Constant Yeast & Vaginitis

A long time ago (November 2012) a woman told me she was having problems after complete mesh removal and it was slowing down her recovery and causing her distressful symptoms. So I posted a blog about yeast infections but there is more to this than just a yeast infection. I promise I will give you a link at the bottom of this blog for you to learn.

I was reminded of this problem once again, when I heard from another woman recently. This is what she said.

“I have struggled with yeast infections since mesh was put in me… it got some better after removal, then it come back, just off and on. Well… I think I’ve killed it finally!! With boric acid. I bought some gel capsules and boric acid from amazon. I insert one at bedtime, Linda, you would not believe the difference!! I think the mesh, antibiotics, the leaking, I was just eat up with yeast. The Diflucan worked for a day or 2, then it come back. Now I think I’ve killed it.

So far so good. I’ll keep you updated on it. I’ve tried every pill, ointment, cream, salve. Vinegar nothing worked. Have you ever heard of that?”

I touched base with her before finishing this blog and she is doing well and sent me pictures of what she bought off of the Internet and what she used. But first let’s go through what a doctor will give you that is so common. It is called Diflucan. As always these days, I try to give you the side effects as well as information. So here it is.

Diflucan (fluconazole) is an antifungal medication in the triazole subclass. Diflucan
is available as a generic drug termed fluconazole. Diflucan is prescribed to treat Candida fungal infections of the mouth, vagina, esophagus, lungs, urinary tract, abdomen, and other organs. Diflucan is also used to treat fungal meningitis and may be prescribed to ward off fungal infections in patients being treated with chemotherapy or radiation before a bone marrow transplant. Some common side effects of Diflucan include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, heartburn, loss of appetite, and allergic reactions including skin inflammation, itching, and rash.

List Diflucan side effects by likelihood and severity.

The following side effects are associated with Diflucan:

Common side effects of Diflucan:

  • Feel Like Throwing UpLess Severe
  • Head PainLess Severe
  • Stomach CrampsLess Severe

Infrequent side effects of Diflucan:

  • Inflammation of Skin caused by an AllergySevere
  • ItchingSevere
  • RashSevere
  • DiarrheaLess Severe
  • DizzyLess Severe
  • DrowsinessLess Severe
  • Loss of AppetiteLess Severe
  • Throwing UpLess Severe

Rare side effects of Diflucan:

  • Abnormal Liver Function Tests Severe
  • Acute Liver Failure Severe
  • Acute Pustular Eruptions on Skin Severe
  • Blockage of Normal Bile Flow Severe
  • Decreased Blood Platelets Severe
  • Decreased Neutrophils a Type of White Blood Cell Severe
  • Decreased White Blood Cells Severe
  • Deficiency of Granulocytes a Type of White Blood Cell Severe
  • Giant Hives Severe
  • Hepatitis Severe
  • Life Threatening Allergic Reaction Severe
  • Low Amount of Potassium in the Blood Severe
  • Prolonged Q-T Interval on EKG Severe
  • Seizures Severe
  • Skin Rash with Sloughing Severe
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Severe
  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Severe
  • Very Rapid Heartbeat – Torsades de Pointes Severe
  • Yellowing of Skin or Eyes from Liver Problems Severe
  • Chronic Trouble Sleeping Less Severe
  • Excessive Sweating Less Severe
  • Feeling Weak Less Severe
  • Fever Less Severe
  • Hair Loss Less Severe
  • High Amount of Triglyceride in the Blood Less Severe
  • High Cholesterol Less Severe
  • Indigestion Less Severe
  • Involuntary Quivering Less Severe
  • Low Energy Less Severe
  • Muscle Pain Less Severe
  • Not Feeling Well Less Severe
  • Numbness and Tingling Less Severe
  • Sensation of Spinning or Whirling Less Severe
  • Taste Problems

If you have been reading this blog for a long time, you will know that I am very anti prescription drugs these days, because I have suffered far too many side effects. But I know women who have or had cancer and they need to learn more if they take this drug. So here it is.

In some patients, particularly those with serious underlying diseases such as Aids and cancer, changes in renal and hematological function test results and hepatic abnormalities have been observed during treatment with fluconazole and comparative agents, but the clinical significance and relationship to treatment is uncertain.

Studies and Clinical Trials.

In Patients Receiving a Single Dose For Vaginal Candidiasis

During comparative clinical studies conducted in the United States, 448 patients with vaginal candidiasis were treated with fluconazole, 150 mg single dose. The overall incidence of side effects possibly related to fluconazole was 26%. In 422 patients receiving active comparative agents, the incidence was 16%. The most common treatment-related adverse events reported in the patients who received 150 mg single dose fluconazole for vaginitis were headache (13%), nausea (7%), and abdominal pain (6%). Other side effects reported with an incidence equal to or greater than 1% included diarrhea (3%), dyspepsia (1%), dizziness (1%), and taste perversion (1%). Most of the reported side effects were mild to moderate in severity. Rarely, angioedema and anaphylactic reaction have been reported in marketing experience.

