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shansan77
post Apr 28 2006, 10:04 AM
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Hey all. I have suffered from BV for the past 15 months straight. I was treated with Metro gel, Metro pills,douches,and some other stuff. Anyway, all of my doctors in the US said that they wouldn't treat my boyfriend, even though I had been having the problem ever since we started having sex.
So, I moved to Europe,and my first appointment with my gyno was my last.
This is what she prescribed me:
VIBRATAB: 2 THE FIRST MORNING, 1 IN THE EVENING FOR THE NEXT 8 DAYS

THEN AFTER THOSE ARE FINISHED, in the same day take:
DIFLUCAN 1 GEL MORNING
FASIGYN 4 GEL IN EVENING

Both my boyfriend and I took the entire cycle. We continued having sex as normal, and I have been without symptoms for well over a month. I have had BV CONSTANTLY for over a year. So, my immediate thought is that the difference is that he was treated. Also, the follow up pills (Diflucan) prevent you from getting a yeast infection.

Let me know what you think.

* The only thing I have changed is I went off the pill, and we use condoms now, but we have had unprotected sex too.. so I don't know if that's relevent or not to the BV.

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sassy
post Apr 28 2006, 12:04 AM
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Am I the only one here whose BV can come back without even having sex? I have been single before during treatment and it still comes back in like a week. That's why using something before and after sex only doesn't work for me. I'm not sure why I'm like that though.

Ugh, and to make matters worse...I have an ear infection and am taking antibiotics for that now.
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alwaysonmymind
post Apr 27 2006, 09:59 PM
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Jewels and Hjvhjv so when you girls have time can you give me your exact regimen. I want to print it and save it for the future.
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piper
post Apr 27 2006, 11:51 AM
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Hi Scared :-) I actually have used the clindesse before, three times. It just really is hard when I can't get to the preventative maintenance because I can't get rid of the BV in the first place. Right now I'm on my third day of douching with the baking soda. It is going really well. The BV seems to be gone, although it could be becase I'm washing the discharge (which is the irritant) out once a day. My gyno (after she heard the metrogel did not work) told me instead of douching once every three days for 5 times, to do it once a day for five days. I bought a douche at the store and make it myself every night. Just a teaspoon of baking soda and a glass of room temp water. I don't agree with douching either, but I've read from lots of natural medicine websites that if it's advised by a doctor and made with natural ingredients, it's not always a bad thing. I'll keep you all posted on how it works! Chin up everyone..
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scared
post Apr 26 2006, 10:00 PM
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Hi girls

Piper

Ask your GYN to give you Clindessse another treatment for BV Metro gel doen not work for everyone. I don't reccomend douching but if you do follow bellow you can find what to do this help with all infcetion even BV.

1.Eat yogurt. Buy the kind with the least amount of additives and make sure it has active cultures. Not only will it help your current infection, but studies show that eating yogurt regularly may help stave off infection in the first place.

2.Take acidophilus. Use as directed on the label and take on an empty stomach. It will help restore normal bacterial flora and control yeast growth.

3.Decrease or eliminate sugar. Avoid sweets of all kinds, including fruits, refined carbohydrates and sugary foods. Yeast feeds on sugar, so you want to cut off its food supply.

4.Decrease or eliminate alcohol, all fermented products, mushrooms, yeast and yeast-containing foods. This is to keep any more fungi from entering your system.

5.Use garlic as a suppository. Peel a garlic clove, wrap it in sterile gauze, lubricate it with vegetable oil and insert it into the vagina. Leave a piece of the gauze sticking out so you can locate it easily. Change the suppository every 12 hours. Garlic has powerful anti-fungal properties.

6. Make your own douches. Use herbs such as calendula, goldenseal, marshmallow root or yarrow. Make a strong tea using one or more of these herbs. Douche twice daily for a week.

7.Apply a tea-tree-oil cream to irritated and inflamed areas. It's effective against fungal infections, herpes blisters and other types of infection.

