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Complicated question about possibility of pregnancy.

By Anonymous February 9, 2010 - 11:18am
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The first day of my period was January 31st, it was 2-3 days earlier than normal but it lasted the usual number of days with the usual lots of cramping on the first day. On the 4th day of bleeding I had sex with my partner using a male condom. It snapped a small hole on the side but not on the tip and he immediately pulled out. He had not ejaculated but precum is possible. I took my first Yasmin birth control pill of the month but decided to discontinue. I came down with what I think is my first yeast infection on day 6 of my new cycle(I really think it is a yeast infection, the cottage cheese discharge really gives it away). Have been treating with a tampon soaked in oil and a little tea tree oil until I can get to doctor for diagnosis. On day 10 of my new cycle I pulled out the tampon I had in all night to discover faint but distinct darkish/redish tint to the discharge on one side of it(6-7 days between sex and blood). I am quite frightened, could it be implantation bleeding? My cycle is usually 36-37 days, could I have ovulated 4-5 days into my new cycle when I was still bleeding? Could it be the fault of the yeast infection? Could it be the fault of the tea tree oil???

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I am NOT on an oral birth control this month and have not been on any for the last year. Previous use of Yasmin gave me constant headaches and when I woke up in the morning with a pounding skull I knew that I could not stand it for the month.

Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, germicide, antibacterial, and fungicide. It is reccomended as a natural treatment for many things, yeast infection included. Scientists however still say that studies show tea tree oil is inneffective as a yeast infection treament. It's been working very well for me though, it's stopped it from getting worse, relieved the itching, and decreased the swelling. I have a tendancy to turn to herbal remedies before I head to the doctor's office. I have an appointment for Thurdays though, while I'm there I'll be getting STD swabs just for caution's sake.

February 9, 2010 - 1:21pm
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I'm very confused, then, by your comments. Did I offend you?

You said you "took your first Yasmin pill of the month", which makes it sound like you have been taking Yasmin in previous months. I am unsure why you mentioned your use of Yasmin, as you only took a few doses? It takes hormonal birth control 7 days to be at its most effective rate, if that helps.

As I mentioned, I had not heard of tea tree oil as being used for yeast infections, and you said it has been shown to be ineffective.

I'm not sure what your questions are?

Either way, I'm happy to hear that you are going to see your doctor on Thursday. Please let us know how it goes.

February 9, 2010 - 3:27pm

It is very doubtful that you are pregnant, for many reasons. You mentioned you are taking Yasmin...and this alone (if you are taking consistently and correctly every day) is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Using a condom is just a "bonus" for protection against pregnancy.

While you are taking hormonal birth control, you do not ovulate (I can explain more if you're interested).

The blood on the tampon is most likely from leaving the tampon in all night long; there are blood vessels that can slightly burst within the walls of your vagina (it can happen easily, through sex or insertion of a tampon). Your vagina could have been very dry from the overnight tampon, and by removing the tampon, it could have caused a little friction that caused slight spotting. Also, hitting your cervix with the tampon could have caused slight spotting. This is all normal and nothing to be concerned about.

It is important to go to the doctor for a diagnosis of your infection, as an infection could also cause changes in your vagina (possibly leading to spotting).

I am not aware of using tea tree oil to treat a yeast infection, and it could have caused some irritation in your vagina...again, possibly leading to slight spotting.

Has a health care provider recommended using tea tree oil vaginally on a tampon overnight? This does not sound like it is the safest alternative, and it is important to receive a correct diagnosis before beginning any home treatment.

February 9, 2010 - 1:02pm
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