Question: Are Yeast Infections Sexually Transmitted?
Yeast infections are the result of an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans, which naturally occurs in the vagina. When the fungus overgrows and a yeast infection occurs, the symptoms can be redness in the vulva and vagina, a white discharge, often described as being "cottage cheese like" and itchiness.
Certain medications, such as antibiotics, hormonal changes, poor diet and diseases such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes can all lead to an overgrowth of yeast and a yeast infection. Yeast infections can be transmitted sexually, but according to the National Women's Health Information Center
, that is rare.
Although yeast infections are not likely to be sexually transmitted, you might not feel like you want to have sex when you have a yeast infection because of the redness and irritation.
There are many over-the-counter treatments for yeast infections, but unless you are certain that is what you have, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis, as you could have another, more serious infection.
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