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Why Does Bv Keep Coming Back
Re-infection?: If bacterial vaginosis keeps returning, a woman may be getting re-infected by her partner. Both persons should consider getting examined and treated at the same time. A woman might recover better if she keeps semen out of her vagina for a while, to allow her vagina to naturally self-clean and return to normal. That means using condoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bacterial vaginosis: ...is very common, often very frustrating. The cause(s) of bacterial overgrowth aren't known. BV is associated with sex, but doesn't appear to be an STD except in lesbians. It's also not known why BV often persists or recurs. Talk to doctor about periodic treatment to stay ahead of it. Also try consistent condom use. If female partners, try to avoid sharing vaginal fluids. Sorry no better answers. ...Read more
Restore balance: BV is not an infection. It is an imbalance in the bacterial flora of the vagina. The main bacteria is Lactobacillus acidophilus, like what's in yogurt. It is a probiotic, or healthy bacteria. In BV, the healthy bacteria is missing and abnormal bacteria overgrow. Metronidazole, orally or vaginally, with suppress the abnormal bacteria, while taking probiotics will help restore the normal. ...Read more
Is there any OTC medicine for BV. I keep getting this and cannot determine the root it will work and come back. It may be sperm but wanted to see.
Here are some...: Your clinical profile suggests you might have a protracted general "illness", which should be closely reassessed by the ongoing treating doc, not someone online. To get your health-related concerns done properly may be accomplished by following instructions described in http://www.formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html; thereby, you gain much insight on how to work closely with doc so to reach Dx & Rx. ...Read more
Can u get cultured for BV & it come back positive but it can actually be a UTI even tho u don't have the correct symptoms for a UTI?
Yes: You can sometimes have a bladder infection (UTI) without symptoms you recognize. Also, many women with bacterial vaginosis don't have symptoms. The best way to know is for your doc to check your urine for an infection; look at your vaginal discharge under a microscope; and take cultures of the cervix. Usually your doc will then know what is likely to be wrong. Best wishes! ...Read more
What r reasons y women have recurrent bv?This is the 3rd time in 3mths I've had bv. Prescribed metrogel and it keeps coming back no sex in 2mths
Make sure u get: A culture that can check for many bacteria and there can be many that can cause BV up to 6 different ones and u could have other bacteria that can cause a discharge, and i rec pro-biotics to help prevent bv, and u want to avoid heat and humidity in that area meaning if u work out get into dry clothes asap even if u can't shower for a while and sometimes the bacteria can be resistant to the meds. ...Read more
I have been suffering with bv & yi for about 6 yrs now I have tried so many different medicines but they either don't work or the infections come back?
Chronic Vaginitis: Sounds like you need to try some changes in your diet and possibly some changes in the acidity in your vagina. I don't know what else is going on with your medical or sexual history. May I suggest you see an alternative care physician who deals more with holistic treatments. If you can find a FP or a GYN that would be the best. Try getting in touch with Randy Baker on this site. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I recently had a culture come back positive for mycoplasma hominis and bv. Im not sure what mycoplasma hominis is, and cant really find a definite answer in researching online. Could you explain what that positive result means?
Difficult : A lot of women an newborns are + for M. hominis. It is not at all clear as to what to do about it. One of the mavens on this is on this site. I suggest you set up a virtual consult with him. His name is Dr. H. Hunter Handsfeld or something very close to that. They restrict you to only 400 spaces on this site and I find that too limiting. ...Read more
I have BV and it continues to come back. I have had a full exam, I am completely healthy. What can I do to end this problem? Im 34 this has been going on for years. The meds my doc gives me works but then a month or so later its back
I : I am assuming that you mean bacterial vaginosis. Things you can try are reducing sugary foods or drinks, reducing alcohol (because of sugar content), avoiding hot baths or any bubble-bath products, using a non-soap type of product such as cetaphil cleanser (ask your pharmacist for recommendation), using a soothing cream such as vagisil or similar product, and only wearing cotton underwear and not synthetic products. ...Read more
Not contagious.: BV happens because of changes in pH inside the vagina. It would not happen because of it being contagious, but it could happen because the sexual act might modify your vaginal pH. ...Read more
I keep getting BV & take meds for it when prescribed & even found a homeopathic treatment but it keeps coming back...How do I get rid of it for good?
It's coming back?: I'm not sure what "found a homeopathic treatment" means here. Can be easy to misunderstand what's homeopathic & what's not. Also, with a chronic condition it's best to be seen and followed by an experienced homeopath rather than attempt to treat ourselves. I agree w/my colleague that gyn evaluation is needed to be sure of the diagnosis, as well as using probiotic to support natural flora. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I'm having symptoms of BV and yeast and I'm not sexually active why does the culture keep coming back negative for both?
Negative Cx: it depends how the culture is being done. You may have symptoms without the disease. ...Read more
I've been treated for BV but it always come back my partner has never been treated is there a way to prevent this odor it gives me low self-esteem?
Imbalance: BV is an imbalance in the vaginally bacteria. It is not passed sexually, do it does no good to treat your partner. The abnormal bacteria needs to be suppressed, which is what Metronidazole does. But then the normal bacteria needs to be restored, which is mainly Lactobacillus acidophilus, as in yogurt. Eating yogurt or taking probiotics help. DO NOT DOUCHE! It works against you. ...Read more
My BV keeps coming back. I've been diagnosed twice in 3 months and I can tell it's back now. Antibiotics work but symptoms return. I use probiotics. ?
I have used a vaginal cream prescribed to me for BV, but the discharge and smell keeps coming back after so many weeks. Now what does this mean???
Recurrent BV: Bacterial vaginosis commonly recurs after treatment - some patients respond more favorably to oral medicine than topical creams. It is also possible your sexual partner is infected and is re-infected you after treatment. Finally, some patients require long term topical gel for persistent infections. ...Read more
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