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Can birth control pills cause yeast infections?


Yes, taking birth control pills can increase your likelihood for getting a vaginal yeast infection, among many other factors. That reason why it can increase the likelihood for a yeast infection is because birth control pills cause changes in hormone levels, which leads to an increased risk for a vaginal yeast infection. Other risks that can indirectly cause a yeast infection include pregnancy and medical conditions such as diabetes and iron deficiency. Also, the use of steroid medications or antibiotics can make yeast infections more likely.

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