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Long story short, I have a BV infection. Has anyone been treated during pregnancy?

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I had BV during my first pregnancy. My OB prescribed cream suppositories that I inserted at night for a few nights. Never had any issues from it, never had it again.

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I'm pretty sure both treatments they normally use, metronidazole and clindamycin are safe during pregnancy. My friend used metronidazole tablets during her second pregnancy and she was just fine.

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I'm pretty sure both treatments they normally use, metronidazole and clindamycin are safe during pregnancy. My friend used metronidazole tablets during her second pregnancy and she was just fine.
I actually think they avoid Flagyl (metornidazole) in pregnancy. But BV is totally treatable in pregnancy. I got them constantly with my first 2, but have avoided it so far this time (don't ask what I'm doing differently, I have no idea). See you care provider and get something.

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I never got diagnosed, but I'm pretty sure I had BV during my second pregnancy...all the symptoms certainly added up. Treated it with a garlic clove suppository overnight, and it was GONE by the next day. Amazing.

(Be sure to sew a thread onto the clove, so you can get it out afterward! )

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Hello! Thank you for responding!! I was diagnosed & px the suppositories, but some "Google Research" yeilded that the metornidazole suppositories only had a 75% cure rate (opposed to 90% with oral) & did not affect the potential adverse effects of BV on pregnancy (preterm labor, low birth weight, PROM etc). Anyway - that's what made me "curious."

I am SO relieved to hear no one experienced complications as a result! : Ugggh!

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Hello! Thank you for responding!! I was diagnosed & px the suppositories, but some "Google Research" yeilded that the metornidazole suppositories only had a 75% cure rate (opposed to 90% with oral) & did not affect the potential adverse effects of BV on pregnancy (preterm labor, low birth weight, PROM etc). Anyway - that's what made me "curious."

I am SO relieved to hear no one experienced complications as a result! : Ugggh!
Yeah, I unfortunately got BV. At first I was given the suppositories, but I researched it too and got freaked out about my amniotic fluid possibly being infected and the suppositories not being able to kill off an infection that high, plus I was already at risk for preterm labor and was having contractions very early. I asked my normal doctor about it, and she gave me the pills, which she said is what she normally does anyway for pregnant women. I absolutely hate taking medicine during pregnancy, but sometimes you just gotta do it! I've made it another thirteen weeks without any issues related to the BV, phew. I get really stressed out about anything unusual that happens in pregnancy!
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I never got diagnosed, but I'm pretty sure I had BV during my second pregnancy...all the symptoms certainly added up. Treated it with a garlic clove suppository overnight, and it was GONE by the next day. Amazing.

(Be sure to sew a thread onto the clove, so you can get it out afterward! )
This. But I don't bother with the thread. And it took at least 3 nights, but certainly relief on the first clove.

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freckledgirl I'm so glad I'm not the only one freaked out Ugh!

My midwife sugested I start the topical treatment & go from there. I did my dose last night (& totally crashed! Side effect city!), but my gut is still telling me oral would be better. I'll call her again today - thank you for giving me courage!

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This. But I don't bother with the thread. And it took at least 3 nights, but certainly relief on the first clove.
^Did you have BV or a yeast infection?

I've used garlic for yeast infections, but BV is totally different & can cause a lot of complications in pregnancy. I'm also in a lot of pain (pelvic pain, not the "itchy burny" pain of a yeast infection) & the idea of leaving a clove of garlic "up there" gives me shivers.

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I requested the oral antibiotic : Thanks frecklegirl - you'd think I'd be able to go on gut alone, but sometimes the support of someone else tips the scale

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^Did you have BV or a yeast infection?

I've used garlic for yeast infections, but BV is totally different & can cause a lot of complications in pregnancy. I'm also in a lot of pain (pelvic pain, not the "itchy burny" pain of a yeast infection) & the idea of leaving a clove of garlic "up there" gives me shivers.
I've used garlic for both. The garlic works best for me than any other natural treatment.

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I requested the oral antibiotic : Thanks frecklegirl - you'd think I'd be able to go on gut alone, but sometimes the support of someone else tips the scale
I'm glad you're feeling good about your health care choices. I always wonder what people did before the internet! I'm not sure I had even heard of BV before I got it, much less the complications it's associated with. Wishing you a healthy and happy pregnancy from here on out!
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Garlic works for both--mine was definitely BV, not yeast (fishy smell, the whole works . It's a powerful antibiotic.

I agree that BV can be serious and should be treated; if the natural remedies don't work, then by all means get the pills. But I always like to try the natural approach first.

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i had it very early on in my pregnancy. my doctor wouldn't treat it until after 12wks. did the flagyl and all is well.

good to know about the garlic though!! i tend to get yeast and BV often, so i'd like to try something more natural.

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I agree that BV can be serious and should be treated; if the natural remedies don't work, then by all means get the pills. But I always like to try the natural approach first.
So here's the long part of the story. My urine came up + for a UTI a little over a week ago, so my midwife had me drinking 1qt cranberry juice/day (Uhhh + probiotics.

A few days ago I started having painful symptoms. Kept on with the cranberry & probiotics. We went camping & it got progressively worse. On our way home I was in so much pain I had my husband take me to the ER to get some antibiotics (it was Sunday, doc office closed Mon = no antibiotics until Tue)

That's when it came about I don't have a UTI, I have a pelvic infection. I imagine if I would have known it was a pelvic infection and treated it with garlic a week ago it might have cleared up.

Anyway! Yes! WTH did people do before the Internet!??! I hadn't heard of it before either

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I had one towards the beginning of my pregnancy with dd. It was no biggie. I think I took some kind of oral med for it, but that was before I really started scrutinizing doctor hand-outs so I can't say for sure that it's the method I would use now, but certainly nothing ever came of it (other than the BV going away ).

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I had it in my first pregnancy...had some vaginal suppositories for a few days and it went away. I think with the last application I had a little bit of bleeding from inserting the tube thing (sorry, brain freeze on what it's called), but all was well after that!

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I had it during my first pregnancy. I was asymptomatic and treated with Flagyl. No problems and I've never had it since.

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