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Melissa777
post Jul 6 2011, 03:43 PM
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Hi everyone!
so update on my progress (BTW this is Melis19750- I had to make a new sign in because i could not remember my password!)
anyhow
so its been a long struggle.
So far much better. I have a small area now that is still red and a little inflammed. near the opening of vagina. Went for check up- the nurse pract- who i LOVE and actually like better than my GYN- saw NO YEAST and NO abnormal bacterial overgrowth. although sent in for cultures just to be sure.
she did notice some white-ish discharge but thinks its just from ovulation. I do also have "normal looking" clear stringy discharge. NO Odor.

as for what my condition was in April- I was severly inflammed and irritated. lots of redness... almost all of that is now gone!

Although now my only symptoms are once and a while a little itch or slight burn- goes away... comes back...
and a small red spot near entroitus (sp?) I wonder if thats just from all the past boric acid usage. Nobody knows.

But I no longer feel dry.

also I do NOT use anything vaginally- except to wash externally dove unscented sensitive skin... or just simple plain water.

I am eating back to normal- and gained a few pounds... so Im considering sticking to the yeast free diet because I do like the weight loss effect from it.

but I dont notice any differance in my symptoms with or without the diet.
so Im almost pos this is not a yeast issue.

also- I moved... my newer GYN/Specialist thinks I might have been misdiagnosed with a yeast infection back in Jan. Because as stated in the past my former gyn stated "I see some glabrata yeast under the micro scope".
However all yeast cultures and gen pap came back normal many times...even that time

my GYN/vulvar specialist said "It could have been cotton from the swab used on the smear that made her think it was non albican yeast- this newer DNA yeast test is very sensitive to yeasts..and yours came back negative every month." Not only that he said: "You cant tell under the microscope which strain it is- you need a culture for that- you can only tell if its non albican or albican"

so- Im really posting this to warn you all that may be confused- really rely on testing being done, because you can over treat something minor like simple dermatitis or a pH imbalance and make things worse.

Im finally able to sit for long periods of time without being in pain and wear a tampon!

I only hope and pray I continue to recover.

oh yeah and BTW- I was on diflucan for 2 weeks (16 days) at 100 mg a day from my former doctor... who thought and agreed with a microbiologist that it was yeast in the skin. My new doctor does not believe in this theory and he said "if you had yeast- you killed it by now".

sometimes I think we panic... I know I did

anyhow I am off to a full recovery- gotta train my brain to believe I will completely heal.

Im doing acupunture and NAET (natural version of allergy treatments)
so I feel both are helping
and also- my allergies seem to be improving yeah

BTW- I love the pro biotic by renew life the vaginal support one
I take it daily with fem-dophilus
and also lactoferrin which helps the probiotic grow

oh- and i will no longer insert probiotics vaginally- can lead to more harm then good!!!

take care
and God Bless
Melissa
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swt simplicity
post Jun 19 2011, 06:46 AM
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QUOTE(littlebirdsmile @ Jun 15 2011, 07:35 AM) *
Okay, so I am new here but I will give it a go. I had BV issues in the past and I haven't really had any flare ups in a very long time. I just recently had one and went to the GYN and she gave me the Metro Gel for 5 days. I finished that but now I am just having the sensation of vag dryness without the dry part. Something just doesn't feel right. Also, there is a discharge that is clumpy and white; I am wondering if that is due to the gel? I have been using some of the products made by VH Essentials. I am crossing my fingers that if I continue to do their "upkeep" advice that I can avoid future reocurrences.

On another note, I am thinking about starting birthcontrol and I read up on the positive effects of bc on bv. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with that?

Thanks! smile.gif


If you just started experiencing these symptoms, it could just be that your vaginal flora is recalibrating and balancing itself. If a week goes by and your still dealing with the same symptoms, then you should call your doctor and tell him/her about it. Yes, I think the clumpy white discharge you've been having is because of the gel. I used RepHresh's vaginal gel for three days, and I had this gross, thick, lumpy, white discharge, and apparently that is normal. Even though that isn't the same as Metro-Gel, it's still along the same idea.

What have you been using by VH Essentials?

