thats the prob with MANY doctors now a-days they don't do what they always should...CULTURE IT
yes looking under the microscope helps
it can tell you if you have yeast budding or bacteria
if you have yeast- they can sometimes see it
and if you have "clue cells" that simply is a way of saying- yes there is some abnormal bacteria in there
normally what is common is BV
but there are a PLETHORA of bacteria that can cause imbalance/infections in the vagina- LOTS
and most doctors will also tell you group b strep over growth does NOT cause symptoms, however if you google it or look back on this board youll find plenty of females that GBS overgrowth bothers
I will be honest and tell you- Gardnerella (BV) has nothing on heavy GBS over growth- at least for me
this BV I have is not even that bothersome- a little smelly... a little itchy sometimes/ or just weird watery discharge but for the most part NOTHING
when I had HEAVY overgrowth of GBS I had PAIN- I cant describe it... i just know when I have it, and knock on wood i never get it again
I went through HELL having GBS overgrowth non-stop from sept 2002-Jan 2005
finally after finding this board, and hearing about FEM-DOPHILUS I tried it (Im not a doctor, so im not going to rec it vaginally) but i did use it vaginally and orally, and also a dose of 7 days on the clinda vaginal cream before FEM-D
after that- no symptoms, went back to the doctor for a follow up.... and my GBS was GONE and never returned (Im praying it stays away, which is one reason why Im back on FEM-D and trying to get rid of this BV)
the main symptoms I had with GBS was this weird thick white-ish discharge (similar to BV) and a musty smell... but NOT FISHY, the smell would come and go.... i cant explain it, and of course this weird vulvar pain..not too painful, but annoying enough it bothered me... not as bad a yeast infection symptoms but similar....
and i will say this BV is a pain because I dont like the feeling of being imbalanced...esp since I prob caused it with the garlic inserts being I was so paranoid about the yeast infection i had a few weeks ago
than wallah presto...my first BV infection ever
I was once misdiagnosed with BV- which is how I know about demanding for a culture
when I first had heavy GBS colonization and clue cells and a "weird smell: the doctor just swabbed me, looked under the micro scope and said- oh it's BV...
she failed to culture me..but i knew something wasnt right, so i went back a few days later and DEMANDED a few cultures done..one for yeast, one for bacteria, as well as an STD panel just to be safe...
so i used the metro gel as first directed and waited for my test results,
meanwhile waiting for culture results to come in-which at that time in 2002 took a week...things ended up worse, the GBS grew outta control because simply put the GBS was not happy metro gel was inside of my vagina
the culture results came back in- and the nurse called me frantically saying "STOP USING METRO GEL TODAY!"- YOU DON'T have BV, you have HEAVY OVERGROWTH OF GBS
and than they called me in some ampicillin...
but than the GBS overgrowth kept coming back
and more anti biotic after antibiotic
finally i was fed up
and of course kept getting re-cultured
nothing ever showed up abnormal other than GBS heavy colonization of it
so...def fem-dophilus (vaginally and orally) as well as right before using fem-D clinda cream for 7 nights worked wonders
another reason I think BV came on
was because when i was treating my yeast infection with garlic, I stopped using fem-dophilus.. BAD DECISION
hope this post helps
sorry its rambled
i just have a super long history of GBS colonization (not the normal amount)
and now i am dealing with the dreaded fishy BV- its such an inconvenience...but im glad its not GBS overgrowth
QUOTE(melinda7 @ Sep 27 2010, 09:03 PM)
I don't think they did a thorough culture, because I believe that needs to be sent to the lab. they looked at mine under their microscope and saw clue cells. I am going to ask for a thorough culture next time.
What was your "weird" odor? I'm wondering if I have the same one.
PS - I think I used the same tea tree stuff -- yeast arrest?