I realize how extreme that sounds. I know many people that have not suffered chronic health issues may think it impossible for something like this to help me so much.
Some will suspect or insist that I am simply trying to sell a product. Admittedly, the product that I am talking about I do support and I am an affiliate BUT I became an affiliate almost a decade after it helped me so much.
A lot of women suffer from yeast infections. Some have had one and some have had many.
UNDERSTANDING YEAST INFECTIONS
I remember a few times trying to explain just how bad my yeast infections were and women actually rolling their eyes at me. One friend told me that it’s just part of being a girl and no biggy…
My heart felt like it was crumbling as I not only was trying to get my friends and family to understand but my healthcare team was not paying any more attention to my pleas.
- The infections started when I was 15 years old…
- The only time I speak about this whole journey is in my private Facebook group. In full transparency the reason is embarrassment.
- I am human…
I went to the doctors when I got my first yeast infection, she did a culture, told me to go ahead and use over the counter cream and they would confirm for sure in 1-2 days. The next day they called and confirmed that it was yeast.
I wasn’t thrilled but knowing no better, used the cream and it went away.
Until 2-3 months later and the yeast infections were back. I went back and repeated the same steps. That continued until I was 16 when they were monthly right after my monthly cycle. Back and forth I went to the doctor and by then I could have recited what they would say to me. At this point I was giving diflucan and told to take it each month.
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Only 16 and going to each appointment on my own, I was instinctively uneasy with their reasoning that “some women just get them all the time”.
WHAT PRODUCT I USED TO GET RID OF YEAST INFECTIONS
I saw every doctor that I could within my healthcare team, in and out on a regular basis, they all recited the same spiel.
Some would tell me the basics, wear cotton white underwear, don’t wear a swimsuit after swimming don’t use hot tubs, eat yogurt and take your Diflucan.
Disheartened and uncertain I did as instructed to help deal with the yeast infections. I went on like this until I was 18 years old when they just wouldn’t go away anymore.
Writing this is a trigger as some will be aware that suffering chronically can cause anguish on the soul. The journey seems relentless, long and burdensome as one goes through the trials, the attempts to find answers, the up and downs, remedies, medications etc.
By this time I had on going Diflucan as doctors suggested no longer coming in and to simply take my pill. I called when it didn’t go away and the suggestion was take another. I did as instructed once again and not only did it not go away, it got increasingly worse.
Day after day it got worse. The more I tried to explain what was happening to friends or family the more they looked at me as though I was weak. “I mean… it is just yeast” I remember a specific family member saying as I turned to them for support.
I went to the doctor and after years of every single swab showing positive, it was negative. Her answer, you don’t have yeast.
Even writing this, I pause, that is what my heart did that day.
I asked what to do and she said nothing. ALl of your cultures and tests are fine. Nothing is wrong with you.
Shock? Confusion? Numb?
Those are the best descriptive words that I have for how I walked out of that appointment.
The fact that my labs were fine and her expertise was I had nothing didn’t stop all the same symptoms that I was familiar with, other than now EVERY single day.
After seeing what felt like every doctor in the office, I even resorted to a trip to the ER… Yup, I thought maybe they would have more extensive tests that could be run…
Lonely, young and so confused, I tried researching and saw that found could be a factor although at the time their was not a lot to be found on it. I decided to starve myself of all sugar, I essentially starved myself.
I thought if I don’t eat, it has to go away if yeast does in fact feed off sugar.
It failed… I was down to 90 some pounds and no further ahead.
I essentially pleaded with my doctor to be seen by a specialist. I am sickened now that I was not referred to specialists long before when I think back but I was so young and had no knowledge or awareness of my options.
She agreed to refer me and I was thrilled, absolutely certain that I would be all better as soon as I got seen. I waited the disgustingly long period of time that we do when feeling our worst and was told exactly the same thing.
In fact, the gynecologist was rough and rude. She told me that all my labs were normal and that she could not explain why I had yeast like looking white discharge… Yup, did I mention why I never shared this story in such a public manner.
I was trying so hard to work while all of this was happening, I literally had become so ras that I could barely walk, the pain was unreal. My boyfriend, now husband was great but as you can only assume this was no fun for our relationship.
