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Sexual problems and recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (rVVC)

March 11 2020

With over 135 million women thought to be affected by recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (rVVC) new data has emerged on the impact on women’s lives.

Dr Eiko Fukazawa and colleagues in São Paulo and New York found major impacts on perception of quality of life and satisfaction with health, as well as impaired  psychological well-being, social relations and general dissatisfaction with life. They compared 100 women with rVVC with 100 without in their early 30’s in São Paulo. Poor self esteem, affection, body image and cognition were impaired. All aspects of social activity, including sexual activity were problematic.

Read Fukazawa et al (2019) Influence of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis on quality of life issues

Similarly in Shiraz in Iran, Dr Zeinab Moshfeghy and colleagues found similar finds, with more detailed questions about sexual activity using the Female Sexual Function Index in 50 women with confirmed rVVC and 50 controls. All were married. Both reduced sexual satisfaction and fewer orgasms were found in women with rVVC, and these was strongly correlated with higher depression, stress and anxiety scores in the women with rVVC.

These findings corroborate prior data on the negative impact of rVVC on womens’ quality of life, loss of earnings and self worth.

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