20070124

Itchy Burning Sensation! (Disclaimer- about birth control)

Yes, I got the MOTHER of all yeast infections due to my antibiotics from mastitis. I was trying to avoid it, eating yogurt which usually helps, but nothing worked. I think it was because half way through the antibiotics I had an IUD inserted. Which was painful and scary.

I chose this method of birth control after serious consideration. In the past I refused to even look at them as a viable method of birth control, because I just kept thinking that every month the egg could be fertilized and just wouldn't implant. It made me feel like i t was wrong.

Then I found Mirena, and it delivers a low dose of progesterone directly to that area, while also thinning the uterus walls, it suppresses ovulation. That means no egg to fertilize, and I can handle that.

After my decision, I had to wait for our insurance to approve the IUD. They did within a week. I had it inserted on January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I went in, and waited a long time. They put me in this weird chair that tips you back, and the bottom drops out. Then they measure your uterus and wham, bam, OW! you are the proud owner of an IUD, which is 99.9% effective for up to five years. Thank goodness, since we do eventually want another child, like in two or three years.

Thursday, I finished the antibiotics, and my yeasties appeared. It hurt and burned more than any other yeast infection I have ever had. I wanted to cry, I wanted to yell, I wanted to scratch. I used the Monistat 1-day, because I knew it would take at least 7 days to clear it up, and I was in pain,like you wouldn't believe. If it hadn't been almost the weekend, I would have called the doctor.

I have been in baggy pants, and loose boxers for the past few days, and it is SOOO much better. I don't feel like my crotch is on fire anymore. It is sweet relief, especially after the last few days. Since we have been busy, and after the insertion I had some serious cramps, we haven't gotten to try out my new birth control. Hopefully since my yeasties are almost gone... well, you know.

7 comments:

dacheese said...

Ruth had an IUD I think she still does. SHe told me I should get one but I read that if you are planning on having having children in the next 6 months not to. I am not sure when we will have our next so I will just be careful!

Lillithmother said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better - makes ya wanna tear yourself raw doesn't it?!

Plain yogurt works just as well too...I know because I've used both methods. Oh, did I mention it works well INSERTED into your yoni?? Yep...I use a baby dropper(the one that comes in the cold/cough packages), squeeze a full dropper in at night, wear a light pad and within 3 to 5 days you're feeling much, MUCH better. ANd the yogurt seemed to numb the itching as well. The benefit is that you don't get the out-of-whack system flora and it's cheaper than pharmaceuticals! If you're going to try this method, make sure to buy the plain, non-surgared, organic kind...

If ya need more info, email me!

Lil :-)

Mid-life Midwife said...

if you're inserting yeast-fighting things into your vagina, let me tell ya, a single peeled clove of garlic works wonders. sounds insane, i know but it works. try to peel it w/o nicking it (it burns a little if you nick it), wrap it in gauze and insert. it makes the itching subside and works really well to knock it out. garlic is the wonder plant!

i also got a ginormous yeast infection post-IUD insertion, but that was also following Halloween and lots of sugar consumption.

i wish you well and hope everything gets back to normal soon so you can "try out" the IUD. :)
btw, if you are yeast-prone, i found that having semen in me again off-set my flora and fauna, so to speak and i felt on the *verge* of a yeast infection for a few weeks til my body got used to the semen again. (only had it in me in the past when TTC!)

abeNanna said...

Oh the yeasties are such a wonderful thing. I went through many years of off and on pain. I have even tried insertion of yogurt and also using acidopholis capsules in every orifice I could get it in.

Hope you're better for our hike Saturday.

Amie said...

You poor thing, the last sentence made me laugh. I feel for ya! I've never had a yeast infection, but I've had UTI's before and they're among the worst things to ever experience! Wow, reading other's comments is sure...interesting!! So much information!

Alex's Human said...

Yes.. A LOT of TOO MUCH INFORMATION on this post....

:)

Amie said...

I've enjoyed reading your blogs, you're doing great! So are you in my same city? I didn't know. ;)

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