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Bacterial Vaginosis Oral and Vaginal Medication

Antibiotics used to treat bacterial vaginosis (BV) either come in an oral or vaginal form. The oral form is taken by mouth as a pill or tablet. Vaginally, a woman may use creams, gels, or suppository options (called ovules) to treat their symptoms. An applicator is often used to insert the correct amount of medicine. Depending on your personal preference, symptoms, and current health – you may find a method of treatment between a handful of oral and vaginal medications. The antibiotics for BV work by destroying some of the bacteria that causes symptoms.

Oral Bacterial Vaginosis Medication

Oral forms of antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis include clindamycin (Cleocin), metronidazole (Flagyl), and tinidazole (Tindamax), which is only available in oral form [1]. Oral bacterial vaginosis medication is the method of treatment selected for pregnant women who are high-risk for early labor. Most doctors will prescribe oral medications for BV to expectant mothers to avoid inserting drugs into the vaginal region.

Oral BV Treatments – Possible Side Effects

Oral treatments can cause side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Oral metronidazole or tinidazole can also create an unpleasant, metallic taste in the mouth. When taking oral BV medications, it is important to completely avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. This also includes refraining from taking non-prescription medicines, such as NyQuil. Combining alcohol with oral metronidazole or tinidazole can bring on severe vomiting and nausea.

Vaginal Bacterial Vaginosis Medication

Vaginal forms of antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis treatment include clindamycin (Clindesse) and metronidazole (MetroGel). Women who wish to avoid possible side effects when taking bacterial vaginosis medication often choose vaginal treatments. This type of medication will not cause nausea and vomiting – unlike oral remedies. Minor side effects have been reported with the use of vaginal bacterial vaginosis medication, such as a yeast infection in the vagina that takes place during or after treatment.

Vaginal BV Treatments – Possible Side Effects

It is also important to note that the oil found in clindamycin cream and ovules can weaken the latex in condoms and diaphragms. A woman is then more susceptible to contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or becoming pregnant.

Bacterial Vaginosis Medication and Pregnancy

According to the Centers for Disease Control, bacterial vaginosis treatment is recommended for any time during pregnancy. Oral metronidazole or oral clindamycin is often administered during the second and third trimester [2]. These kinds of treatments do not seem to cause any harm to the fetus. However, not all bacterial vaginosis medications can be given to a pregnant woman.

For example, clindamycin vaginal cream is not recommended for treating an expectant mother. Studies have shown that the cream form of clindamycin is linked to a slightly increased risk for preterm birth.

Typical Dosing for Bacterial Vaginosis Medications

The dosage for bacterial vaginosis medication differs according to the method of treatment. Typical treatment regimens include:

• Flagyl: 750 mg (extended release tablets) once daily for 7 days. One applicator-full of 0.75% vaginal gel is recommended once or twice daily for 5 days.

• Cleocin: 300 mg orally twice daily.

• Clindesse: Clindesse (clindamycin phosphate) vaginal cream, 2%, is the only one-dose treatment available for women with bacterial vaginosis.

• Tindomax: 250- and 500-mg tablets are given in 2-g oral doses once daily for two days, or 1-g oral dose once daily for five days.

• MetroGel: The recommended dose is one applicator full (approximately 5 grams containing about 37.5 mg of metronidazole), which is used intravaginally once or twice a day for 5 days.

metro gel treatment for bv

Resources
[1] http://www.aolhealth.com/drugs/antibiotics-for-bacterial-vaginosis
[2] http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-center/antibiotics-for-bacterial-vaginosis.aspx

81 Responses to “Bacterial Vaginosis Oral and Vaginal Medication”

  1. Leigh Flores
    March 1, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    can i get the anti-biotic in an over the counter form??

  2. ..
    September 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    NO – I just called a pharmacy and asked :(

  3. April
    October 6, 2009 at 11:06 am #

    OK so I have been fighting this horrid bacterial vaginosis for 3 Years. I had a C-section in 2006 and ever since i have had this. it has affected my sex life with my hubby. and not only that but I had HORRABLE PAIN that I just couldnt deal with. it actually hurt so bad I ended up crying all the time, especially when my monthly would come around. I can no longer use tampons. My doctors thought it could have been endometreosiss, so my obgyn suggested that we get pregnant again, we did and while i was pregnant the pain went away some what. I had a second C-section and he found no endometriossis. NONE.. he was so baffled by this. I felt fine up untill My monthlys started again.They did a swab test and found overgrowth (bactrial vag.)and gave me antibiotics. Worked for a week and then back at it. my relationship with my hubby was starting to get damiged Much WORSE! I found this site and was reading some of the suggestions other woman were writing. I thought i’d try the Natural way over the anibiotics. I now eat yougurt with live and active cultures and i am taking ACIDOPHILIUS A&D and FOLIC ACID. I have NO MORE EXTREAM PAIN and I have My sex life BACK! i have been doing this for two weeks now! So thank you ladies who have suggested this! I hope and prey this helps the other ones who are affected by this nasty bacteria. Wish everyone the best of luck.

