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Vaginal yeast infection are the most common women's yeast infection. Their causes, symptoms, and natural treatments without drugs and the unwanted side effects are covered here. It is possible to eliminate many reoccurring infections in women, by treating the cause and not just the very uncomfortable effects.
According to experts, 75% of women will, by their mid 20's, experience a vaginal yeast infection. Half of those women will suffer through 4 or more infections a year.
Vaginal yeast infections in 2002 alone cost women over half a billion dollars on over the counter medications for this extremely common infection.
Cottage cheesy discharge
Worsening premenstrual syndrome
Burning during and after intercourse
These infections affect women with poorly controlled diabetes, immune system dysfunction, or women with immuno deficiencies and they seem to be the most at risk for recurrent infections. Depressed immunity may occur as a result of nutritional deficiencies, medications, pregnancy, or serious illness. Scientists know that since 1960, immune function in adults has declined by 25%.
Many scientists believe that some women have some kind of t-cell lymphocyte problem that allows colonization by the mycelial form of candida in the vagina. Once established it begins to reproduce the spore form of candida, which has the ability to double its population every hour.
It has also been proven that the normal vaginal flora is greatly altered in women with vaginal candida yeast and that many times candida can live right along side acidophilus without any problems.
Many women have been found to have low zinc plasma levels, which reduces immune function. Some women have a defect in a prostaglandin secretion by the patients macrophages which blocks the proliferatory response of the lymphocytes that kill yeasts.
Other patients have decreased killing function by peripheral neutrophils and deficiencies in IgA secretory component in vaginal samples. IgA deficiencies are very common and the condition is usually for life but taking colostrum can help raise these levels. Excessive glucose levels are a problem and this can be secondary to low grade bacterial infection.
The immune system problems above have been clearly linked to estrogen dominance. In a scientific study done in 1999 by Paul L. Fidel Jr., Jessica Cutright, and Chad Steele of Louisiana State University, published in the American Society of Microbiology in 2000, found that progesterone has no effect on vaginal candida in mice but excess estrogen promoted it's growth. They also found that excess estrogen reduced the ability of skin cells, and the t-cells that protect them, to prevent colonization of candida on the vaginal walls.1
Estrogen is also responsible for glycogen levels in the vagina and glycogen feeds yeast. An excess of estrogen has been linked to breast cancer and reduced function of the Thymic gland. The Thymic gland helps immune system t-cells that are grown in the bone marrow mature. At a certain stage of t-cell growth in the bone marrow they migrate to the thymic gland to complete this process. Upon maturity of the t-cells, the thymic gland releases them into the body.2,3
Taking antibiotics is a major cause of vaginal yeast infection as well as intestinal yeast infections. Most of the time the yeast has actually spread through the anus to the vagina. Rectal itching is the most common symptom that confirms this is indeed what is happening but this can also indicate parasite infestation.
Women who wear synthetic pantyhose a lot, have three times the yeast infection rate of women who wear cotton underwear, due to the fact cotton allows the natural vaginal secretions to dry and some synthetic materials do not.
Women are exposed to more chemicals than men due to commercially made cosmetics that contain mercury and lead, facial cleansers and moisturizers, body lotions, and perfumes. All these chemicals within these products gradually wear down the immune system allowing yeast to eventually take control, usually after some kind of illness. They are also xenoestrogens in many of these products that act like estrogen in the body.4
The general consensus is that most recurrent cases of vaginal
yeast infection are due from the transmission from the gastrointestinal
tract and estrogen dominance. As a matter of fact, studies have shown
that 100% of women infected with chronic vaginal yeast also have it in
their intestine. Knowing this, it is best to treat the infection in the intestine while also treating the vaginal infection locally.
Up to 50% of people have yeast in their mouths so most sexually acquired infections are due to oral sex.5
Many women with non-chronic vaginal infections will have undetectable yeast levels in their stool, confirming that sex with an infected male is the cause of their vaginal yeast infection.
Quite often women mistake herpes or other std's for a vaginal yeast infection. Check with your doctor to get tested or get it done directly here if you think this could be a possibility.
