Getting Rid of Candida

Question: Is it possible to get rid of candida? If so, how? It seems I've tried it all but the symptoms persist!

Answer:

Thank you for your question.  It is a tougher one to answer than one might think.  Then I remembered a somewhat funny conversation I had with a girlfriend of mine who happens to be a doctor.  With were talking all-things “down there” and she said, “not all things that itch are yeast”.  It must have been my mood that day but made me laugh so hard that I nearly peed - but that is between you and me.   

With my friend’s words of wisdom in mind, and given that your symptoms persist, I would strongly recommend you work with start with your doctor first and ask for a referral to a gynecologist to ensure that you are targeting the cause of your symptoms i.e. is something else causing the symptoms you are experiencing.  Our bodies are pretty amazing and anything that disrupts the body’s natural defenses can lead to an imbalance in microflora (the mix of bacteria in and on our bodies). It is crazy how many things can cause irritation to the vagina.  Read on.

Courtesy of OB/GYN: the natural defense of the vagina relies on protective organisms, intact epithelial cells, and often estrogen. Lactobacillus is the cornerstone of this protection, lowering the vaginal pH to create an environment unsuited to the growth of bacteria. It also inhibits bacterial adherence to epithelial cells and competes with them for nutrients. [Might I interject: that is why ingesting live strains of lactobacillus from yogurt, for example, are a cornerstone of nutrition recommendations, along with the avoidance of sugar and alcohol, which yeast loves to feast upon.] The vaginal equilibrium is affected by semen, arousal, tampons, menstrual blood, douching, antibiotics, and other irritants.”

Other things that throw the balance off-kilter include:

·       Wearing tight clothes

·       Using hygiene sprays, wipes, scented detergents and dryer sheets

·       Shaving and using scented lotions and soaps – even bubble bath

·       Lubricated, scented or flavoured condoms, contraceptive creams, jellies and sponges

The reason for persistent candida infections could be that the normal vaginal microflora hasn’t truly been re-established, undertreatment of the initial infection, underlying predispositions, or behavioural risk factors. Reinfection is also another possibility – any sexual partner, male or female with candida, can re-infect you. The same goes for any “personal devices” like sex toys and other accoutrements (even Diva™ cups).  These items need to be sterilized after each use to prevent reinfection.

I hope this helps to answer a not-so-easy question.  Good luck in your search for answers.  Working with a doctor and gynecologist is your best bet.


Health science changes quickly.  The information contained in this material should not be misconstrued as medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor or trusted health provider to determine what is best for you.