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to be at the end of my tether with recurrent thrush

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chairmanofthebored Tue 30-Oct-12 19:25:33

Wrong place to post i know, but wanting maximum chance of advice.
In a nutshell, i have had thrush practically every month for the last couple of years. I have tried the self help measures, loose trousers, no soap, no knickers in bed etc etc. I even tried washing my knickers with eco balls but still no improvement. Took a fluconazole yesterday again. Only 3 weeks since my last treatment. Getting so fed up with feeling uncomfortable.
The only thing i have not tried is a sugar free anti candida diet as i am sceptical about this.
Please help me and my itchy fangita. Ta

havingamoment Tue 30-Oct-12 19:29:40

No advice, but will be watching this with interest. Had the same problem for years. Even had coil out, which was no frickin use.

YAdefNBU to be fecked off with it.

MrsKeithRichards Tue 30-Oct-12 19:29:46

Is that the peppery treatment?

muppet1969 Tue 30-Oct-12 19:30:32

I had this for over a year - so debilitating and people don't really realise how much it takes out of you. I didn't really realise, actually, until it stopped! I have every sympathy for you. Go to the doctor as they can treat recurrent thrush. For me it turned out to be the pill that I was on and coming off fixed it. I still get about three bouts a year or so, and they can be hard to shift, but so much better than it was. Good luck! I hope it improves soon.

muppet1969 Tue 30-Oct-12 19:31:43

oh, and YADNBU!!

MrsKeithRichards Tue 30-Oct-12 19:31:51


UltraBOF Tue 30-Oct-12 19:32:32

I get it every month, and just take fluconazole on a repeat prescription. It's hormonal for some people.

Worley Tue 30-Oct-12 19:33:15

if you have a dp or dh ha e they been treated too?
what about them yogurt drink things? I have a friend who now swears by them.. and uses no bubble bath or soap in shower..

CrunchyFrog Tue 30-Oct-12 19:33:58

Sugar cutting down worked for me.

TheHappyCamper Tue 30-Oct-12 19:34:00

Firstly you have my sincere apologies .... I too have been there and it's awful sad. I had tried everything and was taking a Fluconazole capsule/canestan cream virtually every month as well.

I finally managed to cure myself using Dr Google! (I know it's probably a bad idea but it worked). I bought some Probiotic Lactobascillus Acidophilus tablets off ebay 100 for £3 approx. I take one every morning...and that's it. It went away!

Interestingly I stopped taking them for about 2 weeks in the summer as I had run out and hadn't had a bout for around 4 months or so and guess what? Yes, it came back within 2 weeks! I started taking them again and nothing since.

Worth a try maybe?

TotallyEggFlipped Tue 30-Oct-12 19:34:02

OP have you seen your GP?

SuzySheepSmellsNice Tue 30-Oct-12 19:37:48

I thought I had thrush all the time, but I went to the Dr and she worked out that my environment is more acidic than normal, so using normal or even ph neutral soap would upset the ambiance. I tried using the femfresh stylee soap stuff, and it has literally changed my life! Worth a thought smile

chairmanofthebored Tue 30-Oct-12 19:38:30

I have seen my GP totallyegg, but it was some time ago now. I was given peppery (sorry pessary!) treatment to use every month but it just came back when i stopped using them. The probiotic tablets sound like they could be worth a try Happycamper. Did it really go away with just that alone?

BadgersBottom Tue 30-Oct-12 19:39:58

Ditch the sugar. Get tested for diabetes too but drop the sugar.

TheHappyCamper Tue 30-Oct-12 19:45:59

Honestly, I haven't changed anything else smile

I treated with canestan after my last bout then once sorted, I started the tablets. My next thing to try was going to be the sugar in my diet but I already think we eat quite well so I wasn't sure if that would work.

The only other thing I am very careful about it having a wash as soon after sex as possible blush as I do think my natural balance down there gets upset quite easily as suzy sheep mentioned upthread.

Sharksandfishes Tue 30-Oct-12 19:47:15

Mine was caused by the Depo injection, and I waited a year to get it out of my system. I tried the anti-candida diet (the book is good) and it did help.
I feel so sorry for you, it was a nightmare year for me, and we had just got married! blush

FourEyesGhoul Tue 30-Oct-12 19:57:53

I'm with SuzySheepon this. I had a similar problem for ages, then I read Bupcakes' infamous 'name-change-fail / vagine' thread in which someone suggested that it might be thrush every time, and recommended the use of Femfresh wash instead of normal shower gel. I made the switch and have only had one case of full-on thrush in the past year or so. I am practically itch-free! smile (sorry, hope that didn't come across as smug.)

midseasonsale Tue 30-Oct-12 20:08:08

You need to look at your diet. There is a link between thrush/candida and sugar/yeast.

dribbleface Tue 30-Oct-12 20:17:20

You have my sympathies, not sure if it will help but I used a gel from boots called biofem activgel, was fantastic, can be used as a preventative. Worth a shot.

QueenStromba Tue 30-Oct-12 20:34:40

You need to try a low carb diet. Yeast feed on sugar, if you deprive them of their food source they will die. I used to get thrush every couple of months but I've not had it at all in over a year since I've been low carbing.

Softlysoftly Tue 30-Oct-12 20:34:49

I got this every month pre-period horrobly and caneston cream/pessary/tablet just stopped working until I was in a proper mess, definitely hormonal sad

One gp actually listened and gave me a tube of trimovate cream, amazing!!! 1 application and it went (even inside) every recurrence I used it once and it went. Haven't had to use it since 3m pg with DD2 as periods haven't returned yet.

So if you think it's hormonal ask beg your gp for a scrip, it's a mild steroid as well so they may be reluctant but it changed my sex life grin

squeakytoy Tue 30-Oct-12 20:36:50

low carb diet, cut out as much dairy as possible, and as much sugar as possible too... it works

BigBroomstickBIWI Tue 30-Oct-12 20:37:39

Agree absolutely with QueenStromba. It's the sugar that's causing the problems. I had exactly the same issue.

(Coming off the pill also helped massively)

Why are you sceptical about an anti-candida diet? And how have you endured it for this length of time without at least trying it?!

BigBroomstickBIWI Tue 30-Oct-12 20:38:12

Oh, and also make sure your partner/husband is treating himself as well, as you could be passing it to and fro.

Idocrazythings Tue 30-Oct-12 20:39:53

Just taken my 6th out of a 7 day course of fluconazole :-( you have my sympathies. Have u tried zinc supplements? They can help

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