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Yeast Infection Vaccine?

If you've ever had to deal with the annoyance of a yeast infection, then you might be interested to know a vaccine to prevent them is in the works. Early lab tests of the vaccine performed on mice have been successful.

Female mice were given one of several variations of the vaccine, and then were exposed to a lethal dose of Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for yeast infections. Another group of female mice were given a placebo vaccine to create a control group. The mice who received the yeast infection vaccine had a 40 to 100 percent survival rate, while the control group sadly all died. I'm not sure why they had to give them a "lethal dose" of this fungus (since I wouldn't say a typical yeast infection is deadly — just horribly uncomfortable), but it seems that the vaccine has worked.

Tell me ladies, once this becomes safe for humans, would you get a vaccine to prevent yeast infections?


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sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
No way. If I have a yeast infection then it is a sign that SOMETHING IS WRONG and I NEED TO FIX IT. I generally have them when I am on antibiotics but it's good to know my body is functioning as it should be until I introduce something it doesn't want. :)
eroca87 eroca87 8 years
our bodies are designed to heal themselves! all these vaccines and treatments are over time killing our innate ability to heal. i personally would not get a vaccine to prevent yeast infections. i understand and respect the desire to, but if someone is that prone to yeast infections to warrant a vaccination, i think there's a bigger problem to address than a shot to stop it.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
No problem! :)
Advah Advah 8 years
Thanks for the explanations, Fit and Bluesarahlou! :) Makes more sense now.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
There are too many vaccines out there.
bonbonagogo bonbonagogo 8 years
In a heartbeat!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Ok so...I read the article, and it seems that the vaccine will control the overpopulation of Candida (which is what causes the infection) by damaging the cell wall. I'd assume that vaccine would be created to maintain the level at a manageable level. When you take antibiotics, especially the broad-spectrum kinds, you're effectively killing off some of your healthy bacteria as well as whatever infectious bacteria might be inhabiting your body. That's why Candida is able to overgrow and cause the yeast infection. And Advah, just to clarify, Candida is a fungus, not a bacteria (two different kingdoms!) :) So I don't think the vaccine would affect bacteria at all.
Fitness Fitness 8 years
I'm no doctor, but my understanding is that you don't want this yeast to overpopulate, so maybe the vaccine will just control overpopulation. These are all good questions though, that I hope these scientists are addressing.
Advah Advah 8 years
Ooops- thanks Fit, didn't think of checking what was already on the website! I'm still confused though, it still goes with what Facin8me said - if the bacteria balance is tilted in the other way, it might create another yeast infection. Or am I being thick? :oops:
Fitness Fitness 8 years
To answer your question, Advah, check out Fit's Health Guide explanation: yeast infections "appear when the number of Candida albicans becomes larger in relation to the other microorganisms that normally inhabit the vagina. Candida albicans grows when the vagina has certain favorable conditions or when it is difficult for other microorganisms to survive. This causes the imbalance that leads to a yeast infection."
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 8 years
I know I get yeasties ALL the time, so this is def something I would highly consider
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
superfoxml! omg i think my bc is the culprit! THANKS!
facin8me facin8me 8 years
cravin, some doctors will write a prescription for diflucan if they give you a strong antibiotic or warn you that a yeast infection is a strong possibility that you should look out for. I think a vaccine for this kind of thing would permanently mess up the flora in that region. Ick.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
I've had chronic yeast infections, so I would really be interested in this, but only after it's been out a while. There's just too many times that something comes out and all these people take it and then it turns out to be lethal or something, then it's pulled.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
The only time I get crazy severe yeast infections is when I take antibiotics...perhaps instead of a vaccine they should give you a pill (like diflucan?) to take simultaneously with your antibiotic to combat it?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's a great idea for a vaccine since they are NOT pleasant - but i also have to kind of think that there are ways to avoid getting a yeast infection - which is something that i've almost always managed to do. there have only been like 1 or 2 occassions when i got one from some random reason or another - and in those cases - wow - i really wanted to die becuase it was so uncomfortable.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
Based on facin8me's point, I may not now, but I always get a mild yeastie just before my period every month. The usually go away on their own, but once in a while I have to buy an over the counter remedy.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Absolutely. I wouldn't even have to think twice about it.
facin8me facin8me 8 years
Maybe I'm missing something here? I thought that women always had a natural balance of yeast and bacteria in the vagina, and that you had problems when one or the other overgrew compared from its natural balance. Wouldn't a vaccine against yeast just cause a bacterial overgrowth that could be just as uncomfortable?
Advah Advah 8 years
Forgot to say - as annoying as yeast infections are, they're also a sign that the body's natural balance is somehow lost, and that the person has to modify his/her alimentation mainly. I'm not sure getting a vaccine would do much good.
Advah Advah 8 years
Well I'm not pro-vaccine but I can't say I wouldn't think twice about it!! I'm a bit confused by the idea of a vaccine to get rid of the bacteria though. Correct me if I'm wrong, but yeast infections happen when a bacteria too important in the vaginal flora, instead of remaining at its natural level. But wouldn't getting rid of the bacteria altogether create another type of infection (candida albicans is only one of the various bacterias that can create an infection)? Phew note sure about my sentence syntax, but I can't do better on a Monday morning!
DigitalAngel DigitalAngel 8 years
Personally, I would not. I've only had one or two so to me its not worth getting a vaccine. If it were affecting my daily life, than I would consider it. I'm weary of vaccines in general. And since this isn't going to rid the world of yeast infections I'll just stick to my yogurt.
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
Well, I'm not sure, because there are other ways to quit getting yeast infections. But if I had super chronic yeasties with no relief in sight I can't say I wouldn't. Any woman who's had one would probably sell their soul to get the pain/irritation to stop. I used to get chronic yeast infections but then I switched birth control pills. My body just did NOT agree with the previous kind I took (Seasonale BTW). Nowadays I'm yeast infection free but I also take acidophilis and that always helps.Oh and on a side note, Yeastaway by Boiron is a natural yeast infection remedy that works so much better than that Monistat crap. Just a suggestion for people wary of the evils of Monistat, which if you take often can breed a super resistant yeast, thus making it even harder to rid yourself of the infection.
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