Most women will suffer with thrush and/or a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in their lives. It can be a one-time thing that goes by itself, or it can be a recurring problem that doesn’t seem to get sorted no matter how much your restrict your diet. This can be a problem when you are trying to conceive because thrush often underlies repeat urinary tract infections and can make it very difficult to fall pregnant. There is good news though! Where antibiotics & anti-fungals bring temporary relief only for the symptoms to come back with a vengeance, homeopathic remedies can break the chain permanently.
In this blog post:
- How thrush underlies UTI’s
- How thrush affects your fertility
- Why antifungals & antibiotics don’t help in the long run
- How thrush & UTI’s are connected to your emotional well-being
- How to sort thrush & recurring UTI’s for good
Thrush is often called a fungal infection but that makes it sound way worse than it is. The fungus involved is called Candida but the truth is that everybody has this fungus in their bodies. The thing with thrush is, that this fungus has overgrown and is taking over the crime scene! When you know this, you can put 1 and 1 together and conclude that treating thrush is not about killing all the Candida, but it is about restoring balance.
Fungal overgrowth & bacterial infections
Just like everyone has fungus in their bodies, everyone has bacteria too; good and bad. These bad bacteria are not a problem as long as there are enough good bacteria too and the Candida is tamed. If Candida does get the chance to overgrow, you will end up with thrush symptoms. Left untreated that can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria leading to Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) which can travel up and cause urinary tract infection, cystitis, and at it’s worst kidney infection.
How thrush affects your fertility
In order to fall pregnant, the cervical mucus you produce around ovulation time needs to be favorable to sperm (Read: All you need to know about cervical mucus). It needs to be thin enough for the sperm to get through easily and needs to contain the right nutrients to nourish the sperm. If you suffer with an overgrowth of thrush though, it makes the cervical mucus tacky and hard to get through and cannot nourish the sperm.
Candida in the vagina doesn’t just ruin the cervical mucus, it also travels up and can cause thick mucus in the fallopian tubes making it difficult for the egg to travel down and get fertilized.
If you have recurring UTI’s, cystitis or kidney infections you likely have underlying thrush.
On top of that, having inflammation in your body also dramatically reduces your chance of falling pregnant because inflammation is stress, and stress on the body makes your adrenals produce stress hormones and less of the hormones needed to mature a healthy egg and house a baby (Watch: How joy improves your cycle).
In other words, sorting thrush or urinary issues is absolutely essential when trying to conceive.
Why anti-fungals & antibiotics don’t help in the long run
If you have any of the urinary infections or BV, it makes sense to use antibiotics right? Well.. the thing is, antibiotics do not just kill the bad bacteria, they kill all the bacteria. That may mean, yes, that initially you are relieved of your symptoms. However, clearing the ground means there is room for new bacteria to grow and if the environment is not favorable for good bacteria, that means the baddies will come back with their friends and you’re worse off than before. Not to mention, if the underlying problem is the Candida overgrowth and that is not addressed, you will again have a bad bacteria overgrowth on your hands.
Antifungals for thrush may initially also solve your symptoms. However, again if the environment is too favorable for Candida, it will just come back. Not only that, the Candida is also capable of becoming resistant to the antifungals meaning every time you use it, it will be harder to get rid off the overgrowth.
The emotional aspect
Before we get into how to get rid of these overgrowths, let me share something you may not have been aware of: the emotional connection!
Your physical symptoms and emotional well-being are connected, after all you are one person; mind, body soul. Your body as such is not just a machine unconnected to your mind & emotions. Have you ever heard of stress headaches? Right! What about people that get heart disease after grief? Exactly! Or what about people getting the flu right after getting bad news or students suffering from diarrhea before their exams.
The question with thrush is, what emotional state could possibly underlie it? Seeing that thrush is in fact an overgrowth of Candida, we need to look at issues with boundaries. What is going on in your body that it allows the Candida to overgrow? Do you allow people, events or demands to “overgrow” in your life? Do you say “yes” all the time or do you not share your emotions? Chances are you recognize yourself in this has been a pattern I’ve recognized with my patients too.
If thrush develops into a urinary infection, you may have been slacking on your boundaries for a while. Everyone needs boundaries and if you don’t you will likely feel used, which you will get angry about. Anger is a good thing, it tells you something is wrong and needs to be fixed! The thing is, if you do not fix it and shove anger back down, your body will react for you likely with liver symptoms if you’re a guy and urinary problems if you’re a woman. Or have you never heard of the expression “being pissed”?
You may say; “well I get thrush/urinary issues after sex, that has nothing to do with emotions or boundaries”. My reply would be: “a man entering your body has nothing to do with boundaries?”.
Sorting out thrush & UTI’s for good
There are a few practical things you can do yourself to make your body more favorable to good bacteria and less to bad bacteria & Candida:
- Repopulate the gut with good bacteria by taking probiotics, or specific probiotics for the vagina that containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 (eg Optibac’s For Women)
- Eat products with lactic acid (eg Molkosan by Vogel). Lactic acid is used by good bacteria to reproduce and kills bad bacteria
- Take products with Saccharomyces Boullardii, a friendly yeast and crowds out Candida and bad bacteria
- Reduce sugar intake (includes carbs & alcohol) which Candida loves to feed on
- Avoid soaps in the intimate areas as this changes its pH and disturbs the microflora balance
- Wear cotton underwear
- Urinate before and after sex & wash yourself with water especially when using products like Preseed because such lubricants & sperm make the vagina more alkaline than it should be
- Increase water intake
- Consider how you deal with boundaries in your life and if there is any “overgrowth” of commitments & relationships that you need to weed out
- If these suggestions do not sort out your symptoms within a short time frame, or
- If you have a history of thrush and/or urinary problems, or
- If you have these symptoms while trying to conceive…
…book an appointment with me so that we sort out the cause of your recurring issues and kick them to the curb!