I have a Candida albicans infection that seems to be almost cured. Ever since I’ve had this problem, I’ve been worried about being infertile. Is there any way to check whether the fungus has affected my fallopian tubes to the point of making me infertile? How does one contract this type of fungus? Can it affect other organs besides the reproductive organs? What do you think is the best drug for quickly getting rid of this type of infection? And lastly, does this problem tend to recur?
In the female reproductive system, Candida albicans affects only the vulva and vagina. This fungus does not affect the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries, so there is no danger of becoming infertile following a Candida infection.
Candida albicans is a fungus that can be found, along with a few bacteria, in small quantities on the skin and mucous membranes (areas continuous with the skin that line internal organs and body cavities). This entire microbial population usually co-exists without causing health problems. During antibiotic treatments, which cystic fibrosis patients undergo frequently, the bacterial population is reduced while fungi such as Candida albicans proliferate. This creates a local inflammation in the vulvar-vaginal area, causing redness, discomfort, itchiness, and discharge. Candida infections may also be found on the head of the penis (the glans). The condition can quickly be cured by stopping the antibiotics with or without the addition of an antifungal antibiotic. Cortisone use also promotes this type of infection. Candida can also affect skin folds where humidity occurs (the groin and the area under the breasts). It can be found in the mouth and pharynx, and sometimes in the esophagus. Treatment depends on the location of the problem. Antifungal antibiotics can be used topically (creams, ointments, and vaginal suppositories) or systemically with pills, oral solutions or intravenous injections.
Candida vaginitis symptoms may appear systematically following an antibiotic treatment. To prevent this from occurring, physicians may concurrently prescribe antibacterial and antifungal antibiotics.