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.