It’s a common question that comes up time after time!
In the broad sense no a yeast infections/Candida is not an STD’s and in most cases cannot be contracted through sexual intercourse.
However, you could argue that a yeast infection is a sexually transmitted disease in that it can be passed from partner to partner unwittingly and unfortunately without knowledge until one, or both partners, start to see symptoms associated with an infection.
At this point it is fair to say that if you intend to carry on with sexual activity it is best not to have unprotected sex and that a condom is used until both partners are clear otherwise you will keep passing the infection back and forth. But be warned intercourse can be painful until the yeast infection has cleared.
The difference between yeast infections and sexually transmitted diseases.
Throughout this site we discuss the many signs and symptoms of a yeast infection but it is fair to say that other infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis and Trichomonas Vaginalis which both display similar traits and can easily be mistaken for a yeast infection.
Symptoms of BV are a vaginal discharge that is thin and watery, an unpleasant fishy odor, pain when passing urine and possibly some light bleeding (spotting) from around the vaginal wall.
Symptoms of TV. This sexually transmitted disease has similarities to BV but you will notice a yellow/greenish discharge, strong smelling odor, itchiness, irritation and discomfort when passing urine or whilst having sexual intercourse.
NOTE: Trichomonas Vaginalis is most common amongst younger people and is one of the easiest of the STD’s to cure.
If you are unsure it is always best to get checked out by your Doctor. They will be able to identify the problem and advise you of the best approach to clearing the infection.
However once you been examined and relieved to find out it is just a yeast infection and not a sexually transmitted disease you might want to consider a natural remedy as some people are wary of prescribed antibiotics that can only aggravate or prolong a yeast infection.
Finally to dispel any myths.
A yeast infection is not a sexually transmitted disease nor are yeast/Candida problems restricted to women, (although they are more prone to yeast infections), men are equally at risk due to modern lifestyles and dare I say diets.
As you can see it is easy to confuse yeast infections/Candida with STD’s but by identifying the difference the correct remedy can be applied. Whatever your thoughts do not be embarrassed, seek the best advice, apply the correct treatment and get back to living a healthy lifestyle in no time!