With all the information out there, finding the right answers can be confusing and overwhelming. In some circles, garlic is revered for its detoxifying qualities. In reality, inserting any foreign object in the vagina may cause further complications or even worsen an infection. A common misconception is that vaginal itch creams can treat yeast infections. While they may temporarily relieve the symptoms of your infection, they will not cure it. Vaginal yeast infections are not usually spread by having sex. However, if you have a yeast infection, you should avoid sexual activity until the infection is gone.
Oral thrush and vaginal yeast infections are both caused by a naturally occurring fungus known as Candida albicans. The conditions, referred to respectively as oral candidiasis and vaginal candidiasis , occur when a breakdown of the immune system provides the fungus an opportunity to thrive. Both are characterized by the appearance of creamy white lesions that can bleed if rubbed or scraped. Given that candidiasis involves both the mouth and vagina, it may seem reasonable to assume that the fungus can be "caught" or "passed" during oral sex. The evidence of this remains split, with some studies suggesting a risk in women but not men, while others conclude that the risk, if any, is negligible.
What up, medical research gender gap. But there are certain risk factors that make some people more predisposed than others, says Dr. Bhuyan, including antibiotic use, diabetes, and poor hygiene. And for women, birth control and douching can up the odds of yeast gone wild.