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What increases my risk for vaginal yeast infections?

Many things can raise your risk of a vaginal yeast infection, such as:

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Illness
  • Poor eating habits, including eating extreme amounts of sugary foods
  • Pregnancy
  • Having your period
  • Taking certain medicines, including birth control pills, antibiotics, and steroids
  • Diseases such as poorly controlled diabetes and HIV/AIDS
  • Hormonal changes during your periods

This answer is based on source information from The National Women's Health Information Center.

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