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Diabetes and Women Q&A: Yeast Infections, Birth Control Pills and Menopause

Q: Why are women with diabetes pre-disposed to developing recurrent yeast infections?

A: The increased amount of glucose (sugar) in the body (in urine and vaginal secretions, for example) creates the perfect environment to encourage the growth of yeast within certain parts of the body.


Q: What are the complications of using birth control pills while having diabetes?

A: Taking birth control pills may raise a woman's blood-glucose levels or make it more difficult to control them. Using the pill for longer than a year or two may also increase her risk of developing diabetes-related complications. For instance, if she develops high blood pres­sure while on the pill, there may be an increased chance that any existing diabetes related eye or kidney disease will worsen. Talk with your doctor about your birth-control options if you have diabetes.


Q: Will menopause affect my diabetes?

A: It can. Fluctuating hormone levels may lead to fluctuating blood-glucose levels. Women with diabetes are also at risk of develiping premature menopause and consequent increased risks of cardiovascular disease. A woman with diabetes should discuss the role that diabetes plays in her gynecological health when talking with her doctor.



Source: American Diabetes Association

Good Neighbor Pharmacy Health Connection, November 2013

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