10:07 pm - 01/30/2014

Beating back the yeasties

So, I posted some months back because I tried to take up swimming and wound up with a vaginal yeast infection, which was no big surprise because it has happened to me before. I avoid hot tubs and tights for the same reason.

But you know what? I don't want to avoid hot tubs and tights. Or swimming.

So -- I'm wondering if there's a bulletproof way to rebalance things in my vag so that, you know, I could occasionally wear tights or go in chlorinated water without suffering. I know some people have luck swearing off sugar and yeasted products for a while, but I'm not willing to go that route -- sorry, but that would be worse than the whole not swimming/not wearing tights reality I'm living in now. Is there anything ELSE that works? Have you managed to vanquish the yeasties? How did you do it?

ETA: I already wear cotton undies/breathable clothing, don't use perfumed anything, don't use soap in my vulva, don't douche ever, shower daily, and eat yogurt at least once a day, usually twice.
demiraks_world 31st-Jan-2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
Have you tried RePhresh gel? You can get it at walmart or Walgreens and its supposed to help balance your PH after stuff like that.

Do you change out of your swimsuit and dry well right away?
anthologie 31st-Jan-2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of RePhresh, thank you! (ETA: wow, a lot of people reviewing the product on Amazon says it GAVE them a yeast infection.)

I do change and dry, but it doesn't help. :(

Edited at 2014-01-31 06:04 pm (UTC)
tjs77tsa 31st-Jan-2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
Check Walgreens and drugstore.com reviews I don't trust amazon reviews there are too many look a like knockoff products that end up on there.
anthologie 1st-Feb-2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Drugstore.com reviews are about the same. Doesn't sound like a good product for yeast-prone folks!
i_love_freddie 31st-Jan-2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
I was just wondering - have you been tested for diabetes recently?

I had a couple of years where everything was giving me yeast infections. Turns out, I have type 2 diabetes. Now that I am on medication and watch what I eat and more or less have it under control, barely anything gives me yeast infections any more.
anthologie 31st-Jan-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks. My fasting blood sugar is great, actually. No diabetes here. :)
stateofwonder 1st-Feb-2014 08:36 am (UTC)
After having chronic yeast infections for almost a year, I started taking acidophilus pills daily. Doing great now :)
anthologie 1st-Feb-2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Can you say more about what you took (brand/strength), how often per day, and when (time of day, empty stomach, with meals, etc.)?
stateofwonder 2nd-Feb-2014 10:59 am (UTC)
Well, honestly I wouldn't recommend the brand that I'm taking now. I live in Kenya and don't always trust the meds here, so I ordered some from Canada (where I'm from), but didn't realize that they're uncoated, which makes them a bitch to take. The brand is Jamieson, and according to the bottle the strength is over 1 billion active CFU (colony forming units) per tablet.

I take one tablet once a day in the morning, right before breakfast.

There is more info here: http://www.wikihow.com/Buy-Acidophilus
anthologie 2nd-Feb-2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
mangofandango 2nd-Feb-2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
I used to have similar issues and don't anymore. The biggest thing I attribute to that is the mysteries of hormonal shifts - it happened before I had a baby, but not after. So that isn't helpful, but I also saw a difference when I started taking probiotics years ago. I don't really do so so much anymore, but when I did I believe it was 1 billion CFU and I took them 1-3 times a day (more at first, less often when I started seeing less yeastie problems).
anthologie 2nd-Feb-2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've been meaning to be better about taking the probiotics I have, so I'll have to get myself on the wagon. :)
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