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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 8, 2006
  • 03:37 AM

Hello All,

This is my first post here, and it is a little personal so I am posting without having registered.

Back in August after my period ended, I noticed that I felt increasingly dry and itchy "down there." I thought it was just related to my period & decided to try and wait it out. Finally, the itching / irritation got too bad so I went to my doctor. He told me that I had Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), and gave me Clindamycin. I took it as directed & a couple days later, my symptoms returned. This time he gave me Flagyl. I took that as directed and my symptoms went away for a few days and my period came - I was totally hopeful that my period would end all my discomforts, but it didn't. I went back to my doctor who told me I was cycling between BV and a yeast infection, so this time he gave me Diflucan and Clindamycin to treat them both, but told me to stagger it. A few days later I felt like I was on fire, so my doctor gave me another Diflucan. My period came again and I felt great for a few days only to feel itchy, dry and irritated again. This time I saw an OBGYN Nurse Practicioner who told me I had a yeast infection. She gave me a vaginal cream to insert for 7 days, and upon doing that, on the morning of the 8th day, I felt it all over again.

I am on the pill, and recently (as in this month) switched back to a pill on which I had no problems. I began taking Acidophilus supplements and eating more foods with probiotics to see if that would help. I have tried everything I can think of - short of seeing another specialist (and shelling out $40) to be checked out again.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can try next, or where to go from here?? Has this ever happened to any of you?? I would really appreciate any thoughts / tips or ideas.

Thanks in advance for anything you can throw my way :-)

