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Recurring yeast infection :(

post #1 of 11
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Hey mamas. I'm more of a browser than anything on here, so I'm sorry many of you don't know me. I've followed the DDC over the months and thank you all so much for all your posts!!

I need some help and value your opinions. I have gotten 3 yeast infections this pregnancy (1 of those right now) and am SOO sick of it!! More than anything, I'm terrified that I will end up having one when I deliver (I'm 37 weeks today) and then I'll have to possibly deal with thrush issues greensad.gif I had to deal with that with DS and I want to avoid it like a plague!

Anyways, so I've simply treated my yeast infections with Monistat up to this point (I've had yeast infections before and that has ALWAYS cured them for me in the past). I'm convinced now that is simply treating the symptoms for me at this point. Obviously something else is off or I wouldn't keep getting them. So I desperately need to make some changes.

I'm planning on trying some probiotics and adding plain yogurt into my diet. Hopefully over the next 3 weeks that can balance me out a bit. What else can I do? Also, I take baths occasionally and am curious if I should cut that out for now. Since I'm so terrified of thrush, I'm also concerned that this could have spread to my breasts...is that possible? or likely? or maybe I just sound stupid redface.gif

I don't know...I'm desperate for anything at this point since I'm so close to delivering. Sorry, I know it's a lot of questions. Please help!

post #2 of 11

If you have a lot of yeast in your body, you could get thrush. Can you eat a lower carb diet? Drink lots of water and take acidophilus.

post #3 of 11

A couple years ago I used to have regular yeast infections. The same time every single month I would get one. I am not one for treating with medicine, so I looked for alternatives first. I used Yeast Guard and it took care of the issue and stopped them from coming back. I have only had one since then and one treatment took care of it and it hasn't been back. 

It's a natural probiotic, but I would check with my midwife before I used it during pregnancy. 

The same company also makes a probiotic that you can take to help get yeast under control through your whole body. I've never used that, only the suppositories, which you use exactly the same as Monistat.

post #4 of 11

I've been having the same issue. Honestly, my midwife said, at this point, the risk of thrush is worse than whatever issues she or I may have with using the "big guns", so I'm taking a two day course of Diflucan. I had a yeast infection before my last baby was born, treated it with a 7 day course of Monistat, thought it was gone at delivery, and we both STILL ended up with thrush. I'm also 37 weeks, and while if I were earlier in the pregnancy, I would have treated with something milder, at this point, it's vastly more important to get the yeast under control before delivery. She told me that the creams aren't very effective in late pregnancy anyway, because the baby's head pushes it out...and pregnancy yeast is like Arnold Schwarzenegger yeast, hence the two day instead of one day course of Diflucan. I got same day relief, and I'm taking my second dose today.

post #5 of 11
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Thanks for the help. I talked to my midwife today and she said there's no way the baby can get thrush even if I have a vaginal yeast infection at time of delivery (I guess my water breaking would clear it all out). That doesn't seem right. but because she feels that way, she didn't see a need to prescribe Diflucan. I'm frustrated because I've just been told to continue on with my Monistat. So, I guess I'll be trying whatever I can on my own...

Quick question though-does the type of yogurt I get make a difference? Is there a certain brand that would be best? Thanks mamas

post #6 of 11

Remember that yeast THRIVES on sweet stuff...so make sure the yogurt is sugar free...REALLLY sugar free....that means free from fake sugar as well.   With recurrent yeast like this - have you looked at your overall diet?  i know during pregnancy i sooooo crave flour and sugar and not much more - it is exactly that type of diet that will produce yeast and put you in peril for developing thrush.

In addition to giving up all sugar (i know...really easy to SAY, not so easy to DO!)  drink one capfull of white vinegar three times a day for three days - you can also use vinegar as a rinse externally for relief, one part vinegar to three parts warm water - actually works really well in an average sized water bottle to rinse with.

Youre in the home stretch, if you change your diet now, after using the Monistat - you should be OK for delivery.  Good Luck!

post #7 of 11

Yogurt needs to have live cultures in it. Acidophilus can be taken in pill form and is the live cultures that is in yogurt. I'm taking acidophilus with me to the hospital because I will need abx for my GBS.

post #8 of 11
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Where do I get acidophilus? That's refrigerated too, right? If I take those, do I need to take probiotics too? Sorry for all the questions. I never dealt with this my last pregnancy and have no idea what I'm doing. Thanks for your help!


Edited by marcib28 - 1/25/12 at 3:14pm
post #9 of 11

All the hormones in pregnancy can make yeast infections VERY hard to cure. Yogurt with live active cultures that is ABSOLUTELY sugar free! In this house we only eat organic dairy so personally I'd advise organic too. I know some people that have luck with using yogurt directly down there. I've never done it but you could plug it in to google and see what ya get. Good luck mama. I know how aweful these things are. I can recall sitting in a bath of ice water I've had them so bad before. 

 

Speaking of baths, cut that out too and cotton full bottom panties and loose fitting pants. I can't think of any of my other tricks but if I do I'll come back and let ya know.

post #10 of 11

All the hormones in pregnancy can make yeast infections VERY hard to cure. Yogurt with live active cultures that is ABSOLUTELY sugar free! In this house we only eat organic dairy so personally I'd advise organic too. I know some people that have luck with using yogurt directly down there. I've never done it but you could plug it in to google and see what ya get. Good luck mama. I know how aweful these things are. I can recall sitting in a bath of ice water I've had them so bad before. 

 

Speaking of baths, cut that out too and cotton full bottom panties and loose fitting pants. I can't think of any of my other tricks but if I do I'll come back and let ya know.

post #11 of 11

I tested positive for yeast at my 37 week apt last week although I wasn't having any symptoms. My midwives recommended inserting two tbsp of plain, high active culture yogurt mixed with probiotics every night for a week. Also rinsing with an apple cider/water mixture when using the bathroom. I used Primadophilus Brand Probiotics Intensive Treatment. I've also been taking one dose orally daily. I have not been tested again but I'm not feeling any symptoms still.

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