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Why does my wife continue to get yeast infections? Is my semen feeding the yeast?

Why does my wife continue to get yeast infections?  Is my semen feeding the yeast?

It's all about pH: Remember acid/base balance? The normal pH of a woman's vagina is 4.0. The pH of semen is 8.0 and of menstrual blood is 7.4. This is one of the questions I want to ask god when I meet him. A woman's vagina can be a petri dish for infections. Yeast is common but bacterial vaginal infections are 10x more common due to the above referenced pH imbalance. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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My husband is an alcoholic, I've noticed that every time we have sex I get a yeast infection. Can he have excessive build up of yeast and pass the infection to me through his semen? I have waited for months before I have sex and as soon as I do, two days

My husband is an alcoholic, I've noticed that every time we have sex I get a yeast infection. Can he have excessive build up of yeast and pass the infection to me through his semen? I have waited for months before I have sex and as soon as I do, two days

You are a carrier?: Yeast generally is not transmitted between sex partners. More likely, you carry it in your vagina and physical contact or mild irritation from sex triggers symptoms. Maybe try staying ahead of it with once weekly OTC fluconazole (Diflucan®). If it doesn't work, see gyn to confirm the diagnosis and make sure no underlying problem like diabetes. This has nothing to do w/ husband's alcohol problem. ...Read more

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I have HPV & I get BV & yeast infections too often! I mostly notice the BV after intercourse with husband. Is it his semen causing this along with hpv?

I have HPV & I get BV & yeast infections too often! I mostly notice the BV after intercourse with husband. Is it his semen causing this along with hpv?

Bacterial vaginosis: The skin on your husband's penis may be colonized with the bacteria causing your BV and he can be reinfecting you. If he uses an antibacterial cream regularly until you are free of symptoms that might help to solve this. This will not relate to the hpv. ...Read more

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Can a male yeast infection cause thick gelatinous semen and very easily irritated redness under tip of penis?

Can a male yeast infection cause thick gelatinous semen and very easily irritated redness under tip of penis?

No & Yes: Yeast infection can cause skin irritation and redness. It does not usually change semen--that would more likely be a second infection (often occur in multiples)--possibly STD/STI if any risk. Recommend getting tested by your Dr or at Urgent Care. ...Read more

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Help please! Is actimel good to get rid of a yeast infection or does the sugar feed it?

Help please! Is actimel good to get rid of a yeast infection or does the sugar feed it?

It may help in some: It is claimed that it is helpful and may help some and used by some, but not always effective. ...Read more

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Will putting fruit in non sweetened yogurt with acidophilus feed the yeast i my body?! Or does it matter. Trying to get rid of yeast infection.

No: In a healthy person who does not have a medical problem such as diabetes, eating yogurt with fruit should not affect the ability of the yogurt to help with a yeast infection. However, eating yogurt with live cultures only does not always treat a yeast infection. Often topical or oral medications are needed to clear a yeast infection. See your physician to treat this if it is not improving. ...Read more

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I continue to get yeast infections every two weeks. I'm taking Femdophilus probiotics, does this help kill the yeast?

Yeast: It may help but I would see a physician who would prescribe anti yeast infection. If this is not possible ask the pharmacist for an over the counter product that can take care of this ...Read more

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Can my wife get a bacterial infection or a yeast infection by having doggystle sexual intercourse?

Can my wife get a bacterial infection or a yeast infection by having doggystle sexual intercourse?

Yes, but not because: A woman can get a bacterial infection like BV (bacterial vaginosis) or a yeast infection (candida), but it is not due to her position during sex. Doggy or non-doggy should not make any difference in whether she gets BV or candida. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with acute prostatitis can my wife get an infection or yeast infection through sexual intercourse? We do not use condoms

Maybe: This is most likely if the cause is trichomonas. If this does happen, you can get treated together and this will probably be a very good thing in the long run for eradicating the infection. The other prostatitis microbes aren't so catching. Was a microbe identified? ...Read more

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What can I do if my wife has a yeast infection, but is there supposed to be blood coming out?

No: Normally yeast infections don't cause vaginal bleeding. Recommend that she be seen by her gynecologist or family doctor for further assessment. ...Read more

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Could my suspected prostate infection actually be a yeast infection from my wife?

No: Some infections in the prostate are sexually transmitted but yeast is not generally considered one of them. ...Read more

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My wife has been diagnosed with a yeast infection. Should I be treated as well?

My wife has been diagnosed with a yeast infection. Should I be treated as well?

No: Men do not usually need to be treated unless the infection is reccurent or they are symptomatic. ...Read more

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Chafing on balls, could this be a yeast infection? My wife and I had sex while she had a yeast infection without protection.

