Womens Health

Recurring yeast infections - milky white discharge

I have asked about it before but I would like to get a little more detailed. I am 29 and I have been on the pill (Marvelon) from 1986 until 1994. I got pregnant in August 1994 and had to terminate the pregnancy. I got back on the pill in the summer of 1995.

At the end of 1995 I started having yeast infections on a regular basis. In 1996 I had 8 of them throughout the year. I also had a bacterial infection once that year. Almost all the time when I have a yeast infection, I also have a skin rash, the same kind I've been having off and on since I was little.

I put hydrocortisone cream on the rash and it will go away with that. For yeast infections, I take Diflucan. This helps for that moment but I have to take a higher dose every time I take it, probably because my doctor told me to take it every month just to prevent it, and I might have become resistant to it.

I have tried Terazol too but this gave me fever, muscle aches and cold chills. A few weeks after taking Diflucan, the yeast infection comes back and I have to start over again. I have stopped taking Diflucan on a regular basis now. For my feeling, the recurring yeast infection started after I got back on the pill in 1995.

I took Levlen, which gave me big bumps on my face and neck and made me spot in between periods. Now I use Ortho-Tricyclen and the bumps got a little less.

Spotting is not happening anymore but the yeast infections keep coming back. I eat healthy (low fat, high fiber) although I have a sweet tooth. I eat fruit and yogurt everyday and take vitamin supplements daily. I exercise 3 times a week and take a shower right after that.

I wear cotton underwear and don't douche, wash my vagina only with water and don't sit in the bathtub. My partner and I have been together since the beginning of 1995 and we are in a monogamous relationship. We both tested negative for HIV and I have tested negative for diabetes.

Also my partner has used the OTC yeast infection cream which didn't make a difference. He has been checked for yeast but was negative. Right now, I am on the 15th day of my cycle and I have a milky white discharge.

When I go to the bathroom I see 1/2 inch big drops of discharge. Is this normal or is it yeast again?

A milky white discharge is usually normal. It represents cervical and vaginal secretions that contain old vaginal wall cells (epithelium). As long as there is no vulvar burning/itching, this does not represent a symptomatic yeast infection.

Table of Contents
1. Vaginal Infections FAQs
2. Reactions to condoms
3. Healthy discharge
4. Allergic reaction?
5. Recurrent infections
6. What's normal look like?
7. Discharge has white blood cells
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