People have said going on birth control has prevented bacterial vaginosis, basically because birth control normalizes the hormones, and keeps everything constant. Women with BV have a significantly less amount of estrogen in their vaginal flora compared to women that have a healthy vaginal flora (source). I also did a summarized post about it on my blog (here). In your case, I don't know if taking birth control would be neccessary since it sounds like you experience a bacterial vaginosis flare up once in a while. But, the decision is yours, and be sure to choose the right kind if you decide to take it. Taking birth control has one of those things that makes you more prone to yeast infections though (source). That could be due to the extra hormones in the birth control pills. More estrogen = more food for the yeast.


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post Jun 15 2011, 06:35 AM
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Okay, so I am new here but I will give it a go. I had BV issues in the past and I haven't really had any flare ups in a very long time. I just recently had one and went to the GYN and she gave me the Metro Gel for 5 days. I finished that but now I am just having the sensation of vag dryness without the dry part. Something just doesn't feel right. Also, there is a discharge that is clumpy and white; I am wondering if that is due to the gel? I have been using some of the products made by VH Essentials. I am crossing my fingers that if I continue to do their "upkeep" advice that I can avoid future reocurrences.

On another note, I am thinking about starting birthcontrol and I read up on the positive effects of bc on bv. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with that?

Thanks! smile.gif
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swt simplicity
post Jun 4 2011, 09:29 AM
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I came across some great news about a product called VivaGel that is more effective than any other treatment for bacterial vaginosis. In the clinical trials 89% of the patients treated were clinically cured of bacterial vaginosis. VivaGel is expected to avoid any of the shortcomings of the other treatments for bacterial vaginosis, like resistancy and side effects since it doesn't absorb into the body. It can be used in the long term for prevention and in Japan, there is already a license agreement for VivaGel coated condoms. This is nice, since bacterial vaginosis can flare up during and after sex. VivaGel can be used to prevent the transmission of the herpes virus, HPV, and HIV too. Sometimes these sexually transmitted diseases can be passed with the use of a condom, so this is also amazing news.

I just knew there would be a product in the future that would be safer and more effective than antibiotics for the treatment of BV. All it took was a little bit of time, well, a long time. It takes such a long time for medications to be tested, effective, and safe to use for the general public. Some clinical trials actually last years, as high as eight possibly even longer. I'd love to know how the results are coming for those l.crispatus suppositories since l.crispatus is one of the most abundant good vaginal lactobacilli, if it even made it far enough?

Here are some links to more information about VivaGel, they're absolute must reads:
  1. VivaGel Demonstrates Efficacy in Bacterial Vaginosis
  2. VivaGel Coated Condom
  3. VivaGel for STI Prevention
  4. VivaGel for Bacterial Vaginosis

Since VivaGel is going through the third phase of clinical trials, it is not yet available. Sounds like it will be available soon with all of the licensing and buzz about it.

Yay for more options! I can't get over how promising these results !
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post May 27 2011, 07:46 AM
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QUOTE(sweetsong @ May 25 2011, 04:11 PM) *
well surprise surprise, flagyl didn't work at all. i'm going to call and request another prescription. any recommendations? i know anti-biotics are shunned for bv, but i am absolutely desperate, and i think i know how to counteract them with probiotics by now so i'm not a complete dummy.

It could be that the bacteria have now become resistant to some of the previous antibiotics you've taken. You should request something you haven't tried before. A suppressive course of antibiotics is one of the last resorts if nothing works, which does help some.

Sorry if I offended you with the probiotic comment. I just wanted to make sure that you knew. Sometimes it's the little things that matter the most.


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post May 25 2011, 03:11 PM
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well surprise surprise, flagyl didn't work at all. i'm going to call and request another prescription. any recommendations? i know anti-biotics are shunned for bv, but i am absolutely desperate, and i think i know how to counteract them with probiotics by now so i'm not a complete dummy.
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post May 20 2011, 07:45 PM
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QUOTE(sweetsong @ May 19 2011, 03:08 PM) *
so i just got home from my appointment. it is indeed BV once again. she prescribed me two weeks worth of flagyl, which i don't feel great about, but hopefully i can take it and balance it with some probiotics and knock it out for good.

Remember to take the probiotic two to three hours after you take your antibiotic. You want to avoid the chance that your killing the beneficial bacteria of the probiotic by taking the antibiotic and probiotic within the same time frame. Did you get your vitamin D levels checked?


