By Gabrielle Kassel, May 2019

If the possible discomfort and risk of passing the infection to your partner aren’t enough to convince you to press pause on your sexcapades, consider this: “Sex with a yeast infection could slow the healing process,” says Dr. Gaither. “The vaginal walls are already irritated, and the friction of penetrative intercourse can cause small micro abrasions making the inflammation and symptoms worse.” What’s more, these tears can lead to an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, she says. Ugh.

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