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jewelscando
sciongal: with the flagyl, I only did it 3 times. 2 days in a row, skipped a day, then one more day. I think it might have been over kill because it gave me a yeast infection from hell. The bad part was, I had sex duing the time, so, not sure if it was the flagyl that gave me the yeast or the combination of the two.

I also used 500mg which was probably to strong as well.

I would suggest, use 1 500mg, wait a few days and see how your kitty reacts, DON'T HAVE SEX, then if it's still there, do one more. OR, if you have the 200 mg, maybe use that for 2 or 3 days in a row. Best to use at night, right before you go to bed.

Another after thought, is maybe crush it up and put it in a gel cap. That way it doesn't have immediate direct contact, and it might not give you as bad of a yeast as it did me. (By the way, yeast went away with a 3 day Monistat)

Either way, I only did this that one time, and have not had to repeat it since. It's not something I had to do once a week. Which I would NEVER suggest, because, it was NEVER meant for the kitty to begin with.

This worked for me. And I've had sex several times since, and no smell. Estroil has worked for some of the girls on here.

So as I see it, we have found 2 things that have taken this away. I really believe we are on the right track. I have been smell free for going on 2 months now!!!
deprime
ok....i really want to try this flagyl thing. the question is, though, when you all ordered it from the UK off of that website, did any legalities come up in having the meds shipped to the US? I assume that customs would confiscate anything not permitted, but is it okay to have drugs shipped to you from offshore? (also, do laws vary by state for the importation of meds? i live in illinois...do any of you?)
sciongal
Hi there, another question about the flagyl, have you re-populated with acidophilus since using the flagyl vaginally?
jewelscando
no, I wanted to, but I always forget. I took one, in the beginning, but haven't since. Might be a good idea though!!
jewelscando
deprime: I have ordered Flagy for the last year online, and have never had a problem. One time, it took forever to get here, but the rest of the time, it was really fast, and NOT EXPIRED medicine. The website I went on had online live help and I spoke with someone who guaranteed that what I was ordering ,was the real stuff, and not expired.

I don't remember the website, but here's a few I have saved in my favorites:

http://www.easy.md/drugs/pageMaker.html?drugBrandId=634

http://www.horizondrugs.com/flagyl.html

Or, just go to search, and type Order Flagyl Online.

I hope it works as well for you as it does for me!!
Eralc Alegna
Just an update - Haven't posted in a while cause I'm too damn frustrated. Period came and went, estroil ran out, discharge still there. I'm not going to try more cause if it didn't work in 30 days than it probably wont. plus i'd like to save the fifty bucks.

I'm going to the doctor next week and will try to score some flagyl to try vaginally while I cry, beg and plead for blood work to check out my hormones and thyroid and just for someone to take this seriously in general. For god sake it's been a over a year since i've been normal. this is really taking a toll...
sciongal
Hi there, I am going to order the flagyl, but just wondering should I wait until after my period, or do you think it's ok to use during?


QUOTE(jewelscando @ Mar 10 2007, 12:00 PM) *

deprime: I have ordered Flagy for the last year online, and have never had a problem. One time, it took forever to get here, but the rest of the time, it was really fast, and NOT EXPIRED medicine. The website I went on had online live help and I spoke with someone who guaranteed that what I was ordering ,was the real stuff, and not expired.

I don't remember the website, but here's a few I have saved in my favorites:

http://www.easy.md/drugs/pageMaker.html?drugBrandId=634

http://www.horizondrugs.com/flagyl.html

Or, just go to search, and type Order Flagyl Online.

I hope it works as well for you as it does for me!!

jewelscando
I don't know, because I don't have periods. But, I would order now, so that it will be here at least after your period.
pianogirl
QUOTE(Eralc Alegna @ Mar 10 2007, 05:20 PM) *

Just an update - Haven't posted in a while cause I'm too damn frustrated. Period came and went, estroil ran out, discharge still there. I'm not going to try more cause if it didn't work in 30 days than it probably wont. plus i'd like to save the fifty bucks.

