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constant yeast infection for a year

im 15 years old and have had a constant yeast infection for about a year. I dont have insurance to talk to a doctor and get antibiotics. im not sexually active either.I have a chunky white discharge and an itchy labia. im extremely scared to talk to someone about this. what do I need to do to get rid of this? how serious is this? are there any serious consequences?
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will planned parenthood give me anything to get rid of this? ive tried monistat 1, 3, and 7 and after everytime its come back.
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will planned parenthood give me anything to get rid of this? ive tried monistat 1, 3, and 7 and after everytime its come back.
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Planned Parenthood (or any doctor) can prescribe treatments stronger than miconazole (active ingredient in Monistat 1, 3, and 7 day treatments) and clotrimazole, the two OTC antifungals available for treating yeast infections. Typically, you'll get a prescription for one dose of fluconazole, taken orally, which should take care of the yeast infection, though symptoms don't immediately disappear. You can ask the doctor you see at PP about things that are okay to use that might help relieve symptoms.

I think it's a good idea you're being seen by a doctor, they can make sure it is a yeast infection and not something else that often is mistaken for one but isn't treated at all the same, bacterial vaginosis, which they can prescribe treatment for as well.

Just wondering, do you take antibiotics frequently or on a regular basis? If so, that can be the reason for recurring yeast infections and taking a probiotic can help.

Some other tips to help prevent yeast infections are to not use scented tampons, pads, pantyliners, etc. and change them frequently when on your period; don't use douches or scented washes (an unscented, mild soap/cleanser and water is all you need); avoid synthetic fabrics for your underwhatevers, stick with cotton, also avoid wearing too tight of things there; change out of wet swimsuits ASAP (yeast thrive in that environment); avoid hot tubs and very hot baths; and I know of some women that have resorted to going sans-underpants aside from on their period or when wearing a skirt and that was what it took to stop recurring yeast infections. I wear skirts and dresses a lot so I don't do that, but I sleep no-undies and that has helped for me.

Oh! Tip with PP clinics. I know here, not all are on a sliding scale basis, it's about 50/50 as far as how many are and aren't. You might want to call ahead and ask about that. Because of your age, though, I don't think getting seen for free will be a problem. :)
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I dont take any medications or antibiotics to relieve my yeast infection. I only treated once with each monistat.  im currently on birth control though and have been for a while, only to stabilize my period because its so sparatic. I appreciate all your wonderful advice, its helped alot. but can I be given the medication and exam because I have no income and no insurace to pay for it.
5660397 tn?1373806796
You're welcome! :)

I can't tell you with 100% certainty, but I know PP in Utah and PP in MN (which is Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota) would provide you all of that at no charge simply because of your age. Call the Planned Parenthood you're planning on going to and ask them about financial info. It should be free and I would be surprised if it cost you anything. Also, Planned Parenthood is able to dispense it at the clinic.

Do you get your birth control through PP? If you do and that's all free, this would all be free as well.
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yes, I got my BC through PP in California but  I recently moved to Oregon. I will call thank you!
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