I have suffered with BV for almost 3 years now and now that I read these comments I'm starting to trace it back to the nuva ring. It all started when I began using that and when I got off of it and used the prescribed pills for BV it went away but shortly after I got back on the nuva ring and have gotten BV again! And I don't have any health insurance at the moment so I can't go back to the doctors so I'm trying to the tea tree oil remedy and praying for the best.
because BV is a PH imbalance, tampons will actually cause BV. I was on antibiotics for almost 2 years before learning about this miracle cure. But I took it a step further and stopped wearing tampons as well. I have not had a problem since.
Anyone with recurring BV, UTI or IC request to be tested for UREAPLASMA. No Drs test for it UNLESS you demand culture. If you have suffered for years, you may become resistant to Medications. Discuss Avelox over doxycycline. Good Luck
Reading the posts on here and wanted to pass along some information. Seems a lot of people think there is no cause for BV, actually there are several.
Basically when the pH of the vagina changes it causes the bad bacteria to grow. Some reasons the pH changes: sex (semen), antibiotics, some people may inadvertently wipe from back to front thus causing fecal matter to enter the vaginal area (this will DEFINITELY cause bad bacterial growth.
I have had BV from sex, my body doesn't like my bf's semen. I treated with Flagyl and was fine. Now I try to shower immediately after and remove and cleanse my vagina.
Hope this helps someone!
OK I just had to try to find a site where I could tell what has happened with me. I have struggled for years with BV; taken every medication possible and just no luck. Recently I found that I was unable to get my hormone pills Prempro because of cost here in the states and unable thru Canada because the company was temporarily unable to get their supply from Wyth Labs until into 2016. OK I decided to just go without the Prempro and hopefully not have the hormonal sweats...after about 1 1/2 months my BV is gone. Thru the month and a half the discharge diminished and then stopped. This is the only change I have had so I have to think the Prempro was the cause of my BV problem. If you are taking hormone pills, think about this.
I had reoccurring BV for a year, seemed like every month or every other month, I finally convinced my husband's PCP to treat him and I would also go on the antibiotics so we could both hopefully be BV free. Well even after abstaining for an extra two weeks, as soon as we had sex, I could feel the symptoms coming back within day. It seems that semen throws off my ph, I'm sensitive to latex, but really I don't want my husband of 19 yrs to have to wear condoms and pull out doesn't always work. So after reading all the remedies on this site, I think I will try to douche after sex and insert a probiotic or maybe even the yogurt tampon w/ acidophilus sprinkled in. So just letting you know that I also had hoped us both taking the antibiotics would work, but for us it was a fail.
Just an FYI Ladies: BV can definitely be contagious. You can get it from feminine sprays & other chemicals like your laundry detergent (always rinse clothing twice) which can be eliminated by stopping the products you're using or it could be coming from your partner. After taking meds for BV for 3 years I finally convinced my doctor to treat my boyfriend & I together & ever since I've been fine. So if you're having recurring BV infections & having unprotected sex, get your partner treated as well. I know men do not like taking pills, so fortunately there is a two day course they can take of tindamax. Please of course consult your doctor first. I think doctors are not treating male partners for this because there's no way they can test them for it, therefore they don't want to be held liable for prescribing medicine to men that have not been tested. If that makes any sense, while women continue to suffer & get sick over & over & the pharmaceutical companies continue to prosper. If your partner is reluctant in taking the meds, see if his doctor can check him for gardnerella. That is the clinical term for BV. Good luck ladies!
Absolutely love this website. It really helped me deal with my BV and YI symptoms. Took Flagyl after being diagnosed with BV. Symptoms went away and then the YI came full blown. Used yogurt, probiotic, water with lemon in the morning, and junk food occasionally (I'm not going to lie...I'm a student). I was feeling great!!
BUT...symptoms came back when I started back in an unprotected sexual relationship with the same person before the flagyl. To my surprise (or maybe I was playing stupid), I began to realize that...it could be "him" reinfecting me.
This time the unprotected relationship has stopped, using condoms now!!! Back on the regimen for YI because the itchy feeling is back, with slight smelly discharge in the morning. I'm going back to doctor to re-test me. LADIES SOMETIMES ITS NOT US...ITS REALLY THEM! Good luck and be well. :)
I am so eager to share my experience with BV. It took years to fully understand my body and how it reacts to different things. I've suffered on and off again since early 20's.(now 48) It wasn't until about five years ago that research finally paid off. Come to find out, I was allergic to latex. I would use condoms in my active years and it never occurred to me that most comdoms are latex, causing a flare up and here I'd go to the doctor. I switched to non latex condoms. Then realizing that my area down there was still just too sensitive to harsh soaps, and washing liquids too. So I decided to try washing the panties alone in antibacterial hand liquid soap, the dollar store brand is fine, and swapped to a separate soap, Dial Gold, for the south region area. I'm here checking out the site because I swam in the Gulf, and a busy pool and a bayou and I am certain I'm having a flare up, but here for an alternative method for relief. So for you sufferers over and over again, try the above for and make it routine, period! I also wanted to point out that my daughter suffered as well and for the most part, free and clear.
