For as long as I can remember, even before becoming sexually active, I have always had a musty smell down there. I sort of remember the musty smell being there as a child, side note: I have always suspected that I was possibly abused by a family members boyfriend who has history of being extremely physically abusive. I was left a alone with him a few times and remember the bad feelings I had towards certain memories that come up when I think of this man. I also have chopped up memories of being at a doctors office around that time and having to be checked down there. I remember feeling forced to do it and crying my eyes out and feeling like it was not normal, but maybe I am overthinking this. Anyway, I do remember dealing with this for quite sometime. Once I hit puberty it was accompanied with a lot of clear discharge. I remember being in 7th grade and having to wear panty liners because the discharge would go through my pants at school. I have been dealing with it all for so long that I thought it was normal. It wasn’t until I became sexually with my first boyfriend around 17, that I realized it’s an issue. My periods were extremely irregular as a teen. I was always spotting in between periods, cramping, or had brown discharge. Sex was painful to the point where I wanted to cry. All of this went away on its own so I brushed it off. Doctors terrify me and I avoid going at all costs. (Not good, I know, but I associate them with the appointments from when I was a child and I just feel uneasy) I am still with my first boyfriend 11 years later and it wasn’t until last year that I realized I am suffering from reoccurring BV. We had been switching up condom brands to find one that worked for both of us, and that is when I started to notice a fishy odor during and after sex accompanied with a lot of watery discharge. But, when BV symptoms weren’t obvious and present, my discharge would be yellow with a musty smell. This would go back and forth between being clear with musty smell and yellow with musty smell. I also noticed it happening if I had sex right after my period ended. I treated it with Balance Activ gel which seemed to clear it up for the time being, but once my period came I had it again. I also suffered from reoccurring UTI’s that whole year. I realized maybe the burning sensation could be a UTI, but I also read burning when urinating can be BV. Either way, the first day of antibiotics I felt back to normal, of course I continued out my course of antibiotics, but I wonder if I ever even had a UTI. I’m sure being on antibiotics all those times threw me off even more. At this point, I’m just at a loss. I really don’t have sex with my boyfriend anymore because I’m tired of dealing with this problem. When we do have sex I just feel dirty and gross and wonder if there will be an odor present. I always pee directly after sex and shower and I have been doing well on the UTI part but not BV. I recently started taking a cranberry women’s health probiotic for about 3 weeks now. It’s supposed to prevent all types of Vaginal infections. I was having good results with it until I had sex after my period. I guess that would be the trigger. I am thinking that I have it consistently but I don’t notice anything until I have sex since that makes the symptoms noticeable. I have been taking a cranberry women’s health probiotic for about 2-3 weeks now. It is supposed to prevent all types of vaginal infections, I felt like I was doing pretty well on this until I got my period and had sex. My last 2 periods have been irregular, they have been lasting way longer than usual which is quite frustrating. Normally, my cycle is 6 days long whereas now it’s lasting 8-9 days. On the 6th day of my period which should have been the last day, I had unprotected sex, following that I bled light bright red blood for a day, then for the next 3-4 days it was brown discharge. This went away for a little over a week and then I had sex again, came back and with a fishy odor. I am now treating myself with Multi-Gyn Gel twice a day for 5 days. It seems to have completely taken care of the odor inside the vagina but I have had brown discharge for DAYS! And my vulva area has a very faint musty fishy odor to it. I have been applying the gel to there as well. As well as taking my probiotics. I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do anymore. I’m on the last day of this treatment and while the smell is very faint I can still notice it which means BV is still there! I also am sick of wiping and seeing brown discharge. I just want a normal vagina and sex life and period but who knows if this is possible for me.
I guess I’m wondering if this is completely BV or maybe something else?
Does BV also have a musty odor as well as fishy odor? Does BV cause yellow discharge, brown discharge, or irregular periods / spotting / cramping in between periods?
Can it cause reoccurring UTI’s or mild burning when urinating?
Please help! I’m tired of living like this.