Re: Vaginal Infections- Please Help
Is there some product that might be triggering this in you, such as bubble bath, the soap you wash with, etc?
I agree with getting another opinion from a different doctor. Be sure to get copies of your test results to bring them, and give them your full history of symptoms.
Other thoughts: trying using (NON-spermicidal) condoms for awhile, to see if this is triggered by exposure to your boyfriend's semen (which can affect vaginal pH) or abstain from sex entirely for awhile. If you stop being exposed to his semen and it gets better, well at least you know the cause, and you can use condoms to avoid it. (Unless you want to get pregnant, then I'm not sure the best route to take.)
If your birth control method involves spermicide (like spermicidal condoms or a diaphragm), that would probably be the cause. Spermicides trigger vaginal infections.
If you use a hormonal method of birth control (pill, novaring, etc.) ask the doctor whether trying a different type might make possibly resolve your problem, or if the hormones might be making it worse.
Other things to try: wearing only 100% cotton undies and none at night while you sleep, take only showers (no baths, hot-tubs, etc.), don't wash your genitals with any kind of soap, avoid shaving down there (so you don't transfer bacteria there from the razor), stop using tampons for a few months (pads only), buying all natural T.P. that doesn't contain dyes or fragrances... maybe trying some of these things will make a difference.
Also, if you haven't been tested for diabetes, that's a good idea if you have had multiple yeast infections.
Last edited by plasva; 06-28-2009 at 10:38 PM.