Vaginal yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, are a common female condition. These yeast infections are caused by the fungus Candida.

What causes vaginal yeast infections?

The Candida genus of yeast is a naturally occurring microorganism in the vaginal area. Most yeast infections are caused by a specific kind of yeast called Candida albicans. Usually, its growth is kept in check by the lactobacillus bacteria. However, these bacteria cannot work effectively if there’s an imbalance in your system. The imbalance of these microorganisms lead to an overgrowth of yeast, which causes the symptoms of vaginal yeast infections.

What can cause the imbalance that allows the overgrowth of yeast to occur?

  • Antibiotics (they lower the amount of lactobacillus, or ‘good bacteria’, in the vagina)

  • Pregnancy

  • Uncontrolled diabetes

  • Weak immune system

  • Poor eating habits, including a lot of sugary foods

  • Hormonal imbalance near your menstrual cycle

  • Stress

  • Lack of sleep

 

Frequent symptoms include:

  • Itching

  • Burning

  • Small or large amounts of vaginal discharge, often whitish grey and thick (although there are also times the discharge can be watery)

  • Pain during sex

  • Soreness

  • Rash

 

How can NDH help?

Our practitioners will assess your symptoms through thorough history taking to establish the cause of the imbalance (eg: hormone-related, diet-related, etc) and prescribe supplementation to assist the symptoms and dietary and lifestyle changes which may help prevent re-occurring infections.

Call our professional staff on 0429463726

Candidiasis

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