I have been sexually active with the same partner since October. We are monogamous and have both been tested for HIV (both of us are negative)and other STDS. We're both clean. We stopped using condoms in January (a month after I went on the pill) and since then I have been experiencing problems. I stared to have burning after ejaculation, ranging from intense to mild (not caused from dryness, believe me). I went to the doctor in March and was diagnosed with a yeast infection (no baterial infection at that time). Before I went to see the doctor I had treated myself with Monastat 3 day and 7 day (not in a row.. maybe waiting 3 weeks in between). I never felt completely cured after taking the perscription strength medication, still experiencing some buring after sex and a thick clumpy discharge (not cottage cheese like, but snotty/gluey consistancy). I treated myself again with monastat. No improvement. I went to the GYN last week and she diagnosed me with a baterial infection.. I am now taking Flagyl. Results come in next week as for the possible yeast infection.
After all of that background info, my questions is this:
Could my boyfiend and I be passing yeast and/or bacterial infections to each other through unprotected intercourse? Should he go to the doctor even though he is not currently exhibiting signs of a yeast infections? Before he had a little itching and burning on the tip of his penis and redness/irritation. Could this mean I gave him a yeast infection?
Now we are using condoms and I went off the pill (to control the yeast). I've also stopped eating sugar and take asidophilus. I've taken all of the other precautionary measures for preventing yeast infections (not taking baths, using dye/fragrance free detergent, white cotton underwear, no tight clothing, no pantyhose, not washing vagina with soap).
He can and likely is giving you the yeast infection back. There is some brands of Monistat or Canestin that come with a cream. When you are using the tablets, he should be using the cream. You can pass it by simply touching each other. Guys don't normally have symptoms until it is really bad. I think that next time you go to the doctor you should ask them for advice. Likely your boyfriend just needs the cream, but if he has had it for a while, there may be other treatments. Good luck <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/tongue.gif"><p>[This message has been edited by Jester (edited 06-04-2001).]
I understand what you're going through. Early last year I had a yeast infection for almost 3 months! And I haven't been the same since. My doctor gave me Boric Acid Suppositories (you can make your own, but my doctor gave me a prescription). I used one a night for fourteen days. I get irritated very easily ever since that infection (especially the week before my period), I still will use the suppositories every once in awhile if I feel one coming on. I mentioned to my doctor that I thought maybe my husband had one and was passing it back to me, but she said it was very unlikely, especially without him having symptoms, and they never did check him. Now I try to eat alot of yogurt, take acidophillus pills, and use the suppositories if I think I'm getting one. I'm sorry I can't help~
I had the same problem. I would have a yeast infection every other month that i knew of but once went back the week after i was treated and still had the yeast in me. I never got rid of it. My boyfriend ended up actually having a white discharge from his penis so he went to the doctors and they said he had a yeast infection. He took 3 days of diflucan and i got treated at the same time. Thought that everything would be better and the yeast infections would go away. NOPE! They weren't as frequent because he didn't have it anymore but I was still getting them. I finally got diagnosised with a bacterial infection which i tried to tell the doctors and they said it wasn't. I finally went to a different doctor and they found it. So they treated me for the bacterial infection and then the yeast infection back to back. It has been almost three months and I just went to the doctors to get checked and everything is perfect and I still don't use condoms with my boyfriend. My doctor told me that every time i had a yeast infection and treated it, the bacterial infection flared up which made the yeast infection come back and I needed to treat both at the same time vaginally with the bacterial medication first and the yeast infection second. My advice to you is get both treated back to back and have your boyfriend get diflucan (the oral medicine). I thought the yeast infections were from the pill too but it wasn't it was just the underlying bacterial infection. Good luck with treating this and getting past the discomfort. I know it really sucks!!
LJ56, what kind of bacterial infection? A non-sexually transmitted one? I was just tested for STD's and I don't have any. But I'm thinking I might still have some other infection that they didn't test for (I went to a specifically STD clinic). I was given Diflucan at the time because I had some symptoms of a yeast infection. It improved for a few days but now it seems to be back. Either the yeast infection is back or I have some other infection. I'm getting so tired of it, especially since I'm in a new city, don't have insurance yet, and don't have a regular doctor here.
estrella, It is a non-sexually transmitted bacterial infection. the only reason why i think the yeast infection kept coming back was because of the bacterial infection. I went to three different doctors until someone finally caught it. they kept telling me that since my pH is fine that it is not a bacterial infection. I had clue cells (cells spotted with bacteria) and my urine culture came back with vaginal bacteria. When I got treated for the yeast infection I went back a week later and the yeast was still there cause the bacterial infection hadn't been treated yet. I finally got rid of everything by treating them both back to back. It might be helpful for you to mention it to your doctor. good luck and hopefully you can get rid of these infections.
la profe, I just read your post. did you get checked after you finished your medication or before. I know that with me the bacterial medication caused a yeast infection in me that is why I took the bacterial medication and then the day after that ended took the yeast infection medication. hope this helps.
the other kind of bacterial infections are sexually transmitted like chlamydia gonnhorea and trich. I doubt u have those. You can only get those with unprotected sex. But i would definitely get tested for yeast again because it sounds like u have the symptoms of yeast. That is the same thing that happened to me. If you do have yeast again, take the bacterial medication again with the yeast medication starting the day after. if i could get rid of it after 2 years i'm sure you can too.