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k_leigh7692
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I was wondering, is it possible to have chronic, yet mild yeast infections once a month?

I'm on birth control and the week before and of my period, I get mild itching and irritation, plus the somewhat fishy smell going on. This happens EVERY month. I've taken to keeping a tube of miconzole nitrate in the bathroom drawer for that new "special time of the month."

I also work as a lifeguard and I sit in my bathing suit for several hours at a time, but not usually wet because I never need to get in the pool.

It doesn't really bother me any other time of the month except for around the time for my period, and it stops around a half of a week after my period ends.

Does it have something to do w/my hormonal changes? What's going on here? And more importantly, is there anything I can do, because I can't be asking the doctor for flucanzole every month and I don't like to use the over-the-counter treatments, but they worked last month.

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k_leigh7692

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I should hope you haven't been self-treating this whole time without having the diagnosis confirmed by a physician; a fishy smell paired with irritation is characterized by a bacterial infection, not fungal like yeast.

If a home treatment doesn't work or you get the same symptoms in a short timeframe, you really need to get into the doctor to get a culture done, because it's likely not yeast or a resistant strain (which is growing in occurrence due overuse of OTC creams among women). Was your initial infection confirmed in this way?

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k_leigh7692
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Well, my first yeast infection was about 3 yrs ago and was much worse than any of the ones I've had since then, so I just thought it was mild irritation or something.

The fishy smell has gone away, thankfully. I think that was due to the medicine. The "once-a-month" mild itching and irritation just started occurring maybe this summer? But no, I haven't asked my doctor about it. I'm also on birth control, and I thought that would have something to do with it.

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