I'm going to the doctor next week and will try to score some flagyl to try vaginally while I cry, beg and plead for blood work to check out my hormones and thyroid and just for someone to take this seriously in general. For god sake it's been a over a year since i've been normal. this is really taking a toll...


Hi Eralc Alegna,

I am sorry the estriol isnt working for you. I been using it for 2 months straight and my period is ending now and there is no smell. I have also douched with the HP but not recently.

Please let us know how the flagyl works for you.

I really hope everything turns out ok for you.


Thanks

PG

PS It does indeed take a toll. My smell is gone and I still dont feel as sexual as I use to. sad.gif
anitsirhc
jewels i have a question for you, sorry if it's graphic or too personal you don't have to answer if you don't want to but sperm affects the ph of the vagina obviously and can make the bv come back, i was just wondering since you've done the flagyl vaginally when you've had sex have you let him finish inside you or no? and have you done anything at all since the flagyl to keep the bv away or you just did that and that was it?

thanks! smile.gif i'm thinking about trying it...
jewelscando
Hi anitsirhc. NO NOT TO PERSONAL!! We are all talking about smelly kitty's, so if that's not personal, then I don't know what is!!!!!! wink.gif

Yes, he would finish inside of me. And no I have not done anything different whatsoever. I'm a smoker, so I am afraid that at some point it might come back, due to the smoking. But, if it does, I will do the Flagyl again. I'm going on 2 months!!! That's 100% better then having to use Boric every other day, or lay on my back in the bathroom and poor HP down me!! wink.gif

Hope this helps!!!
anitsirhc
awesome thanks!! after my period is over i think i'm gonna go to planned parenthood and have them check if i have the bv and if i do they'll give me flagyl and i don't have to pay for it!! yayy haha. pretty sure the bv is still there right now but i can't really tell cause i switched birth controls this month and i'm just all messed up, with bleeding and everything. so i just left it alone for now.

alright well most likely i will be trying the flagyl vaginally so if i do i'll let you ladies know how it goes. thanks everyone for your help and experiences. biggrin.gif i almost want to say "experiments." hahaa tongue.gif
anitsirhc
hey jewels i have one more question and then that's it i promise! since you've done the flagyl have you gone to the doctor? or told a doctor that you've done that?? just wondering what they said to you if you did. ok thanks again.
jewelscando
No, not since I've done the Flagyl. I did take the Boric with me, because I developed a huge rash on my arms and forehead. They were actually pretty interested in the Boric, and where going to do some research on their own. They said, my rash was internal, and they didn't they it was from the boric. WELL.... I did the Boric for the first time last July, and my rash is still here, and has never gone away. It went away for a little bit, but I used boric again, a few months ago and it came right back. So, that is why I don't use boric.

Either way, my doctor is open to everything, so, he would probably say, more power to you!!
Eralc Alegna
Another new doctor, another condecending look and attitude, and another round of anti-biotics. Turns out I had a yeast infection AND bv this time so I took Diflucan and started a round of clindamycin ( 2pills, 3x a day, 2 weeks) so at least she's not afraid to get aggressive. She refused to check my hormones though saying that if I get my periods than there's no problem.

She also completely brushed off my mention of something new my sister found for me, and article in a magazine for nurse practitioners about Cytolytic Vaginosis and Lactobacillosis. Turns out the problem for some women can be too much lactobacilli present in the vagina. I don't think this is me, but if you have problems with whiteish discharge and no smell this could be you. I'd goole it to find out more. The magazine is called Advance for Nurse Practitioners. Hope this helps someone!

I also said that I would like to try flagyl vaginally but she seemed very judgemental and when I said, "ya know, instaid of metrogel" she said, "but orally, right?" and I just caved and said yes. it wasn't worth fighting for. If her meds don't work than I'll just get it online and try it myself. Bitch...

At least I'm back on track with the Guardasil and got to address a few other things I had been worried about. I will let everyone know how this goes for me.
Jewels - hold on to that doctor for dear life! You really are very luck to have him!
I hope my insurance covers a reproductive endocrinologist and than I'll know for sure wether or not this is a hormone thing...
jewelscando
Eralc: Sorry about your experience. Doctors SUCK ASS. And the worst part, I think they get kick backs on the med's they prescribe.

