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How Can Diabetes Affect My Gynecological Health?

Hormone changes before and during a woman’s menstrual period can make her blood sugar run higher or lower than usual. Similarly, hormone changes during and after the menopausal transition may affect blood sugar. Talk with your doctor if you have problems with fluctuating blood-sugar levels around the time of your period or as you are going through menopause. You may need to adjust your medication or check your blood sugar more often during this time.

Blood-sugar levels also can be tied to vaginal yeast infections. High blood sugar can often lead to a yeast infection and can make it harder to get rid of one. A yeast infection can cause itching, burning and white vaginal discharge. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor to get the right treatment. You can help prevent yeast infections by wearing cotton underwear and maintaining good blood-sugar control. Avoid douching, body wash, perfumed sprays or wipes.

Source: Vanderbilt University


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