Aunt Vadge: itch and irritation after infections cleared

Hi there Aunt Vadge,

I’ve been having recurrent problems with my vagina for almost a year and a half now. In July 2018 I had just had a new male partner, and had some itching down there after our first time being intimate.

I thought it was just a yeast infection, but when I went to the doctor they said it was strep B and gave me amoxicillin.

Long story short, that didn’t work, and ever since then I have had a battle with bacterial vaginosis. I’ve been on every possible antibiotic for it, been prescribed estrogen and probiotic creams, and then this February I went to the doc and my BV came back negative, but Ureaplasma and strep b came back positive.

For about 10 days before this diagnosis, I was inserting Jarrow women’s probiotic to see if that would help. I took a course of doxy for the Ureaplasma and nothing for strep b because the doc said it doesn’t need to be treated unless I’m pregnant.

I just got test results back saying all infections were negative. I did a full STD panel, had them test for yeast, BV, and Ureaplasma and mycoplasma species and all came back negative.

My problem is is that my vagina still has an odd discharge, it’s very dry and when I rub my fingers together the discharge rolls up and sort of sheds off my fingers.

I’m also still itching and irritated and have weird clumps of white discharge.

Could this be the strep B, or possibly cytolytic vaginosis? I’m in desperate need of relief from the itching and irritation.

Age: 23
Country: United States


Hey M,

Congratulations on clearing your BV! That’s great news, for starters.

It’s possible that you do have cytolytic vaginosis, especially if you’ve been taking a lot of probiotics. My advice would be to stop the probiotics, if you are still taking any, and if it looks and feels like CV, then to try a baking soda douche and see if it brings any relief.

You can do two douches per week, but keep it to a minimum since you don’t want to swing back the other way (if that’s what it is). If it is CV, your symptoms should ease off and with your natural cycles, disappear over the coming weeks as your body regulates your flora.

Write again and let me know how you go!

Aunt Vadge