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Hi there, I have been battling BV for about 4 or 5 months now. I was diagnosed in August and it is now December. Let me tell you a little more about my story. In August, I realized my period was a little off. (it came very early, and then came back 2 weeks later) i had messed up my birth control pills previous months before then, so I assumed it was from that. But then I started to get a lot of discharge. I also had a very bad internal vaginal itch. I've never had vaginal itching before internally, or a lot of discharge so I immediately knew something was off. I was due soon for my annual gyno appointment, but I couldn't wait that long to find out what was wrong. I thought "could I be pregnant or could this be an std I somehow got?" I was panicking and thinking the worst. I started googling all of my symptoms and I've never even heard of BV so I thought it was one of the other options. I took a million pregnancy tests because I was so paranoid and they were all negative. I went to urgent care to get STD tested because i was just so scared. I got a phone call a few days later saying my tests were negative for STDs. Which I was very relieved about but then I started thinking okay I must be pregnant then. I was making myself sick because of how paranoid I was. I had gone to my annual GYNO appointment, I explained to her how I've been having a lot of discharge and that my period was weird and that i just felt very off and not right at all. she gave me an HCG blood test for the sake of my mental health, and also did some cultures to see what could be causing the discharge. I didn't mention to her about the itch because it was so on & off it was just the discharge that was bothering me a lot. She called me a few days later saying the hcg test was negative, but she said I did have a little bit of bacterial vaginosis. she asked me if I douched or anything like that which I dont, so I still have no idea how I got this! I felt relieved thinking it was something that would easily go away with medicine. She prescribed to me some antibiotics (metronidazole) and told me to eat a probiotic with it. she said me messing up my birth control most definitely threw my period off, I took the antibiotics for about 5 days before I stopped, I had HORRIBLE side effects to keep it long story short. I then started to have horrible pelvic pain and I thought it was from the meds. I called my doctor and told her so she said to stop it, and try eating activia yogurt and stick with that to see if it improves. well, I got my period again after so I didnt know if it got better or not. I continued eating the yogurt and after my period the discharge got better. I thought to myself wow, I guess it worked. WRONG! It came back a few days after and this time the discharge was worse. it was absolutely horrible. there would be so much of it. so I decided to just continue eating the yogurt and make another appointment. I went back to a different GYNO, I explained my situation to her and she said BV can sometimes cause minor pelvic pain and cramping. she gave me a Nuvessa gel, and said it should work. I used it. it didnt work. At all. still had a ton of discharge. so I called and told them that it didnt work. they prescribed me metronidazloe vaginal gel which helped for maybe 2 days. The discharge is still there, the itch is still on and off, the pain is horrible. and now I have a little bit of an odor. it's not a fishy odor, just a strong not good odor. I dont know what to do or how to help this. Right now I'm currently trying the sea salt baths to see if they help. I Also have been taking something called rephresh pro b probiotic supplement. I ordered it off amazon and have been taking it for about a month now and it still is there. nothing is helping me at all and I'm getting depressed. I feel as though its causing other issues, because my pelvic pain has gotten worse and my periods keep coming about 8 days early every month. I'm so worried this is doing long term damage. nothing has helped me at all. I'm hoping the sea salt baths help me with killing off the bad bacteria. I have absolutely no sexual desire or sex life because I dont feel attractive at all with all this discharge constantly coming out of me. and I'm also in pain from it sometimes. It's been since august and its now december. someone please help! I plan on going back to the doctor to see if they can do anything else but I feel as if they all do the same thing and I read other girls story and they just dont seem helpful. PLEASE GIVE ME ADVICE! I just want to feel like a normal 22 year old female again.
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