You may already know this, but yeast is normally found in the vagina. That being said, most do not have any typical symptoms of a yeast infection such as itching, discharge, irritation, or burning. This is because yeast typically is in balance with other bacteria that are part of the vaginal ecosystem. It is the overgrowth of yeast that can cause a yeast infection. This can happen when the vaginal ecosystem is disrupted and lactobacilli, the bacteria that keep yeast and bacteria in balance, are depleted.
Often we associate high sugar foods with an increased risk of yeast infections. This is not actually true. Studies found that those who are not diabetic can eat high sugar foods without an increase in yeast infections. This is because non-diabetic people can metabolize sugar normally and it does not increase the amount of sugar found in the vagina.
However, those who are pre-diabetic or diabetic have an increased risk of yeast infections when they have uncontrolled blood sugars. High blood sugars can weaken the immune system and affect the body’s ability to fight infections.
It's always a good idea to limit the amount of added sugars in your diet and to eat a well-balanced diet for your overall health..including your vagina!
Dr. Jodie Horton