Hopefully this round of med's might do the trick for you. If not, seriously think about using the Flagyl.

I'M STILL SMELL FREE!!!
jewelscando
Here's the website I purchased from the last time.

http://www.discount-rx.net/drugs/pageMaker...drugBrandId=634

This is the one that has the Live Online Help.
Eralc Alegna
Thanks a lot Jewels, I hope so too. It's been a loing time since I've taken anything besides metronidazol so maybe the clindamycin will do the trick. If not I'm all over the flagyl, thanks for the link.
Plus I never thought I had a yeast infection too so it could be what has been keeping me from getting results with the hp, boric, folic acid, estroil and the slew of other remedies we've all tried. And hopefully it'll stop the itchy cracky bleedy exterior problem!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed and thank you all so much for the kind words and continued support!
JustMeCeeCee
Hi Ladies, I'm new here. I've been lurking for the past couple of days, and I'm glad i found you. I knew there had to be others out there sufferring from this awful problem too. I was diagnosed with BV 3 years ago right about the same time I started having hot flashes and night sweats. (After reading some of the articles posted here, I'm guessing my BV stems from a hormonal imabalance (low estrogen levels). I've done all the flagyl, metrogel, cleocin cream, blah, blah, blah, and none of it works for very long. I have put off using synthetic hormone replacement because I'm afraid of it, but I have recently begun using a combined natural estrogen/progesterone cream (bio identical hormones). I've been using it during the second half of my cycle for the last couple of months (because from what I understand, if you are still having a period, you only need hormone support during the second half of your cycle to get rid of the hot flashes and night sweats). So far, it has greatly reduced my hot flashes and night sweats, and now I am hopeful that if I can get my hormone levels straightened out, the BV will go away too.

In the meantime, I wanted to find something that would be a more immediate solution for the odor and the discharge. Mine is so much worse during sex. My fiance is very tolerant of the problem, but he has mentioned it a few times, and I know it bothers him. Hell, it bothers me, and it's my smell.

I see that you all use many different methods to control BV, like acidophilus, BA, HP, different antibiotics, etc., but I was wondering if any of you have combined these methods with the continuous use of acidophilus probiotics? I'm kind of thinking out loud here after readding all the posts, and since BV seems to be caused by the lack of lactobacilli causing a PH imbalance, that using probiotics continuously would be a must no matter what method you're using to control the BV. Since most of these methods, especially BA and antibiotics kill all the bacteria, not just the bad ones, it kind of makes sense to me that you would need to replenish the good bacteria while you are creating a better environment for them to live in.

I'm thinking I'm going to try use the BA for several days along with acidophilus, and maybe use the HP wash right after sex to see if that helps.

This is a very embarrassing and difficult thing to live with. I look forward to hearing more of your treatment ideas, and how the different methods are working for everybody.

It's nice to meet you all!!

CeeCee

neverending
Hi CeeCee! As you already know I cured my bv with estrogen=estroil. I too had hot flashes (especially at night), dry vagina, etc. I hope everything works out for you and welcome to the board!
JustMeCeeCee
QUOTE(neverending @ Mar 15 2007, 01:38 PM) *

Hi CeeCee! As you already know I cured my bv with estrogen=estroil. I too had hot flashes (especially at night), dry vagina, etc. I hope everything works out for you and welcome to the board!


That is so good to hear, because I'm thinking that once I get my estrogen levels regulated, mine will go away too. Hope is a good thing smile.gif
pianogirl
QUOTE(JustMeCeeCee @ Mar 15 2007, 01:56 PM) *

That is so good to hear, because I'm thinking that once I get my estrogen levels regulated, mine will go away too. Hope is a good thing smile.gif




Welcome Cee Cee

The estroil worked for me and I didnt have hot flashes but I had a dry vagina. It took over a month to work but well worth it. I also did the HP wash a few times and at first it wasnt effective (I was using a medicine dropper) but if you use a funnel it is great. THe boric acid I used to use for months but now it seems primitive as compared to the other suggestions the ladies here have compiled/tried.

