Is It Safe to Have Sex When You Have a Yeast Infection

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
Is It Safe to Have Sex When You Have a Yeast Infection

Vaginal candidiasis, most commonly know as vaginal yeast infections or thrush is a fairly common infection among women. Symptoms include itching, burning, redness of the vulva, heavy, dense and whitish vaginal discharge and discomfort when urinating.

Some people are unsure about some particular aspects regarding genital infections, e.g. whether it's possible to have sex when you have a yeast infection, or if there's a risk of spreading the yeast infection.

In this OneHowTo article, we'll make everything clear for you and answer the all-important question; can you have sex whilst suffering a yeast infection? and other commonly asked questions.

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Gynaecological response

When asked the question, ¿Can you have sex with candidiasis?, experts advise to wait until the infection has gone before having sexual intercourse. The reason for this is twofold: firstly, symptoms of candidiasis like itching, itching, burning, irritation and redness to the female genital area means that sex is painful and intercourse will delay the healing process.

Secondly, having unprotected sex with candidiasis risks spreading infection to your partner. Although it is not a sexually transmitted disease, your partner might have symptoms such as rash, burning or redness on the genital area.

If I have candidiasis, should my partner also be treated?

As mentioned above, if our partner has any redness, rash or burning sensation in the genital area after having sex, it's important that they consult a doctor to have an examination and be prescribed the appropriate treatment.

It's important that you let you partner know if you suspect you might have vaginal candidiasis and have not yet been to see a doctor.

Can you have sex during treatment for candidiasis?

Typically, to cure vaginal candidiasis, antifungal drugs are prescribed, which are either administered orally (pills or tablets) or topically (cream applied to the vagina) which normally offer quick relief, normally within a week. Although sex (always using a condom) whilst treating the candidiasis does not pose a serious health risk, it is not recommended because it could further irritate the vagina and hinder the healing process.

If you still have an infection after treatment, it's crucial you see a doctor as you might have a recurrent infection or another infection which has similar symptoms but are caused by different microorganisms.

Can candidiasis affect your fertility?

This is another of the most common questions related to candidiasis and sexual health. Experts clarify that there is no scientific evidence showing that an yeast infection can adversely affect your chance of falling pregnant. However, they point out that due to irritation, itching and discomfort caused by this fungal infection, it's normal not to want sex with your partner.

More tips on vaginal candidiasis

Here at OneHowTwo, you'll find advice for patients recovering from candidiasis. The following articles might be useful:

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