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Yeast Infections and the Menstrual Cycle

Estrogen levels can cause Candida to overgrow and cause infections
Estrogen, a critical chemical regulating the menstrual cycle

Yeast infections can occur at the same time in your monthly menstrual cycle.  There are various issues that cause you to be more likely to become attacked by Candida (the fungus that is responsible for yeast infections) at various points in the month.  What you can do is learn what is probably going on during the specific phases of your menstrual cycle.  By learning this information, you can better understand what is happening inside you that gives Candida an open door to overgrow!


One article on Candida Hub, Yeast Infection and Period, covers this issue quite well.  There you will find out about the various hormonal changes that can aggravate a Candida condition.  The increase and decrease of estrogen signals changes in vaginal sugar content and pH levels.  This article will discuss the various stages in your cycle that can lead to yeast infections: before, after, and during your period.  I read through it and it seemed very well done; additionally, there are great sources of the article listed at the bottom of the page.  So, you can check out where the information came from and learn even more about a particular topic if you so choose!


Yeast Infections After a Period

The presence of estrogen increases right after you are done having your period.  If you tend to get a yeast infection after your period, estrogen spiking could be the cause.  Research has shown that estrogen induces the vaginal tissue to take on sugar.  This excess sugar can be food for yeast; giving them the nutrition they need to overgrow and colonize the vagina.  If you are taking estrogen birth control pills, this would also increase the amount of estrogen in your blood.  This hormone also interacts with Candida.  One thing you can do to try and reduce the sugar in your vagina after your period is to quit taking estrogen birth control pills.  Also, you can start regularly adding in a probiotic pill to your vagina.  The helpful probiotic bacteria will start eating up the excess sugar in the vagina; reducing the total available food for microorganisms.  The result of doing these two things could help you to not get a yeast infection after your period.


Menstrual Cycle Interruption

Candida also suck up estrogen out of the blood.  And, some species of Candida form germ tubes that drill into your body.  The most common species to colonize people is Candida albicans; about 80% of all yeast infections are due to this species.  Candida albicans does grow germ tubes; so it can get into even more contact with the blood circulating in your tissues.  When Candida comes into contact with estrogen, it can absorb it.  The result of having a ton of yeast living in your gut is that your blood is stripped of estrogen as it moves through the intestines.  What this causes is menstrual irregularities.  You may even totally stop getting your period due to severe yeast overgrowth in your body!


Tampons can reduce vaginal pH, making it easier for Candida to cause infectionsTampons and Vaginal Candida

The pH of your blood is around 7; making it fairly neutral–neither alkaline nor acidic.  So, yeast hate an acidic environment.  The vagina should be naturally acidic if it is healthy.  When you use a tampon during your menstrual flow, it can water down the pH of the vagina and raise it from a healthy acidic level to a more neutral one.  The result is yeast can grow better in a less acidic vagina; and, you end up getting a yeast infection during your period!  One thing you can do is to switch to a pH balancing tampon that contains acid in it.  When you use this tampon it will help to acidify the vagina and therefore reduce your chances for having a vaginal Candida attack.  Also you could stop using a tampon all together and just use a pad during menstruation.  This is perhaps the best course of action.



If you’ve taken antibiotics, you have reduced the amount of friendly bacteria in the digestive system and vagina.  This allows for yeast to overgrow more easily as these probiotic organisms secrete lactic acid, eat up excess food, and take up space on the lining of your body’s tissues.  To get better you’re going to need to replenish the amount of helpful bacteria in your vagina and intestines.  To do this, simply insert a probiotic pill into the vagina and take one orally.  Do this every day!  This should help to improve your health and keep your that much more safe from a vaginal yeast infection that would ruin your week!  

Who is Most Likely to Get a Yeast Infection

Being diabetic can aggravate a situation of Candida overgrowth Who is Most Likely to Get a Yeast Infection?


Yeast infections are quite common, and can occur in anyone, of any age and for any reason. However, some are more prone to this infection than others. Some may get it once in their lifetime, while others may have recurrent episodes. Though this is not a guide that will let you know whether or not you will get a yeast infection in the near future, it is a good idea to take a look to see if you’re more at risk than others of having one. It is an uncomfortable condition to have, but it is one that can clear up within days after receiving treatment. Allowing you to continue on with life as you normally would, without any traces of the infection.


Those More Likely to Get a Yeast Infection


Here are some that are more at risk to developing yeast infections than others. If you’re worried about being a part of the list, and you may think you have a yeast infection then you should speak with your healthcare provider. They can accurately diagnose you.


Weakened Immune Systems


Those that have weakened immune systems are not only at risk for yeast infections but other conditions and infections that can occur due to outside hazards, bacteria and other germs in the environment. Since these people are more susceptible to other conditions, yeast infections can become a common occurrence. Some of those that are more at risk include, but are not limited too:


  • HIV
  • Pregnant or Lactating Women
  • Cancer
  • Old age
  • Younger children


Medications and Antibiotics


A wide range of medications and antibiotics can increase the bacteria in the body, causing an overgrowth. This can cause the yeast infection to happen. Also, not taking all of your antibiotics that are prescribed can cause bacteria to grow, or for the infection to not fully be taken care of, causing it to come right back. Steroids are another medication that can cause problems in the body, and if you’re on them, yeast infections might be something that you’re used too. Using preventative measures while on these medications can reduce the chances of having recurrent episodes.




Those with diabetes are more prone to yeast infections, men included, but those that do not control it well increase their chances. If the diabetes is not controlled, then this can cause a wide range of problems within, and outside of the body. It is also dangerous to your wellbeing, so it is important that you speak with your physician regarding the proper care of your diabetes.


