Q&A: Sex Toys Cause Yeast Infections?

“Hi, is it possible for a toy to cause a yeast infection?”

If you are a woman and have never had a yeast infection, consider yourself lucky.  Most women will experience a yeast infection at least once in her life, and some unfortunate women are prone to them. 😦

The vagina is generally acidic enough to prevent the overgrowth of Candida or yeast.  Once that yeast starts overproducing, the itching, burning, and discharge begin.  There are several things that can interrupt the normal PH in the vagina, causing yeast infections, including antibiotics, alcohol, sugary foods, douches, feminine deodorant spray, frequent sex, perfumed tampons, wiping improperly after a bowel movement, and wearing tight, damp clothing.  Oh, and yes, your sex toys can cause yeast infections as well.

Porous toys that are made out of plastic, jelly, or latex, are very hard to keep clean.  Always read the packaging materials that come with your toys.  They should explain how to sanitize them properly.  It is extremely important that you not only clean your toys after each use, but that you also completely dry them before putting them up.  This will prevent bacteria from growing on them.  As an added precaution, it helps to put a condom over toys used for insertion (especially porous ones).  Then throw the condom away after each use and wash and dry the toy afterward.

Take a few minutes to read this article on the causes of yeast infections.  It’s very informative and seems to cover a lot of ground.  Also know that although you don’t hear about it very often, men do get yeast infections too. It is very possible for a wife to give her yeast infection to her husband and not know it because most of the time the man has no visible symptoms.  Then after the wife gets treated and cured… they have sex again and guess what?  Yes, the wife can become reinfected from her husband.

Make it a point to keep your toys properly sanitized after each and every use, and hopefully you won’t have to deal with recurring yeast infections caused by tainted toys.

Weekly poll #23: If you were to walk into an adult novelty boutique, more than likely you would be looking for….

Monday’s Mission #77

Your mission this week is to think about a way to bring some sexy into the upcoming holidays. Feel free to use the comment section for discussion and inspiration. You could use “The 12 Days of Christmas” as a theme. You could think about a sexy gift idea such as a sex toy or new lingerie. You could plan a romantic getaway. The ideas are endless. Have fun thinking of ways to show your husband how much you desire him and think of some ways to be intentional about romance and intimacy, especially given how easy it is to become overwhelmed with the busyness of the season.

Position #93: Mount Up

This position is very similar to Position #43:  The Tie-Me-Up Tango, except the roles are reversed!

The husband will need to lie down and get into position, just like the picture above, except he can relax his hands/arms.  This will elevate him for his wife to ride!  She can then mount up and go to town as she wishes!  She can face forward, backwards, be on her knees or on her flat feet.  The husband can either lay flat or he can raise himself up on his elbows and watch his beautiful wife bumping and grinding!

Pros: Ladies, you are in control for this one!  And with your husband elevated just a little, it’s sure to be an interesting ride!

Cons: The husband will need to be limber for this one!

Sensitive Skin

Oh man have I had a rough week! I thought I had a yeast infection. I get maybe one every two years. The first day of discomfort was kind of strange. I kept wondering if I was getting an infection. The second day the itching was worse, but everything looked normal (no weird discharge or anything). After the third day of really bad itching, I broke down and took my oral RX that I had left over from last year. I remembered that it could take a couple of days to work, but after a couple of days I was no better. So I took another one and waited. Then when I got into the shower one night I had a startling realization…

Let me start by saying that I have extremely sensitive skin. I have eczema and have to use special soap that costs nearly $6 per bar. I also cannot use any type of bath oils, bath beads, bubble bath, etc., because if I do I will get a UTI, guaranteed. I’ve learned over the years what I can and can’t use, and I usually stick with the things that I know are okay for me.

Well, the grocery store was out of my regular Skintimates shave gel last weekend, so I picked up some Gillette Satin Care. I didn’t really think anything about it. It was a vanilla scented kind and I love vanilla. I used it twice to shave down there. It wasn’t until I was about to use it a third time, that my eyes were suddenly opened…I WAS ALLERGIC TO THE NEW SHAVE GEL! Why did I not realize that before? So I just washed myself with my nice expensive soap, and I rinsed off real good with hot water. I did this again a few times over the next two days, and then my symptoms went away.

So I wasted a perfectly good prescription all because I was allergic to the shave gel. 😡 I really should have known better. It’s very frustrating to be so ultra sensitive to so many different things. I even have to use special laundry detergent (dye free, fragrance free, etc.). My mother is the same way, and I’m already seeing the same issues in my children.

I guess this was mainly written as a vent. I assume there are other women out there who have skin issues like I do, but my girlfriends don’t seem to battle with these issues. I thought that maybe some of you out there may be able to relate to this though…

Weekly poll #22: What are your thoughts on sex toy parties?

Monday’s Mission #76

Your mission this week is to pop an Altoid in your mouth and give your husband oral. This is something that was discussed at length over on The Marriage Bed forum (link is in our blogroll) when I first found the website and everyone seemed to love it. Take some time to blow air on his penis which should have a cooling sensation and then take him in your mouth again.

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