Non-Vaginal Candida Infection

What Causes Candida Yeast Infection?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of candida yeast infection we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow candida yeast infection to develop?"

Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind candida yeast infection consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to candida yeast infection.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Stress
  • Immune System Imbalance
  • EFA Need
  • Vitamin B2 Need
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Low Digestive Enzymes
  • Diarrhea

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
physical abuse during childhood
fatty food craving
disturbed sleep
slightly pale stools
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
sun-induced headaches
slight abdominal distension
ear wax build up
frequent bizarre dreams
being at risk of HIV/AIDS
heart racing/palpitations
... and more than 100 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of candida yeast infection:
Cause Probability Status
Gluten Sensitivity 98% Confirm
Stress 15% Unlikely
Immune System Imbalance 25% Unlikely
EFA Need 2% Ruled out
HIV/AIDS 0% Ruled out
Low Digestive Enzymes 0% Ruled out
Vitamin B2 Need 0% Ruled out
Diarrhea 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Immune System Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about non-vaginal candida infection:
Have you been diagnosed with Candida Yeast Infection anywhere in your body other than the vagina?
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of non-vaginal candidiasis or non-vaginal candidiasis, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythromatosis)

Lupus patients are at an unusually high risk for contracting candida (yeast) infections.

(Prescription) Drug Side-Effects

Steroid hormones, immunosuppressant and anti-inflammatory drugs, ulcer medications or acid blockers used for prolonged periods can all cause yeast overgrowth.

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

Genetic disorders such as celiac disease or hemochromatosis can cause Candida overgrowth.

Hemochromatosis (Iron overload)

Genetic disorders such as celiac disease or hemochromatosis can cause Candida overgrowth.

Hormone Imbalance

Hormonal balance is necessary for support of friendly flora in the gut.

Megaloblastic Anemia / Pernicious Anemia

Vitamin B12, B6, biotin and folate help maintain candida in its non-invasive form.  A B12 deficiency is one of several conditions that can stimulate candida growth.

Parasite Infection

Intestinal parasites such as worms destroy friendly bacteria in the gut, making yeast overgrowth possible.  It is common for Candida patients to also have parasites and parasites should be suspected if Candida overgrowth recurs.

Weakened Immune System

Candidiasis is more common and severe in individuals with weakened immune systems.  Any condition that results in a weakened immune system can cause Candida proliferation.  Common causes of immune deficiency are AIDS and cancer.

Alcohol-related Problems

Alcohol kills friendly bacteria, increases toxic overload of the liver and thus allows Candida to grow.

Consequences of Poor Diet

Improper diets, such as those high in carbohydrates, sugar, yeast and yeast products can lead to Candida overgrowth.


Chronic constipation can lead to Candida overgrowth.


Chronic diarrhea can cause the friendly Bifidobacterium bifidum to be expelled from the colon and Candida may then proliferate.

General Detoxification Requirement

Toxic metals, such as mercury (found in dental amalgams and some fish) and chemicals, such as aspartame, MSG and others can kill friendly intestinal flora, alter immune response and allow yeast to proliferate.

Household Mold Exposure

Environmental molds or chemicals can cause Candida.