Can you have sex if you have a yeast infection? Doctors recommend avoiding sex until a yeast infection has gone away. While it is possible for a person with a yeast infection to have sex, most doctors do not recommend having sex until the infection has cleared up. Also, because many of the symptoms are uncomfortable, individuals may choose to refrain from sexual activity while they have a yeast infection to minimize pain and itching. As well as being painful or uncomfortable, a person who has sex while they have a yeast infection may cause the infection to last longer, cause symptoms to return if they have recently cleared up following treatment, and increase their partner's risk of developing a yeast infection as well. Transmission during sex Sexual partners can transmit yeast infections.
Yeast infection (vaginal) - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
Print Overview A vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge and intense itchiness of the vagina and the vulva — the tissues at the vaginal opening. Also called vaginal candidiasis, vaginal yeast infection affects up to 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lifetimes. Many women experience at least two episodes. A vaginal yeast infection isn't considered a sexually transmitted infection. But, there's an increased risk of vaginal yeast infection at the time of first regular sexual activity.
Yeast Infections and Sex: What Men and Women Need to Know
Medically Reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD Sexual intercourse may interfere with yeast infection treatment, and condoms may be damaged by yeast infection medication. Having sex with a vaginal yeast infection can be complicated. For the most part, yeast infections aren't associated with the development of an STD.