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30 Jan 2006

Can thrush cause infertility
I am battling with thrush since going off the pill & want to know if Thrush can cause infertility.

Also - what would be the main reasons of recurrent thrush?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear need-to-know

Thrush is caused by a fungus organism called candida. This organism is a normal commensel of the vagina, i.e the candida organism lives normally in the vagina, but does not cause any symptoms if the vaginal environment is normal.
Where there is an alteration in the normal barriers and protection of the vagina, such as a change in Ph or alternately a change in the general flora of the vagina as a result of perhaps the prolong use of antibiotics, such conditions which alter the flora of the vagina or the PH or other barriers to infection may result in the inappropriate and opportunistic overgrowth of candida. Also in patients suffering from metabolic diseases such as diabetes, the immune system is depressed and may result in fungal infections taking advantage of the depressed immune system and overpopulating the vagina. The same applies to any other causes of immune suppression.

Thrush by itself is not a known cause of infertility and recurrent thrush is often due to the vaginal environment not adequately corrected or alternatively a very virulent or strong starin of the candida species might be present. A visit to your local gynaecologist or practioner may be necessary so that appropriate systemic therapy could be prescribed.
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