I keep getting yeast and bacteria infection every month!!!!!!!!!! HELP

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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After i had my little girl 3 years ago, I keep yeast and bacteria infrections all the time. Doctors hads me on meds for this but they keep coming back. Does any body have this problem???

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Brenda - posted on 02/27/2011

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I use to suffer with Bacterial Vaginitis for the longest. I take something for it then Yeast would show up. Sometimes I would treat what I thought was yeast and it was B/V and it made things worse.
If you are on antibiotics, expect yeast. If you are wearing panty liners (they trap the moisture, but they don't breath, and yeast thrives on warm, dark, moist places), expect yeast. It's not necessary to douche, our body naturally cleanse itself, and you can be removing the good bacteria that you need in the vagina.
I would recommend that you go to your and or another doctor to diagnose what it is that you now have. Next take the prescription that they give you. Refrain from sex (also if you are active, make sure your partner is checked) while you are trying to get your body together. Do not douche. If you must wear a pantyliner try to find one without the thin plastic on the bottom of them. Wear cotton undies, and make sure your pants/jeans are not tooooo tight. While you are treating yourself, try wearing more skirts/dresses and when it comes to stockings go bare leg or wear thigh highs. Eat plenty of yogurt that contains the live culture lactobacilliue acidophilus. Drink plenty of water and please cut down on the sweets. You should wash your clothes in detergents that do not have a lot of chemicals and just for a while do not use fabric softner sheets. As far as protection during your period, make sure you change more frequently. At night, when you can, sleep with no undies.
I hope this is helpful, God bless.

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FOR YEAST. Preventing yeast starts from within. Probiotics like those found in yogert for starters. Reducing sugar intake, especially processed... so apple not so bad as cookie. Simple carbs like breads, cakes, sugar count, too.
Drink a lot of water. Supplementing with probiotics can help, but be very careful not to overdo. You don't want to create imbalance in her system; that creates other similar problems.

On the outside, basically, if it smells nice, don't let it come in contact with vagina or vaginal opening.
This goes from:
using METHOD FREE detergent,
no fabric softener
NO bathroom wipes or fragranced toilet tissue,
and especially NO bubble baths, etc.

Keeping undergarments dry (sweat, water, discharge). If you wear thongs, limit it... gotta go to a full panty.
Bacteria... different issue.
good luck.

Brenda - posted on 03/03/2011

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Jennifer, if you are sexually active, did you have your partner checked. Although they might not feel the symptoms of yeast, they can still be caring it.

Freda - posted on 02/28/2011

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Like you, after the birth of my son, I had recurring yeast infections. I treated them with monistat for several months. I became so frustrated by it that I finally went to the doctor. He tested me for yeast...clean! He told me that sometimes after childbirth your cervix changes shape and can cause some of the cells that are normally in your uterus to be exposed and when that happens your body creates symptoms that are similar to yeast infections. He sent me to a gyno to have my cervix frozen...to create scar tissue. I haven't had a yeast infection since. My son is now 13. Might be worth checking into.

Rosie - posted on 02/28/2011

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Have you had your vaginal PH checked? I used to have recurring yeast infections, and my ob/gyn found that I was making matters worse by using Monistat 1 day or Monistat 3 day. She said the medicine was too strong. She also advised me to not use any medication when I got another yeast infection (which was monthly!). That I should shower a few times a day and only use water. It was pretty bad, as you can imagine, but after about 3 -4 days the itching was tolerable. It has been aboout 12 years now and I've not had a yeast infection to date. I do use this stuff called AZO-YEAST, (you can buy at Target), I take a two pills when I "feel" one coming. Then I take another two at night, on the second day, I take as directed on the package. I sure hope this helps, this almost broke my marriage because we were only having sex maybe once a month! Also, if you don't have a female ob/gyn, that would be my first recommendation....please get one!!

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Jennifer - posted on 03/03/2011

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we have gave him the one pill yeast med. but have not had him checked out for it. Thanks, we will have to check that out. :)

Jennifer - posted on 03/03/2011

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I do have female ob/gyn, but we still cannot fix this!!!!!!!!!! THis last one lasted a week. And yes Rosie it is putting a pressuere on my marriage TO!!!!!!! So what do I do next!!!!!! New Doctor Or what??????????? thanks for yalls post;)

Mrs. - posted on 02/28/2011

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Sorry, to warn against your advice Helen but...





Please DO NOT do the garlic clove wrapped in muslin up your vagina thing. I was told about this little natural cure and did it religiously. Not only did it sting, which I just muscled though because I'd do anything to get rid of the yeast, but it also gave me another problem - a wicked case of BV.



I went to one of the best vulvo-vaginal docs in Chicago at the time and told him I had tried this home remedy. He told me that's why was one of the only people he'd ever seen with both yeast and BV present at the same time.



Please, don't add to your problems by doing this...



Also, here's the thing about yoghurt - it contains dairy and usually sugar. These things are a yeast breeding ground. If you are going to do the probiotic thing, find something like Bio K non-dairy probiotic. It is kind of like yoghurt but does not contain sugar or dairy. Most people who have your run of the mill, every once and awhile yeast problem will swear by yoghurt, Unfortunately, the are most likely not grappling with a resistant strain of yeast and the dairy/sugar aspect doesn't bother them.



As well, I know others have said this, you must refrain from sex while being treated AND make your partner go to the doc for a Diflucan script (the internal yeast med - which if you haven't taken it is excellent but as I said before - I am allergic too) or get him the external cream (Monistat or other) to put on his penis for the 7 days. He may be reluctant to do this and say that he doesn't have any symptoms. Your doc may even say that he doesn't HAVE to but that it could help. Still, I have never had the yeast go and not return unless my partner also treated himself.

