5 things to know about diabetes and vulvovaginal candidiasis

1. Vaginal candida colonisation is common 

VAGINAL colonisation with a candida species is common, occurring in over 20% of healthy asymptomatic women.

Women with diabetes have higher rates of colonisation, with reports of up to double that of women without diabetes.1 

With significant rates of candida colonisation in the general population, it is not surprising that 70–75% of women will experience vulvovaginal candidiasis in their lifetime. 

Up to 50% of these women will have at least one recurrence. 

2. Poorly managed and undiagnosed diabetes may predispose to symptomatic vaginitis. 

Diabetes mellitus is a known risk for vulvovaginal candidiasis. 

Due to the state of relative immuno­compromise, it is not surprising that subjects with abnormal HbA1c may experience more frequent symptomatology compared to those who are well managed and