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Risk Factors for Vaginal candidiasis

List of Risk Factors for Vaginal candidiasis

The list of risk factors mentioned for Vaginal candidiasis in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion:

Genital Candidiasis: DBMD (Excerpt)

VVC occurs more frequently and more severely in people with weakened immune systems. There are some other conditions that may put a woman at risk for genital candidiasis:

  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics
  • Use of corticosteroid medications
(Source: excerpt from Genital Candidiasis: DBMD)

Vaginitis Due to Vaginal Infections, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

Several factors are associated with increased symptomatic infection in women, including pregnancy, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and the use of oral contraceptives or antibiotics. Other factors that may increase the incidence of yeast infection include using douches, perfumed feminine hygiene sprays, and topical antimicrobial agents, and wearing tight, poorly ventilated clothing and underwear. Whether or not yeast can be transmitted sexually is unknown. Because almost all women have the organism in the vagina, it has been difficult for researchers to study this aspect of the natural history. (Source: excerpt from Vaginitis Due to Vaginal Infections, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Vaginal Infections & Vaginitis: NWHIC (Excerpt)

VVC is caused by an overabundance or overgrowth of yeast cells (primarily Candida albicans) that normally colonize in the vagina. Several factors are associated with increased rates of VVC in women, including pregnancy, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and the use of oral contraceptives or antibiotics. Other factors that may increase the incidence of VVC include the use of douches, perfumed feminine hygiene sprays, topical antimicrobial agents, and tight, poorly ventilated clothing and underwear. There is no direct evidence that VVC is transmitted by sexual intercourse. (Source: excerpt from Vaginal Infections & Vaginitis: NWHIC)

About risk factors:

Risk factors for Vaginal candidiasis are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Vaginal candidiasis makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Vaginal candidiasis. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Vaginal candidiasis. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

 

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