    • rw
      September 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

      i have bee dealing with bacteria v sence 1998 ive found no cure iam now taking cephalexin will let you know if it works

  4. jen
    October 22, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    ty for the tip on the ACIDOPHILIUS A&D and folic acid. im going to try it! im pregnant n really scared to take the meds they gave me! so ty for the tip

  5. amy
    November 10, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    so you really cant get any of these meds at a store? cause if i go back to the gyno i have to pay a 900 dollar deductible and im really poor right now?

    • Mart
      July 24, 2011 at 9:06 am #

      Try refresh, which I found at walmart and eat yogurt with active cultures (plain/unsweetned). Try the acidophiliua a c and folic acid. Or purchase a bv pill from cvs or ire aid

      • lisa
        December 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

        Hi I’m reading through all of these messages how can u purchase a bv pill from cvs or rite aid do u just ask for one???

  6. alexandria
    November 14, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    go to a regular gynoone that usually accepts assistant type insurances. the cash paying visit cost is usally between 80 to 150 which is way cheaper n more doable. sometimes it just doesnt pay to have insurance n the out of pocket is completely tax deductable. just save your reciepts.

  7. Jay
    December 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    I need tips on BV. I think I might have it, but I’m unsure. I have a horrible smell, discharge all the time and i’ve had it since sophomore year in highschool! hardly do i have itching or burning but i don’tknow what to do…advice??

  8. jen
    January 9, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    I’ve had this issue for so long, at least 4 years it comes and goes i’ve taken pills and creams everything over the counter doesn’t work either…I just can’t take it anymore, I just want it gone. My boyfriend that I’ve been with for 10 years is really supportive but I’m so ashamed -like Its my fault, I feel disgusting. I will try that natural remedy and cross my fingers. thanks for the tips

  9. bon
    January 27, 2010 at 3:26 am #

    I used the clindamycin phosphate cream as prescribed for 1 night, and the next day started bleeding. No cramps, but heavy bleeding now for 3 days. Has this happened to anyone else? I have searched for other forums, but no luck. I can’t see my doctor for another 2 days. If anyone has had this type of experience please let me know. Thanks.

  10. TIA
    February 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    I’ve been suffering from this for over 3 years..Prior to my pregnancy I never had this…I was pregnant with twins and I lost them at 5 1/2 months..since then I have had this horrible smell. I went to my obgyn twice and he gave me the clindamycin cream..it only worked for a week and then the same odor came back..I also feel ashamed and embarrassed during intercourse. My husband is supportive but I still feel gross. I will definitely try the Acidophilus A&D and folic acid…Now can someone just tell me, can I get the Acidophilius A&D at Walgreens, or Rite Aid or ?????Please advise…I already have the folic acid tablets. Thanks!

  11. C.G.
    March 11, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    Acidophilus A & D, and folic acid, is available at most drug stores. I do know for a fact the CVS pharmacys carry it. I have been suffering from this as well for almost 2 years now. I used to get it off and on every 3 months, then it went away over the last 6 months, and well.. now its back. I have figured out that most of the time it can be due to wiping the wrong way or not enough after using the restroom, using toys, and condoms. It is EXTREMELY important to nip this in the bud (so to speak) asap before it turns into chronic BV. I dont have insurance so I just pay the 150 plus 85 for the visit at a low-cost medical center to get the prescription of metrodizanole (flagyl). Another thing that could help is soaking in a warm bath with 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar for 20 minutes. It doesn’t make it go away, but does help with the odor while using other types of treatment. Hope this helps.

  12. Mariah
    March 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    I also need tips on BV, though i’m not exactly sure i have it. sometimes i have itching but no burning. plus i’ve had this horrible smell for about a year and abnormal discharge for about 3 months… it feels so embarassing that ppl dont like to be near me b/c i smell bad but its not my fault!!! i want to find more info on home remedies to cure this. thanx for the tips

  13. laurie cax
    March 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    I Would suggest the brand NATRAN. it is a blend of acidopholus & boric acid. You have to get it at a healthfood store. it is specailly made for the vagina. It comes in a suppossitory capsule, but I suggest you only insert the powder without the capsule (if you have an extra plastic inserter) Also hygeine is EXTEMELY IMPORTANT. Sitz bath can be purchased at a walgreens,etc. for $10 it can be a miracle worker! good luck.

  14. Janille
    March 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    I have went to the Health Department MULTIPLE times for this over the years… the meds they give me work for a week, and then they don’t work… I’m really frustrated and short on cash… I am really interested in homeopathic remedies and Ayurvedic studies, so I am glad someone has finally posted something like this! Question: are there ANY over the counter medicines or suppliments?? I have been researching this for a while now, and I ran across a organic supplement called Femanex… has anyone tried that??? (I’ve been dealing with BV for the past 8 years… I’ve had it before I started having sex thinking it was normal [because discharge is a naturally occuring thing...) but then it got bad... like yellowy-green thought I started my period leakage bad...] and it’s not like that all the time, but after I have sex, it flares up… so now I have to be celebate til it’s gone…) x_x

    • Carla
      June 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

      try a product called Vh essentials bv treatment homeopathic time release vaginak insert. You can get it from rite aid in the maxipad aisle. It works and its $24.00. Good luck.
      HY

  15. nhp
    April 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    I have had BV for sometime now. I was getting is every three months. I just recently started going to a new Dr. and he suggested that I try the Nova Ring for a few months. One of the side effects is it produces good bacteria in the vagina. It has help control my BV episodes. I think if you get this unpleasant infection you should talk to your doctor about it.

