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Suggest treatment for lots of discharge and occasional itching in the vaginal area

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Posted on Tue, 12 May 2015
Question: About a year ago, I took antibiotics for the first time since I was a child. I tried to avoid getting a yeast infection by "natural things"- drank apple cider vinegar twice a day, took 2 pro-bitotics, ate and took garlic, ate greek yogurt (live/natural cultures) and I still developed symptoms, but only slight irritation and the normal cottage cheese discharge. I have had a yeast infection before and these symptoms were mild. I took 7 day monistat. It didn't go away. Off and on it would seem to go away then I would have discharge and minor irritations. I went to the doctor- she said it was just a lot of yeast and prescribed the pill. I took both pills as directed.. still sticking to my natural treatments. I waited a couple more months.. still the same discharge and slight irritations. I went again- she tested me for STDS and took a urinal test. She said I was perfectly healthy, that when giving me the exam- my discharge does look like yeast, and there is a lot of it, but all she sees is the healthy bacteria- a LOT of it (probably from all the natural work) and no yeast. There is also no smell. She asked how I would feel if she told me I was perfectly normal. But what I don't understand, is why I have sooo much discharge (tends to be more white and chunky) to the point my underwear are soaked at the end of the day? She also looked into whether I had sugars in my urine. She said she could tell I take a ton of vitmains, as it was very healthy. I take about 15 vitmains a day. I have tried other things to make sure this goes away besides the natural treatments all the normal ones: cotton underwear, sleeping without underwear, no scented soaps/lotions, no lufa, I stopped shaving, I use detergents with no scents, I watch my sugars as best I can, and I haven't had sex in 6 months to avoid passing a yeast infection to my boyfriend until I knew it was ok. Besides, STDs, diabetes, thyroid, and everything else she has tested me for, what is this? I can only assume it was from the antibiotics but this has been a year now of this. I even tested whether it could be hormonal with my periods, but it is pretty much always consistent on a day to day basis. TONS of discharge and mild itching occastionaly a couple times a week- and I do not take birth control. The only meds I take are vitamins. Nothing else has changed or been introduced differently that I could be reacting to that I know of, but I don't know why all of a sudden this would happen and not go away?
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Get a swab done to confirm.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
Basically what I understand is - you are having lots of discharge and occasional itching.
ANd that is since once a year.
Now, there is only ONE way to know if you are indeed having an infection, yeast or otherwise.
That is to visit an OB - GYN and have a vaginal swab.
Yeast , or any other organism, would show up on the culture results.
And yes, if that comes up negative, then you HAVE to believe that you do not have an infection :)
Some women have more than normal discharge, as long as there is no odour / redness / itching/ pain, it is all part of normal.
Also, I have a feeling that you are overdoing the vitamins part.
15 in a day is not needed for somebody young and healthy, if you are eating right and exercising in moderation.
Make sure you are not using any ' cleansers ' or hygiene products to clean your vagina.
Nothing is needed to clean the vagina apart from lukewarm water and normal vaginal secretions.
All the best
Please feel free to discuss further.

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Brief Answer: Get a swab done to confirm. Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for writing to us with your health concern. Basically what I understand is - you are having lots of discharge and occasional itching. ANd that is since once a year. Now, there is only ONE way to know if you are indeed having an infection, yeast or otherwise. That is to visit an OB - GYN and have a vaginal swab. Yeast , or any other organism, would show up on the culture results. And yes, if that comes up negative, then you HAVE to believe that you do not have an infection :) Some women have more than normal discharge, as long as there is no odour / redness / itching/ pain, it is all part of normal. Also, I have a feeling that you are overdoing the vitamins part. 15 in a day is not needed for somebody young and healthy, if you are eating right and exercising in moderation. Make sure you are not using any ' cleansers ' or hygiene products to clean your vagina. Nothing is needed to clean the vagina apart from lukewarm water and normal vaginal secretions. All the best Please feel free to discuss further.