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Can bacterial vaginosis go away without antibiotics?

Can bacterial vaginosis go away without antibiotics?

Yes: It's an imbalance of bacteria, as long as nothing is altering the bacteria, it may. 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. ...Read more

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Can Bacterial Vaginosis go away on its own without antibiotics?

Can Bacterial Vaginosis go away on its own without antibiotics?

Yes: BV or bacterial vaginosis can go away on its own. A lot of home remedies can help also which including eating yogurt or inserting a tapon soaked in 1:1 hydrogen peroxide and water for 20-30 minutes. If the symptoms do not improve or worsen then definitely see your primary care provider or gynecologist for full evaluation and treatment. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long should I let bacterial vaginosis go before taking an antibiotic?

How long should I let bacterial vaginosis go before taking an antibiotic?

Why wait??: Bv is a synergistic infection involving gardnerella and a number of other bacteria. It is treated with Metronidazole oral or intravaginal treatment. Tinidazole and Clindamycin are alternatives. Oral and intravaginal probiotics containing lactobacilli can help. If you have this condition I see no advantage in delaying treatment. ...Read more

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I have re-occurring bacterial vaginosis. I'm always prescribed Flagyl but it doesn't seem to help. What is a good antibiotic and ways to prevent it?

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Chronic problems: May warrant an evaluation by a vaginitis specialist. If hygiene modification and Flagyl gel or pill has not been working, then their expertise may be needed. Make sure infection has been ruled out. Your doctor can also check for ureaplasma and mycoplasma to see if these organisms are present. The treatment is different. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have bacterial vaginosis. I got an antibiotic from my doctor, but I have been eating yogurt and it has been helping. Should i still take the antibiotic?

I have bacterial vaginosis. I got an antibiotic from my doctor, but I have been eating yogurt and it has been helping. Should i still take the antibiotic?

I : I would ask the doctor who prescribed it. There are some serious bacterial infections. Regular yogurt has predominantly dead cultures. To get good probiotic levels think of kefir, greek yogurt and otc probiotics. ...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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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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Is the antibiotic cream for bacterial vaginosis safe to take when 3 or 4 weeks pregnant? I don't want to harm the fetus or cause miscarriage

Is the antibiotic cream for bacterial vaginosis safe to take when 3 or 4 weeks pregnant? I don't want to harm the fetus or cause miscarriage

BV & pregnancy: Hi, BV increases the risk of preterm labor and it's important to be treated, it could be treated with PO Antibiotics or topical Antibiotics like Clindamycin or metronidazol. ...Read more

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Why won't my bacterial vaginosis go away after different treatments?

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Why won't my bacterial vaginosis go away after different treatments?

Try this: Take betadine douche after intercourse for one month. This will help. ...Read more

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Will bacterial vaginosis go away on its own?

Will bacterial vaginosis go away on its own?

Rarely: Most women seek treatment asap because of the "foul odor" eminating from the vagina. ...Read more

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Can bacterial vaginosis go away on its own or with non-medicine remedies? Developed bad reaction after first dosage (agitation, tingling, tremors).

Can bacterial vaginosis go away on its own or with non-medicine remedies? Developed bad reaction after first dosage (agitation, tingling, tremors).

Yes it can: Bacterial vaginosis is not really an infection but rather an overgrowth of normal anaerobic vaginal bacteria. The vagina can correct itself. There are more than one medication that can be used to treat it. If you had a bad reaction to one you can ask for an alternative ...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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How long will it take bacterial vaginosis to go away on its own?

Maybe never: Bacterial vaginosis is overgrowth of mostly normal vaginal bacteria. The cause is unknown, but many cases behave like an STD, and other STDs (gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas) often go along with BV. So you need to have a professional check-up. Sometimes BV will clear up on its own, but it could take months, years, or never. Antibiotic treatment is recommended. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Can bacterial vaginosis cause PID? I've been treated for 5 years and bv will never go away. I've been a flagyl and clindamyin.

