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Title: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: brandys0524 on December 25, 2008, 12:25:50 PM
Ok ladies , have any of you gave any thought on how to deal with womenly infections when shtf?
I already get a yeast infection about once a yr , and with the dietary changes and possible less then sanitary conditions , I think it will be a big problem. I don't know about you guys , but I have to go to the doc and get a script because over the counter meds don't help. :-[ And its horrbile , I would cut off a finger to get relief!!!
And what about bacterial infections [bv] ? You need antibiotics for that.
And lord forbid you catch a std , but i'm married , and not to concerned with that one.

So how bout it ladies , should we stockpile monistat or what? Are we using herbal remedies? I heard a clove of garlic inserted will work , but I don't think food belongs down there. What do you think?  How about vinegar?
Once agin , there has to be another choice then putting foods down there. ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: sassiesmom on December 25, 2008, 09:19:12 PM
I haven't tried it myself, but I have heard that tea tree oil will do the trick.  Apparently a person can saturate a tampon with it and it works a charm.  However, I think you wouldn't want to be using pure oil, but a blended oil (or blend a few drops in a cup or so of a carrier oil like grapeseed oil and use that instead).  There are other essential oils that work for several different ailments.  Oil of oregano being one of them.  Perhaps stockpiling some natural remedies might be a good idea as well as whatever girlie things we might need.

Oh...and how about stockpiling some toilet paper as well!!  Danged if I'm gonna use leaves! LOL
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: brandys0524 on December 26, 2008, 02:51:18 AM
Now , thats the kind of info I am looking for!  I already have tea tree oil , so maybe I can pick up a bottle of grapeseed a well.  This sounds much more reasonable to me then the other methods I mentioned earlier!  Why is it that everythint that I can find to work on a yeast infection smells horrible? Tea tree oil , Vinager , Garlic  :-[  But I guess smelling a little funny will be the least of my probs if SHTF!
I know several of you men have been reading this , because of all the views with no replys..... So how about addressing this with your wife?
I never thought about it untill last night.
 I know you guys like to turn a bling eye and deaf ear on this stuff you DON"T want to know about us ladies , but its a fact of life , these things happen , and knowing how to cure a infection will earn you some big brownie points if SHTF!
Remember , if momma ain't happy , ain't nobody happy!
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 26, 2008, 07:14:32 AM
Well, I'll chime in, even if I do have the wrong equipment...so to speak.  :-[

My only suggestion would be to try it the next time you have a yeast infection.  You don't want to have to  rely on an herbal remedy when tshtf, only to find out it doesn't work.  Practice with you're...ahem...gear, before you have to rely on it. 

I'll let you tell us how it works before I suggest it to my wife.  Oh & best of luck. ;D

...& it was the "men read at your own risk" that made me click on this thread...we're so gullible sometimes.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Lucretius on December 26, 2008, 09:24:07 AM
Yoghurt let's you have a "nice" bacterial fauna, thus keeping the baddies out of there... so keep a yoghurt culture going, apply it daily, and you're good!
(HINT: compare the smell of a good yoghurt to the smell of you-know-what... that's natures way of telling you how these things should smell)
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: brandys0524 on December 26, 2008, 05:09:51 PM
Now I hear that eating plain yogart with live cultures help to keep things normal , but am I reading you correctly when you say to apply it? I don't know about that.... you want me to apply a milk product in a warm moist place? Won't it rot? Doesn't sound right to me , but IDK.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Lucretius on December 27, 2008, 01:12:01 AM
Now I hear that eating plain yogart with live cultures help to keep things normal , but am I reading you correctly when you say to apply it? I don't know about that.... you want me to apply a milk product in a warm moist place? Won't it rot? Doesn't sound right to me , but IDK.

Yes, you're reading me correctly. Yoghurt is basically a bacterial culture, consisting of nice, human friendly, bacteria. That way no unfriendlies can find a home there, so it takes a lot for it to rot. Of course, I'm assuming that you wash with water a couple times a week at least...

As a bonus, does wonders with the pH!
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 27, 2008, 02:10:01 AM
Yoghurt let's you have a "nice" bacterial fauna, thus keeping the baddies out of there... so keep a yoghurt culture going, apply it daily, and you're good!
(HINT: compare the smell of a good yoghurt to the smell of you-know-what... that's natures way of telling you how these things should smell)
Can you post some links to documentation of yogurt used in this manner & I mean serious medical efficacy type documentation please?  I'd like to read more about this.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Lucretius on December 27, 2008, 08:47:09 AM
Yoghurt let's you have a "nice" bacterial fauna, thus keeping the baddies out of there... so keep a yoghurt culture going, apply it daily, and you're good!
(HINT: compare the smell of a good yoghurt to the smell of you-know-what... that's natures way of telling you how these things should smell)
Can you post some links to documentation of yogurt used in this manner & I mean serious medical efficacy type documentation please?  I'd like to read more about this.

Hmm, I'm no doc, and so have no access to medical databases. Maybe you'll find Yahoo Answers is a good enough source?

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080213045029AAJ7FZQ (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080213045029AAJ7FZQ)

It's an old trick, and kind of "folk medicine" home remedy. And I've had a couple of gf's who swear by it.

But I'm no expert, so my advice is worth about as much as you're paying for it!  ;)
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: brandys0524 on December 27, 2008, 02:48:52 PM
Ok , But I am assuming if shtf , that it will be very hard to get my hands on some yogart. Yogart requires being in the fridge and doesn't last very long , right?
So , are there any other methods out there?
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 27, 2008, 05:00:37 PM
Oh boy, where to start.

Brandy, you can make your own yogurt without even hardly trying.  And yogurt is a lot like sourdough starter, in that you can use the yogurt you've already got to make more yogurt.

Here's a link for you on how to make your own:  Make Yogurt (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Yogurt)

And now to address the apparent skepticism for both applying and using yogurt to help with Yeast infections.

First off, it's important to note a few things that every student of science (ie - all of us) ought to know about their body.  We have millions upon millions of bacteria in our bodies.  In fact, if I were to make every part of you invisible, except for the bacteria on and in your body, the idea is that you would still be recognizable.  That's how much bacteria is on and in you.  AND THEY ARE MOSTLY GOOD BACTERIA.

