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Natural way to cure bacterial vaginosis in less 48 hours

Vaginosis Symptoms

Written By: ibzzA1 - May• 08•12

Bacterial vaginosis symptoms can lead to a great deal of embarrassment and sometimes discomfort for women who have Bacteria Vaginosis (BV). It is also important to note that not all women who have BV experience symptoms. Bacterial vaginosis symptoms can also vary in severity and intensity from woman-to-woman and case-to-case.

The 5 Most Common Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms

  • A fishy vaginal odor
  • Irregular vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal itching
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Cramping

Of these five, the two most common bacterial vaginosis symptoms, and most embarrassing, are the unpleasant, fishy vaginal odor and more frequent vaginal discharge. Both of these symptoms are the result of an abnormal bacterial change that takes place in the vagina, the root cause of bacteria vaginosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My bacterial vaginosis symptoms are going away now greatly with my medicine. Is it ok to have sex again?
    I've been taking antibiotics for the past 2 days for my bacterial vaginosis, and I have 5 days to go. My symptoms are clearing up greatly. Is it ok to continue having sex again? (its with the same guy just in case that has any relavence).

    • ANSWER:
      Finish the course before you have sex again!

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some early symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
    I was just treated for bv about a month ago, and it had started out with intense itching followed by abnormal discharge and foul fishy smell. So I know what the symptoms are. But just now I just noticed a fishy smell again, not as intense but still there. I dont know if during certain times of the menstrual cycle the vagina has different kinds of smells, or if this fishy smell is an early sign that my bv has returned.

    • ANSWER:
      Women with bacterial vaginosis (BV) may have an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Some women report a strong fish-like odor, especially after intercourse.

      Discharge, if present, is usually white or gray; it can be thin. Women with BV may also have burning during urination or itching around the outside of the vagina, or both. Some women with BV report no signs or symptoms at all.

      I would recommend getting back in touch with your doctor to see what he/she says. They may need to run some tests to give you a proper diagnosis and treatment.

      Good luck :)

  3. QUESTION:
    bacterial vaginosis symptoms - what is the symptoms if we get bacterial vaginosis?
    i have itchy down there, sometimes it makes me very uncomfortable.. i've seen a doctor and he told me that i have BV. but i heard that there's a natural treatment, but what is the best solution because i don't know what's the best among them..

    • ANSWER:
      i think i have been like you, try this link below.. i have most of my friends are getting the same problem since their pregnancy.. maybe this could help you

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
    I just got from the ER with flu like symptoms, stabbing stomach pain, and vaginal bleeding. I was diagnosed with BV. I have been doing research on BV but have not located where any of my symptoms have been noted. I am scheduling an apt with my obgyn tomorrow. Could there be more issues at hand or just BV? Also can BV cause any other female reprotuctive peoblems? Has anyone else experienced my symptons with BV? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You may develop a grayish-white, foul-smelling discharge. The odor, often described as fish-like, may be more obvious after sexual intercourse. You may also have vaginal itching or irritation, pain during intercourse, painful urination, and light vaginal bleeding.
      -- http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vaginitis/DS00255/DSECTION=2

      Having BV can increase a woman's susceptibility to HIV infection if she is exposed to the HIV virus. It increases the chances that an HIV-infected woman can pass HIV to her sex partner. It has been associated with an increase in the development of an infection following surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy or an abortion. Having BV while pregnant may put a woman at increased risk for some complications of pregnancy. BV can increase a woman's susceptibility to other STDs, such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea.
      -- http://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis.htm#Complications

  5. QUESTION:
    I have all the symptoms for Bacterial Vaginosis except I have urgency to urinate?
    I checked the sypmoms online on several websites but none of them mentions urination urgency as a symptom of BV. But could it be? Anyone had any experience like mine?

    I have all the other BV symtoms and I was tested for a UTI a few days ago and I don't have it.

    • ANSWER:
      If you think you have BV then go to a doctor & ask them to confirm it. Just because you have one symptom that doesn't match & all of these that do doesn't mean it isn't BV. The Urgency could be a symptom of a symptom. You never know.

      Please if you think its this have it checked out. Don't wait or listen to someone else. Its your safety & health.

  6. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis and trichomonas?
    i'm 5 months pregnant and noticed a discharge on my panty liner that was a yellowish color and it burns after sex. serious answers only

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are vaginal discharge and odor. Usually, there are no other symptoms. The amount of vaginal discharge that is considered normal varies from woman to woman. Therefore, any degree of vaginal discharge that is abnormal for a particular woman should be evaluated.

      About half of women with bacterial vaginosis actually have no symptoms at all. The other half experience an unpleasant fishy odor with vaginal discharge. The discharge is usually grayish white

      also with Tich it itcy's really bad

  7. QUESTION:
    What is bacterial vaginosis? IWhat are the symptoms?Is it different from cervicitis ?
    I am a housewife, undergoe surgery for histerectomy. My biopsy result shows chronic cervicities.

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginal infection (vaginitis). For grammatical reasons, some people prefer to call it vaginal bacteriosis. It is NOT generally considered to be a sexually transmitted infection.

      BV is caused by an imbalance of naturally occurring bacterial flora, and should not be confused with yeast infection (candidiasis), or infection with Trichomonas vaginalis (trichomoniasis) which are not caused by bacteria.

      BV is a disordering of the chemical and biological balance of the normal flora.

      Cervicitis is an inflammation of the uterine cervix, usually caused by infection.

      Cervicitis is most often caused by an infection. However, in a few cases it may be due to chemical exposure or a device inserted into the pelvic area such as a pessary (a device to support the uterus), cervical cap (a birth control device), or diaphragm. The presence of the foreign object may make the cervix more susceptible to infection.

      The condition may also be caused by an allergy to contraceptive spermicides or to latex in condoms.

      Cervicitis is very common, affecting more than half of all women at some point during their adult lives. Intercourse at an early age, high-risk sexual behavior, multiple sexual partners, and a history of sexually transmitted disease increase a woman's risk of cervicitis.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the symptoms off baterial vaginosis?
    just curious?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Whats the symptoms for vaginosis bacteria infection and yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Itching, soreness and a white cottage cheese like discharge. It is easily treated with anti-fungal creams such as cannesten from the chemist or a pessary prescribed by your doctor. In many cases, the body's immune system can get rid of it without intervention within a week.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Chlamydia and Bacterial Vaginosis?
    Mainly I want to know if there is any odor with Chlamydia? Also if you know of any natural cures for BV please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      Never read about an odor associated with Chlamydia, but with BV its one of the tell-tale signs (fishy). Chlamydia in women is frequently asymptomatic. Natural cures for BV? Don't know of any that truly work. Oftentimes it'll clear on its own. If you are pregnant you'll need to get treated to avoid complications.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Vaginosis?
    I havent had sex in three years but last month I didnt get my period the doctor told me not to worry but obviously it is on my mind.

    • ANSWER:
      It can cause:

      An excessive grayish white vaginal discharge, unlike normal vaginal discharge (1 in 3 women with BV describe the discharge as yellow).
      A bothersome "fishy" odor, which is usually worse after sex.

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there any visible symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis?
    And can it be cured OTC?

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are vaginal discharge and odor. Usually, there are no other symptoms. The amount of vaginal discharge that is considered normal varies from woman to woman. Therefore, any degree of vaginal discharge that is abnormal for a particular woman should be evaluated.

      Many women with bacterial vaginosis actually have no symptoms at all. Others experience an unpleasant fishy odor with vaginal discharge. The discharge is usually thin and grayish white. The discharge is often more noticeable after sexual intercourse.

  13. QUESTION:
    bacterial vaginosis symptoms - how to get rid vaginal odor?
    somebody please help me, my BV can't cure for over 6 months, too bad

    • ANSWER:
      I had suffered before for over 1 year, my friend told me that there is a permanent cure with natural way, no side effect, first I don't believed that, but I think no false to try it because that cost with low prices :) and 

      what happened next?

      can't believed it, it really works for me, it can cured permanently. It had been 8 months since I got my first cured. Amazing. Thanks to Her (the founder) and especially my friend that really change my life. Hope this works for you too...

  14. QUESTION:
    Bacterial vaginosis symptoms?
    hey guys so i'v researched BV and it sounds like i have it. i'm going to go to my docotor today. but can someone give me all the symptoms or is it just that it smells down there its itchy and you can get some like really foggy white discharge. thats whats happenin down there for me. should i know anything else? is this why having sex with my boyfriend has been hurting too?

    any info helps.

    • ANSWER:
      everything about bacterial vaginosis and other infections - see below

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between the symptoms of a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis?

    • ANSWER:
      BV is itchy smelly and sore. Yeast infection is mostly the same but with thick white lumpy discharge. Both are easilly treated so see your Dr to get some antibitoics.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common symptoms is a whitish or off white discharge and a fishy odor.

  17. QUESTION:
    Advice for treating bacterial vaginosis without pharmaceuticals?
    I've struggled with terrible bacterial vaginosis symptoms and am tired of being prescribed antibiotics by the doctor that do nothing. Can anyone recommend a program that really works?

    • ANSWER:
      Try probiotics. You may already know that vaginitis is usually caused by an imbalance of the natural vaginal flora. And you may already know that antibiotic use can create an imbalance. Try replacing the flora.

      Another way that has helped women is the use of boric acid. You can either purchase boric acid capsule ready-made or make your own. If you opt to make your own, you'll need powdered boric acid. You can buy it over-the-counter. Use hollow gelatin capsules (which may be purchased at a health food store) and fill them with boric acid. Then, you carefully insert one capsule into your vagina at bedtime for a 2 week period.

      Also look for other reasons why you can't resolve this. Maybe your partner is reinfecting you. Maybe you wear an IUD. Maybe you need a different antibiotic. Maybe you need to be cultured to find out exactly what organism is behind this.

  18. QUESTION:
    What's the difference in symptoms between a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis?

    • ANSWER:
      a) The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are vaginal discharge and odor. Usually, there are no other symptoms. The amount of vaginal discharge that is considered normal varies from woman to woman. Therefore, any degree of vaginal discharge that is abnormal for a particular woman should be evaluated.

      Many women with bacterial vaginosis actually have no symptoms at all. Others experience an unpleasant fishy odor with vaginal discharge. The discharge is usually thin and grayish white. The discharge is often more noticeable after sexual intercourse.

      b) yest infection :

      *burning,
      *soreness,
      *pain during intercourse and/or urination, and
      *vaginal discharge. (Vaginal discharge is not always present, but when it occurs, the discharge is odorless and typically has a whitish, thick appearance and texture, like cottage cheese.)

      and if you have yeast infection and you must get rid of it as soon as it is possible!!!

      if you really want to get rid of yeast infection forever then you must follow these tips:

      1) Eat yogurt!!!! It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent.

      5) Try gentian violet. It's a traditional remedy for yeast and other infections, and can be found in pharmacies. Swab the area with it once or twice a day. Make sure to use a thick pad - it stains everything.

      6) Use an herbal douche. Combine equal amounts of sage, raspberry and comfrey with 1/4 part goldenseal. This can be combined with cider vinegar.

      7) You must use herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore...

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Yeastrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.yeastrol.com/?aid=221781

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

  19. QUESTION:
    what are types of STD`S and what are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

    a yellow discharge after menstrauation with some blood clot and abdominal pain ? what is that

    • ANSWER:
      Women with BV may have an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Some women report a strong fish-like odor, especially after intercourse. Discharge, if present, is usually white or gray; it can be thin. Women with BV may also have burning during urination or itching around the outside of the vagina, or both. However, most women with BV report no signs or symptoms at all.

  20. QUESTION:
    Could sore breast, lower back pain and abdominal pain be symptoms of Bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection?
    Please read my last question!!

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  21. QUESTION:
    CYTOLYTIC VAGINOSIS symptoms?
    I am wondering if you can have CYTOLYTIC VAGINOSIS without discharge. Just with itching, swelling and frequent urination.

    I found this helpful:
    http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/Cytolytic%20Vaginosis.pdf
    but do not know about the discharge part.

    Thanks in advance for any answers.
    To Logan:
    I went to 30! 5 different specialties in 3 different countries. After every torturous test, expensive medication and emberrrassing situation imaginable and no quality of life for 2 year they all came up with incorrect diagnosis time after time.

    It turns out my self diagnosis and use of simple baking soda cured me in one week.

    PS: Do not assume things without knowledge, also many people can not afford to see doctors in this country.

    • ANSWER:
      why don't you just go the doctor

  22. QUESTION:
    can i stop antibiotics for BV if symptoms are clear?
    I'm prescribed metrodizonale(flagyl) vaginal gel (5 days) and 7 days antibiotics - 2 pills a day for minor case of Bacterial Vaginosis. Symptoms are fine after day 3 - starting to feel side effects. What happens if I stop after 5 days instead of 7?

    • ANSWER:
      You should always finish all antibiotics. Just because the symptoms are gone doesn't mean that all of the infection has been killed yet.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is bacterial vaginosis, and what are some signs and symptoms, besides discharge and odor?

    How do you get it? I wakeboard a lot, so could being in lake water cause it?

    • ANSWER:
      itching is a sign.. and a lot of times you discover that you have one right after your period is finished. Thats what has happened to me anyway. Also, i never began to get bacterial vaginosis until i started to have anal sex or any kind of anal play. I haven't gotten one in a while since i have made sure to keep myself extremely clean especially before sex and made it very clear to my partner that he needs to be careful to not let any bacteria get near my vagina. This may not be your case though. But the only prescription that has ever worked for me in clindesse. Its a one does applicator that clears it up right away. So basically you get bv when the balances of bacteria are thrown off in your vagina. Other things can cause it too. I think i had abut 4 or 5 of those last year. NOT FUN.

  24. QUESTION:
    Anybody konw Vaginosis - Symptoms?

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  25. QUESTION:
    what is bacteria vaginosis, how does a man get and give and symptoms of him having bacterial vaginosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. It is sometimes accompanied by discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning.

      Women with BV may have an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Some women report a strong fish-like odor, especially after intercourse. Discharge, if present, is usually white or gray; it can be thin. Women with BV may also have burning during urination or itching around the outside of the vagina, or both. However, most women with BV report no signs or symptoms at all.

      Since men don't get bacterial vaginosis, male sex partners of women diagnosed with this infection do not need to be treated. Female sex partners of women with bacterial vaginosis may benefit from being examined.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are some signs and symptoms of bacteria vaginosis? ?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you want to use a bottle brush to stop the itch? Than it's probably vaginitis not osis. Douche with a vinegar solution and if that doesn't help see your Gyn doc.

  27. QUESTION:
    Need a paper written on Bacterial Vaginosis?
    Anyone out there can give me a short paper, about 200-400 characters on Bacterial vaginosis? Causes, symptoms, definition, etc! Need this by the morning!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I'm a doctor. Use Albenza. I think that you want to get more info about it. Please go to ----> http://med6.notlong.com/8AA4PIz

  28. QUESTION:
    I think I have bacterial vaginosis, but how can I tell for sure? These are my symptoms...?
    I think I may have a bacterial vaginosis because my symptoms match it, but I'm not completely sure. I haven't been to a doctor yet, I don't really want to go because I've had this before. It's been a little itchy, like I don't have to itch it or anything but I can feel that it is itchy on and off. It's red inside my vagina and sore, it only burns a little bit when I pee and when I wipe. I also have a thin, white discharge that comes out when I pee, but it doesn't drip when I'm out and about. I took a mirror and checked up there and can see the white and it's thin and runny. I'm not sure what this could be, but I've had a yeast infection before and that was way worse compared to this. I am pretty sure it's a BV. I got some acidophilus tablets to take for it. I'm not sure what caused this, the only possibility I can think of is that I had sex a few days ago and something must of happened then? I'm really clean and shower once a day. If it doesn't get better I'm going to the doctor tomorrow, I'm just going to see how I feel in the morning. It's really annoying to have. When I don't think about it, I forget that it's even there.

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis ..?
    What are some or all of the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis ..?

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  30. QUESTION:
    I think I have bacterial vaginosis... Do these sound like symptoms? Honest answers please.?
    I am completely embarrassed to ask, but I just had to make sure.
    After puberty, I always have discharge. I used to be frightened that the discharge was a health issue, but my doctor assured me that it was normal. Therefore, I accepted her answer.

    However, there are many times that there is a strong odor down there. To me, I admit it smells like... potatoes, or fries. Ew, right? It doesn't smell fishy to me, like what bacterial vaginosis should smell like. I can even smell it through jeans, if I'm sitting down and my knees are slightly apart. I don't think the odor is strong enough to be apparent to other people, though.

    Along with the odor is discharge. It's kind of like thick white mucus, but when dried, it's clumpy and kind of yellow-gray-green. Usually just one clump.

    I'm sorry to gross you guys all out... but I just had to make sure. Do these sound like symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

    Thank you guys so much.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be yeast infection or maybe BV. See your doctor asap to be sure.

  31. QUESTION:
    symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
    i have been experiencing lower pelvic pain on my right side mainly but some on my left side and have been experiencing pain in my back below my ribs...i have had a sonogram and cat scan done plus been checked for stds and had a pelvic exam done. the only thing the doctor can tell me i have is bacterial vaginosis. i have read several articles about it but no where do i find anything about pelvic pain or pain in my back right below my ribs. does anyone know if that is a symptom or what it sounds like it could be???
    i have no vaginal discharge, no pain when i urinate, and no oder.

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  32. QUESTION:
    Is bacterial vaginosis the same as vaginal thrush?
    I'm almost positive I have one of them, but I wasn't sure of the difference so bought a vaginal thrush treatment. Now I'm starting to think it's bacterial vaginosis (because of the symptoms) should I just use the treatment I already bought or will it not work if it is possibly bacterial vaginosis?

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  33. QUESTION:
    what are symptoms of bacteria vaginosis?..uti, or yeast infections??
    i know i have one or more of these...well i think..me pee is how it was when i had an infection before...it seems like im having them right after another...am i extra sensitive or what?

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial Vaginosis is different from a yeast infection...it is a different bacteria. Some women are prone to having reccurring BV. I'm not sure if it has to do with your partner...it seems when I had a certain partner I had more of them. But anyways, the BV symptoms are itching, grayish discharge and a fishy smell. Yeast infections you will have severe itching, white lumpy discharge and it smells yeasty...sweet. BV is cleared up pretty easy with an antibiotic called flagyl (I think) and you can get yeast infection medication OTC usually. Go to your dr. and see what they say it is. They can usually tell immediately.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can you get bacterial vaginosis if you are NOT having sex?
    I am a virgin,
    but I have been researching, and I have all the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, could it still be this or something else, because i heard it was an STD...

    • ANSWER:
      You can't get an STD if you are not having sex! So it might be something else, plus you only get bacterial vaginosis if you DO have sex. It's impossible to get it if you are not having sex at all, cause having sex will cause you to get BV.

  35. QUESTION:
    What Are The Symptoms Of Bacterial Vaginosis/Vaginitis?
    Ok so in 2006 I had what I thought was vaginal warts and/or herpes because I had these itching burning pimple like bumps in my vagina that never went away.

    Stupidly I waited to get them checked out and when I did I had a pelvis and vaginal exam preformed and I was told that not only was it NOT an STD, but I had bacterial vaginosis/vaginitis and a yeast infection going on at the same time.

    The doctor explained that the bumps were caused by irritation from the yeast infection. Well unfortuantely I suffered from BV up until the middle of 2007 because it just kept coming back. I read that its an infection that just won't stop.

    Well now its come back, but I have no insurance. Medi-Cal has denied me and all the free clinics will want a co-pay even if I have no income. Are there any at home remedies to ease this pain?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) that a woman should watch for. For instance, if you should detect a vaginal discharge, especially after sex, it is very possible that you have contracted Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). The discharge, if found, is often gray, white or some women have reported their discharge as being yellow in color. The discharge itself may be thin in texture. Although many things can cause an abnormal discharge, it is very important that you see your GYN and take the steps to be tested and treated promptly. A ‘normal’ discharge should vary in consistency and be completely odorless.
      Other classic symptoms include a very unpleasant, foul fishy smell, which could become worse during or after intercourse, intense itching around the vulvae, swelling, and irritation. The irritation can be found in and around the vaginal area. Bacterial Vaginosis can also cause painful burning during urination. Some women have experienced stomach pains, which feel like severe menstrual cramps. Although the symptoms listed above are more common, half of women with the condition of BV have no symptoms at all, which could cause severe ramifications.
      In fact, some health care providers often misdiagnose BV as a yeast infection. Some of the symptoms are similar with some other sexually transmitted diseases especially Trichomoniasis. It can also be misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection or even a vaginal yeast infection.
      Should you have any of the symptoms listed above and they do not disappear with a matter of a few days, it is very important to see your GYN. If you do nothing about these symptoms, it is very possible that serious conditions will develop, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), reproductive tract infections, or reproductive tract inflammation. BV is a very troublesome and frustrating condition that women who are sexually active have to try to circumvent.
      Should you become pregnant while you have BV, this could lead to several complications. You may be pregnant and show no symptoms at all, or you may have persistent symptoms. If you are pregnant and showing no symptoms, it is very likely that you will deliver the baby early, which could lead to infection. BV also increases your chance of miscarriage. It is also very important, should you need a c-section that you do not have BV, which could lead to infection. Either way, you should ask your OB to test you to make sure that you do not have BV.
      If you have had an abortion or hysterectomy scheduled, you should be tested prior to the procedure to be certain that you are not suffering from BV. Women that have pelvic procedures such as a hysterectomies, or abortions are far more likely to develop a pelvic infection should they have BV.
      There are many bacteria within a woman’s vagina that can cause an abnormal discharge. To make certain that you are not carrying BV, make sure to see your doctor so that you can be tested and receive the proper treatment.

  36. QUESTION:
    went to nurse today..told her my symptoms and she said i have Bacterial vaginosis but...?
    i went to the nurse today and told her my symptoms that ive been having and she simply said straight away.. "Bacterial vaginosis". But i also said to her that i have got my period ..so she said to me she will make it wednesday..which my period maybe finished by then, but what will she then do? can she test this still on my period? what will she do? she said "swabs". ive done swaps with the same nurse before.. will she be able to find out straight away or will it need to be sent to the lab? what is the process be on wednesday for me?

    thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      She cannot trst for bacterial vaginosis until your peroid is finished.She will take a swab from your vagina and send it to the lab.In a few days she will get the results.

  37. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis with no symptom = mild infection?
    I was diagnosed with BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) at a pelvic exam, I have no symptoms other than slight yellow discharge. No smell, no itch, no pain, nothing.

    Does this mean I have mild BV? I know 1/2 of people who has BV has no symptoms, does that means they have a mild case?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Bacterial vaginosis symptoms are not always the same for every women. Some women show very few symptoms, while in others it can be a lot worse. You do need to get this treated, because it can get worse, and also it can increase the chances of catching STD's.

      The reason why vaginosis happens is because the balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted. Meaning that you have more bad bacteria than good. You need to get the balance back to the way it was.

      There are 2 ways that you can do this, firstly get something from your doctor. However there is no guarantee that the first medication that you get will work for you.

      The second option is to go for a more natural cure, this is what a lot of women have started doing because let's face it, BV can be embarrassing for a lot of women, and they want to get rid of it as quickly as possible, with the least amount of people knowing that they have it.

      There is some decent information about natural bacterial vaginosis cures at the resource below,

  38. QUESTION:
    Do I have Bacterial Vaginosis? What are the symptoms?
    So here's the story. My boyfriend and I have been together for 10 months now and we have sex twice a week. Sometimes we start off with no condom because he insists he knows when he'll come, then we have sex again with a condom on. Also, he is uncircumcised and we took each other's virginity. This is all background information. The real problem is, 2 nights ago we had sex and during our foreplay, I was gonna give him oral sex but didn't like the smell of his penis. It had a fishy musty kind of stinge. He put it in me with no condom & we went on for about 2 minutes maybe until I ordered him to put one on since I don't take any birth control pills. Anyways, it's been 3 days & I've been noticing an odor coming from my vagina very similar to what his penis smelled like that night, kind of fishy. I've never had this problem before until now & at first I thought maybe I just haven't washed well enough, which is hard to believe because I shower twice a day. I've read it online & everything suggests BV. I don't want to go to the doctors because my mom will find out. I'm 19 btw. What are the actual symptoms? & any natural cures?
    I want to tell my boyfriend so bad but not only is it embarrassing to me, but he might get offended too.

    • ANSWER:
      Your boyfriend is intact (not 'uncircumcised'). This is good. It means he's less likely to pass on an infection to you.

      All genitalia have an odor. This is not a sign of anything. However, if the odor is strong, this is a sign of fungal or bacterial infection. Usually these infections are caused by OVERZEALOUS washing of the genitals which unbalances the natural flora that keep the genitals healthy. Humans are the only animals that are obsessed with keeping their genitals scrupulously clean, and as a result, the foreskin and the labia cannot do the job they evolved to do - i.e. keep the genitals healthy and free from infection.

      So firstly, see a doctor. No one here can diagnose the problem. All we can do is give you our best guess.

      Secondly, stop having unprotected sex unless you're willing to have a baby. A man does not need to ejaculate in order to father a child. Live sperm can make their way out of the penis before and after ejaculation.

      Thirdly, stop washing your private parts so much. It invites infections and prevents the natural processes that keep the genitals healthy. A rinse with water every few days is all that's necessary to remove smegma while maintaining the microflora that your genitals use to fight infection.

  39. QUESTION:
    How to tell my mom about bacterial vaginosis?
    I looked up my symptoms and im like POSITIVE i have bacterial vaginosis. i just have to find a way to tell my mom. Help please :( iwant her to take me to the doctor so i can get it cleared up. im just scared on how to ask her. suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Just be upfront with her. She's your mother, she'll understand. Moms are just cool like that! :)

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there an Over the Counter Cure for Bacterial Vaginosis?
    I am pretty sure that I have bacterial vaginosis.
    I have been experiencing symptoms for about 4 days now, and I do not have health insurance.
    Is there something I can buy at walgreens?
    woow that sucks.

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  41. QUESTION:
    Will Ciprofloxacin clear up bacterial vaginosis?
    i went to the dr -- they said that i had traces of white blood cells in my urine. i have all the symptoms for bacterial vaginosis, and am pretty sure that's what it is, even the doctor said that was a possibility, either that or a yeast infection and i'm positive its not that because i've had those before-- however i do not want to have another internal gyn exam. will Ciprofloxacin clear up bacterial vaginosis?

    • ANSWER:
      You may be talking about two different infections. Urinary tract infection versus vaginal infection.

      What else did the doctor tell you? White blood cells can indicate urinary tract infection. Other symptoms, including itching, odor, and discharge, can indicate vaginal infection. Some symptoms may go with both.

      Only take the Cipro if your doctor ordered it. Don't take leftover Cipro from another illness.

  42. QUESTION:
    symptoms of bv (bacterial vaginosis) but not sure if thats what it is?
    i had a white discharge from my vagina and a smelly odour different than normal. i thought it could have been an infection.. bacterial vaginosis so i bought some (balanc activ) treatment over the counter which was meant to be really effective and to balance out the ph levels in my vagina. i have been using it every night but it does not seem to be working and the odour seems to be worse.......!!!! i have a few more days left to treat but dont know what to do or what it could be. i also have bad bowel movements and when i dump i see spots of blood on the tissue when i wipe... dont know why :S never used to get any infections but since ive stopped being so active ive had a water infection, yeast infection and now this.... any ideas of what this could be or why the treatment is not working ??? thanks x
    hey... no its not itching which is why i thought it was bv becoz i had a yeast infection about a month ago and that was itchy like hell but i got that cleared up now i got this :@ really annoying tbh!
    the discharge isnt really thick but its not like really watery either.... its just a white discharge :L ?

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  43. QUESTION:
    what are the signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
    what does it smell like? or look like......im pretty embarassed. i wash down there all the time, it never smelt bad EVER before.......but ever since i had a tampon stuck in me for while i noticed that after that incident a very foul fishy smell occured......but idk.....maybe not.....

    it has gotten bad to the point where i can smell myself while sitting down fully clothed.....

    how can i get rid of this using home remedies? its taking over my life it seems....=(

    • ANSWER:
      First, I would like to assure you not to worry, since it will not take over your life, if you know how to avoid it and how to treat it right… :)

      Second, I think it’s the tampon that caused you in trouble. Using colored/chemical contained or perfumed/ tampon could disturb the pH balance in the vagina, then it causes you to have bacterial vaginosis (BV). My advice is you stop using tampon as soon as possible. There are other things also that can cause BV such as douching and having multiple sex partner. So, it would be best to avoid them.

      Here are some sites that I hope can help you

      Good luck…

      http://www.bvtreatment.net
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Bacterial-Vaginosis---Symptoms-and-Causes&id=2417792

  44. QUESTION:
    Chronic Bacterial Vaginosis- Symptom of another condition?
    Last year May I was diag. with bacterial vaginosis and treated with a dose of 3 pills at one time. (I also had an abnormal pap & colposcopy which came out negative.) I did not feel right and went back recently. I was diag. with vaginosis again and was given Flagyl for 7 days. I saw my regular MD for the past month for other symptoms,after a urine test said I had a UTI and gave me a dose of Cipro (3 pills/3 days.) I have finished this dosing and still 2 weeks later know that I am not right. I am going to go back t the Gyn again for a 4th treatment. Before the summer I have never had anything like this not even a yeast infection.

    I have been going to my MD for other symptoms such has palpitations, high blood pressure (145/100), dizzy spells, nausea spells, fatigue, headaches, ear infections, flushing, periods of low body temp (94 deg) and low pulse, night sweats, sleep apnea and brown spots on my back. Now Im just nervous that the bacterial vaginosis could be a sign something else??

    • ANSWER:
      you sound exactly like me. i ended up getting a dx of lyme disease. please ask them to check for it. i started out exactly the same as you.

  45. QUESTION:
    could i be pregnant if i have a bacterial vaginosis infection?
    im pretty sure i have a bacterial vaginosis infection because i read all about it and i have just one of the symptoms and that would be the embarrassing fishy odor.ugh! i hate it now my concern is that i read a bacterial infection is caused by semen in the vagina or something of that sort idk.. but could i be pregnant? please respond asap! please!

    • ANSWER:
      As I said in your other question, I don't think you are. If you are so worried about it, go out and buy and pregnancy test and see for yourself. We can't tell you if you are pregnant or not.

      Good luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    Where do I go to if I have Bacterial vaginosis?
    I'm fifteen. I already went for a check-up. Do I call my pediatrician?! Isn't that embarrassing?!
    Symptoms:
    1. white discharge
    2. not really a strong odor, only when long periods between showering (when I do sports)
    3. sometimes my discharge is very clear

    Do I have Bacterial vaginosis?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not embarassing to call the doctor when you are trying to get your body right. If the discharge has an odor, fishy, frothy smell, yeah go see a doctor but a discharge is normal. You may have to shower more often. Also your body is going through puberty, alot of hormones, it happens. Drink plenty of water, it helps flushes the body and don't wear underwear with strong perfume detetergent. Wash your undies and gentle clothing in a dye free deteregent. Also try Safeguard soap. It's an antibacterial soap. I would buy a 2 bar and see what happens in acouple of days.

  47. QUESTION:
    Anyone know how soon after completing a round of antibiotics for bacterial infection (when pregnant) symptoms?
    should subside? I just completed a 7 day round for bacterial vaginosis (which my dr told me is common in pregnancy) and the symptoms are better but not completly gone. Anyone know if they should be completly gone by now?

    • ANSWER:
      I have been through three rounds of Flagyl which is an antibiotic for bacterial vaginal infections. I usually noticed a change in the foul odor and the heavier discharge around day 5 of the 7 day treatment. Remember, antibiotics work best when you take them on a regular schedule so it may just not be finished working. I would have the doctor recheck you to see if the infection is gone.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does bacterial vaginosis make anyone feel nauseous or have diarrhea?
    I thought I had a bladder infection so I went to the doctor and got on some pills that made me feel sick to my stomach and have diarrhea, then I realized it wasn't a bladder infection at all, it was bacterial vaginosis according to my Gynecologist. So now I've been off the bladder infection meds for two days, and have a new gel like vaginal medicine that I'm going to start tonight... but earlier today I still had some diarrhea and upset stomach symptoms? Why is this? Help please.

    • ANSWER:
      Why the bladder infection thing?
      Your condition is simply treated by anti-biotics..is this what U mean by treatment for the "bladder Infection"
      Some anti-biotics do cause diarrhea and whilst this is not so nice..its only temporary.
      However, even the diarrhea may play an important role in ridding the body of the infection.
      Your infection "Bacterial Vaginosis" is NOT life threatening..is NOT dangerous, in ANY way.
      It may cause a foul smelling discharge, but thats all. And thats where the antibiotics can clear it all up. IF U have a difficulty in any antibiotic, ask the doctor to prescribe another type.
      IF the stomach thing persists, try taking Enos fruit salts..

  49. QUESTION:
    what happens during sex with bacterial vaginosis?
    why does the internet say that bacterial vaginosis is more apparent during intercourse? how is it more apparent? does it get all over the place? does the discharge dry out? what are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial Vaginosis is just an overgrowth of the normal bacteria in the vagina. It is usually only treated when it causes symptoms. It is more common after sex because semen, lubricant and others things that might be used during sex can throw off the bacteral balance in the vagina. Symptoms of BV are a thin grey discharge that smells fishy.

  50. QUESTION:
    Could my husband have a yeast infection even if he doesnt have any symptoms?
    I have a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis and it keeps coming back. Could my husband have got it from me and then give it back to me even if he doesnt show any symptoms iof a yeast infection?
    What would be the symptoms of a man having a yeast infection

    • ANSWER:
      men can def. get yeast infections. its not just a woman thing....i would get him tested if you can asap. he may not have it if hes not showing symptoms.


Uti Symptoms Without Bacteria Urine

Written By: ibzzA1 - May• 07•12

If you have a UTI, you will no doubt want to know how to get rid of UTI symptoms. Urinary tract infections can be extremely painful and are the second most common infection-the first being respiratory tract infections, including the common cold.

It is important to treat both the infection itself and not just to get rid of UTI symptoms as if left untreated, the UTI can migrate from the bladder up to the kidneys and has the potential to cause kidney damage. Fortunately, there are a number of self-help steps you can take which will help relieve the symptoms of a UTI thereby giving much needed relief.

<b>Self Help Steps</b>

* Drink plenty of water-around 6-8 glasses is ideal

* Use a heated microwavable pad or hot water bottle on the abdomen

* Take a mild painkiller

* Take a warm bath (although the official advice is to take showers, this gave me much-needed relief)

* Eat live yogurt-a small pot daily will help to rebalance the bacteria within the urinary tract.

* Avoid wearing synthetic panties-cotton are best

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can you have a UTI without having bacteria in your urine?
    I tested for UTI and tested negative for bacteria... I got a pap and eveything but all the symptoms.. I been tested for STDs all negative.. do u think it could be my kidneys?
    I tested for UTI and tested negative for bacteria... I got a pap and eveything but all the symptoms.. I been tested for STDs all negative.. do u think it could be my kidneys?

    my symptoms are: frequent urination, a bit of irritation after using the bathroom sometimes, lower back pains.. like really low in my back likein the dimple part of my back.. no abdominal pains tho and it doesnt burn during urination, just after ward n the vag area ( sorry for all the details) lol help!

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Why would I have blood in urine and no bacteria? Thought I had a UTI..what else could it be?
    I am 22 weeks pregnant and have been taking Macrobid for four days for a UTI. I called my doctor today to check on the urine culture and was told that it was negative for bacteria, but there was blood present. I don't understand why there is blood in my urine. I have a history of UTI"s and cystisits (spelling?) but never kidney stones or anything else. My symptoms were pretty common for UTI, no pain, just pressure and needing to go alot more. Even more than the increase I already have since pregnancy. I am confused about the blood in my urine without bacteria. Doctor told me to stop the antibiotic. I am very confused.....HELP!

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have an infection such as Kidney Infection or Bladder infection without any symptoms?
    On Tuesday I developed symptoms of a UTI and I decided to take the at home test strips to see if it was positive for a UTI. I took the first test strip on Friday morning, the results showed that I had high levels of LEU in my urine but no Nitrite (the main bacteria found in a UTI). I took another test strip on Sunday morning and it showed the same as Friday. By Sunday I no longer had any symptoms of a UTI. Monday morning I decided to take the last test strip just to see if I still had LEU in my urine. Although I no longer had any symptoms of a UTI I still had high levels of LEU in my urine (according to the test strips). I have no health insurance and I don't want to go to a doctor unless I absolutely have to. So is it possible that I have high levels of LEU in my urine because I have some other type of infection in my body without any major noticeable or susceptible symptoms. I have been running slighting warm but if it weren't for the UTI symptoms I wouldn't even think anything about it. Also for the past 5-6 years I have been on birth control. I just recently (like this week) stopped taking them. I have had vaginal bleeding but I have read that that is possible to happen when just going off of the pill. So I'm trying not to to be all worrisome and over react about all of this but I'd really like to know if I should seek medical attention or not. By the way not having health insurance sure does suck...

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    Please help! No blood or bacteria in urine but constant need and urgency to urinate!?
    I have had 3 different urine tests taken because I am having a constant need to urinate. I am having to go pee every 10 or 20 minutes and most of the time I am having to pee quite a bit. Sometimes it isn't as much as other times. But as the weeks have gone by the urgency and pressure have gotten worse! At first I thought that I might have a UTI and obviously after the three tests they can't find anything in my urine. Nothing at all. I thought it might also be Interstitial Cystitis but because there was no blood in my urine, my family doctor ruled that out too. My gyno and my family doctor both think that I need to see a Urologist but my insurance is PCN- Medicaid so they will not cover specialists. If anyone has any ideas please let me know! I am so uncomfortable and can't sleep without taking Benadryl or something like that. And I cannot afford any expensive treatment either. Has anyone had these same symptoms and figured it out? Please help, I don't know what to do!

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that you have a condition known as 'overactive bladder' that can be treated with medication. Or it could be 'Stress urinary incontinence'. I'm not a doctor but those are just some possibilities I know of. I hope you find out what's wrong soon!

  5. QUESTION:
    Uti cause missed period?? ?
    I am on birth control and I have never missed a period on birth control before! Well I am having frequent urge to urinate (no pain when peeing though & no smell), pressure in my pelvic area, pain in my lower back, cramping, bloating, breat soreness, nausea, and sensitivity to smells.. I originally thought that some of the symptoms were from the uti & the rest were just from taking the birth control. But just in case in case I took a pregnancy test and it said negative! BUT when I went to the doctors they said my urine was clear from any bacteria! So without the uti I have no idea what could be causing these symtoms! I'm really confused! PLEASE HELP! Could the uti be delaying my period?? BTW I have not taken any antibiotics either!

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Infant UTI?
    We were in a small dilemma on one issue regarding Esha’s health and thought of writing to you. We would be grateful if you could kindly consult some good doctor on what line of action we should take.

    During examination of Esha’s Urine Culture they have found the presence of E. Coli bacteria (100,000 organisms/ml – which is significant). However, in the Routine Urine test there is no indication of Pus cells. The test has been repeated a number of times and is showing the same result. Esha has had a couple of bouts of fever (upto 100.5 degrees) over the last one and a half months. We have also got the ultrasound of abdomen done, which is normal.
    Now there are two clear views amongst the Peadiatricians here:

    One doctor says that this must be treated for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) by giving antibiotics as repeated tests have shown presence of E Coli.
    Esha’s Urine Culture test shows that this bacteria is sensitive to Amikacin,
    Cefoperazone+Sulbactum, Meropenem, Piperacillin+Tazobactum, and
    Nitrofurantoin. These are all very strong antibiotics. They have suggested that the only antibiotic that can be given without hospitalization is Nitrofurantoin.

    The other doctor has insisted that Esha has no symptoms of UTI and this is a case of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria. It should not be treated with antibiotics.
    In fact if treated it increases the risk of symptomatic UTI at a later date.
    This clearly puts us in a difficult choice.

    We would be grateful if you could consult some good doctor and tell us about their thinking on this issue. The jury seems to be clearly divided.

    • ANSWER:
      There should not be e.coli in urine at all! Urine is naturally sterile. You need to start practicing better hygiene. Let me guess. This is a girl? Please, please, please start being more careful and practicing scrupulous hygiene in that area, or you are in for a serious situation. Be happy that (s)he is asymptomatic for now, hope that (s)he can get rid of the current e.coli infection using her own immune system, and don't let her get another infection.

  7. QUESTION:
    How long can you live with diabetes without knowing it?
    I happened across an article today, about what our feet can tell us. One thing was that if you have stubborn sores on your feet, it could be a sign of diabetes. There's been this bump on my foot for a while now that I've mostly been ignoring because it's not bothering me, but that article made me start worrying. I looked up signs of diabetes, and I don't show a lot of them, but it's just enough that I'm slightly worried, but those symptoms have been with me a long time.

    I'm tired almost all of the time, unless I'm actively engaged in something.
    Sometimes for no reason I'll miss my period for a month or two.
    My appetite changes frequently. I can eat endlessly sometimes, and just pick at food others.

    I just had a urine sample taken for an unrelated reason, and they said I have white blood cells and bacteria in my urine. I looked up those symptoms, and found that those are signs of a UTI, not diabetes, so I was relieved. I don't want to be a hypochondriac, but just enough pieces fit to make me a little worried. Aside from the thing on my foot, those other symptoms have been with me for years though, not a sudden onset, and I don't have other major signs, like the thirst or weird breath or urine smell.

    • ANSWER:
      Type 2 can go undetected for years. Type 1 will eventually cause you to be so sick that you'd get diagnosed within a few months at most. You did not mention anything in this post that would suggest that you have diabetes. You can always ask you doctor to do an HbA1c test, it's more significant than one fasting sugar reading.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why is my UTI not going away?
    About 12 days ago I felt a UTI coming on (I get these frequently). I was out of town and my dr. called in an antibiotic for me without testing my urine, etc. A week later I felt better, but still felt traces of it and experienced some symptoms, including frequent urination, etc. I went to the doctor 3 days ago and he tested my urine, said there was no bacteria but the urine was still a little "dirty" and "dry." He took my blood and had it sent out for kidney and liver check, just to make sure. In the meantime, my symptoms are getting worse again, although I do not have blood in the urine or a fever or anything like that. I am completely uncomfortable and go to the bathroom every few mins. What should I do? The dr. will be calling me within the next few days about my results. Should I ASK for another round of antibiotics? or wait it out? Help me out!

    • ANSWER:
      You could ask for more antibiotics, but in the mean time, just flood yourself with water, and cranberry juice works wonders. I know from personal experince on bladder infections, and dealing with my wife's UTI's.

  9. QUESTION:
    Could my recurrent UTI have anything to do with him?
    I had a severe UTI a couple months ago after a visit with my boyfriend, and the ER at my university prescribed me Cipro. UTI went away. A week or so after I returned home and started seeing my boyfriend more frequently (almost every day, and we engaged in intercourse very frequently), I got another one. White blood cells in my urine, more cipro. A few weeks after that symptoms returned and I went to the doctor immediately, who prescribed me seven days' worth of trimethroprim. My doctor sent my urine to the lab, which confirmed that my UTI wasn't antibiotic-resistant. Yet a couple weeks later there was more blood in my urine and urination was extremely painful and urgent. Is it possible that my boyfriend is transmitting the bacteria to me over and over? We have sex very often and without a condom, since I'm on birth control and we were both tested for STDs together.
    ** I have had previous partners during which this never occurred. (The sex was equal in frequency.) I do urinate before and after sex.

    • ANSWER:
      Some women have the misfortune of being susceptible to UTIs following intercourse. There have been some anecdotal reports that urinating after sex can limit the incidence of UTI, but this hasn't been totally proven.

      Your recurrent UTIs probably aren't directly because of him. It's not as if he's "dirty" and that's what's causing this. The act of intercourse may "push" natural skin (both his and yours) flora and vaginal flora near the urethra, and in some unlucky women, the bacteria travels up the urethra and can cause a urinary tract infection.

      I would recommend trying urinating after (and before, if possible) intercourse, but if that doesn't work, some women need to take "post-coital" prophylactic antibiotics, or a dose of antibiotics (often trimethoprim or Bactrim) after sex.

      Even if this is a new partner, and this didn't happen with previous partners, there's no data out there that supports certain partners causing more UTIs in women. I suppose you could get him to be as clean as possible before sex, but that hasn't been studied either. Maybe you want to hear that it's something specific to him -- that he's carrying special UTI-causing bacteria -- but again it just hasn't been studied or proven.

  10. QUESTION:
    anyone had blood in the urine and in the stool and dizziness?
    Hi all,

    My boyfriend (22 years old) has been to the doctors a few times in the past couple of months. Obviously we will be going back to push for further testing etc but in the meantime I am trying to learn as much as i can so he and I know the right questions to be asking etc at the doctors office and so that we can look out for certain things etc.

    I'm obviously not looking for a diagnosis or any concrete answers etc, just hoping someone might have some information, knowledge or experiences to share?

    So I was wondering if anyone has had blood in the urine (detected by a dip sick test) it's not actually visible.. and black stools, not fresh blood, but pitch black blood that had come from higher up in the digestive tract. or either of these things??

    My boyfriend was feeling very dizzy the other evening and all through the night and the dizziness continued through the whole next day and appears to be coming and going.

    So we went to A and E where they found the blood in his urine using a dip stick.

    They said thet there were two specific things that they DIDN'T find, I think they were white blood cells lymphocytes? which would indicate infection? and nitrates? (might be using completely the wrong words here..) that would indicate bacteria was present and the stuff that would be the by products of such nasties..

    Anyway, he said that this means there is blood present but he doesn't know why and without further investifatio he cannot definitely link it to the dizziness.

    Prior to this (about a month and a half before hand) my boyfriend had a few days of black stools that was confirmed at hospital as blood in his stools coming from higher up in the digestive tract.

    I'm wondering what could be going on and whther the two can be related?

    Also when he had the black stools he was told he had microscopic amounts of blood in the urine. However the more recent dipstick (at A&E) showed much higher quantities of blood in the urine, so it would appear it is either getting worse, is chronic or it is coming and going.. or other such possibilities..)

    He has had years of mild to moderate non specific digestive complaints such as severe hunger pains, possible acid reflux?? When he had the blood int he stool they did a gasteroscopy and found no cause for the bleeding but noted inflammation in the stomach and oesophegus.. yet they discharged him without any further investigation or treatment!!??

    I'm wondering if there are any obvious conditions that would cause all these symptoms?

    We have obviously considered thing like kidney stones, sti's, UTI- he has no pain when passing urine though..

    And the more serious kidney problems, cancers etc.

    I guess I was just hoping to hear from people in a similar situation.

    Have you got any advice on things to look out for? Questions to ask at the doctors? Tests to ask for? What was your diagnosis? What tests have you had?

    The A&E doctor suggested an ultrasound, camera up the urethra, kidney biopsy, etc

    Anyone have an information, knowledge or experiences to share?

    Thanks in advance Abi !!

    • ANSWER:
      see a specialist.

  11. QUESTION:
    I am incredibly dehydrated, what to do?
    I have been trying so hard to drink water but I hate it. The dehydration has caused me to get symptoms of a UTI without the bacteria. I am on my third set of antibiotics but due to the dehydration, the feeling of constantly having to pee will not go away. I even got a urine culture and the test so far has just come back as dehydration, no bacteria growth. It doesn't hurt it just feels like I can never empty my bladder and I can't stand it. I feel hydrated but the test said I'm not. How do I get this to stop? I feel like I'm going to have to just keep living with this.
    If I drink too much water I just throw it up so it doesn't always stay down and I don't know why I just can't stand water

    • ANSWER:
      Buy some Mio, crystal light, gatorade, anything that is mostly water with an enhanced taste. If you still cant drink that, eat a bunch of watermelon and cucumbers!

  12. QUESTION:
    Test results negative, what could this be?
    I know I wrote a book, but please read it if you can help!

    I have had 4 or so UTIs and one kidney infection, and also ovarian cysts in the past. On Saturday I began to get low pelvic pain which quickly became accompanied with back pain, sharp or stabbing. The pain would come and go. I have been urinating frequently at night the past few weeks, but without pain. I was convinced I was coming up with another kidney infection (I had a full blown kidney infection for 2 whole weeks a few years abo and wasn't going to face that again, vomiting, fever, the works) so I went to the ER (urgent care was closed) saturday evening. They tested my urine for pregnancy and uti/kidney infection bacteria by way of urinalysis. I was also tested for PID, and a yeast infection. All results were negative. When he did the internal exam he pressed for sensitivity on the right ovary, cervix, and left ovary. The right and cervix felt fine, but when the left ovary was pressed on it hurt. The doctor was pretty much completely sure I had an ovarian cyst on my left side at this point, and asked if I wanted the ultrasound that night. I declined, and instead went in for the ultrasound today. I had my follow-up appointment a few hours later with a different doctor (gyno). The results of the ultrasound were also normal, despite the doctor's surety of a cyst. The doctor today seemed puzzled, as was I. I said maybe it was passed, but he said not to ignore any symptoms and to watch what happens and come in again if I need to. Today between 8am and 5pm I used the bathroom nine times, every single hour, and again at 7pm and 9:30 pm. I have not increased my water intake, and when I do go I am not urinating enough to indicate a full bladder. I am still experiencing some left side back pain (inside pain) every now and then, which I seem to feel more often when sitting down. If any one has experienced this or is a nurse, or has any ideas please, please reply!! I do not want to get sick (kidney infection) if it is a UTI! Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many things which could cause frequent urination. If they did a blood test at the ER they would have found any biochemical causes. Since you said your results from your urinalysis (you didn't mention blood work) came up negative, and the ER doc felt a lesion on your left pelvic region maybe the cause of your frequent urination is mechanical. The bladder has stretch receptors which tell the brain when its full. If a lesion is putting pressure on the bladder, this could activate the pressure receptors and make you have to urinate frequently. Your OB found no unusual lesions of the ovaries with the ultrasound, yet your symptoms continue...

      What else could put pressure on the urinary bladder? Chronic intestinal inflammation is one possibility. If you have any GI symptoms (gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea) you may want to consider investigating your diet for any food sensitivities. I mention this because I experienced a similar situation. In my case, wheat causes intestinal inflammation which makes my intestines swell and put pressure on my insides including my bladder. After numerous doctor visits with negative results and puzzled doctors, I solved my own problem by keeping a diet diary and doing an elimination diet.

      First, if you do, stop drinking caffeine.

      Then, keep a 7 day food diary noting everything you eat and the subsequent symptoms you feel. Once you have collected your data, analyze it to see when your symptoms are the worst. Try to correlate that with what you ate earlier that day.

      Next try an elimination diet. Eliminate one of the suspected foods from your diet for 2-3 weeks. If your symptoms improve then you've found the culprit. If not, then try the next suspected food.

      .
      FYI: the top food allergies/sensitivities in this order are
      -dairy (milk, cheese)
      -wheat (gluten)
      -eggs
      -soy
      -nuts (almonds, peanuts)
      -corn
      -shellfish

  13. QUESTION:
    Herpes, or something else, or nothing?
    20 year old female

    11 days ago i had unprotected oral sex with another female, performed and recieved. I am now concerned about herpes. She had no sores and claims her and her husband both never have. I have never had any since then either. She was however infected with clyamydia says her paper work dated about 3 weeks before our encounter and also claims she was not treated for it. Well i was having some worries so i went to the hospital and they tested me for chlmydia and gonorhea and old me my chances of herpes are low but i have had some symptoms. But my symptoms are more towards clymydia, urgency to pee, a little vaginal burning and discomfort, pelvic pain, and abnormal discharge and a raised tempature, at the highest it was 99. But at the hospital it was 98.2 so i don't know if my thermomater is wrong. The only herpes symptoms i have had are joint pain and muscle pain, but that is not uncommon during this time of the month for me (a week before i begin my period) And the activites i have been in could explain some of the muscle pain. The doctor also said there was a bit of bacteria in my urine. I have yet to get my chlymydia results back.

    My basic question is does this sound like chlymydia, or herpes, or neither. Is it possible to have the uti without any outer sores of herpes? And how likely is it to pass these diseases on with minimal oral sex?

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to know for sure is to be tested for herpes. I would recommend having a full STD panel just since you can't be sure if you have contracted an STD. Next time use protection (dental dam or condom) even for oral unless you know and trust that the person does not have an STD. Best of luck and feel better soon!


Vaginal Bacterial Infection Symptoms

Written By: ibzzA1 - May• 07•12

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) often does not present symptoms. About 85% of women with this condition are without signs and symptoms. So a woman may have BV even when she doesn't feel anything wrong with her. If the signs of vaginal infection do exist, they may be seen as a thick whitish foul-smelling vaginal discharge. They may also experience pain while urinating, itching, and burning. They may also be non-specific symptoms like cramping and abdominal pain.

Signs of vaginal infection are very hard to distinguish from other conditions. You may show signs and symptoms like those seen in BV but have an entirely different disease. Pain in urination is already taken by STDs and other infections, so is burning; don't even go to itching because it is overused. Even the whitish-grey fishy vaginal discharge can be seen in other STDs. That is why misdiagnosis is not uncommon for BV.

There are several treatment options for BV. The most commonly prescribed by doctors nowadays is the gel form of antibiotics. If the patient prefers or the infection is blood-borne, oral medications can be given. If you're not inclined with antibiotics, homeopathic treatments do work for mild BV.

Douching with herbal and vinegar solutions are commonly given by homeopathic practitioners. Vaginal suppositories and topical creams have the best results. You may also be instructed to take regular doses of acidophilus drinks and other foods that contain lactobacilli, the good bacteria, to even out the number and regain the balance.

If you want to take some of this and a few of that, you can use conventional drugs with alternative treatments, as long as they don't interfere with each other's actions. Check with your doctor for interaction.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    can a vaginal bacterial infection causes symptoms of a uti?
    my gynecologist did urinalysis, bacterial swab, and an std swab to see what was wrong with me (i had been experiencing itching around my vagina). along with these symptoms i have been experiencing symptoms of a UTI (which is why she did urinalysis). i did in fact have a bacterial infection but my urine test came out normal. I was wondering if maybe this bacterial infection might have caused my uti symptoms?

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  2. QUESTION:
    bacterial vaginal infection symptoms?
    Bacterial vaginal infection symptoms can be cured by what?

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  3. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of vaginal bacterial infections?
    I used to have a lot of discharge with no smell whatsoever. In the last year my discharge has stopped and I have an odor on my underwear...is this normal? Is this the sign of a bacterial infection bc I heard any change in the amount of discharge means you have one. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Signs of Bacterical Vaginosis is white/gray discharge with a "fish" like odor. If you have Bacterial Vaginosis, it doesn't mean you will have all the symptoms, some women who have this will not even notice any symptoms at all. But as long as you have any odor, you need to get checked, because it's not supposed to have an unpleasant odor.

      Good Luck! :)

  4. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of a vaginal bacterial infection? and how soon does it clear up?
    can someone please help me please?

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  5. QUESTION:
    Can a vaginal bacterial infection could be preventing me from getting pregnant?
    Me and my husband have been ttc for about a year now but I found out recently that I have a bacterial infection. I read that sometimes bacterial infections have no symptoms in women. Could this be the reason why I am not pregnant yet?

    • ANSWER:
      Very possible. A hundred plus things have to be just right in order to get pregnant. The pH has to be just right as well, which bacteria could change.

  6. QUESTION:
    lord have mercy...what are the symptoms of a vaginal bacterial infection
    help me please.....

    • ANSWER:
      these are the symptoms of v.b.i

      -an unpleasant fishy smell

      -pain during sex

      -bleeding after sex

      -abdominal pains

      -redness, swelling, lumps, blisters, or ulceration of the vulva (the skin around the outside of the vagina) or anus
      pain when passing urine

      It's important that you see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

  7. QUESTION:
    can someone please...tell me what are the symptoms to a vaginal bacterial infection.
    I have been having some discomfort....lately....and i just want to get some advice on it to lighten the load on my shoulders a little...i know my body very well . and this is really different for me.. so can someone please give me some helpful info?

    • ANSWER:
      since i was a little girl i have always gotten vaginal bacterial infections, my body doesn't produce enough cells to fight away the bacteria.. anyway, for me the pain was over bearing! it feels like someone is taking needles and poking at your vagina, it feels like a bladder infection only the urge to pee is not as strong, itchy. I have never had discharge only a slight smell, the best way to describe it is severe period cramps only in your vagina not on your pelvis.severe discomfort while having sex... Go to the doctor for better info.

  8. QUESTION:
    vaginal bacterial infection?
    i just got a call from my doctor this afternoon telling me that i have a vaginal bacterial infection, and that i had abnormal cells on my cervixs. Ive been complaining for about 10 months now of having some yeast infection symptoms, and ive been trying to treat it but it seams like it always comes back. I guess its really wasnt an yeast infection like they have been telling me. Now im worried and i have to take some meds for 7 days twice a day. i would just like more info about this and if any one has ever had this before just to let me know what i got myself into!!! thnak soo much.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had that happen. The normal bacteria in your vagina just get an overgrowth of bad bacteria. They give you antibiotics like flagyl (metromidazole). I also have had the abnormal cells on the cervix. The Doctor has to watch abnormal cells. The doctor may have to give you a pap smear more often. Sometimes you can get abnormal cells from an irritation from an infection. Just follow whatever directions the doctor gives you and call them back if you do not get better.

  9. QUESTION:
    Does Monistat really work for Vaginal Infections? & please tell symptoms of vaginal infections?
    I'm 13. This is my first vaginal infection. It's either a yeast or bacterial infection.

    Please tell me the symptoms of both types of infections.
    Also, does Monistat work for relieving itch?
    Or do you have other suggestions?
    Thanks! I really need help!

    & i already talked to my mom about it, and i am not going to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      I used Monistat, my doctor told me too. It really works for relieving the itch, pretty fast. It's good and I think it's ok to use it if you have vaginal discharge more than usually and itchiness. Hope this helps.

