About a year ago, I started getting both yeast infections and bacterial vaginitis. The infections would come and go. I went to a million different OBGYNs and doctors, I tried home remedies, but nothing would help. I would take antibiotics for the BV, which would give me a yeast infection. I would finally get them both treated, maybe get a week or so of relief, then the constant itching, inflammation, and discharge would come back. It interferes with my sex life. I thought maybe sex could even have been the cause, but to this day I’m unsure. Finally, at one of my OBGYN visits, I was asked if I tried probtioics. I said yes, as online said probiotics were very helpful. She asked me what kind I took, and it turns out, I was taking the wrong kind. She told me the ones I had was specifically for gut health, and told me to get Florajen, which is meant for vaginal health. I picked them at my local pharmacy, and within days, no itching, no inflammation, no discharge! It worked! After going through two bottles, I decided to stop using them, so my body wouldn’t get used to them. I don’t know if it was a placebo effect or not, but I honestly felt itchy after stopping use, so I always keep a bottle on hand and take them a few times a week to keep my vagina healthy. I did, however, get a yeast infection a few weeks ago, but I used 7 day Mobistat and took the Florajen everyday and it went away (knock on wood.) Due to this, I don’t think my yeast/BV journey is over, but thankfully after a year of suffering with infections, I found ways to cope.
PMS is just one of those things that, being women, we all have to deal with. Nat lets us in on her little secrets for managing PMS. ...more