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sassy
jewels: Mine doesn't really smell like fish either. I'm not sure what it smells like...just bad. My rash is under control after my dermatologist gave me a topical antibiotic so it wasn't boric acid caused either.

I'm going to try the hydrogen peroxide soon as well.

I also wonder sometimes if it is caused by bacteria from the anus. My boyfriend has commented that my vagina and booty openings are really close together...so I wonder if I'm just weird and that is why it's constantly getting reinfected? I'm really careful about hygene, especially because of the BV, but maybe there is nothing I can do to prevent it.
chachaheels
Anatomy definitely has something to do with making us prone to reinfection. There are some ways to minimize this--such as avoiding the use of tampons (the strings tend to act as a conduit of infection back into the body), so does the way you clean yourself after a bowel movement. This is one of the reasons bidets are really kind of necessary in every bathroom--but they've never really caught on in North America.

BV poses a lot of problems for women because you won't find a lot of time being spent in research or treatment of women's illnesses in general in conventional medicine. This is quite a long and well documented fact, and really not much has changed even though conventional medicine now has as many female doctors as male doctors. Fact is money isn't set aside for research in this area of medicine.

Which leaves you the typical options: exhaust the possibilities in this form of treatment, then do some research and find out how alternate forms of medical treatment approach the same problem. I definitely think BV is curable--it's just not very likely to be treated effectively using the conventional approaches because the conventional approach doesn't actually consider the BV as an ailment taking place IN THE CONTEXT of your over all health picture; so it often recurs, comes back worse, or disappears and reappears as a deeper infection that's much harder to treat.
Eralc Alegna
Just looking for some advice/opinions here... I've been doing the HP douches and using probiotics orally and vaginally daily for about two weeks now. the only changes I've seen is that about two or three days ago the discharge went from a thin milky red/brown (Finished my period about a week ago) to the light but bright yellow green color I usually associate with the infection. The smell isn't as noticable, and the discharge was a little lumpy when i first noticed the change. ANYWAY... should I continue with the probiotics for a while and see where this goes or give the kitten a rest for a while? I've got 2 days worth of the probiotics left and it was like $43 for the bottle of 30. Any Input?

P.s. I did miss a day on sunday of treatment because i was sick. could this have anything to do with it?
neverending
jewelscando:Girl you are so CRAZY! LOL! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
klee
I notice that my discharge is a little lumpy right after the HP washes. I think it's the yeast reacting to the HP. But it's been about hmmm...maybe two weeks since my 3 day stint of holding the HP for 3 mins in the vag. It's still all clear. I've been taking a break from yogurt and trying to eat more whole grains, quinoa at the moment, and drinking Emergen-C every day. Also had sex last weekend. Everything is good but I still need to wait and see after my period. Still smoking though...ergh.
Eralc Alegna
For those of you who have tried enzara, how well did it work? how much did you pay? If it didn't work did you get a refund? (the website promises one). I'm thinking of trying it, I'm so frustrated that the HP and probiotics didn't help.
I'm back at square one with the symptoms as bad as ever. This is ruining my life I swear, you have no idea (or I guess you all do) how depressed it makes me to have such a platonic relationship with my boyfriend and to feel rotten and defective all the time. Even when I know he's willing to have sex regardless I just can't because it's impossible to get in the mood when I know how things will turn out, it makes me feel disgusting. It's like I'm half a woman. And god damn it I want oral sex again!
Where has everyone been? did everyone find something that worked but me?!?
fedup45
I just found this site a few days ago and am so relieved that I am NOT the only one dealing with this/I thought I was going to lose my mind/Ive been reading through all of your posts and the different treatments. The peroxide is something I hadnt heard of BUT like the rest of you I will try ANYTHING at this point/So today I got to thinking about an easier way to to the peroxide and I decided to use a tampon(which I know arent really good to use )and completely soak it with the peroxide and, although its a bit messy i was able to insert it as far up as possible and i left it there for about 30 minutes or so and just wore a pad/I have already noticed a difference...the smell was gone which totally floored me/ Im going to try this a couple times a day for a few days and see if this will do the trick and ontop of that I had just read about a probiotic called Jarrow Fem Dophilus that I have ordered online/i read about it in one of my womens magazines and hopefully it will help keep this in check/If anyone else out there has tried this probiotic that ive mentioned please let me know how it worked for you/I know we are all different but id still like to hear/ALSO im a little worried about using the peroxide in this manner and am not sure if i could be doing damage to myself or not so if anyone knows any reason why this may not a good idea pleas please let me know that as well/i am so desperate to be well again/im 45 and i have been dealing with this for so many years and like all of you have been through the same circle of BV/yeast infections over and over again/
klee
Eralc - I haven't used Enzara but I think the consensus around here is that's it's a rip-off. I understand how frustrated you are, as I'm sure we all do.