  10. QUESTION:
    Vaginal Infection symptoms but negative test. Help!?
    I have the itching, irritation, whitish discharge, and discomfort of a vaginal infection. But I went to the Ob/Gyn and the tests for a yeast or bacterial infection came back negative. I am not sexually active so it's not an STD. What is it?

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  11. QUESTION:
    What can be underlying cause of vaginal bacterial infection?
    I've had one for nearly a year. I've been on 13 medications. Nothing has worked! The doctor has confirmed that it's a bacterial infection, but nothing is curing it. Could there be some larger disorder that this is a symptom of? I'm at a loss for why it won't go away.

    • ANSWER:
      You should always wipe front to back to not contaminate your vagina with fecal material.

      If you wear thong underwear you increase your change of a bacterial infection.

      You can try taking probiotics.

      I would also recommend you get a second opinion.

  12. QUESTION:
    Vaginal Infection Symptoms.. what could this be? Please help list the possibilities.?
    I've had many yeast infections in the past 5 months or so, I've also had a bladder infection and bacterial vaginosis once. The infection(s) keep coming back even after I've been treated with pills, and monostat. What do I do now? I don't really want to go back to the same doctor for the 4th time for the same reasons all over again. But I keep wondering why I keep getting infections? I recently just started a new birth control pill because that last one didn't work with my system and made me have two periods that month. So basically, as of right now, it's really irritated and itchy, and i noticed white, and yellow discharge. What does all this mean and what could it be this time?
    I've only had sex once and have been getting the infections long before.

    • ANSWER:
      Some people are just more susceptible. Maybe your immune system is a little bit weak from diet or something. Some medications for UTI's (bladder infections, right?) and yeast infections cause each other, so it makes a cycle. It's hard to not get one after the other, actually. To prevent yeast infections, you have to be careful to eat some plain yogurt (the sugar is bad for yeast), wash yourself with mild soap, not douche, and let it be as much as possible.

      Also, you should be glad to go to the same doctor, because then they should realize that they need to help you more! And if they can't, maybe you should see a different doctor.

  13. QUESTION:
    Opinions on vaginal infection symptoms?
    Hey there! I'm planning on making a trip to the doctor this week, but I'd like some opinions and ideas to go with. For almost a week I've been suffering from vaginal burning and itch with a side of odored yellowish discharge. I started taking Loestrin 24 FE in February and have dealt with vaginal dryness since which has made sex overall less enjoyable. A week ago was the last time I had sex and I felt the beginning of pain during this time. Since that day I've been having the aforementioned symptoms.

    I've read that the itching sounds like possible yeast and the burning and discharge sound like possible bacterial vaginosis (BV). I went to the doctor in October for a similar issue for which she prescribed Flagyl, although she never actually told me what the problem was now that I think about it. She had done a blood test and I tested positive for no STDs.

    Opinions and/or similar experiences?

    Also, is it normal to feel itchy after unprotected sex? If not, is it possible I may have an allergy?

    Thank you (:

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Michelle

      There are many different causes of bv, basically anything that affects the balance of bacteria in the vagina can cause it but it is well worth getting checked out to be sure. I suffered with bv for about two years and it was not a pleasant experience i did a lot of research about it because i wanted to get rid of it, I found this website http://cureforbv.com it had a lot of info about symptoms and treatments and recommend you give it a look.

      hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    Bacterial vaginal infection?
    I had BV 3 months (June 2010) ago and was put on metronidazole and after the 7 days I was fine; was tested for STDs- results came back negative so all it was was a simple BV.
    4 months prior to this (Feb 2010) I was tested for vaginal infections, STDs, and my regular PAP- everything was fine.
    Now, I'm experiencing symptoms for BV again: odor, discomfort, etc.
    (I know it is NOT an STD, remember I've been tested twice with negative results and same sexual partner with whom I use a condom with at all times)
    I'm on my period so I don't think I can go to my ob/gyn to get a conclusive test result.

    So, I have 2 questions:
    1. What should I do in the meantime to alleviate symptoms before I can go see my physician?

    and

    2.Why would I get a recurring infection? (I don't douche, I shower and practice good hygiene everyday).

    Also, I don't know if age helps but I am 23 years old; so I don't think it would be hormone level problems...

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  15. QUESTION:
    Bacterial vaginal infection - isn't bacteria always going to appear in a swab, even a normal one?
    Hi - I thought i had a yeast infection and had my doctor call in diflucan. 3 days later, i still had symptoms, but things were a lot better. for the avoidance of doubt i went to the doctor - the doctor did a swab and i guess looked under a microscope, fairly quickly. she said that i had yeast present but also bacteria. but the yeast was much more prevalent - so she gave me another diflucan. now i will find out in a week anyway, but aren't bacteria ALWAYS present in a vaginal swab you look at under a microscope? or does this mean i "have something"

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, bacteria are always present. But not all bacteria are created equal! She said bacteria, but that was a watered down version for you - what that meant was that there is bacteria that shouldn't be in there, in there.

  16. QUESTION:
    How are bacterial vaginal infections caused?
    I'm curious b/c I got a pH of 6 on a vagisil screening test, and I am NOT sexually active. I have a strong unpleasant odor, yellow discharge, itching, and a bit of a rash. I also have soreness around the vaginal area. I am wondering if I got these symptoms from public bathrooms or eating too much refined sugar or something else.

    • ANSWER:
      Such infection can come from unhygienic utilities as well as from a partner.

  17. QUESTION:
    Help! Vaginal Infection!?
    Two weeks ago, i was diagnosed for having Urinate Infection. My doctor treated me with seven days of antibiotic, which it cured me. But the symptoms did not completely disappear, i could still feel a sense of uncomfortableness down there. Now. i realize that i have a Vaginal Infection and have no intention of taking a doctor visit again. Since i don't have any medical insurance, I cannot afford another doctor visit. - yes, how unfortunate. After few hours of googling, i find out that there are two types of vaginal infection, yeast infection or bacterial infection. Yeast and bacterial infection have similar symptoms, which i cannot tell. It seems that pharmacy offers Vagisil Screening Kit for Vaginal Infections that helps distinguish the infection. The screen kit costs less than 20$. - the price i can still somewhat afford. Should I or should I not, purchase one? Or should I buy the Vaginal Cream instead hoping for the best so that i can save that 20$? Honestly, if i could afford the doctor visit, i would be the first one to go. Unfortunately, i am a poor college student who could barely support myself without any support from family.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms for a bacterial and yeast infection are not very similar.
      Yeast infections most common symptoms are:
      - White, chunky cottage-cheese like discharge
      - Very itchy
      - Burning during intercourse
      Bacterial infections most common symptoms are:
      - Strong, fishy smelling discharge
      - Watery consistency discharge
      Hopefully those can help you narrow it down better. If for some reason they can't, buy a Vagisil screening kit. Hopefully it's only a yeast infection, you can buy treatments for them over the counter for under . If, however, it is a bacterial infection you're only option is to go to the doctor's. They have no over the counter treatments and bacterial infections will NOT go away on their own. If left untreated, down the road they can lead to more dire consequences such as PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) which is really bad and can lead to infertility.
      Best of luck

  18. QUESTION:
    Can you buy the cream or pill flagyl over the counter for a bacterial vaginitis infection?
    The doctor at the ER prescribe me the wrong medicine. He prescribe me Ciprofloxan 500mg for an bladder infection. I know i do not have a bladder infection. I dont have symptoms of itching, burning, or nothing. I know it's a vaginal bacterial infection because i had it before. The only symptom i am having is a foul odor and discharge. I dont want to wait til monday. I would like to know can i get something over the counter that would cure/treat my infection. Help! Help! Help! Many responders...

    • ANSWER:
      Not to be a smart #, but the doctor has seen way more UTIs & BV than you have. I'd guess that he also at least did a urinalysis to get the diagnosis.

      No, Flagyl, etc aren't available over the counter. You'll have to wait. Sorry.

  19. QUESTION:
    some kind of vaginal infection?
    i recently went to the doctors with the following symptoms
    vaginal burning
    yellow discharge
    cloudy urine
    strong odour

    the doctor tested my urine which showed traces of proteins meaning i dont have a uti or some sort of bladder infection. stds are out of the question cause i have only had one partner and i am 100 percent sure he is clean.

    anyways he said it was just a bacterial infection so he perscribed me some antibiotics. they helped for a couple of days, the burning wasnt as bad, discharge lessened. but now just 5 days later it is back to normal.

    is it possible i need another dose or can i actually have something else? any ideas of what it could be would be great

    i have had this on and off for a couple of months

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  20. QUESTION:
    Since UTI's and vaginal bacterial infections can be brought on by sex, can your male partner be tested...?
    I read somewhere that your sexual partner (male) can be a carrier.. that he won't have symptoms (obviously, a male couldn't have bacterial vaginosis), but can be the cause and carrier, and that he can be treated for this as well if it's discovered that he's causing such infections. Is this true? I got a UTI after my boyfriend and I had sexual intercourse about 3 1/2-4 months ago, and after a few sessions about 3-4 weeks ago, I just found out today that I have bacterial vaginosis. Shortly after our last time, I felt a bit of itching and had my gyno call in a prescription for a yeast infection because I thought that's what I had.. the itching went away though, so I never took it, but then I got the call today about this. We're both monogamous and whatnot, I have no STD's or anything of the sort, nor am I worried about that, I just want to know if he's possibly carrying around some sort of bacteria or something that could be causing these minor infections and if so, if there's a way he can be treated for it. Also, if there is a way to be treated for it, what exactly would his test consist of (urine swab, blood test, urine sample, etc.)? I just yelled at him for it, so I'm hoping I'm right lol.
    I just went to my gnyo earlier this week.. this is how I know I have bacterial vaginosis.. No STD's.. everything is normal as it always has been. & to clear some of this up, I called and had them call in a prescription for a yeast infection about 2-3 weeks back, before I even had my appt. assuming that's what it was.. I hadn't gone to the Dr's to make sure, so the case is that I probably had the BV all along, because I know some yeast infection symptoms are very similar to some of BV.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - it makes good, sound sense that a man can keep reinfecting his sexual partner. The following is from the net:

      "Bacterial Vaginosis does affect men but not in the same way and definitely not to the same extent as women. The men's genitals do not provide the same environment, i.e. a vagina or uterus, where the infection can flourish.

      Doctor's have always questioned whether or not men should be treated when their female partner was infected. Many doctors still deny that men carry any form of the bacteria or reinfect their partner. However we do know that men and women can transfer other infections therefore we pause and ask does bacterial vaginosis affect men and perhaps that's why it reoccurs.

      Men can carry traces of these bacteria in the urethra and if dormant it can re-infect the woman. However, we cannot rely on this since there is no reliable test available to identify any traces of bacterial vaginosis in men.

      Although woman may believe men can carry this infection they simply don't display any symptoms; surely not the ones we display for Bacterial Vaginosis. Many women are too embarrassed to discuss this possibility with a boyfriend. Although not termed as an STD, it might be advisable to use a condom for a reasonable length of time until the Bacterial Vaginosis is eliminated. Many natural remedies can work fast and the infection may be corrected in a weekend.

      Sexual activity can exacerbate the infection or sensitive areas and it's widely known that male sperm, which is an alkaline, can make the Bacterial Vaginosis discharge smell stronger. It is also vital to remember that antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of some contraceptives."

      Balanitis is also a possibility with your boyfriend. It's not always obvious if a man has got it, and it is a yeast infection.

      http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Balanitis.htm

      I don't see why your boyfriend's Doctor CAN'T test him for bacterial overgrowths, for yeast infection, or even for chlamydia. If he's prepared to go and ask, then I do think it would be a good idea.

      In the meantime, even if you are on the Pill, use a condom. It will immediately improve your sexual health.

      Good luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    I GET VAGINAL BACTERIAL INFECTIONS ALL THE TIME AFTER SEX WITH MY BOYFRIEND...?
    I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS WHEN THE SYMPTOMS COME AROUND BECAUSE IVE HAD THEM SO MANY TIMES. MY BOYFRIEND IS VERY WELL "ENDOWED" AND SOMEONE TOLD HIM THAT WHEN WE HAVE SEX, HE MAKES LITTLE TEARS IN MY VAGINAL LINING AND BACTERIA CAN GET IN THE TEARS AND THAT WHERE THE INFECTION COMES FROM...DOES THIS SOUND TRUE OR WHAT? I ONLY GET THEM A DAY OR TWO AFTER WE SEX, NEVER GET IT IF WE HAVENT HAD SEX FOR AWILE, IS IT POSSIBLE THAT HE'S CHEATING ON ME AND TRANSFERRING THE INFECTION FROM ANOTHER GIRL? PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Can_a_vaginal_bacterial_infection_be_caused_from_your_spouse_having_intercourse_with_other_women

  22. QUESTION:
    What infection could i have?
    I think i might have some kind of vaginal infection, i'm not sure which. what is the difference between a yeast infection and a bacterial vaginosis infection, symptoms wise?

    my symptoms are, itchiness around outer/inner vaginal area, soreness, yellowish discharge

    i'm a virgin

    • ANSWER:
      You definitely have an infection. Make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

      Praying for you.

  23. QUESTION:
    What infection might i have?
    I think i might have some kind of vaginal infection, i'm not sure which. what is the difference between a yeast infection and a bacterial vaginosis infection, symptoms wise?

    my symptoms are, itchiness around outer/inner vaginal area, soreness, yellowish discharge
    i'm a virgin

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  24. QUESTION:
    Vaginal yeast infection. Why wont the symptoms go away? Would it be okay for me to use Bacitracin zinc? Help!?
    This is pretty long but im miserable so try to bear with me.... After about a week and a half of taking penicillin for a strep throat, I was diagnosed with a yeast infection on moday. I was told that my infection wasn't too serious and that i could buy an over the counter treatment because i am allergic to the persciption, so i bought vagistat-1and used on tuesday night before bed (after taking a shower). I also bought a vaginal itching and pain relieving cream and slept with that on too, which relieved the itching completely. When i woke up on wednesday morning i had horrible pain and tremendous swelling of the vulva and labia area with no serious itching and a very small amout of the yeasty discharge compared to what i had before the treatment (the swelling and pain was so bad that i had to ice it and take aleve to help it go down). The swelling seemed to go down but i was still very sore down there. I was thinking that this reaction could have came from the pain relieving cream, so i washed it off in the shower and did not put it on again that day, but i was still sore. When i went to use the bathroom before bed i noticed that the swelling was back, so i took more aleve and iced it again. Thursday morning i had no swelling, little pain, and no yeasty discharge so i thought i was going to be okay... that is untill the itching came back. I still did not use the pain relieving cream and i restrained myself from scratching at it because the irritation wasn't too severe, and i knew it would get worse if i touched it. I was okay for the whole day, took a shower and slept fine the whole night. Friday morning (today) i noticed the discharge was coming back heavy again and slight itching again but, no swelling and just mild pain so i ignored it. About and hour ago the itching became so intense i could't help but to scratch. I scratched so much that i made myself bleed. I'm also very sore, swollen again, and still the heavy discharge. I tried the pain relieving cream again, it seemed to help ALOT. I also iced it and took aleve to bring the swelling down. I dont think the treatment helped, i have heavy yeast and discharge and even though i'm okay for right now, i know its all gonna happen again. (I'm positive it's not an STD or bacterial vaginitis by the way). Any advice? Is this common? I'm miserable and don't know what to do anymore. Should i buy another treatment? Would i be okay to put bacitracin zinc first-aid antibiotic ointment on it and possibly little bit inside of me to try helping? Please help, i'm desperate! :(

    • ANSWER:
      At this point, you have tried everything that I would suggest and you should go back to the doctor, or even the Urgent care. This is soooo miserable that it will drive you crazy if you don't. If you can't get it, try taking benadryl, it will help with the itching, and sit in a cool bath. Take a book and do not scratch! It will make it worse. I would not use the cream again, it sounds like you have had a reaction to it. You could also try plain yogurt, I know that it sounds weird, but it is a natural treatment for yeast infections, and actually cools and soothes, but be sure to try it on a small area first to make sure that it does not burn from the scratching. I used to have this problem with every dose of antibiotics that I had, it is very frustrating. Good luck

  25. QUESTION:
    Bad vaginal symptoms (no std??)?
    im sorry if this is a little graphic

    I went to the ER over an abscess i have in the vaginal area and while i was there i got them to check me for a bacterial infection because ive been having white milky discharge with a bad odor. The test came back clean so they decided to test me for gonorrhea and chlamydia. I was prescribed medicine for the abscess and the discharge. When i went home that night, i noticed my symptoms got dramatically worse. There is now blood mixed with the discharge and it smells worse. Im not sure if this from the medicine or what not...but ive had the bad shakes and feel like i have a very high fever when i do not. They std results came back negative. What in the world could this be?

    The abscess is clearing up by the way.. and shrinking down to a very small size. It doesnt hurt anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't possible to diagnose this over the internet. You'll need to visit your doctor or health clinic for an accurate diagnosis.

      If it isn't an STD, it could be an infection (bacterial or yeast infection). Since the symptoms are changing and getting worse, you should visit a provider as soon as you can. If you don't have or can't go to a doctor, you might want to visit a health clinic (either a public one or a private one). If you're uncertain where to start looking, contact your closest Planned Parenthood or visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/

      Good luck to you!
      .

  26. QUESTION:
    plzzz helpppp vaginal infection help!!!?
    ok so about a week ago, i have an itch inside my labia by my vaginal opening. then it started to hurt, pretty bad, so i examined myself and it kinda looked red. i waited it off a few days but it kinda moved like switched to the other side but then went away. now about a day or two ago i have this awful discharge smell and its yellow/tan. my discharge was fine until now. it kinda was like a dead something, now it smells like old man breath.. gross i know! so i looked up some stuff and i know somethings wrong cause this isnt right lol but what kind of infection do u think it is? i heard yest infection but i dont have half those symptoms... bacterial vaginitis i was leaning toward.. but what do u think. i cant really afford any doctor but i will soon if it doesn't get better. plz help thank youuuuu
    all itching has gone away its just this nasty smell that making me mad!

    • ANSWER:
      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching
      Buy Monistat 7 over-the-counter

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva
      See a doctor

      Signs of trichomoniasis
      A watery, yellowish or greenish bubbly discharge
      An unpleasant odor
      Pain and itching when urinating
      Most apparent after your period
      See a doctor

  27. QUESTION:
    Could I have a long-term vaginal infection without experiencing any burning, itching, discharge or pain?
    I'm in my mid forties, and had a partial hysterectomy two years ago. For a number of weeks now, I've detected an unusual vaginal odor when I got to the toilet. I've had both yeast and bacterial infections over the the years, and this odor's different, not as offensive, but bad enough for me to feel there's something abnormal. The thing is, I've put off getting it checked because I haven't had other symptoms. There's been no itching or burning, no discharge, no pain or discomfort in my pelvis. In fact, I've become very dry, which I have attributed to perimenopause. That hasn't been an issue, as I'm not sexually active now. I did one of the home tests that indicated by ph change I might have a yeast infection, so used an OTC remedy, but no change. Neither douching nor Rephresh did any good either. I've gotten an appt. with my doc, but three weeks out. The only change I can think of is a a new med I've been on (bipolar). I just realized when I was off it briefly, the odor wasn't present.
    The medication is Lithium. I got on it about three months ago, was taken off of it for about three weeks to see if it was causing another side effect, then was put pack on it three weeks ago. But it seems unlikely to me that a psychotrophic drug would cause a change in vaginal odor.

    • ANSWER:
      Drugs can have surprisingly wide-ranging side effects, such as changing your urine (as my contraceptive pill did) so I wouldnt be surprised if there was a connection there. I wouldnt stress much about it, as you said you will be seeing the doc so just make sure you explain everything and get a few tests to eliminate things.

  28. QUESTION:
    Question about vaginal infection?
    I was put on two different antibiotics to cure a bacterial infection two weeks ago. While taking these antibiotics i noticed i had gotten a yeast infection. I bought some over the counter stuff to get rid of the yeast infection and it helped al ot. I thought i had gotten rif of it. The package says to wait until the vagina is healed to haveintercourses ( which is supposed to be 7 days). Me and my husband had sex on day 4.. we didn't wait the full 7 days. After having sex my symptoms of the yeast infection came back.. What is going on here? I don't know what to do... i can't afford to go to the doctor right now..

    • ANSWER:
      Follow the directions next time around. Buy some more antibiotics and don't have sex.

  29. QUESTION:
    Vaginal infection does not respond to treatment?
    At first, I was diagnosed and treated for a yeast infection. It cleared up but came back in a couple of months. Then, bacterial vaginosis, also treated and cleared up. A month ago, symptoms started again, and I was diagnosed and treated for BV - but the symptoms did not even lessen (I took Metronidazole orally). Now, I still have whatever it is, and it does not respond to Monistat either. What to do? Tested for STD's, btw, all clean.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that you should have blood work done by your physician to check your blood sugar. I suffer from BV regularly because my husband is not circumsized and I'm prone to infection. He cleans well, but the bacteria that gets trapped under the foreskin transfers to me during sex and then I get BV. It's a real pain. I tried Metronidazole orally too, but the vaginal gel applications are way better. Just make sure to use it the full five days, at night, and NO SEX when you're on it. Definitely call your dr.

  30. QUESTION:
    vaginal yeast infection - how long until I see relief?
    I'm 40 years old, and have had a few of these infections before. This one seemed to sneak up on me, but after the first night of monistat, got MUCH worse. Years ago, I had a reaction to tiaconazole (sp?), but switching to monistat helped. It could be a reaction, or just a bad infection. My ONLY symptoms are itching and burning, nothing else. This morning (after the 2nd night of treatment), I'm only a little better. I tried the over-the-counter test to see if it was a yeast infection (I've never had anything but those, no bacterial infections), but I had already started treatment - it showed only a slightly elevated Ph level (4.5 is normal, mine was 5.0)...but it said not to test if you had begun any treatment. How long before I see results from the monistat? Can it take a few days?

    This is one of the worst ones I've had - maybe a change in hormones at my age? Also, will a physician be able to get an accurate test result if I've begun treatment already?

    Thank you!

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  31. QUESTION:
    A Vaginal Bacteria Infection?
    I went to the doctor and got checked out for a vaginal infection. It was bacterial and i prescribed antibiotics to take twice a day for seven days and it didn't help. i still had the same symptoms of a bad smelling discharge. Then i went back and was prescribed vaginal cream that i had to use for 7 more days. And now i'm STILL having a really bad smelling discharge. Why isn't this bacteria going away and what am I supposed to do about it? More medication? Help!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard that taking probiotic supplements can help with this though I am not certain. The idea is that the supplement will improve your body's immune system so it can fight off this type of infection on its own.

      Was the doctor you saw a gynecologist? This can make a huge difference. If it was then get another opinion from another gyne.

      Also, some women who are using disposable feminine care products find that they have more infections, irritations and odor than women who use washable cloth pads and liners.

  32. QUESTION:
    Bacterial infection, yeast infection, or UTI? My doctors are idiots, HELP!?
    A few months ago I went to my "down there" doctor with symptoms of a bacterial infection. White, pasty discharge with a meaty odor. She confirmed it and gave me pills to take.

    3 weeks later I noticed it still had a smell that wasn't my normal smell but also wasn't the meaty smell from the bacterial infection. the discharge was thick and white. I made an appointment and my doctor confirmed it to be a yeast infection and gave me a prescription.

    A month later I went back with the SAME symptoms as last time. Weird smell, bitter is the only way I can describe it, and thick white discharge. It's not that it came back, it's that it never went away, the medication didn't help! Although this time I had another symptom.. it itched. This time she confirmed it to be a bacterial infection again. and gave me medication. That too did not help.

    I called a different gynecologist.
    When I saw this new doctor she diagnosed it as a urinary tract infection and gave me medication. I thought it weird because it doesn't burn when I pee and the smell of my urine isn't stronger than usual. But for once this medication seemed to help. All the symptoms went away except the weird smell and thickness of the discharge. Can a UTI really cause the smell and texture of vaginal dischage to change?

    I plan to make an appointment with this doctor again but I'm afraid she won't be able to figure it out either so I'm trying to figure it out myself.

    STD's & STI's are completely ruled out, I'm completely monogamous but was tested to rule out it coming from my partner. And I follow a careful cleansing regime... I keep it clean and I use unscented soap without dyes.
    Can someone give me ideas of what they think it might be or why the medication hasn't been working?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you did originally have a bacterial infection. You probably then got the yeast infection from taking the antibiotics to treat the original infection. I know it sounds weird, but it is fairly common for a woman to develop a yeast infection after taking ANY kind of antibiotics. This is due to the antibiotic killing off the "good" bacteria/fungus that naturally live in and around the vagina, thereby allowing the yeast to grow out of control and cause infection. Next time you need to take an antibiotic, tell your doctor this has happened before and they can usually prescribe you something along with the antibiotic.

      Are you using hormonal birth control or any other types of medication? Have you recently changed your eating or exercising habits? What about your partner? Your infections may be caused by something other than the obvious, so think about it and bring any changes up with your doctor the next time you see them.

  33. QUESTION:
    What could these vaginal symptoms mean?
    A few weeks ago I hooked up with one of my friends. We did not have sex, but did go up to oral sex. The next day I woke up with sores in my mouth, an extremely sore throat, a high fever, and a swollen gland in my neck. I went to the doctor's and he said I had a virus because the strep test came back negative. He told me over the counter stuff to do for the sores, which did go away quickly. My fever spiked and my face turned bright red. The next day I developed a rash all over my abdomen, chest, back, and shoulders. I went back to the doctor's and he suspected parvovirus, or fifth disease. My symptoms eventually went away but the blood test for parvovirus came back negative. I thought I was fine until I hooked up with another guy. We tried to have sex with protection and it hurt so bad and burned that we had to stop. I immediatly started to bleed from my vagina heavily. When I looked down there, it was bright red around my vagina, like irritation. I was worried but waited it out. The bleeding was heavy enough for a tampon, which at first I couldn't even get in because it hurt so bad, and then light enough for a small pad. The bleeding stopped in two days and I called my doctor because I developed severe burning down there, especially when sitting, and a thick white discharge. He said I had a vaginal yeast infection and gave me fluconozole and nystatin lotion. I have had many of these before. It would not go away. Infact, the redness got worse. I also developed lower abdominal pain, shooting pelvic pain, and lower back pain. I went to my gynocologist who did a pelvic exam and said I just had a yeast infection (confirmed by tests). He gave me two more doses of fluconozole. I took them but it still wouldn't go away. I was then advised by a doctor to go to the emergency room and get another pelvic exam since it was the weekend, for another opinion. They did a thourough pelvic and did four tests. The doctor said my vagina was extremely red especially on the right side, and I had a vaginal tear. She didn't see anything wrong with my cervix or anything, but she treated me for gonorrhea and chlamydia. I was given four zithromax and a shot of some sort of cephalosporin in the hip. I was discharged and sent back to my doctor. Well the hospital lost the test results. I'm serious. They could not track them down and the hospital plain out said they lost them. I'm not under treatment for trich and bacterial vaginosis with three doses of flagyl a day. However, I still do not know what I have. I still have a fever, off and on pains like I mentioned above, thick white discharge, and now a sore throat again. Does anybody have any ideas as to what this sounds like? I'm getting worried. I am to give a report to my one doctor tomorrow and another on Thursday or Friday, but in the mean time, what does this sound like?

    • ANSWER:
      if you think that you might have a sexually transmitted disease, you have the responsibility to yourself and your loved ones to get it diagnosed as soon as possible. STD Testing Clinics provides a way to do exactly that in a local, safe, and confidential setting!

  34. QUESTION:
    Question about a vaginal infection?
    A couple months ago my doctor diagnosed me with a yeast infection and a bacterial infection. On Thursday I went to a pool for a couple hours (got in the water) and had sex with my boyfriend. When I woke up yesterday morning I was itchy. As the day progressed the itchiness turned to a bit of burning and I felt like it was the same symptoms I had a couple months ago when I was diagnosed. I called my doctor and she called in the same prescription. I took the Diflucam (treats yeast infections) but the burning and itching got worse, to the point where the top part of my vagina is sore (even though I refrained for itching the area). Is this normal of a yeast/bacterial infection? Should I have already felt relief from one dose of Diflucam and one night's injection of the cream? Or should I be worried it is something else?

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  35. QUESTION:
    what can i do to stop vaginal infection?
    i had a minor infection with yellow discharge that smelled and some yeast i guess, the doctor gave me antibiotics that got rid of everything in about a week. i had no symptoms for a couple of weeeks, everything was gone. But the next time i had sex, i made sure i washed myself and everything because i dont want another bacterial infection or anything. But about a week after sex i think im having yellow discharge again? UGH, idk how to prevent it? is there anything ican do to absolutley stop bacteriaa? i mean i know people who do it and they dont even wash themselves and they dont get anything! so why do i keep getting this? we use condoms, but im not allergic. what could it be? my doctor said last time.. that i could just get over the counter medicine instead of going to her.. because it isnt that serious. but still.. i dont want to have to deal with this everytime.. help

    • ANSWER:
      Uh, time to find a new doctor... This one obviously doesnt take you seriously because I wouldn't even use over the counter crap for yeast infections... Those are a waste of money and don't work. You need presription strength and you need to find the right medicine (which your doctor doesn't seem too interested in helping you get)... Go to an OB/GYN who specializes in your needs...

      Your doctor is a bi-atch...

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Vaginal dryness?
    I have recently been treated for Trichamonasis. Before that I was treated for Bacterial Vaginosis. I have no dischagre and no itching. I figured it might be a yeast infection but the medicine is not working becasue I am still having some slight irritation in the vaginal area along the vulva and at the opening, it also feels like my walls are irritated. I have a doctors appt on the 10th of April for a follow up of the trich infection. Im really scared and I need some advice on what it could be.

    • ANSWER:
      i think you would be itchy and you would have a little redness down there,but the itch would be the main thing.

  37. QUESTION:
    39 weeks pregnant with a yeast and bacterial infection......?
    I had one about 2weeks ago, got treated and it came back!!! ive been having itchiness, soreness and yellowish discharge (same symptoms as last time) so i went to my doctor and he told me it looks like nothing...i asked him if he could at least take a discharge sample and examine it but he told me it would be unnecessary =( i know that the infection is back and im very worry because i am 1 cm dilated, so will it hurt the baby now? and is it safe to have a vaginal delivery with a bacterial infection or can i ask for a c-section??

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  38. QUESTION:
    Non pregnant vaginal strep?
    I went to Urgent care for what I figured was a vaginal infection (symptoms were burning, itching and yellowish discharge and mild pelvic tenderness). After a pelvic exam the Dr was convinced I had an STD since my cervix was pretty red and inflamed, was given 2 grams of Azythromycin to be taken at once. Took it and didnt get better so I went back 3 days later and the results of the STD test and yeast had come back neg but were waiting on the results of the bacterial vaginosis and trich test so she figured thats probably what it was and gave me metrogel. I am feeling better as far as the itching and burning but the pelvic tenderness is getting worse and now I am having a more bloody discharge. I just received a message saying that all tests were negative but I have strep. How can I have vaginal strep? Everything online about that is for pregnant woman and newborns and I tested neg for that when I gave birth a year ago. I am also breastfeeding so I dont know if that has anything to do with it. Can Strep cause this? and will metrogel get rid of it? Thank you!!!
    The itching and burning started the last few days of my period and I alternate tampons with pads. I have not had a pelvic ultrasound and I am not pregnant. My mom is a nurse and asked the ER Dr at the hospital who said it could be cuz Ive been breastfeeding so long but how does that make sense?

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  39. QUESTION:
    Had a swab done and test results came back negative, but have symptoms?
    I've had symptoms of an vaginal infection for a while now. The whole blotchy white discharge and smelly with swelling. I had a swab done and the nurse looked at my vagina and said it looked clean and healthy - no sign of yeast for example. She said it could be a Bacterial infection, but I just got a text back saying "This text confirms that all your results are negative"
    Now what? I wash everyday, she said it was clean, yet I still get smelly discharge etc. WHAT NOW!? I've lied to my boyfriend and said I haven't got a text yet, I'm too embarrassed, if he hears it's negative, he will automatically put it down to hygiene.

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  40. QUESTION:
    clumpy discharge - not yeast infection, STD or BV...any suggestions?
    For the last 2 years (off and on) I have had a thick discharge - sometimes its really white, others its more of a yellow, sometimes it has an odor, others it doesn't, sometimes it itches, others it doesn't... I have been to the doctors (several different ones) over 20 times with no luck. I have been tested for everything - yeast infections, vaginal infections, bacterial infections, diabetes, thyroid- nothing's come back positive.

    I have been treated for both yeast and bacterial infections without success. Ive also tried cutting out sugars, meat, dairy, wearing only cotton underwear, no underwear, douching (no relief from any) Ive changed birth control twice (also didn't help), I take acidophilus regularly (this causes a VERY mild change, but its definitely not a "fix") NOTHING is working!

    The problems come and go every couple of days, I'll make an appointment and it will be gone by the time the apt rolls around. I have even gone to the ER to make sure a doc sees my symptoms as they are happening. What else could this be, it is definitely not normal (the MD's have agreed) but no one knows what it is! Understandably I am too embarrassed to be intimate with anyone b/c of this...I don’t want to risk passing this (whatever this is) on...I am 23 and cannot live like this another 2 years! This is so embarrassing, please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      Other kinds of hormone imbalances (an example only) could be causing this.

      I am also going to include the link to a site that may help you find more information. The link is at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health

  41. QUESTION:
    Vaginal Infection!? help!?
    I was diagnosed with HPV in April of this year. I have been in and out of the Gynecologist office for the last 6 months now and it's really starting to get expensive and cut into my life and job. I currently do not have health insurance, so every lab, test, and time I go for a doctors visit, it's out of my pocket. I have been with the same person now for a little over a year and I have been checked for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, and I do not have either, nor did I ever. I am 21 years old and I have NEVER experienced this before.

    In the beginning of May I went into the Gynecologist because I was having discomfort in my vaginal area, a discharge and an itching burning sensation. Before i went however, a few days prior, I bought over the counter Moistat because I've had a UTI before and after taking the Monistat it went away.

    This time, my symptoms didn't go away, and that's why I went back to the doctor. She told me while doing my PAP test, that she could see that I had Bacterial Vaginosis, and prescribed Tindemax for me to take.

    After a week my symptoms lessoned and seemed like they were gone, but slowly started to come back. I called the gynecologist and they said this was normal and very common and that the burning was probably from the test that i had last gotten. They told me from scraping my insides and taking samples, sometimes there will be a discharge that follows and it causes burning.

    This time they prescribed a cream that I had to put on twice a day to dull the burning, but it only made it worse. After a week the symptoms were still there and i was still having discomfort.

    A week later I called once again and I was prescribe ed the Tindamax again. At this point it may have been Bacterial Vaginosis coming back.

    Throughout the entire summer I had symptoms on and off. I would have a burning sensation almost 24/7. Occasionally it would be itchy and irritated, and i'd have a very slight discharge.

    One of my friends recommended ed that i try Diflucan (a medicine for yeast infections). She told me that my gynecologist may have mistaken my Bacterial Vaginosis for a yeast infection... which the more I read, the more common it is. Once again after taking the Diflucan pill, my symptoms seemed to go away for a few days. No burning, no discharge, and no itching. But as always, the following week they were ALL back again, and continued to come and go.
    almost as almost as if it was hit or miss in the morning as to whether I'd be in discomfort that day or not.

    It is now October and I recently went back to the Gynecologist because I just couldn't handle having this burning sensation ANY longer! I told my doctor that this effectd my relationship with my boyfriend sexually, and emotionally. It has ruined so many events for me and it ruins my days because the constant burning feeling doesn't curb or go away. I explained to my doctor that there is still slight irritation on my inner Labia, and there is a constant warm burning sensation.. (almost as if im wearing warming gel ALL day long)! I have tried doing all the home remedies for a yeast infection.. eating the natural yogurt, drinking a TON of cranberry juice, wearing plain cotton underwear, using different soaps..everything.

    I do not want to return to my Gynecologist ever again. This last time that I went, she told me that if im STILL having these symptoms and I have already taken medications and prescription antibiotics and still having discomfort it could be a chronic pain, recommended anti depressants for me... I was so baffeld and upset that I couldnt stop crying because once again I have a burning sensation that will not go away, and slight irritation. When she saw how upset I got she said that this could be HPV or genital warts that are bothering and burning me and this makes NO sense. I have not had anything on me.

    My boyfriend has never had a problem, no burning or itching for him. Just to give the overall jist of my symptoms, My vaginal area is always burning and always feels like constant heat.. as i've said before it feels like i have warming gel on. It doesn't burn when I pee, just feels hot. I have a slight dthat'srge thats just a little thick when I wipe after going to the bathroom (a yellowish white) and I always seem to be (wet) down in that area. It's not painful when I have sex, and this doesn't cause any actual pain.. just discomfort. There is no smell or odor, and I only have itching when the burning gets bad. I always seem a bit irritated and slightly red.

    If ANYONE can relate to this or give me any kind of information or anything at all. I am at a loss of what to do and this feeling is so annoying and taking over my life. Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend getting a second opinion. Burning is not normal down there and I don't see why she's not doing more testing to find out what's going on.

      Did she ever do a full STD screening?

  42. QUESTION:
    VAGINAL INFECTION! help?
    I was diagnosed with HPV in April of this year. I have been in and out of the Gynecologist office for the last 6 months now and it's really starting to get expensive and cut into my life and job. I currently do not have health insurance, so every lab, test, and time I go for a doctors visit, it's out of my pocket. I have been with the same person now for a little over a year and I have been checked for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, and I do not have either, nor did I ever. I am 21 years old and I have NEVER experienced this before.

    In the beginning of May I went into the Gynecologist because I was having discomfort in my vaginal area, a discharge and an itching burning sensation. Before i went however, a few days prior, I bought over the counter Moistat because I've had a UTI before and after taking the Monistat it went away.

    This time, my symptoms didn't go away, and that's why I went back to the doctor. She told me while doing my PAP test, that she could see that I had Bacterial Vaginosis, and prescribed Tindemax for me to take.

    After a week my symptoms lessoned and seemed like they were gone, but slowly started to come back. I called the gynecologist and they said this was normal and very common and that the burning was probably from the test that i had last gotten. They told me from scraping my insides and taking samples, sometimes there will be a discharge that follows and it causes burning.

    This time they prescribed a cream that I had to put on twice a day to dull the burning, but it only made it worse. After a week the symptoms were still there and i was still having discomfort.

    A week later I called once again and I was prescribe ed the Tindamax again. At this point it may have been Bacterial Vaginosis coming back.

    Throughout the entire summer I had symptoms on and off. I would have a burning sensation almost 24/7. Occasionally it would be itchy and irritated, and i'd have a very slight discharge.

    One of my friends recommended ed that i try Diflucan (a medicine for yeast infections). She told me that my gynecologist may have mistaken my Bacterial Vaginosis for a yeast infection... which the more I read, the more common it is. Once again after taking the Diflucan pill, my symptoms seemed to go away for a few days. No burning, no discharge, and no itching. But as always, the following week they were ALL back again, and continued to come and go.
    almost as almost as if it was hit or miss in the morning as to whether I'd be in discomfort that day or not.

    It is now October and I recently went back to the Gynecologist because I just couldn't handle having this burning sensation ANY longer! I told my doctor that this effectd my relationship with my boyfriend sexually, and emotionally. It has ruined so many events for me and it ruins my days because the constant burning feeling doesn't curb or go away. I explained to my doctor that there is still slight irritation on my inner Labia, and there is a constant warm burning sensation.. (almost as if im wearing warming gel ALL day long)! I have tried doing all the home remedies for a yeast infection.. eating the natural yogurt, drinking a TON of cranberry juice, wearing plain cotton underwear, using different soaps..everything.

    I do not want to return to my Gynecologist ever again. This last time that I went, she told me that if im STILL having these symptoms and I have already taken medications and prescription antibiotics and still having discomfort it could be a chronic pain, recommended anti depressants for me... I was so baffeld and upset that I couldnt stop crying because once again I have a burning sensation that will not go away, and slight irritation. When she saw how upset I got she said that this could be HPV or genital warts that are bothering and burning me and this makes NO sense. I have not had anything on me.

    My boyfriend has never had a problem, no burning or itching for him. Just to give the overall jist of my symptoms, My vaginal area is always burning and always feels like constant heat.. as i've said before it feels like i have warming gel on. It doesn't burn when I pee, just feels hot. I have a slight dthat'srge thats just a little thick when I wipe after going to the bathroom (a yellowish white) and I always seem to be (wet) down in that area. It's not painful when I have sex, and this doesn't cause any actual pain.. just discomfort. There is no smell or odor, and I only have itching when the burning gets bad. I always seem a bit irritated and slightly red.

    If ANYONE can relate to this or give me any kind of information or anything at all. I am at a loss of what to do and this feeling is so annoying and taking over my life. Thanks so much.
    jhggggggggggggg

    • ANSWER:
      yeast infection treated in 12 hours or less, save tons of money

  43. QUESTION:
    Can Bacterial Vaginosis Cause Bladder Spasms/Frequency/Urgency?
    Does anyone know if a bacterial (vaginal) infection can cause bladder discomfort? I've been having bladder spasms along with frequency and urgency the last few days. I doubt it's a UTI, but I may get checked for one in the next few days. I was wondering if it was worth it to get checked for BV too, as I don't know if BV can cause these symptoms. I'm occasionally feeling some minor cramping in the bladder area too.

    I'm not having any other symptoms...just the bladder stuff.
    I know BV can lead to a UTI, but I'm wondering if BV by itself can cause such symptoms.
    I was checked for a UTI today, and it was negative. They refused to check me for BV or a YI, though, for some reason! It was ridiculous. Now I have to go see another doctor to get checked for those.

    • ANSWER:
      i was diagnosed with BV and ive had YI's. She told me that, like you said, it can lead to UTI. Let her test you for it, only she can. she told me that they found whit cells in my urine. but you need to know so they can give you medicine for it. idk as far as cramping goes. only your gyn can tell you for sure.

  44. QUESTION:
    Could these symptoms indicate pregnancy?
    My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex even though we both were well aware of the risk of doing so. We were only going to do it for a few minutes, but he finished sooner than he expected. He pulled out quickly and then finished (supposedly) but it happened so quickly that I'm wondering if there's a chance a little bit of it happened in me. This was on the 20th of this past week. (9/20/09)

    Yesterday evening I started feeling cramping as if I was going to get my period. They started out really lightly, and as they got stronger, I started noticing some dark reddish brown discharge when I went to the bathroom. Towards the end of the night my cramps got really bad, and the spotting got heavier, almost like dripping every once in a while. I haven't been able to sleep, and just woke up about a half hour ago from intense cramps and I was sweaty and really hot. I still have spotting, and my breasts are getting increasingly more sore.

    My period came on September 1st, which means I normally shouldn't be getting it until October 1st, so I still have a little more than a week left until I get it. However, I just finished taking medicine for a very minor bacterial vaginal infection, and maybe these are the side effects from the medicine?

    I'm wondering- is there a chance that my symptoms are early signs of pregnancy? Also, should I take a pregnancy test, or is it too soon? If anyone has any ideas, I'd very much appreciate them. Thank you.
    I wanted to add that when my cramps first started, I had dark reddish brown discharge, but as my cramps got worse, it became actual very light reddish spots of blood, not dark discharge any more. It still is very light colored blood.

    • ANSWER:
      No chance of pregnancy ,only vaginal infection caused the cramps

  45. QUESTION:
    Do i have an std or vaginal infection?
    okay i had unprottected sex with a guy i thought was my friend about a year and 4 months ago it was only one time. I heard later that he gave a girl chlaymadia but it was word by mouth. I dont know when it started probably this past few months maybe a little more I started having alot of discharge and it seems like im always "lubricated' and it has a fishy odor and it gets even worse after sex it doent burn when i urinate,i dont have abdominal pain unless im about to start my period which is cramps and it doesnt hurt when i have sex, it is a little itchy but its not like oh my god or anything and this month i missed my period and i am having some abdominal pain and back pain as if i were to start but i havent please help me!!!
    I mean if it was chlaymidia wouldnt the symptoms have shown earlier like it says it wont show up for 3 weeks but i mean a year and four months like is that really possible?? A friend told me it could be a vaginal infection and not an std like bacterial

    • ANSWER:
      the only way to actually know if to go to the doctor... if you don't wanna go with your parents then don't go yourself or go with a friend...
      good luck (i hope nothing is wrong!!) :)

  46. QUESTION:
    When I pee I still feel like I have to go what should I get tested for?
    When I go pee I still feel like I have to go but I cant. I had a Vaginal Bacterial infection about a week or so ago but had to stop the antibiotic due to coming down with the stomach flu and extreme vomiting. But I never had this symptom when I had it. It doesn't Hurt when I pee, what could be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a UTI. NEVER EVER GO OFF AN ANTIBIOTIC WITHOUT FINISHING IT! The antibiotic is what caused the vomitting. GO BACK TO YOUR DOCTOR ASAP!

  47. QUESTION:
    Yeast/bladder infection/terrible cough ...?
    Ok. So about a month and a half ago (about mid-march) I had sex a lot and then started having a really itchy vagina and i just assumed it was from rough sex... but then it kinda turned into a bladder infection cuz it hurt really bad when i pee. so after about two weeks of putting up w/ that I suddenly developed this really stupid and annoying cough.. i have no idea why but that's the only symptom i got was a cough. it started the 1st few days of april, and for about a week I was itchy and in pain and coughing and it sucked.. but then the itchyness/pain went away and the cough stayed. The cough got worse and i felt like i had walking pneumonia or something cuz i was coughing up green s**t everywhere. there was so much fluid in my lungs and I dont smoke or do drugs. Well, it wasn't going away so last Friday I went to the doctor, saying i'd had this cough for like a month, and she said it was just a bacterial infection and she gave me Augmentin pills, an inhaler and some cough syrup. I used them for about 3 days and all the sudden i just broke out into the worse rash down there... ugh, it was red, itchy, hot, painful, and this weird brown discharge (which might have been from almost starting my period). I tested for a yeast infection and it say my ph level is 5.5. that's not normal, but im treating it anyway so now im putting cream on it and taking some pills for the yeast infection.

    My cough has cleared up a little bit but not much. Now it's more of an itchy dry cough, not much mucous. I do have congestion in my nose now though. Ugh. Anyway so today, I often felt like i had to pee, I drank a crap load of water but everytime i peed I felt only a little darkish yellow pee comes out (not smelly). i just looked at my "yeast infection" (who knows what it is, there's no red bumps or warts or s**t like that), but i noticed some chunky, really white stuff coming out of my urethra, yes like where i pee.

    WHAT THE **** IS WRONG W/ ME. I swear I'm so tired of being ill. Nothing is helping me. I've had a cough for a month and I'm afraid I have some serious vaginal bacterial infection or some STD like gonorrhea or something, though im positive the guy i had sex with is not sick. he never ejaculated in me, he pulled out and clearly im not pregnant. can anyone tell me what i might have? and what I can do? I'm GOING to go to the doctor eventually, but i just wanna see what you guys say.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your gynecologist--it could be a yeast and/or bladder infection. You are going to have to be diagnosed and treated with medication

  48. QUESTION:
    Painful sex - What is causing this? I was was treated for a bacterial infection, then a yeast infection.?
    My gyno gave me a pap and diagnosed me with a bacterial infection. It helped for about a week, but then symptoms returned. I called back & got a second round of antibiotics. It helped, but then I still had issues. I then went to my family doctor & she diagnosed me with a yeast infection (from the antibiotics). I used the meds along with an OTC med (like suggested). But now it still hurts when my boyfriend enters me. To the point where I have to make him stop. It's not hurting inside me, just outside. Like maybe it's my urethra or vaginal opening. I get tested regularly for STD's so I know that's not the problem. And my boyfriend & I have been together over a year, but just recently started having this problem. Something has to change! What could this possibly be?
    I changed my soap a while back (back to what I've used all my life)- avoiding the fragrances & dyes. Also I have been wearing cotton panties and I use white, fragrance-free toilet paper.

    • ANSWER:
      Since the problem is just in the outer area, probably you still have the yeast infection, don't know if you applied any cream in your outer genital area. If you didn't you should do so. Another thing is that sometimes when women have this type of infection the partner can get the infection too, so probably that is why you did not recovered completely. He should have some medication, maybe taken orally. During the time you both are on medication avoid intercourse.
      Also you should take some cautions like the type of soap you are using, avoid the ones that have odor, another color than white. Toilet paper should also be without any odor. Your underwear should be made from cottom, do not use bikini.

      If the symptoms still are present after all these precautions you should probably go to a doctor and have a vaginal exudate to make sure there is an infection and what type is it.

  49. QUESTION:
    What kind of doctor can I go if I want to get tested for STDs and other infectious diseases? Please Help Me?
    I made researched about yeast infection and the symptoms are present on me but I am not sure if its yeast infection because my vaginal fluid smells bad which is not a symptom of yeast infection but could be of other bacterial infection.

    What type of doctor can I go and seek assistance? I am going alone so its important that the type of doctor is understanding with this matter. I will seek test if it is positive or negative and also treatment.

    I live in the Philippines can you recommend which hospital to go to especially in Manila.

    • ANSWER:
      Any general doctor will test you most likely. Or go to a gyno or local health clinic. Yeast can cause odor...it smells like bread.

  50. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection symptoms...without the yeast infection?
    On the 5th I was diagnosed as having bacterial vaginosis, and my gynocologist put me on a 5-day vaginal gel antibiotic. 4 days after I had completely finished the antibiotics I was in the shower when I noticed a white clumpy gritty discharge, much to the consistency of wet paper. There was a good amount of it and it had no odor. I've never seen this before and it scared me half to death! I looked around on the web and it seems that that type of discharge is commonly associated with a yeast infection. The only thing is, I don't have any other yeast infection symptoms - like itching or burning or anything, there's none of that. So what is this? I talked to my gyno on the phone and she was just as confused. I have an appointment tomorrow. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:


Uti Symptoms No Bacteria In Urine

Written By: ibzzA1 - May• 06•12

We all know that our kidneys are responsible for collecting the waste products of our food intakes and will convert said wastes in urine form. The latter will pass through the ureter and will be temporarily stored in the bladder. Once the bladder is full, a person will feel the urge to relieve himself.

Urine passes out of his system via the urethra and through the opening of his genitalia as the final exit point of the liquid waste. If in case you experience something different in carrying on with this process, it would be best for you to take note of them since they may be urinary tract infection signs.

Urinary tract infection or UTI, is known to take place because of several reasons. They may be borne out of certain health disorders you are suffering from like diabetes, kidney stones or even menopause. In other cases, people who use catheters or birth control devices like diaphragms,spermicides or condoms, are also likely to contract infections in their urinary tracts.

The infection may be due to the presence of germs or bacteria in the devices that were used. Persons who fail to observe proper personal hygiene especially in the care of their genitals or those who wait too long before passing out their urine, tend to accumulate bacteria in their excretory systems. All these conditions will bring about urinary tract infections signs, to indicate that your system is now affected by UTI.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms but no bacteria found. Third episode in three months.?
    Hi, I'm a 18 year old female with some pretty scary problems that no one can seem to give me an answer as to why I'm going through what I'm going through.
    Three months ago I had a sudden UTI. I say sudden because the symptoms came on within minutes and within a half an hour I'm in tears from so much kidney pain and burning in the vaginal area. Of course, I went to the Dr. and they said it was a UTI, prescribed with antibiotics and sent me on my way. Within about three days of being on the antibiotics I started to see my symptoms diminish.
    Roughly 4 weeks later, that same thing happens. Sudden/ intense pain. I'm sent to the ER with UTI symptoms yet again and also dehydration. They did a urine tests like always and yet again told me I was infected with a UTI. So I took the antibiotics and surly enough I'm back to normal.
    Roughly 4 weeks later.. here we go again. You get the picture. I'm in the ER with horrible, horrible pain and they're saying it's yet another UTI. Being afraid of all the damage I may be putting my body through I called an OBGYN and scheduled an appointment with her today. She didn't seem very concerned but wanted to check my cultures from the path three visits to the hospital. Upon doing so, she sees that all three cultures from all three months were negative for growing bacteria. The Dr. still did not seem to be very concerned.
    Yes, before you ask, I'm drinking tons of water. In fact, after my first "UTI" I've become sensitive to caffeine. I instantly get pain in my kidneys and the burning sensation, so I flush my body out with water and it soon goes away. I'm not on any medications other than an Acid Reduced for acid reflux and the occasional Ibprophane for a mild headache or pain I may have. I am not a drug user nor do I drink alcohol.
    To be honest, I'm scared. I'm in so much pain from all of this and to the point of depression because I don't know what's wrong with my body and why I'm in so much pain. If you have any idea as to what might be causing these symptoms please let me know.

    **ALSO. I was tested across the board with my last ER visit for STD's and all came back negative. They also told me that my bladder sits lower than most women.
    **I've been tested for stones and the tests came back negative. I would go to a neurologist but my OBGNY doesn't think I'm that bad off, I guess because she won't give me a referral. Though I stress to her my fear she doesn't seem to think it's a big deal.

    • ANSWER:
      ibuprofen is excreted by the kidneys. do not take it until you find out what's wrong. have
      you had x-rays or an ultra-sound of your kidneys? perhaps, you have a kidney stone.
      consider seeing a urologist.

  2. QUESTION:
    UTI/kidney infection symptoms, but urine test came back negative. What's goin on?
    So I recently had a UTI/Kidney Infection (which is very rare for young males as I'm told) and was put on 5 days of anti-biotics, this stuff called septra. I thought 5 days wasn't enough, but they said that they were pretty sure that after 5 days my infection would clear up. I caught the kidney infection really early on, only having felt very minor side pains at the time. It wasnt bad enough yet to where I had a fever, so i guess i was lucky that i caught it early on.
    Well, as I finished my 5 days of antibiotics, I noticed that some of my symptoms were still there. Two days after having finished my anitbiotics I went into my urologists office to get my urine tested just to make sure that my infection had cleared up. He told me that my urine test came back clear. No signs of bacteria, white blood cells, nothing. So I left the office thinking that my infection had cleared up. The problem is, I'm still feeling side pains/lower back pains and abdomen pains. It's been four days since my urologist said the tests were clear, yet the pains are still there. They're really not that bad, the pains come and go throughout the day, staying for like 30 seconds and then theyll go away, but come and go through the day. Most of the time it's kind of like a cramp like pain, and other times its more of a stinging pain, but it's mostly a cramp like pain.
    What kind of side/back pains are associated with kidney infections? is it more of a stinging pain or a cramp pain? And should I go back to retest my urine? I know the test came back negative but i still have pains, im not sure what that means. I don't have health insurance either and each visit is 100 bucks, so I'm not sure if i should go or not. And usually for a kidney infection how long does the pain stay? Like i said the pains im feeling usually just go away in 30 seconds but come and go through the day. I'm actually leaving for a trip across the country in a week and I want to make sure that I'm fine before i leave. The urine test said i was clear but why am I still feeling pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Cut way down on your salt. I know a lot of salt can hurt.

      Drink a lot of water.

      Watch your sugar intake.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does bacteria in urine mean I have an std?
    had a physical and the nurse said that I had few bacteria and white blood cells in my urine..no symptoms of uti.except for small pains in lower stomach that feel like cramps from time to time

    • ANSWER:
      i believe u r coming down with a infection like bladder or kidney or even a yeast infection no std hunny

  4. QUESTION:
    Why would I have blood in urine and no bacteria? Thought I had a UTI..what else could it be?
    I am 22 weeks pregnant and have been taking Macrobid for four days for a UTI. I called my doctor today to check on the urine culture and was told that it was negative for bacteria, but there was blood present. I don't understand why there is blood in my urine. I have a history of UTI"s and cystisits (spelling?) but never kidney stones or anything else. My symptoms were pretty common for UTI, no pain, just pressure and needing to go alot more. Even more than the increase I already have since pregnancy. I am confused about the blood in my urine without bacteria. Doctor told me to stop the antibiotic. I am very confused.....HELP!

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  5. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms but not a UTI what can it be? What can I do to make the symptoms go away? and how can I cure it?
    I have always been getting UTI symptoms but when I go to the doc the test results come back with no bacteria in the urine. since I was little I always called it the "pee-pee Problem" all I can do is sit on the toliet for hours playing sudoku puzzles or get in a hot bath so I dont have that urgency feeling or constant burning.. I just recently got a new job that Ive been trying to get for months and I missed 3 days last week because if it and I had to call in again today and I have an appt with the uriolgist tomorrow so more days that Im missing. I wouldnt be surprised if I get fired and then I would have to move back home with my parents. I just want to be able to go to work! Im so depressed now because I have this problem that I just cant seem to get rid of and I dont want to sit on the toliet any more... Please help...

    • ANSWER:
      you really sound like me when i get uti's. that seems weird. i get them really easily so what i do to help me feel better is take AZO pills it relifs the pain and makes you urine change colors make sure to take that with crackers so you dont get quizy and you HAVE to drink a shit load of water, take cranberry pills to help pee and just relax and rest. sleeping always helps. i sure hope you are drinking lots of water. i mean LOTS of water!

  6. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms but no infection? HELP?
    For the past month I have been having symptoms of a UTI (pressure in the lower abdomen, frequent urge to urinate)...but no pain...these symptoms started about 3 days after a night of rough intercourse. I went to the doctor and they did a urinalysis and urine culture, but no bacteria were found. I then had a pelvic exam, and everything looked fine. I then had abdominal and pelvic ultrasounds, also fine. Yet I still have this constant urge to urinate. Has anyone ever experienced this? Does it go away on its own? What could be the cause?

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you see a urologist. Interstitial Cystitis is a possibility. The only way to diagnose it is through by having cystoscopy.

