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Alice asked:
Will a yeast infection affect my chances of becoming pregnant?

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Roxanne Lau answered:
So far there isn't any concrete evidence that having yeast infection would affect your chance of getting pregnant. If you only get a yeast infection once or twice a year, it is easily treated by home methods to ease you of the itching and slight burning. Yeast infection can be passed to your partner, so remember to refrain from having sex while you have yeast infection or any other types of vaginal infection. If you do have recurrent vaginal yeast infections, it will cause the internal vaginal flora to become unbalanced which may make it harder for the sperm to reach the uterus. The infection changes the consistency of the cervical mucus and making it more difficult for the sperm to reach the cervical opening. An imbalance in our vaginal flora impairs the vaginal mucosa’s ability to fight off other infections or diseases, which may lead to other fertility issues later in life. So do treat your problems before becoming pregnant to avoid complications during your pregnancy. If you do not treat your yeast infection before your baby is born you can pass the infection on to your baby. Make some dietary changes to help improve on your condition, such as avoid sugary foods and drinks, take a good probiotic supplement to repopulate the good bacteria, eat a lot of wholegrain food, fresh vegetables and fruits and avoid eating refine carbohydrates like white flour, white rice or any products containing these. How soon you may see improvement depends on the severity of your condition, in average it may takes about 4 - 6 weeks to see the difference.

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Marianne_Hendricks answered:
Yeast infection is a common infection of vagina especially in our moist tropical environment. It is caused by a fungus called Candida. It is more common after the good bacterial flora in the vagina is altered by antibiotics. It is also more common in patients with diabetes or in patients who are on oral contraceptive pills. Yeast infection does not affect the chance of getting pregnant. But the vaginal irritation and the messy cheesy discharge of fungal infection can definitely put the couples off having sex. Some couples are also afraid that sexual intercourse causes the infection and stop having sex because of that.

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Lynette answered:
A yeast infection will not directly affect your chances of conceiving. However, it may cause discomfort to you as you may experience itching and irritation. If your symptoms don't go away after you finish taking the medication prescribed by your doctor, return to consult your doctor, who can test for other infections that have similar symptoms. Infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and bacterial vaginosis can change the acidity of vaginal secretions, which can hurt your chances of getting pregnant by making it harder for sperm to reach the egg.

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oink17 answered:
I'm not a doctor, so cannot really confirm this, but based on some articles, a yeast infection occurs when the PH balance in the vagina becomes more alkaline than acidic. While sperm survives longer in a more neutral PH, hence the chances of the sperms survive during an yeast infection are not so high.

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