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Does anyone know the cause and/or cure for bacterial vaginosis?



I AM THE VICTIM OF RECURRING VAGINAL INFECTIONS KNOWN AS BACTERIA VAGINOSIS. I HAVE BEEN TREATED SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE, BUT THE INFECTION COMES BACK WITHIN 3-4 MONTHS, SOMETIMES EARLIER. I AM NOT SEXUALLY ACTIVE, I AM HIV NEGATIVE, AND I DON'T USE ANY FORM OF HORMONES. DUE TO MY DIABETES I CONTROL MY INTAKE OF SWEETS AND STARCHES. SO CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY THIS IS HAPPENING AND ANY REMEDIES OTHER THAN METRONIDIZOLE(FLAGYL).

try drinking some cranberry juice, the juice will increase the level of acidcity in your vagina which will make it more difficult for bacteria to get out of hand. Try eating yogurt as well, the active cultures could help in the control of bad bacteria

id make sure you clean up well after using the washroom, clean the area well durning showers.

This is a problem you may have for a long time because of your diabetes.
girl me too. email me about this when you find out. it always starts with smells then itching, and vaginal fluids.

my doctor told me not to use any extra products such as douche, fds, or and other sprays that could irritate me. he told me to use regular soap, unscented and to keep clean everyday. do not eat starchy foods so much or alot of drinks. also, your blood could have something to do with it. you need to see a gynecologist. oh and DO NOT USE POWDERS!
Hi there,

I've copied and pasted the info from Web MD regarding Bacterial Vaginosis. Hope this helps somewhat.

Bacterial Vaginosis - Topic Overview
Bacterial vaginosis causes specific symptoms that can be different from two other common types of vaginal infections, vaginal yeast infection and trichomoniasis. It is possible to have more than one type of vaginal infection at the same time. For more information on the other types, see the topics Vaginal Yeast Infections and Trichomoniasis.

What is bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis is a change in the balance of bacteria that are normally present in the vagina, which can cause bothersome symptoms. It is the most common cause of vaginal symptoms in women of childbearing age.

What causes bacterial vaginosis?
The cause of bacterial vaginosis is poorly understood. But, experts have found a number of risk factors that can lead to a drop in "good" lactobacillus. (These bacteria normally keep "bad" bacteria from overgrowing in the vagina. They are different from dairy lactobacillus.) These risk factors include having multiple sex partners, having a female sex partner, recent or current infection with certain sexually transmitted diseases, douching, and intrauterine device (IUD) use.

Bacterial vaginosis is sometimes linked to hormonal changes; it is more common after menstruation. Nearly 1 in 4 pregnant women are diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis.1

What are the symptoms?
The most notable symptom of bacterial vaginosis is an excessive, bad-smelling, grayish-white vaginal discharge. A "fishy" smell, which is usually worse after sex, is a telltale sign of bacterial vaginosis. However, about half of women with bacterial vaginosis have no noticeable symptoms.2

What risks are related to bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis is of particular concern when you are pregnant. During pregnancy, bacterial vaginosis is linked to complications, such as miscarriage, early (preterm) delivery, and pelvic infection after childbirth.3 Uterine infection is a common trigger of preterm labor-bacterial vaginosis could lead to this type of infection or could be a red flag for another problem causing preterm labor. Experts continue to research whether bacterial vaginosis is a direct or indirect cause.

Having bacterial vaginosis at the time of an invasive pelvic procedure (such as a cesarean delivery, hysterectomy, surgical abortion, endometrial biopsy, or intrauterine device (IUD) placement) increases your risk of developing a pelvic infection.

Having bacterial vaginosis at the time of exposure to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) (including HIV) increases your risk of getting that STD.4

How is bacterial vaginosis diagnosed?
Bacterial vaginosis is diagnosed based on your symptoms, a pelvic examination, and a microscope inspection of a sample of vaginal discharge. A higher than normal pH level is a sign of bacterial vaginosis. Also, when low numbers of lactobacillus organisms and higher numbers of other bacteria are seen by microscope, bacterial vaginosis is diagnosed.

