I want to talk to you about a health issue, which can be common, but also disconcerting: recurrent vaginal candidiasis. I have received many messages from women who suffer from this condition, I know it is uncomfortable and frustrating, but there are ways to manage and prevent it. Solutions be drastic there is no way to have a lifelong problem, if we make the right choices.
Vaginal candidiasis, also known as yeast infection, is an infection caused by the overgrowth of the yeast Candida in the vagina. Candida is a yeast that lives naturally in our body, but under certain circumstances, it can multiply and cause uncomfortable symptoms such as: itching, burning, redness and swelling in the vaginal area, as well as a thick, white vaginal discharge.
What if you don't have a weakened immune system, don't take antibiotics and are not diabetic, but still experience recurrent candidiasis? Here are some factors that could be causing this condition on a recurring basis:
· Hormonal changes that occur during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy or due to the use of hormonal contraceptives can alter the balance of the vaginal flora, promoting Candida overgrowth.
· Tight-fitting clothing or clothing made of synthetic materials can create a warm, moist environment that promotes Candida growth. It is recommended to wear cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting clothing.
· Personal hygiene: Douching and intimate hygiene products with fragrances may alter the balance of the vaginal flora and promote the growth of Candida. It is best to maintain hygiene with neutral soap and water, avoid douching. I also recommend washing your underwear with fragrance-free soaps that are as natural as possible and removing it with plenty of water ensuring that no soap residue is left on our underwear.
· A weakened immune system due to chronic illness, stress or lack of sleep can hinder the body's ability to keep candida under control.
I want to focus here on stress, it can certainly contribute to candida overgrowth and thus candidiasis. This is due to several factors, when we are stressed, our body produces cortisol, a hormone that helps our body respond to stress. However, if we are stressed for long periods of time, elevated cortisol levels can suppress immune system function, which can hinder the body's ability to fight infections, including candidiasis.
In addition, stress can alter the balance of bacteria and fungi in our bodies. This can occur directly, through changes in the body's environment caused by stress, or indirectly, through changes in our behavior. For example, when we are stressed, we may be more likely to eat unhealthy foods, get less sleep, and exercise less, which can alter the balance of microorganisms in our bodies and make us more prone to yeast infections.
Therefore, you must take actions to manage stress, look for activities that allow you to take a break and disconnect you from the things that are causing you stress.
Diet: I always talk about having a healthy diet, some studies suggest that a diet high in sugars and refined carbohydrates can promote the growth of candida, therefore, my recommendation is that you radically eliminate them from your daily diet for a period of 2 months, you will see noticeable changes.
If you are experiencing recurrent yeast infections, it is important to know that you are not alone and it is vital that you seek out a healthcare professional to recommend the right treatment, which will help determine the causes and the length of time the medications should be taken and placed.
But follow the above tips that have to do with your lifestyle to overcome recurrent candidiasis.
Do not feel embarrassed about having candidiasis, everyone at some point in life has had it, as long as we have a body, we are vulnerable to infections, bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc. That is why it is so important to have a healthy lifestyle.
Always remember to decide for your health.