Causes for Recurring Yeast
There are quite a few possible causes for
recurring yeast infections or candidiasis. If you suffer
from these irritating fungal infections, you know how
annoying and, possibly, painful they can be.
So why are you having these recurrent infections and what
can you do to stop them from coming back?
Well, I guess that is the million dollar question and we
will attempt to find the answer for you.
Below we list some of the common causes of recurrent yeast
infections. If you see yourself in any of these descriptions,
try and change your behavior and see if this stops the
infections from reappearing. Although it may seem
insurmountable now, sometimes all it takes is a little change
to affect your health in a positive way.
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First, though, what actually is a recurring yeast infection?
The medical community defines this as having 4 or more yeast
infections in a year. (For an explanation of yeast infection
itself, see our page on what is a yeast
Now to be a bit technical here, although they are often used
interchangeably, a recurring yeast infection is different than
a chronic yeast infection.
A recurrent yeast infection is one that you can successfully
treat and get rid of but it is likely to come back in the
future. On the other hand, a chronic yeast infection is one
that is always there for a prolonged period of time - in other
words, you can not get rid of it.
So if you do see your doctor and discuss your infection,
just be aware of the difference.
Now on to the causes for recurring yeast infections.
Recurrent Yeast Infection
- Oral Contraceptives/Hormones -
Birth control pills cause the hormone level in the body to
fluctuate. As these levels change, it can make the body
more inviting and hospitable to the yeast. A women may also
be more likely to have a yeast infection around the time of
their period due to the change in her hormone levels.
- Diabetes - A person with diabetes
offers a good environment for the yeast cells to multiply
and lead to a yeast infection. This is due to the fact that
people with diabetes have higher amounts of glucose (sugar)
in their blood which will feed the yeast and lead to
candidiasis. If this is the case with you, you should see
your doctor since a yeast infection in a person with
diabetes can be a warning sign that your diabetes is not
- Pregnancy - Pregnancy, like birth
control pills, will also affect a woman's hormone levels.
Any change in the balance of the vaginal environment can
lead to a yeast infection. There is more sugar in the
vagina during pregnancy which the yeast can feed off of,
causing the fungus to multiply. For more information, see
our page on yeast infections
- Weakened Immune System - The body
needs a healthy immune system to ward off infections. When
the body does not have a strong immune system, it gives the
fungus that causes a yeast infection a chance to multiply.
People with HIV/Aids are especially susceptible to having
yeast infections since it affects the immune system.
Everyday factors such as lack of sleep, sickness,
stress, etc. can also lead to a weakened immune system. One
of those causes for recurring yeast infections that you may
not have been aware of. This gives you yet another reason
to take care of yourself.
- Antibiotics - Antibiotics have
many benefits. They do their job well and get rid of the
bad bacteria in your body which was making you sick.
However, as they are getting rid of the bad bacteria, they
are also killing off some of the good bacteria. This alters
the balance in your body and can lead to candidiasis.
Since your body has less good bacteria to stop the
Candida fungus from growing and multiplying, a yeast
- Feminine Products - If you use
any of the following products, you should use the unscented
and uncolored versions: douches, bubble bath, hygiene
sprays, toilet paper and tampons or pads. However, douches
and hygiene spray are not recommended, especially if you
suffer from recurring vaginal yeast infections since they
can change the balance in the vagina.
- Clothing - White, breathable
fabrics such as cotton are the best bet if you have yeast
infections. Tight, non-breathable clothing/underwear can
give the fungus that leads to candidiasis a dark, moist
place to grow. Breathable fabrics that are washed
frequently can help stop infections.
- Spermicides - Some studies have
shown that the spermicide Nonoxynol-9 is linked to yeast
infections. This spermicide is frequently found in
lubricants on condoms. However, Nonoxynol-9 can also get
rid of a natural layer in your vagina that protects it from
germs. Another one of those surprise causes for recurring
If you use these type of condoms and suffer from
recurrent infections, try using condoms that don't have a
spermicidal lubricant (but be sure to use another layer of
These are some of the more common causes for recurring yeast
infections. If you would like to know the symptoms and
treatment for infections, see our list of articles on
Causes of Recurring Yeast Infections
Dealing With Yeast