be warned this likely contains TMI! Of the personal kind!
Had abnormal cells in regularly scheduled Pap in January. At the time I had begun to have a TERRIBLE odor. Dr. said she would run extra tests which I really thought would show a bacterial infection/imbalance. But no...just the abnormal cells.
Pap redone in June, again had abnormal cells. I am now waiting for the appt to test tissue (can't remember what it is called, but you know what I mean, the one where they rip out a piece of you and tell you it might be a 'little uncomfortable' lol)
Anyway, had that done about 15 years ago, and nothing came of it, but this time I am a bit more concerned
The odor has remained although not nearly as bad as when it began in January# I have made the switch to pretty much only wearing cotton undies, as that seems to help, actually, truth is, none at all is best by far. Makes me feel a little trashy, but since I'm a SAHM, I'm not out flashing people!
I have come back to ivillage after many years gone because I'd like some reassurance I suppose I have not goggled this since the odor in January because of what I read then, a bacterial infection/imbalance was by far the best outcome, (and that's not the problem) now two bad paps have me a little afraid. I am hoping someone here will have a personal experience, or a suggestion to help the odor, perhaps it is unrelated, an age thing, a perimenopausal thing?
I am 39, in a committed relationship, no chance of STD, and...how can I say this? Clean, but not obsessively, despite smell, one thing I did read in January was to let my body work for itself, and not to use too much in the way of soaps or deodorants down there. oh and I have tried eating yogurt, not a big fan of the stuff, so it was difficult to make myself eat it everyday without really knowing if it would help, but if someone tells me it will, I am off tothe grocer for more!
I'm such a sharer! TMI? Oh well, hope someone will have some thoughts