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Hi there, I've been sexually active since late October/ Early November and the most recent activity was yesterday. My boyfriend and I both haven't had any previous sexual partners. I've never been on birth control and we've been keen to stick with condoms every time we did it, except for no more then 5 times where we haven't. I think i've been having yeast infections on and off before intercourse with and without condoms. I think it's a yeast infection from the thick a bit smaller than cottage cheese, translucent discharge i have. It doesn't smell, nor hurt. I wanted to solve the nuisance in without any pills so I tried the soaked tampon in regular all natural yogurt and slept with it in twice for a short number of hours. Recently I noticed the opening of my vagina looking ripped in all around the opening and was "bulky", covered in what I think is yeast discharge which still doesn't hurt nor small, feels totally fine. I was off my period during the insertion of the tampons and I'm just wondering if that could be the cause to the ripped looking vaginal opening, if guys can be affected if a girl may have a yeast infection and what's the best holistic way to cure a yeast infection and get rid of the "rips". Thank you so much for your time!

Hi there

You could be right that what you have is a yeast infection. It is very common and most women will get at least one at some point in their life. There is often a thick white odorless discharge and itchiness. 

However, we can't accurately diagnose something online, so it would be good idea to get checked out to make sure that you are treating yourself for the right thing; especially since you are seeing some open areas or 'rips' on your skin. Also, there are some medical conditions that can make a person more likely to get a yeast infection. Once you know what you are treating, then you can decide how you want to treat it.

Natural treatments that people have tried include putting plain unsweetened yoghurt, or probiotic capsules, in the vagina. Some people try a white vinegar and water douche. It is important to be careful with douching. You probably need to talk to your healthcare provider before you try douching. Some women who get frequent yeast infections find that changing their diet helps. It may help to reduce carbohydrates, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.  

Men can get yeast. It can show as a red rash, which may or may not be itchy. There may be a cheesy white discharge on the head of the penis and the foreskin can swell and become tight. This can be serious, so if you partner developed this kind of discharge he should see a healthcare provider.

Check out our clinic finder, if you need help finding a place to go for advice.

Please leave a comment to let us know if this answers your question or if you need more information.

Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on February 17, 2014

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Jellyfish says:

Hi again, I bought "Webber's Natural Women's Probiotic with Cranberry
Capsules" and have been ingesting them orally and I've inserted them through my vagina twice. During the 2 times, the pills "broke" and the contents were found on my underwear at the end of the day. What should my schedule of taking the pills be like as well as for inserting them into me? I didn't want to take too many at once, not knowing if it was too much for my body to handle. I also drank a big amount of apple cider vinegar, diluted with water which also didn't seem to work. The probiotic pills don't seem to be working and it almost seems that my YI seems to be getting worse, the clitoris is quite swollen and the hood (i think that's the name) is covering the clit. Should I refrain from sex?
The last time of sexual intercourse was on 2/21/14 which didnt hurt , I'm 18 years old and weigh between 90-100 lbs, I do have a history of iron deficiency. I hope some of that information helps, thank you for your time!

Health Nurse says:

Yeast is naturally occurring in the vagina, but when it overgrows women can experience symptoms like what you have described. Natural treatments can work well, but in your case this treatment does not seem to be working well enough. There are many over the counter yeast treatments available, so you may want to consider something else. It would also be a good idea to get checked to make sure you are treating yourself for the right problem. You can check out our Clinic Finder if you need help finding a clinic in BC.
It is hard to tell you what the correct dosage is because this is not a product that we use. Check the package to see if there are instructions on how to use the product.
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