Having episodes of bleeding in an area of the body that seems to be suffering from an infection? It could be very well due to an attack of Candida—the yeast that causes infections. However, there are other types of infections that can cause bleeding. One key way to tell if a yeast infection is causing bleeding, is to see if you notice white patches on the skin or in the vagina. Candida will develop white patches, and this is a very excellent indicator of such an infection. However, if you are a women, and are having unusual vaginal bleeding, it may be due to hormonal irregularities. STD’s can also cause women to have episodes of vaginal bleeding. Yes, it is true that some rare, severe yeast infections can cause a lot of bleeding; but, these are very rare cases. Chances are, if you are not showing the classic signs of a yeast infection, your bleeding is not related to Candida. This article will look at several common causes of bleeding; and, can help you better understand what is causing the unusual bleeding!
Candida Causes Bleeding
One of the most tell tale signs, that indicates Candida is effectively colonizing an area of the body, is the appearance of a creamy white lesion. The first sign of a white lesion, indicates that Candida has transitioned from a harmless, benign colonizer to a pathogenic invader (Akpan, Morgan; 2002). These white lesions can be scraped off to reveal an inflamed, reddened skin underneath. Bleeding can occur when these lesions of Candida are scraped away. This is, perhaps, the most common way a yeast infection will cause bleeding to occur. If you notice white lesions in the vagina, or small white patches on the penis; then, if these infected areas are rubbed or scraped, this can result in mild bleeding.
Bleeding from Candida infected skin may happen spontaneously—although this is perhaps much more of a rare occurrence. Physical rubbing or scrapping of Candida infected skin or mucosa, is going to be a primary way bleeding will occur. Barron’s Dictionary of Medical Terms (2012) agrees that easy bleeding can sometimes accompany a yeast infection. The Dictionary has this to say regarding yeast infections:
Infection caused by a Candida species of fungus (e.g., Candida albicans), affecting most often the skin, mouth, and vagina, and causing itching, peeling, whitish exudate, and sometimes easy bleeding. Common forms of candidiasis include thrush and some types of vaginitis and diaper rash.
In the 2013 edition of Mosby's Dental Dictionary, the authors state that oral thrush causes white patches that, when scraped off, leave bleeding tissue. So again, agitation of thrush lesions is going to cause some bleeding. Yeast infections will not typically cause intense bleeding. Yet, in very rare cases of severe Candidiasis, severe bleeding can result—yet this is very unlikely. Nearly all yeast infections should not cause bleeding without significant agitation to a thoroughly colonized body area.
The 1998 edition of Mosby's Emergency Dictionary, states that a cause of vaginal bleeding for women is cervicitis. Cervicitis is chronic, or sudden inflammation of the cervix. This is caused by an infective agent such as Candida, Trichomonas vaginalis, or Gardnerella vaginalis. This condition usually happens to women in their reproductive years. In some cases, the cervix can start bleeding. So if you have a vaginal yeast infection, and you bleed from the vagina, your cervix may have been compromised by Candida.
If you have a significant amount of bleeding from an area, and the area has not experienced physical agitation, Candida is going to be a very unlikely cause of this problem. If you are a woman, and are having unusual vaginal bleeding, there are a host of other more likely causes.
Unusual Vaginal Bleeding
Having unusual vaginal bleeding can be a result of several health problems. One likely cause of unusual bleeding, is a hormonal problem. For instance, if there is some problem that prevents your body from entering ovulation, the endometrial lining may not be entirely shed in the subsequent menstruation. The result is, the endometrial lining will continue to increase in thickness. After the next successful ovulation, this overly thick lining will be shed in menstruation and a heavy amount of bleeding will result. Also, hormonal irregularities can create irregular menstrual periods—some short, some long—and can also cause spotting (occasional episodes of light vaginal bleeding).
Of the various factors that can bring about irregular or unusual vaginal bleeding, here are some of the common causes:
- Hormonal Irregularities — Thyroid dysfunction, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
- Body Weight — being obese or rapidly losing weight.
- Extreme Physical Activity
- Excessive Stress — The body releases hormones in response to stress.
- The End of Menstruation — When women approach menopause, they may experience irregular periods.
- The Beginning of Menstruation — At the start of menstruation in women, there may be some irregular cycles for up to a year or so.
- Prescription Medications — Drugs that alter estrogen or progesterone levels, such as birth control pills, frequently alter menstrual bleeding. Many women who take estrogen birth control pills, have much lighter periods as a result.
- Source, and for more information: Menstruation Fact Sheet.
The majority of females will experience a fluctuation in the length of their menstrual cycle, or the amount they bleed during their period, at some time in their life. The most common cause of this abnormal bleeding, is due to a lack of normal ovulation. Regular periods may return quickly or can take several months to totally normalize. Occasionally, a woman may need to take an estrogen based drug to fully normalize her menstrual cycle—like birth control pills.
So although a yeast infection can cause bleeding, it is perhaps much more likely that unusual vaginal bleeding is due to one of the aforementioned causes—and not a result of Candida. Your menstrual cycle can influence the rate at which Candida develops in the vagina. If you have noticed a correlation between your menstrual cycle and yeast problems, you can be proactive and take the right steps to address the underlying issues causing this cycle. A section of Candida Hub, Yeast Infection and Periods, explains possible causes for yeast infections before, after, and during your period. You may get some good clues about why you seem to have an issue with Candida at a certain phase in your monthly cycle by looking this section over.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Bleeding
Trichomoniasis, gonorrhoea, and the human papillomavirus (HPV) can all cause bleeding. So, if you have been sexually active with different individuals, you may have a sexually transmitted disease that is the source of your bleeding.
The bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae causes the STD gonorrhoea. Gonorrhoea more often affects men than it does women. In men, this STD usually strikes the urethra; and, women commonly get gonorrhoea in their cervix. In many cases, this STD is asymptomatic and the carrier may not even realize they are infected. Women can sometimes experience vaginal bleeding due to this STD (The Concise Human Body Book, 2009).
Chlamydia is another STD, caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis, that can cause bleeding. This STD typically does not produce noticeable symptoms; and, can be carried by an individual without their knowledge. Women who have chlamydia, can have vaginal bleeding episodes after sexual intercourse. This bleeding is a result of inflammation and damage the STD causes to the cervical columnar epithelium. Men and women who engage in receptive anal sex can develop chlamydia in their anus; which, can lead to bleeding of the anal area. Women who use oral contraceptives can also see bleeding.
Trichomoniasis, caused by the single celled protozoa Trichomonas vaginalis, can also cause vaginal bleeding. A key indicator that you have trichomoniasis are “strawberry spots” on the vaginal walls or cervix. In some cases, this STD can cause the cervix to start bleeding on contact—so if you are bleeding after sexual intercourse, this may be why. Trichomoniasis is the most common, curable STD in the world; and, is responsible for about 20% of all vaginal infections.
HPV is a horrible virus that causes warts on nearly any area of the body that comes into contact with it. HPV, can therefore, also easily affect the vagina; typically getting a foothold in that area due to sexual activity with an infected individual. HPV can cause a women to have vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse. For more information about STDs and how to tell them apart from yeast infections, you can learn more here: Sex and Yeast Infection.
Bacterial Vaginosis and Bleeding
Yes, bacterial vaginosis (BV) is not an STD; but, this problem is the most common vaginal infection. More women have BV than they do vaginal Candidiasis, or other infections of this area. BV can also cause bleeding. Women who have BV are sometimes totally without symptoms; however, the most common, and poignant symptom, is a fishy smelling vaginal odor. Often, the fishy vaginal odor is apparent after sexual intercourse. In some instances, women who have BV will see some bleeding from the vagina after sex. BV can also cause irregular bleeding episodes. If you currently have a bad vaginal odor and you are bleeding from the vagina, BV could be responsible. For more information on this topic, check out What Yeast Infections Smell Like. In this section of Candida Hub, you’ll find extensive information on BV, and other causes of vaginal odor.
Stopping a Yeast Infection in 12 Hours, Naturally
One woman who fought a seemingly endless battle with recurrent yeast infections was Sarah Summer. Summer routinely purchased products and remedies to clear up yeast infections; yet, it was only a short while before another episode of Candida overgrowth would occur. The problem Sarah would later realize is that, at this time, she was only focusing on the surface level symptoms of a much bigger problem.
The life ruining Candida attacks kept happening until, one day, Sarah developed a very severe vaginal infection. Sarah did not waste much time before she made an appointment to see a professional about her latest outbreak. After Sarah was examined by her physician, she was told that her vagina had become overrun with a yeast infection that had become a mould inside her. The yeast had grown deep tendrils into her body and, according to Sarah’s doctor, this type of infection was not able to be totally cured. Faced with having to deal with this terrible problem indefinitely, Sarah decided to start searching for answers herself.
Sarah’s husband Robert also joined her in her efforts to find a solution for her problem. Together the two spent a considerable amount of time in a medical library. According to Sarah, she practically “lived” at the medical library. Sarah focused on natural medicine and tried many different solutions she came across. The key thing Sarah did during this time was to develop a comprehensive understanding of the underlying physiological issues she had that were predisposing her to Candida overgrowth.
Finally, after arduous work and a lot of trial and error, Sarah tried a solution that worked. In a short while Sarah found that her “incurable” yeast infection was completely gone. And, the recurrent yeast infections stopped—the terrible cycle was over. Sarah had finally found a way to use natural remedies to eliminate Candida fast. Sarah also found that those who also tried her remedy reported back that their yeast infections were gone within 12 hours time.
Sarah eventually decided to help others with their Candida problems and wrote an extensive book outlining exactly how to replicate her therapy. Those who use Sarah’s book often get rid of their yeast infection in just 12 hours! Sarah knows what it is like to be let down by a supposed cure for Candida that doesn’t work; and, so offers an 8 week, 100% money back guarantee on her book. If you use her system and find you're not seeing the results you expected, you can quickly get all your money back right away!
Sarah’s book is published by a large online publisher, a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated. Sarah’s publisher handles all the purchase processing and you can even use PayPal for further security. Sarah’s book is available as a digitally downloadable PDF ebook. So, you can have it instantly and start using it right away. With a full 8 weeks to try out Sarah’s book, you’re going to have much more time than 12 hours to figure out if it really does work!
For more information about the bonus books Sarah includes with her book, see testimonials of others who loved Sarah’s book, or find out more about Sarah’s personal story with Candida, you can get this information and more at Sarah Summer’s website.
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