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Good News/Bad News

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  • Posted By: newresearch
  • March 15, 2011
  • 04:19 PM

I have been following this post for a while and have suffered from BV for 20 years. The good news – there is recent research and microbiolgist are studying BV! Unfortunately, little is know about gardnerella (the most common BV causing bacteria). And often there is other anaerobic (no oxygen) bacteria present in women with BV. The bad news – so far there is no cure. Most women have the gardnerella bacteria, but only some develop BV. Recent research has shown that of those with BV, the gardnerella contain an outer coating that make them adhere more easily to the vagina walls. This coating also seems to make the bacteria unaffected by hydrogen peroxide (good bacteria produce hydrogen peroxide (oxygen) that usually make it unable for bad bacteria to survive) and resistant to antibiotics (why metronidazole doesn't work for us). Gardnerella also changes the pH of the vagina, making it difficult for good bacteria to survive. The latest research is focusing on an enzyme based treatment that breaks down this protective coating. I thought this information would help explain why treatments posted (hydrogen peroxide, probiotics, pH changers – vinegar, pHrefresh) work for some people, but not for others. I guess we are left managing the best we can until an affective treatment is found. Sorry it is not necessarily good news, but hopeful that a REAL cure is in the near future. I feel better knowing what is happening to my body and knowing it is not my fault (diet, tight underwear, sex, etc...). Good luck to all. Here is a linking explaining recent research more in depth. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/254342-overview

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