Overload of Hormones in the Body


Those that are on birth control, or are taking hormone replacement therapies are more prone to getting yeast infections than others. This is due to an overgrowth of the bacteria in the vagina that is causing the yeast infection to become worse with time. The hormones in the body can cause this bacteria to clash with the good bacteria, leading to an overload. It is important to address the issue, and consider an alternative if it becomes a problem.




Douching offsets the pH balance of your body. Not only can this dry out the vagina, but it can make a great environment for bacteria to thrive, and for yeast infections to happen. This is why douching is frowned upon, unless it is necessary for the woman to do so. Any other fragrances or sprays can also cause irritation, build up and unnecessary dampness in the area, which can also cause a yeast infection to occur. This is why using unscented feminine hygiene products is recommended.


Being Overweight


Those that are overweight may find it harder to clean in between creases on the body. This causes bacteria growth in the darker, damp areas of the body. While cleaning, it is essential to thoroughly clean these areas of the body, and ensure that they are completely dry. This will reduce the chances of yeast infections in those areas.


Not Drying Off Completely


When you do not dry off the areas of your body completely, especially creases throughout the body, then you’re going to increase your chances of having a yeast infection. This can become a problem if you do not notice it in time. Ensure that after showers, baths, swimming and working out that you thoroughly dry off in those areas.


Wearing Tight Clothing with Non-Wicking Material


If you enjoy wearing tighter clothing, that does not wick away moisture, then you can find yourself having a lot of problems when it comes to yeast infections. Not only does tight clothing not wick away sweat, and other moisture but it holds the moisture in one spot, allowing the bacteria to breed and cause the infection.


A compromised immune system can predispose you to Candidiasis and other problems.Soaking in Hot Tubs and Bathtubs


If you enjoy soaking in hot tubs or bathtubs, then this can be a place where you can pick up and hold onto the bacteria. Not thoroughly drying off after soaking can also hold the bacteria. This is why it is important to minimize your time inside the hot tub and allow yourself time to cool off, while also ensuring that you’re not holding bacteria. Those that own these hot tubs should ensure that the water is cleaned and maintained, to stop the spread of bacteria that might be growing in the damp, dark places.


By preventing the spread of bacteria, and following personal hygiene, while also drying off completely, you can reduce your chances of getting a yeast infection. However, it is possible to just be prone to them and get them often. They are not something you can completely stop from happening. It is important to have the infection treated though, should you find that you may have one. This way, you can ensure that the problem is taken care of before it becomes any worse than it is. It can be uncomfortable, and you will want to find relief for it as soon as possible, so finding relief from a doctor is the first way to go about it.




Oral Thrush Symptoms and Remedies

The tongue can become discolored with white patches of yeast when oral thrush is presentSymptoms, Causes and Treatments of Oral Thrush


Oral thrush is a type of yeast infection that can affect a wide range of people from men to women, to the young and the old. This is a common type of thrush that is most noted in infants of bottle or breast feeding age. It causes a thick layer of white patches on the inside of the mouth, the tongue and in the throat. This can become painful, itchy and cause the mouth to feel cotton-like and thick. However, with the proper treatment, thrush is a yeast infection that can easily be treated. Learning more about this type of bacterial yeast infection can give you additional information regarding the symptoms, causes and treatments available, should you ever find you, or someone you know suffering from the effects.


Here is the information regarding thrush, and what can be done about it.




The symptoms of thrush are common to those found in other types of bacterial yeast infections, though it is noted in the mouth and not in the folds of the skin, the penis or the vagina.


  • Thick white lining inside the mouth, on the tongue, sides or in the throat.
  • The mucous inside the mouth is velvety and resemble white sores
  • If you brush, or scrap the inside of the mouth where the sores are, this can cause bleeding inside the mouth
  • Pain while swallowing
  • Itching inside the mouth
  • Discomfort when eating, swallowing, drinking or brushing teeth


While these are general symptoms, some may experience one or two, while others will have them all and more. It is ideal to speak with a physician regarding the symptoms, to get an accurate diagnosis and to ensure that treatment is provided to clear up the situation.




There are multiple causes and reasons for someone to get oral thrush, a common bacterial yeast infection in the mouth. Depending on each unique situation, someone might see different symptoms than someone else.


You’re more likely to develop thrush if:


  • You have a weakened immune system from HIV, or other autoimmune deficiencies
  • If you’re very old, or a small infant or child
  • If you’re taking antibiotics, which can cause good bacteria to die off, leaving the bad bacteria to grow and cause infections
  • You have poorly fitting dentures that slide
  • If you’re taking chemotherapy, or other immune suppressing drugs or medications
  • If you’re on birth control or hormone replacement pills
  • If you’re on steroid medications, or inhalers that can dry out the mouth
  • You have poorly controlled diabetes, so your blood sugar is high, causing the sugar to go into the saliva, allowing something for the bacteria to feel and grow off of


If you’re at risk for developing thrush, then you should try to cut down the problem areas if at all possible such as controlling diabetes or switching to a new birth control medication. However, if you do find that you develop thrush, then speaking with a physician is ideal so you can do the proper treatment to clear the thrush up.


Diagnosis of Thrush


Thrush has to be diagnosed by a medical professional in order to receive the proper treatment for the condition. The diagnosis of thrush is done through these tests that can be performed right inside the doctor’s office.


  • Scrape the sores inside the mouth for a sample, and then examine the sample under a microscope
  • If the thrush has traveled down the throat, a throat culture may be necessary to determine the type of bacteria causing the problem


Once the diagnosis is made, treatment plans will be made to rid the body of the bacteria, and to clear up the thrush inside the mouth.




