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How do I get rid of bacterial vaginosis? It keeps coming back after antibiotics.

How do I get rid of bacterial vaginosis? It keeps coming back after antibiotics.

See below: Bv is a synergistic infection involving gardnerella and a number of other, anaerobic bacteria. It is treated with Metronidazole oral or intravaginal. Tinidazole and Clindamycin are alternatives. Oral and intravaginal probiotics containing lactobacilli can help. Recurrent disease is related to colonization of your sex partner, inconsistant condom use and is halved with estrogen contraceptives. ...Read more

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I've had bacterial vaginosis before and it seems it may be coming back, is there any home remedy I can try?

I've had bacterial vaginosis before and it seems it may be coming back, is there any home remedy I can try?

Many natural options: There are many home remedies reported to help bv, though little research to tell what works best. Popular remedies include douching with diluted hydrogen peroxide, boric acid suppositories, using acidophilus vaginally ; taking Folic Acid ;b complex orally. At this website- www. Earthclinic. Com/cures/bacterial_vaginosis. Html many people who have had BV discuss their success ; failures with treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I get bacterial vaginosis everytime I have sex? (Got rid of it a few weeks ago, now it's come back) only one sex partner.

Why do I get bacterial vaginosis everytime I have sex? (Got rid of it a few weeks ago, now it's come back) only one sex partner.

Vaginal pH change: Intercourse is obviously providing a change in the vaginal bacterial content. Have your partner wash thoroughly his penis and scrotum prior to intercourse including the area under the foreskin It is where smega accumulates in uncircumsized men which contains bacteria. Make it a part of foreplay in the shower if needed to "elicit his cooperation". ...Read more

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If you know you have BV (bacterial vaginosis) can I get tablets without my doctor? Or can I get hormone tablets to stop it from coming back?

If you know you have BV (bacterial vaginosis) can I get tablets without my doctor? Or can I get hormone tablets to stop it from coming back?

Boric acid: Vaginal inserts are available often in health food stores. Boric acid works by acidifying the vagina. BV occurs when the vaginal PH becomes alkaline. Using condoms until you are free of BV is a good idea because semen is alkaline. ...Read more

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I just found out I have asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis. I use a menstrual cup during my period. Could the cup cause bv or make it come back?

I just found out I have asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis. I use a menstrual cup during my period. Could the cup cause bv or make it come back?

Cups are safest: Silicone does not harbor bacteria so they are not a likely cause of 1st or more infections. Do follow cleaning directions and also make sure your hands are clean. Discuss prevention w/ OBGYN and definitely follow Tx advice to get rid of it now. You may never face it again - don't worry. ...Read more

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28 weeks pregnant and diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. I have been on flagyl almost two weeks and will end my course tomorrow evening. I have zero current symptoms. I had sex today with my husband. Will the infection come back?

28 weeks pregnant and diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. I have been on flagyl almost two weeks and will end my course tomorrow evening. I have zero current symptoms. I had sex today with my husband. Will the infection come back?

I don't know: I don't know if it will return or not, however it would have been wiser to return to the OB MD and be checked to see if the bacterial infection had cleared prior to resuming intercourse. Bacterial infections can put your pregnancy at risk with ruptured membranes or early delivery. ...Read more

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I took bacterial vaginosis treatment by mouth two weeks ago, but I got oral thrush from it, and I think my BV has come back after having sex?!

I took bacterial vaginosis treatment by mouth two weeks ago, but I got oral thrush from it, and I think my BV has come back after having sex?!

Recurrent BV: Recurrent BV is a common problem, and unfortunately the most effective treatments (usually metronidazole by mouth) can trigger yeast infections. BV isn't usually an STD in the usual sex, except in lesbian partners. Still, even with male partners, it's a good idea to either avoid sex or use condoms consistently (even with regular partners) for several weeks. For expert advice see an NHS GUM clinic. ...Read more

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I have had bacterial vaginosis since march and it won't go away. I've treated it with antibiotics over and over but it keeps coming back. What can I do?

I have had bacterial vaginosis since march and it won't go away. I've treated it with antibiotics over and over but it keeps coming back. What can I do?

Was partner tested?: Was vaginal exam and culture done?
You might be reinfected, or it my not be bacterial infection.
You may consider probiotics in large dose orally and vaginaly (compound vaginal suppository). ...Read more

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Why does bacteria vaginosis come back?

Why does bacteria vaginosis come back?

Bacterial balance: Bv is caused typically by a bacteria called gardnerella, which probaly is present in some quantity in most women. When one cleans too thoroughly or takes antibiotics the protective bacteria die and the gardnerella takes over. It is likely impossible to kill every single gardnerella bug, so all it takes is a few bacteria and a cause for imbalance for it to return. ...Read more

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If a woman is diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis does the male partner have to be treated as well? Can men get BV and pass it back to the female?

