Top 9 Cures We’ve Found For Chronic Yeast Infections

Disclaimer: This is definitely not anything remotely resembling actual medical advice. None of us are doctors or other medical professionals, we’re just people with vaginas who want to talk to each other about our health, our bodies, and ourselves. 


I bet you’re excited for this goop to leak out of you every morning for seven days

Living your normal life while battling a raging yeast infection is the actual worst. For starters, you can’t tell anybody what ails you and therefore must pretend like everything is fine even though absolutely nothing is fine. It’s also tough to figure out if the Monistat or Vagisil is making it itch more or itch less, and pondering this can easily consume all of your waking hours. Furthermore, everybody you do tell about your problem keeps telling you to eat yogurt and wear cotton underpants, AS IF YOU WEREN’T ALREADY.

This is one of those women’s health issues that seems like it would’ve been figured out by now if it was a men’s health issue. Talk to enough women and it sounds like nobody’s getting the same treatment or having the same experience, and all of our doctors just continue recommending more yogurt.

Plus, if you live in the U.S. and are on a low-income health plan, you’ll likely have to truck on over to the Planned Parenthood and wait for hours to get evaluated and receive your Diflucan every single time you get a yeast infection. For some reason, doctors who aren’t “your doctor” are hesitant to prescribe multiple doses or do any of it over the phone.

Here are some of the things that worked for us when we struggled with chronic recurring yeast infections. Monistat-3, unfortunately, is not among them.

1. Going off the birth control pill

None of us went off the pill to cure chronic yeast infections, but rather found that going off the pill for other reasons had the pleasant result of squashing the chronic yeast infections.

2. Garlic Cloves

“I cut a couple of slits in it and just shove it up there.”

“My friend made me put a garlic clove up my vag and gave me cranberry pills. I woke up smelling like breadsticks but ultimately felt better re: my yeast levels.”

Our favorite yeast infection website suggests the following:

To try it, find yourself a fresh clove of garlic and carefully peel all the papery skin off it. Next, make a little tampony thing by wrapping it in gauze or cheesecloth, tying the ends with unwaxed dental floss, and leaving a bit of string dangling so you’ll be able to pull it out afterward. Now, believe it or not, insert it into your vagina. Don’t worry about losing it up there, because of course it can’t get through your cervix. Leave it in for several hours at a time, like overnight, and be sure to remove it in the morning.

3. Boric Acid

“I had chronic yeast infections for years, I tried everything that’s ever been suggested in the history of the universe except this one thing that sounded super weird — boric acid. It was my very last resort and the only thing that worked. It’s a powder generally used to kill roaches, you get it at a drugstore, put it in some empty  “0” vegetable capsules, and stick two up there every night until it’s gone. And it’s cheap! No clue why this works when nothing else does, but bless it.”

4. A Lot Of Diflucan

“Fluconazole (diflucan) is the only thing that worked for me to clear my recurring issues – I had to take several doses in a row.”

“I always take Diflucan on top of whatever DIY methods I use. It gets worse for a day and then gets better, but it always eventually works, which is more than I can say for the other methods. But I think I did build tolerance to it over time.”

5. Acidophilus Paste

“When I had a chronic yeast infection it was tea tree oil for external itch and acidophilus paste directly crammed up there that fixed it finally. I dipped tampons in my acidophilus paste or diluted tee tree oil and that seemed to help.”

6. Two Diflucan + Seven Days of Terazol

“Doing seven days of a prescription yeast-killing vaginal cream was a living hell, of course, but doing that in conjunction with a diflucan on the first day and another three days later did clear things up for a significant stretch of time.”

7. Taking Preventative Measures

“Now if I feel even a bit itchy for any reason I take a diflucan, two cranberry pills, acidophilus and garlic pills. Plus vitamin D and two ibuprofen for good measure. Duh.”

“Boric acid can be used preventatively without any negative side effects, in my experience. If I think I feel one coming on, I just put in a capsule overnight.”

“If I’m being put on antibiotics for any reason I also ask for two Diflucan to be prescribed to me in tandem because I will get a yeast infection.”

“I only use non-scented soaps to wash down there, like Cetaphil.”

“I always get my diflucan written as one pill today, one pill in three days and one pill a week for six weeks which usually gets me like six months to a year yeast free. Which is a fucking blessing.”

“I convince my doctor here to give me larger scripts of stuff and she does but I have to tell her to. I just use the excuse that it costs me the same to fill one pill or 20, so can she give me 20? That seems to work more than the Hey I actually am not an idiot and probably can figure out how to take this medicine on my own route.”

8. Tea Tree Oil (for the itching)

“I know tea tree oil is supposedly too astringent for your sensitive bits but I totally still use it if I feel a little itchy and it fucking works every time.”

9. Probably Not The Candida Diet, But Giving Up Sugar Could Help

“I tried the candida diet! I mostly ignored everything it (just the Internet) said and just ate/drank no sugar for a few months and at first it got worse and then it got better.”

“I tried the candida diet for about a month. It was fucking awful.”

