Hi. I'm sorry I not sure if you have candida, as I have never experienced that, but I do know that AF, Candida and infections are certainly connected. This is because of Estrogen Dominance. For myself, I've chosen to take Vitex (which is a 2000yr old herb and not a hormone, and much safer and *gentler* than progesterone/pregnenolone, imo) lately, and it seems to really help everything associated with AF. I take 80mg 2x daily in a standardized formula.
I wish I had taken it earlier.
Info on Vitex and Candida:
Estrogen Dominance and Hormone Imbalance
Estrogen dominance or excess estrogen, can be a result of hormone imbalance. My hope is that this page will help you understand how this can happen; what it can lead to, and how to fix it.
Excess estrogen will literally feed candida growth because estrogen controls vaginal glycogen levels. This is why birth control pills and estrogen replacement therapy put women at a greater risk of developing candida yeast infections.
Short of testing, we can take a look at the symptoms of prementrual syndrome and determine if you suffer from estrogen dominance.
Dr. Katharina Dalton of the U.K., a leading specialist who first used the term "premenstrual syndrome" defines it as the presence of recurrent symptoms before menstruation with the complete absence of symptoms after menstruation.
PMS differs from all other disorders because the diagnosis does not depend on the type of symptoms you suffer from, but when your symptoms appear and disappear.
Doctors have identified at least 150 symptoms that occur in PMS, but fortunately, because all of us are different, no one has all of them! Among the most common are bloating, headache, backaches, severe grouchiness, depression, breast tenderness, loss of libido and fatigue.
Do these symptoms sound familiar? They are also the symptoms of estrogen dominance!
If you suffer from pms every month, you are probably estrogen dominant. Your menstrual cycle, if your hormones were in balance, should sneak up on you with very few if any symptoms.
What can cause our hormones to be imbalanced? STRESS!
Stress makes the adrenal glands go into overdrive, which causes the body to divert progesterone to the adrenals to support cortisol production. This process reduces progesterone levels and because progesterone offsets estrogen, the body may experience estrogen dominance, i.e. PMS, hot flashes, night sweats, migraines, fibroids, heavy bleeding, breast tenderness, weight gain, etc.
Chronic low blood pressure can be a key symptom of adrenal exhaustion as well as extreme fatigue or CFS, irritability, inability to concentrate, frustration, insomnia, addictions to either sweet or salty foods, allergies, nervousness, depression, anxiety, PMS, sensitivity to cold, diabetes and headaches.
The adrenal glands contributes to about 35 percent of premenopausal female hormones and compromised adrenal function profoundly affects hormonal balance.
Excessive cortisol also blocks progesterone receptors, further contributing to low progesterone and progesterone is the primary material for producing cortisol. When progesterone levels go down, estrogen levels rise. It's a big intertwined circle. These two imbalances, excessive cortisol and low progesterone,leads to estrogen dominance. Restoring adrenal function is a pre-requisite for hormonal balance.
Individuals who suspect adrenal exhaustion can determine whether the body is producing healthy levels of adrenal hormones through proper testing. Cortisol levels can be measured with a saliva test that measures cortisol levels at four different times of day. If the test shows low cortisol then your adrenals are exhausted and this must be corrected before you can balance all other hormones.
Adrenal exhaustion can lead to Hypothyroidism, which is defined as a low performing thyroid. The most common symptoms are unwanted weight gain, depression, low energy, cold intolerance, thinning hair, sleep disturbance, fatigue, mood swings and a low sex drive.
More information on Problem Thyroid here.
In his book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, Dr. John Lee discusses how it became apparent that the taking of thyroid supplements among his women patients was especially common in those with too much estrogen. This is because when estrogen is not counter balanced with progesterone, the estrogen builds up and blocks proper thyroid function creating hypothyroidism.
If you suffer from pms you can also test your thyroid yourself to get a better idea if you have too much estrogen or not. What you do is take your temperature first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. If it is under 97.5 your thyroid is under performing and it could be because of too much estrogen.
The best way to determine estrogen levels of course is to take a saliva hormone test to detect estrogen dominance.
Saliva hormone testing is the most accurate test with the least amount of false positives. If the test result reveals a low progesterone - estradiol ratio, then you are estrogen dominant.
Excess mercury can also lead to adrenal and thyroid problems not to mention the effect it has on the production of yeast. Mercury is a hormone disruptor and will have an affect on all your hormones. Yeast is an immune system reaction to too much mercury because it has the ability to absorb its weight in mercury. This process prevents the body from absorbing the mercury into the blood stream.
You can test your mercury levels yourself with an in home Mercury Test Kit.
Any positive reading is too much and will have to be treated by following the directions on the Treatment for Mercury Poisoning webpage.
If you determine that you do have an exhausted adrenal glands, you can take Adrenal Stress End and use Progesterone cream to restore the adrenal gland function.
Please See the Recurring Yeast Infection Webpage to understand how to treat high estrogen levels if you don't have an adrenal or mercury problem.
If you suffer from to much stress which may have caused all these problems to begin with, please see the How To Relieve Stress webpage so you can get it under control.
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