Why do I keep getting this discharge?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….

Some of our patients become understandably frustrated when they get recurrent bacterial vaginosis or recurrent yeast infections.  The most important thing is to come in to confirm the diagnosis.  We don’t want to be treating and retreating with the wrong medication.

Once we determine the infection, let’s talk about prevention.

Recurrent yeast – yeast loves warm, moist environments.  So, it is no surprise it grows in the vagina.  If you are getting recurrent yeast infections, you want to avoid excess moisture.  Please try to get out of work out clothing or wet bathing suits as soon as possible.  Shower with very mild soap – such as Dove for sensitive skin.  Try to urinate after intercourse and use a wet wash cloth to wash off any remaining fluids.  Please do not douche or insert any soaps into the vagina.

Recurrent Bacterial vaginosis – Bacterial vaginosis is caused by a change in the vaginal pH.  To maintain a normal pH, you want to avoid harsh soaps, douches, and scented detergents.  You might want to try water based lubricants with intercourse such as KY silky or astroglide.  Unfortunately, sometime semen can even disrupt the vaginal pH.  Some women have prevented recurrent BV by using condoms.  Some recent studies have also linked low Vitamin D levels with recurrent BV.

We do have some options for treating recurrent BV and yeast.  Please schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to talk more about it. You can reach us at 770 751 3600 or online at https://secure.awhg.org/rosobgyn/