Unfortunately many of the problems associated with yeast infections are somewhat cyclical and here I will identify two issues that cause many men problems, and which also at first glance, can result in a condition which appears distinct from yeast infection.
I have found that many men who suffer from prostate problems are subsequently identified as also suffering from a yeast infection. Although these may appear to be conditions which are entirely unrelated this is not in fact true. In men, any yeast which is collected by the penis can travel up the urethra and settle in the prostate which resides at the top. This may result in the man not developing significant symptoms of a yeast infection, but he can show signs of prostatitis. Obviously, if this condition is treated without the possibility of a yeast infection being investigated, then the prostatitis will recur. And, again obviously, this is a condition which is very worrying to a lot of men.
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Unfortunately the way in which a man can contract a yeast infection is if his partner has it. And, if the partner is not treated for a yeast infection, then the man will be reinfected when having sexual intercourse. Here we end up with a course of events which is cyclical because for the man it results in constant recurring prostatitis – and for which the true source of the problem, his partner’s infection – remains forever untreated.
Because the vagina is a perfect environment for yeast organisms, then if you are a man suffering from prostate problems, or indeed if you are a woman whose partner is suffering from prostate problems, then one avenue to investigate is the possibility that the female in the relationship may have a yeast infection. By clearing up this infection and also any which has been transferred to the male, the prostate problems may well also diminish.
The other issue which causes cyclical prostatitis relates to that of alcohol. In my experience when it comes to men, beer is the major causation. Often men who drink beer will find they suffer not only from recurring prostatitis but also from jock itch.
Although there has been much debate about the relationship between alcohol and yeast infections, over the years I have seen many cases of both yeast infections and prostatitis clear up once a patient has ceased, or at least substantially reduced, beer intake. Beer is more conducive to yeast infections because of the amount of yeast, sugar and alcohol left in the beverage compared to other drinks, although in women wine seems to be compatible to encouraging yeast overgrowth.
Despite the fact that some recent research studies conclude that alcohol intake and prostatitis are not linked, there have been substantial studies that indirectly lead to an alternative conclusion. This relates to the number of people who have a high alcohol intake suffering from gut dysbiosis (alteration of gut microflora) and leaky gut syndrome. Since gut dysbiosis often involves Candida overgrowth and this yeast infection can travel up the urethra to affect the prostate, then I think this certainly puts the no link research into question. Certainly though it would appear that there is a link between prostate cancer and alcohol intake, so, yet again, it seems that studies are not as conclusive as they may currently appear to be. Personally I believe the relationship between alcohol, dysbiosis, yeast infections and prostate problems in general is worthy of a lot more investigation. There are far too many contradictions and indirect links to simply confine this situation to a back drawer.
However the route to better health in this situation seems clear and certainly in my experience I have seen many patients experience significant improvements in prostate problems if this course of action is taken and it is certainly better than consistently treating yeast and/or prostate problems which will only recur if the source, alcohol, is still ingested:
If you or your partner have a substantial alcohol intake and either suffers from symptoms of yeast overgrowth or prostatitis, then both should look at following this plan:
Cut down on the alcohol and, if possible, cut it out completely. Then both should get either checked out for a yeast infection or simply assume this could be the cause and move on to remedying the problem naturally. This is basically achieved by making amendments to diet and lifestyle. If the health of both improve, and, of course this should happen because even taking the issue of alcohol consumption in isolation many negatives will be resolved, then often the prostatitis issues will also be remedied.