PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects many women of reproductive age and can cause various complications, one of which is an increased susceptibility to yeast infection. Yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans in the vagina, leading to uncomfortable symptoms such as itching, burning, irritation and discharge. While there are medications available for treating this condition, it’s important to understand what causes it and how you can prevent it from occurring in the first place. In this article we will discuss the relationship between PCOS and yeast infection and provide some tips on managing this common problem naturally.
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Yeast infections occur when the balance of bacteria in a person's body is disrupted, resulting in an overgrowth of yeast. They usually affect the moist areas of the body, such as the mouth, vagina, and skin folds. Symptoms include redness, itching, and a thick white discharge. A fungus known as Candida albicans is chiefly responsible for the majority of yeast infections.
Yeast infection is sometimes referred to as candidiasis and can lead to irritating, uncomfortable symptoms.
Other symptoms include a white discharge, swelling and redness. A yeast infection can be uncomfortable and painful, but it's typically not serious if diagnosed and treated properly.
It's essential to get an accurate diagnosis from your doctor to avoid any unnecessary treatments or delay getting effective care. To prevent further infections, maintain proper hygiene practice by frequently changing out of wet clothing and regularly cleaning intimate areas.
Women suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are unfortunately more prone to developing many different types of infections, including yeast infections. This is because their hormonal imbalance can throw off the natural balance of microbes and ammonia releasing bacteria in the vagina which can make them susceptible to yeast overgrowth.
People with PCOS are more prone to having overgrowth of yeast as their body's cortisol and insulin levels tend to be higher than normal. Therefore, women with PCOS may experience recurrent yeast infections since their hormones make it easier for the fungus to multiply and thrive, leading to a disruption in the natural balance of bacteria and fungi. Thus, PCOS absolutely can cause yeast infections!
While it is not always the case that PCOS will cause a yeast infection, knowing your risk factors as someone living with PCOS is an important part of staying healthy.
Furthermore, certain treatments for PCOS, such as certain contraceptive pills, can also increase your chances of getting a yeast infection due to the changes they create in the bacteria inhabiting your vagina.
That being said, symptoms for both PCOS and yeast infections are relatively similar so consulting a doctor if any symptoms arise is always recommended.
1. Poor hygiene
One of the most common causes of yeast infections is poor hygiene. If you don't clean your genitals regularly, the sweat and bacteria can create an environment that's conducive to yeast growth.
2. Wearing tight-fitting clothes
Wearing tight clothing can also cause a yeast infection by trapping moisture and heat. This creates an ideal habitat for yeast, as it is warm and humid.
Douching can also cause yeast infections, as it alters the pH balance of the vagina and can remove good bacteria that keep yeast in check. Additionally, douching can irritate the sensitive skin of the vagina and increase the risk of infection.
4. Use of antibiotics
Antibiotics can reduce the beneficial bacteria in your body, which is why it's so important to take them responsibly. This can lead to an overgrowth of yeast, as there's nothing to keep it in check.
5. Use of birth control pills
The use of birth control pills is another common cause of yeast infections. Birth control pills can alter the natural balance of hormones in your body, which can lead to an overgrowth of yeast.
Pregnancy is another common cause of yeast infections. The increase in hormones during pregnancy can alter the natural balance in your vagina and lead to an overgrowth of yeast.
If you have diabetes, your body may not be able to effectively fight off a yeast infection. This is because yeast thrives on sugar, and high blood sugar levels provide it with an ideal environment for growth.
8. Hormonal changes
Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy, menopause, or taking birth control pills, can also lead to yeast infections. These changes can alter the pH balance of the vagina, making it more hospitable for yeast to grow.
9. Weak immune system
People with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to developing yeast infections, as their bodies are not able to fight off infection as effectively. Yeast infections are also more common in people who have conditions that affect the immune system, such as HIV/AIDS or cancer.
10. Use of vaginal products
The use of vaginal products, such as tampons, douches, or sexual lubricants, can also lead to yeast infections. These products can change the pH balance of the vagina or remove good bacteria that keep yeast in check.
Here's common symptoms of yeast infection:
1. Itching and burning sensations in the vulva and vagina.
2. Discharge which is thick, white, and cottage cheese-like.
3. Redness and swelling of the vulva.
4. Pain or burning during urination.
5. Pain during sex.
6. Rash on the vulva or around the vaginal opening.
7. Strong, unpleasant vaginal odor.
8. Soreness in the breasts.
9. Foul-smelling vaginal discharge.
Homeopathic treatments can be very effective in managing the problem of yeast infection especially when it is accompanied with PCOS. Homeopathic approach involves understanding the individual's general constitution and energy levels to customize remedies that are best-suited for their own body type.
