12:28 am - 05/17/2009

E Coli Vaginal Infection

I just found this comm and I'm hoping someone has heard of this.

After several years of thinking I had yeast infections I couldn't feel, I've just found out I have an e coli infection. My symptoms are not that bad. Just annoying. It's overly wet with a smooth whitish discharge. The nurse who gave me my results said this was very common but didn't have a name for it. The doc prescribed Cephalexin, which I've read is just a basic antibiotic.

This has been a problem on and off for years, usually popping up after sex or lately even masturbation. And now that I know it's e. coli, I realize it's probably due to my hemorrhoids. I've had them removed but a skin tag remain that I literally have to wipe around. I try to be so very clean so this is really bad news. I'm not sure how to be any cleaner down there. I need to find a way to manage this.

But in order to do that I need to know what this is. Is this BV or something else entirely? I've been googling but I'm not coming up with an actual name for this. I've been reading about natural cures for BV, such as aciophilus, but if it's not BV, that's not going to help.

Any info would be great!
tokio 17th-May-2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're exactly right. You seem to have this figured out pretty well, but I know the anecdotes of others is always helpful in these situations. This is bacterial vaginosis. E. coli interrupting the natural "order" of bacterium in your vagina is actually a rather common reason women get BV. You know, the whole anus -> vagina = bad thing. It definitely could be from your hemorrhoids and having to wipe around them. If you're anything like me, it's absolutely possible that you become over-lubricated and the lubrication mixes together. That has happened to me plenty of times during intercourse.

Here's what I'm Googling, and it's working out well for me: e coli vaginal infection
tokio 17th-May-2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
By the way, not everyone experiences the most common symptoms of BV. Just like you, all I have is a lot of normal discharge. I didn't even know I had BV until my gynecologist noted how abundant my discharge was at the time; I just thought I was wetter than average.
_sharvie_ 17th-May-2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
The exact opposite happened to me. I knew something wasn't right. After every time I masturbated I just felt wrong. I don't think she ever tested for e coli though. The first time she saw me she said yeast, even though I wasn't having yeast symptoms. Then she said I must just have occasional extra "lucarea". It wasn't until I saw another doc and specially requested to be tested for e coli, that I found out what this was.

Do you do anything special to help keep it at bay? That's the kind of info I'm looking for now. Cause I can't keep having this problem every time I want a little me time. I'll go insane.

And thanks for the confirmation! That helps a lot.
tokio 17th-May-2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I wonder why doctors and nurses are so hesitant to just spend the time running tests. Technically, they're scientists; practitioners of HARD science, at that. They can prove their hypotheses rather than risk someone's well-being. When I got BV, my gynecologist would not tell me anything about it. She wouldn't even define it for me. I already knew what it was, but it raised a red flag.

You might have to do some "maintenance," so to speak. Here's what I would do if I knew recurrence was an issue, given the details you've offered:

1. Invest in a bottle of Boric acid capsules, pharmaceutical grade. Use one once a week or so.
2. Take acidophilus. Try to find some that are specifically for aiding the healthy growth and maintenance of the natural flora in your vulva.
3. (This may not apply to you) Don't wash inside of your vulva or near your labia with anything but water. You could have sensitivities to detergents.
4. A hydrogen peroxide douche worked very well for me the last time I knew I had BV. I put hydrogen peroxide in a cup, filled a turkey baster up with it, and eased the liquid into my vaginal canal while standing up, giving the liquid time to pour back out so I wouldn't "flood" it. I did this once a night for two days and my symptoms were gone.
5. Wipe back to front initially for messiness after defecating, then dab to get rid of everything else.
6. For irritation from your skin tag, and to keep the bacteria from migrating to your vagina, look into making your own baby wipes with organic aloe vera juice, maybe a little bit of castor oil, and a few drops of essential oil that has natural antibacterial properties. You might want to ask about making your own natural antibacterial baby wipes in a place like hip_domestics or natural_living. I've seen a few posts like that in both of those places. I think that might help you a lot with irritation and the migration problem. Unfortunately, I don't know what kind of paper you would use for something like that, but I'm sure someone out there would know.
7. Just try to be really aware of where your "juices" are during intercourse and masturbation. You could use the baby wipes to clean yourself up if you notice any fluids... mingling, so to speak. Immediate clean-up of the area would reduce the chances of getting an infection.
_sharvie_ 18th-May-2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! You really came through for me here. This is exactly the kind of info I was looking for!

I've been googling some of the things you've mentioned and have come up with mounds of info. I'm so beyond thrilled that it looks like it is something that I can manage rather than waiting to get an infection and then rushing for an appointment.

You totally rock! *squishes you*
tokio 19th-May-2009 12:14 am (UTC)
I GOT SQUISHIES! I'm so glad I could help!
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