Yeast Infection Causes

What Causes Yeast Infections in Women and Men?

There are millions of microorganisms living on your body. Hundreds of these organisms are different types of yeast. The yeast will live in areas of the body that are cool and damp. Most of the yeast are harmless and only a small collection of species can cause yeast infections.

Favorable areas for yeast to thrive include damp areas of the body such as: the throat, nose, mouth, feet (if shoes are worn a lot), groin area and armpits. Yeast also love to live inside our bodies - their favorite spot is the lining of the gut.

Having some yeast in your bowels is normal and even prevents constipation, but some types of yeast such as Candida may multiply too quickly, which may cause an infection.

So, what Causes a Yeast Infection?

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The good bacteria in your body will normally keep the bad bacteria under control, but certain things may upset this balance.

Some of these include:

  • Can antibiotics cause yeast infections? Yes, taking antibiotics cause yeast infections because they kill off good bacteria. Vaginal yeast infections are often seen in women who have taken antibiotics for a UTI.
  • Hormonal imbalances due to disease or pregnancy.
  • Can birth control cause yeast infections? Yes, both hormone therapy and taking birth control pills have been linked to increased risk of yeast infections.
  • Low immune system. What causes thrush in babies? Babies may develop oral thrush because their immature immune systems are not capable of keeping the yeast under control yet.
  • Can sex cause a yeast infection? Yes, yeast overgrowth is more common after sexual intercourse. This is due to the introduction of bacteria into the vagina.  
  • A vaginal yeast infection is more common during a woman’s period (menstruation). The use of tampons is one of the major vaginal yeast infection causes.
  • People with badly controlled diabetes.
  • Poor hygiene practices. Wearing damp or dirty clothing. Wearing fabrics that don't allow the skin to “breathe”.
  • Injury (open wounds) can also increase the risk of yeast infections.  
  • The use of perfumed vaginal hygiene products or the use of douches.
  • Obesity can increase the risk by providing the yeast with dark, moist folds of skin.
  • PH levels of the body have been affected, which could be due to diet and a number of other factors. We believe that a person’s diet has a huge role to play in the prevention and treatment of yeast infections. Foods that should be avoided include: Sugar, fruit, alcohol, grains (your body breaks it down into sugar), vinegar (except for apple cider vinegar), peanut and dairy (lactose is sugar).
  • Taking steroids or using steroid creams.
  • Can condoms cause yeast infections? No, but condoms containing a spermicide known as nonoxynol-9 has been linked to vaginal irritation, with symptoms that might mimic a yeast infection.

The answer is simple. Taking friendly flora (probiotics), will fix the imbalance. Best sources of probiotics include friendly flora capsules containing “lactobacillus” and/or eating foods high in good bacteria such as kefir or yogurt (Plain, sugar free) or fermented foods such as kombucha.

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