September 07, 2019

Yeast infection after sex: What to know

Yeast infection and sex

A yeast infection is a fungal infection, it affects mostly the genital area, which can variably lead to pain, itching and in some cases vaginal discharge.

In most cases a lot of girls do not know the actual cause of yeast infection; some think that it is dirty toilet, or lack of good hygiene. Although some of these things can also be a cause of yeast infection. But we will talk about the mechanism of how it can cause yeast infection and how sexual activities can be a risk factor.

But first we will be look at what yeast infection is and how it can affect an individual after sex.

Yeast infection is an infection caused by the micro-organism candi albicans which is a fungus. The fungus organism is a vaginal flora which means it is found in the vaginal area which helps to protect the vagina from invading microbes.

The yeast infection is caused when there is an overgrowth of the organism, the vagina has a certain pH it can operate, a women's normal vaginal pH ranges between 3.8 and 4.5 which makes the vagina, acidic in nature. The acidity of the vagina keeps the vagina health and free from invading microbes, but when the pH is altered or raised it can lead to an infection occurring.

Can sexual activity cause yeast infection?

Sexual activities such as intercourse do not cause yeast infection, but it can increase the risk of developing a yeast infection by introducing more bacteria which can become more harmful and also increase or cause overgrowth of the candida fungus.

Doctors and women's health experts consider yeast infection not to be a sexually transmitted infection but one of the major risk factors of developing an STD.

Sexual activities such as anal intercourse, oral sex, finger insertion or the use of sex toys can introduce bacteria to the vagina; these bacteria can potentially trigger the overgrowth of the candida fungus and thereby altering the pH of the vagina from normal to abnormal and thereby causing a yeast infection.

Other risk factors that can cause yeast infection 

It is not really 100% possible to prevent yeast infection from occurring but in knowing some of the risk factors one can be able to identify these various ways and try as much as possible to prevent them from occurring. Some of these risk factors include;

👉 Wearing tampons, pads and other menstrual products for long

👉 Wearing a wet pants

👉 Using a set a pants for too long with changing them

👉 Wiping from back to front

👉 Douching

👉 Use of scented female products

Some of the factors can also cause an overgrowth of the organism and cause and cause a yeast infection.

Is it safe to have sex when you have yeast infection?

When a person have yeast infection it is best to avoid sex. Because the fungus can be spread to both partners because of poor or improper sexual activities

It has been said that approximately 15-20% of males who have sex with females having a yeast infection develops an itchy rash on their penis.

Condoms can also help prevent the spread of these organisms if used properly but although the use of condom is not 100% safe in preventing the spread of yeast infection in both partners.

So people with active yeast infections should avoid sexual intercourse to reduce the risk of spreading these infections.

How can I prevent some of these factors that cause yeast infection?

👉 Avoid wearing tampons, pads and other menstrual products for long

👉 Avoid wearing wet pants

👉 Dont use the same set of pants for too long without changing them.

👉 Avoid wiping from back to front

👉 Do not douche

👉 Avoid the use of scented female products.

What are other treatments apart from these methods?

When someone suspects that he/she has yeast infection it is advisable they visit a doctor for proper medical evaluation. But yeast infection is treatable with antibiotics and antifungal, so when you meet your health care provider he/she will recommend the type of medications that is suitable for you.

There is several number of OTC available to treat yeast infection. And some persons purchase these medications without prescription from the doctor. Treatments can come in various forms, including pills, creams, suppositories and ointments.

People having a recurrent yeast infection should see a doctor immediately to prescribe a stronger antifungal medication.
Sometimes treatments may last up to 4-6 months to help prevent future infections.

Remember Health is Wealth 

Written By: Isikadi Precious RN. 

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