Why are vaginal infections more common in women with diabetes?


Vaginal infections (yeast infections, vaginitis) are more common among women with diabetes because blood glucose gives the bacteria an excellent medium in which to grow. These infections do not have anything to do with how clean you are, your age, or sexual activity. Although vaginal infections do not directly affect your sexual health, they can affect how sexy and desirable you feel.

You can buy over-the-counter antifungal products to treat these infections. If the infection does not clear up within a week, contact your health care provider for stronger medicine.

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