Merry Meet! I'm happy to have found this forum. I have been suffering from bv for 7 1/2 months now.
Before I go any further, please let me just say, I feel as if my life has been stolen from me. I'm either angry or reduced to tears over not being able to kick this. During a flare up, it hurts to sit, walk, go hiking, shopping. My mind is constantly in tune to the pain and burning, and it steals what little joy I have! I'm lucky to have a loving and understanding partner by my side, but there is so only so much he can comprehend what I am going through. I don't know anyone who has this. I just want my vagina to feel normal again!!
Most of my life I've had the occasional yeast infection, but back then my body would kick it on it's own. I had a decent immune system until I developed allergies and began taking antibiotics for chronic sinusitis. This went on for years. It got to a point where my doc didn't even bother having me come in when I would get sick. I'd just phone him and he call any broad spectrum antibiotic in. So I know this is when the depletion of my immune fuction started.
I began having more yeasties, but I could combat it easily with some acidophilus and laying off sugary stuff.
Last April, right before my moon, I developed constant vaginal burning, itching, achiness in the vagina, and discomfort when peeing! When my moon came, it disappeared. I thought it was just yeast. I took probiotics.
In May, it returned, around a week or so before my moon. Same thing! Except this time, it went further, I ended up with a slight UTI. I was so sick, I had to take antibiotics for it.
June comes, same thing again! Right before my moon, then gone until July.
My vaginal tissues felt raw, burning all the time, sometimes a slight pressure in the pelvic area, stabbing short electrical pain in the vagina, and discomfort when peeing. I began researching, and decided I would get thee to a doctor if it didn't stop. I LOATHE going to the doctor. I'll do what I can to avoid it.
In August, I decided I'd try a little something. No more soda, no more sugary snacks, and I would lay off the bread. It did show up again before my moon, but it lasted only a couple days and was mild!
In September, same thing.
October arrives. My symptoms seem to be under control and sooo I have protected sex (no spermicide) and whammo....full blown vaginal burning, pain, itching, hurting to pee, all of it back again. Within a week, I wake up with a fever. I went to this urgent care clinic open on a weekend. Another uti! But this time, the doctor wants to examine me to see if anything else is happening. I was told that the exam showed BV. Well, in that moment I felt slight relief because....hey, at least I know what it is. I had NO clue it I could have BV because I never ever have the odor! Just the horrible burning. My pee may smell slightly stronger.
Then she let's me know she saw a red spot on my cervix and advised me to go see an obgyn to have it looked at again. Of course now I'm worried!
She sent me home with Flagyl and Cipro. Double poisons!
I did give in because the fever was making me so sick.
Like magic, the vaginal burning, pain, pelvic aching, and most of the itching went away after the second day on flagyl. I was determined, that once I finished these courses of meds, I would continue to find something natural. ( For the record I don't douche. Ever. I decided one time, many years ago I'd start douching. Whenever I did, I'd get horrible bladder infections. So I won't attempt those.)
*Immediately I got some Jarrow's acidophilus, and took that 4 times a day.
*Cranberry capsules, because my stomach cannot tolerate drinking the juice.
*Making sure I shower only, use ivory, wash vagina w/ no soap, just warm water. Wash my hair in the kitchen sink.
*Wear no undies. When I'm alone I walk around naked and let my vagina breathe. (I have big thighs too! So I lounge back when no one's around and spread my legs, read or watch tv to let myself get air)
*Try to not sit at the computer too long. Sitting on the computer chair or dining room chair, or any other hard chair where I'm right on my perineum is painful during a bv flare up.
*Drinking alot of water
Now here I sit, with another flare up in full force
The things that I have tried over the months and have not had good luck with so far is the following:
*Tea tree oil diluted, in a peri bottle, splashing it over vaginal opening.
Made my vagina burn worse.
*ACV sitz baths. Made me burn worse.
*Mega dosing on Vitamin C - didn't touch the symptoms.
*Tea Tree Oil soaked on a tampon
*Hydrogen peroxide washes. I would tilt up my hips, open up and let it flow down inside of me, wait, then get up. This did absolutely nothing but make my symptoms rage more. I was on fire down there for 2 days afterward.
*Plain yogurt on a tampon. Made the itching intensify at least by 10x.
*Monistat for itching. Oh no....made me burn.
*Colloidal Silver. Made a flare up worse. I tried sticking with it for 3 weeks solid but it didn't do anything but make my vagina hurt and burn worse
The things I want to try:
*Boric Acid. Okay, I'm already on fire, and I hear this can cause burning. I don't know if I can tolerate it. If you were burning already and tried it, did it make it better?
*Susun says Echinacea in a tincture form.
Since I'm very pre-menopausal, and my moons have been spread out or closer together, some hot flashing, and heavier cramps, I had a naturopath I spoke to on the phone today tell me....that sometimes women get constant yeast or BV when hormones fluctuate and causes imbalance in the PH level. She also mentioned that being deficient in estrogen, can not only be contributing to my flashing, but it can cause vaginal dryness, and that the dryness itself can cause yeast or bv. It's not a stretch for me, since I know my hormones are imbalanced.
One time I had such bad cramps I went to the clinic, and they sent me for a CT scan and blood work. Nothing could be found. I wanted a sono done, and nothing again could be found.
This is my story so far. Sorry it is so long! If anyone has had a red spot seen on the cervix from continous infection please let me know. I'm trying to get my nerve up to go have it looked at. It could be just inflammation.
If you got this far thanks for reading! BB*