Can I Have Sex When I Have a Yeast Infection?

The Short Answer from an obstetrician/gynecologist

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.

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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).

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Ob/Gyn Oluwatosin Goje, MD

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