When I was 15 I got my first yeast infection. When my hooha started itching I was horrified and refused to tell my mom because I was afraid that I had an STD. No, I wasn’t having sex, I was still virginal. But I had just had someone pet the kitty for the very first time and I was just CERTAIN that it was an STD. You probably could have convinced me that I was pregnant too. I was very impressionable and this was before the widespread use of the internet. Shut up.
It became SO bad that I was considering putting sandpaper in my panties. Walking down the hallway at school was so painful. I sat in Ceramics I wishing that I could stick one of the clay tools up there and itch away like a bear on a telephone pole. Luckily for the entire student population, I refrained.
I eventually had to sit down with my mom and tell her that I felt like fire ants had found a nice mound to call home, right between my legs. She was furious but she took me to the Urgent Care Clinic where she was the head nurse. *GROAN*
They made me undress and I laid up on the bed, shaking, as I saw the doctor pull out what looked like a giant, plastic sausage and proceeded to invade my space with it. It was about that time I asked my mom what the Good Ole’ Doc was going to do with the mascara brush sitting on the tray.
As I cried my eyes out from the pain.
When the Good Ole’ Doc was done, he informed us that I had one of the most severe yeast infections he had ever seen, at which point I heaved a huge sigh of relief. They prescribed me a nasty cream that I had to use for a week and off we went.
Ever since then, I have struggled with chronic yeast infections. About 5 years ago, my endocrinologist told me that if I wanted to stay away from yeast, I needed to do a few things.
- Stop eating sugar
- Stop eating anything made with white flour
- Keep “it” dry
- Take a Probiotic such as Acidophilus
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