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14 January 2008 @ 04:12 pm
Chronic Candida Syndrome + Birth Control  
Hey all. I discovered I had chronic candida syndrome this winter, and have been on the candida diet (plus taking natural remedies like acidophilis and Yeast Cleanse that has grapefruit seed extract, garlic, calpuric acid, etc in it) for over four weeks. My symptoms have improved greatly, and this is the best I've felt in so long!

During 2007, I had recurring yeast infections. My menstrual cycle had a mysterious flip-out, that I later realized was due to candida. What happened was I started my period on time, but I bled for 35 days, so my doc put me on a 10-day prescription to progesterone to stop it. Then I had no period for over 40 days, and had to get my period re-started with progesterone. My doc took blood tests and did a pelvic exam. Everything came back "normal" so she put me on birth control to regulate my cycles.

I am on Trinessa (the generic to Ortho Tri-Cyclen), and have been on it for two months. Before that, I had a copper IUD. I know both these methods have a side effect of possible increase of yeast infections. Birth control pills specifically, are sometimes the cause of the chronic candida syndrome. Given my health status with chronic candida, I want to figure out a different method of birth control. I was wondering if all you lovely ladies out there with chronic candida syndrome could tell me what methods of birth control you use successfully?

Also, I was wondering if you have a specific type of lube you use? I've been researching, and I've read that some lubes with hemp oil help combat yeast infections. Some types of lubes also have grapefruit seed extract in them. Have any of you used these? Are they safe?

she, with her honey hair...reeast on January 15th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
i have been searching for a candida-friendly form of BC too!! PLEASE let me know if you do find anything out!

i have never heard of lubes with GSE in them but i have the WET naturals and it is the only lube i've found that doesn't give me yeast infections.
Thee Pirate Wenchtheepiratewench on January 15th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Thank you for suggesting Wet Naturals. I will check it out :) Their website says I might be able to find it at Walgreens, so I have my fingers crossed I can find it at Walgreens here in Portland, Oregon.

I will let you know what I find out about birth control, but it's looking pretty bleak so far :(
she, with her honey hair...reeast on January 15th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
OMG i just looked at the site and saw that the "beautifully bare" version (blue one) has GSE in i! i had no idea. i just got the "supremely silky" (purple one) bc it had a lot less ingredients in it, which i thought would be better. so, let me know if you try the one with GSE in it :)
Thee Pirate Wenchtheepiratewench on January 15th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Okay, I went to Walgreens last night and got the blue "Beautifully Bare" version of WET. I will let you know how I like it, if it causes any problems, etc.

Also, I was doing more research today, and I found a website that said if you are prone to yeast infections, the Depo-Provera shot is a good birth control method, since it's the estrogen in the birth control pills that cause the yeast overgrowth, and Depo-Provera is just progestin (no estrogen!). More info on it here. I'm not sure what I think about the shot. I've mostly heard horror stories of weight gain. Have you ever tried it or know anyone who has tried it?
dodging_fatedodging_fate on January 15th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
I am using a mirena IUD and not having any significant issues :)
she, with her honey hair...reeast on January 15th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
have you had a baby? i was looking into that but it said users must have had at least one child. is that true, do you know?
dodging_fatedodging_fate on January 15th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
I've had two.

All IUDs come with the pre-requisite of having had a child at least in theory; it's not for any anatomical reason but rather because there's a slight risk of uterine infection and loss wiht an IUD and they feel that if you've already got a chld you won't be as upset with losing your organs should that arise.
Thee Pirate Wenchtheepiratewench on January 15th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
How long have you had your Minera for?

I had a copper IUD for four years (November 2003 - September 2007). Perhaps I should just try it again. I really didn't have any yeast-related problems with it for a long time, and I don't even know for sure if my IUD fed into my candidiasis problem or not (I know the main reasons were poor diet and having to take a lot of antibiotics throughout 2007). My doctor took out my IUD during my crazy menstrual mishap this year, because she wasn't sure if that was a part of the problem or not.
dodging_fatedodging_fate on January 15th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
I have had the Mirena for 2.5 years and love it. I couldn't cope with the pill and already have copper overload from diet and my MOTHER having had a copper IUD so there was no way I was going there. The copper overload has certainly contributed to my candida problem... in fact, I was born with thrush and it just kind of got worse from there.

At this point I am already planning to replace it when the time comes with another Mirena and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking at IUDs.
Thee Pirate Wenchtheepiratewench on January 15th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Wow. I had no idea the copper could could contribute to candida! That is good to know.
dodging_fatedodging_fate on January 15th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)

It's one of the many things I've learned on my search. When you have copper overload it becomes bio-unavailable, and when that happens it contributes to the gut being out of balance. Copper is found in drinking water due to pipes, in many nuts and seeds and in things like IUDs as well as in multi vitamins. If you don't have the proper balance of zinc with copper, you store it rather than use it, I fear!!!
Thee Pirate Wenchtheepiratewench on January 16th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
I did more research today, and the Mirena IUD is progestin-only (which I did not know!) :) :) :) So that makes total sense why you've had no problems with it, since it's the estrogens that do not bode well with the yeast.

If you don't mind me asking, were there any side effects you had to get through while your body adjusted to the IUD? Any prolonged bleeding or anything?

Thanks so much for your time and help! :)
dodging_fatedodging_fate on January 16th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
The adjustment period for me was 6 weeks of heavy cramping and moderate bleeding... then it faded out until I was on a regular schedule and now I barely bleed or cramp at all.
Terrifyingly Friendlyjelazakazone on January 15th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
I used the sympto-thermal method (with judicious use of condoms) for years. Now that we are done having kids, dh got a vasectomy last year. Birth control doesn't really agree with me:)

I never noticed a problem with a lubes. We have used Astroglide for years with no problems.

Best of luck!
Melissa LocksMelissa Locks on July 4th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
I have been using Lady Soma's Candida Cleanse for 4 years. It has been the answer to the chronic women issues that I have struggled with since my teens. I recommend it to everyone who will listen. You can take one dose daily for maintenance, or up to three doses a day at the first sign of irritation to detour infection before it truly starts. Its not expensive for a supplement of this quality, and the money I've saved in doctor bills has paid for it over and over.