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I am (apparently) having problems treating bacterial vaginosis. I never had any problems w/it until my pregnancy. Even then, the only "symptom" was a fishy odor - no itching or unusual discharge. I treated it w/Metrogel, and didn't have any problems for the rest of the pregnancy.<br><br>
Postpartum, I have treated it twice now (both times w/the Metrogel). Once was at my 6w pp check, and then again at 6 or 7 months pp. Again, the only "symptom" was the fishy odor.<br><br>
I remember reading during my pregnancy that bv could cause premature labor (right? it's been a while). Does it cause problems when not pregnant? And are there other methods of treating it? My mw offered me a pill (can't remember what it was), but I can't swallow pills so went w/the Metrogel. It's become apparent (to me) that the Metrogel isn't working. What are other options? I'm wondering if there are other, more "natural" methods of treatment. If I remember correctly, bv can occur as a result of a disruption in the vaginal pH (?), so is fairly common during pregnancy. I'm thinking that (especially since the Metrogel isn't working) maybe the gel could also cause that disruption? What can I do to restore the balance?<br><br>
Also, could bv cause an early miscarriage? I may be experiencing this (very early - another thread), and am just curious.<br><br>
Is intercourse a BIG cause? B/c I do notice the fishy odor after nearly every time we do. What in the world could I do about that (once we try in earnest to conceive)? Just give up and treat it after I get pregnant?<br><br>
TIA.<br>
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I have the same issues. BV very rarely causes miscarriage or preterm labor, though I guess if it's bad enough, it could.<br><br>
The most common bacteria with the BV diagnosis is gardnerella. I have found - by far! - the best treatment is hydrogen peroxide in water. I'm not kidding. Gardnerella HATE oxygen, so the the hydrogen peroxide works great! I put some in a squirt bottle - about 1/2 cup of peroxide and the rest lukewarm water and squirt it externally and right inside the vagina three times a day.<br><br>
And, yes, intercourse can create some funky smelling discharge afterwards. After a few hours, using the peroxide can help.<br><br>
Some friends swear by tea tree oil or lavender oil in water, but I like peroxide. It's cheap, doesn't smell and WORKS. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thank you, Pam. I'll give this a try.<br><br>
The mw I saw last didn't do a culture or anything - she just took my word that I had bv. Is this usual (it was my very first visit w/her) ? Does it matter what the actual bacteria is when treating bv? Or is the Metrogel just kind of a catch-all type of medication? Just wondering for the future.<br><br>
Hoping the hydrogen peroxide works for me, though.<br><br>
Thanks again,<br>
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for BV, they treat it with an all around antibiotic. However, if you're being treated multiple times, that could mean that either you don't actually have BV or you are creating a Metrogel resistent bacteria.<br><br>
Either way, the peroxide washes will not hurt. I wonder - do you have the same type of smell all the time during your cycle? Or, is it just right before you bleed and after you have sex?
 

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Bah. Just thought about this and realized <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> . Huh. When I was pregnant, they made it sound like it was IMPERATIVE that the BV be treated b/c it WOULD cause preterm labor, but "oh, it's so simple to take care of".<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wonder - do you have the same type of smell all the time during your cycle? Or, is it just right before you bleed and after you have sex?</div>
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Hmmm...I have to think about this. I think it's pretty much the same smell all the time. Not that I have the smell EVERY cycle. I'll notice it a little bit one cycle and a little bit more the next, and then finally treat it. It is more noticeable after sex, though.<br><br>
Hey, if you get a chance, could you look at my other thread in this forum (cycle question)? I very much appreciate your sharing your knowledge on the boards. It's very helpful to have another point of view as I deal w/care providers IRL who are not informed/interested in natural care.<br><br>
Thanks again,<br>
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This is exactly what I am wondering about/afraid of. I'll try the hydrogen peroxide and hope it works. If not, however, I'm thinking I would probably need to make certain that it's BV and/or that it's not Metrogel resistant?<br><br>
What fun.<br><br>
Kinsey
 
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