Could it be BV Again?

Could it Be Bacterial Vaginosis Again?

A question from a reader…

I was diagnosed with BV and took Flagyl which cleared it up, the smell went away and so did the discharge. Today, having sex was very painful, I am sore and  I noticed that awful fishy smell again, it is disgusting. How can it be back so soon? I don’t have health insurance what can I do to get rid of bv for good?”

Recurring BV CycleThis is a common question. The problem with taking a course of antibiotics is that it zaps all the bacteria in your system, both good and the harmful, they literally kill it all out and this leaves us vulnerable to any infection.

It is very common for women to suffer yeast infections after they have taken a course of antibiotics.

I try to avoid antibiotic use at all costs. Naturally sometimes they are very important however some doctors hand out prescriptions like candy.

It is not good for our systems to be zapped like that. It weakens our immune systems. The good bacteria is our defence against the harmful bacteria so we need  good bacteria!

A yeast infection will make you sore and is often associated with a thick discharge. A BV infection can make you sore and irritated but the discharge is thinner, more watery.

I highly recommend you start eating fresh live bacteria probiotic yogurt, look on the side of the tub and ensure it states live cultures. This will help replenish the good bacteria in your system. As stated in this previous article here a good probiotic is also essential for supplying good bacteria for vaginal health.

I cannot categorically say whether or not you have another BV infection or a yeast/candida infection. If you recently finished the course of antibiotics then it is likely a yeast infection triggered by the antibiotics.

It is not healthy, in my opinion, to get another course of antibiotics, I would first try to heal the infection using natural home remedies for bv.

If the soreness is really bad,  get some Canestan or Monistat cream which is now available over the counter and insert at night. This should help soothe the area.

To heal your BV or yeast  infection be sure to also do the following:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, cranberry juice and water.
  • Take a probiotic daily
  • Eat yogurt daily

Take the BV QuizYou can also insert a tampon dipped in plain Greek yogurt into the vagina for 3 to 4 hrs. As you are probably aware, tampons should not be left in at night due to the Toxic Shock Syndrome that can occur. So always change a tampon every three to four hours.

After sex, if possible sit in a warm bath with a cup or so of apple cider vinegar or 12 drops of tea tree oil. This will help gently cleanse the area to prevent infections.

A few soaks a week will help kill the bad bacteria.

We women need to be proactive and act as soon as we notice the first signs of problems ‘down below.’ If in doubt, check it out see your family physician, you could have HPV which is not cured with antibiotics.! Never ignore a BV infection as complications can arise.

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  1. Penny, 16 December, 2013

    I think that because of the questions they ask you during your exam, “Do you smoke?” “Do you have multiple partners?” “Do you douche?” That many women get the impression that they are somehow unclean and unhealthy and that is why they have BV. There is an awful lot of self judging and weird stuff that goes on inside our heads anyway and when you add an embarrassing bacterial imbalance on top of it, it makes for a bad situation. There really is nothing to be ashamed of, 99% of us who suffer from this problem are healthy normal females.

  2. Sandra, 17 December, 2013

    I wholeheartedly agree with you Penny.

    Unfortunately having BV can make you feel very unclean, the discharge and smell are pretty bad. Many women resort to wearing panty liners, so they can keep changing them throughout the day. But when we do this is tends to make the problem worse. We need to wear cotton underwear and let our nether regions breathe.. or if you must wear a liner during the day, take it off when you get home.

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