What do the ladies use to treat yeast infections? Can they get the infection from the guys and/or can we get them from the ladies?
My wife has chronic yeast infections. Antibiotics took it away but it came back a few day s after finishing the medication. She uses creams for the external soreness but they have not been effective.
I’d check whether it’s a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.
If it’s a yeast infection, then a topical antifungal will clear it up, whereas BV might merit an antibioitic.
Personally, I’m sceptical as to the extent to which diet will affect this, but gently cleaning the area with water and a gentle, unfragranced product and then making sure it’s dried properly afterwards will help. Also. wear cotton underwear and avoid tight trousers or clothing that’s going to either rub or get the area too warm.
And, yes, it is possible that the infection can be transferred during sex.
I get a yeast infection every time I take an antibiotic. The best (though messy and inconvenient) cure is a three-day cream (which is actually a solid suppository the texture and consistency of solid deodorant that then dissolves). If the three-day doesn’t work, then the seven-day is required. (I’ve always gotten away with the three-day.) My doctor told me that if DH happens to have caught the yeast infection before we realize what’s happening, the best cure is to have sex with the treatment cream in. In addition to yogurt, there is a drink called Kefir that has a yogurt-y flavor and exponentially more probiotics than yogurt. (I like strawberry the best.)
Sometimes if I eat too much sugar and carbs for a couple weeks I will start to get itchy as if a y.i. is just starting, but I can often stave it off by immediately cutting way back on the sugar and carbs and doubling up on my probiotics (which I take daily anyway for digestive health), and choosing yogurt a little more often.
Incidentally, y.i.’s have a way of putting me in the mood. The inflammation and irritation=swollen clit and the urge to rub vigorously. Disposable gloves are our friends!
Re-reading this after a couple of days, I notice that you say the infections are chronic. This suggests that your wife needs to see a doctor and work with them to identify the cause of the yeast infections.
Antifungal creams and pessaries can treat the infection when it presents, but won’t stop it returning. Sorting the underlying cause will.
I’m not a doctor or dietitian, but I think the advice about reducing sugar and eating yoghurt is likely ineffective. Whilst yeast does feed on sugar, there’s no physiological mechanism for the sugar you eat to get into the vagina. Ditto the live cultures in yoghurts and probiotics.
What you need to be considering is the environment around the vulva and vagina. If it’s warm and damp, that’s a breeding ground for bacteria, so take showers instead of baths, make sure to dry off after exercising or showering and try to wear simple cotton underwear with loose trousers or skirts. Trimming pubic hair may also help. You also need to remember that the vagina is essentially self cleaning so don’t clean inside or use soaps or shower gels on the vulva, as this will kill off the “good bacteria” and allow the yeasts to take over.
I rarely get them. OTC medication tends to work for me.
Men can get them from their wives, although it’s rare. I’d be more concerned that sex is going to further irritate skin that’s already damaged. PiV should be off limits during a yeast infection. They don’t heal well otherwise.
Another question – was she on an antibiotic or an antifungal? An antibiotic won’t do anything against a yeast infection and will in fact make it worse. You want a healthy balance of yeast and bacteria down there. Taking a probiotic or eating yogurt with active cultures can help. Cutting out sugar will help, too. Yeast adores sugar. Also, watching the moisture levels around the vulva can help. I typically go without underwear if I’ve got a yeast infection. Even cotton will trap in moisture that increases yeast levels.
If she is using antibiotics for a yeast infection she needs a new doctor! Antibiotics are a common CAUSE of yeast infections, and won’t do anything to clear them up.
Candida is always present in the vagina. The problem is when things get out of balance and it grows out of control. If it’s a regular problem she needs a good Ob/Gyn to help her work through it and find ways to prevent or limit it.
My DW uses a cream. Once she didn’t realize she had it and we had sex a few times, then I found out I caught it from her. If you start getting itchy underneath the head and possibly some white stuff there then you got a yeast infection. I went to the doctor and they gave me the same cream my wife was using. So if you do get it from her just put some of her cream on it for the next 5 days and it should go away.