Can Chronic Yeast Infection Hinder Getting Pregnant?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Can having chronic yeast infections over the years hinder getting pregnant?

I always seem to have one, don't always have symptoms, but tests show. I've done meds and nothing seems to help keep them away.

We've been trying for many, many years and no luck. I didn't know if this would have any effect on us trying.

ANSWER

I know of no data that says chronic yeast infections cause infertility. That said, I'm wondering if you have had any counseling about your diet (yeast loves sugar and carbs) and whether you have been checked for diabetes, HIV and other conditions that can cause chronic yeast infections. If your other tests are all negative, it sounds like it is time to make sure that the type of yeast is the common one (candida albicans), because if it is not, a special medication may be needed to clear it up.

As for the infertility, if you have been trying for more than 12 months, it is time to see someone who helps couples with problems conceiving. Often, small changes can make a HUGE difference in your chances, so it is good to find out what options make sense in your particular case. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM