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AUDIO: Dr. Pukall, Can Yeast Infections Contribute To Vulvodynia?

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Dr. Caroline Pukall, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada discuses how yeast infections may contribute to vulvodynia.

Dr. Pukall and Todd Hartley:

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Todd Hartley:
Dr. Caroline Pukall is with us right now. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Pukall, we’ve got to ask, do yeast infections contribute to vulvodynia?

Dr. Pukall:
Well, that’s a really good question. There is some evidence supporting the fact that repeated yeast infections can contribute to a higher risk of developing one particular type of vulvodynia called vestibulodynia. And so several studies have now emerged showing that women who have a history of repeated yeast infections or several yeast infections per year have an increased risk of developing vestibulodynia later in life.

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