Yeast Infection and Periods

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.

Treatment

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.

81 comments

hello, the day after i got my period i woke up with an itch and it seemed that i have yeast infection and thats my first time, byt how can i make sure if its an yeast infection? i have a bad itch, redness and my period blood is pink

Maha March 02, 2022

Hi Lumka! Unfortunately we’re not able to assist with a diagnosis for irregular periods as we are not medical professionals. We recommend consulting a doctor who can help you determine what could be the cause. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor October 25, 2021

Hi I’ve a problem with my menstruation dates its changes every month what could be the problem?

Lumka October 25, 2021

Hi good morning
I saw my period may and June I didn’t see my period and I went for a test and was given mycoten and I robbed it and I haven’t seen my period since then please what could be the cause am worried

Anita Akpan October 12, 2021

Hi Em! Sorry to hear about the infection and flu! Yes, it is best to replace your Lunette Cup to be 100% sure you won’t get reinfected. Although the silicone material of the cup is a very unfavorable platform for bacteria and yeast to grow it’s still possible that even boiling won’t fully get rid of them. Don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s anything else we can help with! -Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor August 16, 2021

Hi Faith! As we are not medical professionals we cannot offer diagnosis or treatment. We recommend consulting your doctor for assistance. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor August 16, 2021

Plz!have been having this symtops for the past three months and have not seen my period to within those times …………
So what do i do???

Faith August 16, 2021

Hey there :) I was wondering if I need to get a new cup?

I think I got my infection from leaving my cup in for too long (I had the flu for the last 2 days of my period and could barely get out of bed.)

Since it’s possible the infection started when I had my cup in, should I replace it to avoid reinfection in the future? thanks! <3

em August 16, 2021

Hi Bee! If the yeast infection is persistent it is best to consult a doctor. As we are not medical professionals we are unfortunately not able to offer treatment advice. <3
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 20, 2021

I had an irritation on the second day of my flow. The part where the sanitary towel touches was a little inflamed. I stared using vagina cream on it and it went down but the lower part of my clog started itching. I also used both oral and insert pill but I still feel discomfort when ever I go out and return home. No discharges. What do I do?

Bee May 20, 2021

I hace yeast infection..i only got the fluconazole and 1 canesten vaginal cream
Will the yeast be healed or i should get another vaginal cream ?

Hope May 04, 2021

Hi Marta! As the yeast infection cream has not been tested with Lunette Cup under official circumstances we recommend not using the Cup while the cream is in – to be on the safe side that there will be harm to the material of the Cup. 😊
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor April 08, 2021

Hi! I am at the end of the treatment of a yeast infection, I am just using the external econazol nitrate (?) cream now and I am on my period. Is it ok if the cream contacts with the cup? Can it be dangerous for the cup?

Thank you!

Marta April 08, 2021

Hiya, Moremi! Thanks for your question! Unfortunately we’re not able to offer a diagnosis as we are not medical professionals. If you’re concerned about the delayed period it’s best to consult a doctor. 😊
-Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor March 04, 2021

I treated yeast infection like over a week ago with a day kit combo and klovinal pessaries and I’ve been itch free , everything’s fine…
But I’ve not seen my period . Can the treatment be the cause of my delayed cycle or the yeast infection????
I’m abit worried

Moremi March 04, 2021

If you read “the vagina bible” by gynaecologist Dr. Jen Gunter, she says that there is no connection between yeast infections and underwear. So contrary to what this article says, you should rest assured that your underwear is not causing your yeast infections :)

Shae Kristine Anthony December 28, 2020

Hi, Precious Eke! If you’re concerned about your period stopping we recommend contacting a doctor. As we are not medical professional we unfortunately cannot assist with medical concerns.
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor December 11, 2020

I mistakenly use mycoten cream for external and use it in my Virgina and since then my period has stop

Precious Eke December 11, 2020

Hi, Patricia! We recommend consulting your doctor about this concern. As we are not medical professionals we unfortunately can’t provide diagnosis.
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor June 12, 2020

Hi Janet! We recommend checking with the suppository manufacturer about using their product while on your period, many companies will have this information on their website. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Cup June 12, 2020

I have been using candid v- gel for yeast infection,and my period has lasted one week . What can be the problem?

Patricia June 12, 2020

Can I use vaginal suppository while on my period?

Janet June 12, 2020

Hi Omowunmi! You can consult a pharmacist at your local pharmacy or drug store to inquire about over the counter medications. As we are not medical professionals we cannot offer advice for treatments.
-Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 22, 2020

Hi Jay! You can read about reasons that can delay period from our post titled 6 Reasons You Period Could Be Late Besides Being Pregnant. :) For the infection, and for any medical concerns, we recommend you consult a physician. As we are not medical professionals we cannot offer diagnosis.
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 22, 2020

I finished my period about 2 days ago and I am beginning to notice smell and a bit of discharge from my vagina. Due to the current pandemic, I cannot afford to go get swab and treatment. Is there a home remedy or a drug I can order online?

Omowunmi May 22, 2020

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