I am so glad I found this site. I want to share my piece of the BV, just about cure all, for me anyway. I suffered from BV for many years until I figured what was triggering a flare, up so to speak. A flare up would normally happen after protected sex, washing my undies in regular detergent, washing my private with regular soap, etc. I slowly but surely found out I must use non latex condoms, an antibacterial soap down there and also wash my undies alone in antibacterial liquid soap only. I no longer have the problem! It has been a great relief. Hope this helps someone.
I've been suffering with BV off and on for about 20 years, and had a partial hysterectomy 5 years ago. Yes, I am still suffering from this aggravating pita! After reading this entire page I'm hopeful that I've finally come across some info that can help me to get rid of it once and for all! Have to agree with the fact that some partners semen seems to set it off quicker than others. But after seeing someone ask "what is happening to all of us that is causing this?" Do any of you use fabric softener in your laundry? I for one am going to get some more borax and wash my panties in it and add white vinegar to the rinse cycle. That is sure to remove any residue that is lingering, and I've read that WV is a great natural fabric softener. As of tonight I'm sitting here typing this and trying the Hydrogen Peroxide & water tampon method, with VERY high hopes that it will work!!! I do think that there is something to the eating yogurt as well. When I eat yogurt on a regular basis I don't have any issues. But I haven't eaten any in about a month now and shew the smell!! Bless my bf's heart he seems to understand as he was raised with a bunch of sisters and gets the female anatomy. He just wants me better. Having wondered if men can this I asked a doctor about 6 years ago. (thought my husband was cheating on me! ) Doc said it is something we can give ourselves and is possible for it to be passed from one partner to another. He was gracious enough to give me enough medication for both of us, and it worked for a while. So if a doc says it can't be passed... Yes it obviously can! But still can't find any info on how to properly treat your male partner in a homeopathic method. Any ideas or suggestions? Would be interested in feedback. I'll be back in about a week to update how the Hydrogen Peroxide/Water is doing. Good Luck Ladies!
Please help ladies. I have no idea what's happening. I've never had BV and I've only ever had a yeast infection once. Right now I am suffering from some awful pain. It seems the whole "area" has got this burning feelings. It doesn't happen when I pee but if I touch it it stings. Having sex is painful as ever. It's burns. I have no abnormal discharge and no odor (boyfriend checked for me, thank god). Has anyone else ever had this? How do I treat this? I stopped all gels for shaving and soaps for washing and strictly use soap and water. Is this BV? I have an appt to see a doctor on the 23 but I'm just so worried and in pain.
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Ok. I think im starting to catch on to whats going on. Some people say an antibiotic cures them. We should all look into this. I read somewhere clinical hcl helps (I just read this on this website).
I want to try this. I'm trying to do vaginal yeast medicine to see if this helps anything. Its helping. I'm also eating lots of garlic and onions and mushrooms in my meals.
Ok so what I found out while researching...
A woman had kept going to clinics and doctors trying to figure out what causing her to burn and itch down there. Everywhere told she nothing but a yeast infection. (Not funny, how I have the same experience as her). She didnt believe them.. She went back to her native country (not the United States of course) and her doctors in her native country told she had Strep B.
They gave her a antibiotic and shes cured!!!
Look up strep B is and you'll find some revealing information!! Apparently doctors in the U. S. don't prescribe you a cure for this unless you're pregnant!! I read somewhere Planned Parenthood told a girl she had Strep B. and not to worry. Only worry if you're pregnant. Very Strange if you ask me!!
I'm looking for a cure. Something. Purging by not eating after dark. Excercising as much as I can. Maye I'll frolic in the ocean. I know the ocean has its own benefits.
Let's not give up!
Subject: Washing Underwear with Distilled White Vinegar- I read somewhere that we could be getting the BV back from our underwear. (I wish I could find the article but can't. ) It was recommended that we use laundry soap free of dyes and perfumes and add one cup of distilled white vinegar. Use HOT water. Let the clothes soak for 30 minutes in the washing machine in the hot water/soap/white vinegar. After 30 minutes, start the washer to finish the load. If you have a dryer, hot heat is recommended. The article believed that the white distilled vinegar will kill the germs in the laundry. (NOTE: the vinegar smells when you first put it in, but it doesn't make your clothes smell by the time the laundry is finished.)
I enjoy reading all the stuff about BV but when the metronidazole didn't work my doc grew out a vaginal culture and found that I not only had the regular BV, I had vaginal E coli causing mine. Keflex didn't work.
BV from E coli doesn't stink but I am such bad discomfort sometimes I have to soak in the tub or I cry and I swell up terrible and I can never wear pants or underware for that matter so I am stuck in a long skirt without panties and that isn't my style.
I am having the best luck with oil of oregano 4 times per day by mouth put it in a veggie cap and only buy the pure expensive stuff and goldenseal vaginal suppositories however it is a very slow road and it seems if I stop or slow down one or the other bam I am sore again. No sex for almost 2 months just hurts too much and I also am taking refrigerated probiotics twice a day on an empty stomach and lots of Vit C.
Is there anyone out that that has battled BV caused by Ecoli and how did they get rid of it?
Thanks sore, sad, and going insane in Va.