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meg

I've struggled with being prone to yeast infections ever since I was put on birth control pills as a teenage (I went off them many years ago, but I think my body chemistry is permanently wacked).

As far as I can tell, the key to creating a hostile environment to yeast is pH. An alkaline environment makes the yeast happy, but an acidic environment kills it.

-Most soaps are naturally alkaline, so I try to avoid using them on my junk. I find that antibacterial face washes or tea tree oil soap work nicely. Above all, only wash the outside-- getting soap up inside is going to wreck havoc with your pH.

-Whenever I feel the first merest tingle of discomfort, or notice that my nether goo is thicker than usual, I drink vinegar. It makes me gag a little whenever I do it, but it really helps. I use rice vinegar, because it has a milder flavor, and basically just pour a healthy half inch of it into a glass, dilute with just enough water that I can still toss it back in one gulp, and then immediately chase it with a glass of Emergen-C so that I don't retch. (I figure the Emergen-C helps boost my immune system, too, which is good, and also doesn't react too negatively with the vinegar in my belly. Like, say, milk.) If I do this once a day, I pretty much never even get any symptoms, but if I slack off and get some minor irritation, I do it 2 or 3 times a day, and that usually takes care of things pretty quick.

-When I do actually have a full-blown yeast infection, I've found that lemon works better for me than garlic. I basically just cut a wedge of lemon, trim all the skin and pith off, and kinda swab it around inside my pussy and leave it there for a minute. Then I just take it out, maybe swab a little extra lemon juice on any particularly itchy labia, and go about my life as normal without washing it off for at least an hour. Do not leave the lemon wedge inside you for more than a minute, though, or you can inadvertently ceviche yourself (for those who don't watch the obsessively, ceviche is a Spanish method of 'cooking' raw fish by pickling it in lemon juice. Yum!) If you want a more gentle method, I'm sure you could douche with diluted (FRESH-- not bottled!) lemon juice or something, I guess. I totally won't think you're a wuss. ;D

-I totally believe in birth control, but man, oh, man, pretty much everything is evil. I finally went and got an IUD because everything else was making it more likely that I would get a yeast infection. The pill? *shudder* Spermicide? Evil. EVIL EVIL EVIL. If you're not desperate enough (like me) to go out and get a rod of copper shoved up through your cervix, and your birth control method involves spermicide of some sort (most condoms, for example, are slathered in the stuff), then all I can advise is that you make sure to wash your bits immediately after sex and then maybe smear a bit of lemon juice or straight vinegar along your inner labia to help keep things more towards the acidic end of the spectrum.

-While we're on the subject of sex, let's discuss communication. I've had more than my fair share of partners, and a ridiculous percent of them (mostly the male ones, but, shockingly, some of the females, too!), seem completely unaware that the very same bacteria that live happily and symbiotically in our intestines can have tragic results when they are introduced into the vagina. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've had to interrupt a perfectly lovely makeout session to try to figure out how to politely explain to someone that anything they have used to directly interact with my asshole in any way is no longer fit for my pussy's company. So many guys think they're being daring and kinky by slyly rubbing a finger against my ass, and then they think somehow it's ok to go and use that same finger to try and rub my clit? And then it's my job to have to stop them and explain why? It's awkward! It's uncomfortable! It sucks! But damnit, a yeast infection is way more awkward and uncomfortable than just working up the nerve to be explicit about what is and isn't ok for someone to do with your body. So join me, ladies! Let's educate the world! Safe sex isn't just about what diseases your partner may have, it's also about the ways they touch you, and even about the very bacteria your own body is already harboring.

Phew. This is exhausting. I can't think of anything else. Drink lots of water, I guess. That's always a good idea. Good luck!

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Vi

I loved reading your post!! And you could not be more correct about educating well everyone about whats ok and whats not. It seems like guys see it done in a porn and think its ok to do with you...haha ummm no thanks! I dont know how those porn gals deal with the back and forth thing...they must super clean and be on all sorts of anti and probiotics when they do....

Anonymous

How funny- sadly enuf this is my current problem!!!!! Everyone knows you don't DOUBLE DIP!!!
Unfortunately, it's kind of hard to decipher what hand is where and and where what hand has been..... Grrr.
I've been miserable, And after my dose of monastat about eh, 20 min ago, if I'm still feeling Insanely agitated in my junk area it may just be time to get gnarly and get lemons!

Thanks for the advice!

Anonymous

This post sound like she is an 'urban hooker'. Who else has such a low self esteem to call her private parts 'her junk'? Yeah well I agree after probably hundreds of strange 'encounters it probably has been reduced to worthless junk! No one wants your mother's whorehouse remedies!

Birdy

The remedy offered and the humorous way in which it was presented is not offensive. Other people feeling the need to publicly demean anyone willing to be open about their body and their experiences is offensive. We are given individual lives for a reason. Just as a couple of you would not like to live my life because it involves more than one sexual partner, I would not want to live yours because it does not. In addition, I find it ironic the pious are the first to cast stones. What are you hiding?

Mindy

We are all reading these posts to become educated about problems with our vaginas ladies! I think it is perfectly awesome that we are educated about what sex activities cause yeast infections!!! Thank you for being hilarious and educational!!!Who knows some lady my be having yeast infections because her partner has been doing this to her, and now she knows better!!! Lets be real!!

Leigh

To Amanda: Any child, particularly that young, TAKE TO THE DOCTOR! That is not something you want to mess with. Also, it sounds more like bacterial vaginosis (what with the smell) but a test would confirm this.

As for the OP, I thought that was hysterical. And yes, education is KEY!

Rory

Meg you are awesome! Thank you for having the honesty and security in your own self to put up such a post, knowing I'm sure how Judgemental people can be especially when they can post rude anonymous comments. I think you made some excellent observations and probably helped a lot of people. I have had the experience of being in an intimate situation and having the other person doing something creative and unexpected; it happens and it is awkward! I also have the issue of 'did you wash your hands before you touched me' which is something people don't always consider. You are completely right education... and cleanliness is key!

Anonymous

I loved your post! It's a very real situation that can be uncomfortable to talk about. Thanks for posting.

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