Harvard Women's Health Watch

Ask the doctor: Can I get a yeast infection after menopause?

Q. I am 65 and recently developed a yeast infection. Aren't these infections unusual in postmenopausal women?

A. Vaginal yeast infection occurs at least once in about 75% of women. You are correct that yeast infections are not as common after menopause, but they still account for some cases of vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina). An overgrowth of the microorganism Candida albicans is usually responsible.

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