8.Use garlic juice and acidophilus as a douche. Mix two capsules of garlic or fresh garlic juice with a quart of warm water and use as a douche. Alternate with an acidophilus douche made by mixing two capsules of acidophilus in a quart of warm water.

9. Bathe with vinegar to relieve symptoms. Fill the tub about hip deep with warm water and add 1/2 c. vinegar. Soak with legs apart until water cools.

10. Take vitamin C. This will help build up your immune system.

11. Use garlic capsules to fight the infection, or try colloidal silver. It has antibiotic properties that reduce inflammation and promote healing.

12. Take biotin. It helps inhibit the growth of yeast.

Read this

Treatment for BV infection usually involves a seven-day course of the antibiotic metronidazole (Flagylâ„¢). This drug is not recommended for use in the first trimester of pregnancy because no human studies have proven its safety. Side effects can include nausea, decreased appetite, and a metallic taste in the mouth. Treatment clears up most cases of BV infections, but the disease can recur in up to 80% of women within nine months. One reason for the high recurrence rate may be the failure of the protective bacteria to
become reestablished in the vagina.

Vitamin C applied vaginally has the ability to increase the acidity of the vagina, potentially inhibiting the growth of bacteria associated with BV. The new study investigated the effect of intravaginal administration of vitamin C in 91 women with BV. The women were assigned to receive either a placebo or 250 mg of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) per day for six days. The participants were instructed to insert one tablet vaginally each night before bed. The presence of BV and related symptoms was assessed at the beginning of the study, and one and two weeks after the treatment was discontinued.

One week after treatment, BV infections had resolved in significantly more women who received vitamin C than in those women who took the placebo. Fishy odor and the numbers of harmful bacteria and bacteria-laden cells decreased significantly in the group receiving vitamin C compared with the placebo group. Lactobacillus concentrations increased significantly after treatment with vitamin C, indicating a positive change in the flora of the vagina. In addition, significantly more women in the vitamin C group than in the placebo group had an increase in vaginal acidity, indicating that vitamin C produced an environment less suitable for the growth of harmful bacteria. There were no significant differences between groups with respect to vaginal itching and discharge.

The vitamin C used in this study was a time-release formulation designed to provide extended contact of the vitamin with the vaginal tissue and to reduce irritation. Vitamin C treatment was generally well tolerated; two cases of yeast infections were the only adverse events reported. Buffered forms of vitamin C would not have the same effect as the acidic form used in this study. In addition, many vitamin C preparations contain binders and fillers that may render the product unsuitable for intravaginal use. Consulting with a healthcare professional trained in nutritional medicine is advisable before starting treatment.

Intravaginal vitamin C should be considered for the treatment of BV, especially in pregnant women who may not be able to safely take a prescription medication. Pregnant women should always consult with a medical professional before taking any medications or supplements.
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jewelscando
post Apr 25 2006, 11:11 PM
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neverending: I found it at the grocery store in the health food section. We both use it before we do oral. I only use it if I do oral and we are going to have sex right after. You may be able to buy it online also
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quietmadness
post Apr 25 2006, 10:07 PM
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Thank You, Honey! The Goddess(es) are surely smiling upon thee...

