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Yeast Infection From Sex?

Published: August 31, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I just lost my virginity to my boyfriend about two months ago. We used a condom and I am also on birth control. After the first time, I received a yeast infection. It cleared up with over the counter medicine and everything seemed okay. A few weeks later, my boyfriend and I had sex again and within a day I had a yeast infection again. I saw a doctor and she confirmed that it was a yeast infection but was clueless as to why it occurs only when I have sex. Is there a reason why this is happening and a way to prevent it? Thanks.


Dear Yeast Infection From Sex?,

Yeast infections are caused by minute yeast-like fungus called Candida Albicans. Yeast normally live in the vagina in small numbers. In certain situations, the Candida can overwhelm your good bacteria causing excessive growth of yeast or an imbalance of vaginal microorganisms. It's this overgrowth that causes yeast infections. Some outside influences that can contribute to yeast infections include the use of antibiotics or steroids, wearing tight clothing in the vaginal area, frequent douching, strong soaps, pregnancy and diabetes. 

Sexual intercourse, itself, doesn't cause yeast infections. For some women, their male partner is also infected with yeast but doesn’t have any symptoms. If your partner is infected with yeast, you may get exposed every time you have sex. A culture of your boyfriend’s ejaculate may be helpful. This can be done at home after intercourse. He could use a condom to collect the ejaculate or a container provided by a doctor or lab. A culture then can be performed to see if a yeast infection is present. Just culturing the penis may not give helpful information, since it is the seminal vesicles where the yeast may reside. If a man has yeast in the seminal vesicles, he will not have any symptoms but he will need oral treatment to clear the yeast.

Although it is not considered a sexually transmitted disease a yeast infection can be transferred from one partner to the other. The yeast infection can be treated with medication-based treatments address the local symptom but not the root causes of yeast infection. Your symptoms go away but the infection doesn't. So you may think the yeast infection is gone and resume intercourse and the Candida is transferred and multiplies again. This could result in repeated yeast infection after intercourse. Even using a condom doesn't always help in many cases, because some of their spermicides can actually help the Candida grow. The surest way is to cease sexual intercourse until one or both partners are completely cured.

.Reoccurring yeast infections can also result from a latex allergy (diaphragm, cervical cap, and condom.) You could either get tested or try using a non-latex condom.

If your doctor has not been able to help you may want to consider seeing an Adolescent medicine specialist or a Gynecologist In the meantime you should refrain from sex until a doctor can pinpoint the problem and gives you the okay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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