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Can I have Sex With A Condom While I Have a Yeast Infection?

Published: October 22, 2012
Dear Can I have Sex With A Condom While I Have a Yeast Infection?,
Can i have sex if I use a condom while I have a yeast infection without infecting my partner?

Dear Can I have Sex With A Condom While I Have a Yeast Infection?,

Vaginal yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, are a common type of vaginitis effecting as many as 3 out of 4 women at some point in life. Symptoms of a yeast infection can include:

  • Itching and irritation in the vagina and at the entrance to the vagina (vulva)
  • A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating
  • Redness and swelling of the vulva
  • Vaginal pain and soreness
  • Thick, white, odor-free vaginal discharge with a cottage cheese appearance

TeenHealthFX would not recommend having sex, even with a condom, while you have a yeast infection for the following reasons:

  • Yeast is contagious and can live outside of the body – and it can affect the skin not covered by the condom. So although the health consequences are not dire or dangerous, they are uncomfortable and may result in the infection being passed back and forth.
  • The vaginal itching and burning that can be associated with yeast infections can make sex uncomfortable.
  • Having sex could negatively impact your treatment. For example, if you are using a cream therapy, it is best to wait until the treatment has been finished before having sex. This is to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment, as well as the fact that certain treatment creams could irritate your partner’s skin.
  • Some of the intravaginal treatment creams may contain ingredients that could weaken a condom. If the condom breaks, it increases the risk for unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs.

If you do have sex with your partner and he/she does show any signs of a yeast infection such as itching, burning, redness or discharge, a visit to the doctor to confirm the diagnosis and begin treatment would be recommended.   

Regardless of whether you have a yeast infection or not, FX does recommend that teens practice safer sex to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs.

TeenHealthFX recommends that any teens who think they might have a yeast infection meet with their primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist, or gynecologist. It is important for a doctor to make a definitive diagnosis that it is truly a yeast infection, as well as to make recommendations for the most effective treatment.

 If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.