If you get chronic yeast infections or if both you and your partner seem to get them at the same time, it’s natural to ask “are yeast infections contagious?”
Most medical experts say that yeast infections are not contagious. This actually makes sense when you consider the fact that Candida yeast is on (and in) our bodies all the time.We can hardly “get” yeast from our partner if yeast is already present on our own bodies.
However, many sexual partners report that they often have yeast infections at the same time, and it certainly looks like they share their infections with each other. However, most infections develop from our own resident population of Candida that becomes overgrown for one reason or another, and then changes to its infectious form. Yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease. Nevertheless, it makes sense to use protection when having sex with a partner who currently has a yeast infection. Even if you don’t get an infection yourself, you could reinfect your partner with the infectious form of yeast that caused the original outbreak.
It is also possible that other things in the environment, which are shared between partners, may be causing both of them to get a yeast infection at the same time. For instance, there may be antibiotic soap in the shower, or the weather may be so hot and muggy that both partners have trouble keeping their genital area dry. Both partners may be eating a poor diet high in sugar or other refined carbohydrates, which can cause yeast infections.
Yeast infections and sex
Shared sex toys have been known to spread an invasive yeast infection among partners, and some sexual practices can transport your own rectal yeast to your vagina, where it becomes infectious because the yeast suddenly finds itself in a new environment. It’s not a good idea to have vaginal sex after anal sex, unless you’re sure that any yeast organisms (and other microbes) have been washed off the penis or sex toy first.
Obviously, if both partners have symptoms, it’s a good idea for both of you to see your doctor. If your sex partner has a yeast infection, it is possible that you might get one too, even though yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease.
What this really means is that the question “are yeast infections contagious?” is not as easily answered as we would like — so play it safe, and use protection if your partner has any of the symptoms of a male or female yeast infection.
Rare form of contagious yeast infections
Hospital patients can be infected with the drug-resistant strains of yeast that live in intensive care units, but this is, fortunately, still rare at this time. While we usually think of the transfer of an infection during sex, these newer, more virulent types of yeast infections are contagious, and hospitals do all they can to make sure the threat is kept as low as possible.