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Slightly Yellow Discharge/ Swollen Labia/BV?

Okay, heres my story. I had unprotected sex with a male partner. A couple days later, I noticed some minor itchy/irritation of the vulva. I went to my health center, they screened me for gonnohrea/chlaymdia/trich, etc. All came back negatitive. They said I had a yeast infection. Used the treatment they gave me, and it did not work. I then began to notice a slight yellow thin snotty looking discharge. I went to Planned Parenthood because I thought maybe they missed something. Had all the same screening done, and they said that I def had BV infection, and that all the std tests once again came back negatitive. They gave me flagyl, which seemed to clear up the discharge, but the vulva was still swollen/ irritated. Then I notice the discharge again, this time it is much heaver, and constant. I went to my obgyn, same std tests, neg results. Says she sees no sign of infection, sends me off like nothing is wrong. I have been dealing with this for months, is it possible that I do have an std infection and that these tests are not very accurate? If i did have trich, the flagyl should have cleared it up, and can BV cause this vulva irritation? They have even began to tell me I might have vulvodynia, this seems ridiculous, i have never had a problem before, and discharge is not normally a symptom?
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your story sounds similar to the one i'm going through right now....i know, it's the most frustrating thing ever.  do you ever have an internal itching/burning or is it just the swollen labia and discharge?  one thing that i'm learning is that if they take a sample when symptoms are not there, it's not going to show anything.  Have they done a culture?  That might help figure out exactly what it is that they are not seeing on the slides.  Perhaps it is something that you are using in that area that is irritating you like scented soaps, thongs, etc.  Also, some discharge is normal, i've always had some, it could just be your body trying to clean itself out.  Vulvodynia is something that is possible as I've learned a lot about it from some of the other women on this forum, but i think it sounds like either an infection that's not showing up, an allergic reaction to a product, or both.  do any white blood cells show up on their slides?
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BV can be very hard to get rid of. Once the vaginal immune system is out of whack it's difficult to bring it under control. And yes, the meds you take for bv can cause a swollen labia.  BV by itself usually does not have any pain associated withit in that area.

Try another doc. One who is willing to listen to your current history. Write it all down, what you experienced when, what you did to treat, and what tests were performed and the results. Go in prepared.
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It sounds like reoccuring bacterial vaginosis.  Like the above poster stated, it can be a ***** to get rid of.  You may need to use the flagyl again.  I dont think it's an std b/c your tests would have been positive (at least one time.)

