I've had BV for three months now. I am sick and tired of reading about this infection and only getting it as far as keeping it at bay. I am getting pretty desperate and I am looking for a final solution to this thing.
what have I taken: I was prescribed Metronidazole...it didn't do anything at all. I was then prescribed Clindamycin Phosphate, a localized Anibiotic, that also didn't work. Naturally, I quit the medicinal crap and started looking into homeopathic and herbal remedies. The home remedies have been the most successful.
douched with hydrogen peroxide to keep the discharge at bay.
I have douched with vinegar and baking soda to help lower my ph. (separate from the hydrogen peroxide,of course)
I have used tea tree oil on a tampon and without, as a means to kill the discharge and smell. It has worked greatly but it doesn't allow for my body to naturally fight it off by itself.
I have taken herbal supplements in attempts to "regrow" my original vaginal flora.
I have taken:
regular L.Acidophilus found in yogurt and in tablets. I have taken both. Nothing.
I have taken Jarrow's Fem dophilus, which contains L.rhamnosus and L. reuteri. nothing.
I have taken, Nature's Way Primadophilus, which contains L. Acidophilus, L.rhamnosus, and L.reuteri. nothing
I have used Bio Fem Active gel, which I purchased from the UK to help lower my pH, not only has this not worked but it has allowed for a nice warm damp place for the BV to regrow!
I am now taking Swanson's Fem Flora which contains, L.reuteri, L.rhamnosus, L.acidophilus, L.casei, L.fermentum, Lactococcus, and L.plantarum.
By the way, the stuff listed above are probiotics. I suspect that the antibiotics that I took at first from the dotcor simply worsened my body's chance at repopulating the "good" bacteria.
I am FURIOUS. I WANT AN ANSWER TO GET RID OF THIS AWFUL THING. NO WOMAN SHOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS. IF YOU HAVE AN ANSWER, A SOLUTION, PLEASE TELL ME BECAUSE I CAN'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE!
AND I SWEAR TO EVERYTHING ON THE FACE OF THIS PLANET, DO NOT TELL ME I SHOULDN'T BE DOUCHING, THIS WILL ONLY LEAD ME TO SUSPECT THAT YOU HAVE NEVER EVER HAD BV SO BE QUIET!
Two years ago I was having constant BV issues. No sooner would it clear up, then it would come back again especially in the warmer summer months. I was exercising regularly at the time, I had a steady boyfriend and at first I thought he may have been the cause but then I realized he wasn't to blame. My doctor kept implying that I wasn't keeping myself clean enough which was very frustrating because I knew darn well that wasn't the case. One day I finally decided to stop using tampons. An absolute pain I know but ever since I stopped using them, I've had no more BV problems.
You're very fortunate. Unfortunately for me, I don't use tampons. All the reasons that doctors say MIGHT cause BV are merely speculation. The only thing that they do know is that having multiple partners is somehow linked to BV, that's it. So all this crap about wiping from front to back, no tight under wear, deodorized soaps, tampons...blah blah blah, etc. While they may contribute to BV, that does not mean that that's why you have it. Because all the things I've listed above, I have either done (the good stuff) or have not done (the bad stuff). I mean, I'm not a m*o*o*n, doing harmful things to my body and it really pisses me off when doctors assume the reason I have BV is because I: have many sexua| partners (I have been in a monogamous relationship for 1 yr. Same partner.) I have always kept my vagina clean with regular soap, no douching with perfumes, no tight underwear, no thongs, no tampon usage (aside from the tea tree oil stuff when I got BV), no smoking, no nylon underwear etc. And I still got BV.....
But thank you for sharing your way to a cure. Maybe someone else will read your post and find that not using tampons will work for them. =)
I had bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections for as long as I remember. I tried everything you mentioned in your post to no avail. I even tried boric acid which is a great temporary relief. A few months ago I decided to stop eating eggs and processed foods in the morning. I would eat one/two eggs per day (runny) and I would accompany that with turkey bacon and sometimes bread...I did this breakfast everyday for a long time! For some reason I decided to stop eating the eggs and the bacon and replaced it with chobani yogurts in the morning, That is the only thing I changed in my diet. I am not a vegetarian, I like to eat everything. I have been clear for about two months now. No smell, no discharge, pretty normal, when before it'd be normal for a week and repeat itself.
