Hormone Changes and Illness May Cause Yeast Infections



Changes in your hormone balance can bring on a yeast infection, and that’s why so many pregnant women are infected.

(Pregnant women should never attempt to treat an infection themselves – always talk to your doctor first! The symptoms could actually be caused by a bacterial infection that could be dangerous to you or your baby.)

Other things (beside pregnancy) that can change your hormone balance

  • Contraceptive pills can change your hormone levels, and some women report that they get a yeast infection once a month when they’re on the pill. If this is the case, talk to your doctor about another birth control option.
  • Hormone replacement therapy at menopause can cause yeast infections by raising the levels of estrogen. And some women experience yeast infections only at certain times in their menstrual cycle, due to the natural hormone changes.
  • Obesity can cause changes to your normal hormone balance, especially insulin, an important hormone. This imbalance  can lead to both yeast infections and diabetes, so anyone who is overweight and who experiences chronic yeast infections should have her blood checked for diabetes, too.
  • Steroids, often prescribed for chronic conditions such as arthritis, can also cause yeast infections. If you need these medications and suffer from chronic yeast infections, talk to your doctor to see if there may be something you can do to reduce your risk of infection. Steroids are artificial hormones, and they also affect the functioning of your immune system, which makes it more difficult for your body to fight off infection.

Illnesses related to hormone imbalance can also cause yeast infections

There are times when a yeast infection is the first symptom of a more dangerous underlying condition. As mentioned above, diabetes is caused by changes in the way the body manufactures or responds to insulin. Many people are first diagnosed with diabetes when they go to their doctor about their yeast infection. That’s why getting a checkup is so important, instead of trying to treat your infection on your own.

Other conditions, such as a thyroid imbalance, can lead to a compromised immune system, which will make it difficult to fight off a yeast infection.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

leesa April 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

hi i was just reading the information regarding hormonal yeast infection, the last couple of months ive experienced symptoms with recuring yeast/bacteria im prescribed prednisone and i see that can increase, if this is hormonal whats good treat? What about fem ph?

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maddy March 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

hey jonni!i am a 15 year old virgin, i i felt sick earlier this week and i knew it was a bad start of a fever. my temperature was high and i had a slight stomach ache so i thought i was going to get a stomach flu sort of thing, then the next day i woke up and it started hurting down there. i told my mom it was hurting down there she said to drink plenty of water so tried that for about 3 days and it wont go away it kind of got a little bit better but not alot. i have a hard time urinating. i got an appointment with my doctor on monday which is in 3 days. but in the meantime i am doomed. i feel like crying after i pee it relly stings when i do. but i got my period today, do you think i got this “infection” because of my periodwhich was about about to come. please give me advice on how to make the pain less when i urinate. thank you

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Jonni March 3, 2012 at 2:10 am

Maddy, your symptoms don’t sound much like a yeast infection. I’m not a doctor, so take this with a grain of salt – but it’s possible that you have a bladder infection or something like that instead of a yeast infection. You might want to try drinking some cranberry juice, just in case that’s what’s wrong. It might make you feel a little better until you see the doctor. You could also try some yogurt to help relieve the symptoms, but I really don’t think that’s going to help much, because I don’t think you have a yeast infection. But I could be wrong.

If you start hurting any more than you are now, or if anything changes — anything at all! — have your mom take you to an urgent care clinic to get checked.

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