Hello VP! Lurked here for ages, just now posting for the first time.
I’ve read over the FAQ and looked through the vulvapedia entries on YIs, but I still have a question or two. I’m twenty-one I just recently became sexually active, only about a month or so ago, and up until that point, I’d never had a yeast infection. The first time I had PIV sex, we used a condom, and after a few days, I noticed itching/irritation and a thick white discharge. I didn’t have access to a doctor at the time, so I immediately came here and looked around for advice and eventually purchased an over the counter YI treatment. It went away pretty quickly and that was that.
Originally, I thought it an inconvenient coincidence that it happened after sex, but I’m getting the same exact symptoms after having sex about a week ago. Is it normal to keep getting YIs from condom use? I read that a particular chemical in condoms can possibly cause them, but I don’t think the brand/type we’re using has that in them. Is it possible that I’m just weirdly sensitive to them for some reason? And if it is the condoms, is there a way to possibly prevent getting YIs from them (a specific cleanup afterward, maybe)? We don’t have access to any other forms of BC until about March, either, since I’m away at college, so it’s either condoms or no sex, which is… well, disappointing.
I know these must seem like silly questions, but I’m pretty new to this whole idea and I’m trying to be responsible and get as much of a grasp on it as I can. It’s just really irritating. I want to enjoy sex and not have to worry about yeast infections. 😐