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    Feb 2005
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    Does Bacterial Vaginosis have similar symptoms to IC?

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    Just a question. Since I have not been "officially" diagnosed with IC, I am still in a little bit of hopeful denial. Since all my symptoms of pain and frequency and buring discomfort started, I have noticed a strange smell (sorry) when I pee and in my undies when I take tham off. NEVER had that smell before. I called the gyno on friday and she said that maybe it was Bacterial Vaginosis. if it is...could THAT be the cause of this pain and frequency and buring..not IC???

    If anyone has any experience with BV please let me know what you think. THANKS!

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    ICN Member vm's Avatar
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    I have had BV several times in my life pre-IC and with IC. Before I had IC and had BV it didn't feel at all like IC --- it was itchy and I had burning. I think it can cause some urinary symptoms, but I think they are generally pretty mild??? I could be wrong.

    When I have had it with IC it did make my IC flare up.

    Diagnosed August 2001

    Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)

    Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

    I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.


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    BV has a gray discharge(thick in appearance) and smells awful, like dead fish.
    It can be easily treated with Flagyl. Usually doesn't cause any urinary issues per se, but sometimes your labia can get so irritated that it does hurt to urinate.

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