Can bacterial vaginosis cause PID? I've been treated for 5 years and bv will never go away. I've been a flagyl and clindamyin.

Is MD sure it's BV?: This type of infection must be cultured and conclusive given the 5-year history of its" presence." Yes, PID can occur when certain types of bacteria are "massaged" during intercourse through the cervix into the uterus and fallopian tubes. A GYN MD is your best bet for vaginal infection accuracy, and if you have been seeing one, acquire a 2nd opinion(& culture) from another. ...Read more

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How long does it take for metrogel for bv(bacterial vaginosis) to be completely out of your body? I just finished the 5-day treatment, when will the discharge go away?

How long does it take for metrogel for bv(bacterial vaginosis) to be completely out of your body? I just finished the 5-day treatment, when will the discharge go away?

A couple of days: When taking metrogel, a vaginal antibiotic to treat bacterial vaginosis, it commonly causes an odd discharge from the vagina. This is normal. It typically takes 2-3 days after finishing the Metrogel for the odd discharge to go away. ...Read more

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I have a bacterial vaginal inflection that won't go away. I had this same inflection from when I was 15 till now. It's been 7 years, my doctors won't listen to me. They say it is a yeast inflection and then bacterial vaginosis. Its has a small order, white d

I have a bacterial vaginal inflection that won't go away. I had this same inflection from when I was 15 till now. It's been 7 years, my doctors won't listen to me. They say it is a yeast inflection and then bacterial vaginosis. Its has a small order, white d

I : I can understand your concern, that sounds very frustrating. Please seek out a second opinion from a gynecologist and get their advice. Also avoid hot baths, any bath additive such as bath salts or bubble baths, or any vaginal sprays. You can try vagisil for symptom control during the day. Avoid any sugary foods or alcohol as it can lead to candida (yeast). Only wear cotton underwear and not nylon. Only but please seek out a second opinion of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Have recurrent bacterial vaginosis. Dr. Tx with Flagyl x 2 days. Symptoms go away with this, but returns after almost every menses. Why and what tx?

Have recurrent bacterial vaginosis.  Dr. Tx with Flagyl x 2 days. Symptoms go away with this, but returns after almost every menses. Why and what tx?

BV: Many doctors will attempt to alter you vaginal ph (level of acidity), but you also may be getting reinfected by the organisms colonizing the skin of your partner's penis. Use of a topical antibiotic on the penis may help. Good luck. ...Read more

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How likely it is for a bacterial vaginosis infection after menstruating to go away on its own? Barely any symptoms, discharge and itchiness with tight

How likely it is for a bacterial vaginosis infection after menstruating to go away on its own? Barely any symptoms, discharge and itchiness with tight

This is quite...: It is quite likely since BV is most commonly caused by pH changes that occur in the vaginal vault due to hormonal changes. For most, the overgrowth and "infection" resolves on its own as pH returns to normal. ...Read more

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Started treatment for bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection 4 days ago still white clumping. When will it go away. 5day vag. Gel. &pills?

Started treatment for bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection 4 days ago still white clumping.  When will it go away. 5day vag. Gel. &pills?

A few more days: If you are taking the vaginal metronidazole, you're going to continue to have that white clumpy discharge for a few days after you stop the vaginal suppository. ...Read more

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How long does bacterial vaginosis have to go untreated before it causes serious problems like infertility?

How long does bacterial vaginosis have to go untreated before it causes serious problems like infertility?

Doesn't cause: Bacterial vaginosis (bv) is too many of the 'wrong' bacteria and less of the 'good ones'. It is not a std/sexually transmitted disease, is treatable, and does not cause infertility. If you think you have BV see your ob/gyn for testing and treatment, if needed. S/he can also check for STDs like chlamydia, especially if you're under 26. See rei specialist if you're trying to conceive without success. ...Read more

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Bacterial Infection Of The Vagina (Definition)

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