Can Sexual Activity Lead To Vaginal Yeast Infection?

Recently updated on February 15th, 2023 at 07:42 am



Vaginal yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted infection, however, they can develop after vaginal intercourse. Yeast infection can be triggered due to a number of factors, no matter the cause, it is not so serious condition and it can be treated at home. So read on for more information on why it happens, infections in pregnancy, etc.

Let’s learn how does vaginal yeast infection happen?

There is a normal part of the microscopic bacteria called candida fungus in your vagina. If in case this fungus begins to grow compulsively then it causes yeast infection.

Can oral sex cause vaginal yeast infections?

At least one out of 100 studies has shown that involving in vaginal oral sex can increase your chances of vaginal yeast infection, it is because oral sex imports Candida and bacteria from your partner’s tongue, mouth, and gums to your vulva. This includes your labia, vagina, and clitoris. Thus, due to this, the risk of infection spreads if your partner has oral thrush. If in case your partner licks or kiss other parts of your body then these fungi and bacteria can spread subsequently.

What else leads to vaginal yeast infection?

Although it’s likely to transmit a yeast infection after sex through vaginal intercourse, also there are various different  causes which are listed below;

  • Douching
  • Irritation from wearing sweaty or wet clothing
  • Taking antibiotics, birth control pills, or corticosteroids
  • Using fragrant cleansers around your genital areas
  • Pregnancy
  • Having a weak immune system
  • Breastfeeding
  • Having high blood sugar or untreated diabetes, etc.

What are the treatment options for vaginal yeast infection?

If you have been examined with a yeast infection then you can buy an over-the-counter cream to treat the infection, there are various creams available to treat a vaginal infection. There are also some home remedies available to treat the infection you can search on the internet.

Secondly, you should wear breathable cotton inner wears as it can help to ease the discomfort while you expect your signs to clear. Taking a hot water bath with Epsom salt can also help to relieve itching.

Once you have started the treatment for infection, your symptoms should get clear within 3-7 days. It is advised to proceed with the complete treatment to ensure that the infection has got cleared completely.

If your symptoms stay for a long period then immediately consult a health care advisor so that they can prescribe you a more effective antifungal suppository.

Few tips on how to reduce your further chances of yeast infection.

You can lower the risk of infection by using a dental dam or condom to minimize the spread of fungus during sexual activity. This can also lower your partner’s risk of developing a genital or oral yeast infection.

You may also lower your risk if you:

  • Wash your genitals properly every day
  • Wear breathable cotton undergarments
  • Avoid using perfumed soaps or other products on your genitals.
  • Intake a probiotic supplement
  • Cut down sugar-rich foods, carbohydrate
  • Eat Greek yogurt as it keeps the yeast bacteria at bay.
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