It is also important to note that species of bacteria are a lot like communities of people.  Imagine, if you will, that your body is, say, the United States.  Different parts of your body constitute different areas of the country, and different types of bacteria like to grow in those different areas.  Some bacteria prefer the warm, moist environments of our insides, and some prefer the dry, windy, desiccated landscape of our skin.  Some prefer our mucus membranes, and some prefer the most nutrient rich areas of our bodies, like the GI system, intestines, the urethra, our reproductive areas, etc.
You know how when human communities get really tight?  Small towns are the best instance of this.  EVERYBODY knows when the new guy moves into town.  And if he's bad news, he gets tossed out if the community can manage it.  Well bacteria is EXACTLY the same way.  Sometimes, they let newcomers hang out, because they provide something good for the bacteria (like the way humans let some dogs hang around their community, as well as cows, horses, sheep, etc.).  Sometimes, though, the recognize a threat, and they do their best to eliminate it.  They do this in a couple of ways.  They can out compete the bad bacteria, and shove it out of town by not allowing it any real estate.  Or they can get nasty, and poison the bacteria, if the good bacteria has the means to do that.  Or they can out compete the bad bacteria by starving it.  Think of how we might shove somebody out of town if we had no morals.  That's how bacteria work.  It's actually really fun to watch.  but, er.. that's another story.

First - I'm not a doctor.  I'm a pre-veterinary medicine student - and therefore only know what I know based on classes that I have shared with pre-med students.  These suggestions are based on my limited (ie - not Master's or PhD level) knowledge of Biology and of the human body. 
 
So saying that the application of yogurt culture (good bacteria) by either actual application, or by consumption is a good thing is absolutely correct.  It's like bringing in the police force.  Consumption of the yogurt is like bringing in the police force over the highways, and allowing them to sit in traffic for a while.  In other words, it takes a lot longer.  But it works just the same.  Application of the yogurt is like giving the police a bunch of 4X4s, and telling them to have fun.  :)  They will go crazy, and do everything in their power to eliminate the problem.

What worries me is that you are having this issue so often.  It says one of a couple of things, and each of them really need to be addressed by you in whatever way you have available.  The first of which, is that any medications that you are taking may be hurting the chances of your good bacteria to thrive.  IF that's the case, I'm not suggesting that you get off of your meds.  But I do suggest that you start eating yogurt in your diet more often.  Boosting your body's ability to kick the asses of bad bacteria is a very good idea for you if you have this issue often.
Also, washing too much down there can cause this problem.  I'm NOT saying don't wash down there.  I'm saying use something a little less industrial, yes?   :D  Like unscented Dove body wash.  Respect the poon, yo.  She deserves something more gentle than the microdermabrasion scrub you use on your toes.  Which brings up another point.  Don't use a washcloth down there.  Washclothes have mold on them from the day you put them in the shower.  They also have all of the bacteria that didn't die when you scrubbed it off of your skin.  Applying that mold, and those bacteria to your pretty places is not a great idea.  Use your hands, after you've washed them properly.
Also, I've heard that different kinds of water (soft or hard) can cause this problem too.  I'm not familiar with how to fix that problem, but it is something to keep in mind.

Again, I'm not a doctor.  I'm only suggesting what I believe to be correct.  If I'm wrong, don't hesitate to tell me so.  And if you have any questions, I'm neither bothered by the subject (obviously), nor do I think that any questions are "too stupid" to be asked.  And I'll do my best to provide backup for what I'm saying if it's asked of me.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: brandys0524 on December 27, 2008, 06:18:00 PM
Its a real pain in the ass to get them so often. It seems to run in my family though , and when I mentioned to the doc that every lady in my family gets them a lot , he said '' I have noticed that when the mother gets a lot , the daughter does too , though we don't know why'' .
Any time I have to take a antibiotic for anything , I will get one. If I change my diet a lot , I will get one. If I take too many bubble baths , I will get one.  If I have on a wet swimsuit to long , I get one. If after I work out , I wait till I get home to shower , I get one.
Some women just seem to get them more then others. I don't know if its just bad luck or what.
I know all the ways that are supposed to help prevent them..... using ivory soap , no bubble baths , cotton undies , sleeping nude , no wet clothing EVER , that sort of thing. But sometimes those things are impossable to do. For example , you go on vacation , and take a boat ride, stop in a few places to snorkel... by the time you get back to where you can change out of your suit , you have been in a wet suit for a few hrs.... that would cause me to have a infection... it might not some women , but it does me. I figure in the PAW , they will be plenty of times when I might not be able to change out of wet clothing right away , or sleep nude , and I might run out of my ivory soap..... point being , anything can happen , and I just want to know what to do IF it happens. Prepare for the worst , but hope for the best.

Thank you for the info on making yogurt , I will have to print it out and keep it handy untill I can learn how to do it.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Lucretius on December 28, 2008, 02:47:22 AM
Sister Wolf:

+1 for taking the time and effort of explaining this in the way it should have been explained from the begginning!  ;)
Looking back at my own posts, I come terribly close to being that guy who goes "Just trust me on this one" in the forums, which can be really frustrating and pointless.

The police analogy is really funny too.... :D
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 28, 2008, 11:39:28 AM
The police analogy is really funny too.... :D

That's what I was aiming for, Lucretius.  I can't imagine a funner topic than Biology (micro, molecular, or otherwise), and I'm glad that my attempt to lighten a (potentially dismal) situation up wasn't lost on everybody.  :)
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: flipper on December 29, 2008, 04:36:04 PM
While traveling and out of reach of our family doctor my wife came down with a yeast infection. We had heard of the yogurt treatment and since she was desperate, she decided to try it. We stopped at the supermarket and picked up a container of Dannon plain yogurt. We were not sure about whether she should eat it or 'apply' it so she ate most of it and 'applied' the rest. She did not get any relief at all. Maybe the Dannon is not a 'live' yogurt. We ended up cutting the vacation short to get back home so that she could get a prescription for Diflucan. The Diflucan in now part of our first aid kit! We bought some in Mexico recently and it is an over-the-counter drug there and a lot cheaper.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Lucretius on December 30, 2008, 12:35:05 AM
While traveling and out of reach of our family doctor my wife came down with a yeast infection. We had heard of the yogurt treatment and since she was desperate, she decided to try it. We stopped at the supermarket and picked up a container of Dannon plain yogurt. We were not sure about whether she should eat it or 'apply' it so she ate most of it and 'applied' the rest. She did not get any relief at all. Maybe the Dannon is not a 'live' yogurt. We ended up cutting the vacation short to get back home so that she could get a prescription for Diflucan. The Diflucan in now part of our first aid kit! We bought some in Mexico recently and it is an over-the-counter drug there and a lot cheaper.

