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This is driving me batty! I had bacterial vaginosis when I was 16 weeks pregnant (didn't even know if then, it came up on a standard pap). Took antibiotics to treat it. Got a yeast infection because of the antibiotics. Had to treat that (and boy are the creams and such messy! Yick!).<br><br>
Now I've got the bacterial vaginosis again (at least by my own research, I do have symptoms now) and would *really* like to treat it before the baby is born, and would REALLY like to avoid getting a yeast infection from antibiotics. But from my research I can't find any way of treating this without them. AND from my research it says that frequently partners pass it back and forth (even though it isn't a std), but that they don't treat the man for this problem. Wha? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> So figuring out a safe way to treat both of us (I do think Dh has it as well) would be grand, especially since its going to be like pulling teeth to get Dh to go to the doctor about something they may not want to treat (Kaiser is like this, you have to be VERY stubborn and persistant to get treatment sometimes, and Dh is a wuss at the dr)...<br><br>
So anything I can do? I am going to have them swab for it at my next prenatal monday, just to make sure...
 

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There are a couple things that are easy to do.<br><br>
The first is a hydrogen peroxide wash. Since most BV is caused by gardnerella, this works great, as gardnerella HATE oxygen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> A tbs of Hydrogen Peroxide in a squirt bottle with warm water - squirt it all up there and around the outside of your vagina 2-3 times a day.<br><br>
You can also do the same with tea tree oil. Five or six drops in 8oz of water. It's all tingly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Cut back on your simple sugars and even adding some more acidic foods or drinks to your diet will help.
 

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Thank you so much! Pam you're always so helpful with all my questions!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Planning waaaay ahead here..... (not even TTC #2).<br><br>
I also had BV w/my first pregnancy, and I also did not know - even after diagnosed, I questioned, b/c I had *no* symptoms. I'm worried that w/my next pg, the situation will be the same. Would there be any harm in me treating myself as you described, even if I have no symptoms? I mean, what if I don't have BV? Will there be negative effects? I'm wanting my next time around to be as hands-off as possible, so I wouldn't really want to subject myself for any testing/swabbing "just in case", KWIM?<br><br>
Oh, and what about DH? What would we do to avoid passing it back and forth as the OP described?<br><br>
Thanks for your help. I read your post about the 43-week (I think it was 43) birth, and was quite moved. I hope very much that we'll be able to find a relaxed midwife when it's time for #2.
 

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Kinsey, there's no harm in treating yourself even without signs. However, most of us carry some sort of bacteria in our body - the pH change in pregnancy can wreak havoc on this once friendly battlefield. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I usually use the tea tree oil treatment (lavender oil works good, too, as a preventative) anytime I feel itchy or I notice my discharge turning more yellow (TMI?). Typically, it's right before I bleed, when my mucus changes that I use it. Really helps.<br><br>
There's no harm in using the oils or the hydrogen peroxide, as long as you used small amounts. (Even with larger amounts, I'm not sure what the "harm" would be - besides just messing with your natural flora)<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> yayay for happy vulvas!
 

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Thank you, Pam. The more I learn about natural remedies, the more I'm kicking myself for not knowing sooner. I've always hated taking antibiotics for *every* little thing, but just didn't know how to avoid it.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 
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