General Information about Yeast Infections


I’ve never had yeast infections before doing a candida cleanse, why would I get them when I’m using anti-fungals?

Just as killing off colon or systemic yeast can produce feelings of illness including a variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms, killing off vaginal yeast can cause some discomfort as well.


Whether or not you’ve had vaginal yeast issues in the past, during treatment your vaginal health may very well be affected by the common healing phenomenon of “getting worse before getting better’. This is sometimes called a “healing crisis”. You can read about “healing crises” in an article on the topic in the Newsletter section.

Die off related worsening of vaginitis but is quite common. Even some people for whom vaginal yeast is not a regular complaint, experience unusual discharges during candida treatment. It would seem as if the body is trying to eliminate excess yeast via the vaginal canal. This however is not likely actually the case as the vagina is not considered an eliminative organ.

The degree to which vaginal discomfort may or may not be a problem is unpredictable and will depend, on your sensitivity to yeast by products and to changes of pH in the vaginal canal. Some women who have struggled with vaginal yeast for a long long time before doing the program will feel relief from the vaginal yeast symptoms soon into their program.  However, some women will feel worse before they feel relief.


A small minority of women who have CRC and significant existing problems with vaginal yeast, may experience vaginal yeast as their “key die off symptom” (one that worsens when too much anti-fungal is used too quickly). In the same way that other women may have to cope with anxiety, fatigue, sinus inflammation or joint pain, these women may have to “negotiate” with vaginal yeast throughout their treatment.


Other women, will have yeast infections during treatment when they have never (or rarely) experienced them before. For these women, the transient yeast infections that occur during a candida purge are usually just that, transient, or temporary.

I have observed this phenomenom so often that I’ve developed a working theory. And it is just that…my theory. I believe that just that some women are actually more sensitive to the biochemical changes that occur as the yeast are killed than they are to the living yeast. It is said that, as they die, yeast release more toxins than when they are alive. This might explain why some women may feel sensitivity, itching and discomfort during a yeast purge while they have never had a complaint about a vaginal yeast infection before.

Why does my doctor tell me that my vaginal swab is “normal” when I am experiencing discomfort that feels like a yeast infection?

As suggested above, the actual process of killing off yeast can, for some women, be just as uncomfortable or even more uncomfortable than when they are living. When the yeast die, they release toxic by-products like ethanol and acetaldehyde. These chemicals in large numbers may be just as irritating as the yeast itself. They may also contribute to unusual bacterial growth and pH changes in the vagina - thus causing irritation and or changing the natural discharge and even affecting the usual odour.


The natural remedies listed below have not been evalutated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are solutions offered either by our product suppliers or our members. None of the information above or below should be construed as a medical diagnosis or medical advice.

Important considerations:

Many bleached and or scented feminine hygiene products can cause irritation that can lead to an imbalance of flora and subsequent yeast infections. Even some natural feminine hygiene products can cause irritation. Other products to avoid include foaming bath soaps, scented or chemically based laundry products, and even many so called, natural soaps. A gentle goat’s milk soap bar or a completely natural liquid soap that is pH balanced may be tolerated by sensitive individuals but plain water is often the best.
COTTON panties are the healthy choice because they breathe. Silk, polyester, or anything except cotton will help to create the conditions the yeast thrive in. This includes nylon panties or stockings. If you cannot avoid wearing stockings, some women cut out the material from between the legs to allow for air circulation.

Also, you and your sexual partner CAN pass this back and forth! So it is VERY important that both men and women urinate immediately after sex to flush the uretha and then wash well. If you have intercourse or genital contact while you have a yeast infection, condom use is recommended. For more information on the issue of whether yeast is contagious, please see this post.

If you bath, in addition to avoiding the use of soap in the bathwater to prevent irritation, you may want to clean the tub out to prevent residual yeast from multiplying and potentially re-infecting you or others who use the tub. It’s a good idea to spray out the tub with a solution of peroxide and vinegar (2 tablespoons to 8 ounces). Using fresh towels daily if possible (washed in hot water, natural detergent and borax powder or white vinegar (to sterize)) until the infection is gone.

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