Some women actually misdiagnose bacterial vaginosis as a yeast infection, but the treatment is close to the same as far as safe and natural alternatives are concerned since they are caused by the same thing, a lack of good bacteria in the body.
Cytolitic vaginosis is also misdiagnosed as a yeast infection because it mimics the symptoms of vaginal yeast. Cytolytic vaginosis is also known as lactobacillus overgrowth syndrome or Doderlein's cytolysis. It can be easily identified by measuring vaginal ph and smell testing. If the vaginal discharge smells bad it is an overgrowth of Gardnerella, which is the most common bacteria that causes bacterial vaginosis. If it does not smell and the ph measures 3.5-4.5, this is the problem.6
Treatment for Cytolic vaginosis is simple and is directed towards reducing the number of Lactobacilli by elevating the vaginal pH. Treatment involves douching with sodium bicarbonate solution or using a sodium bicarbonate suppository vaginally. Douches are carried out twice weekly for every two weeks. Mix 1–2 tbls of baking soda with four cups of warm water. Alternatively, empty gelatin capsules are filled using baking soda and one capsule is inserted intravaginally, twice weekly for every two weeks. These measures help in resolving the symptoms by restoring the normal vaginal environment. If the symptoms persist or worsen beyond 2–3 weeks after initiating treatment, re-evaluation is required.
If most of the symptoms I mentioned above apply to you then you probably do have vaginal yeast. If it also smells bad that is caused by bad bacteria and is called bacterial vaginosis. It is possible to have both at the same time.
Your gynecologist can take a swap and look at it under a microscope. If yeasts with hyphae are observed, you probably are infected with candida albicans or a different hyphael producing yeast species.
If yeast with no hyphae are observed, you are probably infected with candida glabrata. Candida glabrata does not produce hyphae, only spores. It also does not produce the cottage cheesy discharge but does produce a clear discharge.
A swab sample can also be sent to a lab where they can run a culture to determine species or determine if the problem is Cytolic vaginosis. Knowing what species it is will allow your doctor to prescribe the correct drug for that yeast species.
Diflucan is the most popular prescribed drug for vaginal yeast infections, and most doctors usually prescribe one to three tablets thinking this will solve the problem. in milder infections it quite often does the trick.
Sometimes it doesn't because the yeast has spread and become too deeply ingrained in the tissues where it actually hides from the drug. The infection disappears but usually always seems to return in a short time. Continued use can cause an adaptation of candida where other species like candida glabrata take up residence, glabrata is more resistant to Diflucan because of the biofilm it creates to defend itself.
Miconazole in the form of a cream such as Monistat quite often works for mild vaginal yeast infections. Treatment times vary for one to seven days.
Clotrimazole also comes in a cream form and is used for seven days for milder infections.
There are also many natural vaginal yeast infection remedies that have been proven to work for these yeast infections.
The problem with all these common medications is they in no way shape or form treat the cause of vaginal yeast infection. Even powerful anti-fungals can be hit and miss since there is no way to determine when to stop taking these drugs without testing. This problem is compounded by the fact fungi have the ability to build resistance to modern drugs like bad bacteria. All too often the yeast infection returns in a very short time, requiring more drugs. You continue on this vicious circle of relief, then flare up, not to mention some potentially dangerous side effects.
Long time no speak..I wanted to let you know how things were going with me..I have been on the diet and pills for 1 month so far AND I HAVE LESS DISCHARGE! HARDLY ANY! I am so happy with your advice! I will be continuing to do the diet and take pills...just wondering if I am able to stay on the YST Management pills for a while? I seriously believe that they helped me a lot. Just wondering if I stay on them should I take it 2 times a day? or can I cut down to one? the diet has been going ok...I am introducing foods back into it..but am not taking any chances...cause I want this to be completely cleared....ok well thank you again
talk to u soon
I let Dana know she could stay at 2 a day indefinitely and to be careful with the processed grains and sugar. This is also the time to start re-introducing good bacteria into her body so this never recurs again. By the way, Dana had this problem for 5 years straight!
Note: At the time I had not developed Biofase, which is a complete yeast eating enzyme formula and a much stronger product than YST Mgt.
No longer suffer from Yeast infections.
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