Try the HP wash CeeCee, you wont have the runny discharge as you will on the boric. Also when on the boric I wouldnt let my BF go down on me for fear of him getting poisoned, it may sound silly but the HP is cleaner. For some ladies the HP didnt work but for some it did so please give it a try.

Thanks
JustMeCeeCee
I am going to try the HP wash. I just don't want to try everything all at once, or I won't know what's working when something does start to work. I thought about using one of those little suction thingies that you use to suction a baby's nose with for the HP. I don't know what they're called, but I figure if you squeeze the HP out of it slowly, maybe it won't gush back out. A turkey baster might work too...just kidding smile.gif. I used the BA last night, and I only had one gush of watery discharge when I first got up this morning, and nothing since. There's been no smell today either. I'm going to use it tonight & tomorrow night, and I'll do the HP wash on Saturday to wash away any risidual BA before I see the fiance Saturday night. I am taking my acidophilus twice a day religiously, though, and will continue to do that regardless of whatever else I do.

Thanks for all your suggestions!!!
Eralc Alegna
Well I started antibiotics on wed and so far today things are looking up!
I'm still having discharge but it's mostly thicker, clear stuff and NO SMELL!
So hopefully this is the beginning of the end, for now anyway. I'm not confident that I'll be "cured" but it's been a long time since I was symptom free even for a little while. I just hope that I can kick this before I go to Jamacia in december...
I bought 2 types (brands/concentrations) of acidophillus today and am going to use it daily both orally and vaginally. The insert with the meds said it's a pretty strong antibiotic and I'm taking a lot, so I don't want a new yeast infection, and I don't want a reocurrence of BV if I can help it.
deprime
i need some flagyl fast! blah, does anyone have strategies for getting your doctor to prescribe you some ? (the last time i went to the gyno, the cultures came back negative for BV... but i'm in BV hell right now, so I want to try the suppositories thing!)

i am so depressed about this -- nothing has worked, nothing.

until we find a cure,
deprime
minayun
Hello, i was just told friday that I have BV. I ended up going to the emergency room because I was in a great deal of pain. My clinic had thought maybe i had a bladder infection and prescribed antibiotics for that, about three weeks ago, but the symptoms never went away. Earlier during the week i had tried an over the counter yeast infection treatment but didn't work either. So, now that I know what it is, they have put me on Flaygl for seven days. I was wondering, for those who have been on flagyl, how long it usually takes to start feeling better? The doctor had said about 48 hours but i'm not feeling any better yet. Just very, very nauseated from the pills. Also i read something about Tetrasil and just ordered a jar of it from ebay. Does anyone know if it can actually be put "inside" the vagina? I see alot of you have had long term battles with this, i just hope mine goes away. Anything you can tell me would be really helpful and hopeful. I've had the pain and burning for a couple of months. Now that i found out what i have and have medicine I am feeling a little anxious because I'm not feeling better yet
=(
juls
I don't think I have BV, but I'm a nervous person, and when I get nervous, I get sweaty down there. And because I'm paranoid that I will smell because I'm sweaty, I get even more sweaty, and so the vicious cycle begins. Does anyone have to deal with this, and if so, do you have any tips to stop it? I've bought those Summer's Eve wipes but it doesn't seem to be enough...
persona36
hey ladies!
i have been reading for what seems lik days on what all you have done to figure the bv thing out, and i must say i have tried alot in the past... enzara seemed like a joke, works a weeee little bit (stops discharge). HP seemed like it worked for about a day or so, im thinking about ordering some things from this site, have any of you tried their products?


http://www.rockwellnutrition.com/product.a...010&catid=0
mfc10
[quote name='minayun' date='Mar 19 2007, 02:28 AM' post='142632']
I've had the pain and burning for a couple of months. Now that i found out what i have and have medicine I am feeling a little anxious because I'm not feeling better yet =(/quote]

