Are some women at higher risk for yeast infections?

Even though any girl or woman can get a vaginal yeast infection, some of us are at higher risk than others. 

According to the Office on Women’s HealthOff Site Icon (OWH), an office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS), you are at higher risk for a vaginal yeast infection if you: 

  • Are pregnant
  • Douche
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Took antibiotics recently
  • Use hormonal birth control that has higher doses of estrogen
  • Use vaginal sprays

Talk to your health care provider for more information about why some women are at higher risk for yeast infections.

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