Trying to keep things as light as possible for this damn blog I thought I would get festive for St. Patties Day!
I know you all want to know what I have tried to keep the BV away and not just hear me say over and over everything. I have become that women who is no longer goggling for suggestions because I have tried it all. I'm going to you what I have tried and how each has worked for me. I would also love to hear what has worked for all of you. Now remember just because some of these didn't work for me doesn't mean it wont work for you.
To back track just a moment for anyone who did not read my original blog "The great bacterial vaginosis roller-coaster" I am a week shy of my 30th birthday and have been suffering with chronic BV for over 8 years. I have a great doctor is determined to figure this out. She just referred me to a Infectious Disease Specialist and as soon as I have an update regarding that I will post it. Now to the OTC remedies and prescription medications I have tried.
- Lifestyle changes: I eat clean and exercise regularly. This wasn't always the case and while I notice the amazing benefits that come from eating clean and being active this hasn't had any improvement on BV.
- Condoms: I was on birth control for almost 10 years but have been off for the last 5. I have been told to use condoms to prevent BV but it hasn't made any difference.
- Prescriptions Oral: - Metronidazole/Flagyl, Clindamycin, Tindamax - All of these medications work while I am taking them but my BV comes back within days or weeks of the last dose.
- Prescriptions Vaginal: - Metro-gel & Clindamycin these medications are great at getting rid of the BV symptoms but doesn't cure it.
- Over the Counter: - VH BV (homeopathic) pills & Vaginal inserts. The pill form I currently take in conjunction with a daily Pobiotic. This seems to help with the frequency but it doesn't prevent BV from coming back. These can be found at your local health food or drug store - DO NOT confuse this with the VH lubricant you can find at the dollar store. RePresh is another one that comes in both pill and vaginal insert form. They are costly and I did have some relief with the pill form.
- Acidolophilus with & without Bifidus:, FEMdolophous is a popular one. I also make sure to get a serving of unflavored yogurt with live cultures each day - I think this may help keep the good bacteria alive but I have read studies that suggest the lactobacilli found in yogurt and these probiotics are not the same as the ones our bodies produce.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: - I use the organic Bragg's brand you can find it at any health-food store and usually any grocery store super cheap. I drink it daily and have tried the vaginal suppositories (you mix them with two parts water one part ACV and freeze them. Then insert as you get into bed) This has just been irritating no benefits forfor me.
- Hydrogen Peroxide Douche: While I found this helpful for making me feel "fresher" for the time being this had no lasting effect it did not kill the bad bacteria.
- Yogurt (vaginally): I have done the tampon in the yogurt and any other way I can get it up there, again it did relieve some of the worst symptoms for the moment and I can see how this might work for others but not for me.
- Vinegar & Water douche: NO benefit for me
- Glycerin soap: This hasn't cured anything but it has no dies or harsh chemicals and I don't think it's hurting.
I may be missing some but off the top of my head the above is what comes to mind. Please let me know if you have any questions for me and I will happily respond. I have a great group of girlfriends and they know what I go through. I believe 2 of 8 have had BV and as far as I know they have each had it once. That is NORMAL! I have had one yeast infection in my life that is NORMAL having either on a regular basis is not. My doctor said more than 4 times a year is chronic and not normal. If you have any questions you would like me to take to my trip to the infectious disease doctor post them & believe me I will ask & re-post!
One thing I would like to add is that at this point I think that my reocurring BV may be a symptom of something else and not the cause. I had a woman on a medical forum tell me my story was just like hers and her doctor tested her for (don't quote my spelling, EVER) Ureaclampsea & Myclampsia - you can google them. She said she was treated for those and is now cured of BV. So that might be worth looking into.
Alright chicka's if you took the time to read this whole blog, God Bless you, you must be going through a tough time. Ask away & Stay tuned!