Estrogen is definitely linked with Candida.
I’ve seen this many, many times with women, particularly estrogen dominant women. A lot of women are estrogen dominant from their mid-to-late 30s up until their mid-to-late 50s.
Estrogen dominance depends on the health of your liver. By drinking alcohol regularly, eating chocolate, and other sweets, you can make it harder for your liver to detoxify estrogen. Estrogen can then build up and cause all sorts of problems. Weight loss and liver cleansing are important ways of reducing estrogen dominance.
Also, estrogen is everywhere today, even in plastics. Certain plastics can mimic estrogens. They are called xenoestrogens. There are various chemicals that we have today that can mimic estrogen.
For that reason, I recommend that people stay away from plastic, styrofoam, styrene, and BPA plastics. All of these chemicals are a source of xenoestrogens. You don’t want to load the body up with excess estrogen.
Estrogen increases several days before menses. Then it slowly decreases as progesterone goes up.
Many women tell me that they get vaginal irritation or itching or discharge.
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Anywhere from two to four or five days before their period. This is very common as estrogen starts to kick in. It starts to prepare the lining inside the womb and the uterus for possible implantation.
Estrogen makes that area nice and plump and soft, and it also allows the cells to stimulate glycogen, which is a kind of sugar that Candida loves.
Candida Albicans is the common one found probably in about 65/70 percent of the vaginal cultures, but other types of Candida are associated as well.
If you are on a pill and you get problems, my suggestion is to talk to the doctor and get off the combination pill and look at a progesterone-only pill. Usually, you will have a lesser chance of this kind of vaginal irritation if you go progesterone only.
Be careful about intrauterine devices, IUDs, because they’ve got up to four to five times greater risk of Candida compared to no IUD.
You may want to give yourself a break from the pill for three or six months or more, do a proper Candida diet approach, and a proper vaginal cleanout with boric acid.