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Unread 12-24-2004, 12:56 PM
8 + years post op, need advice

Hi I am new here and am trying to navigate my way looking for answers to some of my questions...have not found them yet so wanted to ask some questions. I am 8+ years post op, VH, still have ovaries. Prior to Hyst. had many laps for adhesions... My issue is that every since my hyst. I have had no interest in intercourse because I seem to have some discharge all the time, usually clear, sometimes a little pinkish...but I always seem to smell horrible! I take 2+ shower a day because I am so self-conscience about this smell! I do think I am having bladder leakage, and that might cause some of the odor, but my vag. always seem to be irritated feeling, like after too much intercourse...but I have been having NO sex, until lately! Now, the next issue...since I have been having lately (my husband is happy!), but I seem to be so lubricated it is insane! I feel like I am dripping! I am sorry and hope this insn't in poor taste, but I hope there is someone else out there who has experienced these things. I have my annual gyn appt in jan, and I was hoping for some direction on the questions I need to ask...how silly is this, I don't even know if I have a cervix or not...??? thanks everyone!
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Unread 12-24-2004, 02:36 PM
8 + years post op, need advice

If you have an odor, it could be bacterial vaginosis (very common). The discharge is not usually pinkish though. Perhaps the vaginal tissue is thinning (happens to everyone as they age) and there's a tiny amount of blood from the irritation from intercourse. Both conditions are treatable with topical creams (different ones)

There really isn't a need to wait until your annual when you have discharge and odor. I would call and they will fit you in.
Unread 12-24-2004, 03:33 PM
8 + years post op, need advice

thanks for the reply. Yes, I do go in and have them check to see if I have a bacterial infection...sometimes yes, sometimes no... this pinkish dischage occurs when there has not been intercourse in months...so I am thinking it's not related to that. I have recently moved to a new town, but when I used to go in an see my old gyn about this and it would be a bacterial infection I would ask him how I keep getting these...his comment was "you just keep reinfecting yourself from your gut..." I am not sure I understand his response - and I was too dazed to followup. Now I am just to the point where this constant odor and bladder leaking is really affecting my life - I want to feel healthy again! Sorry to ramble, it's just frustration. I have been to my current doc. once before and was having the same symptoms. they did a culture and no bacteria present...I am at a loss... thanks
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Unread 12-24-2004, 03:57 PM
8+ years post op, need advice


What your doctor may mean, when he said you keep reinfecting yourself from your gut, is that you may not be wiping correctly, when you go to the bathroom. It's not uncommon, if you wipe from back to front (rather than front to back) to accidentally cause fecal material to perhaps enter the vagina, and that causes a very nasty infection. I'm not sure if its bacterial vaginosis or not, but I have heard of that happening before.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Unread 12-24-2004, 04:56 PM
8 + years post op, need advice

Hi ((((cookie2005)))) and to Hyster Sisters. I'm so sorry you found us because you've been having this on-going problem However, you certainly are in the right place to find the support you've been looking for.

While I haven't been having the problems you're having, I must admit that I am relieved that you are seeing another doctor: hopefully this one will get to the root of the problem.

You mentionned, a few times, that you have bladder leakeage in addition to the vaginal discharge, is the leakage coming from the vagina? If that's the case you could be dealing with a fistula. You'll find lots of references to fistulas in the Bladder Matters Resource Library.

Sending lots of s your way. Please be sure to keep us posted.

BTW, if you had a Vaginal Hyst, it is most likely that you no longer have a cervix.
Unread 12-24-2004, 06:03 PM
8 + years post op, need advice

Hi Dany! thanks for the post. I think the leakage is definitely bladder related (I have become pretty familiar with the smell of urine since my 3 year old started potty training...lol). The vaginal discharge comes and goes. Yes, I am hoping the doc can get to the root of it this next month. I will ask about a fistula. I keep meaning to ask about the cervix, but yes I've heard that with the VH it's most likely gone... guess I should be more familiar with my own body - i'm embarrassed! 40 years old, I should know more!!! thank you!
Unread 12-25-2004, 11:51 AM
8+ years post op, need advice


Cookie, if your doctor didn't tell you, there'd be no way you'd necessarily know exactly what was taken or not taken, or what exactly was done, really.

In my case, I went in to have a myomectomy, knowing that there was a possibility of an abdominal hysterectomy; when I came out, in recovery, I kept asking the nurses whether I'd had a myomectomy or a hysterectomy, since I obviously had an abdominal incision, and the nurses kept telling me I'd had a myomectomy - even the nurse on my floor, when I first asked, stated I'd had a myomectomy.

It wasn't until the next day, when I asked the doctor making rounds which surgery I'd had, that I found out, definitively, that I had, indeed had a hysterectomy. To say it was disconcerting was an understatement, because I wasn't sure how I should be feeling, thinking, etc., not knowing.

I would definitely ask your doctor, next time you go in for an examination, and have them check your chart, and tell you exactly what was done and answer any questions you may still have about your procedure; it's never to late for that. And, of course, including your current symptoms.

I hope you find relief for your current problems.

Best wishes,

Unread 12-25-2004, 01:46 PM
8 + years post op, need advice

thanks. I am going to have all my records sent to my current doc before I go in. This will help him tell me what's going on I hope. I am hoping they can do something about the bladder without surgery. From all I've read on this site in the bladder-related posts, that sounds like the last thing I want to have done. I think there is some type of medication, but I am not sure what all that is about and what the meds are appropriate for, etc... Just seeing a new doc here in Austin scares me, I have been with my other doc for over 20 years and trust him. I have seen the one here once before and he was so non-chalant about everything. Maybe having my full medical file will help... thanks again and merry Christmas!

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