6:58 pm - 12/04/2010

Yeast Infection Won't Go Away

Hello everyone,

Been a lurker for a couple of years, and have learned a lot from this community. Unfortunately, I now have a problem that I'm not even sure how to solve by solely reading the posts, so I'm asking for advice since you all are so knowledgeable and helpful.

A bit of background (you can skip this if you want):

I was on Nuvaring for a couple of years, and this past June, I got my first yeast infection (hooray...). I went to my doctor right away, and she prescribed Diflucan (one time pill). I took it and it mostly worked, but it came back. A couple more recurring instances, plus a try with Monistat 3, caused me to go back to my doctor again. She then prescribed a combo of Diflucan as well as Terconazole (cream). A couple months later, it was still coming back (with only a couple days of respite in between recurrences) even with me choking down acidophilus pills, unsweetened cranberry juice/pills, and plain yogurt, and getting off of my birth control.

My doctor then prescribed me with a stronger cream and recommended probiotic pills as well. As you may have guessed, it did not work. I even avoided sugar as much as I could (no soda, candy, juice, etc.) and I have also tried the garlic suppositories. A week ago, I tried Gentian Violet (after reading that amazing post of someone's experience here). It seemingly worked after 3-4 doses, except I bled yesterday (not sure if it was too much for my vagina?), but now it's back in full fury again. I'm trying again with the Gentian Violet, but I'm at my wit's end after 6 months of fighting this darn thing.

Also, my first yeast infection happened maybe a month after moving out of my family's house into an apartment with my boyfriend (I haven't been having sex since this has started of course). My diet has changed (probably less healthy, but it's not like I just eat sugar all day) and my bathroom's ventilation is near non-existent, though I make sure not try dry my bits with the towel just in case, and just air dry instead. I wash my underwear in super hot water and I pretty much use a unscented liner now because of all the discharge, so I'm fairly certain it's not a reaction to the detergent (not that I ever used a specific brand consistently before my YI so I don't think that's it). Also, not sure if this is gross, but I do check to see how my infection is doing every once in a while with my finger (after washing my hands of course).

Finally, the question...

Anyway, has this happened to anyone else, where just nothing works to get rid of your yeast infection for good? Do I just have to suck this up and resign myself to a YI forever? I'm not sure what else I can do. I'm getting sick of taking the pills and sticking things up my vagina and hoping for it to go away. (And to be honest, finally living with my boyfriend after 2.5 years of a long distance relationship with him, and only being able to kiss!)

Also, do taking all these treatments cause a premature period? I got one after only a two week break, and then I had the bleeding yesterday when I just had my period a week ago, which freaked me out.

Sorry for the essay, but I'm just super frustrated and feel like I've tried almost everything! I haven't tried the tea tree oil or boric acid because I feel like the Gentian Violet is pretty similar...or am I completely wrong? I guess I should try but I'm so over this!

Thank you in advance! Sorry for the rambling...
girlonthewing6 5th-Dec-2010 03:25 am (UTC)
I thought I was prone to YIs so I kept on getting treated for them, but I was wrong... It ended up being BV and NOT a yeast infection. No yeast infection remedies took the pain or discharge away, but Flagyl did the trick.
meleslinda 5th-Dec-2010 05:14 am (UTC)
My doctor has taken a sample twice and it's definitely a yeast infection according to her. Thanks though! If this continues, I'll ask her to make sure.
girlonthewing6 5th-Dec-2010 05:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, my doctors never really sampled it. I described my symptoms and they wrote it off as YI every time until I told my doctor the YI meds weren't doing anything.

That, or they blamed it on Nuvaring.
meleslinda 5th-Dec-2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Ugh, this is the worst thing ever! Good luck!
archangelbeth 5th-Dec-2010 05:25 am (UTC)
*points down at her post* As I noted in the other post, if your vaginal environment isn't acid enough, the yeast will spring back much more readily. You may need to re-acidify with vinegar or boric acid.

Luck to you, too!
atalanta0jess 5th-Dec-2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Gentian violet didn't work for me, but Boric acid did. So yeah, it's worth a shot.
atalanta0jess 5th-Dec-2010 04:11 am (UTC)
Oh, and you didn't mention specifically if you're still on the nuvaring or not, but that might be something to experiment with.
meleslinda 5th-Dec-2010 05:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've been off for a few months now.

