The Causes of Yeast Infections


Yeast infections are common in human beings. If you have both yeast and bacteria infections, the growth of yeast infection will be limited by the immune system and the bacteria. This happens if both infections are at the same spot. In this case, the yeast infection will not show any symptoms.

Causes include:

  • Vaginal candidiasis. Use of detergents or douches encourages the growth of yeast cells within the vagina. This is because these detergents or douches perturb the vaginal lactic acid bacteria, leading to growth of yeast cells. Internal hormonal or physiological disturbances can also lead to the disturbance of the vaginal bacteria and lead to the growth of yeast cells.
  • Contraceptive use. Use of family planning contraceptives have been noted as a risk factor in the growth of yeast cells.
  • Anal sex. Engaging in vaginal sex immediately after anal sex without cleaning has also been noted as a risk factor in encouraging the growth of yeast cells.
  • The use of antibiotics has been linked to incidences of yeast infections.
  • Diet. Diet plays a vital role in keeping the body healthy by boosting the body’s immune system. A poor diet lacking in vital minerals, amino acids and important nutrients leads to a weak immune system that is prone to yeast infections.
  • Therapy treatments. Certain therapy treatments encourage the growth of yeast cells. These include use of steroids and cancer treatments. Some diseases such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS have been linked to yeast infections.

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