Hi! I always get vaginal thrush after oral sex. Do you have
anything to prevent it? Thanks!
Many thanks for your email.
This is an interesting question, and we think many will be surprised to hear that yes, oral sex can bring on an unpleasant bout of thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection caused by a tiny micro-organism and is transmittable, i.e can be passed from one person to another.
Thrush likes warm, moist places and therefore grows quite happily in the vagina, under the foreskin of an uncircumcised penis, and also in the mouth and throat.
If thrush has been passed on during oral sex (mouth and tongue licking and kissing the genitals of a partner), it may indicate that the giver has oral thrush. This can be a sign on an underlying medical condition and recommend that both partners get tested and treated to avoid reinfecting each other. Also, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene to prevent further infections, and make sure any vaginal yeast infections are treated early. It can also just be that saliva upsets the balance of the vagina and can lead to issues.
Another thing to consider is lubricant. Do you usually use a lube which contains glycerine? If so, we recommend switching to a glycerine-free lubricant.
Flavoured lubes are great fun for oral sex, but they often contain glycerine to help create a sweet-tasting fluid which isn’t great for the vaginal PH.
Sliquid Natural Swirl flavoured lubes are vegan and glycerine-free, making an excellent choice for tasty fun.
Probe Lube is flavour-free, if you’re not keen on having a banana-flavoured muff. This PH-neutral lube contains grapefruit-seed extract which helps counteract thrush. Something to bear in mind too!
A personal tip from a member of Team Sh! is to rinse the outside of the vagina with salty water if you begin to feel a little itchy. Lukewarm water with a pinch or two of table salt in it often does the trick. 🙂
We recommend using condoms when performing oral sex on a male partner or dental dams when performing oral sex on a female partner.
Or if analingus/rimming is on the cards, whatever the gender of the partner. This will also help prevent other STD’s that can be transmitted through oral sex, like chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes.
We hope this helps! If you have any other questions send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like advice from Psychosexual Therapist Sarah Berry include the subject line ‘Ask Sarah’
Best Wishes, Team Sh! xx
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