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Itching Keeps Coming Back

Published: August 31, 2013
Dear TeenHealthFX,

So I'm 19 and just recently started having sex regularly. In may my boyfriend umm had his finger in my lady bits and I guess did it a little to rough and I started to bleed. And then my crotch started to feel like I had a yeast infection and I treated it with the cream you get from the store Monistat 7. It got better until the next month right around my period we had sex and the itching and everything came back. And it wouldn't go away so I did the 7 day treatment again same thing happened it felt all Better. Then we had sex in between my period everything was fine until around my period again we had sex the pain and itching came back( We had been using lube and so I thought maybe I was allergic but we stopped that in July) So again I treated. Now in august it's happened again twice. And I just don't know what it could be my period is late now and my area is itchy kind swollen and I'm freaked out. I've tried to go to the doctor but things keep happening and it's not easy to just go there. Oh and I started using the summers eve sensitive wash to see if it would help and it's felt better than ever. But we had sex a few days ago and it was the day before my period and was a little dry and now it's itchy again. Oh and every time it's happened also has been when my crotch has been a little dry. Please if you know what this might be I would greatly appreciate any information. Is it just a yeast infection that won't go away or do you think its something more. Thank you again.


Dear Itching Keeps Coming Back,

You have been struggling with this problem for some time and it is very important that you be examined by a doctor. It is the only way you can get an accurate diagnosis of what the problem is and how to treat it. Your health is important and you have to make this a priority.

It is also strongly advised that your boyfriend accompany you to the doctor’s appointment. For some women, their male partner is also infected with yeast but doesn’t have any symptoms. If your partner is infected with yeast, you may get exposed every time you have sex. A culture of your boyfriend’s ejaculate may be helpful. This can be done at home after intercourse. He could use a condom to collect the ejaculate or a container provided by a doctor or lab. A culture then can be performed to see if a yeast infection is present. Just culturing the penis may not give helpful information, since it is the seminal vesicles where the yeast may reside. If a man has yeast in the seminal vesicles, he will not have any symptoms but he will need oral treatment to clear the yeast.

Although it is not considered a sexually transmitted disease a yeast infection can be transferred from one partner to the other. The yeast infection can be treated with medication-based treatments address the local symptom but not the root causes of yeast infection. Your symptoms go away but the infection doesn't. So you may think the yeast infection is gone and resume intercourse and the Candida is transferred and multiplies again. This could result in repeated yeast infection after intercourse. Even using a condom doesn't always help in many cases, because some of their spermicides can actually help the Candida grow. The surest way is to cease sexual intercourse until one or both partners are completely cured.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside this area contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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