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Candidiasis aka yeast infection is a common female ailment, which is likely to occur in every woman at least once in her life.

21 12 2015

Candidiasis is a common female ailment, which is likely to occur in every woman at least once in her life. It is caused by an overgrowth of yeast called Candida albicans that occurs naturally in us all. When the fungus in the vagina has been escalated to grow too much, it causes a vaginal yeast infection.

The symptoms and the cause

Candidiasis symptoms of infection are intense itching and burning, as well as chunky vaginal discharge. The vulva mucous membranes may show redness and small ulcers. Abdominal pain and fever don’t belong to the symptoms, and if they occur you should contact a physician. The triggering factor for causing infection is not always recognized, but, for example, antibiotics, pregnancy, as well as extensive use of non-breathable panty liners and pads can trigger it. Also artificial fibers and ill-breathable underwear predispose to infection. The yeast can also spread from the rectum into the vagina, so after a toilet visit always wipe from front to back.

Since the symptoms of yeast infection are also similar to many other diseases, such as sexually transmitted diseases or infections, over-the-counter medication should be carefully considered, especially if the yeast infection occurs for the first time. Also, women under 16 and over 60 years of age should see a doctor in case of symptoms.


For the treatment of vaginal yeast infection, vaginal suppositories and oral pills on prescription and non-prescription can be found in pharmacies. Vaginal suppositories are used for 1-3 days, even during menstruation. A variety of creams can handle itching of the vulva area. Asymptomatic inflammatory yeast does not need to be treated.

For the self-treatment good personal hygiene and as a low-calorie diet as possible are of paramount importance. Poorly breathable menstrual pads, panty liners and synthetic fibrous underwear poach the lower end, and the yeast gets a favorable moist substrate.

Yeast infection and menstruation

Candidiasis may erupt during menstruation. In this case, it is essential to use the most breathable underwear as well as see to adequate hygiene. However, the lower end must not be washed and scrubbed too much, so washing with water or a mild detergent with a pH less than 7 is good to remember. Often, however, plain water is best.

During infection, the use of menstrual pads and panty liners should be avoided, because they do not breathe, and thus poach the lower end promoting the growth of yeast. The cup is the best menstrual protection with the yeast infection, as it allows the lower end to breathe and does not disturb the natural moisture balance.

If the infection is internal and the yeast medicine cannot be orally taken or a vaginal suppository in addition to the pill has been prescribed, it should be used in the evenings. In this case, the use of a tampon or cup is not recommended but as menstrual protection cotton pads can be used since they protect and allow the bottom end to breathe. A yeast infection can also affect a man, so if there is a yeast infection going on, it is recommended to use condoms when having sex.

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Florencia 19 08 2016

With some friends we were wondering if, after having the infection, menstrual cups should be renewed... Or the fungus is "killed" with the boiling ?? Also, using bicarbonate during the esterilization could work?

Regards from Chile ;)

Lunette Team 23 08 2016

Hi Florencia and thanks for your message!

Bicarbonate is a good tool for cleaning the cup but it doesn't kill all the bacteria.

Boiling the cup after yeast infection won’t be enough. There are few tricks you can do.

- Boil the cup at least for 20 min in water with vinegar in it
- Freeze the cup at least for 15 hours in at least –15 celsius
- Soak the cup in 3% hydrogen peroxide

One of the trickiest part is the holes because they a good place for the bugs to live. So make sure you clean the holes with extra care.

It might be that even these tricks won’t do the work, so if you notice the infection returning after using the cup, you should buy a new one.


Clerence 27 08 2016

Comment *can i use BARRS PVP OINTMENT during the yeast infection

tahera 27 08 2016

i have 1 question that can i use vagiclind cream during my periods?pls help

Lunette Team 01 09 2016

Hi there Clerence and Tahera!

Unfortunately we don't have experience or knowledge about these products. Please ask your pharmacist or doctor :)


tf 13 09 2016

I have used the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse the last two times I have suffered with Candida. I have found this to be excellent at keeping it 'under control' even when i've had to take antibiotics, (unavoidable due to a dental infection). Also I didn't suffer any dramatic unpleasant side effects which can very often be the case. Its easy as you only need to take 2 a's realistically priced and in my experience it is very effective.

