I'm a 31-year-old woman, and I've experienced chronic yeast infections
(ranging from mild to severe) for about 15 years now (perhaps longer, but I wasn't aware of it until I became sexually active at 17). I have had no children and have been in two long-term monogamous relationships over the past 15 years. I was diagnosed with HPV in 2009 (treated with LEEP procedure), but I have experienced these symptoms before and after.
I've had multiple doctors remark that "this is something more consistent with someone who has diabetes, but you probably don't have diabetes." I'm 5'9" and weigh roughly 150 pounds. I have been vegetarian since high school, and specifically, I have been vegan (no animal products at all) for the past 6 years.
I have had a doctor theorize that the yeast infections were from my diet. Since a vegan diet can be heavy on carbs, her thought was that that's how my body was processing the excess sugar in my body. I have tried lower carb diets since, and I still experience these symptoms.
This has had an impact on my relationships and I'm beginning to feel like a prisoner in my own body. It's uncomfortable and makes being intimate difficult.
Do you have any recommendations on a course of action to figure out what's going on? Should I ask for a blood test? Is it possible that I am ACTUALLY diabetic? (I assume I would have had other complications by now were that the case.)
I don't mind going to see the doctor or even a number of them, but I feel like these symptoms have been disregarded time and time again, and because I have been to a number of doctors over the past decade, no one has been able to make the connection that this is a serious, chronic issue for me.
Thanks so much for your time and consideration.