Vulvodynia is likely.  It's a mystery as to why your experiencing these symptoms, but at least you know what it's NOT.  Good luck!
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Thank you all so much, they have done cultures and they all seem to come back negative including a pap smear. I am seeing a new doctor on Friday, and I hope that perhaps this new doctor can help, I will let you know. A thought I have had is that perhaps this BV is resistant to flagyl, Ive read some of this online? Does anyone know ifthere is a stronger medicine you can use?
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from what you're saying i think it could just be an infection that is just not completely gone, which is also what i think i have...the trick is to go to the doctor when you are having symptoms....i am "patiently" waiting (if that is even possible) for my symptoms to really start acting up because i am tired of going to the doctor and having them tell me everything is normal...from what i'm learning, both bv and yeast can be very resistant and you might need a longer treatment....hang in there and know you're not alone by any means.
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Also, yes I experience from itching from tiem to time, not severe, but def some itching, and there is also an internal burning sensation that sometimes even seems to radiate down my thighs, very strange
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Hi, I just wanted to let eveyone know that I too have been have the same trouble for over a year now.  My doctor was not listeneing to me and kept treating me for BV and yeast infections and it was not going away.  I started seeing my old doctor and he said that it was due to inflamation (inflammation).  So we have tried several of the same treatment that were discussed up above.  None of which has helped.  So last week I went to a new doctor and she took some samples from my cervic and Labia (very painful if you have this done) and they call me today with the results.  She said that it was due to chronic ulcers.  I never knew you could get ulcers in your vigina (vagina), but I guess you can.  She said that some times it can be related to an autoimmune (mis spelled) disorder.  I also have a thyroid disorder and just had to have it removed 3 weeks ago because it was inflamed and starting to cause breathing problems.  I asked if the inflamation (inflammation) could have spread through my body and be causing these problems and they said no, but I'm not sure it not all related.  Any way I go back to my thyroid doctor next week and she said to have him do some other test there to see about the autoimmune thing.  After I heard back from them I will post an update.  Hope this helps someone out there.
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my husband cheated on me without using condoms i suffered from yellowish discharge and itchy swallen vigina (vagina) my reslut was negative i thought it was thrush so i bought thrush treatment but it didnt work the swallen later reduced and the yellow discharge stil there thick smelly and covers the whole area i dont know what is it i am stressed and scared of what i had to pay 4 my hubby mistakes having him risking my life please help and advice
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my proble sdstarted two month ago. i have sex with my boyfriend then  many time in two day then because he *** inside me i dicide to ****** the vigina (vagina), i alsoput oitment inside, vagisil, inside two time and something else because i was feeling discomfort, then i ****** to get rid of of the staff i put inside my vigina (vagina). i use to get the mucus discharge and after that the discharge is yellow it doent ich or burn i just dont get that exited as usully. i went to the doc and he did an sculture std test and hiv, everything was good, i even did a complete body check up and everything is great. the doctor didnt prescribe me anything as nothis is wrong. the yellow discharge still coming out from my vigina (vagina) i dont know what to do. i am taking acidophilus for now and eating alot of yogurs.  
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keep seeing a different doctor until you get a decent answer.  Its not normal and you shouldn't have to put up with it.  Try making a diary of your symptoms to see when there appear or are worse.  PS did you know some STI's wont show up in testing for up to a month after exposure to the disease (so your previous tests could have been too early and hence showed a false negative).  You know I wish doctors had to experience every sypmtom they brush off as normal.... it might make them much more sympathetic.
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sorry i forgot to add that your sexual partner should be tested to (or he could just be reinfecting you) and i would recommend using condoms til its all sorted out
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I have the very same discharge and all and I have been diagnosed with HPV.They say you can be positive for it and go back to the dr say 6 months later and it be cleared up on its own.They say it comes and goes.Well needless to say I have been positive for it very single visit for the last 2 years.Tell your gyn you want an HPV test.People are just now becoming aware of the disease.
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hey how  r u i jus wanted ton know wat ulcers in can u get it in ur vigina (vagina) can u plz let me kno n explain to me
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i get yeast infections very easily and i got sick and tired of buying the 3 or 7 day treatments (dont use the 1 days they dont work as well)  so i went to the health food store and bought a candida cleanse. also i started regularly taking acidopholis and a candida suppliment to help put good bacteria back into my body and regulate yeast overgrowth.  ive found this works great!  that and wear only cotton undies!
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I am having a similar problem.  I have an itch (not really severe but persistent) and a yellowish discharge (looks kind of like mucous or snot...sorry for the picture) There is no odor and no burning when I urinate.  I thought it was a yeast infection but the discharge is different from what I have experienced with previous yeast infections. Any idea of what this could be?
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hm.i am having the same problem.was really irritated and worried because it happened right after i had sex for the first time.was wondering  if it could be allergy to rubber?it can be really itchy and uncomfortable, the yellow discharge seems like pus to me.has there been anyone that has a clear diagnosis and been cleared of the problem?
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hi evry1.it sims um experiencin the same condition as mmost of u guys.as to me,i am pregnant n i noticed a smelly discharg frm mi vigina (vagina).i went to the doctor n sh sad i hd yeast infection.sh treatd me n nw a yellow discharge is cumin frm mi vigina (vagina) n it worries me cz i dnt knw why nw the discharge is yellow whn it wsnt b4 the treatmnt for yeast infection.nw um worried ths wil affect the baby.cn sum1 help me wit ths....
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i have Alot of yellow ischarge cumming out of my vagina my libia swollen i feel a constant burning sensation around the whole area and i have not urinated or done a number 2 for 22 hours i dnt no if its because im in pain and dont want to or i cant do it. i also have around 3 red bumbs on the outside of the area which i cant see. can anyone helpp ?
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Some discharge is normal, especially for sexually active women.
Where do you think his ejaculate goes? Some into uterus, but most stays in vagina and then flows out at some time. If his sperm is thick, you'll have thick discharge, if it is more like liquid, then that's what will be on your undies. Vulva can swell form being sexually aroused, and can even itch or be a bit painful until you finally have an orgasm.
Sometimes if you did not get satisfaction of an orgasm, the labia will stay swollen, since it is aroused, your female prostate can be swollen, your clitoris can be quite swollen, if you did not squirt or did not come.
Another reason for swelling, itching without infection can be that this area was physically handled quite a lot, friction and such, and when it heals, it itches. Use more lubricant, don't allow a guy to scratch it with his nails. Keep up with hygiene, but avoid soap. Soap will dry up the labia and make it itch.
