Post # 1
Sorry if this is TMI. On Wednesday afternoon I felt like I had a yeast infection so I bought monistat. I dont really think it seems to be improving. It is such so itchy and uncomfortable (sorry tmi). I know it is not an STD. Anyone have any experience with this? How long does it take to clear up? Thanks!
Post # 3
I get it quite regularly but don’t get the uncomfortable symptoms such as itching. My doctor said that it is best not to treat it because the infection can get used to the antibiotics. I would go see your doctor if it is irritating you that much…the pains of been a woman hey!?!?!
Post # 4
@healthybee26: There are a number of things that can cause itching down there. It could be a yeast infection or another type of bacterial infection or STDs, etc. Go see your doctor, with a proper diagnosis, you will get the right treatment solution!
Post # 5
I used to get them when I was a swimmer. After a while, I knew the symptoms enough to know it was a yeast infection right away. If you’ve never had one, however, you should go to the doctor first. If it is a yeast infection, the meds do take a few days to kick in. Wear cotton granny panties and get ready for the cream to ooze out…gross, I know.
Post # 6
Oh no, yeast infections are the worst 🙁
i had it recurring for a while and NOTHING I tried would get rid of It! I tried the prescribed medicines, cutting out dairy/sugar, tampons smothered in yoghurt, apple cider vinegar, not wearing tight clothes/thongs… I just could not get rid of it, it was so uncomfortable and miserable and it of course really affected my sex life.
Then I discovered tea tree soap and it cleared up within days! Miracle! I use it daily now to stop it coming back, as well as avoiding bubble bath etc as it irritates me.
Maybe worth giving it a go. Also might be worth a visit to your doc if its the first time you’ve had it, it could be BV instead
Post # 7
I would go to the doctor. I got these all the time last year. I haven’t in a long time because I narrowed mine down to fragrances like scented soaps and detergents, so I don’t get them anymore, but it can get worse. It can turn into bacterial vaginosis or group b step, which is what happened with me. I was on 3 different pills and a cream all in one week. I let it go too long, and I got miserable so please go in and take care of yourself 🙂
Post # 8
I echo what the PP’s said about seeing the doctor. You want to make sure it’s nothing more serious.
Post # 9
I would also recommend going to a doctor. However, I had a yeast infection when I was a broke college student without the money for a doctor, and I got a over-the-counter test to make sure I had a yeast infection before I bought the stuff to get rid of it. And a tip: sleep without underwear on. You want to be able to air things out. If you’re not comfortable sleeping without panties then wear light cotton ones. Other materials will trap the moisture and make things worse.
Post # 10
@healthybee26: Oh I know what you mean, this happened to me years ago when I was about to finish college. It’s so uncomfortable and embarrising to talk about, but when i went to my doctor she gave me one pill that i was supposed to take on my first day of AF and it cleared up right away. I never ever ever again had it again. Talk to your doctor and GL. Feel better.
Post # 11
If it isn’t clearing up, it might be thrush. Thrush can’t be treated with OTC medicine, so you’d need prescription antibiotics.
Post # 12
@Emily_Louise_C: tea tree soap?! never knew there was such a thing. Where did you get it from and/or what brand is it?
@healthybee26: did you try using the ointment that usually comes with the Monistat pack? That usually helps with any itch. Your doctor can also give you Diflucan to treat it orally (if it’s really a YI). For me, when I use Monistat, it irritates the heck out of every thing down there – so I’m usually more tender for a whole week (as the goop comes out) and definitely a few days after (although, I rarely have itch associated with mine). Yep, definitely TMI.
Post # 13
Australian tea tree soap, you can get it on amazon (just search tea tree soap) or any health shop. It’s not expensive, it’s about £2.50 (English) and lasts ages. It’s the only soap I use now!
i also found that Vagisil cream helps to soothe the itchiness/soreness, especially at night, although it doesn’t do anything to clear it up.
Post # 14
You should see your GYN. I once had a yeast infection that didn’t seem to respond to Monistat, so I thought it must be something besides yeast, and scheduled an appointment. My doctor said some strains of bacteria just don’t respond to the OTC stuff so she gave me Diflucan, which cleared it up within 24 hours. Your best bet is really to see a doctor to rule out anything else and/or get a prescription.
In the meantime, Vagisil wipes work well to combat the itchiness. And if you’re home try to go without undies whenever you can to ear things out; if you do have to wear panties, make sure they’re loose, cotton, and breathable.
Homeopathically, you can insert plain yogurt, or put a dab of coconut oil on the area.
Good luck, yeast infections are really their own special kind of hell.
Post # 15
Also if you are having sex with your partner then he may need to be treated as well depending on when you last had sex. Most males are asymptomatic but are still infected and pass it back to their partners.
Post # 16
I find that a foolproof (for me), cheap, and minimally irritating solution for YIs is using capsules filled with boric acid powder. I’m somewhat prone to YIs, and this remedy gets rid of them every time. It’s also the remedy recommended by my gynecologist.
How to: Boric acid powder can be found with the disinfectants in a drugstore (I know Rite Aid always has it, CVS doesn’t as far as I know, and not sure about other stores, but it’s available on Amazon too). Mine is called “Boric Acid Powder NF.” At a health food store, you’ll be able to find empty gelatin capsules (size 00); if you can’t find them at a store, they can be ordered online too. Fill the gelatin capsules with the boric acid powder, and insert into the vagina, 1 in the morning and 1 at night, every day for 5 days to a week. You can do 2 capsules at night only, instead, but that is kind of intense and does irritate me sometimes.
There are 2 (or 3) things I should mention: this makes a LOT of watery discharge (but I imagine it’s less gross than Monistat goop), and sometimes it takes 8 hours or so for all the powder to fully dissolve, so if you have sex before then it might be slightly uncomfortable– but when treating a yeast infection one really shouldn’t be having p-in-v sex anyway. Oh, and of course boric acid powder is not to be ingested! (Duh, sorry, but felt I had to throw that out there).
I agree with PP who mentioned that your partner should treat himself too. If he washes his privates with a dilute vinegar solution (2-3 tablespoons cider vinegar to 1 quart water) once a day for a week, he should be fine.
I like to wash down there only with that vinegar solution, too– I use it instead of soap there and I find that helps prevent yeast infections, UTIs, and irritations.
Hope this helps! 🙂
P.S. I’ve heard that this is effective for BV too.