I’ve been asked before whether kidney stones and ruptured ovarian cysts can be related to Candida. My answer is that I don’t see either condition as being directly related to Candida. There are many other reasons for these conditions.
Kidney stones and ovarian cysts are topics you really need to talk about with your naturopathic doctor. Preferably talk to a doctor who has some gynecological experience. There are lots of variables to discuss, including your menstrual cycle, your hormones, your lifestyle, diet, and stressors. Try not to point the finger at one particular cause – it may be a combination of things that are interfering with your kidneys and ovaries.
Many young women get ovarian cysts. It’s almost like an epidemic today, but there could be a whole bunch of reasons why these cysts are occurring. A lot of women don’t have regular menstrual cycles, lack proper bowel function, and eat unhealthy diets. For example, I read recently that one in three women don’t eat breakfast anymore. If I was your practitioner, I’d be looking carefully at how you live, how you eat, how you think.
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When the ovaries are playing up, I look very carefully at the stress, or HPA axis. I examine how the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenals are functioning. The HPA axis regulates luteinizing and follicle-stimulating hormones, both of which impact the menstrual cycle. I have found that 99% of women with ovarian cysts have a cortisol problem. This possibility should always be checked out in women with ovarian cysts.
I had one viewer who had been to the emergency 26 times for kidney stones and ovarian cysts. Clearly, something is not right. That viewer needs to find a practitioner who has the time to very carefully piece together what is going on to cause this severity of symptoms. I don’t see Candida as being directly related, but it could be there as a bystander. For example, if your immune system has taken a hit, Candida can take the opportunity to have a real field day.
In the case of endometriosis, I have seen many cases linked with Candida. A long-standing vaginal yeast infection may contribute to endometriosis. It could also be a prelude for ovarian cysts.