|BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1)||5%|
|BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)||5%|
|WORKED TEMPORARILY (2)||11%|
As I read through these posts, I feel a lot better knowing I am not going through this alone. BV has been affecting my life for the past 10 months. I have yet to get rid of it or get relief. I have taking every kind of pill from treatments to steroids to neurological medicines. I have even taken menopausal relief medicines, which I am no where near menopause. I have only had one partner in the past 2 and a half years and I have never had intercourse without a condom. Nor am I having intercourse right now, it is incredibly painful. I am a 20 year old student with other stresses in my life that I should be worried about and this is taking over. My self esteem is low and doctors have given up. Even though I may be the only person going through this at my age for this long, at least I am not the only person going through it. Please keep posting and stay strong ladies!
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02/24/2015Posted by Erin (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) on 04/29/2012
This feedback is so long, but I have been researching and experimenting and working with my doctor for months now. I have been dealing BV and a yeast infection (from antibiotics) for 3 months. I have been to the gyno twice and have had a colposcopy that just showed that my BV and yeast infection was still present (though at this point I had only had yeast symptoms). My BV was still present, but did not reoccur. I have been researching daily for all of this time. I am pretty much a doctor by this point (jk). :)
Currently, I am on my second round of the typical antibiotic treatment for BV which will be followed by an oral yeast infection treatment.
If you are finding that your "bv" is coming back everytime you have sex, then ask your doctor to check for trich which offers many of the same symptoms but is sexually transmitted. BV is not sexually transmitted. The treatment for trich is the same as bv, so sometimes doctors will just give you your meds without the test, but with trich you must have your doctor treat your partner as well. With BV, this is not necessary. Trich also can cause burning which you could be mistaking for a yeast infection.
Symptoms from the antibiotics are greatly reduced with a healthy attitude, exercise, and a healthy diet (lots of veggies, no preservatives, etc). Stay away from antibiotic reviews. Often times people that have the crazy symptoms are drinking on the antibiotics, have taken other medicine with alcohol in it, use mouthwash (alcohol), eat terribly, do not eat a full meal before the antibiotic, etc. The crazy reviews can create kind of a reverse placebo effect. I also take two probiotics a day (as far away from antibiotic as possible). On this second round, I barely have any symptoms at all, though I do not feel great.
I have learned to approach natural remedies with a realistic attitude. Nothing on here is going to be a miracle cure. I say this from experience and countless hours of research.
Drinking ACV seems to be pointless. For the alkalizing effect, I would just drink lemon water, which I do and helps with digestion while tasting much less disgusting than the ACV. ACV sit baths (1 cup in a shallow bath) and just blotting the burning areas with ACV reeeaaallly helps with burning sensations from yeast infections. Do not douche. Douching is bad for you. Allow your vagina to repair itself. Douching with ACV or anything else may help relieve symptoms, but is poor for a cure in the long run. Your ph and bacteria count will never normalize, and you will have to douche on a regular basis to keep on top of the symptoms and will probably have more problems in the future. I did not have much internal burning. I even mistook the burning for a uti for a moment (went to the doctor and tested negative). Urine irritates the yeast infection which makes you think that you have a uti. I did take a q-tip with diluted ACV and went over the internal area close to the vagina opening. This really helps to eliminate symptoms while you wait for medicine to work. I do not use otc yeast infection treatments bc sticking anything unnatural up there seems like a bad idea, and it did not help me any more than the acv.
garlic may or may not have helped. I inserted vaginally for BV initially before my first gyno visit, and it did nothing. I tried applying cut garlic to thrush in my mouth that developed after the antibiotics, and it did nothing. Garlic may help your immune system, but does nothing to cure bv and yeast infections.
Direct application of yogurt was a terrible idea. I had the organic, plain greek yogurt with the listed probiotics and cut open a probiotic capsule which I mixed with the yogurt. I then put a tampon in the yogurt and inserted vaginally and left in there for a couple of hours. The coolness very temporarily helps with the burning symptom (which is why docotrs tell you to use an ice pack for relief). Over the next couple of days my yeast infection became more painful than it ever wa. The yogurt made the yeast infection much worse, so I went back to ACV direct application (no douche) to relieve the symptoms which I now have under control until I can take my oral yeast medication (after the antibiotic). I also dry the area with a hairdryer after every shower to keep the yeast infection from getting out of control while I am on the antibiotics. Once again, I have concluded that sticking unnatural (even organic yogurt is unnatural for your vagina) substances up your vagina is harmful. Let your vagina get back to normal. Yogurt or otc creams are not normal. Neither are douches.
Don't read all of those candida detox diet deals. For one, they are unhealthy. Most diets will tell you that they are unhealthy for long term use. All of my credible research has shown that there is no medical/scientific research that supports these claims of miracle diet solutions for hyped up systemic yeast issues. Most people feel good after being on a candida "detox" diet bc eliminating the sugar and white flour eliminates all of the unhealthy food that they have been living on. Actually track what you eat. Americans eat mostly white flour (no nutritional value) chemicals, sugar, red meat (good in moderation), soda, and very few veggies. Most things in a box with a long ingredient list, is not good for you. When you eat poorly your immune system works poorly. Cut out the preservatives and eat more veggies, and you will feel better. There is no need to go to extremes. Any extreme/radical miracle solution is going to be more trouble than it is worth. Real food is so tasty and great for you, but restricting those foods or eating a certain kind of food, is not medicine. The mind is extraordinarily powerful, and so is the placebo effect (see previous comment about reading antibiotic reviews).