There are a number of treatments that can be used to treat oral thrush, as well as a wide number of other yeast infections. Yeast infections are curable, but they can become much worse if they are not treated sooner, rather than later. This is why it is important to speak with a physician should you suspect that you have a yeast infection.


Oral antibiotics are prescribed most of the time for oral thrush. This is due to the fact that many of the creams are not able to be rubbed in the mouth, or ingested. This medication can come in the form of a pill or capsule, or a syrup.


To reduce the pain that comes with thrush, oral medicated lozenges and mouthwashes may be prescribed to clean out, and sooth the inside of the mouth and throat. These generally have to be purchased with a prescription, since they contain medications that can help to clear up the bacteria in the mouth.


Picture of a child with oral thrush apparent in the mouthOther Types of Yeast Infections


Oral thrush is not the only type of yeast infection that you can get. There are yeast infections that can affect the vagina, penis or in between the folds of the skin. Each one is caused by the same bacteria that oral thrush is caused by, and each has the same common symptoms but are located in different areas.


It is important to ask the physician any and all questions that you might have regarding the oral thrush that you’re experiencing. This will give you any information regarding the problems you’re experiencing. It will also make you better prepared should you get the infection again.


Whenever you consider the many different yeast infections out there, and how they can become dangerous to your health, including thrush, you have to speak with a physician regarding the treatment plans. This is where you’re able to find relief from the symptoms that infections cause. Remember, should you get this condition, it is one that can be treated so you can continue to live a normal, healthy, happy life. However, if the problem persists or becomes an ongoing problem then speaking with a physician that can find out the reason is something that should be done so that this can be cured.


** Please Note: All of the statements in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or provide medical advice of yeast infections. If you believe you may have a yeast infection, including thrush, you should seek help from a medical professional.




Vaginal Yeast Infection Advice

Some women struggle greatly with recurrent vaginal CandidiasisSymptoms, Causes and Treatments of a Vaginal Yeast Infection


Did you know, 3 of 4 women will experience a vaginal yeast infection at least once in her lifetime. This is something that is treatable, and it is more common than some may think. It can be caused by a number of factors, but treated just as easily. Through the help of a physician, you’re more likely to have a diagnosis, and the ability to get prescription medications that will clear up the problem within a shorter period of time.


Though, vaginal yeast infections can be self-diagnosed, oftentimes, more severe cases will need stronger medication, as well as a background check to see if there are underlying problems causing the infections to happen. Knowing the symptoms, causes and treatments required for a yeast infection can give you the information you need to make a decision on what to do, and to determine whether or not you may have a yeast infection.


Symptoms of a Vaginal Yeast Infection


The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are symptoms you would not normally be able to ignore, should you find yourself with them. Yeast infections are generally uncomfortable, and can cause a foul look and smell, depending on the length of time that the infection was left alone. Here are the common symptoms that women will experience if they have a yeast infection.


  • Burning in the vaginal area
  • Itching that can be excessive
  • Pain with urination in some of the most extreme cases
  • White looking discharge, which can also be green or yellow in color, depending on the severity of the infection
  • Swelling around the vulva area
  • Redness in the vagina area
  • Pain with intercourse


While these are the most common symptoms, some of them may not be seen in every woman. Some may experience only a symptom or two, while others may experience all of them or more when they have a vaginal yeast infection.


Vaginal Yeast Infection Causes


There are multiple causes of a vaginal yeast infection, and though this is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, sometimes not having protected intercourse can cause a woman to develop this type of infection. Some women are more prone to getting yeast infections than others, and some reasons can make a woman more prone to them than those that do not.


You’re more at risk for a vaginal yeast infection if:


  • You’re on hormone replacement therapies, or birth control pills
  • You’re on antibiotics to treat other infections
  • Are obese
  • Have diabetes, especially those that do not treat it properly
  • You’re pregnant


While these are just general reasons why someone might get a yeast infection, there are many other reasons for getting one. Some women may never experience a yeast infection in her lifetime, while others might get them more often than not. Every woman is different.


Diagnosing Vaginal Yeast Infections


Vaginal yeast infections have to be diagnosed, in order to be treated correctly. With the proper diagnosis, the doctor is able to determine which type of medication would be the best way to go depending on the severity of the infection that the woman is experiencing. Here are the ways that the physician is able to diagnose a yeast infection in a woman.


A pelvic exam is generally required to determine if the woman is suffering from a vaginal yeast infection. In addition, a small sample of discharge can be taken to the lab and examined, or a culture may be necessary if the woman continues to develop yeast infections.


Treatments for Vaginal Yeast Infections


There are various treatments that can be used to clear up a vaginal yeast infection. It is ideal that you speak with a professional regarding the treatment plan that is best for you, though you can get over the counter medications that will clear up the problem. These are the most common ways for physicians to treat vaginal yeast infections.


  • Oral medications that can be taken to reduce the bacteria found inside the body, causing the infection. These are generally antibiotics.
  • Anti-fungal suppositories and creams are used to clear up the symptoms that come from having a bacterial yeast infection. In addition to this, they can help by being in the direct area that the problems are occurring in.


Both of these types of medications can be found over, or under the counter. Depending on whether or not you feel it necessary to see a physician, you may want to decide which medication choice is best for you and the infection you have. It is also important that you finish the full round of medication that you have, to ensure that the infection does not come back.


Women can get vaginal yeast infectionsOther Types of Yeast Infections


Vaginal yeast infections are not the only type of yeast infections that you should be aware of. There are many other ways that yeast can grow on the body, cause an infection and need to be treated through various means. Not only are vaginal yeast infections a problem, but men can get them on their penis within the folds, or on the head. In addition to this, oral yeast infections can be found inside the mouth and is known as thrush. Those that have flaps or folds in the skin can see yeast infections more often than others.


