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.


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.


Hi Jaanashin!

Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling worried! Unfortunately we cannot assist with medical concerns as we are not medical professionals. We encourage you to contact a doctor for your concern.
-Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor February 13, 2020

My periods are one month late but I wasn’t so scared bcuz I sometimes get irregular periods. I don’t have itching, however i noticed a little swelling of labia minora but it only lasted for probably 3 days. I haven’t noticed any white discharge but sometimes it feels like there is a liquid discharge. I have also noticed that my urine seems a bit cloudy but i thought it’s probably extra cervical mucus. Please, help! I’m a bit worried and confused.

Jaanashin February 13, 2020

Hi Nadine!

Thanks for getting in touch, although we’re sorry to hear about the infections!
We do not have reports of menstrual cups increasing changes of getting a yeast infection- the silicone material of the cup is a highly unfavorable platform for yeast to grow. However, if you do get a yeast infection and use a cup while treating the infection, it is possible that not all of the bacteria will die off even after boiling your cup. If you feel the cup is causing recurring yeast infections it would be a good idea to purchase a new cup to avoid the risk of reinfecting yourself in case some yeast bacteria is still hiding in the air holes for example. Feel free to email us at if you’d like to discuss further! :)

Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor January 03, 2020


I have never had a yeast infection before in my life, but in the last year, due to menstrual cups, I have gotten two! I am curious as to why menstrual cups can cause a yeast infection, is it due to not adequately drying the cup before using? Or is it due to using it during spotting and not a heavy enough cycle?

I know that they are better for yeast infections compared to tampons and pads, but I am curious how they still play a role in contributing to yeast infections, even if it’s small.

nadine marte January 03, 2020

Hi Nysh!

You’ll want to reach out to a doctor as soon as possible to have them diagnose the itch, and prescribe a treatment so you can be itch free! Going forward, if you stick to pads, it’s recommended that you change a pad every 3-4 hours.

Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor November 06, 2019

I don’t usually change my pad very often during menstruation, I usually change during bath, if the flow is heavy I stack like 2 or 3 pads at once and I didn’t realise this us wrong. And this I believe it led to infection. A week after my periods, my vagina is itchy, mostly the top and near the leg fold (the part where my pantie end is) that part became darker than my skin tone, the itch bear the leg didn’t stop even after more than 2 weeks and this worries me, I used scented pads btw
And help. (I’m freaking out)

Nysh November 06, 2019

Hi Max!

Sorry to hear that your period is late! I totally understand that it causes stress and insecurity.

There are many reasons that might delay the periods, such as stress or hormonal imbalance. Learn more about these factors and other reasons here:

If you’re young and haven’t had your periods for a long time yet, it is very common that the cycle is irregular. Keep tracking your cycle with period app (for example Clue is super handy!) or make notes to your calendar. This way you can be up to date with you cycle :)

If the period won’t return until next month or you think you could be pregnant, we would recommend to consult a doctor.

Best regards,
Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Cup August 21, 2019

Saw my period 24th of jude,haven’t seen it july did a pregnancy test it came out negative…

Max August 21, 2019

Hi Boluwatife and thank you for your message!

Please note that we are no medical professionals and cannot make remote diagnosis or give medical advise. It may be best to consult your doctor and have everything checked.

Best regards,
Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Cup July 30, 2019

Hi Adewunmi ,

regarding a possible pregnancy it would be best if you consult your doctor. Only your doctor can make the necessary checks and tell whether you are pregnant or not.

Best regards,
Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Cup July 30, 2019

I had my period on MAY 31st to 3rd of June and I had sex on 16 to 20 of June. I had my JUNE period on 26 to 29 of June. But not seen my period this month. And I did pregnant test is positive.
went for scan but show not pregnant

I’m having itching, discharge & pain in my vagina since 19th of this month till now, and have been using mycoten vagina cream with vit. c. still not cure

pls can it be pregnant?

Adewunmi July 30, 2019

I was once experiencing itching , thick discharge and I used a yeast infection drug , it went temporarily
About 2 months ago, I noticed my vagina was itching again and I was having a whitish discharge , not thick tho .. I went to complain and I was told to use this mycoten drug and cream … I started using and the itching stopped, tho I was still seeing the discharge and till now the discharge hasn’t stopped… i also noticed some rashes or bumps around my vagina… I’m so worried

Boluwatife July 30, 2019

Hi Queen,

We recommend reaching out to your doctor to discuss this topic. Your doctor should be able to give you valuable insights.

All the best. <3
Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Cup July 17, 2019

I have seen that some teens comments on the comment section.
I had my first infection as a teen and
I must advise that you should never feel shy or embarrassed to tell your parents your health status or even visit a health practitioner because a prolonged infection can affect your fertility (ability to conceive) later in life.
I suggest you see a doctor as soon as you can and don’t hide it till it becomes acute.

Etta Precious July 17, 2019

I developed an infection about 4 months ago which I treated and was positive it was over not until in this current month June, it resurfaced and through my research, yeast infection is not the only infection that gives symptoms of itching and discharge though yeast infection produces a cottage cheese like discharge, other infections resulting from bacteria can cause itching and discharge as well.
This time the condition was worse especially when it came to the discharge because the antibiotics I took and the canesten cream had helped to ease itching but I really felt uncomfortable down below and would sometimes feel an itch.
When the condition got worst, I had to visit a health practitioner who told me that sometimes women mistaken a bacteria infection for a yeast infection and so on and prescribed oral medications in addition to the one I would insert into my vagina and I believe this drugs are to fight both the yeast infection and bacteria infection.
I have started the pills and all the ratches which appeared when the fluid from my interior touches the exterior of my vegina and boom have completely gone.
I hope to complete treatment soon and just be a normal me
Also I haven’t seen my period which I will go and perform a pregnancy test first today before I conclude on what might be causing a change in the expected time.
And it was based on this I stumbled into this article.
I advise that u visit an authentic health practitioner to get the best treatment.

Etta Precious July 17, 2019

please I have an infection is it advisable to start using suppositories while mensurating ?

Queen July 17, 2019

Last month I felt this itchy and burning in my vulva then some chuncky discharge before my period guess 3days and it stopped after my period
This time it started again and it has lasted 7days and my period is long overdue but hasn’t started and the discharge is extensive what can I do

Gift July 17, 2019

Hi Egbuji Augusta gift,

We recommend reaching out to your doctor to discuss exactly what you’re experiencing. They should be able to provide you with valuable insight.

All the best. <3

Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 20, 2019

Hi…I have infection…I have not seen my period for three month now…I feel itchy and white discharge in my vagina. .what could be wrong

Egbuji Augusta gift May 20, 2019

Hi Linda!

Here’s a great blog article that talks about why your vagina may be itching days before your period:

Wishing you all the best. <3

Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 02, 2019

Itching of d vaginal before my period,the solution

Linda May 02, 2019

Hi Gaius peace,

We would recommend reaching out to your doctor to discuss what you’re experiencing. They should be able to provide valuable insight.

All the best. <3

Lunette Menstrual Mentor April 30, 2019

I have a toilet infection I always feel itching and whitish discharge in my private part and my period has stop for the month but blood is still coming out of my Virgina

Gaius peace April 30, 2019

Hello Taiwo praise,

Itchy anythings are no fun!

We recommend reaching out to your doctor to discuss exactly what you’re experiencing. They should be able to provide you with valuable insight.

Wishing you all the best. <3

Lunette Menstrual Mentor April 23, 2019

I don’t if I have yeast infection but I just noticed sumtin under my Virginia like raches nd I don’t know what to do

Taiwo praise April 23, 2019

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