Molly 17 09 2016

Hi I'm 12 and I haven't got my period yet, but I still have all the symptoms of a yeast infection! What do I do🤔

Lunette Team 20 09 2016

Hi there Molly!

If you suspect to have a yeast infection, you should visit a doctor. The doctor can check you and give you instructions how to handle the infection now and in the future.


Am 22 09 2016

Hey so i was wondering if i didn't treat a yeast infection with any medicine or anything but i use the self treatment methods, will it eventually go away on its own or will it get worse?

Nasha 23 09 2016

Im on my period now but i had yeast infection before it came. And i dont knw what to do

Nasha 23 09 2016

I had yeast infection now I'm seeing my period and i dont know what to do

Molly 24 09 2016

Hi I'm twelve and I've never got my period yet. I have all the symptoms of a yeast infection but if I haven't got my period then how do I have one. I have been taking a course of antibiotics and that could be causing it. Is this slowing down my body so I can't have my period.?? Please help

18 10 2016

Comment * hey I hve 3 questions
Cn de lining of a virginal go bck 2 normal afta yeast infction?
Cn one use ONYSTIN-V when she z on her menses?
Wt cn one use aprt frm a cup whn sh z on her menses nd hv yeast infction?

19 10 2016

Hi Am!

It might go away with self treatment methods as well! You can try them first and if they don't work, see a doctor :)


19 10 2016

Hi there Nasha!

You should take care of the infection whether you're on your periods or not. Make sure you disinfect the cup very carefully after!


19 10 2016

Hi Molly!

Don't worry, it is not slowing down your body! Good to hear that you've been taking care of the infection! Antibiotics can help the infection to come and that's why it is important to pay attention to the diet during having the antibiotics. Your periods gonna start eventually, so don't worry! :)


Allie 23 10 2016

I was wondering, after a yeast infection treatment such as encerting medicine into your vaginal area, can that cause your first period to start after being treated because I had done a treatment for my yeast infection and right after I started my first period. Please help!?

mel 24 10 2016

Hai, i'm 26 yrs old and i have a yeast infection. After 2 weeks i have my period but after may period gone, i feel pain in my private area, its very painful and very uncomfortable..
What should i do to cure this?

Lunette Team 24 10 2016

Hi there!

Cn de lining of a virginal go bck 2 normal afta yeast infction?
-If you mean the hymen, no it can't :)

Cn one use ONYSTIN-V when she z on her menses?
- I'd recommend to ask from the pharmacy; they are professional and know every product.

Wt cn one use aprt frm a cup whn sh z on her menses nd hv yeast infction?
- Of course, but the cup is the most comfortable and hygienic. Pad are not recommended.


Lunette Team 24 10 2016

Hi Aliie!

Congratulation for your periods!

The yeast infection medicine has nothing to do with periods.


Lunette Team 24 10 2016

Hi Mel!

I'd highly recommend you to visit your doctor! Pain is never a good sign.


Lexi 30 10 2016

Hey. I'm seventeen and am currently on my period while I have a yeast infection. I've had yeast infections before, countless times since I was 14 or 15. A year ago, my doctor prescribed me this antibiotic to help get rid of it, but I had an allergic reaction to it. So antibiotics are kinda out the question. I have yeast infections often (not all the time, but I've had more than one since my area is ridiculously sensitive), but this is the first time I've had one while on my period. I use tampon and I read that tampons are recommended during this situation I'm currently in. The only problem though is that wearing a tampon hurts. It burns when I wear one and I'm not sure what that means. What am I suppose to do ?

Akhona 30 10 2016

Comment *i hv an infection i try to use antibiotic bt no improvement plz help

Lunette Team 09 11 2016

Hi Lexi!

Sorry to hear!

If the tampons hurt, stop using them immediately! Pads normally contain plastic and they aren't recommended to use because they won't let your intimate area breath. Have you tried cotton pads?

