Patient Comments: Bacterial Vaginosis - Treatment

Question:What was the treatment for your bacterial vaginosis?

Comment from: klc49er, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

My doctor tried to treat my bacterial vaginosis (BV) with the normal medications for this type of infection, but it got worse. She said that I had to see a gynecologist and she would get the authorization from my insurance. I had a hysterectomy in my 20s and I am now 56 and have had major vaginal issues in the past 5 years. They tell me it is normal. I did some research while I wait to see the gynecologist and it said to take odor free garlic pills. I take the 2000 mg 3 times per day and I made a mixture of garlic powder mixed with hot water in a spray bottle and I spray that on the area and it seems to have brought the inflammation down a bit. I was so swollen I couldn't walk because my vulva lips rubbed against my thighs making it very painful. I have only started the garlic method 3 days ago and already see and feel a big difference. You can also take minced garlic and the anti-itch cream and mix it together and put as much as you can on a tampon and insert in vagina for 2 to 3 hours. I see my gynecologist on Monday but I hope by tomorrow night I have it cleared up. I have had this for 3 1/2 long months and I have never had it this bad. I say, try the garlic method because I have had more response with this than I have had with any medications.

Comment from: Happy Girl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I'm a former BV (bacterial vaginosis) sufferer and I came back to this thread to leave a testimony. I've been to numerous sites and forums and I have read about all kinds of things that women have tried to rid themselves of this awful condition. First of all, when BV is at its worse, it is impossible to treat with home remedies. I've tried almost every home remedy including the acidophilus tablets, peroxide, tea tree oil, Femmesil, tampons soaked in yogurt, eating yogurt, drinking cranberry juice, etc. None of these actually cured my BV or lessened the symptoms. When I went to my doctor a year ago she prescribed Flagyl. It cleared my BV right up. To my dismay, my boyfriend and I had sex and I noticed that my symptoms began to return. This time it seemed even worse. The smell and the abundant discharge had returned. I also noticed that using tampons caused me to actually bleed longer and was intensifying the BV. When using latex condoms, the BV was at its worst. I went back to the doctor who said I had a touch of yeast with my BV and she prescribed Flagyl and Diflucan. After two days my symptoms were gone and BV and yeast were cleared. Long story short, I eliminated latex condoms and unprotected sex because in both the cases my BV was triggered by the semen. I also stopped using tampons and switched to a non-latex condom. Not only has my BV been gone for almost a year, my vaginal flora is at its best and has resisted even the occasional pesky yeast infection. I also don't take any pills or do any yogurt to keep it away. It just stays away because my vagina is at its best health. That's not to say that some of these methods don't make a good preventative but I had BV for a long time and I have eliminated it by finding the cause.

Comment from: Remy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I was given Flagyl antibiotics. I was told to take a probiotic every day to prevent it from happening again. I am 35 and this is the first time that I have ever had this condition. I am celibate and have been for 3 years so I don't know how I got this. It is just weird. I hope that I never get this again; it is really gross and embarrassing. I just feel dirty all the time even after a shower.

Comment from: Dee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I developed BV during pregnancy. I was informed by the doctor and I've read quite extensively that it is very normal for pregnant women to get this. I had a brownish discharge and a foul odor. I was prescribed Metronidazole 500mg (flagyl). After taking the oral medicine for the full prescription I was still having symptoms. During another prenatal visit, I had the doctor check me again and he confirmed that I did still had BV. So I was prescribed another dosage. The BV seemed to had gone away. Fast forward, I give birth and now 9months later I'm having symptoms again. I'm scheduled for another doctor visit today, to see what my diagnosis is this time. I think the odor is stronger this time. I'm constantly changing panty liners and I keep wipes with me. The fact that this can keep reoccurring is very upsetting. I'm a married woman and this is upsetting to me and my husband and as far as I'm concerned embarrassment.

Comment from: NikK, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I am 19 years old and have had BV 5 times in the last 6 months. With my case I had discharge (but without a smell thankfully) pain during sex, and pain during urination after sex. I just went to my doctor today for my most recent case. The last times I have been prescribed the metronidazole gel. This time however, I was prescribed doxycycline hyclate. My doctor also gave me a few tips to keep BV away. 1) drink cranberry juice. She said it can help balance the acidity and alkalinity in your body. 2) eat yogurt, especially Greek yogurt because the cultures in it help regulate bacteria in your body. 3) this is probably the most peculiar tip but she swears it works. Twice a week pour peroxide on a tampon and insert it into your vagina for an hour or 2.She said to leave the tampon in the applicator and pour the peroxide into the hole on the top of the applicator until you feel that it's soaked through, then insert at normal. I am really crossing my fingers that these tips along with the meds will finally get rid of BV!! Hope these may help someone else as well because i know how terrible this infection is and no woman should have to live with it!


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