After another attempt with my family doctor she asked me how my mindset was. I was so angry, I answered by telling her I wanted a second specialists opinion. She agreed BUT made it very clear that you only get 2…. REALLY???
Another several months pass and I got into see another gynecologist. At this point I went to each appointment trembling, sick to my stomach and lost.
The most amazing thing happened. The doctor walked in examined me and within a millisecond he said you have yeast. I was thrilled and confused. He said you have a super strain and you never should have been on years of antifungals.
After the exam, I got dressed and he came back in and chatted with me for a long while. A real conversation, a real person talking to me.
He answered all of my questions and I had so many. He explained that I had developed a super strain and become resilient to the meds that they had been given. Unfortunately, the solution that we decided on was aggressive and again I was uneducated. BUT, I had hope for the first time in as long as I could remember.
I was put on 4 Nystatin a day for a long period of time and high doses of garlic and told to eat loads of yogurt and no sugar. This didn’t change anything for me. I was washing every time I peed with baking soda rinse and nothing was helping. I was then put on 2 Keteconozole a day and at is tough on the liver. I was on them for around 2 years BUT they took the yeast infections away.
They took away the discharge but the pain, the pain was so bad. I still had trouble walking and wore pants 2 sizes to big.
The specialist said that I would need surgery. What?
I had scar tissue left from years of the yeast damaging the tissue. I was terrified and that is an understatement.
I went ahead with the surgery and the recovery I compare to similar to childbirth now that I have that to compare to.
It helped so much, after a long healing period I was able to walk so much more comfortably. I was still on the meds though and that lasted a while.
Finally, I had to take 3 month sick leave from work. I realized during that period that I really should have taken time off way earlier and that I knew very little about health.
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I started to research and became obsessed with finding a way to get off the meds. Every time that I tried to even reduce ever so slowly, the feelings of yeast would be right back. I tried diets, supplements and various remedies.
They all likely helped or didn’t in different ways but none were helping in a way that I could stop the meds. I decided to look even more into probiotics and non worked.
I am sure that they may have been doing some good for my gut but non were helping on the level that I needed for this super strain that I was maintaining with the meds.
Diet wasn’t enough either and I hate saying that since I believe so much in the power of diet and foods. That being said I needed something more.
After loads of research, I saw this product, read the reviews good and bad. I was interested in Threelac but admittedly didn’t order it right away. I was extremely wary and cautious in all my actions at this point and was becoming my own advocate.
As always, I ran the idea by my husband because I had already been through so much and truly appreciated the feedback. He listened intently as he did with all the various options I tried or looked into.
I went back and forth to the Threelac website many many times, read and went through everything on the Global Health Trax website.
Finally, I ordered it. I started it slowly and worked my way up and I felt a notable difference. I felt stronger, it was a bit hard to explain at the time to be honest. Now, I can tell you that it was my gut healing but then I still lacked knowledge and any that I had was masked by fear.
After a long time on Threelac, I felt like I wanted to try weaning off the meds again and so I broke each tablet into 4 as I always did and started with going down to 3/4 tablet.
I will tell you that I weaned off at turtle spread, months and months and months. By the time that I was ready to wean off completely, I was terrified and taking the smallest morsel each day.
This is what the box looks like. The probiotic comes in small packets. I love this because it doesn’t need to stay in the fridge and that makes it really easy to travel with.
The incredible thing was that the infections stopped. As in stopped stopped. Not only did I not get another one when weaning off the heavy meds but once I got the courage to finally stop all meds, still no infections!
If you have suffered with anything chronic health wise than you know that you get to a point where you all but give up… you start to try to just cope with each day and begin to let go of hope.
I not only had hope but I knew without doubt that the Threelac was what was helping me. I was still uneducated in how it was keeping my yeast infections away and honestly, I didn’t care.
Now, I know so much more in regards to how Threelac works and how it re-balanced my gut ecosystem but then I was beyond happy to feel like a functional person again.
I will write again about how I fell ill again after the birth or my daughter and how Threelac once again after trying everything else was my answer. I will also be written another post on the science behind Threelac as well so stay tuned.