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Hello ev1. So...here's a brief history of my issues.

I have been having chronic yeast infections
for years and years now. They are getting worse. I get one every single month. You can almost time them. I get my period...3 days after it stops I gt my yeast infection. I've been told by my OB GYN that some women are just more prone to them but I don't accept that explanation. I feel that's a really sexist answer and if a male doctor had some itchy painful discharge coming from their penis every month they woudn't be OK with saying "Hey, I guess I'm just more prone to this." There would be major studies out there to figure it out! He said I should just treat them as I get them. But EVERY MONTH!?

I do all the stuff to try to prevent from yogurt to loose clothes to dresses and no undies to acidophilus to white cotton crotch undies, non scented everything, etc., etc. I was told by the P.A. at the office that menstral blood is very alkaline and so is semen so maybe between the period and then the sex afterward because you've had a week off might be enough to throw off my PH so I tried only using tampons to keep the blood off me and then using condoms right after to avoid the semen but that doesn't work either.

I also tried that pill to make it so you don't have your period but every 6 months to see if it was the period that was causing it but that made me bleed for 5 weeks straight!

So...I'm very frustrated with this. I'm a 39 year old mother of 2 with an otherwise extremely happy sex life. I'm not really willing to give that up just yet. I'm also an R.N. on a cadiology unit so I'm pretty well versed in things and have done allot of research on this matter. I feel like no one can help me. So..then I think..if I have a hysterectomy (partial) and it doesn't take care of the yeast at least I won't have periods to boot. Right now I have a 7 day period and then another 4-5 days of sloppy monostat. This way at least I would only have the sloppy monostat. And if it did take care of the yeast as well that would be awesome! What do you guys think? Do you think a partial hysterectomy might help me?

Also...for the record..I have been checked for diabetes, HIV and all that stuff too. I am in a happily monogomous marriage for 20 years but I do know I work in a higher risk setting for that kind of stuff so I wanted to rule it out. None of those things are a factor. Quote | Edit | Delete | Tell a friend | Report post
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replied November 9th, 2009
I get them almost every month, too. Sometimes they'd get bad in a day alone that I'd start finding cracks in the skin. I used Monistat 7 (not Monistat 3 - it does nothing), plus a small tube of Monistat to use for the outside since you'll be itching there too anyway.

You need to be CONSISTENT with the yogurt. Some yogurts (forgot which brand) will specifically say that it's for women. Eat those once a day, and don't give up. It doesn't take a week for it to start equalizing the yeast in your body. It takes longer than that. Keep eating it!

No fragranced soap. Some soap may say 'unscented' but you must look at the label and see if it says 'fragrance-free'. No liquid softener for your undies or pants. No douching, no sex for as long as you're having it, no hot long baths.

Here's another tip I heard from another poster somewhere else. Stick a tampon in a yogurt, freeze it, and then apply it as you would a normal tampon. Repeat daily. Seriously, if eating this stuff works for 99% of the women out there, then try this method.

Actually, birth control pills are one of the causes for yeast infections. Since you've already had problems with the infections, don't take medicines that you know will make it worse... including any and all antibiotics!

I'm sorry, but a partial hysterectomy WON'T help you at all. The yeast bacteria (the ones that are supposed to be there) lives in the vagina and reproduces in the vagina. It needs no help from the uterus nor ovaries to do so. It also gets out of control, resulting in infections, without the uterus' help. I have a friend who's had a total removal - she still gets them, anyway.

Screw your doctor. He IS sexist. I get them a lot, and my doctor says I'm on the pill, and he's right. The pill caused me to have it more often, but he's also given me tricks to boot it out for good. Your doctor hasn't even done any of those things, so lose him fast!

Yeast infections can and do become life-threatening, and your doctor doesn't give a ....

Go to a specialist. A FEMALE gynecologist will give you many more results. Don't sit here and complain about it. Find a female doctor TODAY!
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replied November 13th, 2009
I use to get them after each period but now i use RePh resh after each period and it balances out the PH in the vagina. It really helped me, you should try that and see if it helps. Also after you use the medicine for an infection use some "good bacteria" in there you can ask your doctor or chemist for some vaginal supositories of good bacteria to balance your vagina out..hope it helps you some! Try RePhresh, it really can help!
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replied November 14th, 2009
I used to get them all the time , i'd get rid of them with the regualr treatments but i kept getting them over and over. I was so frustrated. I bought an ebook on how to cure them for ever! And I'm glad to say it does work I haven't gotten one now in over 8 months, and I usually got them every month or 2!

