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Female Candida Symptoms: How To Recognize The Female Candida Patient

August 16, 2019

Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker,
author of Candida Crusher, formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements. Thank
you so much for checking out my video. Today, we’re going to talk about recognizing different
kinds of Candida patients. These are going to be different types of people that we see.
I’m going to do a video on recognizing the female patient, recognizing the male patient,
and recognizing the child patient. This is recognizing the female Candida patient.
This will be quite a handy video to have if you are a lady and you may suspect that you
have a Candida yeast infection, but it’s also quite a good video for a naturopathic physician
or a medical doctor to watch if he or she suspects that they may be dealing with someone
who could have a potential yeast infection. I’m going to read some information from my
book, Candida Crusher, and I’ll just add some comments to that as well.
How do you recognize if a patient has got a yeast infection? Is a yeast infection just
a vaginal problem with a woman like some doctors tend to think? Well, it’s actually a lot more
than that. Candida can create a huge amount of disturbance in the body. I’ve got a checklist
here of different kinds of things that I want you to be aware of and different things that
you could, if you are a physician, ask your patient, or if you are a patient, to try to
get a feel for these types of bullet points I’ve got to come up with. If you can mentally
tick off a lot of these things, it doesn’t mean to say that you definitely have got a
yeast infection, but it means that there is a high probability that you’ve got one. I
particularly would like you to do my yeast infection quiz. If you go to,
you can do that quiz. You can also see if you’re a male or a female and go through that
scenario on the quiz and just go through the checklist. That will really give you a good
idea. A case history will tell you if you are dealing
with a female who has a Candida history or not. I just spoke with a patient in the States
who asked me an interesting question about how do you know if you’ve got Candida? I said
knowing that you’ve got Candida, it’s a little bit like when a patient comes to me as being
sick for a long time, I consider myself a bit of a detective. It’s almost like one of
those CSI movies where I have to find out all the facts. I also like to know about what’s
happening around the case, the circumstances. The history is very important to me to look
at. Just like with any kind of investigation. We’re not doing a criminal investigation.
We’re doing a health investigation. I like to know a lot about the person’s past. What
kind job they have. What kind of foods they have been eating. What kind of living circumstances
they’ve had. What kind of relationships they’ve had. These all will leave little telltale
signs and vital clues. As a policeman or detective will tell you, most people end up getting
busted on their own conviction. They’ll say stuff, and quite often, they won’t even know
what they’re saying could implicate them in their disease. That will actually give me
the information I’m looking for. A woman who may have a history of taking the
oral contraceptive or a mature woman with a history of hormone replacement therapy,
estrogen therapy like Premarin. The pills, these hormonal pills, can sometimes really
drive Candida up in the body. They can drive a vaginal yeast infection particularly in
the body. I’m very careful to ask those kinds of questions. Look for the woman with persistent
vaginal thrush, especially if she has had a vaginal yeast infection treated with fluconazole.
Has she had that when she was younger, maybe say from 17, 18 up to about 25. Did she use
any kind of medication for a vaginal yeast infection? Was she using applicators to put
creams in there to try to get rid of it. Did she cure the problem? Did it go away? But
then it came back later in life. Very interesting. If there has been a history of recurring antibiotic
use before the onset of the digestive health problem, you can almost guarantee that this
lady will have had a yeast infection to some degree. People who’ve had antibiotics, particularly
years prior, and then have had several rounds and you can see their health actually declining
as a result of that. Usually, I will straight up request a stool test for that patient to
look at what their level of beneficial bacteria are like. Low and behold, I will often find
Candida there in the stool culture and a low level of beneficial bacteria.
Any woman with an annoying irritating white discharge. It could be bacterial vaginosis,
but often it will be a Candida yeast infection. A female who experiences painful sex or who
avoids intimate relations because of pain or discomfort, she should be checked out quite
carefully for this condition. Suspect any woman with chronic polycystic ovarian syndrome
or endometriosis. I mentioned in a previous video, a good doctor
friend of mine went to Canada years ago on an endometriosis conference and she said that
they spent two to three days speaking about eradicating vaginal yeast infections. When
a yeast infection becomes chronic and permanent, recurrent, and it gets suppressed by medication
