Menstrual cycle and vaginal yeast infections

Menstrual cycle and vaginal yeast infections

Women may be more susceptible to vaginal yeast infection at certain times of the menstrual cycle.

Vaginal yeast infection is a common ailment that every woman may encounter at certain times. Decreasing beneficial bacteria due to factors that may cause the natural bacterial balance in the vagina to deteriorate causes harmful bacteria to multiply and cause infection. The most common factors that disrupt balance are the use of antibiotics, weakening of the immune system, the vagina being constantly moist, and changes in the diet. In particular, consuming sugary foods and alcohol can trigger fungal infection, as it facilitates the reproduction of harmful bacteria. Many women may experience symptoms of vaginal infections frequently during pregnancy, many of them in recurrent processes. Vaginal fungus during pregnancy, usually occurs due to pregnancy-related causes, with changes in the vagina flora and pH balance. With the recommendation of the doctor, it is possible to overcome the fungal infection during pregnancy with probiotic supplementation and balanced nutrition. Likewise, recurrent vaginal yeast infections often occur at certain times of the menstrual cycle. If you are following your menstrual cycle, it will not be difficult to determine in which stages you are more likely to develop a fungal infection. Throughout the menstrual cycle, two main female hormones, estrogens and progesterone constantly move in a steady ups and downs and ensure the continuity of the cycle. 

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In addition to providing a reproductive cycle in the body, these hormones also have a wide range of functions and effects. With the recommendation of the doctor, it is possible to overcome the fungal infection during pregnancy with probiotic supplementation and balanced nutrition. Likewise, recurrent vaginal yeast infections often occur at certain times of the menstrual cycle. If you are following your menstrual cycle, it will not be difficult to determine in which stages you are more likely to develop a fungal infection. Throughout the menstrual cycle, two essential female hormones, estrogen and progesterone constantly move in a steady ups and downs and ensure the continuity of the cycle. In addition to providing a reproductive cycle in the body, these hormones also have a wide range of functions and effects. With the recommendation of the doctor, it is possible to overcome the fungal infection during pregnancy with probiotic supplementation and balanced nutrition. Likewise, recurrent vaginal yeast infections often occur at certain times of the menstrual cycle. If you are following your menstrual cycle, it will not be difficult to determine in which stages you are more likely to develop a fungal infection. Throughout the menstrual cycle, two essential female hormones, estrogen and progesterone constantly move in a steady ups and downs and ensure the continuity of the cycle. In addition to providing a reproductive cycle in the body, these hormones also have a wide range of functions and effects. If you are following your menstrual cycle, it will not be difficult to determine in which stages you are more likely to develop a fungal infection.

 Throughout the menstrual cycle, two main female hormones, estrogens and progesterone constantly move in a steady ups and downs and ensure the continuity of the cycle. In addition to providing a reproductive cycle in the body, these hormones also have a wide range of functions and effects. If you are following your menstrual cycle, it will not be difficult to determine in which stages you are more likely to develop a fungal infection. Throughout the menstrual cycle, two essential female hormones, estrogen and progesterone constantly move in a steady ups and downs and ensure the continuity of the cycle. In addition to providing a reproductive cycle in the body, these hormones also have a wide range of functions and effects.

Menstrual cycle and vaginal fungus

If we simply think of the menstrual cycle as 4 weeks from the day the bleeding begins, the most susceptible to vaginal fungal throughout the cycle is the second week and the fourth week of the cycle. In the second week of the cycle, the hormone estrogen, which begins to increase as the ovulation period approaches, also facilitates the growth and development of the organism known as Candida albicans, which causes a fungal infection. Since estrogen also lowers our resistance to this organism, we become more prone to vaginal yeast infection one week after menstruation begins, that is, in the second week of the cycle. During the fourth week of the cycle, the hormone estrogen begins to drop suddenly and affect the acidic balance (pH level) in the vagina. This causes a decrease in beneficial bacteria called Lactobacillus acidophilus, which allows us to protect against fungal infection. therefore, as our new cycle approaches, it is more vulnerable to vaginal yeast infection. Accordingly, another study shows that the progesterone hormone, which rises in the third week of the menstrual cycle, helps protect against fungi.

In order to protect against vaginal fungus during the menstrual cycle, it is enough to pay attention to some daily living standards:

  • Avoid foods that feed the fungus called Candida albicans, especially in the second week of your cycle. Do not consume all sorts of sugary foods and simple carbohydrates, including alcohol, fruit and juice, for at least a week after your menstrual cycle ends.
  • In the second and fourth weeks when you are more inclined to the cork, be sure to use pants and underwear that wear bli air. In particular, your underwear should be constantly dry and clean. If you frequently experience vaginal yeast infection, you can try using breathable pads, organic cotton fabrics or menstrual containers instead of tampons during your menstrual period. It is known that tampons can affect the pH balance in the vagina.
  • Take a probiotic capsule supplement that also contains the ‘good’ bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is famous for fighting fungal infections.
  • There are studies showing that taking 600 IU of vitamin D3 daily also makes it easier to fight fungi that cause vaginal infections.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10639429

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2686440