Yeast infections are an overgrowth of fungus in the vagina. Usually, the culprit is Candida, a harmless yeast when contained, but an overgrowth can cause an infection. 

When Candida overgrows in the vagina, it can result in these vagina and vulva symptoms::

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Redness

Are Yeast Infections an STD?

No, a yeast infection is not an STD, but it can be spread sexually. This is because sex introduces new bacteria to your vagina that can alter its flora and throw off the delicate balance. 

What Causes a Yeast Infection?

Some common causes of yeast infections include:

  • Unprotected intercourse: Penetrative intercourse introduces new bacteria to your vagina
  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria, which means Candida can overpopulate your vagina before good bacteria can keep it in check
  • Weak immune system: Certain medications hinder your body from controlling Candida
  • Hormone fluctuations: Hormonal changes (such as menstruation or pregnancy) changes the ratio of bacteria in the vagina
  • Condom ingredients: Allergies or sensitivities to condom ingredients can irritate your vagina
  • Diabetes: Poor control of blood sugar can alter bacteria in the vagina

Is It a Yeast Infection or STD?

Yeast infections and STDs share many symptoms. The only way to be sure of your diagnosis is by getting tested. Ideally, you should test for STDs because you’ll know your STD status and can start treatment right away. If your STD test comes back negative, then you know your discomfort is from a yeast infection. 

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