Soap / Detergent Caused Yeast Infections for me!

Hi Everyone,


I have been struggling with yeast infections for over 15 years now.  I believed I had systemic candida and tried the candida diet several times (4 times in total but found it hard - one time I managed to do it for 3 months religiously). I also tried yogurt, pills, and creams, and I consulted many doctors, naturalpaths etc.  I had some success with all of them for a short period of time but the yeast infection would always come back.  I thought that suffering from yeast infections is something that I will just always have to live with until I buckle down and do the candida diet for longer.


But recently, I tried the following 2 things:


1) Washing all of my underwear in the washing maching using hot water and ~2 tablespoons of baking soda (no detergents, no bleach and no fabric softener).

2) I stopped using soap on my vagina when showering or bathing.  I know, it sounds kinda gross but now I just use a lot of water and friction.  I should have known better because my husband swore years ago that using soap on his penis caused problems for him (red, irritated and sore). He thinks its becuase the soap gets rid of all the natural oils and good bacteria. Also, my husband and I always used condoms and were careful to not pass the infection back and forth.


I honestly can't believe the results! A while back I remember reading about some of these things but I never thought that they would help with yeast infections since the yeast seems to be coming from inside of my vagina and I would think that doing these two things would just help externally.  But no, I was wrong.  I must have had an allergy to soap or something in it - which I never would have thought!  It is so much better! I actually enjoy sex more now and there is no gross white discharge. And I am no longer sore or itchy down there.  You are probably thinking that that I didn't actually have a yeast infection but I always tested positive for an overgrowth of yeast on all of my paps and the doctors always wanted to treat it.  I had got to the point where I had told them that there was no point in treating it cause it will always come back.


Well, I hope that all of you are doing well and what works for one person might not work for the other.  But I really wanted to post about this becuase if I had read about this earlier I believe that I wouldn't have suffered for so long!


Anyways, it would be interesting to hear if this helps anyone else out there - I really hope it does! 

Original Post

Wow, I'm so happy to hear that you've found a solution to the constant irritation that was causing your YI's. It's a very common occurrence but when you've been using a product for a long time or when you've had the condition for so long, it's hard to believe that they could actually be connected. Simple and obvious but, in a way, hidden!


Congratulations on trying it and I'm glad you're so much more comfortable now.


I'll be moving this post to the women's section but it will still show up in the right hand column of all of the forum sections under the 'recent posts' section.


Take good care,



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Hi, im glad you found what was causing your yeast infections, have you had any other i yeast infections since, alstoucan you wash all of your clothes with bicarb soda or have you tried making your own laundry powder with borax and washing soap?

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