Sure. "Big Pharma" cares more about money than your health, but they do not make any money if their medications do not work! Your doctor did not spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their education along with sacrificing enormous amounts of time to hurt you. No, you do not want to take antibiotics if you do not need to, and they may be over-prescribed, but if you have a medical problem then you should take medical advice while also seeing this problem as an oppurtunity to improve your total health.
I have tried all the otc yeast pills (the popular brand with mistletoe in it) and uti pills (cranberry). None of them work. use that money on a good probiotic and lots of healthy food.
Water! Drinking lots and lots of water! This reduces yeast symptoms, helps with healing, reduces side effects of antibiotics for BV, improves digestion etc. Water is the closest thing to a miracle cure that you are going to find. Healthy diet, lots of water, and exercise. (I use an online nutritional tracking system which has shown me that I consume way less water than I should, and do not eat as healthy as I thought I did).
In conclusion: (1) use ACV to relieve yeast symptoms. (2) If BV comes back after sex, ask to be tested for trich. If you do not have insurance (tests are expensive), have your partner take the medication as well (as prescribed by a doctor). (3) Any partner that is not understanding about BV or Yeast is a partner that should be left immediately and is not your "soulmate" (my bf is awesome and completely understanding, and I havent had sex in a little over a month with the meds, periods, and colpo). These problems are not your fault. Even trich can lay dormant for yeeaaarrrrs. (4) Don't stick anything up your vagina. Your body is amazing. With a healthy diet, exercise, and medicine/doctor visits, your vagina will get back to normal. (5) You are not going to find a miracle cure in any of these remedies. Some are great for keeping symptoms at bay. Just a yeast infection can go away on its own, but not if you keep stick foreign things up there. (6) Go to the doctor. Nobody hates the gyno more than me. Just go. Your medical solution is not here. I love this site for health advice and symptom relief, but I have tried everything and nothing cures but the meds. (7) Be super healthy while on antibiotics and take probiotics and nasty side effects will be greatly reduced. I am currently totally fine on the common oral antibiotic for BV.Replied by Dot
Central Texas, US
01/11/2015Posted by Anno. (Anno., Ca) on 04/08/2012
So I am 19 and I have been dealing with BV for about a year now. I hate it. The first time I got BV the smell was horrible it wasnt a fishy smell it was a poopy smell... And the embrassing part was that I had never smelt it until that day... While having intercourse.... Yay me... It was so embarrassing. I went to the doctors and they gave me flagly it worked for about a year until recently I got BV AGAIN I started taking flagly again but came on my period 2 days before my pills were gone... I didnt think a tampon would do any damage but here I am off my period and BV is back.... Im afraid to insert anything up there... I think yogurt will mold or something in my crotch, I think perixoid will burn the hell out my crotch, and I dont wanna put garlic in it... Wont that make it stink worst... Vingar omg are you serious thats gonna hurt... I dont have money for all these pills, and Acids... Are you serious doesnt that burn to???????? Which should I do because this is crazy my Fiancee is in the military and should be coming home soon so we can get married I need this under controll NOW
Posted by Mary (Los Angeles, California) on 04/06/2012
Hello Ladies, I would like to say that I have suffered with BV for some time now. Please don't think that it's you that caused this, along time ago a doctor told me that men carry it with them and pass it on until they get treated it comes from fungus.
Please do not think that your mates are cheating on you it could be a relationship or one night stand from the past. PLEASE DON'T FORGET ANTIBIOTICS they cause yeast infections for men too. BUT men need to take natural treatments as well for this that way they do not keep passing it on to you sexually. You both need to work togther on this.
Whatever foods you eat that have a strong odor will pass through your urine and will leave an odor in your vagina. Chlorophyll is a must to keep all odors down.
I still have BV occasionally but am now in menopause and it came on when I stopped my period. I use peroxide and it really works for a few days and then returns. The smell is not that terrible but I don't like it. Drinking lots of water helps me it keeps your kidneys clean and helps to keep down the smell. I take probiotics and digestive enzymes. I thought I was the only one who had this problem because you know that ladies do not like to talk about this subject especially when you get older. It seems as though I am the only one who smells. Yeah and then they woke up!!Posted by There Is Hope!!! (Pensacola, Florida) on 04/03/2012
WOW is all I can say about all the Women who is suffering from this crazy bacteria, I thought something was wrong with me. I went to my Dr several times and was told about BV.. I knew what it was but never understand it until I came across this site. Thank God because I have been dealing with this and not understanding how to beat it. Its been off an on since I first got pregnant at 30. Yes Ive been through the antibiotics a few times and it would clear up awhile then finally I notice a few months ago it would reoccur even after antibiotics. Tried all the over counter BV meds worked only temporary, So I went to my Dr once again to make sure it was BV and she confirmed it was and prescribe me more antibiotics and I decided ok I will get the antibiotics just in case my home remedies didnt work. Here is what I did, brought pro b probiotics, multi vitamins for women, folic acid, goldenseal which I take once orally everyday, and I do HP douche after period and sex or when ever I feel it creeping back. I must say after first HP douche smell and discharge was gone but of course I did the 7 days 1/2 water. My only neg about HP douche is it can cause alil itch, and make you a lil dry which I take vit E daily to help with that and you will need something for yeast at hand for any flare ups. Finally after doing more research I found online this product called yeast away and Alkalete an acid neutralizer which also balance your ph to wean myself off the stuff that I dont really need. I plan to still do HP when neccesary. So I hope this help someone because this site has helped me and I have been on the right track for 1 month now.. Ladies you have to be patient to find what works for you it does take sometime to get this under control. I am still working to stay free from this monster and I will give you an update on how well the last two I mentioned to my BV cure!! :) Thanks again because I feel refreshed once again and I am very grateful for all of you!!Replied by There Is Hope