How Can I Get Rid of a Yeast Infection?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I have had a yeast infection throughout my entire pregnancy. My doctor has tested me for STD's and all are negative. He has prescribed metro gel to me. I have used this every few months. I am now on my 32 week and am using this prescription every other week.

Is there something stronger I can use or something I can change or do differently to help?

ANSWER

Metrogel will not cure a yeast infection; it's for a bacterial infection and can actually cause a yeast infection. Have you tried Diflucan™ (the yeast pill)?

There are also over the counter yeast preparations and a heavy duty vaginal cream (Terazol) that might be appropriate. If all these fail, borax washes help some women and the yeast can be cultured to see what will kill it.

Other things you can do for yourself include:

  • Eliminating sugars as much as possible (no soda or juices)
  • Only two fruits and two dairies per day
  • Eating more vegetables and proteins

Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.