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melinda7
post Sep 27 2010, 08:41 PM
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QUOTE(melis19750 @ Sep 27 2010, 05:12 PM) *
just a side note about "clue-cells" if you do have clue cells it DOES NOT mean you have BV caused by gardnerella
whenever I had "clue cells" in the past- after they cultured me it always came back heavy group b strep (beta strep) overgrowth. NEVER BV

this is the first time I have ever had BV...

so just know any bacterial over growth can cause clue cells which are leukocytes- aka- white blood cells which means a sign of bacterial infection



Well, I did have BV, because I had the odor, so they put me on flagyl, but a long course, since it's recurrent. It keeps coming back. So, I had a follow up appt. and they checked and I didn't have the BV, but had clue cells. I'm still taking the flagyl, I have to be on it 4x a week for 3 months. No fish, but I still have a musty smell, which I'm guessing is the clue cells. I never heard about the other infections until I came to this site. At my next appt., I am asking for a culture.

I know my flora got messed up since I was on antibiotics regularly since I was kid, so it's a long road for me to try and get it back to normal.


How did you get rid of the strep?
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post Sep 27 2010, 04:12 PM
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just a side note about "clue-cells" if you do have clue cells it DOES NOT mean you have BV caused by gardnerella
whenever I had "clue cells" in the past- after they cultured me it always came back heavy group b strep (beta strep) overgrowth. NEVER BV

this is the first time I have ever had BV...

so just know any bacterial over growth can cause clue cells which are leukocytes- aka- white blood cells which means a sign of bacterial infection


QUOTE(melinda7 @ Sep 27 2010, 12:32 AM) *
Sbaby

Do you know if you had clue cells when they tested you for BV? You said you didn't have BV, but had odor, but you found out you had that other disease. I'm wondering if you had the clue cells, because I do, but don't always have the BV. I'm just wondering if I have the thing you have.

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britt8705
post Sep 27 2010, 03:08 PM
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Hi Bunny,

Were you given something to treatment the specific bacterias? Are your "cured"?



QUOTE(bunny @ Aug 30 2010, 04:41 PM) *
for the past year i thought i had bv. i went to the doctor around 5 times to get a pap/swab. each time a regular family doctor did the test. this month, i went to europe and saw an extremely intelligent gyno. he did a test and it came up positive for chlamydia, mycoplasma and urealplasma. i had chlamydia and every single time it came up negative on the tests done here. the gyno told me that a family doctor is not skilled enough to do a proper swab because chlamydia lurks way back and you have to know where to swab for it. the idiot doctors here had no idea how to even do a proper test. in north america, they do not test for mycoplasma and urealplasma because they do not believe it needs to be treated. they are just lazy. isolating these bacteria is tough and you have to test the swabs twice, which is more time and money.

the reason your "bv" keeps coming back, is because you've never treated it properly. you have to do a dna probe to see what bacteria you have and then you have to drink antibiotics for THAT SPECIFIC bacteria. metro is just a general bacteria killer, but if you dont have general bacteria, and rather something more complex, well then metro is a waste of time.

i am extremely disappointed with the health system here in north america. for the doctors here to know so little information about a condition that is so common is really disturbing. you ladies probably don't even have "BV" ... DOES BV EVEN EXIST????? just an easy thing for doctors here to call it.

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post Sep 27 2010, 01:16 PM
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I have Googled and called Doctors offices for days looking for a Vulvovaginal Specialist in the Westchester, NY area. Come some please help? Do you know of a Vulvovaginal Specialist in Westchester County NY or NYC area.

Please help, I have been dealing with BV since I was 14 years old. (this is before I got my period and of course before I started having sex) I am now 23 years old. I have tried everyyything that a Gyno can subscribe in many different combinations. My doctor suggested that I look for a Vulvovaginal Specialist who may be able to help better but she didn’t know any herself: angry:

I am fed up just like most of you women. If you can please someone help me.
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post Sep 27 2010, 12:32 AM
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Sbaby

Do you know if you had clue cells when they tested you for BV? You said you didn't have BV, but had odor, but you found out you had that other disease. I'm wondering if you had the clue cells, because I do, but don't always have the BV. I'm just wondering if I have the thing you have.
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melis19750
post Sep 26 2010, 09:31 PM
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so i just noticed fem-dophilus has dextrose in it which is a sugar
and I have been inserting these vaginally in the past...never had an issue with them
but wow...dextrose, thats not good.... I ordered ecovag instead because you can insert these vaginally and they dont have sugar/starches in them

guess ill just do Fem-D orally from now on and wait for my ecovag and balance activ
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melis19750
post Sep 26 2010, 11:11 AM
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Thank you so much for your response!

