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Could Candida Actually Be One of the Causes of Endometriosis Pain?

I know you think candida is just that thrush thing you get, down there. Unfortunately, this is a misconception. Candida can be sitting in our whole bodies and be affecting everything within the body, including our brains! Candida can cause yeast infections in our bowel, digestive tract and even our mouth!

Let me clarify. Candida exists in our system naturally anyway and should be there in normal amounts. Unfortunately, when we eat a diet high in sugar, gluten, grains and then add antibiotics, the contraceptive pill and painkillers into our bodies, we inevitably land up with a build-up of candida or what is called candida overgrowth.

Now, what is really interesting is how this candida overdose in the body effects, if not directly attributes to, Endometriosis getting worse. Let me explain this as simply as I can…

So, we have candida and possibly don’t realize it. Because your body has this candida in it, it is on “fight alert” and we develop allergic reactions. We know the common ones: eczema, hay fever, food and chemical allergies… what we don’t know is that this allergic reaction causes production of histamine in the body. These guys then trigger macrophages to produce… well here is the cruncher… PROSTAGLANDINS (remember those guys that cause us so much pain?) Please read this article on prostaglandins if you don’t know what they are.

These prostaglandins cause MORE inflammation and inflammation which creates more endometriosis! It is an allergic reaction caused by excess candida!

To make matters worse, our bodies struggle to fight off candida as the prostaglandins inhibit the correct immune response to candida and we are not able to get rid of it! SCARY!

I hope that all makes sense because it took me a while to get my head around it!

So, we have candida, these guys make more prostaglandins, which make more pain for endo…

Not good!

What is the solution?

Firstly let us explore some typical approaches:

  1. Probiotics. Yes, these can help to a point but if you are overrun with Candida, it is likely that you are also struggling with other gut-related conditions such as SIBO or HPylori. Treating Candida on its own may not get you the results you need.
  2. Fermented foods. Once again these can help but if you have some other reason for your digestive troubles, it could actually make things worse. Fermented foods are also a trigger for histamine release so we could be adding fuel to the fire.
To truly address Candida and the various triggers for it fully, we need to approach the body holistically. Simply focusing on one area is not just risky but also likely to be ineffective.
Hugs, Melissa x
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  1. Anna-Michelle Lanier

    Can you tell me more about Vitaly and Nystatin and what it does ?

  2. Mrs.Meldrum

    Lol, absolutely!!! So, I added ACV tabs & probiotics to my regime today…

  3. Melissa

    That’s funny 🙂 Your body must’ve known!

  4. Mrs.Meldrum

    Omg!!! I seriously had nightmares about yeast overgrowth destroying my cells all night last night, & just found this tonight!!!

  5. Melissa

    Total pleasure Elle and glad that you have found a Naturopath who clearly knows what to do. You are in good hands sweetheart 🙂
    Tumeric and Magnesium are fabulous for the liver 🙂
    The liver is the key to all of endo – so keep going with it sweets.

  6. Elle

    Love your website Melissa!! Thank you so much for providing us with such great information. It is so nice to know that we are not alone and have others to share stories with.

    I have suffered from endo probably 20 years (35 years old now) , only discovered after 10 years of horrible pain. 2 lapro sx later I still suffer. Mostly exhaustion and endo pain for a few really bad days.

    An interesting observation I will continue to explore. I am doing a mild liver cleanse as per my naturopath after I used Grapefruit seed extract and starting having BAD symptoms of Candida die off. I stopped the GSE i was so sick. Anyway started taking the cleanse and MILK THISTLE (along with too many other vitamins, but) mainly TUMERIC and MAGNESIUM. I am still taking my painkillers but amazingly have not had my usual HORRIBLE period. I have been able to function without any crippling pain attacks. SO I will continue to explore this theory. The only other time I have experienced this no pain was in the Spring when I was on another liver cleanse and also I have been eating mostly gluten free.

    Thanks again for the website and helping me to explore different ideas

  7. Julie Turcotte via Facebook

    Increase of acidity in the body = risk of growing of candida

    Increase of acidity in the body = increase of inflammation = increase of pain due to endometriosis

    Presence of candida = imbalance of hormones = risk of increase of endometriosis

    Too much sugar or to much stress = Increase of acidity in the body

  8. Melanie

    I’m currently fighting candida. It’s so awful! I think I got it because I was in a very stressful job and not eating properly plus I was taking anti biotics.

    Sadly for me it’s affecting me everywhere, everyday I have new symptoms. Today I woke up and it had spread to my lips!!

    I also got my period today and I feel terrible, it’s definitely worsened since I got the overgrowth.

    Anyways I’m attempting to cure myself naturally with diet and anti fungals but I’m finding it all very depressing, just need to be positive I guess.

  9. Tanya Suoranta via Facebook

    yup, lasctobacillus plantarum 299v, miso, probiotic yeasts make a big difference

  10. Melissa

    Hi Melissa,
    It is amazing how much it can take over without even knowing it. I can’t believe the difference now that it is leaving my body! Probiotics helped me a little but it was still quite dominant in my body. The Vitalzym is definitely the one I would recommend – does heaps of other stuff at the same time. 🙂

  11. Melissa K

    I’ve had some flare-ups of really bad candida issues, including the “brain fog” feeling that makes it really hard to concentrate. Giving up sugar and taking daily probiotics helps. I never noticed thrush in my mouth, and at times did not have full-blown yeast infections, but I could tell my body was reacting. I have terrible allergies, and I agree that it is all related to endo and prostaglandins. Some people report that when they treat their candida, their endo symptoms improve. My allergy doctor believes I am actually allergic to yeast (I’m not sure I’m convinced of that, since sugar seems to be the problem for me). I am wary of all of the internet marketing of cures. I think it’s best to start with the basics: reduce sugar and carbs while adding probiotics (taken on empty stomach). I eventually had to take prescription Nystatin and Diflucan, but I’m on the right track now.

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