Treating Candida Helped Me to Become Pregnant Thanks To Probacto Probiotics

My husband and I were in our late 20’s. We thought we were doing everything right. We met in college and waited until a couple of years after we graduated to get married. We lived modestly in a small apartment while we saved enough for a down payment on a house. Once we were set in our home and sure of our career paths, we started thinking about having a baby.

About 6 months into the process, I started to get a little bit nervous. I had stopped taking birth control and I wasn’t yet pregnant, and I silently wondered if something was wrong. After a full year of trying, I told my husband I wanted to talk to the doctor about it, and he supported me in my decision.

Candida was Holding Me Back

I’ve always been a huge fan of natural and alternative healing methods and philosophies, so I made sure the OBGYN I was using was open to all sorts of discussions. When I went to talk to her about my difficulty conceiving, she asked me lot of questions. One of the first things she asked me was if I had frequent yeast infections.

Why, yes – yes, I did.

I hadn’t thought of this as being an issue, but apparently it was a red flag signaling I had a much larger problem. My monthly yeast infections (without fail) were what she considered chronic and having them so often was definitely not considered normal.

Then she explained that vaginal yeast infections are caused by the Candida albicans yeast organism, which is a fungus according to wikipedia. It’s one of the main causes of that type of infection, but it can cause a lot of other problems throughout the body. I admitted to feeling tired all the time, but I thought that was from the demands of our new life, home, and our careers.

She then went on to tell me that systemic infections can have a huge impact on the body. So much so, in fact, that my immune system was likely struggling to keep me healthy and, as such, I was having trouble getting pregnant.

So, What’s Next?

That’s what I asked her. I thought she’d write me a prescription, but she didn’t. First she wanted me to go home and test myself for Candida. I had to do the Saliva Spit Test, found at the national candida center, where I spit into a fresh glass of water first thing in the morning. She told me to call and tell her if my saliva was clear and floating or if it was cloudy and sank, suspended in the water with cloud specks, or cloudy and floating at the top with leg-like tendrils coming from it. The latter was true in my case, and she confirmed that I did indeed have a Candida overgrowth in my body.

I still expected her to tell me to come in and pick up a prescription, but she didn’t. She instead told me to look up Probacto, and read through their books and website. She told me to do the best I could to follow their diet regime to the letter and assured me that within a few months I would not feel as fatigued and that I would stop having chronic vaginal infections.

You know what? She was right.

My husband did the spit test and it turns out that he, too, had a bit of Candida as well. We did the diet together and within a couple of months we both had a renewed vigor for life. We weren’t as tired and we were able to enjoy our successes together.

After a few more months, I was completely free of vaginal infections and almost never felt tired. I was incredibly happy with life and felt less stressed out than ever before. We added some probiotics and herbal supplements to our diets and we now eat a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables with organic meats on a regular basis. Processed food has not seen the light of day in our home since we started following the program.

Oh, and the best part? I went back to my OBGYN last week for my most recent test results, and I’m 8 weeks pregnant. Woohoo!

Probiotics for Yeast Infection

For complete information about yeast infection treatment check out Dr. Eric Bakker work at YeastInfection.org

Probiotics are commonly referred as beneficial bacteria. Trillions upon trillions of the beneficial bacteria are present as normal flora in human body known as the microflora and help in maintaining good health. The most prevalent bacteria of this microflora are acidophilus and Bifidobacteria. A lot of situations can deplete these bacteria and lead to infection and health issues including yeast infection.

Importance of antibiotics in modern medicine is well known to all of us. They are miracle drugs of medical science. Although antibiotics are given to kill some particular bacteria but they don’t act so precisely and kill many other beneficial bacteria of our body. But the yeasts are left unaffected. This allows these yeasts to cause infection as a common side effect of antibiotics. The predominant yeast found in microflora of human is Candida albicans.

This condition can be prevented with the help of probiotics. Probiotics contain living bacteria. Probiotics act by competing with candida yeast and helps to maintain its small number. Yeast infection is traditionally treated with antifungal creams and suppositories which contain clotrimazole or miconazole. Probiotics constitute an important part of yeast infection treatment and helps to restore the health of immune system. These can be taken either in form of probiotic supplements or foods rich in probiotics. They are present naturally in many foods including fruits and vegetables.

