What is the Prognosis of Vaginal Yeast Infection?

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Feb 20, 2012

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What is the Prognosis of Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infection is a common type of infection in women but it is not a sexually transmitted disease. The infection is most often caused due to a weak immune system. However transmission of the yeast through sex is possible. Some men can get an itchy rash on the penis after having unprotected sex with an infected woman. The risk of transmission of infection is higher in men who are not circumcised.

Read to know the prognosis of vaginal yeast infections:


  • With appropriate treatment most vaginal yeast infections are cured. The symptoms clear up and go away within 2 weeks (most often within a few days) in about 90% of the women. Some women may have a repeat infection, but it also usually improves with appropriate repeated treatment.
  • About 5 and 8 percent of women may have recurrent yeast infections. Recurrent yeast infections may be caused due to underlying medical condition such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS, or medication such as steroid or oral contraceptive pill. These infections may require more aggressive treatment as they can be caused due to less common species of Candida, such as Candida glabrata or Candida krusei.


If your symptoms won't go away or you have recurrent symptoms don’t ignore them or self-treat. The symptom may be caused due to some other condition such as other vaginal infections, allergic reaction or sensitivity, eczema.


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