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> Bacterial Vaginosis--or--embarrassing bad smell
Eralc Alegna
post Oct 11 2006, 10:42 AM
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QUOTE(fedup @ Oct 10 2006, 03:01 PM) *

I DO NOT want to pass this mess along to my future husband when the time comes for us to stop using the condoms. This is so depressing.

Also, I was wondering does sugar and caffeine make it worse? I'm not eating any sugar or drinking any coffee for a while to experiment a little. I bought some decaf, so we'll see what happens.


Diet is linked on a certain level. I've read lots of stuff saying to abstain from sugar, alcohol, yeast etc. I've been planning/trying to start a raw food diet for a while now, I'm sure my poor dietary habits are at least partially to blame. Plus I'm still convinced that I just have some sort of bacteria overgrowth due to my breakouts. The raw food diet is also a detox diet so I'm hoping to just flush as much shit out as I can (literally!).

Don't worry about passing it to your husband. I've had boyfriends treated on the off chance we might be passing the infection, but they could only MAYBE carry it. Men don't get infected. It never helped me having my partner treated anyway.

I had given up on doctors recently but now I kinda want to go back to have my hormones checked out. I was against using hormonal birth control for a few reasons but if that could help me i might be willing to put some weight on again. Neverending, be sure to let us know if the pill keeps the infection away or not
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post Oct 10 2006, 07:08 PM
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I've been tested for all STD's and have no signs of HPV so I'm pretty sure that isn't the reason for the pap abnormality. That said, I got my biopsy today and she only had to take one sample because it was such a small area of abnormality so hopefully things are cool now.
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klee
post Oct 10 2006, 05:34 PM
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Haven't been here for a bit but wanted to say to Sassy that abnormal paps are...kinda normal? I've had them, had colposcopys (biopsies) and many of my friends have too. None of them use boric acid though and I didn't either until recently.

I'm 31 and never had an abnormal until I was 23 so don't worry that you've never had one before...I mean, you started getting paps what, 3 years ago?? It's something to be aware of and as long as you continue getting regular paps then your gyno can make sure your cells don't become cancerous. You probably should discuss HPV with your gyno though.
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post Oct 10 2006, 01:44 PM
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QUOTE(neverending @ Oct 10 2006, 09:46 AM) *

Well ladies, I started the birth control Sunday and you know what? THE SMELL AND DISCHARGE IS GONE(I KID YOU NOT).Will I have to be on birth control the rest of my life to keep these symptoms away? I knew this shit was hormone related. sad.gif It's just sad I had to go through this for 4 1/2 years to figure it out.


I'm on birth control and still have it! Maybe If I stop taking it, it might make it go away!!???? It is so hard dealing with this crap for 12 years. I feel like it's never going to be over. I ordered the boric acid suppositories and will start those tonight. Hopefully, that will make it stop. I DO NOT want to pass this mess along to my future husband when the time comes for us to stop using the condoms. This is so depressing.

Also, I was wondering does sugar and caffeine make it worse? I'm not eating any sugar or drinking any coffee for a while to experiment a little. I bought some decaf, so we'll see what happens.
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sassy
post Oct 10 2006, 12:24 PM
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Neverending: That's so weird. Consider yourself lucky, though. I had BV both before I started birth control and now that I'm taking it. I wish it was that easy for me!
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post Oct 10 2006, 07:29 AM
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Well ladies, I started the birth control Sunday and you know what? THE SMELL AND DISCHARGE IS GONE(I KID YOU NOT).Will I have to be on birth control the rest of my life to keep these symptoms away? I knew this shit was hormone related. sad.gif It's just sad I had to go through this for 4 1/2 years to figure it out.
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post Oct 10 2006, 04:15 AM
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Mine looks exactly like bug bites, too. That's what I thought it was until I developed them everywhere on my left leg and only a few on my right leg...weird, huh? I've been putting some cream on them that I got from my dermatologist about 6-months ago for some dry skin. It helps a little but as soon as the old ones start fading away, a new one appears. They are very raised, red bumps and some are peeling a bit.