Menstrual cup is the best menstrual product during the yeast infection since it won't disturb the flora of the vagina and won't brew the intimate area. You just have to be really careful with the hygiene that the bacteria won't stay in the cup.

Have you checked your diet? Big consumption of sugar and yeast increases the possibility of infection. Make sure you'll have enough lactic acid every day.

If the infections keep coming, visit your doctor again to discuss about other options!


Lunette Team 09 11 2016

Hi there Akhona!

I'd recommend you to check your diet as well. And if it won't work, re-visit the doctor. Remember to use only under wear which are made of breathable material such as cotton or bamboo.


Dara 15 11 2016

Comment *What is cup pad anyway? And pls, i have this infection and it's been 2months now. First i overlook it,but when the itch refused to go i searched a site through google where they recommend sitz bath. I did it but it refused to go,now am using an antibiotics (augmentin). This is the 3rd day am using the medicine,but now am having my period, what do i do? And is there no side effect if this infection stay more than 2 months in the body?

Lunette Team 16 11 2016

Hi Dara!

If the antibiotics you're having now won't work, visit your doctor as soon as you can. Having a constant infection in your body is not healthy.

During the infection is the use of menstrual cup highly recommended because it doesn't hatch you down there. If want to use pads, wear the cotton ones. Pay attention to your diet as well to prevent the infection to increase or prolong.

Make sure you disinfect the cup extremely well after the periods!


Temmy 17 11 2016

Hello, I've had infection for a while I treated it but I still have mild itching every now and then and I noticed I also have premenstrual cramps could it be related to it? Please what do I do?

Lunette Team 18 11 2016

Hi Temmy!

I highly recommend you to visit your doctor if itching continues and your cycle became suddenly irregular.


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S 04 12 2016

if you can not type vagina, you really should enter be giving advice on yeast infections. lower end is a really horrendous euphemism

Lunette Team 07 12 2016

Hi S!

You're right: one should always use word "vagina" when it is talked about. In this text "lower end" is used to describe the whole area between legs, not just vagina.


Caitlin 17 12 2016

I'm wondering if a yeast infection can affect the duration of menstruation. I'm 26 and have been on the pill for a few years. Since starting the pill, my period has always lasted four days. This time, the first day was completely normal (I use the cup so it's easy to tell) but the second was unusually dark and there was the beginning of a yeast infection on the third, but no blood for the next few days. Today (what would be the fifth day) the yeast infection is full blown. It's only the second one I've ever gotten, and the first was only a month or two ago. I've never had a period only last two days, or blood that dark, and I'm really hoping it's just because of the yeast infection. Does that seem likely? Thanks!

Lunette Team 20 12 2016

Hi Caitlin!

It is very possible that the abnormality of your menstrual flow is caused by the infection. If your next periods are normal; there's nothing to worry about. If the flow keeps changing, you should visit your doctor.

Pay attention to cleaning you cup with extra care after the infection. Medical grade silicon is very unfavorable platform bacteria to live., but there is still a chance that it’ll live and that’s why boiling won’t be enough. There are few tricks worth of trying. You can boil the cup at least for 20 min in water with vinegar in it or freeze it at least for 15 hours in at least –15 celsius. You can also soak the cup in 3% hydrogen peroxide.

One of the trickiest part is the holes because they a good place for the bugs to live. So make sure you clean the holes with extra care.

It might be that even these tricks won’t do the work, so if you notice the infection returning after using the cup, you should buy a new one.


Holly 30 12 2016


I'm 13 years old and I haven't got my period yet but I have had a go a masturbating and 'fingering' myself , I have read that's totally normal? The day after I Had an itch and I took no notice of it but now it's been too days and the itch is quite embarrassing when I'm around people , there is no odour and no signs of huge amounts of redness but it doesn't really burn but should I be worried because I'm kind of getting a little. before I fingered myself I used some simple wipes that were just in my room to clean my fingers to be on the safe side but now I'm not sure if I am on that side please please help me !!! I hope you can help , Holly xx

Lunette Team 02 01 2017

Hi Holly!