NYGirl: Yes, it's the same medicine...same manufacturer.
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nygirl
post Apr 25 2006, 05:41 PM
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Is it illegal to order prescription drugs online? The Metrogel they have on that site says its for rosecea and should only be used on the skin. I wonder if its the sme thing as the gel for BV
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neverending
post Apr 25 2006, 08:07 AM
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jewelscando:How do you use the tto mouthwash before sex(for him or me) and where do you get it from because I can't find it at my local herbal store?
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honey
post Apr 25 2006, 08:04 AM
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www.accessrx.com they sell metro gel for 99.00 dollar's
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nygirl
post Apr 25 2006, 05:34 AM
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I did a search for Metro-gel a few weeks ago cuz I didn't want to go back to the doctor. I didn't find anything. If anyone finds a place you can get it from please let me know.
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jewelscando
post Apr 24 2006, 10:40 PM
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quietmadness, just do a search, and you'll find it. All though, if you used the Metro-gel the last 3 times, you might want to switch it up to something else. Remember, try to figure out what it is that's triggering it, and do some preventative maintenance!! TTO is great, not a cure, just helpfull!
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quietmadness
post Apr 24 2006, 08:09 PM
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*de-lurks*
This shit just sucks! I've got that damnable slick discharge, and the odor. WTF?!?
Does anyone know of any web sites where I can order Metro gel WITHOUT a prescription?
I feel like my doctor's starting to look at me like a freak of nature...I've been 3 times in the past 6 weeks! I'm not just tired of the co-pays, I'm tired of the whole cyclical nightmare.
If anyone could PLEASE help me out with a link, or whatever, I'm sure the Goddess(es) would smile greatly upon thee...
Going for the TTO next...
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jewelscando
post Apr 24 2006, 06:35 PM
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Neverending: I first got B.V. when I was married to my ex husband, about 9yrs ago. I was about 26. The anitbiotics took it right away, and I never had it again until my hysterectomy which was about 4yrs ago. 6 months after surgery, and a new boyfriend, I've had it ever since. On and off. It wasn't like now though at first, I'd get it, then it would go away for a few months, then it would come back, I'd take antibiotics, then gone for a few months. Around August of this last year, it's been coming back more frequently. So, who the heck knows. Also, I also had Cerivical Displasia years and years ago, but the froze off the bad cells. Now, I don't own any of those lovely women organs, just my ovaries. Maybe my ovaries shriveled up and died and that's why I have this smell??? hahaha, oh well. The preventative is what's working for me now, oh, and TTO mouthwash before the itty bitty fish heads come near the kitty.
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klee
post Apr 24 2006, 09:19 AM
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Hey alwaysonmymind, you probably already know this but having HPV is different from just Cervical Displaysia. The latter is an overgrowth of abnormal cells on your cervix which can be removed but HPV is going always be around. It's also considered a STD (previously called genital warts) so you should be using condoms regardless of getting bv or not.
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neverending
post Apr 24 2006, 07:36 AM
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alwaysonmymind:I tried pads but the perspiration is just too much and I wear white cotton undies.Maybe I need to try those boy shorts one of the girls were talking about.
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nygirl
post Apr 22 2006, 06:59 PM
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Neverending- I got BV from having unprotected sex where the man did not pull out. I honestly think most get it from semen but thats just my opinion which is why I still think this should be some type of STD even though it is the PH balance in the vagina that is off.
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alwaysonmymind
post Apr 22 2006, 06:31 PM
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Neverending, have you tried wearing pantiliners or pads to "soak" up the smell? When I have BV, this works for me.
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neverending
post Apr 22 2006, 04:37 PM
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This is crazy!Can we at least get temporary disability until this goes away because I work in the medical field around cancer patients and I know the way I smell makes them sick because they are so sensitive after chemotherapy.Some days it does not smell, but other days, especially when it's hot,It smells horrible down there.I have gone to every doctor I could find and none of them can tell me how to cure this.Even the cancer doctors I work around have no clue!Sometimes I go to the bathroom and cry becuase this has been taking such a toll on me these last 4yrs.it's a never ending cycle.I am so tired of being teased!
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sheunique
post Apr 22 2006, 01:46 PM
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Neverending: BV (used to be termed Gardnerella) started for me when I was 24; a year after my son was born and I'm now 41...yes 17 years ago. Fortunately, a lot of women get it maybe once and it clears up and it doesn't recurr...then there's us. Doctors just don't know what to do....they have a few medicines at their disposal and maybe some good ideas on how to "maintain a healthy vaginal flora". We are left to research and find out what works for each of us, and what works for one woman, may not work for another. BV also makes your vagina more suseptible to vaginal tears durng sex and that's what I'm dealing with right now. We don't get BV from our partners. It may be caused by sexual intercourse....friction of the vaginal walls...introduction of semenal fluid into the vagina....products such as soaps, detergents, the spermicide on condoms....these things alter the vaginal PH....the list goes on. Sassy said she was a virgin when the BV started so for everyone the cause may be different.
TO ALL: Have a great day!
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