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lisa66
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I recently switched two weeks ago to Loestrin 24 from Femcon Fe. I switched because I was having bad side effects from Femcon. A few days ago I got diagnosed with a sinus infection and because of the antibiotics that were given to me I got a yeast infection (this is typical for me when I take antibiotcs). My dr. prescribed Diflucan to treat it. In th mean time, my gyncologist told me to use a back up method of birth control for the month (I dont know if that is just extra precaution or not. I have read and told in the past if you are switching birth controls but dont stop taking them you are still protected from pregnancy. Is this true?). My boyfriend and I have had sex 4 times since I switched birth controls and a condom was used each time and it never broke. Now I am experiencing a vaginal discharge thick kinda chunky and white (assuming that is the yeast infection based on past infections) and a clear yet kinda white discharge around my vagina and it leaves me feeling wet because of it. I am STD free (my boyfriend and I went to get tested together and didnt experience anything like this until this month).
Alright, now I have a few questions, could the clear yet white discharge be a change from the new birth control? or the yeast infection? Could it be pregnancy?
I have a gyno appoint Tuesday but I was hoping you all at Scarleteen could help me and give me some peace of mind until then. Thank you very much!

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Oh, I also wanted to add that I am a perfect user of my birth control. I take it at exactly the same time everyday, 2pm. I wasnt sure if you would need this information or not so I thought I would give you all the information possible.
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can my question be answered please?
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Heather
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Sorry we missed this one, Lisa.

That said, some women on combination hormonal methods do have issues with yeast: it's one fairly common side effect. It's also typical for women using antibiotics.

And while many pregnant women experience thicker discharges, that a) isn't usually until later in pregnancy, and b) it doesn't seem likely you have become pregnant, given you use two methods of contraception.

I'd simply give your GYN all of this information when you see them, and if you also often get yeast infections, I'd suggest asking for information on all the ways you can help to prevent them, such as dietary changes.

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