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    Yes, supplements like RePhresh, Femanol, etc. works, but it's not a long term solution. Once you stop taking them, the BV will come back. I can't even imagine how much money I've spent on all these "treatments". I got so fed up with them. I would feel normal again, but only while taking them. Once I would stop, the bv would return within a week. That's why I've been looking into what could actually help stop the bv, rather than mask it. BV has to be the most frustrating issue to deal with.

    UPDATE: I am still bv free. No odor, no discharge. I have had sex, and still.....no bv!!! This is really making me believe that all I needed was to build up the vit d in my body. This feels so great, after getting bv at least once every month. It's been almost 3 months and nothing.

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    caramel504, how much vitamin d do you take? And do you use a specific brand? Is it the only thing you are taking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzsj View Post
    caramel504, how much vitamin d do you take? And do you use a specific brand? Is it the only thing you are taking?
    I take Nature's Bounty Super Strength 2000 iu, I take 4000 iu's a day. I got it from CVS, buy one get one free. Yes it's the only thing I'm taking.

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    Okay ladies, after some vast days of researching during this last episode of BV. I've come across this, and so far IT'S WORKING. After trying Rephresh gel (made me bleed smh), trying Met Gel again (resistant obviously) I decided to just simply give Vitamins a try. Vitamin C 500mg orally 2xs a day (you can't OD on vit C) .. Vitamin C 250mg vaginally ( a little stinging but goes a way) do this for 6 days. Vitamin D 2000 IU. 1x a day ( Do not exceed 5000IU). Folic Acid 1600 mg (right now during the BV episode) which is broken up for me 800 mg 2xs a day. My probiotic of choice is now Ultimate Flora's Vaginal support 50 Billion I was taking this 2x's a day now but i figured I may be over doing it so once a day will have to do. One thing i've read is when you take the Probiotics, you need to take them in Numbers! 50 billion strong. Ladies.. Ladies.. Ladies...when I say it works it works...I looked at a slide and I hardly see clue cells ... Most of the discharge now is from the vitamin C tablet. So far this is working for me and i'm soooo fricking happy!!! the test will come when I stop taking these things excessively and take them only once a day. But for right now i'm seeing vast improvement.

    I know some ladies are skeptical about the vitamin C thing but I say try it. However please make sure it's 250MG... anything greater then that will HURT....Also, If you don't know your vit. D level have them checked so you don't go over board. The only reason I am for sure I am vitamin D deficit is due to my low Calcium levels. And we know Vitamin D is needed for the absorption of Calcium So low calcium ..low vit D. I immediately noticed a change in discharge after taking the Vitamin D and C (it became less).. Now I'm not a milk drinker, I rarely stay in the sun. So It was pretty much a No brainer for me. I honestly believe now this problem we suffer from is from our nutritional and mineral value. Either way I'm happy something's working. Hope this helps someone!
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    hey ive been dealing wl bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections for almost a year now.
    im only 16 and i dont have sex and ive gone on a diet.
    ive taken antibiotics , antifungals, and both because sometimes i get them both at the same time.
    this is really embarassing and its ruining my life.
    i take probiotics, garlic capsules, and ive tried vinegar and a lot of other things
    there hasnt really beena day when im completely symptom free
    the doc refuses to give me a hormone test because he told me to wait it out . i need help please ((( </3

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    Like many of you, I also suffered from chronic BV for about two years. It was one of the most difficult and embarrassing things I have ever had to deal with, simply because I did not understand it and I did not know how to fix it. I tried everything my doctor (at that time) suggested: switching laundry detergents, switching body washes, not wearing thongs, using RepHresh before and after my period, numerous metronidazole prescriptions, etc. You name it, I tried it. Finally, beyond frustrated, I switched doctors. During my first visit, my doctor took blood as part of my checkup. When the results came back, she said I had a Vitamin D deficiency and that I needed to be taking 2,000 IU of Vitamin D each day. I started taking a Vitamin (One a Day Women's) which has 1,000 IU of Vitamin D, and I also started supplementing with 1,000 IU of Sundown Naturals Vitamin D. I have taken the vitamins for a little over two weeks now, and have noticed that the odor and discharge has completely vanished. Not knowing at the time that Vitamin D was the cure, I happened to Google Vitamin D deficiency and if it related to BV, and came across this thread. I just wanted to share my experience in hopes that it will help someone else as well. I think we found a cure, ladies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WomanWoes View Post
    Like many of you, I also suffered from chronic BV for about two years. It was one of the most difficult and embarrassing things I have ever had to deal with, simply because I did not understand it and I did not know how to fix it. I tried everything my doctor (at that time) suggested: switching laundry detergents, switching body washes, not wearing thongs, using RepHresh before and after my period, numerous metronidazole prescriptions, etc. You name it, I tried it. Finally, beyond frustrated, I switched doctors. During my first visit, my doctor took blood as part of my checkup. When the results came back, she said I had a Vitamin D deficiency and that I needed to be taking 2,000 IU of Vitamin D each day. I started taking a Vitamin (One a Day Women's) which has 1,000 IU of Vitamin D, and I also started supplementing with 1,000 IU of Sundown Naturals Vitamin D. I have taken the vitamins for a little over two weeks now, and have noticed that the odor and discharge has completely vanished. Not knowing at the time that Vitamin D was the cure, I happened to Google Vitamin D deficiency and if it related to BV, and came across this thread. I just wanted to share my experience in hopes that it will help someone else as well. I think we found a cure, ladies!

