QUOTE(jewelscando @ Mar 8 2008, 02:30 PM)
And you were able to get your vagina to the right balance and STAY in the right balance. That is what confuses me.
Because, Flagyl is supposse to do that.
I've explained this in my blog, and also in many posts in this thread. Flagyl doesn't help restore the balance.
This is why:
As you know, there is GOOD bacteria (lactobacillus) and BAD bacteria (gardnerella) in your vagina. In a healthy vagina, the GOOD outnumbers the BAD, and keeps the BAD from taking over. But when the BAD bacteria takes over, that's when you get BV.
So we take flagyl, and that kills the BAD bacteria. But it also kills off the GOOD bacteria, and does nothing to help the GOOD bacteria grow back.
This is why so many of us have recurrences. Flagyl kills the BAD bacteria, so we feel better for a little while. But because it also killed off the GOOD bacteria, the BAD bacteria grows back again.
And we all have been on several doses of Flagyl, to no avail, it continues to return.
I know. Me too.
So, WHY after taking the Fem for 10 months or whatever it was that you took, how did that, and that alone, keep your vagina in the right balance?? That is what confuses me.
Because Fem-dophilus contains the good bacteria!
And it's designed to make sure that good bacteria ends up in your vagina when you take it orally.
Do you understand now?
Mine is out of balance. Regardless of what "ADVENTUROUS" things I try to do, it continues to stay out of balance. So, by you taking the Fem, it allowed you to get back in to balance BUT HOW DID IT STAY IN BALANCE???
Fem-doph replaces the good bacteria I lost.
Obviously, Fem-doph is making sure that I have enough good bacteria in my vagina that's keeping the bad from taking over.
That's my fear of trying the Fem. I'm horrible at taking pills, and I know I won't take them like I'm supposse to, because I will forget.
I think swallowing pills once a day is easier than making TTO capsules and putting it in your vagina. (Get one of those week-long pill cases. That always helps me remember.)
So, after I take them, at what point will I be 100% positive that it won't come back?
According to the research, it's clinically proven that the good bacteria begins to colonize in 2 weeks.
Point is, theres got to be more then just taking the pills that you have done Lori, to keep it away. Changed eating habits? Stopped smoking? Whatever the case may be....
I'm confused at why now, your vagina has decided to NOT have a bout with BV, just because you took the Fem for 10 months straight.
I hope I've explained the good-bad bacteria situation above.
My vagina didn't magically decide to stop having BV one day. I just made sure that I replaced the good bacteria. Fem-doph helped me do that.
Thanks for telling me how you feel, Jewels. I'm not saying anyone needs to take Fem-doph. But you obviously didn't understand HOW it works, so I've explained it as clearly as I could. I hope it makes sense to you.