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 Male Yeast Infection, What You Need to Know

Male yeast infection is much more common than you would think and can cause many different health problems.

Most men will go through life never knowing that they have a male yeast infection because there is a preconceived notion within the medical community that men do not get them. Women will get a vaginal infection and this is the clue that something’s wrong in their body. Whereas men will have absolutely no idea they may have a male yeast infection until it creates other problems with their health.

Usually, men are informed by their significant other that she has a yeast infection, so the chances are he has it too. As a matter of fact, the woman of the house gives it to everyone in the house at some point. Most doctors will prescribe an anti-fungal for the woman's vaginal yeast infection and suggest that the man take it also so he does not give it back to her. Other doctors will tell you that men don't get yeast infections.


Other than getting skin yeast on his penis, men are at significant risk to develop further health problems from yeast. During sex, the male’s urethra is exposed and vulnerable to a urinary tract infection from an infected female. According to Infectious Disease doctors Carol A. Kauffman, John F. Fisher, Jack D. Sobel, and Cheryl A. Newman, in some cases yeast can travel up the urethral canal and settle in the prostate, bladder and kidneys but this is pretty rare.

Men can also get a oral yeast infection from oral sex with infected females. As a matter of fact, experts suggest that up to 50% of adults have yeast in their mouths. If this is the case with you, during oral sex you can give a woman a vaginal yeast infection.

Male Yeast Infection Can Also Infect the Intestines

Many of the causes of male yeast infection are the same for any other yeast infection including sex. Most often the good bacteria to yeast ratio in your digestive system becomes unbalanced, allowing the yeast fungi to thrive and spread to other parts of the body.

The most common cause of yeast infections in adult and youth males are antibiotics, lowered good bacteria levels that are killed by alcohol, sex with infected partners, typically the woman in the house gives it to everyone.

A diet high in wheat products, corn products, and high sugar foods feeds it which allows it to spread. Corn, soy and wheat are also contaminated by Roundup and Roundup kills good bacteria. It takes years for Roundup to have an effect but eventually it will.

In the case of antibiotics we can take a look at Penicillin, discovered in 1928 by Dr. Fleming as he was running an experiment with mold from bread (wheat product). He took some of this mold and added it to his dish of live bacteria. What he noticed was that the mold completely cleared out the bacteria. The fungus killed the bacteria just as it does in your digestive system when you take antibiotics.

Think back now to how many times in your life you went to the doctor for a chest cold, or what ever it may have been, and you were prescribed an antibiotic. You took it, the illness cleared up and you thought everything was ok. What you didn't know is the antibiotic killed your good bacteria. Not all of it, since we have in a normal healthy human digestive system about 70 trillion beneficial bacteria, but you killed some allowing the yeast infection to begin too spread.

Although alcohol has been shown to not affect population levels of candida yeast, as published in the journal Microbiome in 2018, it does effect good bacteria levels in a negative way. Drinking alcohol excessively will lower good bacteria levels, just like antibiotics. Beer also contains the yeast saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast which has been known to infect people.

You eat sugar-laden foods, which feed the infection allowing it to grow. This goes on until the fungus takes a good hold in your digestive system and becomes chronic.

The bottom line is you have let your immune system get worn down by the constant abuse of your body and that is when you begin to experience some of the symptoms.

Common Male Yeast Infection Symptoms

The more common symptoms of male yeast infection are constipation, bad breath, bloating, indigestion, frequent intestinal gas, sexual dysfunction, irritability and mood swings, fatigue or lack of energy, memory loss, jock itch, dry itchy flaky skin, athletes feet, nail fungus, your urinary tract in your penis itches, and occasionally prostate problems.

You may also develop a craving for sweets, pastas, chips, etc because of the sugar they contain. Sugars and simple carbs are yeasts preferred food source and it will demand to be fed. Unknowingly you will more than likely feed it, until you realize you have it and do something about it.

Men and boys most often experience digestive problems and all the related problems as the number one symptom. However, according James M. Steckelberg, M.D. with the  Mayo Clinic, penile skin yeast infections are a big problem especially in uncircumcised males.

Treating the Different Types of Male Yeast Infections

I have devoted an entire page to penis yeast infections or other genital skin infections and how to treat them.

Systemic and intestinal yeast infections are treated in much the same way as all other fungal infections. This webpage will show you how to treat them.

Written by Dan and edited for accuracy by Dr. Taylor

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