Hi Everyone! I've been reading posts from this website and from other websites for the past two years. I've read your different stories about bv and yeast and I understand first hand what you are all going through. For some of us our infections are cured easily from one doctor's visit and for others we are still suffering. I think that there is alot that is still unknown about BV and Yeast Infections and I see on many web pages the same remedies are being offered for both types of infections. PH levels, too much sugar, no sex, good bacteria, etc. I am still confused. There is so much conflicting information.
Put it this way:
BV = Bacterial Infection = Antibiotic
Yeast = Fungus Infection = AntiFungal
Bacteria & Fungus are two very different things as are Bacterial (like strep) & Viral Infections (like the Flu & HIV) (Just to draw some parallels)
I had discomfort & itching & a watery stringy discharge for a year before I was sent to a special vagonisis clinic who finally diagonsed me. Before my diagnosis I was told that I had allergies, possible problems with the soap I was using. It turns out the entire time I had a NON-ALBICAN Yeast Infection that the average gyno. was not trained to look for, or to see. I also have Vaginal StrepB- For those of you on this board that have StrepB...there are NO Symptoms. 1 in every 3 women have it and it is usually only treated in women who are pregnant. Oral Antibiotics will in most cases not rid you of Vaginal Strep B. Trust me. If you have vaginal strepB and are having symptoms it is usually due to something else.
As far as the nonalbican yeast, Yogurt will not help and neither will monistat or 2 doses of diflucan. It is very very very difficult to treat. I have been on about 10 courses of meds. Everything from Boric Acid to Nystatin to Itraconazole (very strong med.) I have had very little success.
The reason why I am posting is because I think that there is alot of misinformation out there for people who have problems with vaginal infections. There are hundreds of different types of yeast infections that respond differently to different meds. as are there different types of bacterial infections. Please don't try to self diagnose. Go to your doctor. If he/she doesn't find anything and you are still having symptoms go to another and to another. Go to a special vagnosis clinic. Through reading your posts I've realised that alot of you (as I did myself) are self medicating and don't even really know for sure what type of infection you have. From my experience that can be dangerous. You may end up with a resistant, hard to treat infection like I have. Good luck & best wishes. I hope this post helps someone else out there with similar problems.
Amen sister! I'm going on one year of constant discomfort: discharge, itch, burn, pain...sometimes like rug burn...... I barely have sex with my boyfriend because it hurts so much. I have random near "bladder infections" that are horrible.
I've been to four doctors and taken eight differ meds. This last doctor finally called it a fungal/yeast issue. The others had told me GBS (Group B Strep). They went as far as to treat me with amoxicillin two times in a row and I fell for that!!! They gave me premarin (hormone replacement therapy)!!!
I am so frustrated at this point. I was getting ready to self treat again. I'm so glad that I found your post. This is soooo helpful. I need to find a specialist. I had briefly thought about that, but did not act on it.
Thank you so much for sharing your information. I know what you are going through. I think this is a really rare thing, whatever it is. We need to stick together you know?
Hi Exhaled. I am sorry to hear that you are having similar problems. It is really tough finding the right doctor. You may want to try a gyno that treats nothing but vaginal infections and then when they find the cause of your problem....consult an infectious disease doctor, if necessary. The type of yeast that I have is Candida Glabrata...if you google it you will not find too much info. on it. My advice is to stay away from the antibiotics. They caused me nothing but trouble.
: ) Angel
Yeah, I found that title for the yeast: Candida Glabrata. It's hard to find any info on it.
I spoke with my gyno yesterday. She admitted that she doesn't know what this is and she doesn't know who to send me to... Oh, let me specify, she knew that this is the non-albican yeast and she treated me for that, but I didn't take to the treatment.
So, she only knows of one person that specializes in this stuff and she's trying to get his number. For now, she's putting me back on the med that didn't work just to see if I take a one application three months in a row will get rid of whatever this is.... ugh.
I just feel helpless and scared. I wonder if it could be a bigger health problem that is hiding.
It's so frustrating.
I attempted to try homeopathy through Whole Foods, but all their catalogs say that I need to see a physician. It's like banging my head against a wall.....
amr10023, you have been a big help though. Thank you.
Can I ask what kind of symptoms you have? I've had problems with anal and vaginal itching for as long as I can remember, and although the doctor cleared me for yeast and other vaginal infections through a swab, im not sure if i should go see another doctor.
This is my post which details my symptoms. Are they similar to yours?
"Ok ever since I was 12 years old, i've had night-time itching in the anal and vulval area. I was quite embarrassed about this so did nothing for so long!
