Bacterial vaginosis Keeps Coming Back

by K
(USA)

Q I have been treated for bacterial vaginosis for probably a good 6-8 months now. I honestly don't know why or how it continues to come back. Why does this keep occurring? Is there maybe another underlying issue that I may be missing? It's very embarrassing and I'd like to get this taken care of once and for all.

A Bacterial Vaginosis is one of those vaginal problems with a real reputation for coming back after you think you've cured it. It is a very common problem.

After conventional treatment the vagina is left without its normal thriving population of bacteria and unfortunately it seems that the bad bacteria and yeast get a foothold before the good ones do.

The very best results for curing BV permanently have been through treating it with conventional means such as Metronidazole or Clindamycin and following up immediately with Fem Dophilus or one of the brands that contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14. These two, although they do not colonize the vaginal area, DO take up temporary residence for long enough to allow the usual vaginal Lactobacilli to get reestablished.

My preference is always Metronidazole simply because it is kinder to the Lactobacilli. You can just take the Fem Dophilus but a cure will take longer and is not quite so certain.

Here is a list of commonly considered causes:
taking antibiotics
use of an IUD (intra-uterine contraceptive device)
having multiple sex partners
using tampons
using a diaphragm
starting sexual activity at a young age
oral to genital sexual activity
douching
women having sex with women
menopause

A more recent study claimed that found that a past history of BV, a REGULAR sex partner, and female sex partners were the only factors that were "significantly associated" with BV recurring.

You'll find more about conventional Bacterial Vaginosis treatment here and you can buy Fem Dophilus here.

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Jun 13, 2009
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Finally Relief From BV!
by: Lauren

Ok ladies I have finally found something that has helped me sooooooo much! I have been suffering too from bv and then yeast and have been given everything under the sun that the doctor said would work but only made it worse in the long run. I was taking extra vitamins like 1000c 3x a day and 60 billion probiotics but it kept coming back. Now after researching for over about a year (that's how long I have had it) I found that putting 1 boric acid and 1 probiotic (13 billion) inside my vagina 2-x a day, taking the same vitamins, and doing a hot vinegar/h2o bath at night has helped so much!

Hopefully this will last because I can't go any longer with that problem!

Jun 13, 2009
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In response to Lauren's comment
by: Dawn

Lauren, I don't have your email address but would LOVE to know the name of the probiotics and vitamins that you are using. If you could tell us both the brand name and the types it would be most helpful to others.

Either just add another comment here or on my "contact me" page.

From Dawn of Probiotics-LoveThatBug

Jun 20, 2009
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This Helped My BV, Yeast and Vaginosis Problems
by: Lauren

Candex actually really complements any probiotic. It destroys the cells of the bacteria so that they don't come back. I have been taking 2 Candex pills 2 times a day on an empty stomach, 5 pills ult.10 probiotic, and Yeast Defense. (both by the Vitamine Shoppe.) I have been thru 2 cycles and am feeling much much better. When I had an infection or started feeling like I was getting one I would put a boric acid pill as well as an ult.10 probiotic up my vagina 1-2x day after talking a vinegar sitz bath. Hope that helps.


Feb 05, 2011
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Menopause
by: Anonymous

You forgot to list menopause as a very strong factor with bacterial vaginosis. The lack of estrogen makes the vagina extremely dry, which in turn allows the "bad" bacteria to overgrow.
Very important to list this because otherwise some women might not have a clue as to why this is suddenly happening. I don't fit into any of the reasons you listed...but I am post menopausal and started getting these BVs after my hysterectomy.

Thanks for that addition, Anonymous. You're quite correct, menopause is a time when a woman can start getting BV for maybe the first time in her life.

I've added it to the list and thanks again for the suggestion.

Jun 22, 2015
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Candex vaginal bactiria
by: Anonymous

Would candex work for vaginal bactiria infection I was trying to buy fem dophilus but they don't sell it any where in Australia candex is $50 but don't want to buy it if it doesn't work I've tried every thing please help

Answered: Bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection are caused by two different things. So the Candex Yeast Control capsules will not help with BV.

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