This post explores a variety of questions from a site visitor concerning bacterial vaginosis, the birth control pill and Candida.
Hi, First I want to thank you for your blog, it is a great source of information!
I am 23 years old and have suffered from bacterial vaginosis and vaginal yeast infections on and off for around three years. It has been a living hell and medicines only made it better for shorter periods of time. After some research I started a candida diet two weeks ago and so far I’ve seen improvements.
I’m now wondering – is the candida under control or gone if my intimate problems have disappeared? Can I know for sure? Also, I would like to know your opinion on the connection between candida and being on the pill. Can one “cure” candida while on the pill? I’m currently taking Yaz.
Thank you so much for your help! Stephanie
Hi Stephanie, You’re welcome, I’m glad you find it helpful.
Yes, your bacterial vaginosis and vaginal yeast are common experiences for women with Candida overgrowth. The fact that you noticed improvements by following the candida diet is a clear indication that you are on the right track.
Although there is no way for me to know if your Candida is under control, I can tell you how things typically work. Most people see improvements in their health immediately after changing their diet, because the amount of sugar in the body is reduced when the candida diet is followed properly.
Sugar is Candida Albicans favorite food. So when sugar is eliminated then the primary source of fuel for yeast is removed and thus the level of Candida overgrowth diminishes. When the level of overgrowth diminishes, then the level of symptoms will diminish as well. This is a good thing. This is what you want to happen.
However, if you return to eating a regular diet again, Candida and all the symptoms that accompany it will return. Once a yeast problem develops there is no returning to the regular diet. A Candida diet usually must be followed the remainder of one’s life. Sugar is not a food and is destructive to the human mind and body. It leads to numerous health conditions besides Candida.
The human body can take only a certain amount of abuse. Once you hit a point where you begin to see negative effects to your health because of sugar and other refined foods, then it must be removed and there is no going back.
Candida will only remain under control as long as one eats a diet and lives a lifestyle that does not encourage yeast overgrowth. It’s also important to note, that although diet is the most crucial step in the recovery process, that it usually must be accompanied by probiotics as well as some form of antifungals to be most effective. Other issues like adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, heavy metal toxicity like mercury poisoning, pH, colon functioning, food sensitivities must be addressed as well.
In regard to the pill. No, you cannot control Candida while on the pill. Taking the pill is one of the primary causes of yeast overgrowth. It must be discontinued for anyone with a yeast problem, otherwise it will continually perpetuate the problem. Not only that, the pill is just plain unhealthy for any woman for numerous other reasons as well.