  7. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms and UA results,help? Dr. Frank, Rhianna, anyone...?
    I am a lab tech and recently i was having symptoms of a UTI, burning, urinary frequency, ect.. (all the classic symptoms) plus i've had UTI's in the past so i kind of know what to look for and i usually get one once a year to every couple of years. I did my UA with microscopic and everything appears normal, UA dipstick negative for everything and a normal urobilinogen, microscopic showed neg bacteria, 2 WBC's per hpf,no epi's, rbc's, or anything else. And since i had plenty of urine i went ahead and did my urine chemistry's also. Here are those results
    Urine Na:71
    Urine K:13.8
    Urine Cl:59
    Urine Micro-albumin: <1
    Urine BUN:265
    Urine PHS:18.3
    Do these urine chemistry's look ok? We have info about the tests at my work but no reference ranges for them so i have no idea how doctors use this info when diagnosing or treating a patient? Also why am i have UTI symptoms but no obvious evidence of a UTI on my UA results no WBC's no RBC's or even bacteria? I have been drinking cranberry juice like crazy and it is helping ease the symptoms but if i don't drink it regularly the burning and urinary frequency come back with a vengeance. I had this problem before and my doctor gave me some antibiotics and it cleared up my symptoms, and everything went away. Is it possible to have a mild UTI and not have obvious signs of it on a UA and have symptoms? Also i have a doctors appointment on tues morning should i mention to my doc that my UA doesn't show anything or just let him have me do another one at my dcotors office? Any advice would be appreciated guys, i want to get this fixed ASAP, i like cranberry juice but not enough to hook myself up to an iv with it,lol.
    P.S. i've been having the UTI symptoms for about 1 week now and they are getting a little bit worse but not unbearable.

    • ANSWER:
      OK first your results are normal,I must admit I had to look up urinary electrolytes as they are very rarely checked,have large variations within reference range and are not routinely checked in UTI.

      It is not uncommon for women to have symptoms of UTI in the absence of any evidence of infection.

      Finally cranberry juice or tablets have now clearly been shown to have NO effect at all on symptomatic UTIs and only a very marginal effect as a prophylactic,if used every day by those prone to proven,recurrent infections,so they would be unlikely to contribute anything to your management,even if your problem had been an infection.

      That clears up the myths,so now what might your problem actually be? I have a number of possibilities to suggest. The most common cause is often nicknamed 'honeymoon cystitis'. here intercourse causes irritation of the urethra producing urinary symptoms. Prevention is a high fluid intake and the practice of passing urine immediately after intercourse.

      Another possibility is a urethral caruncle this is a is a benign granulomatous lesion of the distal urethra which also produces discomfort and sometimes urinary symptoms. Local chemical irritation,or allergy from a soap,detergent or perfume, might also cause symptoms.Also I suppose a vaginal infection might also be irritating the urethra.

      I am sure that there are also other options,these would certainly require urological investigation.If your symptoms are persistent you will need to look at this. Make sure that your family doctor DOES NOT prescribe you a 'just in case antibiotic' as here the likelihood is ot might well make your problem worse and very possibly result in you developing thrush,which would confuse the issue still further!

  8. QUESTION:
    Health UTI or IC?
    I dont know if anyone can help. I have been having UTI pain for the past 10 months. Ever since I started a relationship. The first time it was positive for bacteria. Then only once since then i have tested positive for bacteria in the urine despite having the UTI symptoms 6 times. I thought it could be IC but my UTI pain cleared up after i took a course of Cephalexin prescribed by my doctor. When i mentioned IC he said its debatable whether IC exists or not. He said that my UTI is related to sex with my partner. But i dont understand why there is no bacteria in my urine and also how come the cephalexin works in getting rid of the symptoms. I am worried it is IC but how can it be if cefalezin gets rid of the symptoms??? Help cos i think i feel a pang of another one coming.
    IC is intestital cystitis ( i think thats how they spell it)

    • ANSWER:
      If you are having a lot of vigorous sex this can cause irritation and inflammation, as well as bacterial infection, it used to be called honeymoon disease. However, since you have had it several times in a short space of time you may need referring to the urology dept. at hospital for further tests. Do you drink adequate amounts of water/fluid per day (approx 2.600 mls per 24 hours) also have cranberry juice this can help to protect the lining of your urethra. Also drink barley water this can also help the bladder do not over do the fluid though because you can make yourself ill drinking too much.

  9. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms, but not a UTI. Please please PLEASE help!?
    I have been dealing with the symptoms for months! In the beginning, I went to the doctor. They tested my urine, and there was bacteria. They gave me antibiotics, and its felt better for a little while. A few days later, the symptoms came back in full force. Since then, I've been to the doctor around 5 times, and every test and culture showed no bacteria, but a trace of blood. I'm kind of scared, and I just wish this thing would go away, whatever it is! The thing is, they want to do a pelvic and other invasive things to figure out what the problem could be, but I absolutely refuse. You see, I had sex with my boyfriend in the midst of these painful months. And I'm so afraid that they [meaning my doctor and my parents] could find out about that by doing these tests and such. Im also afraid that me having sex and this problem are related! I'm just not sure, and I'm afraid this could be serious. I would rather live the rest of my life with this thing than have my parents find out I had sex!

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  10. QUESTION:
    Recurrent UTI symptoms?
    ok, my son will be 12 mos on st. pattys day and i got my first urinary tract infection when i was in my 1st trimester with him. I wasnt treated again til after i had him with amoxicillin,(which i know now is useless) septra, (which i found out on the 3rd day that i was pregnant and was advised to stop taking it) i was then switched to macrobid for 7 days, which turned my urine like a lime green color. 4 days after stopping the meds my symptoms returned so they called in another order of macrobid for me. Symptoms returned. couple weeks later i went to the er with abdomial pain and discharge. They said it was a yeast infection, .i was treated. They took a urine culture and i was told that there was not enough bacteria to diagnose a urinary tract infection.... yet symptoms still persist. I had a dentist appt and was put on amoxicillin for a tooth infection and while on this, my symptoms disappeared!!! After stopping, symptoms returned. While on the amox, my doc did a urine culture and it came out clean (go figure) went back on the 12th of feb with the same complaints, and my urine was clean so they didnt send it back out to be reevaluated!

    Im going craazy!!!!!!!! The only symptoms that i have are strong FOUL smelling urine, and cloudy! there is no pain. no bleeding, and i feel like im losing my mind. someone please.... if you been in this situation or have any advice on how to go about handling this, feel free to answer this bizarre question!

    • ANSWER:
      yea sounds like uti to me. i would have told them to reevaluate anyway. i would go back and tell them you need another checkup due to pain and stuff. maybe use azo over the counter uti medicine till then and it will help with pain. and drink plenty of water and cranberry juice too.

  11. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with UTI but no symptoms?!?
    The doctor says I must have a UTI or bladder infection because in the urine was abnormal levels of wbc, rbc, and bacteria. However I do not have ANY symptoms. None! Am I getting antibiotics for no reason? Or is this possible?
    oh I'm 29 yo and not sexually active at all.. and no kids. pretty healthy otherwise that I know of

    • ANSWER:
      I guess if it is really early days you could have no symptoms.

      There must be a reason they did a urine sample. Whatever that reason is that might be your symptoms.

      I'd take the antis, UTIs are really awful if they take hold. If you get a bad one you might end up needed 2+ doses of antis to shake it so better to hit it early.

      The urine test is pretty accurate. They dip a stick in the urine and different coloured squares react to chemicals so it is easy to interpret even if the doctor is a bit dodgy so you can trust his diagnosis I reckon.

  12. QUESTION:
    7 and a half months pregnant. Constant UTI's. No symptoms. Straight Cath? Please help.?
    I was in the hospital a couple weeks ago urinating blood and they told me it was a urinary tract infection and a kidney stone. i had no other symptoms except urinating blood. they released me and put me on macrobid for 10 days. i went to my ob and gave her a clean catch urine on 11/11 and they called me yesterday and told me that i have a urinary tract infection BUT i had already completed the antibiotics to get rid of it and i have no symptoms at all. they told me the bacteria in the urine was able to be killed by the macrobid so they don't know what's going on. they are making me go to the hospital today to get straight cathed to get a "pure" sample and im REALLY scared cause i know it hurts. has this happened to anyone else?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a catheter done about a year ago and it really didn't hurt. When they took it out it just felt like i was peeing the bed haha

      So no worries about that! I wish the best for you and your baby!

  13. QUESTION:
    Signs of a UTI but, no Signs of Bacteria, Pregnant?
    I have a history of reoccurring UTI's from hydronephrosis in my left kidney and I know what a UTI feels like because Ive had so many in the past. The signs are pain in back where kidney is located, frequent urination, and trouble emptying bladder completely. Well, now it's harder to convince doctors that I feel like I have a UTI being 6 months pregnant because the doctors want to relate every symptom I'm having to pregnancy. My symptoms have been getting worse with more pain in my kidney now and the doctor I saw today said it was ligament pain from a growing baby and he also said he didn't find any bacteria in my urine. The doctor was very demeaning and aggressive towards me as if I were making things up. He kept hitting his head with his hand and said "I'm trying to educate you." He repeated over and over "theres no bacteria, theres no blood, theres no sign of a UTI." The prognosis he gave me didn't seem right at all. He said the baby sitting on my bladder and growing caused me to urinate frequently and the pain in my back was the weight of the baby. Even the few cramps I had in the front indicating a pelvic infection meant nothing to my doctor, he saw it as round ligaments being stretched out. I think doctors don't take any woman serious when shes pregnant because none of mine are and this is ridiculous! I feel really frustrated! The last time a doctor told me they didn't find any bacteria, I did end up with a bad UTI and I was treated in the emergency room. I need to know what other options are available for me if no doctor will help me. The big concern is that UTI's are the third leading cause of miscarriage and pelvic infections are the second leading cause. Somethings not right if a doctor doesn't want to help their patient!

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  14. QUESTION:
    I Have Symptoms of a UTI but no UTI?
    A couple of months ago I felt like I was getting a UTI. I had just had sex the night before and then the next day I started feeling the symptoms of one. I have had UTIs before so I know the signs. I immediately tried to fight it of by drinking lots of water and cranberry juice. The next week I went to the doctor to get checked out. They did a urine sample but found no bacteria. They put me on antibiotics anyways. They did not work and I was still feeling painful inflammation in my urinary tract. So I went back. They did another culture, it came back negative again and switched antibiotics. Again nothing worked. I then went to a urologist who told me that I probably had an infection but it went away and I still had inflammation from it. He told me to take 3 motrins twice a day. After a couple of days the pain went away. But then the next week was back again. Ever since then it has been coming and going. Does anyone know what it could be?

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  15. QUESTION:
    Urology Health question for recurring UTI's with blood and pus but no bacteria?
    I am a 21 year old female. I have had recurring symptoms and have been treated for a UTI 10 times in the last 12 months. I have blood and pus in my urine but no bacteria. I have had a Cytoscopy, xrays, and CT Scan. They found nothing wrong. My Urologist is sending me for a MRI and if that doesnt reveal the problem he said he is unsure of what to do next. Any advice as to a possible cause? My sympotms are pain during urination, lower abdominal soreness, pain during intercourse, frequent urination, and i also have fatigue and muscle aches although I dont know if those symptoms are related. Also all of these symptoms are constant. Before and after treatments for the UTI's I still have all the symptoms. The only difference is the severity of the pain while urinating. When it gets really painful I go to the ER and get treated with antibiotics for a UTI. We have tried numerous types of antibiotics but nothing seems to help. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    There was no bacteria present in the multiple urine cultures. I am not sure about the microscopic. Thank you very much Rak I will definately bring up some of those possibilities with my doctor. Will the MRI show if it is something like ovarian cancer? And no worries about scaring me. I have been in pain for so long that I dont care what it is, I just want to know what it is so we can fix it.
    Also the only family history of cancer I have is my maternal grandfather who had colon cancer but it didnt develop until well into his 70's. And my maternal great grandmother died of some sort of eye cancer also in her older years.

    • ANSWER:
      No bacteria grew out in the CULTURE or no bacteria was seen in the urine MICROSCOPIC??

      If there's bacteria in the urine microscopic, but nothing grows out on the urine culture, it is most likely an organism that requires special media to grow like Ureaplasma or Mycoplasma. Has your urine been tested for those organisms? The doctor would have to order a culture (or PCR) SPECIFICALLY for those organisms. Those organisms require special treatment for a very long time...much longer than treatment for a regular UTI...that could be why it's not responding to the antibiotic treatment you've had thus far. That's only if the urine microscopic is positive for bacteria, of course.

      What I am guessing, though, is that it is something other than a UTI causing your troubles.

      It could be adverse effects of a medication you are taking causing inflammation of the bladder. It could be pelvic inflammatory disease. It could be an ovarian cyst putting pressure on the bladder. And I don't want to scare you, but it could even be ovarian cancer. Do you have a family history of cancer?

      I really hope you find the answers you are looking for. Your doc should have ordered an ultrasound before going as drastic as an MRI. Most the possibilities I listed above can be indicated or ruled out with an ultrasound.

      Take care.

  16. QUESTION:
    Strange Symptoms... Can you help?
    Hi-
    I have an array of strange symptoms. Can anyone piece this together?

    I have had chronic hives for many years, coupled with food allergies that are well controlled. In addition- I have had chronic kidney/UTI’s that I saw a urologist for a few years ago. A few weeks ago a random urine test yielded large amouts of bacteria in my urine so they gave my Cipro (I had NO UTI symptoms- I also never used to get symptoms). I got 10 UTI’s/Kidney infections in 12 months a few years ago- so I am scared this is re-occuring again. I am going to go in for random urine tests every three months. I did a repeat urine analysis after finishing the CIPRO and it was negative (YAY!)

    The last few days I have not been getting hives all over my body- but my right ankle, both elbows, and both knees are red, hot and itchy. Right on the joints.

    I just want to know if any of this sounds connected. I feel at a loss- I’m starting to feel as if it is all in my head. The affected joints sting throughout the day and are extremely tender when pressing them.

    I just need help- I don’t know who to go to, where to go from here, and what medicine to even take anymore. Any doctor available to guide me to the next step?

    Thanks- hope you all have a wonderful new years!

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  17. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have an infection such as Kidney Infection or Bladder infection without any symptoms?
    On Tuesday I developed symptoms of a UTI and I decided to take the at home test strips to see if it was positive for a UTI. I took the first test strip on Friday morning, the results showed that I had high levels of LEU in my urine but no Nitrite (the main bacteria found in a UTI). I took another test strip on Sunday morning and it showed the same as Friday. By Sunday I no longer had any symptoms of a UTI. Monday morning I decided to take the last test strip just to see if I still had LEU in my urine. Although I no longer had any symptoms of a UTI I still had high levels of LEU in my urine (according to the test strips). I have no health insurance and I don't want to go to a doctor unless I absolutely have to. So is it possible that I have high levels of LEU in my urine because I have some other type of infection in my body without any major noticeable or susceptible symptoms. I have been running slighting warm but if it weren't for the UTI symptoms I wouldn't even think anything about it. Also for the past 5-6 years I have been on birth control. I just recently (like this week) stopped taking them. I have had vaginal bleeding but I have read that that is possible to happen when just going off of the pill. So I'm trying not to to be all worrisome and over react about all of this but I'd really like to know if I should seek medical attention or not. By the way not having health insurance sure does suck...

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Please help! No blood or bacteria in urine but constant need and urgency to urinate!?
    I have had 3 different urine tests taken because I am having a constant need to urinate. I am having to go pee every 10 or 20 minutes and most of the time I am having to pee quite a bit. Sometimes it isn't as much as other times. But as the weeks have gone by the urgency and pressure have gotten worse! At first I thought that I might have a UTI and obviously after the three tests they can't find anything in my urine. Nothing at all. I thought it might also be Interstitial Cystitis but because there was no blood in my urine, my family doctor ruled that out too. My gyno and my family doctor both think that I need to see a Urologist but my insurance is PCN- Medicaid so they will not cover specialists. If anyone has any ideas please let me know! I am so uncomfortable and can't sleep without taking Benadryl or something like that. And I cannot afford any expensive treatment either. Has anyone had these same symptoms and figured it out? Please help, I don't know what to do!

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that you have a condition known as 'overactive bladder' that can be treated with medication. Or it could be 'Stress urinary incontinence'. I'm not a doctor but those are just some possibilities I know of. I hope you find out what's wrong soon!

  19. QUESTION:
    Streptococcus bacteria was found in my urine sample, doc thought it was odd, what could it be from?
    I had a bladder infection (UTI) over a month ago and was giving the antibiotic cefuroxime to treat it. It went away but caused me to have a yeast infection. I did a monistat type thing to get rid of that. Some days ago I had some symptoms of either a yeast infection or some UTI thing again, I went to the doctor and gave a urine sample. The culture thing revealed strep as present in it. The doctor thought that was weird and asked if I used anything different, I said no.. I had no idea what it would be from. He gave me the antibiotic Amox/Clav 850mg (the strongest kind out there) which I thought was weird. So I'm kind of scared why things keep going wrong with me.
    I've taken birth controls pills since March of this year. Do those cause infections like this to happen or am I just weird?

    • ANSWER:
      you are taking bactrim ds now which should help the step infection why not ask your doctor for diflucan for the yeast infection and your birth control pills better use another form along with the birth control pill for a month in case the antibiotics affected the pill

  20. QUESTION:
    Urinary symptoms but no UTI?
    Lately, since November, I've been having urinary problems like increased frequency & problems emptying out my bladder as well as irritation after urinating.

    I have gotten MANY urine tests which all came out negative.

    I suspect I may be diabetic.

    One doctor said my urine test was mildy positive, but had no bacteria. He said white blood cells were mildy found, which meant an infection was being fought.

    What could this be?? I am so clueless.

    I am an 18 year old female, far from overweight, in fact I lost a few pounds & I'm average weight.
    My grandfather has diabetes.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome, is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms can vary greatly between individuals and even for the same person throughout the month, including an urgent need to urinate (urgency), a frequent need to urinate (frequency) and, for some, pressure and/or pelvic pain. People with severe cases of IC/PBS may urinate as many as 60 times a day, including frequent nighttime urination (nocturia).

      Pain levels can range from mild tenderness to intense, agonizing pain. Pain typically worsens as the bladder fills and is then relieved after urination. Pain may also radiate to the lower back, upper legs, vulva and penis. Women's symptoms may fluctuate with their menstrual cycle, often flaring during ovulation and/or just before their periods. Men and women may experience discomfort during or after sexual relations. During flares, patients may also experience the “IC Belly,” a sudden and random swelling of the lower abdomen.

      When an IC bladder is examined using a procedure called hydrodistention with cystoscopy, physicians often find small, bleeding wounds, also known as petechial hemorrhages or glomerulations. These are usually caused by recurring irritation, such as coffee or soda. About ten percent of patients may have larger, more painful wounds, called Hunner’s Ulcers. Some patients with mild IC may have bladders that appear normal during a cystoscopy. IC patients rarely test positive for infection in standard urinalysis and urine cultures (1,2).

      In recent years, there has been much debate about renaming IC and suggestions have included painful bladder syndrome, bladder pain syndrome and pelvic pain syndrome. In the United States, we typically use the term interstitial cystitis (IC) or interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) though many believe that patients are being frequently misdiagnosed with overactive bladder and/or chronic prostatitis. In Europe, physicians appear to favor the term bladder pain syndrome (BPS). We urge you not to become invested in any specific name but rather focus on symptoms. If someone has frequency, urgency, pressure and/or pain, they clearly require medical care and should be treated with compassion.

      Take care

      Tin

  21. QUESTION:
    White blood cells in urine, lower abdominal pain, but no bacteria. HELP?
    I recently had some severe stabbing pain in my left flank and my lower right quarter as well as some lower abdominal pain. When I went to the doctor, he told me it was most likely a UTI. He gave me a prescription for Cephalexin, and told me he'd send in my urine for a culture to test for bacteria.

    My culture came back, and I was told that there was no bacteria in my culture but still some white blood cells. The nurse on the phone didn't specify how many, but from the sound of her deliverance of the news she seemed rather calm and unconcerned about the white blood cells. I asked her if having HPV could cause the white blood cells, she said yes and I'm probably healing from it. The kidney pains have resided completely but I notice that my lower abdominal pain remains and gets slightly worse whenever I have to defecate. Part of me is wondering if I have an intestinal problem surfacing now, and that I should re contact my doctor with this symptom. ( i didn't notice the defecation issue until the kidney pain resided.)

    Does anyone have any idea what could be going on with my body? (please no mean comments)

    • ANSWER:
      The presence of white blood cells in the urine is typically a sign of infection. It can be anything from a simple UTI to liver or kidney problems. Any infection will cause the white blood cells.

      Often, a UTI will pass on it's own and the blood cells will show up in a low count because the body is still healing. They say high count when there's a lot (obvious infection) or low count when there's just a few (possible passing infection). As long as you aren't presenting a high temperature, vomiting, or experiencing severe diarrhea, there's not much a doctor can do.

      A lot of things affect our bowel movements: coffee, foods high in fat or fiber, supplements, and medications. It's important to eat a balanced and healthy diet. If you feel like you're getting a UTI then drink plenty of water to flush out bacteria. Also drink plenty of cranberry juice because it contains special enzymes that make it more difficult for bacteria to "hold on" to the lining in your urinary tract. When you have to urinate, go don't wait. Holding our urine keeps bacteria in.

      An actual kidney infection as the result of a UTI infection is rare. The UTI would have to go untreated for quite awhile until the bacteria reached the kidneys. A kidney infection will give severe pain in the back up near the shoulder blades and not near the lower back as many people often seem to believe. You can try the B.R.A.T. diet and see if that helps. Bananas, white rice, applesauce, and toast are easy on the digestive tract.

  22. QUESTION:
    uti infection, dysfunctional uterine bleeding and itchy skin?
    I've had the full work up at the gyno and my primary physician and still no answers! I should also note that I am not sexually active. Maybe someone out there has a similar story. Okay, here goes. About 6-8 weeks ago I started having frequent urination (especially at night) and mild pain in my mid to lower back/side area. These were my only symptoms. Went to my doctor and he did a dipstick urine test. There was blood, pus and elevated protein in my urine - he put me on cipro. After a week, no relief so he switched me to bactrim. Finished bactrim with no change in symptoms. About three weeks ago I started having abnormal uterine bleeding (non stop, but light to moderate). Went to my gyno and had a pelvic exam, pap smear and a pelvic ultrasound. All clear from the gyno's point of view. About a week ago, pain in back started feeling worse and "full" (or swollen), started itching like crazy almost everywhere (arms, underarms, legs, neck, etc.), feel achy all over with a low-grade fever. Went to primary doc again he did a CBC and a urine culture. CBC came back normal, but the urine culture showed an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria (UTI) and put me on Macrobid. I just took my first dose tonight (3/23/09). Would a UTI cause all these other crazy symptoms? My doctor was unable or unwilling to answer my questions about all my other symptoms; especially the itching and abnormal uterine bleeding. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
    I also wanted to point out that I was not on any medication (not even the antibiotic) when my itching began. Antibiotics (cipro and bactrim) were finished about two weeks prior to the itchy skin. I also have endometriosis (have had two surgeries to remove it), but it has never caused dysfunctional uterine bleeding in the past (other than heavy, regular periods). It's just odd that all these symptoms are happening at one time.

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  23. QUESTION:
    How bad is strep in urine?
    They gave me penicillin, and said the bacteria was sensitive to that. The strep didn't show in the blood tests. There wasn't any symptoms just not being able to pee, just dribbles. No frequency, nothing, just not able to pee. Said it was a uti, I thought a uti would show more symptoms is this common?

    • ANSWER:
      yes

  24. QUESTION:
    Uti, cranberry juice, healing, etc?
    I had a UTI last week on vacation, only I didn't know it because I thought it was a yeast infection. When I got on the plane to come home, the real UTI symptoms started (fever, chills, intense urinary pain).

    When I got home, I had a 4-day course of Bactrim. It took a while for the symptoms to really subside; I am now no longer nauseous or feverish and it doesn't hurt to pee, but there is some residual ache in the "pee" area (sorry TMI).

    I went to the doc today and she took a urine sample, and it was clean. She's sending it out to see if there is some trace bacteria that may be affecting me. She said I was probably just still healing, that I should go home and drink unsweetened cranberry juice, and that's what I'm doing. She said to call if anything got worse, and that she'd let me know the results of my culture when it came back.

    I guess I'm just scared that I'll never feel normal again! Can it really take this long to feel normal after a week-long UTI?
    You ladies are the best, I feel so reassured!! :) I only ever had one UTI before, and I caught it on Day 1, so this is very different. Thank you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can! Keep drinking the juice. You will prb feel better in 2-3 days!

  25. QUESTION:
    do these results mean i have a UTI?
    So my OB Dr would not give me medication with these results because i guess having EPITHELIAL cells means the specimen is no good? well i have alll the classic UTI symptoms but they will not treat me? my PCP Dr said i def have UTI but they cant treat me cause i am a OB patient right now (im 35 weeks pregnant) im not sure if i can be treated this late in the pregnancy anyways but even when i am NOT pregnant my OB/GYN will not treat me if those cells are present?! i wipe with the 3 little wet naps before i pee in the cup so im not sure why those cells keep getting in my urine & its not like i dont shower or am a dirty person?? well before my PCP Dr called in meds for me cuz this is NOT the first time my OB/GYN has done this & im gettin really sick of it... i need a new Ob/GYN Dr i think. Someone please help me!

    COLOR- Yellow
    APPEARANCE- Cloudy
    LEUKOCYTE ESTERASE- 3+
    NITRITE- Negative
    PROTEIN- Negative
    PH- 7.0
    BLOOD- Negative
    SPECIFIC GRAVITY- 1.015
    KETONE- Negative
    UROBILINOGEN- 0.2
    BILIRUBIN- Negative
    GLUCOSE- Negative
    WBC- 10-15
    RBC- None seen
    SQUAMOUS EPITHELIAL CELLS- 2+
    BACTERIA- Rare
    MUCOUS- Rare
    CRYSTALS- 1+ Amorphous
    CRYSTALS- 1+ Ca Ox
    they didnt explain NOTHING! they just said you DONT have a UTI cause the specimen is not counted i guess cause there is those EPITHELIAL cells??? my PCP said i def have a UTI but they CANNOT treat me cause im a OB patient. so im at the mercy of the OB Dr. who im guessing doesnt care! i cant wait to have my Baby & be done with this Dr.

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  26. QUESTION:
    Keep giving girl a UTI?
    I'm a male, circumcized, recently checked for STD's (NONE) and very hygienic. The girl is also very hygienic and no STD's. Thing is every time we have sex she gets a UTI within a day. She pee's before and after sex and cleans properly. Now she has been with someone while with me and got no UTI, then when with me again she has gotten a UTI. My only previous girl I was with before her used to get UTI's as well.
    So my question is I carry no symptoms for a UTI at all, but can there be bacteria naturally on me that causes this, bacteria in my semen/urine that causes this or some other factor?

    Just to clear up a few more questions, I have not had anal sex so thats out, and even when she did have anal sex with this other guy she never got a UTI. Condoms, especially spermicidal ones tend to mess her up as well. So for all intent and purpose lets leave using a condom out as one of the solutions.
    Thanks if anyone has a clue.

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  27. QUESTION:
    Uti cause missed period?? ?
    I am on birth control and I have never missed a period on birth control before! Well I am having frequent urge to urinate (no pain when peeing though & no smell), pressure in my pelvic area, pain in my lower back, cramping, bloating, breat soreness, nausea, and sensitivity to smells.. I originally thought that some of the symptoms were from the uti & the rest were just from taking the birth control. But just in case in case I took a pregnancy test and it said negative! BUT when I went to the doctors they said my urine was clear from any bacteria! So without the uti I have no idea what could be causing these symtoms! I'm really confused! PLEASE HELP! Could the uti be delaying my period?? BTW I have not taken any antibiotics either!

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Infant UTI?
    We were in a small dilemma on one issue regarding Esha’s health and thought of writing to you. We would be grateful if you could kindly consult some good doctor on what line of action we should take.

    During examination of Esha’s Urine Culture they have found the presence of E. Coli bacteria (100,000 organisms/ml – which is significant). However, in the Routine Urine test there is no indication of Pus cells. The test has been repeated a number of times and is showing the same result. Esha has had a couple of bouts of fever (upto 100.5 degrees) over the last one and a half months. We have also got the ultrasound of abdomen done, which is normal.
    Now there are two clear views amongst the Peadiatricians here:

    One doctor says that this must be treated for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) by giving antibiotics as repeated tests have shown presence of E Coli.
    Esha’s Urine Culture test shows that this bacteria is sensitive to Amikacin,
    Cefoperazone+Sulbactum, Meropenem, Piperacillin+Tazobactum, and
    Nitrofurantoin. These are all very strong antibiotics. They have suggested that the only antibiotic that can be given without hospitalization is Nitrofurantoin.

    The other doctor has insisted that Esha has no symptoms of UTI and this is a case of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria. It should not be treated with antibiotics.
    In fact if treated it increases the risk of symptomatic UTI at a later date.
    This clearly puts us in a difficult choice.

    We would be grateful if you could consult some good doctor and tell us about their thinking on this issue. The jury seems to be clearly divided.

    • ANSWER:
      There should not be e.coli in urine at all! Urine is naturally sterile. You need to start practicing better hygiene. Let me guess. This is a girl? Please, please, please start being more careful and practicing scrupulous hygiene in that area, or you are in for a serious situation. Be happy that (s)he is asymptomatic for now, hope that (s)he can get rid of the current e.coli infection using her own immune system, and don't let her get another infection.

  29. QUESTION:
    Confused about my urine reults!! PLEASE HELP ME?
    I had a miscarriage Feb,7/2011 and on that date my HCG level was 4. I have not had a period since January,3/2011. Two months ago I went into EMERGENCY becaause I was having some unusual symptoms. One morning my urine was very dark like a dark brown. I have constantly had this very strong disgusting odor to my urine. I just didn't and don't feel right. While in emergency they tested my urine and said that I probably have a Urinary Tract Infection so they prescribed me macrobid. They checked to see if i possibly might be pregnant. It came up negative they said my HCG level was only 4(it's been at 4 since the day of my miscarriage.
    The reason why they prescribed me medication for a UTI is because of my urine results. They said they were not sure it was a UTI but they wanted me to take thes meds until my urine culture results came back. These are my urine results before the culture.

    URINE R&M
    Colour- Yellow
    Appearance- Clear
    SG- >=1.030
    pH- 5.5
    Leukocytes- NEGATIVE
    Nitrite- NEGATIVE
    Protein- NEGATIVE
    Glu- Negative
    Ketones- NEGATIVE
    Urobilinogen- 3.2
    Bilirubin- Negative
    Blood- small( under FLAG they put an H)

    MICRO URINE
    Erythrocytes- 1-4( they also put an H under the flag on this one to)
    Leukocytes- 1-2
    Epithelial Cell- Moderate
    Mucous Threads- Few
    Bacteria- Few
    Sperm- occas.(im guessing thats because I had sex the night before)

    I am 18 (with 2 kids) I have no idea what these results may mean. The doctor called me today and said there was no infection found in my culture :S(CONFUSED) so I asked why I had blood in my urine( thats the only thing i could understand on my results) and they told me to follow up with my family doctor that there has to be another explanation for these results. Does anyone know what this could be( do my results read NORMAL) if its not a UTI what could it be? When look at my results beside each result i have theres a section called REFERENCE and im thinking that might be the normal results for everything i was tested. If so there are quite a few of these results that dont seem normal to me. PLease help i do NOT understand this doctor term. Im scared to go to the dr unprepared of what i may hear. Hoping someone can give me a few ideas. PLEASE???? I need motivations!! I keep rolling the dr off cause i believe im fine it has also been over 13 weeks since my miscarriage and still no period

    • ANSWER:
      Urine R&M stand for
      .. Routine n Microbidog..

      is there a simple way to explain this to you problely not ..
      1..your color is healthy
      2..clearness of urine is healthy normal
      3..pH is healthy pH if normal witch yours is its between 4.5 n 8.0
      4..leukocytes good
      nitrite good
      protein good
      Glu good
      Ketones good
      *they check these things reflect altered function in kidney itslef

      5..SG -Specific Gravity healthy ranges from 1;002 n 1;035
      yours is at 1.030 is possible they test you high so that could be the cause of your urine being different colors an odors

      sounds no more then what they say is a UTI

      i wouldnt worry to much

  30. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me understand my urine test results?
    I had a miscarriage Feb,7/2011 and on that date my HCG level was 4. I have not had a period since January,3/2011. Two days ago I went into EMERGENCY becaause I was having some unusual symptoms. One morning my urine was very dark like a dark brown. I have constantly had this very strong disgusting odor to my urine. I just didn't and don't feel right. While in emergency they tested my urine and said that I probably have a Urinary Tract Infection so they prescribed me macrobid. They checked to see if i possibly might be pregnant. It came up negative they said my HCG level was only 4(it's been at 4 since the day of my miscarriage.
    The reason why they prescribed me medication for a UTI is because of my urine results. They said they were not sure it was a UTI but they wanted me to take thes meds until my urine culture results came back. These are my urine results before the culture.

    URINE R&M
    Colour- Yellow
    Appearance- Clear
    SG- >=1.030
    pH- 5.5
    Leukocytes- NEGATIVE
    Nitrite- NEGATIVE
    Protein- NEGATIVE
    Glu- Negative
    Ketones- NEGATIVE
    Urobilinogen- 3.2
    Bilirubin- Negative
    Blood- small( under FLAG they put an H)

    MICRO URINE
    Erythrocytes- 1-4( they also put an H under the flag on this one to)
    Leukocytes- 1-2
    Epithelial Cell- Moderate
    Mucous Threads- Few
    Bacteria- Few
    Sperm- occas.(im guessing thats because I had sex the night before)

    I am 18 (with 2 kids) I have no idea what these results may mean. The doctor called me today and said there was no infection found in my culture :S(CONFUSED) so I asked why I had blood in my urine( thats the only thing i could understand on my results) and they told me to follow up with my family doctor that there has to be another explanation for these results. Does anyone know what this could be( do my results read NORMAL) if its not a UTI what could it be? When look at my results beside each result i have theres a section called REFERENCE and im thinking that might be the normal results for everything i was tested. If so there are quite a few of these results that dont seem normal to me. PLease help i do NOT understand this doctor term. Im scared to go to the dr unprepared of what i may hear. Hoping someone can give me a few ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      you can't tell that way go to a doctor!!! -

  31. QUESTION:
    Chronic Painfull Urination, No UTI, STD or Cancer?
    Hello,

    About 7 months ago I woke up to an extremely painfull urination followed by pure blood drops after the stream. The pain started out of nowhere, there was no prior symptoms or anything that I can think of that could have caused this. I'm a 19 year old male and hadn't been sexualy active since about 2 months prior to when this started. I went to the doctor and he prescribed some UTI medication, and also told me that there was not any bacteria in my urine, however that medication (ciproflaxin and doxycline) would rule out UTI. One month later I went back in because the pain never went away, and was treated for an STD, even though the test results came back negative. Afterward I went to see a specialist for a cystoscopy and he said everything looked fine, and prescribed more UTI medication. He also ruled out kidney stones and bladder cancer/colon cancer. 7 months later I still feel intense pain, it isn't like a burning sensation, more like a stinging/open cut, often followed by a couple of really red blood drops. There has not been any change in my diet, soap, or new clothing.

    I would imagine that if it indeed WAS an open cut or something caused by physical trauma, it would have healed in the 7 months that have already passed. Also I think any UTI would have been gone by now.

    I guess my question now is, what the hell should I do? What could it be?

    Thank you so much in advance.

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  32. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to stop taking my antibiotics early if the symptoms are gone? (on YAZ and SICK of antibiotics)?
    It sounds stupid, I know, but let me explain.

    I'm 20, on YAZ, non-smoker, good health, hygenic, clean/loyal boyfriend, etc.

    Recently I've been dealing with this UTI horror again, starting mid-December. Got Amoxicilin. Worked for the week I was on it, then the day after finishing the last pill, BAM! - that morning after I woke up, I felt all those crappy UTI symtoms again, worse than before. So I immediately got on Ciprofoxacin. Worked while I was on it, and for nine days afterward until symptoms reappeared. So now I'm on this Sulfameth crap, hoping it'll work. Took my first pill today (1 pill twice a day for ten days) I haven't had symptoms yet, and didn't have symptons in a few days before I got around to going to the doctor for the prescription. Only some pain around nine days after finishing Cipro then it went away. My pee's still cloudy but that's about it. No more burning.

    So the thing is, I'm on Yaz. Have been for nearly two years. I'm sick of having to worry about these freaking meds screwing up my BCP and having to use condoms (ew), because basically the antibiotics might/will interact with my Yaz and make unprotected sex possibly unsafe for the entire month (I'm a Sunday starter). So that's... three months of wasted YAZ? Screw this!

    ***

    Heart of the matter:

    Including today, I have 8 days of YAZ pills left in my blister pack before I start a new month's cycle of pills. Including today, I have 10 days of Sulfameth antibiotic pills (2 a day for 10 days). Sulfameth takes about 48 hrs to get out of your system, like the other antibiotics I've taken. So I'm thinking I might stop taking my Sulfameth three days early if the symptoms are gone by then, so it won't screw up my new month of Yaz.

    It sounds like a retarded plan, but I'm sick of taking antibiotics all the time- they've probably killed everything in my gut by now. I understand by taking them early I might risk not killing off all the bacteria that's causing my UTI. However, when my urine was tested the last time for a UTI, doc said there was only a little bit of bacteria left (but enough for discomfort).

    I'm just pissed and tired of taking huge nasty antibiotic pills. Maybe they can just tear out my urethra and replace it with a plastic crazy straw next time. :[

    So anyone else have an experience like this? Chronic (or persistant) UTI sufferers? Hopefully a couple days of Sulfameth with knock out any bacteria left and I can get my quality of life back.

    • ANSWER:
      You must NEVER stop taking antibiotics until the full dosage is complete, and you must take them as directed (proper number each day, times of day, etc.)

      This is because symptoms usually stop before the antibiotic is through completely eliminating the particular bacteria from the body.
      If you stop too soon, then a little evolution goes on in your body:
      the few bacteria still left, not strong enough to make you sick, but enough to be alive, are those that are a little more resistant to the drug.
      They will reproduce, and the strongest of them will survive.
      They will reproduce and develop a strain that is antibiotic resistant, and they will stay in your body.
      you might get better, or the infection might flare up again, and this time, the antibiotic won't work, because you allowed the stronger bacteria to survive and develop a strain that can't be killed by the same antibiotic.

      If you take the entire dose, that will ensure that ALL the bacteria that made you sick are gone.

      Please, follow your doctor's orders, not just for yourself, but so that you do not become the source of yet another antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria.

      If in doubt, consult your physician.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is my UTI not going away?
    About 12 days ago I felt a UTI coming on (I get these frequently). I was out of town and my dr. called in an antibiotic for me without testing my urine, etc. A week later I felt better, but still felt traces of it and experienced some symptoms, including frequent urination, etc. I went to the doctor 3 days ago and he tested my urine, said there was no bacteria but the urine was still a little "dirty" and "dry." He took my blood and had it sent out for kidney and liver check, just to make sure. In the meantime, my symptoms are getting worse again, although I do not have blood in the urine or a fever or anything like that. I am completely uncomfortable and go to the bathroom every few mins. What should I do? The dr. will be calling me within the next few days about my results. Should I ASK for another round of antibiotics? or wait it out? Help me out!

    • ANSWER:
      You could ask for more antibiotics, but in the mean time, just flood yourself with water, and cranberry juice works wonders. I know from personal experince on bladder infections, and dealing with my wife's UTI's.

  34. QUESTION:
    Frequent UTI after intercourse, are there home remedies? What can I do to prevent them? Help!!!?
    Every month, for the past 7 months, I have been having frequent urinary tract infections. The UTI happens After intercourse. I feel like I can not urinate and I constantly feel the urge to urinate. I do not have pain or burning, I just have the urge to urinate which is associated with a tingling sensation in the pelvic area. I have been to two Urologists. Both tested my urine and found the bacteria enterococcus. The first Urologist tested me for sexual transmitted diseases which were negative and gave me ampicillin (500 mg) to take after intercourse. Taking 500mg of ampicillin after intercourse worked well. I stopped taking 500mg of ampicillin when a friend in medical school told me that 500mg is way too much and it could be hurting my liver. Being on antiobiotics my whole life does not seem like a good solution. The second urologist I went to did a pelvic examination, cystoscopy,and uro dynamic test,and an abdominical ultrasound. Everything was normal. He prescribed 250 mg of ampicillin to take after intercourse, which is a low dose. This did not help. I still suffer due to UTI infections after intercourse. I tried ampicillin, macrobid, cipro and a 7day treatment of these antiobiotics usually get rid of the infection. I am scared to have sex because I do not want to suffer from another infection. The urologist said I should do pelvic exercises and drinkcranberry juice, which have not helped me. I have taken cranberry supplements, urinated before and after intercourse,wiped front to back, wearing only cotton underwear, avoiding caffeine..I have tried just about everything. Some people say it can be due to just the irritation of the condom but I never had this problem in the past. Last time I went to the Urologist, I felt the symptoms I thought were a UTI, and they did a test in the office and sent it out to the lab, and both tests were negative. The the medical assistant told me that it was probably psychological because no bacteria was found. Please help. I am desperate. Are there home remedies that can prevent a UTI? What do you think the problem is?
    The only thing I have changed since before I have been having a UTI would be the frequency in intercourse. I do not get to see my boyfriend so when I do, I spend the day with him and we have sex multiple times. I started dating him in June and that is when I had my first UTI. After two months of suffering of UTI, I hardly have sex and if I do just have it one time, I have immediate urgency to urinate.
    I also have been to a gynecologist and she recommended me to go to a urologist. Previous to UTI's, I have have bacterial vaginosis infections which I treat with metro gel.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, so men have bacteria on their penises. They pee, they don't wipe. With my husband, even one day of sweat collecting on his junk, or grime on his hands means I end up with these same problems.

      Try washing him in the shower before sex. Make it fun. If he gets carried away that's okay. Let him. Sex will last longer because it is about you then, and he won't be as rough. It also helps to actually be in the mood, because your natural lubricant makes bacteria less likely to get into your urinary tract. Don't use heavy soaps, but do clean everything around the balls.

      I started having my husband shave his balls, which I love to fondle now. Since I did (it's been about a year) I have not had a single urinary problem. I used to always have infections.

      Believe it or not, we both ended up happier.

  35. QUESTION:
    Should my son have a VCUG done if he has only had one UTI infection?
    My 10 yr. old son recently had his first UTI (urinary track infection). He was given antibiotics and no longer has anymore symptoms. His pediatrician called a week later and said they found bacteria/nitrites in his urine and recommend he have a renal ultrasound and VCUG. From what I have read a VCUG can be very painful and dramatic and they do not sedate the child. I also read that in order for a UTI test to be positive that it will have bacteria/nitrites in it, so my question is if my son took antibiotics and has no more symptoms why does he need a VCUG? I do not want to put him through this procedure if it isn't really necessary I would have it done if he has had more than one UTI, but he has only had one. Please let me know if you have been in the same situation and your opinion. Thanks so much :)

    • ANSWER:
      you need to question your son's Dr about why he is recommending these test. The VCUG is not a very painful procedure, the catheter placement would be the most uncomfortable part. From what I have read it is usually not recommended for children as old as your son with their first UTI. Ask the Dr to know for sure

  36. QUESTION:
    Could this be implantation bleeding?
    I went to the doctor for a UTI yesterday, but the urine dip came back negative for bacteria. It did, however, come back positive for blood. I have all the UTI symptoms and no visible blood in my urine. I am currently TTC and would have been 3DPO yesterday...could it have been implantation bleeding that was in my urine? I know 3DPO is early, but not impossible from what I understand. Again, no blood is visible at all.

    Today I'm feeling much better after drinking lots of water yesterday to flush myself out. The dr. is supposed to call tomorrow with results of the urine culture from the lab.

    • ANSWER:
      It does not sound like implantation bleeding...there has not been enough time for the fertilized egg to make it down the fallopian tubes yet. Although, I do hope you get your BFP this month!

  37. QUESTION:
    UTI - Pleae help!?
    Ok this is the first time I am having a UTI,
    I have no obvious symptoms though, But I had pain in both of my kidneys.. My doc asked to get a urine culture done and found out the bacteria causing it is "Klebsiella Pneumoniae". Anyone heard of it or got it before?
    The bacteria is resistant to many antibiotics and I am searching n searching on net but not getting anything useful treatment-wise.

    My doc has planned to keep me on antibiotic Ciprafloxacin(Cipran) for 7 days n if things don't improve he's gonna give me around 7-10 injections each day? Are you ladies familier with this plan of treatment?

    Any help would be so much appreciated. When my doc saw the name of the bacteria he was like "Oh No!" Is it difficult to treat or what?

    Thanks in advance.
    That's what I am thinking, I am so clean and hygeinic that my family jokes that i have obsessive compulsive disorder lol.. And I always wipe from front to back.. And I am not sexually active?
    My complete abdomen ultrasound was normal and stool test was also normal.

    • ANSWER:
      klebsiella pnuemoniae!! how on earth did a respiratory bug get in your urine, is probably what the doctor was thinking, and how did it get to your kidneys without making you a whole lot sicker than it has!!
      it is important to kill off this bacteria quickly and completely, do whatever he tells you to do, or I personally, would see a urologist to find out why such an unusual organism got into your urinary tract.

  38. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain and bloating for a week and a half - HELP PLEASE?
    I've been having abdominal bloating and pain for a week and a half. At first it started out in the pelvic region but then moved to the lower abdomen. I am constantly bloated and achy, but it gets worse the longer I am awake (aka up and moving), and when I eat. Also, when I eat, I experience nausea. I went to the urgent care and they tested me for any type of bacteria found in my urine, and they also took an xray of my chest and abdomen. They found nothing. A couple of days later I went to an OBGYN who, once again, tested my urine, and also did a pelvic exam. She found nothing in the pelvic exam but said there was a TRACE of blood found in my urine that was typical of UTI's, but she said it could have been caused by a piece of skin falling into the urine sample. She went ahead and gave me antibiotics for a UTI, but it seemed she was doing this out of desperation because she did not know what was wrong with me. I have started taking the medicine but have seen no improvement. I'm hoping that someone will have an idea of what is wrong with me. I find myself in tears at night because it has gotten so bad. I'm not constipated or pregnant, and I have not changed my eating habits.
    Some other facts:
    I've had 2 hernia surgeries, one of each side of my pelvic. The right side scar has been hurting recently.
    I've had an ovarian cyst but had no symptoms of it up until it burst.
    I've experienced some other symptoms throughout this whole debacle such as lower back pain and pain on my lower right side.
    I have not had a fever.
    I have not had any of the typical UTI symptoms such as burning sensation while urinating and a frequent urge to urinate

    PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Is this really a kidney infection?
    I had a sudden onset of lower back pain right above my waist (close to my side) but lower than my actual kidney....it was so severe I went to the doctor and he said I had bacteria in my urine and put me on Cipro. I have no pain when urinating and no bladder spasms just the pain in the back. I had a low-grade fever in the Dr. office. I did not do anything to my back for it to hurt this bad and since there was bacteria in my urine it should be a kidney infection right? I always thought kidney infections had UTI symptoms also. I am sure there are people who have had these who can help!
    I have been to the doctor and I am on antibiotics but I feel like I should have more symptoms than just back pain.
    oh....and my kidney is not tender and the pain is actually closer to my sacrum/hip bone.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, it is a easy fix they can just give you antibiotics it well clear up on its own.yet, if you don't get it fix it could make you really ill, your kidneys can actually shut down. it is rare that is would spread to both sides of the kidneys. you know they can do an ultra sound to see if their is anything wrong with your kidneys.

      a kidney infections you do run fevers. also it feels like someone is stabbing you in the back. it is normally right by where your body curves inward like an hour glass. the middle of your back.

      it takes time to get worse is a easy fix to fix. they can just give you antibiotics if it is a infection.

      also i thought i had a kidney infection it can be from your computer chair hurting your back. have them do a pee sample they can tell. because you have protein in your urine if anything is wrong.

  40. QUESTION:
    recurring urinary tract infections, odd symptoms?
    for almost a year now my mom has had urinary tract problems. it started as-

    in november 2008 she went to the doctor complaining of back pain. went to the doctor, found out it was a uti.

    a year passed. in november 2009, she got the back pain again with nausea, chills and burning vagina.
    since then in nov.2009 she has been on antibiotics every month. the doctors say they are uti's but we dont believe they are. she doesnt have any symptoms anymore except a dull pain in her kidney. we went to the doctor yesterday and she had a sonogram on her lower abdominal. they checked her kidneys, spleen, but they didnt check the gallblader because she had it removed 10 years ago. we went for a follow up today, and all of her results for anything were negative. no lesions, no stones, nothing. my mother thinks she has a hidden stone, especially because shes had gal-stones before. the doctors want to do a Ureteral retrograde brush biopsy on her, but we arent sure if its a good idea. the doctors said a sonogram isnt 100%, so were moving on to a cat scan. has anyone had this before? can you share some insight? btw, shes done it all- cranberry pills, cranberry juice, cotton underwear, etc. the doctors also say that they arent even uti's because her bacteria count isnt even as much as a normal uti. right now shes on an antibiotic that is like an anti-septic for your urine but theres no results. thank you for your answers!

    • ANSWER:
      Although there may be other things going on, it sounds like she may have Interstitial Cystitis (IC). For years I felt like I had a UTI most of the time, but the tests came back negative (low bacteria). My doctors told me to take Advil, or that it was a yeast infection, or I should see a psychiatrist. I later found out I had IC, a painful bladder condition that causes ulcers in your bladder and feels like a UTI, but is not an infection. So, antibiotics don't help and cranberry actually makes it worse. The test for it is distending the bladder and putting a camera in there to take pictures and see if you have the ulcers and scarring.

      When you have a lot of continuing pain down there your muscles tense up around it, and can cause ongoing muscles cramps, spasms and pain in your back and pelvic area.

      She may want to just try changing her diet, which is how to treat IC (no cure). No acid- like fruit, vinegar, salad dressings, lemon, coffee and tea. No soda or caffeine. No spicy or hot foods. No artificial sweeteners or additives in prepackaged foods like nitrates or sulfates. If it relieves the pain she may want to talk to a specialist about getting the test.

      Check out http://www.ic-network.com/whatisinterstitialcystitis/

  41. QUESTION:
    If Im Pregnant will my baby and myself be ok??
    Im going to try to make this as short and simple as possbile...
    I am currently 5DPO (too early to test), and 2 nights ago my vagina was itchy on the inside, and yesterday I had burning when my husband and I had sex. I went to Patient First, and the doctor ran some tests with a pelvic exam and said there was slight bacteria in my urine, maybe a UTI. She gave me Cipro and Diflucan. I told her there was a great possibility I could be pregnant, b/c my husband and I are trying for a baby. She then told me not to take the meds until I know for sure. My period isnt due until April 7th...thats over a week ago with out meds.
    She also did a routine STD test (even though I told her my husband and I are both clean) The results for that are 5-7 days, along with a culture she did during the pelvic exam for bacteria.
    The reason I am worried is b/c I do not have any symptoms of a UTI, no more burning or itching at all. The only thing that hurts is my stomach and sides have been hurting all day. I dont know if its the infection or what! Early pregnancy? No clue!
    Im just really scared...if I do have an infection, is waiting until Im positive im not pregnant going to hurt me?? Im in pain now, so who knows? Also, I dont think this even is a UTI anymore. Anyone know what it sounds like? (Also i was negative for yeast infection)

    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Wait for your doctor to call you back with the test results. You could have anything really. It's too early for pregnancy symptoms so your stomach and sides hurting is not pregnancy related. Don't take the meds until she knows for sure what is wrong with you and until you can accurately test for pregnancy.

  42. QUESTION:
    Vaginal itching and burning but doctors say that there is no yeast or bacteria present?
    I went into the doctor over 2 months ago for this.. yes you read that right, over 2 months ago.. I have been having severe itching and some slight burning in my vaginal region. The doctors have done a few tests to see if it was a yeast infection or bacterial infection but nothing shows up present.. urine doesn't show any symptoms of an UTI, and I was tested for STD's just in case. What the heck is going on. This has been well over 2 months and frankly I'm starting to go insane!
    I haven't changed laundry soap or anything and I have been to the doctor three times about this..

    • ANSWER:
      have you look at the things. your washing yourself with. you could be allergic to any number of things that your cleansing yourself with.

  43. QUESTION:
    anyone had blood in the urine and in the stool and dizziness?
    Hi all,

    My boyfriend (22 years old) has been to the doctors a few times in the past couple of months. Obviously we will be going back to push for further testing etc but in the meantime I am trying to learn as much as i can so he and I know the right questions to be asking etc at the doctors office and so that we can look out for certain things etc.

    I'm obviously not looking for a diagnosis or any concrete answers etc, just hoping someone might have some information, knowledge or experiences to share?

    So I was wondering if anyone has had blood in the urine (detected by a dip sick test) it's not actually visible.. and black stools, not fresh blood, but pitch black blood that had come from higher up in the digestive tract. or either of these things??

    My boyfriend was feeling very dizzy the other evening and all through the night and the dizziness continued through the whole next day and appears to be coming and going.

    So we went to A and E where they found the blood in his urine using a dip stick.

    They said thet there were two specific things that they DIDN'T find, I think they were white blood cells lymphocytes? which would indicate infection? and nitrates? (might be using completely the wrong words here..) that would indicate bacteria was present and the stuff that would be the by products of such nasties..

    Anyway, he said that this means there is blood present but he doesn't know why and without further investifatio he cannot definitely link it to the dizziness.

    Prior to this (about a month and a half before hand) my boyfriend had a few days of black stools that was confirmed at hospital as blood in his stools coming from higher up in the digestive tract.

    I'm wondering what could be going on and whther the two can be related?

    Also when he had the black stools he was told he had microscopic amounts of blood in the urine. However the more recent dipstick (at A&E) showed much higher quantities of blood in the urine, so it would appear it is either getting worse, is chronic or it is coming and going.. or other such possibilities..)

    He has had years of mild to moderate non specific digestive complaints such as severe hunger pains, possible acid reflux?? When he had the blood int he stool they did a gasteroscopy and found no cause for the bleeding but noted inflammation in the stomach and oesophegus.. yet they discharged him without any further investigation or treatment!!??

    I'm wondering if there are any obvious conditions that would cause all these symptoms?

    We have obviously considered thing like kidney stones, sti's, UTI- he has no pain when passing urine though..

    And the more serious kidney problems, cancers etc.

    I guess I was just hoping to hear from people in a similar situation.

    Have you got any advice on things to look out for? Questions to ask at the doctors? Tests to ask for? What was your diagnosis? What tests have you had?

    The A&E doctor suggested an ultrasound, camera up the urethra, kidney biopsy, etc

    Anyone have an information, knowledge or experiences to share?

    Thanks in advance Abi !!

    • ANSWER:
      see a specialist.

  44. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of my frequent urination?
    I'm a 16 year old male, and lately i have noticed i have had frequent urination. I went to the doctor, and he did a urine test and it showed no bacteria, so he said i didn't have a UTI. Usually i would urinate 3-4 times a day, but today i went 8 times. Not all times were urinating big amounts, alot of the times they were small amounts. I have no back pain, no blood in urine, no painful urination...none of the common UTI symptoms...My doctor also said he found no glucose in my urine. What could be the cause of this? could it still be diabetes even though he found none?
    I'm not drinking too much...i dont drink that much during the day...and my drinking habbits havent changed recently

    • ANSWER:
      This could be a number of issues, all of which could be investigated by a visit to the urologist. It could be overactive bladder, bladder spasms, prostate issues, urinary hesitancy, etc. Also, if you're worried about blood sugar issues (you didn't mention a family history of diabetes), but you could get a blood test called a glycosylated hemoglobin test that measures your average blood sugar over the last 3 months. Also, are you having any swelling in your feet or calves? Ask the doc if he did any tests called a BUN or creatinine, also did he test for protein in the urine? This issue needs to be taken very seriously as a change in elimination pattern (bowel or bladder) is the first sign that there is an issue with your body that needs to be addressed. Good luck to you, and be persistent. Also, didn't know if you knew this, but you can ask for copies of results of any lab work that you get done, don't leave it up to the doctor to catch something that might get missed.

  45. QUESTION:
    urethritis an std? am I sterile now?
    So for the last 6 months I pee every 20 min, I went to my Doc and got treated for it took antibiotics BUT she thought to believe it was a UTI, although bacteria was not in the urine but I had all the symptoms, I told her I thought it could be overactive bladder and she said no because Im too young for that IM only 21 and today she finally told me today that she and other Doctors believe its urethritis, I read online it leads to infertilitiy? is this true? Im not sure if its an STD or how I even got it, Im really struck because I really want to have kids one day and I have only had 1 sex partner :( any one have any info on this or answer my questions thanks

    best answer 10 points

    • ANSWER:
      what you are talking about is an unheard of complication. stop worrying and get on with life.

