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Can antibiotics cause vaginal yeast infections?
Learn why antibiotics can cause vaginal yeast infection (thrush) and what you can do to protect yourself from antibiotic-induced outbreaks in the future!
There are many reasons why I hate having a vaginal yeast infection. The itchyness, irritation and burning commonly associated with this health issue is obviously annoying, but what bothers me the most is me not being able to enjoy in sexual intercourse with my husband during a vaginal thrush outbreak.
I'm not sure about your case, but the reason I've been suffering from recurrent yeast infections (I usually have them every other month) is the use of antibiotics. According to experts, antibiotics can indeed cause vaginal yeast infection…
To tell you more about my case, when I was in my teenage years my doctor oftentimes prescribed me with antibiotics, even for mild health issues that could have been treated in some other way. Now when I'm in my adult years my body can't fight fungal infections as effectively as it could without the damage caused by the antibiotic medicine.
As a consequence, I have to go through hell every time I have a bout of vaginal thrush.
Why can antibiotics cause vaginal yeast infections?
If you've been reading about yeast infections (or vaginal thrush bouts) before, you probably know that they are caused by fungal organisms like Candida Albicans. While we can find pathogens like that in each and every one of us, they are harmless as long as you have strong immune system and enough protective bacteria in your human microflora.
The problem with antibiotics is that they not only kill harmfull bacteria, but previously mentioned friendly bacteria that protects you from pathogens. When you use antibiotics for long periods of time, there's not enough good bacteria left in your body to protect you against fungal microorganisms.
As a result, conditions in your vaginal and gut microflora change from acidic to more alkaline, which creates a perfect environment for yeast infection (thrush) causing pathogens to grow, multiply, change their shape and become invasive. And once Candida yeasts take over your vaginal or gut microflora, yeast infection symptoms occur.
Don't take antibiotics unless you really need them!
It's true, antibiotics can save you from certain life-threatening bacteria, however, that doesn't mean you should take this medication every time you get sick. Unless you are sick to death and the only way out is with antibiotics, I would not take them. Instead I would let my immune system do the work.
This way, you'll protect yourself against recurrent vaginal yeast infection (thrush) outbreaks, plus avoid antibiotics dependancy. Because if you're depending on antibiotics to get you healthy all the time, you deprive your own immune system from building up a resistance to a particular pathogen, which is definitely not good in the long run.
Therefore, question your doctor the next time he or she prescribes you with antibiotics. Is it really necessary to take them to treat minor cold?
Did you know that certain meat products contain antibiotics as well?
The meat production industry nowadays uses animal feed that contain antibiotics, mainly to stimulate faster animal growth. The problem with this kind of approach is that antibiotics stay in the meat long after the animals have been killed. What's even worse, some of those antibiotics have been banned for such use.
Eating such meat is basically the same as taking antibiotics. While the consumed amount is not as big as when you get a prescription from the doctor, it can still have a negative effect on your body to the point where it causes (recurrent) yeast infections.
The good news is that you can still find antibiotic-free meat on the market. Read why commercial meat can cause vaginal thrush if you'd like to learn more on this.
Repair the devastating effect of antibiotics with probiotic supplements
Another good news is that you can repair the damage caused by antibiotics. What you can do is include probiotic supplements into your diet. This will repopulate your vaginal and gut flora with protective (good) bacteria and thus help you get Candida yeasts back under control.
Probiotics have helped me tremendously with my recurring bout of thrush. If you're suffering from yeast infections on a regular basis, then you may want to take them as well, especially when your doctor prescribes you with another antibiotic therapy.
You can leave your comment below in case you find this article useful. I'd also love to hear about your experiences with yeast infections and how you treat them.