Aunt Vadge: a vaginal infection that won’t go away

Dear Aunt Vadge, 

I have a vaginal infection that will not go away!

  • I tried vitamin c with rosehip tablets inserted into my vagina.
  • I also tried douching with hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar.
  • I also went to an obgyn and he prescribed me with flagyl for seven days. I thought it went away but it came right back.

In short, I’ve tried EVERYTHING in the books.However, it does not go away. The weird thing is, I have yellowish discharge (not yellow green) but no smell. 

This morning I woke up with white pasty discharge with no smell. Mind you, this whole time I never experienced fishy odor. Anyways, I decided to douche with hydrogen peroxide again and stick two acidophilus tablets up there. I notice my finger had a slight fishy odor when I took it out (yuck!).

I have tested for STD and it came back all negative.

Please help me! I’m helpless and hopeless as I don’t know if it’s BV, yeast infection, or something else. 

Sincerely,
Infected
USA, Age 19

Dear Infected

That sounds like hard work! One of the problems with you having just been prescribed antibiotics is that there hasn’t been any diagnosis or tests taken to determine what sort of infection you have. Your doctor should be able to test for BV, yeast or other bacteria, so you really need to go back and get them to do these specific tests. If you don’t know what it is, then you can’t treat it, since most infections respond best to certain treatments and flailing wildly in the dark only very occasionally gets good results.

Fishy odour can be caused by a couple of different bacteria, but most often it is caused by BV (Gardnerella vaginalis and friends). We have the Killing BV ebook, but before you get that, you really need a diagnosis, because it could be something else. Some STIs are not tested for routinely in every country, and it could be an obscure one!

Don’t let them fob you off. Demand to be tested, but before you go in, don’t use anything for a week on your vagina, because you want the bacteria present to be in high enough numbers to be tested accurately. Using probiotics and douches clears out most of the free-floating bacteria, but you need it in there to get accurately tested.

Good luck, and let us know what it turns out to be!

Warmest regards,
Aunt Vadge