There are few serious complications with vaginal yeast infections:

  • Recurrent infections
  • Secondary infections caused by itching

Partners and Re-infection

While men do not generally get yeast infections, it is advisable to avoid sex or use condoms to prevent irritation of the penis (which has been reported in 12-15% of men). Unfortunately for women, fully 40-45% of women have more than one yeast infection in their lifetime.

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Vaginal yeast infections are easily treated.

Type of Infection

Fungal. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus, Candida albicans.

How is it treated?

Antifungal Medication. Oral, topical and suppository treatments are available.

Recovery Time

Varies. Dependent entirely on the medication used.

Can I have sex?

Yes. Sexual activity can be resumed as soon as comfortable, however condom use is suggested until the infection is cured.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. 40-45% of women will have more than one yeast infection in their lifetime.