Does Alcohol Cause Vaginal Yeast Infections?

Does Alcohol Cause Vaginal Yeast Infections?

 

Does alcohol cause vaginal yeast infections

If you keep getting vaginal yeast infections after a night out, you may be asking yourself if alcohol can be the cause. In this article I’ll explain why and how alcohol can trigger your yeast infections and what you can do to prevent it from happening in future.

 

Your body is colonized by all sorts of microorganisms, one of them is called Candida and it’s responsible for causing unpleasant vaginal yeast infection symptoms. It can only happen when the balance between friendly bacteria (probiotics) and potentially harmful microorganisms  is upset.

 

Once there isn’t enough friendly bacteria in your body, Candida cells have got perfect conditions and space to thrive, feed and reproduce causing a vaginal yeast infection.

 

Alcohol is one of the substances shown to upset your bacterial flora, it also increases cortisol levels in your blood, which can inhibit your immune system making you more susceptible to vaginal yeast infections. Other factors that can cause your friendly bacteria to die off:

 

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  • taking antibiotics

 

  • taking estrogen-rich contraceptive pills

 

  • drinking coffee

 

  • enduring chronic stress

 

  • bathing in chemically sanitized water (swimming pool)

 

So just by avoiding these trigger factors, you can significantly reduce the risk of getting a vaginal yeast infections.
 

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How to prevent a vaginal yeast infection after drinking alcohol?

 

Does alcohol cause vaginal yeast infections

  • Taking probiotic supplements every day will help you keep healthy levels of friendly bacteria in your body. Make sure you take your pill after a night out.

 

 

  • If you’re drinking alcohol during your period, use probiotic tampons to reestablish healthy vaginal flora and boost your defenses against vaginal yeast infections.

 

  • Eating probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, olives or miso soup, after a night out will also give you a much needed probiotic boost. Every little counts!

 

  • Find what else you can do to prevent vaginal yeast infections in my recent post.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Does alcohol cause vaginal yeast infections?

So, does alcohol cause vaginal yeast infections? Yes, it does. When trying to prevent a yeast infection, cutting your alcohol intake is a must. The best thing you can do is to eliminate it completely from your diet, but for many of you it’s not an option. So, if you decide to have a drink, make sure you take probiotics, either in the form of supplements, suppositories, tampons, or at least by including probiotic-rich foods in your diet.

 

It’s also worth trying to reduce your coffee intake and avoid taking antibiotics whenever possible to reduce the risk of getting a vaginal yeast infection. If you keep getting yeast infections while on contraceptive pills, talk to your gynecologist about switching to a progestin-only pill and see if it helps. If you want to know more about what causes vaginal yeast infections, check my article.

 


For more information about how alcohol affects yeast infections, watch this video:

 

Do you think drinking alcohol triggers your vaginal yeast infections? have you tried cutting on alcohol and did it help? Please share your questions and comments in the comment section below.

 

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4 comments

  • This information is so beneficial for women and my heart goes out to you with all the biologically associated things that women have to deal with. Us guys really need to be alot more sensitive towards these issues women may suffer from. And guys if you think yeast infections are only in reference to women think again and read the article on male yeast infections you will be shocked.

    • What a great comment Troy, thanks a lot! A vaginal yeast infection can be extremely unpleasant, so I’m trying to inform women about all the possible factors that can trigger it, so they can avoid it in future. Guys can also get a yeast infection but luckily their symptoms are not as bad as in women.

  • I do agree with you that drinking alcohol increases your chances of getting a yeast infection. I have found that it’s the combination of other factors such as stress and drinking coffee and not looking after your body in general that increase the chances of getting a yeast infection.

    I have cut down on drinking alcohol by only on special occasions do I drink it and it has helped. I get my probiotics daily by eating yogurt and sometimes taking a probiotic supplement.

    Is tea a good substitute for coffee, or is it the caffeine that help cause the yeast infection?

    • Thank you for commenting Dinh. I’ve just done a little research about tea and it turns out that black tea has got only a bit less caffeine than brewed coffee, so it’s another drink to avoid. Green and white tea have only about 20% of the caffeine you’ll find in brewed coffee, so they seem like a good replacement.

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