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    Thumbs up B V


    I too have had this chronic problem. Use Folic Acid. I take 400mcg daily along with my other supplements and have not had a recurrence all year. Good luck.

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    Unhappy To all Who suffer from BV

    I have had Bv since the birth of my son now 2yrs. old. Ive tried vaginally putting the peroxide capsule and not really a change. I've purchased Femonal taking it 2 a day not really a change. Also, tried taking a teaspoon of vinegar to cleanse the inside of the body, which help the smelly discharge. Okay! Here's my problem when I do have a discharge I can smell it, but when there's no discharge I don't smell anything. Although, when I'm around other people I can see them react that I have a bad smell such as; constantly rubbing their nose. I also ask close family members if they smell something bad and their response is "NO". My family is starting to think I'm going crazy, but other people reactions show a different story. Once again I don't smell the bad odor. I'm just wondering if I'm immune to the smell or you guys do smell a bad odor.

    Also, I'm curious those that are douching w/peroxide are you making it yourself.



    Very depress with life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi2055 View Post
    I have had Bv since the birth of my son now 2yrs. old. Ive tried vaginally putting the peroxide capsule and not really a change. I've purchased Femonal taking it 2 a day not really a change. Also, tried taking a teaspoon of vinegar to cleanse the inside of the body, which help the smelly discharge. Okay! Here's my problem when I do have a discharge I can smell it, but when there's no discharge I don't smell anything. Although, when I'm around other people I can see them react that I have a bad smell such as; constantly rubbing their nose. I also ask close family members if they smell something bad and their response is "NO". My family is starting to think I'm going crazy, but other people reactions show a different story. Once again I don't smell the bad odor. I'm just wondering if I'm immune to the smell or you guys do smell a bad odor.

    Also, I'm curious those that are douching w/peroxide are you making it yourself.



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    awww mimi2055.......

    i totally understand hon. i've had it for over a year. still trying to get rid of it. you should read ginger ark's posts. she has alot of great and valuable information.

    don't know too much about peroxide but i know some women mix half and half in a douche bottle and some just do a "wash".....meaning, filling it with peroxide and insert and press. it doesn't wash out the good bacteria, like a douche would, but it's your preference. some like it, some don't .

    hope this helps.

    sad21

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    Quote Originally Posted by red_berry View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Well, after using the Cala-gel for about a week, which has been working great, I got my Active Gel which I ordered before I found the Cala-gel and I thought "this is great, now I have 2 things that work" but after my first use of the active gel I got really tender in that area and the smell got worse, but then got better then worse then better so I have no idea if it's working, anyone else had this problem with it? I just used it again because I was starting to get BV after forgetting my Cala-gel at my parents and now i'm burning, itchy and sore down there. I am so frustrated because it seems all these things that work for everyone else won't work for me. I've been taking the Reuteri/Rhamnosus for over a year but I think I became immune to it after a few months because it doesn't help much anymore if at all (but i'm taking it anyways, just more), the Hydrogen peroxide just made things worse, and the Vaginal Vitamin C worked but they don't make it anymore. I really was thinking I finally had a solution but now i'm worried i'll get used to the Cala-gel and it won't work anymore or they'll stop making it and the only other thing i'd hoped would work doesn't.

    I'm not sure if i'm putting too much in, or if I should just be using it externally, it says a fingertips worth but when you are squeezing it into a place you can't see, so how do you know if you put in too much or too little, can anyone who've used the Active Gel help?

    red berry, I wonder if you have something different. Do you happen to know your pH? I wonder if you have an organism altogether different. I've heard of some women actually having (it seems like??) a strep or staph infection. I wonder if a doctor could culture a sample.

    The friendly bacteria put out hydrogen peroxide, so if that makes it worse... hmmm it just sounds like this is a different bug. There is one rarer kind of BV that's not really BV. I can't remember the details, but I recall that the infection is a lactobacillus (normally the friendly type) but that they're oddly shaped -- mutated maybe? If these critters give off peroxide like the real good lacto does... maybe that's the culprit?

    First thing I would do is check your pH & see what you get. If the pH is low maybe you're dealing with yeast instead. That would make sense with your good experience with Vit C. There is also a possiblity of having both BV & yeast at the same time. If the pH is high, start looking into this other type of BV.

    Try a betadine douche (I actually used to use 1/2 & 1/2 w/water). You can't keep doing this, as iodine isn't good for prolonged use on healthy skin, but it can give some real relief.

    There are boric acid suppositories available on line, & many women find them helpful for both BV & yeast.

