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fickle
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I have been on birth control for just about 10 months now. I got a yeast infection just a couple months after starting, which I read is normal while on the pill. Now I have another one, and am treating it as usual.

What I want to know is, what is the normal space of time between yeast infections, ie. how frequently can you get them without it being serious? Is the pill really causing it? Also, today is my second day of treatment and the discharge is a slightly brown color... is this normal at all... could it be breakthrough bleeding occurring at the same time?

Thanks.

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Ultimately, you shouldn't be getting them at all, so there's no "normal" time.

But if you find you're having them more than once a year or so, I'd say you'll want to start taking some prevnetative measures, such as by adjusting your daily diet (like by reducing simple carbs), adding an acidophilus supplement, making sure you're using a lubricant when you need one, wearning cotton undies and not pantyhose, etc.

Some women DO find that the pill (due to higher levels of estrogens) does create greater incidence of yeast infections, but even if you stay on the pill, preventative measures can likely help you avoid them much better.

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Thanks much for the quick reply and your advice. Do you have any idea about the brown color though?
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Heather
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How long ago was your last withdrawal bleed/period?

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My last period started September 23rd
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Do you normally have any spotting with the birth control? Or, have you had partnered vaginal sex lately, especially either without being fully aroused and/or using extra lubricant OR while you've had this infection?

Any of those things could be why there'd be a bit of old blood in your discharges.

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No, I don't usually spot, and I haven't had sex since the week before my period. I'm not certain if it is even blood that is in the discharge... it just looks like a brown-colored discharge if you know what I mean. I just want to know if that is common with yeast infections.
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Just thought I should say that the brown discharge has stopped. Thanks for your help.
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