Is it harmful to have sex if I have a vaginal infection?

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 sexually transmitted. But what it really comes down to is a matter of your comfort — intercourse might be quite uncomfortable or even painful if you have an active vaginal infection.
The most common causes of vaginal infection are:
  • Yeast infection (candidiasis)
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Trichomoniasis
Yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis aren't sexually transmitted. Avoiding intercourse won't help your infection clear any sooner. However, trichomoniasis is usually sexually transmitted. In that case, it's a good idea to avoid intercourse until you and your partner have completed treatment and your symptoms have cleared to minimize your risk of reinfection.

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Anika Devi received her Bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University in 2012. She began freelancing for Business Solutions BD in 2010 and joined the team as a staff writer three years later. She currently serves as the assistant editor.
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