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?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind vaginal yeast infections consists of three steps:
|Candida / Yeast||22%||Unlikely|
|Low Progesterone||4%||Ruled out|
|Lupus (SLE)||3%||Ruled out|
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
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.
Yeast infections are more common among women with increased levels of estrogen. This is seen in those who use estrogen-containing birth control pills and among women who are pregnant. The increased hormone level causes changes in the vaginal environment that make it a media for fungal growth and nourishment.