Yeah Im def wondering if the garlic made me more susceptible to BV, as I didnt have it before.

Im def taking fem-d...and waiting for the balance activ to arrive

I'm holding off on the metro gel for now..although I did pick up the metro gel as it was called in for me
but I want to see if the fem-d and balance activ do the trick first


or do you think i should use the metro gel and fem-d??
this is so confusing
I just want a normal pH in my vagina again

I dont wanna buy the pH strips because 1-they are expensive, and i dont wanna become OCD about testing my pH
Id rather just treat the overgrowth of Gardinela bacteria

but how to treat it...is really puzzling me

my menstrual cycle is about to start so my doctor told me to not use the metrogel until after my period is finished.

but i just don't want a damn yeast infection from the metro gel...
so im very hesitant to use it


QUOTE(swt simplicity @ Sep 26 2010, 06:33 AM) *
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It's possible the garlic caused a slight imbalance leaving you open to develop bacterial vaginosis. Garlic does have antimicrobial properties. Here is a quote from this study done on the antimicrobial properties of garlic and common plant extracts that claim to have antimicrobial activity:
I would suggest that you try to not insert garlic vaginally since it doesn't work against all yeasts. Oddly enough, I tried it at one point and according to this study, it is effective against the yeast that I had, but after I stopped using it my symptoms came back. And the garlic burned at first and caused inflammation when I used it for too long even when I wrapped it in gauze. Boric acid was more effective in my case.

You want to be careful about vaginal odors. They have a knack for starting off not so bad and getting increasingly worse as the infection starts to set it sad.gif . I suggest that you start taking the Fem-Dophilus again, especially if you want to prevent this infection from getting worse. I also suggest that you cut back on sugar or try avoiding it until this infection clears up. A diet high in sugar will hinder your immune function. I notice that cutting back on sugar helps me because whenever I do eat sugary stuff, it causes a white coating on my tongue. Apparently, it's not thrush. Just a coating. I'm still in the works of trying to figure out what that is all about. I've gotten it checked and my general practitioner says it's in relation to the fact that I have eczema and my body is just highly reactive to stimulants and certain foods. I still don't know exactly what she means by that. So I've been experimenting with anti-inflammatory things.

The vaginal flora is very sensitive. If you jump from one broad-spectrum anti-fungal to a broad spectrum anti-bacterial, you would be very lucky if nothing bad came of that. The vaginal flora needs time to recalibrate in-between treatments to prevent an infection from setting in. I hope you haven't been using antibiotics off and on for too long because that increases your chances of developing a resistant infection. Those really aren't any fun.

Try not to worry so much. Stress can actually makes your symptoms worse. I suggest that you check your pH to see if the medications your taking are helping at all, especially the BalanceActiv. You can buy pH strips off of the internet. I just purchase them at my campus store. You want it to range from 1-14.

Good luck!

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post Sep 26 2010, 06:33 AM
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QUOTE(melis19750 @ Sep 25 2010, 10:36 AM) *
Hey ladies,
so I DID'nt have BV a couple of weeks ago- I had yeast (Blech!!) went to the OBGYN, got cultured, came back YEAST... so used diflucan, and garlic (fresh raw garlic) inserted in the vagina at the same time as using diflucan because it seemed diflucan wasnt helping much.
Great news yeast is gone- I still had some weird symptoms, and some light odor. went back to the OBGYN, she said everything looked/smelled ok but did another vaginal culture... came back pos for BV yes- thats right just BV- no yeast this time

my question
1) do you think the garlic suppository caused more of an imbalance?
2) They gave me an Rx for metrogel and a pill for diflucan to take after im done using the antibiotic gel... to ensure i dont get a yeast infection

I do take fem-dophilus
so Im not sure whats going on with my body- as I have not had a vaginal infection in 3 years since using and discovering Fem-D
But the thing is, I got sick of paying $30 monthly for the 60 day supply, so i simply stopped taking Fem-D for a month, and wham all this came about.
what do u think? how do i get back on balance?
Im afraid to use the metrogel because I don't want another yeast infection
to be honest, the yeast infection was WORSE than the BV
the BV is barely giving me symptoms, just a little itchy and a little smell...
but i def wanna get balanced

I also recently purchased the newer UK product Balance Activ. which has these ingredients: Lactic Acid Glycogen, Propylene Glycol, Methylhydroxypropyl Cellulose, Sodium Lactate, Water. pH 3.8
Being its not available in the USA- it was quite expensive to have it shipped here, so I only ordered 1, seven day treatment. I guess I can try that before resorting to the metrogel... Lord I hate antibiotics

any advice??

should i treat with metrogel and risk a Yeast infection?
or should I just try balance activ and stick with taking fem-d??

grr this is sooo frustrating.
but i am happy my yeast overgrowth is gone
but i dont understand how i got BV after the yeast cleared up???

this sucks!


