Recurring yeast infection?
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|Thu, 06-03-2010 - 7:27am|
Hi everyone. I apologize in advance for being so verbose!
I was wondering if any of you could give me some advice/insight about my situation. So I am currently suffering from a recurring yeast infection, like clockwork it is my third in the past three months.
Up until a little over three months ago, I had been sexually inactive my entire life. (I finally met the right person!) I had also NEVER had any kind of gynecological issues at all. After fooling around with my new boyfriend a bit, after two weeks of this I developed a yeast infection. I went to the doctor's, and she diagnosed me with a YI and gave me Diflucan.
Almost exactly a month later, after having started having intercourse and starting the pill, another one popped up. My doctor believed that it was because of my body adjusting to the pill. However, I was on the pill for several years in highschool for acne, and I never had ANY issues. This time, I tried using Monistat, had a TERRIBLE reaction, so I cannot use any OTC methods and have to go to the doctor's each time for the prescription. (I even tried using plain yogurt, and although it feels good on my vulva, if I try to put it in my vagina it BURNS!! I have never read anything about this kind of reaction to plain yogurt anywhere else.)
And now, right on time, four weeks later I believe I have yet another yeast infection, even though I have overloaded my diet with nonfat yogurt and have started taking acidophilus supplements as a preventative measure.
I'm so worried that this will continue to be an issue as long as I'm sexually active (or worse, forever) -- and to make matters worse, in a couple months my temporary position will end, and I will no longer have health insurance (unless I find another job, which hopefully I will). I don't know what I'm going to do about my yeast infections without health insurance, because Diflucan seems to be the only effective method/the only method that doesn't result in even worse burning symptoms. (I know there are other holistic methods, but I'm wary about putting garlic up there if yogurt irritated it.)
So I'm worried that my best solution is to just go back to being celibate -- and I really don't want to break it off with this wonderful man but I will if I have to for my health. Should I just return to my peaceful healthy single life? Or is this something that a lot of women just deal with?