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I've been treated for an e coli infection of the vagina (yeah, fun stuff) by two rounds of antibiotics now and I'm still experiencing symptoms.

I don't know much about this kind of infection. Is it possible that it spread further and should I see my doctor for the fifth time for the same infection? I'm getting frustrated.

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At this point, you may consider asking for a second opinion. Also- has the doctor given the same prescription both times? It may b you need a different medication.

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Well, they thought it was a yeast infection the first couple times. I went back, got a prescription, took it. Went back, got same prescription, had allergic reaction. Went back, got different medication, finished it a week ago and my symptoms are back.

Should I go back to the original one final time and see if they can fix me or just transfer? I feel like it's less my gyno's fault and more my body's. I was just worried because I didn't know if I had some strange case they weren't telling me about. I'm also nervous about PID or something.

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It sounds like you have quite a complex health history with ongoing UTIs and vaginal infections. Did you have vaginal swabs taken at some point which picked up E. coli? It would be reasonable to go back to your original doctor or to transfer to a new GYN. But if you do transfer, make sure the new one has access to your old files to know which treatments you've already had and what you're allergic to.

In terms of possible PID, the warning signs for you to look out for include any fevers, chills, general unwellness or nausea, severe abdominal or pelvic pains, pain during sex, or bad smelling vaginal discharge. If you did notice any of those things, you'd want to get in to see your doctor sooner rather than later.

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare."

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