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post Jan 28 2013, 12:04 AM
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Looking for help and hopefully provide a little!

I have suffered from yeast and bv infections for several years. Medicines work, but you know the story - They always come back. I do find that Rephresh gets rid of any odor and discharge that comes with BV - But the tissue discharge that accompanies it for a week after, isnt ideal.

But about 6 months ago, I cut yeast out of my diet completely for other health reasons (constant headaches, nausea, upset stomach, etc.) and I believe this has had 100% postive effects on me, for the reasons I mentioned and I have also noticed that my "day-to-day" infections (Ones I seem to have all the time even with no intimacy) have cleared up. I also watch the carbs I eat as these turn to sugars in the body and feed the yeast that is naturally occurring. Since I haven't been eating bread, drinking beer (Hardest one!), eating anything like cakes, cookies, etc. - I have lost a little weight/fat content and feel better because processed foods and baked goods aren't good for us anyway. I have also been taking the probiotic Acidophilus as recommended by my gyno. So this may be a good idea for some to try.

I still get thrown off balance by intimacy of any kind, whether it be oral sex or intercourse (We use condoms so there is no semen that can throw off my PH so I know it's not that). So I am about to start trying low doses of boric adid suppositories to try to maintain things - Even when I don't have an infection per say. So my question to anyone out there is while using boric acid - Do you have to wait a certain amount of time before intercourse and/or oral sex? I know it is toxic if taken orally but since I don't have an infection currently and dont need to wait for anything to clear up, how long would I have to wait before my partner could go down there (Bless him, he loves to)? More or less any input on use and recommendations would be great!


I tried boric acid a couple of times, it can really get messy. I'd hold off on the sex for a while until it completely clears up depending on how often you use it. Good luck
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post Jan 24 2013, 05:52 PM
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Looking for help and hopefully provide a little!

I have suffered from yeast and bv infections for several years. Medicines work, but you know the story - They always come back. I do find that Rephresh gets rid of any odor and discharge that comes with BV - But the tissue discharge that accompanies it for a week after, isnt ideal.

But about 6 months ago, I cut yeast out of my diet completely for other health reasons (constant headaches, nausea, upset stomach, etc.) and I believe this has had 100% postive effects on me, for the reasons I mentioned and I have also noticed that my "day-to-day" infections (Ones I seem to have all the time even with no intimacy) have cleared up. I also watch the carbs I eat as these turn to sugars in the body and feed the yeast that is naturally occurring. Since I haven't been eating bread, drinking beer (Hardest one!), eating anything like cakes, cookies, etc. - I have lost a little weight/fat content and feel better because processed foods and baked goods aren't good for us anyway. I have also been taking the probiotic Acidophilus as recommended by my gyno. So this may be a good idea for some to try.

I still get thrown off balance by intimacy of any kind, whether it be oral sex or intercourse (We use condoms so there is no semen that can throw off my PH so I know it's not that). So I am about to start trying low doses of boric adid suppositories to try to maintain things - Even when I don't have an infection per say. So my question to anyone out there is while using boric acid - Do you have to wait a certain amount of time before intercourse and/or oral sex? I know it is toxic if taken orally but since I don't have an infection currently and dont need to wait for anything to clear up, how long would I have to wait before my partner could go down there (Bless him, he loves to)? More or less any input on use and recommendations would be great!
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post Jan 22 2013, 06:20 PM
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I'm sure things will get better at some point. I never knew an EKG result could effect laproscopic procedures. Can you get the procedure done later when your EKG results are normal?

You could try taking the Renew Life Ultimate Flora Women's Care after your RepHresh Pro-B or Fem-Dophilus runs out. I started taking it about a month ago because I wanted a more broad spectrum probiotic versus one that only targets vaginal health since a bacterial imbalance starts in the intestinal flora and then descends and affects the vaginal flora. I think the diversity and high amount of probiotic bacteria is helping me so far (it contains 25 billion CFU's and 12 different types of bacteria), especially since I notice less digestive distress. My vaginal secretions look consistent and not as thick compared to when I was taking the RepHresh Pro-B. It has to be stored at less than 71 degrees fahrenheit, so its not entirely shelf stable which I don't like. And it's cheaper than RepHresh Pro-B which I'm especially happy about! I think my body was getting too used to the RepHresh Pro-B since I've been taking it for years.

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sounds like a good vitamin to try. so far, no more smell. and the bleeding has stopped. went to pcp yesterday to get ekg evaluated and the dumb gyn never sent it. They just sent them a form for a hysterectomy. i am so done with that doctor, I'm looking for another one. just too many things gone wrong with them.

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Haven't been here a while but here goes, I am still having problems with this BV. I just recently had some blood work done and I got a call back saying I was slightly anemic. I am taking iron pills but I hope there is a correlation between the two.

Also I notice when I eat anything sweet or carby, my BV has volcano like episodes, it just annoying blink.gif

I cant eat anything good with out having aggravating results, so not fair!!!

I try the peroxide wash and it helps for about five minutes. I just cant figure out what happened to my body and why when I take antibiotics they don't work at all.

I guess I am going to have to do a disciplined diet along with a detox and try vitamins yet again, wish me luck.

ps. This board use to be pretty steady and now its so dead, I hope we can revamp it this year, I don't know maybe people don't have BV anymore ohmy.gif


What helped for me was the Vitamin D3. Also the fem-dophilus.
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post Jan 21 2013, 09:11 PM
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Haven't been here a while but here goes, I am still having problems with this BV. I just recently had some blood work done and I got a call back saying I was slightly anemic. I am taking iron pills but I hope there is a correlation between the two.

Also I notice when I eat anything sweet or carby, my BV has volcano like episodes, it just annoying blink.gif

I cant eat anything good with out having aggravating results, so not fair!!!

I try the peroxide wash and it helps for about five minutes. I just cant figure out what happened to my body and why when I take antibiotics they don't work at all.

I guess I am going to have to do a disciplined diet along with a detox and try vitamins yet again, wish me luck.

ps. This board use to be pretty steady and now its so dead, I hope we can revamp it this year, I don't know maybe people don't have BV anymore ohmy.gif
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post Jan 18 2013, 02:57 PM
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QUOTE(deb302 @ Jan 12 2013, 02:52 PM) *
also, now I can't even have the ablation because the ekg was abnormal and he won't do surgery now.
isn't this great?

I'm sure things will get better at some point. I never knew an EKG result could effect laproscopic procedures. Can you get the procedure done later when your EKG results are normal?

You could try taking the Renew Life Ultimate Flora Women's Care after your RepHresh Pro-B or Fem-Dophilus runs out. I started taking it about a month ago because I wanted a more broad spectrum probiotic versus one that only targets vaginal health since a bacterial imbalance starts in the intestinal flora and then descends and affects the vaginal flora. I think the diversity and high amount of probiotic bacteria is helping me so far (it contains 25 billion CFU's and 12 different types of bacteria), especially since I notice less digestive distress. My vaginal secretions look consistent and not as thick compared to when I was taking the RepHresh Pro-B. It has to be stored at less than 71 degrees fahrenheit, so its not entirely shelf stable which I don't like. And it's cheaper than RepHresh Pro-B which I'm especially happy about! I think my body was getting too used to the RepHresh Pro-B since I've been taking it for years.

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post Jan 14 2013, 01:25 AM
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post Jan 12 2013, 01:52 PM
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Nope. I asked about hormones, but he's hell bent on the ablation, so I guess I'm stuck with that.

also, now I can't even have the ablation because the ekg was abnormal and he won't do surgery now.
isn't this great?
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post Jan 10 2013, 04:59 PM
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I'm sorry to hear that. I doubt taking supplements would cause those symptoms. Have you tried going on hormonal contraceptives to control the excessive bleeding?


Nope. I asked about hormones, but he's hell bent on the ablation, so I guess I'm stuck with that.
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post Jan 10 2013, 02:51 PM
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QUOTE(deb302 @ Jan 8 2013, 12:40 PM) *
Well, that was short lived. Woke up yesterday to bleeding. Which got progressively worse as the day went on. soaking thru pads in 10 minutes, clots the size of the pad, sorry if thats tmi

not sure if its from all the supplements or just my f'd up insides.

