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What can I do to restore my vaginal flora after suppositiory use?

By Anonymous November 19, 2010 - 7:26am
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I was diagnosed with vaginal e-coli. I am 6 months pregnant. My doctor has me on my second course of suppositories, which only provide relief for a week or two. What can I do to restore my vaginal flora and avoid another flare-up?

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you could go to your doctor, or local sexual health service for advice. the suppositories may have altered the balance of your vagina and this may be what is causing the smell. im asuming it is different from your usual discharge. washing downstairs with water is the best way to clean that area, avoid using soaps, wipes ect as they can often irritate the sensitive skin and make matters worse. sexual health services should be able to offer you something to restore the PH balance, for now, if you get irritation, put a hand full of salt in the bath with you, or some in a mug and wash the area, this will help to keep it clean and free of infection. also make sure you dry it properly.

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take care.

December 12, 2010 - 12:09pm

Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for your question and for finding EmpowHER. Since you are pregnant, it is important to work with your doctor on finding a solution to your vaginal infections. There is no reason why you can't inform yourself about it though, to help advocate for yourself and discuss options with your doctor.
Here is the Vaginal Infections page for more information. It includes suggested alternative treatments, however as stated, it's important to work with your doctor to avoid harming your pregnancy in any way:
Vaginal Infections
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

November 19, 2010 - 7:38am
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