I have had a recurring bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection for over a year. I treat it, it goes away, and a few months later, it's back. To make matters more complicated, I don't have the typical symptoms. What originally lead me to think something was up is that I have to pee constantly
, so I thought I had a UTI (which I have never had before). Turns out, I had a vaginal infection, and no UTI.
It's been a year of this and I'm getting really frustrated. I'm seeing my ob/gyn next week about this, so I am not looking to metafilter as a substitute for medical advice. I want to know if there's anything I should be discussing with my doctor that I haven't already, or if I should be pushing for a referral to a specialist. More details and TMI below.
posted by inertia to health & fitness (25 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
As mentioned above, a year ago I thought I had a UTI because I felt like I had to pee all the time. I had no pain when urinating, no vaginal discharge or discomfort. My doctor diagnosed me with bacterial vaginosis and a yeast infection, and told me my urine was clear. I've never had BV before in my life, and only had a yeast infection once before when taking several weeks of serious antibiotics for something unrelated. I took the antibiotics (metronidazole gel)and the fluconazole she prescribed, and felt better for a little while.
Less than two months later, I was feeling like I had to pee all the time and feeling kind of uncomfortable, so I took another round of fluconazole. A few months later, same thing, except I went back to my ob/gyn who prescribed another round of antibiotics and an fluconazole, and tested me for STDs. Everything was negative except for ureaplasma, which I tested positive for. I've been in a monogamous relationship for seven years, but my doctor told me it's possible I've had this for that long and not been asymptomatic.
After that, my partner and I both took a round of doxycycline (which was miserable), and then I took another round of antibiotic gel and fluconazole. I was tested for ureaplasma afterwards, and tested negative. So, I thought I was out of the woods since the ureaplasma had finally been taken care of. Nope!
Right now, I've got yet another infection. I don't have any discharge or odor, but I have to pee all the time, and I'm uncomfortable. Not necessarily itchy, just uncomfortable. Maybe stupidly, I hoped it was just a yeast infection, so about two weeks ago I bought some Monistat (the three day treatment), however all it did was make me bleed. This was nothing like period blood, this was bright red, and well, pretty much just like normal blood. I've never had that happen to me before.
I called my ob/gyn, who prescribed me yet another round of antiobiotics (metronidazole gel again) and fluconazole. Unfortunately, I have my period now, so I have to wait for it to end so I can get a culture done. My appointment is next week and I'm wondering if there's anything I need to be discussing with my doctor, or if I should be going to a specialist or getting a second opinion at this point.
Alongside the antibiotics and yeast infection medication, I've tried hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and probiotic supplements (taken orally). I've ordered some boric acid and gel caps, and plan on trying that. I already eat a relatively low-carb diet, because I have polycystic ovary syndrome.
I've never had a BV infection until a year ago, I've been having sex with the same dude for the past seven years, I've been taking the same medications for well over a year. I don't know what else to do at this point, and this has been really frustrating. What else should I do, metafilter?