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post May 19 2011, 02:08 PM
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QUOTE(swt simplicity @ May 17 2011, 07:43 AM) *
Don't forget to be very specific about your symptoms during your appointment. You might want to bring a small notepad that has any notes or questions you want to mention too.


so i just got home from my appointment. it is indeed BV once again. she prescribed me two weeks worth of flagyl, which i don't feel great about, but hopefully i can take it and balance it with some probiotics and knock it out for good.
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post May 18 2011, 03:24 PM
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CORRECTION the Metrogel and flagyl was for 5 days not 7. I forgot to add after the May 5th check up the doctor gave me Terconazole Vaginal Cream to use for 7 days. To prevent infections and to help me build more good bacteria. Its been a full week since I have finished my dose of Terconazole Vaginal Cream still no BV no smell and no discharge. I check constantly. I have not had sex in 9months mad.gif unsure.gif lol this may also be a contributing factor. I continue to take 2 acidophilus pills at bed time, I drink alots of water (I do sneak in some orange juice or I make my own fruit juice w/o sugar). I eat lotssss and lotss of fruit and veggies daily. I admit I do sneak in a few pieces of candy once in a while but not to often because I do not want to disturb my bed of roses! lol

I really hope this continues for me and I hope my post helps some/ALL of you ladies!

QUOTE(swt simplicity @ May 17 2011, 07:43 AM) *
Don't forget to be very specific about your symptoms during your appointment. You might want to bring a small notepad that has any notes or questions you want to mention too.


I've heard holding in urine can cause urinary tract infections because holding in the urine can cause a bacterial build up (source). It makes sense that the bacteria after urination could migrate to the vagina by wiping the area.

I didn't know bacterial vaginosis is often associated with urinary tract infections ...

(NIH) Association of Urinary Tract Infection in Women with Bacterial Vaginosis

I like that she didn't suggest cranberry juice. It's usually loaded with sugar which makes things worse.

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post May 17 2011, 06:43 AM
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QUOTE(sweetsong @ May 16 2011, 04:29 PM) *
i'm calling today to make an appointment. i can't afford this under any means, but i'd rather be in debt forever than live my life like this.

Don't forget to be very specific about your symptoms during your appointment. You might want to bring a small notepad that has any notes or questions you want to mention too.

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HI Everyone,

I haven't not been on here much but I felt I needed to tell what has been going on down there lol. On March 31st I had my annual checkup with my GYN. The normal GYN was not in so I was examined by someone new. I told her my history with BV and she gave me a look. Because my discharge was so bad she was not about to get a clear pap smear done. She told me she wanted to put me on the good old Metro Gel and Flagyl I told her no I have been on it many times and I did not feel like giving it a try for the fifth time.

To make a long story short she begged and insisted this would work time this time around. So I gave in. She subscribed Metro Gel vaginally for 7 days and flagyl orally for 7 days at bed time, only water and too urinate 8-10times a day (never holding my bladder) lastly she told me to come back in a month to get a complete pap smear. A month later (May 5th) I went back and NO BV, clean, clear and smell free pap!! I am sooo happy.

I didnít know that if you hold your bladder the bacteria in your bladder could spill over into the vagina (not literally but so so)
**Side not during that month I changed my eating habits as well, I take 2 tablets of Acidophilus I have also cut down my meat intake to once a week (strictly chicken or seafood), no candy, 5 or more fruits a day, lots of veggies and water ONLY)

I've heard holding in urine can cause urinary tract infections because holding in the urine can cause a bacterial build up (source). It makes sense that the bacteria after urination could migrate to the vagina by wiping the area.

I didn't know bacterial vaginosis is often associated with urinary tract infections ...

(NIH) Association of Urinary Tract Infection in Women with Bacterial Vaginosis

I like that she didn't suggest cranberry juice. It's usually loaded with sugar which makes things worse.


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post May 16 2011, 07:58 PM
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HI Everyone,

I haven't not been on here much but I felt I needed to tell what has been going on down there lol. On March 31st I had my annual checkup with my GYN. The normal GYN was not in so I was examined by someone new. I told her my history with BV and she gave me a look. Because my discharge was so bad she was not about to get a clear pap smear done. She told me she wanted to put me on the good old Metro Gel and Flagyl dry.gif I told her no I have been on it many times and I did not feel like giving it a try for the fifth time.

