Why Do I Get Yeast Infections After Sex?
Why Do I Get Yeast Infections After Sex? Here’s The Reason You’re Itchy & How To Prevent It
Many people are familiar with this worst of feelings, that telltale prickle percolating deep in your business you just immediately know will blossom into a full-blown yeast infection by morning. It is, to put it as mildly as possible, hell; that excruciating and unscratchable itch. Some people are lucky and only develop vaginal yeast infections after a long day at the beach, or when they sports too hard in sweaty, skintight spandex. But there exists another camp, a less fortunate camp, of people who seem to always get a goddang yeast infection after they have sex.
Understandably, this leaves a lot of sufferers unspeakably frustrated, because sex and orgasms are good, healthy things many of us want to have on the regular. Nothing kills the mood quite like the specter of itchy yeast hanging over your bed, and I think most of us would love to avoid it if we could. So: Why do some people always get yeast infections after sex?
All vaginas house yeast, a fungus called Candida; the problem arises when something throws the delicate vaginal ecosystems out of whack and Candida starts growing like crazy. Then, you’re (often but not always) left with the characteristic white, cottage cheese-textured discharge; the inflamed, irritated labia; a possible bread factory smell wafting from down below; and that deep, deep itch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates roughly 75 percent of U.S. women will experience at least once in their lifetime. An unfortunate 40 to 45 percent will have two or more Candida outbreaks, and honestly, that number seems low to me.
Because ask pretty much any vagina-having person you know, and many of them will report intimate familiarity with what they deem to be overenthusiastic yeast. And indeed, there exist a few reasons why a chronically itchy vagina might frequently follow sex.
According to obstetrician and gynecologist Sheila Loanzon, M.D., new sex partners, oral sex, antibiotics, and lube can all cause vaginal irritation, but the angry vaginas many people attribute to an overabundance of yeast may actually be symptomatic of something else.
“It is actually much more common for women to get bacterial vaginosis (BV) infections when they have intercourse instead of yeast infections,” Loanzon tells Bustle. “This is due to the ejaculate or lubricant causing a change in the delicate pH balance of the vagina.”