Sex during a vaginal infection?

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We all know how uncomfortable a vaginal infection is. It hurts, it itches and can be uncomfortable for a few days. Some infections can be less serious than others, and when the time comes and you’re in the middle of an extremely horny moment, you ask yourself, “Can I have sex with a vaginal infection"? Don’t worry, we have the answers you’re looking for.

Actually, there’s no physical reason why you can’t have sex during a vaginal infection, but it’s not recommended. Usually, having a vaginal infection comes with some irritation in the vagina, and having sex can have some consequences. This is what you should know:

Can the vaginal infection get worse?

Definitely. Most infections come from a fungus called "candida." Candida makes the vulva a war zone and if the sperm, condom, or lube have some kind of reaction, your pH could go crazy and make the infection way worse. If you feel like this could happen to you, our recommendation is to be patient. If you take care of yourself in a proper way, you’ll be able to have sex in no time.

Is the vaginal infection contagious?

Vaginal infections are not considered an ITS, but there’s a chance you could pass it to your sexual partner. 15% of men that have sex with someone that has a vaginal infection get a rash right afterward that should be treated by a doctor.

Also, condoms have higher chances of braking during a vaginal infection, and that can increase the chances of getting an ITS or getting pregnant. So if you’re planning to have sex with a vaginal infection, we recommend you talk with your partner so both of you can be on the same page about the consequences.

What should I do if I get a vaginal infection?

If you notice that there’s something wrong going in your vulva, you should go to your doctor ASAP.

How long does a vaginal infection last?

It truly depends on the infection. If it’s not too severe, it can last around 48 hours, but severe infections or chronic infections can last up to 2 months.  

How can I avoid vaginal infections?

Healthy food, breathable underwear, and an intimate care routine can help you to avoid vaginal infections.

KEEP IN MIND - Having over 4 infections within a year is not normal and you should go to your doctor ASAP.