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Can Your Period Take Away A Yeast Infection?

Published: 2009年8月18日
Dear TeenHealthFX,
i almost positive i have a yeast infection. I read the other article about it, but i have a few different problems. I HAVE told my mom, and she told me to use this Monistat 7 stuff, but im nervous to use it. I should be getting my period very soon, and i've heard that it can take away the infection. She says that she has had one before, and she knows what she is talking about. But i really want to talk to a doctor. She says that she will not take me there because she knows what she is talking about. Can you help? Will my period take it away? Or should i wait and see if it will, and then go ahead with the Monistat 7 stuff?
Signed: Can Your Period Take Away A Yeast Infection?

Dear Can Your Period Take Away A Yeast Infection?,

 

TeenHealthFX does not know of any medical evidence that supports the idea that your period can “take away” a yeast infection. If anything, all of the nutrients coming from your uterus during your period could actually feed the infection and make it worse. A yeast infection requires treatment with an antifungal medication. So FX does not think you should look to your period as any kind of effective treatment here, but that you should meet with a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and the proper treatment.

There are over-the-counter medications, such as Monistat that can be helpful in treating a yeast infection. But it is always a wise choice to consult with your doctor before treating a yeast infection on your own. And it is definitely recommended that you meet with your doctor before doing any kind of at-home treatments if you think you have a yeast infection and you:

·         are pregnant

·         have never had a yeast infection before

·         are experiencing repeat yeast infections

Since it sounds like you have never had a yeast infection before, that is one part of the reason FX suggests you meet with a doctor. The other considerations in meeting with a doctor include the following:

·         It is important that your doctor find out if you really do have a yeast infection as other conditions may have similar symptoms as a yeast infection.

·         Treating yourself with over-the-counter antifungal medications if you do not have a yeast infection can be problematic because it can make whatever condition you do have worse, and it can also increase your risk of getting a hard-to-treat infection in the future.  

·         If your doctor determines that you do have a yeast infection, depending on the severity of the infection, any allergies you may have, and your overall medical history, your doctor may recommend that you use one type of treatment over another.

So speak to your mother about scheduling an appointment for you with your primary care physician, gynecologist or adolescent medicine specialist. You can even show her this question/answer if you think it would be helpful.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment. You can also contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood, or call your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

 

For more information on the causes, treatments, and preventative measures that can be taken with yeast infections, please read our answer to Can A Yeast Infection Go Away By Itself?

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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