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5 Things You Should Know About Sex and Yeast Infections

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author image Sharisa Lewis
Sharisa Lewis is a freelance writer and editor for Work.com and various other websites. She launched the Washington Post's Health Section. Lewis' work experience also includes producing, editing and writing for AOL News, Washingtonpost.com and PBS Online. She has a Master of Public Policy from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.
5 Things You Should Know About Sex and Yeast Infections
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Many women believe that sex is to blame for their yeast infections. However, sex is not the main reason women get yeast infections: women who are not sexually active still get yeast infections. More likely, a yeast infection can be blamed on a weakened immune system. If you are tired or overworked, you may be at higher risk for a yeast infection. A yeast infection may also occur after an illness or antibiotic use. Poor nutrition, diabetes and pregnancy can also raise the risk of recurrent yeast infections.

Many women believe that sex is to blame for their yeast infections. However, sex is not the main reason women get yeast infections: women who are not sexually active still get yeast infections. More likely, a yeast infection can be blamed on a weakened immune system. If you are tired or overworked, you may be at higher risk for a yeast infection. A yeast infection may also occur after an illness or antibiotic use. Poor nutrition, diabetes and pregnancy can also raise the risk of recurrent yeast infections.

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