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 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!