What I might suggest if your symptoms are really bad, is to go to the doctor and get a RX for flagyll or whatever works best for you. It will knock it out and once you get things settled in terms of yeast and whatnot, try to do some preventative things such as the HP douches after your period. I never had good results w/taking probiotics. It seems to make things worse for me. I thought drinking kefir seemed to have better results though - and it might be important after antibiotics. But right now I'm drinking Emergen-C which includes B 6 & 12 as well as loads of C. And I drink lots of water.
Eralc Alegna
Thanks for the kind words . I'm thinking I might go back on metrogel for a while. I have a ton from my last RX cause it was for 6 weeks w/refills. It's just so messy and inconvienent with having to always wash the applicators. I even e-mailed the mayo clinic today ( I'm in MN ) cause I went to the site to look for clinical trials or new info and NOTHING. the only infor given was the standard anti-biotic, wipe from front to back, may or may not be sex related, go see your gyno crap. I expected so much more from them...

Klee, remind me what kefir is again and where I can get it?
Ugh27
Ughhhh... I am so glad I found this forum. I am 18 and I am pretty sure I have BV or some form of it. I have a discharge that comes out watery and the smell is disgusting. Sorry to be so graphic. I also do not know if I have a UTI or if the discomfort when urinating is coming form the infection because the discomfort is not consistent. I also have a cloudy urine. I hate this.. I am a virgin (except to toys.. lol) so I know it is not an STD and I am so scared to go to the doctor. I have never been to a gynecologist before and I am so embarrassed of the smell plus I have social anxiety disorder... which makes it even worse sad.gif I REALLY do not want to go to the doctor. But I heard if it goes untreated I may not ever be able to have children. So there pretty much is no way of curing this without going to the doc huh?
jewelscando
The only problem I can think of with the tampons is what I said on here a long time ago. I read in an article that tampons carry asbestos or something like that. But, I like your idea. I've used a Q-Tip but obviously, it doesn't hold enough.

I'm really not doing anything about it right now except dealing with it. I'm not having sex at the moment, so I figure, what difference does it make. I don't smell the fish at the present time either, just a funky crappy smell, and that's only if I try to smell it.

DO NOT BY ENZARA. It's crap, and does not work. AT ALL. And no response when I tried to get a refund.
klee
Kefir is like a yogurt drink...it's lighter and more like a smoothie but it's pro-biotic and you can probably get it at your grocery. Definitely at a more whole foods-ish type of grocery.

Oh, and tampons do not contain asbestos. You can do a search on Snopes if you're curious. But I stopped using them because I hear they're not that great for your vaginal health.
neverending
WELCOME TO THE BOARD fedup45 AND Ugh27!
Eralc Alegna
So I just started my first night of metrogel tonight. The only problem is how long to use it for. Docs say a week but the last time I used it my doc said six weeks because the week long stints before did nothing. I've got two boxes... I want to suppliment with probiotics so I don't destroy everything and throw myself even more out of whack, but if i do during the metrogel use than it'll just die right away and be a waste, right? Should I do a week on and a week off with probiotics or would that not be long enough? a month? go until symptoms stop and then go probiotic? do I just use the metrogel for the week and then see? I'm so confused! I just need to get laid!
pollystyrene
*de-lurks*- Tampons do not contain asbestos! Internet malarkey.
free_spirit
Have any of you been tested for Trichcomosis (SP?)
I have read that the symptoms can be similar. Some of you may have that and are mistaking it for BV and or Yeast.
Just a thought.

It would make sense to check if you have this because it may need to be treated differently from how you treat BV or Yeast, and maybe thats another reason why you can not get things to clear up.

