barbie86 Posted: 31/10/2010 14:36
The swollen glands and ulcers could indicate a deficient immune system, so this could be why you're getting recurrent vaginal infections; I personally would go back to your doctor and ask for some more tests. I would also get a full STD check, as sometimes they only test for chlamydia, which is fine, but there are dozens more STIs out there which should also be ruled out if you've had unprotected sex; I get tested for everything from chlamydia to gonnorhea, to HIV when I go.
Otherwise, some women are just prone to infections like thrush; some contraceptives can make you more prone to thrush as they can change the ph level of the vagina, so you could perhaps consider switching pill to see if this makes a difference. Otherwise, you should always avoid tight underwear/clothing (eg tight jeans) and stick to cotton knickers as they let the skin breathe. Avoid using any scented products anywhere near your vagina. If you do get thrush, your boyfriend MUST be treated too, otherwise he can pass it back to you, and you should avoid intercourse until your symptoms have cleared.
If you're very concerned, you might want to see a gynaecologist to reassure you that everything is OK. I have to say I wouldn't be unduly concerned about getting it 2 to 3 times a year as this is quite common, but obviously it's a good idea to make sure you've had all tests. Also, when you next get symptoms you really do need to see your doctor as they can do a swab to make sure it definitely IS thrush.
Lee26 Posted: 30/10/2010 01:07
I'm 24 years old, and when I was 18 I was diagnosed with chlamydia, got antibiotics and that was that, no further check up to see it was gone (I see from reading discussions this is what should happen?) I had no symptoms, just went to get checked out having been irresponsible a couple of times, being on the pill, contraception doesn't seem to be such a priority at the time(though we are educated in STI's and the importance of safe sex, my age group, as far as I see, disregard them as something that will not happen to them, just like pregnancy). I know this is a completely irresponsible attitude but when it came to telling my boyfriend, I couldn't do it and just ended up with him again. I cant believe how stupid I was, but at the time I was depresssed, had low self esteem and would get drunk to forget it all. Anyway... eventually ended up going out with a friend, and after months of guilt, told him about it all, and we went for a check up together. This was all clear, which confused me as I was sure I had reinfected myself and passed it onto him, though I was relieved at the time, I now wonder if chlamydia can go unnoticed in these tests, or does it lie dormant, or just plain go away? The reason I'm asking all this (I am with that same boyfriend now since that time) is because from time to time, I get itching down below and patches of raw skin (thats the best I can describe it), yet my boyfriend never has any symptoms of anything(I am aware that STI's can have no symptoms). I think it could be just thrush, I use canesten when this happens and this seems to make it go away, yet its something that always seems to come back maybe 2 or 3 times a year. The reason I don't speak to my doctor about this is because I have a few other complaints, and I'm starting to feeel like a hypochondriac because I've been tested for lots of things that have all come back negative. I often get pains in my joints, swollen glands, recurrent mouth ulcers and I tend to get depressed a lot too. I've also lost my job and now I'm very short tempered, moody and find it hard to be positive. I don't know what I expect from posting this, but thought maybe I would get some useful advice. I'm sure a lot of you think lowly of me, but in all honesty I'm probably one of the more responsible ones of my generation, believe it or not. I would really appreciate any feedback :)