  46. QUESTION:
    Since UTI's and vaginal bacterial infections can be brought on by sex, can your male partner be tested...?
    I read somewhere that your sexual partner (male) can be a carrier.. that he won't have symptoms (obviously, a male couldn't have bacterial vaginosis), but can be the cause and carrier, and that he can be treated for this as well if it's discovered that he's causing such infections. Is this true? I got a UTI after my boyfriend and I had sexual intercourse about 3 1/2-4 months ago, and after a few sessions about 3-4 weeks ago, I just found out today that I have bacterial vaginosis. Shortly after our last time, I felt a bit of itching and had my gyno call in a prescription for a yeast infection because I thought that's what I had.. the itching went away though, so I never took it, but then I got the call today about this. We're both monogamous and whatnot, I have no STD's or anything of the sort, nor am I worried about that, I just want to know if he's possibly carrying around some sort of bacteria or something that could be causing these minor infections and if so, if there's a way he can be treated for it. Also, if there is a way to be treated for it, what exactly would his test consist of (urine swab, blood test, urine sample, etc.)? I just yelled at him for it, so I'm hoping I'm right lol.
    I just went to my gnyo earlier this week.. this is how I know I have bacterial vaginosis.. No STD's.. everything is normal as it always has been. & to clear some of this up, I called and had them call in a prescription for a yeast infection about 2-3 weeks back, before I even had my appt. assuming that's what it was.. I hadn't gone to the Dr's to make sure, so the case is that I probably had the BV all along, because I know some yeast infection symptoms are very similar to some of BV.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - it makes good, sound sense that a man can keep reinfecting his sexual partner. The following is from the net:

      "Bacterial Vaginosis does affect men but not in the same way and definitely not to the same extent as women. The men's genitals do not provide the same environment, i.e. a vagina or uterus, where the infection can flourish.

      Doctor's have always questioned whether or not men should be treated when their female partner was infected. Many doctors still deny that men carry any form of the bacteria or reinfect their partner. However we do know that men and women can transfer other infections therefore we pause and ask does bacterial vaginosis affect men and perhaps that's why it reoccurs.

      Men can carry traces of these bacteria in the urethra and if dormant it can re-infect the woman. However, we cannot rely on this since there is no reliable test available to identify any traces of bacterial vaginosis in men.

      Although woman may believe men can carry this infection they simply don't display any symptoms; surely not the ones we display for Bacterial Vaginosis. Many women are too embarrassed to discuss this possibility with a boyfriend. Although not termed as an STD, it might be advisable to use a condom for a reasonable length of time until the Bacterial Vaginosis is eliminated. Many natural remedies can work fast and the infection may be corrected in a weekend.

      Sexual activity can exacerbate the infection or sensitive areas and it's widely known that male sperm, which is an alkaline, can make the Bacterial Vaginosis discharge smell stronger. It is also vital to remember that antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of some contraceptives."

      Balanitis is also a possibility with your boyfriend. It's not always obvious if a man has got it, and it is a yeast infection.

      http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Balanitis.htm

      I don't see why your boyfriend's Doctor CAN'T test him for bacterial overgrowths, for yeast infection, or even for chlamydia. If he's prepared to go and ask, then I do think it would be a good idea.

      In the meantime, even if you are on the Pill, use a condom. It will immediately improve your sexual health.

      Good luck.

  47. QUESTION:
    whats wrong with my vagina, when will it end?
    it all started three weeks ago in the middle of the day while i was watching tyra out of nowhere. my vagina just starting feeling different and then when i went to pee it felt like some sort of orgasim. A day went by and it was the samething. the next day another symptom was added it started to burn after i pee. i went to the hospital and they diagnosed me with uti. they gave me an antibiotic called cipro after 3 days i had no relief . i calld doctor he prescribed amoxcillin and decided to do a sensitivity test got a phone call saying amoxcillin won't work levaquin is what wll used levaquin for 6 days i was on my period so it felt kinda better but as soon as i was off i relized these annoying symptoms where still there went to the hospitol they found bacteria but more blood in urine. they said it is uti put me on intravenous antibiotics and admitted me, i spent 5 days at the hospitol still no relief. got a catscan, ultrasound and they where normal. i was released they said there is still bacteria in my urine but its not growing. i can't see any blood anymore but they say there is microscopic blood cells in it. the other night culd barely walk it was so painful and sensitive down there. visited a gyn the next day she took urine and a swab. she gave me some cream. she said my urine shows there is still a infection. i am waiting for more results.i did some reseach and figure i have a fungal candida uti infection i have all the symptoms. thats y i have no relief i have been being treated for a bacterial uti with antibiotics and that wn't kill fungi it will actually make it worse. but my doctor says no i don't hve that. I asked him to treat me for it anyway and he said the medications to treat it are very strong and dangerous with strng side effects and can cause damage ( scary) so no he won't treat me for it anyway. I read up on them and they are but i am sure thats what have at least i really think i have it . all the symptoms fit and they say it an be hard to diagnose and can get confused for a bacterial infection some bacteria can be present and most hospitol don't test for it cause its so rare. i am immunosupressd i jus had a transplant and on all these meds that do that and i am on predisone which can cause fungi growth. my symptoms are fatigue, burning and stinging after urination (during urination i am fine but when i get to the end thats when it starts), an orgasim feeling (not a good one), sensitivity down there sometimes when walking, bladder pain sometimes, fatigue, diarrhea(that could be from the antibiotics i was taking i been off them for 4 days though) . right now i am taking a pyridum to ease all this but when it wears off its back to the same torture i was feeling before. What do u think is wrong with me and can i be cured and do u think its a fungal uti. or a resistant to everything bacteria. i hope it doesn't effect my kidneys my creatnne was high when i first wnet in to the hospitol with fluid it went back down to normal. i as dehydrated most likely or the antibiotics helped something. the gyn said i have blood protein and nitrates in my urine im waiting for more test to be run and more info. i also need to see a urologist. tommorow i am goig back to the hospital just to check my creatinine. but does anybody have any answers for me please help i am exhausted and stressed over this tragic experience and torture my poor vagina is going through i been praying for it to end for god to gve me a answer. i kow its not an std becuz i m not sexually active.

    • ANSWER:
      Candida is indeed a yeast/fungal overgrowth problem and it will attack the vagina first usually. the way to fix this is to stop eating sugar and bread. vegetables, fruit, chicken and fish are the best foods to eat during a candida outbreak. main thing to remember-stay away from sugar.
      most of the time, doctors will not tell you that your problem is associated with fungus or yeast in your body because they want it to be something you have to take an antibiotic for (that's how they make their money)
      also, antibiotics actually help the growth of fungi and yeast in your body, so go to the health food store and buy yourself a Probiotic. this puts the good stuff back in your system that the antibiotics kill.

  48. QUESTION:
    3 month old with low grade fever & no other symptoms?
    Ok so i have an almost 3 month old baby boy (hes 3 days away from being 3 months old) so far he has had 2 UTIs one when he was 2 weeks old and one about 2 weeks ago but the one he had recently went in to his blood both the UTI's were caused by E Coli. Soo his last treatment was last last monday he checked out ok but on thursday i noticed he felt a little warmer than usual..... I took his temp n it was 99.8 i freaked and went to his pediatrician they checked his temp and they got 1 of 100.2 rectal so they checked the urine and it was clear they did a full examination and found nothing! they told me to keep a close eye on him and not to take him in until it reached 101. so all this weekend ive been watching him and we've done everything normally baths naps all of that he seems perfectly fine he plays, hes alert, hes feeding well and peeing normally he sneezes here and there and today he began to cough but very little. What could be causing this Low grade fever?? he really has no symptoms of anything im a little worried he could have another bacteria in his blood or a bacterial meningitis..... Shouldnt my dr run more tests on him??? Does anyone have any idea what could be going on?? They also told me to not give him tylenol till it reaches 101....
    also his soft spot feels sunk in i duno if that has anything to do with it

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Female problems that started right after sexual intercourse this morning?
    I and my husband are very clean! I am having symptoms of both a UTI and something else going on! burning, slight itching(no discharge or odor) immediately after sex. 30 minutes later, severe pain in ureter, painful urination and throbbing deep inside-also low urine output. Urine is clear. I started treating for UTI first thing with antibiotics this morning(lots of water and cranberry) The burning and itching returned tonight. Is it possible to have both a UTI and another condition which causes the pain and burning in vaginal area?. I took that UTI med which turns your urine orange this morning so the doctor said that it would be difficult to tell if there was any bacteria-thus I did not go today for urinalysis. Now, it is the weekend and I am at a loss.Sorry to be so graphic! Any advice from doctors or someone who may have had the same problem? There is not enough symptoms present to pinpoint any condition exactly to tee. This just happened this morning. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      you may have something called bacterial vaginosis. It is something women get sometimes from a change in pH level in their bodies. It causes burning and itching in the vaginal area. You may also have a UTI. Water and cranberry juice aren't going to take it away so I'd see the doctor first thing. Those are good preventatives but it's not going to clear it up.

  50. QUESTION:
    bladder issues... i need advice or help!?
    I think I’m more looking for answers than anything. For a year now I have been in and out of the doctor’s office and Emergency room with what they have always claimed was either a bladder infection or “womanly issues” meaning… menstrual cramps or cysts. Finally, when my general physician looked back and had realized that in the last 7 months I had been in and out of her office with “bladder infections” 17 times, she realized something more might be wrong. Every time I have had urine tests, my culture never grows any bacteria. Meaning, there’s no infection, but, there has been traces of blood every time.

    I was starting to get offended; they were testing me for every STD under the sun asking me if I had been careful every time. Why yes, to answer that question. I’m married. No children. And have been with only one other person before my husband. Pretty darn sure I don’t have an STD, thanks. I had been sent to the gynecologist probably 8 times and they called it symptoms of endometriosis. All the while I’m still having these UTI symptoms.

    Finally I got so fed up with no one telling me anything I got a second opinion and was told the same thing! I can’t possibly have THAT many bladder infections. This isn’t normal! And everyone kept telling me it would go away, but it keeps getting worse!

    I was finally referred to an urologist where I received a cystoscopy. Upon having the cystoscopy my urologist found a lump within my bladder. He had thought that it was a fistula when he originally looked at it but upon having the test to determine whether it was or not they found no evidence it was a fistula (which a bladder fistula is extremely rare and being that I do not have Crone’s disease it was even rarer). They have never biopsied the lump in my bladder and now that 3 months has passed since the initial discovery of it, my lower back has been extremely uncomfortable. It feels like a constant ache in my kidneys and lower back. Every urine test still comes back with blood, and it’s becoming really painful to urinate.

    I was recently in the emergency room with food poisoning and had a CT scan and was told that they had found a lump in my pelvic area and then didn’t say anything past that. When I called my urologist I told him about it and then another battery of tests were ordered. I still haven’t heard anything.

    My doctors don’t seem to be too worried about it, but I can’t go on like this any longer. Being in pain every day and having to go to the bathroom every 20 minutes because I think I have to urinate although I know I don’t have to…. This has become so frustrating.

    Can anyone tell me anything? I just need to know that I’m not the only person who has gone through something like this (of course I know I’m not but, you know). Are there any specific tests I should request? Should I get a third opinion? Please if anyone has any advice I would be greatly appreciative.
    When I was originally sent to the urologist this was what my general physician had originally suspected to be the problem. Upon having the cystoscopy it was determined that I did not have Interstitial Cystitis because, Interstitial Cystitis creates riveting along the bladder and I did not have this. Thank you though I appreciate the input.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't relate directly to your concern, but I definitely believe going to a specialist who deals with these type conditions is the only way for you to go. It is nice to get support on a forum such as Yahoo! Answers, but don't rely heavily on mine or anyone else's inputs. Seek a specialist's advice on what is the best course of action for you. Good luck.


Uti Symptoms No Bacteria

Written By: ibzzA1 - May• 05•12

Urinary tract infections are common as well as painful, and the first time you have one, you may not know that a UTI is what you have. This article will tell you some of the key telltale symptoms of a UTI.

The most significant urinary tract infection symptom is a sharp pain before, during, and after urination. The pain is perhaps best described with the word aexcruciatinga. In reality, it is a severe tingling, burning sensation. The urine coming out seems warmer than usual, and you may feel like that it's cutting you as it leaves your body. This is a very crude description of what an actual case of UTI feels like, and its intensity varies on a case by case basis. The pain might temporarily ease up right after urination, but will come back soon after.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Would you give cat antibiotics, if no bacteria but UTI symptoms?
    Male cat with UTI symptoms had a urine culture done and no bacteria. Vet believes the problems is viral based and will pass BUT still wants the cat on 10 days of anitbiotics to fit any secondary infection (cat does not seem to have any other problems).

    Would you do this? Why-Why not?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to go against the grain here and say that no - I would not. We tend to overuse antibiotics in both humans and animals, as some people feel that if they aren't given a drug, it won't get better. If there is no bacteria in the urine, then it's FLUTD or viral, and antibiotics will not do a thing for either of those causes. Giving antibiotics prophylactically only create antibiotic resistant bacteria, and kill off all the good bacteria that lives in the gut, causing diarrhea and intestinal upset. I have two vets that won't give antibiotics unless a bacteria is present. They are from two different practices, one is my 'personal' vet the other is my 'rescue' vet, so this is an independent opinion from two different trusted sources.

      Again, many people feel they are being shortchanged when they come out of the doctor or vet office without a drug in hand. What will the antibiotic do if there is no bacteria to kill? That's what I'd be asking. If there are no other symptoms, then I'd be really questioning the reason for the antibiotics. They can cause problems too.

  2. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms but no bacteria found. Third episode in three months.?
    Hi, I'm a 18 year old female with some pretty scary problems that no one can seem to give me an answer as to why I'm going through what I'm going through.
    Three months ago I had a sudden UTI. I say sudden because the symptoms came on within minutes and within a half an hour I'm in tears from so much kidney pain and burning in the vaginal area. Of course, I went to the Dr. and they said it was a UTI, prescribed with antibiotics and sent me on my way. Within about three days of being on the antibiotics I started to see my symptoms diminish.
    Roughly 4 weeks later, that same thing happens. Sudden/ intense pain. I'm sent to the ER with UTI symptoms yet again and also dehydration. They did a urine tests like always and yet again told me I was infected with a UTI. So I took the antibiotics and surly enough I'm back to normal.
    Roughly 4 weeks later.. here we go again. You get the picture. I'm in the ER with horrible, horrible pain and they're saying it's yet another UTI. Being afraid of all the damage I may be putting my body through I called an OBGYN and scheduled an appointment with her today. She didn't seem very concerned but wanted to check my cultures from the path three visits to the hospital. Upon doing so, she sees that all three cultures from all three months were negative for growing bacteria. The Dr. still did not seem to be very concerned.
    Yes, before you ask, I'm drinking tons of water. In fact, after my first "UTI" I've become sensitive to caffeine. I instantly get pain in my kidneys and the burning sensation, so I flush my body out with water and it soon goes away. I'm not on any medications other than an Acid Reduced for acid reflux and the occasional Ibprophane for a mild headache or pain I may have. I am not a drug user nor do I drink alcohol.
    To be honest, I'm scared. I'm in so much pain from all of this and to the point of depression because I don't know what's wrong with my body and why I'm in so much pain. If you have any idea as to what might be causing these symptoms please let me know.

    **ALSO. I was tested across the board with my last ER visit for STD's and all came back negative. They also told me that my bladder sits lower than most women.
    **I've been tested for stones and the tests came back negative. I would go to a neurologist but my OBGNY doesn't think I'm that bad off, I guess because she won't give me a referral. Though I stress to her my fear she doesn't seem to think it's a big deal.

    • ANSWER:
      ibuprofen is excreted by the kidneys. do not take it until you find out what's wrong. have
      you had x-rays or an ultra-sound of your kidneys? perhaps, you have a kidney stone.
      consider seeing a urologist.

  3. QUESTION:
    if someone's test for UTI showed no bacteria does that mean its gone for good?
    my uncle had a uti a few months ago, after treatment he got tested and it showed he was clear. but now he has similar slight uti symptoms. could this be related to the same uti he had before? or is this something different

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a re-lapse - or could be another one.
      He needs to get recommendations from his doctor what to do to avoid them - and follow his instructions.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can my cycle Clear up my UTI symptoms?
    I believe I have a UTI, I've been drinking water & Cranberry juice along with OTC medications until I can see a doctor. two days ago, the burning sensation went a way and I started my cycle. Can my cycle clear up the bacteria from a UTI. My Dr moved to a new state and I can't get in to see a new doctor until next week. I don't want to wait but seems I have no choice. I prefer a woman.

    • ANSWER:
      Not that I am aware of. I would recommend checking with the city health department to see if they have a free health clinic that you can go to to have a urine sample checked to see if you have a UTI going on. If not check at: http://www.freeclinics.us to see if they have a free clinic in your area if in the U.S.

  5. QUESTION:
    UTI.......A family member has had all the symptoms of a UTI but there is no sign of infection.?
    She has even taken an antibiotic because of the possible sign of a UTI, but the symptoms didn't go away. Now the doctor says there is no sign of bacteria but symptoms persist........Anybody with an idea or experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      if she finished the persription as directed the staph count (meaning the uti) may not be present but the walls of the urethra may still be swollen, that can still cause the pain during urination but not as bad. If it lasts for more than a week go see the Dr again or go to another Dr. and ask for a culture done, not just the dipstick. The culture will tell if there is any bacteria left there but it takes longer as it is incubated and grown on nutrient agar plates.

  6. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms but not a UTI what can it be? What can I do to make the symptoms go away? and how can I cure it?
    I have always been getting UTI symptoms but when I go to the doc the test results come back with no bacteria in the urine. since I was little I always called it the "pee-pee Problem" all I can do is sit on the toliet for hours playing sudoku puzzles or get in a hot bath so I dont have that urgency feeling or constant burning.. I just recently got a new job that Ive been trying to get for months and I missed 3 days last week because if it and I had to call in again today and I have an appt with the uriolgist tomorrow so more days that Im missing. I wouldnt be surprised if I get fired and then I would have to move back home with my parents. I just want to be able to go to work! Im so depressed now because I have this problem that I just cant seem to get rid of and I dont want to sit on the toliet any more... Please help...

    • ANSWER:
      you really sound like me when i get uti's. that seems weird. i get them really easily so what i do to help me feel better is take AZO pills it relifs the pain and makes you urine change colors make sure to take that with crackers so you dont get quizy and you HAVE to drink a shit load of water, take cranberry pills to help pee and just relax and rest. sleeping always helps. i sure hope you are drinking lots of water. i mean LOTS of water!

  7. QUESTION:
    Recurrent UTI symptoms?
    ok, my son will be 12 mos on st. pattys day and i got my first urinary tract infection when i was in my 1st trimester with him. I wasnt treated again til after i had him with amoxicillin,(which i know now is useless) septra, (which i found out on the 3rd day that i was pregnant and was advised to stop taking it) i was then switched to macrobid for 7 days, which turned my urine like a lime green color. 4 days after stopping the meds my symptoms returned so they called in another order of macrobid for me. Symptoms returned. couple weeks later i went to the er with abdomial pain and discharge. They said it was a yeast infection, .i was treated. They took a urine culture and i was told that there was not enough bacteria to diagnose a urinary tract infection.... yet symptoms still persist. I had a dentist appt and was put on amoxicillin for a tooth infection and while on this, my symptoms disappeared!!! After stopping, symptoms returned. While on the amox, my doc did a urine culture and it came out clean (go figure) went back on the 12th of feb with the same complaints, and my urine was clean so they didnt send it back out to be reevaluated!

    Im going craazy!!!!!!!! The only symptoms that i have are strong FOUL smelling urine, and cloudy! there is no pain. no bleeding, and i feel like im losing my mind. someone please.... if you been in this situation or have any advice on how to go about handling this, feel free to answer this bizarre question!

    • ANSWER:
      yea sounds like uti to me. i would have told them to reevaluate anyway. i would go back and tell them you need another checkup due to pain and stuff. maybe use azo over the counter uti medicine till then and it will help with pain. and drink plenty of water and cranberry juice too.

  8. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms and UA results,help? Dr. Frank, Rhianna, anyone...?
    I am a lab tech and recently i was having symptoms of a UTI, burning, urinary frequency, ect.. (all the classic symptoms) plus i've had UTI's in the past so i kind of know what to look for and i usually get one once a year to every couple of years. I did my UA with microscopic and everything appears normal, UA dipstick negative for everything and a normal urobilinogen, microscopic showed neg bacteria, 2 WBC's per hpf,no epi's, rbc's, or anything else. And since i had plenty of urine i went ahead and did my urine chemistry's also. Here are those results
    Urine Na:71
    Urine K:13.8
    Urine Cl:59
    Urine Micro-albumin: <1
    Urine BUN:265
    Urine PHS:18.3
    Do these urine chemistry's look ok? We have info about the tests at my work but no reference ranges for them so i have no idea how doctors use this info when diagnosing or treating a patient? Also why am i have UTI symptoms but no obvious evidence of a UTI on my UA results no WBC's no RBC's or even bacteria? I have been drinking cranberry juice like crazy and it is helping ease the symptoms but if i don't drink it regularly the burning and urinary frequency come back with a vengeance. I had this problem before and my doctor gave me some antibiotics and it cleared up my symptoms, and everything went away. Is it possible to have a mild UTI and not have obvious signs of it on a UA and have symptoms? Also i have a doctors appointment on tues morning should i mention to my doc that my UA doesn't show anything or just let him have me do another one at my dcotors office? Any advice would be appreciated guys, i want to get this fixed ASAP, i like cranberry juice but not enough to hook myself up to an iv with it,lol.
    P.S. i've been having the UTI symptoms for about 1 week now and they are getting a little bit worse but not unbearable.

    • ANSWER:
      OK first your results are normal,I must admit I had to look up urinary electrolytes as they are very rarely checked,have large variations within reference range and are not routinely checked in UTI.

      It is not uncommon for women to have symptoms of UTI in the absence of any evidence of infection.

      Finally cranberry juice or tablets have now clearly been shown to have NO effect at all on symptomatic UTIs and only a very marginal effect as a prophylactic,if used every day by those prone to proven,recurrent infections,so they would be unlikely to contribute anything to your management,even if your problem had been an infection.

      That clears up the myths,so now what might your problem actually be? I have a number of possibilities to suggest. The most common cause is often nicknamed 'honeymoon cystitis'. here intercourse causes irritation of the urethra producing urinary symptoms. Prevention is a high fluid intake and the practice of passing urine immediately after intercourse.

      Another possibility is a urethral caruncle this is a is a benign granulomatous lesion of the distal urethra which also produces discomfort and sometimes urinary symptoms. Local chemical irritation,or allergy from a soap,detergent or perfume, might also cause symptoms.Also I suppose a vaginal infection might also be irritating the urethra.

      I am sure that there are also other options,these would certainly require urological investigation.If your symptoms are persistent you will need to look at this. Make sure that your family doctor DOES NOT prescribe you a 'just in case antibiotic' as here the likelihood is ot might well make your problem worse and very possibly result in you developing thrush,which would confuse the issue still further!

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have an infection such as Kidney Infection or Bladder infection without any symptoms?
    On Tuesday I developed symptoms of a UTI and I decided to take the at home test strips to see if it was positive for a UTI. I took the first test strip on Friday morning, the results showed that I had high levels of LEU in my urine but no Nitrite (the main bacteria found in a UTI). I took another test strip on Sunday morning and it showed the same as Friday. By Sunday I no longer had any symptoms of a UTI. Monday morning I decided to take the last test strip just to see if I still had LEU in my urine. Although I no longer had any symptoms of a UTI I still had high levels of LEU in my urine (according to the test strips). I have no health insurance and I don't want to go to a doctor unless I absolutely have to. So is it possible that I have high levels of LEU in my urine because I have some other type of infection in my body without any major noticeable or susceptible symptoms. I have been running slighting warm but if it weren't for the UTI symptoms I wouldn't even think anything about it. Also for the past 5-6 years I have been on birth control. I just recently (like this week) stopped taking them. I have had vaginal bleeding but I have read that that is possible to happen when just going off of the pill. So I'm trying not to to be all worrisome and over react about all of this but I'd really like to know if I should seek medical attention or not. By the way not having health insurance sure does suck...

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms but no infection? HELP?
    For the past month I have been having symptoms of a UTI (pressure in the lower abdomen, frequent urge to urinate)...but no pain...these symptoms started about 3 days after a night of rough intercourse. I went to the doctor and they did a urinalysis and urine culture, but no bacteria were found. I then had a pelvic exam, and everything looked fine. I then had abdominal and pelvic ultrasounds, also fine. Yet I still have this constant urge to urinate. Has anyone ever experienced this? Does it go away on its own? What could be the cause?

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you see a urologist. Interstitial Cystitis is a possibility. The only way to diagnose it is through by having cystoscopy.

  11. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms, but not a UTI. Please please PLEASE help!?
    I have been dealing with the symptoms for months! In the beginning, I went to the doctor. They tested my urine, and there was bacteria. They gave me antibiotics, and its felt better for a little while. A few days later, the symptoms came back in full force. Since then, I've been to the doctor around 5 times, and every test and culture showed no bacteria, but a trace of blood. I'm kind of scared, and I just wish this thing would go away, whatever it is! The thing is, they want to do a pelvic and other invasive things to figure out what the problem could be, but I absolutely refuse. You see, I had sex with my boyfriend in the midst of these painful months. And I'm so afraid that they [meaning my doctor and my parents] could find out about that by doing these tests and such. Im also afraid that me having sex and this problem are related! I'm just not sure, and I'm afraid this could be serious. I would rather live the rest of my life with this thing than have my parents find out I had sex!

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with UTI but no symptoms?!?
    The doctor says I must have a UTI or bladder infection because in the urine was abnormal levels of wbc, rbc, and bacteria. However I do not have ANY symptoms. None! Am I getting antibiotics for no reason? Or is this possible?
    oh I'm 29 yo and not sexually active at all.. and no kids. pretty healthy otherwise that I know of

    • ANSWER:
      I guess if it is really early days you could have no symptoms.

      There must be a reason they did a urine sample. Whatever that reason is that might be your symptoms.

      I'd take the antis, UTIs are really awful if they take hold. If you get a bad one you might end up needed 2+ doses of antis to shake it so better to hit it early.

      The urine test is pretty accurate. They dip a stick in the urine and different coloured squares react to chemicals so it is easy to interpret even if the doctor is a bit dodgy so you can trust his diagnosis I reckon.

  13. QUESTION:
    7 and a half months pregnant. Constant UTI's. No symptoms. Straight Cath? Please help.?
    I was in the hospital a couple weeks ago urinating blood and they told me it was a urinary tract infection and a kidney stone. i had no other symptoms except urinating blood. they released me and put me on macrobid for 10 days. i went to my ob and gave her a clean catch urine on 11/11 and they called me yesterday and told me that i have a urinary tract infection BUT i had already completed the antibiotics to get rid of it and i have no symptoms at all. they told me the bacteria in the urine was able to be killed by the macrobid so they don't know what's going on. they are making me go to the hospital today to get straight cathed to get a "pure" sample and im REALLY scared cause i know it hurts. has this happened to anyone else?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a catheter done about a year ago and it really didn't hurt. When they took it out it just felt like i was peeing the bed haha

      So no worries about that! I wish the best for you and your baby!

  14. QUESTION:
    When a doctor tests you for a UTI does he/she do a full urinalysis or just one looking for bacteria?
    I'm curious because my mom thinks I might have symptoms of diabetes, but I just got tested for a UTI like a month or two ago and the urinalysis had no problems. Would diabetes have shown up in a urinanalysis a doctor did for a UTI?

    • ANSWER:
      They wouldnt be looking for a diabetes problem in a urinalysis. That you would have to have a fasting blood sugar level done or a 24 hour urine test done and thats different from a urinalysis. Do you drink a whole lot of fluids? Do you eat excessively? There are alot of different symptoms with diabetes, so be careful.

  15. QUESTION:
    Health UTI or IC?
    I dont know if anyone can help. I have been having UTI pain for the past 10 months. Ever since I started a relationship. The first time it was positive for bacteria. Then only once since then i have tested positive for bacteria in the urine despite having the UTI symptoms 6 times. I thought it could be IC but my UTI pain cleared up after i took a course of Cephalexin prescribed by my doctor. When i mentioned IC he said its debatable whether IC exists or not. He said that my UTI is related to sex with my partner. But i dont understand why there is no bacteria in my urine and also how come the cephalexin works in getting rid of the symptoms. I am worried it is IC but how can it be if cefalezin gets rid of the symptoms??? Help cos i think i feel a pang of another one coming.
    IC is intestital cystitis ( i think thats how they spell it)

    • ANSWER:
      If you are having a lot of vigorous sex this can cause irritation and inflammation, as well as bacterial infection, it used to be called honeymoon disease. However, since you have had it several times in a short space of time you may need referring to the urology dept. at hospital for further tests. Do you drink adequate amounts of water/fluid per day (approx 2.600 mls per 24 hours) also have cranberry juice this can help to protect the lining of your urethra. Also drink barley water this can also help the bladder do not over do the fluid though because you can make yourself ill drinking too much.

  16. QUESTION:
    UTI/kidney infection symptoms, but urine test came back negative. What's goin on?
    So I recently had a UTI/Kidney Infection (which is very rare for young males as I'm told) and was put on 5 days of anti-biotics, this stuff called septra. I thought 5 days wasn't enough, but they said that they were pretty sure that after 5 days my infection would clear up. I caught the kidney infection really early on, only having felt very minor side pains at the time. It wasnt bad enough yet to where I had a fever, so i guess i was lucky that i caught it early on.
    Well, as I finished my 5 days of antibiotics, I noticed that some of my symptoms were still there. Two days after having finished my anitbiotics I went into my urologists office to get my urine tested just to make sure that my infection had cleared up. He told me that my urine test came back clear. No signs of bacteria, white blood cells, nothing. So I left the office thinking that my infection had cleared up. The problem is, I'm still feeling side pains/lower back pains and abdomen pains. It's been four days since my urologist said the tests were clear, yet the pains are still there. They're really not that bad, the pains come and go throughout the day, staying for like 30 seconds and then theyll go away, but come and go through the day. Most of the time it's kind of like a cramp like pain, and other times its more of a stinging pain, but it's mostly a cramp like pain.
    What kind of side/back pains are associated with kidney infections? is it more of a stinging pain or a cramp pain? And should I go back to retest my urine? I know the test came back negative but i still have pains, im not sure what that means. I don't have health insurance either and each visit is 100 bucks, so I'm not sure if i should go or not. And usually for a kidney infection how long does the pain stay? Like i said the pains im feeling usually just go away in 30 seconds but come and go through the day. I'm actually leaving for a trip across the country in a week and I want to make sure that I'm fine before i leave. The urine test said i was clear but why am I still feeling pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Cut way down on your salt. I know a lot of salt can hurt.

      Drink a lot of water.

      Watch your sugar intake.

  17. QUESTION:
    Strange Symptoms... Can you help?
    Hi-
    I have an array of strange symptoms. Can anyone piece this together?

    I have had chronic hives for many years, coupled with food allergies that are well controlled. In addition- I have had chronic kidney/UTI’s that I saw a urologist for a few years ago. A few weeks ago a random urine test yielded large amouts of bacteria in my urine so they gave my Cipro (I had NO UTI symptoms- I also never used to get symptoms). I got 10 UTI’s/Kidney infections in 12 months a few years ago- so I am scared this is re-occuring again. I am going to go in for random urine tests every three months. I did a repeat urine analysis after finishing the CIPRO and it was negative (YAY!)

    The last few days I have not been getting hives all over my body- but my right ankle, both elbows, and both knees are red, hot and itchy. Right on the joints.

    I just want to know if any of this sounds connected. I feel at a loss- I’m starting to feel as if it is all in my head. The affected joints sting throughout the day and are extremely tender when pressing them.

    I just need help- I don’t know who to go to, where to go from here, and what medicine to even take anymore. Any doctor available to guide me to the next step?

    Thanks- hope you all have a wonderful new years!

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  18. QUESTION:
    Do I still have a UTI if I haven't felt symptoms?
    September 2008 I had a UTI during the week I was vacationing visiting my boyfriend (he lives FAR) so I had to wait a week before I could see a Dr.

    After a week or two, I never went to see a doctor and had no symptoms. It's been almost a year and I still have no symptoms...lol...does this mean I still have a UTI and the bacteria is just dormant?
    I'm 20. When I was last at a doctor, I let her know that I had a UTI back in Sept. and told her I had no symptoms for a LONG time and she said I was fine.

    • ANSWER:
      You more than likely do not UTI it depends on how old you are if you are younger indications would be cloudy urine and pain when urinating but if you were never diagnosed in the first place it may not of been a UTI and you more than likely do not have it because a great amount of time has elapsed

  19. QUESTION:
    I Have Symptoms of a UTI but no UTI?
    A couple of months ago I felt like I was getting a UTI. I had just had sex the night before and then the next day I started feeling the symptoms of one. I have had UTIs before so I know the signs. I immediately tried to fight it of by drinking lots of water and cranberry juice. The next week I went to the doctor to get checked out. They did a urine sample but found no bacteria. They put me on antibiotics anyways. They did not work and I was still feeling painful inflammation in my urinary tract. So I went back. They did another culture, it came back negative again and switched antibiotics. Again nothing worked. I then went to a urologist who told me that I probably had an infection but it went away and I still had inflammation from it. He told me to take 3 motrins twice a day. After a couple of days the pain went away. But then the next week was back again. Ever since then it has been coming and going. Does anyone know what it could be?

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  20. QUESTION:
    Bacteria in my blood???!!!!!!!?
    I was seen in the emergency room Sunday and diagnosed with a severe UTI/kidney infection. The ER nurse just called me and said that my blood was cultured, and they found a VERY small amount of bacteria in it, and it was probably an outside contaminant from my skin, or whoever handled the specimen, and that I should not worry. BUT I AM WORRIED!!!! Anyone else experience this?????? I am not feeling bad, other than having my UTI symptoms. No fever or anything. Should I relax???

    • ANSWER:
      Lol, relax
      everyone has bacteria in thier blood. The White blood cells destroy the bacteria anyway and there's millions of these cells in every drop of blood

  21. QUESTION:
    Uti, cranberry juice, healing, etc?
    I had a UTI last week on vacation, only I didn't know it because I thought it was a yeast infection. When I got on the plane to come home, the real UTI symptoms started (fever, chills, intense urinary pain).

    When I got home, I had a 4-day course of Bactrim. It took a while for the symptoms to really subside; I am now no longer nauseous or feverish and it doesn't hurt to pee, but there is some residual ache in the "pee" area (sorry TMI).

    I went to the doc today and she took a urine sample, and it was clean. She's sending it out to see if there is some trace bacteria that may be affecting me. She said I was probably just still healing, that I should go home and drink unsweetened cranberry juice, and that's what I'm doing. She said to call if anything got worse, and that she'd let me know the results of my culture when it came back.

    I guess I'm just scared that I'll never feel normal again! Can it really take this long to feel normal after a week-long UTI?
    You ladies are the best, I feel so reassured!! :) I only ever had one UTI before, and I caught it on Day 1, so this is very different. Thank you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can! Keep drinking the juice. You will prb feel better in 2-3 days!

  22. QUESTION:
    my gf went to doctor w/ possible uti. antibiotics didn't work. two days later had discharge. chlamydia?
    my girlfriend went to the doctor with a suspected UTI. was given weeks worth of antibiotics and got a call later saying no abnormal bacteria was found. she was given different antibiotics and now (9 days after first visit to the doctor for uti symptoms) she had a yellowish discharge. it has been years since my last sex partner but i am getting tested anyway. she thinks its a std, but even with the major percentage of those who do have chlamydia or gonorrhea not knowing due to no symptoms, would it be possible for one to have one of those diseases for a whole 4 years and not show symptoms?
    tests showed it wasn't a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      it is possible to not show symptoms at all. ask the doctor to be tested for STD's so that you know for sure.

  23. QUESTION:
    UTI unresponsive with antibiotics where culture showed they should work to treat it.?
    I'd like information or opinions from people in the medical community or those who have had first-hand experience with this situation. I have had a recurring UTI for about two months now and been prescribed different antibiotics. On June 12th was prescribed 14-day cycle of Macrobid. 10 days into the medication not only was the infection not getting better, but getting worse. UA still showed nitrites and leukocytes, even while on antibiotics. Culture on the 12th had showed that the bacteria was sensitive to Macrobid. Dr. changed prescription to Augmentin on June 24th and referred me to urologist. Urologist just wants me to finish medication and take it from there before doing CT scan to check for stones, then scope the bladder to check there. I am now 5 days into the Augmentin with no improvement, although an AZO (home test) test strip did not indicate nitrites this time, but positive for leukocytes. Still have pain and usual UTI symptoms. I'm self-insured with a ,000 deductible, so money is an issue. Should I be concerned more about getting rid of the infection and then if it comes back start looking for the reason, or should I be more concerned about the reason the infection is unresponsive? Dr's seemed genuinely unsure about what to do or what course of action to take, and so am I. I have had urinary tract problems since birth and have had too many UTI's to count in my 38 years. But this is the FIRST time I have had an infection that doesn't seem to respond at all to an antibiotic that should work. Does this happen very often?

    • ANSWER:
      your body can get overly exposed to antibiotics.. coulod be why its not working.... as simple as this sounds. i treat my own uti's go tot he store and find a 100% juice cranberry.... buy like 3-4 bottles of it and chug it as much as u can hold.... always works within 48 hours for me.

  24. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection, bacterial vaginitis *and* a UTI ... is my vagina committing suicide?
    No, I don't really think my vagina's trying to off itself, but clearly, I've made it very unhappy somehow.

    I've had a yeast infection for 7 weeks and had tried everything to get rid of it. Even 5 doses of Diflucan in a row couldn't kill it off. (I did all the eating yogurt and taking acidophilus stuff too.) I thought it was a resistant strain, until today, when I went into a doctor for like the fourth time.

    Before this visit, I hadn't had a full exam done down there — just quick swabs to check for yeast. Well, today, the doctor checked me out.

    Her initial reaction?

    "Oh my." She found yeast, but she also found a bitchin' case of bacterial vaginosis. Oh...I also tested positive for what I can only assume is a pretty new UTI (since I haven't experienced any UTI symptoms yet).

    I'm taking Diflucan, Flagyl and Cipro to take care of all my problems now, and the doc says the only reason Diflucan didn't kill the yeast last time around was because the BV was making my vagina a veritable breeding ground for nasty lil' microbes.

    Whew! That was long-winded. So, on to my questions:

    Have any of ya'll had any combination of yeast infection, BV and/or UTI at the same time before?

    Does anyone know how to explain what might have caused both these problems to arise at the same time?

    Any advice on how to prevent both BV and yeast infections in the future? I'm taking a probiotic with nice, friendly "good" bacteria in it already and have amped up my yogurt consumption. Any tips besides that?

    By the way, if anyone tells me to "stop sleeping around" or to "shower, dummy," go play in traffic. I've had the same partner for 2 years, and we use condoms, and I shower and clean really well (but not with soap because that's a healthy vagina no-no) daily.
    Hey guys...no need to bother telling me how to treat yeast infections, by the way. I've had this one for 7 weeks and have researched EVERYTHING. (Turns out, the BV was the only reason the YI wouldn't go away.)

    And to the first answerer ... I agree. The world is totally dying.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow..

      I have never had a UTI, but I have had a yeast infection and BV together at the same time. It wasn't fun, and I thought I had a stubborn strain of a yeast infection. I was given a cream to insert into my vagina for the yeast infection and pills (I don't remember the name) for BV.

      Have you tried the AZO brands? They are pills in with the vitamins or feminine products (depending on what store you go to). They are about 6 dollars, but they really help. I use the AZO Yeast and it prevents me from getting yeast infections (and I never eat yogurt!). Every time I even feel a little itch down there, I swallow one of the pills and it goes away!

      I know they make AZO UTI too. I heard they work well at preventing and treating the symptoms (but it doesn't cure the UTI or yeast infection), but I've never had a UTI so I don't use them. Drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry supplements can help prevents UTI's as well.

      As for your BV, my doctor said I got it from wiping wrong. I know it's gross, but hey, I'm not the only one who does it. Make sure to wipe front to back (even though it's easier to wipe back to front). Your feces particles can get in your vagina and can cause BV. Seriously. It's gross, but thats the most common cause of it.

      I hope I helped! Good luck and I really recommend the AZO products at preventing yeast infections and UTI's!

  25. QUESTION:
    do these results mean i have a UTI?
    So my OB Dr would not give me medication with these results because i guess having EPITHELIAL cells means the specimen is no good? well i have alll the classic UTI symptoms but they will not treat me? my PCP Dr said i def have UTI but they cant treat me cause i am a OB patient right now (im 35 weeks pregnant) im not sure if i can be treated this late in the pregnancy anyways but even when i am NOT pregnant my OB/GYN will not treat me if those cells are present?! i wipe with the 3 little wet naps before i pee in the cup so im not sure why those cells keep getting in my urine & its not like i dont shower or am a dirty person?? well before my PCP Dr called in meds for me cuz this is NOT the first time my OB/GYN has done this & im gettin really sick of it... i need a new Ob/GYN Dr i think. Someone please help me!

    COLOR- Yellow
    APPEARANCE- Cloudy
    LEUKOCYTE ESTERASE- 3+
    NITRITE- Negative
    PROTEIN- Negative
    PH- 7.0
    BLOOD- Negative
    SPECIFIC GRAVITY- 1.015
    KETONE- Negative
    UROBILINOGEN- 0.2
    BILIRUBIN- Negative
    GLUCOSE- Negative
    WBC- 10-15
    RBC- None seen
    SQUAMOUS EPITHELIAL CELLS- 2+
    BACTERIA- Rare
    MUCOUS- Rare
    CRYSTALS- 1+ Amorphous
    CRYSTALS- 1+ Ca Ox
    they didnt explain NOTHING! they just said you DONT have a UTI cause the specimen is not counted i guess cause there is those EPITHELIAL cells??? my PCP said i def have a UTI but they CANNOT treat me cause im a OB patient. so im at the mercy of the OB Dr. who im guessing doesnt care! i cant wait to have my Baby & be done with this Dr.

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    How many medium oranges do I need to eat to create sufficiently acid environment to neutralise UTI bacteria?
    Symptoms - Day 1 & 2 weeing/straining to wee lots, Day 3 diarrhea, abdominal and severe kidney pain. No raised temperature, no other evidence of urinary infection. We on't have cranberry in and the shops are all shut so it's got to be oranges.
    Not a big orange fan will 3 do it?
    On web health site it says acid vitamin C environment will kill the bacteria hence cranberry for UTI usually. Have only just finished a course of antibiotics for chest infection and am limited on type can take due to penecillin allergy and contraindications with heart tablets (high deaths)

    • ANSWER:
      Enough to make you very sick and make the diarrhea much, much worse. You need an antibiotic for this. Bacteria have to be killed, they can't be neutralized. Please see a doctor.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does bacteria in urine mean I have an std?
    had a physical and the nurse said that I had few bacteria and white blood cells in my urine..no symptoms of uti.except for small pains in lower stomach that feel like cramps from time to time

    • ANSWER:
      i believe u r coming down with a infection like bladder or kidney or even a yeast infection no std hunny

  28. QUESTION:
    Why would I have blood in urine and no bacteria? Thought I had a UTI..what else could it be?
    I am 22 weeks pregnant and have been taking Macrobid for four days for a UTI. I called my doctor today to check on the urine culture and was told that it was negative for bacteria, but there was blood present. I don't understand why there is blood in my urine. I have a history of UTI"s and cystisits (spelling?) but never kidney stones or anything else. My symptoms were pretty common for UTI, no pain, just pressure and needing to go alot more. Even more than the increase I already have since pregnancy. I am confused about the blood in my urine without bacteria. Doctor told me to stop the antibiotic. I am very confused.....HELP!

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Vaginal burning?? Not UTI, Yeast, or Bacteria...?
    I've been experiencing minor vaginal burning & discomfort with no other symptoms, and I have gone to the doctor multiple times and always test negative for UTI, yeast infection, and bacterial infection. Doctor said it also does not look like an allergic reaction to latex condoms, and tests came back normal from recent Pap Smear. Anyone know what could be going on??

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I only burn when I have a yeast infection.

  30. QUESTION:
    Urinary symptoms but no UTI?
    Lately, since November, I've been having urinary problems like increased frequency & problems emptying out my bladder as well as irritation after urinating.

    I have gotten MANY urine tests which all came out negative.

    I suspect I may be diabetic.

    One doctor said my urine test was mildy positive, but had no bacteria. He said white blood cells were mildy found, which meant an infection was being fought.

    What could this be?? I am so clueless.

    I am an 18 year old female, far from overweight, in fact I lost a few pounds & I'm average weight.
    My grandfather has diabetes.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome, is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms can vary greatly between individuals and even for the same person throughout the month, including an urgent need to urinate (urgency), a frequent need to urinate (frequency) and, for some, pressure and/or pelvic pain. People with severe cases of IC/PBS may urinate as many as 60 times a day, including frequent nighttime urination (nocturia).

      Pain levels can range from mild tenderness to intense, agonizing pain. Pain typically worsens as the bladder fills and is then relieved after urination. Pain may also radiate to the lower back, upper legs, vulva and penis. Women's symptoms may fluctuate with their menstrual cycle, often flaring during ovulation and/or just before their periods. Men and women may experience discomfort during or after sexual relations. During flares, patients may also experience the “IC Belly,” a sudden and random swelling of the lower abdomen.

      When an IC bladder is examined using a procedure called hydrodistention with cystoscopy, physicians often find small, bleeding wounds, also known as petechial hemorrhages or glomerulations. These are usually caused by recurring irritation, such as coffee or soda. About ten percent of patients may have larger, more painful wounds, called Hunner’s Ulcers. Some patients with mild IC may have bladders that appear normal during a cystoscopy. IC patients rarely test positive for infection in standard urinalysis and urine cultures (1,2).

      In recent years, there has been much debate about renaming IC and suggestions have included painful bladder syndrome, bladder pain syndrome and pelvic pain syndrome. In the United States, we typically use the term interstitial cystitis (IC) or interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) though many believe that patients are being frequently misdiagnosed with overactive bladder and/or chronic prostatitis. In Europe, physicians appear to favor the term bladder pain syndrome (BPS). We urge you not to become invested in any specific name but rather focus on symptoms. If someone has frequency, urgency, pressure and/or pain, they clearly require medical care and should be treated with compassion.

      Take care

      Tin

  31. QUESTION:
    Signs of a UTI but, no Signs of Bacteria, Pregnant?
    I have a history of reoccurring UTI's from hydronephrosis in my left kidney and I know what a UTI feels like because Ive had so many in the past. The signs are pain in back where kidney is located, frequent urination, and trouble emptying bladder completely. Well, now it's harder to convince doctors that I feel like I have a UTI being 6 months pregnant because the doctors want to relate every symptom I'm having to pregnancy. My symptoms have been getting worse with more pain in my kidney now and the doctor I saw today said it was ligament pain from a growing baby and he also said he didn't find any bacteria in my urine. The doctor was very demeaning and aggressive towards me as if I were making things up. He kept hitting his head with his hand and said "I'm trying to educate you." He repeated over and over "theres no bacteria, theres no blood, theres no sign of a UTI." The prognosis he gave me didn't seem right at all. He said the baby sitting on my bladder and growing caused me to urinate frequently and the pain in my back was the weight of the baby. Even the few cramps I had in the front indicating a pelvic infection meant nothing to my doctor, he saw it as round ligaments being stretched out. I think doctors don't take any woman serious when shes pregnant because none of mine are and this is ridiculous! I feel really frustrated! The last time a doctor told me they didn't find any bacteria, I did end up with a bad UTI and I was treated in the emergency room. I need to know what other options are available for me if no doctor will help me. The big concern is that UTI's are the third leading cause of miscarriage and pelvic infections are the second leading cause. Somethings not right if a doctor doesn't want to help their patient!

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  32. QUESTION:
    Urology Health question for recurring UTI's with blood and pus but no bacteria?
    I am a 21 year old female. I have had recurring symptoms and have been treated for a UTI 10 times in the last 12 months. I have blood and pus in my urine but no bacteria. I have had a Cytoscopy, xrays, and CT Scan. They found nothing wrong. My Urologist is sending me for a MRI and if that doesnt reveal the problem he said he is unsure of what to do next. Any advice as to a possible cause? My sympotms are pain during urination, lower abdominal soreness, pain during intercourse, frequent urination, and i also have fatigue and muscle aches although I dont know if those symptoms are related. Also all of these symptoms are constant. Before and after treatments for the UTI's I still have all the symptoms. The only difference is the severity of the pain while urinating. When it gets really painful I go to the ER and get treated with antibiotics for a UTI. We have tried numerous types of antibiotics but nothing seems to help. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    There was no bacteria present in the multiple urine cultures. I am not sure about the microscopic. Thank you very much Rak I will definately bring up some of those possibilities with my doctor. Will the MRI show if it is something like ovarian cancer? And no worries about scaring me. I have been in pain for so long that I dont care what it is, I just want to know what it is so we can fix it.
    Also the only family history of cancer I have is my maternal grandfather who had colon cancer but it didnt develop until well into his 70's. And my maternal great grandmother died of some sort of eye cancer also in her older years.

    • ANSWER:
      No bacteria grew out in the CULTURE or no bacteria was seen in the urine MICROSCOPIC??

      If there's bacteria in the urine microscopic, but nothing grows out on the urine culture, it is most likely an organism that requires special media to grow like Ureaplasma or Mycoplasma. Has your urine been tested for those organisms? The doctor would have to order a culture (or PCR) SPECIFICALLY for those organisms. Those organisms require special treatment for a very long time...much longer than treatment for a regular UTI...that could be why it's not responding to the antibiotic treatment you've had thus far. That's only if the urine microscopic is positive for bacteria, of course.

      What I am guessing, though, is that it is something other than a UTI causing your troubles.

      It could be adverse effects of a medication you are taking causing inflammation of the bladder. It could be pelvic inflammatory disease. It could be an ovarian cyst putting pressure on the bladder. And I don't want to scare you, but it could even be ovarian cancer. Do you have a family history of cancer?

      I really hope you find the answers you are looking for. Your doc should have ordered an ultrasound before going as drastic as an MRI. Most the possibilities I listed above can be indicated or ruled out with an ultrasound.

      Take care.

  33. QUESTION:
    I'm 10 weeks pregnant possible uti , kidney stone ?
    I went to the ER with a kidney stone at the beginning of the month .. the stone still hasn't passed and I have had symptoms of a uti my doctor put me on antibiotics which didn't work i called my doctor and I went to an urgent care where they gave me stronger antibiotics and the urine culture had no bacteria showing a uti .. I still have the frequent urge to urinate it's horrible and tomorrow is my last day of antibiotics anyone have an idea of what could be going on?

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  34. QUESTION:
    Elevated nitrates? UTI?
    I began having symptoms of UTI last night, it's pretty common for me. I called my ob this am thinking he'd just call me in some macrobid, no such luck...

    The office called back and said that I needed a urinalysis and to see the Dr. but I didnt get the msg until it was too late...

    I went on and had the urinalysis at the hospital and am supposed to go to the Dr. tomorrow morning. My question is this:

    My mom works at the hospital and was able to get my lab results. My nitrates? were elevated, but the lukocytes were normal as was the bacteria. What does this mean? Just another UTI?

    (forgot to mention that I am 6 mos pregnant)

    • ANSWER:
      Consult your doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is it? help plz?
    So for about four years this has gone on.I have been seeing doctors they dont really know what it is.
    If anyone has any ideas please let me know thanks.I just want to stop the suffering.

    Symptoms:

    severe lower(below the belly button) abdominal pain more specicially in the ovary region.The pain varies in a sense that it comes and goes,its worse at night and in the morning and then in mid day.If I sneeze/cough/standup to quick/do certain excercises I get a very intense sharp pain that is very quick it makes me fall to my knees and takes my breath away then it fades almost as quickly as it begins.The pains I usually feel are not dull and they are not exactly muscular its very hard to describ its like a inflammed intense feeling.The pain is not always here it comes in episodes it may last for 3 months at most so far starting out moderate to a very severe pain where I cannot move and sleep or eat.Then most the symptoms can disapear for a while.I'd say I have had about 10 episodes of this which all last for more than a month and a half the last episode I had which was this summer was by far the worse I have ever had,they are getting worse.

    My periods are very heavy and very painful,I have alot of pain before/after/and during my periods.The first day or two I have dark(old blood) sometimes sticky clot balls.Also my periods can be irregular,which occasional spotting between them with associated cramps.

    Sometimes it hurts during sexual intercourse to have sex the deeper it goes and its not because it to deep its just that it seems in the back of my vagina it gets very sore soemtimes and sex can cause sharp pains during and cramps afterwards.This it not all the time however.

    I also have low back pain.
    I thought for a while I was haveing sort of lower rib pain its hard to explain but I think its actually kidney pain Im not sure if this is connected but I tend to always have the kidney pain no matter what.As of recently its been a whole lots worse for about a day and half.Its make it hard to breath I feel like I have a tight chest like soemthings squeezing me.

    I seem to get alot of UTI's and UTI stymptoms.
    I get a burning sensation when I pee and with blood soemtimes its a UTI that requires medicane but soemtimes it just a annoyance that last a day or a few days.It happens every often though,even though I keep very clean and follow the guidlines of prevention of uti's.

    I note something else one time my doctor thought I had UTI and we tried to treat it,but it wouldnt leave so she did more testing and she found bacteria vaginosis which was causing the UTI symptoms.The intresting thing was many of these symptoms I am descrbing for these episdones went away with the B.V. medicane(I was going through an episode at that moment).

    I have a lot of fatigue,I feel energy drained sometimes even though ive done nothing,and just woke up with a restful sleep.
    I get alot of muscular pain in my lower abdomen,low back,legs.I get charlie horses at night when the episodes are bad.
    I loose alot of weight quickly during episodes last episode I went from 138 to 132.This time in a short amount of time(a week and half) I went from 138 to 130.I used to have non showing ribs,and a little extra fat over my ribs,side of my hips and sides and now its vanished.I also havent been doing anything for these weight changes,nothing extra.After the episode I go right back to my normal weight 135-138.

    Sometimes I get odd discharge and its not like a yeast infection because its not super thick or anything and I have had yeast infections many times so i reconize it.This discharge I am talking about does not really bother me its just there and it comes and goes its whitish gray and thin rather than thick,it can smell really odd to me sometimes.

    I get fevers and chills regurly as well as night sweats,even without associated sickness like a flu or cold.Sometimes I will be cold no matter how many layers of clothes or blanket I wear and it dosent matter if the rooms 30 degrees of 90 im just ganna be cold if its that time.I do get nausea but dont throw up I seem to have a high threshold for that.

    I get really dizzy and light headed soemtimes,and feel like I will faint.

    Thanks sorry if this is a TMI sort of thing but i am desperate i need some ideas on what this could be

    • ANSWER:
      this is going to sound strange and it is possible in young woman but i think you could be going threw menopause these are all the symptoms of menopause and a low iron count, also you may want to see a gynecologist to check if you have something called endometriosis, is is an infection that causes growths in/on/outside of the ovaries and uterus it can also spread to other internal organs if it is on the outside of these areas which causes all or most of these symptoms.
      for example thinking you have uti, lower back pain tiredness dizzyness, fatigue and more.

      so although i am no doctor i have seen these problems before in myself in family

      diagnosis 1: low iron count and menopause
      diagnosis 2: low iron count and endometriosis

      go to your local gynecologist and ask him/her about these, there are studies online that talk of early menopause in woman from 16 to 35. the common age is more 45 to 60, so this is a possibility. iron tablets will cure the nausea tiredness weight gain and loss and some of your other symptoms take 1 a day for two weeks with orange juice or water. and get checked for endometriosis ASAP before it spreads or worsens so you can get it treated if this is what you have.

      good luck friend.

  36. QUESTION:
    Infant UTI?
    We were in a small dilemma on one issue regarding Esha’s health and thought of writing to you. We would be grateful if you could kindly consult some good doctor on what line of action we should take.

    During examination of Esha’s Urine Culture they have found the presence of E. Coli bacteria (100,000 organisms/ml – which is significant). However, in the Routine Urine test there is no indication of Pus cells. The test has been repeated a number of times and is showing the same result. Esha has had a couple of bouts of fever (upto 100.5 degrees) over the last one and a half months. We have also got the ultrasound of abdomen done, which is normal.
    Now there are two clear views amongst the Peadiatricians here:

    One doctor says that this must be treated for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) by giving antibiotics as repeated tests have shown presence of E Coli.
    Esha’s Urine Culture test shows that this bacteria is sensitive to Amikacin,
    Cefoperazone+Sulbactum, Meropenem, Piperacillin+Tazobactum, and
    Nitrofurantoin. These are all very strong antibiotics. They have suggested that the only antibiotic that can be given without hospitalization is Nitrofurantoin.

    The other doctor has insisted that Esha has no symptoms of UTI and this is a case of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria. It should not be treated with antibiotics.
    In fact if treated it increases the risk of symptomatic UTI at a later date.
    This clearly puts us in a difficult choice.

    We would be grateful if you could consult some good doctor and tell us about their thinking on this issue. The jury seems to be clearly divided.

    • ANSWER:
      There should not be e.coli in urine at all! Urine is naturally sterile. You need to start practicing better hygiene. Let me guess. This is a girl? Please, please, please start being more careful and practicing scrupulous hygiene in that area, or you are in for a serious situation. Be happy that (s)he is asymptomatic for now, hope that (s)he can get rid of the current e.coli infection using her own immune system, and don't let her get another infection.

  37. QUESTION:
    uti infection, dysfunctional uterine bleeding and itchy skin?
    I've had the full work up at the gyno and my primary physician and still no answers! I should also note that I am not sexually active. Maybe someone out there has a similar story. Okay, here goes. About 6-8 weeks ago I started having frequent urination (especially at night) and mild pain in my mid to lower back/side area. These were my only symptoms. Went to my doctor and he did a dipstick urine test. There was blood, pus and elevated protein in my urine - he put me on cipro. After a week, no relief so he switched me to bactrim. Finished bactrim with no change in symptoms. About three weeks ago I started having abnormal uterine bleeding (non stop, but light to moderate). Went to my gyno and had a pelvic exam, pap smear and a pelvic ultrasound. All clear from the gyno's point of view. About a week ago, pain in back started feeling worse and "full" (or swollen), started itching like crazy almost everywhere (arms, underarms, legs, neck, etc.), feel achy all over with a low-grade fever. Went to primary doc again he did a CBC and a urine culture. CBC came back normal, but the urine culture showed an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria (UTI) and put me on Macrobid. I just took my first dose tonight (3/23/09). Would a UTI cause all these other crazy symptoms? My doctor was unable or unwilling to answer my questions about all my other symptoms; especially the itching and abnormal uterine bleeding. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
    I also wanted to point out that I was not on any medication (not even the antibiotic) when my itching began. Antibiotics (cipro and bactrim) were finished about two weeks prior to the itchy skin. I also have endometriosis (have had two surgeries to remove it), but it has never caused dysfunctional uterine bleeding in the past (other than heavy, regular periods). It's just odd that all these symptoms are happening at one time.

