Immune suppression has been linked to the causes of the
overgrowth of yeast. Some factors of change such as
change in diet or nutritional habits can cause and
imbalanc of yeast. Even the use of
antibiotics, such as tetracycline or penicillin which
can suppress and even kill beneficial bacteria that are
vital to the genital tract, can allow the yeast to
multiply and go unchecked. There are other underlying
factors, such as Diabetes, that are believed to possilbly be the root cause of Yeast Infections.
When Physicians are met with recurrent yeast infections
and there seems to be no other cause, they do have to
consider HIV. HIV (the virus that leads to AIDS) lowers
the immune system and could greatly reduce the ability
of a woman to combat yeast. Yeast infections can be
somewhat contagious in that they can be passed back and
forth between partners during unprotected intercourse.
Realistically, if a partner becomes infected, it
generally means that his or her immune system is already
depressed and the infection would have been inevitable.
HIV is not the only immune depressant. Any kind of
infection or illness can weaken the immune system, thus
allowing the body’s own natural defenses to become
inadequate. Physical and mental stress as well as lack
of sleep, poor nutrition, and medications such as birth
control pills, can also wreak havoc on the immune
system, opening the door for yeast to occur. Hormonal
surges during pregnancy can also temporarily upset the
immune system and cause more frequent yeast infections.