“I went basically raw vegan and it was the most miserable like… five days? And did nothing. Then I was just hungry and angry on top of having a yeast infection.”

Okay y’all, it’s your turn: what worked (or didn’t) for you?

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  1. I also was unaware that boiling a Divacup won’t necessarily kill yeast! My cup was the missing piece in an extremely frustrating puzzle of several months of YI’s in a row. After tossing the old cup and using disposable Softcups for one cycle while my latest infection cleared up, I haven’t had any more issues (*knock on wood*).

    My cup may also have been the culprit in starting this whole mess in the first place, because I, being sometimes too casual when it comes to the care of my vagina, was all like “well as long as this antibacterial soap is unscented I guess it’s probably fine to use to clean my cup”. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t, and either the soap residue or the silocone breaking down from contact with harsh cleansers definitely upset my internal balance.

    Also, yes, definitely consider your lube!!I switched from basic Astroglide (which had glycerin in it) to Sliquid H2O, unscented/unflavored/un-everything. At the suggestion of my gyno I also switched to non-latex condoms, which made a huge difference in how my skin feels–for me it looks like a latex allergy may have been part of the culprit?

    The biggest thing I did was buy about 30 pairs of cheap underwear, and changing them whenever they get damp/sweaty. Especially after exercise–I ditched my spandex workout shorts for looser, more breezy ones, and that has helped a ton.

  2. I suffered from recurrent “yeast infections” for two years… i’d advise to make sure it’s not cytolytic vaginosis or lactobacillosis (an overgrowth of the good stuff that has the same itchy symptoms, same day every month). some doctors say this doesn’t exist but when i followed the treatment (10 minute diluted baking soda sitz bath when symptomatic) i was cured of something i suffered with after monistat (found out i’m allergic to that the hard way), probiotics, 3 rx of clotrimazole, then 6 months of diflucan failed me…. so yeah get some baking soda OT Genasis style. these overgrowths are not tested for unless you ask for it and insurance may not cover special tests either so just try the sitz bath when you have symptoms since it’s cheap and you’ll know in minutes due to immediate relief! some people might have this+YI and need to do two treatments so do go to your Dr to be sure. hope this helps someone out there!

  3. This came up just at the right time. I was kinda ignoring some symptoms and hoping everything would work itself out, but this article popped up and made me figure stuff out and treat the yeast infection I had for so long without knowing!

  4. Yogurt alone is NOT strong enough to cure a yeast infection. Yogurts contain the same type of probiotics that keeps the vagina healthy, yet everyone woman I know needs something stronger that contains those same probiotics. If you want something natural (like i do) that works, go with the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse. It doesnt upset my stomach and does not have harmful chemicals in it.

  5. I have used the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse the last two times I have suffered with Candida. I have found this to be excellent at keeping it ‘under control’ even when i’ve had to take antibiotics, (unavoidable due to a dental infection). Also I didn’t suffer any dramatic unpleasant side effects which can very often be the case. Its easy as you only need to take 2 a day…it’s realistically priced and in my experience it is very effective.

  6. Hi ladies I’d like to share three things that I have not found mentioned here that, after years of trying to keep yeast infections at bay with yogurt/garlic/probiotics/creams etc, I have found to be the keys to keeping them away.

    First let me just say that garlic DOES deserve an honorable mention. The aroma alone is strong enough to stimulate nucleus death in yeast cells. That’s why it works so fantastically.

    Besides garlic, Another powerful anti fungal spice is OREGANO. Oregano oil is the focus of much research, it is effective in treating staph and MRSA. It is capable of crossing the blood/brain barrier and is selective when wiping out flora- going for the bad bacteria only. Taking one or two oregano oil capsules daily (try Oreganol) clears infections up for me in sometimes just one day. It’s amazing. Because of it’s ability to move across barriers in the body, it is super effective to just swallow and have it delivered systemically – wiping out systematic yeast overgrowth.

    Alkalizing your body is a BIG ONE here, girls. An acidic body will be a breeding ground for yeast. Do some googling to look into how to balance your body’s acid levels through diet. Dairy is not your vaginas friend. And why would it be? Your body did not evolve to require cow milk so it’s not surprising it has such adverse internal reactions. When I eat to alkalize my body – no yeast infections!

    ZINC SUPPLEMENTS!! Copper toxicity/copper bio unavailability is another key. Most of us do not get enough zinc and at the same time most of us absorb too much copper through tap water, pollutants, and diet. Zinc is necessary to draw copper out of the body’s “storage” and allow it to be used and eliminated. Without zinc your copper is “stuck” and unavailable to the body. Why does this matter? Because circulating COPPER is the body’s way of killing off infections. Once I took a 50mg zinc capsule for two days and everything cleared up immediately.

    But don’t take my word for it – get to googling! Copper toxicity, wild oregano oil, alkaline diets

    • but I’ve also read that it will also kill off the good bacteria.cos if it’s not a med,then it’s not designed to know the difference between good or bad, since to it, there’s no good or bad. so might want to take probiotics with it just to be safe.

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