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Could a gynocologist tell if a boy touch you just by checking your urin sample?
    Well I went to my gynocologist on Friday, and I have some of the symptoms of uti, well I didn't have no sexual intercourse but my boyfriend fingered me and ate me out, but could a gynocologist see my boyfriend DNA in the urin sample or just bacteria ? I need help could you please tell me what do they really see in the urin sample for uti ?

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  39. QUESTION:
    about UTI and breastfeeding?
    i had symptoms of UTI last week (pain while urinating, pinkish urine, etc) and didnt want to take antibiotics bcos am breastfeeding so i started drinking lots of water till i went to see my doctor on saturday. she said i should come for the test today and didnt give me any drugs. now since saturday night the symptoms went away completely and now i feel completely ok.( I drank water sooo much and passed urine several times ). Now am thinking d bacteria is flushed out and i need no further cure. what do u think?

    • ANSWER:
      that's great. i too have UTI and takes lots of medicines, to my disappointment i never get any better.

      so what i did was drinking lots of water i mean very enourmous, like every 10 mins i had to pee. the result is, i never urinate blood anymore.

      ...but in your case, if you still feel pain again, i advice you take medicine, but not too much.

  40. QUESTION:
    Been dealing with a UTI for months now. It is caused by Strep B bacteria. Anyone know what works for this?
    Been to two MD's. The first put me on amoxicillin for 7 days. I called at the end of it and said I was still having symptoms. She then put on Bactrim but that made me sick and I stopped. At this point I moved and after settling found a new MD. He but me on a macrobid(sp?) for 7 days. Still had symptoms. He wanted me to see a Urologist but I have no insurance and it would cost like 250-300 just to be seen, not including labs. So I called the MD again and he put me on amoxil for 10 days. I have a day or so more left and still have symptoms. I have to go back to for another urinalysis. I know its going to come back positive. I really dont want to see a urologist and I hate that I am on all these antibiotics. I think I need something stronger to kill this. Its obviously been brewing inside for months. I only had one uti before 4 years ago and it was cured quickly. I dont know what to do. I only know one person who had an uti caused by strep b and she went on penicillin and that cured it.
    The culture comes back positive for strep b. I have been drinking a lot of water with lemon. But I will start taking vitamin c.

    • ANSWER:
      You need a urine culture to find out what organism is causing the infection and what antibiotic it is sensitive to. Usually a UTI is treated for two weeks but you may require a longer course for your particular infection. To help in the meantime, take 1000 mg of Vitamin C. Bacteria do not like an acidic environment. You should be drinking two liters of fluid per day (water is great but anything would be fine) to flush out the infection. The urologist will take payments if you do not have insurance if you ask. Call them and explain the situation. I would request a urine culture by the regular doctor first though.

  41. QUESTION:
    Keep giving girl a UTI?
    I'm a male, circumcized, recently checked for STD's (NONE) and very hygienic. The girl is also very hygienic and no STD's. Thing is every time we have sex she gets a UTI within a day. She pee's before and after sex and cleans properly. Now she has been with someone while with me and got no UTI, then when with me again she has gotten a UTI. My only previous girl I was with before her used to get UTI's as well.
    So my question is I carry no symptoms for a UTI at all, but can there be bacteria naturally on me that causes this, bacteria in my semen/urine that causes this or some other factor?

    Just to clear up a few more questions, I have not had anal sex so thats out, and even when she did have anal sex with this other guy she never got a UTI. Condoms, especially spermicidal ones tend to mess her up as well. So for all intent and purpose lets leave using a condom out as one of the solutions.
    Thanks if anyone has a clue.

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  42. QUESTION:
    Bladder infection but urine test negative. How is that possible?
    My doctor tested my urine today because I have the symptoms of a UTI. He said there were no bacteria.
    Weird or?
    Should I let them send my sample to a lab?

    • ANSWER:
      Did you have sex? because sex can do that. The penis hits the front wall of your vagina where the bladder is, making your bladder sore. The same symptoms of a bladder infection shows up a day or a few days after rough sex.

  43. QUESTION:
    Bacteria Yeast Infection caused a UTI? HELP?
    I have had a bad yeast infection for a while now. No itching or burning. Only symptom is thick chunky gross discharge all the time! I went to the gyn and got an antibiotic to clear it up... i think its clyndimycin. Its not really working and now its been a few days... but now I think from having the yeast infection and all that discharge its giving me a UTI. It doesnt burn when I pee or ne thing... i just have a really "annoying" feeling down there. Like where I pee out of. Should I call my gyn and have her give me a medication for this and change my meds for my yeast infection or what the heck is going on?

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  44. QUESTION:
    Uti cause missed period?? ?
    I am on birth control and I have never missed a period on birth control before! Well I am having frequent urge to urinate (no pain when peeing though & no smell), pressure in my pelvic area, pain in my lower back, cramping, bloating, breat soreness, nausea, and sensitivity to smells.. I originally thought that some of the symptoms were from the uti & the rest were just from taking the birth control. But just in case in case I took a pregnancy test and it said negative! BUT when I went to the doctors they said my urine was clear from any bacteria! So without the uti I have no idea what could be causing these symtoms! I'm really confused! PLEASE HELP! Could the uti be delaying my period?? BTW I have not taken any antibiotics either!

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  45. QUESTION:
    uti wont go away. please help?
    I am having symptoms of a uti. (i get them frequently) I went to the doctor and she said that there was a ton of bacteria but no infection, she gave me sulfameth. Its been 5 days now, meds are almost gone and the pain continues. I usually take cipro. and it always works. Could it be the antibiotic or is something else wrong?

    I have burning when urinating, frequent urge to urinate, mild pelvic pain, mild scentless, pinkish discharge, fever

    • ANSWER:
      Check your blood sugar, if it's high you can have these problems. Burning due to too high sugar in the urine, frequent urge to pee, fever, always tire and wanting to sleep. Your normal blood sugar should be between 80 and 110. It's easy to check with a simple blood meter or have your doctor check it for you. It's alway best to see your doctor about any health problems.

  46. QUESTION:
    Could this be implantation bleeding?
    I went to the doctor for a UTI yesterday, but the urine dip came back negative for bacteria. It did, however, come back positive for blood. I have all the UTI symptoms and no visible blood in my urine. I am currently TTC and would have been 3DPO yesterday...could it have been implantation bleeding that was in my urine? I know 3DPO is early, but not impossible from what I understand. Again, no blood is visible at all.

    Today I'm feeling much better after drinking lots of water yesterday to flush myself out. The dr. is supposed to call tomorrow with results of the urine culture from the lab.

    • ANSWER:
      It does not sound like implantation bleeding...there has not been enough time for the fertilized egg to make it down the fallopian tubes yet. Although, I do hope you get your BFP this month!

  47. QUESTION:
    Major bladder problems and doctors havent found problem! HELP?
    Hi I'm 21 years old and have hadthese bladder problems for a couple years now. I have uti symptoms after I go pee then after my bladder fills up a bit I feel ok but still discomfort even if I wear to tight of pants I feel discomfort. Certain foods and drinks make these symptoms, tight pants, and things I drink too mostly coffee. I go to the doctor for uti symptoms (urgency, discomfort, pain, painful peeing, burning ect) they test it and it comes back no bacteria. They culture it and nothing grows. They keep askin about sti's so I got checked and it came back negative. 3 months later I go back again for uti symptoms culture didn't grow. I even got tested for sti again!!!!!! And it came back negative. They just send me off with antibiotics but it doesn't help its not a uti!!! It hurts to pee. Hurts wayyyyy bad after I pee. I chug water whicch helps for a while but not always. I can't figure it out! I even had a doctor look down there while getting my "yearly" she said evrything looks fine :/

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  48. QUESTION:
    Recurring UTIs or possibly chronic bladder problem?
    About 7-8 months ago I went in to be tested for a UTI because for 2 days I was frequently urinating and it was painful. The doctor said they found traces of white blood cells in my urine and he prescribed me antibiotics. 2 days after my symptoms cleared and the doctor called my father and told him that they couldn't find any bacteria, but to keep taking the antibiotics anyway. About 3-4 months later I suspected that I had a UTI again. The symptoms had changed however from the first experience. I still urinated often but only felt pain sometimes. I just felt very uncomfortable and kind of sore in the groin/private area. I tried an at home test kit for UTIs and the results came back positive. The kit only tests for white blood cell traces which suggest a UTI (my nitrite results are always negative because I have no nitrates in my diet) but it's not a guaranteed thing so I went in again to be tested for UTI just to be sure. The results came back positive. I was prescribed some antibiotics and within 4 days everything had cleared. It's now 4 months after the second time and I've been experiencing the exact same symptoms I was before for the past 2 days. I tried the at home test kit again and the results are showing up positive. I haven't been to a clinic to be tested for a UTI yet and I haven't been tested for STDs but I'm not sexually active in any way shape or form (I've done literally nothing beyond a kiss, and I haven't even done that in months) so I'm highly doubting that an STD is the cause. And from what I'm experiencing it doesn't appear to be a yeast infection. I'm just worried that this is a serious problem and none of the doctors seem to notice it or know what it is. I'm really starting to be worried. Is it normal to get UTIs this often? And are my symptoms matching up with typical UTI symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      When you go to the doctor do they do a culture. You keep taking a home test to test for wbc's and nitrite (which are a chemical given off by the bacteria and has nothing to do with diet.) and getting positive results. You are not doing a clean catch UA and the wbc's could be a contaminate from the vagina. You may have a UTI or you may have a yeast infection. Be sure and wipe from front to back so you don't introduce bacteria into the urethra. Drink lots of water and a little cranberry juice wouldn't hurt. Good luck

  49. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of my frequent urination?
    I'm a 16 year old male, and lately i have noticed i have had frequent urination. I went to the doctor, and he did a urine test and it showed no bacteria, so he said i didn't have a UTI. Usually i would urinate 3-4 times a day, but today i went 8 times. Not all times were urinating big amounts, alot of the times they were small amounts. I have no back pain, no blood in urine, no painful urination...none of the common UTI symptoms...My doctor also said he found no glucose in my urine. What could be the cause of this? could it still be diabetes even though he found none?
    I'm not drinking too much...i dont drink that much during the day...and my drinking habbits havent changed recently

    • ANSWER:
      This could be a number of issues, all of which could be investigated by a visit to the urologist. It could be overactive bladder, bladder spasms, prostate issues, urinary hesitancy, etc. Also, if you're worried about blood sugar issues (you didn't mention a family history of diabetes), but you could get a blood test called a glycosylated hemoglobin test that measures your average blood sugar over the last 3 months. Also, are you having any swelling in your feet or calves? Ask the doc if he did any tests called a BUN or creatinine, also did he test for protein in the urine? This issue needs to be taken very seriously as a change in elimination pattern (bowel or bladder) is the first sign that there is an issue with your body that needs to be addressed. Good luck to you, and be persistent. Also, didn't know if you knew this, but you can ask for copies of results of any lab work that you get done, don't leave it up to the doctor to catch something that might get missed.

  50. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain and bloating for a week and a half - HELP PLEASE?
    I've been having abdominal bloating and pain for a week and a half. At first it started out in the pelvic region but then moved to the lower abdomen. I am constantly bloated and achy, but it gets worse the longer I am awake (aka up and moving), and when I eat. Also, when I eat, I experience nausea. I went to the urgent care and they tested me for any type of bacteria found in my urine, and they also took an xray of my chest and abdomen. They found nothing. A couple of days later I went to an OBGYN who, once again, tested my urine, and also did a pelvic exam. She found nothing in the pelvic exam but said there was a TRACE of blood found in my urine that was typical of UTI's, but she said it could have been caused by a piece of skin falling into the urine sample. She went ahead and gave me antibiotics for a UTI, but it seemed she was doing this out of desperation because she did not know what was wrong with me. I have started taking the medicine but have seen no improvement. I'm hoping that someone will have an idea of what is wrong with me. I find myself in tears at night because it has gotten so bad. I'm not constipated or pregnant, and I have not changed my eating habits.
    Some other facts:
    I've had 2 hernia surgeries, one of each side of my pelvic. The right side scar has been hurting recently.
    I've had an ovarian cyst but had no symptoms of it up until it burst.
    I've experienced some other symptoms throughout this whole debacle such as lower back pain and pain on my lower right side.
    I have not had a fever.
    I have not had any of the typical UTI symptoms such as burning sensation while urinating and a frequent urge to urinate

    PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME

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Uti Symptoms But No Bacteria In Urine

Written By: ibzzA1 - May• 04•12

We all know that our kidneys are responsible for collecting the waste products of our food intakes and will convert said wastes in urine form. The latter will pass through the ureter and will be temporarily stored in the bladder. Once the bladder is full, a person will feel the urge to relieve himself.

Urine passes out of his system via the urethra and through the opening of his genitalia as the final exit point of the liquid waste. If in case you experience something different in carrying on with this process, it would be best for you to take note of them since they may be urinary tract infection signs.

Urinary tract infection or UTI, is known to take place because of several reasons. They may be borne out of certain health disorders you are suffering from like diabetes, kidney stones or even menopause. In other cases, people who use catheters or birth control devices like diaphragms,spermicides or condoms, are also likely to contract infections in their urinary tracts.

The infection may be due to the presence of germs or bacteria in the devices that were used. Persons who fail to observe proper personal hygiene especially in the care of their genitals or those who wait too long before passing out their urine, tend to accumulate bacteria in their excretory systems. All these conditions will bring about urinary tract infections signs, to indicate that your system is now affected by UTI.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms but no bacteria found. Third episode in three months.?
    Hi, I'm a 18 year old female with some pretty scary problems that no one can seem to give me an answer as to why I'm going through what I'm going through.
    Three months ago I had a sudden UTI. I say sudden because the symptoms came on within minutes and within a half an hour I'm in tears from so much kidney pain and burning in the vaginal area. Of course, I went to the Dr. and they said it was a UTI, prescribed with antibiotics and sent me on my way. Within about three days of being on the antibiotics I started to see my symptoms diminish.
    Roughly 4 weeks later, that same thing happens. Sudden/ intense pain. I'm sent to the ER with UTI symptoms yet again and also dehydration. They did a urine tests like always and yet again told me I was infected with a UTI. So I took the antibiotics and surly enough I'm back to normal.
    Roughly 4 weeks later.. here we go again. You get the picture. I'm in the ER with horrible, horrible pain and they're saying it's yet another UTI. Being afraid of all the damage I may be putting my body through I called an OBGYN and scheduled an appointment with her today. She didn't seem very concerned but wanted to check my cultures from the path three visits to the hospital. Upon doing so, she sees that all three cultures from all three months were negative for growing bacteria. The Dr. still did not seem to be very concerned.
    Yes, before you ask, I'm drinking tons of water. In fact, after my first "UTI" I've become sensitive to caffeine. I instantly get pain in my kidneys and the burning sensation, so I flush my body out with water and it soon goes away. I'm not on any medications other than an Acid Reduced for acid reflux and the occasional Ibprophane for a mild headache or pain I may have. I am not a drug user nor do I drink alcohol.
    To be honest, I'm scared. I'm in so much pain from all of this and to the point of depression because I don't know what's wrong with my body and why I'm in so much pain. If you have any idea as to what might be causing these symptoms please let me know.

    **ALSO. I was tested across the board with my last ER visit for STD's and all came back negative. They also told me that my bladder sits lower than most women.
    **I've been tested for stones and the tests came back negative. I would go to a neurologist but my OBGNY doesn't think I'm that bad off, I guess because she won't give me a referral. Though I stress to her my fear she doesn't seem to think it's a big deal.

    • ANSWER:
      ibuprofen is excreted by the kidneys. do not take it until you find out what's wrong. have
      you had x-rays or an ultra-sound of your kidneys? perhaps, you have a kidney stone.
      consider seeing a urologist.

  2. QUESTION:
    UTI/kidney infection symptoms, but urine test came back negative. What's goin on?
    So I recently had a UTI/Kidney Infection (which is very rare for young males as I'm told) and was put on 5 days of anti-biotics, this stuff called septra. I thought 5 days wasn't enough, but they said that they were pretty sure that after 5 days my infection would clear up. I caught the kidney infection really early on, only having felt very minor side pains at the time. It wasnt bad enough yet to where I had a fever, so i guess i was lucky that i caught it early on.
    Well, as I finished my 5 days of antibiotics, I noticed that some of my symptoms were still there. Two days after having finished my anitbiotics I went into my urologists office to get my urine tested just to make sure that my infection had cleared up. He told me that my urine test came back clear. No signs of bacteria, white blood cells, nothing. So I left the office thinking that my infection had cleared up. The problem is, I'm still feeling side pains/lower back pains and abdomen pains. It's been four days since my urologist said the tests were clear, yet the pains are still there. They're really not that bad, the pains come and go throughout the day, staying for like 30 seconds and then theyll go away, but come and go through the day. Most of the time it's kind of like a cramp like pain, and other times its more of a stinging pain, but it's mostly a cramp like pain.
    What kind of side/back pains are associated with kidney infections? is it more of a stinging pain or a cramp pain? And should I go back to retest my urine? I know the test came back negative but i still have pains, im not sure what that means. I don't have health insurance either and each visit is 100 bucks, so I'm not sure if i should go or not. And usually for a kidney infection how long does the pain stay? Like i said the pains im feeling usually just go away in 30 seconds but come and go through the day. I'm actually leaving for a trip across the country in a week and I want to make sure that I'm fine before i leave. The urine test said i was clear but why am I still feeling pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Cut way down on your salt. I know a lot of salt can hurt.

      Drink a lot of water.

      Watch your sugar intake.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why would I have blood in urine and no bacteria? Thought I had a UTI..what else could it be?
    I am 22 weeks pregnant and have been taking Macrobid for four days for a UTI. I called my doctor today to check on the urine culture and was told that it was negative for bacteria, but there was blood present. I don't understand why there is blood in my urine. I have a history of UTI"s and cystisits (spelling?) but never kidney stones or anything else. My symptoms were pretty common for UTI, no pain, just pressure and needing to go alot more. Even more than the increase I already have since pregnancy. I am confused about the blood in my urine without bacteria. Doctor told me to stop the antibiotic. I am very confused.....HELP!

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  4. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms but not a UTI what can it be? What can I do to make the symptoms go away? and how can I cure it?
    I have always been getting UTI symptoms but when I go to the doc the test results come back with no bacteria in the urine. since I was little I always called it the "pee-pee Problem" all I can do is sit on the toliet for hours playing sudoku puzzles or get in a hot bath so I dont have that urgency feeling or constant burning.. I just recently got a new job that Ive been trying to get for months and I missed 3 days last week because if it and I had to call in again today and I have an appt with the uriolgist tomorrow so more days that Im missing. I wouldnt be surprised if I get fired and then I would have to move back home with my parents. I just want to be able to go to work! Im so depressed now because I have this problem that I just cant seem to get rid of and I dont want to sit on the toliet any more... Please help...

    • ANSWER:
      you really sound like me when i get uti's. that seems weird. i get them really easily so what i do to help me feel better is take AZO pills it relifs the pain and makes you urine change colors make sure to take that with crackers so you dont get quizy and you HAVE to drink a shit load of water, take cranberry pills to help pee and just relax and rest. sleeping always helps. i sure hope you are drinking lots of water. i mean LOTS of water!

  5. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms but no infection? HELP?
    For the past month I have been having symptoms of a UTI (pressure in the lower abdomen, frequent urge to urinate)...but no pain...these symptoms started about 3 days after a night of rough intercourse. I went to the doctor and they did a urinalysis and urine culture, but no bacteria were found. I then had a pelvic exam, and everything looked fine. I then had abdominal and pelvic ultrasounds, also fine. Yet I still have this constant urge to urinate. Has anyone ever experienced this? Does it go away on its own? What could be the cause?

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you see a urologist. Interstitial Cystitis is a possibility. The only way to diagnose it is through by having cystoscopy.

  6. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms and UA results,help? Dr. Frank, Rhianna, anyone...?
    I am a lab tech and recently i was having symptoms of a UTI, burning, urinary frequency, ect.. (all the classic symptoms) plus i've had UTI's in the past so i kind of know what to look for and i usually get one once a year to every couple of years. I did my UA with microscopic and everything appears normal, UA dipstick negative for everything and a normal urobilinogen, microscopic showed neg bacteria, 2 WBC's per hpf,no epi's, rbc's, or anything else. And since i had plenty of urine i went ahead and did my urine chemistry's also. Here are those results
    Urine Na:71
    Urine K:13.8
    Urine Cl:59
    Urine Micro-albumin: <1
    Urine BUN:265
    Urine PHS:18.3
    Do these urine chemistry's look ok? We have info about the tests at my work but no reference ranges for them so i have no idea how doctors use this info when diagnosing or treating a patient? Also why am i have UTI symptoms but no obvious evidence of a UTI on my UA results no WBC's no RBC's or even bacteria? I have been drinking cranberry juice like crazy and it is helping ease the symptoms but if i don't drink it regularly the burning and urinary frequency come back with a vengeance. I had this problem before and my doctor gave me some antibiotics and it cleared up my symptoms, and everything went away. Is it possible to have a mild UTI and not have obvious signs of it on a UA and have symptoms? Also i have a doctors appointment on tues morning should i mention to my doc that my UA doesn't show anything or just let him have me do another one at my dcotors office? Any advice would be appreciated guys, i want to get this fixed ASAP, i like cranberry juice but not enough to hook myself up to an iv with it,lol.
    P.S. i've been having the UTI symptoms for about 1 week now and they are getting a little bit worse but not unbearable.

    • ANSWER:
      OK first your results are normal,I must admit I had to look up urinary electrolytes as they are very rarely checked,have large variations within reference range and are not routinely checked in UTI.

      It is not uncommon for women to have symptoms of UTI in the absence of any evidence of infection.

      Finally cranberry juice or tablets have now clearly been shown to have NO effect at all on symptomatic UTIs and only a very marginal effect as a prophylactic,if used every day by those prone to proven,recurrent infections,so they would be unlikely to contribute anything to your management,even if your problem had been an infection.

      That clears up the myths,so now what might your problem actually be? I have a number of possibilities to suggest. The most common cause is often nicknamed 'honeymoon cystitis'. here intercourse causes irritation of the urethra producing urinary symptoms. Prevention is a high fluid intake and the practice of passing urine immediately after intercourse.

      Another possibility is a urethral caruncle this is a is a benign granulomatous lesion of the distal urethra which also produces discomfort and sometimes urinary symptoms. Local chemical irritation,or allergy from a soap,detergent or perfume, might also cause symptoms.Also I suppose a vaginal infection might also be irritating the urethra.

      I am sure that there are also other options,these would certainly require urological investigation.If your symptoms are persistent you will need to look at this. Make sure that your family doctor DOES NOT prescribe you a 'just in case antibiotic' as here the likelihood is ot might well make your problem worse and very possibly result in you developing thrush,which would confuse the issue still further!

  7. QUESTION:
    Health UTI or IC?
    I dont know if anyone can help. I have been having UTI pain for the past 10 months. Ever since I started a relationship. The first time it was positive for bacteria. Then only once since then i have tested positive for bacteria in the urine despite having the UTI symptoms 6 times. I thought it could be IC but my UTI pain cleared up after i took a course of Cephalexin prescribed by my doctor. When i mentioned IC he said its debatable whether IC exists or not. He said that my UTI is related to sex with my partner. But i dont understand why there is no bacteria in my urine and also how come the cephalexin works in getting rid of the symptoms. I am worried it is IC but how can it be if cefalezin gets rid of the symptoms??? Help cos i think i feel a pang of another one coming.
    IC is intestital cystitis ( i think thats how they spell it)

    • ANSWER:
      If you are having a lot of vigorous sex this can cause irritation and inflammation, as well as bacterial infection, it used to be called honeymoon disease. However, since you have had it several times in a short space of time you may need referring to the urology dept. at hospital for further tests. Do you drink adequate amounts of water/fluid per day (approx 2.600 mls per 24 hours) also have cranberry juice this can help to protect the lining of your urethra. Also drink barley water this can also help the bladder do not over do the fluid though because you can make yourself ill drinking too much.

  8. QUESTION:
    UTI symptoms, but not a UTI. Please please PLEASE help!?
    I have been dealing with the symptoms for months! In the beginning, I went to the doctor. They tested my urine, and there was bacteria. They gave me antibiotics, and its felt better for a little while. A few days later, the symptoms came back in full force. Since then, I've been to the doctor around 5 times, and every test and culture showed no bacteria, but a trace of blood. I'm kind of scared, and I just wish this thing would go away, whatever it is! The thing is, they want to do a pelvic and other invasive things to figure out what the problem could be, but I absolutely refuse. You see, I had sex with my boyfriend in the midst of these painful months. And I'm so afraid that they [meaning my doctor and my parents] could find out about that by doing these tests and such. Im also afraid that me having sex and this problem are related! I'm just not sure, and I'm afraid this could be serious. I would rather live the rest of my life with this thing than have my parents find out I had sex!

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  9. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with UTI but no symptoms?!?
    The doctor says I must have a UTI or bladder infection because in the urine was abnormal levels of wbc, rbc, and bacteria. However I do not have ANY symptoms. None! Am I getting antibiotics for no reason? Or is this possible?
    oh I'm 29 yo and not sexually active at all.. and no kids. pretty healthy otherwise that I know of

    • ANSWER:
      I guess if it is really early days you could have no symptoms.

      There must be a reason they did a urine sample. Whatever that reason is that might be your symptoms.

      I'd take the antis, UTIs are really awful if they take hold. If you get a bad one you might end up needed 2+ doses of antis to shake it so better to hit it early.

      The urine test is pretty accurate. They dip a stick in the urine and different coloured squares react to chemicals so it is easy to interpret even if the doctor is a bit dodgy so you can trust his diagnosis I reckon.

  10. QUESTION:
    7 and a half months pregnant. Constant UTI's. No symptoms. Straight Cath? Please help.?
    I was in the hospital a couple weeks ago urinating blood and they told me it was a urinary tract infection and a kidney stone. i had no other symptoms except urinating blood. they released me and put me on macrobid for 10 days. i went to my ob and gave her a clean catch urine on 11/11 and they called me yesterday and told me that i have a urinary tract infection BUT i had already completed the antibiotics to get rid of it and i have no symptoms at all. they told me the bacteria in the urine was able to be killed by the macrobid so they don't know what's going on. they are making me go to the hospital today to get straight cathed to get a "pure" sample and im REALLY scared cause i know it hurts. has this happened to anyone else?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a catheter done about a year ago and it really didn't hurt. When they took it out it just felt like i was peeing the bed haha

      So no worries about that! I wish the best for you and your baby!

  11. QUESTION:
    Signs of a UTI but, no Signs of Bacteria, Pregnant?
    I have a history of reoccurring UTI's from hydronephrosis in my left kidney and I know what a UTI feels like because Ive had so many in the past. The signs are pain in back where kidney is located, frequent urination, and trouble emptying bladder completely. Well, now it's harder to convince doctors that I feel like I have a UTI being 6 months pregnant because the doctors want to relate every symptom I'm having to pregnancy. My symptoms have been getting worse with more pain in my kidney now and the doctor I saw today said it was ligament pain from a growing baby and he also said he didn't find any bacteria in my urine. The doctor was very demeaning and aggressive towards me as if I were making things up. He kept hitting his head with his hand and said "I'm trying to educate you." He repeated over and over "theres no bacteria, theres no blood, theres no sign of a UTI." The prognosis he gave me didn't seem right at all. He said the baby sitting on my bladder and growing caused me to urinate frequently and the pain in my back was the weight of the baby. Even the few cramps I had in the front indicating a pelvic infection meant nothing to my doctor, he saw it as round ligaments being stretched out. I think doctors don't take any woman serious when shes pregnant because none of mine are and this is ridiculous! I feel really frustrated! The last time a doctor told me they didn't find any bacteria, I did end up with a bad UTI and I was treated in the emergency room. I need to know what other options are available for me if no doctor will help me. The big concern is that UTI's are the third leading cause of miscarriage and pelvic infections are the second leading cause. Somethings not right if a doctor doesn't want to help their patient!

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  12. QUESTION:
    I Have Symptoms of a UTI but no UTI?
    A couple of months ago I felt like I was getting a UTI. I had just had sex the night before and then the next day I started feeling the symptoms of one. I have had UTIs before so I know the signs. I immediately tried to fight it of by drinking lots of water and cranberry juice. The next week I went to the doctor to get checked out. They did a urine sample but found no bacteria. They put me on antibiotics anyways. They did not work and I was still feeling painful inflammation in my urinary tract. So I went back. They did another culture, it came back negative again and switched antibiotics. Again nothing worked. I then went to a urologist who told me that I probably had an infection but it went away and I still had inflammation from it. He told me to take 3 motrins twice a day. After a couple of days the pain went away. But then the next week was back again. Ever since then it has been coming and going. Does anyone know what it could be?

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  13. QUESTION:
    Urology Health question for recurring UTI's with blood and pus but no bacteria?
    I am a 21 year old female. I have had recurring symptoms and have been treated for a UTI 10 times in the last 12 months. I have blood and pus in my urine but no bacteria. I have had a Cytoscopy, xrays, and CT Scan. They found nothing wrong. My Urologist is sending me for a MRI and if that doesnt reveal the problem he said he is unsure of what to do next. Any advice as to a possible cause? My sympotms are pain during urination, lower abdominal soreness, pain during intercourse, frequent urination, and i also have fatigue and muscle aches although I dont know if those symptoms are related. Also all of these symptoms are constant. Before and after treatments for the UTI's I still have all the symptoms. The only difference is the severity of the pain while urinating. When it gets really painful I go to the ER and get treated with antibiotics for a UTI. We have tried numerous types of antibiotics but nothing seems to help. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    There was no bacteria present in the multiple urine cultures. I am not sure about the microscopic. Thank you very much Rak I will definately bring up some of those possibilities with my doctor. Will the MRI show if it is something like ovarian cancer? And no worries about scaring me. I have been in pain for so long that I dont care what it is, I just want to know what it is so we can fix it.
    Also the only family history of cancer I have is my maternal grandfather who had colon cancer but it didnt develop until well into his 70's. And my maternal great grandmother died of some sort of eye cancer also in her older years.

    • ANSWER:
      No bacteria grew out in the CULTURE or no bacteria was seen in the urine MICROSCOPIC??

      If there's bacteria in the urine microscopic, but nothing grows out on the urine culture, it is most likely an organism that requires special media to grow like Ureaplasma or Mycoplasma. Has your urine been tested for those organisms? The doctor would have to order a culture (or PCR) SPECIFICALLY for those organisms. Those organisms require special treatment for a very long time...much longer than treatment for a regular UTI...that could be why it's not responding to the antibiotic treatment you've had thus far. That's only if the urine microscopic is positive for bacteria, of course.

      What I am guessing, though, is that it is something other than a UTI causing your troubles.

      It could be adverse effects of a medication you are taking causing inflammation of the bladder. It could be pelvic inflammatory disease. It could be an ovarian cyst putting pressure on the bladder. And I don't want to scare you, but it could even be ovarian cancer. Do you have a family history of cancer?

      I really hope you find the answers you are looking for. Your doc should have ordered an ultrasound before going as drastic as an MRI. Most the possibilities I listed above can be indicated or ruled out with an ultrasound.

      Take care.

  14. QUESTION:
    Strange Symptoms... Can you help?
    Hi-
    I have an array of strange symptoms. Can anyone piece this together?

    I have had chronic hives for many years, coupled with food allergies that are well controlled. In addition- I have had chronic kidney/UTI’s that I saw a urologist for a few years ago. A few weeks ago a random urine test yielded large amouts of bacteria in my urine so they gave my Cipro (I had NO UTI symptoms- I also never used to get symptoms). I got 10 UTI’s/Kidney infections in 12 months a few years ago- so I am scared this is re-occuring again. I am going to go in for random urine tests every three months. I did a repeat urine analysis after finishing the CIPRO and it was negative (YAY!)

    The last few days I have not been getting hives all over my body- but my right ankle, both elbows, and both knees are red, hot and itchy. Right on the joints.

    I just want to know if any of this sounds connected. I feel at a loss- I’m starting to feel as if it is all in my head. The affected joints sting throughout the day and are extremely tender when pressing them.

    I just need help- I don’t know who to go to, where to go from here, and what medicine to even take anymore. Any doctor available to guide me to the next step?

    Thanks- hope you all have a wonderful new years!

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  15. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have an infection such as Kidney Infection or Bladder infection without any symptoms?
    On Tuesday I developed symptoms of a UTI and I decided to take the at home test strips to see if it was positive for a UTI. I took the first test strip on Friday morning, the results showed that I had high levels of LEU in my urine but no Nitrite (the main bacteria found in a UTI). I took another test strip on Sunday morning and it showed the same as Friday. By Sunday I no longer had any symptoms of a UTI. Monday morning I decided to take the last test strip just to see if I still had LEU in my urine. Although I no longer had any symptoms of a UTI I still had high levels of LEU in my urine (according to the test strips). I have no health insurance and I don't want to go to a doctor unless I absolutely have to. So is it possible that I have high levels of LEU in my urine because I have some other type of infection in my body without any major noticeable or susceptible symptoms. I have been running slighting warm but if it weren't for the UTI symptoms I wouldn't even think anything about it. Also for the past 5-6 years I have been on birth control. I just recently (like this week) stopped taking them. I have had vaginal bleeding but I have read that that is possible to happen when just going off of the pill. So I'm trying not to to be all worrisome and over react about all of this but I'd really like to know if I should seek medical attention or not. By the way not having health insurance sure does suck...

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  16. QUESTION:
    Please help! No blood or bacteria in urine but constant need and urgency to urinate!?
    I have had 3 different urine tests taken because I am having a constant need to urinate. I am having to go pee every 10 or 20 minutes and most of the time I am having to pee quite a bit. Sometimes it isn't as much as other times. But as the weeks have gone by the urgency and pressure have gotten worse! At first I thought that I might have a UTI and obviously after the three tests they can't find anything in my urine. Nothing at all. I thought it might also be Interstitial Cystitis but because there was no blood in my urine, my family doctor ruled that out too. My gyno and my family doctor both think that I need to see a Urologist but my insurance is PCN- Medicaid so they will not cover specialists. If anyone has any ideas please let me know! I am so uncomfortable and can't sleep without taking Benadryl or something like that. And I cannot afford any expensive treatment either. Has anyone had these same symptoms and figured it out? Please help, I don't know what to do!

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that you have a condition known as 'overactive bladder' that can be treated with medication. Or it could be 'Stress urinary incontinence'. I'm not a doctor but those are just some possibilities I know of. I hope you find out what's wrong soon!

  17. QUESTION:
    Streptococcus bacteria was found in my urine sample, doc thought it was odd, what could it be from?
    I had a bladder infection (UTI) over a month ago and was giving the antibiotic cefuroxime to treat it. It went away but caused me to have a yeast infection. I did a monistat type thing to get rid of that. Some days ago I had some symptoms of either a yeast infection or some UTI thing again, I went to the doctor and gave a urine sample. The culture thing revealed strep as present in it. The doctor thought that was weird and asked if I used anything different, I said no.. I had no idea what it would be from. He gave me the antibiotic Amox/Clav 850mg (the strongest kind out there) which I thought was weird. So I'm kind of scared why things keep going wrong with me.
    I've taken birth controls pills since March of this year. Do those cause infections like this to happen or am I just weird?

    • ANSWER:
      you are taking bactrim ds now which should help the step infection why not ask your doctor for diflucan for the yeast infection and your birth control pills better use another form along with the birth control pill for a month in case the antibiotics affected the pill

  18. QUESTION:
    Urinary symptoms but no UTI?
    Lately, since November, I've been having urinary problems like increased frequency & problems emptying out my bladder as well as irritation after urinating.

    I have gotten MANY urine tests which all came out negative.

    I suspect I may be diabetic.

    One doctor said my urine test was mildy positive, but had no bacteria. He said white blood cells were mildy found, which meant an infection was being fought.

    What could this be?? I am so clueless.

    I am an 18 year old female, far from overweight, in fact I lost a few pounds & I'm average weight.
    My grandfather has diabetes.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome, is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms can vary greatly between individuals and even for the same person throughout the month, including an urgent need to urinate (urgency), a frequent need to urinate (frequency) and, for some, pressure and/or pelvic pain. People with severe cases of IC/PBS may urinate as many as 60 times a day, including frequent nighttime urination (nocturia).

      Pain levels can range from mild tenderness to intense, agonizing pain. Pain typically worsens as the bladder fills and is then relieved after urination. Pain may also radiate to the lower back, upper legs, vulva and penis. Women's symptoms may fluctuate with their menstrual cycle, often flaring during ovulation and/or just before their periods. Men and women may experience discomfort during or after sexual relations. During flares, patients may also experience the “IC Belly,” a sudden and random swelling of the lower abdomen.

      When an IC bladder is examined using a procedure called hydrodistention with cystoscopy, physicians often find small, bleeding wounds, also known as petechial hemorrhages or glomerulations. These are usually caused by recurring irritation, such as coffee or soda. About ten percent of patients may have larger, more painful wounds, called Hunner’s Ulcers. Some patients with mild IC may have bladders that appear normal during a cystoscopy. IC patients rarely test positive for infection in standard urinalysis and urine cultures (1,2).

      In recent years, there has been much debate about renaming IC and suggestions have included painful bladder syndrome, bladder pain syndrome and pelvic pain syndrome. In the United States, we typically use the term interstitial cystitis (IC) or interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) though many believe that patients are being frequently misdiagnosed with overactive bladder and/or chronic prostatitis. In Europe, physicians appear to favor the term bladder pain syndrome (BPS). We urge you not to become invested in any specific name but rather focus on symptoms. If someone has frequency, urgency, pressure and/or pain, they clearly require medical care and should be treated with compassion.

      Take care

      Tin

  19. QUESTION:
    uti infection, dysfunctional uterine bleeding and itchy skin?
    I've had the full work up at the gyno and my primary physician and still no answers! I should also note that I am not sexually active. Maybe someone out there has a similar story. Okay, here goes. About 6-8 weeks ago I started having frequent urination (especially at night) and mild pain in my mid to lower back/side area. These were my only symptoms. Went to my doctor and he did a dipstick urine test. There was blood, pus and elevated protein in my urine - he put me on cipro. After a week, no relief so he switched me to bactrim. Finished bactrim with no change in symptoms. About three weeks ago I started having abnormal uterine bleeding (non stop, but light to moderate). Went to my gyno and had a pelvic exam, pap smear and a pelvic ultrasound. All clear from the gyno's point of view. About a week ago, pain in back started feeling worse and "full" (or swollen), started itching like crazy almost everywhere (arms, underarms, legs, neck, etc.), feel achy all over with a low-grade fever. Went to primary doc again he did a CBC and a urine culture. CBC came back normal, but the urine culture showed an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria (UTI) and put me on Macrobid. I just took my first dose tonight (3/23/09). Would a UTI cause all these other crazy symptoms? My doctor was unable or unwilling to answer my questions about all my other symptoms; especially the itching and abnormal uterine bleeding. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
    I also wanted to point out that I was not on any medication (not even the antibiotic) when my itching began. Antibiotics (cipro and bactrim) were finished about two weeks prior to the itchy skin. I also have endometriosis (have had two surgeries to remove it), but it has never caused dysfunctional uterine bleeding in the past (other than heavy, regular periods). It's just odd that all these symptoms are happening at one time.

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  20. QUESTION:
    White blood cells in urine, lower abdominal pain, but no bacteria. HELP?
    I recently had some severe stabbing pain in my left flank and my lower right quarter as well as some lower abdominal pain. When I went to the doctor, he told me it was most likely a UTI. He gave me a prescription for Cephalexin, and told me he'd send in my urine for a culture to test for bacteria.

    My culture came back, and I was told that there was no bacteria in my culture but still some white blood cells. The nurse on the phone didn't specify how many, but from the sound of her deliverance of the news she seemed rather calm and unconcerned about the white blood cells. I asked her if having HPV could cause the white blood cells, she said yes and I'm probably healing from it. The kidney pains have resided completely but I notice that my lower abdominal pain remains and gets slightly worse whenever I have to defecate. Part of me is wondering if I have an intestinal problem surfacing now, and that I should re contact my doctor with this symptom. ( i didn't notice the defecation issue until the kidney pain resided.)

    Does anyone have any idea what could be going on with my body? (please no mean comments)

    • ANSWER:
      The presence of white blood cells in the urine is typically a sign of infection. It can be anything from a simple UTI to liver or kidney problems. Any infection will cause the white blood cells.

      Often, a UTI will pass on it's own and the blood cells will show up in a low count because the body is still healing. They say high count when there's a lot (obvious infection) or low count when there's just a few (possible passing infection). As long as you aren't presenting a high temperature, vomiting, or experiencing severe diarrhea, there's not much a doctor can do.

      A lot of things affect our bowel movements: coffee, foods high in fat or fiber, supplements, and medications. It's important to eat a balanced and healthy diet. If you feel like you're getting a UTI then drink plenty of water to flush out bacteria. Also drink plenty of cranberry juice because it contains special enzymes that make it more difficult for bacteria to "hold on" to the lining in your urinary tract. When you have to urinate, go don't wait. Holding our urine keeps bacteria in.

      An actual kidney infection as the result of a UTI infection is rare. The UTI would have to go untreated for quite awhile until the bacteria reached the kidneys. A kidney infection will give severe pain in the back up near the shoulder blades and not near the lower back as many people often seem to believe. You can try the B.R.A.T. diet and see if that helps. Bananas, white rice, applesauce, and toast are easy on the digestive tract.

  21. QUESTION:
    Uti, cranberry juice, healing, etc?
    I had a UTI last week on vacation, only I didn't know it because I thought it was a yeast infection. When I got on the plane to come home, the real UTI symptoms started (fever, chills, intense urinary pain).

    When I got home, I had a 4-day course of Bactrim. It took a while for the symptoms to really subside; I am now no longer nauseous or feverish and it doesn't hurt to pee, but there is some residual ache in the "pee" area (sorry TMI).

    I went to the doc today and she took a urine sample, and it was clean. She's sending it out to see if there is some trace bacteria that may be affecting me. She said I was probably just still healing, that I should go home and drink unsweetened cranberry juice, and that's what I'm doing. She said to call if anything got worse, and that she'd let me know the results of my culture when it came back.

    I guess I'm just scared that I'll never feel normal again! Can it really take this long to feel normal after a week-long UTI?
    You ladies are the best, I feel so reassured!! :) I only ever had one UTI before, and I caught it on Day 1, so this is very different. Thank you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can! Keep drinking the juice. You will prb feel better in 2-3 days!

  22. QUESTION:
    do these results mean i have a UTI?
    So my OB Dr would not give me medication with these results because i guess having EPITHELIAL cells means the specimen is no good? well i have alll the classic UTI symptoms but they will not treat me? my PCP Dr said i def have UTI but they cant treat me cause i am a OB patient right now (im 35 weeks pregnant) im not sure if i can be treated this late in the pregnancy anyways but even when i am NOT pregnant my OB/GYN will not treat me if those cells are present?! i wipe with the 3 little wet naps before i pee in the cup so im not sure why those cells keep getting in my urine & its not like i dont shower or am a dirty person?? well before my PCP Dr called in meds for me cuz this is NOT the first time my OB/GYN has done this & im gettin really sick of it... i need a new Ob/GYN Dr i think. Someone please help me!

    COLOR- Yellow
    APPEARANCE- Cloudy
    LEUKOCYTE ESTERASE- 3+
    NITRITE- Negative
    PROTEIN- Negative
    PH- 7.0
    BLOOD- Negative
    SPECIFIC GRAVITY- 1.015
    KETONE- Negative
    UROBILINOGEN- 0.2
    BILIRUBIN- Negative
    GLUCOSE- Negative
    WBC- 10-15
    RBC- None seen
    SQUAMOUS EPITHELIAL CELLS- 2+
    BACTERIA- Rare
    MUCOUS- Rare
    CRYSTALS- 1+ Amorphous
    CRYSTALS- 1+ Ca Ox
    they didnt explain NOTHING! they just said you DONT have a UTI cause the specimen is not counted i guess cause there is those EPITHELIAL cells??? my PCP said i def have a UTI but they CANNOT treat me cause im a OB patient. so im at the mercy of the OB Dr. who im guessing doesnt care! i cant wait to have my Baby & be done with this Dr.

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  23. QUESTION:
    Keep giving girl a UTI?
    I'm a male, circumcized, recently checked for STD's (NONE) and very hygienic. The girl is also very hygienic and no STD's. Thing is every time we have sex she gets a UTI within a day. She pee's before and after sex and cleans properly. Now she has been with someone while with me and got no UTI, then when with me again she has gotten a UTI. My only previous girl I was with before her used to get UTI's as well.
    So my question is I carry no symptoms for a UTI at all, but can there be bacteria naturally on me that causes this, bacteria in my semen/urine that causes this or some other factor?

    Just to clear up a few more questions, I have not had anal sex so thats out, and even when she did have anal sex with this other guy she never got a UTI. Condoms, especially spermicidal ones tend to mess her up as well. So for all intent and purpose lets leave using a condom out as one of the solutions.
    Thanks if anyone has a clue.

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  24. QUESTION:
    Uti cause missed period?? ?
    I am on birth control and I have never missed a period on birth control before! Well I am having frequent urge to urinate (no pain when peeing though & no smell), pressure in my pelvic area, pain in my lower back, cramping, bloating, breat soreness, nausea, and sensitivity to smells.. I originally thought that some of the symptoms were from the uti & the rest were just from taking the birth control. But just in case in case I took a pregnancy test and it said negative! BUT when I went to the doctors they said my urine was clear from any bacteria! So without the uti I have no idea what could be causing these symtoms! I'm really confused! PLEASE HELP! Could the uti be delaying my period?? BTW I have not taken any antibiotics either!

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  25. QUESTION:
    Confused about my urine reults!! PLEASE HELP ME?
    I had a miscarriage Feb,7/2011 and on that date my HCG level was 4. I have not had a period since January,3/2011. Two months ago I went into EMERGENCY becaause I was having some unusual symptoms. One morning my urine was very dark like a dark brown. I have constantly had this very strong disgusting odor to my urine. I just didn't and don't feel right. While in emergency they tested my urine and said that I probably have a Urinary Tract Infection so they prescribed me macrobid. They checked to see if i possibly might be pregnant. It came up negative they said my HCG level was only 4(it's been at 4 since the day of my miscarriage.
    The reason why they prescribed me medication for a UTI is because of my urine results. They said they were not sure it was a UTI but they wanted me to take thes meds until my urine culture results came back. These are my urine results before the culture.

    URINE R&M
    Colour- Yellow
    Appearance- Clear
    SG- >=1.030
    pH- 5.5
    Leukocytes- NEGATIVE
    Nitrite- NEGATIVE
    Protein- NEGATIVE
    Glu- Negative
    Ketones- NEGATIVE
    Urobilinogen- 3.2
    Bilirubin- Negative
    Blood- small( under FLAG they put an H)

    MICRO URINE
    Erythrocytes- 1-4( they also put an H under the flag on this one to)
    Leukocytes- 1-2
    Epithelial Cell- Moderate
    Mucous Threads- Few
    Bacteria- Few
    Sperm- occas.(im guessing thats because I had sex the night before)

    I am 18 (with 2 kids) I have no idea what these results may mean. The doctor called me today and said there was no infection found in my culture :S(CONFUSED) so I asked why I had blood in my urine( thats the only thing i could understand on my results) and they told me to follow up with my family doctor that there has to be another explanation for these results. Does anyone know what this could be( do my results read NORMAL) if its not a UTI what could it be? When look at my results beside each result i have theres a section called REFERENCE and im thinking that might be the normal results for everything i was tested. If so there are quite a few of these results that dont seem normal to me. PLease help i do NOT understand this doctor term. Im scared to go to the dr unprepared of what i may hear. Hoping someone can give me a few ideas. PLEASE???? I need motivations!! I keep rolling the dr off cause i believe im fine it has also been over 13 weeks since my miscarriage and still no period

    • ANSWER:
      Urine R&M stand for
      .. Routine n Microbidog..

      is there a simple way to explain this to you problely not ..
      1..your color is healthy
      2..clearness of urine is healthy normal
      3..pH is healthy pH if normal witch yours is its between 4.5 n 8.0
      4..leukocytes good
      nitrite good
      protein good
      Glu good
      Ketones good
      *they check these things reflect altered function in kidney itslef

      5..SG -Specific Gravity healthy ranges from 1;002 n 1;035
      yours is at 1.030 is possible they test you high so that could be the cause of your urine being different colors an odors

      sounds no more then what they say is a UTI

      i wouldnt worry to much

  26. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me understand my urine test results?
    I had a miscarriage Feb,7/2011 and on that date my HCG level was 4. I have not had a period since January,3/2011. Two days ago I went into EMERGENCY becaause I was having some unusual symptoms. One morning my urine was very dark like a dark brown. I have constantly had this very strong disgusting odor to my urine. I just didn't and don't feel right. While in emergency they tested my urine and said that I probably have a Urinary Tract Infection so they prescribed me macrobid. They checked to see if i possibly might be pregnant. It came up negative they said my HCG level was only 4(it's been at 4 since the day of my miscarriage.
    The reason why they prescribed me medication for a UTI is because of my urine results. They said they were not sure it was a UTI but they wanted me to take thes meds until my urine culture results came back. These are my urine results before the culture.

    URINE R&M
    Colour- Yellow
    Appearance- Clear
    SG- >=1.030
    pH- 5.5
    Leukocytes- NEGATIVE
    Nitrite- NEGATIVE
    Protein- NEGATIVE
    Glu- Negative
    Ketones- NEGATIVE
    Urobilinogen- 3.2
    Bilirubin- Negative
    Blood- small( under FLAG they put an H)

    MICRO URINE
    Erythrocytes- 1-4( they also put an H under the flag on this one to)
    Leukocytes- 1-2
    Epithelial Cell- Moderate
    Mucous Threads- Few
    Bacteria- Few
    Sperm- occas.(im guessing thats because I had sex the night before)

    I am 18 (with 2 kids) I have no idea what these results may mean. The doctor called me today and said there was no infection found in my culture :S(CONFUSED) so I asked why I had blood in my urine( thats the only thing i could understand on my results) and they told me to follow up with my family doctor that there has to be another explanation for these results. Does anyone know what this could be( do my results read NORMAL) if its not a UTI what could it be? When look at my results beside each result i have theres a section called REFERENCE and im thinking that might be the normal results for everything i was tested. If so there are quite a few of these results that dont seem normal to me. PLease help i do NOT understand this doctor term. Im scared to go to the dr unprepared of what i may hear. Hoping someone can give me a few ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      you can't tell that way go to a doctor!!! -

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to stop taking my antibiotics early if the symptoms are gone? (on YAZ and SICK of antibiotics)?
    It sounds stupid, I know, but let me explain.

    I'm 20, on YAZ, non-smoker, good health, hygenic, clean/loyal boyfriend, etc.

    Recently I've been dealing with this UTI horror again, starting mid-December. Got Amoxicilin. Worked for the week I was on it, then the day after finishing the last pill, BAM! - that morning after I woke up, I felt all those crappy UTI symtoms again, worse than before. So I immediately got on Ciprofoxacin. Worked while I was on it, and for nine days afterward until symptoms reappeared. So now I'm on this Sulfameth crap, hoping it'll work. Took my first pill today (1 pill twice a day for ten days) I haven't had symptoms yet, and didn't have symptons in a few days before I got around to going to the doctor for the prescription. Only some pain around nine days after finishing Cipro then it went away. My pee's still cloudy but that's about it. No more burning.

    So the thing is, I'm on Yaz. Have been for nearly two years. I'm sick of having to worry about these freaking meds screwing up my BCP and having to use condoms (ew), because basically the antibiotics might/will interact with my Yaz and make unprotected sex possibly unsafe for the entire month (I'm a Sunday starter). So that's... three months of wasted YAZ? Screw this!

    ***

    Heart of the matter:

    Including today, I have 8 days of YAZ pills left in my blister pack before I start a new month's cycle of pills. Including today, I have 10 days of Sulfameth antibiotic pills (2 a day for 10 days). Sulfameth takes about 48 hrs to get out of your system, like the other antibiotics I've taken. So I'm thinking I might stop taking my Sulfameth three days early if the symptoms are gone by then, so it won't screw up my new month of Yaz.

    It sounds like a retarded plan, but I'm sick of taking antibiotics all the time- they've probably killed everything in my gut by now. I understand by taking them early I might risk not killing off all the bacteria that's causing my UTI. However, when my urine was tested the last time for a UTI, doc said there was only a little bit of bacteria left (but enough for discomfort).

    I'm just pissed and tired of taking huge nasty antibiotic pills. Maybe they can just tear out my urethra and replace it with a plastic crazy straw next time. :[

    So anyone else have an experience like this? Chronic (or persistant) UTI sufferers? Hopefully a couple days of Sulfameth with knock out any bacteria left and I can get my quality of life back.

    • ANSWER:
      You must NEVER stop taking antibiotics until the full dosage is complete, and you must take them as directed (proper number each day, times of day, etc.)

      This is because symptoms usually stop before the antibiotic is through completely eliminating the particular bacteria from the body.
      If you stop too soon, then a little evolution goes on in your body:
      the few bacteria still left, not strong enough to make you sick, but enough to be alive, are those that are a little more resistant to the drug.
      They will reproduce, and the strongest of them will survive.
      They will reproduce and develop a strain that is antibiotic resistant, and they will stay in your body.
      you might get better, or the infection might flare up again, and this time, the antibiotic won't work, because you allowed the stronger bacteria to survive and develop a strain that can't be killed by the same antibiotic.

      If you take the entire dose, that will ensure that ALL the bacteria that made you sick are gone.

      Please, follow your doctor's orders, not just for yourself, but so that you do not become the source of yet another antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria.

      If in doubt, consult your physician.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why is my UTI not going away?
    About 12 days ago I felt a UTI coming on (I get these frequently). I was out of town and my dr. called in an antibiotic for me without testing my urine, etc. A week later I felt better, but still felt traces of it and experienced some symptoms, including frequent urination, etc. I went to the doctor 3 days ago and he tested my urine, said there was no bacteria but the urine was still a little "dirty" and "dry." He took my blood and had it sent out for kidney and liver check, just to make sure. In the meantime, my symptoms are getting worse again, although I do not have blood in the urine or a fever or anything like that. I am completely uncomfortable and go to the bathroom every few mins. What should I do? The dr. will be calling me within the next few days about my results. Should I ASK for another round of antibiotics? or wait it out? Help me out!

    • ANSWER:
      You could ask for more antibiotics, but in the mean time, just flood yourself with water, and cranberry juice works wonders. I know from personal experince on bladder infections, and dealing with my wife's UTI's.

  29. QUESTION:
    Frequent UTI after intercourse, are there home remedies? What can I do to prevent them? Help!!!?
    Every month, for the past 7 months, I have been having frequent urinary tract infections. The UTI happens After intercourse. I feel like I can not urinate and I constantly feel the urge to urinate. I do not have pain or burning, I just have the urge to urinate which is associated with a tingling sensation in the pelvic area. I have been to two Urologists. Both tested my urine and found the bacteria enterococcus. The first Urologist tested me for sexual transmitted diseases which were negative and gave me ampicillin (500 mg) to take after intercourse. Taking 500mg of ampicillin after intercourse worked well. I stopped taking 500mg of ampicillin when a friend in medical school told me that 500mg is way too much and it could be hurting my liver. Being on antiobiotics my whole life does not seem like a good solution. The second urologist I went to did a pelvic examination, cystoscopy,and uro dynamic test,and an abdominical ultrasound. Everything was normal. He prescribed 250 mg of ampicillin to take after intercourse, which is a low dose. This did not help. I still suffer due to UTI infections after intercourse. I tried ampicillin, macrobid, cipro and a 7day treatment of these antiobiotics usually get rid of the infection. I am scared to have sex because I do not want to suffer from another infection. The urologist said I should do pelvic exercises and drinkcranberry juice, which have not helped me. I have taken cranberry supplements, urinated before and after intercourse,wiped front to back, wearing only cotton underwear, avoiding caffeine..I have tried just about everything. Some people say it can be due to just the irritation of the condom but I never had this problem in the past. Last time I went to the Urologist, I felt the symptoms I thought were a UTI, and they did a test in the office and sent it out to the lab, and both tests were negative. The the medical assistant told me that it was probably psychological because no bacteria was found. Please help. I am desperate. Are there home remedies that can prevent a UTI? What do you think the problem is?
    The only thing I have changed since before I have been having a UTI would be the frequency in intercourse. I do not get to see my boyfriend so when I do, I spend the day with him and we have sex multiple times. I started dating him in June and that is when I had my first UTI. After two months of suffering of UTI, I hardly have sex and if I do just have it one time, I have immediate urgency to urinate.
    I also have been to a gynecologist and she recommended me to go to a urologist. Previous to UTI's, I have have bacterial vaginosis infections which I treat with metro gel.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, so men have bacteria on their penises. They pee, they don't wipe. With my husband, even one day of sweat collecting on his junk, or grime on his hands means I end up with these same problems.

