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Measures other than antibiotics for curing Bacterial Vaginosis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, Ive had BV a couple of years ago, I took anti biotics and it cleared. I now live in XXX and it has come back, it smells terrible, I do have a boyfriend, I have only recently started having sex with him, we do use condoms. the smell is only when we have sex, the rest of the time, Im OK. But I havent told him, I had BV, and I'd rather not have the strong antibiotics again. Is there anyway to stop the smell while we have sex.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
User :   hi XXX
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Do you mean to say BV = Bacterial Vaginosis?
User :   yes, that's correct
Doctor :   May i know your age please?
User :   Im quite old, 45 now
Doctor :   Do you have periods?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Are they normal?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Any other associated conditions like raised blood presure, sugar or cholesterol?
User :   no, I dont think so, Im pretty healthy, go to the gym, dont drink much and veggie.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   See BV is an infection and can be cured by antibiotics only.
User :   but it can come back if you take the antibiotics,
Doctor :   You should clean your genitals before and after sex and daily clean them with lukewarm water and soap
Doctor :   Also avoid having unprotected intercourse as it further spreads infection
User :   yes, Im very clean, that's how I found I had bv, though cleaning with douches.
User :   I do not have unprotected sex, I am very safety concious, and always use condoms
Doctor :   You can use tea tree oil dissolve 2 to 3 drops of oil in half cup of water and wash your genitals daily with this
Doctor :   Its an effective antibacterial
User :   BV is associated through not sexual activity, virgins can have bv, just by changing the ph balance in the vigina, via using bubble baths etc
User :   Will bv go just by using tea tree
Doctor :   Also you can Apple cider vinegar, put 1 to 2 cups in bath tub and soak for 20 minutes
Doctor :   You should also include more of yoghurt in diet
Doctor :   If all these measures do not help then you need to get a proper examination and some investigations done.
Doctor :   And you should not do douching
User :   with using both yogurt, cider vinigar, tea tree, and I think acidophilius capsals, how long do you think it will take to clear, and will it completely go away
Doctor :   It will make condition worse
Doctor :   It depends on the amount of infection present
User :   what is the worse case senario
Doctor :   Also include folic acid in your diet
Doctor :   you can take folate tablets daily
Doctor :   See infection can spread to pelvis infection and causePID
Doctor :   Also complications related to uterine linings etc
User :   yes, I understand, I dont have any symptons,

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