10 Top Causes of Yeast Infections That Guys Need to Know About
There’s a dreaded phrase that can bring any man to his knees in terror. It is the subject of drunken scary stories, and anyone who has encountered the issue in real life knows not to underestimate it. We’re talking about yeast infections. They are as mysterious as they are frightening. Are they dangerous? What causes them? Are guys doing things to make them worse? It’s normal to have these questions. More importantly, you’re going to have them answered. Today, you’re going to learn all about yeast infections. Brace yourself. It’s not the most pleasant topic, but knowledge is the power you need to avoid true terror.
What Is a Yeast Infection?
You’re worried about yeast infections when you don’t really know what they are? Everyone says that ignorance is bliss, but sometimes it’s scary. Yeast infections sound horrible on the surface. Typically, they’re more of a nuisance than something that is genuinely harmful or dangerous.
To be specific, a yeast infection is a fungal infection that occurs when Candida albicans (the fungus commonly called yeast) gets out of control. The medical term for this situation is candidiasis, and roughly 75 percent of all women will experience this condition at least once in their lifetime.
Symptoms include itching, burning, redness, discharge, and even painful urination and sex. As long as the infection receives treatment, these symptoms are usually the worst of what anyone will experience.
Before we get into the common causes of yeast infections, we need to explain something important. These infections are not in the explicit domain of the old ax wound. They can happen in the GI tract, mouth, and any skin that isn’t dry. This means that men can also get yeast infections. In fact, we should spend a little time on that.
Male Yeast Infections
Since yeast infections aren’t contained to vaginas, any man can potentially get such an infection. When we talk about causes in a minute, they pretty much all apply to you. For guys, the most common locations for infection are the mouth and the tip of the penis. That second one is a much bigger issue for the uncircumcised.
The good news is that yeast infections aren’t typically contagious. They tend to occur when your body stops regulating microbes properly in the area that gets infected. If you come into contact with someone else while you have a raging infection, their body can usually handle the yeast just fine. That said, yeast infections often include unpleasant discharge. This stuff can get gross.
With all of that said. The real focus today is not ways to avoid spreading your infection to someone else. Instead, we’re looking at what makes them happen in an otherwise healthy person. Let’s get started tackling those causes.
This is more common than people realize. Healthy bacteria actually keep the yeast in check. Antibiotics remove that friendly competition in yeasty areas. Given free rein, the yeast grows fast and develops into the infections that we all know and love.
Here’s the thing. You aren’t going to give a yeast infection to someone else by taking antibiotics. Instead, the lady in question will be at a higher risk if she needs to take antibiotics for any reason. It’s something to keep in mind.
You also need to remember that taking antibiotics increases your own risk of a yeast infection. If you have a foreskin, put some extra care into washing it while you’re running your antibiotic treatment. Also, brush your teeth a little extra. That should be enough to avoid the worst of it and get you back to healthy without new complications.
We’re not quite getting into the thick of it all. Asthma inhalers can definitely contribute to yeast infections, but they’re not a big threat to the vaginal regions. Instead, the steroids in the inhaler can actually help yeast grow in your mouth. It’s really gross if you think about it, so don’t dwell on it too much.
The lesson here is that inhalers, like any medication, come with potential side-effects. You need to plan around those side-effects to stay healthy. Also, if your inhaler does cause a vaginal yeast infection with your lady, you need to rethink some of your bedroom experiments. We always try to reserve judgment, but that’s pretty weird.
Now we’re getting into the meat and potatoes of the issue. There are a lot of issues that can help yeast grow, and a common one is douching. There’s this widespread idea that a douching session keeps a woman’s lower parts extra clean and healthy. That’s the exact opposite of the truth. Female sex organs are pretty self-sufficient. As long as you aren’t actively exposing them to harmful substances or weaponized microbes, you don’t have to do anything special to keep them clean.
On the flip side, douching frequently messes with the natural pH down there. That affects the microbiome, and it can lead to yeast infections. It can lead to a handful of other skin infections too. Douching is bad. Don’t ever be part of that problem. You may not be able to tell a woman not to do it, but you certainly shouldn’t be on the other side of that conversation.
Among all of these causes of yeast infections, hormones are really at the top of the list. A lot of things can affect hormone regulation. Once the body is out of balance, side-effects abound, and things can get pretty weird.
When it comes to yeast infections, the hormones impact the regulation of the skin and mucus (again, try not to think too hard about some of these visuals; we’re skipping the pictures on purpose). Irregular hormone cocktails can mess up natural pH. They can affect the microbiome in plenty of other ways too. We’ll save you the science lesson and leave it at that.
If a lady has frequent issues with yeast, hormones are something to look into. Thyroid issues and menopause would be the top contenders for why the yeast is appearing, and both merit medical intervention.
That Time of the Month
If hormones can cause yeast infections, then, of course, a woman’s menstrual cycle can be a problem. This is one of those moments where you can really appreciate being a guy. The menstrual cycle seems like nothing more than a nuisance and pain for women.
While it’s making women’s lives difficult in a number of ways, the hormonal shift that often occurs right before the cycle begins is known to increase the likelihood of developing a yeast infection. That’s an extra sprinkle of fun on top!
So, there’s not much you can do about this as a guy. Your only real option is to prepare mentally and understand why it happens. It doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with the lady. She’s just going through a tough moment.
While we’re still on hormones, we can talk about the big one. Does anything mess with hormone regulation more than growing a baby? We don’t think so either. Women who are preggers are considerably more likely to deal with yeast infections — as if they didn’t have enough going on.
