Re: dealing with discharge and itching since Feb2010
Recurrent yeast infections are so awful and frustrating. There are a few things that can make them very resistent to treatment: one is birth control pills, so using a different method might be the best thing. The other is diabetes, and I would get a check for that if you haven't already. Being heavy, sweating a lot, diet high in sugar, being on antibiotics and having an uncircumcized partner can all contribute. Blood and semen are alkaline, which makes yeast grow, so after sex and after menses are when they are likely to flare up. I would ask your Dr. if you could get an RX for 4 doses of diflucan, and take 1 at the end of your period, go off the pill, start another method of BC, and take one pill weekly for that month. In the meantime, if your partner is uncircumcised, ask him to use an antifungal cream under the foreskin twice a day for 7 days. You might consider using a condom to keep the vagina acid (without semen) and reduce chance of transmission. Keep everything as dry as possible around the genital/groin area. Like wear cotton pants, skirts and avoid occlusive fabrics that don't "breathe" for ventilation. Candida doesn't smell bad, if anything it just smells like yeast bread. If you have a foul odor to discharge, there is something else, perhaps bacterial vaginosis that needs treatment. It requires an exam to be sure all culprits are eliminated.