Yeast infections during menstruation can be messy and uncomfortable. With embarrassing symptoms such as itching, burning and rash, yeast infections can also create an uncomfortable discharge. This discharge can add to the discomfort of regular menstrual bleeding. If you have a yeast infection, you may be wondering if you can use yeast infection treatments during menstruation. The good news is that your period should not interfere with treating a yeast infection. What are some ways to treat a yeast infection during menstruation?
Things You'll Need
- Over-the-counter vaginal anti-fungal cream or suppositories
- Cold compress
Visit with your gynecologist. Once your doctor exams you and determines if you have a yeast infection, she will recommend treatment and can advise you on treating a yeast infection during menstruation.
Ask your doctor about using an over-the-counter topical yeast infection treatment. While oral medications are available (through prescription only), topical anti-fungal treatments can provide faster relief from symptoms such as itching.
Apply cold to relieve the outer vaginal area. The Mayo Clinic's online topic, “Lifestyle and home remedies,” suggests using cold compresses or washcloths to ease discomfort while waiting for the yeast infection treatment to work. This method is especially good for relieving burning after urination.
Do not use tampons during yeast infection treatment. McNeil-PPC Inc., manufacturer of Monistat products, advises using sanitary pads with yeast infection products as tampons can absorb the medication.
Tips & Warnings
- If you suspect you may have a yeast infection, consult your physician to rule out any other infection or gynecological problem.