Would you like to know how progesterone causes candida? This article just shows at the right time because this article will talk about that because of a question of my friend.
How does progesterone cause Candida? She is just trying to understand how and why it does. She understands that Prednisone does. She also was on years of intermittent prednisone since about age 6 for asthma.
I found several posts with progesterone and candida, but it primarily emphasizes a hormonal imbalance as being the cause, such a during pregnancy.
Right now, I happen to experience an estrogen dominance, which will also affect the candida, so I do use progesterone cream occasionally during my cycle.
I’m posting an interesting list that I found about the causes of Candida. I was especially interested in all of the references to stress (equals cortisol release and adrenal depletion). I’m more and more convinced that stress and internalizing are some of the major trigger factors for an immune system breakdown.
Here is the excerpt that I found from a website.
Candida – What are the Causes?
On This Page:
What Causes Candida?
Understanding our Gut Flora
Leaky Gut and Liver Overload
By far the most likely is taking antibiotics , particularly when combined with stress, but there are many other factors that will over time, upset the “ecological balance” and the health of the lining in our guts.
Antibiotics, especially the broad spectrum ones (such as Tetracycline and Erythromycine) taken orally at a low dosage over long periods of time, e.g. for acne, or several big doses in six months (perhaps from your dentist or G.P. Stress or trauma of any sort can cause pretty dramatic physical changes in our guts. It makes it more alkaline, increases the rate of flow which favours the ‘bad bugs’ and depletes the immunoglobulins (especially SIg A) which form the first line of defence in our immune system. So chronic stress will result in chronic gut problems.
Corticosteroidal medication, for asthma, eczema and rheumatoid arthritis. These have a general depressive effect on the immune system.
The Pill and HRT (hormone replacement therapy) behave as female sex hormones in the body. Changing hormone levels is one of the main reasons why 60% of candidiasis sufferers are women. The Pill and HRT are often prescribed for the very menstrual problems that were
probably partly due to candidiasis in the first place.
Painkillers, NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause inflammation of the gut wall and interfere with the production of prostaglandins which protect the mucous lining of our guts from our digestive acids and enzymes.
Poor diet. Stimulants and depressants (i.e. caffeine, nicotine, alcohol) exhaust the adrenal glands, liver and pancreas and releases stored sugars into the blood stream (providing more food for the candida.) Diabetes means there will be more sugar in the blood and urine for the yeasts to feed on. Pregnancy sometimes means hormonal changes (higher progesterone) that favour candida.
Eating disorders. Starvation, bingeing and purging through vomiting or taking laxatives will all damage the friendly gut flora. The candidiasis will then perpetuate the inability to lose weight and food cravings.
Not being breast fed for the first 6 months. Formula milks will not establish the correct gut flora, essential fatty acids, or such a healthy immune system, meaning a cycle of infections and antibiotics is more likely throughout childhood and beyond. Old age the quality of the gut flora and of the gut lining tends to deteriorate after middle age (why the E. Coli outbreaks affected the older folk), though this can be reversed with an optimum diet.
Vaccinations and immunisations have been observed to trigger or exacerbate chronic fatigue and candida if they are given while the immune system is already stressed, or immature in the case of babies and children.