What Causes Vaginal Yeast Infections?
Definitions and Causes of Vaginal Yeast Infections – Candidiasis – Vaginitis
What causes vaginal yeast infections? Vaginal Yeast Infection is defined as an invasion or overgrowth of yeast or Candida Albicans in the vagina. A small amount of yeast is normally present in the vaginal canal, but in a healthy environment, this yeast is constantly counterbalanced and kept in check by friendlier bacterium like Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Candida manifests as a slight or overwhelming burn, itch, a curd-like discharge with an offensive odor that smells somewhat like yeast gone bad. As anyone who’s had Candida can attest, it’s an uncomfortable experience. Some experience it as low grade irritant, others as a crazy-making distraction.
The above image shows a Candida Rash under the arm. Vaginitis or vaginal yeast infections looks the same, possibly redder.
The ideal color of the healthy vagina’s interstitial tissue should be the same color as the inside of your cheeks. But with a yeast infection, that color will be red, white or mottled color of red and white.
What causes vaginal Candida?
There are a multitude of causes for Candidiasis or Yeast Infection, number one being antibiotics, which kill ALL bacteria in the body, including the necessary friendly bacteria, thus the acidophilus/probiotics is no longer present to counterbalance the yeast.
Doctors rarely tell their patients to take acidophilus/probiotics supplements to ensure a healthy vaginal balance. I like to think they just don’t know, but this information has been around for years, so the skeptic in me thinks they just make SO much money on treating this common condition, they’d rather not inform their patients on how to prevent it. I hope this isn’t so.
Others causes of Yeast Infections are;
- Pharmaceutical immuno-suppressive and steroid drugs.
- Poor hygiene combined with marathon sex.
- Wearing excessively tight clothes, especially tight blue jeans which inherently rub the labia in all the wrongs ways, wearing out the thin skin and allowing for easier yeast invasion.
- Consumption of excessive sugars, especially when under stress, which allows for the proliferation of yeast since sugar is their most loved food.
- Uses of medical devices such as catheters and IV ports can cause openings for the entry of yeast. Drug addicts using dirty needles can pass yeast back and forth also.
- Hormonal imbalances such as PMS, pregnancy, menopause and use of birth control pills can contribute to yeast invasion.
- People with weakened immune systems due to cancer treatments, AIDS and diabetes can be susceptible to systemic yeast. Please see section on Systemic Yeast Infection.
-Stephanie Waymen (Rolfe) CNC