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.