It's NOT thrush
August 11, 2010 8:30 AM Subscribe
A question about IUD/the Coil - persistent infection and removal.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
I've been having recurring infections for the past two years - since I broke my foot and couldn't shower so easily, thinking about it.Symptoms are itching, yellow/brown/greeny discharge, and an unpleasant smell that is sometimes like bread. sometimes sort of fishy, sometimes kind of vinegary. Doctors have given me treatments for everything from thrush (yeast infection) to bacterial vaginosis - sometimes symptoms have been alleviated for a while, but never go away. I have been back to the doctor again and again. I just changed my GP as I've moved, and she suggested it was either chlyamidia (I've had the same partner for three years) or 'discharge before period'. The biggest problem is that I can't have vaginal intercourse - it is just not possible to insert a tampon up there, never mind anything bigger.
I saw a gynaeocologist last year who suggested taking care over what toiletries I use as it may be a form of dermatitis. I've done that - I have dermatitis elsewhere so it was easy to try - but this doesn't explain the discharge. I'm going back to see them next week (I'm in the UK so we have to go through our GP to see a gynaeocologist). Last time I was there he mentioned that possibly the coil might be making a difference and it could be worth looking into removing it. I've had my coil since September 2007, not long before the infections, and at this point I feel like I just want this problem out of my life so I'm willing to consider this!
However, I'm concerned that it isn't physically possible given that last time I had tests done they couldn#'t even insert a child's speculum. It's not a case of bearing the pain - I'm well aware that it's necessary to be done - but not only is it really painful but the skin won't 'give'. Given how insertion involved opening the cervix I have no idea how they'd be able to get it out - I can't even have diagnostic tests performed correctly because of this problem, never mind access all the way up.
I'm also feeling really panicky and shaky just thinking about this, which doesn't help. I remember the pain getting it in and have heard removal is worse.
Has anyone had experience of this? What helped and how did you do it?