Depending on the type of yeast infection you have, there is a different treatment for it. This is why it is important that you seek out the help and direction of a physician that can give you additional information on what you should do.


While vaginal yeast infections are not usually a cause of concern for many, sometimes, when not diagnosed or cared for ahead of time, they can become a more serious infection. This is why it is important to get treatment as soon as you experience any type of symptoms of one. This can put you in a better position to have the symptoms relieved, but also ensure that you do not experience a yeast infection again.


** Please Note: This article, webpage, is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any medical condition. If you suspect you have a vaginal yeast infection, you should speak with a physician that is able to diagnose and treat the condition professionally.




Symptoms of a Yeast Infection

Some of the symptoms of yeast infections and how they can interrupt normal healthSymptoms of a Yeast Infection


Yeast infections can be uncomfortable, no matter who you are. When they hit, you want to know whether or not this is something that you have. The sooner you know, the more able you’ll be to treat the problem and get back on track, while feeling more comfortable. With the symptoms being known, you’re more likely to know when you have an infection versus waiting it out, and having it become much worse. Here are the symptoms you should be aware of, and some of the risk factors that come with having or obtaining yeast infections.


Symptoms of Yeast Infections


While these are just general symptoms that can be experienced with any number of conditions, you may or may not have a yeast infection. Not everyone that exhibits the symptoms have a yeast infection. The only way to know for sure is to visit your physician for additional testing. However, be on the look out for these symptoms.


  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Rash or Bumps in the Area
  • Soreness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • More than normal amounts of vaginal discharge that appears to be white, milky, gray and thick


Oftentimes, the start of a yeast infection will only show with the discharge. As time goes on, and the infection is not taken care of, then the pain, swelling and other symptoms will start to appear and will become worse with time. This is generally when the woman would know when something is wrong, and will find treatments to ease the discomfort that she is in.


Risk Factors of Yeast Infections


While yeast infections do not happen in everyone, there are risk factors that make some more prone to these infections over others. They also may not only affect adult women, but can also be found in children and in men. Here are some risk factors that might put you at an increased risk for getting a yeast infection, or having reoccurring yeast infections.


  • Being on any type of medication or antibiotic
  • Having poor oral hygiene
  • Wearing tight clothing without allowing your areas to breathe
  • Spending long amounts of time in hot tubs, public pools or sitting in wet bathing suits
  • Using feminine products with deodorant or scents in them
  • Having a weakened immune system
  • Douching often
  • Pregnant women are also at a higher risk due to the shift in hormones


Please keep in mind that if you’ve had four or more yeast infections within a year, then you need to ensure that you speak with a qualified professional. This could be caused by additional problems that you’re unaware of, or it can also be a result of the medication that you’re taking, which may need to be switched to something that is not going to cause yeast infections.


Finding Relief When You Have a Yeast Infection


While suffering from a yeast infection, you will find that it is one of the most uncomfortable feelings in the world. This is something that you want relief from, and you want relief fast. In addition to having the infection treated, you can also make use of these ways to make your yeast infection much more comfortable when dealing with it.


Consider some of these methods to get quick pain and itching relief:


  • Cold, clean washcloth on the affected area (without rubbing or itching the area)
  • Soaking in a warm bath without the use of bath salts or other irritants
  • A heat pad in the affected area


Never use unsanitary products, scented products or creams that you’re unsure of their affects on your body when trying to relieve this pain. While this is something you want to consider doing, you should always consult with a professional regarding advice. In addition, the use of these products may irritate the already irritated area, causing more damage than good.


Finding relief is usually the first thing you should do when you have a yeast infection that is causing more pain than you’d like.


A woman struggling with Candida overgrowth issuesThe Yeast Infection Can Become Severe


If not properly cared for, a yeast infection can become quite severe. While it is common for women, those with diabetes and those on medications can get yeast infections, ignoring them can mean drastic results. These drastic measures will generally not show up until the yeast infection has become much worse, and has moved into the urethra.


This causes painful urination, but also extremely swollen lips on the female organ. This can be quite painful for any woman. It may also feel as if she as a urinary tract infection, since infections can spread with time, if not treated or relieved in some way. With the infection going through the body, it can eventually go into the bloodstream and cause sepsis, which is an infection that can be deadly.


This is why taking care of a yeast infection sooner, rather than later is always recommended for any person, not just women, that feel as if they have one. Speaking with your healthcare provider can be the first step, or natural remedies to ease the pain and rid the body of the infection. Whatever the reason for the infection, you should always ensure that this is something that you do not let continue on. The pain should be enough to get the relief that you need from methods that can clear the infection up, and get you back on track.


Whether or not you think you have a yeast infection, it is always ideal to keep on top of your health. Yeast infections can become quite bad if they are left untreated. Not only is this bad for your health, but it is bad for your overall well-being. You want to keep yourself comfortable and healthy, and through the treatment and care of your yeast infection, and regularly yearly check ups, you can feel confident about your health.


** Please note: None of the statements in this article are intended to diagnose, treat or cure any condition or ailment. It is recommended that you consult with your primary care physician to determine your condition, and the best course of action.





Natural Remedies to Treat Yeast Infections

Plant essential oils can be used as a remedy for yeast infectionsNatural Remedies to Treat Yeast Infections


Yeast infections can, not only be bothersome, but they can be painful if left untreated. Without the necessary treatment, the yeast infection can continue to become much worse, and much more painful and uncomfortable. However, treating yeast infections can be done through natural remedies that are over-the-counter, where you do not need to see a doctor for a prescription, if you so choose not too. Consider some of these natural remedies for having healthier, happier vaginal health.