________________________________________________

It's possible the garlic caused a slight imbalance leaving you open to develop bacterial vaginosis. Garlic does have antimicrobial properties. Here is a quote from this study done on the antimicrobial properties of garlic and common plant extracts that claim to have antimicrobial activity:

QUOTE(An examination of antibacterial and antifungal properties of constituents described in traditional Ulster cures and remedies)
The antimicrobial activity of the eight plant extracts against the 34 microorganisms tested is shown in Table I. No antimicrobial activity was observed with any bacterial or fungal pathogen, for onion (Allium cepa), Yarrow leaf (Achillea millefolium), Meadow sweet leaf (Filipendula ulmaria), Confrey leaf (Symphytum officinale), Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) or for Dandelion leaf and roots (Taraxacum officinale). Only the aqueous extract from cloves of garlic showed inhibition against nine bacterial isolates (range: 6–30mm zone of inhibition; mean = 19.5mm) and only the Candida parapsilosis isolate was inhibited by the garlic extract (30mm). There was complete microbial confluence at the site of inoculation of the negative control,(0.1% PS) and all organisms gave a clear zone of inhibition, ranging from 11–40mm diameter zone of inhibition, with a mean zone of inhibition of 23mm,when tested against the positive control (ciprofloxacin).

Our data has qualitatively shown that cloves of garlic had a limited antibacterial activity against 9/24 isolates tested and exhibited some antifungal properties against 1/10 fungal isolates examined. These data would suggest that traditional cures and remedies solely reliant on the antimicrobial properties of aqueous extracts of these plants would have little or no microbiocidal activity.
(click here for source)


I would suggest that you try to not insert garlic vaginally since it doesn't work against all yeasts. Oddly enough, I tried it at one point and according to this study, it is effective against the yeast that I had, but after I stopped using it my symptoms came back. And the garlic burned at first and caused inflammation when I used it for too long even when I wrapped it in gauze. Boric acid was more effective in my case.

You want to be careful about vaginal odors. They have a knack for starting off not so bad and getting increasingly worse as the infection starts to set it sad.gif . I suggest that you start taking the Fem-Dophilus again, especially if you want to prevent this infection from getting worse. I also suggest that you cut back on sugar or try avoiding it until this infection clears up. A diet high in sugar will hinder your immune function. I notice that cutting back on sugar helps me because whenever I do eat sugary stuff, it causes a white coating on my tongue. Apparently, it's not thrush. Just a coating. I'm still in the works of trying to figure out what that is all about. I've gotten it checked and my general practitioner says it's in relation to the fact that I have eczema and my body is just highly reactive to stimulants and certain foods. I still don't know exactly what she means by that. So I've been experimenting with anti-inflammatory things.

The vaginal flora is very sensitive. If you jump from one broad-spectrum anti-fungal to a broad spectrum anti-bacterial, you would be very lucky if nothing bad came of that. The vaginal flora needs time to recalibrate in-between treatments to prevent an infection from setting in. I hope you haven't been using antibiotics off and on for too long because that increases your chances of developing a resistant infection. Those really aren't any fun.

Try not to worry so much. Stress can actually makes your symptoms worse. I suggest that you check your pH to see if the medications your taking are helping at all, especially the BalanceActiv. You can buy pH strips off of the internet. I just purchase them at my campus store. You want it to range from 1-14.

Good luck!


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post Sep 25 2010, 11:23 AM
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QUOTE(sbaby @ Sep 25 2010, 10:12 AM) *
When I thought I had BV, I found one of the best doctors for BV(he only deals with BV) his name is Dr. Nyirjesy from Philadelpha.