If you are experiencing burning, you may have *both* BV and a yeast infection at the same time. I had this occur twice, a couple of years ago. My gynecologist recommended that I take both oral Flagyl (for the BV) & Diflucan (for the yeast), then after I finished those, if I still was burny, I was to use boric acid vaginally [can get capsules made up by a compounding pharmacy if you get a prescription from a clinician or you can make them yourself using boric acid (Walmart, pharmacies) and empty geletin capsules]. That did it...I've kept the problems away by keeping my vaginal pH acidic (4.5-5.0), using Aci-jel (available with prescription), or Estrace estradiol cream (again, via prescroption). I also insert 1/2 of a tea tree oil vaginal suppository once per week. It helps prevent any BV bacteria or ANY SPECIES of yeast from taking hold in there. These preventives should also be used whenever you take antibiotics. Oh--also take probiotics often!
Best wishes!
Maggie C.
Eralc Alegna
So things are still pretty good here. I've been able to go without wearing pads for the first time in more than a year!!! You have no idea how happy I am (well, you all probably do) I hate pads like nothing else...

Only problem is I had sex on Sunday, and now the little bit of discharge I do have is a red/pinkish color. I suppose it's blood since it's been so long since I've had sex, and the HP and various other things I've been using could have irritated me. I hope thats all it is anyway. One week of meds left so hopefully the sex wont effect things and the discharge will thicken/lighten up.

deprime - go back a few pages. someone just posted a link to get it online

minayun - don't know what tetrasil is. If the flagyl hasn't worked yet I'm sorry to tell you it probably wont. If you're haveing pain and burning these are symptoms I've never had, and I don't think any of us have. Odor and discharge are the calling cards of BV. I'm no doctor but this sounds like something else to me. Go back and get a second opinion. We've all had countless experience with doctors who know less about this than we do.

juls - can't help with the sweat, baby powder?

persona - some ladies here have ordered from them i beleive, but not me. I think the site is reputable, but that says nothing about the individual products...

mfc10 - where did yo get the tea tree oil suppositories? Man I want that aci-jel. Why wouldn't they always perscribe that with anti-biotics?
mfc10
QUOTE(Eralc Alegna @ Mar 20 2007, 10:57 PM) *

mfc10 - where did yo get the tea tree oil suppositories? Man I want that aci-jel. Why wouldn't they always perscribe that with anti-biotics?


Hi--I used to always buy the tea tree oil suppositories online (just search that term & it'll lead you to sources), but recently discovered a local healthfood store that carries them. The suppository is a vegetable-oil base & doesn't irritate my easily-irritated skin down there. I just break it in half to use. (That way, I get more applications for the $.)

Aci-jel is trickier to come by. I first tried buying it from a British pharmacy online, but it cost about $24 for postage, and I had to pay for both the product & the postage out-of-pocket. I took information about it to my gynecologist (he was wonderful---unfortunately, he was having marital & financial problems and committed suicide last winter!!) and he wrote a prescription for the 85-gram tube. I then took the prescription to my pharmacist & he looked it up in a big catalogue of suppliers & located a source in Huntsville, AL (Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.). It took a few days to arrive, but my insurance helped pay for it (about $31 a tube). I just googled the word Aci-jel, and Walgreen's came up with it listed, so they can probably get it easily, but it does require a prescription. Your doc would probably write one up for you if you print out info on it from a Website. (A lot of gynos don't know squat about anything besides "standard" treatments for vaginal infections! That's why my gyn was so good--he knew about boric acid, tea-tree oil, etc. and OK'd them.) It stings a little, but you don't need a lot & it sure helps with the vaginal pH level. (I used it at the tail-end of my period, especially.)