Some of the popular foods which contain probiotics are yoghurt containing live bacteria, aged cheese, kefir, fermented foods like pickle, dairy products like buttermilk, cottage cheese and many more. Healthy person should consume one or two serving per day. For treating or preventing conditions like yeast infection two to three servings per day should be consumed.

Foods rich in probiotics

Yoghurt: Yoghurt is one among the richest sources of probiotic. It is the simplest and easiest way to get probiotic supplements. To get the probiotic supplement for yeast infection treatment, only the plain yoghurt containing live bacteria is useful. Choose the yoghurt with label mentions as being loaded with acidophilus and lactobacillus and avoid those containing high amount of sugar.

Kefir: It is similar to yoghurt and shares the probiotic benefits of yoghurt. It also contains high amount of antioxidants.

Sauerkraut: It is made of fermented cabbage and full of vitamins and probiotics.

Miso soup: It is a staple of Japanese diet and is full of probiotic goodness.

Dark chocolate: Although it is bit surprising but it is true that some of the dark chocolates also contain probiotic and have this positive effect on health.

Pickle: Sounds unbelievable, but pickles are a rich source of probiotics.

Probiotic supplements for yeast infection

Syntol: It is the probiotic enzyme formula for prevention and treatment of candida yeast infection.

11-strain probiotic powder: It is a highly potent probiotic. It is useful for children who cannot take capsules.

Iflora: It contains about 16 species of bacteria.

Theralac: Its efficacy has been proven by clinical studies and probably it is the best probiotic for prevention of yeast infection.

Probio5: It may act as a good alternative to theralac. It contains Lactobacillus Sporogenes, L. Planterum, L. acidophilus, B. Longum, and S. Boulardi along with the enzymes protease, cellulase, peptizyme, and chitosinase from bacillus sp.

Using Garlic for a Yeast Infection

Despite advances in modern medicine, such as being able to grow a heart outside of the body and prosthetic body parts that look unbelievably real, holistic medicine is still a trustworthy form of treatment. Reputable medical establishments like the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic even rave about the benefits of certain herbs. Garlic is a plant in the onion family that makes your spaghetti sauce zesty and your meat burst with flavor; however, it also is renowned for its many healthy benefits.

Orally Taking Garlic

When you take garlic by mouth, it does have numerous benefits to your heart and it kills off yeast. Whether you eat a clove of garlic or use it on a daily basis in your cooking, you still receive the benefits of it. But, just ingesting garlic does not work quickly or as effectively as other methods.

Garlic Supplements

Like consuming garlic, supplements are an effective way to treat a yeast infection. Although effective as an antifungal, garlic supplements work slowly, and when you are not taking it in large quantities, you may not notice quick results.

Using Garlic Vaginally

In order to insert garlic vaginally, there are a few things you should remember. Never ever cut the cloves. By severing the garlic, you are allowing for the juices of the plant to flow into your already sensitive vaginal area, which will result in irritation and additional pain.

To make an external treatment, use a piece of gauze and wrap it around an entire clove of garlic. Make sure you remove the external white paper-like shell surrounding the clove. Tie a piece of string or yarn around the covered clove, so that you have the ability to remove the treatment with ease. Once you have the garlic “tampon” made, insert it directly into the vaginal canal. Leave the garlic situated in the vagina overnight. Remove it the following morning, by simply pulling on the string. You may not reuse the treatment, so discard of it after removal. Instead of using gauze, you may also use cheesecloth.

As a vaginal treatment, garlic can be used up to twice a day. You may use this treatment throughout the day or only at night. But, you should keep in mind that the more often you do it, the more quickly you will see results.

If you want, you can always insert the garlic without the gauze or cheesecloth, if you do not have either one of those items. Rather than just inserting a clove in your private region, you may wish to use a needle and thread to sew a loop to grab onto, so you can remove it easily.

Side Effects

Unless you are allergic to garlic, there are not really any side effects associated with using garlic. Although some women say that they taste garlic in their mouth after using this method of treating a yeast infection. Obviously, the odor will cause your vaginal region to smell a little, but the reward is worth the unpleasantness. Also, the smell is only temporary and will improve with time and bath soap.