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Been suffering with what I think is BV for a few years now. When I first noticed the strong fishy smell I went to the doctors, had swabs done and they told me it came back positive for BV. They put me on antibiotics (metronidazole, twice a day for a week). All the symptoms went, but returned not long after I finished the course of antibiotics. I was then prescribed the metronidazole gel, with the same outcome as above. I went back to the doctors who done more swabs and then tested negative for BV and was dismissed by my doctor!
Fast forward a couple of years and Ive since tried to manage it at home with over the counter Balance Activ gel and hydrogen peroxide. Both work while I'm using it, but come back after a couple of days. I went back to the doctors recently and was prescribed another course of metronidazole (same dose as above) without having anymore swabs done, after 2 days my symptoms went. But 3 days after completing the course, my symptoms have come back again!!
Is it possible that this isn't BV? Can BV sometimes fail to show up on swabs? If I haven't got BV, why does BV treatment work initially?
I am single and haven't had sex in nearly a year, so I know its not that. Any help would be appreciated. I'm at my wits end.
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