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I have vaginal discomfort. Not sure what it could be. It is the only symptom.

By Anonymous April 2, 2010 - 5:53pm
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I recently became sexually active, about three weeks ago. My husband and I have been separated for about two years, so it had been a long time. I started feeling a little pain/discomfort and figured it was because it had been so long. A couple days later, pain with urination, small amount of blood when I urinate, burning sensation. So I treated this as a UTI. I drank a ton of water, took some airborne for my immune system. I felt better a few days later so I stopped the program. Two days later it came back. This time I went for a week. Water and airborne. Then for two days more, I took a UTI supplement with d mannose powder that I bought at whole foods. UTI was cleared. Now I just have this persistant irritation. Don't know what it could be or what I should do.

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I had to comment on this since your situation is very similar to situation my daughter just experienced. My daughter was having the same symptoms and had also just recently become sexually active. I knew from her symptoms it was either a yeast infection or UTI. I started her on an otc yeast infection cream and got her to the doctor. With a urine test, we confirmed it was UTI and they started her on antibiotics but the doctor said it's good she had started the yeast infection because very often the antibiotics will cause a yeast infection. It's helpful to know there are otc natural options to combat UTI. That being said once you get rid of the UTI, the ph balance in your uterus is off and a yeast infection often follows. I would be curious to what other otc natural supplements there are out there for both UTI and yeast infections?

April 4, 2010 - 10:43am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - The following article provides information on several natural treatments for UTIs: http://www.empowher.com/community/share/natural-treatment-urinary-tract-infection-uti

April 5, 2010 - 5:46pm
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I will. I am hoping and praying for good news.

April 3, 2010 - 12:35pm
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Thank you for responding. Could you please keep us updated on your pap results? This may be something that other women are experiencing as well and your story may help others also dealing with the same symptom.

April 3, 2010 - 8:24am
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thanks. I did go to a doctor once I had self treated and diagnosed for UTI. Dr said urine was clear. Nothing in the office test. I am still waiting for pap test results monday. I wish I could have talked to the dr. a little more.

April 3, 2010 - 7:35am
HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thanks for your question and welcome! I'm sorry you've been having this kind of discomfort.

UTIs are quite common after sexual activity. Some women need to take a mild antibiotic after sex to prevent a UTI.

Did you self diagnose your UTI and self medicate or see a doctor?

I'm glad to see the natural methods you took worked, at least the burning during urination/bleeding. You may want to drink cranberry juice every day for optimal urinary health.

Since you still have irritation, there is also a possibility that you have some kind of infection. It may or may not be sexually transmitted. I think it's a good idea to have yourself checked out a clinic to rule out an infection, especially since the symptom is not going away. It's also a possibility that you have a yeast infection or a fungal infection.

Can you get to a clinic or a doctor?

April 3, 2010 - 6:14am
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