    I'm just throwing out some ideas of alternatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imported_altheria View Post
    I know i am not the only person in the world that deals with bacterial vaginosis. Is there a cure that i do not know about. If my doctor gives me flagyl aka mitrodonizale one more time Im going to scream. The drug works but about a month or two later it cames back. I usually notice it right after my cycle goes off or I notice a fishy odor after sex. I was wondering it bv is just a ph imbalance it their anything I can do to balance my ph? If any of you ladies have advice it would be very helpful
    I feel your pain altheria! Next week, im trying the probiotic called FEMDOPHILUS.Im also tired of the goop that i have 2 keep putting up there! How can a woman have a normal sex life! Im already self conscious about my post pregnancy stretch marked midsection at times, I definitely would rather keep my stretch marks than keep battling this mortifying odor! I hope this works!!!!

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    I found this forum after googling chronic BV and am so happy to find that I am not alone. I have talked to at least two friends of mine who admit they have this awful problem. Its so embarassing and hurtful to be at work and have an odor so awful that I can do nothing about. I will definitely try some of the things mentioned in this thread. I am going to try the peroxide wash tonight. Sadly I just filled an RX for Metrogel last Friday took it every night for 5 days and guess what? The odor came back yesterday which is less than a week later!!!!

    I got my first diagnosis of BVN a few years ago and then when I was pregnant back in 2004 I had one every other month : ( It seems having sex with my husband was causing them but he and I arent together anymore and i'm still getting them.

    Its very frustrating to have a physician continue to give you antibiotics and creams that don't work. I was sitting here at my desk thinking great I have to call my doc again for a refill and then I gogled BVN and this site came up. I'm happy to see that others have found things that helped them and hope some of these things will help me as well.

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    Afemaleprodigy, did all those precautions work for you? if not,what else did you try that was successful?

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    Ginger, i hope after all that extensive research you've conducted, did you finally find a ''natural cure'' or treatment that keeps it away? My email is winterbaby_410yahoo.com and my yahoo IM is winterbaby_410. Hope to hear from you soon!

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    Red face Found a FDA approve medicine

    I recently, found this drug by name of TINDAMAX to help with all of our situation. I don't recall if anyone has heard about this drug. I thought to inform everyone and we all can research and found out if this works. I went to my GYN and of course no help, but didn't even know if they were any new drugs that cam out. Anyway, I didn't stop and I found TINDAMAX on the web. Apprantly, this drug has been out since 2004. OMG!!!! Nobody, never even look up this drug to help patients with BV. I will inform my GYN to see if I can get a this drug and try it.

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    Default My story - lactobacilli and me

    ok HI!!
    First post. Chronic BV for 1.5yrs. Tried it all. Affecting my sexual confidence I had a really alkaline vagina and my boyfriend said it burned his . And then the smell started and we all about what happens next - visit to drs, etc., depressed, crying my eyes out. reading forums like this. etc...

    So I thouhgt...alkaline vagina means not enough healthy bacteria making lactic acid. Equals alkaline environment and hostile takeover of BV bacteria.
    So I did hydrogen peroxide douche but then it always came back .
    So I want to have more lactobacilli in my vagina to make the lactic acid.

    So what does lactobacilli live on? Lactose and other sugars.

    I went to like 5 health food shops trying to buy lactose(milk sugar) but even tho it seems to be in everything - it's really hard to buy. So i got some powdered whey (which is 75% lactose) and I made a thick solution with water and put it in a syringe (5mls or less of whey solution in a 10ml syringe)(without needle ok) and put it up before bed and went to sleep so it had a chance to work.
    I've done this on nights i am not sleeping with my boyfriend - because you do end up with a milky vagina - kinda sweet smelling, like milk. but not like fish.

    And I have not got BV since. And my vag is not so dry - my vag began to get dry when it turned alkaline, so dry and i swear i thought i was having early menopause which was also distressing/depressing, or that I had lost my mojo for my boyfriend. but it's better, moist in the right way now.

    Anyway I wanted to share this with everybody. I am not saying it's a cure or will work for everyone but it's cheap to try and it has changed my vag ph. from base to acid. yay.

    I don't know how this might be if someone is lactose intolerant but it's a different orifice, it's not like eating it. maybe if you are lactose intolerant, talk to your doctor first and see what she/he has to say. (and if it works for you, tell them, tell everyone. )

    I would like to get some pure lactose and try it with that, and work out what dose works best but i'm not scientific.this works for me, if anyone has any comments or more info i would love to know, and if it works for anyone else.


    You know I hate BV it totally ruined my sex life. Nobody apart from people on forums know what it's like. I have never posted before and also i feel silly recommending people put lactose or whey up their vaginas but i wanted to share and also i think it's not dangerous to try. We have to stick together. I feel that my hope was not lost, because i knew i wasn't alone. Spread the word.

    thank you everyone and also Ginger Ark. You rock.

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