Yeast infection and infertility: Does yeast infection cause infertility in women?
There is no sufficient scientific data or clinical evidence that proves a strong association between vaginal yeast infection and infertility. Vaginal infections, or vaginitis, in general do not cause serious medical problems. In particular, yeast infection is such a common condition among females that 75% of them have had a yeast infection at one point or another in their lives. The risk of yeast infection recurrence is also possible. However, there is no proof showing that a yeast infection can render a woman unable to conceive.
The average woman may not know what the real cause of yeast infection is and what the realistic effects a yeast infection may have in a female sufferer. It will also benefit women to understand how the vagina maintains a healthy balance of microorganisms that help keep the environment of the genital area healthy and functional. To quell spurious misconceptions, women have to keep in mind that a yeast infection is a kind of vaginal infection caused by a type of fungus known as Candida. Unlike another type of vaginitis called trichomoniasis—a venereal disease caused by a parasite—yeast infection isn’t classified as a sexually-transmitted disease because even celibate women can develop this condition and the fungus Candida doesn’t reside in the vagina naturally.
The usual symptoms that a yeast infection sufferer has also do not support a yeast infection and infertility relationship. Mild to severe symptoms of yeast infection include:
• Vaginal secretions that are white, thick and odorless but have a cottage cheese-like appearance
• Itch and irritation in the vagina and at the vulva (i.e. vaginal entrance) • Redness and inflammation of the vulva
• Soreness and pain in the vagina
• A stinging sensation in the vagina particularly while urinating or during sexual intercourse
Once a doctor is able to test and diagnose yeast infection in a female sufferer, the symptoms of the infection can be relieved and stopped. There is no reason for any woman to think there’s a connection between yeast infection and infertility but it is highly recommended that a woman consult a doctor especially if she is experiencing any of the symptoms above for the first time. Yeast infection is just one among a gamut of infections or diseases that involves the genitalia and only when a woman’s sensitive condition is examined can she receive the appropriate treatment from a doctor.
Frequent attacks of yeast infection also isn’t evidence proving an association between vaginal infection and infertility. However, it is still recommended that a chronic yeast infection sufferer seek medical help so that more effective treatment can be used in order to resolve her vaginal infection. For couples who are trying to get pregnant, sexual activity isn’t really discouraged if a woman has yeast infection—however, it may be uncomfortable and unbearable for her to engage in sexual intercourse. There are over-the-counter anti-fungal vaginal creams and suppositories that she can use in order to relieve the symptoms and provide comfort. As for couples who have problems conceiving, it’s recommended that they consult a fertility specialist that can give them sound medical advice designed to help a couple overcome the challenges of getting pregnant.