You've given me a sliver of hope! I definitely will try it. I just got kinda lazy/frustrated after I went through all the easier remedies...

archangelbeth 6th-Dec-2010 04:07 am (UTC)
I saw a LJ-notification that I'm blindly not being able to see as a post -- I'd try vinegar now and order non-insecticide boric acid from online, if you can't dig it up at a pharmacy. Luck!
archangelbeth 5th-Dec-2010 05:24 am (UTC)
I'd get a blood test to make sure that you are not pre-diabetic -- yeast issues can indicate a diabetic condition.

I would then consider using boric acid to re-acidify your vaginal environment. That will make it more hostile to the yeast. Vinegar solution douches are also a potential help -- according to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2567125/ , "Three vinegar-containing douches selectively inhibited vaginal pathogens associated with bacterial vaginosis, group B streptococcal vaginitis, and candidiasis, but not lactobacilli, suggesting to the investigators that vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) douches may be less harmful or may be beneficial."

Keep up with the probiotics, and consider, in addition to plain acidophilus, the brand-name Pro-B stuff, which also contains useful vaginal lactobacilla bacteria.

Gentian Violet is an antifungal, not an acidifier. (Garlic is another anti-fungal vaginal insert you may wish to try. It will give you garlic breath, probably!) It's possible that you're killing the yeast all right -- but having a very small amount of yeast there is normal, and if the environment is not acid enough to keep it in check once you've killed it back to a reasonable level, the yeast will just bounce right back.

If you try Monistat again, get a 7-day treatment -- you clearly have a very enthusiastic strain. You may also wish to go to the doctor and ask to have your yeast cultured to make sure it is the normal vaginal strain and not an unusual strain that might be less responsive to the usual medical ways to get rid of it.

The stress may be giving you anovulatory cycles. I had some of those for no reason, all in a row, and was bleeding about every 2 weeks, for about 2 months. Sucked. Then it went away. (Just before I'd have gone to the doctor.)

I hope that's useful to you!
meleslinda 5th-Dec-2010 05:58 am (UTC)
Thanks; I did have her test for diabetes the second time I came in and it was confirmed that I did not have it (though I must admit, I was kinda disappointed because at least I would have gotten an answer!).

The info about the antifungal vs acidifier will hopefully be the key to defeating this; looks like I've focused too much on the antifungal as I have only tried garlic and Gentian Violet home remedies.

Thanks for all the info; you have been very helpful.
whiterabit 5th-Dec-2010 08:45 am (UTC)
I just want to comment saying that apple cider vinegar always solved my problems with yeast. it seemed like a miracle to me!! best of luck hope you get relief soon!
chipie 7th-Dec-2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
I've been having the same problem as the OP and this comment is very helpful.

I was wondering if you knew if boric acid is harmful when you don't have a yeast (or don't know for sure)? I have one right now that I'm treating with acidophilus capsules. I thought I would do that until I get rid of it, and then follow that by boric acid (but probably not right after because of travel plans: maybe a few weeks later). Would that screw up the flora balance more?
archangelbeth 8th-Dec-2010 12:36 am (UTC)
I suspect it is possible to over-acidify the vagina, but from the anecdotal effectiveness of home remedies such as vinegar and boric acid... it is probably harder to go over-acid than to go not-acid-enough. You might want to do a search on the proper vaginal pH, then get some pH testing strips, maybe? Then, if you have a good pH, you might skip the boric acid entirely.

I'm sorry I'm not more helpful there!
jmnstars 5th-Dec-2010 07:09 am (UTC)
I agree with using a vinegar douche to re-acidify your vagina. Also, since you have been taking an antibiotics, your body might need a little help re-charging the balance of good and bad bacteria. A couple of years ago, I had the sinus infection from hell that lasted about a year. I'm not sure what caused it, but I found that I was allergic to the medications that were prescribed. I also got a nasty yeast infection from the sinus infection as well as all the different medications I tried throughout the year. I was at my wits end when a neighbor of my parents told me about oil of oregano. In the description in the link, oil of oregano is listed as "...a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation and effectively fight off infections." Since Candida is an fungus, oil of oregano will get rid of it but w/o killing the good bacteria in your system like antibiotics will. I took two drops in a gelatin capsule twice a day and my yeast infection AND my sinus infection was GONE in two weeks.

I also took some the last time I had the flu with horrible diarrhea and the NEXT day, I was fine. Ah the wonders of oil of oregano! :)
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