Yeast infections arise insidiously from habits that are a normal part of our daily lifestyle and are interwoven with our choice of diet, clothes, and even medicine. Unfortunately, most of us fail to recognize the symptoms as part of a larger problem. Candida, the yeast which causes infections is normally found in small numbers on the skin and in the vagina. The acidity of the vagina keeps it under control. Change in the normal acidity of the vagina or hormonal changes brings about an overgrowth of the Candida leading to yeast infection. Contraceptive devices such as Nueva Ring are also believed to increase the incidence of yeast infection. Devices such as Nueva Ring which need to be inserted into the vagina may cause irritation to the wall of the vagina increasing the chances of yeast infection.
Nueva Ring is a soft plastic vaginal ring inserted inside the vagina to protect against pregnancy. It is inserted into the vagina and left in place for three weeks. Then it is removed for a week for menstruation to occur. Nueva Ring contains a combination of estrogen and progestin hormones similar to the hormones used in most oral birth control pills. The main difference is in the way in which the medication is delivered into the body. The hormones in the ring are absorbed continuously and directly into the blood stream through the vaginal wall preventing the release of an egg from the ovary.
According to some studies one of the most common side effects of Nueva Ring is an increased amount of vaginal discharge, vaginal infections, and irritation. However, it was found that women using Nueva Ring have an increased amount of Lactobacillus in the vagina and it actually helps decrease the incidence of yeast infections.
But hormone therapies, whether as contraceptives or menopause medications are often linked to yeast infections. High estrogen levels over a long period of time such as birth control or estrogen replacement therapy causes the pH level of the vagina to drop to neutral to slightly acidic which is ideal for yeast overgrowth. It is believed that estrogen causes the yeast to adhere to the vaginal walls.
Nueva Ring has different effect on different women. While it may cause yeast infection or exacerbate an already existing one in some women, it may not adversely affect others. So, if Nueva Ring causes yeast infections it would be better to look at other options for birth control. But all said and done, recurring yeast infections due to any reason should not be taken for granted. Even if a yeast infection is not normally life-threatening it can be extremely distressing and there is always a small probability that it may become systemic and therefore dangerous. With a bit of discipline and education it is possible to get rid of yeast infections forever. For that it is best to visit a holistic medicine practitioner who will treat your body as a whole rather than only alleviate the symptoms. He will suggest certain lifestyle changes and changes in food habits, methods to manage stress etc which can all be incorporated into daily life so that yeast infections need never worry you again.