Re: Yellow discharge. HPV? Side affects from going off Birth Control
Did the doctor say if your pH was too high or low? That would help determine what could be...yeast or a bacterial infection. Either way, if the doctor saw it was off, he/she should have done additional testing like swabbing the discharge and looking at it under a microscope or sending it out for growth.
I've discussed HPV with my doctor and from my understanding, he said that when you have a pap done, they look for abnormal changes in the cells. If none are found, that's it. If some are found, THEN they test for HPV. The HPV test is not done if no abnormalities are found. You can request for it to be done even if the cells are normal if you'd like, since it does take some time for it to show up, but it's not something they routinely check for.
In the meantime, to balance the pH you could try using RepHresh gel. I've never tried it, but overall it has good reviews from what I've read. Before even doing that, you can buy a Vagisil screening kit to test your own pH so you can figure out which kind of infection it is and take it from there. If it is BV though, you usually need antibiotics and there is no OTC stuff.
Last edited by Mod-S4; 04-28-2010 at 08:40 AM.
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