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Why Treating Yeast Infection Symptoms Won’t Cure You

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Why Treating Yeast Infection Symptoms Won’t Cure You

Right now, I’m on a book tour for my book Whatís Up Down There? Questions Youíd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend. These days, unless youíre a celebrity, publishers donít pay for a book tour, so Iím blessed that Monistat Ė a product I’ve used and recommended for years Ė is sponsoring my tour of colleges around the United States, where Iím helping to educate young women about their bodies.

Because of this sponsorship, the Owning Pink team has said the word “Monistat” at least 1000 times in the past few months, so much so that one of the women on our team said, “If the law of attraction is true and I keep saying Monistat, do you think the Universe is gonna slap me with a yeast infection?” We all giggled when she followed her comment with “But donít worry. I’ll Candida for the team if I have to!”

Well, she didn’t get a yeast infection, but sure enough, one week before leaving for my book tour, I did! The only other yeast infection I’ve ever had happened 20 years ago, so I had to laugh at the serendipity of the timing. As a gynecologist, what did I do? Well, I got my butt over to the closest CVS and picked up an over-the-counter three day Monistat. 12 hours later — poof! As I knew they would, my symptoms resolved.

What’s a yeast infection?

Almost every woman will experience one at some point in her life because we all have yeast in the vagina. It’s normal to have a few little yeasties floating around in your vaginal flora. Usually, the good bacteria (the lactobacillus) promote vaginal health and keep the yeast at bay. But if your immune system gets weak, antibiotics kill off the good bacteria, you binge on sugar (which yeasties LOVE), or just because, you may wind up with a yeast infection.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at† and also created two online communities -† and† She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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1:33PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Caprylic Acid is an anti candida supplement is a naturally occurring fatty acid that has been shown to kill candida organisms. Also, Probiotics - good bacteria that keeps the body's internal environment balanced, and helps the body to synthesize vitamins. Such bacteria also produce hydrogen peroxide, which effectively destroys candida albicans. These are the two most important ingredients! I used to take them as individual supplements, but Lady Soma put them into 1 pill - so now I use Lady Soma's Candida Advanced Cleanse. It worked amazingfor me, and I prefer taking one pill, instead of multiple to keep the overgrowth away. Best of luck to you!

10:14AM PDT on May 26, 2012


4:24AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:29PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

thanks for the info

5:29PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

thanks for the info

12:39AM PDT on Nov 6, 2011

Thank you

10:17AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Thanks, but Monistat does not always work either.

12:14PM PST on Feb 7, 2011

Deborah - try taking a bath with 12 drops of tea tree oil in the water. Then, after you get out of the bath (and dry yourself thoroughly with a clean towel), mix two drops of tea tree oil into a quarter-sized drop of vaginal moisturizer and rub that on the skin of your vulva and into the opening of your vagina. This will probably sting - be careful not to use too much tea tree oil. Do this daily and it should clear up within a few days, no more than a week. After I treated a stubborn yeast infection that way about six years ago I never got one again! Continue taking the acidophilus daily, as it's good for many things, not just preventing future yeast infections.

12:02PM PST on Feb 7, 2011

I get them ALL the time. I don't know what to do. I am taking acidophilus now after some recommendations. I have used everything, Monostat, Diflucan, you name it. But they keep coming back. I was tested for diabetes which can cause them, and I don't have that. I DO however eat many carbs and am finding that a very hard habit to kick. Any other advise? This is driving me bonkers.

2:36AM PST on Nov 26, 2010

Thanks for the info.

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