i know this is kind of gross, but i need some help. for approximately the last year, i've had a yeast infection that just KEEPS coming back. at first, i didn't know what it was, i thought it might just be a hormonal variation, so i let it go for a bit. after a couple months, i started googling symptoms, and when i found that i might have a yeast infection (I've NEVER had one before this, not even once), i went to my doctor. she took a culture, confirmed that it WAS indeed a yeast infection, gave me a Diflucan, and sent me on my way. It went away for a few days and then came back, but not as severe, so I just did my best to ignore it and use the topical anti-itch ointment they gave me. A couple months later, I had to go back to the gyno for my yearly anyway, so I told them that the Diflucan didn't help. They re-cultured me, gave me a DOUBLE dose of Diflucan, and sent me on my way. They also thought it might be the pants I wore every day for work - they were non-cotton dress pants and tight in that 'area,' so they didn't breath very well. I got a much looser pair of 100% cotton trousers and have worn them every day since. But STILL, the yest infection returned - in fact, even after the double dose of medication, it didn't even relent for a day. I thought maybe I'd have some more success with OTC treatments, so I got the most powerful one that Monistat has and followed all the instructions. Still no relief. I'm starting to doubt that it's a yeast infection. They cultured me for yeast both times, but they swabbed inside my vagina and my discharge appears to be farther foward - in the urethra area, KWIM? I mentioned this to the person doing the swab the second time, but she said that that didn't matter. I know it's not a UTI because I've had those before and know what those feel like. I just have no idea what else it could possibly be, and if it IS a yeast infection, I don't know why it won't clear up if I'm following all the instructions, taking the medication, etc. Anyone else ever had this problem? I just find it so odd. I've NEVER had a yeast infection before this.