Plus, if sex is quite rare occasion, you might swell every time after and even get yeast infection, which is just the overgrowth of your own vagina bacteria, the good one, but there becomes too much of it. It is called bride's itch. Try to have sex regularly, and it should subside, your vagina will get used to sexual intercourse. Male's sperm works miracles for vagina, it protects it from many bacteria, improves health of inner membranes, prevents ulcers down there.
Also, you can be allergic to latex, if you use condoms or sex toys that have latex. Try latex-free products.
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Here's my story, Started in Jan 2010, I went to the doctor and he said it was possitive for yeast.  Have done 5 different treatments for yeast, all which helped but it never seemed to completley take it away.  But now the itch is gone so it has been easier to live with.  Current symtoms (symptoms) Excessive discharge that I need to wear pantiliners, it's thick and slightly yellow, and curdy.    When my doctor swabbed again in june he said everything was normal but there is white blood cells in my urine.  There is no way it could be an STD.  I can't stand this discharge.  I can't wear a bathing suit for very long as the discharge is to heavy and having sex with my husband is embarassing and messy.  I am 32 and I think I would know what is normal for my body and this isn't but my doctor seems to think it is normal.  Does anyone have any ideas what it might be?  Please help
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I AM HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM, AFTER HAVING SEX WITH MY BOYFRIEND i noticed a smell in my vagina and a discharge aswell as itching. i took monistat and it seemed to clear up but it came back again. now its a yellowish discharge with no smell. can someone please tell me what this can be
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i have alot of discharge that smells like bitter. it started off as liquidy and blood tinged. now it is more creamy and yellow. its soooo itchy i want to die. i got tested and everything came back negative. i even used some yeast infection cream but nothing works.  it is unbearable and sex is embarassing. i dont know what to doo.
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recently ive had sexual intercouse and several times i have been left with swollen lips in my vagina, eventually it goes down but this time its stayed around a bit longer, for the first time i expierenced itchyness alot! and big blobs of white thick discharge have become an issue! not normal amounts. Alot. Panicking because it can NOT be an std i will be devistated at my partner. Also to add I was very arroused at the time we had sex and suppose was quite rough at times. sorry for the disturbed images but Please help.
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Ok this is the second time i've had this happen to me. Here's my current issues. I must have a longer urethra than most people because (yes I did research)  I can't find a single picture that shows anything similar to what I have. But anyways, It's swollen, horribly swollen (very uncomfortable). I have severe itching and burning. And this ungodly amount of pain when I urinate that I want to scream it hurts so bad. I also have this discharge that's thick and looks like mucus, has a slight oder but not real strong. I don't know what to do. I've gone to the doctor but by the time I get there the swelling is gone and they tell me the discharge is normal. How can any of this be normal??? This started in Dec '10, this is the second time i've gotten this swollen and it's painful and highly uncomfortable. Can anybody help me??
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I meant labia not urethra. But either way it's swollen and hurts.
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please let me know what you find out .
i am tired of going to the doctors, them telling me all tests are negative and i am left with same problem.
thanks.
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Sounds very similar to what I experienced, the gynecologist just kept going back and forth with BV and a yeast infection .. the prescriptions would help, but then it would just come back! They were even sure if it was that and all my std tests came out negative as well. HOWEVER, I started using Fresh Control Intimate Cleansing Gel (randomly saw it at the drugstore and out of desperation bought it). BEST PURCHASE EVER. Cleared everything up for me .. funny how a drugstore product > gynecologist!
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back in september 09 i went to the doctor because i was having a thick itchy yellowesh discharge they ran a culture and said that they would call me then it came back and put me on some meds just in case. i gotta all and they said they didnt see anything but maybe a vaginal infection. several months later the thick itchy yellowesh discharge came back. went away again... then in may of q0 it came back. i was pregnant at the time so my docto rtold me i had a yeast infection.  i didnt have any problems intil december of 2010 it got really bad my whole vaginal area swelled up and started to change from a yoolow discharge to a watery discharge and smelly i was hurting bad so i started to use vagicil i got worse i started getting red bumps they turned into soars i went to the e.r to get looked at they thought it was herpes they gave me meds 2days later i started bleeding ontop of all the other stuff. i went back to the e.r they admited me and gave me fluids by this time my vagina was so  swollen and hurting i couldent even pee. they did more testings and said theres 2types of herpes. herpes1 which is cold soares which ive never had and herpes 2 vaginal. i tested positive 4 herpes 1 after days in the hospital from so much pain and pleanty of drugs i started to get better but slowly  in january i had the thick yellowesh discharge come back now a month later its back again.. after having several doctors look at me they dont know whats going on....
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hello. Im almost 3 months pregnant and Ive been having a thicklight yellowish discharge. It smells awful to me and i hate being out when it starts to come out of my vagina because i can smell it thru my clothing! When i shower i can still smell it if i immediately wipe off and smell the tissue. Ive been to the Er twice since being pregnant because and theyve done blood tests and urine test and said nuthing was wrong. Went to my appointment last week and had my pap smear done. Called to check on the results nervously, but they said everything cme back negative. I have mo idea what is wrong with me and i am mostly concerned that this can be affecting my unborn baby. Is there a possibility i can have some type of std that they cant find, or is this normal or something for pregnancy. SUMONE PLEASE HELP ME BECAUSE I DO NOT WNT TO HARM MY BABY BECAUSE OF MISTAKES THESE DRS MIGHT BE MAKING THNKX A LOT
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Hi, I am a 17 year old Female. I am currently Sexually active, andI have been since I was i believe 15. I stopped sex, after May on 2010, but then again picked it back up in January of this year. Me and my guy, isnt offically in a relationship, which means, I dont know who or what he's doing. But for a known fact, Im not doing anything with anybody but him. Well, Back to my story, me and him dont have sex on daily basis, but we do have sex like bi-weekly. And in the beginning he doesnt use a condom, right before he ejaculates, he puts the condom on, and we keep having sex until he cums again. So this past week, me and him had some relations, and like right after I went to the bathroom and was bleeding, only a bit. This didnt cause me any concern, because I did that in the past before. But this time, a day later, I began to bleed uncontrolably, Thinking I had a miscarriage, because of all the pain I was enduring at the time. I hadnt had my period in like 1 month 1/2. So thats why I thought I had a miscarriage. i didnt want to tell my mom in fear of what she would have done to me, So i just brushed it off. three days later, I started to get this burning sensation, itchy, and a Yellow-ish green-ish discharge. Not knowing what it is, i didn some research, and i have not yt found a reliable source. I wont be turing 18 for another 3 months, and I dont want my mom finding out about this stuff. So If anyone can PLEASEEE HELP ME OUT, It will be greatly apprietiated:) Thank you. You can Email me at CherryCoke_09***@****
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hey people i found out its just the under wear girls and women wear its the the clothing you wear
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its the under wear girls and women wear the gives the color discharge it gives you allergys (allergies)
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Someone please help me.

