Can Condoms Cause Yeast Infections?
Vaginal yeast infections are caused when a fungus called Candida Albicans multiplies rapidly in the vagina overtaking the area and causing a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Those symptoms can include intense itching/burning in the area, clumpy white discharge and a smell that can be very similar to yeast used in brewing or baking (although it’s a completely different species of fungus). While there are many different things that can cause a yeast infection including antibiotics, chemicals and allergic reactions one not so talked about reason that could be causing you to come down with the infection could be the condoms you’re using.
So do they?
Yes and No… according to Michigan State University, there are two ways in which condoms can promote yeast infections. The use of nonoxynol-9, a common spermicide, has been linked to cause yeast infections through several studies and is often added to lubricants that are coated on the condoms as well. Avoiding condoms that contain spermicide is an easy way to prevent recurring yeast infections if you believe this active ingredient is the culprit. Condoms can also cause yeast infections if you are allergic to latex. An allergic reaction to the latex can change the pH levels in the vagina leaving you more susceptible to an overgrowth of Candida Albicans. Thankfully there are a few alternatives to latex condoms that are easily accessible including polyurethane or polyisoprene condoms. Additionally, female condoms are another easy alternative as they’re made out of a soft non-latex material called nitrile.
Practicing safe sex is highly recommended for anyone not in a monogamous relationship, so even if ordinary condoms are the root cause of your problem be sure to research the alternatives above. If you are only using condoms as a form of birth control and the transmission of STD’s aren’t a concern, be sure to check out our blog on other options of birth control for women by clicking here.
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