First, let me say that I totally sympathize with you and I know how frustrating it is, especially if you have a partner and want to get on with your life.
Did you go to the doctor to confirm if it is bacterial vaginosis? Maybe is isn't bacterial vaginosis, but a yeast infection. Or maybe it was bacterial vaginosis that is now a yeast infection caused by the antibiotic that you took to get rid of the bacterial vaginosis. It is very frustrating that a cure for one causes the other. The 2 have very similar symptoms. From what I've read, and I am no expert, a yeast infection will have a white sometimes "cottage cheese" like discharge with no smell. Bacterial vaginosis is usually clear or gray and often has a smell like fish, onions, or bleach
I posted a question earlier today about my above comment.
It took almost 1 yr of dr visits to determine a treatment for the BV that started after i got paraguard. which i will share with you all so LISTEN UP BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS SUFFERERS!!!!
Bacterial Vaginosis is an overgrowth of the gardnerella bacteria in your vagina. This bacteria is an OPPORTUNISTIC bacteria, which means it is commonly found in your vagina, however if given the opportunity, it will take over and become, well, BV with all its horrible symptoms.
Your vagina is normally at a pH of 4 (similar to acidity level of orange juice). When we insert things (semen, tampons, etc) it can effect that pH bringing it closer to pH of 7 (similar to water). Gardnerella likes this. Lactobacillus (yes, just like in yogurt/probiotics) is also found in your vagina. This is the bacteria we WANT to remain "in charge" as it helps create the pH of 4 and keeps gardnerella from over growing. This is why it is important to take probiotics or eat yogurt regularly (not ALL of it survives the stomach but it helps) and refrain from putting chemicals (i.e.,frangranced tampons) in the vagina.
Flagyll and oral antibiotics, while killing the gardnerella, also kills the lactobacillus (hence antiBIOTIC vs antiGARNERELLA). Which may help temporarily, but in the long term you end up with an overgrowth again before the lactobacillus has a chance to build back up (who knew there were sensitive bacteria LoL). What needs to be done is create a hostile environment for the gardnerella, aka lower the pH to 4.
Boric acid suppositories will do this! The sound of it may be scary but trust me, they are a GODSEND! they are a bit hard to get as i had to get them from a compound pharmacist myself, but well worth it. I inserted 1 600mg boric acid supporitory vaginally every night for 2 weeks (i had been struggling with BV for almost 9 months) and then 1x/wk there after (ESPECIALLY after intercourse). Within a week i felt great, after the 2 weeks i KNEW it was gone. I have been BV free for 1 yr now and cant tell you how easy it was once someone EXPLAINED what was happening to my body!
Good Luck to you all, i hope this offers a solution you might consider... and Sorry for all the words, but i think people should be educated about what is happening in their bodies before they decide what drugs to/not to take.
This post has made the most sense to me. I am definitely going to try this. I have had BV for 20 years now. For 15 of it my doctors thought I had Interstitial Cystitis. Yeah! Hense the name muy loco!!!! For the last 5 I have used every drug the drs. know of to give , but it keeps coming back-especially right after intercourse. I will let you all know how it goes.
I've had bv since December... it is now April. My gyno had me on the metrogel and it wasn't doing anything. Finally she prescribed me 14 days of avc 15% vaginal cream. For the first time in months I feel normal. No itch, no weird discharge, no odor. This is the first time in months I don't have to wear a pantyliner every day.
I've taken a couple courses of metronidazole for BV and I finished the last course a week ago. I'm still having a slight irritation when I urinate. Anyone else experience this? I never had any other symptoms besides when I also had yeast to begin with. I'm taking (1 week) cranberry pills/vit C, vit D and calcium, vaginal flora probiotic 50 billion, flaxseed/fish oil. I tested for trace amount of leukocytes on the Azo uti strips. I'm very familiar with UTIs also and this doesn't feel like one either. Slight burning on initiation of peeing and then a little at the end. I'm not 100% positive the BV is cleared but I feel like it is and should be with everything I'm taking! Any info would be appreciated!