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Causes Of Vaginal Yeast Infections

There are a few main causes of vaginal yeast infections which are talked about below. 75% of women get a vaginal yeast infection at some time in their life, and there is always a cause. Knowing the cause of your infection can prevent it becoming recurrent, and then becoming an annoying problem for weeks or even months.

What is a yeast infection

A yeast infection is a fungal infection caused by the mutation of the Candida Albicans yeast that lives in all of us. It’s only when one of your natural defenses is compromised that the harmless yeast mutates into an aggressive fungus, and then starts causing your symptoms.

Antibiotics use

Antibiotics are the biggest cause of yeast infections. Your body has friendly bacteria living in and on it that keeps all other bacteria and fungus under control. When you take antibiotics for an infection they kill all of the bacteria living in your body, and this includes your friendly bacteria. When the friendly bacteria has been killed the Candida Albicans yeast mutates because there is nothing left to stop it from getting out of control.

Diabetes

If you suffer from diabetes you’re more prone to yeast infections because of the rises in your blood sugar levels. If you are suffering from diabetes and you get frequent yeast infections you can talk to your doctor about a change in your medication if the one you’re using isn’t regulating your sugar levels enough.

Weakened immune system

A weakened immune system can allow the Candida to mutate. Your immune system is one of your body’s natural defenses against all types of infections. Stress, poor diet and prescription medication all contribute to a weakened immune system.

Feminine hygiene

Feminine hygiene products such a douches are causes of vaginal yeast infections. These products have fragrances and chemicals in them that upset your vaginas natural bacterial and PH balance. This always puts the environment inside your vagina in the favor of the Candida yeast. Vaginas are self cleaning, and they don’t need anything forced into them to clean them out. If you are cleaning your vagina because you have an odor coming from it then you already have an infection, and you need to see your doctor.

Birth control pill

The birth control pill can cause Candida overgrowth in the vagina because the pill effects hormone levels. This effect on hormone levels has an effect on the body’s sugar levels and immune system so the Candida can mutate with these changes in the body going on. Another form of contraception is recommended if you get frequent yeast infections from the birth control pill.

Knowing the cause of your vaginal yeast infection

Once you know the cause of your vaginal yeast infection you can easily cure yourself. Some women don’t know the cause of their infection, and go on treating recurrent yeast infections for a long time. Please don’t be one of those women. Find the cause and you’ll be yeast free in no time.



Posted January 30th, 2008 in Vaginal infections.

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