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Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

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Comment from: desi, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I used Monistat which helped for a while but the bacterial vaginosis came back about a month later. So I wanted to take a more natural route this time and applied tea tree oil that has vitamin E oil in it. I soaked a tampon in the tea tree/vitamin E oil and applied it around the affected area and to my surprise, it worked wonders. I started just yesterday and today there's no itching, redness, or discharge.

Comment from: Lovely lady, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I've been drinking baking soda and water on an empty stomach every morning for bacterial vaginosis. I'm on day 9, and it is said not to take this longer than a month. However, I feel much better, no discharge and no smell. I found out that baking soda alkalizes the body so I also changed my diet. I eat a lot of food that's high in alkali. I also take vitamin B, C, D and E, and acidophilus probiotics, and I have no problems right now. For me it was a nutritional problem and the doctors could not help me.

Comment from: SouthernGirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

For quick, several hour odor control, keep a little jar filled with coconut oil, tea tree oil, and boric acid. Put on tampon. This can kill the infection causing bacterial vaginosis (BV). I recommend continuing this treatment (make suppositories using silicone ice stick trays) for 21 days in a row, then follow up with a woman's probiotic that contains both Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 and L. rhamnosus GR-1, such as Fem-Dophilus. Do plain coconut oil suppositories for maintenance. Also, the NIH says thyme oil can kill BV biofilm. Good luck!

Comment from: alchemist, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

From all of my research after experiencing bacterial vaginosis (BV) 2 times in my life here's what I understand/believe, plus the cure I came up with after reading lots of personal experiences and reviews of women who have used Flagyl. It is my firm belief taking prescription antibiotics for BV actually makes it worse. Then the BV comes back stronger than before creating an even worse problem. When I first noticed something was off I treated it with Monistat and when that didn't fix everything up then I knew it was BV. I immediately took a bath with baking soda and tried to wash everything out down there. It didn't work. Then my period started and didn't smell right so after it stopped I put antibiotic ointment up there. it seemed like the smell was coming from my cervix so I assumed maybe the bacteria was also in my uterus so I knew I needed to treat it by altering my body chemistry and make it an inhospitable environment for bad bacteria. All the while I have been drinking tons of probiotics and taking aged garlic with mushroom complex, but that alone was not enough. Then I put kefir up there but it stinks in its own fermented way so that wasn't my solution either. I gave it a little over 24 hours and went and got a pelvic exam and the doctor said she didn't see any gross discharge but she did do a whiff test of the Q-Tip and said it had a bit of a fish smell so she prescribed me Flagyl which I did not take. I got some refined coconut oil and took 2 aged garlic, 2 echenatia and 1 rose hip and I think a multivitamin. It was enough but a lot came dripping out once it melted. Then I mixed 1 tbsp. of coconut oil still mostly solid and one 550 mg rose hips pill. Then I lay on a towel down in the bathroom and inserted it all and used my finger to rub it around my cervix. The rose hips is grainy and it sort of exfoliated the inside of my vagina and I believe that is what destroyed the biofilm in addition to attacking it from the inside by taking those supplements and drinking lots of water/green tea. I used some more plain coconut oil for lubrication a few more times during the night then in the morning I drank a Good Belly 20 billion watermelon probiotic drink and only had a banana and a yogurt, then I took more of my supplement combo (2 Kyolic aged garlic mushroom complex, 2 echenatia and 1 rose hips) and then I didn't need any more coconut oil, my body began functioning normally. Other times when I noticed a fishy smell I would put a few drops of tea tree oil on my finger and put it up there when I get out of the shower and lay on my back and spread so that air could get in there and also let the sun shine in and get some light in the vagina for a couple of minutes and that fixed it for me. I was out of tea tree oil but I'm glad I found the coconut oil and rose hips treatment, it was super effective.

Comment from: Emmcee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

Ladies, I struggled so long and so terribly with bacterial vaginosis (BV) for years! I finally found my problem; low progesterone. I found a vial of topical progesterone and use a few drops in the morning, and I haven't had BV since. It was an absolute miracle. Before that I was using ActiGel and probiotics, which helped, but was not a cure. Progesterone changed my life.

