Opening up about yeast infections can be just as uncomfortable as the symptoms. The better you and your partner understand the infection and how common it actually is, the easier it will be to openly communicate about it.

Discussing causes

Three out of four women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their life. Explaining that yeast infections are very common can be a good talking point.

Vaginal yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the naturally occurring yeast found in the vagina. Although uncommon, men can also be affected by yeast infections if they have intercourse with a woman who has one.

Explain to them that there are many causes of yeast infections:

  • Antibiotics
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Perfumed soaps or body wash
  • Not changing out of sweaty or wet clothing
  • Birth control

Discussing symptoms

Symptoms of yeast infections may leave you feeling uncomfortable, this can reduce the urge to have sexual intercourse. Discussing the symptoms of a yeast infection with your partner can help them better understand what it is you are going through, and that having sex can make your symptoms worse.

Explaining your symptoms can help your partner better understand it:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Soreness
  • Odor
  • Thick Discharge

Discussing treatment

Explaining treatment options to your partner can be a positive topic. There are many over the counter treatments for yeast infections. If you feel that treatment is not working or that yeast infections keep returning, it could be signs of other medical conditions. Consult with your doctor for the best treatment options.

Speaking openly about your body can help your partner better understand what it is you are going through. Once they better understand yeast infections, your conversations should feel much more comfortable.

Women’s Health Care Research

Women’s Health Care Research is a locally owned research group, founded in San Diego, CA by Dr. Rovena Reagan. Participation in clinical research is completely voluntary and provides participants with the opportunity to receive cutting-edge treatment options often unavailable outside of a clinical research study. Learn more about enrolling yeast infection studies.


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