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Can't stop with postpartum infections

I'm about to turn 25, and my daughter just turned three in August. She was a big baby, at 9lbs 7oz (and I'm 5'6" and 130lbs), born vaginally at 40weeks 1day and extremely healthy [the only complication in my pregnancy was meconium (not sure of the spelling) present after going into labor.] In the past 3 years I've had countless infections; mostly UTIs, but also yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and bladder infections. As the time passes, they grow slightly more spaced out. In the beginning, I would have them every month, sometimes two at a time. Now I might go three months before I get something. I miscarried twice (back to back) in October and November of 2015, both early at 4 and 6 weeks respectively. I am at my wits end. I can't stay healthy (pretty sure I've got a bladder infection as I type this), I am having to go to the doctor and spend money on those visits and medicine, and it would seem that I can't conceive. This affects my relationship with my husband as it is a huge deterrent for sex, it painful sometimes or impossible at other times. We are very careful, and I am always sure to pee and shower afterwards (puts a real damper on spontaneity). He doesn't want to try to conceive any more because he's afraid for my health and I so desperately want another child. My gynecologist says that our big, healthy 3 year old is proof that I am more than able to bear children but I do not feel as hopeful. I am so tired of being sick, in pain, afraid to have sex with my husband, bloated, uncomfortable, etc. I NEVER had any of these infections prior to giving birth. Please, please, does anyone have advice for me or an idea of what's going on??
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replied January 6th, 2018
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Since you have recurrent fungal infections, bacterial vaginosis and UTIs, it is important to rule out diabetes. Persisting high blood sugar levels can cause recurrent infections.

Also, both partners need to be treated if the female partner has recurrent fungal infections, bacterial vaginosis and UTIs. This is because, in these cases, the male passes the infection to female and is a silent carrier, as the symptoms of these conditions are not very evident in male. Also once the female gets infected, she passes the infection to male. So, it is very necessary to treat both partners at the same time. Also during treatment, it is important to abstain from sex or to use condoms. You both may need a slightly longer treatment than usual and with a combination of drugs, so that drug resistance which could have built due to recurrent treatments can be overcome.

Once you are infection free for some months, you can think of trying to conceive again. Please consult your healthcare provider for further guidance.

This reply to your query is just for education and counseling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit and treatment by a doctor who can examine you. Hope this helped you in making an informed decision about your health. Take care!



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