Yeast infection gender differences

Yeast Infection and Gender: What Are the Differences?

Even though yeast infections are thought to be something that only women suffer from, men are just as capable of developing a yeast infection. The causes for this condition are the same for both genders—it could be a result of your diet containing too much sugar and carbohydrates, you could be wearing clothes that irritate your groin, it could be caused by a round of antibiotics, or it could simply be the result of bad hygiene. However, even though the cause for yeast infection is not gender-specific, the symptoms will present themselves very differently for men and women. 

Women suffering from a yeast infection will typically experience vaginal itching and irritation, as well as white discharge with an unusual smell. Treatment for a yeast infection in women will generally include cream and suppository medications to both treat the symptoms while also clearing up the infection. The most common active ingredients in medications for yeast infections are fluconazole and miconazole. 

When men develop a yeast infection in their groin, it will usually begin with the itching and irritation that resembles jock itch. However, it will progress to include symptoms such as impotence, swollen scrotum, loss of sex drive, painful intercourse, penile discharge, and difficulty urinating. When treating a male yeast infection, it is best to first remove hair in the genital area to prevent the infection from getting any worse, and then to apply topical antifungal medications.  

Last Updated: June 30, 2016

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