My doctor said it was probably BV - he did the usual microscope glance and said there was a slight increase in bacteria, though not like I usually have when my BV is around - and I tried two different antibiotics and some home remedies with no relief (usually I at least feel better while taking the antibiotic, even if the effect wears off quickly). I'm also not having the weird smell, pain and burning I usually have with BV. I googled BV + thick discharge and what came up was "viral vaginitis," which seems to be caused by either herpes or HPV (which I do have).
Does what I'm dealing with sound like BV, or more like something caused by HPV? (Or something else entirely?) I'm mildly worried about the possible HPV connection, as I don't know what strain I have, the possibility of cancer, etc. (Also I was really hoping to be rid of the HPV infection by now, but I've heard that stress can make them worse, and I've been utterly stressed out and miserable since the summer. I'm going for a six month follow-up pap at the end of the month; should I ask him to re-check that or is it done automatically?)
Also, is there any way to deal with incessant discharge in terms of keeping it from irritating me and ruining all my pants? Pads and liners seem to cause more irritation (plus they end up smelling godawful). I'm wearing mostly pajama pants with no underwear around the house, because even just the usual cotton underpants seem to exacerbate the irritation. It actually went away for a few days a couple of weeks back, seemingly at random, so I thought it had somehow fixed itself, but...nope. Sigh.