To make a long story short she begged and insisted this would work time this time around. So I gave in. She subscribed Metro Gel vaginally for 7 days and flagyl orally for 7 days at bed time, only water and too urinate 8-10times a day (never holding my bladder) lastly she told me to come back in a month to get a complete pap smear. A month later (May 5th) I went back and NO BV, clean, clear and smell free pap!! I am sooo happy.

I didnít know that if you hold your bladder the bacteria in your bladder could spill over into the vagina (not literally but so so)
**Side not during that month I changed my eating habits as well, I take 2 tablets of Acidophilus I have also cut down my meat intake to once a week (strictly chicken or seafood), no candy, 5 or more fruits a day, lots of veggies and water ONLY)
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post May 16 2011, 03:29 PM
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QUOTE(swt simplicity @ May 15 2011, 04:00 PM) *
Don't scare yourself doing internet diagnosis'. Sometimes you could have something completely different. I did an internet diagnosis (while I was suffering from my on-albican yeast infection) and thought for the longest time that I had bacterial vaginosis when I had something else entirely.

You don't have insurance? I'm really sorry to hear that. If it is something like an ovarian cyst or a disorder of some form, there's only so much you can do without medical intervention.


i'm calling today to make an appointment. i can't afford this under any means, but i'd rather be in debt forever than live my life like this.
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post May 15 2011, 03:00 PM
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QUOTE(sweetsong @ May 15 2011, 02:04 PM) *
after i read your reply, i did more research on my symptoms and found a few things about cysts, dysplasia, and other things i know nothing about. now i am worried. i don't have health care though, so a trip to the doctor isn't a feasible option right now. shoot.

Don't scare yourself doing internet diagnosis'. Sometimes you could have something completely different. I did an internet diagnosis (while I was suffering from my on-albican yeast infection) and thought for the longest time that I had bacterial vaginosis when I had something else entirely.

You don't have insurance? I'm really sorry to hear that. If it is something like an ovarian cyst or a disorder of some form, there's only so much you can do without medical intervention.


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post May 15 2011, 01:04 PM
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QUOTE(swt simplicity @ May 15 2011, 09:39 AM) *
I'm pretty sure many women on this forum can relate to you: humiliating vaginal odor, embarrassment, discomfort, and the like. Talking about it is the best thing you can do, especially since stress more often than not intensifies your symptoms.

You say that the discharge is "brown and changes daily", that's really unusual. And it smells like "crap", which is also uncommon. I'd like to think the brown discharge is due to your menstrual cycle, if it's not, then you should really see a gynecologist. The smell could be due to blood that is decomposing. Your symptoms don't sound typical of bacterial vaginosis.

NatureMade is a GMP certified (high quality, standardized, frequently tested ...) supplement brand that is sold at most drugstores, Walmart, Kmart, and places in between). It's the brand that usually has a bright yellow cap on their vitamins. I suggest you try one of their vitamin D supplements, I know one is for 1,000 mg (roughly $8.00 maybe) and another is as high as 5,000 mg (almost $18.00), maybe there is a few in between. They offer coupons on their website too. Depending on how low you are in vitamin D or how much you think you need, you can choose what's best for you. If you do plan on taking the one that contains 5,000mg, only take it as long as neccessary.


after i read your reply, i did more research on my symptoms and found a few things about cysts, dysplasia, and other things i know nothing about. now i am worried. i don't have health care though, so a trip to the doctor isn't a feasible option right now. shoot.
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post May 15 2011, 08:39 AM
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QUOTE(sweetsong @ May 15 2011, 12:17 AM) *
the odor continually smells like crap, literally. that's the best way i know how to describe it without going into detail or telling one of my many humiliating stories. (i hate even admitting that, but i guess this isn't really the place to feel embarrassed..) the consistency is really thin. the color changes daily, it seems. yesterday it was darker brown, today it's really light brown. and today's been a worse day, so i'm not sure if that means something or not.

also thanks to swt simplicity, your responses are always incredibly thorough, and encouraging. i'm going to get a good vitamin d supplement tomorrow.

my spirits are low. just when i start to think i'm getting better, i have a day like today.

I'm pretty sure many women on this forum can relate to you: humiliating vaginal odor, embarrassment, discomfort, and the like. Talking about it is the best thing you can do, especially since stress more often than not intensifies your symptoms.

You say that the discharge is "brown and changes daily", that's really unusual. And it smells like "crap", which is also uncommon. I'd like to think the brown discharge is due to your menstrual cycle, if it's not, then you should really see a gynecologist. The smell could be due to blood that is decomposing. Your symptoms don't sound typical of bacterial vaginosis.

