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    I have had the frequent urge to urinate for the past three years with little accomplishment. I am on my third doctor. I have had three cystoscopes and have tried elmiron, anatriptalyne (sp?), enablex, vesicare, installations, probiotic, estrace cream, prelief, diet alterations, you name it and very little relief. I have no pain or burning, just a constant feeling of having to urinate. I just recently switched doctors and am seeing a uro/gyn. He did my third cystoscope and saw extreme infalmmation at the top of my urethra (where is connects to the bladder) with one polyp, and the base of my bladder was very red and he said this is what was causing the frequency. I was happy to finally find some evidence of why i was feeling this way, but still frusterated about not knowing the cause. He put me on macrobid for three months (100mg), just prescribed me detrol LA, and I am seeing a pelvic floor therapist for muscle spasms. One docotor suggested that this might be an low estrogen issue because the vulva of my vagina is ver red, but not painsful, with mild itching. So my docotor prescribed an estrogen cream to try...I'm only 26....does this sounds right? Has anyone ever had success applying estrogen cream and this reducing urethra problems as well as redness and itching? Let me know if you have any information. thanks!

  • #2
    I was also put on an estrogen cream a couple weeks ago, Premarin, and used for two weeks. Did not see any improvement, but I am still not convinced that I do not have a yeast infection or vulvodynia. I also have mild itching. Does your seem a little sore and when you have a flare it gets worse? I have also noticed that mine looks swollen.
    Diagnosed with IC - March 2007
    Diagnosed with vulvodynia - June 2007
    -Lots of prayer
    -Taking Elmiron and Hydroxzine (stoppped because of pregnancy)
    -Taking Prelief as needed (stopped because of pregnancy)
    -IC diet

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    • #3
      I am not sore but it does tend to get a little more itchy and red when my urethra is flaring. My first gyno tested me for yeast and it came back negative, but gave me diflucan anyway. The Uro/Gyn I am seeing now is convinced it is a yeast infection (even though i know its not) and he tested me for the classic yeast infection, and then also swabbed and has been doing a 60 day culture..apparently there is another kind of yeast that can exist and diflucan does not get rid of it....has anyone heard of this? Taking 60 days to culture? Just wondering because I havent! Anyway, both decided to put me on an estrogen cream because i have a red swollen volva with mild itching but NO pain!....feel like this mystery is never going to end...

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      • #4
        Estrogen cream can take six to eight weeks to do have much effect.

        Donna
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        • #5
          I would love to hear more abou the 60-day yeast culture ...I have chronic yeast infections and the cultures always come negative. My doctr who is specialist in infectious deseases said that you can have a negative culture and still have yeast overgrowth which after a while, starts to damage the vulvar skin.
          Please share more about the 60 day culture, b/c I never had one that period of time. Since mine come always negative, we never know which type of yeast strain is. Itis resitant to diflucan (better: it became resistant to diflucan)

          ESTROGEN CREAM & Yeast: Please discuss with the docotr prescribing estrogen the following: Per book on vulvodynia by Glazer "estrogem cream should not be used in the presence of an active yeast infection b/c estrogen supports the growth of yeast."
          Last edited by Angeles; 04-29-2007, 10:05 AM.
          Laser cervical surgery after abnormal pap (moderate dysplasia) in 3/2004
          UTIs since mid 2004
          Recurrent yeast infections since mid 2005
          IC dx 3/2006
          V V dx 12/2006
          Other conditions: IBS, allergies, dry eyes.


          Current IC medications:
          Elavil (since 12/06) 10 mg;
          Cysta Q (since 5/07)
          Rephresh acid jel every 3 days
          D-mannose, fish oil, Calcium Citrate, Multivitamins & garlic pills (sometimes)
          Probiotics Femdophilus or other brands
          Gy-Na-Tren for yeast infections (started using it as needed since 2010)
          Other Rx:Omeprazole 20mg; benadryl as needed, Restasis


          Past Meds and why I stopped them:
          Elmiron: March to September 2006: headaches
          Lyrica:2 weeks in 2006: headaches
          Cystoprotek: from Jan to April 2007: nausea

          Femcon Fe (2/07 to 10/07):caused spotting/bleeding
          BCP:Loestrin (since Ocotber 2007) to stop spotting for 2 months. V V worse. Stopped the pill in Nov 07.


          "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it"

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          • #6
            I will get some more information about the culture this week, I go back in for some PFT and to try out the urethral inserts. I just know he told me that it could be a different strain that is resistant to diflucan and it takes 60 days to culture...still baffled by the time frame, but I should be getting the results sometime in the next two weeks i would think. But I will definitely let you know!

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            • #7
              could there be a connecten between hormones and the flare ups of IC, and the development of IC, with hormones? Like our bodies doesn't produce enough estrogen, and that could contribute, and why it effects females way, way more than males, as females need it more, for development.

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              • #8
                I have vulvar vestibulitis.Initially, I used estrace cream nightly for a month. Now it's 2x a week or as needed...getting of birth control really helped as well. The vv is pretty much under control with these therapies.

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                • #9
                  Can anyone please tell me if you can or can use estrogen cream if you have yeast overgrowth...I struggle with yeast and read that estogrem crean shoudl not be used if you have a yeast infection...
                  I'd like to know more about the connection b/t the 2.
                  It is soemthing that I haven't treid and heard it helps...however I'm 35 yrs old , does age matters?
                  Laser cervical surgery after abnormal pap (moderate dysplasia) in 3/2004
                  UTIs since mid 2004
                  Recurrent yeast infections since mid 2005
                  IC dx 3/2006
                  V V dx 12/2006
                  Other conditions: IBS, allergies, dry eyes.


                  Current IC medications:
                  Elavil (since 12/06) 10 mg;
                  Cysta Q (since 5/07)
                  Rephresh acid jel every 3 days
                  D-mannose, fish oil, Calcium Citrate, Multivitamins & garlic pills (sometimes)
                  Probiotics Femdophilus or other brands
                  Gy-Na-Tren for yeast infections (started using it as needed since 2010)
                  Other Rx:Omeprazole 20mg; benadryl as needed, Restasis


                  Past Meds and why I stopped them:
                  Elmiron: March to September 2006: headaches
                  Lyrica:2 weeks in 2006: headaches
                  Cystoprotek: from Jan to April 2007: nausea

                  Femcon Fe (2/07 to 10/07):caused spotting/bleeding
                  BCP:Loestrin (since Ocotber 2007) to stop spotting for 2 months. V V worse. Stopped the pill in Nov 07.


                  "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it"

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