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replied November 16th, 2009
Don't ever consume yogurt with artificial sweetener, it will make your problem worse.

I used to get more frequent yeast infections before I found out I was Gluten intolerant and allergic to Milk products.

Also, a lot of Milk product contains hormones, because the cows are fed with hormones, so you end up messing up your hormones with the yoghurt instead of making it better.
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replied August 4th, 2013
Hello everyone, I see the last post was in 09. I'm 37 years old with 2 kids. I've been getting yeast infections from I was 10yrs old. I feel like I've tried everything but nothing works. I read the ebook(how to cure a yeast infection in 3 days. I started doing that n it was working but its hard to keep up with. I hardly want ti have sex because I feel unclean most times n the other times it's painful. Any suggestions?
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replied August 18th, 2013
I am 38 and it seems when i had a horrible reaction to the orthro vera patch before they took it off the market in 2003, that I have had yeast infections. I see most of you say it happens after your periods, but mine is the week before i get my period. It wsa horrible after my sixths child in 2008. But since I have had my tubes tied and burnt I dont get regualr periods so I have not gotten yeast infections as frequently. Although I am having a bad one now! No period yet! I also recieved the same response from my male doctor that the above person recieved. Some woman just get the more frequent, and i feel the same way... are you kidding me? but yet when i told my dr that the antibotic she disscribed me gave me a yeast infection.. she got wide eyed and said oh noo are you ok do you need something. must have been because she was a female. At that time it wasnt a real bad one and i had it under control.. I have been given a pill by my obgyn to take one week before my period that was suppose to help but that was timing which didnt always work. I to feel like there should be a cure or something for this. To live like this.. feeling unclean all the time is crazy. I dont want to have sex because (that was one thing the dr said was to pee right after) , but if thats what causes it id rather not... my husbadnd isnt very uderstanding. Athough I have never had this problem until I was with him.. so could i be allegric to his body oils?
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replied August 27th, 2013
New Doctor at the DMC...Dr. Sobel
I started seeing a doctor who specializes in this specific area only and he is my savior. I haven't had one for over 2 years now. Well, I had ONE but that was because we tried to "see if i was cured" and came off the meds. He said if I was gonna get one again it would be in the next couple months. I was back in a WEEK and was a MESS! Spread the word guys....take a Diflucan every 3 days for 3 times...then take one a week. I take it every Monday. It has had no side effects what so ever. My liver and kidneys are perfect and I have had NO yeast infections. He said that there is nothing I can do about it as far as diet things or loose fitting clothes, and stuff like that. He says it's genetic for me. He's involved in studies that have isolated a gene in womens DNA who get recurrent infections. All I know is that if i take a Diflucan every Monday i am completely yeast free. Smile
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replied August 29th, 2013
Oh JennyV, I am sitting here crying, because I have the same EXACT issue! This all started when I turned 40(one year ago). Since that month, I've been getting a yeast infection one week before my period EVERY month. it is so awful. I've never even had one before all this started..I have no idea what's going on...I am fit and healthy, have 2 young kids, and am in great health otherwise. I have been tested for everything under the sun. Can you tell me if your doctor told you WHY this was happening? Mine has no clue whatsoever, she just prescribes diflucan and sends me on my way. I am starting to get depressed. Anything you could advise regarding what your doc said would be so helpful! Thank, Karen
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replied September 9th, 2013
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ARE any of you using over the counter douches? These cause the ph of the vagina to give infections.
to avoid yeast infections use a vinegar & water, use 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to one quart water.You can also insert a probiotic gelatin capsule into the vagina.
To keep them from coming back you need to reestablish the proper balance of good bacteria in the vagina.
You should start taking 500 mg vitamin c,50 mgh zinc and a high potency multi-vitamin.
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replied January 21st, 2014
Chronic Yeast infections after unitlateral oophorectomy
2014 here...