(Just a thought)
chachaheels
Free spirit is correct--the symptoms of BV and of yeast look so much like many other symptoms and signs of more serious diseases. There are tests available and your doctor can take a sample or two from you and order them up to rule out trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamidia, yeast, and cervical dysplasia. You must go and have these tests done in order to be certain that what you have is indeed what you think you have. If you just go ahead and start treating what you think is BV, but what you've really got is gonorrhea (for example), you may get rid of your symptoms, but you'll definitely be suffering from the disease's more insidious, destructive effects (which produce symptoms you can't easily detect).

Fear of the diagnosis is really no excuse. If it is difficult for you to see a doctor, do whatever you can to ensure you can make this trip--bring someone with you, find a doctor who will do house calls, ask a counsellor or someone who's looking after your if you do have a social anxiety disorder to recommend a practitioner to you...do what it takes. There's no point in self-treating here unless you know what's wrong; and if the symptoms are bad enough that you want to take steps to self-treat, you need to find a doctor and get a diagnosis.

No: tampons do not contain asbestos. But they are often made of a rayon component, and the wood fibre in this material can harm vaginal tissue.

Most tampons are bleached and they do contain dioxin. Which is many times worse than asbestos.
fedup45
Hey I just wanted to let you guys know that so far my symptoms are gone!!! I uesed the tampon soaked in peroxide 2 times yesterday for about 30 minutes each time......im going to keep doing this like i said for a few days just to be sure but im amazed /this is the first time in all the years ive been dealing with this crap that ive been without that smell WITHOUT taking antibiotics/ I feel like ive died and gone to heaven...lol/anyways I just wanted to share/I hope we can all get rid of this someday....I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy/ Everyone have a great day!!! smile.gif and not to make any waves BUT if anyone on here is from OHIO or is a Buckeye fan....GO BUCKS:)smile.gif!!!!
sassy
I've been tested regularly for all STD's...not an issue.
chachaheels
That's great, sassy, and everyone should be tested for STDs. However, people still need to get a diagnosis if they have symptoms that we're recognizing here as common ones for BV.

Those symptoms are so general, they could indicate any number of diseases, including but not limited to STDs. It is still the first thing to do if these very general symptoms arise: go and have a battery of tests done, and MAKE SURE. Get a diagnosis. Then you can decide what you want to do next--whether that is try the treatment your doctor may suggest, or seek out another form of treatment.

I especially think a repeat visit to the doctor is in order if you were diagnosed with BV and the symptoms persist despite trying your doctors suggestions. Someone on this board posted that they were experiencing a greenish coloured discharge after being diagnosed with BV--that, to me, says, another test is in order (the discharge colour indicates at least 2 other diseases to me, where it is a very strong indicative sign).

What a tragic thing to be treating BV if there really is a much more dangerous disease at work--or to treat BV when the causes have to do with hormonal changes that can indicate glandular or organic distress, which could be found and corrected.
jewelscando
Well, I didn't get my info from the Internet. I read it in a magazine. And no, it wasn't a tabloid either!! But I did do a search on Google, and you are right, it isn't true. So, I'm actually happy about that. I will go buy some and use if for the peroxide. It will be weird, since I had a hysterectomy 6yrs ago!! But, hey, it's worth the try.

I also have been tested for all STV's and mine were negative as well.
chachaheels
Okay: no STDs. How about: cervical dysplasia/cancer? No?
How about: HPV? Anyone done an internal exam to see if you have that? That's not strictly sexually transmitted, and if you've ever used the pill you're in a high risk category.
How about your hormones--thyroid okay? Pituitary okay? Adrenals okay? Any one of these that's slightly off will lead to the symptoms you're getting that you think are BV.
Iron levels--had those tested? These affect glandular function directly.
How often do you test for STDs? Is it very often, like twice a year? If you're sexually active, then you should be testing about this frequently. Some STDs are asymptomatic for a long time--you'd never know you had them until you tested positive for them.

Testing for STDs is just a small part of the diagnostic process. Great that you don't have any: but what about the other possible causes/diseases?

The point is: you know what you don't have, to a very limited extent. Now go find out what you DO have, before you decide to start treating it in any way. To just be content that you don't seem to test positive for an STD is a start, but it is not the same thing as an actual diagnosis for BV.
Eralc Alegna
I too have been tested for STDs repeatedly by doctors when I first go to them, after their perscriptions don't help... I'm tested like three times a year. Whether or not they're looking for cervical dysplasia or trich i don't know for sure I guess. Point is I just had a culture done about a month ago and was told nothing was wrong. not even BV.