Tea Tree Oil


Tea tree oil is beneficial for a number of ailments and conditions, with everything from skin to hair. However, it is also a strong anti-fungal that can work to rid the body of the yeast. By soaking a tampon in tea tree oil, and then inserting it overnight, you will start to feel the effects almost overnight. Please do this with caution though, since the vagina is a sensitive area. If you experience any negative effects, discontinue use.


Cotton (or No) Underwear


In order to let your parts breathe, even when they are in those dark areas; skip the panties or wear loose, breathing ones that do not hold the fungus in the area. When doing this, it is essential to wear loose fitting pants, or even a long skirt. This allows the area to breathe, and open up instead of being held tightly.


Yogurt and Probiotics


Eating a high quality, large amount of yogurt with probiotics every day can not only help with the aches and pains that come with a yeast infection, but it can also help to keep them away. Probiotics are great for digestive health, but they can also be ideal when trying to keep away the bacteria that causes yeast infections in the first place.


Douching with Vinegar


While this seems a bit odd, it is one of the best ways to remove the fungus from the affected area. Take caution when doing this, and ensure that you do it in a shower or other area that can become wet. Use a solution that is a mix of vinegar and warm water, and clean out the infected area gently. This removes, and kills the bad bacteria from the area. Please note: douching should not be done regularly, as this can dry out the vagina and remove the good bacteria it needs.


Coconut and Cinnamon Oil


This mixture will not only help with the yeast infection, but it will help with stopping the growth, so it does not become worse. Rubbing the mixture onto the affected area three times a day is recommended, and this will kill the fungi bacteria that is causing the yeast infection. Not only is it effective, but it smells great, too!


Apple Cider Vinegar


Mix in two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with warm water, and drink this mixture twice a day for a few days. Not only does this start to work inside your body to rid your areas of the fungal infection. In order to help with the outward experiences that you’re having, you can put a few cups of apple cider vinegar in a hot bath and soak. This should reduce any swelling, redness and uncomfortable feelings.




Garlic has great healing properties, and it is no wonder that it would be on the list of a natural healing agent for yeast infections. Crushing a few cloves and adding water to it so it makes a paste can be done, and then rubbed onto the affected area. In addition, brushing garlic and placing it in food or just eating it can also be beneficial for yeast infections.




While, most women know this is ideal for urinary tract health, it can also be beneficial for treating yeast infections. Unsweetened cranberry juice is what is effective at ridding the body of toxins and bacteria. If you drink many glasses in a day, and continue this for a few days, your body should be able to fight the infection and bounce back much easier.


Boric Acid


Found to be extremely effective at treating yeast infections, this is one little pill that can be inserted into the vagina safely, and reduce the effects of having a yeast infection and the discomforts it comes with. However, if you’re pregnant than you should not use Boric Acid. There are tabs for taking orally, as well as those for the vagina. While both have great effects, it can be more beneficial to use the vaginal ones.


Nature provides medicinal herbs that can be used to treat a yeast infectionGrapefruit Seed Extract


This extract is an inexpensive vitamin that you can purchase over-the-counter and take daily, even when you do not have a yeast infection. It has antifungal properties, but also can help to boost the immune system so you’re able to heal much faster than without. Adding additional vitamins to your daily rotation wouldn’t hurt either. Consider Vitamins A, C, D and zinc.




Provided for numerous reasons, this antifungal plant can be found in a tincture that is helpful. Rub on the infected area as many times as it recommends, and then go from there when it comes to soothing the area, while also clearing up the bacteria that is causing the infection to grow. This can be found in many health food, and medication stores.


Using one, or many of these ideas can be ideal for helping the discomfort that you’re feeling with a yeast infection. Of course, if you find that they are not helping and the problem persist for a long period of time, then you should speak with your physician for another way to rid your body of the bacteria that is causing the yeast infections, and perhaps speak about the preventative measures that should be taken to stop them from happening.


** Please keep in mind that none of these statements have been approved to be used to treat, diagnose or cure any ailments, conditions or illnesses. If you have a serious condition that continues to worsen, it is best to speak with your primary physician.





How is a Yeast Infection Caused

Antibiotic use can lead to yeast overgrowing in the bodyHow is a Yeast Infection Caused


Yeast infections are more common than you might know. When you think you have one, then you want to find relief as fast as possible. This is something that can be done, but you should consider your risk factors of getting yet another infection later on down the road. In addition, you might want to know how yeast infections are caused, what your risk factors are and any other important information that might help you prevent them later on down the road. This can make a difference when trying to keep yourself healthy.


What Causes a Yeast Infection


Mostly all vaginal yeast infections that occur are caused by an organism known as Candida albicans. Yeast infections are actually quite common, and will affect around 75% of all women at some point in their lives. Please keep in mind that not only do women get yeast infections, but men, those with weakened immune systems, those that are overweight and those that are on medications can also get yeast infections anywhere on their bodies, and not just in the vaginal area.


The bacteria, Candida albicans, lives and grows in dark, damp areas. These areas are where its most likely to occur, and where you will notice a difference and where the itching, swelling and pain comes from if you do end up getting a yeast infection.


The main symptoms, which are quite unpleasant, of a yeast infection include, but are not limited too: itching, burning, swelling, discharge and painful urination. However, some women might also experience other symptoms when they have a yeast infection.


Risk Factors That Make Some More Vulnerable to These Infections


There are many risk factors that can make you more vulnerable to getting yeast infections. These risk factors do not definitely indicate that you will get a yeast infection, but they bring the possibility of getting one higher. Consider whether or not you have an increased risk of a yeast infection after looking at all of the possibilities.


