Periods and Yeast Infections
A yeast infection is generally a result of an overgrowth of candida albicans in the vagina. Candida can also infect the mouth and throat as thrush or the gastrointestinal tract (GI).
Normally having a yeast infection will not stop a menstrual cycle. A period is the result of other factors that cause the uterine lining to thicken and shed. It is possible and not unusual for a woman to have a yeast infection and also have a menstrual cycle simultaneously.
Yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter drugs or with a prescription drug from your doctor.
Causes of Yeast Infections
Yeast infections can be from candida but also from irritation from exposure to artificial fragrances, as in deodorant sprays used in the vagina or deodorant minipads; excessive douching, which upsets the acid mantel of the vagina; or stress.
In some cases, overconsumption of foods made from baker’s yeast, cheese or fermented foods or working in moldy environments, where micromolds exist in carpeting, can contribute to yeast infections.
It is possible to transmit a yeast infection in the vagina to a sexual partner if a condom is not used. Men often do not show obvious symptoms of a yeast infection, and it is possible for a man who has a yeast infection to transfer it to a female partner during sexual intercourse. The woman may develop a vaginal yeast infection. Both people should be treated for the yeast infection to prevent passing it back and forth.