Can a woman get a vaginal yeast infection from using the mikveh? If so, what steps must be taken to prevent this from happening?
We are posting about this issues since we have received this question many times, though the answer is not definitive.
The vaginal area contains a natural system of checks and balances between yeast and good bacteria. When the good bacteria decreases, a fungus called candida can increase and this causes a yeast infection (called Candidiasis). This imbalance and the rise of candida is often due to the use of antibiotics or other medical issues. Generally, yeast infections are not transferred from one person to another, but rather are caused by internal changes in the flora.
However, we have received reports from women that infections are more common when they go to certain mikvaot than others.
So can the mikveh cause an imbalance and therefore lead to a yeast infection? [Read more…]