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chronic bacterial vaginosis that won't go away

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 17, 2007
  • 07:56 AM

I am a 34 yr hispanic woman with 3 kids. The first time this problem occured was in 1999. I have gone to numerous gyn's and placed me on all kinds of medications such as, the vaginals gels, pills like flager(something like that) they even had my ex boyfriend on medication and nothing. My doctor place me on the strongest antibotics for 2 weeks and it went away...I was so happy I rejoiced. It came back when medication was all gone. The problem is a thick discharge with a fowel oder and it's embarrsing being around people. While dealing with it, I have to carry extra underwear and baby wipes in my purse. It's going on 8 years already and no one can pin point it and figure it out why it doesn't go away. What really bothers me is the oder :eek:. I have cried, I have prayed and still praying that I get an answer or that the Lord will give revalation & wisdom to a specialist about this problem and who is interested in this case. I have faith and I know this problem will go away and in the meantime :)

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  • Here is what I suggest to you. Please go to a health food store and buy a good quality probiotic in capsule form as well as unsweetened natural yogurt. Take some yogurt and break open two capsules and mix together. Insert this deeply into your vagina at nighttime (and daytime to if you can stand the mess!). If you can also find come cotton pantyliners to wear this will also help. Do this faithfully for at the least two weeks. Meanwhile, take the probiotic orally at least 2-3 times per day. This will all help to rebalance your flora. DON'T DOUCHE AS THIS MAKES THINGS WORSE. Also, throw out your underwear and buy only 100% cotton panties. Don't wear panty hose or anything that constricts that area (if you have to wear hose just cut out the crotch). Lastly check your diet. Cut out all dairy, SUGAR, and bread products. This should keep the yeast overgrowth in check. Unfortunately, antibiotics only temporarily help this condition, and actually make things worse by stripping your vagina of any beneficial flora. Please try this treatment - it's messy, but it works wonders!Hope this helps,Doctor Of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • January 17, 2007
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  • Interesting...I think I will try that too. I have had this problem since I gave birth to my son...over 3 years ago. I thought I had picked something up in the hospital. I am totally faithful to my husband but I still went and got tested for all STD's. I have been completely frustrated, plus I have anal itching that I think is from hemorroids...from pushing my babies out. Sometimes I wake up in the night, completely itchy in both areas. I have gone to a couple Dr's but they don't seem to know what to do and to prevent further embarrassment, I have been trying to just deal with this on my own.I will try the yogurt and probiotic as I am so tired of this. If anyone else has similiar simptoms and ideas, would love to hear them. Thanks
    stella 1 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
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  • Candida overload causes severe anal itching...I have had trouble with this as well. It's awful! If you do a candida cleanse it will help, and try not to eat chocolate, sugar, tomatoes, spicy foods as these make it worse. Two good websites for candida are www.wholeapproach.com and www.candidasupport.org. They are both very helpful. Candida is hard to get rid of, but with a good cleanse your symptoms will improve drastically. Hope this helps.Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 05:19 AM
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  • I've had the same problem. Only wear 100% cotton underwear. Also if you are taking any vitamins or supplements, stop. Something about them changed the pH of my body and made it so the infection wouldn't go away until I stopped taking them. Birth control pills caused the same issue. I know 100 people will probably say this is an awful idea but it worked for me. Use an iodine douche once a day for 5-7 days. It worked for me!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 21, 2007
    • 08:15 PM
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  • I have suffered from chronic bacterial vaginosis since 2000. It started after I had a sugical procedure and has not stopped. I have been treated using gels and pills and I can't tell you all the medicine I have been put on. I've tried changing up underwear, soaps, etc; nothing works. I feel like there is not enough medical research into this condition... However, there is one thing that has worked and I continue to do it. Get a prescription for flagyl then cut the pill up. Every three days insert it vaginally. This will prevent any outbreaks. It works, but you have to continue to do it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 08:14 PM