and then comes back again, there is often a potential there for that condition to go
further in through the cervix, into the womb, and then create the infection and cyst development
internally. There are many different hypotheses on the development of endometriosis, but one
that I firmly believe there is some link with a bacterial or a yeast infection that actually
got into the womb and created an immune response. Not all women, but many women with endometriosis
have had yeast infections. Look for the female who has a strong sweet
or sugar craving. Carefully questioning during the case taking will illicit this crucial
information. Does she crave chocolate, sweets or breads or maybe wine? Sweet cravings sometimes
are a real red flag for a yeast infection. They need to be very carefully investigated.
Don’t just look for a craving or strong desire for chocolate, bread, candy or sweets, look
for the desire to consume orange juice, soda or fizzy drinks to dried fruits like dates,
figs, or chewing gum, biscuits or a host of other foods that could be high in sugar. A
person who wants a piece of bread recurrently could have a yeast infection, especially if
it’s a strong craving or a desire. I’ve recently discovered that various kinds
of yeast affect receptor sites in the gut that can relay the information to the brain
and drive a desire for glucose or for sugar, so it can actually be a yeast creating that
desire for the glucose on a physiological level. Look for the woman who eats many pieces,
three, four or five pieces of fruit each day. Fruit has plenty of sugar in it, especially
oranges, grapes and dried fruits or bananas, too, can have a lot of sugar, especially very
ripe bananas. Woman who love to drink wine, especially if there’s a history of oral contraceptive
pills or antibiotic use. This can also be a key indication. White wine especially like
chardonnay or pinot noir, the red wine, high in sugar.
Woman who love moldy foods like soft cheese like camembert and brie and sweet foods or
drinks. A glass of wine with moldy cheese, again, can be an indication. Look for a woman
who takes many kinds of dietary supplements, including probiotics, digestive enzymes, bowel
products, detox products, cleanses. A person who goes to health food shops and natural
people and they get all kinds of pills and potions to deal with multiple kinds of problems.
Often there will be a yeast infection underpinning this problem.
Look for a history of unresolved digestive problems, particularly if this has been of
long duration involving many visits to naturopaths or doctors. Many people who see me come to
me as a last resort. They say, “I’ve been to 10 doctors. I’ve been to 5 naturopaths,
2 herbalists, 2 chiropractors, all sorts of people, and I’m still not right.” A stool
test will sometimes really pick up some interesting information with this patient.
Woman whose partner suffers from yeast infections like jock itch. The problem can pass from
the male to the female and from the female back to the male. Or in same sex relationships,
this can happen quite commonly, too. Ladies with toenail fungus. Suspect digestive yeast
related problems as well, especially if a localized toenail problem is of long duration.
Wearing stockings, for example, all the time or shoes. I’ve seen this condition a lot with
people who work on airplanes. Flight attendants can have this condition quite a lot. Wearing
pantyhose, for example, office workers. Again, occupational. Having drinks after work and
long hours of wearing clothing high in nylon can predispose you to this problem.
Poor motivation, depression or anxiety or any of the many different disorders that may
develop in women without a firm diagnosis for Candida. So it’s important for me to understand
not just the physical problems that the patient has, but also any mood issues that may be
going on. People who have been sick for a long time often develop anxiety or stress.
If it’s long enough, they may get depressed because they’ve been told that they’re crazy.
That they, in fact, need to see a psychiatrist because it’s all in their head. It may be
all in their head. They could actually have circulating garbage or bits of Candida antibodies
floating in their head, so it may be in their head.
I hope this video gives you a bit of an insight into the different potential presentations
of a female with a yeast infection. You need to think outside the square. Woman with yeast
infections don’t just have vaginal problems. They can have digestive problems. They can
have joint pain. They can have mood disorders. They can have many different problems going
on. They may have one or all of the above. If you put on your thinking cap and think
outside the square, look at their case history, it could well be an issue there. If in doubt,
do some testing that might further confirm what you’re looking for.
Thanks for tuning in. Don’t forget to subscribe and please don’t forget to do my yeast infection
quiz. And also check out my website to understand the kind of products that I
make. I make a Canxida cream now. Very specific for men and for women with all kinds of problems.
Of course, I make the Canxida Remove and the Canxida Restore. Check it out. I’ll catch
up with you in the next video. I’m going to do a video now on men and yeast infections.
Different things to look out for. Thanks for tuning in.


