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Please be advised that this discussion will be rather long, but I have some interesting symptoms that I would like to discuss with anyone who can relate or simply has an input.
I've grown up with urinary tract infections my whole life but never really had a SERIOUS issue. Always cure with antibiotics (Keflex, Trimethoprim never worked).
This year I started a new relationship in January, and ended up getting the contraceptive implant in my arm in February. Before this, there were no issues and sex was more frequent BEFORE getting the implant. Please keep that in mind.
I started getting weird symptoms in February-March that felt like the beginning of urinary tract infections. With my history, most doctors just gave me the antibiotics and sent me on my way.
However in April I had such intense UTI like pain it scared me so much and cultures were coming back negative with no indication of anything causing them. This obviously scared me as my doctor has told me about interstitial cystitis and it was the last thing that I wanted. It scared me so much. Eventually after three weeks the intermittent pain flares passed and I was able to go back to work. I saw a specialist who found no symptoms of interstitial cystitis when I went in to see him and actually informed me that although a urine sample may have bacteria in it, the sample can still give a negative result as there may not be enough bacteria to classify it as an infection. As a result he gave me a low dose of keflex to take after intercourse. During this intermittent pain, my period lasted for 10 days!
My next period after this was perfectly normal and exactly 28 days after, which is very normal for me. I've always had a relatively perfect cycle.
Recently, last Monday, I had intercourse but forgot to go to the bathroom after. As someone who is experienced with UTI's I'm ashamed I let myself just fall asleep. I also forgot to take the antibiotic.
I went to the doctor on the Thursday when the symptoms started to pick up. He did a dip test and my urine came up with white blood cells. He sent it off for analysis and gave me trimethoprim even though I said it never worked. And of course, on Saturday, the symptoms got so bad I had to rush back to the doctor only to find that the sample I gave on Thursday showed up with 'no significant growth'.
I did another sample and I had to demand that this doctor dip test it - which found white blood cells were still present. This concerned me. I also understand that white blood cells also show up with interstitial cystitis. Freaking out, I demanded Keflex as I was not convinced there was no infection. I was given 500mg 3x a day. Keep in mind this doctor I was suspicious about. She wasn't going to send this new sample off for testing, and even left the lid off it for a prolonged period of time which as a Zoology graduate, I know is a big NO NO with any biological sample.
Of course, within 24 hours of taking the first Keflex antibiotic my symptoms began to subside and I've felt very comfortable ever since. I've had no influx of pain like I had experienced.
Yesterday, I just got my period again with nasty cramps 2 weeks after the end of the last one, which is not normal. As I said I have always had a perfect 28 day cycle with no cramps.
None of this, including the irregular periods, ever happened before i got the contraceptive implant
From what I understand, if it was an interstitial cystitis flare the antibiotics would not have made a difference at all as there is no bug to treat. I have not yet been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis as it is being investigated.
Taking into consideration the information I have given you, I was wondering what everyone thought of my experience? Has anyone else experienced a correlation between UTI or interstitial cystitis flares and contraception and/or menstrural cycles?
I would be very interested to hear any opinions.
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