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Question:

Is it common to have regular yeast infections after having had a c-section done?

I had one done in April 2010 and since then I had one a month after, then an urinary infection, and as that heals, another yeast shows up again.

Answer:

A good number of women who had a baby via c-section have wondered if their yeast infection was from that.

A yeast infection occurs when the normal levels of acid and yeast in the vagina are out of balance and causes a very uncomfortable, but not serious, condition called a yeast infection.

Hormonal changes that come with pregnancy are cause of yeast infection

Yeast infections are more common during pregnancy than any other time in a woman's life, especially during the second trimester of pregnancy.

The hormones of pregnancy, high estrogen and progesterone, decline rapidly after delivery.

The result is an almost menopausal state with respect to vaginal lubrication.

The condition is called vaginal atrophy with a rise in the pH of the vagina and a shift away from superficial vaginal cells that lubricate the vagina and provide protection from irritation.

This change also takes place on the outside of the vulva and is subject to any irritation from soaps, rubbing, or contact with chemicals in pads, condoms, lotions or other topically applied agents

For instance baths can produce SYMPTOMS of vaginitis or urinary tract infections (UTIs) in the postpartum time period, i.e., pain with urination, frequency, vulvar burning, but they are NOT thought to produce actual infections.

One becomes more susceptible to yeast infections when certain hormones are released especially during pregnancy, ovulation or menstruation.

Though there are no visible signs of direct links to certain hormonal periods, yeast infections are definitely susceptible during hormonal alterations.


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