Hello fellow readers! Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, it’s been pretty busy for me the past few weeks with the holidays. I had a few weeks off work to go back to Kenora and visit with all the friends and family. I’ve also had a touch of writer’s block and haven’t been sure what to write about. But recently with all the amazing food, drinks and mild stress over the holidays, I felt like yeast infections have been a reoccurring topic with my friends and I.
Vaginal yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina, symptoms of a yeast infection are:
- Itching and irritation in the vagina and the tissues at the vaginal opening (vulva)
- A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating
- Redness and swelling of the vulva
- Vaginal pain and soreness
- Vaginal rash
- Watery vaginal discharge
- Thick, white, odor-free vaginal discharge with a cottage cheese appearance
- antibiotics (they lower the amount of lactobacillus, or good bacteria, in the vagina)
- uncontrolled diabetes
- weak immune system
- poor eating habits, including a lot of sugary foods
- hormonal imbalance near your menstrual cycle
- lack of sleep
So before new years, I got strep throat and the first cause of yeast infections on the list provided is antibiotics ( which the doctor warns you about when they prescribe you antibiotics). I was put on penicillin for my strep throat and it gave me the worst yeast infection that I’ve had in awhile. It wasn’t the super nasty kind of yeast infection where your discharge smells or looks “cottage cheese-like”. I mostly felt discomfort and the burning sensation when I peed. I’m sure most of you that have had yeast infections understand the discomfort and hate it. I tried to avoid getting one by eating lots of Activa yogurt which is known for all the probiotics that it has in it and tried to just use Canesten. But genetically I am prone to getting yeast infections:( This was a piss off altogether because if you have sex while having a yeast infection your partner could get it, which could lead to the two of you swapping it back and forth for months. BEEN THERE DONE THAT. So not only was I pissed about being sick and my vagina feeling uncomfortable, I was mostly pissed that I shouldn’t have sex, nothing a little masturbation couldn’t fix but still, Amy gets grouchy when she doesn’t get laid. Anywho, the yeast infection lasted until I finished my penicillin.
So while I had the infection I used Canesten cream. Now Canesten comes in a few different forms. There is:
- 1 day combi-pak comfort tab
- 3 day combi-pak comfort tab
- 1 day combi-pak cream
- 1 day cream
- 3 day cream
- 6 day cream
- Canesoral comi-pak
I have tried a few different brands of yeast infection treatments and I find they all work the same for me. But everyone is different and everything will work differently for each person. I find I like the 6 day cream the best. How it works is, you put cream in an application and you shoot it up your vagina the same way you would a tampon. Now I put the cream in before bed so then I don’t have a mess of cream leaking out of my vagina during the day. I just find that it soothes my discomfort right away. Now if you don’t feel comfortable shooting cream up your vagina, you can take the oral pills and I found them to also be very effective and if you want some instant relief you can also just use the cream externally.
If you are looking for a more natural way of treating a yeast infection you can just eat a lot of yogurt but, what also works is soaking a tampon in tea tree oil or even plain yogurt. Make sure it is plain yogurt because the flavoured shit is not going to work. If you don’t want to use a tampon you can also buy the applicators used for the cream and fill one up with yogurt and shoot it up your vagina.
I have found that diet really affects how likely I am to get yeast infections. Personally, I love drinking beer and beer (usually being made of yeast can really imbalance your PH levels. So if you have a yeast infection, avoid beer or any kinds of sweet drinks. Vodka water lime is usually a safe bet.
If you do have a yeast infection, it’s not really something to worry about too much. They are easy to get and easy to get rid of. Just make sure you’re getting lots of sleep, eating appropriately and avoid having sex for about a three days to a week. If your yeast infection lasts for a long time and typical treatments aren’t working for you, you should consult your doctor because you may need a stronger form of medication.
Anyways my lovelies, hope all your holidays were enjoyable and full of sex. Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions on what I should post about. I’m always interested in researching new and different sexual topics.
Remember, stay safe, stay consensual and smile 🙂