I am now 18 and finally did some research online. My first suspicion was pinworms, seeing as I had the symptoms when i was young, and before I got my periods. I treated myself with vermox a total of 4 times (two weeks spaced apart) but the symptoms did not really subside
I visited my local GP who took a vaginal swab. Results came back and it was all peachy and clean, no thrush, no trichomonias, no bacterial vagionisis... nothing! She had no idea what was causing the itch. She has prescribed me some anti fungal cream, and I am going to a dermatologist and a gyno soon so they can try and figure out what's wrong with me
Which should I see first?
Most of the time it is involuntary, at night, and I just wake myself up itching. Sometimes when I'm awake it itches, but very rarely. It really changes, sometimes it is in the labia, sometimes in the vaginal region and sometimes in the anal region.
I have not had sexual intercourse and so am a virgin
I don't think it is lichen sclerosis as I don't get cuts/a whitening of the vulval area etc.
Any idea on what it could be? Vulval dermatitis? "
The type of infection that I have is resistant to most medications. My yeast was tested in a special lab and it tested suseptable to diflucian, but the dose needed was so high that it would be impossible to take enough. It tested resistant to Itraconazole and a few other meds. After finding the yeast it still took quite a few courses of treatments before they would even send it to a lab to be tested.
Don't worry, if it is a vaginal yeast infection..it is more uncomfortable then dangerous. One of the ways they knew that I had a yeast infection was that the itching and burning would always worsen after I ate. I was also on alot of antibiotics. Yeast infections can be caused by many things. Antibiotic use, diabetes, HIV, hormone changes, thyroid problems. I would request a round of bloodwork to rule out these things. Your gyno. usually will not recommend testing in these areas. The first step is to figure out what is going on. Then you can take a course of treatment. Put it this way, I still have a ways to go before my infection is cured, but at least I am no longer treating myself for a bacterial infection. I try to tailor my diet towards one for yeast and I take Candida supplements. On anther note, I don't know of any doctors where you are...I see a specialist in Philly. If you want the info. to my specialist, I will be more than happy to give it to you. Hope you feel better real soon & don't worry...things will work out!
I'm not sure what you have. Just so you know my symptoms were a feeling of dryness, itching, sand paper type feeling. I had a very slight watery, white stringy discharge that would worsen after I ate. My normal vaginal discharge was clear & mucous like. It is very uncomfortable to have sex...burns and itches..sometimes even for days after. I feel bloated and just an overall feeling of not being well. You could look up Candida, leaky gut, & parasites, worms, could also just be an allergy to detergent, bed bugs....I've heard that worms come out at night in babies, espically in their diapers..because its dark. ????
Hello to all, just wanted to say be very carefull about what you are being told about your infections. My LAST doc told me I was allergic to my husband after I complained to him about a bad smell for days after intercourse. He never did anything to help and after constant complaining about it he told me to dousche. So, I left him after way too many bad advice appointments and went to see someone else. It turned out I actually had and still have a bacterial infection and I had it for years, all it took was one minor test and there was a diagnosis. I now have to take acidopholus daily. Apparently my body does not produce enough good bacteria and the meds help. I still have all the symptoms and the smell if I dont take it but if I do the scent is minimal. I could not beleive that the other doc couldnt run this minor test on me and the cost of the meds is 12.00 for 400 pills at GNC. Thought maybe this would help someone.
Interesting stuff you said about sex and bloating. I've noticed just in the past few months how bloated I always feel. I briefly thought that I had ovarian cancer, then I thought that maybe it's just my diet or I'm gaining weight. I can't tell, but it's definitely not how I was even six months ago. I don't know if there is any correlation to whatever this is that I have....
I'm looking at that website you referred me to. Thank you. I've wondered if it's parasites too....who knows...
I think the first step is to have a check up with blood work with my general practitioner. I am looking for a specialist. If you think your Philly doctor can refer me to someone in Los Angeles, I would love it! My OBGYN doesn't know where to tell me to go.
I'm getting desperate. After having sex with my boyfriend this last time, I felt like there were little cuts all over my labia. It was horrible.
I would try the obgyn department of a large university medical school or teaching hospital. Reproductive endocronologists & OBGYN. Call and ask if they treat hard to diagnose vaginal infections. Keep calling until you find someone that definately treats vagonisis. If you have to wait 3 months for an appointment...that unfortunately may be a good sign. I can't imagine that there wouldn't be someone in LA. In Phila. I started with Drexel University.