Got a prescription for some Lysteda, which so far isn't helping. And an ablation and colposcopy scheduled for the 24th, if I make it that long. Hopefully I will still have a job and insurance by then...

I'm sorry to hear that. I doubt taking supplements would cause those symptoms. Have you tried going on hormonal contraceptives to control the excessive bleeding?


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post Jan 8 2013, 11:40 AM
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That's wonderful news! I'm glad to know your getting relief. Do you think the other things you were doing contributed to your improvement?

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Well, that was short lived. Woke up yesterday to bleeding. Which got progressively worse as the day went on. soaking thru pads in 10 minutes, clots the size of the pad, sorry if thats tmi

not sure if its from all the supplements or just my f'd up insides.

Got a prescription for some Lysteda, which so far isn't helping. And an ablation and colposcopy scheduled for the 24th, if I make it that long. Hopefully I will still have a job and insurance by then...
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post Jan 7 2013, 09:38 PM
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Thank you for that info. I added Vitamin D3, 1000 IU and THE SMELL IS GONE!!!
Hopefully, the infection is also gone and that it lasts. But it is definately an improvement

That's wonderful news! I'm glad to know your getting relief. Do you think the other things you were doing contributed to your improvement?

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post Jan 5 2013, 07:00 PM
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At your next appointment, you should have your vitamin D levels checked. Low levels are linked to bacterial vaginosis. I actually found some interesting research on Vitamin D from the vitamin D Council. It states "To counter bacterial vaginosis, vitamin D produces cathelicidin and defensins. These proteins fight bacterial and yeast infections. They may also neutralize bacterial toxins. According to several studies, there are increased concentrations of defensins in vaginal fluids during BV", "Cathelicidin is a family of antimicrobial polypeptides that serve a critical role in mammalian innate immune system defense against invasive bacterial infection" (source). The council also recommends taking vitamin D along with antibiotics to prevent a recurrence of bacterial vaginosis. The tolerable upper intake for vitamin D for people 9 years and older is 4,000 IU (source). Anything over that may increase the risk of adverse effects.

Thank you for that info. I added Vitamin D3, 1000 IU and THE SMELL IS GONE!!!
Hopefully, the infection is also gone and that it lasts. But it is definately an improvement
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post Jan 2 2013, 06:40 PM
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They called in a prescription of cleosin cream on thursday, but I have not picked it up because when I looked it up online, it says that it can cause colitis and not to use it if you have intestinal problems, which I do suffer from symptoms of ibs. They also were supposed to call and schedule my surgery last week, but they called and said my pap was abnormal and he wants to do another colposcopy, so I will be back on the 7th for that.

The risk of the cleocin causing colitis is very small. For example, the cleocin warning says, "Bloody diarrheahttp://www.bust.com/lounge/style_images/bust/folder_editor_images/rte-link-button.png and colitis (including pseudomembranous colitis) have been reported rarely with topical clindamycin. In general, these cases involved extemporaneously prepared solutions of clindamycin hydrochloride" (source). Clindamycin hypochlorite and clindamycin phosphate (which is the clindamycin in the vaginal cream) are different. Since the clindamycin hypochlorite was prepared quickly, (perhaps with little precision) then that explains the risk factor, although I'm wondering why they would add that part since those are two different active ingredients. That's tantamount to comparing sodium with sodium phosphate.

I can understand why you wouldn't want to use it but the warning was not in regards to people with irritable bowel syndrome. It states: "Cleocin Vaginal Cream 2%, is contraindicated in individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to clindamycin, lincomycin, or any of the components of this vaginal cream. Cleocin Vaginal Cream 2%, is also contraindicated in individuals with a history of regional enteritis, ulcerative colitis, or a history of "antibiotic-associated" colitis." (source). Since irritable bowel syndrome does not involve inflammation, then it doesn't apply to any of those risk factors.

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Thank you, I will look into Vitamin D. Since reading this forum, I have cut back on sugar and breads, tried to eat more vegetables. I am now taking a general probiotic as well as a woman's multi vitamin, folic acid, and B6 supplements. And Represh Pro B. Doesn't really seem to help alot, but there is some small improvement on some days. I bought some Balance Activ online, but have been afraid to use it since it says not to if there is bleeding.

