... Has anyone beat this? I just finished my fourth round of antibiotics for 2013. I've tried everything. I've just about fallen into a deep depression. I've tried every at home remedy, am loaded on probiotics, can't dress in cute clothes, stopped having sex, don't wear cute panties, don't workout. I'm miserable. I'm only 26 and am a prisoner of this. I can feel my boyfriend becoming as frustrated as I am and I'm so sad and upset. Is there anything that will help me?
Bacterial Vaginitis - Help. I'm suffering from chronic bv for almost a year?
Question posted by LittleMScantBwrong on 28 Feb 2013
Last updated on 12 August 2022
I had clindamycin cream for 3 months suppositories. This cleared it from acute to less occurring. Then I really noticed a difference from taking vitamin c dissolved in water daily. It seems to be the thing that keeps it at bay. I also believe it was linked to my iron deficiency. So check your iron levels! I had two months of iron tablets I was very low. Take care ladies. Also I have been supplementing with vit d as my blood work showed low levels.
It's a hard road keep looking after your health.
I to am still suffering 6 months now of it coming back. I feel gross and disgusting. I shower daily take probiotics. Where only cotton underwear and I wash my under wear separate so no fabric softner. I beat it for about 36 days only cause I took the meds for 7 days instead of 5. It's incredibly embarrassing and I would like so much to feel normal down there. My boyfriend is incredibly supportive. We discuss things that may help. But I'm starting to think nothing will ever help. I'm 38 this is the first time I've ever had this. I've rescheduled an appointment with my ob. To discuss other treatments. I really miss the days of worrying about other things and having a healthy vagina.
I know this post is old, and what is striking me is how many women have to cobble together their own at home treatments to get some relief. It also leaves one overwhelmed at the things to try, even if (like myself) you’ve tried what feels like every weird thing under the sun already. I’m 1.5 years into this with no repeated exposure risk as this ended my relationship. No one comes on to say which, if any treatment of the above has worked for them. If so we would have a better baseline for where to go next. It’s just the original poster that will say what worked for them – which is just one person, easily an outlier and worth disregarding statistically.
I’m going to start at the top and work my way down, but if I ever get relief I will come back with whatever worked for me. Please do the same, commenters. (Thank you to everyone who took the time to post, comment, and offer help.)
After years of suffering with nothing that worked for very long I had found my cure by trying something for my stomach bloat. Please note I am 66 & had my gall bladder removed years ago. I don't know why suddenly I should change my diet my soap my everything. I inserted every known cure into my vagina & antibiotics but it only lasted a couple days before I was smelling like dead fish again. I had been taking antacids for reflux as every carb or sugar was a nightmare. Probiotics didn't help. Then I tried Betaine with HCI & Pepsin. Within two weeks my flora changed. Wow after 15 yrs I have my normal smell back. It doesn't burn when I pee. My bloating stopped. Why couldn't the gyno fix me? They kept telling me nothing was wrong. All I needed was enzymes for my gut and my whole life changed. No special diet or antibiotics or horrible douches. If this helps one person I will be more than pleased. Try it..you won't regret it!
You are not alone, please feel free to join our "Bacterial Vaginosis Support Group" on facebook. There are many women who have fallen in the cycle of antibiotics without any success. Not swaying you away from antibiotics but they can do more harm than good. In September of 2018 I had BV for the first time ever and stopped taking my antibiotic after I started feeling better... MISTAKE. BV came back with vengeance and I had BV up until February 2019. I stopped taking antibiotics from my Dr in fear of developing resistance which happens in most cases of BV. What cured my BV was taking probiotics both orally and vaginally to try and restore balance in my vagina. I cut out sugar and ate less carbs and upped my water intake. Gut health seems to play a role in BV as well. I took Rephresh probiotic orally daily and I took fortify womens every other day. On the days I did not take fortify I took Jarrow's womens vaginal probiotic VAGINALLY.
I did this for almost two months and slowly weened myself off the probiotics. Up to today BV has not returned. The probiotics I chose were due to the strains they had. Strains in probiotics are important. Nothing I say here is valid medical advise and I have no evidence that this is a remedy. This is what worked for me. Be careful with overly taking probiotics. But I was on about 50 billion with all that I was taking which is pretty high. Sex can be a trigger! Men's pH is basic and the alkalinity of semen can favor the growth of the bad bacteria. Use condoms for now. There is not a single remedy out there for all women because each vagina is unique. Sorry to say but the research is poor for our vagina issues. I do urge you however to look up the facebook group which is now about 500 members I think, because I don't want you to be depressed in feeling that you are broken. There are soo many women out there who are suffering.