If a woman is diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis does the male partner have to be treated as well? Can men get BV and pass it back to the female?

BV: Men are almost never symptomatically infected by the organisms usually responsible for BV, but the skin of the penis can become contaminated with these bacteria and then they can be transmitted back to their sexual partner after she has been treated. It would help for the man to use a topical antibacterial substance while their female partner is being treated. ...Read more

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Have re-current bacterial vaginosis and have tried all sorts of medication for this and every time the problem dissapears for a bit and comes back?

Have re-current bacterial vaginosis and have tried all sorts of medication for this and every time the problem dissapears for a bit and comes back?

See below: After treatment with metronidazole, Clindamycin or tinidazole, you could try oral and/or vaginal administration of lactobacillus containing probiotic preparations which have had variable sucess. Consider having your sexual partner treated with Metronidazole or Clindamycin although this is of unproven benefit. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dreaded bacterial vaginosis is back (sad face)?

Bacterial vaginosis: "Relapse and recurrent infection — Approximately 30 percent of women who initially improve after treatment have a recurrence of BV symptoms within three months, and more than 50 percent have a recurrence of symptoms within 12 months. It is not clear why this occurs, although it may be related to bacteria that were not completely treated or lack of a normal level of protective lactobacilli. The > ...Read more

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My dreaded bacterial vaginosis is back (sad face)? How do I keep it from recurring?

My dreaded bacterial vaginosis is back (sad face)? How do I keep it from recurring?

Bacterial vaginosis: "Relapse can be treated with a prolonged course of oral or vaginal metronidazole or clindamycin for seven days; the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests a treatment regimen different from the initial or previous treatment regimen (eg, oral treatment if vaginal treatment used previously).If you've had more than three episodes of BV in the past 12 months, you may > ...Read more

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Recurring BV I have been treated for bacterial vaginosis and it works for a few days up to a week and than it's back again...I have been taking flagyl... And it does work but just for a short time and the odor is back...What can I do to stop this vicious

Recurring BV I have been treated for bacterial vaginosis and it works for a few days up to a week and than it's back again...I have been taking flagyl... And it does work but just for a short time and the odor is back...What can I do to stop this vicious

The: The most common reason for bad smelling discharge in a woman is bacterial vaginosis (bv). Bv is not a sexually transmitted disease, but is an imbalance between the "good" and "bad" bacterial that normally live in the vagina. Douching and having sex can both put you at risk since these activities cause a change in the vaginal environment leading to an overgrowth of "bad" bacteria. Many women will complain of a fishy odor, increased discharge and a few may even have itching and discomfort. It is diagnosed by the doctor testing your vaginal discharge. Bv is typically treated with a short course of antibiotics.

Recurrent BV is very common. Even though BV is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, using condoms and treating the male partner have both been shown to decrease reoccurence of bv. Other behaviors pertaining to hygiene such as wiping "back to front", wearing cotton panties and avoiding douching can also decrease bv. You can also talk to your doctor about long-term topical treatments. ...Read more

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I got treated a few weeks ago with metronizadole for bacteria in my vagina, but not bacteria vaginosis. I feel that it coming back but I'm not sure.

Vaginitis: Many bacteria are not totally destroyed by a given antibiotic. Doing a wet smear for protozoa infections, plus a culture and sensitivity of the vaginal secretions will provide definitive guidance for therapy. If these were not done, the antibiotic may not be successful in the treatment, so the infection can re-establish itself. Get a culture by your healthcare provider and a wet smear. ...Read more

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Does bacterial vaginosis have irreversible effects. Such as the smell with the proper treatment does the vagina return back to normal?

Does bacterial vaginosis have irreversible effects. Such as the smell with the proper treatment does the vagina return back to normal?

Once BV is treated: Properly there should be no more odor, if you still have odor then you need reculture and re txment with a different med from the 1st time. ...Read more

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Bacterial Vaginosis back AGAIN. Ten years of dealing with this. Tried everything! Metro, clind, Dalacin, vag probiotics. No baths, cotton undies.?

Bacterial Vaginosis back AGAIN. Ten years of dealing with this. Tried everything! Metro, clind, Dalacin, vag probiotics. No baths, cotton undies.?

Try Nuvaring: Using Nuvaring for birth control is often effective at preventing recurrent bacterial vaginosis. It stabilize the vaginal pH between 3.5-5.5. This inhibits the overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria that causes BV ...Read more

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My doctor told me I had bacterial vaginosis she gave me an antibiotic that I had to take every 12 hours when I went back I still had it. I'm confused?

