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Bacterial Vaginosis - February 19th 2010, 01:49 PM

Blah <.< I feel so gross posting this but I'm running out of things to do.

So, awhile back I was diagnosed with Bacterial Vaginosis, which is NOT contagious to guys, only to girls. Wtf, right? Lol. Supposedly it is also unharmful just annoying with some gross symptoms.

I've had this for a year or more. My doctor only ONE time prescribed an antibiotic and it made me horribly sick for a week and I could not finish the treatment. Since, she said she doesn't think there's anything else I can do besides take the antibiotic, but I would probably be out of school for a week, which is not an option.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of this, or if there are other medicines, because I know of two, but my doctor said no to both.
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Re: Bacterial Vaginosis - February 21st 2010, 02:23 AM

Sorry that you have BV! You're right, it's not harmful, just kinda nasty. As the name suggests, bacteria causes bacterial vaginosis. That means only antibiotics are effective. The typical two antibiotics that are prescribed are either metronidazole (flagyl) and clindamycin. I know that patients are typically given pills but I think there are vaginal capsules or creams with the antibiotic in them. That might be worth inquiring about.

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Re: Bacterial Vaginosis - February 21st 2010, 02:30 AM

You have to take antibiotics and finish the course of treatment, or else the bacteria will gain immunity from the break you take so then the antibiotics become useless. Though, antibiotics shouldn't make you ill so there sounds like there's a problem there? In all honesty you need to go on the antibiotics, if you start to feel ill whilst taking them then go to the doctors.
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Re: Bacterial Vaginosis - February 27th 2010, 08:15 PM

This is an excerpt taken from www.patient.co.uk:

"Also, there is a good chance that BV will gradually clear without treatment, as the balance of bacteria in the vagina may correct itself.


Metronidazole vaginal gel or clindamycin vaginal cream placed inside the vagina can be used if you prefer this type of treatment, or have unpleasant side-effects with metronidazole tablets. The ability of these treatments to clear BV is about the same as metronidazole taken by mouth.

Note: as with metronidazole tablets, you should avoid alcohol while using metronidazole gel and for at least 48 hours after stopping treatment. Also, clindamycin vaginal cream can cause weakening of latex condoms and diaphragms. Therefore, during treatment and for five days after treatment with clindamycin vaginal cream, do not rely on condoms or diaphragms to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

How can I prevent further episodes of bacterial vaginosis?

Most episodes of BV occur for no apparent reason, and cannot be prevented. However, the following are thought to help prevent some episodes of BV. The logic behind these tips is to try not to upset the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina:
  • Do not push water into your vagina to clean it (douching).
  • Do not add bath oils, antiseptics, scented soaps, perfumed bubble bath, shampoos etc, to bath water.
  • Do not use strong detergents to wash your underwear.
  • Do not wash around your vagina too often. Once a day is usually enough."

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Re: Bacterial Vaginosis - February 28th 2010, 03:54 PM

Hey there,

The previous advice sounds pretty helpful, especially the information that Jazz has extracted from PatientUK. I haven't had this problem before, but it sounds as though it must be very annoying for you. Your doctor seems quite unhelpful if they're not looking into alternative treatments - especially if you've been suffering with this for over a year. I'd suggest that you ask for a different doctor to talk about this with or to be referred to a more specialist doctor who may be able to help you more. You deserve help with this.

Take care.
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