Things that can raise the risk are:
- Hormone changes from pregnancy or birth control pills
- A weak immune system
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Family history of frequent yeast infections
- Certain medicines such as:
- Broad-spectrum antibiotics
- Corticosteroids—taken by mouth for a long time
- Douches to rinse out the vagina
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