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Does Stress Cause Yeast Infections?

August 12, 2019

Good day, Eric Bakker here again with another
frequently asked question regarding yeast infection. Does stress cause yeast infections? Stress causes many different problems in the
body, many different problems, and a good way for you probably to look at it from this
angle is that about 90 percent of all visits to the doctor are because of a stress-related
complaint. So stress has an amazingly insidious effect
on the immune system. In the initial stages of stress when a person’s under high stress,
they will have heightened hormone response; they’ll have more cortisol and more adrenaline,
in particular. The adrenals are going to pump out more of these hormones to allow you to
cope with the acute manifestations of stress. However, once stress continues unabated, you
keep having these problems long term, relationship problems or money problems, many different
types of issues that face us on a day-to-day basis. When they become chronic and long-term,
even though low grade, they’ll have a depleting effect on the adrenal system, what we call
the HPA stress excess. And over time, these hormones actually will not only decrease in
quantity, but their activity will decrease in the body. The cells become less responsive
requiring even more hormones to be pumped out and produced. Over a period of time, it’s
just not really going to happen and you slowly slide into a condition we call adrenal fatigue. I’m going to explain a lot more about the
adrenal-yeast connection in other videos. But stress is certainly implicated with yeast
infections. How do you know that yeast infections are
caused by stress? If you take a look at my book, I think it’s page 469 in my book. You
can read a lot more about the adrenal stress connection with immunity. Have a look at the
other type of problems that you may be facing like fatigue, insomnia, irritability, in particular.
There are different ways that stress can affect you in terms of a yeast infection. First thing I would ask you, what type of
stresses have you faced in the past several years? Can you remember any stressful events
which preceded the diagnosis of this yeast infection, for example? There’s often a link
there. If you think carefully, you’ll find a connection there. So as cortisol goes down
further and further, it’s going to be harder for your immune system to stay strong, which
will increase your susceptibility and reduce your resistance. I generally draw a line for a patient when
I see them to explain this concept, and I’ll put susceptibility on one side and resistance
on the other side, and I’ll draw a little triangle here in the middle. As your susceptibility
decreases, your resistance goes up. And vice versa will happen. When this goes down, this
goes up. As things are getting harder for you to cope with and you become more stressed,
your resistance goes down and your susceptibility will come up. I call these events contributing to that health
busters. Health builders are things you can do to increase your resistance and reduce
your susceptibility. In other videos, I’ll explain my concept on
health builders and health busters in much more detail. So to answer this question, does
stress cause yeast infections? Absolutely, there’s a huge link between them both. So
I hope that answers your question. Thank you.


  • Reply Health Tips October 16, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Thanks Erik, I never knew even stress or tension may also cause yeast infection.  Are there any home remedies to get rid of yeast infections.

  • Reply Franklin Stubbs December 4, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Mr. Bakker,

    Thanks for your good work regarding candida, it has definitely been
    life changing for me, I am thankful.

    I am really praying and hoping you could help me here, many people think I am
    absolutely nuts, but here goes.

    About 1-2 inches below my belly button their is this weird pinching/tingling feeling deep below (feels like its in the intestine). Something tells me it is a candida colony or a parasite (only thing I could think of that makes sense). 30 minutes ago I ate some beans, an it seem to flare up, that is, it got all tingly and pinching (seems like I was feeding the fungus) for about 10-15 minutes, then it subsided. This seems to happen when I eat anything sugary, starchy, or anti fungal. I have asked a natureopath, he said I was being hyper sensitive. I have asked a regular doctor, pretty much same response.
    I also have toe nail fungus, if that helps.

    Have you had any experience regarding the symptoms I have just described, if so,
    what do you suggest, considering I have followed a anti candida diet plan immaculately, taken antifungals, and probiotics for the past 3 months.

    Your help is greatly appreciated!

  • Reply Diana Y December 15, 2015 at 3:16 am

    I have ordered your book and pills, and I quit smoking and now i use a vaporizer to vape herb. Do you know if that is having an affect on my recovery? Although other symptoms have subsided, I am still experiencing hair loss. Thank you for your help and information.

  • Reply Robin Campbell December 30, 2015 at 3:35 am

    so thankful for these videos! I have many of these symptoms. I have a question. Is it normal to feel Candida growing in your body like underarm? I have been searching can't find any information. I cannot see anything but feel something growing when I have a flare. also horrible mood swings. Thank you!

  • Reply Erica Grant April 3, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Love your video i have really bad anxiety, i stress about everything every time something happens to me. How can I go about calming myself down?

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  • Reply Alycia 123 June 13, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Do you have any recommendations for low stress jobs? I was thinking of doing an accounting degree but I've heard it can be high stress.

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