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Could stress cause yeast infection ?

Could stress cause yeast infection ?

Yes: Severe or chronic stress is known to have a negative effect on the immune system and could plausibly increase the likelihood of getting a yeast infection. Additionally, there have been some studies which support the link between stress and vaginal yeast infections. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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My period lasted one day, with very little blood. I've been stressed out lately with legal issues, could that have caused it? I had a yeast infection.

My period lasted one day, with very little blood. I've been stressed out lately with legal issues, could that have caused it? I had a yeast infection.

Yes: High stress situations can cause changes in menstrual cycles. Hormonal effects can disrupt normal menstrual functions. Observe for another month to see if menstrual cycles return to normal, and if not, then lab testing and sonogram may give answers to the abnormally short menstrual period. ...Read more

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Azo still pos for WBCs. No nitrites. On Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 4 days now. No yeast infection or STD. No other symptoms. Have been stressed about this for days now?

Azo still pos for WBCs. No nitrites. On Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 4 days now. No yeast infection or STD. No other symptoms. Have been stressed about this for days now?

Testing: No reason to be stressed. This is an easy problem to fix. Schedule a visit for an official urinalysis and urine culture. This will detect if an infection is still present. If other tests are needed then those can be done. The presence of WBCs may or may not indicate an infection or problem. This is a nonspecific finding. ...Read more

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I gained weight i took yeast infection pill and am sad and stressed can all this delay my period?

I gained weight i took yeast infection pill and am sad and stressed can all this delay my period?

Absolutely: Although the yeast infection pill will not delay your period, the stress and sadness can certainly do this. Stress is a very common cause for delayed or abnormal menstrual cycles. Some women's systems are much more vulnerable to these changes in periods- some only need minor stress to upset things. It sounds like you would benefit from counseling re your stress and sadness. Please get some help. ...Read more

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What can cause a yeast infection?

Several factors: Several factors can cause a yeast infections- 1. Local balance of normal flora is disrupted, typically from the recent use of antibiotics; 2. Impaired immunity- this may be due to steroid use or having other illnesses such as diabetes or hiv; 3. Misdiagnosis of symptoms in the absence of yeast from testing- adverse drug effects can be mistaken as a yeast infection. ...Read more

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What could cause a yeast infection with radiating pain?

What could cause a yeast infection with radiating pain?

Not related.: Yeast infections are very common. They may present with thick white/yellow discharge with or without vaginal itching/burning. Some infections are actually without symptoms. However, yeast infections are never the cause of radiating pain. There might be a secondary process involved. ...Read more

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Can nuvaring cause a yeast infection? If so how do I treat it?

Vaginal yeast: Nuvaring won't cause yeast, but any vaginal manipulation could trigger it -- for example, if your ring was recently inserted. There are several effective over the counter vaginal meds for yeast. Look for active ingredient ending in "azole". All work well; choose based on cost and convenience. But get care first if any doubt about the diagnosis. For example, vaginal discharge usually isn't yeast. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more