Maybe you might want to give his office a call and ask theese question, he is the best (yes I drove all the way to Phili and found out I didnt have BV)
http://www.drexelmed.edu/Home/DrexelUniver...itisCenter.aspx



I live in California so going to Phili is not really an option =(
but... I am def Dx with BV. the test came back positive for gardinella (wp?)
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post Sep 25 2010, 10:12 AM
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QUOTE(melis19750 @ Sep 25 2010, 09:36 AM) *
Hey ladies,
so I DID'nt have BV a couple of weeks ago- I had yeast (Blech!!) went to the OBGYN, got cultured, came back YEAST... so used diflucan, and garlic (fresh raw garlic) inserted in the vagina at the same time as using diflucan because it seemed diflucan wasnt helping much.
Great news yeast is gone- I still had some weird symptoms, and some light odor. went back to the OBGYN, she said everything looked/smelled ok but did another vaginal culture... came back pos for BV yes- thats right just BV- no yeast this time

my question
1) do you think the garlic suppository caused more of an imbalance?
2) They gave me an Rx for metrogel and a pill for diflucan to take after im done using the antibiotic gel... to ensure i dont get a yeast infection

I do take fem-dophilus
so Im not sure whats going on with my body- as I have not had a vaginal infection in 3 years since using and discovering Fem-D
But the thing is, I got sick of paying $30 monthly for the 60 day supply, so i simply stopped taking Fem-D for a month, and wham all this came about.
what do u think? how do i get back on balance?
Im afraid to use the metrogel because I don't want another yeast infection
to be honest, the yeast infection was WORSE than the BV
the BV is barely giving me symptoms, just a little itchy and a little smell...
but i def wanna get balanced

I also recently purchased the newer UK product Balance Activ. which has these ingredients: Lactic Acid Glycogen, Propylene Glycol, Methylhydroxypropyl Cellulose, Sodium Lactate, Water. pH 3.8
Being its not available in the USA- it was quite expensive to have it shipped here, so I only ordered 1, seven day treatment. I guess I can try that before resorting to the metrogel... Lord I hate antibiotics

any advice??

should i treat with metrogel and risk a Yeast infection?
or should I just try balance activ and stick with taking fem-d??

grr this is sooo frustrating.
but i am happy my yeast overgrowth is gone
but i dont understand how i got BV after the yeast cleared up???

this sucks!


When I thought I had BV, I found one of the best doctors for BV(he only deals with BV) his name is Dr. Nyirjesy from Philadelpha.

Maybe you might want to give his office a call and ask theese question, he is the best (yes I drove all the way to Phili and found out I didnt have BV)



http://www.drexelmed.edu/Home/DrexelUniver...itisCenter.aspx
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melis19750
post Sep 25 2010, 09:36 AM
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Hey ladies,
so I DID'nt have BV a couple of weeks ago- I had yeast (Blech!!) went to the OBGYN, got cultured, came back YEAST... so used diflucan, and garlic (fresh raw garlic) inserted in the vagina at the same time as using diflucan because it seemed diflucan wasnt helping much.
Great news yeast is gone- I still had some weird symptoms, and some light odor. went back to the OBGYN, she said everything looked/smelled ok but did another vaginal culture... came back pos for BV yes- thats right just BV- no yeast this time

my question
1) do you think the garlic suppository caused more of an imbalance?
2) They gave me an Rx for metrogel and a pill for diflucan to take after im done using the antibiotic gel... to ensure i dont get a yeast infection

I do take fem-dophilus
so Im not sure whats going on with my body- as I have not had a vaginal infection in 3 years since using and discovering Fem-D
But the thing is, I got sick of paying $30 monthly for the 60 day supply, so i simply stopped taking Fem-D for a month, and wham all this came about.


what do u think? how do i get back on balance?
Im afraid to use the metrogel because I don't want another yeast infection
to be honest, the yeast infection was WORSE than the BV
the BV is barely giving me symptoms, just a little itchy and a little smell...
but i def wanna get balanced

I also recently purchased the newer UK product Balance Activ. which has these ingredients: Lactic Acid Glycogen, Propylene Glycol, Methylhydroxypropyl Cellulose, Sodium Lactate, Water. pH 3.8
Being its not available in the USA- it was quite expensive to have it shipped here, so I only ordered 1, seven day treatment. I guess I can try that before resorting to the metrogel... Lord I hate antibiotics

any advice??

should i treat with metrogel and risk a Yeast infection?
or should I just try balance activ and stick with taking fem-d??

grr this is sooo frustrating.
but i am happy my yeast overgrowth is gone
but i dont understand how i got BV after the yeast cleared up???

this sucks!
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post Sep 25 2010, 08:27 AM
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QUOTE(swt simplicity @ Sep 25 2010, 07:55 AM) *
I'm happy that you are finally diagnosed! It's a wonder doctors didn't notice anything unusual. I've been in the same boat of dealing with a vaginal odor and my gynecologist claiming that she can't smell anything. How high were your levels of trimethylamine? How do you control it?