Cha Cha I was the one who mentioned the discharge is now a pale green/yellow, but it usually is when I've been diagnosed before.

Make no mistake everyone- I'm in and out of the doctor like nobodys business. I self treat in between appointments because I'm frustrated that they continue to fail, or I don't want to pay another co pay or lab fee to be told the exact same thing for the 500th time. I'm not taking this lightly by any means
chachaheels
Eralc alegna, I'd have them retest for gonorrhea, test for trichomoniasis, and test for chlamydia on that one symptom alone. I'd also ask for an internal exam and a pap smear if it's at all possible to rule out cervical dysplasia. I know you're in and out of the doc's like nobody's business, but if your symptoms are returning, there's a misdiagnosis or a missed diagnosis. It is time for a second opinion. It's your health , after all.

Finally, you may need to do something other than just manage your symptoms with self-treating. Once you have a clear diagnosis, do consider alternative, holistic treatments. So many women benefit from them, and so many who don't know they can pursue these options suffer needlessly.
Eralc Alegna
I've gotten multiple opionions from multiple doctors for that same reason - maybe they're missing something. But every doc says and does the same thing and when it doesn't work, like I said it doesn't, they're all just like ," that darn BV, sometimes it just wont go away. Heres some more metrogel."
sassy
I am definately in the same boat as Eralc Alegna! I've been to the vagina doctor more times the past couple years than most people may go in their whole lives. And it's not cheap...I'm a student and I have a stupid $30 co-pay everytime. "Some people just get BV very easily. I can give you some flagyl or metro-gel or you can just live with it"---usually the response. I did recently have mild cervical dysplasia, but it was not caused by HPV. And my doctor says it was so mild that she probably got it all when she did a biopsy on it. So yeah, I don't think that has anything to do with my BV since I've had BV since I was at least 14 and now I'm 21.
chachaheels
Well, all I can do is keep suggesting you go until you get a proper diagnosis; if you've got BV and you've had it since you were 14, that's a third of your life that you've had this condition that is supposed to be an infection (that is, an acute ailment!). So, to me, that indicates that something else is going on.

Maybe the gynecologist is the wrong person to see. Maybe you need an endocrinologist, as I said below.

"Probably" got all the cervical dysplasia is not exactly "absolutely sure" all the cervical dysplasia's been removed--and we don't know if "removing" it is the way to make sure it doesn't continue to take place or recur.
I know you have all kinds of resistance to finding out what is actually wrong with you--all I'm saying is if you're just going to treat with stuff that's over the counter and you don't actually know what is wrong with you, you could be wasting your time or worse. What you do with that information is completely up to you.

neverending
Update on estroil: I'm still using the estroil and it's been about 12 days.I had sex and no smell or discharge afterward.I think this might actually be working but the downside is that it takes very long to get the full benefit.Getting Estroil from the doctor probably would have delieverd a quicker response but who cares as long as I get rid of this crap for good.Anyway, all is well on this end.
autumnbreeze
Why is everyone trying to make this something other than BV? For me, it's bacterial vaginosis, period. Not an STD, not HPV, not cervical cancer. I had never even heard of BV until I was diagnosed. Most of us have been diagnosed many times over. Oh well, I don't mean to rant but this is a frustrating issue, especially when you're living it everyday. It seems people are doing a lot of talking but not actually saying anything.
Who has had recurring BV and gotten rid of it FOR GOOD? Please tell us exactly what you did mellow.gif





jewelscando
I AGREE AUTUMNBREEZE!! I too have been diagnosed OVER AND OVER again with B.V. AND I don't have a CERVIX People so, what do you say about that??

I agree Autumn. We all have been suffering from this for years. We want fricken answers guys. Not another "Maybe it's this" or "Maybe it's that". This is B.V. Plain and simple. Now find us a damn cure DAMMIT!!!! wink.gif
sassy
I agree with you guys too! I just had cervical dysplasia the past couple of months so what is accounting for the BV the other 7 years??

No offense chaha, but I think a lot of the stuff you say is kind of bullshit.
chachaheels
Well, no offense, sassy, but I'm laughing at the offensive way you said that.

