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yeast infection??

By Anonymous January 30, 2011 - 6:55pm
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Hello, I have a question, i hope someone can help.
first part of december i started taking bio-identical hormones. They have done wonders for me. My husband and I actually started having sex again...the second weekend we had sex i developed what i presume is a yeast infection. I am trying to figure out what triggered this. some websites suggest that just having sex could be the culprit. Could i have douched too much and caused this or could my bioidentical estrogen dosage be too high? We did not use lubrication and i did notice i was a bit "chapped" the next day. I used a monistat1 and iam finding out that was a mistake. how long does it take for this to actually work?? thats like 10 questions but i am looking for any help i can get. thaank you...

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If you have never had a yeast infection before, it is important to have it diagnosed by a doctor (to make sure you have a yeast infection, and not another type of vaginal infection).

To answer your questions:
- Yes, douching can lead to yeast infections, and is not recommended for women unless specified by a doctor
- Yes, frequent sex can also lead to yeast infections

Yeast infections have very specific symptoms (however, other infections may also mirror some of these symptoms):
* Vaginal itching, ranging from mild to severe
* A clumpy, vaginal discharge that may look like cottage cheese
* Vaginal soreness, irritation, or burning
* Rash or redness on the skin outside the vagina
* Painful urination
* Painful sexual intercourse

Risk Factors
These factors increase your chance of a yeast infection. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:
* Situations that can cause hormonal changes:
o Birth control pills
o Pregnancy
o Menopause
o Steroid use
* Broad-spectrum antibiotics
* Diabetes , especially when blood sugar is not well-controlled
* A compromised immune system, such as with HIV infection
* Perfumed feminine hygiene sprays, deodorant tampons, or bubble bath
* Tight jeans, synthetic underwear, or a wet swimsuit
* Douching

If you have a yeast infection, one dose of OTC (over the counter) medication will effectively treat your yeast infection. Since you used Monistat and it did not work (you should feel better within a day, possibly two), then you need to call your doctor for accurate diagnosis and treatment-- some infections just need a different type of medicine that is not sold over the counter.

January 30, 2011 - 7:47pm
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