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...