My girlfriend has been having some vaginal discharge on and off for a few months now. She has been to the gyn on several occasions and was treated for yeast and bacterial infection. The first few times, the substance did have an odor. However, on this occasion, the substance as remained odorless.
The problem persists whether or not we are having sex. My question is, why does this keep coming back? Is it possible that the combination of our Ph balance is causing this? Is there anything that I can take to reduce the chance of this happening?
Maintaining a good hygiene is important, but make sure that your girlfriend especially doesn't overdo it. Vaginal douches are completely unnecessary and can actually worsen infections, because they wash away the good bacteria and reduce the natural acidic ph. It's beneficial for her to wear cotton or other breathable material underwear and clothes, maybe wearing skirts or loose pants could also help. As could not sitting with her legs crossed for longer periods of time...anything to allow some air to reach her intimate area, because that makes it harder for bacteria and fungi to thrive.
Also, upping your immune systems would be beneficial, like taking vitamins and minerals, eating healthy, getting enought exercise and spending time in the fresh air. I don't know, maybe you could use condoms for a while and see if that helps. Otherwise, your girlfriend should discuss this with her gyno, maybe they can help.
Let's say, she stops whatever the particular cause of the discharge is, would it naturally go away on it's own or does it need to be treated?? I'm trying to determine if can try different things to isolate the cause of the condition.
My g/f obsessively works-out and eats healthy. This year she also just moved from Ohio to Miami. So between working out, and the heat, it makes it harder to stay cool. She thinks perhaps the sweating could be causing the discharge. Is this possible? Can you even sweat vaginally??
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No, I don't believe you can sweat internally, in fact I'm pretty sure you can't, but if you're wearing tight clothes and it's hot and you sweat between your legs, that may be a contributing factor. A warm, damp environment is ideal for bacteria and funghi.
I've only had to treat discharge a couple of times in the past. Mostly it goes away on its own. It can't hurt to lay off the (vaginal) sex for a while, if you can.
What she could also try, if she's open to it, is a probiotic yoghurt "douche" - she needs to dilute probiotic yoghurt with warm water, then inject it into her vagina using a (dull) syringe and keep lying down with her pelvis raised for 10-15 minutes. Probiotic yoghurt contains beneficial bacteria which can help prevent irritation and discharge.
Still, if this is really bothering her, she should see a gynecologist. However, you have to realize that many women always have some form of vaginal discharge. So unless it smells bad or it burns/itches/irritates, a simple wash before intercourse can be all the "treatment" needed.
My girlfriend has been having some vaginal discharge on and off for a few months now. She has been to the gyn on several occasions and was treated for yeast and bacterial infection. The first few times, the substance did have an odor.
Hate to bring this up, but your girlfriend just moved here. How long have you two been togehter and have you been checked? Many women carry infections which the man never has any symptoms of, thus you could be giving it back and forth to each other. Even things like yeast, or BV, can be passed between the two of you. Your girlfriend might be getting treated for anything, but if you caught it, youre giving it right back to her and back and forth this goes. There is no discharge which is white and creamy chunks WHICH IS NORMAL. a Healthy vagina doesnt secret chunks of anything which "sometimes" has an odor....clear secretions are normal, especially around ovulation...but chunky discharge is indicative of an infection.
has your girlfriend been tested for the standard STDs? Honestly, this sounds more like BV, but it could also very well be something worse. She might not even know she had something, depending on how many partners she has had in the past and how conscientious she has been about using protection. Same goes for you- you could have been a carrier of anything and never realized it until you gave it to her and she got the symptoms. You should both be checked out for everything, just to be safe.
I have heard a gynecologist say that hpv can cause discharge, although that may not be scientifically proven, just learned through his experience with many patients.
I didn't mean to imply that this sort of discharge was normal and both of you getting tested for STDs is a VERY good idea in any case, but since infections keep happening often for many women, maybe you'll just have to get used to your girlfriend having discharge from time to time and accept it. If my boyfriend would be out there looking for a potential cause and a cure for my discharge so intensely, I'd be mortified thinking it repulses him - thinking I repulse him. Especially if he'd discuss it with me often and always came up with new things I could try to get rid of it. Can you see what I mean? I think it's absolutely wonderful that you're taking an interest and trying to help, but I suggest you do it delicately.
Jana, not to disagree with you- but I kind of have to. I dont think there is any delicate way to find out why a person keeps getting infections. I also think as adults (we are adults here right?) its imperative that its handled like it should be, which would mean having both parties tested - and finding out what is causing this. I stand by my last post- there is nothing normal about a woman having this sort of discharge off and on, especially one which has an odor.
If the truth hurts, or if the situation is that "delicate' as you put it- then these two arent ready to have sex. This is potentially serious, or possibly nothing more then a yeast infection, however discussing it at this point is mute- doing something about it is imperative. Even if as you say it could be HPV, is it open to discussion or is it more important to find out....
Peoples health is at stake here, not their feelings....but thats just my opinion. Its "nice' that the boyfriend is worried- a wonderful trait in a man, but it would be nicer if he was 100% sure he wasnt at all responsible for his girlfriends problems (and by that I mean that he isnt passing it back and forth).
