That depends on the cause of your vaginal infection. Medically speaking, it's OK to have sex when you have a vaginal infection (vaginitis) if the cause isn't a sexually transmitted infection. What's really at stake is your comfort — intercourse might be uncomfortable, even painful, if you have an active vaginal infection.
The most common causes of vaginal infection are:
- Yeast infection (candidiasis)
- Bacterial vaginosis
Yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis aren't sexually transmitted infections. Avoiding intercourse won't help your infection clear any sooner.
However, trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection. To prevent possible reinfection, wait to have intercourse until you and your partner complete treatment and you no longer have symptoms.
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