There’s no bright side to having a yeast infection.
Since my hysterectomy in 2008, I have fought off more yeast infections than all the previous thirty-six years of my life combined. No literature I can find confirms a link between a lack of a uterus and an increase in yeast, but my anecdata indicates otherwise.
It is not fun, not even a little bit.
I’ve tried Diflucan, which makes me puke. I’ve tried creams, ovules, prayer, garlic, eating my weight in expensive yogurts, and begging my doctor for relief. Until now, nothing made much of a difference, at least in the long term. Recently, I discovered something new, however, and I’m prepared to become an evangelist for the product.
AZO is well-known among my circles for their amazing UTI prevention products, so I was excited when I saw they had created a product to help treat the symptoms of an active yeast infection as well as prevent future infections. Praise CJ, friends, this product is the shit. While the box claims the product won’t cure an active infection, I felt better after taking only one dose. After three doses, I was a new f’ing woman.
The directions instruct users to take three pills per day while in the midst of a horrible, terrible, no-good yeast infection, and one pill per day to prevent new infections. AZO Yeast contains mistletoe leaf (which I previously thought was poisonous, turns out it’s only the berries that can kill you) and something called boneset, in a probiotic base. I Googled everything, since I have a natural suspicion of homeopathic products. (Seriously, they could be selling you ground up nothing and there’s no accountability.) Everything seemed on the up-and-up, and my many friends who suffer from recurring UTIs swear by AZO’s other products, so I was willing to give it a shot.
I’m so glad I did, readers. My ladybits are so happy, I’m pretty sure I could shoot actual rainbows from my vagina.
I found my AZO at my local, non-fancy grocery store, and I’ve also seen it at Walgreen’s and CVS. It was $8 for a pack of 60 tabs, and it may be among the best money I’ve ever spent.
For more on yeastie beasties, read this great article by Coco, who is also an AZO convert. Persephone Magazine: We care about keeping your vadge happy.