Recurrent Yeast Infections: Should You See A Gynecologist?

Many women experience one or two yeast infections during their lifetimes. Most infections go away with over-the-counter suppositories and other yeast infection treatments. However, some women experience yeast infections multiple times a year. The following information can help you learn more about yeast infections and how you can treat your multiple infections properly.

Why Do You Have So Many Yeast Infections? 

Recurrent yeast infections develop in people who experience an overgrowth of the candida fungus. Your body naturally contains small amounts of fungus. The fungus generally doesn't cause any problems for you until something triggers it to grow out of control and infect your body. If the infection occurs regularly, it becomes recurrent. Recurrent yeast infections generally occur four or more times a year

Different things can trigger recurrent yeast infections in women, including wearing tight or damp underwear. The natural flora, or bacteria, in your vaginal region keeps the candida fungus in check. If the yeast in your vaginal region becomes overly exposed to moisture, it multiplies. The fungus can quickly take over and disrupt the natural flora inside your vaginal region.

Some types of medications can also trigger recurrent infections in women, including antibiotics. Antibiotics should keep bacteria and other organisms from growing out of control in your body. However, the medications can have the opposite effect on the candida fungus. Rather than destroy the fungus, the medications allow it to grow out of control.

If you do everything in your power to treat your recurrent yeast infections but nothing works, contact a gynecologist for an appointment today.

How Can a Gynecologist Treat You?

A gynecologist will need to know more about your diet and feminine hygiene regimen before they can treat your yeast infections. Along with wearing damp underpants and taking certain medications, some types of food, feminine hygiene soaps, and exercise habits can trigger yeast infections. A gynecologist needs to learn more about your life so that they can provide the best treatment for you.

After a doctor obtains the information they need, they'll write a prescription for you. Your prescription may be a cream, a pill, or a suppository. Unlike over-the-counter yeast infection treatments, gynecological prescriptions contain stronger medications. The prescriptions may also work quickly to bring your infections under control.

A gynecologist will also recommend you use feminine hygiene products that lack dyes, fragrances, and other additives. Additives can disrupt your body's natural flora. If necessary, ask a gynecologist for a list of doctor-recommended products you can buy for your needs. 

Finally, a women's doctor will recommend you eat foods that don't contain yeast, including some baked goods and breads. A doctor can give a list of alternative foods you can eat during meals. 

If you need treatment for your recurrent yeast infections, call a gynecologist today.