  16. so
    May 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    after batteling with this for about three years off and on, i went to a different doctor who perscribed me the metrogel and my man the oral antibiotic for the same thing. it worked and i didnt have any more problems after that- only problem is finding a doctor to perscribe both medications to you without seeing the man who will show no symptoms at all..

  17. Les
    May 14, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    I read this on another site and thought it was crazy… Greek Plain Yogurt… it contain acidophilus which is supposed to replace the bad bacteria… like i said i thought it was crazy but having been on antibiotics and become increasingly annoyed with the smell and lack of sex I tried it anyways… IT REALLY WORKS. I took a tampon inserter and filled it half way with plain yogurt containing acidophilus and inserted in my vagina, by the next day the smell was gone! I followed up with the suggested (on homeopathic sites) 1200mg of folic acid and everything is fine now.

  18. tee
    June 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    I have been fighting with this myself for years and im really tired of the creams and the horrible meds. Now I recently went to the dentist and they prescribed clindamycin to me which I’ve read is used to treat bv. Now should I assume I have bv bacteria in my mouth or is this an antibiotic that is used to treat several types of bacteria?

  19. hayley
    June 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    Heya guys!! Iv ad bv on an off since october and cnt seem to ger rid ov ir!!
    Iv tried both the gel an antibiotics n nufing seem to work
    Its reli reli affect mi sex life nw :(.. Jus wana b normal agen cnt take mush more ov it nw “/

    Any suggestions will b very helpfull

    Thank yoouuu

  20. Sweety
    June 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    Bon has had the same side effects as me, I started bleeding exactly the same way and I cant see my doctor either because it’s Saturday and it’s closed on the weekends. Did you find out what it was Bon?

  21. Cassandra
    June 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Okay so I have had this reuccuring bacterial infections for 3 years now. Whenevr I have intercourse It either comes back or worsens. Ive took the cream suppositores..ive took pills.. all they do is temporarily relieve them. I have no sex life because of this. In fact i think the only way to correct this problem is to have no sex at all and that just isnt realistic. the doctor says there isnt anything she or i could do. i would love a second opinion because living like this with this pain, odor , discharge, and swelling is becoming unbarable and quite depressing. Im in need of some at home remedies

    • Michele
      December 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      I totally understand what you mean and am going through the same thing…it sucks! Anyone have any ideas?

  22. zoie
    July 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    I m 17 years old and i m not sure if i do have vaginosis but i do know that i have yellow discharge but it does not smell horible and i m not sexually active. but i have not seen my period and i really want it to come and the yellow discharge came after my period was late.. so should i take yogurt orally or by insertion or use the garlic remedy. but i dont use tampons so it will be tricky..

    please help i dont want this going on any longer.

  23. melissa
    July 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    im only 15 and i think i have bv i have no discharge and it dont hurt but when i have sex all this white stuff comes out and i cant tell my mom because she doesnt know im having sex…i been with my bf for 10 months and his mother knows im having sex so should i tell her? please help me and is the otc products?

  24. mell
    July 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    when i have sex this white chunky stuff comes out my vagina but when i dont have sex it doest come out and it has a foul smell what can it be

  25. dionshake
    July 30, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    hi ladies one of the major causes of BV(bacterial vaginosis) is bubble baths, douching, any baths other than just plain water baths.it’s the chemicals/ingredients in these products that throw our natural vaginal bacteria to overgrow or undrgrow.our body is amazing it tries to treat itself so when we have unknown substances entering where it shouldn’t normally be our body’s bacteria goes into defense mechanism.when we soak in the tub with the bubble baths, dish liquids(yeigh some people actually bathe with dawn/ajax,etc dish liquid for dishes)alot of these products have chemicals/ingredients/antibacteria soaps ans our vagina makes its own bacteria and cleanses itself.any honest gynocologists will tell u it’s not necessary 2 douche because our monthly cleanses our vagina.its the lining of the uterus that slofts off monthly and naturally cleans our vagina.ADVICE TAKE CLEAR WATER BATHS NO ADDITIVES AND DOUCHING TALK 2 YER GYNO ABOUT HOW THAT ALSO CAN CAUSE THE PH OF YOUR VAGINA 2 B OUT OF WACK

  26. dionshake
    July 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    oh the bv odor is horrible u can smell it through your clothes it actually smells like something rotten or dead or bm/poop.u hate to get up from a sitting position if someone is around because yer afraid the person with r around u might smell it.i had 2 take metronidazole/flagyl.the cause was bubble bath i was taking bubble baths at least 3x weekly my doctor told me alot of women love the fragrant bublebaths which is a big no no.some of us r much more sensitive down there than others so i can only take plain water baths THAT SUCKs i use 2 love my avon fragranced body washes n baths now i will have a bubble bath when i’m being hardheaded (going against what my dr. told)maybe once a month usually that does nothing but if i do twice a week bubble baths back 2 the dr. i go 4 flagyl and flagyl is sooo yucky tasting so there’s the tip 4 ya

  27. leah
    August 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    for the past week now i have this really fishy smelling odor from my vagina. the discharge isnt a lot at all… actually it seems quite normal to look at but smells very very fishy. i feel like i want to cry for the past week because i feel like its hurting my relationship.my boyfriend is beyond supportive but i feel discusting and insecure now. my doctor did a check down there and said it was a yeast infection. i’ve had a couple yeast infections before and it was itchy and didnt smell even half as bad. i dont have any itching and not gross looking discharge… just seems to only be the smell. i took the canesten pill for yeast infection now exactly 3 days ago and for me i feel like it smells just the same as before i took the pill. i’m very inpatient and really dont want to deal with this my whole life it will just tear me apart… if anyone has any advice on what they think this could be or what medicine to take and how to keep it away for good i would love that! i just want to get my sex life back with my boyfriend .. :(

  28. ALICIA
    August 17, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    i have been dealing with bacterial vaginosis for the past several years and have had no luck at all with any if the treatments either. i take the meds and creams and tried the diet, but no matter what, within a week it is back. i am literally single because of it. my gyno. tried to tell me that my blood disorder and immune disorder is causing the infection to repeatedly return and basically the antibiotics are not able to work properly.

  29. SupportSystem
    August 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    Acidophyllis A&D and any other vitamins can be purchased at a Vitamin Shop or Whole Goods type of place.

  30. shelby
    August 24, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    ok so for the past couple days i have had this discharge and then started noticing a rash in the vaginal erea, it its to the point to where i cant even walk with out it hurting, i am in tears almost everyday and i am not sure what to do to get the pain and itching to go away, anyadvice?

  31. Kitara
    August 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    This is the most embarrassing, frustrating and depressing thing to happen to a woman, but I finally found a cure.

    1. Take 800mg Folic Acid 1x a day.
    2. If above doesn’t completely eliminate it, add 2 Fem-Dophilus capsules 2x a day to the routine. (It needs to be refrigerated so buy at Amazon during Spring/Fall/Winger, and during summer, get it at Sprouts or other natural grocery store.)
    3. If the combination above doesn’t eliminate it completely, add to the routine, the following–douche with Hydrogen/Peroxide and water (2 parts to 1 part) 1x a week.

  32. yolanda
    September 24, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Ive been battling this Bv issue for about two years now and im just starting to get to get a hold on it . After months of research i discovered that home remedies work the best ! Taking antibiotics kills bad bacteria as well as good bacteria so don’t use any .Ex (clindamycin or metrodiazole) ? “i think that how you spell it?????? but i suggest trying DOUCHE 1/4 cups of peroxide mix with 2 cups of water or try acidophilus capsules suppositories or try plain yogurt with taken a pill to regulate vaginal flora

  33. ashlee
    October 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    Ive had BV for 5 months now, I recently went to the doctor and was perscribed antibiotics, but it aint working out any. I lost all my confidence and self esteem. i dont know what else to do or use. any suggestions?

  34. TS
    October 14, 2010 at 4:55 am #

    i have the really bad smell but no itching or burning it is ruining my life and want to get rid of it im 14 but dont want to tell my mum but not sure how to get rid of this plz help…..

  35. Nat
    December 6, 2010 at 3:49 am #

    I have had a contant discharge for seeral months now, I know it’s normal for a woman to have some discharge. But I always have it and it’s excessive to where I can feel it literally leak out and sometimes even gets through my pants. It doesn’t smell fishy, it just smells like vagina. It’s not like a super foul odor just the way a vagina would smell I guess. I have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for almost 4 years and now and it is so embarrasing just as any other woman would feel. There have been times when he has actually told me that he can smell it, he says he feels bad telling me, but even he is concerned and wants me to go to a doctor. I doubt it’s a yeast infection, because it’s just a whitish, clearish liquidy discharge. It’s not thick or plastard like so to say, I don’t have itchiness, or a rash. I’m thinking maybe bv is what I may have. I have read a few tips on here that I will certainly try. And to all us girls having to deal with being girls… Good luck! I hope things are better soon for all of us…. One thing I cansuggest is using a pantiy liner that you could change out everytime you have too much discharge to avoid it going through clothes and carrying the smell around with you! Anyone that may have similar symptoms please share just in case bv is not what I have. Either way your comments are greatly appreciated! ;)

  36. Olivia
    December 7, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    I don’t have a tip. I have been battling an issue that I think is BV due to the fact that everything seems to fit. The god-awful smell that is almost constant, I am so embarassed at work that I constantly spray perfume and body spray through out the day. I have to walk through security and I know people can smell me. I have used the gels and the creams. and nothing has worked. Does anyone know of a home remedy that can help clear BV permanently?

  37. Les
    December 7, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    Hello Ladies,

    I was suffering from very heavy, loooooooong periods and was put on oral contraceptives in February. In may, I got a pap smear done because I noticed that my discharge was white and thick and had an awful smell that turned fishy when it hit the air. My results showed that I had Bacterial Vaginosis. I got a prescription for a cream. It worked, but the infection is back. I got the exact same symptoms again. I came across an ad for VH Essentials BV treatment. It can be purchased over the counter at CVS, Walgreen’s and other drug stores. It is a six day treatment. It consists of inserting a capsule each night, using a plastic applicator that is provided. I used it last night and today, I woke up with no smell or discharge. I will continue with the treatment and update you guys. I also purchased the Acidophilus supplement and took a capsule today. Hopefully the results are good.

    • kam
      March 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

      Hydrogen peroxide?

  38. Wise1
    December 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    I too have dealt with this issue on and off for three years. My first tip would be to always always always check with a doctor FIRST. If this is not I would suggest trying the natural alternative (yogurt with acidophilus, acidophilus a&d or folic acid or some combination of all three since they all assist the restore your vagina to its normal conditions. My last tip is to never EVER use hydrogen peroxide or douche as this could cause further irritation and or infection. These methods are NOT necessary. Your vagina cleans itself naturally, if you have bv you are not trying to clean your vagina you are trying to make a healthy environment for the good bacteria to grow. Oh and one last thing, it is very likely that if have an odor in that area you DO NOT have a yeast infection as this is usually accompanied by thick curd like discharge itching buring and NO odor. Hope this helps.

  39. Wise1
    December 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Oh and to TS, you should talk to your mom about this. This is not something you have to be embarrased about your body is just reacting to something. If you are sexually active and don’t want her to know, don’t tell her. BV is caused for many reasons (i.e. bubble bath, harsh soaps, perfumes, dyes etc). Which reminds me, to anyone that is sexually active, your partner’s semen may be a different pH than your vagina so this could be the cause of the problem as well.

  40. missalex
    December 16, 2010 at 12:19 am #

    I have been having bv for almost a month and I was prescribed metrondizale I was allergect to it even though I took most of it. So they prescribed me clindamycin and I was wondering if I could also use the yogurt remedy I have the taste of the plain yogurt so I was wondering if the same time I inject the clindamycin and yogurt at the same time will it be safe. If anyone knows about this could they please let me know…thank you

    • Sharon
      June 23, 2011 at 8:33 am #

      To missalex, if you use an antibiotic (clindamycin) with a probiotic (yogurt), the antibiotic will kill some or all of the good bacteria. You can always use the antibiotic for the recommended term and then follow up with the probiotic. It is safe to use them at the same time, maybe just not as effective. Remember that any time you take an antibiotic it is truly anti (against) bacteria, good and bad, so you will destroy most of what you are trying to counter with.

  41. mano
    December 17, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    plz tell me if i can take his drugs as am an Hepatite B patient

  42. mano
    December 17, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    i mean i’ve got mouth infection can i take metonidazole as i have Hepatitis B…thanx

  43. Lola
    December 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    I have had recurring BV since October of ’10. I cannot afford another trip to the gyno and I am afraid to have sex. I do not have a lot of discharge or a strong smell, but the itch is so persistent that I have rubbed myself raw (I know you’re not supposed to scratch but I can’t help it). I consider myself to be a hygienic person and I never douche.

    If I use these vitamin supplements (Folic Acid and Acidophilus A&D) am I supposed to take them orally?

  44. Les
    December 30, 2010 at 4:52 am #

    Hello ladies,
    Well I’m back with my update. I am sorry to say that Vh Essentials BV treament did not work for me. The odor and discharge went away for about a week. Once I had sex again though, the infection was back. I guess it never left. I feel I wasted my money. I’m frustrated.

    • Corinne
      June 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

      When I talked to my Gyno she told me that BV can be transferred back in forth between your partner and you. He needs to take something as well cause if you have sex with him he just transfers it right back to you.
      Goodluck

  45. Shon
    December 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Ladies have your GYN check you for all types of BV. A culture has to be done and the results are back within 2 wks. There are several types. I had to take three different medications because I had more than one type of BV.

  46. Monica
    January 17, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    To all my young ladies, please oh please talk to your mothers. You are a part of her, so she can give you more insight into your body than a bunch of strangers on a message board. You never know, she could have delt with the exact same issue when she was your age or even currently. The answers you are looking for could be right at your finger tips. Also telling your mom is important because you are legally her responsibility, so she’s the one who will be able to take you to the doctor and put an end to your suffering. Ladies, its important to let your moms into these aspects of your lives; you’ll be surprised how relatable, loving and understanding she’ll be. ~Moni

  47. Barb
    January 19, 2011 at 3:13 am #

    Leah, You have BV NOT Yeast. Tell your Dr to do a BV swab test. Yeast doesn’t smell “fishy” only BV does (but the discharge CAN look similar) and you need an DIFFERENT antibiotic AND a Probiotic to cure it. You should try Natural remadies, but none of them have worked for me yet. I’ve had it off and on since I became sexually active 12 years ago. Good Luck!

  48. angel
    February 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    I have been experiencing some pain foul smell its been going on for about 2 to 3 years now and I need some advice on how to cure this but I don’t want to try any doctor meds don’t have the money and all I hear so far is that prescription meds only relieve it for a short period of time and I want it to go away for good. It is very embarrassing but my boyfriend of 6 years is very supportive. It feels like every time that I take a shower it does no good because I can smell myself not even a hour later and it feels like I have not even cleaned my self so if anyone can help me on some advice I would greatly appreciate it thanks

  49. fern
    February 20, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    i am 23 weeks pregnant with twins and just found out i have bv,ive been on metronidazole for one day now.im kinda scared to keep taking it because i dont want it to complicate my pregnancy.any other suggestions?

  50. kim
    February 28, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    I have been suffering from BV for about a year now. About a month ago I started taking Acidophillus and a garlic capsules twice a day and also douching wit half hydrogen peroxide and water about 1 every 2 wks and it works great for me. Acidophillus can b found at any drug store and garlic is a great antibiotic. Also peroxide is not foreign to the vagina because the vagina produces peroxide so nothing will happen to you if you douche with it. I have also just use condoms when I have sex and unfortunately I dnt have sex as much as I used 2 but it doent bother me as long as the horrible smell is gone… Hope this works for you guys :)

  51. Janie
    March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I’ve been fighting with undiagnosed BV for 9 months now. Initially I thought it was a yeast infection, so I had Dr call in Diflucan. At the time I think I may have had both a yeast and BV, not realizing the BV. There was some relief temporarly. But, Because I still had some discomfort I began researching holistic remedies thinking the antibiotic was the problem.
    I’ve tried:
    Tea Tree Tampons
    ACV Douches
    Boric Acid suppositories
    Acidophillus orally and vaginally.
    Yogurt suppositories and orally
    1&3 day OTC yeast creams
    Geesh…probably a few others I can’t recall. All at no avail.

    Then, I’d been fighting BV for 7 months or so. I had found some Levaquin left from a previous RX and tried this. This seemed to work. Yet, after a few times of intercourse, symptoms were back. This made me question if he’s a carrier….But I’ve yet to find concrete answers on whether this can happen. And, of course he has no symptoms. My symptoms are a whitish discharge and irritation- not so much itchy, But I know it’s there. If you have BV you know what I mean. By the evening I have to shower for some relief. And as far as odor, I wouldn’t say a fishy. Rather its an odor thats just not fresh. I’ve become very self conscience of this.

    Fortunately, I have a loving, patient, understanding partner. However, it is beginning to take a toll on our relationship.
    I lost my insurance, so I don’t have the money to go back to a Dr. right now. I don’t know what else I can do. I’m tired and at the point of giving up on our sex life…help! I welcome you thoughts and suggestions.

    • Brit
      March 30, 2011 at 12:18 am #

      Hi I’ve had these problems for the past year now and my doctors can never figure out a reason for it. Now I don’t have insurance anymore so I was wondering if you found any cure for it, I can’t figure out anything to do.
      Thanks

    • Jane Allen
      September 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

      Janie, Ive had BV (and what seems to be a bladder infection on and off for 3 yrs, which is another story :) on and off for 2 yrs. It definitely comes back when I have sex, and am trying to get it undercontrol. The thing is since you DO have only 1 partner, maybe you could get him to take medication orally for BV, even if he doesnt show symptoms. And at the same time you also take meds, while at the same time also taking supplements to produce good bacteria that the meds are killing. Men apperently DO NOT show symptoms for many things. Ive heard many women be successful in getting rid of BV successfully that way. i my self am single and should just not have sex until im in a commited relationship, might help me out ;)Anyway, let me know if you try this and how it all works out.

      Wish you the best…JaneAllen

      • Niki
        May 23, 2012 at 9:17 am #

        I have been going through very same. UTI/BV. Apparently the two can be connected. If they turn chronic you can get ‘IC’ Wow! So complicated being a woman. You have to be treated with an antibiotic and creams your sex partner will as well or you will just be passing it back and forth! Your flora has to then be regulated. You can do that in various natural ways. But, if you are noticing yourself getting sinus infections, bladder infections, yeast infections, spores, breakouts, swollen glands… Chances are you are invaded with bacteria. Talk to your dr about it….

    • Jane Allen
      September 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

      P.S. …Do you use a condom while having sex? That may help keeping BV away…

    • Jane Allen
      September 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

      im sorry i keep writing haha! but have you tried an over the counter treatment called VH Essentials BV treatment Homeopathic*time release*vaginal insert? i havnt tried it yet but hear it works wonders..24 bucks at walgreens or any drugstore..goodluck.

  52. kam
    March 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Hi Kim,
    I like to asked you Hydrogen Peroxide? Isn’t that bad to use it as a douche? Where do you get it at? I thought you can only use that to bleach hair….I m sorry if I sound silly but I have been reading from many girl here using it as a douche sol could you let me know what kind to get and where from?? By the way I have read someone tried using the brand called BV treatment from CVS pharmacy …I have tried n yes the smell went away for a few days but it did come back I think 5 times worse n now I gotta see my gyn bc the smell is horrible…I have had many of these as well but this time is just so horrible specially having my period…anyways thanks for all the ideas and responses girls what we can do to fight this horrible infection we women have to deal with…and being denied like this from our sexlife….its more than sucks….deals like a curse to me. :(( Good luck to us all! Hope we all get cured from this soon….

    • Ava
      January 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      its not good to douche at all because it kills all the good bacteria that fights off infections like these. i keep bv because i used to douche alot years ago. i thought i was cleaning my vagina but i was actually hurting it by killing the bacteria that i needed. everytime i get bv and the doctor prescribes me Flagyl, it always recurs. this time i asked for clindamycin and i think its alot better in taste… good luck to yah..

  53. Layla
    March 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    hey,i would like to share about why && HOW i get recurring BV`s.I believe after i caught chlamydia when i was 17 i got it cleared up.shortly after i turned 18,and started having sex again.But this time it was different! Now when i have sex i have to use a condom or else i will catch a BV.If i use a condom and their is NO penis skin contact with my Vagina,then i do NOT catch a BV!!!if i have unprotected sex with anybody,then i automaticlly catch a BV! i am now 20 && engaged && i still catch BV when i have unprotected sex which sucks. After you guys get your BV cleared up,try using a condom everytime you have sex && see if that helps the BV from coming back! it works for me.
    i believe me being able to not have unprotected sex now,has something to do with me catching chlamydia! i was fine with having unprotected sex before the chlamydia but after the chlamydia,the BV came.The same thing happened to my mom after she caught chlamydia at a young age && it recently just happened to my cousin! After chlamydia came and gone ,the not being able to have unrotected sex because of BV came.

    Their is now a over the counter drug you can take! well you dont have to buy it over the counter! you can buy it on the same aisle as Yest infection creams! Just go down the feminal aisle with the vagina products!!!!!!! i buy it all the time because my soon to be husband dosent like condoms.
    Its called ” VH essentials BV Treatment Homeopathic Time-Release Vaginal Insert ”
    it cost about $24 plus tax! it works REALLLYYYY GOOOOD! it comes with 6 pills you insert into your vagina with an application.you can get it at your local drug store like save ons, or rite aid even K-Mart has it.(stores like that) . i believe you can even order it off of the internet!
    i dont even have to finish the 6 pills.i can sometimes stop at 3 which is amazing! if you decide to get ” VH essentials BV Treatment Homeopathic Time-Release Vaginal Insert “, make sure you buy panty liners too,because the pill dissolves.
    i recommend it to anyone who reads this and has a BV!
    i hoped i helped you guys out.

    • Sarah
      April 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

      OMG Layla, I want to thank you so much for your post! I went to Rite Aid and bought the VH Essentials insert as well as the VH Essentials pills to take orally and by the second day all my symptoms were gone!!! I’m still going to use the inserts and take the pills until they are finished. I was literally at my wits end with this BV, I have no insurance and the health clinic I went to a few months back will only treat you one time for free, they won’t see you again for the same condition. Having had BV before I knew immediately what it was this time. I really didn’t know what to do and I feel so lucky that I came across your post. At this point anything was worth a try and what do you know, it really worked!!!! Anyone else reading this who needs help asap do not hesitate to try this. It is worth every penny of the $24.99 I paid and more!

  54. lulu
    April 10, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    I’ve had BV several times now and do not have insurance. The STD clinic usually will test for BV for a small fee. They will also give you the medication necessary to clear it up. It’s very important to treat this condition because it can lead to PID.

  55. Nessa
    April 17, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Wow where do I begin, I have had BV off and on for the last 24 years of my life and it has been pure hell. I dont know how I contracted it but it was awful. I was afraid to let anyone near me because of the awful stench, a cross between rotting fish or rotting flesh. I would travel with fds in my pocket so that if I had to use the rest room I could spray the foul stench from the air. If I had sex it would be even worse because then it would be rotting fish mixed with ammonia. I have tried everything under the sun and finally gave up. Last year around the summer time I came down with the worst flu of my life, I was prescribed a drug called Denvar along with folic acid, b-12 and vitamin c for 14 days because the flu had caused a chest infection.
    After coming off my flu treatment I noticed immediately that the stench was gone, the foul discharge had ceased and my vagina was normal again. I have my life back. I bought all new underwear (cotton) and I wash my self with Ivory soap but never use soap in my vaginal area just pure water. Since then Im enjoying my sex life and can take my underwear off anywhere anytime and have no odor or wetness, or messy panty sheilds. I am always fresh and clean now. My husband loves it!

  56. alana
    April 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    I have had BV several times, and i feel like an expert now lol. It all began when I was pregnant because the simplest off set of your pH can cause the BV. But if you have BV and have unprotected sex you can give it to the man. Of course he will have no symptoms but he can continue to give it to you if he doesn’t take the proper antibiotics (yes this means going to the doctor).

    Of course everything depends on your circumstances. Unfortunately for Layla she won’t have the opportunity to get her AND her man clean and be able to return to a normal life.

    Basically get yourself clean with either OTC medicine or RX medicine, and then make sure your man gets treated. But its one of those things that can always come back randomly because of the pH balance of our vagina’s so if its still persisting then that’s when you might want to start looking into your diet.

    • toy
      May 10, 2011 at 3:45 am #

      Ladies take it from me it is true you can keep getting (bV) from your sex partner if you’re not using protected sex’s Your partner need to get treated as well the man never have any Symptoms

  57. Amanda
    May 25, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    I was pescribed Metronidazole a few days ago after a external vaginal swab…my doc just left a pescription at reception for me and said I had a little ‘bug’…I am pleased I came on this forum, as I was looking about on the internet at this drug and alot of stuff was pointing to STD’s!!! Which as my partner and I arent sexually active at the moment and havent been for a while (body confidence issues on my part im afraid…long story lol)I knew it couldnt be that…Ive been so sore for weeks now and just thought I had bad external thrush, but it got to the point where I have scratched myself so much in my sleep that I have made myself bleed (sorry to be so graphic)…I think ive developed this little bug from washing with scented shower gels down below (i tend to spray the shower head directly onto my lady garden and inside a little to ‘douche’)I will stop doing this so much and see if the anti biotic gets rid of it…so pleased I found this forum xx

  58. Aspen
    June 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Layla and Sarah that is exactly what I just got today and I came across your guys post and glad to know it works. I got both the pills and the inserts. . cant wait because ill be visiting the boyfriend in less then two weeks :).

  59. Melissa
    August 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    My mom was diagnosed with BV from a gyno a few weeks ago and was prescribed metronidazole pills, but she’s afraid to take them because she read that it can give you horrible side effects and not even be effective. If anyone has taken metronidazole pills, could you please tell me if you had any side effects at all and if the medicine worked? She takes acidophilis and garlic supplements and bought the VH Essentials BV Treatment (both the inserts and the pills). Last night she used half of one insert and woke up with a pain synonymous with a UTI (she knows this because she has had many before and she took a test that said she had a trace of a UTI). She’s too scared now to use the rest of the inserts or even start the pills. She got scared after seeing the first ingredient: BORAX. This is used as a cleaning agent and she thinks it caused her newly developed UTI. PLEASE HELP!!! She’s considering taking the metronidazole pills because she thinks they will help clear up her BV, but we’re both afraid of the possible side effects.

  60. MB
    August 31, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Is there anyone out there that has had a bad reaction to the VH Essentials products. I tried the 6-day treatment about a year ago and had severe burning, itching and spotting. I recently decided to try the capsules and today started to having the same reaction. I have been fighting BV off and on for 10 years. My doctor explained that BV is caused by a PH imbalance in the body. The imbalance can come from sex (a mixing of secretions), your period, diet and stress. About five years ago he had me keep a journal to record reoccurances so we could find triggers. Together we figured out the BV only returned when I had sex within the a few days of my period ending. He gave me a recipe for a vinegar, water and betadine (SP?) douche and told me to use it every month the day after my period ended and to hold off having sex for a few days after. He also encouraged me to eat organic yogurt once a day and take folic acid. Althouth this routine has been a pain in the a*@,it has works. I thought maybe the BV capsules would be a substitute for the other, but it looks like it is not for me. I am trying to figure out if I should make an appointment to have the area looked at. It is rather painful and uncomfortable. I would love to hear from others who have had similar experiences with the product.

  61. DEBBIE
    December 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I reccently had a c-section and then started nuvaring. I was fine until i started the nuva ring. But now i have smelly discharge but no itching or burning. I work in a clinic so i did a bv cx n found i have three diff types of bv. Prblm is da drs here cant write prescriptions for the employees. I would really like to kno ne suggestions for this. It gets so much worse wen i have sex. I currently have my monthly. Do u think that this will clear up the bv? But i also think that if it does once i put the nuvaring back in it will come back. Ne suggestions?

  62. Amber
    February 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    I had really bad bv for some time and did everything I could to get rid of it but nothing worked until I tried VH essentials vaginal inserts..it worked and im still bv free..If the bv comes back I will deff buy this again. The smell was gone after the first night and discharge gone after the second..its about $24 a box and has 6 nights of inserts…i recommend this very highly….good luck

  63. Nan
    April 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    I have been dealing with this issue for 4 yrs. I just found sum interesting things about how to control this. First vinger is definately out! Douching has to be completely gone, sleeping with no underwear, only wash the outside of the vagina so that the purfumes do come in contact with the vagina, no scented pads, pantyliners of use of tampoons, no bubble baths! These r a few things I was told by a nurse would lower the risk of bv becoming an issue because it is definately am issue for me and my sister! Good luck ladies because we can sure use…

  64. Jane
    May 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Has anyone had an allergic reaction to Flagyl?

  65. Gina
    May 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Question….can u have sex while taking the medication to treat it? I only ask cuz I’m still on my honeymoon and would like to continue with it

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