You may be surprised to learn that yeast infections can be a perimenopause symptom. At the least yeast infections are inconvenient, but they are often uncomfortable too. Why do yeast infections become more common during perimenopause? What are natural ways to handle yeast infections?
Perimenopause symptoms occur as a result of changing hormone levels. Both estrogen and progesterone levels decline during perimenopause, but it is the estrogen levels specifically that lead to the increased susceptibility for vaginal infections. In fact, both yeast infections and bacterial infections (like bacterial vaginosis) are more common during perimenopause.
Dr. Marina Rose has helped women with perimenopause symptoms and other challenging, chronic health conditions in and around the city of Sunnyvale, CA.
There are natural options for handling yeast infections at home. Dr. Christiane Northrup agrees that natural approaches can help with yeast infections. These are especially effective as preventative measures or for yeast infections that are caught early.
- Whole cloves of garlic can be inserted vaginally with a string attached for easy removal. Garlic is a natural anti-fungal.
- Probiotics found in yogurt, kefir and raw fermented vegetable products (like sauerkraut), can all help balance intestinal and vaginal flora.
- The most effective long-term treatment involves enzymes to reduce the yeast count and supplements to balance hormones.
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