Here it is, ladies…
Yeast Infections. (warning, I’m going to talk about it…)
As horrible as they are, they are something that will happen at some point or another. I had gone 36 years without one. Then, as I was recovering from the longest flare I had ever had, I found that it was my turn. I wasn’t sure what was going on, since I didn’t have any discharge. But, I found that I was itching. And horribly! At some times there was immense swelling and pain. I figured it out and headed to the pharmacy.
But, what do you buy? What works? I bought a regular over the counter “insert” and made sure it had a cream that comes with it. I got the one day pack, because I wanted it done immediately. I later learned that this isn’t what that meant. (If you run into this problem, the longer ones are actually supposed to be better.) I also purchased a liquid that was supposed to help from the inside. I wasn’t sure if it would, but I was willing to try anything. And I really didn’t want to have to pay to see a doctor (it was going to be $175-450, depending on testing) just to have them write me a prescription for antibiotics or tell me to buy an over the counter box. So, I went home and used it.
Then, today I realized I had started my cycle. Looking on the internet, it is apparently a normal thing for people to have yeast infections just before their cycle. And as far as I could deduce from how it was explained, recovering from a flare only made it easier for the infection. So, it was a sort of “Perfect Storm”.
How lucky am I? 😦