Can I Have Sex When I Have a Yeast Infection?

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Q: Can I have sex when I have a yeast infection?

A: If you have a yeast infection, try to avoid having vaginal sex, receiving oral sex, or putting anything in your vagina until your infection goes away.

Friction from sex can create more irritation or make the infection more difficult to heal. Also, some medicines used to treat yeast infections contain oil, which can cause a condom to break. Yeast infections  generally are not contagious.

Yeast infections cause vulvar swelling and redness, vaginal itching, painful urination and sex, and a white, clumpy, odorless vaginal discharge. When the vulva is affected, you may have little or no discharge and tiny “cuts” around the clitorus, vaginal opening or vulva.

Treat a yeast infection with over-the-counter drugs, such as Monistat®, or a prescription pill called Diflucan®. Rinse the area only with water and not feminine products, which may increase irritation. Women with vulvar itching may find relief with a mild over-the-counter steroid ointment (1 percent to 2 percent hydrocortisone).

Ob/Gyn Oluwatosin Goje, MD

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