... pregnant. Then after I had my daughter I was urged by my gyno/midwife to get the Mirena(IUD). Which I had nothing but BV on and off for 5 years. Got it removed. And haven't been on any kind of birth control since besides condoms. I even had PID diagnosed early 2012 beacuse of an E.R. visit because of excurciating pain in my lower abdominable right side and they thought it was appendicidus. They did tests and the scan showed fluid/pus filled fallopbien tubes right side was worse which inflammed my apendix. Had emergency surgery to remove my apendix and clean/drain my tubes as well. A week ago I noticed after my really short period, that strong oder and watery discharge again BV. The the next day was peeing blood.So went to the doctors because of it. And the checked my urine and gave me Septra DS for the UTI and the BV. But as I have been reading up on septra, it doesn't state anywhere that it would help or even get rid of BV. Still taking the antibiotics but still have a slight smell and discharge but not as bad, oh and the UTI is gone, but still taking the antibiotics till they are gone!
Septra DS is not usually the drug of choice to treat vaginitis. Oral metronidazole or topical clindamycin are first line treatments. Were you diagnosed as having BV by your doctor?
See your doctor again if your BV symptoms do not clear up completely.
I had a near chronic case of BV for several months a few years ago. I was always prescribed flagyl - metronidazole for it. I am not sure if other antibiotics will get rid of it. You will have to wait a few days and see. Sometimes that white stuff can remain with some itching after the infection is gone. You can take a Luke warm bath , no soap and soak for 10 - 20 mins. To relieve the itching. There is a prescription cream you can get from your doc that can help too. What finally helped me was taking a probiotic called Florajen with the flagyl. I now take Florajen every time I am prescribed an antibiotic. I do still get UTIs ocassionally but have not had BV or a yeast infection since. It really has been a lifesaver for me. BV is painful and uncomfortable and ruins your sex life too. I hope you find relief soon. Give it a few days and go back and get rechecked as a culture is the only way to make sure it is gone.
It may depending on what microbe is infecting the vagina. It is effective against E.Coli which is a common cause of UTI and BV since it lives in the digestive tract and can colonize the perineal area (the area around the vulva/vagina and anal area). Be sure to keep the perineal area scrupulously clean. Use moist wipes (like baby wipes) in addition to toilet paper after a bowel movement. E.coli lives in the digestive tract and when we wipe after a BM, we may not get all the traces of bacteria so washing the area after a BM with soap and water or those wipes can help keep bacterial load down. Sexual activity can also help to introduce bacteria from the anal area to the vaginal area. Never allow vaginal penetration after anal penetration when engaging in sexual activities. Oral sex is another way bacteria can be introduced to this area.
The mouth has more bacteria than any other place on the body. When one engages in oral sex and then intercourse, friction can drive bacteria up into the urethra so it is important to void (pee) immediately after sex to clear the urethra. Drink plenty of water so the bladder empties often to prevent bacteria that may have entered the bladder a chance to colonize. It helps if both partners shower and brush their teeth just prior to sexual activity. No, it is not the most spontaneous idea but it will help to lower the amount of bacterias on the skin and mouth. Some women are just more prone to this than others. Taking Acidophilus can sometimes help. If there is enough beneficial bacteria in the vagina, it can keep the "bad" ones from taking over. Sometimes it is a matter of an imbalance of vaginal pH that makes BV and yeast more common. Whatever you do DO NOT DOUCHE!! It is not necessary unless your Dr tells you to do it. The vagina is a self cleaning organ. The only necessary cleaning is soap and water to the outer vulvar area, not into the vagina itself as this can upset the balance (pH and between "good" bacteria and "bad" bacteria) Douching can drive bacteria further up into the uterus leading to pelvic infections and is an all around bad idea. It is a wives tale that douching is necessary.
I had a uti and bv and was prescribed septra, both infections resolved.
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