Sugar chromatography studies in recurrent Candida vulvovaginitis

J Reprod Med. 1984 Jul;29(7):441-3.


Because of the apparent increase in vulvovaginitis caused by Candida species, the chronic disability caused by this infection and its stubborn resistance to current therapy, a study of 100 women was undertaken to attempt to gain insight into the role of dietary sugar ingestion in the pathogenesis of this disease. Urinary sugar patterns of glucose, arabinose and ribose were elevated. These excretion patterns correlated well with the excessive oral ingestion of dairy products, artificial sweeteners and sucrose. Eliminating excessive use of these foods brought about a dramatic reduction in the incidence and severity of Candida vulvovaginitis.

MeSH terms

  • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal / urine*
  • Carbohydrates / urine*
  • Chromatography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lactose / urine
  • Monosaccharides / urine
  • Recurrence


  • Carbohydrates
  • Monosaccharides
  • Lactose