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Heya. I feel really stupid posting this but here goes...
Im 19 and have never been sexualy active in any way...I mean ANY me a prude but hey! lol
So, Iv always had irregular and heavy periods and I cant go on the combind pill to sort them out so the docs gave me the depo jab. Ive had 3 shots of this and was told I would experince heavy bleeding and some spotting for about 2-3 weeks.
3 months after my 3rd jab and I have been bleeding non-stop, really heavily. REALLY heavily! Ive also never been able to ware tampons - hurts WAY to much. Mum said I wasnt putting them in far enough but i really couldnt get them in without been in horrible pain.
Went back to docs today and she wanted to do a swab (sorry if this is getting icky [Frown] ) So she uses one of those little probe things? Which open up in your vigina (also used for cervical smears so im told) It was only a little one and it didnt hurt when she put it in, but once inside it HURT!! Like REALLY BAD! She tried to open it up but I was in tears and had shooting pains alover.
She didnt do the smear because she couldnt open up the thingy but took a sample of blood which was on the tip of the thing and has sent that off. She said that she thinks I've got Bacterial Vaginosis but will have to wait till thursday to be sure...
How did I get this? I know its not an STI but I just dont know and cant find anything to tell me how on earth I got it?
The doc says its also probably why I cant use tampons...makes sense really.
Can any one help? I know I shouldnt be freaking out but i am and im still very tender [Frown]
Sorry for the ramble! Thanks for any advice!

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From our article
The STI Files: Bacterial Vaginosis:
How is it spread? Anytime you introduce different bacteria to the vaginal environment...or such nonsexual activities such as wiping improperly after a bowel movement or the use of antibiotics.
I'm glad you're getting everything looked into and taken care of. That's a very important part of personal health-care that many people neglect, so good on you.

A couple other things: there's no need to feel stupid for asking questions. We're happy to help here, but don't hesitate to ask your doctor to explain anything you don't understand. Also, nothing you've said is "icky" in any way and no one here will call you names like prude for any reason. [Smile] There is absolutely no need to feel uncomfortable about the way your body works, routine health-care procedures, or decisions you have made for yourself.

I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns. --Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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