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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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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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.
Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Possibly: If you are only getting yeast infections since your iud was placed then it's possible the iud is contributing to yeast infections. Other factors can also contribute including eating sweets, fruit or alcohol, taking antibiotics and wearing clothes that don't allow good air circulation with exercise. So you have other factors you can change.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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