A yeast infection is most commonly found in the vaginal area of a woman or inside of the mouth (also known as oral thrush). This type of yeast infection occurs when the Candida albicans fungus in our body grows, causing irritating symptoms.
When a woman develops a vaginal yeast infection, it is due to some sort of imbalance in the body, whether it be from taking antibiotics, pregnancy, a weakened immune system, or complications of diabetes, there are a number of reasons why a yeast infection may occur.
Women are not the only ones to develop a yeast infection. Although it is not as common, men can also develop a yeast infection of the penis, however their symptoms may not be as noticeable as a woman’s would be and the physical symptoms will typically not appear until the infection is more severe.
When a woman has a yeast infection, she and her partner may be a bit leery about having sexual intercourse, wondering whether or not she can spread the infection to her partner. There is no real proof that a yeast infection can be passed from one partner to another via sex. This is not to say that it is not possible for a woman to pass a yeast infection on to her sexual partner, but it is very rare for this to occur.
Since everyone’s body is different, some women may develop a yeast infection due to the presence of semen in the vagina, causing a change in the bacteria allowing the yeast to grow, however it is not something that the man directly passed on to the woman, or vice versa.
One of the symptoms of a yeast infection in both men and women is pain during intercourse. This is one reason that a person suffering from a yeast infection may want to steer clear of sex until the yeast infection has been taken care of. Many people may think that using a condom will help stop the spread of a yeast infection but this isn’t exactly true. If the condom contains spermicide, this spermicide can cause the fungus to grow and thrive even more, causing more irritation to the woman and increasing the chances of the man contracting the infection.
If a male suspects that he may have a yeast infection, he should look for some of the following symptoms: depression, increased fatigue, and memory loss. These symptoms can typically appear before the outward symptoms occur such as a red rash and thick white discharge from the penis. Once the physical symptoms appear, the yeast infection is most likely very severe and should be seen by a physician right away for treatment.
When a yeast infection occurs inside of the mouth, this is known as oral thrush. There is a slight possibility of passing oral thrush onto your partner during oral sex or receiving oral thrush from a partner who has a yeast infection on their genitals. If you have sexual intercourse with someone infected with oral thrush, it would be smart not to kiss your partner or let them perform oral sex on you, or vice versa if you have oral thrush. You should also ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly after touching your partner if he or she has a yeast infection as this increases the chances of you contracting the infection if your fingers touch your mouth or any other area that may be affected by a yeast infection.
Some people believe that the more sexual partners a person has, the more susceptible they are to get a yeast infection or that a yeast infection is the direct result of having many sexual partners. This is clearly not true considering how rare it is to pass a yeast infection on to someone else via intercourse, and the number of things that can cause a yeast infection to occur. It is easier to contract a sexually transmitted disease than it is to contract a yeast infection and a yeast infection is not considered to be a sexually transmitted disease.
Many things can be done to prevent a yeast infection from happening, such as proper hygiene, not wearing tight fitting clothing, and wearing panties with a cotton crotch instead of nylon, but refraining from sex with a partner who has a yeast infection is really up to the individual.
If you think you have a yeast infection, you should check with your doctor to ensure that it is indeed a yeast infection and not something else. Sometimes, the symptoms of a yeast infection can be similar to that of a more serious illness or problem including various sexually transmitted diseases. If you are not sure what your symptoms are stemming from, then you should abstain from sex so that you don’t pass something more severe onto your partner. If you have a yeast infection, you should be sure to get it taken care of quickly so that the symptoms do not spread or become worse. You should abstain from sex for a day or two after treating a yeast infection so that the infection does not re-occur or become irritated again.
When it comes to a yeast infection, it is really up to both partners whether they wish to take their chances with having sexual intercourse and the possibility of contracting the infection. Most likely, the unaffected partner will not develop a yeast infection from the infected partner, but it is not a 100% guarantee that it will not occur. Sex can also cause the infected partner to experience more pain and irritation, while also giving the Candida yeast the perfect environment to thrive and grow in. This may cause the person suffering from a yeast infection to notice their symptoms more after intercourse. It is always the best choice to use every preventative measure possible to keep from developing a yeast infection.