Comment from: A., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I heard Prevegyne works very well for bacterial vaginosis. It is ascorbic acid for vaginal use and you can find it over the counter in pharmacies. If is burns, just coat in coconut oil and then introduce it in the vagina. Another remedy that can help is essential tree oil, 3 to 7 drops mixed with coconut oil. Make a small amount, put it in the freezer to give it a consistency and then introduce it into the vagina. It works excellent for the smell and some women can be even cured by it.

Comment from: Medical assistant, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 06

I work in a medical office and I see many women suffering from bacterial vaginosis (BV). I have BV also. So I did research. First I started with daily probiotics, golden seal and Walmart brand vaginal probiotic, and I take them at night. In the beginning I used boric acid vaginal suppositories seven days straight, now once a week, and twice in the week after my period. I make my own suppositories, you can buy all the supplies from Amazon. I also use tea tree oil soap and if I take a bath I will pour 1 cup apple vinegar in the water. After sex I will sometimes insert plain yogurt or another boric suppository. I try and limit my sugar intake and have lots of water. It is a lot of work but I haven't had a flare up in a very long time, my sex life is great and no worries about odor. I hope this help someone.

Comment from: Cyndi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I am 26 years old. I have had bacterial vaginosis (BV) for almost 2 years. When I first had symptoms, I thought it was a yeast infection. I never really get any discharge with the bacterial infection as you would in a yeast infection but my symptoms are burning and itching, bad! I started going to my obstetrician/gynecologist for this and he put me on treatment with Cervugid ovules (vaginal suppository). After two months of treatment with Cervugid ovules, I had medical tests again and BV went away. I was cured of the disease. I am very happy that I got rid of that awful itching and horrible smell. Now I can start my life again.

Published: September 10

I'm 40 years old and never had bacterial vaginosis before this past year. Today I went to the doctor for the third time in nine months. He gave me prescriptionss for Metronidazole (Flagyl) — both the cream and pills. He said I could take either one, they both work the same. He told me that for his patients that get a re-occurrence four to six times a year, he gives out a bunch of refills and for his patients that get it every month, he recommends taking a pill once a week just to keep a little of the antibiotic in your system. When I became infected with bacterial vaginosis the first time, I had been having sex with a new partner for five months. I wonder if this is only a coincidence. I'm still with the same (and only) partner. For me, I think stress is definitely my trigger. The first time was one week before my reconstructive knee surgery and the second and third times were immediately after a pretty nasty argument and breakup with said boyfriend. I chose to fill the prescription for the cream this time since I used the pills the last two times.

Comment from: JUST TIRED, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

UGHHH! BV again. This bv crap has really just torn me apart. I'm really funny about my downstairs area and it bothers me when things aren't peachy fresh but it's impossible to be fresh with bv popping up every minute. I have taken the medicine over and over again and I hate it because it gives me bad feelings like upset stomach and a metallic taste in my mouth but I take it because I want to be cured. Bv is also ruining my marriage because I can't figure why it keeps coming back and feel it may be my husband and he thinks I'm crazy and insecure with myself for always blaming him for cheating. I have been to 6 different doctors and no one can tell me why I keep developing this monster of an infection. Please help me someone has anyone found out yet why bv keep coming back. I'm miserable and depressed because I feel so nasty and I smell bad and can't imagine having sex with my husband smelling like I do. PLEASE HELP ME!!

