Women commonly come to the clinic with chronic, annoying yeast infections that just won’t clear up with conventional treatment. This is in contrast to the occasional yeast infection coming from too much time in a wet swimsuit, sweaty workout clothes, a new sexual partner or a single round of antibiotics.
Common causes of recurring yeast infections include:
- prolonged or frequent antibiotic use (ex. antibiotics taken for acne, frequent urinary tract infections, sinus infections, or others)
- birth control pill or other hormonal contraceptives
- Over-consumption of high-carbohydrate foods (i.e. food containing white flour and sugar)
- Stress (because it lowers your immune resistance)
- Diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions (high blood sugar levels create an environment favorable to yeast)
- Pregnancy (hormone changes in pregnancy can also predispose you to yeast overgrowth)
What most people don’t know, is that when yeast infections reoccur, we actually need to treat the gut. An imbalance in the gut microbiome can cause the chronic issues with vaginal yeast. Given our general over-consumption of sugar, frequent use of antibiotics through life, and lack of daily fermented foods to replenish healthy bacteria, most people’s gut health is out of balance to begin with. Yeast are opportunistic and ubiquitous micro-organisms which is why yeast overgrowth and vaginal yeast infections are extremely common.