Hey, just sharing what I know, and you can use it or not. If you find what you're doing works well for you, stick with it, no one's forcing you to pay attention to me wink.gif
jewelscando
YEAH SASSY!! I've been thinking the same thing. No offense to anyone. I don't want to start a Fish Fry here. LOL. But I agree. We need answers. That's all we want. And all of our patience is RUNNING REALLY THIN!!!! YEAH SASSY!! wink.gif
pepper
funny girls. someone is actually offering some real, deep, useful information and you're still looking for a quick fix miracle cure. at this point you'd think you would Really be willing to try something different since all the multitude of drugs have failed you repeatedly. no offense AT all, i just think it's interesting how resistant people are to the suggestion that their lifestyle has caused their illness and a lifestyle change is neccessary to change it.
autumnbreeze
Sassy: hahahahahah!! Too funny! biggrin.gif

Hey guys, it's not that we're being resistant or that we're trying to offend anybody but come on! If you've never had (recurring) BV, you have NO IDEA what it's like to live with this on a daily basis. We don't want to hear people rambling on and on about nothing. Or trying to imply that we aren't trying hard enough to get rid of this.
jewelscando
Well, I guess your idea of "Real Deep Interesting" stuff, is different then mine. Nobody's looking for a "Quick" fix, we ARE LOOKING FOR A CURE!! Plain and simple. B.V. sucks. Period. And although I'm all for a "Lifestyle" change, if that will CURE me, I'm not going to ASSUME, I have other issues, like cervical displasia, SINCE I DON'T HAVE A CERVIX. And.... I've had my doctor test me from Yeast, to STD's, to EVERYTHING else possible. I HAVE B.V. Period. And the mumble jumple that's been going on on this board, isn't helping anyone. The purpose of this board is to "Vent" and to help each other FIND A CURE. NOT A QUICK FIX. YEAH SASSY!! wink.gif
chachaheels
Your doctors gave your their quick fix cure: go use it. That's what they've got. Why not take up your complaints with them, to whom you've purportedly paid so much money?

If you think getting a second opinion, having other possible causes for your condition (which is chronic now, as you all say it is, and not acute, like BV is supposed to be--one big reason alone to suspect that you don't just have BV) ruled out is "mumbo jumbo", then, wow, go get some more metrogel, or some hormones sold out of some post office box operation, and use it again! Maybe this time it'll work. If not this time, then the next time. It's cheap, right? And you don't care, so...

No one implied that YOU are not working hard enough for your condition, but if you say everything you've tried hasn't worked, then guess what:

You've either been misdiagnosed, or whatever you've been given as a cure doesn't work and you have to look for something else or try another approach. It's clear that's all you've got to go on; ignore that reality at your own risk.

Either you use that information to take responsiblity for your own health, or don't and just keep doing what you're doing, keep getting the same outcome, and then have tantrums at anyone who says another approach is needed instead.

Good luck girls.
jewelscando
Like I said, I've been tested for everything. I don't live off of ordering things through the internet and picking them up at a p.o. box. I don't even own a p.o. box. I don't disagree with you that the doctors can mis diagnose, however, I read alot on B.V. and one of the main things they say, is they have NO IDEA why it comes back. We all aren't stupid, and we know there's a reason for it. We are ALL trying to figure out that reason, from quitting smoking, to changing our diets, to alternative medicines to antibiotics. NOTHING IS WORKING. And to ASSUME that we are all looking for a "Quick Fix" is bull shit. We WANT A CURE. And unfortunately, THERE IS NO CURE.
autumnbreeze
QUOTE(chachaheels @ Nov 21 2006, 05:16 AM) *



No one implied that YOU are not working hard enough for your condition, but if you say everything you've tried hasn't worked, then guess what:
You've either been misdiagnosed, or whatever you've been given as a cure doesn't work and you have to look for something else or try another approach. It's clear that's all you've got to go on; ignore that reality at your own risk.

Either you use that information to take responsiblity for your own health, or don't and just keep doing what you're doing, keep getting the same outcome, and then have tantrums at anyone who says another approach is needed instead.

Good luck girls.



