Invasive Candida

Yeast Infection Before Period

Yeast Infection Before Period

A yeast infection before period generally occurs due to high amount of sugar level in the vagina tissue or a lower level of pH in the vagina. Estrogen levels are also high before ovulation begins, which causes the cell in the vaginal wall to enrich itself with sugar. If yeasts are present in the hyphae, they would start feeding onto sugar from the vaginal wall. This causes the yeast to grow just before a period as the body secretes high amount of progesterone. This signals the vaginal wall to shed some of its tissues. The tissues are high in sugar giving birth to Candida yeast infection before period.
 

The infection of Candida vaginitis is quite common during pregnancy, and also during the period of time before the onset of menstruation. A study published in the: ‘American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology’ examined the effect of menstruation on immunity responses to the yeast Candida. During this phase, the cellular immunity was minimized as the growth of Candida albican yeast cells increased. The immunity response varied and this variation was very low in cases of women who consumed contraceptive pills which aggravate the release of progesterone during menstruation further increasing the Candida albican yeast cells.

Therefore, this study suggests that the hormonal situation greatly influences the pathogenicity of yeast infections to occur or not. Furthermore, the use of contraceptive pills can weaken the immune system, which can also bring about a yeast infection. It is also common for yeast infections to reappear before menstruation more frequently.

Another study was conducted on rats to find out what are the reasons of Candida overgrowth due to hormonal change. It was found that Estrogen and pH of vaginal wall are not the only reason for Candida growth. Progesterone hormone affects the immunity system of a human being. The study examined the reaction of white blood cells to progesterone. It was found that the progesterone secretion hinders the ability of the white blood cells to fight Candida yeast infection that had already been pre-treated with estrogen, causing the possibility of a yeast infection before period to occur.
 
 

Role of pH:

 
The pH level of the vaginal also plays a vital role on whether a yeast infection before period occurs or not. The level of estrogen drops at the beginning of ovulation and before menstruation. Estrogen in the vaginal wall causes the vaginal wall to have acidic secretion. Estrogen is inversely related to pH of the vaginal wall, i.e. more estrogen level means lower the pH in the vagina. This also means a higher sugar level and hence growth of yeast fungi in the vagina. Therefore, if you have had recurrent yeast infections before your period, it is possible that yeast cells has already grown in the vaginal tissues. And each time the cell acquires more sugar due to estrogen, increasing the chance of a Candida yeast infection occurring.

 

Symptoms:

 
The symptoms of a yeast infection before period are itchiness ranging from little to extremely uncomfortable situations causing a burning sensation and white fluid discharge. A healthy vaginal flora is well balanced with both good and bad bacteria, so maintaining a proper balance can help you stay away from Candida overgrowth.
 

Image showing Yeast Infection Discharge Up-close!
Image showing Yeast Infection Discharge Up-close!
 
The use of antibiotics kills off all the good bacteria present in the vaginal lining, causing the Candida yeast to grow. Candida yeast infection can occur to any women at any time, even before monthly periods. If you are using harsh soap to keep vagina clean, it can wash away the good bacteria and cause the yeast infection to grow before your period. This is because of the change in pH of the vagina.

 

Role of Oral Contraceptives:

 

Yeast Infection Before Period
Taking Oral Contraceptives can increase chances of Candida infections.
Women who take oral contraceptives are more susceptible to Candida yeast infection before period due hormonal change altering the pH of the vagina.

When you take birth control pills to elevate the amount of estrogen, the progesterone level is already high before a period, it consequently weakens the white blood cells to fight a yeast infection before period as both progesterone and estrogen level is high, which in turn trigger the yeast infection.

 

High Estrogen Levels:

 
During the childbearing stage, a mucosal infection occurs most commonly by women due to the Candida species, known as vulvovaginal Candidiasis. This infection mostly occurs due to increased estrogen levels and frequent vulvovaginal Candidiasis. When vaginal epithelial samples were acquired from healthy women, it was found that they had no past experience of vulvovaginal Candidiasis. However, they did have signs of anti-Candida activities going on inside their body. This activity without much hindrance occurred at every stage of the menstruation cycle. Those women, who had recurrent vulvovaginal Candidiasis, were seen with reduced anti-Candida activities in their epithelial cells. So, on the whole, women having high estrogen levels may encounter higher occurrences of vulvovaginal Candidiasis.