Everybody is different, this is my experience and my assumption, the eggs were the culprit in my story, at least I think. I am not even sure if that is the reason why they stopped. Whatever the reason, I am happy now and glad that this nightmare is over. Good luck to all the ladies still going through this. I definitely feel your pain!
It sounds like we're going through the exact same thing!!! I've had it for about 4 months now and at first was putting a lot of trust into my doctor and the gels he would prescribe. They work for about 2 or 3 weeks then it comes back. I've been taking Fem Dophilus and thought at first it was helping but.... it's pretty obvious now that it isn't. I've been thinking about doing the hydrogen peroxide thing but read from different people that it causes yeast infections... I'm scared to douche because of that as well. Drinking lime juice diluted with water and a plain dan active yogurt daily was also something I read and may try. My relationship is going south very quickly and I'm more and more depressed. I know I"m going to lose him if this doesn't get figured out... we'v e only been together 6 months!!! 4 of which we've been dealing with this. If you have found something that is working for you, please let me know.
Sorry I took forever to get back to this. I have been using the hydrogen peroxide daily as a means to keep the discharge at bay and the smell. It seems to be the only thing that works. I have found a 12 strain probiotic in hopes of combating this infection from the inside out. I've also tried drinking Pineapple and Aloe vera, which I created at home as a mixture to drink. It tastes awful but you will see less discharge within a few hours.
I have also noticed that diet plays a key roll in BV. I've tried to starve it out with doing just a yogurt diet but, it didn't fully go away.
I ordered some cream from India, called Himalaya v-gel. I'm waiting for it to try it and see if that helps.
So those are my two other plans in mind. I have also read in a lot of places that using Boric acid helps, by inserting it nightly for a week in a capsule. I haven't built up enough courage for that yet but something tells me that will be a last resort.
If I find something that really kicks this BV in the ass I'll let you know. =)
Please, drink cranberry juice. It will clean the walls of your bladder. The smell will be strong at the beginning, since it will be cleaning your bladder. After that you will not have any problems again. Proven!!!
the reason that drinking lime juice helps is because both lemon and lime juice lower your PH. I know it sounds weird, but in researching the low acid diet, one of the foods that came out as low acid was lemon and lime juice, so I use them on my salads along with olive oil for salad dressing. I know vinegar is NOT low acid, it made my BV worse, I tried a lot of different things. douching with vinegar was helpful for a day, but BV is not a vaginal problem, it is a PH problem in your whole body. Try the drinking baking soda on an empty stomach, and implement the low acid diet and this problem will go away, at least it did for me.
hi, i do have BV, u're right coz said my gyno it's about the pH lvl the acidity i lack, thanks, I'll try ur advised. thankyou soooooooooooo much, bcoz my crush lol smelled my BV ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, we're about to date, thankyou thankyou girl ;)
have you tried inserting raw garlic cloves in your vagina try it wash down there scar d peeled garlic nd place it in your vagina do this at night before bed remove in the morning and please don't douche please.treated that like 4 times and it kept coming for better results cut the garlic in half and please note the moment this garlic is in ur region'the taste and smell automatically reaches your mouth please i want you to get better bye..:)
Look im 19, ive had BV since I was 14 years old...I hated smelling myself whenever I would get up from my desk because I knew everyone else could smell it too. I was recently on two different types on supplements (Acidophillius) to get rid of it, because Metronidazolewould make it go away for like 11 hours, the it would come right back. THEY PUT ME ON THAT CRAP 90000 TIMES BEFOREI STARTED USING NATURAL STUFF. let me tell you now, the natural stuff does work but only as a cover up... ive douched with alomost everything used the yogurt and anything else you can think of, while it did help with symptoms it did not get rid of the problem. My mom is a doctor so of course she told me to go to a clinic (which i DID NOT want to do), but since I hada chronic case of bv she suggested that i suggest to my doctor going through suppressive therapy (sounds harsh). So i went back AGAIN and metioned what my mom had told me and my doctor said he'd put me on MetroGel (Metronidazole Gel) I had my doubts because of my terrible experiences with "Metro" but I tried it anyway. I had to insert the gel vaginally everynigh before bedtime