It's good to know that there might be slight improvements. You should definitely notice a difference within a couple of months of sticking with your regime, particularly with the probiotic and eating more whole foods. The low-FODMAP approach should help control your IBS like symptoms. There is even clinical research about the diet as well that proves its effectiveness. You should also think about getting your iron levels checked at your next appointment. It seems like you could be deficient in iron from the constant bleeding you've been dealing with. You need higher levels of it in order to build up your iron stores. The iron in a multivitamin may not be enough.

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post Dec 30 2012, 09:24 AM
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Were you taking probiotics before, during and after you started your antibiotics?


No I was not taking probiotics. I wasn't aware to until after this became a constant issue in August and finding this forum...

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If youíre absolutely sure that your hormones are the issue, then tell your OB/GYN to check your hormones. Having an immediate family history of this is generally reason enough to do so.

I am not absolutely sure, but I thought it could be an issue and the doctor has stated that is probably the issue

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In that case, I personally wouldn't bother going through with the D&C unless I've had everything else checked out.

That's my point. Aside from one sonogram and a colposcopy, I have had no other tests.

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Your OB/GYN should have done a follow up exam before giving you another prescription (that was always the case for me). You can definitely request to be checked for STDs. Make sure you ask specifically what tests are available. Some tests are more sensitive than others. They typically test common STDs and STIs like gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, chlamydia, HIV, genital warts, and HPV. Anything else has to be specifically requested. I don't think trichomoniasis is routinely checked for everywhere, but make sure you ask specifically what will be checked.

Whoever is working in the lab should be able to identify what bacterium has overgrown. I requested to know what non-albican yeast I was dealing with, only to know it didnít make that much of a difference anyway. There wasn't much research on the yeast I was dealing with.

I did manage to get one appointment, doctor said there was an odor and it was either bv or trich and not to worry because same medicine cures both. Next 2 times I called, they just sent scripts in.

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At your next appointment, you should have your vitamin D levels checked. Low levels are linked to bacterial vaginosis. I actually found some interesting research on Vitamin D from the vitamin D Council. It states "To counter bacterial vaginosis, vitamin D produces cathelicidin and defensins. These proteins fight bacterial and yeast infections. They may also neutralize bacterial toxins. According to several studies, there are increased concentrations of defensins in vaginal fluids during BV", "Cathelicidin is a family of antimicrobial polypeptides that serve a critical role in mammalian innate immune system defense against invasive bacterial infection" (source). The council also recommends taking vitamin D along with antibiotics to prevent a recurrence of bacterial vaginosis. The tolerable upper intake for vitamin D for people 9 years and older is 4,000 IU (source). Anything over that may increase the risk of adverse effects.


Thank you, I will look into Vitamin D. Since reading this forum, I have cut back on sugar and breads, tried to eat more vegetables. I am now taking a general probiotic as well as a woman's multi vitamin, folic acid, and B6 supplements. And Represh Pro B. Doesn't really seem to help alot, but there is some small improvement on some days. I bought some Balance Activ online, but have been afraid to use it since it says not to if there is bleeding.

They called in a prescription of cleosin cream on thursday, but I have not picked it up because when I looked it up online, it says that it can cause colitis and not to use it if you have intestinal problems, which I do suffer from symptoms of ibs. They also were supposed to call and schedule my surgery last week, but they called and said my pap was abnormal and he wants to do another colposcopy, so I will be back on the 7th for that.


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post Dec 30 2012, 05:04 AM
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The information given above regarding yeast infection is really awesome. There is also an herbal remedy named Calendula Pessaries it also works rapidly on yeast infection and it is totally safe for you.