Whatever. I'm not throwing tantrums but I sure as hell don't need your judgement. Are you a doctor? Do you have a cure? Do you have BV? Do you know our treatment histories? Then you can't draw conclusions about our conditions. Period. Don't get bent out of shape with me because someone said your posts sound like bullshit and I laughed. Hey, go ahead...continue to add your super-sized, lengthy, know-it-all posts in here and the other Our Bodies threads...I don't care.


pianogirl
Hello Ladies,

We I went to see a holistic doctor on Sunday. It was ok but very expensive.

She recommended that I eat meat LOL and I have been a veggie for like almost 14 years. I laughed when she said that...BV started for me one year and a half for me so its not diet related. She told me to lay off the sugar however I don’t consume much sugar. Anyway here is what she recommended:

HLC capsules intravaginally in the morning and boric acid at night for 7 days straight. After the 7 days have ended stop the boric acid and use the HLC intra vaginally and take one capsule by mouth daily (do this for 2 weeks).

Fembalance 2 capsules 2x a day for hormonal balance day 14 - 28 of your cycle.

Balanced omega 2 caps twice a day with food (I believe this is fish oil so I am a bit skeptical in taking this because I do not eat fish.

I am on my period so I plan on starting this when the bleeding has subsided.

klee
Wow, things got a bit touchy in here. I think people always get defensive when anyone suggests they might have a STD. Chacha, you have to realize that almost everyone here has had a speculum in their vag more often than they would like and every annual (which I usually get more than once a year) includes a swab test for most of the illnesses you listed.

I think the simple answer here is that like any other type of bacterial infection - there is no cure in the traditional sense. The antibiotics just kill off bacteria, it's not preventative. It seems unrealistic to basically ask someone to "fix it for me." The only preventative is what you do...and I thought that's what we were working for here anyway.

Although not everyone has had success w/HP, I'm STILL good!!! As I keep mentioning, I drink Emergen-C first thing in the morning and usually another one later on in the day. No yogurt still. More whole grains, raw garlic, and green veggies. And lots of water. I'm fully anticipating having to do the HP thing again after my period but for the long lasting results, I'm WAY okay with it.
jewelscando
Exactly Autumn. You took the words right our of my mouth!! wink.gif This isn't a thread to piss and moan at each other. This is women WHO HAVE TRUE B.V., trying to help each other THROUGH this. Trying to help find a cure. And if we make a big enough stink of it....NO PUN INTENDED.....MAYBE, just MAYBE, someone will wake up and try to find a cure. Keep up the fight girls. Together, hopefully we can make a difference. And for me personally, I have been on this thread for well over a year. And it's been my savior. Thank you to all my true B.V. suffering sisters who have stuck through this, and thank you for all your helpfull advice. I love you all!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
autumnbreeze
Jewels: You and the others are the reason I signed on to this forum. It was a breath of fresh air to find women experiencing the same problems and who are so candid and forthcoming with information. Your humor and support has definitely helped me alot! Everyone have a safe holiday. smile.gif

Pianogirl: please keep us updated on your progress.

sassy
Hey guys...I stayed out of here for a couple of days to let things cool down. I'm in no way "throwing a tantrum." I just feel that someone who is not suffering from BV doesn't need to "manage" everyone like they know exactly what we're going through. I have been to the doctor soooo many times and I get STD checked every year, despite being in a one-person relationship, so I know that is not an issue. I was never offended by that being brought up but I am offended by someone telling everyone that everything they do is wrong. I'm willing to change my lifestyle...except eating meat, I will never do that again...but I am not going to allow it to happen because someone is barking orders at me. I love the true people I've met here and I'm glad I didn't piss everyone off!
Making Progress
I ate one tablespoon of yogurt last week and guess what? My BV came back for two or three days. Took some extra folic acid though, and guess what? The BV went away. I have not tried Boric Acid or HP because I am able to keep this under control as long as I don't eat yogurt, sour cream, or other probiotics. So what is consistant in my success? If I eat probiotics (yogurt, coconut, sour cream, acidophilus etc.) BV comes back. If I forget to take my folic acid, bv comes back. If I skip the probiotics, I smell like roses. (At least that is what my partner says while making me scream...) Go ahead and tell everyone I don't know what I'm talking about Chacha!!! To the rest of you, take 800 mcg of folic acid a day, stop the acidophilus if it is making you worse, and get back to the great sex life that you should be having...

