Yeast infections are extremely common. Studies have shown that approximately 75 percent of all women will have a yeast infection at least once in their lifetimes. What few people know, however, is that a vaginal yeast infection is contagious and it can be transmitted in a variety of ways. Most frequently, a vaginal yeast infection is transmitted through sexual intercourse. It is important to note that these infections can be transmitted from person to person via oral sex just as it can through conventional coitus(fancy word for intercourse).
Men do not always have a true manifestation of yeast infections but are instead, unsuspecting carriers. Men can transfer this illness to their partners without ever being aware that they’re actually doing so.
There isn’t anything to prevent you from have sex with someone who has a yeast infection except honesty and common sense, but doing so will only cause the infection to be transferred back and forth. It’s widely recommended for men or women to not have sexual intercourse when dealing with a yeast infection. Infections may occur around the mouth or in the genitals and proper treatment should be completed before resuming sexual activities.
One of the most important things to know about the connection between yeast infection and sex is that yeast infections are not actually caused by intercourse. Sex is simply a means through which the infection can be transmitted. Both vaginal yeast infections and yeast infection around the mouth are caused by a fungus called Candida Albicans that can flourish in the vagina, intestines, mouth, armpits, anus, and even on the scalp. Other areas are on the penis and beneath the fingernails, basically anywhere on the body that has or holds moisture. Candida Albicans is normally kept in check by healthy, friendly bacteria that we all have on or in our bodies. If an imbalance occurs, however, Candida can grow out of control and a yeast infection can start.
What Causes an Imbalance to Occur?
There are several factors that can lead to an overgrowth of Candida Albicans and these include excess antibiotics, excess stress, lowered immune system functioning, menstruation, diabetes, drug use and more including yes, poor hygiene. Women & men who have yeast infections may have outward symptoms such as itchy, red spots, though these signs may not present themselves right away when one gets a yeast infection after sex.
When symptoms do appear, there are several options. Over the counter medications are generally the first thought for sufferers of this embarrassing issue. Some look to home remedies and some go right to their Doctor for swift and professional treatment. Keep in mind that yeast infections can become a reoccurring condition. A yeast infection may be resistant to many topical, anti-fungal agents and over time antibiotics. Natural treatments come highly recommended, if you can find a treatment that works for you. The best treatment of course is prevention, the best prevention is a healthy lifestyle.
Question: Can I catch or pass on a yeast infection?
Answer: Yes, a yeast infection can be passed to sexual partners.