Here we go again. The itchy, scratchy intro, the squirming, the dampness that makes it overwhelmingly distracting; all you can think about is scratching that implacable itch. The onset of a yeast infection never makes a subtle entrance, but more of a Kramer on Seinfeld kind of bust through the door (or seat of your pants) entrance; attention grabbing, dramatic, and impossible to ignore. Not again, you think. I just went through this last month! What is causing it to happen again and again?
Candida/Yeast is present in everyone’s body, even men, and doesn’t cause any symptoms at all at normal levels. Yeast infections are an overgrowth of the fungus, candida, within the vaginal canal and are also referred to as candidiasis. Yeast infections are a common condition afflicting many women for various reasons. Antibiotics, diet, and hormones rank as the top few invites to this comfort cramper, opening the door to this fervently fertile fungus for its no holds barred disruption of your day. The most unnerving cause is related to hormones, occurring as often as monthly in hand in hand with your menstrual cycle (because having your period, cramps, and bloating isn’t enough), and the frequency of this type of yeast infection increases as women age as a result of fluctuating hormone levels that accompany menopause.
Estrogen levels continually rise, to encourage endometrial proliferation (or thickening of the uterine lining) for pregnancy, peaking at or around day 14 when you ovulate. Estrogen levels fall after realizing there was no fertilization of an egg to induce menstruation and shed the lining of the uterus that is no longer needed for an egg to implant. When menopause begins, at a very leisurely and inconsistent gait mind you, the estrogen levels that normally decrease at the start of your period remain at higher levels, inhibiting your cycle. This sustained estrogen increase fosters a moist vaginal environment which is exactly the kind of party candida prefers. When women are put on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in the form of estrogen to offset falling levels and the hot flashes, headaches, and monstrous mood swings that accompany it, sometimes the body cannot suppress it well enough to maintain the expected fluctuation in environment that would otherwise keep yeast low key.
So, now you’re thinking, well, I’m menopausal, I need the estrogen my Dr. prescribes, but I can’t take this anymore. You’re right, you do, and for the most part your body will adjust its rhythm to this new tune your hormones are singing, but in the meantime there are natural approaches to lowering your estrogen levels without coming off of your HRT, that you can take monthly to simulate the effect decreased estrogen has on your vaginal canal and prevent the yeast stampede.
One reputable supplement is Diindolylmethane, or DIM, that is effective at lowering estrogen levels in the body. When talking to superhealthcenter.com, a knowledgeable supplier of DIM, we inquired about this products method of lowering estrogen. “There’s good estrogen, and bad estrogen, and they both affect individuals differently. The bad estrogen, or 16 and 4 hydroxy-estrogens, contributes to the overgrowth of yeast seen with infections. DIM effectively suppresses the bad ones and encourages levels of the good ones or 2 hydroxy estrogens.” This product has more benefits than just preventing yeast infections, so you may consider taking it daily as superhealthcenter.com explained, “…both forms of bad estrogen are carcinogenic, and women with higher levels these two types have an increased risk for breast cancer.”
Another approach is taking I3C Indole-3-Carbinol, which promotes the metabolism of excess estrogen. “This process lowers high estrogen levels that contribute to a number of problems in both men and women, such as increased fat content, and loss of muscle, “ superhealthcenter.com explained. This product also increases the immune system, aiding in your fight against the fungus. “And there is always the undisputed acidophilus and its undefeated reign over candida overgrowth, these pills are inexpensive and most effective in a combination treatment with I3C, or DIM.” Superhealthcenter.com informed us, and they have all these naturally proven remedies available, as well as advice on how to guide you to your choice of supplement to fend off the funky fungal infection that has you running to the doctor, using messy creams, and waiting for them to work. Be proactive in preventing candida from crashing your party, because it’s a tough and discomfortingly resistant guest to get rid of. More information can be found at www.superhealthcenter.com.Press Release Yeast Infections