Mine itch too. I'm planning on going to the doctor as soon as I get this biopsy business taken care of and get some free time in my schedule.
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post Oct 9 2006, 11:18 PM
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Sassy, what does your rash look like? Mine looks like bumps, red, welts, and they itch. And if I scratch they get worse, and open up, but nothing is in them. Sortof like a bug bite. And under the rash, my skin is really red.
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post Oct 9 2006, 08:53 PM
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Jewels...I would have mentioned it sooner but I actually just found out that info last week. I didn't even connect it until I developed a rash of my own on my legs. I don't know.
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post Oct 9 2006, 07:34 PM
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Another thing. If I am having a rash from this, why did it take a month to show itself, and I've been off it for 2 weeks but its still getting worse. And it's in localized areas. My forehead, my arms from my elbow down to my wrist, and in between my boobs. I thought I was getting it on my legs, but there's nothing there. And nothing on my stomach or near the kitty. So, maybe I'm wrong about the rash.
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post Oct 9 2006, 07:13 PM
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Well, I wished you would have said something sooner. I've had this rash since August, and I've mentioned it alot on here and nobody responded. It's evident, that's what mine is from after reading more of it. I haven't used the Boric now for over 2 weeks, but my rash is so bad, it's not even funny. I'm sure I'm not overdosing on it, my body is just having an alergic reaction to it. I go to the doctor on Wed. so I guess I'll have to tell them about the Boric and the can let me know if that is what's wrong with me. Here's what I found on the boric...

Side Effects:
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
Chest pain
Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:
You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

Boric Acid can cause upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain (8,10,11)
Call your doctor if you feel weak, tired, dizzy, or are not thinking clearly. These symptoms can occur when Boric Acid is taken for a long time or if you are taking too much of it
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post Oct 9 2006, 06:11 PM
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Hey ladies... I had a mild sinus infection today and I went to my general doctor. After she prescribed my sinus meds, I asked her for her opinion on BV. I told her I've been diagnosed with it for over a year and a half and that the meds the gyno prescribed me only worked for couple of weeks and the BV would appear again. She told me that when any patients come to her and they are diagnosed with it...she doesnt prescribe them anything at all. She says that anytime you take meds...it will mess with your PH and basically goes through a cycle where it would just appear again. She stated to just bear with it and it would go away. She said to make sure my partner uses a condom at all times. Wellllllll... in my situation, I can't stand the smell of it so I know I can't just "bear wit it." I guess I'll just have to keep sticking to the Boric
Acid. (I didnt tell her about the BA either)
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post Oct 9 2006, 04:10 PM
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RASHES! Uhm, I think it's time for me to lay off the boric acid for a while.
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post Oct 9 2006, 09:08 AM
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Jewels...I work at a hospital (doing a public relations internship) and I get bored and look through the medical encyclopedia online. Anyway, a symptom of boric acid overdose includes rashes and blisters. I have had a rash on both of my legs for the past couple of weeks and they are just now starting to go away since I've been laying off the boric acid. What do you think...I know you've had a rash? I don't think it means we're overdosing...I just think maybe the boric acid could have caused our rashes.
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post Oct 8 2006, 08:15 PM
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You guys could be right about the abnormal pap and boric acid not being related, I just don't want to take any chances, you know? Thanks for the nice words. I appreciate it. I hope it goes smoothly and nothing is seriously wrong!
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post Oct 8 2006, 06:45 PM
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Sassy, I'm sorry to hear about that. Just so you know, both my mom and I had abnormal paps, along with just about every female I know. It's not unusual, so don't get upset until you need to. I don't believe it has anything to do with the boric, the B.V. I think most women have an abnormal pap atleast once in their lifetime. Mine was when I was about your age, and I had already had 2 children. And I DID NOT HAVE B.V.

Anyways, mine is back with a vengeance. I have the white milky crap coming out of me. But I haven't used Boric for a couple of weeks. No more fiance for me. Caught his ass cheating. So, we are through. And I'm not in any hurry to share the fish with anybody else anytime soon. Headed to the doctor on Wednesday for this stupid ass rash on my body. And then I think I'll go in to the Gyno and get some meds.
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post Oct 8 2006, 01:46 PM
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sassy:I had a biopsy done twice.It's not that bad if the doctor knows what he or she is doing.When I had my first biopsy all I felt was a little pinch and cramping afterwards.The second time I had a new doctor and I thought he was trying to kill me.So it all depends on the technique I guess! I hope everything goes well.
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post Oct 8 2006, 10:15 AM
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If you just started using the boric acid, I don't think it's related. Boric acid also has the toxicity of table salt. It's considered a Group E carcinogen by the EPA, which means the EPA found that it hasn't caused cancer, based on animal studies. Further, it's sometimes used to stop the growth of prostate cancer.

You can learn more from this University of Oregon PDF .

Sassy, I'm sorry that you have to have a biopsy and that your pap was abormal. Hopefully it'll turn out to be nothing.
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post Oct 7 2006, 10:35 AM
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My doctor said it wouldn't hurt...did she lie?

No, I don't know 100% that the boric acid made things weird with my cervix, I just know that I've never had any problems with it before and it seems kind of logical to connect the two. Either way, I just think everyone should watch how much they use. I'm definately not using the stuff again. I'd rather smell than die of cancer.
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post Oct 6 2006, 05:18 PM
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Sassy: Sorry to hear that! Ask them to numb it before the procedure if you can.
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