  • Those with weakened immune systems, such as HIV, diabetes, pregnant women, lactating women or anyone with a condition that causes their body to become weaker, and less able to fight off infections or other conditions.
  • Taking certain medications and antibiotics can cause the body to get a yeast infection. There are some antibiotics that kill of the good bacteria, causing an imbalance between the good and bad in the body.
  • Wearing tight, non absorbent clothing that locks the moisture in all day, or causes a dark, damp area for the bacteria to thrive.
  • Using feminine hygiene scented items such as tampons, sprays or douches on a regular basis.
  • Any women that are on estrogen hormone therapies, or birth control pills that have a higher level of estrogen in them.
  • Sexual activity can cause the spread of bacteria from one person to the next.
  • Soaking for a long time in a hot tub or bath tub can cause yeast infections.
  • Not thoroughly drying the areas of the body after sweating, showering or getting wet in any way.
  • Not finishing all of your antibiotics that were prescribed to you can cause the yeast infection to make an appearance somewhat close to the time that you started feeling relief. Make sure to always finish all of your antibiotics.


Yeast infections happen, and they can happen to anyone and not just those that are listed in this list. It is a common occurrence and just because it has happened once, does not mean that it will happen again. Some women are more prone to yeast infections, while others may never experience them in their lifetime. Being informed about the possibilities however, is something that everyone should do.


Wet clothing can lead to Candida growing and causing infectionYeast Infections and Sex


Though yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease, they can be transmitted from one person to another through intercourse or other sexual activities. There are some considerations to know about them, however, in comparison to STD’s.


Yeast infections do have the same symptoms that can mimic STD’s, the painful, itching, swelling and irritation that occurs is the same, as well as any discharge. Having a yeast infection will not increase your chances of getting an STD, though it is recommended that you treat the infection before having sex since this can cause irritation for your partner, and may be uncomfortable for you.


Scratching the vaginal area though, to relieve the itching when you have a yeast infection is not recommended. This can tear the walls of the vagina and lips, causing the bacteria to enter the body easily. If your sexual partner is HIV positive, this can lead to an easier target for obtaining the disease. This is why those that are sexually active and do not know the status of their partner are taught how to prevent yeast infections to protect themselves.


It is always a good idea to practice safe sex. When you have multiple partners, or you are sexually active with someone that is HIV positive, using protective measures can ensure that you’re protected against these diseases that can be spread through intercourse and bodily fluids from one person to the next. While yeast infections might not be the cause for the spread, it is always ideal to keep in mind that by having an infection, your immune system is compromised.


It is important to take yeast infections with caution and to find the relief that you need. By ridding the body of the infection, you’re allowing yourself to have a healthier outlook. Ignoring the problem can only make it worse, much worse and this is not something that you want to have to deal with. If you, or someone you know might be suffering from a yeast infection, ensure that you speak with a healthcare provider about the next steps. In order to receive relief from the symptoms that you’re experiencing, try natural remedies that will help with the pain, itching, swelling and uncomfortable feeling you’re having. This can make all the difference when trying to be as comfortable as possible, while also healing the infection.




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Common Types of Yeast Infections

A woman who is suffering from a vaginal yeast infectionCommon Types of Yeast Infections


Yeast infections can come in many shapes, sizes, forms and in many different places. Depending on the person, and reason for this happening; you may be experiencing a different kind of yeast infection than the common one. Of course, some are more common than others when it comes to the person that is experiencing them.


Learning more regarding each specific type of yeast infection can put you in a better position to make a decision on what to do and how to treat it. Of course, speaking with your doctor regarding the next course of action is always an ideal way to go about fixing the issue. However, having some information about each type is a great way to determine which type of infection you may be experiencing.


Vaginal Yeast Infection


This is one of the most common yeast infections that can happen. It happens to women, and can happen for a number of reasons. Some women are more at risk of developing yeast infections than others. Those women that are on antibiotics, taking hormone replacements or on birth control, or those women that wear tight, non-wicking pants can develop yeast infections, as well as other reasons. It is important to keep up with your vaginal health on a yearly basis, while also taking the proper precautions and methods for personal hygiene. This can reduce the risks of obtaining a yeast infection. Suppositories, oral medications and creams may be necessary to treat this type of yeast infections. The yeast bacteria are able to multiply, and become much more bothersome to the woman that is experiencing the symptoms, if it is not properly cared for.


Yeast Infections in Folds of Skin


Those that are overweight, have poorly controlled diabetes, or have poor personal hygiene can develop yeast infections. These infections happen within the folds of the skin, in those dark, damp areas that are not properly cared for, not cleaned and dried completely. This damp area is where the bacteria can grow and cause more problems than not. These yeast infections can happen to men and women, and can also happen to children and adults. Cream or oral antibiotics are required to rid the body of the infection. This should also be something that is cared for by a physician in office, since it might require further treatment so it does not break down the skin.


This happens in many folds of the skin – armpits, under the breasts, groin and anywhere that is dark and damp, as well as folded over often.


The Head of Folds of the Penis


When a man gets a yeast infection, this can cause problems in the folds or head of the penis. This can be caused by a number of factors, including intercourse with a woman that may have a yeast infection. Not properly cleaning, or drying the penis can cause the bacteria to grow. However, intercourse is not usually the most common way to transfer the bacteria, though it does happen. It is commonly found on the head or folds of the penis due to moisture that tends to build up in the area, and like women, wearing tight, non breathing clothing can cause this to happen.


