Myth #1: Yeast infections only occur in the vagina
Yeast infections do not only happen in the vagina. According to experts, yeast thrives in various parts of the body, especially in warm and moist areas.
As such, yeast infections can grow in the mouth (oral thrush), under the breast, in the nipples (nipple thrush), in the folds between the legs, and even in your feet when they’re often sweaty.
To prevent yeast infections, it’s essential to keep the body clean and dry. Avoid tight-fitting undergarments, and change out of your sweaty clothes after working out.
Myth #2: A vaginal yeast infection is a form of STD
You can spread yeast infections through sexual intercourse, but they are not a form of sexually-transmitted disease.
A vaginal yeast infection occurs when there’s an overgrowth of the naturally-occurring yeast in the vagina. The overgrowth happens due to a variety of reasons, such as:
- A weakened immune system
- Some medications, such as antibiotics
- Regular hormonal changes such as menstrual cycle
- Tight-fitting underwear
- Leaving tampons in for too long
Patients diagnosed with vaginal yeast infection are advised to refrain from engaging in sex since they can transmit the disease to their partner. Besides, sexual intercourse can worsen its symptoms.
Myth #3: Only women get yeast infections
Another of the most common myths about yeast infections is that they only affect women.
The fact is, yeast infections are common among women, but men can get it, too, especially when they are uncircumcised. Some of the causes of yeast infections in women also apply to men, such as tight-fitting undergarments, compromised immunity, antibiotic medications, and poor hygiene. Moisture also increases the risk of having a yeast infection which can cause jock itch.