Experience Chronic Vaginal Discomfort? You are Not Alone!

“I remember lying on the bathroom floor thinking what’s wrong with me. I didn’t have a way to talk to anyone about it. And so I didn’t. It was my secret, private pain.” – Calista C.

Vaginal discomfort is much more common than women think. When they first experience it, many feelings can arise. You’ve tried everything and after years of denial, you’re still experiencing the pain and discomfort. We’re here to tell you, you are not alone!

Calista had been experience reoccurring yeast infections. “They would come back over and over again. All the creams and pills for yeast infections didn’t help!”

Reoccurring year infections can lead to the following risk factors:

    Uncontrolled diabetes
  • abnormal glucose tolerance or insulin resistance
  • Chronic antibiotic therapy

In addition, the misdiagnosis of other vulvovaginal disorders as “yeast” based upon symptoms is a common cause for the presentation of “chronic yeast”.

Irritant vaginitis may mimic the symptoms of vaginal yeast infections (i.e., vaginal burning and discharge). Often the preservatives in many vaginal preparations (i.e., Monistat) can be irritating.

Calista’s yeast infections were resistant.

What does the term “resistant” mean?

Resistance refers to yeast’s response to fluconazole (Diflucan), an often-prescribed oral yeast medication. If the identified yeast is unaffected by fluconazole it is termed “resistant”.

Resistant yeast strains are a common cause of recurring yeast infections. The most common non-albicans yeast responsible for recurrent yeast infections is called candida glabrata. This yeast strain is commonly missed on wet preps as it is small and does not branch like candida albicans and can be difficult to culture.

Are there recommended treatments for recurrent yeast?

Treatment recommendations are made based upon confirmatory identification of the species of yeast. Successful treatment is achieved once the proper diagnosis is made and the appropriate medicines have been prescribed.

Although you’re in pain, you should still live the best life you can! Don’t be afraid to talk about what’s going on with people who are close to you. Have more questions? Contact Dr. Brooks today and book a consultation.