      Try washing him in the shower before sex. Make it fun. If he gets carried away that's okay. Let him. Sex will last longer because it is about you then, and he won't be as rough. It also helps to actually be in the mood, because your natural lubricant makes bacteria less likely to get into your urinary tract. Don't use heavy soaps, but do clean everything around the balls.

      I started having my husband shave his balls, which I love to fondle now. Since I did (it's been about a year) I have not had a single urinary problem. I used to always have infections.

      Believe it or not, we both ended up happier.

  30. QUESTION:
    Should my son have a VCUG done if he has only had one UTI infection?
    My 10 yr. old son recently had his first UTI (urinary track infection). He was given antibiotics and no longer has anymore symptoms. His pediatrician called a week later and said they found bacteria/nitrites in his urine and recommend he have a renal ultrasound and VCUG. From what I have read a VCUG can be very painful and dramatic and they do not sedate the child. I also read that in order for a UTI test to be positive that it will have bacteria/nitrites in it, so my question is if my son took antibiotics and has no more symptoms why does he need a VCUG? I do not want to put him through this procedure if it isn't really necessary I would have it done if he has had more than one UTI, but he has only had one. Please let me know if you have been in the same situation and your opinion. Thanks so much :)

    • ANSWER:
      you need to question your son's Dr about why he is recommending these test. The VCUG is not a very painful procedure, the catheter placement would be the most uncomfortable part. From what I have read it is usually not recommended for children as old as your son with their first UTI. Ask the Dr to know for sure

  31. QUESTION:
    Could this be implantation bleeding?
    I went to the doctor for a UTI yesterday, but the urine dip came back negative for bacteria. It did, however, come back positive for blood. I have all the UTI symptoms and no visible blood in my urine. I am currently TTC and would have been 3DPO yesterday...could it have been implantation bleeding that was in my urine? I know 3DPO is early, but not impossible from what I understand. Again, no blood is visible at all.

    Today I'm feeling much better after drinking lots of water yesterday to flush myself out. The dr. is supposed to call tomorrow with results of the urine culture from the lab.

    • ANSWER:
      It does not sound like implantation bleeding...there has not been enough time for the fertilized egg to make it down the fallopian tubes yet. Although, I do hope you get your BFP this month!

  32. QUESTION:
    UTI - Pleae help!?
    Ok this is the first time I am having a UTI,
    I have no obvious symptoms though, But I had pain in both of my kidneys.. My doc asked to get a urine culture done and found out the bacteria causing it is "Klebsiella Pneumoniae". Anyone heard of it or got it before?
    The bacteria is resistant to many antibiotics and I am searching n searching on net but not getting anything useful treatment-wise.

    My doc has planned to keep me on antibiotic Ciprafloxacin(Cipran) for 7 days n if things don't improve he's gonna give me around 7-10 injections each day? Are you ladies familier with this plan of treatment?

    Any help would be so much appreciated. When my doc saw the name of the bacteria he was like "Oh No!" Is it difficult to treat or what?

    Thanks in advance.
    That's what I am thinking, I am so clean and hygeinic that my family jokes that i have obsessive compulsive disorder lol.. And I always wipe from front to back.. And I am not sexually active?
    My complete abdomen ultrasound was normal and stool test was also normal.

    • ANSWER:
      klebsiella pnuemoniae!! how on earth did a respiratory bug get in your urine, is probably what the doctor was thinking, and how did it get to your kidneys without making you a whole lot sicker than it has!!
      it is important to kill off this bacteria quickly and completely, do whatever he tells you to do, or I personally, would see a urologist to find out why such an unusual organism got into your urinary tract.

  33. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pain and bloating for a week and a half - HELP PLEASE?
    I've been having abdominal bloating and pain for a week and a half. At first it started out in the pelvic region but then moved to the lower abdomen. I am constantly bloated and achy, but it gets worse the longer I am awake (aka up and moving), and when I eat. Also, when I eat, I experience nausea. I went to the urgent care and they tested me for any type of bacteria found in my urine, and they also took an xray of my chest and abdomen. They found nothing. A couple of days later I went to an OBGYN who, once again, tested my urine, and also did a pelvic exam. She found nothing in the pelvic exam but said there was a TRACE of blood found in my urine that was typical of UTI's, but she said it could have been caused by a piece of skin falling into the urine sample. She went ahead and gave me antibiotics for a UTI, but it seemed she was doing this out of desperation because she did not know what was wrong with me. I have started taking the medicine but have seen no improvement. I'm hoping that someone will have an idea of what is wrong with me. I find myself in tears at night because it has gotten so bad. I'm not constipated or pregnant, and I have not changed my eating habits.
    Some other facts:
    I've had 2 hernia surgeries, one of each side of my pelvic. The right side scar has been hurting recently.
    I've had an ovarian cyst but had no symptoms of it up until it burst.
    I've experienced some other symptoms throughout this whole debacle such as lower back pain and pain on my lower right side.
    I have not had a fever.
    I have not had any of the typical UTI symptoms such as burning sensation while urinating and a frequent urge to urinate

    PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Is this really a kidney infection?
    I had a sudden onset of lower back pain right above my waist (close to my side) but lower than my actual kidney....it was so severe I went to the doctor and he said I had bacteria in my urine and put me on Cipro. I have no pain when urinating and no bladder spasms just the pain in the back. I had a low-grade fever in the Dr. office. I did not do anything to my back for it to hurt this bad and since there was bacteria in my urine it should be a kidney infection right? I always thought kidney infections had UTI symptoms also. I am sure there are people who have had these who can help!
    I have been to the doctor and I am on antibiotics but I feel like I should have more symptoms than just back pain.
    oh....and my kidney is not tender and the pain is actually closer to my sacrum/hip bone.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, it is a easy fix they can just give you antibiotics it well clear up on its own.yet, if you don't get it fix it could make you really ill, your kidneys can actually shut down. it is rare that is would spread to both sides of the kidneys. you know they can do an ultra sound to see if their is anything wrong with your kidneys.

      a kidney infections you do run fevers. also it feels like someone is stabbing you in the back. it is normally right by where your body curves inward like an hour glass. the middle of your back.

      it takes time to get worse is a easy fix to fix. they can just give you antibiotics if it is a infection.

      also i thought i had a kidney infection it can be from your computer chair hurting your back. have them do a pee sample they can tell. because you have protein in your urine if anything is wrong.

  35. QUESTION:
    recurring urinary tract infections, odd symptoms?
    for almost a year now my mom has had urinary tract problems. it started as-

    in november 2008 she went to the doctor complaining of back pain. went to the doctor, found out it was a uti.

    a year passed. in november 2009, she got the back pain again with nausea, chills and burning vagina.
    since then in nov.2009 she has been on antibiotics every month. the doctors say they are uti's but we dont believe they are. she doesnt have any symptoms anymore except a dull pain in her kidney. we went to the doctor yesterday and she had a sonogram on her lower abdominal. they checked her kidneys, spleen, but they didnt check the gallblader because she had it removed 10 years ago. we went for a follow up today, and all of her results for anything were negative. no lesions, no stones, nothing. my mother thinks she has a hidden stone, especially because shes had gal-stones before. the doctors want to do a Ureteral retrograde brush biopsy on her, but we arent sure if its a good idea. the doctors said a sonogram isnt 100%, so were moving on to a cat scan. has anyone had this before? can you share some insight? btw, shes done it all- cranberry pills, cranberry juice, cotton underwear, etc. the doctors also say that they arent even uti's because her bacteria count isnt even as much as a normal uti. right now shes on an antibiotic that is like an anti-septic for your urine but theres no results. thank you for your answers!

    • ANSWER:
      Although there may be other things going on, it sounds like she may have Interstitial Cystitis (IC). For years I felt like I had a UTI most of the time, but the tests came back negative (low bacteria). My doctors told me to take Advil, or that it was a yeast infection, or I should see a psychiatrist. I later found out I had IC, a painful bladder condition that causes ulcers in your bladder and feels like a UTI, but is not an infection. So, antibiotics don't help and cranberry actually makes it worse. The test for it is distending the bladder and putting a camera in there to take pictures and see if you have the ulcers and scarring.

      When you have a lot of continuing pain down there your muscles tense up around it, and can cause ongoing muscles cramps, spasms and pain in your back and pelvic area.

      She may want to just try changing her diet, which is how to treat IC (no cure). No acid- like fruit, vinegar, salad dressings, lemon, coffee and tea. No soda or caffeine. No spicy or hot foods. No artificial sweeteners or additives in prepackaged foods like nitrates or sulfates. If it relieves the pain she may want to talk to a specialist about getting the test.

      Check out http://www.ic-network.com/whatisinterstitialcystitis/

  36. QUESTION:
    Vaginal itching and burning but doctors say that there is no yeast or bacteria present?
    I went into the doctor over 2 months ago for this.. yes you read that right, over 2 months ago.. I have been having severe itching and some slight burning in my vaginal region. The doctors have done a few tests to see if it was a yeast infection or bacterial infection but nothing shows up present.. urine doesn't show any symptoms of an UTI, and I was tested for STD's just in case. What the heck is going on. This has been well over 2 months and frankly I'm starting to go insane!
    I haven't changed laundry soap or anything and I have been to the doctor three times about this..

    • ANSWER:
      have you look at the things. your washing yourself with. you could be allergic to any number of things that your cleansing yourself with.

  37. QUESTION:
    anyone had blood in the urine and in the stool and dizziness?
    Hi all,

    My boyfriend (22 years old) has been to the doctors a few times in the past couple of months. Obviously we will be going back to push for further testing etc but in the meantime I am trying to learn as much as i can so he and I know the right questions to be asking etc at the doctors office and so that we can look out for certain things etc.

    I'm obviously not looking for a diagnosis or any concrete answers etc, just hoping someone might have some information, knowledge or experiences to share?

    So I was wondering if anyone has had blood in the urine (detected by a dip sick test) it's not actually visible.. and black stools, not fresh blood, but pitch black blood that had come from higher up in the digestive tract. or either of these things??

    My boyfriend was feeling very dizzy the other evening and all through the night and the dizziness continued through the whole next day and appears to be coming and going.

    So we went to A and E where they found the blood in his urine using a dip stick.

    They said thet there were two specific things that they DIDN'T find, I think they were white blood cells lymphocytes? which would indicate infection? and nitrates? (might be using completely the wrong words here..) that would indicate bacteria was present and the stuff that would be the by products of such nasties..

    Anyway, he said that this means there is blood present but he doesn't know why and without further investifatio he cannot definitely link it to the dizziness.

    Prior to this (about a month and a half before hand) my boyfriend had a few days of black stools that was confirmed at hospital as blood in his stools coming from higher up in the digestive tract.

    I'm wondering what could be going on and whther the two can be related?

    Also when he had the black stools he was told he had microscopic amounts of blood in the urine. However the more recent dipstick (at A&E) showed much higher quantities of blood in the urine, so it would appear it is either getting worse, is chronic or it is coming and going.. or other such possibilities..)

    He has had years of mild to moderate non specific digestive complaints such as severe hunger pains, possible acid reflux?? When he had the blood int he stool they did a gasteroscopy and found no cause for the bleeding but noted inflammation in the stomach and oesophegus.. yet they discharged him without any further investigation or treatment!!??

    I'm wondering if there are any obvious conditions that would cause all these symptoms?

    We have obviously considered thing like kidney stones, sti's, UTI- he has no pain when passing urine though..

    And the more serious kidney problems, cancers etc.

    I guess I was just hoping to hear from people in a similar situation.

    Have you got any advice on things to look out for? Questions to ask at the doctors? Tests to ask for? What was your diagnosis? What tests have you had?

    The A&E doctor suggested an ultrasound, camera up the urethra, kidney biopsy, etc

    Anyone have an information, knowledge or experiences to share?

    Thanks in advance Abi !!

    • ANSWER:
      see a specialist.

  38. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of my frequent urination?
    I'm a 16 year old male, and lately i have noticed i have had frequent urination. I went to the doctor, and he did a urine test and it showed no bacteria, so he said i didn't have a UTI. Usually i would urinate 3-4 times a day, but today i went 8 times. Not all times were urinating big amounts, alot of the times they were small amounts. I have no back pain, no blood in urine, no painful urination...none of the common UTI symptoms...My doctor also said he found no glucose in my urine. What could be the cause of this? could it still be diabetes even though he found none?
    I'm not drinking too much...i dont drink that much during the day...and my drinking habbits havent changed recently

    • ANSWER:
      This could be a number of issues, all of which could be investigated by a visit to the urologist. It could be overactive bladder, bladder spasms, prostate issues, urinary hesitancy, etc. Also, if you're worried about blood sugar issues (you didn't mention a family history of diabetes), but you could get a blood test called a glycosylated hemoglobin test that measures your average blood sugar over the last 3 months. Also, are you having any swelling in your feet or calves? Ask the doc if he did any tests called a BUN or creatinine, also did he test for protein in the urine? This issue needs to be taken very seriously as a change in elimination pattern (bowel or bladder) is the first sign that there is an issue with your body that needs to be addressed. Good luck to you, and be persistent. Also, didn't know if you knew this, but you can ask for copies of results of any lab work that you get done, don't leave it up to the doctor to catch something that might get missed.

  39. QUESTION:
    urethritis an std? am I sterile now?
    So for the last 6 months I pee every 20 min, I went to my Doc and got treated for it took antibiotics BUT she thought to believe it was a UTI, although bacteria was not in the urine but I had all the symptoms, I told her I thought it could be overactive bladder and she said no because Im too young for that IM only 21 and today she finally told me today that she and other Doctors believe its urethritis, I read online it leads to infertilitiy? is this true? Im not sure if its an STD or how I even got it, Im really struck because I really want to have kids one day and I have only had 1 sex partner :( any one have any info on this or answer my questions thanks

    best answer 10 points

    • ANSWER:
      what you are talking about is an unheard of complication. stop worrying and get on with life.

  40. QUESTION:
    Since UTI's and vaginal bacterial infections can be brought on by sex, can your male partner be tested...?
    I read somewhere that your sexual partner (male) can be a carrier.. that he won't have symptoms (obviously, a male couldn't have bacterial vaginosis), but can be the cause and carrier, and that he can be treated for this as well if it's discovered that he's causing such infections. Is this true? I got a UTI after my boyfriend and I had sexual intercourse about 3 1/2-4 months ago, and after a few sessions about 3-4 weeks ago, I just found out today that I have bacterial vaginosis. Shortly after our last time, I felt a bit of itching and had my gyno call in a prescription for a yeast infection because I thought that's what I had.. the itching went away though, so I never took it, but then I got the call today about this. We're both monogamous and whatnot, I have no STD's or anything of the sort, nor am I worried about that, I just want to know if he's possibly carrying around some sort of bacteria or something that could be causing these minor infections and if so, if there's a way he can be treated for it. Also, if there is a way to be treated for it, what exactly would his test consist of (urine swab, blood test, urine sample, etc.)? I just yelled at him for it, so I'm hoping I'm right lol.
    I just went to my gnyo earlier this week.. this is how I know I have bacterial vaginosis.. No STD's.. everything is normal as it always has been. & to clear some of this up, I called and had them call in a prescription for a yeast infection about 2-3 weeks back, before I even had my appt. assuming that's what it was.. I hadn't gone to the Dr's to make sure, so the case is that I probably had the BV all along, because I know some yeast infection symptoms are very similar to some of BV.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - it makes good, sound sense that a man can keep reinfecting his sexual partner. The following is from the net:

      "Bacterial Vaginosis does affect men but not in the same way and definitely not to the same extent as women. The men's genitals do not provide the same environment, i.e. a vagina or uterus, where the infection can flourish.

      Doctor's have always questioned whether or not men should be treated when their female partner was infected. Many doctors still deny that men carry any form of the bacteria or reinfect their partner. However we do know that men and women can transfer other infections therefore we pause and ask does bacterial vaginosis affect men and perhaps that's why it reoccurs.

      Men can carry traces of these bacteria in the urethra and if dormant it can re-infect the woman. However, we cannot rely on this since there is no reliable test available to identify any traces of bacterial vaginosis in men.

      Although woman may believe men can carry this infection they simply don't display any symptoms; surely not the ones we display for Bacterial Vaginosis. Many women are too embarrassed to discuss this possibility with a boyfriend. Although not termed as an STD, it might be advisable to use a condom for a reasonable length of time until the Bacterial Vaginosis is eliminated. Many natural remedies can work fast and the infection may be corrected in a weekend.

      Sexual activity can exacerbate the infection or sensitive areas and it's widely known that male sperm, which is an alkaline, can make the Bacterial Vaginosis discharge smell stronger. It is also vital to remember that antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of some contraceptives."

      Balanitis is also a possibility with your boyfriend. It's not always obvious if a man has got it, and it is a yeast infection.

      http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Balanitis.htm

      I don't see why your boyfriend's Doctor CAN'T test him for bacterial overgrowths, for yeast infection, or even for chlamydia. If he's prepared to go and ask, then I do think it would be a good idea.

      In the meantime, even if you are on the Pill, use a condom. It will immediately improve your sexual health.

      Good luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    whats wrong with my vagina, when will it end?
    it all started three weeks ago in the middle of the day while i was watching tyra out of nowhere. my vagina just starting feeling different and then when i went to pee it felt like some sort of orgasim. A day went by and it was the samething. the next day another symptom was added it started to burn after i pee. i went to the hospital and they diagnosed me with uti. they gave me an antibiotic called cipro after 3 days i had no relief . i calld doctor he prescribed amoxcillin and decided to do a sensitivity test got a phone call saying amoxcillin won't work levaquin is what wll used levaquin for 6 days i was on my period so it felt kinda better but as soon as i was off i relized these annoying symptoms where still there went to the hospitol they found bacteria but more blood in urine. they said it is uti put me on intravenous antibiotics and admitted me, i spent 5 days at the hospitol still no relief. got a catscan, ultrasound and they where normal. i was released they said there is still bacteria in my urine but its not growing. i can't see any blood anymore but they say there is microscopic blood cells in it. the other night culd barely walk it was so painful and sensitive down there. visited a gyn the next day she took urine and a swab. she gave me some cream. she said my urine shows there is still a infection. i am waiting for more results.i did some reseach and figure i have a fungal candida uti infection i have all the symptoms. thats y i have no relief i have been being treated for a bacterial uti with antibiotics and that wn't kill fungi it will actually make it worse. but my doctor says no i don't hve that. I asked him to treat me for it anyway and he said the medications to treat it are very strong and dangerous with strng side effects and can cause damage ( scary) so no he won't treat me for it anyway. I read up on them and they are but i am sure thats what have at least i really think i have it . all the symptoms fit and they say it an be hard to diagnose and can get confused for a bacterial infection some bacteria can be present and most hospitol don't test for it cause its so rare. i am immunosupressd i jus had a transplant and on all these meds that do that and i am on predisone which can cause fungi growth. my symptoms are fatigue, burning and stinging after urination (during urination i am fine but when i get to the end thats when it starts), an orgasim feeling (not a good one), sensitivity down there sometimes when walking, bladder pain sometimes, fatigue, diarrhea(that could be from the antibiotics i was taking i been off them for 4 days though) . right now i am taking a pyridum to ease all this but when it wears off its back to the same torture i was feeling before. What do u think is wrong with me and can i be cured and do u think its a fungal uti. or a resistant to everything bacteria. i hope it doesn't effect my kidneys my creatnne was high when i first wnet in to the hospitol with fluid it went back down to normal. i as dehydrated most likely or the antibiotics helped something. the gyn said i have blood protein and nitrates in my urine im waiting for more test to be run and more info. i also need to see a urologist. tommorow i am goig back to the hospital just to check my creatinine. but does anybody have any answers for me please help i am exhausted and stressed over this tragic experience and torture my poor vagina is going through i been praying for it to end for god to gve me a answer. i kow its not an std becuz i m not sexually active.

    • ANSWER:
      Candida is indeed a yeast/fungal overgrowth problem and it will attack the vagina first usually. the way to fix this is to stop eating sugar and bread. vegetables, fruit, chicken and fish are the best foods to eat during a candida outbreak. main thing to remember-stay away from sugar.
      most of the time, doctors will not tell you that your problem is associated with fungus or yeast in your body because they want it to be something you have to take an antibiotic for (that's how they make their money)
      also, antibiotics actually help the growth of fungi and yeast in your body, so go to the health food store and buy yourself a Probiotic. this puts the good stuff back in your system that the antibiotics kill.

  42. QUESTION:
    3 month old with low grade fever & no other symptoms?
    Ok so i have an almost 3 month old baby boy (hes 3 days away from being 3 months old) so far he has had 2 UTIs one when he was 2 weeks old and one about 2 weeks ago but the one he had recently went in to his blood both the UTI's were caused by E Coli. Soo his last treatment was last last monday he checked out ok but on thursday i noticed he felt a little warmer than usual..... I took his temp n it was 99.8 i freaked and went to his pediatrician they checked his temp and they got 1 of 100.2 rectal so they checked the urine and it was clear they did a full examination and found nothing! they told me to keep a close eye on him and not to take him in until it reached 101. so all this weekend ive been watching him and we've done everything normally baths naps all of that he seems perfectly fine he plays, hes alert, hes feeding well and peeing normally he sneezes here and there and today he began to cough but very little. What could be causing this Low grade fever?? he really has no symptoms of anything im a little worried he could have another bacteria in his blood or a bacterial meningitis..... Shouldnt my dr run more tests on him??? Does anyone have any idea what could be going on?? They also told me to not give him tylenol till it reaches 101....
    also his soft spot feels sunk in i duno if that has anything to do with it

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    bladder issues... i need advice or help!?
    I think I’m more looking for answers than anything. For a year now I have been in and out of the doctor’s office and Emergency room with what they have always claimed was either a bladder infection or “womanly issues” meaning… menstrual cramps or cysts. Finally, when my general physician looked back and had realized that in the last 7 months I had been in and out of her office with “bladder infections” 17 times, she realized something more might be wrong. Every time I have had urine tests, my culture never grows any bacteria. Meaning, there’s no infection, but, there has been traces of blood every time.

    I was starting to get offended; they were testing me for every STD under the sun asking me if I had been careful every time. Why yes, to answer that question. I’m married. No children. And have been with only one other person before my husband. Pretty darn sure I don’t have an STD, thanks. I had been sent to the gynecologist probably 8 times and they called it symptoms of endometriosis. All the while I’m still having these UTI symptoms.

    Finally I got so fed up with no one telling me anything I got a second opinion and was told the same thing! I can’t possibly have THAT many bladder infections. This isn’t normal! And everyone kept telling me it would go away, but it keeps getting worse!

    I was finally referred to an urologist where I received a cystoscopy. Upon having the cystoscopy my urologist found a lump within my bladder. He had thought that it was a fistula when he originally looked at it but upon having the test to determine whether it was or not they found no evidence it was a fistula (which a bladder fistula is extremely rare and being that I do not have Crone’s disease it was even rarer). They have never biopsied the lump in my bladder and now that 3 months has passed since the initial discovery of it, my lower back has been extremely uncomfortable. It feels like a constant ache in my kidneys and lower back. Every urine test still comes back with blood, and it’s becoming really painful to urinate.

    I was recently in the emergency room with food poisoning and had a CT scan and was told that they had found a lump in my pelvic area and then didn’t say anything past that. When I called my urologist I told him about it and then another battery of tests were ordered. I still haven’t heard anything.

    My doctors don’t seem to be too worried about it, but I can’t go on like this any longer. Being in pain every day and having to go to the bathroom every 20 minutes because I think I have to urinate although I know I don’t have to…. This has become so frustrating.

    Can anyone tell me anything? I just need to know that I’m not the only person who has gone through something like this (of course I know I’m not but, you know). Are there any specific tests I should request? Should I get a third opinion? Please if anyone has any advice I would be greatly appreciative.
    When I was originally sent to the urologist this was what my general physician had originally suspected to be the problem. Upon having the cystoscopy it was determined that I did not have Interstitial Cystitis because, Interstitial Cystitis creates riveting along the bladder and I did not have this. Thank you though I appreciate the input.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't relate directly to your concern, but I definitely believe going to a specialist who deals with these type conditions is the only way for you to go. It is nice to get support on a forum such as Yahoo! Answers, but don't rely heavily on mine or anyone else's inputs. Seek a specialist's advice on what is the best course of action for you. Good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    Cipro for UTI. Can I stop after 4 days?
    Was given 500mg twice daily, for 5 days. What I've read about this drug is terrifying and I do not wish to continue.

    Original doctor / prescription happened in another city. Saw a walk-in doc in my town yesterday: she said there is no bacteria but some blood in the urine, 'maybe you should take it another couple of days' and waved me away.

    Original symptoms: pain in lower abdomen, urgency, burning, some pain/discomfort in lumbar back area, and visible blood in the urine (and on paper, sorry). Urgency is gone, but have a tiny bit of burning & some back pain on right side.

    Doc probably gave me Cipro because I'd been treated with Trimethoprin (fairly often :( ) in the past.

    I am stopping it now no matter what. Should I wait a few days, to see if I have symptoms? Or go to my GP tomorrow and get a culture?
    Thanks. The walk-in doc had never heard of any problems with Cipro, and acted like I was a silly hypochondriac. Am worried my GP might feel the same.

    I'm thinking I'd rather not have a 100% synthetic drug that's given for anthrax and causes tendon rupture and neurological problems (in one study, tendon rupture happened in like 9% of 3000 people. That seems like a lot!). From what I've read, it's supposed to be a drug of last resort.

    I was never told what exactly I had, e.g., whether this was a 'complicated' or 'uncomplicated' UTI, or whether it was urethra, bladder, or what. Hopefully my GP will shed some light.

    • ANSWER:
      Go see your GP. The reason they tell you to take a full course of antibiotics is so that any remaining bacteria doesn't multiply and be immune to the antibiotics and therefore harder to kill. Go see your GP so he can immediately put you on another round of antibiotics if necessary since if symptoms come back, it may be harder to handle.

  45. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a UTI to become a kidney infection?
    I went to the doctors Thursday for a check up and had to pee in a cup and she called a few days later saying i had a high white blood cell count in my pee and a lot of bacteria but i had no symptoms of a urinary track infection so i have no idea how long ive had it but im not even sure if that is what it is because i never went in to redo my urine sample but now im getting pain in my back where my kidney is and im not sure why.

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Recurring UTIs or possibly chronic bladder problem?
    About 7-8 months ago I went in to be tested for a UTI because for 2 days I was frequently urinating and it was painful. The doctor said they found traces of white blood cells in my urine and he prescribed me antibiotics. 2 days after my symptoms cleared and the doctor called my father and told him that they couldn't find any bacteria, but to keep taking the antibiotics anyway. About 3-4 months later I suspected that I had a UTI again. The symptoms had changed however from the first experience. I still urinated often but only felt pain sometimes. I just felt very uncomfortable and kind of sore in the groin/private area. I tried an at home test kit for UTIs and the results came back positive. The kit only tests for white blood cell traces which suggest a UTI (my nitrite results are always negative because I have no nitrates in my diet) but it's not a guaranteed thing so I went in again to be tested for UTI just to be sure. The results came back positive. I was prescribed some antibiotics and within 4 days everything had cleared. It's now 4 months after the second time and I've been experiencing the exact same symptoms I was before for the past 2 days. I tried the at home test kit again and the results are showing up positive. I haven't been to a clinic to be tested for a UTI yet and I haven't been tested for STDs but I'm not sexually active in any way shape or form (I've done literally nothing beyond a kiss, and I haven't even done that in months) so I'm highly doubting that an STD is the cause. And from what I'm experiencing it doesn't appear to be a yeast infection. I'm just worried that this is a serious problem and none of the doctors seem to notice it or know what it is. I'm really starting to be worried. Is it normal to get UTIs this often? And are my symptoms matching up with typical UTI symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      When you go to the doctor do they do a culture. You keep taking a home test to test for wbc's and nitrite (which are a chemical given off by the bacteria and has nothing to do with diet.) and getting positive results. You are not doing a clean catch UA and the wbc's could be a contaminate from the vagina. You may have a UTI or you may have a yeast infection. Be sure and wipe from front to back so you don't introduce bacteria into the urethra. Drink lots of water and a little cranberry juice wouldn't hurt. Good luck

  47. QUESTION:
    I was prescribed Cipro for a bladder infection and it did not work! Help!?
    I am a 35 yr old women with a history of occassional uti's/bladder infections (one every 2 to 3 yrs since my early 20's). I started having symptoms of what I thought was a bladder infection a week ago. I have no real burning when I urinate (which I usually do with a uti), but INTENSE urgency and frequency with no real relief after I go. Some slight pressure in lower abdomen, but not what I would call pain. This will be the third UTI I have been diagnosed with in a year and a half.
    I took Cipro for 3 days with no results. I gave my doctor a urine sample yesterday and, even though he said it showed no signs of bacteria, he prescribed me Nitrofurantoin. I have only taken two doses of this new antibiotic and know it is too early to know if it will do anything. My doctor wants me to call him if nothing improves in a couple of days.
    What else could this be and what can I do? It's SOO uncomfortable!!

    P.S. I had a bad reaction to Azo, made the burn worse, so I can't take it.

    • ANSWER:
      I know how is it, believe me! your doc should make an antibiogram to know exactly what antibiotic it's right for your infection.that means u have to have a urine-culture.call him and ask him about that.

  48. QUESTION:
    How long can you live with diabetes without knowing it?
    I happened across an article today, about what our feet can tell us. One thing was that if you have stubborn sores on your feet, it could be a sign of diabetes. There's been this bump on my foot for a while now that I've mostly been ignoring because it's not bothering me, but that article made me start worrying. I looked up signs of diabetes, and I don't show a lot of them, but it's just enough that I'm slightly worried, but those symptoms have been with me a long time.

    I'm tired almost all of the time, unless I'm actively engaged in something.
    Sometimes for no reason I'll miss my period for a month or two.
    My appetite changes frequently. I can eat endlessly sometimes, and just pick at food others.

    I just had a urine sample taken for an unrelated reason, and they said I have white blood cells and bacteria in my urine. I looked up those symptoms, and found that those are signs of a UTI, not diabetes, so I was relieved. I don't want to be a hypochondriac, but just enough pieces fit to make me a little worried. Aside from the thing on my foot, those other symptoms have been with me for years though, not a sudden onset, and I don't have other major signs, like the thirst or weird breath or urine smell.

    • ANSWER:
      Type 2 can go undetected for years. Type 1 will eventually cause you to be so sick that you'd get diagnosed within a few months at most. You did not mention anything in this post that would suggest that you have diabetes. You can always ask you doctor to do an HbA1c test, it's more significant than one fasting sugar reading.

  49. QUESTION:
    Reoccurring UTIs are driving me insane!?
    I'm 17.. when I go to the doctor about a UTI, the first question they ask is "Are you sexually active?". I truthfully answer yes, they tell me to pee after having sex, put me on an antibiotic, and let me go. Well, I now get them CONSTANTLY. I've been on long courses of antibiotics and they still continue to come back no matter what precautions I take. I get them at least every other week. I have a preventative antibiotic I'm supposed to take, but it makes me very sick to my stomach and completely cancels out the effectiveness of my birth control. I would tell him to use a condom but guess what! That's another one of my causes. I stopped taking the antibiotic months ago because I was sick of throwing up everything I ate that day, just in the name of preventing a UTI. I've been to the highest Urology specialist at Children's Hospital, who told me the ultrasound done on my kidneys was normal, there was nothing wrong with me, and to pee after sex and wipe front to back. That didn't help ANYTHING and our medical insurance doesn't cover any further testing. Another huge problem with this is that, even if I've stopped having sex completely, the UTIs continue to come back for months. And every time I have to take a trip to the doctor, my mother grounds me from seeing my boyfriend. Even if I haven't had sex in months, she automatically assumes sex is the only cause and proceeds to give me long lectures on the car ride home. I don't think it's at all fair that every specialist/doctor I've seen just tells me the same things over and over. I've been listening to them and the UTIs haven't calmed down at all. I also don't think it's fair that I have to completely give up sex and the effectiveness of my birth control because nobody can figure out what the hell is wrong with me.

    Now, before you say anything..
    1. He's been tested. For everything. STDs and a UTI. He's clean.
    2. It takes 2+ hours for a glass of water to go through my system and make me have to pee. If I don't really have to pee after sex and force myself to, I get instant burning pain.
    3. Using extra lube makes the pain more intense when the UTI finally shows itself. Using less lube doesn't have any effect, though can sometimes make it worse.
    4. I don't care how much you want me to talk to my mother. She won't listen to me, the doctors, the specialists, or anyone. I was her third unplanned pregnancy (she was my same age) and the only one not aborted. She refuses to let up on the grounds that I'll "end up" like her.
    5. I have no STDs. I've been tested.
    6. That test where you have to pee in front of all those doctors.. I forget what it's called.... well that's not happening. If I have to pee in front of someone or even when I know someone is expecting me to, I can't relax and end up forcing it. Which would corrupt the test results and cause me constant pain. I have a friend who had that test done and it ended up causing her major complications are pain for weeks after. To be honest, I'm scared to death of it.
    7. I don't care what you have to say about my mothers abortions or my sexual activity at my age. Seriously. I DON'T CARE. Don't go shoving your opinion down my throat.
    8. I've been on every UTI antibiotic they have at least twice each. Everytime they've cultured my urine, it grew a different bacteria. (E-coli, something normally found in the vagina.. but in an enormous amount, etc.). Also, when they test my urine, they said something about a white blood cell count or something not being high enough to register as a UTI, but my extreme symptoms are what diagnose me.

    Sorry to come off rather nasty, but the internet is a cruel place.

    Basically what I'm asking is... has anyone been in this position? Can you tell me what might be wrong with me?
    Sam - I said I'm taking all the precautions they're telling me to. That includes wiping from front to back.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      It is known that diabetes dampens your immune system, leading to constant infections like uti. Have you had your urine tested for glucose? (this is a common symptom of diabetes).

      Also there is something known as interstital cystitis, where the bladder is very sensitive to all sorts of things like certain foods and other chemicals. Here is a very good website, check it out: www.ic-network.com

      I hope this helps and that you get better soon.

  50. QUESTION:
    What do you think i have?
    a couple weeks ago a i started having UTI syptoms. so i went to the doctor and from the anisial look at, he said i had a UTI.
    I started on an anti-biotic and things got worse before they got better.
    I started with frequent fevers and to really bad buring sensation when i went pee.

    By the second day of my meds i was perfectly fine, but then the doctor came back with the lab results and said that he didnt think i had a UTI. That the lab test didnt grow any bacteria?!?

    the meds worked, but now im done and it seems like my symptoms are slowly coming back.

    he said that in my urine i had alot of red (blood) and white blood cells and until the lab test he thought it was a UTI.

    I dont know what it could be, or what to do next?

    its not a yeast infection, no symptoms that match that.
    It cant be an STD because i have been with one man, and we were both tested before the deed. and i have had a recent exam.

    • ANSWER:
      i recently went through the same problems, you might want to ask them a bout a kidney infection.Those are all the same symptoms i had and then they relized i had a kidney infection.It went away and came back three times before they knew.


Treatment Of Bv Metronidazole

Written By: ibzzA1 - May• 03•12

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Discharge after treatment for BV with Metronidazole?
    I found out going in for a routine pap smear that I had a bacterial infection. I was put on 250mg Metronidazole 3 times a day for 8 days. I had no symptoms before hand, no discharge, irritation or anything. The last day I was taking the Metronidazole I started having a brown/red discharge. It has been going on for 5 days now and it's just dark brown. There's not a lot of it (a pantyliner is good enough) and it has no smell to it. I am also on birth control and had to completely stop drinking while on Metronidzole and I'm supposed to be getting my period on Monday. Any ideas what this discharge could be if it's dark, dark brown and has no scent? Side effect of antibiotics? Another infection? Spotting on birth control? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      This could be a precursor to your period. Brown is old blood so maybe your period is going to come a little earlier than usual. Also, any treatment with antibiotics can mess with your cycle. I don't believe this is anything significant.

  2. QUESTION:
    bv treatment question?
    ok i am on day two of my metronidazole treatment. the smell is already gone, but the discharge is still there. if i have sex with a condom will the smell come back or not. i am taking the pills i my gyno wanted me to take the gel but i had bad experiences with the monistat. i had yeast and bv at the same time. they told me to have sex with the gel to spread some meds to the guy. but i dont want to have sex if i am going to have an odor. and honestly the odor came after i started taking the meds and i have more discharge now than before and its not coming out it is just sticking up there so how am i going to get cleaned out if it wont go anywhere??

    • ANSWER:
      hey go to earth clinic click on aliments then on bacterial vaginosis

  3. QUESTION:
    Is BV the reason why I have Not conceived?
    I have been TTC for 18 months, So went to my doctor for swabs to check if there was any infection it came back that I have BV & given Metronidazole for treatment.
    Could BV be the reason why I have not conceived & what are my chances of getting pregnant after finishing the treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      The bacteria themselves don't prevent pregnancy, damage caused by an untreated infection can. When BV goes crazy, it can spread from the vagina up into the uterus and fallopian tubes. This kind of infection is called pelvic inflammatory disease and can, if left untreated, cause damage to the tubes. This can prevent sperm from reaching the egg and cause infertility.

      If your diagnosis was confirmed quickly, there is no threat in ttc. If you think the condition may have been long term and undiagnosed pid is an issue and only your doctor can give you stats.

  4. QUESTION:
    ive been diagnosed with BV (bacterial vaginosis) and have been prescribed metronidazole tablets.?
    unfortunately i have a bit of a drink problem and the thought of going for ten days without any alcohol scares me..i dont think i can. so i havent started the treatment. I know the alcoholism is another issue I need to address...but in the the meantime, can anyone advise me of any other treatment for BV other than metronidazole? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      YES, you can recommed a vaginal cream that you insert into the vagina at night and can't have sex for 5 days my doctor just gave me one of them for the same thing the name of that cream starts with a "C" (childmizen) something like that and it works wounders.

  5. QUESTION:
    Im on my second treatment of BV, yeast infection normal?
    About 8 months ago I had BV. No stds, nothing else, just BV.My Dr. gave me metronidazole at that point and I used it for 5 days. Immediately following, I had the most horrible yeast infection Ive had in my life. Now, apparently I have BV again. I havent been sexually active in over a year and Im on my 3rd day of treatment with these antibiotics. I can already tell I am getting a yeast infection. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's actually pretty common for antibiotics to cause yeast infections. See, yeast is always living in your vagina (and mouth). It is kept in small numbers by "good" bacteria that live there, too. Antibiotics kill the bacteria, both "good" and "bad", in your body. When that happens, the yeast (a fungus, which isn't affected by antibiotics) starts growing wild, and a yeast infection in the vagina is a result. If you take a particularly powerful antibiotic, then you may get a yeast infection (called thrush) in your mouth, too. From now on, you should just routinely ask your doc for a yeast infection treatment when you have antibiotics.

  6. QUESTION:
    sex with BV treatment?
    I've had recurring BV for the past three months, and yesterday I began my fourth treatment for it with a new medicine (clindamax vaginal cream), because the metronidazole pills and gel didn't keep it away for longer than a few days. I have a long term boyfriend, and we had sex today, the day after I started my treatment. afterward, it burned a bit. What could happen because I had sex during the treatment of my BV? and what has helped others with recurring BV?

    • ANSWER:
      i dont know what bv is ? if this is some sort of infection is ur bf careful about his own hygeine like before he has sex with u - sometimes it can be a vicious cycle of things being passed back and forth by partners and sometimes the partner has no symptoms

  7. QUESTION:
    I was diagnosed with BV and have been on Metronidazole for a week. But, my urine smells terrible!?
    The smell has actually gotten worse then it first did when I sought treatment for the BV. My urine smells like a horrific combination of ammonia and bacon. Gross, huh? I have no other symptoms of anything. Just a foul smell but I've been on Metronidazole for the recommended week's worth of treatment for BV...so what could it be?? I drink mostly diet soda and not much water (although I've upped my H2O intake the past couple days) but wondering if I'm just dehydrated? I don't want to have to go to the doc again if I don't have to.

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you know when Bacterial Vaginosis has left your system?
    I was recently diagnosed with BV (bacterial vaginosis) and have been placed on a good amount of medication. Metronidazole as treatment for BV, Azithromycin as treatment for Chlamydia (got an STD testing and will receive results in 2 weeks. Doctor prescribed this just in case my results for Chlamydia were to come back positive), and then Fluconazole as treatment for yeast infection after I have finished my treatment for the BV(Doctor said that both Metronidazole and Azithromycin can cause a yeast infection).

    But I wonder with all of these medications that I am currently taking how would I really know when the BV is completely gone??

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    help please .. constant period?
    im constantly on my period, if its not blood its brown discharge. My period was fine until i recently had 2 courses of metronidazole for treatment of BV! ... but now im also getting really bad stomach cramps.. ii also had the implant put in my arm about 4 months ago... oppinions appreiated ? x

    • ANSWER:
      my friend had a constant period for 1 year (blood). In her case, it was internal bleeding and it eventually stopped, after medication.
      With the implant and all, it might be a different thing. Don't play with your health, go to a doctor now, you risk infertility and other extremely nasty side effects and complications.
      Call your doctor:)

      Good Luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    BV not going away after treatment?
    So I was diagnosed about a week ago with BV and a yeast infection. I'm being treated with Metronidazole (500mg 2x a day for 14 days) and I will complete my treatment tomorrow. However, I am not noticing any of my symptoms going away. I was thinking it could maybe be the yeast infection but I'm worried that the BV will not go away. How effective is Metronidazole in treating BV? Doesn't it usually go away in about 2-3 days? Help, anyone? :(

    Oh and I wanted to hear some first hand accounts of anyone who has been treated for BV before going to see my health care provider. I go to Planned Parenthood and I would really not rather wait another 3-4 hours to see my doctor.
    Ciel: I'm already on a full prescription of Metronidazole and I'm just worried that the treatment isn't having any effect. I don't know whether these symptoms are BV or a yeast infection. Thank you for answering though :)
    Oh, and thank you for the site! It has some very helpful tips.

    To the other poster: I think I will try increasing my intake of yogurt. I'm starting to suspect that I have a yeast infection rather than BV because BV antibiotic treatments are usually successful. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I had an infection for such a long time I don't even want to say...I started a job where I had to eat something every morning so as a routine I would take a yogurt & put some fruit & cereal in it. Well, I don't remember when my infection went away but I worked at that job for 6 months & ate the yogurt everyday I worked...so there are some kind of active cultures in yogurt but make sure that says it on the label & if you can eat one everyday. If you want a desert freeze it for a while & eat that instead of ice cream. So I never went to the Dr. & I am fine I hope you like yogurt...if you don't go to a health food store & ask what you can take instead.

  11. QUESTION:
    How long to wait to have sex after being treated for bacterial vaginosis w/oral metronidazole + yeast question?
    I am currently being treated for BV with metronidazole pills and am to complete treatment this Wednesday night (after my last pill). I have purchased a bottle of acidophilus tablets to begin taking immediately after I finish the metronidazole pills to prevent a yeast infection. I have had BV before and was prescribed the gel, and immediately following that treatment, I got a yeast infection and had to use Monistat for another 7 days, which was pretty awful. My questions are:

    1. How long do I have to wait to have sex after I complete the metronidazole pill treatment on Wednesday night without the danger of passing the bacteria that caused BV to my boyfriend and back to me? Is this even a risk? Would I be able to have sex the same night (Wednesday)? The next night? I will have not had sex in three weeks already by then.

    2. Since this is my second time getting BV (and since I got a yeast infection after my last treatment), I am wondering how I can prevent a yeast infection once my current treatment is complete. Did I do the right thing by purchasing the bottle of probiotics? Is there anything else I can do?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      you need too keep clean, naturally... especiall after sex
      also keep everything dry, after showering
      and wait atleast 7 days so your medicine can actually get through your system
      im no doctor, but that makes the most sence.

  12. QUESTION:
    BV is making me miserable!!!?
    I was recently diagnosed with Bacterial Vagionis (BV) and the doctor gave me a 7 day treatment of metronidazole to take orally which made me feel better but now that I’m done with the 7 day treatment here goes the symptoms again (cramping and soreness/discomfort) in my vagina but much more milder than before. Do you think I need to go back and get more metronidazole or will my symptoms go away since I already was treated? I hate to go back to the clinic. Has this ever happened to anyone? I tried the yogurt, probiotics and the taking natural garlic supplements and the herbal remedies just don’t work. I feel like just blowing up my vagina because I’m tired of feeling this way! Any suggestions would be appreciated. This is the first time I’ve ever had this and just to rule anything else out i've been tested already for Chylamdia, Gonoreaha, HIV and Syphlis and they all came back negative!

    • ANSWER:
      Enzara works but is expensive. I have heard that the clove of garlic works, but have not tried it. You can get another dose but from research I have done it is a recurring thing in a lot of women. The joy of being a woman!

  13. QUESTION:
    Done taking Metronidazole gel for BV?
    First off....I had an itching problem and thought it was a yeast infection so started taking the 7 days treatment but after the 6th day still didn't clear up so went and saw the doctor and she told me i had Bacterial Vaginosis, so she prescribed me Metronidazole for 5 nights( i have been prescribed this before along with the nasty pill). So after the 3rd day i took it but i was standing up for a little too long where the gel came out a lot!! So i took the medication for 7days rather than the 5days they told me to take it. I am now done with it, and i have been having a lot of clumps coming out..looks like from the yeast infection treatment cream i was taking...also yesterday it smelled a little but foul but i think it was from the gel still coming out of me. My question is....Was it bad that i took it for 7 days? How long does it take for all of this stuff to come out?
    Also...i called the doctor and told her about it....and bv is what makes you have the foul smell but i think i just smelled the medication that was coming out of me, but she prescribed me the yeast infection pill to see if that will work and i have taken it already. And i have no smell at all, but still am having those big clumps coming out

    • ANSWER:
      Just give it some time dear.

      Some may recommend douching but personally, I find that to cause more issues than it's worth. If you want to try that, only use the vinegar and water ones, not the flower scented ones since that might make it even worse than it already is.

      Sux to be a girl sometimes, doesn't it?

  14. QUESTION:
    Metronidazole gel for BV...anyone else???
    My doctor prescribed this metronidazole gel for my bacterial vaginosis. It seemed to have worked very and got rid of my infection, and I know this because the fishy smell, and greyish cervical mucous is gone. My concern now is that I am done the 5 day treatment and I now have this very thick very white discharge. What I think it is, is the gel collecting all the bad stuff and pushing it all out. Sorry for the TMI! I also have a very very slight almost not even there, itch. I was wondering if anyone else ever used this medication and had the same effect after treatment. It really is not bothersome. It is just there and I wanted to hear some personal experiences. Thank you for all your help.

    • ANSWER:
      That sounds normal to me. Just like the previous person said, if it gets any worse, like smelly or colored, contact your doctor. Otherwise it sounds like your body is just geeting rid of the bad stuff. I have only taken the pill form for this. Sorry I could not be more help.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is my vagina healed?
    I am on 7 day treatment for BV and have about 3 days left. I am taking metronidazole. I am not sure if it is working because I still have a clumpy off white discharge but it does not smell at all like before. Is my vagina getting rid of the bacteria?

    • ANSWER:
      the bacterial infection may be gone but 1 finish the meds.... and 2 the discharge is likely due to the meds themselves.. the smell being gone is a strong indication that you are getting better.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can my wife treat recurrent BV (confirmed: not yeast or trich) that always comes back after Metronidazole?
    Relatively soon after my wife and I first started having sex she developed a vaginal odor - not fishy so much, but more fecal - and went to the doctor to be diagnosed with BV. She got a dose of metronidazole (a.k.a. flagyl) and the odor went away in a couple days... but it came back after her next period; It took 2-3 days to set in at full strength after her bleeding stopped. She went back to the doc, got an other dose, it worked, and then after her next period ended the odor came back. So, the third time to the doc she got an extended prescription for an "overkill" treatment; it worked, then the odor came back just like before. She had several paps during this timespan and no STD's or yeast overgrowth was ever detected. We have been dealing with it by having her taking "women's health" probiotics laden with lactobacillus, but it only works some months and the odor problem comes right back immediately after she stops taking probiotics. We changed lubes, have good hygeine... help?
    I have been treated with metronidazole; it didn't help any. Every time she gets treated the problem goes away completely until the end of her next period, then it flares up again. We're both 25 years old, not on any other meds, and no STD's or prior pregnancies.

    • ANSWER:
      RepHresh restores and maintains the pH level. It can be used long term in women who are pregnant, have recurrent BV, or have had a hysterectomy, a group prone to infection.

  17. QUESTION:
    Bactirial vaginosis are their any treatments besides the antibiotics?
    I have had BV for about 5 yrs ever since I had my son off and on I don't have any STD's have been tested but have tried the Metronidazole 3 times and it just doesn't seem to work. I am pregnant and lets say a C section is not an option so I am worried if this treatment of the metronidazole does not work the baby will be at risk? Oh have tried acidopholis (sp?) and yogurt did not help at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay away from sugar, fruit juice, syrup, and just about anything sweet. If you need to sweeten your food, use a natural sweetener like stevia.

      BV thrives in an acidic environment, so make your diet as alkaline as possible. Eat cooked and raw greens...like fresh spinach leaves which are extremely alkaline. Also, spring mix is a good choice for making your body alkaline. Cut back on foods which are acidic -- white flour products, meat, (particularly beef), eggs.

      My best guess is that your baby will not be at risk because you have BV, but I'd consult a doctor on that.

      Consult with your doctor about taking Pau 'd arco. In ancient times, the pau d’arco tree amazed the indigenous peoples of South America with its ability to repel microbes. The truth is, no fungus ever forms on the pau d’arco tree, even though it grows in the most lush tropical rain forests in the world. The herb works wonders at killing anything fungal or microbic...like yeast infections, BV, etc. In fact, you won't even get a cold if you take it every day.

      Certainly, after you are pregnant, you can take Pau 'd arco and cinnamon to eliminate your problem.

      So in summary, stay away from sugar, eat lots and lots of greens to stay alkaline, and certainly after your pregnant -- take Pau 'd arco (powder or tea) and cinnamon powder.

  18. QUESTION:
    Vaginal infection does not respond to treatment?
    At first, I was diagnosed and treated for a yeast infection. It cleared up but came back in a couple of months. Then, bacterial vaginosis, also treated and cleared up. A month ago, symptoms started again, and I was diagnosed and treated for BV - but the symptoms did not even lessen (I took Metronidazole orally). Now, I still have whatever it is, and it does not respond to Monistat either. What to do? Tested for STD's, btw, all clean.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that you should have blood work done by your physician to check your blood sugar. I suffer from BV regularly because my husband is not circumsized and I'm prone to infection. He cleans well, but the bacteria that gets trapped under the foreskin transfers to me during sex and then I get BV. It's a real pain. I tried Metronidazole orally too, but the vaginal gel applications are way better. Just make sure to use it the full five days, at night, and NO SEX when you're on it. Definitely call your dr.

  19. QUESTION:
    metronidazole vaginal gel/pregnancy need answer asap please!!?
    this is what my doctor prescribed me, I was just wanting to know if anyone else has used it and how it went for them? I was reading the label thing, and it said in a study (using mice tho) that the vaginal gel did cause some intrauterine deaths.. and that kind of freaked me out!! It also said not to be used unless clearly needed, what happens to your baby/you if you let BV(bacterial vaginitis) go without treatment, Im so nervous about taking anything that could hurt my baby!!

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis after treatment?
    I'm 17 years old and just recently got off of metronidazole for BV about 2 days ago now. And everything has returned back to normal but now I have this really itching and burning feeling that I didn't have while I had BV. I knew I had it from a urine test my doctors did because of abnormal discharge and a kidney infection but never any itching or burning. but now i'm off the medicine and i just recently start getting the itching and burning. Does anyone know what this could be? i've ruled out STDs or STIs because when i found out about the BV i was tested for everything and my test results came back negative. Can someone please help me?

    • ANSWER:
      You normally will get a Yeast Infection from being on antibiotics for a period of time. It is normal though. Many people like me will get a yeast infection just by being on antibiotics for just one day. So just go to the drug store and get you some vagisal to put on it and stop the itching.

  21. QUESTION:
    People who have had bv (bacterial vaginosis)?
    I was diagnosed with bv about a week ago and was prescribed Flagyl (metronidazole). Like 3 days into the treatment I was feeling completely back to normal and continued to take the antibiotics after my symptoms were gone to prevent it from recurring.

    In the paperwork I received from the doctor it said you can have sex if you use a condom, so I had sex the day before my last day of antibiotics and about 3 hours later I got the same exact symptoms again. Because it's sunday and I couldn't get an appt. I have a phone appt. with my gyno tomorrow.

    This is my first bv infection and I've been sexually active for a year now, Now it seems that everytime I have sex this happens.

    Has anyone gotten bv after it cleared up while taking antibiotics? I really just want to know if it's a somewhat normal thing and if my gyno will just prescribe me more flagyl to clear up the infection.

    The thing is, I'm now scared to have sex again, because the severe pain and itching of this is not worth it for me.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had BV on and off for two years now. Everytime i get it treated it comes bac... So i guess it is normal i have heard many people who get it again and your doctor will give you more antibiotics but stay away from sex until your done with the treatment and know everything is ok. If you get it again have your partner checked out

  22. QUESTION:
    Taking Metronidazole at 14 weeks?
    When I found out I was pregnant, I was also diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. So far, everything has gone great with my pregnancy and I am now almost 14 weeks along. Last week at my monthly OB appointment, my doctor prescribed me Metronidazole to start taking to treat the BV. However, upon reading the medication pamphlet, it specifically states not to take during the first trimester. I know that I am technically in my second trimester now, but I'm not very far removed from the first, am I?

    My question is, do you think it is okay to start taking the medication now? Or do you think I should wait a couple more weeks (the treatment is only a week's worth of the antibiotics)? Have any of you had BV and/or been treated with Metronidazole?

    **Please note: I have a call into my OB's office, and I'm waiting to hear back. I would just like to get some of your opinions/experiences in the meantime.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Metronidazole is a very strong antibiotic and its good that you have called the Dr back to double check that it is the correct medication for you to be taking at this time in your pregnancy. I am an adult nurse so I dont know alot about midwifery but as far as Dr's go, I'd like to say they know everything but sadly sometimes they just need a little reminding of any medical conditions that may contra-indicate any medication they may prescribe.

      If I were you I would wait and speak to a healthcare professional before you begin the course but I would do that sooner rather than later as the bacterial infetion still needs to be addressed.

      Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

  23. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis & Yeast infection?
    I have BV and a yeast infection apparently. They put me on a 5 day treatment of Metronidazole (500mg twice a day) and I started it last Wednesday and I take my last pill Sunday night. Monday I take diflucan and then three days after that I take diflucan again.

    I am wondering when I will be able to have sex again? (We use condoms and I am on birthcontrol, and I realize that the BV antibiotic, lowers the effectiveness of BC) All my symptoms are gone, they were never that bad in the first place, just an odd smell.

    I'm just wondering would it be okay if I had sex on Tuesday (March 9) or after that? (Or is that too soon?)

    And, I know on metronidazole is supposed to stay in your system for atleast 7 days after you finish your prescription so when can I drink?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, these are questions you should be asking your doctor. While anyone can tell you to "go on and do it since you have a condom," they could be telling you something wrong and risk your partner becoming irritated. As for drinking, that's something your doctor alone should be consulted on. If you know what days your doctor is in the office, why not call his assistants and ask when he's available? You can speak to him on the phone (hopefully) or in person. He can answer your questions and he alone should be the only one you rely on for useful information on this subject as it's pertaining to medication and you don't want to cause something that didn't have to happen to happen because you failed to ask a professional who prescribed it to you. It'll only take a few minutes and it'll be better safe than sorry. Hope this helps.

  24. QUESTION:
    Given Wrong medication for BV?
    I have BV, and so the doctor prescribed me 'Metrosa Gel' Metronidazole 0.75% , in the instructions it said it is used for the treatment of the acute exacerbations of acne rosacea.
    Anyone else being prescribed this for BV ? (i doubt it though, it must be the wrong medication)

    • ANSWER:
      Its not the wrong medication. In the clinic where I work, Metronidazole is prescribed everyday and I have even taken it for BV myself.. It comes in pill form and the gel form (which is what I use, same as you.) A lot of medications are used for different things. Like the ingredient in Rogaine that grows hair...it was first used for high blood pressure. You will be fine, but make sure you use all the medication you are supposed to or you run the risk of not entirely getting rid of the infection.

  25. QUESTION:
    Reocurring bacterial vaginosis HELP!!!?
    I first was diagnosed with bacteria vaginosis and a uti about 9 months ago. Since then i keep getting utis and bacteria vaginosis. Since i kept going back and being diagnosed again and agian going from doctor to doctor they decided to put me on aprevention treatment of metronidazole gel twice a week and macrobid at bedtime for utis. And yet here i am agian going to the doctor and they tell me i have a bv again while on this medication and a uti again while being on the macrobid? what am i supposed to do. They told me to stop taking macrobid and put me on amoxicillan and to take the metro gel for 5 days and that should do it. But i still am having bad lower abdominal pain and when i insert the medicine the inside of my vagina has a really bad sharp pain so theres no way for me to have intercourse which is ruining my relationship! i can't take it any more i keep telling myself i wanna die but i know i wouldn't never hurt myself i just want help n it seems like no one can. and im only 18!

    • ANSWER:
      First this is that at 18 you should not be in a serious relationship. Second thing is you should probably go 3-6 months without anything other than medical devices touching you down there. You can get recurring infection from mouth, fingers, or any else that gets inserted into your vagina that is not sterile. You need time for the good micro-organisms in vagina to return to a normal balance. Get rid of anyone in your life that does not support you in your recovery. Your health is most important.

  26. QUESTION:
    Ladies help with BV!!?
    After months of suffering with constant vaginal irritation I have finally been diagnosed with BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) I am happy to finally know what the problem is but the antibiotics they gave me (Metronidazole) didn't work! They also gave me Aqueous cream which is a big help to soothe the irritation during the day but not getting rid of it. I have been searching online for cures and have come up with 3 things and I was wondering if any of you ladies have tried these and have any luck!