Some info missing there, I think. How long did you let the yoghurt do its thing, before calling it quits? It's not instant relief yoghurt is good for, more like staying in shape for the duration!
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Sister Wolf on December 30, 2008, 12:41:37 AM
While traveling and out of reach of our family doctor my wife came down with a yeast infection. We had heard of the yogurt treatment and since she was desperate, she decided to try it. We stopped at the supermarket and picked up a container of Dannon plain yogurt. We were not sure about whether she should eat it or 'apply' it so she ate most of it and 'applied' the rest. She did not get any relief at all. Maybe the Dannon is not a 'live' yogurt. We ended up cutting the vacation short to get back home so that she could get a prescription for Diflucan. The Diflucan in now part of our first aid kit! We bought some in Mexico recently and it is an over-the-counter drug there and a lot cheaper.

Some info missing there, I think. How long did you let the yoghurt do its thing, before calling it quits? It's not instant relief yoghurt is good for, more like staying in shape for the duration!

I'm with you on that, Lucretius.  However, having a medication in the medi-bag is *not* a bad idea.  If the medication is available, get it.  But remember that all medications go soft eventually, and knowing of other ways to relieve specific aches and pains is also not a bad idea.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: flipper on December 30, 2008, 11:03:51 PM
The yogurt was topically applied overnight with a pad to make sure it stayed in the area. We would have thought there would be some noticeable improvement by morning but no.

I've had experience with a GF (before wife) that was taking a lot of antibiotics that killed all the good bacteria in the mouth which was pretty uncomfortable. The Dr. told her to eat some yogurt and she started getting better right away so it did work that time. Same Dannon plain yogurt. So I have no idea why it would have worked one place and not the other. I'll have to leave the speculation to someone with some medical training to try and make sense of it.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Lucretius on December 31, 2008, 03:02:03 AM
The yogurt was topically applied overnight with a pad to make sure it stayed in the area. We would have thought there would be some noticeable improvement by morning but no.

I've had experience with a GF (before wife) that was taking a lot of antibiotics that killed all the good bacteria in the mouth which was pretty uncomfortable. The Dr. told her to eat some yogurt and she started getting better right away so it did work that time. Same Dannon plain yogurt. So I have no idea why it would have worked one place and not the other. I'll have to leave the speculation to someone with some medical training to try and make sense of it.

Hmmm. Biology is messy!  :D

There's always some element of trial-and-error in medicine, since the systems and chemistry is wayyy complex.

As long as I don't hear anything indicating acute harmful effects (such as allergic reactions), I think the yoghurt is worth at least a try. Of course, if you know you'll need the meds, any sane prepper would stock up on those!
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: skiffgirl on January 02, 2009, 03:37:57 PM
Ok I will chime on the garlic thing. I have to do this any of the over the counter medications or any thing that I get form the doctor only makes it worse.  :( I heard about the garlic thing one time when I was desperate and tried it. It worked like a charm. This is a little TMI but if you prick the garlic once or twice then put it in the cut off toe of a nylon pantyhose or a single layer of cloth diaper material that you have tied off with string and you put up there it really does work. Garlic has antibacterial properties that go to work right away. I have also used this in conjunction with the yogurt thing for a double wammy if it is really bad. I don't let it get to that point any more though. This goes into a little more detail http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/garlic.asp
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Old Country Herbs on January 05, 2009, 02:47:33 PM
As far as having a stock of something to battle yeast infections I would recommend the easiest ingredient to get your hands on, Odorless Garlic Pills. Take internally. Do not, do not, do not break one of these open and use on your skin.

An herb you can stock up on is Pau d' Arco, it works quite well for yeast infections. Make a strong cup of tea, wet a paper towel in the tea and apply to affected area. Fight it from the inside by drinking the tea.

If you have a fresh garlic clove crush one in olive oil, if you have a jar of minced garlic use enough for 1 garlic clove. Let it sit for 15 minutes or so---your making a garlic infusion which you'll rub the oil only down there. The oil acts as a carrier that safely delivers the amazing anti-microbial properties into your skin eating the yeast and stopping the itch almost immediately.

Garlic alone can cause contact burns so be sure to use in a carrier like olive oil or other oils if you don't have olive oil on hand. If you must use garlic plain you can safely do this by crushing a garlic clove letting it sit for a few minutes and then making a poultice by wrapping the garlic in a paper towel moisten with water and apply.

By the way, Making a garlic poultice in a paper towel works great on fungus such as athletes foot. Stops the itch almost instantly.

Christina

 
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Sister Wolf on January 05, 2009, 06:33:30 PM
Fantastic post, Christina.  Welcome to the board!  +1 for you :)
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: sassiesmom on January 18, 2009, 08:16:57 PM
Yes...thanks for the reminder of garlics healing properties....forgot about that!  And thanks for the link!  +1

Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: CFG on January 28, 2009, 07:07:59 PM
Garlic is great; Acidophilus is also something that is good to have in your arsenal.  Many people are riddled with yeast in their GI tract from eating too much sugar, etc.  Acidophilus fixes the problem from the inside; raw cabbage also promotes healthy bacteria in the intestines.  Staying away from refined carbs and white sugar when dealing with a yeast infection probably helps too.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: ebonearth on February 13, 2009, 02:41:22 PM
I remember looking this up for a friend amidst my natural healthcare studies. While I cannot take credit for the 'Great Yogurt Conspiracy' this is the most concise lit of VYI and Vaginitis treatment alternatives I have ever found. Apologies if anyone finds the detail of the data offensive or some of the conspiratorial commentary, I just find it informative and very thorough. Hope it helps!

