Why Your Candida Infection Keeps Coming Back. You Can Put A Stop To Chronic Yeast Infections
Author: Jennifer King
Chronic yeast infections now affect 5% of women worldwide, and it doesn't matter what part of the world you're from. Some women will suffer for months, and in extreme cases some women can suffer with infections for years until they discover what the real cause of their infection is. Until the real cause is discovered, yeast will continue to infect your vagina forever.
At present the biggest cause for vaginal yeast infections is antibiotics use. Antibiotics are now prescribed by doctors for almost all infections. Some of these infections don't need antibiotics, but doctors are in a position where it's the only thing they can prescribe. The overuse of this antibacterial drug has a very unhealthy effect on the human body.
Your body has hundreds of strains of bacteria naturally living in it, and some of these bacteria are good. They are there to keep you healthy by keeping your intestinal flora healthy. Once these good bacteria are killed by antibiotics it allows bad bacteria and fungus to take control, and then you start suffering from infections such as yeast infections.
A weakened immune system is another reason why you could be suffering from recurrent yeast infections. A body with a weak immune system can suffer from regular infections, and not just vaginal Candida infections. If you've been suffering from other infections it could be a good idea to have your overall health checked by your doctor.
Diabetes is a cause of chronic Candida infections of the vagina as it raises blood sugar levels. The Candida fungus loves a sugary environment, and this isn't just the sugar you eat. Your doctor should be able to help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels if you think that diabetes is causing your infections. Sometimes it's as simple as changing your medication.
Blood sugar levels and hormone levels will get altered by the birth control pill. These fluctuations will create an environment that the Candida love so it will cause a vaginal infection. A different method off birth control is usually recommended in situations like this.
You're half way to a cure if you think one of the above is the cause of your recurrent vaginal Candida infections. Once you have discovered the cause you can prevent another infection ruining your life.
So many women have no idea what the cause of their infection is, and their continual use of anti fungal drugs is creating resistant yeast in their vagina. This yeast practically becomes impossible to treat with any conventional medicine. Please don't be one of those women.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ways to naturally delay or stop a yeast infection from progressing?
I know this isn't the right section for this question, sorry, but I know there's a lot of moms on here so I figured I may get some decent answers...
I had a baby 13 weeks ago, so I know my hormones are still trying to balance out. Things 'down there' have been a little out of whack the last week, and now I'm feeling signs of a yeast infection. The itching/burning feeling. I don't have insurance anymore, and won't have a good deal of money again for another couple of weeks, so seeing a doctor is basically out of the question. Does anyone know of ways to stop a yeast infection in its early stages? I'm trying to keep that area dry. After going to the bathroom, I pat myself dry and when I'm sitting I don't sit with my legs together....trying to keep it from getting moist. It doesn't help that I'm on my period either. So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated..
Dont use soap down there only a soap free wash like QV Wash or something similar.
Drink lots of water and eat garlick, seaweed, yogurt and carrots.
Dont eat sweet foods as this feeds the yeast and makes it worse
I think I'm almost over my yeast infection..?
I got a yeast infection earlier this week and I bought a 3 day cream pack on Tuesday. So far, my itching disappeared two days ago, and last night was the last time I used the cream. When will I stop having thick discharge? Thanks!
Even though its a 3 days cream.. it will stay inside of you for a few more days after. the medicine will go into your blood stream and still work on the yeast infection. It will go away completely in about 7 days.
what if i had a yeast infection then my period and then a yeast infection again...could I be pregnant?
I've been getting yeast infections every month about 3 months ago because of my birth control. I decided to stop taking them. last month I got a yeast infection randomly, for a week. Two days later got my period, five days later I am finishing my period and I feel that another yeast infection is coming. Could that be a sign of early pregnancy, even though I ha a normal period?
There are 2 good reasons to learn a bit about the causes of vaginal yeast infections. first, if you have recurring yeast infections, you can figure out what's causing them and then work to prevent them, rather than just working to kill the yeast every time they take over. second, if you know what kinds of things cause you to get yeast infections, you can be alert for symptoms and treat them early on with the generally-milder do-it-yourself remedies, rather than bombarding your body with drugs.
Fungus Causes Yeast Infections
The primary cause of yeast infection in woman is fungus - primarily Candida albicans. Along with some other types of bacteria, Candida albicans are usually present in small amounts in the vaginal area. However, the bacteria becomes a cause for concern when it multiples rapidly, becoming a yeast infection also known by the medical terms of candidiasis or monilia.
Various Other Yeast Infection Causes
Immune System: The biggest cause of rapid bacterial growth is the result of a lowered immune system. This occurs when you do too much, do not get enough sleep, or are sick. Reoccuring yeast infections can also be due to stress.
Hormones: The body’s hormonal changes towards the end of the menstruation cycle can be another cause of vaginal yeast infection. Birth control and pregnancy are two other factors that could fall into the category of a yeast infection cause. In fact, during pregnancy, women can experience recurrent infections.
Sex: While Candida infections are not usually thought of as sexually transmitted diseases, they can be passed onto your partner during sex through semen and other bodily fluids. Vaginal intercourse without adequate lubrication makes the situation worse.
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are probably the leading cause of chronic yeast infection in American women. This happens with certain types of antibiotic or prolonged usage. Some women get yeast infections no matter what type of antibiotics they take or how long they use it. Unfortunately, there is no way of preventing an antibiotic-induced yeast infection. However, here are a number of treatments to take once it starts.
Diabetes: Being diabetic or having elevated blood sugar levels can cause yeast to grow. This is primarily due to what is called uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.
Factors That Encourage Yeast Infections
Other situations may not be a direct cause but they may increase the likelihood of infection.
* Hot, humid weather.
* Tight or poorly ventilated clothing, including damp bathing suits or pantyhose.
* Significant dietary changes, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits like junk food.
* Frequent exposure to sperm and semen over a short period of time.
* Douching washes away both healthy secretions and normal bacteria from the vagina.
* Improper wiping from rear to front after using the toilet.
* Sweating, which can also increase your pH level.
* Some prescriptions, including those that contain steroids, such as Prednisone.
* Poor personal hygiene.
* Perfumed feminine hygiene sprays.
* HIV infection.
* Allergic reactions.
I just stopped using Topamax and I got a light period (early) and a yeast infection...is this normal???
It may or may not be related. I think in the product insert it says something about menstrual irregularities so I wouldn't be surprised. I wouldn't worry about it.
GF has early period, cuts, and yeast infection?
Alright, so me and my GF had sex about two weeks ago. During intercourse the condom had snapped, but when it did I had felt it so I pulled out immediately, no more than 3-5 seconds later, not finishing in her. We stopped and headed home.
A few days later she had gotten a yeast infection, and sore in the vaginal area. We figured it may of had something to do with her being on medication for a ruptured ear drum. At first it was an ear infection, about a week later they upped the medication to make it stronger. They prescribed it to her for 20 days.
During the soreness, she had been itchy as well. 13 days later, she woke up starting her period. This is about a week and a half to two weeks early. I verified that she was certain it was her period. Cramps, bleeding, just like a normal period.
Can anyone explain this to me with an explanation that doesn't point to pregnancy?
The itchiness is due to the yeast infection and she got the yeast infection because of the antibiotics