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What Actually Causes Recurring Yeast Infections?

If you want to know what actually causes recurring yeast infections then you must look beyond just the symptoms and examine the underlying causes.   There is likely to be an obvious reason why you suffer repeatedly from this embarrassing and unpleasant condition.   All you have to do is identify what it is.   Once you have identified what causes recurring yeast infections in you, then you can implement strategies to prevent a repeat infection.

Candida albicans is the organism that causes recurring yeast infections, but simply knowing this is not enough.   Candida albicans occurs naturally in the body and only causes infection when it grows out of control.   So to pinpoint what causes recurring yeast infections, you need to identify what changes are occurring in your body to make the Candida albicans fungus multiply unrestricted.
 
The major factors that cause changes in your body significant enough to cause recurring yeast infections can be classed into 4 categories:   hygienic; medical; nutritional; and sexually induced.  

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The following provides examples of the main offenders and therefore what to avoid in each category.
 
Hygienic factors

Clothingtight, moist or dirty clothing can trap moisture and heat thereby creating an environment where yeast can flourish.

Chemicalsheavily coloured or perfumed soaps, bubble baths, tampons, sanitary pads, douches, deodorants and even toilet papers can cause irritation and/or eliminate the “good” bacteria which are stopping the Candida albicans fungus from multiplying.

Medical factors

Hormonal changes – pregnancy, use of the contraceptive pill, menopause and the use of steroids can all cause hormonal fluctuations in the body.   This in turn changes the pH balance by increasing the body’s alkalinity. The more alkaline the system, the more likely you will contract a yeast infection.

Excess use of antibiotics – if you have a weakened immune system, and are experiencing multiple bacterial infections you may find yourself using a lot of antibiotics.  The antibiotics will serve to eliminate not only the bad bacteria causing an infection, but also the good bacteria that normally keep Candida albicans under control.  Once the good bacteria are out of the way the Candida albicans organism is free to multiply excessively and cause another yeast infection.

Sexually induced factors

Non-treatment of a sexual partner – yeast infections do not always produce symptoms in men.  If you have had unprotected sex while you have an infection you may have passed this on to your partner who can then re-infect you without even knowing. 

Condoms – some spermicidal lubricants used in conjunction with condoms can change the pH balance of the vaginal area promoting an environment for yeast to proliferate.   Latex can also cause allergies which can then progress into a yeast infection.  Thankfully there are plastic (polyurethane) condoms available so you do not have to compromise safe sex.

Vaginal injuriessmall tears (or other damage) to the vaginal membranes or vulva which occur when you have sex without adequate lubrication can also lead to yeast infection.

Nutritional factors 

Diets high in sugarhigh sugar levels in your urine provide yeast with more food and therefore more ability to reproduce.  This may occur when your diet is high in sugar and your body is not processing it properly.  For this reason, recurring yeast infections may be an early indicator of diabetes and should be attended to immediately.

Diets high in yeastit is commonly thought that diets high in foods that contain yeast may help to promote yeast infections.   For this reason if you are experiencing frequent yeast infections, try staying away from lots of bread, beer and other yeast-containing foods.

So, now that you understand what actually causes recurring yeast infections to occur in your body, you can not only treat the symptoms but also employ some important lifestyle changes to ensure re-infection does not occur.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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