Getting to know to yourself and touching is completely normal and healthy! Awesome to hear that you also took care of the hand hygiene! :)

If the itching won't stop within few days or you notice other symptoms, you should visit a doctor.


Jaquesha 15 01 2017

So every 2 months I seem to always have a baldder infection & a yeast infection. 1st it'll be UTI then when I'm on antibiotics its a yeast. I was on depo shots before. But I got off them and thats when these starts happening. I dont think its because of sex or because of my bf sperm. But I would constantly go to the doctor for the same thing. Of course they sent me home without any description cause I come too much and they don't know what to do. So I was gonna make an appointment with the health clinic to see what's really going on. I also have to insurance or meidicade all that stopped when I turned 18 I'm 19 now. I'm using monistat and put the 1st one in yesterday night and today I started my period. Ima still use the monistat. But I'm afraid that it will flow right on out as soon as put it in. I use pads and always have used pads I use tampons only when I'm not having the infection problems. I personally hate pads. My blood is very heavy and I even get blood clots. Nd cramp horrible. So is it safe to still use monistat since I already started the process. ?? And does period gets rid of the yeast ?? I need help as soon as you get this... Cause I'm stressing so bad that I cry when I get them... Haven't even been focusing on me studying.

Olivia Alex 16 01 2017

I had a yeast infection about 10 days before my period was to begin (i'm on the pill and take it religiously at the same time every day) and it cleared up within about 6 days thanks to a pessary and cream combo. Now, I'm 5 days late with my period. I've definitely been hormonal/emotional, but I haven't experienced the normal cramping that usually signals my period is coming. I took a pregnancy test today but it came out negative.

I read that because yeast consumes the estrogen in the vagina, it can result in late periods. Is this true? Is it possible that I could completely miss a period this month? Should I start taking my next pill pack in order to give my body hormones?

Thank you!

Lunette Team 17 01 2017

Hi Jaquesha!

Sorry to hear about your stressful experience!

Antibiotics for bladder infection expose your vagina for yeast infections, and circle is ready. Have you talked about prevention medicine with your doctor? You can have it for both infections.

I highly recommend to avoid using pads during the infections because they don't let your vagina breathe. If you don't want to use menstrual cup, try cotton cloth pads.

You can also prevent both infections with proper diet.


Lunette Team 17 01 2017

Hi there Olivia Alex!

It might be possible, but I'd recommend you to consult your doctor, to be sure.


Lexi 22 01 2017

Hey im lexi im 13 and i have a yeast infection. It dosent hurt i just wanna know i had it for 2 yeasheand my a nuse but she think she knows it all and dont do nothing about it but will i still get my period i have statred

Jessica 23 01 2017

Hello I'm 16 years old and have been experiencing a yeast infection , just when I got the medicine my period came in but I still did the summers eve douche to help out and put some cream on for the itching but I was wondering if wearing a tampon will be bad especially after doing the medicine? Please get back at me asap

Lunette Team 24 01 2017

Hi Lexi!

If the infection stays for long time, I'd recommend you to visit a doctor. It is very normal that periods are irregular in young age but if you have concerns about them, talk to your school nurse or doctor. They'll help you! :)


Lunette Team 24 01 2017

Hi there Jessica!

I'd recommend to check it with the doctor or pharmacist because they are familiar with the medicine and know what is the best for you. Sorry I couldn't help more!


Rhiannon 14 02 2017

Hi what sort of vinegar can you use for boiling and what concentration in the water? Thanks

Rhiannon 15 02 2017

Hi I wanted to ask for sterilising your cup after having a thrush infection. What sort of vinegar do you use and at what concentration in the boiling water? Sorry if I already sent this question my internet is not reliable. Thanks

... 25 02 2017

I think I have a yeast infection but I don't know how to tell my mum . It mainly starts to hurt at night. Can anyone help me?

