This is my story. For quite some time I suffered from recurring urinary tract infections (UTI), yeast infections, and bacterial infections…pretty much any type of infection down there, I’ve had it. I am not a doctor but feel I have become somewhat of an expert on these matters through my experiences. This site is dedicated to sharing my story with other women. I know many are plagued with these infections and often times doctors can’t give the answers you want.
I’m just going to lay out my story for those of you who are interested in reading it, so you’ll know where I’m coming from. I had my first UTI when I was about 15, soon after I had become sexually active. I had no idea what was wrong with me. All I knew was that it hurt like hell to pee. I told my mother about it and she took me to the doctor. They gave me the typical urine test and put me on antibiotics. I got better but about a month later it was back again. I ended up having a UTI every month for the next 3 months.
My doctor told me I would have to see a specialist, if I had any more. I had been drinking gallons of cranberry juice and then found out from my aunt that the cranberry juice I was drinking probably wasn’t helping me because it was sweetened. Apparently the added sugar can aggravate the urinary tract. She told me to try taking cranberry pills because the unsweetened cranberry juice has a bitter taste. I didn’t have anymore UTIs once I started taking the pills. A few years later I stopped taking them and still had no symptoms.
When I was 22, I was diagnosed with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). I kept having abnormal pap smears. Then one morning when I was 23, I woke up to use the bathroom and discovered an all too familiar pain right at the end of my pee. I went to the doctor right away and got some antibiotics. Over the next 4 months I had a urinary tract infection every 3 weeks. One of those times landed me in the hospital with a catheter shoved up my you know what. Not very pleasant. Finally my doctor told me I should see a Urologist. My Urologist ran all sorts of tests and couldn’t find anything wrong with me, so he put me on Macrodantin for 6 months, which is an antibiotic that is not supposed to cause yeast infections. He also gave me Ciprofloxacin for emergencies when I felt one coming on. He told me that some women just have recurring infections and 6 months on the antibiotics should clear it up.
Six months later I had my check up. He decided to put me on 6 more months since I had a few flare ups while on Macrondantin. He also told me to get Theralogix brand cranberry pills. (They contain a very high dose of cranberry.) A few weeks after my check up, I was married. Newly wed life is supposed to be fun and exciting with lots of great sex. That wasn’t really the case for me. Sex seemed to always hurt and the pain seemed to be getting worse. I was fine when I wasn’t having sex, but once I did it burned during and after. It was at its worst just after my period. I went to see my gyno. They detected some yeast and gave me some cream to use. I’ve had yeast infections in the past but didn’t think this was one because it only bothered me when I had sex.
The UTI issue seemed to be under control and the cream helped the yeast problem until the following month, right after my period it happened again. This went on for months. It seriously affected my sex life. It made me not want to have sex. I was given Diflucan, and various creams. Then they said I had a bacterial infection and prescribed Flagyl. Of course that gave me a yeast infection. Then they said I had Group Strep B, so they treated me for that. It was just an endless cycle, and truthfully I don’t think they knew what was wrong. For my last treatment for yeast, I was given some $80 one time dose cream. I can’t remember the name of it. The gyno said if I still feel yeast symptoms in 4 days, go back and get another refill. It seemed to be working, but I knew that even if it did kill the yeast, it would be back once my period came. They gave me some Diflucan to take towards the end of my period for a few months.
The only diagnosis they could come up with was that the antibiotics I was on for UTIs caused this endless stream of infections because it killed off all the healthy bacteria (even though Macrodantin isn’t supposed to cause yeast infections). I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands. I cringed at the idea of putting another syringe of cream down there. I stopped taking my antibiotics for UTIs even though my 6 months wasn’t up, and I did tons of research. I made the decision to go on a low carb, low sugar diet. Carbs and sugar are your worst enemy when you suffer from infections (urinary tract or yeast). I continued to take my cranberry supplements and got some probiotic pills to keep everything under control.
My husband’s one wish for Christmas that year was for us to have pain free sex, and it came true. Thanks to my new diet and supplements and the endless other little things I do, I’m able to keep the infections at bay. Downstairsjourney.com is packed full off all the big and little things that made me better. Different things work for different people, there is no one cure for everyone. Trial and error is the only way you’ll learn what works for your body. It’s a continous journey, something I must keep working at every day. I hope some of my tips can help others as much as they’ve helped me.