I have had 6 or 7 yeast infections in the past year. The pill seemed to trigger them so I went off it. I have taken 3 antibiotics in the past three months and have had yeast infections every time. Help!!
Gender: femaleAge: 43
I was on a maintenance dose of Diflucan for 6 months. One pill on the Monday after starting a new pack, and then a second one that Thursday. I went off the pill two months ago, but was on 3 different antibiotics since November so I've had three more infections. I've used Monistat, and am currently taking Diflucan again, one a day for 7 days straight. I've taken 3 so far, but have had no relief yet. I started taking probiotic acididophilus based on the recommendation of my pharmacist.
have you had a culture that was positive for yeast?
Yes, on Thursday I went in and had a pelvic exam and a culture. She said the inside of my vagina was "coated" with yeast.
ok. Some women are prone to yeast infections and it sounds like you have a lot of experience in that department. Yeast vaginitis is misery indeed. One thing that i think would be helpful for you it to take a diflucan on the last day of any antibiotic treatment that you receive. In some cases, that will keep you from developing a yeast infection. Probably by day 7 of the diflucan you will feel better. Have you been checked for diabetes? Sometimes, diabetes presents as frequent yeast infections.
The reason i asked you whether you a positive yeast culture is that there is a similar condition to yeast but is treated differently.. Many time patients present to the office with a complaint of yeast infection but the culture is negative. Most times the culture is positive for group b strep (a bacteria that many women carry) or will say "large number of normal vaginal flora". This condition is called desquamative vaginal inflammation. It is treated with an antibiotic cream vaginally for 14 days and then with vaginal estrogen cream twice a week for 3 months.
If you're issue is purely yeast, then using diflucan at the conclusion of antibiotics will probably help. Sometimes, ladies need an entire year of antifungal therapy to totally get rid of yeast.
I hope this answer was helpful.
Thank you. One quick clarification: I am a strep B carrier. I found out when my daughter was born. She was infected and spent 10 days in the hospital. For my second pregnancy they put me on antibiotics during the last 12 weeks so I wouldn't pass it on to her. Is this the same strep B you referred to in you reply? And my doctor did mention diabetes and I am going in on February 11th for my yearly which will include blood work.
yes, it is the same group b strep. it usually doesn't cause problems except for childbirth issues. however, in a select group of patients with recurring yeast type symptoms, it can be the culprit
residency trained in ob/gyn. board certified in ob/gyn. 15 yrs experience