 

Treatment and Prevention:

 
It is advised to consume yogurt with acidophilus bacteria. It helps in creating an acidic environment around the places where the growth of yeast occurs, as yeast cannot survive in acidic condition. It is a good idea to have yogurt 1 week before the next scheduled period. Try avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates as much as possible as this prevents yeast from multiplying. To avoid having yeast infection before period you must cut off the yeast from feeding in your body, and sugar is the main culprit which the Candida yeast likes feeding on. So, starving the yeast is the first step to avoid yeast infection. Taking anti-fungal medication without starving the yeast may have an adverse effect on your system. The yeast may develop the resisting power to anti-fungals and more resistant yeast would multiply.

 

Changing lifestyle is very important to avoid yeast infection before period. Wear loose fitting apparel and moisture wicking underwear. Avoid douching as it washes out the beneficial bacteria and make it really uncomfortable. Use cotton underwear and proper sanitary pads before period. Synthetic sanitary products may cause itchiness and slight irritation. Avoid using creams and lotions or antibiotics from over the counter.

If you are suffering from frequent yeast infection, which comes from time to time, take it seriously and take preventive measures, consult your doctor.

 

References:

Candida albicans – American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology – 1989 – By Aliza Kalo-Klein and Steven S. Witkin
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0002937889906492
 

Growth Inhibition of Candida – The Journal of Infectious Diseases – 2001 – By Melissa M. Barousse, Chad Steele and Kathleen Dunlap
jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/184/11/1489.full
 

Common Infections – Book by L.G. Keith – 2012
 

Candidiasis: Epidemiology, Symptoms, Treatment – Book by Felipe Contreras and ‎Pedro Fuentes – 2013
 

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Yeast Infection in Stomach

Yeast Infection in Stomach

The most common fungal infection in the bowel is caused by Candida. Candida fungus is naturally present in mouth, genitals and intestine, which directly affect the genitals causing various symptoms. An overgrowth of Candida is aggrandized mainly by the use of antibiotics. Candida overgrowth may lead to a variety of unpleasant symptoms. A person with weakened immunity, or someone who is diabetic, or has a lot of sugar in their diet, may lead to the growth of fungus in their body. Yeast infection in stomach is caused by the growth of Candida in the intestine, which slowly spreads to the stomach. It is recognized by the name: ‘leaky gut syndrome’, where this fungus starts forming pores or holes all along the gut wall. It can also lead to a more serious stage when the Candida yeast grows its roots along the bowel wall. This infection can become fore toxic and harmful when microorganisms and macromolecules enter into the blood stream through the pores causing serious ailments. Food allergy is directly related to leaky gut syndrome or Candida overgrowth.

Yeast Infection in stomach can lead to symptoms such as chapped skin, dryness and flakiness even headache and joint pain. Other symptoms can be constipation, bad breath, loss of appetite and indigestion. When yeast infection affects the bowel, it causes diarrhea, cramping, mucus in stool, and frequent urge for stool.  All this as a whole is also referred to as IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Not only that, but yeast infection in stomach also affects the mental and emotional state of mind. It may also affect a person’s concentration, cause irritability, depression, autistic tendencies, fatigue and mood swing.

 

Causes of Yeast Infection:

Inflammation of the gut lining is most often caused by Candida overgrowth, and is the primary symptom of Leaky Gut or yeast infection in stomach. Use of Rx drugs can also kill the healthy probiotic flora which are the main cause of Candida overgrowth.
 

Other factors causing Candida overgrowth are as follows:

1. Prescription hormones such as birth control pills

2. Cortiscosteroids

3. Overuse of antibiotics

4. Processed food as well as beverages

5. Consumption of alcoholic beverages such as beer

6. Caffeine consumption as well as consumption of sweet foods and drinks.

 

Yeast Infection in Stomach
Yeast Infection in Stomach
Bloating, heartburn and indigestion may not only be the end results of a Candida yeast infection, but poor digestion may also be the cause of yeast infection. Heartburn and low stomach acid are the major symptoms of Candida. Heartburn may not mean that stomach acid level is high. It is yet to be confirmed why heartburn is actually caused, but heartburn may also be the result of low acid level which is very surely the symptom of Candida yeast infection. Stomach acid not only helps in digestion, but also sterilize the undigested food so that bacteria and yeast cannot grow. Bacteria and yeast cannot grow in high acid level, so low acid level gives birth to yeast in intestine where they multiply. Having medicines for heartburn without testing the stomach acid level is a bad idea as these drugs stop the production of acid in stomach for as long as three days and can directly be linked to Candida growth.