Once again, there’s not a lot you can do about this one as a guy. Just know that the risk exists. And, if it’s your kid causing the problem, maybe you should offer to go pick up some helpful products at the store. It’s just a thought.
Technically, we’re still on hormones, but stress is a huge issue in and of itself. We already know that it can mess with sleep cycles, blood flow and even lead to heart problems. Stress is the great enemy of the modern world, and now we can add yeast infections to the long list of ways it brings harm.
If a woman is already dealing with something (like, say her menstrual cycle), you piling stress into the equation is a bad idea. It’s very likely going to lead to yeast infections (along with plenty of other fallout). You don’t want to be part of the problem.
Now, none of this is trying to blame guys for all stress. You just need to understand how you fit into the equation. Being a source of stress can cause a woman to have a yeast infection. That’s no fun for anyone, especially if she’s one of those special lady friends.
Lack of Sleep
Disrupting your partner’s sleep cycle is one of the great pleasures in life. We all know it. Sometimes, being a gentleman and letting her catch a few z’s is more important. Sleep disruption is bad for anyone, and in a lot of ways. When it comes to yeast, sleep deprivation can mess with hormone regulation (that old story again) and weaken the immune system. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a weaker immune system can result in more infections.
So, consider working a little more sleep into you and your partner’s schedule if yeast is an issue. Scratch that. Consider more sleep regardless. None of us really get enough these days.
Hey, look. It’s the front half of “diet and exercise” again. Who could have seen this coming? As much as you might want to dismiss it as a cliche, there’s a reason that diet is connected to every single health problem ever. It matters. A lot.
A poor diet puts a strain on the body. That can lead to a yeast buildup. On top of that, people react differently to some foods. There are cases where a certain food can cause a person to have much oiler skin. That can definitely help the yeast grow. Pay attention to your lady. Help her maintain a good, healthy diet. Maybe make her a salad every once in a while.
But, before you get carried away. Talking a first date into a nice, full salad at dinner will not guarantee that she’s ready to go later in the night. You sure are optimistic, but that’s not how this works.
So far, all of these complications have been things that apply to an otherwise healthy person. Unfortunately, plenty of us have to deal with health issues. When it comes to yeast infections, diabetes is one of the worst. It’s a serious condition that has all kinds of side-effects, so this one isn’t entirely surprising. The good news is that properly managed diabetes does not tend to cause yeast infections. That’s always nice.
Of course, anything that compromised the immune system will also increase the risk of a yeast infection. It’s your immune system that keeps you from having infections all of the time. Naturally, weakened immune systems are a struggle. In either of these cases, you need to make sure doctors are involved.
Keep It Clean!
Ultimately, the best defense against yeast infections is proper hygiene. Telling women how to take care of their bodies is a little outside the scope of this blog, so we’ll focus on the guys for a minute. These are the simple steps you can take to keep your own junk clean and reduce the risk of a yeast infection down there.
Ok. Trimming pubic hair doesn’t directly impact yeast infections. It’s a little more complicated than that. Instead, getting the crotch hair under control does a few things that can help you battle yeast. The first is that it reduces moisture trapping. You’ll still sweat. You’ll still stink. But, your sweat and other body secretions won’t get trapped under your natural fur lining. That reduced moisture makes it harder for yeast to grow, thus preventing an infection.
The other advantage to employing a little manscaping with your Lawn Mower 2.0 is that it gets the hair out of the way for treatment. When you wash, your antimicrobial soap gets better direct contact with the skin. You flush things more consistently, and you basically score more kills in the endless battle to keep your flesh clean. To put it as simply as possible, trimming the pubes makes it easier to do the things that prevent yeast buildup.
As an adult, you should understand why you need to wash your junk. Despite the obvious nature of this topic, a lot of guys need a little extra push to stay properly clean on a daily basis. Some of you think a quick rinse in a few short showers every week is sufficient. Some of you are disgusting.
In reality, you need to wash with a good soap (we like Crop Cleanser), and you need to scrub. This does not mean you should grab some steel wool and peel off the outer layer of flesh. Instead, it means you want to scrub thoroughly (but not vigorously) with a gentle agitator. Loofahs are made for this exact purpose. And, they’re cheap. Consider investing.
When you trim and wash properly, on a daily basis (for the washing, not the trimming), you keep the yeast at bay. These other causes of infection can make things tougher, but general hygiene will win out more often than not (mostly because guys have it easier than girls on this one).
Aside from grooming and cleaning, there’s a third piece of the puzzle that can do you a lot of good. You can employ skincare products that help you maintain healthy moisture levels and the right pH. There are two made by Manscaped: Crop Preserver and Crop Reviver. The former is a deodorant made for your lower body. It smells great, and it has a formula that helps your skin maintain its pH and a healthy demeanor. This is good for fighting yeast.
The latter is a gentle spray that is used to soothe the skin after a harsh grooming session. It also has restorative agents in its formula that keeps your skin healthy and doing its job to naturally fight infections. Using the two together will keep you at your best.
You can find most of the products we just mentioned in The Perfect Package 2.0. It’s designed to give you everything you need to groom yourself and stay on top of your game. When you incorporate manscaping into your daily routine, you’ll find that your hygiene habits improve. That doesn’t just prevent yeast infections. It helps you live a healthier, sexier lifestyle. If you think you’re ready, you can learn a lot more about this lifestyle at Manscaped.com. We’ve compiled all of the tools and knowledge you need in one, convenient location.