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.