itching or burning, painful intercourse, and a thin,
watery dischange, which could be tinged with blood.
What can you do if you have vaginitis?
Many self-care approaches are known. Here are some of them.
Take acidophilus or multidophilus
capsules or eat plain yogurt with live cultures to replenish "friendly" bacteria; you can open up to 3 capsules, dissolve
in 1 qt warm water, add 6 drops of tea tree oil to use as a douche or place plain yogurt in your vagina to soothe inflammation
Use calendula and vitamin A suppositories
to soothe and heal irritated tissues
Use goldenseal suppositories for
all types of infections
Tea tree oil is effective against
fungal infection and has been used as a vaginal suppository successfully
Take stress vitamins: vitamins
B and C to enhance your immune system
Get out in the sun for 5 minutes
3-4 times a week at noontime; expose your face and whenever possible, your arms to get needed vitamin D to help with healing;
note: dark-skinned women may need up to 30 minutes of exposure each day
Eat a diet that is fruit-free,
sugar-free, and yeast-free until inflammation subsides
Keep clean and dry; wear white
cotton underwear and avoid tight clothing and synthetic fabrics
To relieve itching: 1. open
a vitamin E capsule and apply the oil to the inflamed area. Castor oil works well, too, 2. pour 3 cups of apple cider
vinegar into bath water and soak in the tub for 20 minutes
Avoid taking vitamins that contain
iron or taking iron tablets: infectious bacteria need iron to grow
Drink steam-distilled water and
use it for cooking
Source: Balch & Balch, Prescription for Nutritional