Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Although some studies on alternative therapies for yeast infection have been done, well-designed and controlled trials are needed to investigate these therapies before experts can make any recommendations.

Examples include:

  • Boric acid. Boric acid — a vaginal insert (suppository) available by prescription — may be considered to help treat chronic, less common strains of candida and candida that are resistant to azole medications. Treatment is only vaginal and is applied twice daily for two weeks. However, boric acid can irritate your skin and can be fatal if accidentally ingested, especially by children.
  • Yogurt. Some women find relief from yeast infection symptoms when eating yogurt or applying it vaginally, and there is some evidence to support this. Some studies found that yogurt was more effective than placebo or vaginally applied clotrimazole. However, only a small number of women were included.

Before trying any alternative therapy, check with your doctor to weigh the pros and cons in your situation.

Sept. 18, 2015