From the Feminist Women's Health Center Website(http://www.fwhc.org/health/yeast.htm (http://www.fwhc.org/health/yeast.htm)):

Many women use non-medical methods for treating yeast, because the cost of over-the-counter methods is high, because they are unimpressed with OTC methods, or simply because they prefer more natural methods. Following is a partial list of at-home methods that may be helpful.

Yeast

Vaginitis
The walls of the vagina tend to thin as estrogen production falls off and this can lead to vaginitis. Vaginitis is a generally inclusive term that describes several conditions or causes of irritation and inflammation. The usual cause is irritating, alkaline (pH6+) secretions burning tender atrophic vaginal tissue, especially if it is abraded or cracked. The following suggestions should help reduce itching and burning and get you back into the pink.
Caution: Anti-itch creams containing cortisone contribute to osteoporosis. Avoid them.

More tips on Yeast
Yeast infections, sometimes called thrush or monilia, can be curdy, profuse, sweetly odoriferous white discharge with itching and inflammation. Yeast infections are not really yeast nor an infection, but a yeast-like fungus, known as Candida albicans. The condition is known as Candidiasis when it proliferates. Here are some tips to take the yeast beasts:

Non-specific Vaginitis
Non-specific vaginitis is bacterial and characterized by burning and itching, usually with a discharge, odor, sometimes a rash and painful intercourse. It's probably a good idea to visit your local midwife or nurse practitioner and have her check it out under a microscope to see what kind of bacteria you're dealing with. To eliminate a mild bacteria infection:

* Making a Gentian Violet dilution at a ration of 1:100 in water can help getting into the nooks and crannies that are out of reach. Off topic, many find success in making a Gentian Violet salve during breastfeeding to treat Candida outbreaks.
** As a hygienist I disagree with the opinion that the vagina is an excellent self-cleaning system. While I agree that overcleansing the cavity is detrimental to the health and happiness of the woman I have found that regular attention to the area is actually a rarity. Regular cleansing, say once every moon cycle, is beneficial provided only clear non-chlorinated water is used. Any additives to shift the pH of the water should be handled with the utmost care.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: PeaceChicken on February 26, 2009, 11:28:39 AM
This doesn't have to do with yeast infections, but it's still a "private matter" so I'll post it here.

What have the more experienced preppers done to address the monthly requirement of period supplies?
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 26, 2009, 12:19:30 PM
This doesn't have to do with yeast infections, but it's still a "private matter" so I'll post it here.

What have the more experienced preppers done to address the monthly requirement of period supplies?

Every month, I go to the grocery store and buy twice what I need (including medication), and the extra goes in in a plastic bag in the pantry.  I have more of that stuff than we have food and water! :)
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: ebonearth on February 26, 2009, 01:34:55 PM
What have the more experienced preppers done to address the monthly requirement of period supplies?

I switched to the menstrual cups. They are so much more convenient! I still have some of my tampon stockpile left so I keep that for barter and such. I also learned how to fashion up homemade pads during a historical workshop.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: PeaceChicken on February 26, 2009, 01:43:50 PM
What have the more experienced preppers done to address the monthly requirement of period supplies?

I switched to the menstrual cups. They are so much more convenient! I still have some of my tampon stockpile left so I keep that for barter and such. I also learned how to fashion up homemade pads during a historical workshop.

I thought about those cups since that's an obvious renewable resource, but I'm so afraid to use them, they creep me out. Maybe I'll buy one just for emergencies and just make myself suck it up if it comes time to actually needing it. How much are they, like $15?
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: ebonearth on February 26, 2009, 01:57:08 PM
Yes right around 15$. I understand, trying it for the first time wasn't easy for me either but once I started there was no looking back. One thing to consider with the cups is no TSS! I will suggest you not wait until TSHTF to try them, learning curves can be longer in times of duress. plus they take up a lot less room in my BOB.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: killymcgee on February 27, 2009, 09:25:39 AM
Yogurt on her and me was how we helped during her last escapade. Sucks, messy, but is better than the alternative and after a few "treatments" it was much better.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: PeaceChicken on February 28, 2009, 06:47:48 PM
Yes right around 15$. I understand, trying it for the first time wasn't easy for me either but once I started there was no looking back. One thing to consider with the cups is no TSS! I will suggest you not wait until TSHTF to try them, learning curves can be longer in times of duress. plus they take up a lot less room in my BOB.

Good points indeed, thanks!

I mentioned this question to my gf today and she said I could also try sea sponges, and from the reviews I've read, some women prefer them to the cups:
http://www.gladrags.com/jade-pearl-menstrual-sponges-p-62.html. Any thoughts on those?
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: ebonearth on March 01, 2009, 09:49:38 AM
I mentioned this question to my gf today and she said I could also try sea sponges, and from the reviews I've read, some women prefer them to the cups:
http://www.gladrags.com/jade-pearl-menstrual-sponges-p-62.html. Any thoughts on those?
Yes. They are much easier to get used to but I must admit they weren't as leak resistant as the cups. Also no swimming with the sponges, and I like my jacuzzi too much to go without. :)
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: nikki1843 on March 07, 2009, 06:49:06 PM
I have thought about monthly supplies too as I prep for myself and my children. I have a daughter that will in the next couple of years need to use them ;D. I found a great site that tells you how to make reusable pads. Here is the link. http://hillbillyhousewife.com/sanitarypads.htm
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: EmmaPeel on April 21, 2009, 12:44:08 PM
I only use cloth pads.  Commercial pads make me itch.  I had not used disposable pads until I went to the BWB camp earlier this month.  I used the Seventh Generation pads and was impressed.  No itching.  But, I love my cloth.  So easy, so cheap.  Up front I spent a good bit of money getting a system that worked for me.  I work outside the home and needed reliability.  But since getting what I need, I spend nothing.  I've been using the same pads for 8 years now.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: SuperUltraJulie on May 22, 2009, 06:14:36 AM

My only suggestion would be to try it the next time you have a yeast infection.  You don't want to have to  rely on an herbal remedy when tshtf, only to find out it doesn't work.  Practice with you're...ahem...gear, before you have to rely on it. 

I'll let you tell us how it works before I suggest it to my wife.  Oh & best of luck. ;D

Good point.

