Hallo everyone,

22, female, 125lbs, in a monogamous relationship. I got a Paragard inserted in February and use a menstrual cup.

So Friday morning I noticed what looked like a yeast infection starting, which I haven’t had in years. I figured it was a mix of my period ending and going kind of crazy on sweets and carbs lately. I had also had sex Thursday night and afterwords I was incredibly sore and couldn’t even get my cup back in it was so swollen 🙁 We didn’t have particularly rough sex and it didn’t hurt while we were doing it.

I made an appointment at Planned Parenthood for Friday morning because I was still pretty sore and swollen, along with being itchy, bloaty, and having very minor pelvic cramping. The clinician took a swab and checked it under the microscope and said it looked bacterial. She prescribed me Flagyl to be inserted vaginally for 5 days and told me the cramping and bloating was probably nothing.

So, I put the Flagyl in last night. I’m still bloated like crazy, I’m so itchy I’m going to lose my mind, and the cramping is really, really mild but still kind of there. I noticed I’m having some spotting of bright red blood which is kind of gross. They look like clots but they’re not. Basically, I’m really uncomfortable and just want to wear pajama pants all day. I have no fever, my blood pressure and pulse was fine at the doctor’s. I was tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in February before my IUD insertion and they all came out negative, and my partner has never been with anyone except for me (and lets just say I’m positive of this).

Do you think I should go back to the doctor? I don’t have an OBGYN here so I just use Planned Parenthood. I’m worried about it being something much worse, like PID. How long do you think it will take for the antibiotics to work? Does anyone have any recommendations to help the itching? I want to get on with my life already! It seems like everyone I ask about BV has no clue what it is 🙁

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4 Responses to BV or something else?

  1. Kraeva says:

    I have had BV so many times, I hate to think of it, most of those cases since IUD insertion. IUD users can be prone to BV and YI (not always, but can) so keep this in mind. You may go through this more than once. My Mirena was awful for it, Paragard not as much *knock on wood*.

    BV and YI cause discharge, soreness, itching… misery. They’re very similar, which is why it’s good to have a dr check each time to treat the right thing. I’ve learned now which is which because I itch in different places and have different discharge, but I’ve had both a lot unfortunately.

    The antibiotics will take at least 3 days to work enough to make you feel alright, unfortunately. One dose last night is too soon to expect any relief. Also take note that some people are sensitive to Flagyl – I cannot take it, at all. I use clindamyacin. If symptoms worsen, go back to PP.

    ALSO, like any antibiotic, Flagyl can result in a yeast infection on the flip side. Did they give you anything for that? If you find the symptoms improve then slowly worsen, chances are you’re experiencing the YI on the other side.

    No sex until two days after meds finish and you feel perfectly fine, even with a condom. This is personal life experience. Post-sex always feels brutal with BV – it’s one of my tip-offs that it’s coming on.

    Even though it’s bacterial, I strangely find that the external itch cream for YI does help sometimes with the burning and itch, so you can try that if it’s handy.

    I’ve had cramping and light spotting during BV before – the skin gets raw and cracks, resulting in bleeding. If it’s huge clots or you just feel wrong, do call PP and just check in over the phone.

    Also, small note: try and avoid the use of ‘clean’ when referring to STI testing. It implies people with STIs are dirty, and that’s not sex-positive.

    Take care and I hope you feel better soon!

  2. SkoZero says:

    Ugh, thank you, that helped a lot! Most people just told me I was “wrong” and should immediately go back to PP. Now that you mention it, I haven’t had BV OR a yeast problem since I was 15! Maybe it is the IUD, humm. Either way…

    They didn’t give me anything for a yeast infection but I’ll keep an eye on that. I do have some clotrimizole (sp?) in the cabinet I can put externally.

    I have to say at least I’m not getting worse. I’m not nearly as sore as I was Friday, I’m just soooooo itchy. Last night I took my second dose so hopefully soon it’ll clear up! Thank you 😀

    Also I will edit out my STD comment. I never thought of it that way, but it makes lots of sense.

  3. Kraeva says:

    Happy to help! The itching is brutal with BV, even worse than YI I find. I want to just claw myself apart.

    There are also naturopath solutions you can try as well if you go to the actual womanorium.com website. Apple cider vinegar douches are pretty helpful but shouldn’t be overdone.

    I went through a hellish period on Mirena where it was one BV after a YI after BV…. months of misery and when you take these meds, they throw your vagina clear out of whack and actually prime you for new infections, since the natural levels of bacteria and yeast are all wrong. If you start to cycle, try and locate the vaginal suppositories of lactobacillus and all that bacteria culture stuff – they help course correct nicely.

    I’d never heard of BV until I was 25, when I first got it. A lot of people don’t hear of it until they try to self-treat a YI and it doesn’t go away.

  4. OblFriut says:

    I just got over a round of yeast then BV, and I got myself right by inserting tampons soaked with Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar (I used previously boiled water).

    Get some Yogurt or Kefir, plain, unsweetened, no gelatin and slather it everywhere. The cold is super soothing and will help restore the balance of bacteria. Also eat/drink the yogurt at least twice a day. I also soaked my tampons in kefir and inserted those, before i tried the ACV, but the ACV was what made my pussy go right. I tried the yogurt for 3 days, and then did the ACV for 2, and by Friday my stuff was completely back to normal

    You would want to purchase Unfiltered ACV, it’s got the important ‘mother’ proteins.

    Since this I’ve been trying to drink a tablespoon of the ACV in water every morning to help prevent a recurrence before my Insertion next week :S

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