Ive been treated 5 times in 6 mo for this and my dr says the PPD can ruin good bacteria anywhere inside, could this be true?
dear M, when I googled PPD, I found it can stand for a multitude of medical jargon, so please hit comment and list the long version of what it stands for. bacterial vaginosis can be caused by several things. hormonal shifts from pregnancy or menopause can cause the PH of the vagina to be off, which in turn sets up a hostile environment for the good bacteria, the one who keep the pathogenic ones from taking over. There are 6 bacteria and one protozoan, trichomonas, that an over growth of tends to bring a diagnosis of BV. A couple of the bacterial over growths and definitely the Trich bug are sexually contagious, others are not and tend to mimic the symptoms of a yeast infection that won't go away with antifungals, and the metro gel or flagyl is so powerful, it often results in a subsequent yeast infection, so, the use of diflucan after treatment for BV is often in order. There is an excellent online article written by Dr James Christian on the website vaginosis.com, that might help explain the recurrence of BV. It talks about the ph of the vagina and the role it plays in recurrent infections. The over the counter vaginal insert called Rephresh tends to help some women maintain the proper ph after treatment, other need their hormone levels to stabilize. It can be a vicious cycle, your obgyn may need to treat you for bv, then yeast, but also check your hormones and ph level, to try and stop this cycle. Read that article I mentioned and call your obgyn, tell him/her, that it keeps recurring and maybe the dr can get this back under control. I had GROUP B Strep infection during childbirth and have struggle off and on with BV my entire menopause, so believe me, I know how frustrating and irritating this can be, but it can be gotten under control and metro gel use periodically at the very first sign of BV, can be beneficial. I hope this helps and please explain what you mean by PPD, it can be a test for tuberculosis, post partum depression, or some psychiatric disorder, so, if you could clarify that, it may help others answer. Best of luck, patti
Protonix, Prevacid, and Nexium would be PPI, not PPD, they are known as proton pump inhibitors (thus PPI). The body relies on hydrochloric acid released in the stomach to help digestion and to kill bacteria on food to prevent it from entering the body. PPI's turn off the pump that produces this acid. Usually with this type of therapy to kill H. Pylori, it is not the PPI that kills good bacteria, it is the antibiotic administered with the PPI that kills both good and bad bacteria throughout the body. But PPI's do list vaginitis, which is a kind of general term for vaginal infections, as a side effect but this is probably due more to the possibility that the drug could change vaginal pH which can have a lot to do with what organisms, good or bad, that live in the vagina. If vaginal pH is off, you can get an overgrowth of bad organisms, especially when the vagina tends to be more alkaline, which would make sense taking an acid reducing medicine. Healthier vaginas are acidic. I use boric acid to balance the vagina. I tend to get Candida (yeast) overgrowth during certain times in my cycle when the vagina is more alkaline. Boric acid capsules inserted into the vagina for three nights followed by an applicator of plain yogurt (to reflora the vagina with good bacteria) does wonders for any type of vaginal infection and with less side effects than Diflucan or metronidazole (common treatments for yeast infection and BV)
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