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I suffer from chronic bacteria vaginitis. what can i do to reduce outbreaks? also can bv also cause blood tinged discharge?

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Dr. Joan Sy
Dr. Joan Syanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Not Usually Bloody: Definitely shown to help is to avoid chemical deucing (this can perpetuate bacterial overgrowth), limit number of sexual partners, complete treatment courses prescribed -even if better after couple days. Possibly can help for male partner to use condoms, avoid self treatment (get it confirmed). A doctor can also prescribe a vaginal treatment to use 2days per week over 3-6months which could help.
Dr. Joan Sy
Dr. Joan Sy commented
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Provided original answer
Yes, I agree with Dr. Inzer, I actually do try first to suggest probiotics. You may be able to make a probiotic paste to place within the vagina as well.
Nov 30, 2011
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Need new bugs: Taking antibiotics long-term can knock out the normal flora in your vagina, allowing pathogenic bacteria to take over and cause chronic problems. Although there isn't good convincing evidence, some studies suggest that taking probiotics can help to re-establish the normal flora in your vagina and help resolve the infection. You should definitely check in with your doc about this as well.
Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
Monitor sugar intake: Additionally vulvar care is very important. No douching, no introduction of soaps or other cleaning agents between the labia. If you have heavy or long menses taking ocp's to shorten them or getting an ablation may help. Avoid tampons, use only presservative free cotton pads, and use cotton underwear exclusively. Irritation of the cervix caused by BV can cause blood tinging.

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