Intercourse introduces bacteria from your partner’s finger or penis into your vagina’s ecosystem of bacteria and Candida. This disruption may be enough to trigger a vaginal yeast infection. Your risk for infection increases if you engage in penetrative sex with someone who has a penile yeast infection.
How do I stop recurring yeast infections?
Once treated, you can help keep genital yeast infections from returning by keeping good hygiene habits and promoting normal vaginal bacterial balance. Here are some tips: Wear cotton underwear and loose clothing. Take daily showers.
What is a severe yeast infection?
You have severe signs and symptoms, such as extensive redness, swelling and itching that leads to tears, cracks or sores. You have four or more yeast infections in a year. Your infection is caused by a less typical type of fungus.
Is recurrent yeast infections a sign of cancer?
But if you’re past menopause, the irritation and itch that feels like a yeast infection might be a symptom of vulvar cancer, Dr. Rogo-Gupta says. “High estrogen favors Candida overgrowth, so women who are no longer producing estrogen should not be getting frequent yeast infections.”