Posted by Luluu20 (Los Angeles, California) on 10/11/2015
Okay so I, as well, have never written on a blog or a review on anything but I told myself if I get rid of this bv nightmare I WILL do it and only because it is such a horrible thing to have!! Alright so let me tell you how it all happened (maybe you girls can relate in some sort of way and be more precautious). This was like in july, so like 4months I've been struggling with this curse!! 4 months ago I began using vaginal wipes. I used them mostly when I went out to places ( because you never know when you're going to go in a stall with no paper or be in a situation where they come in handy, like on your period or with your significant other). I was using these wipes thinking they were doing good for me and helping my vagina keep clean. I know that our vaginas are already self cleaners and are very good at it too but these wipes just came in handy and I really didn't think anything would happen since other girls use them aswell. So after a night out with a group of my friends I did use vaginal wipes, several times too, because I was drinking beer and we all know when we drink beer we are going to be using the bathroom a lot. The next morning when I went to work I felt a little off down there, like itchy kind of, but didn't think much because I figured it was nothing and it would go away. Well it didn't and that's where my night mare began. My lady parts began feeling weird, not normal. Let me add that I have never had a yeast infection so I thought maybe that was the problem..I mean what else could it be?
I looked up home remedies for yeast infections only because I did not want to go to the doctors and get checked down there..its scary, embarrassing and it was hard for me to make time, since I work full time as well. I tried home remedies, like apple cider vinegar but that burned too much so didn't last. I added nonfat plain greek yogurt to my diet. I ate it everyday. I began taking probiotics and drank lots of fluids like lots of water and cranberry juice I got the 3 day vaginal yeast infection treatment at the pharmacy. I am dating someone but I know for a fact it wasn't him because we have been having unprotected sex for a year before I got it. It just wouldn't make sense because I got it when I wasn't with him..I was out with my other friends and did not have sex at all.
Going back to the home remedies so I didn't really see a change at all but I could say that the itch that I had wasn't so bad, it didn't smell or anything and I was still having unprotected sex. When I would get my period it would go away and slowly come back when it was done. Let me tell you I was scared of what it could be which made it worse for me to go get it checked but I knew I had too because it could have been something worse. It was the end of july, so by this time it had been already a month since I had it. I decided to go get checked. I went in for a yeast infection because that is what I thought I had and got the results of having a small amount of yeast but mostly bv. I was like whaaat? Of course she explained to me what it was and how it was sort of similar to a yeast and it's the most common vaginal infection and what not. So she gave me Diflucan 150mg for the yeast and metrogel-vaginal for bv. I was soo excited that there was an answer to what I had and it would be cured soon! I took the Diflucan and then used the metrogel right away I started seeing a change. I didn't have sex for the time I was using the medication. I used metrogel for 5 nights and wahlaa it was gone!! I was so happy!!!
Okay so I didn't think much of it coming back or anything..I didn't do much research on bv because I figured this medication would work, you know? I mean it was prescribed to me from a doctor who knows these things. So a week later I went out with my friends and partied haha. Still nothing. 2 weeks after I saw the guy I am dating and we had unprotected sex. Oh boy...the next day I knew it was back! This time it was worse! It was super itchy and my discharged had a funky smell to it..my hopes were crushed and I began to question everything!! Remind you this was like september. I went crazy and I began doing my search on bv. I read how vaginal wipes can strip your good bacteria and actually make you more prone to infections. And not only these wipes but feminine products in general. *Ring ring ringgg* that is what happened to me. I also read how girls used metrogel and it was only temporary and usually came back after having sex and what not. I cried because I was not seeing any hope. There were girls that have had it for years!! I was beginning to think that I too would have this infection for years. It didn't stop there though!! I was determined to get rid of this horrible thing!! ( just to say I would never ever wish this upon anyone because it is so awful, it made me depressed!! )
So I did not go back to the doctors because It would be the same thing. What I did was I changed my diet!! And let me tell you I am an absolutely bread lover, I would eat it everyday. Number one thing off my list was bread! These little suckers were not going to enjoy the yeast that bread contains. I also got rid of smoking cigarettes because that too makes bv worse. I stopped drinking (I do not plan on completely stopping. I mean im 20 years old not even 21 yet. I just stopped temporarily until my bv was cured because I was getting rid of ANYTHING that can trigger bv)
I'm a very active person and try to be as healthy as possible..I love exercising and making my green juices. So besides that I added more more vegetables to my diet. I continued drinking lots and lots of water! I continued having yogurt( plain non fat Greek yogurt). I cut out a lot of foods that contained sugars and carbohydrates.
I did my research on probiotics and began using probiotics that contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri which are strains focus more on vaginal bacteria. I take 2 a day, I also began using folic acid ( take 2 a day), I began taking vitamin c, vitamin e, and multidaily vitamins. I was determined to get rid of this monster!!
Lastly, I came across the lovely hydrogen peroxide from the reviews of Earth clinics. I was scared of using it because I didn't know whether it would work or not but at this point I was like I don't care!! So I began using it by mixing it with half water and inserting it with a food syringe..how I would do it is I would lay on my bed, put a towel underneath and put a little bit in my vagina and held it in for a little bit..it would slowly come out bubbly. It also burned a little bit. Did this but I didn't really see it getting better. Maybe I was just too impatient but I opted with douching better.
I bought a douche, I emptied the liquid inside and put half water and half peroxide..I did this while in the shower. Let me tell you the first time it burned and discharge with a little bit of blood came out as I was doing it. I then right away, once I was done with the peroxide, grabbed a water bottle and filled up the douche only with purified water and rinsed out inside..I continued to do this for a whole week( morning and before bed) while eating healthy, and taking vitamins, probiotics and folic acid. I began seeing a change right away except I would feel a bit of the bv still! I waited a little longer and after like 7 days it was practically gone.
As of right now I'm actually on the 7th day of this treatment and my vagina finally feels normal! I am actually producing white discharge and my vagina seems like it's back to selfcleaning. Before I wasn't producing discharge at all! It was always dry and itchy( my vulva was mostly what bothered me the most. It always felt dry and itchy and just not nice.) but now it seems like I beat this nightmare!! No more itch! I will just continue to help myself out and douche maybe once every other day just so that my good bacteria can become stronger and stonger.
All in all ladies I believe the number one most important thing here is a positive outlook and patience!!! Just have faith and know that if you want to get rid of this you have to do some changes! It's not easy but it will be a wonderful out come! Bv is mostly bad bacteria overpowering all your good little warriors.. so if you're overdoing it with smoking, drinking, eating bread, feminine washes and what not you are just helping the bad bacteria grow( our vaginas are miracle workers all on their own)..it got worse for me after I used metrogel because this medication killed not only my bad bacteria but my good aswell and once it came in contact with a higher level of ph (semen) it affected me right away with the powerful smell and itch because I had no more good bacteria to help keep it leveled.
Hydrogen peroxide, on the other hand kills the bad bacteria and allows your good bacteria to grow. our vaginas already produce a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to help keep everything balanced so if anything it is the safest. I know this is long but I just feel so grateful for hydrogen peroxide that I just needed to write about it. I would feel awful if I didnt, knowing how much I suffered and knowing that there are other girls out there suffering as well.
I hope you have the patience and the determination to get rid of this! Use hydrogen peroxide and include your own probiotics, folic acid and a healthy diet. See what works for you and don't give up! Stay healthy ladies! Xoxo