In the Mouth


A yeast infection in the mouth is known as Thrush, and it can be caused by a number of reasons, in men and women and also children and adults. This is when the bacteria overgrow in the throat and mouth of the person. This causes a white build up all throughout. This can be caused by smoking, pregnancy, medications, dentures and immune deficiencies in the person such as HIV. Thrush in infants in the most common due to bacteria growing in the mouth from feeding, and it is able to be cleared up through antibiotics. Thrush is something that had a good prognosis, and preventing it can be done through altering medications, or stopping smoking.


Oral thrush will appear as white patches on the tongue or inside the mouthSo What is Yeast?


Yeast is a bacteria or fungi that can grow in a number of places, and when they become in abundance, this can cause an infection to happen. They are microscopic, but when they come together, they can cause a build up of this yeast, which can look much like a white film on the body, wherever it is causing the trouble.


Many types of yeast are harmless to the body, such as bakers yeast, and brewer’s yeast. However, these tiny yeast bacteria can cause an infection on the skin, causing pain and a wide range of other problems in the area. The symptoms of a yeast infection can vary from person to person, and depending on the area it is affecting – it can present itself in many different forms and ways.


Although yeast infections have the chance of spreading through intercourse and other sexual activity, it is not considered a sexually transmitted disease. It also has a small chance of being transmitted from one person to the next during intercourse, but it is still recommended that you practice safe sex while you have a yeast infection to reduce the chances of having the infection spread from person to person.


Speaking with a physician regarding the care and diagnosis of any type of yeast infection is recommended. This is to ensure that you have the proper treatment of the condition, and to ensure that the infection does not become worse than it has to be. Through the best treatment plan, any yeast infection is able to clear up with a small amount of time. This ensures that the condition is taken care of, and that it does not require further treatment. However, in some cases, yeast infections are reoccurring instances where underlying factors need to be accounted for.


** Please Note: This article was not intended to be used as medical advice. It is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose a condition, disease or infection. If you do experience any symptoms, it is ideal to speak with a physician regarding the problem and the next course of action.




Common Medications Used to Treat Yeast Infections

Over the counter (OTC) medication for yeast infection - VagistatCommon Medications Used to Treat Yeast Infections


Medications are commonly used when there is something wrong with someone. There is generally a medication for almost anything. When you’re sick, you see a doctor. The same is mostly true for anyone that experiences a yeast infection. Seeing a physician is generally done so you can once again, feel great again. The symptoms of a yeast infection are uncomfortable for anyone, so finding relief is generally the first reason why seeing a doctor might be in the person’s best interest. Not only that, but a yeast infection can become much worse if left alone. Learn about some of the common medications that are used to treat yeast infections.


Types of Medications That Can Be Used


Suppositories – These are given less frequently, but are much more effective at treating yeast infections due to being able to hit the direct area. They are inserted into the vagina, where they are meant to dissolve and send the medication to the necessary areas throughout.


Oral – Oral medications are what many people are used to taking. They are prescribed for a variety of reasons. However, they may not be as effective, or might take a bit longer than if you were to be given a suppository to treat the yeast infection.


Common Medications That Can Be Prescribed


There are both over the counter and under the counter prescriptions that can be given, depending on the severity of the yeast infection. Over the counter medications can be recommended by healthcare professionals, but if the infection is bad enough, then a prescription medication may be what is needed to rid the body of the overgrowth of bacteria.


Here are lists of both, over and under the counter medications that can be used to treat yeast infections in people of all genders and ages.


Over the Counter


Azo Yeast Plus Tablets – These are taken orally, and can clear up the condition within a week, if taken according to the directions on the box.


Vagistat and Monistat are both over the counter medications that a doctor can prescribe to you. These both are taken vaginally to rid the body of the excess yeast bacteria that are growing. It is fairly inexpensive, and depending on the medication, may need to be taken for up to a week.


There are numerous products that are over the counter that can be purchased. However, it is extremely important that you read the directions listed on the box prior to use. This will let you know the directions for use, but also any warnings and side effects that might be experienced.


Some of the medications listed below can be purchased over the counter, but depending on what your doctor says, you may want to speak with them regarding which product might be the best to go with.


Under the Counter (Prescription)


These three medications are suppositories that can be prescribed to the patient, and have anti-fungal properties to combat the bacteria growth:


  • Clotrimazole – Lotrimin and Mycelex
  • Miconazole – Monistat and Micatin
  • Terconazole – Terazol


An oral medication that can be prescribed from a doctor that only needs to be taken once or twice, because it is a strong anti-fungal tablet is Fluconazole or Diflucan. However, since this is such a strong medication, it can cause minor side effects in the patient such as an upset stomach or headaches.


For Your Information – Any product that has a number after it’s name (3, 7, etc.) is telling you the amount of days that the medication needs to be used for. EX: If it is Monistat 7 – then it would be used for seven days.


A prescription antifungal drug that a doctor prescribesTips for Taking Your Medication:


  • Always, always take all of the medications prescribed by the doctor, or over the counter medications as prescribed. This is to ensure that the full dose of the medication is in your system and working correctly, so that it minimizes the chances of having the yeast infection come back.
  • Any oral medications are usually not prescribed to pregnant women, for fear of causing damage to the unborn baby. If you have a yeast infection, and are or might be pregnant, consult a doctor before taking any medication for the yeast infection.
  • Many suppositories that are prescribed contain oil. This can cause damage to condoms and other latex products. This is why it is important that you use an alternative method for birth control while being treated, or refrain from sexual activity all together until you’re fully healed.
  • Follow up with your physician if the full course of medication has been taken, and there is not a significant improvement or the yeast infection is not fully gone.
  • If you have four or more yeast infections within a year, this can be a cause of concern for many women. This can lead to serious problems, and there might be an underlaying problem that has yet to be addressed. This should be brought up with your health care provider, such as an early sign of diabetes or HIV.
  • If you’re unsure of what medication to use, if trying to use something that is over the counter, it is always ideal to speak with your healthcare physician first and foremost to find out the best course of action to taking care of the yeast infection, or to diagnose you with a yeast infection since the symptoms can be a number of factors.