By delicate I mean not inadvertently making your girlfriend believe you think she's somehow "soiled" or dirty or spoiled. It can be very easy to react emotionally and unreasonably in such an embarassing situation. I'd be embarassed as hell if my boyfriend was out there intensely looking for the reasons of my discharge and maybe kept coming back with periodic advice and information and "updates". I would really think he's completely grossed out (are you?).
I do suggest you both get tested for STDs and that your girlfriend sees a gynecologist asap, but once that is talked out (yes you SHOULD discuss it, thoroughly) and arranged and done, I don't think there's need to keep discussing it further until you have some results.
Maybe I'm completely wrong about this and maybe your girlfriend is so self-confident and you have a way of putting things into the right perspective and my advice is useless. But I remember the kind of girl I used to be where sexuality was concerned and my self-esteem was so low, something like this would have utterly embarassed me. All that I'm trying to say is, take care that you let your girlfriend know how much you love her and feel attracted to her, despite the discharge.
What if it turns out she has bacterial vaginosis? It can never be really cured, just managed and she could keep getting discharge periodically. Would you be able to accept that, live with that or would it bother you?
By the way, why isn't she doing something about it herself? Doesn't it bother her at all or not as much as it bothers you? And what if she refuses to do anything about it or ignores your efforts and concerns?
if it has no odor dont worry about it.. its normal wetness and discharge some women are thicker and some thinner some and clearer.. its cream - enjoy it..
if its nasty smelling and cheesy well i would think it can just be yeast. bacterias can smell bad to but will usually cause inflamation and redness well yeast can too.. but not to that degree.. ofcourse normal bacterias that are not pathogenic cant cause this. - keep her diet healthy.. it can be something with that too. - if she has been cultured by the dr - then i would worry about it. hpv can cause smell that is not usual but its not like pathogens like bacteria or yeast.. bottom line if the smell isn't right
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Thanks for all your help guys. Just to answer a few questions first; it's not so much that I am grossed out, rather than concerned. Believe me I'm a pretty disgusting person, it takes a lot more to gross me out. ;-) But I just don't want to further complicate the problem by neglecting it. My g/f is certainly doing her part to consider the source of the problem. It must be quiet frustrating and stressful on her, and so I don't want her going alone on this. After all, her problems are my problems, and vice versa.
MSNik, I think there may be something to what you are saying about us giving it back and forth to each other. I have been with other girls that have had similar conditions. I'm thinking perhaps, I could be the carrier of what's resulting in these infections. IF SO, what could I specifically be carrier? Who do I see about it? What can I do or what meds can I take to treat such a thing?
I really want to be on the safe side, and get myself tested. I would really hate to just have my g/f tested & treated, meanwhile, I am the one continuously the source of the problem.
Try abstinence for awhile, condoms doesn't always work and you would be passing the infection back to her. At least until she is free of symptoms. Go to your own Dr. too just to get yourself checked out. That way you can be sure you are also not passing it back to her.
I just read one of your more recent posts. It is good that you are thinking of all the causes, and not just focusing on your GF. Not many guys do that, so good for you!
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Sobe, you asked me IF SO, what could I specifically be carrier? Who do I see about it? What can I do or what meds can I take to treat such a thing?
You could be the carrier of a million different things, from common yeast (yes guys can get it too, usually known as thrush, or even athletes foot of the groin area) to Syphillus or Gonnorhea- if you have had partners before, anything is possible. These things show up differently in men then women - and even genital warts might never appear on a woman (except seen by her doctor internally) while they show up as "pimples' on a man. Same with Herpes sometimes...
Who do you see? Do you have a trusted family doctor? He would be a good start...or, you can call a planned parenthood and ask them if they do male checks- more then likely they are going to want to do a swab test and blood work, other then that, just a visual inspection to make sure there is nothing there- but you would more then likely notice it if there were....the next best kind of doctor to turn to would be a urologist, but this is a specialist who is going to charge you more to do the same thing that any regular doc can do for you. Its embarrassing, but its worth it to have a full blood work up done and make sure you are inadvertantly passing this back and forth.
As far as meds go- do NOT try to self medicate. If you are taking any kind of antibiotic, you can make thrush worse, or yeast develope. If you are taking any kind of antifungal, you might mask certain blood tests. Best thing to do is get checked out and let them prescribe for you- based on what turns up.
No doctor is going to start prescribing stuff without knowing what he is prescribing it for....the types of things that can be tested and get immediate answers are yeast and bacterial. Things like STDs are usually done with blood work, while the others can be done by swabbing the area. Even if you dont have a discharge, there is a possiblity that swabbing you is going to produce cells which can only be seen under a microscope. If its yeast, its an antifungal. If its bacterial, its an antibiotic- both are completely different and need to be sure of what you are being treated for before being prescribed. Dont , please dont, start self medicating. First of all, you will mask any infection should you need to see a doctor and secondly, self medicating will NOT help your girlfriend! Even if you both take something, if its the WRONG thing- you can make things worse.
I really suggest you call a planned parenthood and talk to a nurse about whether or not they can help you. They deal with this all the time, its confidential and inexpensive and a good place to start. Unless you have a trusted family phyisican, in which case, Id go that route.
You have nothing to lose by getting checked out....and the longer you wait, the more chances you have of hurting both of you. If (for some horrible reason) it turns out to be some sort of STD, it can leave both of you sterile if not treated...go get checked. Its another way of saying I love you! (to her!)