Patient Comments: Bacterial Vaginosis - Possible Causes

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If known, what was the cause of your bacterial vaginosis? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Xyzwvut, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

Copper intrauterine device caused my bacterial vaginosis.

Comment from: Madhuri, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

Using an Indian toilet prevents infection. Mostly I get bacterial vaginosis readily after using public toilet during long traveling. I get an itching after using toilet for 2 or 3 days and then pelvic pain and discharge starts which remains until I take antibiotics.

Comment from: BVisnojoke, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I have had a few bouts of bacterial vaginosis (BV) over the last 10 years. The first episodes occurred after sexual intercourse without condoms. It took me a bit, but as soon as my husband and I began to use condoms, I did not get another infection. He even tried going on antibiotics for me, but that never helped. Condoms were the preventative measure I needed. Then, several years ago, I had ovarian cysts and the gynecologist put me on Lupron injections, which put me into medical menopause. Theoretically, without estrogen, the cysts shrink and disappear. Well, while that did happen, so did a terrible BV! I went into vaginal atrophy. I was so beet red down there, dry, and had no plumpness anywhere. I was miserable with those symptoms, but then the BV was horrific. My bladder was dancing due to the vaginal bacteria too! Whoever says BV is not painful didn’t have this type. The emergency room misdiagnosed me because upon inspection the BV was white, so they said I had a yeast infection. A week later I was in so much agony, I demanded a culture and it was packed with clue cells - bacterial overload. This BV did not clear up, however, until the doctors gave me doxycycline and vaginal estrogen. Finally, once I came out of medical menopause, I have not had any more BV.

Comment from: Terri, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I have bacterial vaginosis (BV) and was prescribed metronidazole gel. I have had a pessary for three years with the care of a gynecologist. I do believe the pessary caused the BV. So I have to assume it's going to give me problems if I continue. My primary care physician was against the pessary due to infections and he was right. Conclusion, pessary is fine for a temporary fix then you have to decide on a procedure for pelvic support.

Comment from: Browneyes2, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I've been with my partner for two years but we stopped using condoms about 3 months now and I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis twice and cured by my primary doctor. I'm so confused but maybe I need to take steps in making sure we clean up after and before sex and no perfume soaps and lotions, but my symptoms are bleeding, itching, and urinating all the time, and a little odor.

Comment from: justagal84, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I used to have a lot of bacterial vaginosis (BV) problems (especially chronic BV). I'd go to the doctor, get antibiotics, it'd work for a week, and then the BV was back. It was a real pain in the... I got tired of the doctor so I tried a couple home remedies. None of these worked that well either. I came here to say one day my doctor told me to try boric acid as a last-ditch solution. So I ordered VeeCleanse online, and wow my problems are behind me! After years of suffering chronic BV this stuff just worked.

Comment from: lynnmcirish, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I just recently finished a round of antibiotics and within 2 weeks I have developed this bacterial vaginosis. My symptoms are just a nasty odor and a little discomfort. I think being on that antibiotic had something to do with it.

Comment from: Tired of Meds, Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I struggled with constant yeast infections, UTIs (urinary tract infections) and BV (bacterial vaginosis) for years. After numerous tests for everything under the sun, I figured out the problem. I am allergic to glycerin and alcohol. It is used in everything from condoms, lube, Monistat, Vagifem and other vaginal suppositories to help women. Very few doctors are aware of these allergies. Finish the antibiotics, take a good yeast probiotic and stay away from anything containing glycerin and alcohol. Astroglide actually makes a glycerin and alcohol free lube, so someone figured out in that industry.

Comment from: ShellaBella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I notice whenever I use tampons, they cause me to experience watery, fish smelly, discharge that lasts between 5 to 7 days following my period. They are annoying and very messy that caused me to change my underwear frequently, and prolong the use of pads. I do not have bacterial vaginosis, as long as I don't use tampons. It seems the use of tampons sets off the bacteria level in my vagina. I am 47. I'm not sure if age is a factor. Stopping using tampons may help.

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Comment from: Daniel, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 21

My girlfriend was just diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis (BV) and I wonder what the cause was. First thing I would consider as a possibility is the fact that she started going to the gym again, and wonder if tight clothes plus sweat could be the cause. Second thing I wonder about is the fact that she got on the pill about 4 months ago. Then she decided to stop taking them but the symptoms showed up pretty much the first day she stopped talking the pill, so I doubt that could have been the cause.

Comment from: Jen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

Tampon was the cause of your bacterial vaginosis (BV). Ladies, if you are a tampon user and are experiencing symptoms of BV you may just want to check to ensure that you do not have a tampon lodged in your vagina. I started to experience BV symptoms almost two weeks ago. I checked earlier this evening and yes, I had a tampon stuck inside. Immediately after removal, the foul smell and excessive discharge diminished. I am very attentive, or at least I thought I was in regards to changing and/or removing tampons; however, if you are experiencing symptoms, it doesn't hurt to check.

Comment from: sunflower, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I don't know what causes my chronic bacterial vaginosis. I haven't had sexual intercourse in many years. So, it isn't that. Nor do I smoke, nor do I have an IUD. I am type 1 diabetic. I am hygienic. I have major spine problems, and although it may sound strange, I have a notion that figures into it.

Comment from: pulane, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I got mine when I had sex without a condom.

Comment from: PISSED, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I have had bacterial vaginosis off and on for the last 9 years! I hate it! It is so annoying because you have to take medication to get rid of it. But a few times it has just gone away on its own but it came back so I guess it really never went away. Now I am allergic to metronidazole/Flagyl! When I took it, it made me have heart palpitations and severe dizziness and nausea! So I had to get a new antibiotic clindamycin and I don’t know how that will go. I am so scared to take it after what happened with the Flagyl.

Comment from: Grandmother, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

According to my doctor, my vaginosis was due to a heavy dose of antibiotics during surgery. My symptoms appeared after leaving the hospital. I'm now taking medications and abstaining from intercourse.

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