Understanding diabetes and an itchy, yeasty vagina

Yeast infections can be rife in women with uncontrolled diabetes, because higher blood sugar feeds the yeast in the vagina. Many women don’t know they have diabetes or a pre-diabetic insulin-resistant state of body, so may be continually treating yeast infections that never seem to disappear.

It is worth considering getting reliable blood sugar testing if you suffer repeated yeast infections without resolution. Untreated diabetes is dangerous.


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Jessica Lloyd - Vulvovaginal Specialist Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)