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    I've been reading these boards for a long time (over 3 years now) and just now joined so I could post. I, too, suffered from bacterial vaginosis. I was embarrassed by vaginal odor and had a horrible discharge. I was also prone to yeast infections, too. I started taking Destinol (over-the-counter) and all of those symptoms I was plague with caused by bacterial vaginosis went away. No more fishy-smelling odor, grayish discharge, irritation or itching. I feel more confident now when I am intimate with my husband and I can wear all kinds of sexy lingerie without any worry! This product even made my breath smell sweeter after just two weeks from taking it. I tried all types of remedies - antibiotics and creams, which gave me yeast infections to douches and a few other things...but Destinol has worked for me for over a year and half. I didn't once think of the Vitamin D deficiency, though. Next time I make a visit to my doctor's office, I will request blood-work. Thanks to all who have contributed to this thread. I read it faithfully each week.

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    I am 20 years old and I have had BV for about five months now. My doctor prescribed Flagyl and after I took it, the BV came back just a few days later. I've been reading everyones advice on here and I'm going to try them, hoping they will work. I was wondering if anyone knows, is it okay to wear tampons while you have BV? I know wearing tampons when you have an infection can make it worse, but since some people can't get rid of BV, is it still bad to wear a tampon?

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    i have been a chronic BV sufferer for over 6 years. Most recently it came back and without a rest i had it for 1 year. I was disgusted with myself and felt like my GYN was not listening. It wasnt until i met with a new NP that things took a turn. I had been given an unlimited prescription to metro gel because my GYN is a and was prepared to allow me to jelly my vagina for the rest of my days instead of researching a different option (sorry, still kind of bitter lol) My symptoms would disappear for a couple days and return. It was explained to me like this: the pH of your vagina is and SHOULD BE around a 4 (more acidic than the rest of your body, which is a 7) and this is mainly due to the flora of your vagina, especially lactobacillus, that maintains this pH level. During sex, the pH is disrupted mainly because semen has a pH of around 7, which on a sensitive vagina can provide an opportunity for bacteria such as gardnerella (main culprit of BV) and Candida (yeast) to grow out of control and take over. If you can decrease the pH and continue increasing the levels of Lactobacillus which will then MAINTAIN the pH level of your vagina - you'll be back on track in no time! Here was my regimen, hope it helps!
    **Remember i had already killed the excess gardnerella due to the repeated metro gel application by this point. if that is not your case, you may need to start with a round of metro gel.
    -I took two doses of Diflucan. Due to the excessive metro gel i had created an environment for the Candida to grow out of control (they arent affected by metro gel), so 1st things 1st - KILL THE YEAST.
    -She prescribed boric acid suppositories (i had to get these from a compound pharmacy) for 2 full weeks, inserted vaginally at night. Then use the suppositories 2-3 times per week for the next 3 months. might seem like a long time but WELL worth it.
    -I immediately increased my dose to 2 capsules of Femdophilus (this stuff is AWESOME) had to get this at a vitamin store, although pretty inexpensive online purchase too.
    -refrain from sexual intercourse for the 2 weeks. I have not personally had sex since that time but am nervous that at this early stage, it might restart the symptoms, so i would plan to use the suppository the night after sex - just in case.
    -i switched to using the Diva cup(that i bleach for 30minutes after every mensus) instead of tampons. It might not be something your willing to do, but at the very least switch to unscented EVERYTHING (soap, tampons, etc)
    -instead of using panty liners, just switch your underwear. the plastic in the pantyliner is just allowing more moisture and heat to build up with isnt helping the cause.

    im so excited to hear about your findings on vitamin D, i will definitely look into it - dont want to chance that his wil come back! good luck to you all!

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