  • Reply Craig Gush December 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I know you say psoriasis can be related to candida, do you think alopecia could have a link to candida or gut problems as it is related to the autoimmune system?

  • Reply Lucy Djohan February 3, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Amazing videos! So informative and inspiring.

  • Reply imack October 7, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Eric
    , does candida cause aggravate hormonal acne in women? I have been breaking out badly along my jawline ever since being diagnosed w candida in my blood.

  • Reply Lilac January 1, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I'm 19 but I've had a strong vaginal burning since I was 14, that is there 24-7 and never goes away.(I'm convinced it's a Candida yeast infection) I also have leaky gut and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, bad back/neck pain, chronic sore throat and eye strain, and my vision blacks out when I stand up after laying down/sitting down for a long time. When I use the restroom(number 2) it often feels like I am expelling acid from my body.

    I had depression, self-hatred, and chronic nightmares for years but just recently overcame depression and most of the self-hatred. I still have anxiety and bad panic attacks tho.

    I'm on the gaps diet, taking probiotics, vitamin D, and Restore, and seeing a doctor that is homeopathic but still western and hope it helps.

  • Reply emine gurdag January 13, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Hi I'm just considered is kefir good or bad for candida

  • Reply Emma Berger January 13, 2017 at 7:31 am

    listed a lot of issues I have been having. I live in Kentucky in the US and finding a naturopathic doctor has not gotten me results, any recommendations?

  • Reply Very thoroughbred . February 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    How easy is it to get an appointment with you ?

  • Reply Very thoroughbred . February 2, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Does it make a persons nailbed's p
    harden and peels off ? I've had 5 different tests fungal nail infection using my nail clipping's but they're all come back negative. Is this right?

  • Reply krissynurse February 13, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    A few years ago I had an itchy, bumpy spot on my face and my boyfriend at the time gave me elocon cream to put on it. It really seemed to have helped, but soon enough, I found if I quit the cream, my face would flare up badly. Then, it seemed to have spread to my scalp. I eventually weened myself off of the elocon and just dealt with the symptoms. To this day though, I still have trouble with my scalp along with just about all of the symptoms you've described in some of your other videos. Could the elocon cream have exacerbated the problem and caused me to have a systemic candida infection?

  • Reply Cynthia Ennis February 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Oh great — no fruit. One more thing I can't have. Life's not worth living anymore. Thank you for posting for those who can be helped…wish I found your site sooner. You seem very kind & you do know what you're talking about. I have so many things wrong, I can barely get out of bed. Some times sleep for 20 hrs. now. So glad you're able to help so many others!

  • Reply Kathleen k March 4, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    hi there where r u located I def need help with my health this sounds exactly like wat I mite have? 🙂

  • Reply Kelly Fredrickson April 5, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you for your informative video. I am 60 years old and never had vertigo. My chiropractor says that I have water behind the ear and it won't go away because I probably have candida. I don't have any other symptoms. No athletes foot. No vaginal problems. No thrush. No fog. Not tired. I also take pre & probiotics. I quit drinking alcohol. Quit sugar. Quit most breads, except sprouted. What's up?

  • Reply M L April 25, 2017 at 9:14 am

    After the birth of my 1st child (25 years ago) I began getting a monthly dose of thrush. Doctors could not find a reason for this so gave me medication each time to rid the infection.  This went on for approximately 15 years! Then the thrush stopped but I got alopecia-It should also be noted that I also had an extremely stressful period about this time. I have been diagnosed with AA which has gradually (over about 7 years) left me with only a tiny amount of hair on my head (no other body hair). I took an intolerance test which came up with the usual gluten, milk and egg amongst others-I only really notice a problem when I eat bread (constipation and shooting pains). So…could it be that candida changed its attack, from the thrush I used to get, to my alopecia?  I could really use some help!

  • Reply Asia Chavez May 23, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    How long would it take for the yeast infection to cause endometriosis?

  • Reply Radost Dinkova May 25, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    huy doctor.Can candida cause melasma?Is there any conection between them?I found your chanel a few days ago and i defenatly have candida .

  • Reply Caroline Bradley June 7, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience, I had candida years ago, and now I have got it back and I want to get back to normal as quickly as possible and so I have done a couple of salt water flushes, what do you think about salt water flushes? does it remove excess candida?
    I am following your recommendations strictly, except coffee ( with soy ) I do not seem to be making much progress, its been 3 weeks. Thank you I have learnt so much from your videos!

  • Reply Maureen Davidson July 15, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Hi doc im suffering chronic urticaria for over a year every day im on a antihistimine each day ive got very dry mouth i feel very phlemy do you think it could be candida at momment also got fungal infection on skin using proper cream i forget to mension i was on prednislone in april for five days had to come off them as i had allergic reaction to them im also allergic to alot of medication isuffer with alot off stress and feel very anxious most of the time any advice would be good thank you

  • Reply Blair Duncan July 24, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Can you tell the difference between Candida and Chron' s.. both have issues with bowel troubles.

