Over the decades, one of the most common questions we have consistently encountered is: “Why do I keep getting yeast infections and how can I get rid of them?”
These inquiries often come from individuals dealing with chronic recurring yeast infections. We have encountered a myriad of such cases.
If you search online, you will find thousands of bloggers and sites discussing this issue. However, most of them have hardly ever interacted with a person affected by this condition. Much of the information disseminated is mere repetition without firsthand experience.
We have created this page to help you understand the causes of recurring yeast infections and what you can do about them.
The information presented below is based on close to 30 years of experience helping individuals get their health back.
Causes of Recurrent Yeast Infections: Why Do Yeast Infections Return And Why They Become Chronic
- Antibiotic Usage: Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, but they can also disrupt the natural balance of microorganisms in the body. They can kill beneficial bacteria, which can lead to an overgrowth of yeast, such as Candida albicans, resulting in a yeast infection.
- Imbalance of Microflora: The human body hosts a variety of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi, which usually exist in balance. An imbalance in this microflora, often caused by factors like diet, medications, or illness, can lead to the overgrowth of yeast and subsequently, a yeast infection.
- Hormonal Changes: Changes in hormone levels, particularly increases in estrogen, can alter the environment in the vagina, making it more favorable for yeast growth. This is why yeast infections are more common during pregnancy, menstrual cycles, and with the use of hormonal contraceptives.
- Weakened Immune System: A weakened immune system is less able to control the growth of yeast. People with compromised immune systems, are at a higher risk of developing yeast infections.
- Underlying Conditions: Certain underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, can increase the risk of yeast infections. High blood sugar levels create a favorable environment for yeast to thrive, and poor immune function can further contribute to the risk.
- Processed Foods And Alcohol: Diets high in processed foods, sugars, and alcohol can disrupt the balance of microflora in the body, promote inflammation, and impair immune function, all of which can contribute to the development of yeast infections.
- Stress: Chronic stress can have a negative impact on the immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections, including yeast infections. Additionally, stress can disrupt hormone balance and contribute to imbalances in the gut microbiome.
Each of these factors can contribute to the development and recurrence of yeast infections, either independently or in combination with others. Addressing these factors through lifestyle changes, medical treatment, and managing underlying conditions can help prevent recurring yeast infections.
You can learn more about treatment and management by watching the video below, where we dive deep into the topic of chronic recurring yeast infections.