A 28-year-old male asked:
do the iud (para guard) result in many yeast infections? i have the paraguard iud and have been experiencing yeast infections after my menstrual cycle quite frequently. is this normal?
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Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Yeast : Yeast infections are caused by normal flora/fungi called candida (which normally pose no problems) in the GI tract that get exasperbated in the vaginal canal. During insertion of the iud, it is possible for the fungus, candida, to cling on the parts of the iud, causing a residual yeast infection.
However, research shows that the presence of an iud alone does not result in a yeast infection, as the device is in a sterile environment, the uterus.
Research shows that women who have iuds experience more yeast infections that those who do not have an iud. There is definitely a link in an increase in yeast infections for women who have iuds. One factor could be because women with iuds engage in unprotected sex more often, a risk factor for yeast infection.
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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