All the best,
Maggie C.
persona36
the baby powder will work and wont leave a funny scent it almost passes as a deodorant smell:)
Aggravated
Well, I decided to give my body a break over the last couple of weeks and did nothing but 2 HP washes. I thought I was doing a good thing (waiting to use more Metronidazol inserts), but Saturday (the last day of my period and more than 2 weeks since I last inserted a Metronidazol pill) I ended up with a yeast infection! No apparent reason...appeared out of nowhere! My body is so messed up! I hate this!
Anyway, I have a question. This is only the 3rd yeast infection I've ever had (I'm guessing it was yeast), so I don't know much about them. I took a Diflucan Saturday and was feeling less itchy by Sunday night, but bought the 3 day Monistat inserts anyway. Well, through the day I was feeling fine...no itching, but as soon as I would insert the Monistat and lay down at night, the itching would return (all 3 nights) and I have not slept at all!!! I did the last insert last night (thankfully), but is that normal? For the itching to return with each insert?
Also, I heard that Metronidazol pills are coated differently than the Flagyl. That may be why I had some powdery discharge with them...not sure. Anyway, I'm going to wait a little longer before I do anything else except the HP...that at least holds things in check.
pianogirl
QUOTE(Eralc Alegna @ Mar 20 2007, 11:57 PM) *

So things are still pretty good here. I've been able to go without wearing pads for the first time in more than a year!!! You have no idea how happy I am (well, you all probably do) I hate pads like nothing else...

Only problem is I had sex on Sunday, and now the little bit of discharge I do have is a red/pinkish color. I suppose it's blood since it's been so long since I've had sex, and the HP and various other things I've been using could have irritated me. I hope thats all it is anyway. One week of meds left so hopefully the sex wont effect things and the discharge will thicken/lighten up.

deprime - go back a few pages. someone just posted a link to get it online

minayun - don't know what tetrasil is. If the flagyl hasn't worked yet I'm sorry to tell you it probably wont. If you're haveing pain and burning these are symptoms I've never had, and I don't think any of us have. Odor and discharge are the calling cards of BV. I'm no doctor but this sounds like something else to me. Go back and get a second opinion. We've all had countless experience with doctors who know less about this than we do.

juls - can't help with the sweat, baby powder?

persona - some ladies here have ordered from them i beleive, but not me. I think the site is reputable, but that says nothing about the individual products...

mfc10 - where did yo get the tea tree oil suppositories? Man I want that aci-jel. Why wouldn't they always perscribe that with anti-biotics?



EA I just wanted to congratulate you on not wearing pads anymore. I stopped about two weeks ago and it is not hurting when I pee anymore. Pads/ panty liners are so irritating. I hope you get better soon. Also I still have no smell, this is the longest its been.


Take care,
PG


Welcome Newbies!
greeneyyes
Hi Ladies,
Just giving an update. I have been bv free for almost 2 weeks now. I inserted generic flagyl 1 a day and was not having good results. I was going on vacation and got desperate and used 2 one night and continued with 1 a night for 2 nights, since then things have been great! I did have a powdery discharge for a couple of days and I think that it is related to the pill form.I can not begin to tell you how free I feel. The true test will be after my peroid. I am waiting on real Flagyl just in case.
jewelscando
Green eyes!! That's great!! I'm still FREE HERE TOO!! No smell what so ever. I'm almost on 2 months now, and no smell!!

CONGRATS!!
deprime
Mazal tov, green eyes!!! (And to you too, Jewels!)

Jewels, I know that you posted a link to direct-rx.net as the place where you bought the Flagyl; I'm a little worried about ordering there for myself after having read these customer reviews: http://www.epharmacywatch.com/freeboard/sh...p;Number=157260

GreenEyes, where did you get yours?
greeneyyes
QUOTE(deprime @ Mar 22 2007, 10:40 AM) *

Mazal tov, green eyes!!! (And to you too, Jewels!)

Jewels, I know that you posted a link to direct-rx.net as the place where you bought the Flagyl; I'm a little worried about ordering there for myself after having read these customer reviews: http://www.epharmacywatch.com/freeboard/sh...p;Number=157260

GreenEyes, where did you get yours?


deprime: I got mine from my doctor.
jewelscando
Well, I have been lucky, and never had a problem. I know I posted a few sites, but the last one I posted, that had the live person you could talk to, has been the best so far.

