Not to be the TMI queen as usual... but years ago before I knew that I am allergic to latex, I kept getting what seemed to be yeast infections and it turned out to be the latex diaphragm and condoms that my hubby and I were using at the time! You might want to think about it and make sure this is really a yeast issue and not something else.
As strange as it is I get yeast infections from Almond Breeze milk...but not from almonds...but then again when I eat almonds I only eat one or two because I don't really like them. You could try checking your diet and rule things out. When I drink Almond Breeze it's like clockwork within 24 hours I get one.
Wow! I have a lot to think about! I gave in and am treating my yeasty beast with Monistat at the moment. I went out and bought a Primal Defense probiotic and will begin taking that in a few days. I thought perhaps having the Monistat in my system AND taking the probiotic would throw my body off? Who knows. I DID have an issue with yeast infections in my early twenties after taking a script medication. I had never had one before but I just kept getting them and treating them, until my GyN told me to just "let my body realign itself" It was honestly a year before I was "normal" again...I have only ever gotten them again when I take antibiotics...I am planning on getting on the probiotics and giving that a GO! I have heard of boric acid as well...Thanks again, everyone for all of the advice! Looks like I am in great company in this nasty little battle!! :-)
Are you sure they are yeast infections and not normal discharge? Our bodies go through cycles of dry to creamy to liquidy to menstruation, so it would make perfect sense if you were just misunderstanding the natural functions of your body if you are thinking you have yeast infections 2 weeks before your period as that is typically when your body is warming up to ovulation and transitioning through the creamy fluid phase and into the more watery, eggwhite-like fluid.
Talk to your doctor, but only if you really trust your doctor - I had a doctor who almost force fed me several types of birth control and then antibiotics, chemical peels, and retin to combat the severe acne that the birth control triggered, and then she'd sell me expensive creams to "nourish" my skin's violent reaction to all of this treatment.
just because they have a plaque on their wall doesn't necessarily mean that they are well-rounded and well-informed....it's a shame that so many of the workshops and continued learning efforts are so closely tied to pharmaceuticals...there are so many other options out there, and they aren't all hocus pocus or witch magic...i know people whose lives have been saved by kombucha and i don't know many doctors recommending food as medicine....this is something that i think we need to tackle, but for now check out Taking Charge of Your Fertility - she thought she had yeast infections every month, but she was just ovulating like a healthy woman...! :)
Oh, I definitely know it is not typical ovulation discharge. It looks and feels like every yeast infection I've ever had. Red, itchy and so forth! When I was in college I went back and forth (after taking a perscribed med) from yeast infection, over-treating it (per doc's instructions) to other good bacterial overgrowth that mimics a yeast infection!! I eventually had to let my body work itself out to normal again (took a year!). So...I am thinking that perhaps I misdiagnosed myself and that this was an overgrowth of the "other' natural bacteria. Humph!
I personally know that everything I did to keep or prevent my yeast infections, only ruined and destroyed any good bacteria I had left. It is so difficult to think to stop every "treatment" to heal yourself, but your body does need time to recover and get back on track naturally. Another immediate fix I have used to eliminate the pain was mixing a 1/4 teaspoon of pure baking soda with a 1/2 cup cold water. Drink quickly and it balances the pH in your system. Weird, but works...I do still use the Boric Acid pills and have thought about stoping justsee if my body is in a different place of balance but am a little too apprehensive to stop something that works...But, I totally feel your frustration...Good luck, it will get better!
Another natural remedy to raise your ph is cranberry pills. One pill is equivelant to a full serving of undiluted, unsweetened cranberry juice. Great also for UT infections. And are you taking a full spectrum probiotic?
Yes, I am glad you are taking the probiotic. it is natural, and it is just the good bacteria that your body needs to reestablish the proper equilibrium. I used to get yeast infections every month for years curing them with monistat each time, and since being on the Primal Defense I have not had one in 3 years. I will not go off them, since it is so nice to be infection free! Good luck, and I hope it clears up soon.
Another to look into is what kind of undergarments you are wearing. If you wear synthetic fabrics, or even natural fabrics that contain a lot of dyes the may be affecting you as well. Some people are very sensitive to those things. Just a thought, it won't hurt to see if it helps!