Related Terms

  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Yeast Infection
  • Trichomoniasis—a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

The most common causes of vaginal infections are:

  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
  • Yeast infections
  • Trichomoniasis—a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

Some won't have problems. Others may have pain, itching, and swelling. Medicine may be needed to treat some infections. If you have symptoms, see your doctor. Some infections can lead to more severe problems.

Natural Therapies

Natural therapies may help to improve symptoms. They may restore the balance of healthy bacteria. It may also decrease the chance of some problems coming back. Natural therapy appears most effective when done with standard medical care.

Likely Effective

  • Probiotics containing Lactobacillus strains in combination with standard treatment for yeast infections and BV.A1-A9

Possibly Effective

  • Boric acid (vaginally) for yeast infections.B1-B2
  • Vitamin C (vaginally) for BV.C1-C2

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements you are taking. Some may interact with your treatment plan or health conditions. These include:

  • Boric acid—Take it as instructed. It can be toxic if taken internally. Do not apply boric acid to open wounds or to an infant’s skin. Avoid boric acid if you’re pregnant.

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