I'm a 19 year old female. I have had on-and-off vaginal irritation + 'gooey' discharge for as long as I can remember... at least a couple of years back. I went to the gyno for the first time about a month ago, and she told me NOTHING WAS WRONG. She tested me for a yeast infection, BV, and a few STDs (though I was still a virgin) and everything came back negative.
I tried to ignore it, but knew something was still wrong as I was still having flare-ups and the itching can be unbearable. I got married about a week ago -- everything felt fine down there, so we (foolishly) gave it a go. We were fine to have sex for a few days before all hell broke loose.
My husband thought we should try treating it as a yeast infection anyway, so I bought Monistat 3 and prayed it would work. No dice. It relieved me temporarily, but as soon as the medicine was gone, it was back with a fiery vengeance, and THIS TIME I have a 'cheesy' white discharge. I've tried drinking baking soda every morning for a few days, and eating some greek yogurt, but to no avail.
Given my previous experience, I don't consider another trip to the doctor an option. I'd like to try treating this naturally... but I don't know for sure what it is! If it's BV, I will gladly try some of the remedies found on this site (vitamin c, d3, baking soda, greek yogurt etc).
I do have one concern... a lot of women here are suggesting douching with 1-2 hydrogen peroxide - water, then again with apple cider vinegar. I'm pretty nervous about douching, having never done it before, and because I've heard it can push the infection into your ovaries, causing PID. Is this true, and if so, what other way can I successfully treat this awful irritation?
Much thanks to anyone who can offer advice.