9:44 am - 08/04/2016

BV with Mirena IUD Update

Hi all,

TL;DR - does vinegar 'cure' BV or just mask the symptoms?

Update to this post - http://vaginapagina.livejournal.com/22385725.html

I've not yet been able to get a gyno appointment, but I've spent a day douching with a 50/50 red wine vinegar(all I had)/water mix. Once in morning, once in evening, did it three times. Did it by tipping myself upside down in the shower and guiding it inside using fingers because I don't have access to actual douching equipment.

After a day of feeling a bit squishy inside (it seems to affect the skin inside the vagina) I left it and now my vagina smells 'normal'....slightly acidic, clearer smell. It doesn't smell like vinegar anymore.

Did I cure the BV, or just re-acidify things? It almost feels like I've cured it (!!!) but it seems too easy. I feel 'wet' again, but it doesn't have that earthy BV smell.

I'm still losing a tiny bit of blood from my cervix, and have had abdominal cramping (I think that's due to something I ate giving me loose bowels) BUT I think I've had tender breasts and maybe a hormone fluctuation...haven't had a period in 110 days and it would be great if spontaneously menstruating fixed everything....
patchworkorange 4th-Aug-2016 12:09 pm (UTC)
We can actually have a bad scent just from our pH being "off" without any actual infection present at all. At the very least, you can rest easy knowing right now at least, all is well down below.

BUT...this environment means your vagina is susceptible to infection. Strong, acidic pH keeps infection away so it's best to rinse with water/vinegar or using boric acid after every period, or sex...if you're prone. Keeping your pH healthy is the first step in conquering the BV battle.

When I was dealing with chronic BV, I had a hysterectomy. During the healing process, I could have sworn I had the worst case of BV I'd ever had...and nope, no infection present at all!
katrina_splat 4th-Aug-2016 12:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this...man, vaginas are weird. Though I'm sure there was a bunch of stuff happening to you post hysto with healing that might have created strong smells or whatever...but good to know the infection was done.

I'm going to spend some time being more active here in order to pay back the great advice I've received....thank-you xx
archangelbeth 4th-Aug-2016 07:18 pm (UTC)
Quickie, 'cause I gotta run.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2567125/ (about douching) says:
Three vinegar-containing douches selectively inhibited vaginal pathogens associated with bacterial vaginosis, group B streptococcal vaginitis, and candidiasis, but not lactobacilli, suggesting to the investigators that vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) douches may be less harmful or may be beneficial.
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