I used to get BV every single month without fail. I would have my period, and then as soon as it was over, two days later I'd have bacterial vaginosis and I'd have to go get some antibiotics. I tried the metrogel once and it gave me a yeast infection, so I stuck to the pill form. This (BV) happened constantly for a long time, as well as recurrent UTI's/bladder infections. Those always would come on suddenly, I would just wake up one day in extreme pain and blood in my urine with no warning.
Anyway, no doctors were ever able to tell me what the problem was and I was always sure it was connected to my UC because I never had these problems before. But then I made these changes:
I stopped taking the pill and started using the NuvaRing as my form of birth control. You insert this plastic ring vaginally, you can't even feel it when it's in, and you leave it there for three weeks. I take it out for intercourse because I don't like it in and then you just rinse it and put it back in. Then you take it out for one week and have your period and then start a new one. You can also skip the ring-free week and just put a new one in on the first day of week four and skip your period.
Also, I don't know if you use tampons or not but I used to adamantly use them until the last day of my period, I hated wearing pads. But as my colitis got worse it became a pain to wear tampons because when I'm running to the bathroom a lot they just don't want to stay in. Eventually I started wearing them only on the first day or two of my period and then pads when it's lighter. I only wear tampons on light days now if there's some reason I can't wear a pad, like going swimming.
One more thing, I never have sex on my period. Before, I used to be okay with doing it on the last day or two but I thought maybe that's causing irritation/bacterial imbalance in an environment that's already imbalanced from my period which is causing the BV (BV is caused by an imbalance of naturally occurring bacterial flora). It makes sense too since the vagina is a very acidic environment and semen is alkaline, and BV can be caused by a loss of acidity. So, now I wait till a few days after.
I don't know which if any of these things changed my problem, but I haven't had a single infection in over a year since I started all this. And I'm not kidding when I say it used to be an EVERY MONTH occurrence.
I was wondering though, have you had cultures before that confirmed it is BV? Because I never had much actual pain, it was more of a constant itching feeling and the foul odor to the discharge that tipped me off. It's so embarrassing to say it, but BV has a notoriously "fishy" scent to it. Though I didn't have that problem every time, but I never had much actual pain, just an uncomfortable itching.
Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...
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