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Do condoms protect against yeast infections?

Do condoms protect against yeast infections?

James’ is worried because his girlfriend has a yeast infection. What is a yeast infection and will a condom prevent him from getting one himself?

 

Harry’s advice:

 

Four out of five women will get a yeast infection at some point in their life. A yeast infection is a fungus that is found in the vagina, on the skin, in the mouth, and in the digestive tract, but usually this fungus does not cause any problems. Sometimes, however, the amount of fungus increases, and this causes a yeast infection.

Some women get yeast infections more often than others. Women who are obese, pregnant, or have diabetes get them more often. Taking antibiotics can also trigger a yeast infection because they cause an overgrowth of bacteria. If a woman gets a urinary tract infection and is put on an antibiotic, she’ll sometimes develop a yeast infection.

James, a lot of men get yeast infections from women, so your concern is an important one. If you’re having sex with a woman who has a yeast infection, you should definitely use a condom to keep from getting it yourself, especially if you’re diabetic and are prone

to yeast infections. If you’re experiencing itching or burning at the end of your penis or you have a reddish rash, this means your girlfriend has probably passed her yeast infection to you. An over-the-counter medication like Monistat works for men as well as women. You should apply the antifungal cream to the penis twice a day for a week, if that doesn’t clear it up, please go see a doctor.

 

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