Possible to re-infect self with a yeast infection during sex?
Question posted by TrustMeImADr on 19 March 2016
Last updated on 8 August 2016 by Vibrant08
Okay so I got my first yeast infection and met with a GYN yesterday who prescribed the pill Diflucan, a one time pill. I took it and within hours I felt less irritated down there. My vagina is still sore and a little swollen, though. My boyfriend was coming into town this weekend and I wasn't sure whether or not I could have sex while currently treating a yeast infection, so I looked it up and found that there was a 15% chance of a man catching a penile yeast infection during intercourse. The only real warning I saw was that it might be painful or more uncomfortable to have sex while with a yeast infection. My boyfriend didn't seem bothered by the percent chance and yesterday night we ended up having unprotected sex (I know, this was stupid). The internet was right, the sex was painful, but what I'm worried about now is whether or not I could have re-infected myself with my own yeast infection. I performed oral sex a while after penetration and I know there is a chance yeast infections can be transmitted orally but I wanted to know if it's possible to have "cancelled out" all the good that the Diflucan was doing by engaging in oral activities on a penis that had recently penetrated a yeast infected vagina.
I have more yeast infections than the average woman. I find that any friction exacerbates the pain. Also, I always soak any toys in 50% vinegar + 50% tap water after washing them with soap and water, after every use. I also use a condom on the toys every time. After I started using condoms on them, that reduced the occurrence of yeast infections. After I began soaking them in the vinegar solution, that reduced the occurrence even more. I still get yeast infections occasionally, and I actually need the pill one every two days for three doses.
It is also possible to pass the infection back and forth between partners, but I believe that is rare.
8 Aug 2016
Sorry this question was not answered sooner for you. Vaginal yeast infections are not a sexually transmitted infection (orally or otherwise), although the infection may rarely be passed from one partner to another. Treatment is not usually recommended to your sexual partner.
Most yeast infections go away within a few days after starting treatment. However, you may continue to feel itchy and irritated, even after the infection is gone. If you do not get better within a few days after finishing treatment, or develop new symptoms, call your doctor or nurse for advice. A second dose may be given after 3 days. For more information see: https://www.drugs.com/health-guide/vaginal-yeast-infection.html