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  • Hello All, This is my first post here, and it is a little personal so I am posting without having registered. Back in August after my period ended, I noticed that I felt increasingly dry and itchy "down there." I thought it was just related to my period & decided to try and wait it out. Finally, the itching / irritation got too bad so I went to my doctor. He told me that I had Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), and gave me Clindamycin. I took it as directed & a couple days later, my symptoms returned. This time he gave me Flagyl. I took that as directed and my symptoms went away for a few days and my period came - I was totally hopeful that my period would end all my discomforts, but it didn't. I went back to my doctor who told me I was cycling between BV and a yeast infection, so this time he gave me Diflucan and Clindamycin to treat them both, but told me to stagger it. A few days later I felt like I was on fire, so my doctor gave me another Diflucan. My period came again and I felt great for a few days only to feel itchy, dry and irritated again. This time I saw an OBGYN Nurse Practicioner who told me I had a yeast infection. She gave me a vaginal cream to insert for 7 days, and upon doing that, on the morning of the 8th day, I felt it all over again. I am on the pill, and recently (as in this month) switched back to a pill on which I had no problems. I began taking Acidophilus supplements and eating more foods with probiotics to see if that would help. I have tried everything I can think of - short of seeing another specialist (and shelling out $40) to be checked out again. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can try next, or where to go from here?? Has this ever happened to any of you?? I would really appreciate any thoughts / tips or ideas. Thanks in advance for anything you can throw my way :-)Hey, I had that same problem. I was also treated with the same medications that you were given. Yes it also came back a couple of days later. This isn't much help but I was told to stock up on the yougurt products cause they have (can't remember what in it but I know its helpful) to help keep my balance of horomeones in order. They told me that they were off balanced an that was why the BV kept reappearing. :) :) naomi4u
    npatt4u 1 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 04:58 PM
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  • Hi,I have exactly the same problem.My vagina is really dry and inflamed after the whole process and I don't know what to do.I have been to a dermatologist and she told me it's a form of dermatitis so I am trying to releive the dryness with a moisturizer.It's been about 2 months and is still dry and sore.Have you had any luck at all with the any treatments at all?c
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 00:12 PM
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  • hi girls ive never had this problem,and its not specified which doctor your going to but have you seen a gyno,if its hormone related i am pretty sure they can put on some meds that correct the hormone imbalance i know this because my sister in law had a hormone prob and just out of curiosity are you guys over weight that can cause hormonal imbalance.d.g.i hope i helped a little
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
    • 10:22 AM
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  • hey, this might be too late to help you. i don't know if you will see it, but...i have an idea. when i was 24, i had the same exact symptoms. i was treated with the same types of medications as you. they even gave me high dose diflucan for two weeks, saying that i had a yeast "superinfection". after five months (and about the time i could not stand the itching anymore), i went to a new gyn, who did a biopsy. it seemed extreme to me at the time, since i was only 24, but i let him do it because i was getting desperate. several days later, he called me to tell me that the biopsy showed squamous cell hyperplasia. it is a benign, fairly rare disease seen mostly in postmenopausal women. i had no hormone problems and still don't, which is why no one thought to look for it. this is an autoimmune disease which can have some symptoms similar to lichen sclerosis. it can only be diagnosed by biopsy. symptoms can include redness, itching, burning and fissures or sores on the vulva. it is not a sexually transmitted disease, and it is not cancer. i recommend that you look it up online, and see if it sounds like a possibility to you. also, you should seen a good gyn and ask about it. sometimes doctors need a little push in the right direction. i was extremely lucky to come across a doctor who could think outside the box. good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2006
    • 05:39 AM
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  • Any of you have dry eyes, mouth or nose as well as the vaginal problems? If so you could have sicca syndrome or even the beginning of sjogren's syndrome.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2006
    • 08:29 PM
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  • I had this problem when I was pregnant and they tried to put me on clindamyacin - this is a horrible antibiotic that can cause pseudomembraneous colitis. I had this and if you get terrible bouts of diarrhea get yourself checked for something called c. difficile bacteria, directly caused by this antibiotic...just keep in mind if you have trouble in the future with this - I sure hope you don't:) As for your vaginal symptoms...a real relief is to use plain yogurt and insert vaginally...sounds gross but this is so very soothing! If you can break open a capsule of acidopholus and mix it with the yogurt it will be stronger. Oral acidopholus is good, but topical use just works better in my opinion. Oral contraceptives can cause candida yeast overgrowth, so really try a candida cleanse and see if it helps.Good luck.
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 29, 2006
    • 04:54 AM
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  • I'm presently having this problem and saw an OB/GYN. The OB/GYN doctor provided me with diflucan and another diflucan to take in 72 hours later. I have also incorporated more yougurt in my diet which has the good bacteria us women need:(live active cultures). I am however still having severe itching and even bought Cetaphil Antibacterial soap wich is a non-soap cleanser with Triclosan in it. My doctor also perscribed me with Clotrimazole cream that I apply twice per day but still having issues. Anyhow my GYN Dr. also advised me that the dryness, soarness and severe itching may be due to "Lichen Sclerosus": http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/lichen/lichen.htmHe mentioned that if I was not well/better in a few days that I should make another appt so that they can test me or treat me for it. Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 05:02 AM
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  • Diflucan is an antifungal to treat candida, but it is very strong and potentially hepatotoxic (liver toxic). Please visit the following websites for great info on candida:www.wholeapproach.com and www.candidasupport.org. Threelac is the best product out there to treat candida overload. It is expensive, but really worth it in my opinion. Bacterial vaginosis is very hard to treat by antibiotics. It easily comes back. A better treatment is to use yogurt and a good probiotic and insert into the vagina...if you can do this twice a day for 2 weeks it should completely get rid of it. Also, PLEASE don't douche or clean your vagina too "agressively" as this further disrupts the natural flora and can cause further problems. If you have other candida symptoms, then you need to do an internal cleanse. Your vaginal problems could just be a symptom of a more systemic problem. Western docs just don't deal with candida, and some think it is just a load of bunk. But I have been treating it and see it a lot in my clinic. Herbal cleanses are better than Diflucan or metranazole in my opinion they are more effective and less toxic. Lastly, a good topical treatment for these symptoms as well as vaginal dryness is a product called Herbal Aloe Force Skin gel. This stuff is amazing and you can google for more info. Best of luck to you all.Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 05:18 PM
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  • Hello All,This is my first post here, and it is a little personal so I am posting without having registered.Back in August after my period ended, I noticed that I felt increasingly dry and itchy "down there." I thought it was just related to my period & decided to try and wait it out. Finally, the itching / irritation got too bad so I went to my doctor. He told me that I had Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), and gave me Clindamycin. I took it as directed & a couple days later, my symptoms returned. This time he gave me Flagyl. I took that as directed and my symptoms went away for a few days and my period came - I was totally hopeful that my period would end all my discomforts, but it didn't. I went back to my doctor who told me I was cycling between BV and a yeast infection, so this time he gave me Diflucan and Clindamycin to treat them both, but told me to stagger it. A few days later I felt like I was on fire, so my doctor gave me another Diflucan. My period came again and I felt great for a few days only to feel itchy, dry and irritated again. This time I saw an OBGYN Nurse Practicioner who told me I had a yeast infection. She gave me a vaginal cream to insert for 7 days, and upon doing that, on the morning of the 8th day, I felt it all over again.I am on the pill, and recently (as in this month) switched back to a pill on which I had no problems. I began taking Acidophilus supplements and eating more foods with probiotics to see if that would help. I have tried everything I can think of - short of seeing another specialist (and shelling out $40) to be checked out again.Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can try next, or where to go from here?? Has this ever happened to any of you?? I would really appreciate any thoughts / tips or ideas.Thanks in advance for anything you can throw my way :-)Hello, I am right there with you. I have had recurrent BV for the past year, and then about six months ago I started getting chronic yeast infections. I have not fully recovered from all of my problems yet, but after doing much research I at least know my problem. I have candidiasis. This is when you have an overgrowth of yeast in your intestines, and it won't go away, you just have to get it under control. I have found that a product called Threelac works great. You have to take it for a long time, like several months, to get the problem under control, but it works, and it makes you feel healthy! I can't say that you have what I have, but it sounds like it. Check out the website: www.candidafree.com
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  • Hi! BV,yeast infection, as well as other vaginal irritations/infections is caused or encouraged by an imbalanced in the ph level of our girly spot. There are products out there that helps maintain ph balance of the vagina. RepHresh is one. its a gel "clinically proven" to maintain healthy ph levels. You might want to give it a try...Its over the counter, saves you the hassle of getting a prescription :)You should also check your activities, that may be altering your vaginal ph levels like exercising. It could also the products that you use, your tampons/sanitary napkin, contraceptive sponges,etc.... hope it helps!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2007
    • 01:19 AM
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  • I have been dealing with similiar problems for years. I refuse to take medication from the doctors as I took the doctors advise at one point and it went away but just keeps returning, I am convinced I need to get to the route of the cause which I now know is candida and I have been researching it ever since and have learnt to change the way I live and eat. I have read lots of other peoples experiences on www.candidatreatmentnow.com and have learnt a wealth of information at www.healingnaturallybybee.com you wont regret changing to a candida diet. I also have been taking marine phytoplankton powder. Good Luck.
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