How is it treated?
Bacterial vaginosis goes away without treatment about 25% of the time.4 But you will likely be screened and treated for bacterial vaginosis if you:

Are planning an invasive pelvic procedure that could result in an infection.
Have bacterial vaginosis symptoms, especially while pregnant.
Are pregnant and have a history of preterm delivery that may have been caused by infection.
Have symptoms that aren't going away on their own.
Bacterial vaginosis is typically treated with antibiotic medication. Metronidazole or clindamycin are the first-choice treatments for bacterial vaginosis. If you aren't pregnant, you can choose to take it by mouth (orally) or by inserting it into the vagina. If you are pregnant, you will most likely be given an oral antibiotic: this is considered the safest way to treat during pregnancy.3

Antibiotic treatment for bacterial vaginosis can lead to vaginal yeast infections because the medications change the balance of organisms in the vagina, allowing an excess of yeast to grow. You may be able to prevent this by regularly eating yogurt with active Lactobacillus acidophilus culture or taking L. acidophilus dietary supplements.

Because bacterial vaginosis is not caused by sexually transmitted organisms, treating your sex partner does not help cure you.3

Cheers.
www.webmd.com
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. It is sometimes accompanied by discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning.


Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. In the United States, as many as 16 percent of pregnant women have BV.


The cause of BV is not fully understood. BV is associated with an imbalance in the bacteria that are normally found in a woman's vagina. The vagina normally contains mostly "good" bacteria, and fewer "harmful" bacteria. BV develops when there is an increase in harmful bacteria.

Not much is known about how women get BV. There are many unanswered questions about the role that harmful bacteria play in causing BV. Any woman can get BV. However, some activities or behaviors can upset the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina and put women at increased risk including:

Having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners,
Douching, and
Using an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception.
It is not clear what role sexual activity plays in the development of BV. Women do not get BV from toilet seats, bedding, swimming pools, or from touching objects around them. Women that have never had sexual intercourse are rarely affected.



In most cases, BV causes no complications. But there are some serious risks from BV including:

Having BV can increase a woman's susceptibility to HIV infection if she is exposed to the HIV virus.

Having BV increases the chances that an HIV-infected woman can pass HIV to her sex partner.

Having BV has been associated with an increase in the development of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) following surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy or an abortion.

Having BV while pregnant may put a woman at increased risk for some complications of pregnancy.

BV can increase a woman's susceptibility to other STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.


Pregnant women with BV more often have babies who are born premature or with low birth weight (less than 5 pounds).

The bacteria that cause BV can sometimes infect the uterus (womb) and fallopian tubes (tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus). This type of infection is called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause infertility or damage the fallopian tubes enough to increase the future risk of ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube which can rupture.



A health care provider must examine the vagina for signs of BV and perform laboratory tests on a sample of vaginal fluid to look for bacteria associated with BV.





Although BV will sometimes clear up without treatment, all women with symptoms of BV should be treated to avoid such complications as PID. Male partners generally do not need to be treated. However, BV may spread between female sex partners.

Treatment is especially important for pregnant women. All pregnant women who have ever had a premature delivery or low birth weight baby should be considered for a BV examination, regardless of symptoms, and should be treated if they have BV. All pregnant women who have symptoms of BV should be checked and treated.

Some physicians recommend that all women undergoing a hysterectomy or abortion be treated for BV prior to the procedure, regardless of symptoms, to reduce their risk of developing PID.

BV is treatable with antibiotics prescribed by a health care provider. Two different antibiotics are recommended as treatment for BV: metronidazole or clindamycin. Either can be used with non-pregnant or pregnant women, but the recommended dosages differ. Women with BV who are HIV-positive should receive the same treatment as those who are HIV-negative.

BV can recur after treatment.





BV is not completely understood by scientists, and the best ways to prevent it are unknown. However, it is known that BV is associated with having a new sex partner or having multiple sex partners. It is seldom found in women who have never had intercourse.

The following basic prevention steps can help reduce the risk of upsetting the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and developing BV:

Be abstinent.

Limit the number of sex partners.

Do not douche.

Use all of the medicine prescribed for treatment of BV, even if the signs and symptoms go away.
http://www.cdc.gov/std/BV
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