Hi All, I'm new here and have been dealing with recurrent vaginal infections for much of my adult life. I had a 3 year chronic, recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis infection which I finally cured with boric acid suppositories (back when Yeast Arrest had higher doses of boric acid---now they only have homeopathic doses, but you can get boric acid and capsules from the pharmacist) plus Natren's Acidophilis used orally and vaginally. Then, a few months later I had vaginitis and was positive for Group B Strep. Since I'm allergic to penicillin, my doc prescribed an infection of Ceftriaxone (after clindamycin vaginally didn't work). This worked and I was fine for several years, most of the time taking probiotics. Then a few years ago I started getting GBS vaginitis again. I had a few recurrent bouts after Ceftriaxone injections and then finally got rid of it with this garlic protocol that a midwife passed on to me:
Well, a few months ago I got a UTI and the doc prescribed me with Ciproflaxin which is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. Cleared up my UTI but shortly afterwards I got GBS vaginitis again. So, I think it was caused by my vaginal balance being thrown off by the antibiotics---I think that all my good bacteria was killed off. So I've been taking probiotics including Femdophilis (by Jarrow) and also Jarrow's EPS and again was treated with Ceftiaxone. Felt good for a few weeks, then, a few weeks later had symptoms again, started using garlic which didn't help, and then they cultured it and it was Gardeneralla (i.e. B.V.) ! So, I took flagyl and tons of Femdophilis and then used Yeast Arrest as a preventive. Now, about 5 weeks later, with symptoms again, they cultured it and it is Group B Strep again. UGH! It is so bad this time that I started bleeding early (I see from another woman's post here that she often gets bleeding from GBS also--I wonder if it is b/c our cervix is irritated . Is it cervicitis?). I'm also crampy. So, the doc I saw on Monday for the culture said that once the culture came back she would have it tested for sensitivity to various antibiotics to make sure we were using the right antibiotic and it wasn't resistant. So, I left a gazillion messages for her this week to remind her (as she told me to do) and the stupid lab THREW AWAY the culture before she could order the sensitivity test. So now tomorrow I have to go back in for another culture so they can order both tests. And the speculum is so painful right now. I am not convinced that the GBS is antibiotic resistant, and think instead that what is happening is that the antibiotics are just killing off the good bacteria that throws off our healthy balance, resulting in an overgrowth of GBS. Anyway, I'm sorry for this long message, but I am so frustrated with the whole thing and just had to vent. I'm also just really scared.
My point for the other newcomers here is that it's VERY important to determine which type of vaginitis you have because the treatments (traditional and alternative) are different for each one. So, make sure your doctor does a thorough exam and culture. However, the one common thread that seems helpful for many of these infections seems to be probiotics which is probably preventing us from getting out of balance and preventing overgrowth of Gardneralla (BV), Group B Strep, and yeast. I am very interested to read that some of you have found that reducing gluten and eating more vegetables has helped you to some degree. I may try that also.
To add to my frustration, my husband and I are about to do donor-IVF so I really need to get this resolved soon---I am concerned about having an invasive procedure while having GBS -- worried it will enter my uterus when they implant the embryo in my womb. Not to mention the risk of miscarriage of GBS. So, I am really hoping to resolve this soon. Since I am feeling so bad, with cramps and bleeding, I think I will take the prescribed antibiotic and also use FemDophilis orally and vaginally and perhaps even do the garlic cure as a preventive in another 15 days after I am healed.
Sorry for the long post and I hope everyone here finds a resolution soon. I do recommend the garlic cure in the link I posted as one good possibility--but be sure to use probiotics too!
One thing I thought might be helpful is if we each describe a few things about ourselves and our diets and see if there are any commonalities that may point to the problem.
For example, I have low serum cholesterol (150) and LDL cholesterol (85) (as does someone who previously posted here), I eat mostly vegetarian (which is probably why the low cholesterol) and probably too much wheat (but as of the past few days am really trying to reduce processed foods and move to whole foods, especially vegetables). I am 5'7" and 136 lbs and am in my mid 40s.
Best to all.
-Ninja Cat. ;)