Pessaries
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post Dec 29 2012, 07:55 PM
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Complications
By Mayo Clinic staff
Generally, bacterial vaginosis doesn't cause complications. But under certain circumstances, having bacterial vaginosis may lead to:
Preterm birth. In pregnant women, bacterial vaginosis is linked to premature deliveries and low birth weight babies.
Sexually transmitted infections. Having bacterial vaginosis makes women more susceptible to sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV, herpes simplex virus, chlamydia or gonorrhea. If you have HIV, bacterial vaginosis increases the odds that you'll pass the virus on to your partner.
Infection risk after gynecologic surgery. Having bacterial vaginosis may be associated with a greater chance of developing a post-surgical infection after procedures such as hysterectomy or dilation and curettage (D and C).
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bacterial...N=complications

Thank you for providing this article. It definitely makes sense, but after reading the complications of a D&C, I noticed there will always be a risk of infection regardless of bacterial vaginosis because a dilated cervix means bacteria is easily able to enter the uterus. But since it doesn't seem absolutely necessary for you to do the procedure, then there isn't a point of taking that risk with an active infection.
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The HPV and BV were both found on a routine pap smear. I had no symptoms of BV until after the first round of flagyl

Sometimes women with bacterial vaginosis present "no symptoms at all" (CDC), roughly 85% according to MedicineNet (source). The Flagyl may have exacerbated the bacterial imbalance. Were you taking probiotics before, during and after you started your antibiotics?
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I am almost 50 years old, my mother had gone thru menopause in her 40's. The doctor himself told me its hormonal.

If youíre absolutely sure that your hormones are the issue, then tell your OB/GYN to check your hormones. Having an immediate family history of this is generally reason enough to do so.
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No fibroids or polyps were found during a transvaginal sonogram. The doctor states that there MIGHT be a polyp that wasn't seen.

In that case, I personally wouldn't bother going through with the D&C unless I've had everything else checked out.
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I would like to be tested for things instead of just assuming I need another prescription. I would like to see exactly what bacteria are in there (good and bad), have my hormonal levels tested, even tested for std's. The doctor said it's either BV or Trich, but the same medicine is used for either. But never tested for anything. I could have HIV for all I know!
I call and explain things and they say they will call back. Then they call back to say they have sent a prescription!!! UGH

Your OB/GYN should have done a follow up exam before giving you another prescription (that was always the case for me). You can definitely request to be checked for STDs. Make sure you ask specifically what tests are available. Some tests are more sensitive than others. They typically test common STDs and STIs like gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, chlamydia, HIV, genital warts, and HPV. Anything else has to be specifically requested. I don't think trichomoniasis is routinely checked for everywhere, but make sure you ask specifically what will be checked.

Whoever is working in the lab should be able to identify what bacterium has overgrown. I requested to know what non-albican yeast I was dealing with, only to know it didnít make that much of a difference anyway. There wasn't much research on the yeast I was dealing with.

At your next appointment, you should have your vitamin D levels checked. Low levels are linked to bacterial vaginosis. I actually found some interesting research on Vitamin D from the vitamin D Council. It states "To counter bacterial vaginosis, vitamin D produces cathelicidin and defensins. These proteins fight bacterial and yeast infections. They may also neutralize bacterial toxins. According to several studies, there are increased concentrations of defensins in vaginal fluids during BV", "Cathelicidin is a family of antimicrobial polypeptides that serve a critical role in mammalian innate immune system defense against invasive bacterial infection" (source). The council also recommends taking vitamin D along with antibiotics to prevent a recurrence of bacterial vaginosis. The tolerable upper intake for vitamin D for people 9 years and older is 4,000 IU (source). Anything over that may increase the risk of adverse effects.

It's unfortunate that the medical staff isn't very helpful. It can be very frustrating on top of what your going through, but the best you can do is try to communicate with them as clearly and effectively as you can. That tends to work out for the most part.

Hope all goes well for you,
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post Dec 28 2012, 10:22 PM
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Complications
By Mayo Clinic staff

Generally, bacterial vaginosis doesn't cause complications. But under certain circumstances, having bacterial vaginosis may lead to:

Preterm birth. In pregnant women, bacterial vaginosis is linked to premature deliveries and low birth weight babies.
Sexually transmitted infections. Having bacterial vaginosis makes women more susceptible to sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV, herpes simplex virus, chlamydia or gonorrhea. If you have HIV, bacterial vaginosis increases the odds that you'll pass the virus on to your partner.
Infection risk after gynecologic surgery. Having bacterial vaginosis may be associated with a greater chance of developing a post-surgical infection after procedures such as hysterectomy or dilation and curettage (D and C).

