Why your thrush keeps coming back in perimenopause
A really common peri-menopause issue I see going on is thrush. The dreaded “Candida Albicans” overgrowth sending you into an itchy scratchy hot mess.
Although thrush can happen at any age and can be a result of so many things – including but not limited too the kind of underwear you wear, being overweight, having diabetes or even taking the birth control pill or too many antibiotics.
But, if you’re in your late 30’s or in your 40’s, and this is something new for you…hormones could be the problem.
Anti-candida diets are hard work
If you visit a naturopath, often you find yourself on some crazy restrictive diets which drive you and your family insane, along with supplements that cost the same as the GDP from a small nation. The thrush infection goes for a little while and you may actually start to think you’ve nailed it…but then you’re standing in line at the shops, waiting to pay and…you just gotta squirm a little ‘cos….well, that thrush is back..
As with UTI’s, thrush is a recurring theme in perimenopause for women who are prone to attacks.
Candida albicans is the evil fungi responsible for thrush. We all have it in our bodies, however we also know that oestrogen (specifically, estradiol) increases the growth and survival of candida albicans. Therefore, thrush is usually a problem of oestrogen dominance, and so is more likely to occur or be worse at the beginning of peri-menopause.
This is not a popular opinion but…I think supplements to eliminate thrush in addition to the anti-candida diet before you balance your hormones are a waste of time and money.
There, I said it.
If you suffer from recurring thrush infections, hold up on the supplements and intensive diets – because without bringing your hormones a little more into balance, you aren’t going to sort the problem.
Balance your hormones before trying the anti-candida diet
Here are the steps I take to help peri-menopausal women deal with candida.
Step 1 – Deal with the issue at hand quickly.
Sorry, but eating tablespoons-ful of coconut oil isn’t going to fix this. And whilst I’m not a huge fan of things not-natural, go to the pharmacy, roll up to the prescriptions counter and ask for something to sort your thrush. Quick, painless, you’ll be sorted in no time.
The thing is, thrush infections that go on and on not only make you feel like an itchy scratchy hot mess, they often cause you to have mouth sores, bad breath, bad body odour, cracks on the corner of your mouth and an insanely furry tongue. That’s just at the top level. It gets worse the further down your body you go.
Step 2 – On the way out of the pharmacy, make an appointment to talk with someone who can help you with your hormones
Me – I can do that.
Or, look for someone who specialises in hormone balance (just FYI, this is not just anyone who did natural health. You want someone with experience).
Step 3 – Make some snappy changes to your food intake
Cut out all sugar, processed carbs like pasta and bread, and alcohol. No ifs or maybes, just do that straight away. The sugar that comes from these things alone feeds those little fungi like it’s 1999.
Add in some things to help your body clear oestrogen – brassicas are really important here. Things like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.
Add in some things to help your body increase progesterone – pumpkin and sunflower seeds, small amounts of dried fruit, spinach and wholegrains, lentils.
Step 4 – Breathe – everything is figure-outable
Stress management is pretty important here. I never came across a woman who was suffering from thrush, going through perimenopause and wasn’t stressed.
Getting thrush often? Remember this:
Please, for the love of your sanity, get your hormones in balance before you start a restrictive anti-candida diet and all the supplements that often go along with it. Remember to quickly deal with the issue at hand (the pharmacist is your friend), cut out your sugar and processed carbs and make sure you are eating foods that help your body clear oestrogen.
Most importantly, seek help in balancing your hormones and breathe…you can work this out, you don’t have to feel like a hot mess.