Medical questions & health advice by board certified doctors
"Why am I experiencing repeated yeast infections every 2-3 months?"
I am a 33 year old woman, and I am not pregnant. I have been experiencing repeated yeast infections for almost 2 years now. Each time I treat with either the 3 day or the 7 day anti-fungal medicine. The infection always clears up and then returns again 2 to 3 months later.
Yeast infections are notoriously difficult to treat, and I am sorry that you have been suffering with these so regularly for so long now. At this point, you need to be treated fully, and since the creams are not working for you, I would recommend speaking to your doctor to see if a systemic (likely orally given) medication would be right for you. That being said, however, there are some people that are prone to recurrent infections despite the best medical therapy. Pregnant women are one of these groups, but you mention that you are not pregnant. Diabetics would also be at an increased risk for almost any infection. Other factors might also play a role, but anything that compromises your immune system, such as HIV could also be a possible cause of the fact that your body can't seem to get over this. While that is unlikely unless you have risk factors, it is clear that you do need something to help your body. Fungi are normal flora in the vagina, meaning that they usually are present. For some reason, your body doesn't seem able to balance the normal with the abnormal. Please see your OB/GYN for further therapy.
Need more info?See a doctor today
Zocdoc Answers is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.