Re: Can't maintain vaginal ph balance?
I totally sympathize with you. I also have had a chronic yeast infection for the past year. It started with a combination of a yeast infection and BV. The yeast infection cleared up initially, but then after two different kinds of antibiotics for the BV, it returned and has been plaguing me, especially this time of year, no matter the time of month. I originally tried the OTC stuff, but that didn't work very well for me, so I started using Diflucan, but the buggers only seem to stay down for a few weeks if I take two pills with my period and they still come back. I haven't tried the gels or jelly, but Aquapour seems to work well for the external irritation and I have found some relief douching with yogurt at night (using a Monistat-type applicator works great), and a cool compress helps as well. Both are a pain in the hoo-ha where my social life is concerned, but they've reduced the unbearable symptoms to more of a mild irritation. I've heard that cinnamon in your diet helps (I know it kills yeast in baking), so I'm going to start consuming that like crazy. I have no idea if you can apply it directly since it also kills bacteria, which might not be a good idea; I've tried Googling that with no result.