How Long After Yeast Infection Can I Use A Tampon (And Why)?

Exact Answer: After 1- 2 weeks

The vaginal yeast infection in women at the vagina and the opening tissues present in the vagina known as vulva is affected. These infections are usually responsible due to fungi are known as candida or monilia. The other name of this infection is candidiasis. The fungus called candida is found to be present in our body normally. But it used to be under control due to the body’s immunity power. So, this infection is seen mostly during weakness or feeling sick or even if we are consuming antibiotics continuously. 

Usually, tampons are also used during the menstrual cycle to absorb the body flow. But the insertion of tampons also sometimes affects the vaginal wall and also sometimes it’s found disrupting the vaginal mucosa.

How Long After Yeast Infection Can I Use A Tampon?

While mild infection3 days
While moderate infectionAfter 1-2 weeks

Yeast infection caused mildly probable go away on its own, but this treatment is found very rare in women. So the best idea is to go for a treatment for a yeast infection even if it is mild. It is most probably reported by women that if this fungal infection is not treated properly then it returns. While treatment of yeast the infected area gets some relaxation and the overgrown candida is targeted throughout the treatment. 

During this period of infection, tampons can play both the role of being safe and unsafe during this time. This doesn’t affect or increase the infection. But using tampons affects the vagina walls and the infection is also caused in the vaginal walls. Using tampons during this process is inconvenient because the absorption of the produced yeast in the vagina in the human body may increase the size of the tampon. Already due to the infection caused, we used to get redness, swelling, and itchiness symptoms which are affected more due to the use of tampons.

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As per the reports or research, we found that the mild yeast infection most probably clears up within a few days, that is within 3 days. Sometimes this mild infection doesn’t even require any type of treatment, but it is better if we prefer treatment. If we look towards moderate yeast infection then it takes a longer period than mild infection that is one to two weeks after being under treatment. So the treatment of yeast infection is important and the use of tampons may increase the infected area or the chance of infection more. So it is prohibited for up to 1-2 weeks.

Why Can I Use A Tampon So Long After Yeast Infection?

From the facts and research, we can study that tampons are not directly responsible for causing yeast infections. But during infection, the usage of tampons, however, increases the chance of our discomfort during that phase. The use of tampons in the vagina is associated with the environmental change of the vagina and with the changes happening in vaginal mucous and even with the sore appearance on the vaginal wall which is also known as vaginal ulcerations when used frequently or continuously due to menstruation or infection.

We should keep in mind that, we should avoid using any kind of suppositories with a tampon, as tampons absorb from the vaginal wall. So, it may absorb the medications also and may stop it from working and receiving better results within the expected days of cure. Also with the avoid of using tampons during infection we should also start avoiding using a menstrual cup also. As, if we consider then we could also see that, as in tampons, the suppository used can also damage the menstrual cup’s ingredients and materials. Better, we should prefer to stick with comfortable, and reusable underwear for periods, menstrual discs, or pads while using medication for the treatment of a yeast infection.

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We should keep in mind that, if a woman is pregnant and suffering from a yeast infection then the use of boric acid should be avoided. Boric acids are used to be successful while the treatment of a yeast infection if any other types of traditional antifungal yeast infection medications fail. It is also proved clinically.

Conclusion

If we see in short, we can consider any type of substance that is inserted in the vagina and interacts with the mucous lining present in the vagina and creates a potentiality of the vaginal environment which encourages the ecosystem of the vagina in the human body for overgrowth of the fungus can be hectic.

So the insertion of tampons which doesn’t cause any type of interaction to biological tissues can even become heavy and the swelling, itching, and redness may increase. But, tampons are also the materials used while menstruating for ease and comfort and used by dancers mostly for a relaxed feel. As everything has a safe and unsafe side. Similarly, tampons after being helpful are avoided during infection. 

Reference

  1. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1529-8019.2010.01353.x
  2. https://journals.asm.org/doi/abs/10.1128/jcm.35.9.2408-2409.1997
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