Homeopathic remedies are considered non-invasive, safe and usually involve fewer side effects than traditional pharmaceuticals. In general, homeopathic treatment helps to reduce inflammation in the body while working at an emotional level to resist any recurring yeast infection.
Homeopathic treatment of yeast infection in PCOS can be an effective way to balance hormones and improve overall health. Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that uses naturally derived substances to stimulate the body's own healing response. These gentle methods have been used in the treatment of women's reproductive issues, such as PMS and endometriosis, for thousands of years.
For those suffering from PCOS and yeast infection, homeopathy has proven successful in alleviating symptoms associated with this condition such as weight gain, acne, depression, and fatigue. Homeopathic remedies can often address these issues without the use of harsh drugs or long-term medications that can carry unwanted side effects. By taking a conservative approach to treating yeast infection in PCOS, homeopathy offers a safe alternative that may provide relief with fewer complications than traditional treatments.
Homeopathy has become increasingly popular as more individuals seek holistic approaches to their overall health concerns. If you have PCOS and suffer from recurrent yeast infections, consider consulting a homeopath for help in naturally mitigating your symptoms.
Preventing yeast infections is something that anyone can do with relative ease. The key is to keep the area around the genitals clean and dry, as excess moisture can encourage the growth of the candida fungus that causes symptoms. It’s also important to avoid wearing tight-fitting underwear, as this too can contribute to a warm, moist environment. Practicing good hygiene can go a long way in helping to prevent yeast infections - this includes avoiding activities that could introduce bacteria from an external source into the genital area, such as having unprotected sex or using poorly sterilized sex toys. You should also pay attention to your personal diet and make sure you are maintaining a healthy balance of probiotics and vitamins along with plenty of water for optimal vaginal health. Taking proactive steps towards prevention goes far in ensuring yeast infections remain away from you!
Here's a list of some of the preventive measures that help you keep yeast infection at bay:
1. Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing.
2. Avoid douching or using vaginal deodorants.
3. Change out of wet clothing, such as swimsuits or workout clothes, as soon as possible.
4. Remember to always wipe from front to back after using the restroom for optimal hygiene.
5. Avoid using scented soaps, bubble baths, or vaginal sprays.
6. Eat yogurt or take a probiotic supplement daily.
7. Avoid excessive sugar intake.
8. Take probiotics.
9. Avoid wearing tight-fitting jeans or synthetic fabrics.
10. Avoid using scented lotions, or perfumes in the genital area.
11. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of yogurt, garlic, and other foods that contain natural antifungal properties.
Managing a yeast infection doesn't have to be complicated! There are many natural remedies that can help you relieve uncomfortable symptoms and restore your body's healthy balance.
Natural remedies are a popular way to manage yeast infections as they are gentle on the body and don't introduce any harsh chemicals. While over-the-counter yeast infection treatments may resolve symptoms quickly, natural remedies can be used long-term for a more sustainable approach to management.
Popular natural remedies for managing yeast infection include increasing your intake of probiotics, reducing stress levels, eating foods high in prebiotics, avoiding sugary and refined carbohydrates, taking garlic supplements, and keeping the affected area clean and dry.
Eating yogurt with live active cultures is one of the most common natural treatments for yeast infections. Adding garlic to your diet may also prove beneficial, as it has anti-fungal properties. Some other natural methods you can use include drinking cranberry juice, avoiding perfumed soaps, switching out tight clothing for more breathable fabrics, and sleeping without underwear. All these simple lifestyle changes may improve your symptoms in no time!
That said, if your yeast infection should persist despite trying these natural approaches, then it's important to follow up with an appointment with your doctor.
Yeast infection and PCOS are both serious health conditions that can cause uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies available to help manage the condition and prevent future outbreaks. Increasing your intake of probiotics, reducing stress levels, avoiding sugary and refined carbohydrates, taking garlic supplements, keeping the affected area clean and dry, drinking cranberry juice and switching out tight clothing for more breathable fabrics are all effective strategies to naturally managing yeast infections. If you're still struggling with persistent symptoms after trying these measures then consulting a doctor or homeopath is advised.
Dr. Sanchita Dharne
Dr. Sanchita Dharne is a seasoned homeopath expert in the diagnosis and management of PCOS. She offers up-to-date evidence-based treatments that focus on treatment of the root cause. Her consultations are provided with patience and compassion so that you feel supported throughout the process. Discuss your PCOS problems with Dr. Sanchita Dharne, book an appointment for online consultation today!
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