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Genital Yeast Infections

Br Med J 1972; 4 doi: (Published 30 December 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;4:761
  1. J. D. Oriel,
  2. Betty M. Partridge,
  3. Maire J. Denny,
  4. J. C. Coleman


    Genital yeast infection was studied in 533 women seen in a department of venereology. Yeasts were recovered in culture from 138 patients (26% of the total). Candida albicans accounted for 112 (81%) of the isolates and Torulopsis glabrata for 22 (16%); other yeasts were uncommon. There was no evidence that the presence of yeasts was related to age. 32% of the women who were taking an oral contraceptive harboured yeasts, compared with 18% of those who were not.

    The symptoms and signs of the women with yeast infections were compared with those with vaginal trichomoniasis and those with no evidence of genital infection. It seems that a clinical diagnosis of vaginal mycosis cannot be made with accuracy and that positive identification of yeasts is necessary; for this, cultural methods are the most satisfactory.