Mesh Surgery & Yeast Infections

I received an email two days ago from a woman who has done very well after removal surgery but she told me she suffers from continuing yeast infections.  She is not the first woman who has told me this and I realized it may happen to many more women both before and after surgery.  I got busy and upon searching the Internet to try to give her a little help, I learned that it may not be just a yeast infection.

This is the first paragraph and the link will follow.

With many negative outcomes now linked to bacterial vaginosis (BV), it is important that women get tested and treated. But surveys find that the majority of health care professionals don’t routinely test for or treat BV. And yet an estimated 29 percent of women aged 14 to 49 and 50 percent of African American women have BV.

But is it this problem or some other problem?  I found this site explaining the difference between the various types of infections and this is the first paragraph.

Bacterial Vaginosis: Relatively thin, whitish, foul-smelling discharge; little to no discomfort; discharge most common following sexual activity; vaginal pH above 4.5.

Trich: “Fishy” smell, itchiness (potentially from thighs to urethra), frothy yellow-green discharge, labial swelling. Sexually communicated.

Yeast Infection: “Cottage cheese” discharge; burning, itching, or pain related to sexual activity or urination; redness. Most likely in the case of someone with a weakened immune system.

Now you may wonder why this is happening.  When you have mesh in you for so long, causing so many complications, your immune system is affected and the flora in your body is out of balance because of all the drugs you have taken.  The following was written in the same site and it sounds like something that would happen to so many women after mesh removal.

“Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginal infection. For grammatical reasons, some people prefer to call it vaginal bacteriosis. It is not generally considered to be a sexually transmitted infection (see causes below). BV is caused by an imbalance of naturally occurring bacterial flora, and should not be confused with yeast infection (candidiasis), or infection with Trichomonas vaginalis (trichomoniasis) which are not caused by bacteria.”

So what can you do to get treated?  Well a doctor will recommend another drug to relieve it but I read it often comes back within three month.  That makes sense because you are still suffering from all the drugs used for your surgery and now you are adding more.  So I hunted again and found a good place where you can read what is possible naturally.

The first two paragraphs explains a lot and I will provide you with the link for you to decide which way you want to go in helping yourself clear this awful and embarrassing problem.  These are the paragraphs.

A bacterial vaginosis natural remedy can be used, instead of antibiotics, for treatment. When bad bacteria attack a woman’s vagina, many uncomfortable symptoms can be experienced. These include burning, swelling, smelly and unpleasant discharge, soreness, inflammation, urinary discomfort, and pain during sex. Typically, what conventional doctors would recommend would be prescription drugs and creams to deal with these symptoms. However, there are also natural remedies that can help you deal with them.

Naturopathic doctors say that the vagina has its own ecosystem. Both good and bad bacteria can be found in this ecosystem. The good bacteria strains help your body from bad bacteria and other harmful organisms. A bacterial vaginosis natural remedy helps create an environment where bad organisms find difficult to thrive. It also restores the vagina’s normal pH, decrease irritation and inflammation, and do away with the infecting organisms. Still, the success of treating this condition is largely dependent on correctly diagnosing the root cause of the problem.

Every woman has to make her own decision how to tackle a health issue after mesh removal, but remember, if something does not work or you do not want another prescription remedy, look outside the box.
I did a bit more research for you and here are some home remedies women tried.  Now it is up to you.

I hope this helps many of you.

Update. I just received a phone call this morning from a lady who told me she has been having a lot of burning and itching. She is pre-surgery and she emailed Dr. Raz about the problem and he told her to try Lotrimin.  You can read what this over the counter product is here but please check with your doctor before you use anything.  Use this product externally.  Here is a link and you should read the ingredients if you live in another country to find a similar product.  There are also coupons to download from this site. 


  1. Cassy

    I had a bladder sling on August 6 2013. I have had a bacterial infection at least 2 times every month. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on medication and doctors appointments. I’m stuck and feeling really low. I need help.

    1. lavalinda

      Cassy the mesh needs to come out now. This can be serious if you don’t get it removed soon. Go to UCLA and get it out.

  2. kayandshane

    I had the mesh put n in Oct..2012
    Then July 2013 I had the mesh what they could get removed then a sling …..I have had bacterial n yeast infections every mth sometimes 2 times a mth but IRS to the point I can’t afford the Dr bills what should I do ?? Also just had an exam n the Dr could still feel mesh come to find out hubby also feels it during intercourse I’m assuming that’s the pin I’m feeling !!

    1. lavalinda

      kayandshane. You are reaching a dangerous point where antibiotics are not killing the bacteria and they are causing yeast infections. The mesh needs to come out by a good surgeon. Please figure out how to get out to UCLA and see either Dr. Raz, Dr. Kim or Dr. Rodriquez. I know Lisa well and she was in the same position. Read her story. Don’t believe anyone who thinks infections are not serious.

  3. Deb

    From my research, BV is DEFINITELY sexually transmitted and if not treated will eventually eat through the thin membrane of the vagina into any weakened area, such as where mesh has been placed. Once this happens the mesh becomes infected and must be removed asap.

    1. Linda (Post author)

      I agree.

      1. Deborah Smith

        I’m very interested in getting more information on bacterial vaginosis as a sexually transmitted infection and any research or experiences of BV being the cause of mesh removal surgery. I had a mesh infection following an exceptionally stubborn BV infection which resulted in removal. The surgeon perforated my rectum, peritonitis set in and I was in ICU for 8 weeks. I went home with a colostomy bag and have had a dozen reconstructive surgeries since then. I need one now but surgeons don’t seem to want to help as the prognosis doesn’t look real good. However, I’m raising a grandchild and need to get through the next 5 years or so before succumbing to my injuries. My gyn eluded to the fact that this infection (BV) ‘might’ be sexually transmitted but when pressed he backtracked. However as Deb said, my research leads me to believe otherwise. I’m trying to make a definitive connection between the two and would appreciate any and all help. God Bless all Mesh Victims and may He have mercy on the greedy manufacturers of these horrific products. They certainly won’t get it from me. Please contact me if you have more information or you are a survivor of this deadly combination. Thank you.
        Deborah Smith

        1. Linda (Post author)

          I am afraid I don’t have more information, but if someone reads this, perhaps they will.

    2. Anonymous

      I totally disagree with the above statement stating that bacterial vaginosis is and std. I’m a virgin and have been diagnosed with be twice, in a doctor’s office after a sample swab was taken and viewed under the microscope. So please do not spread misinformation.


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