I would be willing to try it, but I don't get yeast / other infections. I am familiar with tea tree oil & I know it has many uses.

Hopefully someone here will get to test this & hook us all up w/ the info :D
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: SuperUltraJulie on May 22, 2009, 06:46:52 AM
The yogurt was topically applied overnight with a pad to make sure it stayed in the area. We would have thought there would be some noticeable improvement by morning but no.

I've had experience with a GF (before wife) that was taking a lot of antibiotics that killed all the good bacteria in the mouth which was pretty uncomfortable. The Dr. told her to eat some yogurt and she started getting better right away so it did work that time. Same Dannon plain yogurt. So I have no idea why it would have worked one place and not the other. I'll have to leave the speculation to someone with some medical training to try and make sense of it.

**Raising hand**

Former corpsman here.

Why it worked w/ the mouth instead of the vagina:

The yogurt was placed inside the mouth; therefore, the action took place directly @ the site. Placing the yogurt on the outside of the vagina (even if it was the "right" yogurt) would never have worked because the yogurt never made it to the site. (Think Monostat: to work, it must be inserted).

I did a little research on the use of yogurt to treat yeast:

Eating the yogurt to treat a vaginal yeast infection: no way would this work if the yogurt does not contain acidophilus (read the label!). Your stomach would simply digest the yogurt and all of it's elements. (Acidophilus can survive the digestive process.) BTW - sugar cancels out the effects of acidophilus. If you absolutely need a sweetener - use honey. Avoid sugar of any type while you have a yeast infection.

If you can get ahold of yogurt which contains acidophilus, you can eat it but that would take longer to work without applying the treatment directly into the vagina: Dip a tampon into the yogurt and leave it there for an hour. Repeat every so often throughout the day for a few days until you're OK. All the while, keep eating the yogurt. The idea is to make your body inhospitable to the yeast.

You can also use acidophilus capsules - inserting one into the vagina every night.

Using yogurt with acidophilus may be even better than doing monostat or diflucan if you're a frequent sufferer: Since yogurt is'n't an antifungal treatment, there is no risk that it will cause your yeast population to become drug resistant.


I also found this in several listings for bacterial infections:  intake of large amounts of all the B vitamins: 100 mg. of B 1, B2, and B6; 299 mg B8 as well as pantothenic acid.
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Post by: sage0925 on June 01, 2009, 10:48:54 PM
Brandy, one thing you must do, and that is to keep yourself hydrated during the summer. A lot of times, you can get yeast infections just from vaginal dryness. Another, in the summer, always use a douche with provodone iodine after sex. Sex and vaginal dryness will almost ALWAYS cause me to get bad yeast infections during the summer. You can get a big bottle of it at any of the pharmacy chains...Wal Mart may even have it. I use about a tablespoon in a disposable douche bottle. You can reuse them, just clean it afterwards.

And this from an old trucker...do without underwear in the summer...yeah, you have to wash clothes more often, but tight fitting clothing (which panties are), can cause chronic yeast infections in the hot months, ask me how I know. Wear sun dresses or skirts...much more breezy, cooler, and easier to wash and dry than jeans.

Sage
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Post by: sage0925 on June 02, 2009, 02:47:39 PM
Thank you very much for the pad link, Nikki...now, if you or anyone else can find me a comfortable, reusable adult diaper pattern, that would be a good thing for me. At my age, I bleed so heavy the first two days, that a pad just doesn't cut it. The diapers are also better at night than a pad, as it reduces bed "accidents". I'd really like to avoid the "rubber pants" that kids used to wear over theirs, in the days before disposable diapers.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks much!
Sage
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Post by: johnnyb_good30 on June 02, 2009, 10:35:24 PM
Men read at own risk.hahahaha  let me tell ya i have a 10yr girl all own my own.trust me all i have is at own risk lol  but i love it
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Post by: wyochrissy on June 11, 2009, 10:02:26 PM
This is AMAZING!  You girls are a wealth of information!  Thank you Thank you!   :) 
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Post by: summer98 on June 24, 2009, 04:32:27 PM
Its a real pain in the ass to get them so often. It seems to run in my family though , and when I mentioned to the doc that every lady in my family gets them a lot , he said '' I have noticed that when the mother gets a lot , the daughter does too , though we don't know why'' .

I don't think that's always true. My mother got them all the time -several times a year -and I've thus far only had two.

I also prefer the cloth pads to the keeper, etc. I think they are much more sustainable in the long run.
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Post by: EmmaPeel on June 29, 2009, 09:05:33 AM
Thank you very much for the pad link, Nikki...now, if you or anyone else can find me a comfortable, reusable adult diaper pattern, that would be a good thing for me. At my age, I bleed so heavy the first two days, that a pad just doesn't cut it. The diapers are also better at night than a pad, as it reduces bed "accidents". I'd really like to avoid the "rubber pants" that kids used to wear over theirs, in the days before disposable diapers.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks much!
Sage

First, investigate what you want to make the pads out of.  Hemp cloth is very absorbant.  Many of my pads are hemp.  Unbleached organic cotton is also more absorbant than basic cotton.  I have some pads make with organic cotton batting inside.  Wool is very absorbant.  I have knitted and felted wool for liners.  You can also get . . . oh I can't remember the name but it is a fabric that is waterproof that the nice cloth baby diapers have in them.  You might try checking out some of the stores for high-end baby diapers to see what they use.  Polarfleece is also somewhat waterproof.  I used those as diaper covers when my girls were in diapers.  There are also patterns available for longer, wider pads.  Those combined with some of the better fabrics like hemp may work for you.   
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Post by: SLOHomemaker on July 06, 2009, 04:30:13 PM
Thank you very much for the pad link, Nikki...now, if you or anyone else can find me a comfortable, reusable adult diaper pattern, that would be a good thing for me. At my age, I bleed so heavy the first two days, that a pad just doesn't cut it. The diapers are also better at night than a pad, as it reduces bed "accidents". I'd really like to avoid the "rubber pants" that kids used to wear over theirs, in the days before disposable diapers.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks much!
Sage


I bleed like a stuffed pig for the first two days so I either use a sponge AND pad or an Instead cup AND pad. And stay close to the bathroom so I can rinse "whatever" I am wearing internally well and often.
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Post by: sage0925 on July 06, 2009, 05:17:21 PM
Unfortunately, I cramp too badly to wear anything internal for the first three days. I have a choice of adult diapers, or make a mess everywhere and ruin my clothing and bedding. If I am lucky, the ibuprofen knocks the pain down to a dull roar.
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Post by: Sister Wolf on July 06, 2009, 05:48:37 PM
Unfortunately, I cramp too badly to wear anything internal for the first three days. I have a choice of adult diapers, or make a mess everywhere and ruin my clothing and bedding. If I am lucky, the ibuprofen knocks the pain down to a dull roar.

