I have had yeast infections off and on for about 10 years, I'd say about 6 times a year. I have been told my immune system isn't strong enough so I have tried enhancing it.

Looking around on the web, I found that pinecone extract has helped with yeast infections, have any of you used it before?
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replied April 20th, 2013
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Well the claims are dubious and may or may not help. Various reasons for recurrent fungal infection are incomplete treatment, treatment resistance, co-existing dermatitis, diabetes and low immunity. The risk of vaginal infections especially thrush or fungal infection is higher in women on contraceptive pills containing estrogen. Changing the pill type often helps in these cases. Discuss this with your gynecologist.

If other causes are ruled out and only low immunity is the cause of recurrence of fungal infection, then this can be boosted by healthy diet, exercise, and taking vitamin pills. Please consult your doctor regarding this. Hope this helps. Take care!

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replied May 1st, 2013
Hi Dr. Mathur,

Thank you for the reply! I am not on any contraceptive pills so at least I can rule that our from being the issue.

It is funny how you say 'low immunity'. I was told the same thing from a few people online. I have started eating more foods that boost my immunity, and I got on the pinecone extract. It has shown to enhance immunity so it is worth a shot.

Is there anything else you can recommend to increase my immunity.
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