well isn't that just wizard? (paisleypixie) wrote in vaginapagina,
well isn't that just wizard?
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infection? + confusion + bleeding of the cervix + unsettling gyno experience

I apologize in advance for the tl;dr post, but I'm in desperate need of some VagPag counsel. And hugs.

I posted recently about being suspicious that I may have a YI, due to some pain during intercourse, plus burning and swelling afterwards. This occurred the day after my period ended. Before my period had started, I'd had a YI as a result of a 10-day course of antibiotics. I treated that YI with various home remedies (particularly probiotics by mouth, and internal use of ACV and tea tree oil), and it seemed to fully go away once my period started.

I made it to the doctor today to check out whatever's currently going on. I described my symptoms, and she -- the nurse practitioner I was seeing -- immediately said, "Well, pain and burning with intercourse are more typically associated with sexually transmitted diseases." Oh, well, okay then! That immediately freaked me out. (Sidenote: I've gone to this woman before with other issues, and she immediately jumped to, "Oh, you probably have an STD." She was wrong those times, but geez, those words still put me on edge.) I've been with the same partner for over six months now, and, to the best of my knowledge, he has not been unfaithful. We do not use condoms, as I am on HBC. I am a person with trust issues, but I trust him 100%, so finding out that he's somehow given me an STD would be a rather devastating shock, as I guess it would be for anyone.

She also mentioned that while she was examining me, she noted some bleeding of the cervix. I don't know what to make of that. My partner and I had some rather rough sex on Friday afternoon (it's now Monday night here), but would my cervix still be bleeding from that? We have had no sex since then. She also said that typically, rough sex would result in bruising, not bleeding.

Anyway, after examining me and taking my samples to the lab, she came back and told me that I don't have a YI, but I do have some sort of infection. I asked if it was possibly BV, which I was mentally prepared to deal with, but she said no, it is not BV. See, at this point I'm really confused. If it isn't BV or a YI, what does that leave? Only STDs? Chlamydia, gonorrhea, trich? Is there anything else that this could be?

I'm supposed to get my results back sometime within the week, by phone, but she insisted that I do have an infection, and she went ahead and put me on a 7-day course of Doxycycline. She also said that I'm not to have any sexual encounters for two weeks, as I am supposed to be on "pelvic rest." I'm taking probiotics, too, to ward off another YI, which would drive me completely mad at this point, I think.

I guess I'm just... pretty anxious about all this, VP. It seems to me that I either (a.) don't have an infection, it's all just irritation from rough sex or something else, and I'm basically taking antibiotics for nothing, OR (b.) I have an STD. Is there a third option that I'm not considering? Has anyone else had an experience like this? How possible is it that I don't have any sort of infection, and she just put me on antibiotics anyway? I've already taken my first pill, but I'm not sure that was the right thing to do or not. I hate the idea of taking medicine when I don't need to.

(Another sidenote: I'd like to find another gyno, one who is a bit, erm, warmer, and less quick to tell me that I have an STD before she even looks at my hooha. The thing is, I live in a small, southern university town, and so my only options were to go to the student health center, where I sometimes feel like I'm just being herded through there, or to wait a week and go to a women's health clinic at a hospital in the neighboring town. Honestly, I'm beginning to wish that I had waited...)
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