I ordered some once about a year ago, and it took a couple of months to get here. That website is gone now.

THANKS, and good luck!!

HEY, WHAT THE HECK DID THEY DO TO OUR BOARD??? HAHAHA
neverending
I liked the other board better!
deprime
Ok, so I'm going to order off of the site that Jewels posted -- but just a quick question to those of you that have ordered online: (if you're an American like me), have you had problems with US Customs getting this in?

According to the people at this pharmacy, it's legal to import meds. The Customs website says its "restricted", but that it usually gets through (confusing I know.)


Anyway, I'm just anxious to get this stuff ordered and start the regimen -- I have a busy summer coming up, and I don't want it ruined by BV (like my last four summers have been.)
jewelscando
deprime: All the websites say that as a precaution. I have never had a problem, and it does come from out of the county. It get's delivered like regular mail. Hopefully, you won't have a problem either.

Had sex today, and NO SMELL!! And, it's been almost a month since the last time I had sex!! I really hope this works for you too deprime!! Because, it's wonderfull to make love, and not worry about the smell. In fact, today was the first time, I didn't even think about it, until we were done. It was then that I realized, there was no smell!!

Life is great! wink.gif

Good luck!!
Eralc Alegna
this new format is going to take some getting used to....

So I did a search online for aci-jel and the only places i could buy it were in New Zealand and Australia. The Wal-Greens website, however, lets you request a perscription online. All I did was put in my doctors contact info and they called her to get a script. I did it yesterday and picked it up today. FRICKIN AWESOME! the best part is that my new state insurance only has a $3 perscription copay.

I really hope that since the antibiotics worked this time I can just use the aci-jel and never deal with this again. God I hope so!!! Aci-jel and acidophillus for the rest of my life if I have to. Nothing could be worse.

Ladies this really does sound like the perfect product for all of us, LET YOUR DOCTORS KNOW YOU WANT IT!
If they know a low pH causes BV than why isn't it standard to perscribe this alongside antibiotics?!?!
mfc10
QUOTE(Eralc Alegna @ Mar 25 2007, 12:19 AM) *
this new format is going to take some getting used to....

So I did a search online for aci-jel and the only places i could buy it were in New Zealand and Australia. The Wal-Greens website, however, lets you request a perscription online. All I did was put in my doctors contact info and they called her to get a script. I did it yesterday and picked it up today. FRICKIN AWESOME! the best part is that my new state insurance only has a $3 perscription copay.


Hi again...The Aci-jel may sting a little--its main ingredient is acetic acid (the main component of vinegar)---but if it seems *too* stingy, you can mix it with a blob of regular lubricant (like Slippery Stuff or FemGlide, etc.) and it will still be nearly the nice acidic (between 4.0 & 5.0) pH we want. (I tested the pH after doing that--I am a chemistry teacher at a local college.)
It's a big help--especially after exposing the vagina to alkaline conditions (menstrual blood, semen, etc.)

Bottoms up!
Maggie C. rolleyes.gif
Eralc Alegna
Do you use it during your period? I have two days left of antibiotics and am about to start my period any day now, so I'm just not sure when I should start the aci-jel. Also, how often did you use it when you first started, and how often do you use it now? It says to use it morning and night but I'm wondering if I could get by with less since I just took the meds...
mfc10
QUOTE(Eralc Alegna @ Mar 26 2007, 03:15 PM) *
Do you use it during your period? I have two days left of antibiotics and am about to start my period any day now, so I'm just not sure when I should start the aci-jel. Also, how often did you use it when you first started, and how often do you use it now? It says to use it morning and night but I'm wondering if I could get by with less since I just took the meds...


I did use it during my period--to avoid a mess, I put a blob of it on the end of a Q-tip & inserted it that way. I never used very much of it at one time--I never tried the applicator that was in the carton. I just used it once a day when more prone to infection, then maybe three days per week for maintenance. After a few months of being BV-free, I used it 3 times per week for maintenance. All I use now (15 months since last vaginal infection of any kind) is alternating days of Estrace estrogen cream (prescription) and the acidic gel. If I think I might be on the verge of infection, I insert 1/2 tea tree oil suppository per day for a couple days.