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post Sep 25 2010, 08:11 AM
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QUOTE(swt simplicity @ Sep 25 2010, 07:55 AM) *
I'm happy that you are finally diagnosed! It's a wonder doctors didn't notice anything unusual. I've been in the same boat of dealing with a vaginal odor and my gynecologist claiming that she can't smell anything. How high were your levels of trimethylamine? How do you control it?

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Well, I just found out and it all clicked, I am trying to figure out how to control it,(Its been really hard because everthing has choiline in it) but knowing what I have, I think is half the battle.

Oh all the gyn told me the same thing..(I dont smell anything), yea but everyone else can..smh

But most doctors have no idea about TMAU.

But thank you for everything, it mean a lot, that you took time to make your blog.. laugh.gif
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post Sep 25 2010, 07:55 AM
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I just want to thank SwtSimplicity, if it wasn't for your blog, let just say, I woundn't be here.

Over the years, I have been to about 40 doctors and they all told me I had BV(My test were all neg)
I had a really bad smell, I mean, I could smell a small room..When I told the doctor this they just thought I was crazy.

But now I know I am not crazy.... I have Trimethylaminuria(TMAU)
Check out the link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy4f7rUicVA
I really hope this can help someone else..

My other name on the board was susieskinkypants and Happynow ohmy.gif check out my post.


I'm happy that you are finally diagnosed! It's a wonder doctors didn't notice anything unusual. I've been in the same boat of dealing with a vaginal odor and my gynecologist claiming that she can't smell anything. How high were your levels of trimethylamine? How do you control it?

biggrin.gif


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post Sep 25 2010, 07:28 AM
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QUOTE(sbaby @ Sep 25 2010, 07:09 AM) *
I just want to thank SwtSimplicity, if it wasn't for your blog, let just say, I woundn't be here.

Over the years, I have been to about 40 doctors and they all told me I had BV(My test were all neg)
I had a really bad smell, I mean, I could smell a small room..When I told the doctor this they just thought I was crazy.

But now I know I am not crazy.... I have Trimethylaminuria(TMAU)
Check out the links

http://www.tmaufoundation.org.au/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy4f7rUicVA
I really hope this can help someone else..

My other name on the board was susieskinkypants and Happynow ohmy.gif check out my post.

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post Sep 25 2010, 07:09 AM
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I just want to thank SwtSimplicity, if it wasn't for your blog, let just say, I woundn't be here.

Over the years, I have been to about 40 doctors and they all told me I had BV(My test were all neg)
I had a really bad smell, I mean, I could smell a small room..When I told the doctor this they just thought I was crazy.

But now I know I am not crazy.... I have Trimethylaminuria(TMAU)
Check out the link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy4f7rUicVA


I really hope this can help someone else..

My other name on the board was susieskinkypants and Happynow ohmy.gif check out my post.
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post Sep 20 2010, 07:12 AM
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QUOTE(SwtSimplicity @ Sep 20 2010, 04:13 AM) *
Hi SnootyFox!
I've never heard of those products but there is a product in the U.K. called Balance Activ (without the "e" at the end), it specifically claims that it can help treat and prevent bacterial vaginosis. You should consider trying that if you haven't already. Most women that have tried it before say that it works well. It's not like the RepHresh Vaginal Gel, it has different ingredients.

From my personal observation, any woman that experiences constant bacterial vaginosis infections usually needs to find some long term form of treatment. It may not be a long round of antibiotics but it could be a combination of various things. You should also consider eating plain organic yogurt preferably Chobani or Stonyfields yogurt. I've been eating it regularly (twice a day) even though it doesn't taste all that great alone (Stonyfields). You can add sweet fruits like bananas and strawberries to make it sweeter. Eating yogurt mainly the kind with no B.S. in it helps keep your intestinal flora and micro flora (which affects the vaginal flora as well) in check. When a yogurt has a lot of B.S. in it, that stuff can make the situation worse and it's bad for your system anyway, so you may as well avoid it. That's why I don't recommend that people eat yogurts like Activia or Yoplait and so on. It's loaded with added sugar and artificial stuff. I've been on other forums where women that were totally healthy to begin with ate Activia and it actually caused strange vaginal odors and discharge. Once they stopped eating the Activia their symptoms went away. Activia would also cause diarrhea and constipation which is pretty counterproductive. Some yogurts have over 34 grams of sugar which is more sugar that's in an 8 oz. can of soda.

