Candida and Infertility

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Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth.

Group 1: Those that affect the gastrointestinal tract

  • Food allergies and intolerancesIndigestion
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhoea and/ or constipation.

Group 2: Those that affect the endocrine system

  • Thrush
  • Cystitis
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Joint pains
  • Hay fever
  • Sinusitis
  • Fungal infections of the nail/ skin. E.g Athlete’s foot.
  • Chronic tiredness
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Allergies
  • Hormonal imbalance

Group 3: Those that the central nervous system

  • Migraines
  • Foggy
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Poor memory/ loss of memory
  • Heart problems, meningitis

Group 4: General physical manifestation

  • Numbness
  • Burning or tingling sensation at the extremities
  • Swollen stiff joints
  • Muscle aches and tension
  • Nasal congestion
  • Chronic headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Dizziness
  • Sinusitis and chemical sensitivity

Group 5: Those that affect the skin
White fungal skin patches like dandruff

  • Acne
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Itching diaper rash
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Finger and toe nail infections
  • Unpleasant body or hair odour
  • Skin rashes
  • Behavioural problems

Group 6: Those that affect the sexual organs

  • Vaginitis
  • Discharge
  • Itching
  • Bladder infection
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Pain, cramps during menstruation
  • Lowered libido
  • Infertility
  • Impotency
  • Prostrate problems

Group 7: Those that affect the urinary tract

  • Frequent Urination
  • Burning during urination
  • Fluid retention and oedema

Group 8: Those that affect the buccal cavity and associated organs. It is called oral thrush. Symptoms include sore on the tongue, sore throat, tooth plaque, dryness of the mouth and throat.

Brain fog: Overgrowth of candida leads to brain fog because having systemic candididiasis means to be constantly drinking alcohol, as yeast convert sugars to alcohol. This also congests the liver – liver congestion – another major co-factor in brain fog. If the liver – the filter for blood – is congested, it cannot take toxins out of the bloodstream fast enough. These toxins will pass the blood brain barrier of the brain and deplete the brain of oxygen and glycogen.

Another by-product of candida is acetaldehyde, a poison that is converted into ethanol by the liver. As yeast multiplies and produces more acetaldehyde, the blood alcohol level rises, resulting in symptoms associated with drunkenness including impaired mental and physical functioning.

Flatulence(gas) and Bloating:
Just as bread rises from yeast due to carbondioxide production from fermentation of carbohydrates, candida also produces carbondioxide in the intestine by fermenting dietary sugars.

Candida + Dietary Sugars = Fermentation Alcohol + Carbondioxide

The result of this process is persistent gas and bloating.

Fatique: Excess toxins produced by candida can leave a person feeling lethargic and fatiqued and sometimes, with joint pain and muscle pain. Fatique results because the body must exert energy to cleanse itself, and when candida is overgrown, the toxic load on the body increases. Sugar and carbohydrate cravings are common candida symptoms as yeasts feed on sugars.

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Infertility

Infertility is the inability to naturally conceive a child or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. There are many reasons why a couple may not be able to conceive without medical assistance. Infertility affects approximately 15% of couples. Roughly 40% of cases involve a male contribution or factor, 40% involve a female factor, and the remaining 20% involve both sexes.

Primary Vs Secondary Infertility
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, infertility affects about 6.1 million people in the United States, equivalent to 10% of the reproductive age population. Female infertility accounts for one-third of infertility cases; male infertility for another third, combined male and female infertility for another 15%, and the remainder of cases are unexplained.
The above definition of infertility is also referred to as Primary Infertility.
Secondary infertility is difficulty in conceiving after already having conceived and carried a normal pregnancy to term. Apart from the various medical conditions (eg hormonal), this may come as a result of age and stress felt to provide a sibling for the first child.

Combined Infertility
In some cases, both the man and woman may be infertile or sub-fertile, and the couple’s infertility arises from the combination of these factors. In other cases, the cause is suspected to be immunological or genetic; it may be that each partner is independently fertile, but the couple cannot conceive together without assistance. This is true especially when the woman has anti-sperm antibodies that are directed against the man’s spermatozoa.

General Factors Affecting Fertility
1. Age: In the female, conception can occur at any time after the menarche and before menopause. Conception is rare in the first few cycles, which are commonly anovular, and in last few cycles before menopause for the same reason. Fertility is at its peak in the late teens and early 20’s and declines slowly thereafter.

2. General Health and Nutrition

Good general health is associated with fertility, but bad health is not an absolute barrier to conception except when ovulation or spermatogenesis is directly affected. Malnutrition and poor economic circumstances may reduce the level of fertility, but only in very severely adverse conditions will individuals be rendered infertile, and then only temporarily. Women who deliberately lose weight through strict dieting or who suffer from anorexia nervosa are liable to develop amenorrhoea and fail to ovulate when their weight fails to 3.5kg or less.

3. Psychological Factors: Anxiety and tension are common in modern life and seem to be responsible for infertility in some individuals, although no specific effect on the reproductive system can be demonstrated.

4. Ovulatory Failure in Females: This causes infertility as long as it persists, but infrequent ovulation is more common and results in relative infertility. Ovulation results from the pulsatile release of follicle-stimulating hormone(FSH) and luteinizing hormone(LH) from the anterior pituitary gland under the influence of releasing hormones secreted by the hypothalamus. FSH brings about maturation of the selected Graafian follicle, while a mid-cycle surge of LH causes the release of the ovum from the follicle, which then becomes the corpus luteum. Any disturbance of this chain of events may cause failure of ovulation. External influences such as those exerted on the hypothalamus by the higher centres the brain have a similar effect.

5. Hpothyroidism: is generally associated with infertility and mild cases may present for the first time in the fertility clinic. This possibility should always be considered, especially in obese infertile women.

To Be Continued!

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