Anyway, last week I went to the doctor to get my STI tests run because my partner and I want to stop using condoms. The GP performed the swab, and today I got a call saying to come in to discuss the results. So I did, and I was told that I have Bacterial Vaginosis. AHHHH. Now this all makes so much sense! I guess that the accumulation of bacterial discharge on my clothing and constant exposure to air and moisture is what is causing the most unpleasant smell, and that my normal odors are what are most prominent after showering and cleaning the area with water with my hands. I also came to another very light-bulb type realization when I learned that one of the tests done for BV involves mixing a sample of the discharge with Potassium Hydroxide or another strong base, and then testing for a characteristic fishy odor - I have indeed noticed an EXTREMELY intense fishy odor in instances where some body wash (which contains Sodium or Potassium Hydroxide) happens to get in the area.
Anyway, I apologize for the novel, I just felt like sharing my little story about this, but I do indeed have a few questions for those of you ladies who have experienced BV or are experiencing it right now.
I know that the recurrence rate is relatively high for BV. Is there anything I can do to lessen the risk of it coming back....certain foods to avoid/eat, drinking more water, washing my clothes more often (with fragrance free soap), anything?
I've been prescribed that...gel stuff...can't remember what it's called (damnit and I'm studying pharmacology too! *headdesk*) and I've heard some crappy things regarding side effects, though that may be more prominent in the oral dosages because serum levels are a lot lower in the topical preparation...IDK, is there anything I should be aware of?
Also it would make me feel excellent if anyone had some stories to share about public odors making them paranoid :(
Thanks for your help in advance!