I've Been Getting a Yeast Infection Before Every Period

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:19
Submitted by Betty Dodson

Dear Dr. Betty,

So since the beginning of this year, excluding June, I've been getting BV or a yeast infection before every period. And sometimes I get both. I've been seeing my gynecologist about this and we have yet to figure out why this is why this is happening. I'm starting to lose it, I feel like I no longer can understand my vulva. I've been married for the past 4 years and we have done some BDSM and played with other people but we haven't played with anyone else for over 7 months.

Nothing in my life had changed to make me think that my vulva would be doing this. It had gotten pretty predictable were 3 days before my period I will start having signs and symptoms of something being wrong. I can't understand it and now I'm wondering if it's my diet or my body weight? I've been using the same products that I've always had before this started. So why now? I'm just wondering if you could shed some light on this.

Thanks for your time,

Dear R,

Since you are under the care of a medical doctor, whatever she is doing is not working. So I'd try alternative healing methods. Personally, I believe you have answered your own question when you speculated "now I'm wondering if it's my diet or my body weight?" Bingo!

My answer is yes, most likely. SUGAR is the problem in most all cases in terms of yeast overgrowth and weight. Go on a health kick and get back to me with the good new about healing yourself. Good nutrition information is easily available. Good luck!

Dr. Betty

Liberating women one orgasm at a time

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Carbs and sugar do havoc if not genetically tolerated

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:00
Lizzie Smith (not verified)

Many of us increasingly find we don't tolerate as much sugar and carbohydrates (which metabolize into sugars) as the official health care guidelines as yet permit and even recommend. 
The official health care nutritional guidelines diet that can be recognized from the magical words 'complex carbohydrates' is not for everybody. The genetics play a part in this.
There is evidence the official designers of the guidelines are recently starting to recognize the part of inherited genetic disposition by allowing doctors treating diabetics a chance to give their patients also a low-carb diet recommendation for treatment.
This piece of knowledge has yet to reach the doctors and dietitians round the world, though. But the fact is, any doctor recommending a low carb diet to a patient suffering from insulin resistence (weight problems, tendency to diabetes, full blown diabetes, etc. ) is not guilty of malpractice any more.
If you have found out over the years you cannot maintain your weight or general health by eating according to the official recommendations (that are rich in fruit, vegetable oils, pasta, potatoes and other carbohydrates), your matabolic functions may be more of a fat-burner's than a of a carb-burner's.
There is a lot of information available on this.  You might want to search Dr. Tim Noakes from South Africa, or, Diet Doctor from Sweden on benefits of solid fats and a well-combined low carb way of life -eating.

My wife had the same problem

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 23:51
Anonymous Lurker (not verified)

My wife had the same problem for years. The doctor's methodology was to treat the individual infections and not the cause. What worked for her was airflow -- spending more time naked, in particular sleeping without panties.


Thu, 04/16/2015 - 14:46
Tina L (not verified)

I was having the same problem until my doctor suggested some high quality probiotics (you have to make sure there are enough organisms to actually reach the vagina).
Another thing that helped me was thoroughly washing my vulva right after sex or masturbation.
Another big help was switching from tampons to Instead disposable menstrual cups. Tampons and pads hold moisture where the fungus can breed and these don't. The bonus is they don't dry out or irritate your vagina or vulva.
Make sure to wear only cotton panties and keep your crotch as dry as possible by wearing breathable fabrics, drying off completely before dressing, and getting out of a wet swimsuit ASAP.
Good luck!

I had the same problem for a year

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 03:03
missmisc (not verified)

I had the same problem for a year. I am on the pill but have been for 4 years and last year this came on out of no where. Had a yeast problem every month. I had not changed pills, soap, etc. It happened the week before my period for almost 11 months, and it was ruining my sex life, self esteem, and my wallet, as everytime I went to the dr they said to get an antifungal and those are $20! That was $20 or more a month and they never found the cause. 
I did some research myself. I tried to cut sugar down abit but it is my vice. I then found Jarrow Fempdophilus probiotics. You can buy them at vitamin stores or off amazon.com. They seriously saved me. Regular probiotics (mostly used for digestion) did little for me, but these ones have certain strains of probiotics specifically for vaginal health and ph balance. I took 1 a day for about 6 months and didnt get another infection. I now take it 2-3 times a week and still no infections. It really is a lifesaver. Look it up or something similar that is made specifically for vaginal health, as well as drink more water and cut down sugar if possible. Good luck