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Could estrogen patch and endo contribute to Candida problems? Could estrogen patch and endo contribute to Candida problems?

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Unread 10-26-2007, 10:15 AM
Could estrogen patch and endo contribute to Candida problems?

Anyone find that they felt worse on ERT, especially if they have had endometriosis? Has anyone heard if candida problems and problems with digestion/heartburn could increase from taking estrogen patches??

I also have been having problems with depression and low energy and memory problems. I also took a 3-month dose of Lupron 4 months ago. I was prescribed an anti-depressant just this week, but I don't want to take it.

Brenda
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Unread 10-26-2007, 02:31 PM
Could estrogen patch and endo contribute to Candida problems?

Brenda,
I think the answer to your question is yes. When I was first diagnosed with Candida one of the first things my doctor wanted to do was to test my hormone levels. Unfortunately endo feeds on ERT, so if you had any minute pieces of endo left, the ERT could cause you some issues.

You may want to check out our Endo forum Endo Support The ladies there may be able to help shed some light on the Endo issues for you
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Unread 10-26-2007, 05:49 PM
Could estrogen patch and endo contribute to Candida problems?



Yes, ERT can make those with endo feel badly! As ((Kim)) mentioned, endometriosis feeds off of estrogen. Thus your ERT could be causing the endo to flare, grow and spread which in turn could make you feel badly in many ways.

Also, many of us with endo tend to have some type of gastro issues. Do you have a gastroenterologist? If not, you may want to consider seeing one. I have IBS and not Candida issues but we have found for me that when I control what I can in my pelvic and abdominal regions, it can help tone everything else down. So if I watch my diet and keep the IBS in check, that in turn helps tone down the endo pain. For me when either the endo or the IBS flares, generally the other is going to flare as well if I don't get things under control quickly.

What does your GYN say about your symptoms? Is your GYN an endometriosis specialist? Are you taking estrogen alone or does your doctor also have you using progesterone since you have endo? Who treats you for the Candida issues? Does that doctor understand endo and hormones?

I have briefly read that some do feel there is a connection between Candida and endometrosis. Some studies show that those with endo tend to have a higher rate of various allergies. You can do searches to find specific information and you should also talk to your doctor.

I would suggest keeping a journal detailing all of your symtpoms. What makes them worse? What helps your symptoms? What are you eating and drinking? What medications, supplement, herbs, hormones, etc. are you taking and how often do you take them and what are the doses? The more information you can share with your doctor the better!

I wish you all the best and hope you are feeling much better soon! s
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Unread 10-29-2007, 05:41 PM
Could estrogen patch and endo contribute to Candida problems?

I was diagnosed with a yeast infection today. Yuck! I never had them before this surgery. I had one earlier this year, so this is the second one. The new Gyn. says to sleep without underwear at night and to also cut my sugar intake. I wonder if the HRT is causing the yeast infection?

I had severe endo and never had issues with yeast. So, I'm not sure if that was an issue.

Hope you feel better soon!
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Unread 10-30-2007, 10:15 AM
Could estrogen patch and endo contribute to Candida problems?

So sorry to hear you have just had your first 'yeastie beastie' infection, boxer4me! I hope it clears up without any further troubles.

Thank you, hostesses, for the great support!!

I have done some research and got a book about Endo and Nutrition. I hope that I can continue with my estrogen patch, as I have heard that it helps in so many other ways. I read that some people have an allergic type reaction to it and have to be desensitized so that they can take estrogen.

My plan is to try and cut out wheat, dairy and sugar wherever possible; and exercise more. I am going to try a candida control diet and see if it helps.

I also read that it might not matter if you wait 6 weeks or 6 months to start on estrogen when you've had endo. If you have any left post-op, it has the same chance of growing back whether you wait or not.

But, then again, we all know that the medical profession still has lots to learn about endo and how to stop it from wreaking havoc in so many women's lives.

Thank you, hystersisters, for this great site where we can all get and give support.

Brenda
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Unread 10-30-2007, 10:31 AM
Could estrogen patch and endo contribute to Candida problems?

Brenda, I do agree with you about the doctors doing more about endo.

I'll never forget the first doctor I went to when I suspected endo. She said "you know how it is, you are older now, you have two children, your periods are supposed to be heavier. Heavier my foot! Not to the point where you change a pad every 15 minutes because you are gushing blood. And the cramps, oh my! I'd almost pass out from the pain. As a matter of fact back in 2004, I did pass out once. That's when I knew it wasn't normal.

After the surgeries and all the treatment failed, I had to have the hysterectomy done. My endo was aggressive!

Best wishes to you!
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