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Can I Get a Yeast Infection if I’m a Virgin?

I have never had sex before so didn't think I could get a yeast infection, but I feel I may have one.
asked Jul 15, 2013 in Vaginal by Alyssa Newbie (120 points)
recategorized Jul 16, 2013 by AdrianDole

1 Answer

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Yes. Yeast infections, in general, have very little to do with your gender or the status of your sexuality. The Candida albicans yeast organism lives naturally within the human body, usually in the intestines and the mucous membranes. The level of yeast in your body is kept in balance by the level of good bacterial flora in your body.

Quite a number of factors can impact changes in the levels of yeast vs. bacteria, allowing the fungal organism to grow, thrive, and cause complications. These can vary from vaginal yeast infections (for women) to fungal skin infections, athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, oral thrush, jock itch, and chronic whole-body overgrowths.

Women are at a higher risk for developing yeast infections due to their natural hormonal fluctuations as well as thanks to the use of hormonal birth control. Anyone who takes antibiotics, inhaled steroids, and other prescription medications is also at a higher risk. We, as fast-paced consumers, tend to eat diets high in sugars, carbohydrates, and processed foods. Those all contribute to the ability for Candida to grow and thrive within the body.

While your sexual status as a virgin isn’t going t stop you from getting a yeast infection of any kind, you should consider safety in the future. Yeast infections aren’t actually STDs, but they be transmitted during sexual activity. A man with jock itch can give a yeast infection, or a woman with a vaginal infection, can each give a yeast infection to his or her partner.

Most acute yeast infection cases clear up rather quickly, but some seem like they recur too frequently and that may be a sign you have a deeper rooted problem. If you’re a female and are experiencing your first vaginal yeast infection, seek testing and advice from your physician or gynecologist to ensure your symptoms aren’t being confused with some other sort of vaginal inflammation, like bacterial vaginitis. They symptoms can be very similar and it’s better to find out and get the right treatment than to waste time with the wrong medications.
answered Jul 15, 2013 by AdrianDole Trusted Candida Expert (8,120 points)