  • Reply Kelly Rae Callaway July 30, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I wonder if morgellans might actually be a more advanced or severe candida infection? They symptoms and prognosis seems to be very similar.

  • Reply Jentje Bierman August 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Can one have it in the bladder e cold ?

  • Reply Brittany Nelson September 18, 2017 at 6:32 am

    hi there – have you ever heard of dry mouth being a symptom? is that related to digestion? I've had rough digestion for years but it gets better with healthy diet

  • Reply isidora velentza October 13, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Hello from sunshine Hellas, I have candida Krusei , what should I eat ? Is it the same diet for all types of candida?

  • Reply Jesus 1Way2Life November 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    How to test is please?

  • Reply papele papelle December 4, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Does it go away if you seek correct help or is it a lifelong problem?

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 19, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Check my range of candida supplements here:

  • Reply Sue Davies January 2, 2018 at 4:49 am

    My husband and I have a candida overgrowth, mine being moderate & my husband's being severe (on your test). We have ordered your supplement products and have been living with a clean diet for some months. Is it necessary to have a gut biome test (stool sample) or not?

  • Reply grazia julianne March 7, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Hi is having candida for almost 15 years can make you have Body odor….

  • Reply grazia julianne March 7, 2018 at 7:25 am

    I went to a family doctor and try to say if I can do colon cleansing or enema but he said if nothing's wrong with me he cannot do the treatment. Even if I said I have so many signs that I have candida he still said no. He even said that we all have candida…how can I convince that doctor that I need this treatment?

  • Reply Sara Coplin March 25, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Are you saying that taking vitamins and probiotics is bad? What does one do to maintain good gut health after healing leaky gut?

  • Reply Gloria Bailey June 4, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    For me this is an regent question that none of my presantdoctor cant or will not answer. Last months suffered awful deadly condition which I’m sure has not been addressed inits intirey I hoping you can help first I had gotten to a point I was confused wasn’t sure if I should call 911 or not all my life I have taken care of my self holistically through a natural means past down from my grand mother I’m 65 yrs old now active generally healthy I’ve had many injuries bonken bones and as all strokes I have no residual major problems. . Now as being taken to the hospital I ended up with I sepsis condition yes I waited way too long bless my nurse the nurse that spotted this because of such regiment of high and multiplayer types of antibiotics now it been a month I’m really not much better candidate is my new condition Madrid has given me for his excuse my learning I believe now is more knowledge than he has about my gut I’ve tried so many natural thing ivecause evenbleeding ofthe colon

  • Reply Weinmonster Chicago June 19, 2018 at 12:53 am

    He missed eczema

  • Reply Holographic Multiverse July 9, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you. You’re a Hero 🙏💖

  • Reply Holographic Multiverse July 9, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    I never have yeast infections, but I did every time I had contact with exes that are a high carb/meat diet. I’ve been celibate for 2 years and no itching ever.

  • Reply Tosha Ross August 29, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Could you do a video on healing candida in children, especially 4 year olds that you can't make eat yogurt? Thanks!

  • Reply Ryan December 20, 2018 at 4:50 am

    Hello Eric,
    I have been dealing with Candida for quite sometime now and cant seem to get completely rid of it. I really need help with cleansing and restoring my gut back to optimal health. Is there a way I could communicate with you to help me get through this? Also, Ive been dating this girl for a few month and im convinced she has some degree of an overgrowth or at least something going on with her gut health, but she is in denial and wont actually take my say seriously. Is there a test that can prove if she has an overgrowth? she recently had a test done on discharge but came back negative but ive read that candida can be fickle to test for and doesnt always show up.. she believe nothing is wrong and that being fatigued and having severe headaches is normal but ive read and learned enough to know better. Plus her history of junk food and birth control. any help is greatly appreciated!

  • Reply Michelle Blackman January 28, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    How can I work with you?

  • Reply Jebu Rubayet April 9, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    My mouth stinks and so does my body. I have a thin white layer on my tongue which even if I clean, smells after 1hr or so. It smells even more if im hungry. I had bleeding while cleaning my tongue twice. Do i have candida?

  • Reply Katarina Sedeniussen June 1, 2019 at 10:02 am

    The doctors are so stupid! I suffered from reoccurring candida infections in the vagina and medications stopped working, doctors haven’t got a clue what’s REALLY the problem! It’s in the body not just in the vagina! I know that now. The doctor refused to give me medication against candida.. so I had to use herbs. I no longer have candida infections! Doctors are dumb!

  • Reply Kelley George August 3, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    So what diet do we eat to help with this bugs

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