I have a somewhat similar problems, but it's obviously not a genetic issue because it only started after I had one of my ovaries and tube removed last Sept. Before that, I maybe had one yeast infection a year, but since my surgery, I've had one after every single period and it's driving me crazy. It can't be a coinidence that it started after the surgery. I'm thinking it must be related somehow. I'm afraid to take Diflucan as I have heard that in fact, there are many side effects, including killing off all yeast in the gut causing all the bad bacteria to take over. I've already had some issues like that due to using some antibiotics and Prevacid. I'm really afraid the Diflucan will mess up my stomach. I don't know what to do, but it has basically killed my sex life. After period then yeast infection every month, I have no desire for sex anymore.
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replied July 16th, 2014
The written description in the initial post described every single detail as I would have described it for myself, including ways and thoughts to treat it.

It might be early, but I think I found a way to control it.

I was told the diflucan didn't kill every type of yeast, which is obvious because even on a weekly maintenance dose a YI would occur about a week after every period. The remaining type of yeast was flourishing throughout my body.
The fix was to stop feeding the yeast. No bread, pasta, fruit, etc. (Picture the reaction of bread yeast when a pinch of sugar is added.)
I was told to only eat meat, eggs, vegetables, oil and nuts (not peanuts, those are legumes.)
My last period was July 1st, 2014. I eliminated sugar from my diet July 4th. I should have gotten a yeast infection by now, Jul 16th, but I haven't! I didn't think a diet change would have such an immediate effect, but it has!
I'll probably be really strict about the diet during the week of and the week after my period, but a little more flexible the other weeks.
SO excited to find a way to possibly fix what has been a problem for over a year!
I hope this helps someone else!
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replied July 24th, 2014
Overgrowth of yeast (infections every month)
A clean diet is key to regaining homeostasis in the body! To get rid of an overgrowth of yeast, I recommend taking digestive enzymes (a formula especially for digesting carbs) before every meal. Also, one needs cellulase to take in between meals to digest the yeast.
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replied August 21st, 2014
I been having yeast infection after the birth of my second child. Its been 4-5 years now. Diflucon doesn't help. I've tried for 2 months straight no fruit, no bread, no sugar, no coffee and just veggy and meat and massive dose of probiotic, well I still get it during that time. It usually start a few days after my period ended.

I read somewhere that your body is allergic to the yeast and so it will produce histamine. When that happens, you will feel the itch down there. While this is going on, yeast continues to grow because histamine cannot combat yeast. So to experiment, I took antihistamine when I start to see the beginning of as yeast infection. In this case I used Claritin until just before my period starts again. That seem to work for about 3-4 months. Last month didn't work maybe because I might have missed a day here and there in taking the allergy pill. I am certain if I take the pill everyday during the elevated estrogen level, the yeast will be under control. Mind you, this might not work for everyone as each is different. You will have to experiment to find out what works for you.
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replied August 21st, 2014
I been having yeast infection after the birth of my second child. Its been 4-5 years now. Diflucon doesn't help. I've tried for 2 months straight no fruit, no bread, no sugar, no coffee and just veggy and meat and massive dose of probiotic, well I still get it during that time. It usually start a few days after my period ended.

I read somewhere that your body is allergic to the yeast and so it will produce histamine. When that happens, you will feel the itch down there. While this is going on, yeast continues to grow because histamine cannot combat yeast. So to experiment, I took antihistamine when I start to see the beginning of as yeast infection. In this case I used Claritin until just before my period starts again. That seem to work for about 3-4 months. Last month didn't work maybe because I might have missed a day here and there in taking the allergy pill. I am certain if I take the pill everyday during the elevated estrogen level, the yeast will be under control. Mind you, this might not work for everyone as each is different. You will have to experiment to find out what works for you.
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replied August 23rd, 2014
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I been having yeast infection after the birth of my second child. Its been 4-5 years now. Diflucon doesn't help. I've tried for 2 months straight no fruit, no bread, no sugar, no coffee and just veggy and meat and massive dose of probiotic, well I still get it during that time. It usually start a few days after my period ended.

I read somewhere that your body is allergic to the yeast and so it will produce histamine. When that happens, you will feel the itch down there. While this is going on, yeast continues to grow because histamine cannot combat yeast. So to experiment, I took antihistamine when I start to see the beginning of as yeast infection. In this case I used Claritin until just before my period starts again. That seem to work for about 3-4 months. Last month didn't work maybe because I might have missed a day here and there in taking the allergy pill. I am certain if I take the pill everyday during the elevated estrogen level, the yeast will be under control. Mind you, this might not work for everyone as each is different. You will have to experiment to find out what works for you.
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replied March 14th, 2016
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replied July 8th, 2017
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