QUOTE(lori @ Apr 14 2008, 07:12 PM)
Once again, it looks like what you're describing, tabby, is "atrophic vaginitis," which can happen to women approaching menopause, and one of its known symptoms is burning, which is not typical of BV.
No. I was not dx with atrophic vaginitis. The exams I have/had ruled this out. As did the blood work and saliva testing for hormone imbalance. With my burning, I have been tested multiple times and came up positive on yeast and bv. Sometimes, just yeast.
Looking at your very long list of stuff you've tried and didn't work - it looks like a lot of treatment for BV and yeast, but nothing specific for atrophic vaginitis. Do you think it's possible that you might be focusing on BV/yeast when in fact you might have a different problem?
Nope! I have had enough exams to rule out what the problem is, otherwise I wouldn't be wasting my time on a BV forum!
As I pointed out before, boric acid IS a known cure for certain yeast infections that don't respond to monistat, etc. So this may be the answer for you, and it made Maggie feel better. But obviously some women in here aren't clear about all your issues, so they've come to think boric acid is the answer for their BV. This kind of confusion needs to be cleared up.
I'm not sure what is confusing about me in particular. I'm a 40 yo old woman, entering peri-menopause, not menopause. And I listed all of the things I have tried, including the allopathic treatments and testing I have had. I have been dx with bv and yeast. I never said that boric acid is the solution to everyone's problems here, nor will I. And I'm sorry I must disagree, after speaking with an ND, Herbalist, and GYN, boric acid can be quite effective in treating bv and yeast for many women. And that is what I have gathered from my personal battle with this. I just happened to come back here and saw it worked for Maggie, and thought what the heck, I'll give it a go.
Women of any age can experience hormonal issues, because of birth control, childbirth, and many other reasons. But the potential hormonal problems have been lumped together as a general possible cause, and that needs to stop. Because it really is an entirely different category, with an entirely different set of treatments.
History of this thread will indicate that not every one can.
Hormonal imbalance IS a contributor, but not in every case. The plural of antedote is not data. Now in my case, it is hormonal. I have ruled that out for myself. For someone else, it may not be. I certainly never stated that EVERYONE is suffering from yeast and bv due to hormonal problems.
And it's not even just about get-well-quick schemes for me, but potential injury. Not that Sylk lubricant is in that category, but if you read this entire thread like I have, you'll know that it's been an issue in the past.
Oh believe me. I have read the thread and posted here before! I know I have seen women try everything, but that is their personal choice eh? I have had the misfortune of something not working for me, ie: hydrogen peroxide set my vagina on fire. But I didn't blame anyone else because *I* chose to try it. I realize you want to help others, but by telling someone like Maggie or me that our experiences are not reverant, or purport *my* problem isn't what it is, I tend to take offense to that Lori. I have been suffering for YEARS and, frankly you do not know my body any more than I know yours or anyone elses here. I respect the fact that you have done your research, and appreciate anyone's input, but please do not tell me that I don't have bv or yeast, when I have been dx with it. Thank you.
I agree with that. That is why I think before advocating a course of treatment, we should provide good explanations and research for why we've chosen it, so each reader can make an informed decision about whether it's an appropriate option for them.
That's exactly what I have done albeit, not scientific information regarding my own body. I'll make it simple by jotting down what works, or doesn't work for *me*. I cannot be bothered to tell any other woman what they shouldn't try though. That is up to them.
I'm going to leave the board and find another place to discuss this. I'm not feeling very comfortable here anymore.