Hi! I’ve been battling BV for a little over a year as well. I’ve done and tried EVERYTHING. Antibiotics, natural remedies, changing my diet, etc. the only thing that worked (short term) was douching with hydrogen peroxide. It gave me a day or so relief during intercourse and right back i was to being fishy. I also found short term relief with REPHRESH vagina gel that you can find in the drugstore. It’s expensive and annoying. I recently started taking apple cider vinegar pills which i found on amazon to help cleanse my stomach as I’m usually pretty gassy/bloated. This is the ONLY change i have made to my diet. I kid you not, after my first bottle was finished i was wondering why i haven’t “smelt” anything down below in a while and after doing more research it turns out that ACV is a natural antibiotic and antifungal and pretty much stabilizes your body’s PH back to normal. A natural cleaner.
I wish i had taken these sooner!!! I’m loving the results and on top of that my skin is looking great and i feel much more energetic throughout the day! I am screaming this from the rooftops so lAdies, the brand i used was “OMNI LIFE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR CAPSULES” on amazon!!! They’re cheap too!! Winning!
Isla soap stick!!! Got mine today worked instantly and has other benefits. Great reviews also
I suffered with bv for almost a year. I thought I would never get cured. I tried all the metronidazole gel/pills, also over the counter medicine. I tried probiotics, creams, suppositories, yogurts, ACV, everything! Nothing worked. About 2 months ago I went back to my doctor defeated. He wanted to try one last thing and it worked! It was Doxycycline! I had to take 2 pills per day for 2 weeks. I honestly thought it wouldn’t work since no other medication did but I have been bv free for about 2 months, which is the longest in almost a year. I still stay away from scented soaps and perfumes “down below” and I wash with the Vagisil Ph balanced wash for sensitive skin. It’s like $5 at Walmart. So far everything is good so please ask your doctor for Doxycycline 2 week prescription. I truly hope this helps someone!!
Crazy as it sounds, bath with baking soda directly on the vagina
Chlorophyll 50mg = 16 drops in juice after my period every day.
I know only use this a few days before my cycle.and a week after here and there. the probiotic also the same way.
At Walmart Spring valley women’s probiotic = digestive health here and there.
Spring valley brand -Probiotic multi enzyme 3 a day once a week.
I have been symptom free over a year. It feels like a mirical.
Hi! I’ve been suffering from this for a year now and am just at my wits end. The bad thing for me is that I keep getting UTIs too. I know it’s my boyfriend - it only happens when we have sex a lot. I never got this before him. My only conclusion is that due to his diet and heavy beer drinking, his siemen is just really messing with my PH. I’m also hoping that there is some truth to the studies that talk about the biofilm in the vagina protecting the bacteria and just read about the vitamin C long-term treatment here and will try that. It says over and over that guys can’t have it, but I really just think it’s about how alkaline/acidic their siemen is. We’re talking breakup at this point so I’m hoping this will finally work. Weird question but - I also wonder if the shape of the penis has something to do with it too? I was married for 17 years to a man with a curve in his penis and my current boyfriend is straight as an arrow.
I wonder if, especially for the UTI’s, that he’s pushing the bactiera further in me because he is so straight? I’m a mess, guys. Just a mess. I don’t know what I’ll do if I lose him over this. :(
So I’m super allergic to metradiozone (sp sorry) so I had to be put on a different medicine halfway through my meds, but I feel like my symptoms come back on and off every so often. So I wanted to try a different alternative that won’t give me a horrible reaction but don’t want to go back on antibiotics if I can help it. Would a probiotic help? Or what else could I take. I already take D3 and another type of vitiamin daily.
I suffered from chronic BV for 2 years and tried everything you can think of ! The only thing the ended up working for me was to completely cut out meat ! I could not believe that was the cure for me. I started transitioning into veganism for my health and within a month I was BV free.
I had a cervical biopsy about a month ago and before that I was doing great had no worries. But after I got a monster infection and was given the pill to treat yeast infections.. It didnt help, I called dr office who did biopsy they said it was normal and dismissed me.. I went to family dr who done swabs and found out that I had Bacterial Vaginous. I have taken a total of four of the pills for infection that should clear it up in one pill I was told. But its not going away.. could the equipment have been not a sterilized like it should have is why I got this?
I never take the time to create an account for anything but as a past sufferer myself I need to spread the word Bc I know how frustrating this can be. I HAVE THE ANSWER!! After two years dealing with this gunky mess and hundreds in antibiotics. I realized I got bv after taking flagyl numerous times, flagyl removes all the bad bacteria and even though the "good" bacteria can replace themselves. You should still put them back in your body. LACTOBALI ACIDOPHILOUS is a refrigerated daily probiotic that puts the good bacteria back into the gut. I'm no doctor but after two years of stress I finally found what worked for me. I hope this helps because I know your pain and it seems like doctors should do more research instead of proscribing the same meds
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