I am a microbiologist and I work in a modern, accredited microbiology laboratory in a hospital. I’ve done this kind of work for over twenty-five years.
We (laboratory professionals and doctors) don’t accept the existence of “yeast overgrowth.” We consider this a “quack” diagnosis. There simply is no such condition. Quack “health practitioners” continue to spread this untruth around, and the internet has made it even easier for them to do so.
If you truly have a systemic yeast infection, you will be at death’s door. When we see someone with yeast in the bloodstream, they are often cancer patients or HIV patients in their final days.
Diet has nothing to do with yeast infections. Eating too much sugar doesn’t create a yeast infection. Eating yogurt doesn’t create or prevent yeast infections.
The normal vagina will often have small numbers of yeast present, but they are far outnumbered by the massive amount of normal bacterial flora in the vag. Yeast infections start because yeast is an opportunist, and will take any opportunity to overgrow the normal flora. Some of the common causes of vaginal yeast infections are:
antibiotics–if you are being treated for a strep throat or other infection, you could kill off the normal flora in the vag and give yeast a chance to overgrow.
soaps, lotions, perfumes, body-washes, DOUCHES, change of laundry detergents, etc–these may change the pH of the vag, which allows yeast to overgrow.
immunosuppressed–for example, sickness, depression, etc.–when your immune system is lowered, the normal body defenses are “sick.” Normally they keep yeast under control , but if the body defenses are on the fritz, yeast will seize the day and grow.
Have you gone to an OB/GYN for testing? There are plenty of Catholic OB/GYNs around who will be happy to work with you. They will test you for yeast infections of the vagina, not with spit, but with a KOH or wet prep (viewed under a microscope) or a yeast culture. It doesn’t sound to me like you have a yeast infection, which produces a cottage-cheesey vaginal discharge that often smells like bread yeast.
Have you ever considered the possibility that you might have an ovarian cyst or some other condition that is causing your cycle to go haywire? PLEASE get it checked. Don’t try to diagnose or treat yourself.
And please don’t buy products at the health food store without getting them OKed by a real doctor. These products are not required to be approved by the FDA because they are classified as “foods,” yet many of these products are dangerous. PLEASE, for your health’s sake.
I certainly have no problems with a low-carb diet, but please, PLEASE consult a registered dietician. Although cutting back on carbs is a good idea for adults who are not active, low-carb diets can be dangerous for women. It would be best to be advised by a dietician (a REGISTERED dietician, not just someone with no certification) and possibly be monitored by the dietician and or your doctor.
Good luck. Hope you’re feeling better soon.