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I have been struggling with a persistent case of discharge for several years that has been crippling my confidence and my sex life. It started becoming more persistent when I was about 19, although I believe I had my first bacterial vaginosis infection when I was 15/16 and first becoming sexually active. It only worsened after my abortion at age 20, which left me with very heavy bleeding. The following is a description of the symptoms:
-Foul smelling discharge (not so much fishy of metallic.. sometimes it's very subtle, but off)
-Ranging from white to off white, yellowish, grey or even slightly pink
-Worsens after period or sex (anything that alters my p.h.)
-Reactive smell to low p.h. soaps
-Worsens after drinking alcohol or sugary, acid producing foods
-Sometimes thin and clear, sometimes very thick and white (I can scoop it out with my finger in the shower sometimes and a surprising amount will come out), sometimes very sticky
-Pain during sex
Both my ex boyfriend and my current partner acknowledged that it is smelly/unpleasant. We use coconut oil because it helps with the smell and lubrication and I don't allow them to perform oral sex. I am afraid to do antibiotics because the first time i tried that they didn't help, plus i have a very weak digestive system (I used to have ulcerative colitis) that I believe is linked to my lack of beneficial microorganisms and high ph level in my vagina. I've self-treated with the following and found little relief:
-Inserting coconut oil (only helpful during sex)
-Inserting vitamin C tablets (only helpful for 1-2 days and seems dangerous for my fragile insides)
-Tea tree oil (not helpful)
-Huge amounts of probiotics, yogurt, kifer orally and inter-vaginally (doesn't seem to help)
My boyfriend and I do not use a condom, use the pull out method, and avoid sex during ovulation.. stupid, I know. I'm concerned that this might be some kind of STD that the doctors did not test for, or a unique strain of extremely resistant super bacteria (maybe ecoli, since i wear thongs). I took antibiotics too many times when I was young for foot fungus, strep throat, etc. I feel like I am never going to be normal and it is detrimental to my self esteem. Please help with advice on how I can approach this without antibiotics, such as what kind of tests to run or diet restrictions.
Thank you so much!
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