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How did I get a yeast infection? Was is sex?

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I have been single since 2011 and haven't had sex since than, i recently had sex and i started a yeast infection. About three weeks ago i got my pep smear done and everything came out good. My question was how and why did i get a yeast infection? Or is it possible to get an yeast infection if you haven't had sex in a long while, knowing your now partner id clean as well?
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replied May 28th, 2013
Vaginal and Uterus Health Answer A43575
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Alterations in vaginal pH can make you susceptible for vaginal infections, and if you have had sexual activity, it is possible that your sexual contact introduced infective agent. You should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for examination and go ahead with getting thorough evaluation to look for the underlying cause for your symptoms and vaginal swab/smear test done (to confirm/rule out infective causes), etc. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and evaluation results) would be started to help you control the symptoms. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. Avoid vaginal douching, use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid use of tight fitting clothes. Avoid sweat accumulation in the area and keep the area clean and dry. If infective cause is detected, it is important to get your partner also treated simultaneously (men can remain asymptomatic) to prevent chances of re-infection, and avoid having intercourse while being on treatment.
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