I was told years ago to NEVER use any soap whatsoever on the delicate tissue of the vaginal area, because that skin is very sensitive. Usually, the water from the shower should be sufficient for getting clean down there. For me it is especially important that I follow this advice, because I am more sensitive overall than the average woman because of all my allergies and sensitivities.
If you're experiencing repeated thrush or yeast infections you should see a doctor and find the source of the problem.
You may need to see a naturopath. A naturopath can help with the correct kind of diet and supplementations that are most useful in killing Candidas. I know of a good herb to try, but it really won't be effective unless you're on the right kind of diet. It's a pretty restrictive diet. My friend's husband had to do this for a low level systemic Candidas infection. He hated it, but he did manage to kill the yeast. He has since resumed his regular diet and hasn't had any more problems with it. My experience with conventional doctors and testing for low level systemic Candidas is that they don't believe that a person can be adversely affected by low level systemic Candidas infections. This is where you have to use your own judgment in determining the right treatment for you, because some of the natural medicines can contradict conventional medications. So, it's important to work with a naturopath who actually understands conventional medicine.
But, don't stop seeing your conventional doctor. Both my conventional doctor and my naturopathic doctor agree on most things and recommend the same kinds of things. The only conflict I've come across is the Candidas issue.
I brought up Candidas, because thrush and Candidas are both fungus infections. In natural medicine the basic treatment is pretty much the same. The concept is getting to the source of the problem--the underlining issue.
The thing with the vagina is that there are two main types of bacteria: Good and Bad. Overgrowth of the good bacteria is thrush/yeast infection. Overgrowth of the bad bacteria is bacterial vaginosis. The vagina is a delicate balance, and anything could potentially throw it out of balance!
I used to have recurrant bacterial vaginosis. Talk about expensive medication (70+ for one tube!). Recurrant yeast infection is also a pain!
The best soap I've found is called Sliquid Splash Feminine Wash. It really, really works. It gets rid of 'that smell'- seriously! It was also a great cleanser for my Vertical Hood Piercing (maybe TMI, sorry).
I used to use femfreah but was getting vaginal burning during sex so now I just use warm water from the shower and I find I don't get a smell at all and I thought I would.
And I know what will save you money! Use natural sugar free yogurt...last time I had thrush, the cream didn't work so I used the yogurt and it worked! Canesten cream can be bad for you long term so best go natural...and cheap!
Sounds like you knew what I was talking about. You're right, natural is better and safer. That's why I mentioned seeing a naturopath, because a naturopath is more likely to get to the source of the problem--why there is an overgrowth in the first place.
sorry were u tlking to me? i never said anything but yes i know what candida is. iv tried natural things like yoghurts, nothing works. the canesten doesnt work and i cant get a docs appt for this week and its got so sore my skins started bleeding. i cant afford to see a naturopath im a student. :(