Through the use of these medications, anyone experiencing a yeast infection can safely treat it and rid themselves of the uncomfortable feeling that comes from having one. If you’re unsure of what to do, and if you think you have a yeast infection, speak with your healthcare provider regarding a diagnosis and a treatment plan that is right for you. Yeast infections are not something that can be ignored, so finding relief can be the ideal way to combat the symptoms and feelings that come with them.


** Please Note: This information is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any medical conditions. It is always recommended that you speak with your healthcare physician regarding the symptoms that you’re experiencing.




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Are There Ways to Prevent a Yeast Infection

One of the causes of nipple thrush is breastfeeding a baby with a mouth yeast infectionAre There Ways to Prevent a Yeast Infection?


Yeast infections are not something that is enjoyable. They are something that can cause numerous problems, and they can be quite uncomfortable. Experiencing one is more than enough for anyone that has had to go through with them. This is why so many people wonder if there are ways that they can prevent yeast infections from happening in the first place, or to ward them off if they suffer from them regularly. Through these tips, you might be able to find relief if this is something that you’re experiencing.


Finish All of Your Medication


It is important that you finish all of your antibiotics, or other medication if you’ve been treated for a yeast infection previously. This is due to the fact that you will not completely remove the bacteria from the body if the antibiotics are not fully through the system. Always finish antibiotics that were prescribed to you.


Proper Hygiene


With proper hygiene, you can reduce the risks of bacteria building up in areas. This is especially true for those that are obese. When cleaning the area, you need to ensure that you completely dry it, as well. This is to ensure that the dark area is not moist and able to hold the bacteria, allowing it to grow with time. This can happen a lot with those that have larger skin folds that hold the bacteria, so it is essential to lift these areas up, thoroughly wipe them down, and dry them off.


Wearing Loose Fitting, Moisture Wicking Clothing


Anything that is tight, holding moisture and directly against the skin can cause an infection to happen. This is because it is not wicking away the moisture, it is keeping the area dark and allowing the bacteria to grow in numbers. When you work out, or know that it is going to be hotter outside while out there, wear clothing that is loose fitting, breathable and will wick away the moisture from the skin. This can reduce the chances of a yeast infection happening.


Control Your Diabetes


Do not keep your blood sugar too high, and ensure that your diabetes are completely controlled. This is due to the fact that those with uncontrolled blood sugar can have an increased risk of developing yeast infections, of any kind. Speaking with a physician about your diabetes, and having better management of it is essential. Diabetes is a condition that should be controlled regardless, so if you think you may have the condition, or know you do, then speaking with a physician is recommended for the best treatment plan.


Choose the Right Material


Wearing cotton panties, or none at all can allow the area to breathe easier, and reduce the chances of having any bacteria breed in the area. This is especially important for those that wear spandex or any other tight, conforming material that does not allow the area to breathe with ease, and can cut off the circulation and blood flow to areas. Always choose breathable fabrics.


Choose the Right Feminine Care Products


Multiple feminine care products can put a woman at risk for developing a yeast infection. With everything from feminine spray and scented tampons to panty liners. All of these products can cause bacteria growth, and irritation within the area. When choosing feminine care products, always choose non-scented products that can do the job, but also ensure that they are not irritating the area. Douching is another product that should not be used, unless it is absolutely necessary. This is because it can dry out the inside of the vagina, but leave the outside area moist, causing the bacteria to grow in the area.


Always Wipe Front to Back


While using the bathroom, you always want to wipe front to back, this includes urination and making a bowel movement. You need to ensure that you’re not passing bacteria from the anus to the vagina, which can cause many different infections, and not just yeast ones. This can become a problem in the process, if you’re not careful about how you wipe.


Eat More Yogurt


Eating yogurt with probiotics and natural cultures in them can help to minimize any chances of you obtaining a yeast infection. This is because the natural probiotics in the yogurt can work to decrease the amount of bad bacteria that is found in the system. When the good bacteria is there, it can take on the bad, and not cause an overload of the bacteria – thus, reducing the chances of a yeast, or other types of infections.


Take Off That Wet Bathing Suit


Keeping your wet bathing suit on for a long period of time can cause the moisture to build up bacteria in many different areas. It doesn’t matter what type of bathing suit it is, whether you’re swimming in a lake, ocean or pool. Any type of moisture in a bathing suit can cause problems in these areas, giving you more trouble than its worth.


Picture of the microscopic yeast Candida that causes infectionsIf All Else Fails… See a Doctor


Of course, if you find that you keep having issues with yeast infections, you should always speak with your doctor or physician regarding the problems. They can guide you, while also determining if there is an underlying cause that is making these infections come about, or making them worse with time. Your physician is able to give you the right information, while providing you with the necessary treatment needed.


With so many ways to reduce your chances of getting a yeast infection, you should find the best ways of going about reducing your chances of getting one. You can start to live a healthier, happier, more comfortable life when you’re choosing to have the best of ways to reduce the chances. Please keep in mind, that even though yeast infections are not sexually transmitted diseases, there is a possibility of developing one from someone else that might be experiencing the symptoms of one.


** Please Note: Any information given in this article is not intended to cure, treat, diagnose or solve any medical issues. If you’re experiencing any type of medical emergency, or symptoms, speaking with your healthcare provider is advised.