Again...thanks everyone for the unyeilding support! The infection has cleared up (after Monistat) and I began taking the Primal Defense probiotic yesterday. One a day and then I will slowly transition to three (per the instructions). I am hoping and praying that the probiotic works!
I know that recurrent or chronic yeast infections make you feel crazy! For years I suffered with chronic yeast infections, and have recently had a few creep up on me because of diet and stress of moving/lifestyle changes. I have a few suggestions for any ladies suffering. Firstly, immediate calming relief of symptoms is found in yeast rescue by well-in-hand herbals. Find them online at http://wellinhand.com/. Their products are amazing... but especially the yeast rescue. With olive oil, jojoba and chamomile it rebalances the vagina and make it happy again. The pain stops almost immediately, and the infection is usually clear within a few days, really! This is one way to clear the infection(s), but for more long-term balancing I suggest acupuncture and/or naturopathic remedies. Many vaginal issues are related to liver function (or lack of proper functioning) so if you have a hard diet (too much alcohol, sweets, processed foods) your liver becomes compromised. Acupuncture can restore some balance to your whole system, and naturopathic remedies can help with herbs or homeopathic remedies. Two easy at home remedies, if accup/naturpathic is not within your reach now, is a good probiotic supplement and seed oils. My friend/midwife recommended 1 tbsp each flax + pumpkin seeds starting from your period for 14 days, and 1 tbsp each sesame + sunflower for day 14 until next menses. For the flax and sesame it's best to grind up first (easier to digest) but for pumpkin and sunflower just eat whole.
Another person wrote about flax oil. I would suggest just eating the ground flaxseeds- less expensive, tasty and more diverse (try with oatmeal, salads, pilafs, etc)- a coffee grinder is amazing for grinding seeds. Also, another naturopath of mine said that while flax is indeed healthy, she does not recommend it for the whole menstrual cycle.
Okay! well, true to my life...as soon as I got back from the doctor I felt better! And have been better for a week...stress stress stress...I'm sure of it. I am planning on visiting a naturopath that a friend has been reccommending to see if she can help me manage stress. I have also been taking a probiotic that one of the kind life readers reccommended for about a month now. Perhaps this IS helping! I actually take flax seed every day, stay away from white sugar, blah blah blah so my diet is pretty great (according to my doctor). My body has a history of coming up with very interesting ailments due to stress. My lady parts need a vacation...clearly. Thank you again and again for all of the wonderful suggestions! And the support! This isn't something you typically talk about around the water cooler! xoxoxoxo
Assuming, that some of the ladies still get yeast infections: I tend to get a yeast infection right after my period (or right in the middle of it), the only thing that really helped, was getting rid of common hygieneproducts (aka tampons and pads). so I started using the MeLuna (the german version of the LadyCup) and washable pads. I don't only feel better using them (all my cramps and so on stopped), I never got yeast infections again plus it's way better for the environment. So ladies, if you don't use them yet, please consider to do so! - I talked to my gyno about the infections and she told me, that I probably get them, because either of the tampons or because of the plastic, which makes you sweat, on common pads..
good luck in getting rid of the infections for good!