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  • I too, suffered with recurrent bv. I tried many different products and health food store items to no avail. However, after being treated many times alone, I insisted that my partner also be treated. THIS WORKED! Amazing, because many of the medical professions will not admit that this is an STD. I liken it to recurrent yeast infections....they treat the male partner then, so why not with bv??? I went absolutely crazy with this problem and spent over 200 hours researching it. I have a file that is four inches deep. Half of the medical community recognize it as an STD and therefore all partners need medicine, and the other half say that it is not an STD. The reality is that it doesn't matter how it is classified, but it is passed back and forth between you and your partner. I am 100% confident with this because I had only one sex partner (him) after a 20 year marriage and within about a month or so I noticed the smell and slight discharge. After several treatments (yes, it would go away until we were intimate again) and after lots of research....I conclude that this is transmitted through sexual intercourse and both partners need to be treated. Because of how resistent this problem is, perhaps you may even need two courses of treatment - but it is imperitive that your partner also get the treatment. It has been almost 9 months since we were treated and everything is back to normal - thank goodness because ladies, this is an awful thing to be dealing with. Do yourselves a favour and be investigative and critical thinkers and challenge what the medical community is saying....I am confident that I am correct and both partners need medicine. Clyndamicin (spelling is wrong) is very bad for you - stay away from that....stick with the traditional med (Metronidazole). Good luck to you all. Trust me!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
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  • often, tea tree oil suppositories work too...-- former chiropractor and therapist
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
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  • Look it up ladies....Flagyl causes cancer in all lab animals. I have been inserting the gel for years to no avail. Now that I read about the cancer I have stopped using antibiotics to treat it and pray I do not get cancer in my uterus or something.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
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  • Try licking a Metronidazole pill and then tell me you want that inside you body.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
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  • I am serious about the yogurt probiotic treatment - it really helps. Also, if you have taken a bunch of antibiotics and it keeps coming back, then you must treat yourself by doing a whole body candida cleanse or it will never go away. Your flora is disrupted for a reason, and gels/creams/etc just mask the problem. A probiotic helps rebuild your flora and that is why it works. Try it:)
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
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  • If no one has mentioned this yet, make sure to use a pantyliner, soap, and laundry detergent that is unscented. I used to spray FDS (feminine deodorant spray) on myself when I was in college because I was so concerned about the odor. Luckily, I was in nursing school and eventually BV and other vaginal infections were discussed. Scented products were taught to us a major "no-no". I hope this information helps.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
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  • Remember Bacterial Vaginosis is not yeast and alterntive therapies to treat yeast are not the same for BV. I have started wearing cotton underwear, stopped wearing pantyhose, starting using Rephresh. It does help but this is preventive rather than treating it. I still get recurrent BV. The symptoms aren't as bad as they used to be but i still know when i get it. Also treating your partner does help. My partner has been treated once and it didn't come back but he probably needs to be treated again. I also started making him was his genital areas with anti-bacterial or mild soap. He also can't use my loofah or towels etc. Unfortunately BV is more chronic in some woman than in others. I have been reading articles and they have yet to identify all the bacteria that is in these infections. So the medical community still doesn't know what causes it or how to keep it from coming back. The difference between BV and yeast is that BV can cause PID, preterm labor and low birth weight babies and endometriosis. It is a serious disease, and the medical community needs to get hot on getting research on it, sometimes i feel that it's only a matter of time and then god forbid i'll need a hysterectomy, but i just may have to just keep visiting specialists until i find one that knows more than others, general doctors i don't think know enough about it to treat chronic cases.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
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  • Yes, BV is not yeast, but bacteria, but it is prevalent in your vaginal because your flora is unbalanced. Yogurt and the probiotic treatment is going to help rebuild your flora and keep the bacteria in check...it is an excellent treatment for BOTH candida yeast infections and BV. I have had both in my life and used this treatment successfully for both problems. If you haven't tried this yet for BV then I urge you to give it a try. DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 06:24 PM
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  • I found the following article regarding what type of lactobacilli supplements are more successful in keep bacterial vaginosis at bay here it is:http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1479476Two products on the market carry these ingredients:Jarrow FemdophilisNature's Way Primadophilis ReuteriI have been using the Nature's Way for three days now and have noticed improvement. I have been taking it orally however. And have stopped using the Rephresh, as it doesn't offer any long term results and it is very expensive. I will try it vaginally when i get a chance to get some plain organic yogurt.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
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  • My sister in law had that problem for a few years. She changed all her soaps to unsented, glycerin soap and the problem stopped. I don't know if you have tried that, but it is worth a shot if you haven't.