    1 - Putting a tampon in to plain natural yogurt and inserting it in to the vagina at night for a week

    2 - acidophillus and folic acid supplements

    3 - Douching with with Hydrogen Peroxide (which I really don't want to do but if it works i'll give it a go!)

    Or any other treatments that you ladies swear by.

    your help will be greatly appreciated :)

    (And no stupid answers please)

    • ANSWER:
      None of those work. Yogurt helps keep the ph of the vagina balanced when eaten but when you already have an infection it doesn't work. Also supplements do the same thing but if you already have something it doesn't work and finally never ever douche with anything. It will just make it worse. BV is extremely hard to get rid of. You just need to go back to the doctor and they will do another round. Sometimes it takes up to 5 months to get rid of. Don't use a tampon while you have BV though. It traps the bacteria and keeps it there in the vagina. Eating healthy and exercising helps boost your immune system so doing that and the proper antibiotics will get rid of it.

  27. QUESTION:
    return of bacterial vaginosis?
    i got treated about a month ago for BV, with metronidazole gel which are antibiotics. i notice the symptoms went away, but now im noticing my symptoms are back. i have that disgusting smell again, fishy smell and yellow discharge. i know this infection tends to come back in many women but if the antibiotics just keep it away for a little and it returns should i even bother going back to the doctor?

    i heard probiotics help get rid of it and also not using feminine washes and all that. i do use feminine deodorant spray right now because i smell very bad and i need to hide it. i also use feminine wash just on the outside. i dont douche at all and i know it is very bad for you and makes you get infections.

    should i try a pro biotic? or natural treatment? with women who have had recurrences with this how did you treat it?
    i went to a gyno though, probably gonna make an appt to go see them again, i think the antibiotic worked but it just returned. ill ask my doctor what i can do. thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Can my boyfriend be giving me bacterial infections?
    I was diagnosed with BV last August, and got treatment. And last january i got discharge again and the doctor said it was NOT BV but just a build up of bacteria and yeast. So i got more medicine and started taking acidophilus supplements. I stopped taking the pill and went back to condoms. The bacteria seemed to be gone. No discharge or anything else. But the other day i was stupid and we didnt use a condom and now the discharge is back!

    Is it possible that my boyfriend may have gotten some kind of bacteria inside his urethra, and is reinfecting me?? Im sick of going back to the doctor!

    Also, I have a refill on some metronidazole gel, should I just skip the doctor and use the metronidazole? This is what was given to me twice by my doctor so i feel it might be okay

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    clear yellow gel like discharge?
    Okay so here's my story. Last year I had BV and took metronidazole gel to treat it. But last month, I went back to the gyno because I thought it has recurred. Fortunately, it did not but I still had a build up of bacteria and yeast. So I was given metronidazole again, but this time in pill form. I also went off the birth control pill 3 weeks ago, after being on it for 3 years.

    Since the treatment, I've noticed that the discharge has gone down a lot. I've been taking acidophilus supplements hoping this would help keep good bacteria inside me.
    I still notice white discharge every 2 days or so, and it's not itchy nor does it have odor.

    But what alarmed me was a clear to yellow gel-like discharge that appeared one time only. And I'm not sure if this is a side effect from going off the pill, or ovulation starting again, but the color of it seemed abnormal.

    So now i dont know if i still have an unbalanced pH and bacteria still, or if its just hormone related.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - a one-time appearance of a clear-to-yellow discharge is nothing to worry about. If it keeps happening, outside of the normal time you expect to be ovulating, then it might be time to think again.

      I suspect this was indeed ovulation.

      White discharge is completely normal, and so is cream-coloured. Obvious deep yellow is not so good, neither is gray, green, frothy or bubbly. 'Wrong' odours are always obvious signs of problems. Discharge that dries yellowish is also within normal bounds.

      It is also feasible that your discharge is reflecting something colourful that you ate. Many women forget about that aspect.

      Good luck.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it harder to treat bacterial vaginosis the longer it is left untreated?
    after learning what the symptoms of BV are i think that i've had it for almost 5 years. i didn't start seeking treatment until january. i was first given metronidazole which i had a horrible allergic reaction to. and a few weeks ago i was given clindamycin which gave me no results at all.

    this is very frustrating and i'm wondering if it won't go away because i've had it for so long. and if that's not the reason, what could it be? i've seen three doctors so far, and my mom says i probably won't be able to see the ob/gyn for another month. what am i supposed to do until then!?

    i do have a boyfriend but i've never been sexually active with him or anyone else.

    please help me! even if you don't have the answers to any of my questions, just give any information you have (good or bad).

    • ANSWER:
      they just need to find the right treatment to clear it.make sure you stay away from scented soaps.try to get as much air to it as you can.i had it for about three years b 4 i knew.im clear nw.i know its awfull.you will be o.k. good luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    could this hurt the possible baby?
    (also posted in trying to conceive)

    I did not really know how to tittle this...
    but anyways about over a month ago (defiantly not pregnant) I had to take antibiotics for an ear infection, had sex on my fertile days, then got a mild yeast infection, I tried to cure it at home just in case I was pregnant, but it got worse then I did 1 treatment, it got even worse and I also got BV so I am on 2 type of medication 1 for yeast (Dilfcan sp? and Metronidazole gel) and the only information I could find was "talk to your doctor about the pros and cons to your unborn child"

    my menstrual cycle will be starting in 2 days and I do not feel it coming on at all...
    but if I were to be pregnant since it's soooo early would the medication cause any harm?

    I talked to my doctor about taking probiotics before and during pregnancy and she thought it was a great idea to keep yeast infections away.

    • ANSWER:
      metronidazole (flagyl) is a category B (it will not hurt the baby), fluconazole (diflucan) is a category C. According the the FDA, it is not known whether fluconazole is harmful to an unborn baby. It is not legal to do studies on pregnant women, therefore all studies are done on animals. Some data, however, have been conducted from actual trials and errors and observational studies. Drugs are rated as category A, B, C, D, and X. Category A and B show no adverse effects in humans, but category C has never been tested on humans. In animal studies category C showed no adverse reactions.
      FYI: Category D have demonstrated a risk to the fetus. However, the benefits of therapy may outweigh the potential risk. Category X is very harmful (well-controlled or observational studies in animals or pregnant women have demonstrated positive evidence of fetal abnormalities or risks. The use of the product is contraindicated in women who are or may become pregnant).

      Some antibiotics are safe in pregnancies, some are not. If you were on antibiotics a month ago, they are completely out of your system and cannot hurt the baby.

  32. QUESTION:
    Doctors what more can I do?
    I was diagnosed with BV in February. I was prescribed Metronidazole and it took the smell away. The smell wasn't like fish it was like bad breath. The smell went away but I still had a white clumpy discharge.

    I went back to the doctors two days ago and I was prescribed Metronizadole pills, the vaginal gel, and fluconazole. I will undergo this treatment for several days.

    Now I do not smell like fish at all. There is a slight eggy smell but nothing overbearing. I do have both a milky white discharge and a clumpy discharge. Right now there is no abnormal discharge but I know that it did not go away.

    My doctor told me that my vaginal pH was high but she could not test it under a microscope that day but she said she knows that I have BV.

    So, is there anything else that I should do to get back to normal? I have not had sex in 5 years. I only wash the vulva and not inside. I take showers. I also am a vegetarian/vegan and I eat a lot of sugar and refined carbs.

    I just want a normal discharge.

    Is there more that I should do? Should I just stop eating refined sugar during treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar has nothing to do with it. I think you have a yeast infection too, and that's why they added the fluconazole. Give it a few days.

  33. QUESTION:
    could what i have be a yeast infection?? anybody!?
    ever since my fiance and i had sex (year or so ago), i have had a thick white discharge. it doesnt burn or itch, it isnt clumpy and doesnt cause any other
    problems except soak my underwear. but! it smells exactly like bread or beer etc.. which makes me think- yeast! it is sometimes clear/whitish and watery. before him and i ever had sex i never had anything like this and this happened practically the next day after we had sex!
    i have already been tested for STDs and its all negative, him too.
    my gynecologist took a sample and told me there isnt an alarming amount of white blood cells so its not something to worry about (that its not BV). he said it wont be harmful if left untreated, just bothersome, and that i could give metronidazole a chance to see if it helps. it made it a little worse!
    so- (its almost over dont worry) i have decided to take monistat 7 day treatment to see if that will work. ive heard that monistat makes it so much worse for some women and im worried!
    help!!
    ok.. thanks! i guess my only problem was it didnt sound like everyone elses but maybe it really is! im going to stop the OTC (ive done 1, treatment out of the 7 day pack so far) and live with the fact that i have a lot of discharge. : /

    • ANSWER:
      Some women have more discharge than others. If your doctor can't find anything wrong (and he says it's not a yeast infection) I wouldn't try OTC things for yeast infection. You might want to get a second opinion from a different doctor if you aren't satisfied with his answers....but I'm one of those women who has a lot of discharge, and i've had to just get used to it. :(

  34. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis-PLEASE help?
    Hi All,

    I had a few tests done about 2 months ago. As i have been getting dryness, swollen vagina, painful urination after sex. The swabs came back saying that I did not have a yeast infection or Chlamidia, and that I have Bacterial Vaginosis. The doc then sent me away with metronidazole which I took twice a day for 7 days. However when i was having some ME time, after i notice that i was in pain and that my vagina was rather swollen all round. So off i went to the doctors again, where this time the doc gave me some Flagyl tabs which i inserted twice a day of 5 days. Once again after stopping this treatment i had some more me time, in which i had NO pain or any of the symptons i had before. However today I had some more ME time (im not crazy, just like sex! FPRIVATE "TYPE=PICT;ALT=" and had a little bit of swelling at the front of my vagina, and slight pain. Could this be BV coming back??? Also when i had swabs done would they have checked for Trich??? could it have been mis-diagnosed as they do both have the same symptons?? Really annoyed as this has been going on for months. Should i go back to the doc and ask for more Flagyl??

    Thanks for reading

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment for Trich would be exactly the same- Metronidazole, commonly known of as Flagyl (they are the same drug). I had some similar experiences with a seemingly endless string of vaginal infections, and what I discovered- through lots of research, not from what the doctors told me- is that Metronidazole causes yeast infections in MANY women. So, unless the doctor actually tested you the second time for yeast infections, it's possible that you took the wrong medication.
      Also- my new gyn suggested that I insert acidophilous tablets before bed every day, because it helps to balance the bacteria and yeast inside your vagina- and it helps for both types of infections.
      The other thing to consider- I went off the pill recently and my pendulum of infections ceased completely. When I asked my gyn about that one, she said that sometimes vaginal dryness and recurrent yeast or bacterial infections are a side effect of the pill. Something to think about if you're on the pill, for sure
      And finally- not that I am insulting your hygiene habits, but a huge cause of BV is bacteria from the anus getting into the vagina during sex play. So, if during your "me" time, you happen to touch your anus, DO NOT touch your vagina with those fingers, because you WILL get an infection

      So, good luck, hope this helped!

  35. QUESTION:
    How long to wait to have sex after being treated for bacterial vaginosis w/oral metronidazole + yeast question?
    I am currently being treated for BV with metronidazole pills and am to complete treatment this Wednesday night (after my last pill). I have purchased a bottle of acidophilus tablets to begin taking immediately after I finish the metronidazole pills to prevent a yeast infection. I have had BV before and was prescribed the gel, and immediately following that treatment, I got a yeast infection and had to use Monistat for another 7 days, which was pretty awful. My questions are:

    1. How long do I have to wait to have sex after I complete the metronidazole pill treatment on Wednesday night without the danger of passing the bacteria that caused BV to my boyfriend and back to me? Is this even a risk? Would I be able to have sex the same night (Wednesday)? The next night? I will have not had sex in three weeks already by then.

    2. Since this is my second time getting BV (and since I got a yeast infection after my last treatment), I am wondering how I can prevent a yeast infection once my current treatment is complete. Did I do the right thing by purchasing the bottle of probiotics? Is there anything else I can do?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      it is best if you can abstain from sexual intercourse till such time that all the symptoms of vaginosis disappear.

      since you happen to be suffering from recurring vaginosis antibiotics will not give you relief. You did an exceallant thing by purchaing probiotics. it is one of the most effective natural cures for vaginosis. To know about more bacterial vaginosis natural cures please click http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Prevent-Vaginosis-and-Get-Rid-of-it-With-the-Help-of-Bacterial-Vaginosis-Natural-Cures&id=3607222

  36. QUESTION:
    could this hurt the possible baby?
    I did not really know how to tittle this...
    but anyways about over a month ago (defiantly not pregnant) I had to take antibiotics for an ear infection, had sex on my fertile days, then got a mild yeast infection, I tried to cure it at home just in case I was pregnant, but it got worse then I did 1 treatment, it got even worse and I also got BV so I am on 2 type of medication 1 for yeast (Dilfcan sp? and Metronidazole gel) and the only information I could find was "talk to your doctor about the pros and cons to your unborn child"

    my menstrual cycle will be starting in 2 days and I do not feel it coming on at all...
    but if I were to be pregnant since it's soooo early would the medication cause any harm?

    I talked to my doctor about taking probiotics before and during pregnancy and she thought it was a great idea to keep yeast infections away.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't know if you are pregnant or not so you shouldn't be that worried. You needed to get rid of the yeast infection. I know it's not good to be on anything while pregnant but I'd think it would be worse to have an infection while being pregnant.


Treatment Of Bv Infection

Written By: ibzzA1 - May• 02•12

Recurrent bacterial vaginosis occurs in about 30% of women after three months of having undergone treatment using antibiotics, and shoots up to about 50% within a year. This is problematic for most women because of the added medications they have to purchase as well as the discomfort and embarrassment that comes along with having the infection.

Experts are still unsure on the exact causes of the recurrences of BV, but most point to the re-growth of organisms causing BV due to the renewed imbalance in the natural condition of the vagina. Recurrent bacterial infections treatments are a matter of trial and error and the suggestions may not work for everyone. However, they are worth a try.

Right diagnosis is the first step in addressing recurrent BV. The symptoms of BV are similar to those of other vaginal infections that are caused by the yeast Candida albicans or by the protozoa Trichomonas. Since these are different organisms from the bacteria that cause BV, naturally, a different treatment plan has to be used. By getting the diagnosis right, you will not waste time getting the wrong treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Im on my second treatment of BV, yeast infection normal?
    About 8 months ago I had BV. No stds, nothing else, just BV.My Dr. gave me metronidazole at that point and I used it for 5 days. Immediately following, I had the most horrible yeast infection Ive had in my life. Now, apparently I have BV again. I havent been sexually active in over a year and Im on my 3rd day of treatment with these antibiotics. I can already tell I am getting a yeast infection. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's actually pretty common for antibiotics to cause yeast infections. See, yeast is always living in your vagina (and mouth). It is kept in small numbers by "good" bacteria that live there, too. Antibiotics kill the bacteria, both "good" and "bad", in your body. When that happens, the yeast (a fungus, which isn't affected by antibiotics) starts growing wild, and a yeast infection in the vagina is a result. If you take a particularly powerful antibiotic, then you may get a yeast infection (called thrush) in your mouth, too. From now on, you should just routinely ask your doc for a yeast infection treatment when you have antibiotics.

  2. QUESTION:
    Weird smell after yeast infection treatment?
    I had a yeast infection and then took one of those 1 day treatment things. after 2 days my symptoms were gone. but now its been 5 days and i have this very strange odor and im pretty wet, and the discharge is a little yellow but not like very prominent? its not bad really, just not normal. is it from the medication still draining out or in there or something? could the treatment have given me BV or something? help!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you still have yeast infection!!

      if you really want to get rid of yeast infection then you must follow these tips - they worked for me:

      1) Eat yogurt!!!! It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent.

      5) also you should use some herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore (almost 2 years) ...

  3. QUESTION:
    Scared and in pain. Is it BV or a yeast infection?
    I'm 14 and two days ago, for the first time I let my boyfriend "finger" me (stupid, I know). That night I realized I was very sore down there. Everything was, even my clitoris. I figured it was just because maybe he was rougher than I thought. Then I realized that at the end of yesterday it was beginning to itch like crazy. Today there was slightly yellow discharge that smelt normal (no fishy smell) and a cluster of little whiteheads on my clitoral hood. It's still unbelievably itchy and I've bought a 3-day yeast infection treatment. What more can I do? There's no clumps, is it really a yeast infection or BV?

    • ANSWER:
      If the discharge and itching don't go away with the yeast treatment it will be time to see a doctor. If you have BV it won't go away on its own. It could be completely unrelated to your boyfriend, but the next time anyone touches you there...make them wash their hands first.

  4. QUESTION:
    What's the most effective yeast infection treatment?
    I have recurrent yeast infections (in that vicious cycle of BV to Flagyl to yeast to treatment to BV) for the past 3 months. The most successful treatment I've had so far was 2 doses of Monistat 3 back to back (for a total of 6 days of treatment). However, that caused the BV pretty bad, so I went for a more gentle Monistat 7 (which my doctor calls the gold standard) this past time around. NOTHING. It got worse! So, I began to suspect that I'm just all Monistated out and need something else. I am finishing my current round of diflucan, which did not work in the past and while it has helped this time around, has not cured the issue. The last time I went to the doctor she gave up and just gave me an alt. medicine referral. I have been on acidophilius for the past 2 months. It does nothing. I have to start Flagyl AGAIN for BV while I finish the diflucan, but I want to try one of the non-Monistat OTCs in addition. Which one is the best? I would rather have it work with no BV than be fast.

    • ANSWER:
      The one prescription medication my doctor has me use when I have a problem with yeast is Terazol which comes in a cream form. I use the 7 day formulation.

      Because of the problems you are having with the yeast I would recommend asking your doctor about strains that are more difficult to treat such as one call Candida Glabarata.

      Another medicine sometimes used to treat yeast infection is called Nystatin. It also comes in a pill.

      As for acidophillous, it works pretty well but more for trying to prevent yeast infections. It can take 3 months to notice if the acidophillous helps.

      Also, ask your doctor about the possibility of a hormone imbalance to see if that could be playing in to the yeast issue as to why it keeps coming back.

      If you have other questions for me please feel free to e-mail or IM me off site any time.

  5. QUESTION:
    BV?? I have a reoccurring vaginal infection and have yet to find a treatment. ?
    No smart*** answers. This is a serious question and I really need some honest answers. I've been to the GYNO several times and been given a variety of medications. No luck
    Does anyone else have a similar problem? Of so, how did you treat it? Thanks...

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  6. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that you can have a fishy odor during the treatment of a diagnosed yeast infection?
    I have a diagnosed yeast infection and am frequently in bouts of BV and had one other yeast infection. Every time, the doctor prescribes me meds. I've only had one other yeast infection and I can not remember if there is a fishy odor during treatment. I was prescribed Diflucan, the one pill. It's day 2 and it's starting to smell like BV. I realize it's possible to have both but I'm really hoping I don't have BV again.

    • ANSWER:
      If you suffer from yeast infection then you must have experienced the
      confusion stemmed from conflicting advice and from information overload.
      Honest information about vaginal yeast infection or any other type of
      candida infection is harder to come by than ever before, and nearly
      everyone has been misled at one time or another. I know I have.
      I wasted literally thousands of dollars on candida treatment programs
      that didn’t “work out” and anti-yeast infection products that didn’t do
      anything.

      By educating yourself about the steps you need to take in order to deal with
      your candida infection condition and help your body heal itself and control
      the fungal overgrowth from the inside out you can and will eliminate the pain,
      annoyance, humiliation and frustration associated with this condition and feel
      more in control. Additionally, as a side benefits you’ll feel more energized,
      healthier and vibrant. You will enjoy improved digestion, enhanced vision,
      and healthier hair, skin and nails.

      Knowledge is power. Embrace it. Share it and apply it and you will be yeast
      infection free.

  7. QUESTION:
    Over the phone prescriptions, & BV...(HELP)?
    Alright thisis VERY emabarassing .. but ohwell every woman gets it at least once in their life time.
    I cannot tell if i have got BV ( bacterial Vaginosis ) or a Yeast infection.
    Well i found these 6 day Pills to treat BV and it seemed to be working , the smell was leaving but the discharge is still there , but now it its "cottage-cheese" like,And i am no RARELY getting a bit of itching no buring ( i have a high pain tolerance so i dont noticed alot of things /Like-breaking a finger) ,so im thinking somehow it could have changed to a yeast infection , i dont know if i should go to the store , get a Yeast infection treatment , see how it works , or call my doctor and ask for a BV treatment over the phone. My doctor is #1 stupid and #2 hes booked right yup.
    please help this its a BIG low - self esteem thing and VERY annoying . . Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a yeast infection...

      Call up the doctor and tell them you have a yeast infection and could they please call in a prescription?

      Mine always does it...it'll just get worse if you don't.

      *Over the counter stuff just sucks

  8. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection & bv?
    I went to an std clinic thinking i had an std. All tests were normal negative for stds but I had burning itching swealing cottage cheese looking discharge. The doctor said i had a yeast infection and gave me the 7day treatment which i used only for 3days because i was doing alot better. But on the third day my discharge was smelling like b.o. I looked it up and everything pointed to bv. I tried the home remedy of plain yogurt which seems to have helped because i now have no ordor watsoever. But my concern is if it could be a more serious condition? Could i have gotten yeast infection and bv right afterwards? Wat should i do next? And unfortuntly doctors right now i cannot afford.

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  9. QUESTION:
    BV -and- yeast infection, what's up with this?
    I have been dealing with recurring Bacterial Vaginosis (fish smell) and yeast infections (itching, but no clumpy discharge) for the past 6 months. Over-the counter treatments (HV essentials homeopathic BV treatment for BV and generic 7-day Miconazole cream for yeast infection) have cleared them up, but then they come back. The boxes warn to see a doctor if symptoms recur or persist as it may be a sign of something serious.

    What I want to know is, what is this "something serious" these could be a sign of. Uterine cancer? What? Is there anything I can do besides going to the doctor? I am jobless, broke, and have no insurance and can't afford to go to the doctor! Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I got BV for the first time about two years ago. I had no clue what is was, so I did a lot of research online and found so much info. My first reaction, obviously, was to see a doctor, which I had no insurance, so it ended up being a 0 urgent care visit! They gave me the antibiotics and about 2 months later it came back and it was worse! That's when I started seeing all of the other women's stories online that said this also happened to them. The reason is the antibiotics they give you kill all bacteria, good and bad. But you need the good to keep the bad away. So without the good, the bad end up taking over again. I got permanently cured with hydrogen peroxide douche. I know it sounds SO crazy, but there have been medical studies that say H2O2 kills bad bacteria and promotes growth of good bacteria, because the good bacteria in your vagina actually naturally produces H2O2. I filled a needleless syringe with straight H2O2 (3%) and squirted it (like a douche) into my vagina once a night for 7 nights, just like in the study. It worked. Go to http://www.earthclinic.com
      Click on ailments, find and click on bacterial vaginosis, and there are so many remedies, as well as other womens stories, and what worked for them. If the H2O2 sounds too strange to you, there are other options that helped other women on this site. Good Luck!!!

      EDIT: I forgot to add that your pH levels are maintained by the good bacteria. They produce lactic acid, so by using the peroxide it promotes the health of the good bacteria, which keeps your pH in check. And it has been proven that the good bacteria also produce hydrogen peroxide in small amounts, so you would just be helping it along a bit. For a long time, any time I was intimate with my husband, especially oral sex, and after my period, i would do the peroxide douche. Now I'm well balanced and no more problems with BV or yeast infections, which peroxide cures also.

  10. QUESTION:
    Vaginal infection does not respond to treatment?
    At first, I was diagnosed and treated for a yeast infection. It cleared up but came back in a couple of months. Then, bacterial vaginosis, also treated and cleared up. A month ago, symptoms started again, and I was diagnosed and treated for BV - but the symptoms did not even lessen (I took Metronidazole orally). Now, I still have whatever it is, and it does not respond to Monistat either. What to do? Tested for STD's, btw, all clean.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that you should have blood work done by your physician to check your blood sugar. I suffer from BV regularly because my husband is not circumsized and I'm prone to infection. He cleans well, but the bacteria that gets trapped under the foreskin transfers to me during sex and then I get BV. It's a real pain. I tried Metronidazole orally too, but the vaginal gel applications are way better. Just make sure to use it the full five days, at night, and NO SEX when you're on it. Definitely call your dr.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why am I having reoccurring yeast infections?
    Ok here is the deal. I had reoccurring yeast infections a few months ago. I did treatments over the counter. Then I went to my doctor and took a pill. That didn’t work so I had to go back and get a cream. Then my gyno did a culture of the cells in my vagina. It turned out that I had Bacterial Vaginitis. I took a treatment for BV and then got more yeast infections from the treatment I took for the BV (according to my Dr.). I then took another treatment to clear up the yeast infection from the BV treatment. I felt fine for a few days and now I have another yeast infection. Does any one have any ideas on what the problem might be? I take proper precautions by not using scented soap, wearing white cotton underwear, I am not sexually promiscuous. Please help any ideas would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Often diet plays a big roll in yeast infections .Yeast thrives and grows in a sugery enviroment. Cut way back on sugar.Have you taken antibiotics recently? That promotes yeast. If your on the BC pill often that causes alot of yeast problems. Also try taking acidophilous tablets This really helps by balancing your Ph and will stop yeast from growing. You can get this at any health food store.make sure you get the live culture type usually has to be refrigerated.Garlic capsules also help withyeast you can take both at the same time.

  12. QUESTION:
    If I had a yeast infection can I eat some cookies?
    I was diagnosed with yeast infection and BV. I did a 7 day treatment with gel and pills and I am healed now. I also eliminated sugar. I used to eat tons of refined foods and I have cut down in a major way since last Sunday. I have been eating almonds and plain oatmeal for "snack."

    I now have a craving for something chocolate. Should I have some cookies? I am losing weight too. I am about 5'6.5 and weigh 118.

    • ANSWER:
      idk who told you you couldnt have cookies but that's a lie, go head and have some cookies, dont make it a huge habit to put in your diet everyday but you'll be fine. also if your losing unnecessary weight, start eating something a little more heavier but healthier like a brown rice, even yogurt tht keeps don the yeast not TOO much yogurt though it can harm the condition of the yeast infection as well

  13. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection/BV help! Will this work?
    I'm at my wick's end with this thing. NONE of the medication gets rid of ti and going back and forth to the Dr is getting annoying and expensive. I've been naked in that dr office more times than in my own bed room!!!!
    I found a bunch of stuff online that I think MAY help. I'm giving up on modern meds because they make me nauseous and they don't help to cure it after being so nauseous for weeks at a time. Has any one tried the Candida diet??? (or as my husband calls it "Why don't you just starve to death diet") There's a link for it in case no one knows what the diet entails:
    http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/candida_foods1.htm

    Also has anyone bought this lady's ebook: Sarah Summer
    Again, there's a link:
    http://www.natural-cure-for-yeast-infection.com/?hop=carolrb
    There's a money back guarantee on her book so I'm willing to try it, but I don't want it to be a scam and have my cards all tied up in it.

    Like I said I'm willing to try anything but one thing I will NOT do is have this plaguing my life for another second! I've had this off and on for the past year and I'm sick of the drs telling me how COMMON it is and then turning right around and acting as if I have a rare disease that they suddenly DON'T know how else to treat! I feel like if it's so common....they should have SOME treatment other than Flagl or Clindamycin or metro gel! None of that stuff WORKS!

    Finished my rant...ready for answers.
    Actually I have BV more so than YI But thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Ughh....this really sucks! This past year I also battled multiple BV infections, and then once that was finally gone, I got a yeast infection and UTI. Not a fun 8 or so months, so I hear ya. Although once I was finally prescribed the metro gel mine went away, but the thought still lingers that it could reappear any day. Anyway, as for the Candida diet, go for it if you think you can forego everything listed as food no-no's. It's very limiting on what you can eat, and could be difficult to get used to (at least for me!). Here's a link to some at home remedies for yeast infections, though I'm not sure the same would get rid of the BV.

      http://www.altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsqtoz/a/yeast_infection.htm

      If you were going to get the book, I'd suggest starting some sort of remedy in the mean time to hopefully get some relief! Good luck :D

  14. QUESTION:
    Prescribed Clindamycin for BV and Diflucan for a yeast infection?
    Had a check up yesterday (29 weeks pregnant)
    I told my doc about a yeast infection I felt coming on, so she did an exam and turns out I had both a yest infection AND bacterial vaginosis. (Anyone know what the heck causes this by the way?)

    Anyway, I was prescribed Clindesse vaginal insert (an antibiotic) for the BV (which I took last night) and a 1 dose pill of Diflucan for the yeast infection (havent taken it yet).
    Now I know from experience that antibiotics cause yeast infections... so should I wait for the BV treatment to fully work (5 days) before I take the Diflucan for the yeast infection? I'm worried if I take it now, the yeast infection will return from taking the antibiotics.

    Also, does anyone know if the generic form of Diflucan (Fluconazole) is just as effective as the name brand?

    • ANSWER:
      take them both together and if the yeast infection continues, get some more... it's not always the case that antibiotics cause thrush anyway- about 30% of the time. BV by the way is caused by any number of things.. it's a bacterial infection and can be caused by hormone changes, bathing or even after periods. It's probably to do with all your changes in pregnancy

  15. QUESTION:
    NZ pharmacies - do you need a prescription for BV treatment antibiotics?
    or do you need to go to your gp and get a prescription for antibiotics to get rid of bacterial vaginosis infection...?
    Or anyone know anything that could help treat it, that I could buy from a pharmacy or supermarket or just easy places like that?

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Go to Wikipedia and enter bacterial vaginosis. I do sugest you go to your G.P.

  16. QUESTION:
    Prescribed clindamycin for BV and Diflucan for Yeast infection?
    Had a check up yesterday... 29 weeks preggo... told the doc about a yeast infection I felt coming on, so she did an exam and turns out I had both a yest infection AND bacterial vaginosis (I have NO CLUE how I got it)...

    Anyway, I was prescribed Clindesse vaginal insert (an antibiotic) for the BV (which I took last night) and 1 dose pill of Diflucan for the yeast infection (havent taken it yet). Now I know from experience that antibiotics cause yeast infections... so should I wait until the 5 days is up for the BV treatment to fully work before I take the Diflucan? I don't want to take it just to have the yeast infection return from taking the antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Call your doctor, only she will know what to do. I think she would have told you to take them separately...

  17. QUESTION:
    Done taking Metronidazole gel for BV?
    First off....I had an itching problem and thought it was a yeast infection so started taking the 7 days treatment but after the 6th day still didn't clear up so went and saw the doctor and she told me i had Bacterial Vaginosis, so she prescribed me Metronidazole for 5 nights( i have been prescribed this before along with the nasty pill). So after the 3rd day i took it but i was standing up for a little too long where the gel came out a lot!! So i took the medication for 7days rather than the 5days they told me to take it. I am now done with it, and i have been having a lot of clumps coming out..looks like from the yeast infection treatment cream i was taking...also yesterday it smelled a little but foul but i think it was from the gel still coming out of me. My question is....Was it bad that i took it for 7 days? How long does it take for all of this stuff to come out?
    Also...i called the doctor and told her about it....and bv is what makes you have the foul smell but i think i just smelled the medication that was coming out of me, but she prescribed me the yeast infection pill to see if that will work and i have taken it already. And i have no smell at all, but still am having those big clumps coming out

    • ANSWER:
      Just give it some time dear.

      Some may recommend douching but personally, I find that to cause more issues than it's worth. If you want to try that, only use the vinegar and water ones, not the flower scented ones since that might make it even worse than it already is.

      Sux to be a girl sometimes, doesn't it?

  18. QUESTION:
    bv/yeast infection?
    Ive had bv and yeast infection for a little over a month now. I have never had anything like this before. I have been through 2 treatments of metro gel, 2 doses of diflucan and flagyl. After the flagyl my symptoms were gone but came back a few days later. I dont feel bad but just have some burning and a ammonai odor. I know I need to go back to the doctor but after three treatments I feel hopeless. Has anyone had this experience?

    • ANSWER:
      Try not eating as much bread and sugar (that includes alcohol)

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva

      Signs of trichomoniasis
      A watery, yellowish or greenish bubbly discharge
      An unpleasant odor
      Pain and itching when urinating
      Most apparent after your period

  19. QUESTION:
    15 weeks BV for second time any suggestions HELP!!!!!!?
    I have battled with reoccuring BV for several years now. No problems with my first pregnancy. Several reoccurences before my second pregnancy. Only one infection during my second pregnancy, treated and resolved. In the past 5 years since my last pregnancy I have dealt with constant reoccuring infections and was placed on MetroGel twice a week as a preventative measure. It helped to reduce the number of occurences. I am now pregnant for the third time and dealing with my second BV infection. I was treated a month ago and now its started again! I am trying the product Rephresh to help balance the ph levels but I have not noticed much of an improvement. I am worried about continuously taking antibiotics throughout my pregnancy. Any suggestions for me that I can discuss with my OB? Or safe home remedies for prevention or treatment during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor has probably already discussed this with you but,
      1) Wear cotton underwear
      2) Do not use scented products on your private area, or scented laundry detergent on anything that will touch your privates(this means undies, jeans, sheets, towels, etc.) I use All free and clear. No douching, either. Nothing scented at all on your privates. Or tight clothes. This can reduce the level of air to your privates.
      3) Reduce the levels of your sugar intake, especially sodas. I know this is a big trigger for me. Too much sugar can upset the balance of your system and throw off your ph.
      4) Wash your private area well before and after sex.
      5) Drink water and cranberry juice(or take a cranberry supplement, you can find them at any store). Cranberry helps cleanse the genitourinary system. Some people have also suggested that eating yogurt every day helps to fight infection, especially that kind of infection. Be extra careful with anything herbal or homeopathic right now, and ask your doctor before use.
      6) Ask your doctor about different ph gels. However, the reason you might not notice some of the improvement is that some of them have a tendency to produce discomfort as the result of their use.
      7) Do not have sex while you have BV. It is possible for your partner to pass it back to you. You might think about expressing this concern with your doctor.
      8) Under the supervision of your doctor, the antibiotics should be okay. Since you have already given birth, you probably know that
      BV carries a risk of preterm labor, so it's best to do whatever you can to get it under control.
      Some women just have a way more sensitive ph system than others. Don't let it stress you out(stress is also another factor in recurring vaginal infection).

  20. QUESTION:
    Intense Cramps with Burning and Itching Discharge?
    I've been having bad cramps that started last week and now I'm having intense burning and itching along with clearish to lotion like discharge. I have PCOS and the last period I had was in November 2008 so a year ago. The cramps keep switching off from each side of my low abdomen, but it's predominant on my right side.

    I've never had burning like this and last night I did a yeast infection treatment and it didn't help at all (it usually works right away). I suffer with constant yeast infection and BV and this is different. There is absolutely no odor. When I have sex it's always with a condom.

    What could be going on? I don't have insurance and those free clinics are a waste of time.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you have to go to the doctor dear, It could be nothing but its safer to get a professional opinion about it than do nothing at all. I can relate to something in this question, and that's the itching discharge, well quite a few months ago I had like that type of discharge and it was really itchy and made me sore and inflamed, I thought maybe it was a yeast infection, but I bathed a bit more and made sure that down there was clean and i've been doing that since now and Its gone away and I haven't had that problem since. I think to help get rid of that is bathe a little more, showers don't really get down there.

      Also I think maybe with the discharge/cramps coming more regulary its setting you up to have a period.
      But if I was you i'd go to the doctor, maybe you have an infection.

  21. QUESTION:
    BV question?
    Long story short....

    Over the last 3 months, I've had 2 BV infections, a yeast infection, and a UTI. I took one dose of Diflucan for the yeast infection on Tuesday and began a 3 day treatment for the UTI on Wednesday. Today, I took a second dose of Diflucan. Up until the last few months, I'd never had any of these and the only thing I can think of that could have started all this was that my boyfriend and I stopped using condoms (I'm on the pill though). With that being said, he has not been treated for anything. If he was infected from the BV what symptoms would he have? If he has no symptoms, does that mean he's not infected?

    Any info would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      BV can be very tricky to get rid of and unprotected sex can actually lead to reoccurring infections. Males can have signs of BV or yeast, but, in most cases there aren't any signs. It would be best if in the time being that until your case is under control that you stop having intercourse until you are healed. It is important that he be treated as well for those infections, especially if your BV keeps returning. Ask your GYN to test for beta strep and STD's (not saying you have one, but can be a factor for reoccurring infections) Many males don't even show sign's of STD's as well, but can still be infected.

      Also, wash your undies with dye free detergent, and iron them after they come out of the dryer (I know it sounds silly but, the dryer only kills so much bacteria). Cotton underwear is best. Obtain from wearing thongs- they also can lead to infection. Make sure you are also using non anti-bacterial soaps because antibacterial soaps also kill your good bacteria that is needed down there; soaps like Dove are best because they are dye free and not anti-bacterial. Finally eat lots and lots of Activia yogurt... Yogurt is your best friend at times like these because it replenishes your body with the good bacteria your body is most likely lacking.

      I know it is so frustrating and I have been where you are... I was going to a Dr. for months over the matter of BV and I was tested for everything and came up with having beta strep as well. I took all those steps I listed for you, and it definitely does help... I haven't had a problem with BV since!

      Good Luck and I hope you feel better hun!

  22. QUESTION:
    BV vs. Yeast Infection! Help?
    About a month ago I was in a public place and after I did my business, I discovered there was no toilet paper. Hooray! And I wasn't about to go and change rooms, because the place was so busy and I wasn't in a stall, so I would be going out into a public place with my underwear smelling like piss afterwards.
    So I looked around on the ground and sure enough, found TP. It looked clean and unused but smelled a bit of urine. I figured that pee is supposed to be sterile, so I went ahead and used it.
    Well my hands smelled like urine for the rest of the day, while my vagina smelled like piss as well as itching later on that night and for the next 2 days.
    It was slighty red and had little uniform raised bumps, only present in the labia. No pus or anything. I washed with soap and the next day the bumps receded and I figured I'd cured it.
    Now I have the same stuff, but with the opening of my vagina is sort of whitish. No funny discharge. And I wouldn't be able to tell you the smell - I have a cold.

    I narrowed it down to two things - bacterial vaginitis or yeast infection. I'm hoping it's a yeast infection since it won't need such a big treatment. If there's anything else you could think of, please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Either you were affected by bacterial vaginitis or yeast infection, both are requiring lots of attention and proper care. I think it is better if you go see a doctor to have you check up. This way, you can be sure what is exactly happen to you and get proper treatment for it.

      If it is yeast, then it is better, after you are recover from this infection, to watch for your diet and keep your infected area clean all the time.

  23. QUESTION:
    Boric Acid for cockroaches but used for BV?
    Okay so I have heard about the Boric acid treatment for BV and Yeast infections. Supposedly its this miracle drug that takes away the smell and the symptoms. I have a smelly labia and I can never get rid of the smell. I wash myself as well too.

    Anyways, i heard getting Boric Acid Powder and gelatin capsules is the way to go and insert them vaginally for a couple days to get rid of your problem.
    The only thing is that Boric Acid is used to kill ants and cockroaches, so Im wondering is there a certain brand of Boric Acid that I need to buy? Or can I just buy a cockroach killer and put it in a capsule and stick it in? Im kind of confused.
    I was looking up this kind of Boric Acid, "Pic Boric Acid Roach Killer III"
    now would that work? because i cannot find Boric Acid anywhere in the stores and this seems to be the only one i can come along.. please help!

    • ANSWER:
      The regular dose is 600mg boric acid (in type 0 capsules) inserted vaginally at bedtime for 14 days. They need to be compounded so -you need a prescription and a compounding pharmacy.

  24. QUESTION:
    BV not going away after treatment?
    So I was diagnosed about a week ago with BV and a yeast infection. I'm being treated with Metronidazole (500mg 2x a day for 14 days) and I will complete my treatment tomorrow. However, I am not noticing any of my symptoms going away. I was thinking it could maybe be the yeast infection but I'm worried that the BV will not go away. How effective is Metronidazole in treating BV? Doesn't it usually go away in about 2-3 days? Help, anyone? :(

    Oh and I wanted to hear some first hand accounts of anyone who has been treated for BV before going to see my health care provider. I go to Planned Parenthood and I would really not rather wait another 3-4 hours to see my doctor.
    Ciel: I'm already on a full prescription of Metronidazole and I'm just worried that the treatment isn't having any effect. I don't know whether these symptoms are BV or a yeast infection. Thank you for answering though :)
    Oh, and thank you for the site! It has some very helpful tips.

    To the other poster: I think I will try increasing my intake of yogurt. I'm starting to suspect that I have a yeast infection rather than BV because BV antibiotic treatments are usually successful. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I had an infection for such a long time I don't even want to say...I started a job where I had to eat something every morning so as a routine I would take a yogurt & put some fruit & cereal in it. Well, I don't remember when my infection went away but I worked at that job for 6 months & ate the yogurt everyday I worked...so there are some kind of active cultures in yogurt but make sure that says it on the label & if you can eat one everyday. If you want a desert freeze it for a while & eat that instead of ice cream. So I never went to the Dr. & I am fine I hope you like yogurt...if you don't go to a health food store & ask what you can take instead.

  25. QUESTION:
    Difference between trich & bv?
    Trichomoniasis & bacterial vaginosis seem to have similar symptoms for women. The only difference I noticed was trich says you will have yellow/greenish discharge and bv says more of a grey discharge....How does the Dr. determine which it is since both use the same antibiotic for treatment? I was having the symptoms of BV with a yellow type discharge and the Dr. passed that off as a "normal preg thing." My partner never got treated bc they told me if he wasn't having any symptoms, his body most likely cleared the infection....but I have been having recurring "bv" infections and they always come about a week after intercourse. Is it possible I was misdiagonosed? Due to work scheldules, it is hard to get into the clinic during the day, so I was just wondering if anyone else had experienced something like this??
    Also, is the pill or dose different now that I'm preg.? I'd like to know before I go in next week...thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor can do a swab and send the specimen to a lab for better diagnosis, but if the antibiotic is the same then it doesn't matter which one you have, because it is being cleared by the antibiotic. You do need to have your partner tested if you keep getting it after intercourse.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is BV the reason why I have Not conceived?
    I have been TTC for 18 months, So went to my doctor for swabs to check if there was any infection it came back that I have BV & given Metronidazole for treatment.
    Could BV be the reason why I have not conceived & what are my chances of getting pregnant after finishing the treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      The bacteria themselves don't prevent pregnancy, damage caused by an untreated infection can. When BV goes crazy, it can spread from the vagina up into the uterus and fallopian tubes. This kind of infection is called pelvic inflammatory disease and can, if left untreated, cause damage to the tubes. This can prevent sperm from reaching the egg and cause infertility.

      If your diagnosis was confirmed quickly, there is no threat in ttc. If you think the condition may have been long term and undiagnosed pid is an issue and only your doctor can give you stats.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of stubborn BV and yeast infection?
    Hi, I've been dealing with bacterial vaginosis and a yeast infection since I took an antibiotic back in December. The worst discomfort is the gas, bloating, and pressure I've gotten from it. I took diflucan and did a 3 day antibiotic suppository treatment, and it went down a lot (and improved alot during my period, which I thought was a good sign) but now that my period is done, I am back to having pain/the bad smell down there and I'm getting bloated up and uncomfortable again.

    Are there any good treatments for this sort of thing? I'm a virgin, so it's not an STD. The bloating is very uncomfortable, and now I'm starting to get a pain in my side again. I had an abdominal ultrasound a month ago that only showed I had a slightly enlarged spleen, which I think is more irritated then anything. That got a lot better after the treatment, and it's no where near as bad as it wa originally but it's starting to get a little tender again.

    Does anyone know of a good treatment? I'm trying to get back to the gynecologist again, I would've gone today but she had to cancel my appointment >_< I just wonder if there's some over the counter or home remedies that might be useful for this nasty combo.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there are no effective home remedies and these will not ''clear up'' without proper antifungal and antibiotic treatment.
      You can buy a tube of Vagisil or other vaginal anti-itching cream to subdue the irritation until you can see your doctor.
      Sorry darlin', we all know how awful this is.

  28. QUESTION:
    People who have had bv (bacterial vaginosis)?
    I was diagnosed with bv about a week ago and was prescribed Flagyl (metronidazole). Like 3 days into the treatment I was feeling completely back to normal and continued to take the antibiotics after my symptoms were gone to prevent it from recurring.

    In the paperwork I received from the doctor it said you can have sex if you use a condom, so I had sex the day before my last day of antibiotics and about 3 hours later I got the same exact symptoms again. Because it's sunday and I couldn't get an appt. I have a phone appt. with my gyno tomorrow.

    This is my first bv infection and I've been sexually active for a year now, Now it seems that everytime I have sex this happens.

    Has anyone gotten bv after it cleared up while taking antibiotics? I really just want to know if it's a somewhat normal thing and if my gyno will just prescribe me more flagyl to clear up the infection.

    The thing is, I'm now scared to have sex again, because the severe pain and itching of this is not worth it for me.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had BV on and off for two years now. Everytime i get it treated it comes bac... So i guess it is normal i have heard many people who get it again and your doctor will give you more antibiotics but stay away from sex until your done with the treatment and know everything is ok. If you get it again have your partner checked out

  29. QUESTION:
    i am in the worst pain of my life, please help!?
    i am in terrible pain "down there". this has been a series of events over the past month or two. so i was diagnosed with BV and given a gel, which gave me a yeast infection. then the bv came back so she put me on something else, also giving me a yeast infection.last thursday i went to my gyn for an ovarian cyst, where she did an internal exam with her fingers, later that day i began getting horrible burning pains which almost felt like i was ripped open. i went to CVS and bought a monistat 1 day yeast infection treatment, which i took sat night. i went to the ER monday night for these terrible pains where they diagnosed me with a UTI which i am now taking meds for. only problem is this stupid irritation on my labia is so excruciating! i cant pee without crying cause it makes it burn, and when i just sit here these burning sensations come like im hitting a brick wall, they make me moan in such pain! its 5 am, and the past 4 nights i have been up all night b/c of these pains. i have tried everything from the yeast infection external cream, vitamin e, cortisone cream, Vaseline, ice packs, heating pads, hot baths, cold baths... really nothing is helping im running out of patience, this pain is so unbearable i have been non stop crying all night. i have NO idea how this happened ( i honestly believe this is b/c of my gynos wrong doing) but when ever i go to the DR they tell me nothing is wrong....PLEASE HELP
    its not cause of the UTI it hurts in a totally different spot

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    What the heck is going on with my vaj?
    Okay, this is kind of a long story, but a strange one, bear with me.

    I am 21 years old, sexually active, and have not had a child. I have always been a relatively clean person. But about 4-5 months ago, I got what I assume to be my first yeast infection, on the third day of my period. I had severe inner and external itching "down there". Not knowing what to do, I started washing repeatedly throughout the day to try to get rid of the smell. Two days later I noticed a horrible smell, not the notorious "fish" smell, more like bad meat smell. I got an over the counter treatment for BV, and within two days the smell had gone away completely, but the itch was still there. Normal color and texture of discharge, just, really bad itching. I tried an over the counter treatment for a yeast infection, and by the end of the treatment everything was back to normal, or so I thought.

    A month later, my period came as normal, but again, three days into it, the itch was back. Only this time, when my menstruation was done, I had a weird discharge that was offwhite and had a distinct odor, not a stink per say, but an odor that definitely was not normal, and the texture was like pudding with little, oblong chunks (almost like tiny pinworms.) It was also increased in volume. Once again, did the yeast infection treatment, it cleared up, and I thought everything was back to normal.

    3rd period came and went without issue, but after the menstruation was done, I was left with the notorious "fish" odor. The discharge was the same texture and color it had been since puberty, just with a different, and unpleasant smell.

    4th period came and went, still no change. Still have the odor, though it hasn't gotten worse or better. I have normal texture and color of discharge. What the heck is wrong with me, why has all of a sudden strange and crazy things started happening to my vag? I am not a dirty person, I shower daily, I have one sexual partner who is also clean. He has no ill effects to his sexual organs. I am afraid to have sex because I'm embarrassed about the smell and I don't want him to notice it. I have no health coverage and am afraid to go to the doctor since money is tight. Could this be just a rather long case of BV that has come back, or could it be something serious? What -are- the serious conditions it could be? If it is just BV, why has all these other crazy things happened?
    Ok, please read the whole thing before you say it's a yeast infection. There's no itching or wierd discharge currently, only a fishy odor. If it's any infection, it's BV, I already know that. The real question here is, why are all these crazy things happening, could it be a sign of something more serious than a vaginal infection? Sorry if that didn't come accross clear enough in my original question.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have a yeast infection that was not cured by the over the counter stuff, so each time you have your period, it gets worse. This is because the period and wetness that accompanies it makes a nice fungal breeding ground. Change your tampons and pads more frequently (not to say you're not changing them frequently, but beause of this problem, they should be changed more frequently for awhile). When you used the over the counter treatment, it might not have been strong enough. The one-day treatment is generally not strong enough. Get the 7-day treatment, or else go to the doctor and get a prescription for the pill Fluconazole--it will kill the yeast. Also, go to your local vitamin store or drugstore or whatever, and get some probiotic pills with acidophilus. This is the good bacteria that keep the yeast growth at bay. Take them as directed. Eat yogurt with live active cultures too (though the probiotic pills are better I think). Classic symptoms. Oh, also: if you have started wearing pantyhose, you might want to stop. The pantyhose keeps your vaj moist all the time, which, again, is a breeding ground for the yeast. The yeast are always there, it's just that they can overgrow, which is what you have.

  31. QUESTION:
    Ladies I have a question about yeast and BV?
    I went back to the doctors two days ago and I was prescribed Metronizadole pills, the vaginal gel, and fluconazole. I will undergo this treatment for several days. I have BV and I guess a yeast infection.

    I have not started treatment yet and I currently do not have any of the symptoms associated with BV or yeast infection. I am not itchy and I do not have a fishy smell or clumpy discharge.

    I am going to start treatment either today or tomorrow but I was wondering if I should either avoid sugary foods or reduce sugary foods while on treatment. I am only asking this because I heard that sugar and moisture feed yeast and I do not want to do this.

    Should I stay away from sweets while on treatment and even after treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes yeast feeds on sugar, but unless you intend on rubbing the sugar into the skin you don't need to avoid it.

      Your body turns everything you eat into sugar before it enters the bloodstream so it doesn't matter which way it enters your stomach. You may see many 'pseudo-medical' sites claiming that it makes a difference but the fact is its basic biology that it doesn't.

  32. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis/ Yeast Infection question?
    Sigh. So I have either BV or a yeast infection. I've been diagnosed by one doctor with a yeast infection, then I treated that, then it persisted, so I got another doctor ordered treatment. Persisted. so I got yet another urine screen and pelvic, and they diagnosed it BV, so I got treated with Flagyl. Symptoms persist. At this point, I have spent well over 0 on various antibiotics, AZO yeast, cranberry supplements, Uristat, anti-fungals, monistat, etc. And it's not going away. I really can't take any more time off work for another doctor's appointment. (It's been at least one a week for the past month). I worry that another round of antibiotics (my third) won't help and will just increase the chances of a yeast infection that needs more treatment.

    I'm looking for alternative measures, something I can try before Kaiser gives me another remedy that doesn't work. And yes, if it gets worse I'll see the doctor. I'm just looking for probiotics, or anything other than more antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had amazing results with a product called RepHresh. It is a gel that adjusts the vaginal pH to what it should be. I was having recurring BV and yeast, lots of prescription treatments, etc. This completely solved my problem. Tweaking the vaginal pH was all I needed to support my body's natural balance (encourages the 'good bugs' which fight the bad bugs).

      You can get it at CVS and elsewhere.

  33. QUESTION:
    is a hydrogen peroxide wash effective treatment for BV?
    I have been dealing with Bacterial Vaginosis lately, and read online that an effective treatment for it was by washing it with part water part hydrogen peroxide solution. But when I searched at Yahoo answers, EVERYONE is saying that no, it is a bad idea. I can see why pharmaceutical companies would say that, or publish studies that say that, but why is everyone so sure that hydrogen peroxide is bad? Are they phobic of their own bodies so much they can't fathom the thought of sticking any substance up there in their lady business? It seems to me that since hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in the vagina, it would be natural to put some more back in there when our hoo-has are in need of serious help in fighting off the bad bacteria, especially when there is an infection too.

    http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/vagInfections.html
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676737

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common cause of abnormal malodorous vaginal discharge and can be frustrating to manage in its recurrent form. Metronidazole is the standard treatment, but is unacceptable to many women when given repeatedly. Results of treating recurrent BV using a single vaginal washout with 3% hydrogen peroxide are analysed. A total of 30 symptomatic women with clinically confirmed recurrent BV in the absence of other genital infections were recruited after informed consent. Hydrogen peroxide (3%) was instilled into the vagina, left for 3 minutes and drained. Reassessment was at 3 weeks after treatment. A total of 23 women completed the study. Symptoms cleared completely in 78% (18/ 23), improved in 13% (3/23) and remained unchanged in 9% (2/23). All the 3 women with improved symptoms had a mild vaginal discharge, but only one of them was still able to perceive the malodour. The amine test was negative in all 23 women including the 2 (9%) who felt no change in their symptoms following treatment. Mixed anaerobes isolated in all women before treatment were not re-isolated, and microscopy did not show 'clue cells' in the vaginal discharge following treatment. Vaginal acidity was restored to normal in all but one (96%). No side-effects were observed in the treated women. Hydrogen peroxide (3%) used as a single vaginal wash was as effective as any other agent in current use in clearing the vaginal malodour of bacterial vaginosis at 3 weeks after treatment.

  34. QUESTION:
    Discharge after treatment for BV with Metronidazole?
    I found out going in for a routine pap smear that I had a bacterial infection. I was put on 250mg Metronidazole 3 times a day for 8 days. I had no symptoms before hand, no discharge, irritation or anything. The last day I was taking the Metronidazole I started having a brown/red discharge. It has been going on for 5 days now and it's just dark brown. There's not a lot of it (a pantyliner is good enough) and it has no smell to it. I am also on birth control and had to completely stop drinking while on Metronidzole and I'm supposed to be getting my period on Monday. Any ideas what this discharge could be if it's dark, dark brown and has no scent? Side effect of antibiotics? Another infection? Spotting on birth control? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      This could be a precursor to your period. Brown is old blood so maybe your period is going to come a little earlier than usual. Also, any treatment with antibiotics can mess with your cycle. I don't believe this is anything significant.

  35. QUESTION:
    i have strep b infection but im not pregnant...what should I do!! PLEASE HELP!?
    To start off I just want to say that I am 19 years, and NOT sexually active.

    Since August 2010, I've been having abnormal discharge, and sort of a fishy smell "down there". No itching sensation, no burning when peeing...so I immediate though was i had BV. I bought some over the counter treatment to see if it would help but nothing....so then i finally when to the gynecologist (beginning of oct. 2019) they did a pap smear and said that I was negative for BV, yeast infection, and all that but they would send my pap test to a different lab for further results. 3 days later i got a call from them saying a had chlamydia. So i went to the gynecologist that day, got my antibiotics, and took it that day. 10 days later (and no i had not had sex since I had diagnosed with chlamydia) ...my discharge STILL continued. it wasn't AS fishy, but its was a creamy, white color...and there was still a smell. So i went to the gynecologist AGAIN. and they took ANOTHER pep test. This time they did a culture. 3 days later, they called me saying that I had strep b.

    Now i was confused because usually women who are pregnant have strep b...me i am NOT pregnant. (they took a test when i was at the doctor)

    So anyways they gave me 500mg of penicillin -- take one pill every six hours for seven days.
    So its been a week since i finished the antibiotics, and STILL NO CHANGE.
    I still have discharge. There a tint of yellow, there is an odor. I havent had sex since i had the "scare" with the std also.

    I just don't know what do to. Should I go AGAIN to the gynecologist...this will be my fourth time goin in less then two months. I'm just so tired of going, and having this freaking problem "down there"

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - Strep B (not Strep A) is commonly found around the vaginal entrance.

      It is notoriously difficult to get rid of in the uterus.

      Read this link about other women with the same condition; amoxycillin seems to be the right antibiotic, and I also see that another woman had 3 anti-biotic ointments/pessaries to use at the same time.

      Clearly you should go back to the gynae, armed with any info you can glean from the abovementioned site. If you want to G**gle further, just type in 'strep B uterus'.

      Good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    I have a question about vaginal infections yeast and BV?
    Heres the history. I went to to urgent care at 15 weeks due to a horrible vaginal irritation. I assume it was a yeast infection due to the white discharge, fishy smell, burning and itching. So the on call practionioner did not want to do a vaginal exam because she said I was too early in pregnancy. She had me swipe the inside of my vagina and she looked at the discharge under a microscope. She said that she did not find yeast, trich, or BV. He said it was just an irritation and told me to use vagisil and dove scentless soap. My irritation continued to torture me. Two weeks later I had my doctors appointment and my doc did a vaginal exam and she put the swab under a microscope and she said that I did have a mid case of BV and she prescribe me metronidozole(something like that), which is an antibotic. It was a 7 day treatment and I got relief on the 3rd day but the symptoms came back and worst. So now I am depress because I am so miserable. So yesterday at my 21 weeks check up I told my doc I am still itching burning and all, so they check my urine and found 2+ leukyocytes(something like that) so she said it was a UTI but when she did my vaginal exam she said just by the look of it, she new it was a raging yeast infection but she was too lazy to put it under the microscope. I ask about the uti they found and she said it was just due to the discharge from the yeast infection. She prescribe we 2 med. Diflucan and some yeast infection creme. The diflucan is a 2day treatment and I began the creme after I finish the diflucan if my symptoms persist. Ok so heres the question Did the antibiotics cause the yeast infection? I took my first diflucan pill yesterday and a couple hours later I notice a bunch of vaginal mucus dicharge yellowish with chunks in it, coming out of my vagina. I been having this discharge all of along but it never pour out like this. Does this mean the pill is working and thats just chunks of bacteria coming from my vagina or do i still have bv. I know some people say the bacteria just dissolves and you cant see it come out. I am not experiencing any itching or burning as of yesterday. Please share your yeast infection stories.

