I am 33 years old and have been struggling with recurrent BV for almost three years. Like many, I had never heard of this condition until my obgyn told me that I had it. I have been treated with antibiotics on three separate occasions, all ending in a yeast infection that was far worse than the BV itself, as well as the reappearance of my symptoms just a few weeks later. My doctor literally said to me after treatment number three that he didn't know what else to tell me, very helpful Doc.
Since then I have turned to home treatment, scouring the internet for information on the condition as well as any potential cures. I have tried several common suggestions, the most effective up until this point being the application of plain yogurt directly to the vagina. Not only was this messy, but the relief was only temporary and the irritation would be back just a few hours later.
At last, I came across a suggested treatment that in all of my research, I had never seen anywhere else, Hydrogen Peroxide. Three cap fulls of Hydrogen Peroxide mixed with three cap fulls of distilled water, inserted into the vagina by way of an oral medicine injector and allowed to immediately flow back out of the vagina, like douching, once daily for seven days. Sounded simple enough, so I gave it it a try and much to my surprise and amazement, it is actually working!
I don't think that I realized the mental and emotional effects that my struggle with BV was having on me until I felt truly normal for the first time in years. I could have done cartwheels I felt so incredible! From what I read, the peroxide (which a normally balanced vagina produces on it's own, by the way) backs down the overgrowth of the BV causing bacteria, allowing the proper environment for the good bacteria to fight back. The peroxide has alleviated my symptoms, but for true balance I also need to increase the good bacteria. To do this, I take Nature's Bounty Acidophilus orally, which contains Lactobacillus, the good stuff.
I have only been doing this for four days, so I cannot say what the future holds, but even the slightest glimpse of normalcy has given me hope. Hope for regaining my confidence, enjoying my sex life again and to go just one day without my vagina's current state entering my mind. This is the only treatment that has brought me true relief in three long years and I felt compelled to share my success. I've read so many posts from fellow women suffering from BV, I hope that this can work for you as well.
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