NatureMade is a GMP certified (high quality, standardized, frequently tested ...) supplement brand that is sold at most drugstores, Walmart, Kmart, and places in between). It's the brand that usually has a bright yellow cap on their vitamins. I suggest you try one of their vitamin D supplements, I know one is for 1,000 mg (roughly $8.00 maybe) and another is as high as 5,000 mg (almost $18.00), maybe there is a few in between. They offer coupons on their website too. Depending on how low you are in vitamin D or how much you think you need, you can choose what's best for you. If you do plan on taking the one that contains 5,000mg, only take it as long as neccessary.


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post May 14 2011, 11:17 PM
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QUOTE(melinda7 @ May 12 2011, 02:51 PM) *
Can you describe the odor and the color/consistency of the discharge? It could be something else. You really need a wet mount to get a diagnosis.


the odor continually smells like crap, literally. that's the best way i know how to describe it without going into detail or telling one of my many humiliating stories. (i hate even admitting that, but i guess this isn't really the place to feel embarrassed..) the consistency is really thin. the color changes daily, it seems. yesterday it was darker brown, today it's really light brown. and today's been a worse day, so i'm not sure if that means something or not.

also thanks to swt simplicity, your responses are always incredibly thorough, and encouraging. i'm going to get a good vitamin d supplement tomorrow.

my spirits are low. just when i start to think i'm getting better, i have a day like today.
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post May 12 2011, 04:18 PM
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QUOTE(melis19750 @ May 10 2011, 03:32 PM) *
So Im sure Im fine. =)

That's good news then smile.gif I was beginning to think a lot of harm could be done in terms of your progress if you stayed on the diflucan for a long time.

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hey everyone, i haven't posted here in a while. when i described my experience with BV a few months ago, i got a couple really helpful responses. someone suggested that i try fem-d, so i took it daily for a few days and noticed no change at all. occasionally i felt like my symptoms got worse after i took it..

something i'm wondering about: i'm beginning to think that there's a chance i don't have BV, that it's something else? when i first got diagnosed with BV back in high school and again in college, my symptoms were much different. the smell is much worse now, not fishy like i often see it described, and the color is peculiar and changes almost daily. no itching, discomfort, pain of any sort. it's literally just discharge and odor. (sometimes i feel like i'd rather have itching and pain than this horrid smell..) do any of you have any ideas of something else it could be, if not BV?

i'm moving in three weeks to live and work on a farm. i'm so excited, but i can't imagine going there in my current condition. i'm really worried. any advice, vitamin or pill suggestions, or encouragement that i'm not the only one going through this would be so appreciated.

<3

A vaginal odor and discharge [usually] signifies an infection or an STD. I don't want to name things and lead you in the wrong direction because, it's not wise to give diagnoses over the internet since those suggestions are more often than not very misleading.

I would suggest not trying to irrigate or "flush out" the vagina, since that isn't healthy in any way, shape, or form, and if you were to get examined by a gynecologist, you definitely want the condition of your flora to stay as is, in order to get an accurate diagnosis. Don't do any suppositories, douching, or insertions 72 hours prior to your visit. And don't forget, the vagina is self cleaning smile.gif Even though you might feel unclean sometimes, it's just because there is something wrong, not because your not clean [enough].

If you haven't read The V Book yet, I highly suggest that you do. It covers a lot of topics pertaining to the vulva and vagina. And best of all, it consistently provides lots of accurate information.

As far as supplement suggestions go, you can't go wrong taking a high quality vitamin D supplement, since women that are low in vitamin D are very suspectible to developing bacterial vaginosis. I'll provide links here:
  1. Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Bacterial Vaginosis
  2. Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Is Associated with Bacterial Vaginosis in the First Trimester of Pregnancy
  3. Vitamin D Insufficiency Linked To Bacterial Vaginosis In Pregnant Women

*All three links are from very credible sources. The Medscape one might not open since it sometimes prompts viewers to sign in. You should sign up, since it's an excellent source for the most updated health information.

Based on the three links above, you can see there is a nutritional factor that affects how susceptible a woman is to developing bacterial vaginosis, which leads me to my other link, from the National Institutes of Health, Journal of Nutrition.
  1. Dietary Intake of Selected Nutrients Affects Bacterial Vaginosis in Women
I did a blog post on this a while back (click here). I basically highlighted the article in a nutshell.

