After Donna Flagg turned 50, hormone fluctuations caused things to start feeling a bit different “down there.” What’s going on? Donna wondered, as all of a sudden, an influx of new sensations started coming on. Most notably, intimacy began to feel different and unusual, punctuated by recurring irritation and pressure.
“But I don’t have any itching or burning,” the New York City native explained to a doctor. “I can’t figure out what’s happening — and it’s extremely frustrating!” After several tests, her doctor came back with a diagnosis: Donna had a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis, an infection caused by the overgrowth of gardnerella bacteria.
“You can take an antibiotic or use a cream to treat it,” the doctor told her. But Donna knew neither would work: The antibiotic would upset the bacterial balance she was trying to restore to heal her leaky gut syndrome, and the cream had chemicals that mimicked estrogen, which could complicate her severe endometriosis. I wonder if there are natural yeast infection cure options, Donna thought.
Interested in finding another solution, Donna asked for her nutritionist’s opinion — and was surprised when she suggested boric acid vaginal suppositories. “They’re effective, natural, and safe,” she assured. “They help balance your pH, which will then balance the yeast and bacteria.” Intrigued, Donna decided to give suppositories a shot.
I usually make my own body products, so why not this? Donna thought, buying some boric acid and gel caps to whip up her own. But she also looked into pre-made suppositories and was pleased to find that they cost as little as $10 for 30 on Amazon. (One to try: Nature’s Harmony Boric Acid Suppositories, Buy on Amazon, $9.99.) Hopeful, Donna began inserting one capsule at bedtime, which would dissolve overnight while she slept and exit her body in the morning.
Upon waking up the first day, Donna was once again surprised to find that, apart from the sensation of moisture during her first trip to the bathroom, it wasn’t at all uncomfortable. As she continued to use the suppositories for the next seven nights, she was happy to see that with each consecutive day, her symptoms got better and better. And at the end of the weeklong cycle, Donna was relieved and impressed to find that she had no trace of irritation or pressure thanks to this natural yeast infection cure.
Today, she keeps a bottle of suppositories close at hand just in case. “They are so inexpensive and effective!” the now 55-year-old enthuses. “Every time I feel any weird sensations or pressure coming on, I know I have a healthy, natural solution to help restore my balance. It’s also an affordable way to cure something that is traditionally treated with chemicals and prescriptions that can disrupt other systems in the body — I am so happy to have found it!”
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Save on Healthcare (Buy on Amazon, $12.99).