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Vaginal infections

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  • Posted By: tooconfused
  • April 2, 2009
  • 06:20 PM

I'm in my mid 30's and until this year I have never had a yeast or bacterial infection, but this year I seem to get them every month. I'm not sexually active, I don't use douches, and I have taken all the recommendations that my Doctor has suggested; changed soaps, type of underwear, tampons, etc., and have been on antibiotics, but they still return. The doctor now says that "well, it's just common in some women" I can't except that and I'm at my wit's end. Please help, I don't want to be on antibiotics for the rest of my life, not to mention, inevitably building a resistance to the antibiotics.:mad:
I just want my life back

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  • If you cut down on sugar and refined carbohydrates, it may help. It's thought that sugars help these kinds of bugs, especially yeast, to grow. Try taking lactobacillus capsules or eating live culture yogurt every day. You can also "douche" with plain yogurt. This has essentially stopped my nasty and recurring infections.
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Been there done that, found the solution. ;)That being said, each woman may need to find the best combination for her. Women just go through times when they have more yeast infections, and I've noticed it particularly among women in their 20's and early 30's. Regardless of type (as all bread bakers know), yeast needs three things to grow: moisture, heat, and sugar. Throughout the body, whether the digestive tract, the skin, and yes, the vagina, there needs to be a balance between yeast and bacteria. "Infection" is a misnomer: it is not that the yeast has suddenly invaded from somewhere else like a true infection. It is there all the time. The problem is the bacteria have been killed off and the yeast have over grown. In other words, all those anti-biotics ARE the PROBLEM!!! Sometimes it is necessary to take anti-biotics, but when you do, the common side effect is yeast infections and digestive problems. That is because those anti-biotics have killed off the good bacteria right along with the bad, and that allows yeast to overgrow--flourish. The solutions are several and you could easily try them all. The problem can be seen as systemic AND topical, so you can treat both ways. In terms of systemic treatment, eating high quality yogurt with live active cultures cannot hurt and may go a long way to help. You may also want to take pro-biotics. You may want to check with your local health food store for systemic yeast "infection" tablets taken orally. For some women those work great; other women find them less effective. The ultimate solution is good old boric acid used vaginally. Boric acid, despite it's menacing name, is a mild powder that is as old as the hills--something our great grandmothers knew and used. You can find it very, very cheaply in drug stores, or (don't be put off by this) you might find it in extermination sections as it is also used to get rid of roaches. :eek:The powder itself would be messy and impossible to insert, so while at the health food store get good-sized vegetable capsules for making your own capsules. Put the boric acid powder in the vegetable capsule (just scoop it in). Insert one capsule vaginally at night and use sanitary protection. You will likely find an unpleasant discharge in the morning, but the yeast infection will be greatly reduced. It is generally wise to use the boric acid treatment at least 3 nights. Keep doing it until you have no more symptoms, then do it one day more. Usually, it only takes about 3-4 nights. Treating systemically and topically at the same time can help, and if you have taken anti-biotics, your digestive system will also need the pro-biotics, so you may want to take pro-biotic pills in addition to eating yogurt. These methods work and have been helping women for generations. You do not need to suffer--or spend a fortune on pharmaceuticals. (It's been years, but the last I checked, boric acid was less than $3 for a container big enough to last a lifetime, and the veggie capsules were less than $5-10 and would be enough for years of infections.)
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