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Recurrent Yeast infections in Women.

Functional medicine provides a comprehensive and individualized approach to addressing recurrent yeast infections in women. Rather than solely focusing on symptomatic relief, functional medicine aims to identify and treat the root causes of the condition. Here are some key elements that may be included in the functional medicine treatment of recurrent yeast infections:

  1. Comprehensive Assessment: A thorough evaluation of the patient's medical history, lifestyle factors, diet, and environmental exposures is conducted to identify potential underlying causes of yeast infections. This assessment helps determine the appropriate treatment plan.

  2. Gut Health Optimization: Functional medicine recognizes the importance of a healthy gut microbiome in preventing yeast overgrowth. Treatment may involve dietary modifications, such as reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate intake, while emphasizing whole, unprocessed foods. Probiotic supplementation and addressing any gut dysbiosis or digestive issues may also be recommended.

  3. Hormonal Balance: Hormonal imbalances can contribute to recurrent yeast infections in some women. Functional medicine practitioners may assess hormone levels and address any imbalances through lifestyle modifications, nutritional interventions, and, if necessary, hormonal support.

  4. Immune System Support: Strengthening the immune system is crucial for preventing and combating yeast infections. Functional medicine approaches may include lifestyle changes to reduce stress, improve sleep quality, optimize nutrition, and support immune function through supplements or herbs.

  5. Addressing Underlying Factors: Functional medicine takes into account various underlying factors that can contribute to recurrent yeast infections. These may include chronic stress, environmental toxins, medication use, and other health conditions. Identifying and addressing these factors is essential for long-term resolution.

It's important to consult with a qualified functional medicine practitioner who can tailor the treatment approach to your specific needs. They will consider your unique circumstances and provide a personalized treatment plan to address recurrent yeast infections effectively.

Dr Rubina Azam Dr Rubina Azam is fellowship-trained and Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She has years of clinical experience and is also Board Certified in Pediatrics.

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