Helen - posted on 02/28/2011

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hi, i am a pharmacy technician. as the others have said yeast products (alcahol, bread etc), dairy and sugar can cause/make the infection worse. It is infact LIVE yougurt that you should not natural yougurt as it replaces the "good" bacteria that help to keep a good balance of the natural floe in the intestines and vagina.You can also put a garlic clove (peeled) in a little muslin sack and use as a pessary to combat bacterial infections (garlic is a natural antiboitic). Taking probiotics is a must - it's the same principle as eating live yougurt. And ofcourse as others have said cotton fibres and loose fitting clothes.

Stifler's - posted on 02/27/2011

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No but probiotics would help a lot. And avoiding alcohol especially beer, bread, et al.

Mrs. - posted on 02/27/2011

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I had reoccurrant yeast infections for over a decade. So much so that I became allergic to the over the counter yeast meds and Diflucan. I tried all the homeopathic/natural remedies: probiotics (made it worse), yoghurt on the vag/in the vag, garlic, yeast buster, oil of oregano combined with husks and clay, aloe vera drinks, cotton underwear, no underwear - you name it, I did it.

This is what worked. I read a book called The Yeast Connection by Dr. Crook. I followed in religiously. It's all about diet and you do have to give up quite a lot a first but then you can introduce much of it back. This change reduced my yeast infections down by more than half and got rid of all of my bladder infections. I still eat like this because if I don't - it comes back.

Another thing that worked for me after the diet had been in place and I was yeast free for sometime. My gp suggested, on a last ditch try, that I do something a lot of HIV, immune comprimised folks (like myself) and small children with yeast problems do. There is a liquid version of the anti bacterial drug Nystatin. I began taking around one tablespoon of the liquid every night regardless of yeast symptoms and two if I have sex (this will always increase the chance of yeast for me). This regiment is upped if I actually get yeast symptoms which has only happened twice in the two years I've taken it. Which for me, is a miracle.

Oh, and I don't wear underwear except for my time of the month when I use the ultra sensitive NaturaCare cotton pads. Underwear and tight pants are the minions of the yeast devil ;).

Seriously, message me if you want any further help. I feel your pain and can tell you - it will eventually go away when you figure out what your triggers are!

Christy - posted on 02/27/2011

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Maybe the panty liners are the culprit, too. Although they are advertised to "breathe" so to speak, they can cause issues down there, too.

Stef - posted on 02/26/2011

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Kefir! My obgyn even said that most woman w/ this recurring problem seem to find drinking kefir is the only thing that keeps the bact/yeast balanced. It's a fermented probiotic yogurt drink. I highly recomm. Also, you can take yeast cleanse which has the garlic and grape seed oil in it. Good luck!

Iridescent - posted on 02/25/2011

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I do. I've come to learn I'm allergic to every single brand of commercial pads and tampons out there, and it's hurting me so bad! I think I've got it covered though, now. First off, I ordered a Diva Cup (actually, I ordered the Lunette) (silicone, non-allergenic). Second, I ordered cotton re-usable pads off Etsy. Neither has arrived yet, but they will soon, and hopefully my lower end health will improve greatly as a result.

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2011

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yes she has, shows yeast or red blood cell when I have a bactreia infection. Meds are 7 night creams.

Angie - posted on 02/25/2011

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If I'm not mistaken, long term use of antibiotics can cause yeast infections. Has the doctor run a culture to make sure you have a bacterial infection and not something else? I think it would be wise to go to a gyn that will test you make sure what you have. The sooner you can get off antibiotics the better; not only for your yeast infections but for your general health.

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2011

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Thank you Christy for your post, i wear panty liners and switch them out a couple times a day. And sleep without underwear. When I don't had a infrection.

Christy - posted on 02/25/2011

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It depends on several factors. Are you overweight? Have diabetes (type 1 or 2) These things can come into play with a lower infection. If not, be sure you are "dry" down there most of the time, after a bath or shower, try to sleep without underwear on, during the day wear ONLY cotton underwear.

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2011

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Thanks for all yall posts. Louise I do wash my cotton underwear in perfumed free detergents, have not tried youghurt down there. Katherine I do wear small pads everyday because of discharge. Lisa I do LOVE milk and sugar it is like I crave it all the time!!!!!!!!!!! I also take meds with porbiotics. I am thinking about going to a diferent docotor. I just don't now what to do next, I have had it with this infrections !!!!!!! :(

Minnie - posted on 02/25/2011

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Recurring yeast infections can be caused by many things. Dairy and sugar in the diet are a big culprit. Perhaps cutting back on those significantly (if you consume them) may help. I've only had one yeast infection in my life, but I don't eat much sugar or dairy.



Grapefruit seed extract is supposed to help, as does garlic- which can be taken in capsules.



Probiotics may help as well- as others have mentioned, yogurt. Sometimes the cultures in yogurt aren't all that active after storage so getting some probiotic supplements might work if the yogurt isn't doing the trick.

Katherine - posted on 02/25/2011

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Like Louise said yogurt is very effective. Eat a lot of it. When I got an infection I just ate yogurt and drank water and it would go away.

You may also have to do some detective work. Do you wear thongs? Do you douche? Tampons can cause them, pads, synthetic fabrics.....and more. Anything that will irritate or retain moisture.





http://www.everydayhealth.com/yeast-infe...

Louise - posted on 02/25/2011

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I don't have this problem but a few things that can help is unperfumed detergents and 100% cotton underwear that allows the skin to breath. Also natural youghurt applied to a sanitary towel is a natural cure for many yeast infections and is just as effective.

If this is a reccuring problem then ask to be referred for further tests to see if there is an underlying cause.

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