If you have developed a yeast infection, you may be feeling gross or embarrassed, on top of being itchy and in pain. The good news is that most yeast infections can be cleared up within a week or less, with either creams you apply directed on the affected area, or medication you take orally. For very aggressive infections your doctor may recommend you use both methods. For all but the most stubborn infections, these methods will clear up your symptoms in no time.
You can soon resume your regular activities without pain or worry. However, be sure that your yeast infection is completely gone before having sex with your partner again. Most people don’t know this, but a yeast infection in men is not unheard of. In fact, it’s more common than you might think.
We all have yeast in our bodies anyway, and as you have already learned it will sometimes grow out of control. This can happen to men as well as women. The yeast in their own bodies can multiply and cause an infection of the groin or other areas, due to taking antibiotics or other reasons. Often this happens in men who are not even sexually active at the time, so it doesn’t always mean a man has recently slept with a woman who had an infection. However, you can spread your infection to your boyfriend or husband, so from the moment you suspect something is wrong, until you know you are completely healed, abstain from sexual contact. These infections are sometimes passed back and forth between two partners over time, and it can be very annoying to suffer repeat infections over many months.
If your partner has contracted a yeast infection along with you, the same treatments that you take should work for him as well. He might feel silly applying an ointment marketed to women on television, but it will clear up his discomfort in about the same length of time it takes to cure your infection. He might also wish to visit his doctor for confirmation of the diagnosis, and a prescription just for him if the infection is particularly stubborn. Once the two of you are both healed, you should be able to resume having sex without any worries.