Is it possible for men to contract a fungal infection from their female partners?

Untreated fungal infections can result in recurring infections. To gain further insight, consider reading the article.

Can Men Get Fungal Infection From A Female Partner?
Can Men Get Fungal Infection From A Female Partner?

Vaginal fungal infections are prevalent among women and often recur, causing itching and irritation. These infections occur due to an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a type of fungus typically found in smaller amounts in the vagina. Certain factors can contribute to its overgrowth, leading to infection.

Can Men Get Fungal Infection From A Female Partner


A common concern among men is whether they can also become infected when engaging in sexual intercourse with a female partner who has a fungal infection.

Dr. Theertha Shetty, Consultant at Shetty’s Endoscopic Surgical Centre and Kokan Nursing Home Clinical Associate, Masrani Hospital for Women, addressed this question in an Instagram reel. She confirmed that yes, a man can indeed contract a fungal infection through intercourse with a female partner who has a fungal infection.

How can a man contract an infection from his female partner

Dr. Shetty explained that if a man engages in unprotected intercourse with a female partner who has a fungal infection, he is at risk of contracting the infection. Although it is uncommon for men to acquire fungal infections from female partners, it can occur in rare cases.



Symptoms of fungal infection in men may include itching, burning, and irritation around the head of the penis and under the foreskin, white discharge, and red spots. In some cases, the infection in men can be asymptomatic. Dr. Shetty advises, “If your partner has an infection, it’s advisable to see a doctor, undergo examination, and receive treatment if necessary.”

Dr. Shetty further explains, “The infection in men may not be as severe as in women, as the vagina continuously produces discharge, maintaining moisture, which can trigger fungal infection due to changes in pH.” He adds, “However, if left untreated, this infection can lead to recurrent infections for both you and your partner.”

Measures To Prevent Fungal Infection

Dr. Shetty outlined preventive measures to avoid infection for both you and your partner:

Measures To Prevent Fungal Infection

1. Maintain good intimate hygiene by keeping the genital area dry.
2. Opt for loose clothing and comfortable cotton underwear, preferably boxers.
3. Avoid using skin products or soaps that may cause irritation in the genital area; instead, use plain water for cleaning.
4. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, ensure to have your blood sugars checked and keep them under control.
5. Emphasize the importance of good intimate hygiene, reiterating the need to keep the genital area dry.


Fungal infections may not always be serious initially, but if left untreated, they can recur and potentially infect both partners. It’s advisable for both you and your partner to seek medical attention if either of you experiences any symptoms. During treatment, it’s important to avoid unprotected intercourse. By following these simple measures, you can maintain your intimate health.