I never had BV before I got my Paragard IUD three months ago, but almost as soon as it was inserted (10 days later), I was diagnosed with BV. At the time, my symptoms were a really thick, snot-like, yellow discharge that did not smell foul to me or my partner. I also felt sore and chaffed down there.
I have read that the normal symptoms of BV are a thin, watery discharge, and a fishy odor, but that many women don't have symptoms. I thought that maybe my BV diagnosis was coincidence. I couldn't get to the Planned Parenthood where I had it inserted, so I went to urgent care instead. She thought that my issues were probably normal for a new IUD, but swabbed just to be sure, and that's when the BV was discovered. I have also read that many other people with IUDs do have thick, snot-like, and often yellow discharge, so I'm still not convinced that type of discharge isn't normal for me now.
I went back last month for an IUD checkup, and asked for another swab, just to be sure. To my surprise, I then had a yeast infection. I had a slight itching and thought it might be BV or just nothing at all, but apparently it was yeast. I really shouldn't be surprised, since I've had a handful of yeast infections before, Anyway, t took the one 150 mg fluconazole pill that was prescribed, but the slight itching didn't really go away.
Not long after, I was given an antibiotic by my dermatologist for this weird acne-like rash on my chest and back that I've had on and off for years. I finally got disgusted with it and went to the dermatologist to get rid of it, but of course, the antibiotic made it worse. I saw him again last week, and he now thinks that my acne rash might be fungal folliculitis (I should have my biopsy results to know for sure within a week). I also mentioned my possible vaginal yeast infection (due to the continuous intermittent itch), so he prescribed 5 days of 200 mg of fluconazole, and will probably follow that up with lots more antifungals if this does turn out to be fungal folliculitis.
I've taken three of the days of fluconazole so far, and I started noticing yesterday that I'm feeling sore and chaffed down there again. It feels uncomfortable, and I feel like I have air or something up me, and like I have to push it out, but obviously that's not the case. I now remember feeling this way when I first got the IUD (when I was first diagnosed with BV), but I thought that it was just my imagination, since I had a new IUD in place and the concept seemed weird - at the time I thought that I was imagining the sensation, if that makes sense. I did reach up to my cervix a little while ago and I can feel my strings, but it doesn't seem like there's much else going on up there.
Oh, and I also have a lot of discharge. I don't think that it smells bad, but its just a lot, and it seems pretty thin and watery on my underwear. It's white and pale yellow, but I think that's normal for me. I am supposed to ovulate within the next few days to a week, so I expect to be 'wetter' at this point in my cycle, but I have had times over the past couple of days when I've felt a little bit of liquid actually leak out of my vagina.
I think I'm going to run out and get one of those kits that test the pH of vaginal discharge. The thing is, if I DO have BV, I really don't want to take Flagyl. That medication made me incredibly sick last time, and I don't care to repeat that experience. On top of that, it seems like my acne rash is fungal, and I seem to be very prone to fungus. I don't want to take any type of antibiotics to worsen that if I can help it, especially since it got so bad on the last antibiotics that I was on.
Since this seems to most likely be BV, are there any home remedies that could fix this for me? Also, would using those vaginal suppository-type medications have any negative effects on my IUD, or would it be ok? If I had to, I would much rather try one of those this time, as opposed to taking something orally.
I know this post makes me sound so sickly, but I honestly don't usually have this many problems.
Oh, and my fiancé and I are monogamous, and we have both tested negative for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes 1 and 2, and HIV.
Thanks so much!