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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 hook09, Community Member, asks

Q: Are vaginal bacteria infections contagious? Why am I getting them?

I've had bacterial infections once every month for the past three months. This time there is not much discharge, just odor. I'm on birth control, and my period only lasted one day. Could something else be wrong? I also have a sharp pain on my right, lower stomach; could something be wrong with my ovaries?

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Paul, Community Member
11/10/09 1:33pm

As far as the pain, this is a signal for you to have a pelvic exam by your gynecologist and try to find out the source. It could be a growth in your ovaries but it may be any number of causes and only a good examination stands a chance of finding the cause. Whether this contributes to your rash of infection could be determined, possibly.

What does your doctor say about these?


Bacterial infections seem to regularly plague certain women, they seem more susceptible to infection. All you can really do is try to keep the area normal, not use douches or try to keep it super clean, just wash regularly, don't use any products not necessary, try to stay dry without tight clothing, use cotton panties, some women and medical people advise eating yogurt, drinking cranberry juice.

Try not to use anything for a while in that area, assuming you were to begin with,, and if the infections disappear, you can try adding back what you may have been using one at a time and going a few to see what happens.



MoGuy47, Community Member
11/11/09 10:26am

Are you wearing thongs?  These are not really healthy for women.  Often referred to as "butt floss", the description explains the problem.  It transfers anal issues into the vagina.  Thongs are a big female health problem as thongs become more popular.

James Leary, Editor
8/13/14 5:11pm



I'm not a doctor and cna't diagnose you, but Paul's advice is good regarding the yeast infections.  More concerning is the abdominal pain.  I see that it has been a while, so have you had a chance to visit the doctor?  Did you find any relief from the pain?  If so, please consider returning to the site and letting us know how you are doing.  I'm sure your experience can be of great help to others on the site.


All the best,



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By hook09, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/10/14, First Published: 11/10/09