I was recently treated for a yeast infection that I think I had for about a month. Ever since I received treatment I have lost sexual interest, which was never a problem for me before. I don’t think I’m asexual, but I don’t know what is happening. How can I get the feeling of sexual attraction back?

female gender symbolSorry that you are experiencing these feelings. We can’t think of any relationship to your recent treatment for a yeast infection unless you felt a lot of stress with the exam or worried that it could be something else or feel at risk of COVID 19.

A vaginal yeast (candidiasis) infection is common among women (of all ages) and happens when there is an overgrowth of fungus called candida aka yeast. It’s normal to have yeast growing in our vaginas, mouths, and digestive track, but you run into trouble when there is too much growth causing an infection. If you notice itching or (odorless) vaginal discharge that is usually thick, white, and looks similar to cottage cheese, you should make an appointment with your health care provider (HCP) sooner rather than later. Other signs or symptoms you may notice could be redness, burning, or irritation in your vagina. Symptoms usually appear either before or after your period. Once you visit your HCP, they will use a cotton swab to take a sample of your vaginal discharge. Once the sample is taken, your HCP can determine whether or not there is a yeast overgrowth. If you do have a yeast infection, your doctor will prescribe either a pill (that you swallow), a vaginal cream, or a vaginal suppository (a partially solid material that you insert into your vagina, where it dissolves and releases medicine). Your HCP will work with you to determine which type of treatment is best for you!

Both men and women experience libido (sexual drive or attraction) and it’s normal for your libido to fluctuate throughout life. However, if you’ve been experiencing decreased libido for a while now, it’s important that you speak with your health care provider (HCP).  The decrease in libido is not caused by a yeast infection, but there are many others things that might be a factor. Libido is impacted by stress, hormone imbalances, certain medications, fatigue, sexual problems, or surgery. If you’ve noticed a decrease in your libido, have a conversation with your health care provider (HCP). They may be able to help uncover somethings that may be contributing to your feelings.