chipie (chipie) wrote in vaginapagina,

yeast infection and probiotics

Hello all!

In an attempt to get rid of a yeast infection, my doctor suggested taking one fluconazole capsule orally and then doing a course of something called "purfem".  It's a probiotic that's taken vaginally.  The contents are: 109 lactobacillus rhamnosus and 109 lactobacillus gasseri.  I already have probiotics in my fridge and I'd rather avoid buying another product if I can.  (Also, purfem is not refrigerated which makes me suspicious.) 

The probiotics I have in my fridge contain: 8 billion lactobacillus rhamnosus, 1 billion lactobacillus acidophilus, and 1 billion N. bifidum.  So, unlike purfem, no lactobacillus gasseri in them.

So what do you all think?  Should I buy the profem or should I use the probiotics I already have?  (I assume those would be okay to use vaginally?  The pharmacist wouldn't tell me, but I've already done it anyway.) 

I'm split between having doubts that purfem would be worth paying for and wanting to be as safe as possible because I've been having itching forever (though I've done many swabs and this is the first time they found yeast).  At the same time, I've already tried to get rid of the itching with probiotics and it hasn't worked so far, so I don't have all that much hope.

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