BV issues - not sure where to put this! HELP

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juliemon
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 6/12/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all - I was on this site a few years back when I was having problems with GERD.  I also have major issues being lactose intolerant (I still eat/drink dairy), and still have issues with my stomach with certain foods.
 
My problem for the last year has been recurring BV.  I've been given Flagyl for a week on two separate occassions.  The first time it worked for about 2-3 months.  This last time it didn't work and the bv never went away.  I am sexually active with only my BF (we're both monogamous) of a year and he was treated this last time with Flagyl.  I have been taking Femdophilus with hopes that it will help.  The odor has definitely gotten less but the discharge is still there! I have irritation from the discharge and it just makes me feel uncomfortable and dirty!  There's nothing worse than having that smell and thinking everyone around you can SMELL YOU!  You just want to hide.
 
I am beginning to get depressed with this issue.  I just want to have a normal, healthy vagina and be able to have a normal and healthy sex life!
 
Does anyone out there have anything that has helped them control, cure, erradicate BV?
 
Thanks!

jujub
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   Posted 6/12/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Primadophilus Reuteri from Nature's Way is especially effective in promoting vaginal health. It was the only thing that would clear my BV up when I was on Imuran. The recommended dose is one capsule daily; I take two.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. 
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 
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Jane123
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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 6/17/2009 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Juliemon,

My heart goes out to you - I had the same issue a while back. I did a lot of searching on the internet and really freaked myself out when I found that there seems to be a substantial number of women who just live with permanent BV. Can you imagine??

I feel like I have always been susceptible to getting vaginal infections and have had my fair share of BV, UTIs, and yeast infections. But about a year and a half ago, I got BV, went to the doc, treated it with topical antibiotics (which had always worked in the past) and then promptly got a yeast infection. So I treated that with Diflucan and the BV promptly returned. This back-and-forth continued several times. I felt like I was trapped in this awful cycle!

A while ago my GI told me that they had found that people with UC generally have LESS bacteria in their intestines, overall - less good stuff and less bad stuff. It makes sense to me that our vaginas would be the same. It also makes sense to me that, if this is the case, we might be more susceptible to having the bad bacteria take over, which is what occurs with vaginal infections. We need to keep a positive bacterial balance in our intestines and vaginas. That's why probiotics are so important. I've been taking femdophilus for the past few weeks but had been taking primadophilus reuteri before that and I really think it has helped me keep a good balance - no infections since (touch wood). I only changed because they didn't have anymore primadophilus reuteri the last time I went. I saw that femdophilus contains this strain too so I gave it a shot.

HOWEVER I don't think probiotics are enough to fix things once the bad guys have taken over - just like they can't fix a UC flare. I see probiotics as more of a maintenance thing. And if my GI's statement about us having less bacteria generally is true, it makes even more sense that people with UC should make a real effort to have a steady intake of yogurt and probiotics as a way to ensure that the bad guys are kept at bay.

SO, my gyno was at a loss as to how to get me back to a normal balance. I took matters into my own hands (as I had to do with my UC) and found that boric acid can be helpful in these situations. I found a web site called Rockwell Nutrition who sells a whole BV protocol that is non-pharmaceutical. I didn't buy the whole thing as it was expensive but I did do the boric acid suppositories and also bought the "alli-cinn" capsules. IT WORKED! You may have to try a few times to finally get a healthy balance back but I can't tell you how good it felt to finally get things back to normal. That smell is just terrible.

Now that I have a healthy balance back, I keep up the yogurt and probiotics to keep things in check. This has been similar to my approach to maintaining my UC remission.

There is no doubt in my mind that there is a bacterial component to our issues.

I hope very much that this helps.

Jane
Diagnosed Proctosigmoiditis August 2004, Pancolitis June 2005, Proctitis January 2007
 
Pentasa 2000mgs, Sulfasalazine 2000mgs, Rowasa nightly, Canasa as needed, Omega 3, Folate, SCDophilus, Calcium, SCD since 3/6/06
 
In remission
 


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 6/17/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a lot of these issues too. I don't think it is technically BV but it is some kind of imbalance where I just don't feel right and my libido is low. I think it is partly due to using birth control pills but I need them to regulate my hormones so stopping is not really an option. My boyfriend just asked my why I am not as interested in him as I used to be and I told him it is because I don't feel good and he said that it's all in my head. So annoying.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...

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