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What factors increase your risk of vaginal yeast infections?

Related Topics: Vaginal Yeast Infection

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A few things will increase your risk of getting a yeast infection, including:

  • Recent treatment with antibiotics. For example, a woman may take an antibiotic to treat an infection, and the antibiotic kills her body's good bacteria that normally keep the yeast in balance. As a result, the yeast overgrows and causes the infection.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes. This allows for too much sugar in the urine and vagina.
  • Pregnancy which changes hormone levels.

Other factors include:

  • Oral contraceptives (birth control pills).
  • Disorders affecting the immune system.
  • Thyroid or endocrine disorders.
  • Corticosteroid therapy.

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