When very little was known about treating Candida back in 1992, the ‘Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases’ examined the medicinal importance of yeast colonization in the gut as well as the presence of Candida antigen in premature neonates, samples of faecal and serum were collected twice a week from 27 newborn lives. Almost 17 out of them were regularly scrutinized for a month. All of them were regularly given a dose of antibiotics. Result was that 5 newborns actually died, Candida albicans was discovered in 3, with faecal colonization of Candida detected in 2 of the children, while Pityrosporum was found in 8 of the other children.

This treatment shows that although antibiotics were originally given to treat the Candida antigen in the newborns, 5 newborns actually died treatments, 3 of the 27 newborns had higher numbers of Candida albicans in their faecal and serum, which means that the use of antibiotics had increased the colonization of Candida instead of lowering it, and just goes to show that antibiotics can trigger a yeast infection, especially when used for longer periods of time, and in no way should antibiotics be used to treat a yeast infection.

A different study was conducted in order to quantify the influence of antibiotics on the gastrointestinal yeasts which develop in human bodies. Besides, this result was further integrated with those produced after making a mouse model of the Gastrointestinal accumulation by the Candida yeast. 46 cancer patients were indulged with antibiotics- ceftriaxone, ticarcillin-clavulanic acid, imipenem-cilastatin, ceftazidime and aztreonam. After this their stool was examined and the medication was terminated. The ones with high G.I constituency caused greater colonization of the Candida fungus. Similar results were seen when observed with the mouse model. So this study again goes to show that the use of antibiotics caused higher colonization of the Candida fungus in patients. Again proving the drawbacks of using antibiotics, however antibiotic medication are effective in treating various infections in the body, so please consult your doctor immediately when showing any signs of a yeast infection whilst taking antibiotics.

 

Treatment:

Although many patients treat yeast infection in stomach using medicines and drugs from over the counter, they remain unsuccessful. As it only provides relief for a certain period of time, and is often proved to be ineffective and leads to more growth of fungus.
The best way to eradicate a yeast infection is to changes one’s daily lifestyle, by including anti-Candida foods into one’s diet, have regular exercise and avoid surgery foods. There are several natural herbal remedies which have also recently been put forward to fight yeast infection in stomach, and are proven to be more effective than antifungal medication, and include the use of apple cider vinegar, probiotics and natural bio yogurt.
Cutting the food for yeast in the gut is highly recommended. This can be achieved by having a healthy diet. Candida yeast loves sugar and refined carbohydrates, as well as all kinds of food that are unhealthy. Cutting of sugar, refined carbohydrates and unhealthy food from daily diet will not only prevent the yeast in the intestine, but also the whole system. It is not only the yeast in stomach that we are dealing with; it is also the yeast in the whole digestive tract. If Candida yeast is not killed in time, it may perforate into the walls of the intestine. Cutting the foods that feed the yeast is very important to completely kill the yeast infection. So it is advised to starve the yeast first. If you continue to feed the yeast and try to kill them at the same time, it won’t be wise. Yeast grows rapidly while you are feeding it, hence yeast infection treatment will not work while you are feeding the yeast. Getting expert help could speed up the healing time. But it is wise to avoid antacids and other antibiotics that inhibit the growth of yeast.
Bloating is a clear sign of poor digestion. This may happen even without the cause of Candida, but if there is no Candida present, it could also be a sign of the start of a yeast infection in stomach. Once Candida develops it is tough to treat. It is therefore better to get rid of Candida at an early stage than to go through a whole change of lifestyle. So don’t let it get out of control.

 

References:

 
Fungal gut colonization with Candida – Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases – 1992 – By Ormälä T, Korppi M and Katila ML
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1287812
 

Prospective evaluation of antibiotics on yeast colonization – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Journal – 1993 – By G Samonis, A Gikas and E J Anaissie
aac.asm.org/content/37/1/51.short
 

Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Infections – Book by Christina Surawicz and ‎Robert L. Owen – 1995
 

Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract – Book by Martin J. Blaser – 2002
 

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