A diet high in sugar is a big no-no if your trying to heal from an infection. Because sugar actually decreases your immune function temporarily. I wrote about about this on my blog a while ago. Here is a link to the article:

1. Healthy Habits: Cut Back On Refined Sugar

It's pretty safe to say that you should stay away from foods with added sugars and substances that aren't healthy. Foods with naturally occurring sugars are good, but you definitely want to get a good helping of vegetables in your diet. Especially the ones high in fiber since fiber acts as an internal roughage and also helps the body excrete toxins faster and replenishes the intestinal tract with complex nutrients that keep the bad bacteria, yeasts, parasites, and pathogens in check. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with prebiotics, processed foods are not, and processed foods won't give your body the basic essential nutrients it needs to fight infection and stay healthy.

It's interesting how people living in developed countries are actually less healthy in many ways than those that are more primitive and eat more of a "cave man" style diet. Here is another article that you should look at:

2. Western Diet Tied to Intestinal Disease and Allergies

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SwtSimplicity,
Thank you for taking the time to provide that info. I will check out the articles asap and start implementing that yogurt in my diet daily. Thanks so much!!!
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post Sep 20 2010, 04:13 AM
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QUOTE(snootyfox @ Sep 17 2010, 12:37 PM) *
first of all, that comment if it was directed at me was not called for. i was not rude or disrespectful in any way. i have read the posts and searched for those two products with no results in this forum.

secondly, there are hundreds of posts here that address and ask the SAME questions over and over. HOW DO WE GET RID OF BV AND WHAT WORKS!!!!

Hi SnootyFox!
I've never heard of those products but there is a product in the U.K. called Balance Activ (without the "e" at the end), it specifically claims that it can help treat and prevent bacterial vaginosis. You should consider trying that if you haven't already. Most women that have tried it before say that it works well. It's not like the RepHresh Vaginal Gel, it has different ingredients.

From my personal observation, any woman that experiences constant bacterial vaginosis infections usually needs to find some long term form of treatment. It may not be a long round of antibiotics but it could be a combination of various things. You should also consider eating plain organic yogurt preferably Chobani or Stonyfields yogurt. I've been eating it regularly (twice a day) even though it doesn't taste all that great alone (Stonyfields). You can add sweet fruits like bananas and strawberries to make it sweeter. Eating yogurt mainly the kind with no B.S. in it helps keep your intestinal flora and micro flora (which affects the vaginal flora as well) in check. When a yogurt has a lot of B.S. in it, that stuff can make the situation worse and it's bad for your system anyway, so you may as well avoid it. That's why I don't recommend that people eat yogurts like Activia or Yoplait and so on. It's loaded with added sugar and artificial stuff. I've been on other forums where women that were totally healthy to begin with ate Activia and it actually caused strange vaginal odors and discharge. Once they stopped eating the Activia their symptoms went away. Activia would also cause diarrhea and constipation which is pretty counterproductive. Some yogurts have over 34 grams of sugar which is more sugar that's in an 8 oz. can of soda.

A diet high in sugar is a big no-no if your trying to heal from an infection. Because sugar actually decreases your immune function temporarily. I wrote about about this on my blog a while ago. Here is a link to the article:

1. Healthy Habits: Cut Back On Refined Sugar

It's pretty safe to say that you should stay away from foods with added sugars and substances that aren't healthy. Foods with naturally occurring sugars are good, but you definitely want to get a good helping of vegetables in your diet. Especially the ones high in fiber since fiber acts as an internal roughage and also helps the body excrete toxins faster and replenishes the intestinal tract with complex nutrients that keep the bad bacteria, yeasts, parasites, and pathogens in check. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with prebiotics, processed foods are not, and processed foods won't give your body the basic essential nutrients it needs to fight infection and stay healthy.

It's interesting how people living in developed countries are actually less healthy in many ways than those that are more primitive and eat more of a "cave man" style diet. Here is another article that you should look at:

2. Western Diet Tied to Intestinal Disease and Allergies

Good luck,
swtsimplicity
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post Sep 17 2010, 02:37 PM
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first of all, that comment if it was directed at me was not called for. i was not rude or disrespectful in any way. i have read the posts and searched for those two products with no results in this forum.

secondly, there are hundreds of posts here that address and ask the SAME questions over and over. HOW DO WE GET RID OF BV AND WHAT WORKS!!!!
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bah I don't find her response snooty, just direct. I notice a lot of people in OBOH don't bother with the intro thread anyway.
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