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Primadophilus Reuteri For Bv
The pass year with reoccurrence BV I ordered natures way primadophilus optima probiotics to take one orally a day can I insert one in vagina? Safe?
Most likely yes: Acidophilus ("acid-loving" and "acid-producing") bacteria can potentially return the environment of the vagina to a very acid environment - normally a ph (acidity level) in the vagina is 3.8 (1000x more acid than water). Eating it is an unlikely way to deliver it to the vagina. Putting it directly there is actually the smart way to do it. ...Read more
Decrease acidity.: Semen is loaded with carbs, and the common BV bugs may consume it but lets go for a cure. Decrease the ph in your vagina by using a very dilute vaginal wash of 1 tablespoon of clear vinegar in a quart of water. I do recommend condom use to prevent disease and pregnancy. ...Read more
No: Bacterial vaginosis (bv) is a disorder of females and may or may not be related to sexual activity. Having multiple male sexual partners or new sexual partners can increase the risk of having a BV infection. There is a strong association with sexual activity but it is not necessary to produce it. This is due to an imbalance of the bacteria in a womans vagina. It can be chronic and hard to treat. ...Read more
Altered bacterial environment in vagina via:
good lactobacilli are killed off by antibiotics, douching, hormone changes such as menopause or going off the birth control pill.
Risk increases with: multiple sex partners (though can get BV & have never had sex), possibly a link between BV and stress, cigarette smoking, use of an iud.
Recurrent infections are common. ...Read more
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Altered environment: A healthy vagina normally has many species of bacteria, mostly lactobacilli. Lactobacilli are useful bacteria, as they make Lactic Acid & peroxide which keep the vagina at a slightly acidic ph (protects against infection). A change in normal bacteria, including reduction of lactobacilli, may be due antibiotics or ph imbalance, allows a mix of more resistant bacteria to grow--causing bv. ...Read more
BV spontaneous cure?: I would assume that if a woman had a very few numbers of BV in her vagina (which are there in small amounts), that they are already held in check by the good bacteria, and the woman wouldn't have any symptoms. Once she has significant numbers of the bacteria, she'll have symptoms and thus need rx treatment. ...Read more
BV reasons listed:
1). Poor vaginal hygiene with the use of harsh soaps, douches, feminine deodorant products, and malodorous clothing/underwear or tight jeans.
2). Misdiagnosis and/or incomplete or inappropriate Rx dosing.
2). Failure to cleans dildos, sex toys, and worse, live male multiple partners.
4). A undiagnosed STD.
The vagina is really self cleansing like an oven if the pH is restored properly. ...Read more
Bacterial vaginosis (bv) is the most common cause of vaginitis in women after puberty. The infection usually results from an overgrowth of a variety of organisms found in the vagina, like gardnerella, genital mycoplasmas or other anaerobic bacteria. It is not an std.
It is best to see your doctor for evaluation to make the correct diagnosis and provide treatment with the appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more
Bacterial vaginosis…: Occurs when the normal balance of "good" bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of "bad" bacteria (which are there, but in fewer numbers). Actual cause is poorly understood: may be link to multiple partners, douching, failure to complete meds given for previous episode. Bv increases risk for other std's & pid. ...Read more
See below: Usually BV or bacterial vaginosis presents with vaginal discharge that is watery and has more of an odor. There is usually some amount of vaginal irritation and some people describe a burning sensation. While itching can happen it is not usually the most prominent symptom. It would be best to see you doctor for a culture to confirm. ...Read more
Not generally at all: Several studies have looked for any benefit to treating male sexual partners while treating women for bacterial vaginosis. However, none of these studies have shown any benefit to doing so. As a result, men are generally not treated when they female partners have bv. ...Read more
Fishy odor: Bacterial vaginosis is a very common non sexually transmitted infection caused by an overgrowth of bacterial normally present in the vagina in small numbers. It causes a fishy odor especially if there is blood or semen present. It causes vaginal discharge and an elevated ph. ...Read more
No test for men: BV occurrs more in women who have more sex, but BV has never been shown to be sexually transmitted. BV in men is not yet considered a treatable or testable condition, nor can they be a "carrier". Women who get a lot of recurrent BV should make serial visits to her GYN who can try therapies of increasing strength and duration that will rebalance the vaginal flora, and keep it balanced over time. ...Read more
You need a proper: Workup for my pts in boca raton, fl, I do a culture that can check for as many bacteria as I want on one culture as the exact cause of your BV may not be getting diagnosed and would also do an ultrasound to make sure discharge is not coming form the endometrium (chronic endometritis) and u may need an in office hysteroscopy and endo bx and u should be taking a good multi vit and acidolphilus pill. ...Read more