for 5 nights and then once a week for 3 months then once a month until you run out of refills (you get 3 extra refills and they come with applicators) I've been doing this for almost 2 months and I am completely free of BV!YAY! I set a reminder in my phone for when i need to insert again and its really easy. i keep it right under my bed so i dont have to get up and risk having some of it slide out or aything and i just lay down... it really works. trust me go to your doctor and ask for MetroGel because you have chronic bv that will only get worse the longer its there. ive had it for 5 years and i'd gotten so used to the discharge i used to naturally put tissue down there to keep the discharge from completely ruining my undies (and mask the smell a little) and i would change the tissue everytime i went to the bathroom.... now i have to get used to just wearing bare panties which i am loving btw. and the cool thing about this Mgel (well kinda nasty but to us chronic suffers its REALLY COOL) in the morning when you get up to pee and you wipe yourself you can see (on the tissue) the Mgel pulling out the discharge! it'll make you smile honestly because its like you are first hand witenessing the Mgel kickin' BV's ASS!!! go back to your doctor just once...if you really wanna get rid of it you'll do it.... oh yea and its cheap too at the pharm. it cost $5
You've been using the MetroGel for 2 months and the BV is gone? Have you stopped taking it? From my understanding, a lot of women say that this gel works, but for only as long as you keep taking it. Is that my final solution, taking an artificial cure for the rest of my life? I have also read that women who continue to take MetroGel for a long period of time discovered that the BV becomes resistant to MetroGel, forcing some woman back to the market for something that will eliminate this infection.
I'm not say that what you wrote didn't pique my interests but as my screen name implies, I hate the pharmaceutical industry and am very leery(who am I kidding, I avoid like the plague) of localized Antibiotics.
Please get back to me when you stop taking the MetroGel for a few months.
hmmmm, this doesn't sound like what I have BUT I wanted to ask you about the honey. what kind of honey can be used? The thing is, BV feeds off of sugar, so I've been afraid to try anything with Honey. I also wanted to know if there was a specific grade of honey I would have to use? I was surprised to read that Honey naturally releases low levels of Hydrogen Peroxide. I knew that it was an antibacterial but now your post has got me thinking of one more thing to try. Please write back. And thank you for your information, I hope it works, at the very least it was very informative.
Wouldn't you like to be free of BV without having to constantly put something in your vagina? Because one, you are putting a drug into yourself constantly, which has side affects. And two, that isn't freedom. You are tie to this drug for the rest of your life, which is EXACTLY what the makers of it want. Wouldn't you rather be FREE of discharge and embarrassing odor without having to do anything but eat right?
I am here to tell you that freedom really is possible.
Because BV is not a problem with your vagina at all, it is a problem with your body's PH. Now I know your Mom is a doctor so you may not want to hear what I have to say, but doctors do not know this because they are taught drugs are the magic cure all. Doctors are only as knowledgeable as their education and medical school do NOT teach nutrition, they teach drugs.
The reason for this is that pharmaceutical company fund and control medical schools. So I will tell you my story and you can decide for yourself if it is for you. But I am a recovered BV sufferer. It almost destroyed my marriage.
So I decided to do my own research and what is found is that BV is the result of your body having too high of a PH.
Your body, not your vagina. It is manifested in your vagina, but the problem can't be fixed there because the problem doesn't start there. The problem is that the american diet is way too acidic because it is grain based.
The only food that actually lowers your PH is vegetables and our diet is sadly lacking in them. Most people your age don't even like them and don't eat them hardly at all. But one thing I found out all by myself is that drinking baking soda water is also very affective at lowering your PH.
So what I did was I started drinking a glass of baking soda water first thing when I got up, and right before I go to bed at night.
Now you have to do this carefully. You only want to drink baking soda water (8 oz of water with 1/2 a tsp of baking soda) on an empty stomach. This is very important. If you drink baking soda water with food in your stomach it interferes with your digestion and this is very harmful and can cause other problems, So only drink it an hour before you eat something, or 4 hours after, longer if it is a really big meal.
