I have been reading the threads on recurrent BV, etc & still have questions.
A brief history - 42 years old. Colon removed (& small intestine formed into "S-pouch") in 1998 due to Ulcerartive Colitis. Took antibiotics (Cipro) every day for the next 8 years for chronic "pouchitis". Sept 2006 got an Ileostomy (lay terms - rectum removed & sewed shut, now have a "Barbie Butt" & I poop into a "bag" out of a hole in my stomach:eek:). NO female issues my whole life UNTIL I had my Ileostomy surgery.
Almost immediately following my surgery, I have had issues with discharge & odor. For the last 1 1/2 years, I have had a brown, rust-colored discharge with a very bad odor. It is the worst when I am having my period or during sex with my husband. When I say bad odor, I mean BAD! It's not the "fishy" smell that so many of you speak of, this smells like rotting meat! (My friend said maybe my vagina is expired!) I have no fever & no pain. The discharge & odor are my only symptoms, but they are enough to drive me nuts!!!
I have had a pap (normal) & all the usual tests. Also have had vaginal ultrasounds & cat scans (they did find some cysts on my uterus & said no biggie). The many doctors I have seen have diagnosed me with many different things. One thought rectovaginal fistula, one said cystitis, another said BV, another gardnerella, the last one said endometritis. They have treated me with oral Flaygl & Levaquin. They latest thing to try is the Flagyl vaginal gel. (The meds clear it up for a few weeks & then it comes back.):mad:
I picked up the meds, but decided to try the yogurt & probiotics thing before I go another round of Flagyl. I finished my period 2 days ago & last night used the yogurt & probiotics (also will take orally, along with oil of oregano, garlic & Golden Seal Root). To insert, I used the applicator that came with the Flaygl gel. Upon inserting, I gushed out all this dark, smelly blood (or discharge?). Bloody ***l - It was like a pin popping a balloon! :eek:
I am hoping some of you seasoned vets (DOM, please chime in!) could offer some insight into this. After searching the threads, I couldn't really find anyone else whose vagina smells like it's expiring!
Thanks for listening!