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Yeast Infections...

Hi everyone, I have been on birth control for the past 6 years (recently switched to Ortho Tri Cylcen Lo). In the past 2 years I have had about 4-5 yeast infections. I'm not sure if that is a lot since I know many women experience reoccurring yeast infections. But prior to those 4 or 5, I had never had one before.

I go to my gynecologist every six months and have received prescription cream to treat them. But it seems like they keep coming back. My doctor insists that birth control does not cause yeast infections, even though I've read they do and it even says it on the BC packet itself.

I have been with my FI for 5 1/2 years and we do not use condoms. I read online that it is possible to pass it to your partner and for them to pass it back. My FI hasn't had any symptoms of itching or irritation, but to be sure I asked my doctor about it and he said no it is not possible.

I guess I'm just looking for some advice and support from women who also experience this.

Re: Yeast Infections...

  • I don't take birth control, but I do get a yeast infection EVERY time I am prescribed antibiotics (which is a lot since I am prone to respiratory infections). My dr. gives me a pill for them that clears everything up in a day or so, has your dr. prescribed a pill instead of that messy cream stuff?

    After a quick google search, you are FAR from the only woman on Ortho with recurring yeast infections. I suggest switching to a new, maybe female dr. who will actually listen to you :-)

  • I've heard that it is possible to pass it back and forth however, dh and I have had sex on many occasions when I've had a yeast infection and he's never gotten one.

    just as an FYI, if your constantly getting yeast infections try taking acedophileus daily. You can get it at any drug store. I didn't start getting yeast infections till I went off bcp and got my iud (non hormonal). I would get an infection every month around the time of my period. I started taking the acedophileus and haven't had one since(about 2yrs now). Hth

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  • 1. Get a new doctor - your doc apparently doesn't know the first thing about female reproductive health.  Yeast infections CAN be passed to your partner (unfortunately H knows from experience).  BCP's can alter your hormone levels which can allow an overgrowth of yeast. 

    2. I HAD recurrent infections & there are a few things that would help.  Your doc. needs to give you the pill for them - it's amazing.  If you have a tough one you may have to take them for a couple days or once a week for a couple weeks to make sure it's fully killed the infection.   

    3. Take acidiphillus.  You can get these pills at any grocery or drug store.  They often are buy one get one at Kroger.  They help regulate your vaginal "flora" aka they regulate the amount of yeast your body makes.  The recommended dose is 1 pill per day, I have to take 4 a day, 2 w/ breakfast & 2 with dinner.  

    Please get a new doctor, you don't need someone who doesn't know what they're doing and can't give you correct medical adivce.   

  • Thanks everyone! I actually am switching doctors, my mom and sister use a women dr that they love. I've used this doctor for years and he never really gave me a problem but recently he's been a real a**hole and as you all mentioned, I've felt like he doesn't listen to me or know what he is talking about.

    My doctor never prescribed me a pill, he said the creams were more effective (although they are very messy). And he has never had me come in for a follow-up visit to make sure the infection is gone, I don't know if that's just the way that goes?

    I will go buy the acidiphillus ASAP. And I'm going to try eating yogurt on a daily basis. Thanks for the advice!

  • Almost forgot, if my FI has no symptoms should we still treat it?
  • The same thing was happening to me where I would get recurrent infections and all my doc told me was to change my diet. Eventually I was like screw this and got a different doc and she perscribed one Diflucan tab and bingo, done.
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  • I used to suffer from yeast infections. I was on Yasmin. I went to a nautropathic and she diagnosed me with candida.

    I quit the pill, no antibiotics, less sugar, acidopholis, half a year I'm infection-free. 

    Doctors have no clue as what to do with it, I went to numerous doctors and got ridicules responses. I was buying cream and pills twice a month. It's a change in diet! 

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    I used to suffer from yeast infections. I was on Yasmin. I went to a nautropathic and she diagnosed me with candida.

    I quit the pill, no antibiotics, less sugar, acidopholis, half a year I'm infection-free. 

    Doctors have no clue as what to do with it, I went to numerous doctors and got ridicules responses. I was buying cream and pills twice a month. It's a change in diet! 

    Lol. Candida= yeast infection.
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  • I was on Yasmin up until about 3 months ago when I switched to Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo. I am dieing to come off of the pill but by wedding is a year and a half away and I don't want to get pregnant. I know there are other forms of birth control (i.e. condoms) but that really isn't something we want to do.

    I went out and bought the acidophilus pills and I am going to take them once a day from now on. I'm also going to include yogurt in my daily diet. Hopefully that does the trick. And you better believe right after the wedding I'm dropping the pill! I'm going to do some research on NFP.

  • I was on Loestrin for a year and never had an issue and then they put me on Ortho tri cyclen lo and I had a yeast infection for 6 months, and I gained 40 lbs and was a psychotic *** not fun at all. needless to say back on Loestrin, yeast infection gone, still can't lose the weight but I stopped gaining and I'm no longer crazy
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  • imageFutureMrsOrtiz0526:
    Almost forgot, if my FI has no symptoms should we still treat it?

    I've heard that if a man has a yeast infection he will KNOW, i.e. "it" will be itchy and really uncomfortable.  It is possible to spread a yeast infection to a partner but it isn't like kissing someone with a cold.  I wouldn't treat it unless the symptoms are there.

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