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Yeast Infection and Periods

Yeast Infection and Periods

Candidiasis is a common ailment, which is likely to occur in everyone at least once in their lifetime. 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.

Causes of Vaginal Itching:

  1. Yeast Infections: An overgrowth of the Candida fungus in the vaginal area can lead to itching, along with other symptoms such as burning and abnormal discharge.
  2. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): Imbalance in the bacteria that naturally reside in the vagina can cause BV, characterized by itching, unusual discharge, and a fishy odor.
  3. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Certain STIs, such as trichomoniasis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, can cause vaginal itching, along with other symptoms like pain during urination and abnormal discharge.
  4. Allergic Reactions: Irritants such as scented hygiene products, latex condoms, and certain fabrics can trigger allergic reactions leading to vaginal itching.
  5. Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly during pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause, can result in vaginal dryness and itching.

Hello, Bacterial Vaginosis. 

Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an imbalance between the naturally occurring good and bad bacteria in your vagina. When your vagina’s bacterial levels are balanced, the harmful bacteria is fought off by the good bacteria. When you have more baddies than good, your vagina can’t do its job of staying balanced, which can lead to itching, burning and fishy odor. 

Attention please: having BV can make you more prone to contracting an STI. If you think you might have bacterial vaginosis you should see a doctor right away and be sure to use protection during sex, to reduce your risk of getting an STI. 

To answer a popular question about bacterial vaginosis, no, you cannot get it from toilet seats or a swimming pool. Whew.


STDs are sexually transmitted diseases, passed through sexual contact like intercourse, or oral sex. They can spread quickly and can also lead to permanent reproductive damage. 

In many cases, there will be no symptoms at all - 70% of people infected with chlamydia, for example, will not show any obvious signs or symptoms or they may be very mild. 

When there are symptoms of STDs, they will vary depending on the type of disease. Genital herpes can cause severe irritation, while other STDs can include skin rash, bumps or sores, unusual bleeding, swelling or redness on or around the vagina, change in discharge and weight loss.  

If there is a chance of having an STD, it is important to get an examination and a sexual health test. There’s no need to be embarrassed and it’s recommended that any sexually active person has regular sexual health tests! 

Symptoms of Yeast Infections

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.

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. 

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 period 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. 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.

Effective solutions for vaginal itching and yeast infections

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 self-treatment good personal hygiene and avoiding processed sugars and high gluten-foods when possible, is of essence, since yeast feeds on sugar. In addition, favouring variable diet and healthy unsaturated fats is a good start. Poorly breathable menstrual pads, panty liners and synthetic fibrous underwear poach the lower end, and the yeast gets a favorable moist substrate.

  1. Antifungal Medications: Over-the-counter antifungal creams, suppositories, or oral medications can effectively treat yeast infections and alleviate vaginal itching.
  2. Probiotics: Incorporating probiotic-rich foods or supplements can help restore the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina, reducing the risk of yeast overgrowth.
  3. Maintaining Good Hygiene: Practicing proper hygiene, including avoiding scented products and wearing breathable cotton underwear, can help prevent vaginal itching and yeast infections. Try also scientifically tested and patented Lunette Intimate Cleanser and Lunette Intimate Wipes.
  4. Seeking Medical Advice: If experiencing persistent or recurrent vaginal itching or yeast infections, consult with a healthcare professional for personalized diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

86 comments on Yeast Infection and Periods

  • Maha
    MahaMarch 02, 2022

    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

  • Lunette Menstrual Mentor
    Lunette Menstrual MentorOctober 25, 2021

    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. :)
    -Team Lunette

  • Lumka
    Lumka October 25, 2021

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

  • Anita Akpan
    Anita AkpanOctober 12, 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

  • Lunette Menstrual Mentor
    Lunette Menstrual MentorAugust 16, 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

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