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greeneyyes
post Feb 7 2008, 05:13 PM
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I have not posted in ages...just been kinda dealing with it all the best that I can. During one of my random googles I came across an add for a product called Vagiprin...google it, check it out and let me know if anyone has tried it!
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post Feb 7 2008, 12:46 PM
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QUOTE(texie @ Feb 6 2008, 05:01 PM) *
Need advice please- and I'm sorry, but this has probably come up in older threads-

Is there any link between HPV and BV? - I feel like my fiance has given me both- the HPV for sure. My gyno tested me for BV and I tested negative, but there is of course still a smell and itch that comes and goes.

I want to continue to use condoms because I think that he's irritating my vagina- I've been reading that this will aggrevate the BV- but I can't really stand to have sex with him without condoms knowing of what's lurking down below- Is condom use a no-no for BV?

So, can he be "sanitized?" I just had my first biopsies, which were very painful and made the BV flare up- I'm going to start taking F-dophilus-

I'm extremely pissed that I have to deal with his past- he had no idea of course, and still has no idea of what an aggrevation this is- between this and his family I'm ready to call it off-

Women with BV have a higher likelihood of catching STDs because their vaginas are no longer equipped with protective lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide producing bacteria. Maybe he did give you the HPV, but many men have it, so it is kind of hard to avoid. I was just reading about a cream called 'Imiquimod'. I don't know much about it, except that it somehow boosts the immunity of the cells on your skin. Perhaps you could ask your doctor about it, and do some research. Also research how to boost your immune system. They say that if you try to keep really healthy, the HPV may go away on its own. Keep positive, and hopefully it will! Good luck.

[ How common is HPV?
Approximately 20 million people are currently infected with HPV. At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. By age 50, at least 80 percent of women will have acquired genital HPV infection. About 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year. ]

[ http://www.cdc.gov/STD/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm#common ]
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post Feb 6 2008, 03:44 PM
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Need advice please- and I'm sorry, but this has probably come up in older threads-

Is there any link between HPV and BV? - I feel like my fiance has given me both- the HPV for sure. My gyno tested me for BV and I tested negative, but there is of course still a smell and itch that comes and goes.

I want to continue to use condoms because I think that he's irritating my vagina- I've been reading that this will aggrevate the BV- but I can't really stand to have sex with him without condoms knowing of what's lurking down below- Is condom use a no-no for BV?

So, can he be "sanitized?" I just had my first biopsies, which were very painful and made the BV flare up- I'm going to start taking F-dophilus-

I'm extremely pissed that I have to deal with his past- he had no idea of course, and still has no idea of what an aggrevation this is- between this and his family I'm ready to call it off-
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post Feb 5 2008, 07:09 PM
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QUOTE(CarrieBradshaw @ Feb 5 2008, 10:22 AM) *
question -- i'm going to be flying a lot this summer and am wondering how to travel with my must-be-refridgerated FemDophilus (which by the way, I LOVE!!!). What do you guys do/suggest????

I once traveled all the way to Asia from the states with a pie, and asked the flight attendants on the plane if they could please put it in the fridge. And they did! You could use a little insulated bag and try doing the same thing.
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post Feb 5 2008, 04:58 PM
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QUOTE(chronicpanic @ Feb 5 2008, 02:20 AM) *
hi girls! i'm new here =) been reading this thread with much interest!

22 year old here.. but unlike most of you here, i'm actually from singapore, where such problems are either seldom heard of or swept under the rug due to embarrasement. yeah, the average asian is a frightened tight-lipped one tongue.gif

first up.. i've recently had an odd watery yellowish discharge of late, coupled with a slight, but not empowering smell. not wanting to take the risk i headed to my gynae where he noticed that my vulva looked reddish and he took a culture and the results were that i have a heavy growth of strep b, and put me on amoxillin for 2 weeks.

the odd thing is, after much googling, i found out that strep b infection is one thats without symptoms.. i have already been on amox for a week and still not much results =( i'm wondering if its BV, since the culture also covered trich and other STDs and all were negative. i'm so paranoid that i have been trying to smell myself everytime i get the chance to, to the extent that i'd whiff my pantyliner (yeah gross i know). i've never had BV before, so im not sure how the smell is like but the current smell that i have is actually not very strong, and i have to put my nose really closely to the pantyliner before i can smell anything.

to be honest i kinda forgotten how my normal discharge smells like.. there's even a chance it might be my normal discharge just that my paranoia affects my perception.

sigh.

can anyone who's had strep b before kindly enlighten this lost soul here?! thanks!!! and oh, is it possible that BV discharge is yellowish and not an opaque white? and will eating yoghurt help restore the PH in anyway? thank you once again!



Hi Chronicpanic, I actually had Group B Strep last summer and was given amoxocillian. It does cause a discharge but I had white. It did cause irritation on me too. Be careful because Amoxo has been known to cause fungal yeast infections. I am sure that you do not have BV if your gyn cultured you because that would have showed up in the culture results.
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post Feb 5 2008, 09:41 AM
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QUOTE(mfc10 @ Feb 5 2008, 09:12 AM) *
Hi--Check out this discussion board [url="http://www.steadyhealth.com/due_to_boric_acid__my_yeast_infection_has_changed__t92154.html"]
where a couple women talked about vaginal Strep B. I believe that Dr. Elizabeth Stewart's "The V Book" also covers strep b. Will post again if I hear of anything helpful.
Take care,
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thanks! unfortunately there's not much info going around yet =( now my vulva's swelling up and feeling a tad raw, as always when i get the infection.
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CarrieBradshaw
post Feb 5 2008, 09:05 AM
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question -- i'm going to be flying a lot this summer and am wondering how to travel with my must-be-refridgerated FemDophilus (which by the way, I LOVE!!!). What do you guys do/suggest????
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post Feb 5 2008, 07:55 AM
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QUOTE(chronicpanic @ Feb 5 2008, 03:20 AM) *
the odd thing is, after much googling, i found out that strep b infection is one thats without symptoms..



Hi--Check out this discussion board [url="http://www.steadyhealth.com/due_to_boric_acid__my_yeast_infection_has_changed__t92154.html"]
where a couple women talked about vaginal Strep B. I believe that Dr. Elizabeth Stewart's "The V Book" also covers strep b. Will post again if I hear of anything helpful.
Take care,
Magggie
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chronicpanic
post Feb 5 2008, 01:03 AM
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hi girls! i'm new here =) been reading this thread with much interest!

22 year old here.. but unlike most of you here, i'm actually from singapore, where such problems are either seldom heard of or swept under the rug due to embarrasement. yeah, the average asian is a frightened tight-lipped one tongue.gif

first up.. i've recently had an odd watery yellowish discharge of late, coupled with a slight, but not empowering smell. not wanting to take the risk i headed to my gynae where he noticed that my vulva looked reddish and he took a culture and the results were that i have a heavy growth of strep b, and put me on amoxillin for 2 weeks.

the odd thing is, after much googling, i found out that strep b infection is one thats without symptoms.. i have already been on amox for a week and still not much results =( i'm wondering if its BV, since the culture also covered trich and other STDs and all were negative. i'm so paranoid that i have been trying to smell myself everytime i get the chance to, to the extent that i'd whiff my pantyliner (yeah gross i know). i've never had BV before, so im not sure how the smell is like but the current smell that i have is actually not very strong, and i have to put my nose really closely to the pantyliner before i can smell anything.

to be honest i kinda forgotten how my normal discharge smells like.. there's even a chance it might be my normal discharge just that my paranoia affects my perception.

sigh.

can anyone who's had strep b before kindly enlighten this lost soul here?! thanks!!! and oh, is it possible that BV discharge is yellowish and not an opaque white? and will eating yoghurt help restore the PH in anyway? thank you once again!
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post Feb 4 2008, 07:28 PM
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QUOTE(chantelhugo @ Feb 4 2008, 05:28 PM) *
Does anyone know the best birth control pill that would be most compatible with helping rid of BV? Anyone have success with a certain pill that helped regulate their hormones?

I asked the same question not to long ago, but i didn't get a response. I'm pretty sure that bv does have something to do with hormones so you would think birth control would effect it in some way. I started to notice my first symptoms maybe a month or two before i started birth control and i had never been on it before. so anway i started taking the bc and saw no change at all. But here is my question does anyone recommend me trying something else since the bv was the same before and after the bc. i am on ortho tri cyclen lo.
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post Feb 4 2008, 06:54 PM
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QUOTE(SpRiNkLeS @ Feb 2 2008, 04:25 AM) *
Kassie I know exactly what you are talking about!!! I had at one time diagnosed myself with this fish odor disease due to a segment I had seen on the Tyra Banks Show. According to the show it comes on suddenly anywhere from 18 to late twenties or early thirties and them BAM! It is incurable. All she (the woman on the show suffering from this disease) talked about was this “horrible foul fish odor that can smell up a room” and I thought…………damn. THIS IS IT! THIS IS WHAT I HAVE!! But then I stumbled upon this site and I almost cried in relief to know that I actually have BV and it IS curable or at least containable according to some girls. The greatest thing was finding out that I am not alone. I had at one time went on the same exact diet that you are talking about for 6 weeks………..and wow, let me tell you it was very hard to stick to at first but after a while it got easier for me. I eventually went back to eating meat,green veggies and select breads because not one thing changed while I was on this diet and I really missed meat and green veggies. I was very disappointed.

So the fact that flagyl had at one time actually helped you could mean that there might be some sort of link between BV and this fish odor disease, although I thought it was called fish odor syndrome? If this disease is a genetic problem then you had this odor even as a child? I am thinking the program I watched could have been a bit misleading or maybe even something different than what you have. When you say that following through with your diet has solved your problem do you mean you have no odor at all anymore? Exactly how long did it take for you to start seeing results once you started your diet? I might not have stayed on long enough. ALTHOUGH I firmly believe my BV is caused by one thing and one thing only………..my crazy hormones!!!! BUT it doesn’t hurt to try out new alternatives.

And yes I must agree that DOVE is the best soap out there. I won’t even touch those soaps they have in hotels. I always have an extra bar or two in my suitcase or purse.

It started with a vaginal odor in my late teen years, about the time I became close with boyfriends; heavy petting. So, this introduced bacteria, I guess. After I was married and went back to work I had a co-worker pull me aside because the odor from a fun honeymoon was obvious not only to me but to the people I worked with. I was given iodine-douches from a gyno. I don't think my period blood started smelling until I had a bad bout with the flu in Virginia Beach, VA, and I think I got giardia bacteria from their drinking water. The point is that other people do fine after these activities: sex, flu, their period, and don't stink. I think anything I can find to help is great and the food I avoid seems to help. I'm 50 and two years ago I asked a doctor about what might be causing this and he gave me a blank stare. No help there. Yes, the doctor who gave me flagyl had some insight but the effect didn't last. My bacteria is very sensitive and anaerobic bacteria I think flourishes when I sit too much. I call it a disease because it can be detected by looking at your chromosomes, the fish-odor disease. The woman you're talking about had a very bad case, I read, and some people can get good results from staying away from the food they can't break down all the way. Don't really know for sure, but I can honestly say I think it's working for me.
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post Feb 4 2008, 06:22 PM
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QUOTE(chantelhugo @ Feb 5 2008, 12:28 AM) *
Does anyone know the best birth control pill that would be most compatible with helping rid of BV? Anyone have success with a certain pill that helped regulate their hormones?



I am currently using the Nuvaring and it's good. The only two things I see wrong with it is sometimes your breast will be sore and yes they will get bigger and lowered sex drive. Other than that, everything is all good with me excpet the dry vag. but that has nothing to do with th BC. HOPE THIS HELPS!
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post Feb 4 2008, 05:11 PM
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Does anyone know the best birth control pill that would be most compatible with helping rid of BV? Anyone have success with a certain pill that helped regulate their hormones?
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post Feb 4 2008, 02:23 PM
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Quick question.. and this is totally off topic LOL

does anyone else feel the uncontrollabe urge to "master-debate" when your BV is flaring up and Ya can't have portions so what do you do????? BAAAAAAHHHHH! LOL I'm so on edge I could crack walnuts with my teeth right now. Geez.


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post Feb 4 2008, 05:44 AM
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mg86: You should just make your own...it costs almost nothing and no green ooze!
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post Feb 3 2008, 08:33 PM
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to those who have tried yeast arrest.....

well, I have been using them for about a week now (one in morning one at night) - there is no BV smell or discharge, but I can't say I'm fond of the herb stuff coming out. It doesn't smell, but it sure looks nasty, lol. The instructions say that if the infection is responding but not completely gone you should do another 2 weeks. I am wondering if I should do it for another 2 weeks just to be sure? Also, it says that for maintenance you should do one a day for four days during your period. Does that mean you wear a pad? I am enjoying no gross discharge or sour milk smell, but I don't really want to deal with this herbal ooze either! smile.gif
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post Feb 3 2008, 02:52 PM
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QUOTE(mg86 @ Jan 22 2008, 09:58 AM) *
ugh..so embarassed!! Well I have been taking 2 Fem-Dopholus pills daily a little under 2 weeks. A few days ago someone posted here a link to one of the doctors talking about Fem-Dopholus and the cultures...this doctor said that inserting one capsule twice a day also worked. I decided to try this, I inserted one yesterday morning and yesterday night..Well now there is this very strange smell, like some kind of food, it's really weird and gross! I can smell it which makes me very self-conscious! I've decided I'm not going to insert them anymore...but what do you think it is from? No weird discharge or anything...( a little of the usual this morning )



I had that same weird smell too...I had to stop using it vaginally....
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post Feb 3 2008, 01:36 PM
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ah. i have not been on here in so long!! reading all this stuff is very encouraging. I am trying the tea tree oil asap!!! okay so i have a short story:

last month i had to have a tooth pulled, and was put on antibiotics: cephelexin 500 mg. "this antibiotic is used to treat bacterial infections." i took one a day, and the second day no BV! completely gone. i had about 25 pills and continued them for the whole month. all along not having one symptom. totally gone. i was in heaven. having the tooth pulled was worth the month bv free!! but as soon as i ran out, it was back. not as bad, but bad enough. ugh.

i wish i could stay on those pills for my entire life, but i'd probably just build a resistance to them.

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life is no fun.

Sprinkles: i look forward to reading your posts laugh.gif congrats on the bv free!! what exactly did you do again?
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QUOTE(konphusion26 @ Feb 2 2008, 11:07 PM) *
I've got the blues today:

I find it damn near impossible lately to feel sexy anymore with this bv shyt. There's things I want to do to spice my relationship up, but I can't because I'm constantly dealing with this. Portions are few and far between these days, and its really nobody's fault. Its just something that's happened due to my gyn problems. I've planned things that have fallen through because either i'm bleeding/cramping or i smell awful or I'm just paranoid or unconfident about my body. Its a sad. I feel like a walking talking pity party sometimes, because I'm like wow, is this my life?? I find myself feeling sorry for ME about alot of things that are going on in my life right now. This just happens to be the most annoying issue. I'm barely 27 yrs old. I realize my problems could be worse, but there is nothing like feeling dirty or disgusting to send one's self esteem into a downward spiral. I'm sure my depression and frustration is becoming very evident to those around me and is taking a toll on my intimacy with my husband... despite his flaws/quirks I love him dearly. Am I doomed to a life of sexual dissatisfaction and vaginal problems???? God I hope not. I might be locked up in the looney bin before too long. Seriously.

Does anyone ELSE feel this way?? It's very disheartening! dry.gif



I have been feeling the same way eversince I plug the vaginal cream up my "girly bits" a few hours ago. And the cream leaking out if me is simply grossing me out right now I feel so dirty and disgusting. WHY ME!!!!!!!!! I don't have a sex life because of this crap. The fact of the matter is I can look pretty and dress pretty too but when I smell bad it just ruins everything and people see me differently. I just wish I can wake up with a new vagina and the old vagina can just go to hell because that is what it is giving me.

Just recently I had a guy suck on my neck like never before. It was hott, sexy, erotic. Come to find out a friend of a friend dated him for a while and said that he gave crazy "oral" and that I was a lucky girl. But no such luck for me, I refuse to let him go anywhere near it in the condition its in. I have him on speed dial just in case my BV lets up earlier than expected.
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post Feb 2 2008, 08:50 PM
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I've got the blues today:

I find it damn near impossible lately to feel sexy anymore with this bv shyt. There's things I want to do to spice my relationship up, but I can't because I'm constantly dealing with this. Portions are few and far between these days, and its really nobody's fault. Its just something that's happened due to my gyn problems. I've planned things that have fallen through because either i'm bleeding/cramping or i smell awful or I'm just paranoid or unconfident about my body. Its a sad. I feel like a walking talking pity party sometimes, because I'm like wow, is this my life?? I find myself feeling sorry for ME about alot of things that are going on in my life right now. This just happens to be the most annoying issue. I'm barely 27 yrs old. I realize my problems could be worse, but there is nothing like feeling dirty or disgusting to send one's self esteem into a downward spiral. I'm sure my depression and frustration is becoming very evident to those around me and is taking a toll on my intimacy with my husband... despite his flaws/quirks I love him dearly. Am I doomed to a life of sexual dissatisfaction and vaginal problems???? God I hope not. I might be locked up in the looney bin before too long. Seriously.

Does anyone ELSE feel this way?? It's very disheartening! dry.gif


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