Most women will experience at least one vaginal yeast infection in their lifetime caused by the yeast fungus Candidas albicans when the natural balance of the vagina becomes disrupted creating the perfect place for yeast to multiply and cause irritating symptoms.
Certain things can trigger the imbalance of healthy organisms triggering the yeast overgrowth such as, antibiotics, diabetes, high estrogen levels like during pregnancy, or HIV infection.
Men can also have genital yeast infections though it is much less common and while the infection itself is not a sexually transmitted disease, having unprotected sex with a partner who currently has yeast infection can make it more likely that you might be diagnosed with a yeast infection after sex.
Symptoms of a yeast infection range from burning, itching, painful intercourse and unusual discharge and untreated, can spread to the urinary tract easily to cause painful urination as well.
Due to the irritation, the likelihood of having recurring yeast infections, especially after sex is higher because the vaginal environment is especially vulnerable. Sexual intercourse is not recommended during treatment until after the yeast infection has been cleared.
While yeast infections are common they also share symptoms with other conditions and should not be self diagnosed, or treated without the OK of your doctor. Depending on how advanced the infection is, how often you have intercourse, and the type of treatment, if you keep having recurring symptoms you definitely want to make sure it isn’t something more serious.
The body will do what needs to be done to keep the proper things in balance. Despite common belief, things like douching often can actually encourage yeast infections by causing the imbalance of the body’s natural state, much like antibiotics.
The best way to keep from getting a yeast infection after sex is to not have unprotected sex, practice good personal hygiene, seek treatment at the first signs of something being off, wait until the infection is fully cleared up before resuming sexual relations, and if you notice it is a recurring problem every time you have sex, it may be something more serious, a different bacteria or std.
Yeast infections are uncomfortable, embarrassing and annoying, as well as really common but you don’t have to put up with a yeast infection after sex, especially on a recurring basis.