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Is it safe to have oral sex if you have a yeast infection.

The answer to this isn’t a simple yes or no. If you have a yeast infection in your vagina, it’s fine to give someone else oral sex. But it’s probably a good idea to hold off on receiving oral sex until your yeast infection is cleared up.

It isn’t quite clear to scientists whether having oral or vaginal sex when you have a yeast infection makes your partner more likely to get a yeast infection as well. It is possible to get a yeast infection in your mouth (when this happens, it’s called thrush). To be on the safe side, it’s a good idea to take your vagina out of commission until your yeast infection clears up.

If you do have sex, use a dental dam for oral sex or a condom for vaginal sex. And if you get yeast infections regularly, it’s a good idea to use dental dams and condoms in general, to avoid contact with the yeast in your partner’s body.

Vaginal yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of fungus — usually of one called candida — in the vagina. That might sound a little gross, but most people have some amount of candida in their genital area all the time. But under certain conditions, the yeast can grow too much and throw off your bacterial balance, and voila! A yeast infection is born.

While they can be uncomfortable, yeast infections are really common and easy to treat. If you’ve had yeast infections before and recognize the symptoms, you can find treatment over the counter at your local drugstore. If you’ve never had a yeast infection before or want to make sure that’s what you’ve actually got, visit your health care provider/local Planned Parenthood health center so that you can get treatment and start feeling better as soon as possible. ┬áLearn more about yeast infections.

Tags: yeast infection, vaginitis, safer sex, oral sex