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.

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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

Hi , please I did a d and c about 28days Ago , I was expecting my menstral cycle 2weeks after but it’s exactly a month …I have done severally PT afterwards , all came out negative…But I observed whenever I deep a finger into my vagina, I see a white discharge and the o four is offensive…….Is it possible the infection is delaying my period or what could be the reasons for late period ….I am worried pls ..

Jay May 22, 2020

Hi Omowunmi! There are several factors that can cause delayed periods such as stress, hormonal imbalance. You can read more about these from our post here: https://store.lunette.com/blogs/news/6-reasons-your-period-could-be-late-besides-being-pregnant?pos=1&_sid=64db58cfa&ss=r. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 01, 2020

I went to clinic and the doctor prescribed vigina insert on 4 of April and I was tested negative and I suppose to c my period on 15 of April, bt up till nao I didn’t c my period and I was testing negative too on 20 of April, I don’t know wot z wrong with me

Omowunmi May 01, 2020

Hi BLESSING! Because everybody and every BODY is different, only your doctor will be able to ask the necessary questions and run the appropriate tests to offer you accurate insight into your concern. Because we are not medical professionals we cannot offer medical advice or diagnosis for when your period should return. Wishing you all the best!
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor April 14, 2020

my period is late and my vagina was itchy so i got myself treated but my flow is yet to come.i was hoping it will come after i get treated.how long is it supposed to take to get your period back after treatment please help me for am getting worried

BLESSING April 14, 2020

Hi Anna! If you think you may have a yeast infection I recommend calling a doctor to inquire how they would like you to proceed. Typically if you are experiencing your first yeast infection it is recommended to always visit your doctor so that they can test to make sure it really is a yeast infection, and can provide the appropriate treatment. However due to Covid-19 it would be best to first call and ask how they would like you to proceed and if they feel comfortable prescribing you an over the counter medicine. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor April 01, 2020

Hi,
My sincere thanks to the author for this article, I have read a lot about vaginal yeast infection as it is more common in mid-age girls. I would like to know has it to do with warm blood or increase body temperature.

Aent Hartford April 01, 2020
Hello , I’m on my period and I think I have a yeast infection . It’s itchy . I’m a bit worry . I’m using a cotton pads
Anna April 01, 2020

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 info@lunette.com if you’d like to discuss further! :)

Best,
Team Lunette

Lunette Menstrual Mentor January 03, 2020

Hello,

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.

Best,
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: https://help.lunette.com/reasons-your-period-could-be-late-besides-being-pregnant

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

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