Chafing on balls, could this be a yeast infection? 
My wife and I had sex while she had a yeast infection without protection.

Not yeast infection: Genital yeast infections are fairly common in women but rare in men. They do not typically spread from women to men like herpes or other sexually transmitted infections. When men do have yeast infections, it occurs on the penis and is due to poor hygiene. ...Read more

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Is it safe to breast feed while treating a yeast infection?

Is it safe to breast feed while treating a yeast infection?

Yeast infection: Breastfeeding is safe with a wide variety of yeast infection treatments. ...Read more

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Being treated for a yeast infection on arm. Can I sleep in the same bed as my wife?

Being treated for a yeast infection on arm.  Can I sleep in the same bed as my wife?

Little or no risk: Maybe a non-yeast fungal infection. (Yeast is a type of fungus, but other fungus types usually cause non-genital skin infections.) Not eastily transmitted to others. And the fungus maybe present for months before rash started, so your wife has already been repeatedly exposed. Probably no point in changing sleep arrangements at this time. Check with the doctor treating you if you remain in doubt. ...Read more

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My WBC was 11.4 can a yeast infection cause this? All my other numbers are perfect. Always battling yeast infection thanks to my wife.

Not abnormal: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your count is not abnormal and it is not likely that you are catching yeast from your wife, even if she has it. Yeast is in the air.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I noticed when I milk my penis, a discharge apears once in the morning, my wife has had a yeast infection, could this be it?

I noticed when I milk my penis, a discharge apears once in the morning, my wife has had a yeast infection, could this be it?

Probably not...: Somehow, fungus has never been reported to cause urethritis. Hence, clear urethral discharge suggests either chlamydia infection or residual liquefied semen after ejaculation. If no symptoms, test urine to assure no chlamydia infection before taking antibiotics; if symptomatic, may be treated empirically and see or tested. Otherwise, leave it alone, wait, and see. ...Read more

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Glans penis with cut reoccurring. Had sex with wife 2 months ago with yeast infection. Pls help?

Glans penis with cut reoccurring. Had sex with wife 2 months ago with yeast infection. Pls help?

Wound care: Gently cleanse the glans penis with baby shampoo and warm water. Rinse off all shampoo. Pat the area dry. Apply thin layer of aloe Vera and let it dry. Do this twice a day till healed. ...Read more

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Wife always has yeast infection. Past 3 days I feel like Uribe is stuck in urethra after urinating. No burning only discomfort after urinating. Yeast?

Urethral stricture?: Recurrent vaginal yeast infections are common in some women. Usually they can be prevented, e.g. with a weekly dose of fluconazole (Diflucan) by mouth. Yeast but possibly urethral symptoms. "Urine stuck" sounds like a possible urethral stricture, whick is not caused by yeast. Best for you both to see your doctors) professional evaluation and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Time ago my wife gave me a yeast infection. Doctor gave a cream went away. Now again my penis smells even if washed and have red dots on tip. Help.?

If the ointment did: Not work. Consider a short course of Fluconazole which is an oral anti fungal agent. This should be done under the guidance of your physician. Good luck. Dr. B. ...Read more

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Me= yeast infection for 3 mos. Tried creams, boric acid, Candida diet, probiotics, garlic, etc. Taking iron pills 4 anemia- could that be feeding it?

Yeast infection: You do not say whether you have used anti-fungals in your treatment, either topically or orally. That is the best way to treat Candida vulvovaginitis. Iron is highly unlikely to have anything to do with this. If you persist despite this you may be being reinfected by your sexual partner and they could be treated as well. If still an issue make sure your immune system is intact. Good luck. ...Read more

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Breast feeding mom may have a yeast infection, how could this be prevented? Home remedies?

Get an OTC: 1 day vaginal yeast med, almost the entire med stays in the vagina, very little gets into the circulation. ...Read more

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Breast feeding while using can I breastfeed my five month old while taking terconazole cream 0.4% (for yeast infection)?

Breast feeding while using can I breastfeed my five month old while taking terconazole cream 0.4% (for yeast infection)?

According : According to the lactmed database the safety of terconazole vaginal cream is unknown for breastfeeding mothers. The recommendation is to use another drug
if the baby is a newborn or premature. An alternative is Clotrimazole vaginal cream, this can be bought over the counter and is unlikely to cause any adverse affects in a breastfed baby.
You can also discuss this further with your doctor or pharmacist.
Take care. ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


Semen (Definition)

Semen is the white, viscous substance that forms the male ejaculate. Semen contains sperm, fructose (nutrition for the sperm), and ...Read more