Re: Does it take more than one treatment to cure yeast infection?
Ah, yes, that's how it started for me. A few days before my period, the symptoms began, then receded, and then returned afterward with a vengence. It was horrible. I'd never had a YI before, even though I was always hot and sweaty in Arizona; apparently, there are very few yeast there but a bunch of them in the soil in Southern California. So all I needed was one batch to take up residence and I became one happening yeast hang-out.
Anyway, the OTC seemed to work, but then a month later there I was again and then the OTCs didn't work worth a damn. I tried both types of medication. I had to go prescription. Diflucan (150mg) works all right for me, 2 pills per period, and I recommend, as soon as your period is over with, douche with probiotic yogurt at night (and eat it regularly); adding cinnamon to your diet is also supposed to help. Try injecting yougurt every night for a week (I use a Monistat applicator), then the next week do every other day, and so on (my GYN's advice). The following month, cut back sooner until you're just down to the one week with the occational spot check should symptoms crop up before your next period.
Also, be sure to wash down there twice a day, and if you have external irritation, I've found that Aquapour works well, but not too much or too often, or you might clog your sweat glands. And keep things dry as much as possible. Cotten panties are a must, but going commando is even better, especially at night. Use only non-bleached pads and tampons; personally, I try to use tampons at night, even if it means getting up at some crazy hour to change it, or nothing at all if I'm toward the end of my period; I don't really know if that makes a difference, but I feel cleaner, anyway.