August 11, 2009

Treatment For Sex During Yeast Infection

Posted in Category : Women's Health

Does One Should have Sex While Suffering from Yeast Infection

Before taking any important decisions, it would be best if you understand more about yeast infections, including the possible complications and risks. As your doctor must have told you, vaginal yeast infections are very common and close to 75% of women have been infected at least once. This condition is caused by a yeast-like fungus of the species Candida that lives in the moist areas of your body. Normally, the ‘good’ bacteria of your body keep this fungus under control. When there is an abnormal overgrowth of Candida, you end up with a yeast infection. Luckily, vaginal yeast infections are not fatal, though the symptoms can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. You may have experienced some vaginal itching and swelling. Some women also report a curdled discharge that has a sweetish odor. Unfortunately, some of these symptoms are similar to those of more serious diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. If you have not visited your gynecologist yet, please do so at the earliest.

Cures for Yeast Infection

Luckily, vaginal yeast infections can be easily cured by prescription drugs. There are also several home remedies that can help you. Plain yogurt can be effective since it contains live lactobacillus, a protective bacterium that is found in the vagina and can control the candida fungus. You can douche with yogurt to help restore the natural balance of bacterial flora in the vagina. Some women also douche with a diluted solution of vinegar, since its acidic nature can stop the growth of fungus. You could add fresh garlic in your diet, since it has excellent antifungal properties. However, even after a successful treatment, the infection may recur and you may need to take some antifungal medication as a preventative measure. You should also avoid overuse of antibacterial medication, frequent douching, and tight or sweaty undergarments. In your diet, stay away yeast-friendly foods like cheese, sugar, soy sauce, chocolate, and alcohol.

When it comes to having sex during a yeast infection, you may find it to be painful due to tenderness in the vagina. There is also a possibility of infecting your partner. While male genital yeast infection is not common, direct contact via sexual intercourse has been known to spread the infection. You could try using a condom. However, be advised that the areas not covered by the condom could still be infected. If you do decide to go ahead, please exercise good hygiene and wash thoroughly before intercourse.