On my 25th birthday, I realized I had experienced recurrent yeast infections two to three times a month for the past year. Unless I was on my period, my vagina almost consistently had the itching, burning, leaking sensation of a yeast infection.

The recurring infections affected my sex life, self-esteem and sanity. Antifungal treatments such as clotrimazole offered some relief for a few weeks, and then my symptoms returned.

Yeast infections are extremely common, with up to 3 out of 4 women affected at some point in their lives.

"Yeast infections are one of the most common things that I treat," said Latasha Murphy, M.D., a gynecologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. "I probably treat two to three per week at a minimum."

While doctors usually suggest antifungal medication, it wasn't until I picked up some women's health probiotics that I experienced prolonged relief. After two months of taking one pill a day, my yeast infections finally eased up. While this experience is