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Recurrent Vaginal Yeast Infections

Overview

What are recurrent vaginal yeast infections?

For your vaginal yeast infections to be thought of as recurrent, you must have four or more infections within 1 year. The infections must not be related to your taking antibiotics. And they must cause symptoms.

How are they treated?

One recommended first treatment for recurrent yeast infections is vaginal medicines for 7 to 14 days. Or it may be a single dose of oral fluconazole, with a second dose repeated 3 days later and a third dose 7 days later.footnote 1

This first treatment may be followed by 6 months of maintenance therapy. This could be oral or vaginal medicines.

Some women who are treated for recurrent yeast infections don't see their symptoms improve. These women may have another condition that is causing symptoms like those of a yeast infection. More testing and treatment may be needed.

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References

Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015). Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines, 2015. MMWR, 64(RR-03): 1–137. http://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015. Accessed July 2, 2015. [Erratum in MMWR, 64(33): 924. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6433a9.htm?s_cid=mm6433a9_w. Accessed January 25, 2016.]

Credits

Current as of: February 11, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Deborah A. Penava BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology