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> Bacterial Vaginosis--or--embarrassing bad smell
shendy
post Jan 2 2007, 01:51 PM
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Well thank you all for the hellos (lovin' the tori amos pianogirl). What does the folic acid and flax do? And has anyone noticed that sometimes you actually feel better (less pain and itching) after you have sex?
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post Jan 2 2007, 10:45 AM
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QUOTE(sassy @ Jan 2 2007, 01:00 AM) *

Hi shendy. I've been to the doctor and had the ph tests come back normal even though I knew I either had BV or it was on the verge of returning. So it's hard to say how accurate those are. I think we each tend to know our own bodies better than the tests, especially since most of us have been dealing with this crap for awhile. My doctor thinks that I'm being too sensitive about my vaginal smell sometimes, but I have reason to be!


Hi Sassy,


My doctor is the same way. They always think we are paraniod but we know our bodies very well. As for me I havent used the boric since Thursday evening and I dont have any smell (yet). I also havent had sex since thursday so lets see what happens. I am taking the folic acid everyday and flax oil.

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neverending
post Jan 2 2007, 08:26 AM
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Welcome Shendy!
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sassy
post Jan 1 2007, 11:43 PM
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Hi shendy. I've been to the doctor and had the ph tests come back normal even though I knew I either had BV or it was on the verge of returning. So it's hard to say how accurate those are. I think we each tend to know our own bodies better than the tests, especially since most of us have been dealing with this crap for awhile. My doctor thinks that I'm being too sensitive about my vaginal smell sometimes, but I have reason to be!
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shendy
post Jan 1 2007, 08:57 PM
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Hello all, I just came across this forum and I am thrilled to find other people dealing with BV (though I must admit it is upsetting to see that BV can last for years and years -I'm at 11 months and ready to kill something). I started off the same way most you seemed to - I contracted whooping cough in january ('06) and took intense antibiotics and steroid inhalers for a while which caused my first yeast infection. Since then I have been constantly fighting the yeast and bacterial infections, receiving incorrect diagnoses from the numerous gynocologists I have been through, and trying everything under the sun. Garlic tampons, vinegar douches, boric acid suppositories, acidophilus suppositories. While I don't seem to have the odor problem that you all complain about, I get really irritated and red and itchy. I recently did antibiotics for a sinus infection and boric acid to prevent a yeast infection and my doctor gave me a clean bill of health (despite the fact I was having burning and pain during sex), but of course the next week I was having another outbreak and this one was worse than ever. Has anyone had to frustration with testing - that sometimes you feel symptoms but nothing shows up on the tests? Has anyone found a place to buy home PH testing strips to monitor things? I just want to finish by thanking everyone for posting on this forum, I really feel better knowing I am not alone in this.
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neverending
post Jan 1 2007, 12:51 PM
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I did the one with the machine.I've never heard of the one with the bag before. I think the one with the machine was pretty good and I did not feel as if it were dangerous at all.
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jewelscando
post Jan 1 2007, 12:27 PM
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Here's some reading on it: Colonic

http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelate...ics/gastro.html

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/coloncleanse/a/colonic.htm

http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW...ml?d=dmtContent
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Eralc Alegna
post Jan 1 2007, 10:14 AM
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I've considered doing it and would like to try, but I've read quite a bit of debate over which method is best and safest. A book I have says to only use "gravity method" where they hang a bag above you and let it flow down. The other type uses a machine to pump the water through. Which did you get?
They say that you're supposed to get them regularly or it all just bulids back up again so cost is what stops me. $ 50 isn't bad at all though, maybe I'll look into it
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neverending
post Dec 31 2006, 10:20 PM
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I just wanted to say I did a colonic friday and the experience was not bad at all. I felt energized and well.........GOOD! I think some of you should try it.It might help!I got a discount friday so it only cost me $50.00 dollars. Find a place where you live and try it.You will not believe some of the things that will come out of you!
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herekittykitty
post Dec 31 2006, 02:18 PM
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QUOTE(jewelscando @ Dec 30 2006, 12:56 PM) *

Herekittykitty, how are you doing the wash?? I tried it once, but couldn't keep it in there.

Glad to hear the boric is working for you guys. I wish I could take it. It sucks I'm alergic to it. I want to take it, but I'm scared of the rash. It's back on my arms. sad.gif Oh well, I'm still using Folic and B vitamins but, the smell is still there. It's not working. I'm tempted to just get some Antibiotics.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I HOPE THIS NEW YEAR BRINGS ON A CURE FOR US ALL!!



Hi there Jewel....so I simply purchased a "spoon dropper." It's like a mini baster that is used to extract medicine from a bottle and onto a spoon.

Anyhow, I do the wash after I take a shower or sometimes with a thick towel on the floor. I lay down and kind of prop my legs up so that my pelvis is at an angle. I then use the dropper to extract the HP and gently insert the full dropper into my vagina. I then squeeze the dropper gently and I can feel the liquid flow out and also trickle out of my vagina. I then pull the dropper out slowly and squeeze my legs together immediately remaining in that propped up position. I hold the HP like this in me for about 30 sec and then drain the liquid. I repeat this about 5 times holding the HP in for about 3 minutes on the last wash.

If properly held in your vagina, the HP should feel warm to hot (since it's been warmed up in your vagina) when you let it drain and after you've held it in for at least 30 - 60 secs. The first time I did this, I felt a bit of burning...but I was encouraged as it indicates that the HP is reacting to the bacteria in your vaginal cavity. I immediately saw results as soon as I completed my first wash.

Try my method....and see if it works for you! If you're having issues with keeping the liquid in you should also try dipping a tampon in the HP and then inserting it in your vagina for up to 3-4 hours.

Good luck Jewel and Happy New Years!
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jewelscando
post Dec 30 2006, 02:39 PM
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Herekittykitty, how are you doing the wash?? I tried it once, but couldn't keep it in there.

Glad to hear the boric is working for you guys. I wish I could take it. It sucks I'm alergic to it. I want to take it, but I'm scared of the rash. It's back on my arms. sad.gif Oh well, I'm still using Folic and B vitamins but, the smell is still there. It's not working. I'm tempted to just get some Antibiotics.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I HOPE THIS NEW YEAR BRINGS ON A CURE FOR US ALL!!
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herekittykitty
post Dec 30 2006, 11:05 AM
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Hello all....so I've done the Hydrogen Peroxide wash consecutively for 3 days and so far so good! biggrin.gif

There is absoultely no smell and the discharge is normal...

I'm also taking 2 - Adophilus pills as well as 2 - 500mg tablets of Vitamin C daily. I will continue the wash for another 4 straight days and continue to take the pills and vitamins until I finish the bottle. I haven't had sex yet...but as a preventive measure I'm going to do the wash right after each time I have sex. At least until I'm confident the BV is gone.

I'm also considering taking folic acid and flax seed oil as recommended by others...but I'm going to stick with what I'm doing now and see how that goes.

Everyone's body reacts differently to different kinds of treatments...so hopefully this works for me!

I'll update you all in a few days or 1 week from the start of my treatment.

Good luck, ladies and have a SAFE and FABULOUS NEW YEARS! biggrin.gif
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pianogirl
post Dec 30 2006, 08:08 AM
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QUOTE(Eralc Alegna @ Dec 28 2006, 01:19 PM) *

Does/has anyone else here used an IUD? Copper to be specific? I LOOOVVVEE mine but am thinking of having it removed once i can get insurance again. I had problems with BV prior to getting it but only since it was inserted did the BV become close to constant. The only problem is that it's the only form of birth control I'm actually comfortable using. I/we hate condoms, not to mention that they're not trust-worthy, and the hormonal route just seems wrong to me in addition to the fact that it could be the cause of this whole damn fiasco!
I'm to the point though that I'd rather have regular sex using condoms than no sex at all because I'm too damn disgusted with myself.
I've been searching online and while the non-hormonal options out there SUCK (besides IUDs) I'm thinking of using a femcap and condoms from now on. The condoms would help if semen is part of the problem, but the femcap requires spermicide, which is known to cause/aggravate bv.
Any input? advice? experience with sponges, diaphrams or the femcap? I'm so frustrated that no matter what I do I'm F---ed in some regard except for the way I'm supposed to be!



I've never had an IUD..
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pianogirl
post Dec 30 2006, 07:00 AM
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Hi Ladies,

I went to my doctir for a pap smear and I told her about the boric acid and she was impressed. SHe said she was going to tell her patients about it. As for me I am still on the boric and am taking the folic acid and the flax seed oil.

Happy New Year!

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Eralc Alegna
post Dec 28 2006, 12:02 PM
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Does/has anyone else here used an IUD? Copper to be specific? I LOOOVVVEE mine but am thinking of having it removed once i can get insurance again. I had problems with BV prior to getting it but only since it was inserted did the BV become close to constant. The only problem is that it's the only form of birth control I'm actually comfortable using. I/we hate condoms, not to mention that they're not trust-worthy, and the hormonal route just seems wrong to me in addition to the fact that it could be the cause of this whole damn fiasco!
I'm to the point though that I'd rather have regular sex using condoms than no sex at all because I'm too damn disgusted with myself.
I've been searching online and while the non-hormonal options out there SUCK (besides IUDs) I'm thinking of using a femcap and condoms from now on. The condoms would help if semen is part of the problem, but the femcap requires spermicide, which is known to cause/aggravate bv.
Any input? advice? experience with sponges, diaphrams or the femcap? I'm so frustrated that no matter what I do I'm F---ed in some regard except for the way I'm supposed to be!
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post Dec 27 2006, 09:13 AM
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QUOTE(herekittykitty @ Dec 27 2006, 12:56 AM) *

sad.gif Hello neverending....thanks...I know I know..granny panties (sigh)..So I just did the hydrogen peroxide wash and I felt quite a bit of burning sensation. I guess that's a sign that I do indeed have a vaginal infection and that the peroxide is working? I will continue the wash once a day for a week as well as taking 2 - adophilus pills daily as well as 2 - 500 mg. of Vitamin C.

I really hope this helps...I will keep you all posted!



Hey HKK,

Also try taking the folic acid. Some on here take it once or twice a day.

Good luck

PG
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herekittykitty
post Dec 26 2006, 11:39 PM
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sad.gif Hello neverending....thanks...I know I know..granny panties (sigh)..So I just did the hydrogen peroxide wash and I felt quite a bit of burning sensation. I guess that's a sign that I do indeed have a vaginal infection and that the peroxide is working? I will continue the wash once a day for a week as well as taking 2 - adophilus pills daily as well as 2 - 500 mg. of Vitamin C.

I really hope this helps...I will keep you all posted!
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neverending
post Dec 26 2006, 10:05 PM
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herekittykitty:Welcome! I hate to tell you but granny panties are the way to go. Use the thongs when you know you might be intimate.Anyway, Welcome to the club. wink.gif
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herekittykitty
post Dec 26 2006, 12:13 PM
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Hellooooo ladies!

I am thrilled beyond belief to have found this site and expecially this forum! I am 26, and have been suffering from reoccuring BV for about 5 years now....It occurs randomly a few days after having sexual activity..but is not noticable during or after sex. It is mainly noticable mid-day and/or in the evening say after work. I have used all of the ususal meds that my doc has prescribed..but obviously there is no cure all. I don't want to keep visiting her over and over again for this.

As many others have done, I must quickly freshen up and take a shower before any sexual activity and it truly kills the spotaneity of sex with my BF. Even if I take a shower at night before bed...I cannot be confident with my smell the next morning, when my BF tries to wake me up by going down on me. He loves doin this and I won't let him do it without having to run to take a quick shower first. The smell is not as pungent..but is def. not fresh and normal. The BV smell is fishy to a strong ammonia-like odor. The discharge, however, is clear and liquidy ..not at all thick or frothy. I do wear thongs, g-strings on a daily basis and also take bathes quite often. I know I need to change this as I realize now that I'm prone to this annoying condition.

I have read through this forum and countless other sources and I will try douching with hydrogen peroxide first. If that doesn't work....I'll try the tampon dipped in plain yogurt treatment...and if THAT doesn't work...I think I'll jump on the BORIC ACID bandwagon.

I'm trying the hydrogen peroxide today and will report back the results.

I love that we can support each other and share our remedies and ideas. Yay!

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post Dec 24 2006, 11:01 PM
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Nevermind, just read up on it. Some websites encourage it, others discourage. They say it can be dangerous. Who knows.
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