Cheers!
Maggie C.
NotCatEyed
Oh, wow. You all are this raddest ladies ever!! I feel so much better knowing I am not the only one. I have been miserably treating my ongoing battle with vaginal infections(both bacterial and yeast) for over 4 years and am so overwhelmed by Dr. Crook and lemon fasts and all these people telling me that I have to give up sugar and beer and sex...and everything nice...because, please, do you think life's worth living without some of those things? And even when I do, I don't get better, and i'm sad.

Stress makes the infections worse for me, so I've been trying to relax and have compassion for myself and this problem... and trying to take probiotics, garlic, echinacha, etc. and not drink/fuck/work out too much because I know they exacerbate...but I say No Absolutes as a policy...and I'm still sick.

I recently was diagnosed with BV by a new Doctor and she recommended soaking a tampon in Hydrogen Peroxide and inserting it vaginally for 3 min. day and night for 3 days. This worked...a little. but, didn't last more than 2 days.

I am planning on traveling soon and I cannot lug around a million damn panty-liners in the freaking woods, I mean I feel so stuck in this regiment of changing my pantyliner every several hours I feel like a fucking toddler. I just want to be discharge-free so bad and if flagyl will work I'm so ready to try. The discount-rx website sounds bad though. Are there any other options(I'm in Northern California)?
So your top picks for BV seem to be flagyl? Acid-Gel? tea tree? which is best? I need the strong stuff.
Sorry to sound whiny, but I've been keeping this a secret from everyone I know for so long I feel like a weight has been lifted already.

much love to the mammas.

Eralc Alegna
Thank You mfc10!!

NotCatEyed - If you go back and read through some of the posts (it's a lot I realize) You'll see all the different methods we've tried. Some work, some don't, some just temporarily. Try boric acid suppositories (get the boric at any drug store or pharmacy and empty capsules at a health food store / co-op), hydrogen peroxide douches (the article we found said 30mL held in the vagina for 3 minutes. Do it as needed I guess but the results are spotty and it's akward). Some of us have had success with hormonal therapy i.e. estroil and whatever mfc10 just mentioned she uses, and some of us (ME) have not. A good few have had great results with a flagyl pill inserted vaginally a few times, but watch out for yeast afterwards!
These seem to be most successful/common of everything we've heard of and tried. Good Luck!
pympmama1
Thank you MFC10... I got the ace gel two days ago and I have been using it mornings and bed time.... The smell is gone... Thank goodness..... The estriol did not work for me.. I tried it for 2 months... But this stuff seems to be working..... I will keep you guys posted on how everything goes....

Thanks again MFC tongue.gif it was as easy as you said to get from walgreens. I ordered it on sunday had it on monday and it was 10 dollars
I was starting to loose hope... There are so many on here that have cured themselves and I felt sad that mine didn't seem to even improve.
NotCatEyed
Thanks Eralc Alegna!! I know I'm a newbie and it was a lot to ask for anyone to review what has been being talked about for so long. I have been skimming through the posts, but I didn't want to miss something important and thought reiteration might be good, so I really appreciate your review.
I tried boric acid a few years back and after 2 weeks of worse DC than I had before, I gave up. I have done the HP rinses, with some luck, but only temporary results. which is ok.
MFC10, you've also awakened me to the fact that I am probably not going to find a cure-all, but should be thinking about ways to keep maintaining day to day. I'm notorious for starting a good treatment and not sticking to it, so your stick-to-itiveness will be inspirational.

In the past I've been reluctant to take any more drugs, just as a general principle, after doctors have helped me so little.... but I guess antibiotics have worked for some, while taken along with acid gel? What about acid gel alone without antibiotics? I am going to look for the acid gel at walgreens today because I really need a cure before I take off for China in May. Despite my better judgment-(being anti-drug) I also ordered the flagyl which I am excited and nervous to try. So thanks for that suggestion too.
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