Q: Sometimes when I finger myself I get bacterial infections. Is there a way I can avoid this?
A: Masturbating is perfectly healthy and safe, but there could be two things that are be going on.
1.) If you haven’t washed your hands before masturbating, it is possible that you are introducing bacteria to your vagina when you touch yourself. Plus, if you are using sex toys, it is also really important to keep them clean and wash them between uses because, like people, toys can pass bacteria.
2.) Masturbating can’t cause an infection, but sometimes introducing anything into the vagina can upset something called your PH balance. This might trigger a yeast infection. Yeast infections aren’t STDs and can be caused by a lot of different things including taking antibiotics and wearing synthetic underwear. They are also usually pretty easy to treat.
Your best bet is to see your health care provider and hear what she or he has to say. Though it might seem embarassing, doing so is a good way to figure out what is causing your problem!
Have you had this experience? If so, how did you deal with it?