But I did this religiously for a month and had no BV. But that still didn't fix my diet. So I had to research online the low acid diet. Now I don't mean you have to become a vegan, far from it.
Vegan diets are too grain based. Yes even whole grains are acidic, it doesn't matter how healthy they make it sound. Yes all grains, wheat, rice, oats, all grains.
Again I don't mean you have to give them up completely, just make sure you eat more vegetables than you do an acidic food like grains, sugars (including fruit) and meat and dairy (all very acidic). It's no wonder so many women suffer from this problem, look how acidic our diets are? Men are also too acidic, but obviously they don't have vaginas so it probable affects them too, but in less obvious ways. Probably something to do with heart disease no doubt.
Anyway, The best way I found to get large quantities of vegetables that was acceptable to me was salads. I love big salads with lots of different vegetables in them. I eat organic because I also believe toxins play a role in BV and all diseases. so for every meal, even breakfast, I have a large salad with lots of vegetables in it, and a small amount of organic meat. Dairy is extremely acidic, and I felt so much better after cutting it out of my diet, that I stuck with that.
Alcohol is EXTREMELY acidic. I know you are only 19, but chances are that you have had at least wine. A single glass of wine will produce a slight smell in my discharge in the morning.
So on the rare occasion that I drink alcohol, I chase it with a glass of baking soda water. Which not only helps with the PH but with the hangover as well lol.
So there you go, that is what cured my BV. I make sure I eat more vegetables than anything else at every meal, I cut out Sugar and dairy and grains, I use baking soda water when I fall short of that.
After a month of using the baking soda water, I was able to stop taking it every day and now my diet controls my PH again.
No more douching, no more antibiotics or creams, I do take folic acid and a probiotic because they can only help, but I don't believe you can rely totally on supplements, you have to change your diet.
I hope something I said makes sense and good health to you.
Hi. I'm 19 years old I have been suffering with bv on an off for a year now. Iv been with the same guy during this and it first started when me and him first got together. I do however have herpes type 1. Other than that I'm clean. I have taken antibiotics over and over but it just comes back now I feel as tho I'm ammuned. I just got done taking flaygl again I don't think it worked. I read about your baking soda and changing your diet. I'm going to do this. Fingers crossed that it works. Dealing with this is very depressing and I don't want it to cause stress to my relationship. I don't see myself getting the fishy smell mostly the white discharge and sometimes sour smell. Anything else you can add to this baking soda idea? How long have you been cured and how long till you saw results ?
Ok, so to all the ladies who've commented. I hope this helps. Actually this is a little funny and weird, I don't know what helped but here's what I've done.
So earlier today I inserted this yogurt called Bio-K Plus CL1285 in my vagina. and HOLY COW, the yogurt destroyed all the white discharge. It took place within an hour. I was also eating this yogurt and I will continue to do so if this is the key. The small 2 oz, bottle is $3.99 by me. I would consider that very expensive in comparison to the big containers of dannon and what not.
In addition to this yogurt I was drinking Garlic tea. I have read in several places that Garlic is one of nature's most powerful antibiotics and antimicrobials. I bought raw garlic ($1 for a cluster) and was steeping it in hot water to make a tea at least twice a day.
The last three things I was taking...I'm not sure if they were working for me but I'll continue to take them in tandem with the stuff above. I purchased this gel called Himalaya gel or V-gel $28.99 for 3 as a bundle (worth it cause the tubes are small). It's a gel made in India that specializes in attacking and preventing BV or other types of Vaginitis.
I started taking the Nature's way Primadophilus again.
I also purchased this herbal pill called vH Essentials it was $ 8.99 for 60 capsules, another product that specializes in attacking BV internally.
While taking all these things I have been on a strong regiment of multi-vitamins, folic acid, B-6, Flax seed oil, and Fish oil gel caps.
Ladies, within 2 days I have seen major changes in my body and I will continue this routine for another 2wks. I understand that this is an infection and my biggest concern has always been my cervix. Once I test for my pH and monitor my discharge, if I'm free of all of it, I'll post again.
In the meantime I hope that what I've written here has helped another woman who is looking for answers like myself.