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Is sex the only way to get a yeast infection?

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No, not at all. Yeast infections are caused by a yeast imbalance, and commonly show themselves in the form of thrush or candida.

Yeast infections can be caused by the following things:

  • Pregnancy
  • Antibiotics
  • Diabetes
  • HIV
  • Diet
  • Hormone replacement therapy
They can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse, but this is actually one of the least-common ways of getting a yeast infection.

What Next?
If you're not entirely sure that you've got a yeast infection, speak to your doctor. However, if you've had past experience of a yeast infection, you can buy medication over the counter in most pharmacies and drugstores.
It's best to speak to your doctor if you're unsure, as there could be something else causing your symptoms.
Naturally, you want the symptoms to go away as quickly as possible, so treating the cause effectively is only sensible. You don't want to waste time treating a yeast infection when the problem could lie elsewhere!

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