Do you have a yeast infection?

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When I got a yeast infection last year, I was embarrassed when my gynae spotted it in the PAP smear.

The kind doctor that he is, he said that yeast infections are common among women even if they practise excellent personal hygiene.

I’d experienced some itching “down there” but thought it could be due to sweat from all that running around. Thus, I was even more religious about changing my clothes and taking extra, long and thorough showers instead of the usual quick showers.

I was given an antibiotic pill and in a few days, the itching stopped. Phew, so did my worries! After all, who likes getting an “abnormal” result in their PAP smear report?

What increases the chances of a yeast infection?

  1. sweating while exercising, staying in a wet swimsuit,
  2. wearing tight clothing like jeans or synthetic panties (e.g. nylon or spandex),

Buy 100% cotton panties!!!

  • diabetes,
  • birth control pills,
  • higher hormone levels during pregnancy.

Even if you tried your best to keep the vaginal area clean and dry, a yeast infection can easily occur during the third trimester when you’re about to deliver.

IMPORTANT: While yeast infections are generally harmless (i.e. no smell or discharge), you SHOULD talk to your doctor if you notice anything unusual “down there” if you’re pregnant.

Some yeast infections can be passed on to baby in the form of “thrush” (a yeast infection in the mouth). In some cases, bacterial vaginosis (not a yeast infection) needs oral medication because no treatment could lead to a preterm delivery

(Reference: What to Expect When You’re Expecting: 4th Edition by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee E. Hathaway).

THE WORST EVER YEAST INFECTION (vaginitis).

That’s the summer of 2011

  • I was due for a PAP smear and the nurses were horrified to find “cottage cheese”. I was prescribed Diflucan and an insert. Phew, imagine the relief I was praying for when I got home to get these in.
  • A week later, I got it again! I went to the doctor who again gave me Diflucan and that.
  • It got so crazy that I had to go back to the doctor’s THREE times. I got so embarrassed that I went to the pharmacy and found that I could actually buy flucanazole on my own. I bought a whole pack!

Guess what?

The vaginitis (yeast infection) lasted through summer, autumn and even winter!

Why do you get frequent yeast infections?

A person with a weakened immune system may have excess free radicals that are causing damage internally, which manifests itself as a candida overgrowth (candida albicans).

Watch this video tracing the origins of Candida albicans “CANDIDA – The American Parasite: The Hidden Epidemic”:

I googled frantically and came upon the Candida Diet, which required me to:

i) Eliminate all sugars

ii) Eliminate all carbs including starches and starchy vegetables and

ii) Eat a lot of FATS and OILS

I also learned about the lack of essential minerals and vitamins in our body, which lead to a weak immune system.

Endocrine disruptors

Have you heard of Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)?

EDCs are mostly man-made, found in various materials such as pesticides, metals, additives or contaminants in food, and personal care products.

Endochine disruptors have been suspected to be associated with altered reproductive function in males and females; increased incidence of breast cancer, abnormal growth patterns and neuro developmental delays in children, as well as changes in immune function. (Source: World Health Organization)

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, chemicals that are known endocrine disruptors include:

  • diethylstilbestrol (the synthetic estrogen DES),
  • dioxin and dioxin-like compounds,
  • polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs),
  • DDT, and
  • some other pesticides.

Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring substances in plants that have hormone-like activity. Examples of phytoestrogens are genistein and daidzein, which can be found in soy-derived products.

Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a high production volume chemical used in the manufacture of a wide variety of consumer food packaging, some children’s products, and some polyvinyl chloride (PVC) medical devices. In 2006, NTP found that DEHP may pose a risk to human development, especially critically ill male infants.

When I had the vaginitis, the doctor advised me to stay away from perfumed products i.e. douches, spermicides, douches, feminine hygiene sprays, scented tampons, bubble baths or perfumed toilet paper

I shopped for fragrance-free creams and lotions and rekindled my love affair with oils. Remember my love for shu uemura’s facial cleaning oil way back in 2009?

Olive oil and sesame seed oil are some of my favourite carrier oils and now, I discovered virgin coconut oil (VCO).

Do contact me if you have any questions. Good luck with your yeast infection!!!

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6 comments… add one
  • PL Link

    No shame about getting yeast infection. It is actually quite common once the balance between the “good” and “bad” bacteria gets disturbed down there. I get it almost everytime after I complete a dose of antibiotics.

  • aiyoh, i tell u, i got it during my 1st pregnancy. on and off for about 6 mths long! so frustrating. cant take deflucan (oral med) so gotta use the insert only till i know how to go buy from pharmacy instead of visiting gynae all the time.

  • Kit Link

    KittyCat – Tough being a woman, isn’t it?

  • probiotics or diet? Link

    “Antibiotics help to treat the yeast infection but will also increase your chances of getting fungal or other vaginal infections!”

    This is false. Yeast infections are caused by fungus. (Yeasts are subtypes of fungus.) Antibiotics only kill bacteria, and bacteria and fungus are in completely different kingdoms (plant kingdom, animal kingdom, etc.). Antibiotics will NOT treat yeast infections — they only treat bacterial infections. It is true that antibiotics increase your chances of getting a yeast infection, because if they kill the “good” bacteria in your vagina, it gives any yeast in there an opportunity to flourish. Yeast infections are treated by antifungals, NOT antibiotics.

    And yeah, there’s not a lot of good evidence for probiotics (including yogurt) at this point. Nor is there much in the way of evidence for dietary changes — we break down sugars as we digest them and our cells use them for energy, and unless we have diabetes there isn’t going to be sugar in our urine to feed C. albicans. Unless you’re putting sugary foods directly into your vagina, you shouldn’t have to worry too much!

  • Kit Link

    Probiotics or diet – Thanks for the clarification. You’re right. Please excuse the mistake as I’d written this a couple of years ago. Now, I know better and continue to learn more.

    In my case, I think it’s definitely diet as I was taking some super expensive probiotics but they stopped working after a while.

    A healthy diet with lots of natural fats and oils, green leafy vegetables, crushed raw garlic and lots of water have helped me this far 😀

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