When I was younger I had so many UTIs. In my life I think I've had about 50. FIFTY.

I'm in college now and have been getting UTIs every month since May (it's now October). I don't get it. I've had a steady boyfriend for seven months and was taking birth control (Portia) regularly. Last month I had a terrible UTI and I decided to get a urologist. They did an ultrasound to make sure nothing was abnormal: results said I was fine. My next UTI I sent a culture: negative.

I thought I had a yeast infection because there was swelling, itching, and burning during urination. I was tested for STDs: negative. I tried treating myself for a yeast infection: Fail. The last three or four UTI "infections" I have been taking Trimeth Sulfa, which seems to work but the symptoms reoccur every time I have sex.

I've tried taking preventative pills: Fail. Just last week there has been serious swelling and (grossly) chunky yellowish discharge that is not normal for me. But everything has been coming back negative. What's wrong with me?
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This is happening to me as well!
Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex which is normal for us but the next day I noticed that I had heavy discharge. I always have a little discharge and it's usually clearish as this was but what was unusual was that the amount... I would sit on the toilet and it would spill out of me. Only once was it slightly "clumpy" and cottage cheese like. Maybe after 2 days of heavy, clearish discharge it started to turn yellowish/greenish and by now I've noticed a horrifying fishy smell that is very strong. It's almost been a week now but today I got a yeast infection kit but when I was reading the instructions it clearly said "if yellow/green discharge of fowel "fishy" Oder please seek medical attention"
Im scared. Not only is all this happening but I'm itchy, and I have noticed bumps.
It's so uncomfortable. I don't know how to tell my boyfriend and my mom won't take me to the doctor or give me her insurance card. I'm 17
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It sounds more like a water infection than anything to do with the reproductive organs. Visit your doctor again and explain the pain during urination, it's extremely common for women to gain this multiple times due to our small urethra allowing easy access to bacteria, although males can sometimes get it too. Medication can completely clear the infection within 3 days. Hope this helps :)
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Be sure you are tested for the Herpes virus as this is not actually a part of a standard STD test...it has to be specifically requested and a blood test is accurate to determine if you indeed have this infection. I suggest getting tested for this asap, so this is ruled out as a possibility.
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asdfghjkl2, you most likely have BV
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Ok I have yellow discharge painful swelling burns when I urinate sometimes hurts when I walk even at time is worse after sex have no smell and some harp pains in my lower stomach and lower back ache but all my test came back negative...what couldn't be? Year med didn't help and I am now trying over the counter bv med...
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I am just about sick and tired of this problem , been doctors and have been told exactly the same as every body else who has written something on this web site .. If anyone has any full on answers to this problem then please, please tell me . It's driving me crazy ..
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I just went to the doctor for this today, and I found out that I have a bacterial infection AND a yeast infection at the same time. She looked really hard for trich but didn't find any, so don't worry. Go to the Dr, if you can't afford to go to  Planned Parenthood, its free. Dr. Gave me a weeks worth of pills for the BV and a single dose pill for the yeastie. Its not working yet of course, and I can hardly wait. Soooo uncomfortable and itchy, and the discharge is disgusting. I have the same symptoms as you, so go to the DR.
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I am having those similar problems exept mine burns super bad when i pee but the opening of my vagina just feels swollen and irritated it hurts when i set or walk. and have a little of a reddish white discharge.
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