Each month after my menstrual cycle I get a yeast infection. I use an over-the-counter three-day treatment and it does go away, but only until next month when my period ends again. What could be causing these recurrent yeast infections and can you recommend a natural cure?
Yeast infections of the vagina are due to overgrowth of a species of candida, most often candida albicans. The candida overpopulates the vagina when the normal population of lactobacillus in the vagina becomes deficient, thereby causing the vagina to lose its usual acidic environment. During different times of the month, the pH (acid balance) of the vagina changes. In fact, it is not unusual to get yeast infections around the time you menstruate; menstruation is a common time for a flare-up of the yeast overgrowth.
I would recommend three things you should do for the next three full cycles:
- Eat a 1/2 cup of acidophilus yogurt almost daily and take two acidophilus capsules a day.
- Insert boric acid powder in a capsule vaginally in the a.m. for two weeks. Then insert one capsule a day during your menstrual flow for three months.
- Insert acidophilus capsules in the p.m. for the same two weeks that you use the boric acid capsules.
This plan should do the trick. Good luck.