It's okay to take vitamins and supplements, but the bigger picture is that it's a lot more than taking the right supplements, you actually need to eat a balanced diet. Vitamins and supplements are really expensive, especially the high quality ones that don't contain any fillers (keep in mind vitamins and supplements are not regulated; it's a self regulated industry).

So, I suggest that you get your vitamin D levels checked. If they are low, your doctor will probably suggest that you take an over the counter supplement. There are two varieties of vitamin D that I can think of, D2 and D3. You need to make sure you pick the right form. You need to pick a dosage of 1,000 mg or higher; those are now the new standards (according to the Harvard School of Public Health). The Harvard School of Public Health actually recommends some people need as high as 2,000 mg of vitamin D. You should read the article to get the full scoop.

I'll keep you posted if I can recommend anything else!


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QUOTE(sweetsong @ May 11 2011, 05:01 PM) *
hey everyone, i haven't posted here in a while. when i described my experience with BV a few months ago, i got a couple really helpful responses. someone suggested that i try fem-d, so i took it daily for a few days and noticed no change at all. occasionally i felt like my symptoms got worse after i took it..

something i'm wondering about: i'm beginning to think that there's a chance i don't have BV, that it's something else? when i first got diagnosed with BV back in high school and again in college, my symptoms were much different. the smell is much worse now, not fishy like i often see it described, and the color is peculiar and changes almost daily. no itching, discomfort, pain of any sort. it's literally just discharge and odor. (sometimes i feel like i'd rather have itching and pain than this horrid smell..) do any of you have any ideas of something else it could be, if not BV?

i'm moving in three weeks to live and work on a farm. i'm so excited, but i can't imagine going there in my current condition. i'm really worried. any advice, vitamin or pill suggestions, or encouragement that i'm not the only one going through this would be so appreciated.

<3



Can you describe the odor and the color/consistency of the discharge? It could be something else. You really need a wet mount to get a diagnosis.
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QUOTE(sweetsong @ May 11 2011, 04:01 PM) *
hey everyone, i haven't posted here in a while. when i described my experience with BV a few months ago, i got a couple really helpful responses. someone suggested that i try fem-d, so i took it daily for a few days and noticed no change at all. occasionally i felt like my symptoms got worse after i took it..

something i'm wondering about: i'm beginning to think that there's a chance i don't have BV, that it's something else? when i first got diagnosed with BV back in high school and again in college, my symptoms were much different. the smell is much worse now, not fishy like i often see it described, and the color is peculiar and changes almost daily. no itching, discomfort, pain of any sort. it's literally just discharge and odor. (sometimes i feel like i'd rather have itching and pain than this horrid smell..) do any of you have any ideas of something else it could be, if not BV?

i'm moving in three weeks to live and work on a farm. i'm so excited, but i can't imagine going there in my current condition. i'm really worried. any advice, vitamin or pill suggestions, or encouragement that i'm not the only one going through this would be so appreciated.

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Hey there,

I'm new to the board so I don't know if this has been suggested already but I'm a big fan of earthclinic.com. It's a site devoted to homeopathic cures and they have dozens of user suggestions for bv. the top cures are hydrogen peroxide douche and probiotics with folio acid. but if you scroll through the cures their are other suggestions like supplements and essential oils that have worked for some. it's a good reference for any ailment.
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hey everyone, i haven't posted here in a while. when i described my experience with BV a few months ago, i got a couple really helpful responses. someone suggested that i try fem-d, so i took it daily for a few days and noticed no change at all. occasionally i felt like my symptoms got worse after i took it..

something i'm wondering about: i'm beginning to think that there's a chance i don't have BV, that it's something else? when i first got diagnosed with BV back in high school and again in college, my symptoms were much different. the smell is much worse now, not fishy like i often see it described, and the color is peculiar and changes almost daily. no itching, discomfort, pain of any sort. it's literally just discharge and odor. (sometimes i feel like i'd rather have itching and pain than this horrid smell..) do any of you have any ideas of something else it could be, if not BV?

i'm moving in three weeks to live and work on a farm. i'm so excited, but i can't imagine going there in my current condition. i'm really worried. any advice, vitamin or pill suggestions, or encouragement that i'm not the only one going through this would be so appreciated.

<3
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