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#1 of 12 Old 09-07-2009, 08:50 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm wondering if Gentian Violet is safe to use in pregnancy for vaginal yeast infection. I took an antibiotic, now have a yeast infection and nothing I do is getting rid of it. I have some GV sitting around but I'm not sure if its safe. I've tried everything else I can think of and its getting to me....help!

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I've heard that it is, and I've heard that it isn't, so I don't know, although I have tried it during this pregnancy out of desperation. However, it doesn't work for me; the only thing that *really* works for me is hydrogen peroxide--which I also don't know for sure is okay for pregnancy, except that it is supposed to be something that the body normally produces naturally.

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I use GV in pgcy. It always works like a charm for yeast.

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GV isn't really all that natural. It's a petrochemical based dye.

I recommend the over the counter 7 day pharmaceutical treatment. At least it's been tested in pregnancy and works fast.

If you have a left over peri-bottle from a previous birth, that works great as a mini-bidet to apply hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar at every bathroom break. Or just to avoid hurting a sore bottom.

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Actually the over the counter meds say in the insert that the safety of use hasnt been evaluated in pregnancy. I'm nervous about using anything that isnt known to be safe and I was advised by my old OB not to use it, which makes me even more nervous. The fact that using conventional meds is the reason I'm in this position to begin with compounds that...I shouldnt have taken the antibiotics to begin with and thats my fault. I dont need something else getting out of whack because of using more conventional meds. (I went through this with UTI's before-antibiotic for the UTI, yeast treatment for the subsequent yeast infection, and then for some reason the UTI would just come back. It was a vicious cycle for months. I finally cleared it up myself with a TON of cranberry juice and whole garlic.)

I already emailed my midwife to see what her suggestions are. I know what gentian violet is, but concidering that its generally regarded as safe for infants and nursing mothers, I figured it'd probably be safe for me to use....but again, I cant find anything saying it is or isnt and I dont want to use something I'm unsure about. I guess I'll just wait till tomorrow for her suggestions.

Are there any herbs (safe for pregnancy of course) that might help?

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DDC crashing... My MW recommends boric acid. You can buy it in powder form at a pharmacy and you have to decant it into gelcaps (I got these at the natural food store) - if you get the huge ones, it's not a big deal to scoop up some of the powder. She says insert one in the AM and one in the PM for 4 days then skip a day then do two more days of treatment. You get a TON of watery discharge but it works like magic. I get lots of yeast infections in pregnancy which don't respond to ANYTHING - even the OTC stuff let alone probiotics, garlic, you name it. Boric acid saved me from itching myself crazy!

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I've used it. its very effective and I'm really not using that much.

a few drops, w/some acv in water for vag yeast or painting my nips w/it when I had thrush.
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I've read not to use the OTC creams during the first trimester.

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I have as well. I'm out of the first trimester, but not by much (15 weeks today). I'd rather be safe than sorry.

I'll ask my MW about the boric acid treatment.

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Good quality yogurt "frozen" into popcicles (using a tampon applicator)

You could even add extra acidophilus to the pops then slip one in at night before bed. (Wear a pad!)

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Good quality yogurt "frozen" into popcicles (using a tampon applicator)

You could even add extra acidophilus to the pops then slip one in at night before bed. (Wear a pad!)
If you want to avoid the yogurt 'mess' you can also use lactobacillus in capsules it good during the day when a yogurt leak could raise a few eyebrows.

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I used gentian violet for persistent thrush when bf-ing my DD. I was told it is topical and does not enter the blood stream. It was our 2nd round medication, one they did before the oral medication. I haven't tried it for yeast though.

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