If you cannot get rid of it, then things can get really bad if you take this more than once. I hope by sharing this study, women will look at every side effect BEFORE taking anything and try to find an alternative.

In Patients Receiving Multiple Doses for Other Infections

Sixteen percent of over 4000 patients treated with fluconazole in clinical trials of 7 days or more experienced adverse events. Treatment was discontinued in 1.5% of patients due to adverse clinical events and in 1.3% of patients due to laboratory test abnormalities. Clinical adverse events were reported more frequently in HIV infected patients (21%) than in non-HIV infected patients (13%); however, the patterns in HIV infected and non-HIV infected patients were similar. The proportions of patients discontinuing therapy due to clinical adverse events were similar in the two groups (1.5%).

The following treatment-related clinical adverse events occurred at an incidence of 1% or greater in 4048 patients receiving fluconazole for 7 or more days in clinical trials: nausea 3.7%, headache 1.9%, skin rash 1.8%, vomiting 1.7%, abdominal pain 1.7%, and diarrhea 1.5%.


In combined clinical trials and marketing experience, there have been rare cases of serious hepatic reactions during treatment with fluconazole. The spectrum of these hepatic reactions has ranged from mild transient elevations in transaminases to clinical hepatitis, cholestasis and fulminant hepatic failure, including fatalities. Instances of fatal hepatic reactions were noted to occur primarily in patients with serious underlying medical conditions (predominantly AIDS or malignancy) and often while taking multiple concomitant medications. Transient hepatic reactions, including hepatitis and jaundice, have occurred among patients with no other identifiable risk factors. In each of these cases, liver function returned to baseline on discontinuation of fluconazole.

In two comparative trials evaluating the efficacy of fluconazole for the suppression of relapse of cryptococcal meningitis, a statistically significant increase was observed in median AST (SGOT) levels from a baseline value of 30 IU/L to 41 IU/L in one trial and 34 IU/L to 66 IU/L in the other. The overall rate of serum transaminase elevations of more than 8 times the upper limit of normal was approximately 1% in fluconazole-treated patients in clinical trials. These elevations occurred in patients with severe underlying disease, predominantly AIDS or malignancies, most of whom were receiving multiple concomitant medications, including many known to be hepatoxic. The incidence of abnormally elevated serum transaminases was greater in patients taking fluconazole concomitantly with one or more of the following medications: rifampin, phenytoin, isoniazid, valproic acid, or oral sulfonylurea hypoglycemic agents.

So now read about boric acid and I will tell you what else she told me.

Boric Acid for Vaginal Yeast Infection – Topic Overview

Boric Acid for Vaginal Yeast Infection Guide

Boric acid is a white, crystalline chemical substance that has antifungal and antiviral properties. It is used in various prescription pharmaceutical products and is also available without a prescription. Some experts now recommend vaginal boric acid capsules as a treatment option for vaginal yeast infections, particularly infections that can’t be cured by antifungal yeast infection medicines.

If you are pregnant, do not use vaginal boric acid treatment.

She told me that she makes her own capsules and I will tell you more in a moment.

How do I use boric acid? You can make your own boric acid suppositories by filling size 0 gelatin capsules with boric acid (about 600 mg). Standard yeast infection treatment is one capsule inserted in the vagina at bedtime for 7 days. For treatment of recurring yeast infections, standard yeast infection treatment is done for two weeks, and then boric acid can be used twice a week for 6 months to 1 year.2

Is it effective? More research is needed to find out how well boric acid works. Some studies have shown it cures up to 70 out of 100 women. Symptoms return in some women. Check with your doctor to see if you need to continue using boric acid over several months to relieve your symptoms.

Be aware it is a poisonous substance and care should be when younger children or pets are present. Keep it locked up and far out of reach.

Is it safe? When used in capsules as a vaginal suppository, boric acid is only known to sometimes cause skin irritation. But when used by mouth (internally), on open wounds, or by children, boric
acid is toxic.

Keep boric acid out of the reach of children. Boric acid is not safe to use if you are pregnant. Now you know about this, you can Google to learn more.

You can buy bulk boric acid very inexpensively if you search on the Internet. I found it for only $3.58 a pound.

I had no problem finding empty gelatin capsules on the Internet, in fact we have them here at our home, because my daughter Kim makes wellness capsules for our rescue dogs when they come in from a shelter. So search for the best deal and add shipping to the cost.

I am now giving you a little bit from the blog I wrote back in 2012 and I will give the link where you can learn more.