Published: September 10

A couple of years ago, I had reoccurring yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis infections. It seemed like the treatment for one was causing the other. Then one day, the symptoms just stopped and I was fine, or maybe I just got used to the symptoms. In either case, I didn't have any unusual discharge, irritation, or odor for about two years. Then, about two months after having sex with my new boyfriend, I got what I thought was another yeast infection and I used an over the counter, one day treatment for yeast infections. I forgot which brand, but buyer beware: It made the symptoms unbearably worse. After this I went to my gynecologist and was treated for the yeast infection. I was on my period then so she couldn't tell if I also had bacterial vaginosis. About a week later, I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. Then another yeast infection, and then bacterial vaginosis and more bacterial vaginosis. And now I can't remember the order, but suffice to say I was visiting my gynecologist every other week for a couple of months. She suggested my boyfriend also take Flagyl and that didn't work either. We even stopped having sex and that also didn't work. After a couple more diagnoses and treatments the bacterial vaginosis /yeast infection symptoms went away, and I was fine again for another couple of months, but now I am pretty sure I have bacterial vaginosis again. I've heard that ladies like me should stay away from: wet swimsuits, thongs, oral sex, vaginal sex, tampons, perfumed soaps, fabric softeners, tight pants, and the list goes on. I've tried avoiding these, and I still can't figure out the cause, but it is nice to know I'm not the only miserable one out there!

Comment from: smells like water, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I have been living with BV for over 2 years now. I've taken every medicine, cream, vitamin that you can think of and spent too much money doing so. The only thing that works for me is hydrogen peroxide and vinegar! This doesn't cure my bv, but it takes away the odor temporarily. I use a turkey baster : / fill the bulb with peroxide and use it like a douche. I squeeze a small amount of peroxide out at a time and then use it like a suction. You can actually see the bacteria go to the top. Disgusting. I know! But it works and then I started dipping a tampon in vinegar water and inserting it afterwards for a few hours. I'm no doctor but this is the ONLY thing that has worked for me and makes having sex with my Bf bearable. Hope this helps someone.

Comment from: Mr1967, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I get BV all the time and had HPV. I use rePhresh. It's 15.00 and worth every penny. It eliminated my HPV flare-ups and helps with my bacterial vaginosis.

Published: January 18

For bacterial vaginosis, what has helped me is eating yogurt!

Comment from: BV, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I am 23 yrs of age I have no clue why BV keeps returning I have been to the doctor a million time and they cant find out why it keeps coming back. I have tried everything that they tell me to do to prevent it and nothing has worked. I usually get a BV infection at least 4 times a year. I really need help on how to resolve this problem. I'm so scared that I may have to live with this problem for the rest of my life.

Comment from: Joy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I used to get bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection every month and I was prescribed different kinds of medications...but nothing helped. I've found this cure for yeast infection called femina flora and the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection went away. Also I've been eating yogurt every day that contains Lactobacillus acidophilus that supposed to fight yeast infection. It's been a while since I've felt symptoms of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection.

Comment from: Kelley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

My doctor finally got tired of giving me the same medicine over and over. She recommended boric acid caplets made by a compound pharmacy. I use one tablet each week and have not had a bacterial vaginosis flare up in 2 years.

Comment from: Me, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I read most of your comments and feel as if you were writing about me. I can tell you that what finally "killed" my reoccurring BV was my gyno swabbed my uterus with betadine. It worked!!! I found too that if you are using "toys" and don't clean them with rubbing alcohol after each use that this will cause bacteria to grow when you use them again you infect yourself.

Comment from: JAS, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I am a thirty eight year old mother of 5. I have had one sexual partner for over fourteen years and only had rare yeast infections whenever I'm pregnant. For the past year though I have had a new relationship, only to find out that I have an increase in vaginal discharge with a fishy scent. I have gone to about four different doctors each one prescribing something different. The last treatment is the metronidazole gel and flocozone tablets but after the treatment finishes the scent disappears but the discharge is still excessive. I feel so dirty and I am afraid to have sex. Frankly I'm embarrassed, my partner says I must not worry because he understands, but I feel as if my entire life is engulfed with this thing. Sometimes I think it is the stress that encourages this. I can rest assured that there are others like me it hurts to know that my life is torn up over something I cannot control. I do all that the doctors ask: eat the right foods and wear the right clothes!

Comment from: coolcat, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I've had bouts of bacterial vaginosis over the years and the flare ups are usually the result of stress or emotional strain. However, it puts a strain on relationships as it makes you nervous about having sex! I've found that avoiding sugar REALLY helps with re-infection rates and as well as yogurt, I take an acidophilus capsule every day too. My system doesn't tolerate Flagyl but there are pessaries and gels that you can insert into the vagina that work too!

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