Go get "Premsyn PMS"  It will make much of the pain go away, but it's the ONLY over the counter medicine that works for me.  Seriously, it's amazing.
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Post by: sage0925 on July 06, 2009, 06:35:37 PM
What's in it? There's some stuff, like naprosyn, that I just can't take, as it tears a hole in my stomach. I also have a couple fibroids and endometriosis, which get painful as hell during my period. Used to be that ibuprofen would take care of the monthly issues, but since I got the damn fibroids, I can only get the pain down to a dull roar.

I don't want to get my female organs removed, because getting hormones if the SHTF is going to be impossible.
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Post by: Sister Wolf on July 06, 2009, 06:38:48 PM
What's in it? There's some stuff, like naprosyn, that I just can't take, as it tears a hole in my stomach. I also have a couple fibroids and endometriosis, which get painful as hell during my period. Used to be that ibuprofen would take care of the monthly issues, but since I got the damn fibroids, I can only get the pain down to a dull roar.

I don't want to get my female organs removed, because getting hormones if the SHTF is going to be impossible.

Acetaminophine: 500 mg
Pamabrom: 25 mg
Pyrilamine Maleate: 15 mg

3 of those puppies, and you'll be sleepin' like a baby, with next to no pain for several hours.  It helps with endometriosis too.  Not a lot, but it DOES help.
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Post by: sage0925 on July 06, 2009, 06:42:37 PM
OK, thanks! I'll give it a try...going shopping tomorrow anyway...88 cent day at the dollar store tomorrow. must have more noodles...lol...found low-fat baked ramen noodles, 88 cents for 4 pkgs...and woot! no MSG!
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Post by: Sister Wolf on July 06, 2009, 06:49:35 PM
OK, thanks! I'll give it a try...going shopping tomorrow anyway...88 cent day at the dollar store tomorrow. must have more noodles...lol...found low-fat baked ramen noodles, 88 cents for 4 pkgs...and woot! no MSG!

You can get them at Rite Aid (if you have that store out there).
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Post by: sage0925 on July 06, 2009, 07:10:56 PM
Yep, we have a Rite Aid...hope it works...last period was the worst ever. They get worse every month, the closer I get to menopause. (I'm 48 and still regular, but they're slowly getting closer together every year) And I feel even worse when my poor husband sits around upset, because there's nothing he can do.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Sister Wolf on July 06, 2009, 07:14:42 PM
Yep, we have a Rite Aid...hope it works...last period was the worst ever. They get worse every month, the closer I get to menopause. (I'm 48 and still regular, but they're slowly getting closer together every year) And I feel even worse when my poor husband sits around upset, because there's nothing he can do.

It will help more than Advil, I assure you.  Your poor husband.  Give him 2 or 3 and tell him to sleep through it.  LOL!
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Post by: homesteader on July 07, 2009, 12:28:49 AM
I've switched to washable monthly pads.  There are several great brands out there.  I'll never go back to disposable!  They are so much more comfortable and if you have a "wet bag" then going out and about is no problem. I've never had one leak unlike the disposables.  I think there are sewing patterns out there if you wanted to make them.  All they are is flannel and waterproof fabric (vinyl) with a flannel insert.  The ones I have have a snap to hold them in place.  All the materials can be found at your major fabric stores or online.  Very cheap to make, not so cheap to buy, and worth it's weight in gold if TSHTF!  ;D

I switched to those and washable diapers for the baby for economic as well as emergency preparedness reasons.   
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Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on July 07, 2009, 08:36:32 AM
wow i've learned so much in 10 minutes i thought i'd never learn! lol
i'm reading this cuz as ya'll know my fiance is not as good a prepper as me. it's funny. she loves garlic and we eat it a lot!? i don't think in the 3 years we've been together she's ever gotten a yeast infection......could it be the garlic we eat? is it cuz she's only 20? sorry SW and others.........not meaning to come off rude. ya'll woman rock. or is it maybe just genetics?
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Post by: Angie on July 07, 2009, 09:10:27 AM
I've got to add my 2 cents.

Prevention - is of course the answer.  I had my first yeast infection prior to diflucan, and the commonly used treatments used today.

Believe it or not - throwing panties hose in the garbage, replacing all panties if you've had a previous infection, and hum . . airing out the parts daily, will work to prevent infections.  Yeast requires warm, moist conditions.  Any nylon type product increases these conditions, and let yeast begin to bud and grow.

I 'air' regularly, use 100% cotton panties, and wear panties hose only if leg makeup doesn't work.  Haven't had a yeast infection in years.  And I live in Florida.

Also,  men can reinfect you.  So be sure his parts are thoroughly clean.  If its a bacterial infection i.e. chlamydia you need an antibiotic.  You and partner will pass this back and forth until both are treated.
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Post by: flagtag on July 07, 2009, 10:56:22 AM
I think I had tried every cramp medication on the market.  Nothing worked.  Toward the end I was going 12 - 14 days, HEAVY! (Two pads & two tampons) And cramping so bad that I would double up and have trouble walking.

I finally found something that did work on the cramps - by accident.  I had taken an Equate brand pain releaver (500mg), it was barely working.  But it was also Fall and I have more sinus trouble in the Fall, so about a half hour after taking the Equate, I took an Alieve sinus tablet. It was only about 20 -30 minutes later that the pain was gone! 
I used that combination everytime I started - before the pain got too bad.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: summer98 on July 07, 2009, 11:59:55 AM
Naproxen sodium (aleve or its off-brands) is the only things I've ever found that will help my cramps. I only hope I can lay in a lifetime supply before TSHTF.  ;)
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Cave Dweller on July 07, 2009, 12:53:46 PM
This man happened to be browsing through the unread topics and decided to get nosey,
Not sure if it helps, but I came across this a while back.
Where women have no doctor
http://www.hesperian.org/publications_download_wwhnd.php (http://www.hesperian.org/publications_download_wwhnd.php)
It's probably available in hard copy, but you other lurking men might want to consider downloading this for the ladies in your life.