But is it this problem or some other problem?  I found this site explaining the difference between the various types of infections and this is the first paragraph.

Bacterial Vaginosis: Relatively thin, whitish, foul-smelling discharge; little to no discomfort; discharge most common following sexual activity; vaginal pH above 4.5.

Trich: “Fishy” smell, itchiness (potentially from thighs to urethra), frothy yellow-green discharge, labial swelling. Sexually communicated.

Yeast Infection: “Cottage cheese” discharge; burning, itching, or pain related to sexual activity or urination; redness. Most likely in the case of someone with a weakened immune system.

As promised here is the link to the older blog.


  1. Faith

    Greetings all. I am a 42 year old woman that had a hysterectomy (removing my uterus and tubes) I still have my ovaries. This was March of 2013. 1 week later I had leg pain and numbness. I was referred for a sonogram to make sure that I did not have a blood clot in my leg. 2 weeks later severe abdominal pain. I was seen in the ER. They performed a CT scan and I was diagnosed with B.V. 1 month later a sudden severe tooth abcess that blacked my eye and swoll my face. The abcess would not respond to oral antibiotics. For the next 2 months 2 more tooth abcesses. All treated by antibiotic injection. Lower abdominal pain the entire time. Still complaining of pain my OBGYN that preformed the hysterectomy, she tells me that she can no longer treat me and to see my primary care for pain management. Now in the 9th month my primary care refuses pain meds and tells me that she is adding my name to a narcotic refusal list in the state of Illinois, because “I should not be in pain” and because “I had been seen at 2 different ERs for pain” Now in the 10th month I receive a certified letter from my primary care provider that “I am being dropped. he will no longer see me, I need to find another Dr.” For months after I was seen in the ER probaly 10 times Ct scans, Dilaudid did not even help. The only thing that occasionally worked was Torodol injections. All along for months on end …..repeated B.V. treated by creams, gels, prescriptions. To then need to treat the yeast overgrowth…..A three ring circus. Now in 2015 I have a new symptoms hair loss and insomnia. No answers I took the next step and found an OBGYN in a larger city. The new OBGYN on the second visit March 2016 sd that my records were not the same with what she found and ordered a MRI STAT! (all because of my ongoing pain, due to this Interceed TC7 or Gynecare Interceed) I was electrocuted in the machine. They called a code white and rushed me from radiology to the ER. June 2016,now I am having body spasms and aches. Some days I wake up and can’t turn my neck to back out of my driveway.I seek the help of a chiropractor maybe I need an alignment???? He took x-rays and informed me that my pain was autoimmune. Now suddenly my thyroid is enlarged???

    I am writing to share.. When you know that something is not right with your body seek outside help. I have dull pain in my lower left abdomen. This is where I felt the electrocution. I feel as if I am about to deliver a full term baby at any given time, the pressure that I feel is unreal. I have constant cramping and sharp pains between my inner thighs and vagina it feels if my legs are going to come apart from my body. Incontenence I must stop going and coming from the office. I have a 70 mile commute. Pain dull pressure in some areas, shooting pain in other areas, burning in my hip area and outer thighs. Sex???? NOT! But the constant B.V. and yeast is killing me embarrissing and never ending. Has anyone experienced this from an Interceed barrier mesh?

    1. Linda (Post author)

      Faith, please, please read this blog.

  2. Faith

    Ps I am now scheduled to see a UROGYNE on August 2 2016.

  3. Sebrina Carter

    Faith what did your MRI show? Or was it unclear due to the machine malfunction? If so you still need to have an MRI so they can see what is going on in there….hang in there!

    1. Sebrina

      PS I had Intercede placed over my uterus in 2009 when my gyn attempted to preform a salpingo-oophorectomy (right ovary and tube removed due to a dermoid cyst). But due to severe and extensive adhesiolysis from my previous C-section and tubal ligation they had to open old incision site and call in a general surgeon to cut away the sheets of adhesions that had bound my uterus, ovaries, tubes and bowels. It had pulled my transverse colon down into a v. Affectively causing “obstruction”. It had also pulled my omentum attached to my stomach down into the same “v”. This was all wrapped around my small bowel as well. 6 hour surgery later they inform they had used Intercede to my chagrin. I had expected a simple laparoscopy with no complications since the ultrasound didn’t show anything unusual. Apparently not every test or scan will show these issues and perhaps only an MRI is affective. I have since had chronic yeast and other infections, pelvic pain for which I entered chiropractic care as well as physical therapy. Both gave some relief. I was given Diflucan numerous times but decided after reading side affects to take probiotics and enzymes, while using coconut oil inserts containing a drop or two of Tea Tree oil if its bacterial in nature or I use plain organic yogurt inserted via tampon if its yeast in nature. Both work fine and are much easier on my body!


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