I was hoping you all could offer me some advice about a possible yeast infection.
Prior to February of this year I only had one yeast infection my whole life, and it was after a very strong round of antibiotics. Since February I've had three and could possible have one now. While trying to figure out what could be the cause of this I realized the only thing I've done differently is use lube with my new girlfriend. We don't have a whole lot of money to spend, so we bought KY not really thinking it would be an issue, but now I'm wondering if that hasn't been the cause of the yeast. I used the KY prior to each yeast infection so it seems likely.
Currently, I'm wondering if I have a yeast infection or an allergic reaction. I used KY the other day by myself, then had sex with my girlfriend later that night. Since then I've been slightly itchy and very red/raw inside my vagina. I have no other symptoms at the moment so I'm really not sure what's going on. I put on Monistat cream last night because I'm terrified of getting another full blown yeast infection (my last one was very bad, lasting a long time), but now I'm wondering if I should have done that.
If it's not a yeast infection is putting the Monistat cream dangerous? Also, if it is just an external infection, what are the best at home methods of dealing with it? If it is just external, is there anything I can do to make sure it doesn't become a full blown internal infection as well? Is it possible that I'm just having an allergic reaction to the KY?
Thanks for any advice!