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Old 12-05-2011, 03:32 PM   #1
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Unhappy BV, please help!

Hi, I have had BV recurrently for almost 2 years now. It is so horrible and embarrassing! I've tried everything from yogurt tampons to apple cider vinegar baths to probiotics and hydrogen peroxide. I need help! I don't know what else to do about it and I am so embarrassed to go to the store and buy treatment. I was planning on buying VH Essentials BV Treatment next week but I'm completely mortified! Has anyone had luck with that? I feel like I have tried every natural remedy in the book, and I'm too ashamed to tell anyone about it, even my twin sister! I know it is a common infection in women so I have no clue why I can't just have the confidence to go to the store and buy it. Anyone have any advice or experience with this? If so, it would be greatly appreciated! Also, I was on birth control for a month and it seemed to fix everything but when I had my period it came right back.

 
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Re: BV, please help!

Hello, bacterial vaginosis (BV) is one of the most common vaginal infections. It is caused by an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria that normall live in the vagina. It can be caused by taking medicines like antibiotics that kill both good and bad bacteria. It can be also cause by having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners, douching, using an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control or not using a condom. Do not douche. Douching upsets the good bacteria in the vagina. BV is treated with antibiotic medicines prescribed by a doctor. You can also try RepHresh Pro-B is a breakthrough that balances yeast and bacteria to maintain feminine health.

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Old 12-07-2011, 06:07 PM   #3
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I'll assume that you've seen a gynecologist and you've already been treated in a clinical setting. I'll discuss different options you can explore that are effective, although not guarenteed to be effective since everyone is different and our bodies function in different ways.

You definitely want to avoid douching with hydrogen peroxide or anything else. You want to keep as much good bacteria as you can. You should probably try a combination of effective solutions. I highly recommend taking a feminine probiotic everyday such as Fem-Dophilus or Re-Phresh Pro-B. Both contain the same strains of bacteria that are clinically proven to improve the vaginal flora within a month, and this includes women like you who are suffering from bacterial vaginosis, which says a lot about how effective these probiotics are.

The fact that probiotics such as Fem-Dophilus and Re-Phresh Pro-B work signifies the importance of having a healthy bacterial flora. The bacterial flora in your intestines can affect your vaginal flora. Certain bacteria from your intestinal microflora migrate to your vaginal flora. That is why taking antibiotics for a long period of time can make you suspectible to yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. It is very important to focus your attention on your intestinal microflora as well as your vaginal flora.

You also want to take vitamin D. Numerous research studies show that women with bacterial vaginosis often are not getting enough vitamin D. Get a blood test and see if your one of those women who fall into this category. You can easily take a supplement that contains at least 1,000 mg. But I also recommend that you enrich your diet with food that naturally contain vitamin D since nutrients that come from food sources are better absorbed, and its a lot easier to just eat and not think about taking vitamins, or forgetting to take them.


There is also a study that mentions pregnant women who take vitamin A consistently after giving birth are less suseptible to developing bacterial vaginosis. This is a very new study, but it is something to consider.

Boric acid suppositories offer a temporary relief for bacterial vaginosis. The bacteria usually grows back, research doesn't say why. Boric acid also kills ALL bacteria, not just the bad ones. I would suggest doing these suppositories sparingly. Typically not everyday since you do want healthy bacteria to populate, but not more than two or three times a week. They have to be done at night.

I don't know your background but if you smoke, you definitely want to quit. Smoking lowers the vaginal pH and women who do smoke are more suseptible to bacterial vaginosis.

Diets high in trans-fats also aren't very good for the vaginal pH. Studies show those who eat foods that are greasy aren't getting enough of the good stuff, which impacts the intestinal microflora. And of course, if someone is eating a varied diet, they are getting a broad spectrum of different nutrients and well as micronutrients that your intestinal microflora needs to "fight intruders" and "unwelcome guests". Trans-fats also lower the vaginal pH.

I don't know how well the products by VH Essentials work, but I'm hoping it isn't that bad compared to the products by Summer's Eve that are loaded with perfume and other things that can irritate the vagina.

Other bits of advice I have to offer you:
  • Wear breathable underwear at all time
  • Use plain pH balanced soap such as Dove Sensitive Skin
  • Go without any underwear at night and when your just around the house to allow your V area to breath.
  • Read The V Book by Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, it is written by a woman who really knows her stuff and she is also a vulvovaginal specialist with decades of experience.

 
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I would consider these things: mycoplasma and ureaplasma. Two types of underlying conditions that can cause repeated infections with bv.

Important steps:

1. During treatment, it's important to refrain from sex with partner, and for partner to get treated too, otherwise you can pass it back and forth. Request that your doctor do a dna swab to test for these infections, as they are not detected by a simple bacterial swab (they have no cell wall, and are not visible under a microscope).

2. Must get treated with antibiotics for mycoplasma/ureaplasma - zithromax, doxycycline, minocycline. You may have to treat more than once, however, the percentages show more than most respond to the first treatment. Keep in mind, this will not kill the "bv", but will kill the underlying problem.

3. THEN, must undergo treatment for bv again, with tinidazole or metronidazole.

4. THEN, must follow up with a good probiotic, nature's way or another full-spectrum probiotic to replenish the healthy bacteria in your body.

Hope this helps!

 
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