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#1 of 6 Old 12-02-2005, 11:48 AM - Thread Starter
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my sister has been married for 4.5 years...they have never used BC and this has been a constant area of frustration for her (and me...for her). she has struggled with chronic yesast infections for most of her married life. does anyone know if yeast affects the environmet for sperm and the ability of them to get to an egg?

also...what is a book that talks about yeast overgrowth and the diet that goes with "fixing" yeast overgrowth?

thanks so much for any info!!
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Ooo, that's so sad. Now that I"m waiting to conceive, I feel sooo much for everyone else who is also!

I don't know the name of the book, but I do know that some people will eliminate sugar and wheat, which feeds the yeast, for a while (I'm thinking 2 weeks +) to get it out of their system. You didn't say if she's been on antibiotics or not; but antibiotics will kill the 'good' bacteria (I'm sure you already know this, but putting it out there anyway) and make it easier for the yeasties to take over. I've heard of people with yeast problems making sure that all of their soaps, lotions, etc are all NOT antibiacterial also, so they can keep their good flora, which will kill them darn yeasties.

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I know someone who ttc for a couple of yrs and got preg after going on a diet to reduce candida. It sounds like that might be helpful here. Just google "candida" and you'll get a ton of links on excess yeast and bad bacteria.
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I think the books you may have been talking about are The Yeast Connection & The Yeast Connection Cookbook. They are very simple & easy to read.
One sight that I've found to be very informative is It's free, and there are even message boards & forums just like MDC for dealing w/every aspect of this problem, it's very intensive but is very helpful... there's support for the actual diet, which is EXTREMELY difficult, you crave yeasty foods like you wouldn't believe. I've found it harder than quitting smoking! There are also recipe forums & worksheets for determining the level of illness.

HTH! Good luck to your sister, but if she can get it under control, she may just find it easy to conceive!
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I've heard about this happening with bacteria, as well, of women getting pregnant after years TTC and then having a mild antibiotic like tetracyclene for acne or something and getting pg.
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It could be she has PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome, which usually suppresses ovulation, and is associated with insulin resistance, a prediabetic condition. Diabetics get yeast infections a lot. I know I do, and I have PCOS. But perhaps if she gets rid of the yeasties with diet, that would help. She should also check out "The Complete Candida Sourcebook" to help with it. She could have candidaisis (sp?) which can cause all kind of troubles.

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