Dealing with Candida in College

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    mash2100
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    I apologize for the length of this but I just joined the forum and felt the need to get my story out there because I have no idea as to what else I can do.

    My story begins in the fall of 2012, a couple of months after having met my current boyfriend. When we first started dating, we would have sex all of the time, sometimes two or three times in a row. We would get creative from having sex outdoors, to the pool (happened twice), or in the bath tub. All was well until I began to feel dry down there. I also suffered from two UTIs so I took some antibiotics for that. Sex was no longer fun, it just became this dreadful and painful thing for both my boyfriend and I. I’m ashamed to say that I tried toughing it out for several months, thinking it was just some phase or that I needed to drink more water, etc… Because we didn’t use condoms, he began feeling the effects of my dryness as well, often complaining that he had a chafed penis. For months I thought I was suffering from vaginal dryness and we tried using condoms again and all sorts of lubes, but to no avail. I finally visited the gyno in October of 2013 and told them my problem. They checked me and voila! I had a mild yeast infection. Mild or not, the thing was persistent. It just wouldn’t go away. There was never any itching or redness, just a constant, thin, sticky, white discharge. After telling my boyfriend, he began suspecting that he might have a yeast infection on the head of his penis since it always felt sore. We both have tried monistat and coconut oil and I even underwent a course of diflucan but nothing helped. It took me a while to figure out I needed to make some serious lifestyle changes.

    I started the Candida Diet in December. Needless to say, it was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I didn’t get really serious about it until maybe two months ago. I just recently started taking Healthy Origins probiotics and because I go to college in my hometown, I go home every weekend to bake snacks and make food to bring back to the dorm with me for that week since my school’s cafeteria options are not very candida-friendly. Almost always if I do eat at my school, I get a grilled chicken salad. But even then I’m afraid because I know their meats aren’t organic and probably contain antibiotics.

    I try so hard to stick to the diet and the probiotics and I often find myself buying monistat 7 over and over again. It’s exhausting and costly, and it doesn’t even seem to work.
    My boyfriend has been so good to me and supportive throughout all of it, especially since he’s still suffering from soreness and redness on the head of his penis. I know we brought this upon ourselves for not practicing safer sex. And now we just can’t seem to get rid of it. I haven’t had sweets or bread in months and my boyfriend and I rarely have sex. My social life has gone completely out the window… I feel so helpless! Candida is ruining my relationships and I keep reading stories about how people suffer from it for years and years and it makes me just want to break down and cry.

    I have no clue where else to turn or who to turn to.

    My fear is that I will be left penniless from all the trips I make to whole foods just to bake a f***ing loaf of coconut bread and that I will lose the love of my life because I don’t know how much longer our relationship can withstand this. It’s not normal for two 19 and 23 year old college students to be going through this and especially so since we have NO ONE else to relate to.

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    HopeSprings
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    I wish I could give you GREAT advice. Although not knowing I have suffered from Candida for 10 yrs I am just on my third go around of trial and error to get rid of it. Is that ever possible? Some say yes.

    I feel for you as my daughter is in college and your age so I know its hard. I believe she has Candida issues as well but doesnt want to acknowledge them. At least you are.

    Try your best with the diet and make sure to stay faithful with the probiotics and anti fungals.

    I am way older then you and I slip and cheat on the diet too. Its hard and expensive for me. Hang in there. I hope things get better.

    #117930

    Jessgentry26
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    Girl, I hear you. I’m a college student as well-20 years old. I have tested negative constantly for candida and recently my health got SO poor that I couldn’t even get up from the couch. I recently went to a doctor in NYC who is an infectious disease specialist (i had to withdraw from college–this is after eating fish and veggies for months otherwise the bloating would be too severe) and my parents are desperate to want to get me better. I gave up alcohol, bread, anything starchy, grains, fruits, the whole nine yards. This doctor in NYC actually found an amoeba called E. Histolitica that no other doctor found in stool tests or anything. I’m on a two week treatment of paromicin and he also said he didn’t see any signs of candida…yeah. I’m skeptical though. Maybe i’m over paranoid because i’ve been sick for so long, but I’ve tried eating sugar while on the paromicin and still no change, i begin to swell all over, and i can feel my stomach get SO tight and the bloating gets severe 🙁 I’ve never had a white tongue and even when my gyno cultured for yeast it came back negative. So idk, maybe these meds take longer to work. But I do know that it could be something other than candida. You could have a parasite of some sort. Just something to think about..and trust me i DO relate to you entirely. It sucks being a sorority sister and an average college student and feel like your missing out on the best 4 years of your life…its complete bull shit. I wish you the best of luck and let me know if you need any advice! I’ve been through a shit ton of testing.

    #117931

    raster
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    My ND feels that anyone who has candida in their sexual organs likely has it in their kidneys, so it might be difficult for you to treat this on your own. He has some specific remedies to clear it out of the kidneys and sexual organs but I just don’t know what they are…but you can get better if you find the right ND in my opinion. His treatment costs a few hundred per month typically plus appts. so it might not be feasible.

    Additionally, a proper treatment is expensive and it might be hard for you guys to treat this while in college. I graduated 9 years ago and I understand what you are going through and imho its very hard to treat this while in school mainly because of financial constraints. I ended up getting a job working 20+ hours per week and got on food stamps and this helped me a lot financially (but I wasn’t treating myself for health problems then).

    I also made the dorm food for my school and I definitely know that they use the cheapest quality food possible (or atleast very likely). So the chicken you are eating is likely the lowest grade out there (sysco) which is unfortunate. If anything, you could maybe write a letter to the university stating how much you pay for school but you get crap for what you pay. Then mention antibiotic resistent infections and how their food contributes to the problem. Anyways, thats about the best you can do on that front lol.

    My suggestion is to treat this when out of school, try to get your parents to fund you going to an ND for this, or get a job and find a good ND to treat this while in school…

    -raster

    #118022

    mash2100
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    Thank you all so much for your responses and advice! I’m glad to know I’m not alone in this.
    I have however been thinking lately that maybe I’m not suffering from an overgrowth of candida albicans at all, maybe it’s a different strain such as candida tropicalis (the second most common type of yeast infection.) These other strains seem to not respond to OTC meds and in fact have become resistant to them.

    #118026

    raster
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    Its likely not one strain but multiple strains…and each one responds differently to different antifungals.

    -raster

    #118706

    spider
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    Take a high quality probiotic in the morning when you wake up on an empty stomach. Search around the forums and you’ll see the probiotic recommendations, although I personally like VSL # 3 and Prescript Assist.

    Stop eating bread/grains, sugar (soda, candy, fruits), and cut out Alcohol.

    Do that and you’re on the road to recovery.

    I’m in college as well and don’t find that the low-quality meats and veggies effect my candida. The only things that effect it is when I eat grains and/ sugary foods.

    Trust me, cut out those few things and you will start feeling better. Also add a anti fungal like Oil of Oregano in the afternoon, and eat Coconut oil everyday. When you’re in the cafeteria, there are always options of meat and veggies. chicken or beef and veggies….Some might argue that it’s not ideal, but it’s definitely better than the pasta, chicken nuggets, coke, etc. that other kids are eating.

    You will start feeling better soon – don’t look at it like you need to do everything perfectly right now. Just a decent probiotic, and cut out some bad foods. Also try using coconut oil as lube…it’s great as lube and is good for the vagina/penis.

    #118723

    TheChosenOne
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    I have the same problem here. What you have to do is use cheap antifungals like oregano oil, red thyme and brussels sprouts. Eat a lot of veggies and try to buy organic meat if you can. I’m lucky that my parents pay for my food, so my only expenses are my supplements.

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