Recurring Yeast infections
I wanted to post to the other thread that was going, but I guess that is not there anymore due to the new boards. Luckily I still have it saved because it was a great reference for yeast infection problems.
I had posted about recurring yeast infectionsthat I had had consistantly for about four months. It was ridiculous. I was sore, itchy and it felt like pins and needles on a daily basis. I saw a doctor three times. The second time they did a yeast culture and found NO YEAST what-so-ever. I was like WHAT????!!! So, I made another appointment because there was definitely something wrong with me.
My doctor examined me and looked at my stuff under a microscope and figured that I had cytolitic vaginosis. This is due to a low PH level in your vagina. So, she told me the best thing to do is actually douche (the only time they tell women to douche is for this) with just baking soda and water. The baking soda neautralizes the PH level. She said I would notice a difference right away. Well I didn't, so I went to the internet and found another doctor's remedy, which is the same thing...douche with baking soda and water, but everyday for like two weeks. So I continued everyday for about three days and then I got my period. I was told by my doctor that blood and semen also bring the PH level up. So, now that I am over my period I have been okay for the past few days. I am continuing to use the alkaline douche (one teaspoon of baking soda to 16 oz. of water) and feel so much better! My husband and I were actually able to have sex for the first time in four months!
So, make sure that if you have symptoms like that of yeast infections, and if nothing is working, that you see your doctor and ask about the possibility of cytolitic vaginosis. This is important because if you have it and are treating it like a yeast infection the steps you are taking to cure the yeast could just make it worse for you if you have cytolitic vaginosis.
This is still a working diagnosis for me, but things are improving, that is for sure!