    • ANSWER:
      if you took the BV medicine like you were directed to then the BV will be fixed & gone.
      The medicine can cause you to have a yeast infection,
      because your body is not use to it.
      I had bv during my child bearing years i guess thats what they said,
      and my bv went away I felt so much better..

      the thing is I thought it was a UTI i guess bv and uti feel the same but they arent!

      just tell your ob about the yeast infection they will want to give you medicine for that then you should good to go.

      if you give birth with yeast infections your baby can get thrush in the mouth

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some natural products or treatments for vaginal infections?
    Don't mean to be overly personal or gross, just trying to give more information so I can get the info I'm looking for. Having yeast and bv going back and forth. The traditional medications of Clindamax (antibiotic suppository) and Diflucan
    just keep the two conditions going. Any suggestions appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      you need to eat plain yogurt cut out sugars Moonmaid Botanicals has a yeast infection product you insert in vagina that is very good you can order from her or check your health food store they might have it or they can get it for you all of her products are good i also use their wild yam salve called Vital Vulva it is good if you get dryness you can call Moonmaid and talk to the owner she can give you some suggestions good luck

  38. QUESTION:
    Any at-home remedies for BV? Please help!?
    I have Bacterial Vaginosis, or so I think. Symptoms are a fishy odor, accompanied by an offwhite thick discharge. Occasionally I have itching (which may be due to an accompanying yeast infection). I have tried HV Essentials homeopathic BV treatment, but it's back. Are there any at-home remedies for curing BV? I want to avoid the doctor because I am totally broke and have no health insurance.

    Also, are there things I can do at home to keep my vaginal pH balance normal? I have heard of such things like eating yogurt. Is this true? Any other suggestions? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I got BV for the first time about two years ago. I had no clue what is was, so I did a lot of research online and found so much info. My first reaction, obviously, was to see a doctor, which I had no insurance, so it ended up being a 0 urgent care visit! They gave me the antibiotics and about 2 months later it came back and it was worse! That's when I started seeing all of the other women's stories online that said this also happened to them. The reason is the antibiotics they give you kill all bacteria, good and bad. But you need the good to keep the bad away. So without the good, the bad end up taking over again. I got permanently cured with hydrogen peroxide douche. I know it sounds SO crazy, but there have been medical studies that say H2O2 kills bad bacteria and promotes growth of good bacteria, because the good bacteria in your vagina actually naturally produces H2O2. I filled a needleless syringe with straight H2O2 (3%) and squirted it (like a douche) into my vagina once a night for 7 nights, just like in the study. It worked. Go to http://www.earthclinic.com
      Click on ailments, find and click on bacterial vaginosis, and there are so many remedies, as well as other womens stories, and what worked for them. If the H2O2 sounds too strange to you, there are other options that helped other women on this site. Good Luck!!!

      EDIT: I forgot to add that your pH levels are maintained by the good bacteria. They produce lactic acid, so by using the peroxide it promotes the health of the good bacteria, which keeps your pH in check. And it has been proven that the good bacteria also produce hydrogen peroxide in small amounts, so you would just be helping it along a bit. For a long time, any time I was intimate with my husband, especially oral sex, and after my period, i would do the peroxide douche. Now I'm well balanced and no more problems with BV or yeast infections, which peroxide cures also.

  39. QUESTION:
    Bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy?
    I'm pretty positive I havr bacterial vaginosis. I havr green snot-like discharge coming from my vagina. I called my doctors office and the nurse said I could take metrogel that I had leftover from a previous bv infection. Today is day three of my treatment. Up until now I have felt ok despite discharge and wetness. Now today,just starting maybe 4 hours ago, I have felt so groggy and feel like I should be running a fever but my temp is 98.3 and I have a slight headache. I just don't feel well at all. I don't feel right. I'm scared maybe the infection has spread to my womb. I fear having anither miscarriage as I had one this pass october and am worried bv maybe caused my miscarriage at 16. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    How do you know when Bacterial Vaginosis has left your system?
    I was recently diagnosed with BV (bacterial vaginosis) and have been placed on a good amount of medication. Metronidazole as treatment for BV, Azithromycin as treatment for Chlamydia (got an STD testing and will receive results in 2 weeks. Doctor prescribed this just in case my results for Chlamydia were to come back positive), and then Fluconazole as treatment for yeast infection after I have finished my treatment for the BV(Doctor said that both Metronidazole and Azithromycin can cause a yeast infection).

    But I wonder with all of these medications that I am currently taking how would I really know when the BV is completely gone??

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Cottage cheese discharge, but no yeast infection?
    I went to the ER because of some burning, itching deep inside and on the outside, and some spotting, and that cottage cheese discharge that you get when you have a yeast infection.

    The doctor checked me and she said that I have an inflamed cervix. She sent in my samples and the results for BV, yeast infection and trich were all negative. She said she was almost positive it was a STD (gonorrhea or chlamydia) but wasn't even sure of it yet she wanted me to take the treatments for BOTH... but I have NEVER had unprotected sex, and all my partners as far as I know are clean.

    I don't get the test results back until Tuesday. I don't understand why this is happening, what's the problem if it's not a yeast infection? Could I have an STD?
    I got my test results today, and I don't have a STD, but I'm still experiencing the nasty cottage cheese discharge and some discomfort. Just, what the hell is the problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Did the medication help? If the medication made the symptoms go away then it's likely you had an STD. You can get an STD from oral sex.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the signs of a Yeast Infection and a Bacterial Vaginois?Is there any home remedies for the both?
    Im having some discharge the is pale looking and frothy looking around the vulva area. I was doing a little itching and burning on yesterday but that went away. I have had a reoccurent of BV for the last 2 years and I had my share of yeast. Im truly stomp this time about which one it is and the method of treatment.I cant afford to go and see a doctor. I'm married and I dont sleep around neither does my husband, so I know that its not a STD.PLEASE HELP! HELP! Only serious answers please!!

    • ANSWER:
      There is this product called Enzara that you get on line, clears is up(and the odor ) in about a week. The trick is... you've got to stay on the pills and drink plenty of water. They are herbal and no prescription is needed. It worked for me, hope this helps!

  43. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis & Yeast infection?
    I have BV and a yeast infection apparently. They put me on a 5 day treatment of Metronidazole (500mg twice a day) and I started it last Wednesday and I take my last pill Sunday night. Monday I take diflucan and then three days after that I take diflucan again.

    I am wondering when I will be able to have sex again? (We use condoms and I am on birthcontrol, and I realize that the BV antibiotic, lowers the effectiveness of BC) All my symptoms are gone, they were never that bad in the first place, just an odd smell.

    I'm just wondering would it be okay if I had sex on Tuesday (March 9) or after that? (Or is that too soon?)

    And, I know on metronidazole is supposed to stay in your system for atleast 7 days after you finish your prescription so when can I drink?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, these are questions you should be asking your doctor. While anyone can tell you to "go on and do it since you have a condom," they could be telling you something wrong and risk your partner becoming irritated. As for drinking, that's something your doctor alone should be consulted on. If you know what days your doctor is in the office, why not call his assistants and ask when he's available? You can speak to him on the phone (hopefully) or in person. He can answer your questions and he alone should be the only one you rely on for useful information on this subject as it's pertaining to medication and you don't want to cause something that didn't have to happen to happen because you failed to ask a professional who prescribed it to you. It'll only take a few minutes and it'll be better safe than sorry. Hope this helps.

  44. QUESTION:
    Multiple-level medical question: Female health and gastrointestinal help, please?
    I have been fairly depressed lately because I am a college student who cannot live a normal college life. I have never had sex or been able to use a tampon. I went to the gyno a little over a year ago, and it was the most painful experience of my entire life. She could not put ANYTHING inside of me without me screaming in pain. I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis, however, I have had the symptoms since puberty (I was not aware that my symptoms were abnormal). I was prescribed medication which did not do anything. I returned to the gyno 6 months later, and was found not to have BV, but to have a yeast infection. Once again, the treatment did nothing. It worries me that I have had vaginal infections for over 7 years and only recently discovered that I had them. Also, I have been having a severe acidic stomach for 9 months straight without anything letting up. I cannot drink alcohol (I throw up after one drink-- just another college thing I am unable to do), and my stomach is constantly burning. Is there any possibility whatsoever that having a yeast infection or BV for so long could have contributed to my stomach problem? I am very pessimistic that I will solve these medical conditions-- does anybody have any suggestions or similar experiences?

    • ANSWER:
      oh you are in luck I have recently came across a patient with the same problems. And yes it was due to the bacterial overgrowth which is a yeast infection. Number one, everyone has bacteria in their body it just needs to stay within a normal amount the body can tolerate. There are several things you can do to prevent and keep your bacteria at bay level. Cotton underwear, and increase your yogurt intake. Over the counter med for stomach acid cimetidine (Tagamet HB) and ranitidine (Zantac 75). And for yeast infection drink yakult at least once a day for treatment and prevention. here is a website for you to see what it looks like and you can buy it at any grocery store like ralph's or Von's. http://www.yakult.co.uk/

  45. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection cant bear itchy/burn of miconazale cream what to do?
    I was diagnosed with BV a couple weeks ago, I completed the antibiotics an then I was getting an itch so I thought the BV reoccurred, called my doctor got the pills again, began taking them when I realized cottage cheese discharge I actually had a yeast infection instead of BV and i think taking the pills once again made it even more worse cuz thats what probably initially caused it, anyways I started using the miconazale 3 day treatment and i could only keep it in the first day for about an hour til i had to rinse it out with water, same with the 2nd day.. keeping it in for only an hour will that make it non effective? I mean it says overnight but I just cant bear, after like 45 minutes its so intensely burning and itchy i cant even sit straight, what can I do? i cant deal with this discharge, soreness, and on and off itchiness, but i always cant deal with the intense burning and itchiness of the cream

    • ANSWER:
      Call your doctor and tell her that you have an yeast infection but that the cream is really irritating you and that you need some kind of pill or maybe a cram that's not that strong.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why do I keep getting BV(bacterial vaginosis)?
    This is quite a touchy subject for a lot of people and myself but I need to know. I haven't had sex since November 2010 so I know the infection isn't caused by that. But every few months I need to go to the doctor for BV treatment. I am clean and healthy but upset about this as it can cause a garlic-type odor which puts me off initiating sexual contact. I don't know if this is related but since I was in my mid-teens i have become extremely sore from penetration. Whether it be a vibrator or penis (but not fingers). Help please.. p.s Don't bother answering if you don't know anything about this.
    I clearly stated that you need not bother responding to this question if you know nothing about it MacG. Grow up, idiot.

    • ANSWER:
      BV is from an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. Most women don't know this, but you're actually not supposed to wash down there with soap because the vagina is a self-cleansing organ and the pH levels in soap can disturb it and cause an imbalance, which causes that bad fishy (or like you said, garlic) odor. So wash what is skin texture only (labia), and for the rest of that area just rinse very well with water. Tampons are another thing that throws off the natural balance down there and causes that fishy or garlicly odor too. I suggest switching to either pads or a menstrual cup (I love menstrual cups waaay more than tampons, way more comfortable and you it works for both heavy and light flows, just make sure to properly sanitize it between periods). One last suggestion is to take a probiotic every morning, which restores your body's friendly bacteria and has many health benefits.

  47. QUESTION:
    When do I know if it's BV?
    Ever since I started puberty, ( Im 19 now) I have been having heavy vaginal discharges. Couple weeks ago, I decided to go to the doc and have her check it out. She said that I have Bacterial Vaginosis. She gave me Metronidzole to cure it and at the end of my treatment I developed a yeast infection from using it. I'm guessing the Metronidzole got rid of the good bacteria and that caused the yeast to grow. Anyway, I told her what happened and she gave me Fluconazole to cure the yeast. For now everything looks o.k when it comes to the yeast infection but I'm still having the heavy discharge. I hate it because I have to wear panty liners all the time.Also, I'm not very good when it comes to knowing if it's BV because I really don't know what's the normal color for vaginal discharge. Sometimes mine is off white, or yellowish or clear. In other words, I can have BV and not even know it because the last time it was asymptomatic. Can you guys let me know what the normal vaginal discharge should look like? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kimmy

      As you found out, taking antibiotics can upset the environment in your vagina and lead to a yeast infection. So it's best to avoid taking them unless you have to. I am wondering whether your doctor actually cultured your vaginal discharge to identify that you had a nasty bacteria there, or just prescribed antibiotics anyway ("just in case").

      The quality and amount of vaginal discharge varies quite a lot between women, and indeed during the cycle in a single individual.Heavy vaginal discharge is not an indication of BV per se, it can be perfectly normal. Normal vaginal discharge tends to be white or sightly yellowish. With BV, the discharge is typically yellowish or greenish, but not necessarily. Better indications are either a foul odour (often fishy) and/or inflammation/soreness/itchiness.

      If you do not have any strong/foul odour, and no soreness or irritation, then I don't see any need for treatment even if your discharge is heavy or slightly yellowish.

  48. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginitis or STD?
    My wife has recurrent BV and she uses MetroGel to treat the infection. The treatment doesn't seem to work all that well since the BV seems to crop up somewhat rapidly afterwards. Can the infection be transmitted to the male? If I don't use an anti-bacterial wipe immediately after sex my penis will have that "fishy" smell for a couple of days (I am circumcised). At times I can smell the distinctive odor on her breath before she gives me oral sex even though we hadn't had any type of sex for over a week. She said that her doctor had recommended that I also should be treated with the MetroGel. I spoke with a representative from the MetroGel company who said I didn't have to be treated and that the bacterial vaginitis could be masking an STD.

    I'm really at a loss to understand what's going on and my wife doesn't want to discuss it.
    Any suggestions?

    .

    • ANSWER:
      hmmm.....I had that once and found probably the reason why and what caused it - for me. The Metrogel treatment helped - it just took 3 months or so to heal completely after the treatment.

      So I can tell you about my example and maybe there are helpful hints for your wife...

      First of all the vaginitis is not an STD, it is an imbalance of all the natural occuring protective features of the vagina. The useful bacteria which normally reside there and protect against other germs are gone with a vaginitis and also the ph is wrong for a while. And then a number of different germs start migrating in and cause all kinds of symptoms. From UTI to yeasts to little virus particles, really - everything what' s around.

      Perhaps one of the germs your wife can not reject right now is the one causing the smell you are noticing.
      A healthy vagina fights this off easily by itself.

      Now - that being said - yes- you do not need a treatment with Metrogel. This is not a germ fighting substance, it is stuff which helps to reestablish the normal vagina's environment.
      The rep. was right in so far - and another STD can be involved. This is the whole point of a vaginitis, various bacteria and germs infiltrate the before healthy vagina.

      Now what caused the problem in my case was simple: I used tampons. They do not just do their job to absorb the blood they also absorb all useful other liquids and things in teh vagina and dry the vaginal tissue out.

      If you have sex then - even a week after the period - especially oral sex you start massaging other germs in the dried out tissue which is defenseless. And that's how it starts.

      So - you can help too that it never occurs again:

      1. If your wife uses tampons tell her to switch to pads. This was the major key thing for me to get rid of the vaginitis and never hadve it come back. Since abandoning tampons I even do not have any UTI either any more ("honeymoon disease").
      2. Besides Metrogel she should not use yet anything else and follow exactly her doctors suggestions.
      3. Before intercourse you should shave, brush your teeth, and clean your face with water and soap and she should wash (gently on the outside with water only) her outer genitals and the anus.
      This is all to prevent bacteria to be transported to the vagina which has to recover.
      If you are not shaved this is quite a brushing pad to massage germs into your wife.
      4. Besides - if you use condoms check whether she may have a latex allergy, try a non latex condom. That was one more factor which helped me.
      5. If she uses any vaginal douches or so - get rid of it. It destroys the natrual vagina's barriers against germs. She should never wash inside the vagina, only outside.

      Now - you need to be patient, the healing takes a while. 3 months in my case until health was reestablished. After the Metrogel treatment it just still takes a while to really heal. And the woman can feel it once the health is reestablished and the vagina normal again.

  49. QUESTION:
    Does birth control help BV or make it worse?
    Does birth control help BV or make it worse?
    I have been on bc for 8 years and have had a BV problem going on 4 years. I have taken every medication out there and always seem to get it again and again. I do not douche or use anything like that. If it is not a BV problem then it is a yeast infection. I am now going to start a 5 week treatment of Clindesse (i think that is how it is spelled). I have decided to stop the birth control and try going with out it to see if that helps. Does anyone have any suggestions on if this will help?

    • ANSWER:

      Birth control pills are not associated with BV but the IUD is. If you are not doing anything to give you BV, then you probably do not have enough of the good bacteria called lactobacillus. these bacteria maintain the vaginal pH in a healthy range and inhibit the growth of BV. Some women just do not have enough lactobacillus and they tend to get BV over and over. Have you ever heard of rephresh? It is an over the counter product that is used about 2 times a week to keep the pH normal and help prevent BV. You should try it. And dont use any type of perfumed cleansing products or take bubble baths.

  50. QUESTION:
    can tea tree oil tampons cause bleeding?
    I've had a BV infection for months. Changes from yeast to BV then the cycle is over and over. I've also had UTI's and a bladder infection. I do not have any STDs as I have been checked 5 times. I've taken penicillin, flagyl, cipro, metro gel, diflucan, cleocin, terazol and over the counter yeast treatments. I also tried an OTC BV all natural remedy. I used 1/2 of the capsule as it stated to use the first night and woke up feeling like a I had the most horrible yeast infection of my life. (yesterday). I've been trying home remedies as well. I used a tea tree tampon, exactly like it said...ky gel and a few drops. I left it in about 30 minutes or so. When I took it out there was blood but I wasn't sure if it was from my period or not. I was supposed to start that week but I tried to skip my period. I didn't take the pill on sunday. I took 2 on Monday. So I figured that it really didn't work. I've been spotting ever since. It's been a week and a half. I took a sitz bath in apple cider vinegar last night and it seemed magical. No yeast infection symptoms. I used a little hydrogen peroxide (a cap full) by pouring down toward my genitals. (Not inside) No stinging and I felt good after that. I used a tea tree oil tampon and I started spotting a little more than I had been. Am I just getting the all of the spotting from the failed attempt at skipping my period or is the tea tree oil tampons doing this? What would make it bleed? I'm really desparate to clear this up. The only symptoms I've had with either infection is discharge. The last yeast infection the dr treated was major. When I felt it went away it turned into bv and they treated that. I still had a little discharge but then I started bleeding and it went away. I have no idea what to do anymore. I've spent hundreds of dollars that I didn't have to try and get better with medical help. Please help me. And sorry for the all over rambling, I am at work.

    • ANSWER:
      Tea tree oil can be a pretty harsh irritant to even regular skin, never mind what it does to the sensitive tissue of your vagina. It very well could have been using tea tree oil that caused you to bleed. Also, using a tampon when you aren't on your period can scratch the inside of your vagina a bit as well. And even tiny scratches in the vagina can lead to quite a bit of bleeding because there's quite a bit of blood flow to the area.

      It is also possible that you had some spotting from not taking your pill correctly.

      If you continue to have discharge and bleeding, then I would suggest going to see a gynecologist to see if they can suggest anything new.


Treatment Of Bv In Pregnancy

Written By: ibzzA1 - May• 01•12

It is one thing when you have Bacterial Vaginosis; it is a completely different thing when you have recurrent bacterial vaginosis. BV could be somehow considered as normal but when you can't just succeed it getting rid of it once and for all, only then it could turn out to be a very big embarrassment to you and the people around you. In this article I will recommend a great guide for the treatment of recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis.

The guide I am talking about is Bacterial Vaginosis Freedom written by Elena Peterson, a former chronic BV sufferer who made a gigantic 5 years research to discover a good and effective remedy which took care of her BV. Since then, she has been using this same system to treat thousand of other women who had been struggling with their recurrent BV for years.

As you may already know, the Treatment of Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis is not an easy thing to pull off. However, with Elena Peterson's Bacterial Vaginosis Freedom Guide, you will discover how easy you can cure this condition, even if you have tried everything before. You will discover an effective method which will no doubt cure your BV and enable you to regain your inner balance, stop the embarrassment, and allow you to take control over your life once and for all.

Do you want to naturally cure your recurrent bacteria vaginosis? Do you want to discover some effective Treatment of Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis? If yes, then you need to get a copy Elena Peterson, Bacteria Vaginosis Freedom Guide and learn from there. However, you don't have to take my word for it!
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    15 weeks BV for second time any suggestions HELP!!!!!!?
    I have battled with reoccuring BV for several years now. No problems with my first pregnancy. Several reoccurences before my second pregnancy. Only one infection during my second pregnancy, treated and resolved. In the past 5 years since my last pregnancy I have dealt with constant reoccuring infections and was placed on MetroGel twice a week as a preventative measure. It helped to reduce the number of occurences. I am now pregnant for the third time and dealing with my second BV infection. I was treated a month ago and now its started again! I am trying the product Rephresh to help balance the ph levels but I have not noticed much of an improvement. I am worried about continuously taking antibiotics throughout my pregnancy. Any suggestions for me that I can discuss with my OB? Or safe home remedies for prevention or treatment during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor has probably already discussed this with you but,
      1) Wear cotton underwear
      2) Do not use scented products on your private area, or scented laundry detergent on anything that will touch your privates(this means undies, jeans, sheets, towels, etc.) I use All free and clear. No douching, either. Nothing scented at all on your privates. Or tight clothes. This can reduce the level of air to your privates.
      3) Reduce the levels of your sugar intake, especially sodas. I know this is a big trigger for me. Too much sugar can upset the balance of your system and throw off your ph.
      4) Wash your private area well before and after sex.
      5) Drink water and cranberry juice(or take a cranberry supplement, you can find them at any store). Cranberry helps cleanse the genitourinary system. Some people have also suggested that eating yogurt every day helps to fight infection, especially that kind of infection. Be extra careful with anything herbal or homeopathic right now, and ask your doctor before use.
      6) Ask your doctor about different ph gels. However, the reason you might not notice some of the improvement is that some of them have a tendency to produce discomfort as the result of their use.
      7) Do not have sex while you have BV. It is possible for your partner to pass it back to you. You might think about expressing this concern with your doctor.
      8) Under the supervision of your doctor, the antibiotics should be okay. Since you have already given birth, you probably know that
      BV carries a risk of preterm labor, so it's best to do whatever you can to get it under control.
      Some women just have a way more sensitive ph system than others. Don't let it stress you out(stress is also another factor in recurring vaginal infection).

  2. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis during third trimester...treatment?
    i was dx'd with BV for the second time this pregnancy at 27 weeks. the doctor said it was mild, that we would keep an eye on it and only treat if it became necessary.
    i have a few questions:
    how significant is the increase in chance of preterm labor without treatment of BV during 3rd trimester of pregnancy?
    does the risk of preterm labor decrease with the flagyl treatment? what other risks are associated with the flagyl during 3rd trimester of pregnancy?
    are there any other risks associated with BV other than preterm labor? is it possible to hurt the baby, the pregnancy or my future womanly health if i leave it untreated?

    i'm now 29 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      There is evidence that the rate of preterm labor will decrease if it is treated. I'm not quite sure why your doctor doesn't want to treat it. I believe preterm labor is the only risk of leaving it untreated, but I'm not a doc. I would ask him for some more information and why he wants to leave it untreated. Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    metronidazole vaginal gel/pregnancy need answer asap please!!?
    this is what my doctor prescribed me, I was just wanting to know if anyone else has used it and how it went for them? I was reading the label thing, and it said in a study (using mice tho) that the vaginal gel did cause some intrauterine deaths.. and that kind of freaked me out!! It also said not to be used unless clearly needed, what happens to your baby/you if you let BV(bacterial vaginitis) go without treatment, Im so nervous about taking anything that could hurt my baby!!

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  4. QUESTION:
    I have a question about vaginal infections yeast and BV?
    Heres the history. I went to to urgent care at 15 weeks due to a horrible vaginal irritation. I assume it was a yeast infection due to the white discharge, fishy smell, burning and itching. So the on call practionioner did not want to do a vaginal exam because she said I was too early in pregnancy. She had me swipe the inside of my vagina and she looked at the discharge under a microscope. She said that she did not find yeast, trich, or BV. He said it was just an irritation and told me to use vagisil and dove scentless soap. My irritation continued to torture me. Two weeks later I had my doctors appointment and my doc did a vaginal exam and she put the swab under a microscope and she said that I did have a mid case of BV and she prescribe me metronidozole(something like that), which is an antibotic. It was a 7 day treatment and I got relief on the 3rd day but the symptoms came back and worst. So now I am depress because I am so miserable. So yesterday at my 21 weeks check up I told my doc I am still itching burning and all, so they check my urine and found 2+ leukyocytes(something like that) so she said it was a UTI but when she did my vaginal exam she said just by the look of it, she new it was a raging yeast infection but she was too lazy to put it under the microscope. I ask about the uti they found and she said it was just due to the discharge from the yeast infection. She prescribe we 2 med. Diflucan and some yeast infection creme. The diflucan is a 2day treatment and I began the creme after I finish the diflucan if my symptoms persist. Ok so heres the question Did the antibiotics cause the yeast infection? I took my first diflucan pill yesterday and a couple hours later I notice a bunch of vaginal mucus dicharge yellowish with chunks in it, coming out of my vagina. I been having this discharge all of along but it never pour out like this. Does this mean the pill is working and thats just chunks of bacteria coming from my vagina or do i still have bv. I know some people say the bacteria just dissolves and you cant see it come out. I am not experiencing any itching or burning as of yesterday. Please share your yeast infection stories.

    • ANSWER:
      if you took the BV medicine like you were directed to then the BV will be fixed & gone.
      The medicine can cause you to have a yeast infection,
      because your body is not use to it.
      I had bv during my child bearing years i guess thats what they said,
      and my bv went away I felt so much better..

      the thing is I thought it was a UTI i guess bv and uti feel the same but they arent!

      just tell your ob about the yeast infection they will want to give you medicine for that then you should good to go.

      if you give birth with yeast infections your baby can get thrush in the mouth

  5. QUESTION:
    Why am I having this pain?!!?
    Hi,

    I've been having a weird dull achy pain in my pelvis area. I also feel like there's constant pressure on my bladder, and I feel like I have to go a lot. I don't have an STD, a UTI, pregnancy or BV- I already got checked. I had my first shot of Depro in October, didn't have my second one, had my period for 2 weeks in January, and haven't had one since. My doctor suggested that because my period has been delayed, I might have a cyst or that an imbalance of hormones might be causing the delay of my period, and that might be why I feel the ache/ pressure. She wants to put me on the Pill now. I'm worried about having interstitial cystitis. She gave me an anti-biotic, but I've been on it for almost three days and I'm not really responding...

    So what I'm really wondering if it would be effective treatment to go on the Pill or not, or if it could be possibly be something else...?

    (thanks soooo much!!)

    • ANSWER:
      More then anything I can suggest without being a doctor of course, would be an ovarian cyst. I have 2 on my right ovary and it is painful. I know how bad it sucks - the only thing you can do for the pain is Advil and baths. The pill is supposed to help reduce the size and make it go away so I would try it. Just make sure it's okay with your doctor but on another note the pill is always better then the depo shot. The depo shot has sooo many awful side effects such as long periods, weight gain, bad mood, etc. The pill may not be as convienent since you have to take it every single day but I think it's definitely worth it if you weigh the side effects. Hope this helps!
      MJP

  6. QUESTION:
    Vaginal infections and pregnancy...?
    A few weeks ago I noticed that I was INCREDIBLY itchy down there and also it was VERY swollen, and VERY red. There was absolutely no discharge which made me think it had to be something besides a yeast infection. Anyways, I waited for a week to see if it would go away on it's own, but it didn't. (I am now 26 weeks pregnant too) So I called my OB and set and apt and when I went in she took a sample, looked at it under the slide, and just said, "Well we found a whole bunch of stuff in there." She's a complete idiot.. She didn't know exactly what was wrong with me so she treated me for a yeast infection for the VERY small amount a yeast she found, and also treated me for BV because she found a mass amount of different types of bacteria. I finished the 7 day treatment exactly like I was supposed to, and now it's a week after and the symptoms still haven't gone away.. I hate the thought of calling her again because she always just tries to blow me off.. I'm stuck in Italy and I have to use the Docs on the Military Base so it's not like I can just go to another Doctor.. I don't know if it's something even worth going back to her to check out again..? Maybe it's nothing serious..??
    Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong with me?? :(
    Any advice would be appreciated..
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      if there is a pathologist or microbiologist in the base try going to him to get his professional advice. Take the paper with the test and show it to them and they will know if it is serious or not. Probably it is not serious but in any case you absolutely must check it... when you are pregnant it is very dangerous for you and the baby to leave an infection unattended. I had a strep virus which resulted in an amniac infection that led to my having to get an abortion when my child was 4months old. I don't want to alarm you but i am just saying that the trivial might get serious.. Good luck

  7. QUESTION:
    Is sharp pains in late pregnancy normal?
    I was diagnosed with Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) about a week ago. And I was prescribed to something similar to Monistat 7. My last treatment was last night. I have been having these really sharp pains in my lower abdomen every once and a while through the day. Sometimes it makes it hard to walk. I haven't had much cramping. Sometimes I will have, what I think is a Braxton Hick. And when I go to the bathroom, SOMETIMES I will wipe and there will be a very, very small amount of blood. I am 35 weeks pregnant. Is this something I should worry about?

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  8. QUESTION:
    could this hurt the possible baby?
    (also posted in trying to conceive)

    I did not really know how to tittle this...
    but anyways about over a month ago (defiantly not pregnant) I had to take antibiotics for an ear infection, had sex on my fertile days, then got a mild yeast infection, I tried to cure it at home just in case I was pregnant, but it got worse then I did 1 treatment, it got even worse and I also got BV so I am on 2 type of medication 1 for yeast (Dilfcan sp? and Metronidazole gel) and the only information I could find was "talk to your doctor about the pros and cons to your unborn child"

    my menstrual cycle will be starting in 2 days and I do not feel it coming on at all...
    but if I were to be pregnant since it's soooo early would the medication cause any harm?

    I talked to my doctor about taking probiotics before and during pregnancy and she thought it was a great idea to keep yeast infections away.

    • ANSWER:
      metronidazole (flagyl) is a category B (it will not hurt the baby), fluconazole (diflucan) is a category C. According the the FDA, it is not known whether fluconazole is harmful to an unborn baby. It is not legal to do studies on pregnant women, therefore all studies are done on animals. Some data, however, have been conducted from actual trials and errors and observational studies. Drugs are rated as category A, B, C, D, and X. Category A and B show no adverse effects in humans, but category C has never been tested on humans. In animal studies category C showed no adverse reactions.
      FYI: Category D have demonstrated a risk to the fetus. However, the benefits of therapy may outweigh the potential risk. Category X is very harmful (well-controlled or observational studies in animals or pregnant women have demonstrated positive evidence of fetal abnormalities or risks. The use of the product is contraindicated in women who are or may become pregnant).

      Some antibiotics are safe in pregnancies, some are not. If you were on antibiotics a month ago, they are completely out of your system and cannot hurt the baby.

  9. QUESTION:
    Taking Metronidazole at 14 weeks?
    When I found out I was pregnant, I was also diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. So far, everything has gone great with my pregnancy and I am now almost 14 weeks along. Last week at my monthly OB appointment, my doctor prescribed me Metronidazole to start taking to treat the BV. However, upon reading the medication pamphlet, it specifically states not to take during the first trimester. I know that I am technically in my second trimester now, but I'm not very far removed from the first, am I?

    My question is, do you think it is okay to start taking the medication now? Or do you think I should wait a couple more weeks (the treatment is only a week's worth of the antibiotics)? Have any of you had BV and/or been treated with Metronidazole?

    **Please note: I have a call into my OB's office, and I'm waiting to hear back. I would just like to get some of your opinions/experiences in the meantime.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Metronidazole is a very strong antibiotic and its good that you have called the Dr back to double check that it is the correct medication for you to be taking at this time in your pregnancy. I am an adult nurse so I dont know alot about midwifery but as far as Dr's go, I'd like to say they know everything but sadly sometimes they just need a little reminding of any medical conditions that may contra-indicate any medication they may prescribe.

      If I were you I would wait and speak to a healthcare professional before you begin the course but I would do that sooner rather than later as the bacterial infetion still needs to be addressed.

      Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

  10. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis Question?
    I had my daughter in Nov. of 2007, and I had been on the Depo before the pregnancy. After she was born, I had the Depo 2 more times, but it affected me in opposite ways from before (no sex drive, weight gain, etc) so the day before I was due for the third treatment, I got the pill instead. A little after I had the Depo, I dreaded having sex because I would be so dry, and I would get small cuts on the outside of me, like a small, thin line. Now that I'm on the pill, it seems like it's gotten worse. I get more cuts and it feels tingly and if I rub or even wipe after going pee, it feels...good. But if I rub too long, I get bright red, and bloody. There's also some discharge which I haven't had in a really long time.
    I've been looking around online, and some of the symptoms I have sound like BV...is it? I'm going to Planned Parenthood tomorrow to get checked.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what that is but let me know b/c I get the same thing sometimes. I don't know about cuts, but mine itches and if I scratch too hard there will be a little blood. I got checked for STDs and was clear. (got checked more than once)

  11. QUESTION:
    I have a question about vaginal infections yeast and BV?
    Heres the history. I went to to urgent care at 15 weeks due to a horrible vaginal irritation. I assume it was a yeast infection due to the white discharge, fishy smell, burning and itching. So the on call practionioner did not want to do a vaginal exam because she said I was too early in pregnancy. She had me swipe the inside of my vagina and she looked at the discharge under a microscope. She said that she did not find yeast, trich, or BV. He said it was just an irritation and told me to use vagisil and dove scentless soap. My irritation continued to torture me. Two weeks later I had my doctors appointment and my doc did a vaginal exam and she put the swab under a microscope and she said that I did have a mid case of BV and she prescribe me metronidozole(something like that), which is an antibotic. It was a 7 day treatment and I got relief on the 3rd day but the symptoms came back and worst. So now I am depress because I am so miserable. So yesterday at my 21 weeks check up I told my doc I am still itching burning and all, so they check my urine and found 2+ leukyocytes(something like that) so she said it was a UTI but when she did my vaginal exam she said just by the look of it, she new it was a raging yeast infection but she was too lazy to put it under the microscope. I ask about the uti they found and she said it was just due to the discharge from the yeast infection. She prescribe we 2 med. Diflucan and some yeast infection creme. The diflucan is a 2day treatment and I began the creme after I finish the diflucan if my symptoms persist. Ok so heres the question Did the antibiotics cause the yeast infection? I took my first diflucan pill yesterday and a couple hours later I notice a bunch of vaginal mucus dicharge yellowish with chunks in it, coming out of my vagina. I been having this discharge all of along but it never alot like this. Does this mean the pill is working and thats just chunks of bacteria coming from my vagina or do i still have bv. I know some people say the bacteria just dissolves and you cant see it come out. I am not experiencing any itching or burning and the foul smell is just yeasty now as of yesterday.
    I was looking for more answers, if you dont have one then move along and talk your shitt elsewhere.
    BTW I ask this question this morning biotch.
    Thank you so much Tink.

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    I have a question about vaginal infections yeast and BV?
    Heres the history. I went to to urgent care at 15 weeks due to a horrible vaginal irritation. I assume it was a yeast infection due to the white discharge, fishy smell, burning and itching. So the on call practionioner did not want to do a vaginal exam because she said I was too early in pregnancy. She had me swipe the inside of my vagina and she looked at the discharge under a microscope. She said that she did not find yeast, trich, or BV. He said it was just an irritation and told me to use vagisil and dove scentless soap. My irritation continued to torture me. Two weeks later I had my doctors appointment and my doc did a vaginal exam and she put the swab under a microscope and she said that I did have a mid case of BV and she prescribe me metronidozole(something like that), which is an antibotic. It was a 7 day treatment and I got relief on the 3rd day but the symptoms came back and worst. So now I am depress because I am so miserable. So yesterday at my 21 weeks check up I told my doc I am still itching burning and all, so they check my urine and found 2+ leukyocytes(something like that) so she said it was a UTI but when she did my vaginal exam she said just by the look of it, she new it was a raging yeast infection but she was too lazy to put it under the microscope. I ask about the uti they found and she said it was just due to the discharge from the yeast infection. She prescribe we 2 med. Diflucan and some yeast infection creme. The diflucan is a 2day treatment and I began the creme after I finish the diflucan if my symptoms persist. Ok so heres the question Did the antibiotics cause the yeast infection? I took my first diflucan pill yesterday and a couple hours later I notice a bunch of vaginal mucus dicharge yellowish with chunks in it, coming out of my vagina. I been having this discharge all of along but it never pour out like this. Does this mean the pill is working and thats just chunks of bacteria coming from my vagina or do i still have bv. I know some people say the bacteria just dissolves and you cant see it come out. I am not experiencing any itching or burning as of yesterday. Please share your yeast infection stories.
    maybe I said it wrong, It didnt pour out it was just alot when i wipe

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, let's establish a guiding principle: That Bacterial Vaginosis and Thrush or yeast infection are two complete opposites. Every vagina needs a little yeast and a little bacteria and they are supposed to keep each other in balance. Every so often the bacteria can be killed off by antibiotics (the yeast takes over and causes thrush because you have too much yeast) or mix with other bacteria and multiply too much, so you get BV.
      Here's how to tell the difference as I understand it: Yeast smells like yeast and produces a white or yellow discharge. BV smells like fish and produces a white or grey discharge which more often than not has lumps. They can both cause itching and burning.
      The sudden increase in discharge, assuming you're taking medication as prescribed, probably means that your vagina is throwing the infection (and maybe some used medicine) out.
      Aftercare tip: use a little lubrication (KY Jelly is the most famous but some chemists/drugstores offer their own equivalent) after infection. Your sore parts rubbing against each other is likely to cause infection, so lube them up a bit.

  13. QUESTION:
    I have a question about vaginal infections yeast and BV?
    Heres the history. I went to to urgent care at 15 weeks due to a horrible vaginal irritation. I assume it was a yeast infection due to the white discharge, fishy smell, burning and itching. So the on call practionioner did not want to do a vaginal exam because she said I was too early in pregnancy. She had me swipe the inside of my vagina and she looked at the discharge under a microscope. She said that she did not find yeast, trich, or BV. He said it was just an irritation and told me to use vagisil and dove scentless soap. My irritation continued to torture me. Two weeks later I had my doctors appointment and my doc did a vaginal exam and she put the swab under a microscope and she said that I did have a mid case of BV and she prescribe me metronidozole(something like that), which is an antibotic. It was a 7 day treatment and I got relief on the 3rd day but the symptoms came back and worst. So now I am depress because I am so miserable. So yesterday at my 21 weeks check up I told my doc I am still itching burning and all, so they check my urine and found 2+ leukyocytes(something like that) so she said it was a UTI but when she did my vaginal exam she said just by the look of it, she new it was a raging yeast infection but she was too lazy to put it under the microscope. I ask about the uti they found and she said it was just due to the discharge from the yeast infection. She prescribe we 2 med. Diflucan and some yeast infection creme. The diflucan is a 2day treatment and I began the creme after I finish the diflucan if my symptoms persist. Ok so heres the question Did the antibiotics cause the yeast infection? I took my first diflucan pill yesterday and a couple hours later I notice a bunch of vaginal mucus dicharge yellowish with chunks in it, coming out of my vagina. I been having this discharge all of along but it never pour out like this. Does this mean the pill is working and thats just chunks of bacteria coming from my vagina or do i still have bv. I know some people say the bacteria just dissolves and you cant see it come out. I am not experiencing any itching or burning as of yesterday. Please share your yeast infection stories.

    • ANSWER:
      Um I'm not certain, but can tell you a few things, and this is after 12 years experience of gyne issues;

      If it smells fishy (or like garlic/onion), it's bv. Yeast smells bread like, or doesn't have a strong smell.

      Bv, if mild, does not always show up on a swab. I have had a bad discharge for over 3 years which started after a bad case of bv. My swabs always come back negative for everything, but I know it's bv or bacterial because it clears up (temporarily) with the antibiotics.

      Yes, metronidazole causes really nasty yeast infections. I got a severe one after taking it, with very chunky discharge and a lot of pain.

      Some women, like me, just cannot get rid of their bv, although there are things you can do to help yourself. A good probiotic such as femdophilus could sort it out completely for you. Folic acid supplements help some women. Don't douche, use condoms always and read up on the ph balance of the vagina and follow the advice. No soap inside the vagina, dove extra sensitive on the vulva only. I get relief from the alternative remedies such as inserting garlic (which I wouldn't recommend for you at this stage because you'll be too sensitive down there) and goldenseal, which really works. Try the fem dophilus and follow all the tips such as using condoms, and if you get no relief see a natropath or medical herbalist. That's my advice.

  14. QUESTION:
    I have a question about vaginal infections yeast and BV?
    Heres the history. I went to to urgent care at 15 weeks due to a horrible vaginal irritation. I assume it was a yeast infection due to the white discharge, fishy smell, burning and itching. So the on call practionioner did not want to do a vaginal exam because she said I was too early in pregnancy. She had me swipe the inside of my vagina and she looked at the discharge under a microscope. She said that she did not find yeast, trich, or BV. He said it was just an irritation and told me to use vagisil and dove scentless soap. My irritation continued to torture me. Two weeks later I had my doctors appointment and my doc did a vaginal exam and she put the swab under a microscope and she said that I did have a mid case of BV and she prescribe me metronidozole(something like that), which is an antibotic. It was a 7 day treatment and I got relief on the 3rd day but the symptoms came back and worst. So now I am depress because I am so miserable. So yesterday at my 21 weeks check up I told my doc I am still itching burning and all, so they check my urine and found 2+ leukyocytes(something like that) so she said it was a UTI but when she did my vaginal exam she said just by the look of it, she new it was a raging yeast infection but she was too lazy to put it under the microscope. I ask about the uti they found and she said it was just due to the discharge from the yeast infection. She prescribe we 2 med. Diflucan and some yeast infection creme. The diflucan is a 2day treatment and I began the creme after I finish the diflucan if my symptoms persist. Ok so heres the question Did the antibiotics cause the yeast infection? I took my first diflucan pill yesterday and a couple hours later I notice a bunch of vaginal mucus dicharge yellowish with chunks in it, coming out of my vagina. I been having this discharge all of along but it never pour out like this. Does this mean the pill is working and thats just chunks of bacteria coming from my vagina or do i still have bv. I know some people say the bacteria just dissolves and you cant see it come out. I am not experiencing any itching or burning as of yesterday. Please share your yeast infection stories.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the antibiotics gave you a yeast infection. It's very common. Yes it means the treatment is working. If you got the treatment that makes you put capsules or chucks of white stuff up there with an applicator, it's just that stuff coming out. I hope you get some relief soon!

  15. QUESTION:
    could this hurt the possible baby?
    I did not really know how to tittle this...
    but anyways about over a month ago (defiantly not pregnant) I had to take antibiotics for an ear infection, had sex on my fertile days, then got a mild yeast infection, I tried to cure it at home just in case I was pregnant, but it got worse then I did 1 treatment, it got even worse and I also got BV so I am on 2 type of medication 1 for yeast (Dilfcan sp? and Metronidazole gel) and the only information I could find was "talk to your doctor about the pros and cons to your unborn child"

    my menstrual cycle will be starting in 2 days and I do not feel it coming on at all...
    but if I were to be pregnant since it's soooo early would the medication cause any harm?

    I talked to my doctor about taking probiotics before and during pregnancy and she thought it was a great idea to keep yeast infections away.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't know if you are pregnant or not so you shouldn't be that worried. You needed to get rid of the yeast infection. I know it's not good to be on anything while pregnant but I'd think it would be worse to have an infection while being pregnant.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have a question about vaginal infections yeast and BV?
    Heres the history. I went to to urgent care at 15 weeks due to a horrible vaginal irritation. I assume it was a yeast infection due to the white discharge, fishy smell, burning and itching. So the on call practionioner did not want to do a vaginal exam because she said I was too early in pregnancy. She had me swipe the inside of my vagina and she looked at the discharge under a microscope. She said that she did not find yeast, trich, or BV. He said it was just an irritation and told me to use vagisil and dove scentless soap. My irritation continued to torture me. Two weeks later I had my doctors appointment and my doc did a vaginal exam and she put the swab under a microscope and she said that I did have a mid case of BV and she prescribe me metronidozole(something like that), which is an antibotic. It was a 7 day treatment and I got relief on the 3rd day but the symptoms came back and worst. So now I am depress because I am so miserable. So yesterday at my 21 weeks check up I told my doc I am still itching burning and all, so they check my urine and found 2+ leukyocytes(something like that) so she said it was a UTI but when she did my vaginal exam she said just by the look of it, she new it was a raging yeast infection but she was too lazy to put it under the microscope. I ask about the uti they found and she said it was just due to the discharge from the yeast infection. She prescribe we 2 med. Diflucan and some yeast infection creme. The diflucan is a 2day treatment and I began the creme after I finish the diflucan if my symptoms persist. Ok so heres the question Did the antibiotics cause the yeast infection? I took my first diflucan pill yesterday and a couple hours later I notice a bunch of vaginal mucus dicharge yellowish with chunks in it, coming out of my vagina. I been having this discharge all of along but it never alot like this. Does this mean the pill is working and thats just chunks of bacteria coming from my vagina or do i still have bv. I know some people say the bacteria just dissolves and you cant see it come out. I am not experiencing any itching or burning and the foul smell is just yeasty now as of yesterday.

    • ANSWER:
      diflucan is a 1 tablet treatment, the infection should clear up within 5days.
      taking medication and pregnancy, can cause a yeast infection easily!

      the whole yellowish chunk coming out is the infection.. you're vagina is cleaning you're body..

      you probably don't have BV anymore, its the yeast infection

      wait a couple days before starting the other medication, you could get another yeast, which im sure you don't want.

      if you feel better within 5days, you're okay.. call you're doctor about keeping the other medication on hand.. i wouldn't waste both medication and then the yeast infection coming back..


Treatment Of Bv In Men

Written By: ibzzA1 - May• 01•12

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Nearly 95% of abnormal vaginal odor is due to a condition called bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection, and millions of women suffer from it. Bacterial vaginosis can be transferred between sexual partners, but it isn't considered a sexually transmitted disease. Get rid of it with our Bacterial vaginitis treatment. Here are some common symptoms:

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I had an STD and got treatment ... but I'm not better!?
    Hi.
    I ruined my perfect life by having sex with someone I shouldn't have had sex with. And yes, I did it unprotected, like the biggest idiot alive. I ended up contracting Trichomoniasis, as proved to me by an ER doctor. They also tested me for chlamydia and gonorrhea, which I assume I came up negative for, because they never called me back, and they only call you if you have the infection. I also tested for BV and a yeast infection, which I also think came back negative, or they would have called me. So they gave me some Flagyl pills, and I took one pill per day for four days. On the fourth day, I finally began to feel relief from my horrible symptoms. The painful urination was gone. But the itch continues! It's been about four days since I completed my medication, and the itch should be gone, but it's not. Since I don't have gonorrhea, chlamydia, BV or thrush, what could be making my vagina itch like this? I have no signs of bumps or sores.
    The man who gave me the infection is a Black male, age 23, living on the east coast.

    My symptoms right now are:
    Itching vagina
    Sensitive / tender vagina (which is a symptom of Trichomoniasis)

    I haven't been eating lately, due to stress. I have also noticed some changes in my health that I am not sure if they are due to stress or not. These symptoms include: slight sore throat, I woke up with horrible indegestion and heartburn this morning, loss of appetite, depression.

    My questions are:
    Why is my vagina still itching? Is it possible that I got a yeast infection (thrush) from the Flagyl antibiotics? Flagyl is not notorious for causing yeast infections, like most other antibiotics. Are my other symptoms due to stress, or is it also likely I may have HIV (based on my symptoms). Or am I just worrying myself sick?

    I need some advice.
    @Brandon - Thank you. It helps to hear this from someone else. Oh, by the way, I started the new sex partner about two months ago. Do you think that's too soon to be experiencing loss of appetite, indegestion and sore throat due to HIV infection? Thanks for saying it didn't ruin my life... it feels like it did because of this worry I have. I can't imagine ever having unprotected sex again, ever in my non-married life. I can't believe I made such a horrible mistake!!
    BTW, I'm one of the many non-insured Americans, so I have to wait until Saturday to be able to go to the Planned Parenthood clinic for a full test. I actually went to the ER to find out about my Trichomoniasis / Trichomonas infection, because the symptoms were so strong and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor. Could be the antibiotics were ineffective or you did develop a secondary yeast infection. And, no... Way too soon for HIV.

      Getting a treatable STD did not ruin your life. Just gave you a lesson about what you should do in the future.

  2. QUESTION:
    Reaccunt Bacterial Vaginosis - does constant sex make it worse?
    I met my current partner six months ago and was told that I had bacterial vaginosis. I had never had it before but wasnt too worried as I knew it wasnt an STI. However, within weeks of the first treatment I got it again. I took the treatment but now I have started to get the symptoms AGAIN (the fishy smell which is much worse during sex). I have just been retested and am due to get my results on Tuesday.
    Im so fed up with the whole thing. Iv heard that BV can occur after a change in sexual partner - which would explain why I got it in the first place - but why do I keep on getting it ?
    I try to be careful when I wash and only use PH balanced soap, however me and my boyfriend have sex at least once a day. We also have sex when I am taking treatment for BV. Could this be delaying treatment or aggrivating the condition? Is it possible that he is getting some of the bacteria on his penis and then passing it back to me?Can men carry it at all? Does sex make it worse?Very frustrated lady!

    • ANSWER:
      BV is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. It is sometimes accompanied by discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning.

      Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. In the United States, BV is common in pregnant women.

      The cause of BV is not fully understood. BV is associated with an imbalance in the bacteria that are normally found in a woman's vagina. The vagina normally contains mostly "good" bacteria, and fewer "harmful" bacteria. BV develops when there is an increase in harmful bacteria.

      Not much is known about how women get BV. There are many unanswered questions about the role that harmful bacteria play in causing BV. Any woman can get BV. However, some activities or behaviors can upset the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina and put women at increased risk including:
      Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners,
      Douching
      It is not clear what role sexual activity plays in the development of BV. Women do not get BV from toilet seats, bedding, swimming pools, or from touching objects around them. Women who have never had sexual intercourse may also be affected.

      Women with BV may have an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Some women report a strong fish-like odor, especially after intercourse. Discharge, if present, is usually white or gray; it can be thin. Women with BV may also have burning during urination or itching around the outside of the vagina, or both. However, most women with BV report no signs or symptoms at all.

      In most cases, BV causes no complications. But there are some serious risks from BV including:

      Having BV can increase a woman's susceptibility to HIV infection if she is exposed to the HIV virus.

      Having BV increases the chances that an HIV-infected woman can pass HIV to her sex partner.

      Having BV has been associated with an increase in the development of an infection following surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy or an abortion.

      Having BV while pregnant may put a woman at increased risk for some complications of pregnancy, such as preterm delivery.

      BV can increase a woman's susceptibility to other STDs, such as herpes simplex virus (HSV), chlamydia and gonorrhea.

      Pregnant women with BV more often have babies who are born premature or with low birth weight (low birth weight is less than 5.5 pounds).

      The bacteria that cause BV can sometimes infect the uterus (womb) and fallopian tubes (tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus). This type of infection is called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause infertility or damage the fallopian tubes enough to increase the future risk of ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube which can rupture.

      A health care provider must examine the vagina for signs of BV and perform laboratory tests on a sample of vaginal fluid to look for bacteria associated with BV.

      Although BV will sometimes clear up without treatment, all women with symptoms of BV should be treated to avoid complications. Male partners generally do not need to be treated. However, BV may spread between female sex partners.

      Treatment is especially important for pregnant women. All pregnant women who have ever had a premature delivery or low birth weight baby should be considered for a BV examination, regardless of symptoms, and should be treated if they have BV. All pregnant women who have symptoms of BV should be checked and treated.

      Some physicians recommend that all women undergoing a hysterectomy or abortion be treated for BV prior to the procedure, regardless of symptoms, to reduce their risk of developing an infection.

      BV is treatable with antibiotics prescribed by a health care provider. Two different antibiotics are recommended as treatment for BV: metronidazole or clindamycin. Either can be used with non-pregnant or pregnant women, but the recommended dosages differ. Women with BV who are HIV-positive should receive the same treatment as those who are HIV-negative.

      BV can recur after treatment.

      BV is not completely understood by scientists, and the best ways to prevent it are unknown. However, it is known that BV is associated with having a new sex partner or having multiple sex partners.

      The following basic prevention steps can help reduce the risk of upsetting the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and developing BV:

      Be abstinent.

      Limit the number of sex partners.

      Do not douche.

      Use all of the medicine prescribed for treatment of BV, even if the signs and symptoms go away.

      http://www.cdc.gov/std/BV/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis.htm

  3. QUESTION:
    Embarrassed to ask but here it is, question about bacteria vagnosis, intercourse, and HIM.?
    PLEASE HELP!!! I know that we've been transferring it back to one another because during the heat of the moment we sometimes have sex before I can go to the doctor to get treatment when we both know I have BV. He's never been treated and we never have assumed that he had the infection
    (PLEASE don't tell me that I shouldn't be having sex with this because I do know that we've been acting irresponsibly.)

    I have been having reoccurring bacteria infections for several months now and it's getting ridiculous with the cost of the clindamycin cream and I can't take the pills because I'm allergic. Last night we had intercourse and now his.. you know... hurts very badly and has soars. Could he be allergic to the medicine... because I know there was still some inside of me. What does he need to do to get treated, is it likely he has an infectio? What would it be called in a man? Its hard for him to get time off work, is there an over the counter treatment he could possibly take?

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, BV or Bacterial Vaginosis is not passed from one person to another, however women who have it often are more susceptible to other diseases, Such as PID, or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. And you need to check for other STD's also.
      Bacterial Vaginosis is in itself not a medically serious condition, (I know to those who have it, it seems bad) and it often goes away by itself.
      However since it does open the door, so to speak to other diseases, you most likely have one of those, you need to have what ever is irritating you both treated with some good broad spectrum antibiotics. And yes, I am afraid you both need to see a doctor. Look in the yellow pages for a free clinic, some of them are even open after hours so it will not interfere with his job. Good Luck, and don't put this off.
      Do yourself and him a favor and do not try something over the counter, this needs aggressive treatment, Get thee to a clinic

  4. QUESTION:
    Am I getting infections from my new man?
    I recently started seeing this man, and we began a physical relationship. Soon afterward, even though we were practicing "safe sex", I got an infection, the doc said BV (smelly, yellow-green, snotty discharge, ugh!). After a week of treatment with Flagyl, it's only getting worse, and now I am in PAIN in my pelvic area all the time, and then radiating to the right a bit. I called the doc today and now he says it may be PID, and I might have to go to the HOSPITAL if another round of treatment is unsuccessful!? NOW I'm wondering if i could have caught this from HIM?? I didn't think that could happen using a condom, but can it?? Is HE giving me infections from other women? Should I confront him about seeing other women? He says he's only seeing me, but, he also has a history that includes a lot of women!

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Is HE giving me infections from other women?
    I recently started seeing this man, and we began a physical relationship. Soon afterward, even though we were practicing "safe sex", I got an infection, the doc said BV (smelly, yellow-green, snotty discharge, ugh!). After a week of treatment with Flagyl, it's only getting worse, and now I am in PAIN in my pelvic area all the time, and then radiating to the right a bit. I called the doc today and now he says it may be PID, and I might have to go to the HOSPITAL if another round of treatment is unsuccessful!? NOW I'm wondering if i could have caught this from HIM?? I didn't think that could happen using a condom, but can it?? Should I confront him about seeing other women? He says he's only seeing me, but, he also has a history that includes a lot of women!

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    confused about mirena and vulvodynia?
    okay, i am 19 yrs old. i have been having sex once a day for a year now. i have been with the same partner for this time. but about a month of 2 ago, i got my wisdom teeth out. they put me on antibiotics and i got a yeast infection. i tried all sorts of treatments and noticed that all my symptoms went away except for ONE -- painful burning around vaginal opening during intercourse. i have been to the doctors several times and been tested for EVERYTHING: yeast - negative, bv - negative, HIV - negative, all STD's - negative. i did have a a UTI which i found interesting cause vulvodynia is involved with the urethra. this is all self research but i do see the OBGYN on the 7th this march. but I KNOW i have this. there is no other explanation. i have no other symptoms. i have gone a complete month without sex and i still have burning. thankfully my burning is mild compared to pain i have read about. for the most part it is tolerable. but i want to have my sex life back without being in pain. after doing some research on vulvodynia. doctors are saying to go on mirena and it will fix it. but I AM ON MIRENA. i have been on mirena for about 8 or 7 months. im thinking that this is a hormone thing. maybe not enough estrogen? because mirena is levonorgestrel which is a progestin. i think thats like a man made hormone or something. i have read that nerve meds like neurotin help with this but i dont like the idea of taking meds. i once took antidepressants in my teenage years but they did more worse than better. neurotin seems like a heavy diagnosis for this sandpaper skin feeling. but i heard it has worked. i do not want to stop my mirena. its the best thing that ever happened to me. its perfect because i dont have to remember to take anything. im very absent minded. any thoughts? any lighter treatments that work permantly? i know that i need to check with the OBGYN on monday but the more comments and opinions i have the more i can get out of my appointment and ease some anxiety until monday. thanks

    • ANSWER: