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I had suffered with BV for 2 and a half years and tried so much. Oral antibiotics (that made me sick as hell), vaginal antibiotics, balanceactiv gel... i did things such as stop taking bubble baths, wear only cotton underwear, no tampons only cotton pads, I NEVER had and never will douche, use non-latex condoms, unscented shower gel when i wash. I was at my wits end. The only thing I felt I hadn’t done was come off the contraceptive pill. So i did that, along with starting to take probiotics that were formulated to reach the vagina (4.3 billion cultures in each tablet i think).
When i came off the pill, i gave my body a few months to adjust and my BV? IT WAS GONE! I don’t know if this was a coincidence but I can’t think of anything else I had done differently. I moved into a new place and was generally eating a bit better, but I was still drinking alcohol, having the occasional take out... i was walking slightly more but no hardcore exercise.
I was BV free for around 6 months and then I had a little bit of spotting and it’s back... i’m Devastated. I have started taking probiotics again everyday and i’m Currently using balanceactiv gel but i can tell its only masking the symptoms and not killing the BV. The only thing that’s changed in after that 6 month BV free was that I moved back home, my diet is maybe not quite as good and i’m Not exercising as much. I did start a course of accutane, an acne drug about 6 months ago, which is very strong and has some nasty side effects so I don’t know if this has a bearing...
In the time it came back I have had no sexual partners. In fact, I’ve found my BV has been just as bad if not worse when I’ve not been having sex. FYI I have had sex with 9 people and I know that this has not caused it. Generally, my BV always used to flare up right at the end of my period - I think the blood messes up my ph balance.
another thing that may be worth mentioning is that my period has been extremely irregular after that 6month BV free time. I haven’t had a period in 2 months if you don’t count the spotting the triggered this round of BV. When I was BV free and had a period, it was a heavier period and it was fine. It may be connected...
Anyway guys, i’ve Been researching like crazy and seen that BV is reoccurring because the bad bacteria causes a biofilm — what destroys this biofilm? I’m scared if i go to the dr they will just give me more antibiotics which wont work and just kill the good bacteria.
All i know is i can’t go on like this anymore. I have had suicidal thoughts because of BV and i cant take it anymore. It is completely ruining my life. I’m a very sexual person and i cant even have sex anymore. Someone could say something like ‘you’re pretty’ and it wont make me feel happy cuz i just think to myself ‘who cares when i have this’. Please help
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