Endometriosis, Yeast, and Hormones

endometriosis, yeast, and hormonesWayne Konetzki, MD, a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), has observed that most women with endometriosis have allergies to Candida albicans. He has also discovered that these same women may have sensitivities to luteinizing hormone, as well as to estrogen and progesterone. How might endometriosis symptoms be affected by yeast and hormones?

Dr. Konetzki claims that Candida albicans yeast may have either progesterone and/or estrogen receptors on their cell walls. Increased hormone blood levels may cause yeast to overgrow, which then exacerbates endometriosis symptoms.

Endometriosis symptoms often diminish with anti-yeast treatment, which of course includes eliminating sugar from the diet. Endometriosis sufferers who are hypersensitive to hormones may also benefit from the desensitization techniques used by AAEM practitioners.

  • Ballweg, ML. An Interview with Wayne Konetzki, MD, an-Endo Treatment Pioneer. Endometriosis Association Newsletter. 2003 Sept;24(1-2): 3-7.
  • Crook WG. The Yeast Connection and the Woman. Jackson, TN: Professional Books, Inc.; 1995.
  • American Academy of Environmental Medicine. https://www.aaemonline.org/.
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD – Women’s International Pharmacy
Edited by Michelle Violi, PharmD – Women’s International Pharmacy
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