Kayla 25 02 2017

Hey so I think I have a yeast infection as well. It will be my first time. I don't want to see my doctor because she is incredibly busy. I noticed itchy and burning. It comes and goes. I've also noticed it's been sensitive down there. My period came two days early. I tried using a tampon and it really hurt so I started using pads.. do you think it's a yeast infection??? I really don't want to see the doctor. Please help, I'm scared

Lunette Team 28 02 2017

Hi Rhiannon!

Distilled or white vinegars are the best. Concentration around 5% is good :)


Lunette Team 28 02 2017

Hi there!

If talking to parents or a doctor intimidates you, visit a pharmacy first. Look for a friendly-looking staff and feel free to ask a woman specific if that makes you more comfortable. Tell about your symptoms. The staff in the pharmacies are professional and will recommend the best over-the-counter medicine for you.

But if that won't help, I highly recommend to visit a doctor to prevent anything more serious!


Jade 01 03 2017

I havent had a period for about 4 years. I am not on birth controll. My husband and I would love to have a child but this hasnt happened yet :(. I had thrush a couple of months back so treated it. The very next day i got a period which lasted for 6 days. I havent had a period since so I am very confused about this. I read that this happened to someone else on here. Are you sure thrush doesn't stop your period? I am worried i have thrush constantly as i always have some sort of symptom. Do i have to treat my thrush every month just so i can get my period? Please help. (I regularly do pregnancy tests so i know i am not pregnant.)

Lunette Team 01 03 2017

Hi Jade!

Sorry to hear about your struggles! I'd highly recommend you to visit a doctor to get the best knowledge and help!


Megan A. 08 03 2017

Hi there!

I was bit by a dog last Monday and the doctors prescribed me an antibiotic to prevent infection. Two days later after being on the medication I began to feel itchy and I had redness on my vagina. I looked up possible causes and realized that I had a yeast infection. This my first one ever. Oh, and on top of all of this, I had begun my period the day before. So that night I was in so much pain that I looked up home remedies I could try and use to help relieve some pain until the morning when I could go to the store and get monistat. I tried the apple cider vinegar method and it didn't seem to help. Finally after a long night I had fallen asleep. The next morning I went to Rite Aid and bought monistat 7. I am currently on the last day of the medication but I am still feeling itchy. I've been making sure that I'm doing everything right and since I use pads, that I change them a few times a day to prevent a lot of moisture from building up since that's what I've learned yeast infections live off of. Today is the last day I have to take the antibiotics. So I was wondering if once I am off of them should my yeast infection go away as well? My period also ended yesterday but I'm still spotting (which is not normal for me). Should I consider going to a doctor if I still have it by the end of this week? Thanks for your help!

Lunette Team 09 03 2017

Hi Megan A.!

It is very normal that antiobitics cause yeast infection because they disturb natural bacteria of the vagina. You can prevent or even cure this by eating a lot of lactic acid bacteria containing products before, during and after the medication. If your sympoms vanish in few days, there is no need to visit a doctor. If they don't or the spotting continues, I'd recommend you to see a doctor.


Alyssa 16 03 2017

Hi I have never had a period yet but my vagina is unusually itchy and it's bothering me and my vagina is red but it doesn't hurt but my discharge comes out in little balls so I'm confused could you help me btw I'm 11.

Lunette Team 16 03 2017

Hi Alyssa!

If the itching continues and the discharge smells, I'd recommend to visit a school nurse or pharmacy. They'll advice you how to handle the infection and treat it properly :)


ilo Esther 16 03 2017

Pls I don't understand I have been having some itching in my private part pls I am sacred what should I do

ilo Esther 16 03 2017

Pls I often have wet panties after about 8hours of wearing them pls Will i die or never get pregnant after I get married

Nagudi 17 03 2017

Hlo Friends I Also Ask A Quation Am In Mi Periods Yet Am On Mh Treatment 4 Candida Shld I Continue Inserting Da Medicin In Mi Vagina Or?

Lunette Team 17 03 2017

Hi ilo Esther and Nagudi!

With right treatment the candida is not dangerous and there are a lot of good medicine for it. If you have anything to ask or something your not sure about, I'd highly recommend to visit a doctor! And if the infections are continuing pay attention to your diet as well.