Systemic candida has been linked to a number of symptoms and health issues and for some women there is a link between facial hair and systemic candida. Systemic candida refers to an overgrowth in the body rather than just a specific yeast infection located in one area such as a vaginal yeast infection or Thrush (oral yeast infection). Systemic candida is not recognized by all medical professionals, but an increasing number of women are finding that candida overgrowth is causing health problems for them, and that when they deal with the root cause of that candida overgrowth, other health issues are dealt with too. In this case some women find that facial hair and systemic candida are linked because the latter can cause the former.
In one survey conducted on women who claimed they had systemic candida the symptoms they reported included lapses in memory, unable to focus or concentrate, boils on the buttocks, gaining weight, backache, burning pain in the eyes, bartholinitis, and the facial hair to name a few. For more information on facial hair and systemic candida some women recommend the book ‘The Yeast Syndrome’.
Candida and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
As mentioned Candida may have links with other conditions and one related to facial hair is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS for short. PCOS is a condition that means hormones are imbalanced in a woman. They have an excess amount of male hormones which can cause cysts on the ovaries, infertility, obesity and facial hair growth. The link between PCOS facial hair and systemic candida is that imbalance of hormones.
It is thought that PCOS is caused by a resistance to insulin. When consuming sugar in a healthy person insulin is released by the body to process and store it. In those with insulin resistance like those who are pre-diabetic or with PCOS, the body doesn’t respond as it should and the insulin levels keep increasing. In high numbers the insulin triggers male hormones to be produced, creates ovarian cysts, disrupts a woman’s monthly flow and means there is more glucose in the body than normal.
This is relevant for the candida as it creates a perfect environment in which to grow. An imbalance of hormones plus the high levels of food (sugar) available mean PCOS sufferers are far more prone to Candida overgrowth. Therefore women with PCOS who suffer with facial hair and systemic candida should take measures to prevent the problem, there are anti-fungal supplements available, and probiotics.
The Pill, facial hair and systemic candida
Now most of us know there is a link between birth control pills and yeast infections. Though some more modern pills have lower doses of hormones now, they are still affecting your hormone balance, and it is an imbalance that can trigger a candida overgrowth that leads to a yeast infection. But other symptoms that some women suffer with due to using the pill include:
- Loss of libido
- migraine-type headaches,
- Breakthrough bleeding
- breast tenderness,
- Varicose veins
- Eye disorders: double vision, swelling of optic nerve, contact lens intolerance and corneal inflammation
- weight increases,
- changes in sex drive,
- Disturbances in liver function
- Urinary tract infection
- Decreased immune system function
- Fluid retention and bloating
- head hair loss,
- Psychological and emotional disorders, depression, mood changes
- facial hair growth and
- increased incidence of vaginitis
So a woman taking oral contraceptives may find she has facial hair and systemic candida to deal with along with other side effects.