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Why Do I Keep Getting Yeast Infections?

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If you’ve had a vaginal yeast infection, you are not alone. Approximately three out of four women will have at least one yeast infection at some point in their lives, and many women will have more than one. (1)

Yeast is a fungus that is normally present in your body, including in the warm, moist area around your vagina. The most common kind of yeast that causes vaginal yeast infections is candida.

Lactobacillus bacteria also live in the vagina. These bacteria produce acid that prevents yeast from growing out of control. But if something upsets the balance between yeast and bacteria, the yeast can multiply and cause an infection.

Common symptoms of a yeast infection include burning, itching, swelling and iritation in the vaginal area. A yeast infection can also cause pain when you have sex, and may produce a thick white discharge that may look similar to cottage cheese.

You may be more prone to a yeast infection when something in your body changes the balance between bacteria and yeast. This may include:

• Taking antibiotics: Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. But they can also kill the “good” bacteria in your vaginal area.

• Estrogen levels: High estrogen levels from pregnancy or hormone treatments can encourage yeast to grow. This can also result from a hormone imbalance around the time of your period. Birth control pills can affect your estrogen levels as well.

• Diabetes: If your sugar levels are not well controlled, yeast may multiply.

• An impaired immune system: An immune system weakened by HIV or other immune disorders can allow yeast to grow.

• Poor diet: Eating a lot of sugary foods may encourage yeast growth.

• Stress: Stress may affect our immune system’s ability to fight off yeast infections.

• Lack of sleep: Yeast grows best in warm, moist conditions.

Fortunately, it is possible to lower your risk of future infections. You can do this by making a few important lifestyle changes: (4)

1) Mayo Clinic. Yeast infection (vaginal). Web. February 17, 2016.

2) WebMD. Vaginal Yeast Infections – Topic Overview. Web. February 17, 2016.

3) Healthline. Vaginal Yeast Infection. Shannon Johnson. Web. February 17, 2016.

4) Everyday Health. Recurring Yeast Infections. Joseph Bennington-Castro. Web. February 17, 2016.

5) Common Misdiagnosis: Most Women Believe They Have A Yeast Infection When They Don't. ScienceDaily.com. Web. February 19, 2016.

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When I read this story I realized just how similar it was to my condition. I suffered through a severe case of vaginal yeast infection that would not let up. The itching, burning and swelling of my labia were simply unbearable. Drugs, creams and lotions are designed to tackle the symptoms of yeast infections, not the real cause. This is why most conventional treatments for candida infection which work as a temporary band aid solution, fail to work in the long run. Even probiotic therapy which is considered an alternative, natural treatment that re-establishes the balance between the good bacteria and the bad bacteria in your digestive tract, fails to work in the long run simply because the root cause of Candida infection is still ignored. I don't use drugs or creams anymore to bring me through the nightmare of yeast infections that was my reality for too long! The constant itching and rashes that sometimes continued for months are completely gone. Among the things that helped me out was the information on this website: http://www.journalofnaturalhealth.com/yeastinfection
Hope it helps anyone reading this!

July 5, 2016 - 5:01pm
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