Bacterial vaginosis: Without knowing how you were treated and whether your sexual partner was simultaneously given an antibiotic topically on his penis the best thing to do is to discuss this with your doctor. Although not truly a std this can be given back to you by organisms resident on your partner's penis. ...Read more

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I'm coming off of depo, last month I bled but only when whiped mostly brown, now this month again, but even more and still brown/red. I did have bacterial vaginosis last month. Is my period back or?

I'm coming off of depo, last month I bled but only when whiped mostly brown, now this month again, but even more and still brown/red. I did have bacterial vaginosis last month. Is my period back or?

DEPO SHOT: Amenorrhea can occur with Depo-Provera shot for several months with brownish d/g. Mens. Is bleeding for few days. Since you have vaginitis before abnormal d/g can be DX by your gyne. ...Read more

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I used to have bacterial vaginosis, I took medication and it went away but it came back, how do I remove it. After it went away, it came back, and I tried eating pineapples and yogurt, and took the smell away for a period of time, and it still came bac

I used to have bacterial vaginosis, I took medication and it went away but it came back, how do I remove it. After it went away, it came back, and I tried eating pineapples and yogurt, and took the smell away for a period of time, and it still came bac

The: The treatment may have not been effective or you are dealing with another type of infection that requires a different treatment.
You should follow up with your doctor to be reevaluated and treated accordingly.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis and light yeast infection about 2wks ago. I finished my treatment but green discharge came back. What's wrong?

I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis and light yeast infection about 2wks ago. I finished my treatment but green discharge came back. What's wrong?

Recurrent BV? STD?: BV often recurs, so that's a possibility. However, BV doesn't usually cause colored discharge. Were you tested for STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas? These all are more common in women with BV; make sure your doc does the best tests, including DNA test for trich. Hold off sex, or only with condoms. Keep working with your doctor -- it should be possible to work this out. ...Read more

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How to prevent bacterial vaginosis? I don't take sit down baths or hav unprotected sex. Hav 1 partner. Wipe front-back, use dove soap only. Tried antibiotic

How to prevent bacterial vaginosis? I don't take sit down baths or hav unprotected sex. Hav 1 partner. Wipe front-back, use dove soap only. Tried antibiotic

Imbalance: Bacterial vaginosis is an imbalance between the normal bacterial and fungal components of the flora of the vagina. Usually, it is due to something that changes the ph of the vagina, most particularly douching. Some women are more prone to it than others, and you should see your physician for an exam and treatment plan. ...Read more

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I think I have bacterial vaginosis went to the doctor to get medicine but infection came back it seems like nothing is working. So now I soak in apple cider vinegar for 30 mins hopefully it works.?

I think I have bacterial vaginosis went to the doctor to get medicine but infection came back it seems like nothing is working. So now I soak in apple cider vinegar for 30 mins hopefully it works.?

BV returns: Bacterial vaginosis recurs in most patients who are treated. It could be because your sexual partner (s) are carriers, or a re-infection with your own vagial flora that was not completely wiped out. There are several different medications for BV, some pills, some gels/creams. If one did not work, maybe try another. Douches are an alternative, but frequently cause UTI or worsening of BV. ...Read more

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What are std`s and what are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

What are std`s and what are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?

Multiple: Std's or sexually transmitted diseases, are diseases transmitted through sexual contact. Examples are gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hiv, hepatitis c, genital warts, and genital herpes. Bacterial vaginosis is a condition caused by an overabundance of anaerobic bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms can include a watery, foul or fishy smelling discharge and/or vaginal irritation. ...Read more

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Could dr s misdiagnose chlamydydia for bacterial vaginosis?

Could dr s misdiagnose chlamydydia for bacterial vaginosis?

Chlamydia vs. BV: I would have to say this would be highly unlikely, providing that the doctor sent urine and/or vaginal swabs for lab analysis. If no testing was done, it's possible that the doctor could misdiagnose. ...Read more

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How do you avoid getting bacterial vaginosis? And what do you do if it keeps occuring and both partners are monogamous?

BV: You have ecology problem in the vagina. Not enough acid producing bacteria in there (the yogurt story)
the more you rx with drugs, the worse you 'll be why not try to use acid vag. Suppository for few days, especially after your period because the blood naturalize the acid. Odor producing germs will grow
may try put a tampon soaked half full of white vinegar overnight in the vagina once. ...Read more

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I keep getting bacterial vaginosis, it hasn't even been long and I have it agian. I don't really have an oder it's just yeast that keeps reoccurring?

I keep getting bacterial vaginosis, it hasn't even been long and I have it agian. I don't really have an oder it's just yeast that keeps reoccurring?

Yeast infection: Yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis are two completely different conditions. You need to see your gynecologist and get this worked out. Your sexual partner may also need to be treated. ...Read more

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Bacterial Infection Of The Vagina (Definition)

A condition where the inside of the vagina is infected with an overgrowth of bacteria, causing an unpleasant odor, ...Read more