Vaginal Yeast Infections

What Causes Vaginal Yeast Infections?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of vaginal yeast infections 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 vaginal yeast infections to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind vaginal yeast infections 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 vaginal yeast infections.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Low Progesterone
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Lupus (SLE)
  • Low Estrogens

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
some health decline
painful menstrual cramps
unexplained high fevers
cigarette smoke sensitivity
mild facial burning/tingling
refined sugar consumption
indoor allergies
history of candidiasis
pre/menstrual depression
temple-based headaches
highly elevated basophil count
sinusitis
... and more than 80 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of vaginal yeast infections:
Cause Probability Status
Candida / Yeast 93% Confirm
Lupus (SLE) 24% Unlikely
Low Progesterone 3% Ruled out
Low Estrogens 1% 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.

If you indicate vaginal problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had vaginal yeast infections? Symptoms may include itching, burning, pain when urinating, swelling and/or a thick, odorless "cottage cheese" discharge.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ In the past, but none for over a year
→ Possibly / It has been suggested in the past year
→ Yes, 1 to 3 within the past year
→ Yes, ongoing problem / more than 3 in past year
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate history of vaginal yeast infection, suspected vaginal yeast infection, vaginal yeast infection or chronic vaginal yeast infection, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Estrogens Low

A decrease in estrogen results in several vaginal changes.  The vaginal lining becomes thinner and more fragile resulting in an increased risk of bacterial infection.

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

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

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