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Subject: Hysterectomy
Category: Health
Asked by: rochell-ga
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Posted: 13 Jul 2004 19:37 PDT
Expires: 12 Aug 2004 19:37 PDT
Question ID: 373790
Hi I have been having several yeast infections with an "odor" for
almost 10 years. I have seen several doctors and have taken several
medications. I am almost 25 years of age a "virgin" and I cant believe
that I am a victim of this horrible vaginal infection. I wanted to
know would I be eligible for a hysterectomy to solve this problem.
Would it solve my problem? Doctors could not help me nor over the
counter meds that I have been taken for years. I dont want to have to
do this but if a Hysterectomy means no more discharge and that foul
odor I will do it without given it a second thought.
Subject: Re: Hysterectomy
Answered By: librariankt-ga on 16 Jul 2004 11:59 PDT
Hi Rochell,

Yeast infections can be a real pain, especially if they are recurrent.
 As my colleagues have pointed out below, a yeast infection affects
the vaginal area, not the uterus and cervix - so having those removed
via a hysterectomy will not solve your problem.  Sorry!

A yeast infection is caused by a fungus called Candidia albicans. 
Everyone has a little bit of yeast on their bodies - the problem is
when that yeast multiplies out of control because of some change in
their environment (you) that makes them really happy.  Bacterial
vaginosis (as mentioned by Corwin) is not technically a yeast
infection, but is a different type of vaginal infection.  It has to be
treated with antibiotics, and is usually transmitted through sexual

I've found some good websites that I think will help you explore some
non-medical options for controlling your infections.  Since high blood
sugar is an indication of chronic problems with yeast infections, you
might want to be tested for diabetes.  You also should try to lower
your stress, avoid antibiotics except when absolutely necessary, and
wear cotton undies and avoid tight, synthetic clothing "down there". 
Hormone pills (including "The Pill") may also contribute to outbreaks. Vaginal Yeast Infections

TeensHealth: Vaginal Yeast Infections
This is actually aimed at people about 5-10 years younger than you,
but I for one found it rather comforting and straightforward about

Bacterial vaginosis (as mentioned by Corwin) is not technically a
yeast infection, but is a different type of vaginal infection.  It has
to be treated with antibiotics, and is usually transmitted through
sexual contact.  Here's a site that addresses the main causes of
vaginitis (infection of the vagina):
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Vaginitis Due
to Vaginal Infections

These sites were found using the MedlinePlus consumer health system
from the National Library of Medicine (  I did a
search for "yeast infections".  Please let me know if I can help you

Subject: Re: Hysterectomy
From: corwin02-ga on 13 Jul 2004 19:56 PDT
ok first a few words of caution 
- I am not a medical doctor
- I am not an official google researcher

Ok first of all a hysterectomy will NOT do anything for your yeats
infection , all it will do is

- make it impossible for you to have children 
- put you in menopause at age 25
- loss of energy
- change of personality
- irratibility
- loss of sexual desire 
- bowel problems
- loss of short term memory 
- sever loss of lubrication in the entire body (quite simply you dry out)

Now back to yeast infections 

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginitis
symptoms among women of childbearing age. Previously called
nonspecific vaginitis or Gardnerella-associated vaginitis, BV is
associated a change in the vaginal ecosystem. This imbalance,
including pH changes, occurs when different types of bacteria
outnumber the normal ones. Instead of Lactobacillus bacteria being the
most numerous, increased numbers of organisms such as Gardnerella
vaginalis, Bacteroides, Mobiluncus, and Mycoplasma hominis are found
in the vaginas of women with BV. Investigators are studying the role
that each of these microbes may play in causing BV, but they do not
yet understand the role of sexual activity in developing BV.Douching
may increase the risk of acquiring bacterial vaginosis.

Usually a yeast infection is triggerd by 
- being too clean with your private parts (like douching frequently or
even wash them with soap)
- using perfume on your private parts or deodorants , 
- the use of broad spectrum antibiotics.
- wearing nylon panties without a cotton crotch or without an inlay 
- prolonged use of tampons
- shaving with unclean blades to close to the vagina entrance
Subject: Re: Hysterectomy
From: kriswrite-ga on 14 Jul 2004 07:43 PDT
Corwin is right on. I would add at least one thing to the list of
yeast-infection-causing things and that is wearing clothing
(especially jeans) that are tight.

Subject: Re: Hysterectomy
From: crabcakes-ga on 14 Jul 2004 09:18 PDT
Have you been prescribed antibiotics for another condition, such as as
an ear infection, bronchitis, etc.? Taking oral antibiotics often
provokes a vaginal yeast infection, as the antibiotic destroys all the
normal flora that normally keeps yeast in check.

Have you been checked for a yeast infection? Are you sure it's yeast
and not Gardnerella vaginalis or a trichomonas infection? If you DO
have a yeast infection, you must finish any course of medicine the
doctor prescribes. Typically recurring yeast infections are a result
of a patient not finishing the entire course of medication/vaginal
creams. Many patients, upon feeling better, abandon the medication,
allowing the infection to return.

By the way, having a hysterectomy at 25 would not put you in early
menopause, change your personality, diminish your sex drive, cause
bowel problems, make you irritable, or "dry" you out, unless your
ovaries are removed as well. Today, ovaries are typically left in
place, barring a good reason to remove them, to prevent early

Still, a hysterectomy at your age is a drastic cure for a vaginal
infection, and not recommended. Please have a complete gynecological
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Subject: Re: Hysterectomy
From: corwin02-ga on 14 Jul 2004 11:57 PDT
Just to prove my point 

Hysterectomies have been shown to have side effects such as sexual
deficits (including a decrease in libido and sexual pleasure),
acceleration of cardiovascular and bone disease, and more rapid aging.
To alleviate some of these side effects, doctors will at times
prescribe hormone replacement therapy. Women who have undergone a
simple hysterectomy (leaving the ovaries intact) are found to have a
three times higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than
women who had not undergone a hysterectomy. A recent study suggests
that this may be due to a testosterone deficiency. Testosterone
replacement therapy may improve symptoms of decrease in sexual libido,
sexual pleasure, and sense of wellbeing. It may also serve to build
stronger bones and may protect cardiovascular health. However,
testosterone therapy is controversial and has not been shown
conclusively to have an effect in alleviating these side effects.

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