Vaginal Yeast Infections and Safe Sex
Generally, it's recommended to wait to have sex until after your infection clears — which typically only takes one to seven days after using garlic for yeast infection as shown here http://healtheline.info/garlic-for-yeast-infection-does-it-work/
If you're considering having sex while you have a vaginal yeast infection, it's important to first consider the risks.
For one thing, the vaginal itching and burning associated with yeast infections may make sex uncomfortable or painful and increase vaginal burning and inflammation. (6)
Additionally, the friction involved with penetrative sex can cause tiny tears in the vagina, making you more susceptible to STDs.
Another thing that might hinder you from having sex is the yeast infection treatment method you're using.
If you're using creams to treat your vaginal yeast infection, it's best to delay intercourse until the therapy is complete, as sex can essentially push the medication out of the vagina. (7)
What's more, some medications contain oils that can break down condoms. (2)
In general, yeast infections aren't frequently spread from one partner to another during sex.
Even so, there are situations where it does happen. (8)
Men, Yeast Infections, and Sexual Activity
It's possible for men to get a yeast infection from a sex partner who also has an infection.
The risk of men getting a yeast infection through sex is low, but up to 15 percent of men may get an uncomfortable rash on their penis if they have unprotected sex with a woman who has a yeast infection.
The rate seems to be highest among men who are not circumcised and men with diabetes. (8)
In lesbian relationships, it's possible that yeast infections may be spread from one partner to another through oral sex, although the issue has not yet been studied extensively.
In a study published in the Journal of Women's Health, researchers found that women were more likely to get repeat yeast infections if they recently engaged in cunnilingus (oral sex involving the vagina) or masturbated with saliva (theirs or their partner's), though the study focused on heterosexual couples. (9)
If your partner (male or female) begins to experience any signs of a yeast infection, such as itching, burning, redness, or discharge, he or she should see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis and begin treatment.
Although yeast infections aren't dangerous for most people, they can cause discomfort such as vaginal itching and burning.
Decisions regarding sexual activity during a yeast infection ultimately depend on what you and your partner feel most comfortable doing.
This article was first published here www.everydayhealth.com