Psychosomatics of Thrush Inflammatory fungal infection of mucous membranes is called candidiasis (more commonly known as thrush). It is a condition that mostly affects females (genital candidiasis, breast candidiasis). In men, it is rare and known as candidal balanoposthitis. Newborns can also develop candidiasis in the oral cavity.
Symptoms include burning and itching of external genitalia and white discharge resembling cottage cheese. The fungi causing these symptoms are present in small amounts in everyone, but rapid multiplication leading to pathology occurs when healthy microflora is disturbed.
Factors disrupting healthy microflora include: lowered immunity (during chronic bronchitis, tonsillitis, pyelonephritis, etc.), hormonal contraception for certain diseases, hormonal disorders (ovaries, diabetes, obesity, menopause), antibiotic use, dysbiosis, pregnancy, climate change, local factors (wearing wet underwear, improper hygiene, personal hygiene products), poor diet, bathing in water bodies (pools), and constant stress. Stressogenic factors are of particular interest here.
Psychosomatics of Thrush
Each body part or organ is associated with a specific life sphere, and an organ’s malfunction signals negative experiences related to that sphere. The state of sexual organs symbolizes the relationship between men and women. Thus, the psychosomatics of thrush is simple: a woman is dissatisfied with her relationship with a man.
Specific symptoms can reveal the nature of the woman’s negative emotions. Itching and burning, indicators of mucosal irritation, point to intense emotional irritation towards men. Since thrush is caused by fungi, many authors link it to deep psychological trauma, stress (likely from childhood). As an infectious female disease, it also involves anger.
Let’s delve into these and other psycho-emotional causes.
Psychological Causes of Thrush
- Lack of emotional satisfaction in relationships with men, including disappointment in intimate life. A woman might be dissatisfied with her current relationship but hides her discontent, fearing to spoil the relationship.
- Dishonesty can stem from the first reason: a woman may maintain the illusion that everything is fine, but she can’t deceive her body, which actively signals through thrush.
- Anger, resentment, impotent rage, irritation, grievances, aversion to men. These emotions are a secondary cause, stemming from unprocessed, lingering psychological trauma.
- Avoiding sexual aspects of life (in marriage) and guilt. This reason can also be linked to the previous ones. The arising guilt torments the soul as the disease wears down the body.
- Negative traits like sloppiness, laziness, indiscriminateness, ignorance in a woman’s character are also reflected in her body through this unpleasant female disease, demanding cleanliness, tidiness, and other positive traits.
- Low self-esteem as a woman, feelings of inadequacy, suppression of feminine nature due to stereotypes. A woman’s sensitive psyche often gets wounded (especially during childhood and adolescence) by inappropriate remarks and jokes about her appearance or feminine qualities.
- Shame related to sexual organs (resulting from incorrect sexual education or its absence in childhood). If a girl frequently hears words like ‘sinful’, ‘dirty’, ‘shameless’ associated with sexual organs, she develops corresponding beliefs with consequent outcomes.
- Denial of needs, including sexual needs. Social stereotypes or personal beliefs often corner a woman into denying her basic needs and living for something (or someone) other than herself.
- Thrush due to nervous strain can appear as self-punishment when a woman is angry at herself for mistakes made.
- Fatigue from role-playing. Everyone plays social roles, and prolonged role obligations can be overwhelming, leading to exhaustion. For instance, a mother of an infant, fulfilling her role day and night, might react with breast candidiasis due to sheer exhaustion.
- It’s noted that thrush often affects women who strive to be perfect in everything but are prone to judging others.
- Authoritative women, with a constant desire to control people and situations, are also susceptible to this disease. It’s characteristic that they distrust people (hence the desire to control everything).
- Looking at the psychological cause of candidiasis in children, many authors lean towards emotional isolation from the mother, her detachment. Infants lack maternal warmth and love, especially emotional communication with the mother.
Paths to Healing
In healing from genital candidiasis (thrush), as with any psychosomatic illness, the action algorithm is:
- Analyze and recognize the psychological cause;
- Understand and accept your negative perception and experience;
- Forgive yourself for negatively perceiving because you couldn’t or didn’t know how to do otherwise;
- Forgive the person, event, situation that caused your negative perception;
- If negative experiences are related to your partner, a conversation about your concerns is appropriate. The other person may not know what’s going on inside you (just as you can’t know what they think and feel);
- Thank the world for the lesson, the experience (yes, all these are our life lessons) and let go, free yourself from negativity;
- Then shift your attention to other, joyful moments of your life: relax, engage in creative activities, etc.
Yes, healing requires self-work, listening to oneself, one’s soul, one’s body (as ancient sages said: all answers are initially present in the person, in their soul). The modern woman is too caught up in the accelerating pace of the civilized world, forgetting that activity is inherently a male nature, not hers. Therefore, excessive external activity, with neglect of the soul, psychologically weakens her. For healing, it’s worth slowing down (I’m not saying to drop everything), I emphasize: slow down, at least for a while, and take time for self-reflection.
Yes, you can prove to everyone that you’re fine, etc. But the state of your mental and physical health will speak for itself.
A woman whose soul is filled with love, joy of life, self-sufficiency, wisdom, and peace is unlikely to be ill, irritated, or make demands. BUT: the state of happiness and other accompanying positive feelings can only be given by the woman herself (and this applies to any person)! A person chooses whether to feel happy now or not. And the body only responds accordingly to his choice. It turns out that medication alone cannot fully cure the body if the original causes, hidden in the soul, that spawned the disease are not removed. If the causes of the illness are superficial, a person, having worked through all the above points, can heal themselves. If, however, the cause is rooted in the subconscious (in particular, all childhood traumas are repressed there), then professional psychotherapeutic help will likely be needed. I hope this article helps someone.
Be happy and healthy!