Excuse me while I go pretend to do something else.
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Post by: Sister Wolf on July 07, 2009, 12:59:24 PM
wow i've learned so much in 10 minutes i thought i'd never learn! lol
i'm reading this cuz as ya'll know my fiance is not as good a prepper as me. it's funny. she loves garlic and we eat it a lot!? i don't think in the 3 years we've been together she's ever gotten a yeast infection......could it be the garlic we eat? is it cuz she's only 20? sorry SW and others.........not meaning to come off rude. ya'll woman rock. or is it maybe just genetics?

LOL!  You're not coming off as rude at ALL, Lou.  Feel free to ask ANY question you have here.

As far as why she doesn't get yeast infections... It might be genetics (some women just don't get them), it might be that she doesn't play around with the soap she uses down there (some soaps will kill off good bacteria, and make way for bad bacteria), it might be due to your water supply (some water supplies just seem to cause me to get yeast infections or URIs), and it might be the food she eats.  It's hard to diagnose somebody's innocence.  :D
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Sister Wolf on July 07, 2009, 01:02:01 PM
I think I had tried every cramp medication on the market.  Nothing worked.  Toward the end I was going 12 - 14 days, HEAVY! (Two pads & two tampons) And cramping so bad that I would double up and have trouble walking.

I finally found something that did work on the cramps - by accident.  I had taken an Equate brand pain releaver (500mg), it was barely working.  But it was also Fall and I have more sinus trouble in the Fall, so about a half hour after taking the Equate, I took an Alieve sinus tablet. It was only about 20 -30 minutes later that the pain was gone! 
I used that combination everytime I started - before the pain got too bad.

Somehow I doubt you tried Premsyn.  It has a sinus reliever in it, and for whatever reason, it WORKS.  It even works for boys (I used to give it to my dad when he was having migraines, and it would cure them flat out).  It's the best migraine reliever / PMS reliever / pain reliever available over the counter today, in my opinion.  GOOD stuff.
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Post by: Goatdog62 on July 07, 2009, 09:30:04 PM
13 Things PMS Stands For;
 
1.  Pass My Shotgun

2.  Psychotic Mood Shift

3.  Perpetual Munching Spree

4.  Puffy Mid-Section

5.  People Make me Sick

6.  Provide Me Sweets

7.  Pardon My Sobbing

8.  Pimples May Surface

9.  Pass My Sweatpants

10.  Pissy Mood Syndrome

11.  Plainly; Men Suck

12.  Pack My Stuff

and  my favorite one :

13.  Potential  Murder Suspect
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Sister Wolf on July 07, 2009, 09:43:55 PM
I like #13.  Goatdog, did you have a chance to read the tampax thread (a boy made the thread, and it's hilarious)?  I think you'd find it amusing.
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Post by: Cave Dweller on July 07, 2009, 11:29:49 PM
I'm so totally saving these webpages and converting them to pdf,
Gotta think of a future Mrs. Cave Dweller.
Also gotta find her first, but one thing at a time. ;)
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Post by: sage0925 on July 07, 2009, 11:44:26 PM
Good for you, Cave Dweller! I thank the Powers for men like you (and my DH) who are interested in the well being of their SO's.

Good Luck in finding Mrs. Cave Dweller. And I mean that sincerely. Whoever she is, she'll be a lucky woman (like myself) with such a caring spouse. As far as I'm concerned, you can lurk on the "girly pages" anytime!
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Post by: Winchester32 on July 07, 2009, 11:49:08 PM
13 Things PMS Stands For;
 
1.  Pass My Shotgun

2.  Psychotic Mood Shift

3.  Perpetual Munching Spree

4.  Puffy Mid-Section

5.  People Make me Sick

6.  Provide Me Sweets

7.  Pardon My Sobbing

8.  Pimples May Surface

9.  Pass My Sweatpants

10.  Pissy Mood Syndrome

11.  Plainly; Men Suck

12.  Pack My Stuff

and  my favorite one :

13.  Potential  Murder Suspect


Oh great, a gun packing PMS expert!   ;D

BTW, I like #1!!!! 
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Cave Dweller on July 08, 2009, 12:03:15 AM
Good for you, Cave Dweller! I thank the Powers for men like you (and my DH) who are interested in the well being of their SO's.

Good Luck in finding Mrs. Cave Dweller. And I mean that sincerely. Whoever she is, she'll be a lucky woman (like myself) with such a caring spouse. As far as I'm concerned, you can lurk on the "girly pages" anytime!
Hey, It's why I didn't mind being the only dude in the aerobics class ;D
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Post by: sage0925 on July 08, 2009, 12:31:07 AM
Hey...great place to pick up chicks, I'd think...LOL
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Post by: Sister Wolf on July 08, 2009, 12:35:11 AM
Hey...great place to pick up chicks, I'd think...LOL

Yoga is a better place.  All the young hotties who like hippie stuff are there.  hippie girls rock.  ;D
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Post by: sage0925 on July 08, 2009, 12:37:25 AM
LOL...yeah...yoga places would be good...or martial arts schools. Sister, WTF are you doing up so late? LOL
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Post by: Cave Dweller on July 08, 2009, 12:44:04 AM
Took a combat tai chi class, but I had the instructor all to myself.
Hippie girls should make pretty good best grasshopper to ant conversions.
I like a good do it your self project ;D

dang we got off topic fast. sorry.
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Post by: sage0925 on July 08, 2009, 01:46:01 AM
S'ok...I'm not complaining...anything to help a good man find a good ant...if you can stomach our PMS gripes, I certainly don't mind going off topic trying to think of a place to find you a nice ant broad somewhere.
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Post by: summer98 on July 08, 2009, 10:20:14 AM
Hippie girls should make pretty good best grasshopper to ant conversions.
I like a good do it your self project ;D