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bacterial...N=complications
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post Dec 28 2012, 04:18 PM
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[quote name='swt simplicity' date='Dec 28 2012, 03:24 PM' post='268372']
"You've made an interesting point. I wouldn't think so. Those procedures are usually done with a lot of precision, and a lot is done to avoid cross contamination, as is the case with any surgical or laproscopic procedure. Most surgical or laproscopic instruments are made of materials that cannot sustain the growth of microbes. But they are always sanitized completely or replaced after each procedure."

It wouldn't have to sustain growth, the instruments would pass thru the infection and straight into the uterus, possibly carrying bacteria with it...



"If they were only checking you for HPV, yet you were also diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis, you should call your gynecologist or who ever administered the test to ask why this is the case. Always ask questions to your health care professional if you are confused about something. You may just avoid a major medical error by doing so. Since bacterial vaginosis is so common, supposedly even more common than yeast infections, I doubt you were misdiagnosed."


The HPV and BV were both found on a routine pap smear. I had no symptoms of BV until after the first round of flagyl


"If your worried that you may have a hormone imbalance, you can always request to see an endocrinologist just to be on the safe side. You'll probably be asked a series of questions to rule out a potential hormone imbalance before you are referred to an endocrinologist."

I am almost 50 years old, my mother had gone thru menopause in her 40's. The doctor himself told me its hormonal.

"Some of the women in my family such as my mom and aunt have suffered from uterine fibroids and they would have heavy bleeding from it. My mom actually had this issue until she got them removed and she also choose to have a total hysterectomy (uterus and cervix removed) a year ago so she doesn't have to worry about reoccuring fibroids anymore. Uterine fibroids are very common in Black women. From what I've been reading, the symptoms of uterine polyps and uterine fibroids are very similar. You'll continue to have problems until you get the polyp(s) removed."


No fibroids or polyps were found during a transvaginal sonogram. The doctor states that there MIGHT be a polyp that wasn't seen.



"What exactly do you mean when you say that you called and they only sent you another prescription? Is that what you intended to do when you called, or were you expecting another outcome?"

I would like to be tested for things instead of just assuming I need another prescription. I would like to see exactly what bacteria are in there (good and bad), have my hormonal levels tested, even tested for std's. The doctor said it's either BV or Trich, but the same medicine is used for either. But never tested for anything. I could have HIV for all I know!
I call and explain things and they say they will call back. Then they call back to say they have sent a prescription!!! UGH
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My understanding is to stop the bleeding until menopause. But my concern is that by going thru an infected vagina, into my uterus, won't the bacteria be spread? (And my gut feeling is that he just wants to do surgery, any surgery because he likes to be a surgeon.) I called them again today and they only sent another script (cleocin cream). They have never tested me for anything except hpv. Shouldn't they test my hormones? And my last pap came back abnormal so they want to do another colposcopy. I just don't understand it.

You've made an interesting point. I wouldn't think so. Those procedures are usually done with a lot of precision, and a lot is done to avoid cross contamination, as is the case with any surgical or laproscopic procedure. Most surgical or laproscopic instruments are made of materials that cannot sustain the growth of microbes. But they are always sanitized completely or replaced after each procedure.

If they were only checking you for HPV, yet you were also diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis, you should call your gynecologist or who ever administered the test to ask why this is the case. Always ask questions to your health care professional if you are confused about something. You may just avoid a major medical error by doing so. Since bacterial vaginosis is so common, supposedly even more common than yeast infections, I doubt you were misdiagnosed.

If your worried that you may have a hormone imbalance, you can always request to see an endocrinologist just to be on the safe side. You'll probably be asked a series of questions to rule out a potential hormone imbalance before you are referred to an endocrinologist.

Some of the women in my family such as my mom and aunt have suffered from uterine fibroids and they would have heavy bleeding from it. My mom actually had this issue until she got them removed and she also choose to have a total hysterectomy (uterus and cervix removed) a year ago so she doesn't have to worry about reoccuring fibroids anymore. Uterine fibroids are very common in Black women. From what I've been reading, the symptoms of uterine polyps and uterine fibroids are very similar. You'll continue to have problems until you get the polyp(s) removed.

What exactly do you mean when you say that you called and they only sent you another prescription? Is that what you intended to do when you called, or were you expecting another outcome?

Best,
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