Ladies, have you ever experienced abnormal vaginal discharge? It’s not just your usual white or clear fluid. Instead, it’s thick and clumpy, with an unpleasant odor that could knock someone out cold. Don’t be alarmed; you might be experiencing a yeast infection.
You may have heard of the term "yeast infection" thrown around by women, but what is it actually? And how does it affect our menstrual cycle? Look no further because we’ve got all the juice on this fungal affair!
What is a yeast infection?
Let's break down the basics first. Vaginas are homes to different types of bacteria - both good and bad ones - as well as fungi like Candida albicans. Yeast infections occur when there's an overgrowth of Candida albicans in your vagina due to factors such as:
- Antibiotics use
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Weak immune system
- Hormonal changes (such as pregnancy)
- Poor diet
Symptoms include itching, burning sensation during urination or sexual intercourse, soreness/swelling around the vulva area and of course, unusual vaginal discharge (milk-like texture).
Don't worry; yeast infections are common among women at some point in their lives so let's not freak out here!
How do yeast infections affect your period?
Now that we've established what a yeast infection looks like let's shift our focus towards periods.
Does having a fungal flourish near Aunt Flo time impact my cycle? The answer varies from case-to-case basis with many possible reasons:
Reason 1: Taking hormone-based contraceptives
If you're currently taking hormonal birth control pills or patches/inserts/rings for contraception purposes—chances are they’re affecting/prolonging your periods' length indirectly contributing to developing more prone areas leading to yeast infections. Hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on the balance of bacteria/fungi in our lady parts leading to, unfortunately, irritation.
Reason 2: Tampon usage
Tampons are a breeding ground for infection-causing germs when worn for prolonged periods - this doesn't mean they're not effective! It's vital to change at least once every eight hours or switch up with pads.
If you have a yeast infection then tampon use might cause more difficulties further along your menstrual cycle. The best course of action is using sanitary products like pads alternatively while you're experiencing problems and wearing loose/comfortable clothes.
Reason 3: Candida overgrowth slows down insulin secretion
What's candida got to do with my hormones? Isn't it just some weird fungal thing? Actually, it's much more than that!
Candida secretes toxins considered harmful by the human body leading your immune system into releasing insulin inhibition which keeps endocrine glands from producing enough hormones balancing metabolism bringing us back full circle getting in bed beside hormonal contraceptives shooting off key chemicals making pelvic area distressed during menstruation increasing risk exposure perilous pathogens – including yeasts living inside vaginas and other moist areas prone-to-infections such as armpits or even elbows?? Yeah-- no one expected the latter?
When Candida grows out of control- hormone tides result regarding serotonin levels causing mood swings known as IBS affecting bowel movements triggering ADHD-type symptoms; subsequent reactions may occur such as feelings flare-ups preeclampsia increased depression frustration temporary anxiety attacks skin issues dizziness headaches migraines nausea tremors seizures even autoimmune diseases amongst others stated in recent research findings we’re probably missing without developing Alzheimer’s Disease though post-menopausal women protected somewhat perhaps thanks improved estrogen levels assisting memory-related functions preventing cognitive loss said expert Dr Dodge this matter and studying further developments why isn’t everyone doing lectures about how taking medicinal mushrooms can help our own memory improvement?
Reason 4: Yeast infections increase stress levels
We all know that when we aren’t feeling great or healthy, it affects our mental well-being. When your body is battling a yeast infection, cortisol hormone levels naturally rise (part of the stress-reaction cycle) and ultimately increasing anxiety.
Try combatting this by prioritizing activities like yoga or other low-intensity workouts to support your immune system during times of distress. Eating healthier foods aiding reproductive health will certainly assist with faster recovery time.
Menstruation & Yeast Infections: The Perfect Pair?
Multiple reasons cause yeast infection - hormonal changes included. Getting periods involves fluctuating hormones in its build-up ebb-and-flow process leading some people susceptible to chronic SIADH syndrome also known as menstrual-cycle-related vaginal candidiasis
Now let's dive under the hoodget comfy girls—we’re about to get technical!
The menstrual cycle begins with follicular phase triggering estrogen surges resulting in thickened uterine walls preparing for fertilization soon after ovulation — if no egg meets sperm bada-bing—it goes into luteal stage where progesterone production increases making endometrial lining even thicker supplying nourishment implantation - ending either giving birth miscarriage yet another period! Labor pains here we come ladies!!
As these hormone fluctuations take place, pH level changes within the vagina causing an imbalance between fungi/bacteria which can result in issues surrounding fertility/reproductive health like BV (Bacterial Vaginosis). For those prone-to-yeast infections—extra precautions such as wearing unrestrictive breathable clothing since sweating leads rapid bacterial growth added washing undergarments extra care hygiene maintaining cleanliness taking medication outlined by doctor regarding associated treatment procedures will greatly benefit overall health aside from menstruation difficulties at any rate!
If you're experiencing symptoms that match up with what we've described above, chances are, you're among the many women experiencing yeast infections. And while menstrual cycles can have an effect on them, there are still things you can do to minimize discomfort or even avoid it altogether.
Always maintain thorough personal hygiene habits and a well-balanced diet with probiotics at meal times such as kefir yogurt sauerkraut kimchi miso tempeh natto - these will contain good bacteria to fend off bad ones creating healthier environments in your body!
Remember that your vagina does not stay one-image fitting all circumstances – if something doesn't quite feel right; it's always best per expert recommendation speaking with medical professionals aptly trained in any relevant field pursuing advice towards better health solutions tailored specifically individual needs—because being unique should never warrant conformity societal standards especially when our lady parts involved am I right women?
Stay healthy and happy from Aunt Flo’s arrival until zany cravings kick-in eat chocolate (in moderation) wake!