Hey, don't just write off hippie girls -there are more hippies into survivalism than you'd think. I know a good five or six. I've been considered a hippie girl myself, and I ain't no grasshopper!  :D


I like #1 myself -pass my shotgun, indeed. And the tissue.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Sister Wolf on July 08, 2009, 11:40:10 AM
LOL...yeah...yoga places would be good...or martial arts schools. Sister, WTF are you doing up so late? LOL

It was only 11:30 my time!  :)
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Sister Wolf on July 08, 2009, 11:41:05 AM
Hey, don't just write off hippie girls -there are more hippies into survivalism than you'd think. I know a good five or six. I've been considered a hippie girl myself, and I ain't no grasshopper!  :D

me too!
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: Cave Dweller on July 08, 2009, 12:43:22 PM
Hey, don't just write off hippie girls -there are more hippies into survivalism than you'd think. I know a good five or six. I've been considered a hippie girl myself, and I ain't no grasshopper!  :D


I like #1 myself -pass my shotgun, indeed. And the tissue.

I ain't writing off hippie girls, I'm just saying that the hippie community has a lot of dormant survival leanings just waiting to be woken up.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: mamabear on August 14, 2009, 01:33:28 PM
Sorry to derail you back on subject, but the yogurt suggestions include using a tampon. I can't use a tampon, would there be any other suggestions on how to get the yogurt in there? I have only had like two yeast infections, one when I was preggers and one because of an antibiotic, but my sister has had several.

Also consider not using a tampon when you have cramps. I discovered quite by accident that was what was making my cramps worse. I ran out and had to use pads and my cramps were about half as bad as usual. Something about using tampons just make the cramps worse, at least for me.
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Post by: sage0925 on August 14, 2009, 11:52:33 PM
water it down some and stick it in a douche bottle.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: HelenWheels on August 15, 2009, 12:00:23 AM
Sorry to derail you back on subject, but the yogurt suggestions include using a tampon. I can't use a tampon, would there be any other suggestions on how to get the yogurt in there? I have only had like two yeast infections, one when I was preggers and one because of an antibiotic, but my sister has had several.

Also consider not using a tampon when you have cramps. I discovered quite by accident that was what was making my cramps worse. I ran out and had to use pads and my cramps were about half as bad as usual. Something about using tampons just make the cramps worse, at least for me.

A small kitchen baster or a large-bore syringe would work.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: EmmaPeel on August 31, 2009, 09:07:43 AM
What about the "syringes" that used to come with Monostat, etc.  I have not had a yeast infection in 14 years so I can't say if they still come with those.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: ebonearth on August 31, 2009, 04:26:58 PM
What about the "syringes" that used to come with Monostat, etc.  I have not had a yeast infection in 14 years so I can't say if they still come with those.
They do but most cannot carry enough of a yogurt load to be worth much. Using a 12" piece of surgical tubing would be more efficient in my opinion.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: sarahluker on August 31, 2009, 05:08:22 PM
A turkey injector (large syringe) would work, I think.  They load the seasoning liquid in a turkey before being fried.
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: wyochrissy on September 07, 2009, 02:48:12 PM
OK - There were a few here earlier on the thread wanting real life experiences, whether these ideas worked or not.  Well, a few weeks ago I tried the garlic thing for a mild yeast infection and it worked like a charm.  Reiterate: MILD case.  Don't know why some are worse than others - might have to do with how soon you diagnose it, or what type of bacteria takes hold . . . But, this one wasn't terrible - I've had worse.  But still a big fat annoyance!

So here's the advise I chose to take right here from this thread:  A clove of garlic wrapped in a small piece of t-shirt, damp with water, inserted overnight (12 hours).  Diced garlic soaked in olive oil for outside skin irritation.  Avoided sugar.  Reved up the good bacteria: took an oral supplement called Saccharomyces Boulardii that I had in my fridge from a UTI I had several months ago.

It worked like a charm!  Knocked it out right quick!  And no Monostat - that was the great part, because I hate medications, and would much rather treat anything naturally than with, well, whatever they make the other stuff out of!  And I was a little leary to do the yogurt thing - it tends to have a lot of sugar which I need to avoid anyway and seems messier.  Of course after two days of garlic someones comment of 'smelling like a pizza' kept coming to mind.  :D  But I was fortunate that I didn't have to be out much at the time!   ;)

AND . . . These are things I had on hand, and would probably have on hand in a SHTF situation, when I probably wouldn't be running to wal-mart!  (which I live 90 miles from anyway!)   ;)
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: ebonearth on September 09, 2009, 03:21:27 AM
It worked like a charm!  Knocked it out right quick!  And no Monostat - that was the great part, because I hate medications, and would much rather treat anything naturally than with, well, whatever they make the other stuff out of!  And I was a little leary to do the yogurt thing - it tends to have a lot of sugar which I need to avoid anyway and seems messier.  Of course after two days of garlic someones comment of 'smelling like a pizza' kept coming to mind.  :D  But I was fortunate that I didn't have to be out much at the time!   ;)

AND . . . These are things I had on hand, and would probably have on hand in a SHTF situation, when I probably wouldn't be running to wal-mart!  (which I live 90 miles from anyway!)   ;)
That is a good thing to note, when using yogurt you want the purest form possible, whole milk (or 2% if homemade of course) unsweetened plain stuff. Anything else and you risk making it all much worse. If it has sugar you are basically feeding the yeast so unless you want them to stick around, stick with the plain stuff. Hmm, I wonder if I should post a photo walkthrough of whipping up some yogurt at home. Anyone interested?
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: wyochrissy on September 09, 2009, 01:01:17 PM
That is a good thing to note, when using yogurt you want the purest form possible, whole milk (or 2% if homemade of course) unsweetened plain stuff. Anything else and you risk making it all much worse. If it has sugar you are basically feeding the yeast so unless you want them to stick around, stick with the plain stuff. Hmm, I wonder if I should post a photo walkthrough of whipping up some yogurt at home. Anyone interested?

Oh - yes yes!  I would love to see how yogurt is made!
Title: Re: private matters..... men read at your own risk
Post by: mamabear on September 09, 2009, 01:55:11 PM
Oh - yes yes!  I would love to see how yogurt is made!
Me too! Me too!