I have been having difficulty this past year with recurrent yeast infections. I had myfirst ever infection this april, and went to my doctor, verified that it was in fact a yeast infection and received treatment via oral medication. It worked for a short time, but came back about a month or so later.
This time I tried home remedies, including apple cider vinegar baths, eating plain greek yogurt, and acidophilus capsules (orally). They all seemed to work for short periods of time, but then it felt like the yeast infection overpowered whatever I would do to counteract it.
After the third infection (around June or maybe July) i again received another prescription (same meds, same dose) and again it cleared up, but came back several weeks later suddenly. I returned to my attempts to self-treat, with about the same amount of success.
Finally, about two months ago, the infection reutrned (October) and I returned to the doctor and received the same medication, but at triple the dosage. She advised me to be more vigilant about controling my blood sugar, or else I risked recurent infection. I told her that I feel that I do a good job of that, but that I would take and extra effort from that point on.
The meds again cleared it up, this time seemingly for good. However, I got a cold and my blod sugars ran slightly higher than normal, and two weeks after finishing my round of medication the infection was back.
I got another prescription, which I just finished on Tuesday. The pills last for five days in the body, and yesterday, day four after finishing my last pill, the infection was starting up again. I have been exceptionally vigilant about my blood sugar, so I don't know how that could be a contributing factor at this point, and I don't know what to do now. I just want to be done with this.
For reference, my blood sugar targets, which I frequently meet, average between 70 and 130 before meals and under 180 an hour after eating. From all my research and education (via healthcare professionals and diabetes education classes), that qualifies as tight control. I still aim for lower after-meal glucose numbers, and more and more lately, I am successful. For example, this morning, two hours after eating, I was at 74. On Thanksgiving, I overdid things a bit and wound up at 48 an hour after eating Thanksgiving dinner.
I cut down on simple carbs (not completely, but I limit myself quite a bit), increase complex carbs as much as I can in my diet, eat lots of salads and have been cutting fats rom my diet. My diet is healthier than most people that I know. I am a healthy weight for my height at 5'5" and 130 lbs, a weight I have maintained within 5lbs since I was seventeen (except for when I was diagnosed, during which I lost 30 lbs).
I don't drink soda, I use sugar substitutes, whole grain breads on the occasions that I actually eat bread at all. I eat oatmeal for breakfast, usually including flax meal for additional fiber, cottage cheese for extra protein, and almonds for healthy fats. Other days, I eat one fried egg (using olive or canola oil in small amounts) on an english muffin (26 grams carbohydrates).
I shower regularly, am careful not to use soaps with harsh dyes or fragrances, opting for the most natural ingredients whenever possible.
I exercise daily with either a jog around the block (about a mile) or about 20-30 minutes of yoga. I always make sure to wash up after sweaty activities.
I am also vigilant about cleaining well after sex, and my boyfriend (we've been exclusive for over a year and a half) and I don't use either condoms or lubes of any kind (something I've heard can cause irritation and lead to infections.
Is there ANYTHING that I am missing here, any glaring mistake I am making that could be leading to the recurring infections? It just feels like the infection has taken over my body, and that I can't possibly behave healthy enough to fight it.