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People at Risk for Genital / Vulvovaginal Candidiasis

Who Gets Genital / Vulvovaginal Candidiasis?

Nearly 75% of all adult women have had at least one "yeast infection" in their lifetime. On rare occasions, men can also get genital candidiasis. VVC occurs more frequently and more severely in people with weakened immune systems. Other conditions that may put a woman at risk for genital candidiasis include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Long-term use of broad-spectrum antibiotics
  • Use of corticosteroid medications

How can I Prevent Genital / Vulvovaginal Candidiasis?

Wearing cotton underwear may help to reduce the risk of developing a yeast infection. For women who experience recurrent yeast infections (more than three per year), some evidence suggests that oral or intravaginal probiotics may help to prevent frequent infections.

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