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Bacterial Vaginosis (due to Gardnerella)

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  • Posted By: Maysun
  • February 14, 2007
  • 10:16 PM

I have had this problem since I got into puberty. My sexuologist said by most women it decreases after 25, but that means I still have to wait until then (and who knows if its true for me?), and if I would have a boyfriend I would feel highly insecure about this.

Usually my pH is not very good, so it smells and I have quite a lot of discharge forcing me to use things that you put in your underpants (don't know the word in English, please tell me?). They say this is bad as well so I try to keep it to a minimum but that's quite hard when the result is a feeling of wet underwear.

I do not have sexual intercourse. I only wear non synthetic underwear (cotton for instance). I usually do not wear tight pants.

Things I've tried:
1. antibiotic -> helps wonderfully for two days, but after that it more or less slowly turns to the old situation.
2. putting honey in the vagina.
2. "" coke ""
3. "" yoghurt ""
4. washing it with Lactacyd (several products of them)
5. not washing it with anything except for water (but not inside the vagina)
6. aiming the shower at my vagina
7. shaving/not shaving/more or less shaving
8. going to the gynaecologist and sexuologist -> couldn't help
9. eating lots of yoghurt
10. taking 1000 mg vitamin c with cranberry drinks

What I still could try is:
1. putting tea tree in the vagina
2. trying multivitamin tablets (I have been taking a lot of vitamin C btw) (but I don't have the disciplin to keep taking them, I already take fish oil and iron)

Anymore tips are very welcome...I'm 19 years old, I have had this problem for 6 years and I'm sick of it.

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  • Try getting a probiotic supplement the kind you refrigerate is usually the better quality, you can get these at health food stores, insert two into vagina daily till symptoms go away. But also take orally everyday, even when you don't have symptoms, you need to keep that flora in balance, and it won't often do it on it's own. Also consider using a mild glycerin soap like neutrogena in your female areas. Wear cotton underwear. Use fragrance free detergent. It's not true it goes away after 25, i'm 33 and i'm still prone to it. But since i've been doing all of the above, i've been symptom free for a month now. And I had been getting them every two months. Try and see if it works, I have used Primadophilis Reuteri by Nature's Way available on Vitacost. See how that works!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 09:56 PM
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  • I know a way to keep the ph at 4.5 in your vagina area is to put 1/2 a cup of white vinegar in a tub of water filled only to about waist high...the things you speak of, like putting anything in your vagina, even if it is the right ph is bad for you. Its the same as douching and is not recommended. Eating yougort may be helpful and sitting in a mix of say, the vinegar with water is okay, but direct contact with these things can make you actually produce MORE bacteria. Despite what you may hear. I would be careful but to just keeping your vagina dry, aired out and put nothing directly into your vagina!! The slightest upset can disturb your ph level and create more bacteria. Drinking water helps to flush out the bacteria faster along with a prescribed medication and ive even heard that over the counter yeast cremes HINDER progress of eliminating bacterial infections.:o
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  • No No No...HONEY!!! Honey is sweet. Bacteria feeds on sugar and sweet things. Honey will make it worse..Coke!! ***l no. Coke has sugar. Sugar isnt good. Bacteria feeds on sugar.
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  • Not sure if your issue has been cured but a probiotic and cold pressed coconut oil helps. Also sleep without panties to give your vagina air to breath. Also cut all processes sugars and drink lots of water. In fact wake up in the morning and drink 1-2 liters of water, make a green smoothie and after you shower rub the coconut oil on the vaginal area. Another remedy is Oil of Oregano drops daily up to 500 mg works as well.
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