In this article we provide information on whether you can get a yeast infection form sex and whether you can have sex with a yeast infection. The condition certainly has the potential of negatively affecting your sex life so we also discuss some precautions you can take to reduce the risk of a post-sex flare up. Yeast infections are caused by the Candida yeast species and transmitted by direct and in-direct contact.
Can you get a yeast infection from sex?
Yes, yeast infections can be passed from person to person during both homosexual and heterosexual sexual activity. Male yeast infection symptoms are not as obvious as vaginal yeast infections and may go un-noticed. As a result the condition is often left untreated and the infection is passed back and forth many times.
Can you have sex with a yeast infection?
A significant downside of genital based yeast infections is that they often make sex painful. This is the particularly the case for women who experience severe and recurring vaginal yeast infection symptoms. The condition can also lead to embarrassment and a lack of communication about the problem.
So the first step is to be open with your partner about your yeast infection. Remember it is not an STD and there is no need to be embarrassed. Let your partner know if having sex is painful or exacerbates your symptoms in any way.
Yeast infection after sex – reduce your risk of a flare-up.
Unfortunately many women experience worsened symptoms and increased sensitivity both during and after sex. Small abrasions to the genitals that can occur as a result of sex are thought to weaken the local immunity and provide an opportunity for increased yeast growth. In addition if additional yeast spores are passed on during sex, this can trigger a flare-up.
Here are some tips to follow:
- Don’t have sex during your period. Many women experience worsened yeast symptoms around the time of menstruation.
- Only use water based lubricants as these should have less effect on the pH balance of the vagina.
- Do not have un-protected sex and avoid oral sex. Use a non-latex condom.
- Certain spermicides can irritate the vagina. In particular avoid spermicides containing nonoxynol-9.
- Avoid wearing synthetic underwear that is non-ventilating. They may be less sexy, but stick to cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothing.
- Practice good hygiene, washing your genital area both before and after sex. Do not use a highly perfumed soap as this can cause irritation.
- Change your bedsheets often, ideally after sexual intercourse. Remember also to clean any sex toys carefully after use.
Of course sexual intercourse is not the only way to pick up a yeast infection, there are several other causal factors. Read more on yeast infection causes.