Hey everyone! This is my first time posting, and I have a few questions. I have had a yeast infection/BV for about 5 months now. At first it was just the YI, but I think that went away about two weeks ago and now it's just BV, which I'm currently (as we speak, as a matter of fact) treating with yogurt and apple cider vinegar.
My entire tale of woe is under the cut, but if you don't want to read it these are basically the questions I need answered.
1. I've been trying to research what sort of foods I should stay away from to prevent ever having a YI or BV again, and basically it seems that I should avoid… everything. Can anyone direct me to a site that has information on the things I can eat? (Plain yogurt is a given. I've been eating it fo so long that I actually don't even mind the taste anymore.
2. For the obvious things that I shouldn't consume, do I have to cut these things out entirely? I've already reduced the amount of sugar I take in greatly, but is a daily bowl of frosted mini wheats still too much? And as far as alcohol goes, I get drunk maybe once a week. Is that okay?
3. Since my YIBV was so long-lasting, does that mean that it's something that I'm going to have to worry about for the rest of my life, even after it goes away? I think originally, it never went away because I never treated it properly, but once it does will it be really easy to contract again? I went through 20 years of my life without having to deal with something like this, and now I feel like I'm going to have to take all these stupid daily flora supplements forever.
(Please forgive me for how all over the place this post is. I sometimes have trouble focusing my thoughts.)
I was a virgin up until January, until I started having sex with this guy– but I think something was off with my vagina slightly before that. It hurt when we started having sex, even after a few weeks, and I didn't understand why. I think it was about mid-february when it developed into a full blown YI, characterized by the nasty clumpy discharge. It was more worse some days than others, so I still continued to have sex. (to this day I still haven't told him about the ordeal). I would do everything– yogurt, genetian violet, etc but it never seemed to go away. I was on BC for February and March, then stopped taking it halfway through April because I thought it was making the YI worse. (As of last week, I am back on it again.) The guy I am with comes inside me about 50 percent of the time.
About mid-April I finally went to the gyno, and she gave me a prescription for fluconazole and a suppository (terconazole?). The pill didn't work (both times) but the cream did. However– I never used it for the full seven days it said to use it for because I would go have sex with this guy, and then spend the night at his house. However, I think after a few weeks, the YI cleared up. But then I started noticing the odor. This was about two weeks ago, and I thought it was still a YI so I continued treating it as such. Then, about two days ago I started researching BV, and concluded that's what I have now, and could have possibly had it for a few months.
At this point I am about 85% sure that the reason none of the treatments I tried worked was because I kept interrupting them to have sex, lol. My FWB is away at the moment so I've been able to focus on treatment alone, and I'm pretty sure it's working. However, those ^ three questions remain. Once it's gone, can I go back to my moderately high sugar diet? Or do I have to change everything entirely? Could I be prone to these infections? I have had two minor YI's before, both a year apart and treated easily with yogurt and such. As of right now, I don't eat a lot of sugar and when I do, I drink massive amounts of water afterwards to flush it out. I went from hardly ever eating fruits and vegetables to eating them at least twice a week. My family also relies on microwave food a lot– should I try to stay away from this too?
Edit: I also take biotin and Lactobacillus acidophilus daily, and will start taking a multivitamin this week. I also started taking ultimate flora capsules, and I take one AZO Yeast tablet a day.
Thanks for reading!