Okay, I know I'm going to get an earful now. Keep in mind that I have had BV really bad, and I've had it under control for over a year. tongue.gif
jewelscando
Thanks for the advice true sufferer Making progress!! wink.gif. I bought Folic Acid and keep forgetting to take it!! I'm definatley taking it now!!

Oh, had sex tonight my self!! First time in a few weeks, and guess what??? He went down south and NO SMELL!! I haven't had that pleasure in over a year!!!! Then after making love, still no smell!! I'm sure it's only because I haven't had sex in a while. But I will definately start taking the folic acid!!
autumnbreeze
Making Progress: You seem to be on to something with the folic acid. I want to fully understand this. What role does folic acid play? I've always taken a multivitamin daily that contains 400 mcg folic acid, but I've never noticed any change in symptoms. And are all dairy products considered probiotics? I was surprised when you listed coconut ohmy.gif
Do you have any info/links that you could post?
Eralc Alegna
I too have just been lurking for a while, the page wouldn't load for me for what felt like a week and when I finally got back all hell had broken loose! I'm going to be diplomatic and not comment...
Congratulations to all who are currently symptom free! And oh yea, I HATE YOU ALL. Not really of course but I'm still trying to find my magic formula. I've been doing Metrogel again every night for a week. I also used it two different times during the day after unprotected sex following a quick HP douche to keep the semen from changing the PH too much. So far, so... I don't know. Seems to be the same so I think I'm going to do the other tube of metrogel and then go back on probiotics. Any input?

Making Progress - what brand/type/concentration/whatever of folic acid are you taking? Orally right? I'm interested in trying. I'm also going to look into B vitamin suppliments that *someone* mentioned.

Klee - how were you using the HP? did you do the hold it for 3 min thing or were you the one who did the tampon soak?

Jewels - How have you been treating yourself lately?

Again, I'm happy for you all and sorry for the long-ass post
** Edited to ask if anyone else has problems with the itching and cracked/dry skin on the labia and perinium(sp?). It's been getting pretty bad for me lately but I quit using the steriod gel cause it was brought up that steriods can cause hormone issues (and it never cured it anyway, just helped symptoms). I've been using vasaline but so far not much help. I'm weary of using vagisil in case it's bad for infections or something. Any help?
pympmama1
QUOTE(Making Progress @ Nov 23 2006, 02:05 AM) *

I ate one tablespoon of yogurt last week and guess what? My BV came back for two or three days. Took some extra folic acid though, and guess what? The BV went away. I have not tried Boric Acid or HP because I am able to keep this under control as long as I don't eat yogurt, sour cream, or other probiotics. So what is consistant in my success? If I eat probiotics (yogurt, coconut, sour cream, acidophilus etc.) BV comes back. If I forget to take my folic acid, bv comes back. If I skip the probiotics, I smell like roses. (At least that is what my partner says while making me scream...) Go ahead and tell everyone I don't know what I'm talking about Chacha!!! To the rest of you, take 800 mcg of folic acid a day, stop the acidophilus if it is making you worse, and get back to the great sex life that you should be having...

Okay, I know I'm going to get an earful now. Keep in mind that I have had BV really bad, and I've had it under control for over a year. tongue.gif


What you say makes since... When I think about while I was being treated for anemia folic acid was prescribed and I didn't have a recurrence until I got tired of the horse pill.... You know I think I am going to try this... I should be taking it for my anemia anyway

Chacha's have been reading the cdc website which believes that many std's causes bv....I read the same websites 2 yrs ago and freaked out and have been getting tested for every know std out there.... I am not sexually active and have not been for over 3yrs but I get tested every year despite not being active.

Chacha drop the excuses (why u offended us) and pick up a purpose....That is why we are all here.... if you have nothing helpful or productive to say then say nothing...
jewelscando
My folic acid pills are really tiny. I bought them at the health food store. So they are not hard to take at all.

I've been trying the HP for about a week now, and it's almost imposible. I tried it with a tampon which was weird, since I haven't had a period FOR YEARS!! And it's difficult to soak it in, unless you take it out of the applicator, which makes it explode so big that it's difficult to get in. And it almost burns. Not burns, but it's bothersome. Like you can feel fizzing, which makes it want to itch. Oh well, I'm not giving up. I'm going to fight this crap til the end.
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