Hi, Eric Bakker, naturopath, author of Candida Crusher with another female FAQ.
Is a vaginal yeast infection caused by bacteria?
No, a yeast infection is caused by yeast and not bacteria. There’s a clear difference between them both. So bacterial infections generally cause a condition called bacterial vaginosis. Candida albicans causes a condition called a vaginal yeast infection or thrush. So there’s a clear distinction between them both.
Yeast infections are reasonably normally occurring in many women to a very minor degree where they don’t really provide strong symptoms. And quite a high degree of women have Candida albicans normally in the tissues in that part of the body. Some have more; some have less, but when it becomes a problem is when it’s overgrowing; it over proliferates.
Bacteria are usually kept in check in that area, and there are bacteria that live in that part of the body, too. Corynebacterium, for example, are quite commonly found in vaginal tissue in the lining there of the vagina. And they don’t usually cause a problem. Lactobacillus species are in there as well, beneficial bacteria. Other bacteria, however, are associated with vaginosis and particularly BV, or bacterial vaginosis. I’ve spoken about this previously. It causes more of a gray, profuse, watery, a fishy briny sort of discharge; whereas the vaginal infection is a different infection altogether. Both can create an itch, and a vaginal itch is more incessant and can drive you crazy compared to the bacterial vaginosis.
Getting checked out is important here, so go to your gynecologist or doctor and ask to be swabbed and checked out, so you know what you’re dealing with then you can treat it accordingly.
You can read a lot more about these conditions in my book, Candida Crusher, particularly Chapter 5 on chronic vaginal infections. In Chapter 3 under diagnosis, I go into great detail more so about the different types of vaginal infections and inflammations. You can read a lot more about this. I talk about the medical treatments in my book, the natural treatments, and give you lots of solutions on how to deal with this problem. So be sure to get a copy and have a good read there.
So vaginal yeast infection is caused by yeast and not bacteria, so I hope that answers your question. Thank you.