    poppymom 3 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
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  • i have been dealing with bv for almost 5 years, it started after i had my son. i have been to several doctors and they all put me on that nasty tasting pill and it does go away until a few days after the prescrption runs out, then it's back. the smell is horrible and never goes away! even right after i get out of the bath it's there. i am so frustrated! must i live with this for the rest of my life?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
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  • i am the same person that wrote the post right above this one earlier today. i went out today and bought the probiotic and the unsweetened yogurt. i also bought perfume/dye free laundry soap. at this point i am willing to try just about anything! i will come back to this forum and post and update later, maybe in a week or so.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
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  • I'm only 19 and me and my boyfriend started noticing "the smell" around november, shortly after i went on the pill and shortly after we started having unprotected sex. At first we didnt know what it was, but we did some research and found out that it was BV.I tried the yogurt treatments and that didn't work so i got put on antibiotics by my gynocologist. This caused the BV to go away for a couple weeks but it's back again. What can i do? my boyfriend has been so good about standing behind me through all of this but im afraid it will drive him away. I don't even want to get intimate anymore because of the smell. He's the first guy I've been with and vice versa. Could it be caused by him cuming in me?
    maddie15 2 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
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  • maddie15; i am the one who wrote the 2 posts right above yours. let me just tell you this, like i said before, i have been to several doctors over the last almost 5 years, all put me on anti-biotics and the BV goes away, then comes right back after a week or so. i have tried everything to mask the smell, it's always there. i have gotten so frustrated i just want to cry and scream and yell.well, the other day i thought i'd look up BV yet again on google and see if i could find anything new out. thank God i found this forum.the person who wrote that taking the pro-biotics and using the yogurt i would really like to thank you!!!i came back today to post an update. the day i read this forum i went out and bought pro-biotics (i got a bottle of 60 for only $4.99) and i also bought the unsweetened plain yogurt. i bought perfume/dye free laundry soap for washing my underwear in. i started the pills the afternoon of the 6th, which was only a few days ago, today is the 9th. i was absolutely amazed that the very next day the infection seems to be completley gone!! i cannot believe this. i only hope that after i am done taking the pills for 2 weeks that it stays away. i am taking 3 pills a day with meals, and doing the yogurt thing before i go to bed, which is a little tricky and messy but it works. maddie15 i really urge you to try this, it worked for me, and i just hope it stays gone. this has been an answer from God because i have prayed about this. i'm really happy about this, i am completley odor free, and to someone that has suffered from BV for almost 5 years, that is a wonderful feeling!!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
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  • hi, I too have had bv and it is very serious. I had dysplesia which is pre-cancer cells removed in 2000 which is when I noticed I even had BV or what is was. It leads to PIV and that leads to cancer. So I was lucky I'm really in tune with my body. It has been gone (no sex for a while) but when I was having sex again (back with my boyfriend) it came back the very next morning. I went to the dr. got the metronidaxole 500 mg 2x daily for 7 days and yes eureka it went away. Had sex right at the end of the 7 days and bam it's back the very next morning. So I too now am going to get the probiotics but how are you sufficiently inserting the yogurt?? Do you do this every night for 7 days simutaneously or just until the symptoms go away then taking the pills like vitamins on a regular basis? thanks so much! and I will share what works for me as well... Thanks for the no perfume advice as well... I really go overboard with washing and this could very well be part of the cure as well... talk to you soon!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 10:52 PM
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