Re: Bacterial Vaginosis?? Please help??
krlsgrl is correct. In addition, when taking antibiotics you shouldn't consume alcohol while you are taking the meds or have dairy products at the time you take your meds as they make them less effective. You should also take a probiotic as the antibiotic for the BV can lead to a yeast infection. Abstaining from sex so that things can heal properly is another idea.
BV is extremely common. I don't know exactly why some are more susceptible to BV. I've had it occur when no sex was even involed and i've had it occur randomly within days after sex. I have gotten into a habit of washing down there with some lukewarm water after sex "just in case" and it has helped a lot.
Some say there could also be a connection between scented tampons/pads, using soaps down there, leaving a tampon inside for longer than required, some men could have a more acid ejaculation fluid which disturbs our delicate PH blance, our hormonal change prior to our period can also change the PH balance and bring on BV. The reasons are too numerous.
For me personally, a dose of oral Flagyl (metronidazole) tablets does the trick. My doctor has told me the oral tablets are more effective than vaginal creams etc. I'm not sure whether this is true or not. It likely depends on the individual. I've never had the severe symptoms you described. Mine is only like a nuisance watery type of discharge, sometimes it can smell, other times it wont and that's about it. I simply use a panty liner at these times until it's over. This is why i wonder whether your symptoms are a mixture of BV and yeast as that can happen. Sometimes the swabs they culture can come back as false negatives. When i used to go to my gp or a pathology place for swabs, they always came back negative. I now visit a womens sexual health clinic where they do the swabs and culture them on the premises while i wait for my result and i don't have any more problems with "negative" results. So your negative for yeast could possibly be correct. I would hope they would have tested for trich. They should also be checking for chlamydia and syphilis as a preventative measure as a lot of STD's have discharge as a symptom.
I hope you feel better soon as it's really a pain living with abnormal discharge.