Guest Post: Six Tips for Dealing with Bacteria Vaginosis

By Anonymous

I have been sexually active for over eight years. I have also been dealing with pain during sex for eight years. It's come and gone, been unbearable and been tolerable. It changes with the seasons, the days and even my mood.

It took me years of doctor visits, confusion and tears through penetration to finally figure out what could be causing all of my problems. I was and continue to be a sufferer of chronic bacteria vaginosis--an imbalance in my pH that ultimately leads to infections and discomfort. names Bacteria Vaginosis (or BV) as the most common vaginal infection in women. However, it still goes largely unknown despite its popularity. It can present many similar yeast infection symptoms or show no signs at all. It can only be diagnosed by a doctor and requires prescription medicine to knock it out. However, symptoms, when present, can include painful sex accompanied by a burning feeling, itching, vaginal discharge, or a fishy smell.

Most women will get BV at least once in their lifetime. While many of us have bodies that can beat it without us ever knowing, there are some of us like myself and few other women I know, who live with it all the time. In my years of experience, I have learned a few ways to deal with it and make it better. It's important to note that I am not a doctor, I just know what works for me. Be sure to consult your own before making any major changes.

1. Switch over to hypoallergenic laundry detergent. The fancy stuff that smells good contains all sorts of perfumes and dyes that can irritate your skin and your vagina, which can in turn effect your pH.

2. Manage your stress. Stress wreaks havoc on the body. It can cause your hair to fall out, can make you gain or lose weight and can effect the way your vagina is running. Start implementing some stress management techniques into your daily routine to keep your pH in check.

3. Get rid of dairy and grain based carbs. It's crazy, I know, but I did a Paleo for six months and never felt better. Everything functioned perfectly and then immediately fell out of whack when I went back to eating bread and cheese. (Once again, I can not stress enough, consult your doctor before making any major changes in your life, such as the Paleo diet.)

4. Talk to your doctor about getting boric acid pills if you've used Clindamycin one too many times and are looking for a different solution. Boric acid can be compounded into a pill that you then use as a weekly vaginal suppository. It can help keep your pH at a normal level on a regular basis, but can get pretty costly.

5. Wash your sex toys regularly. If you're like me, you're not going to forego a little visit to just because you have pain during sex. But with that said, you need to make sure you're cleaning them and storing them properly after every use. Start here with how you can wash toys based on their material.

6. Use condoms with new partners. New partners can be a big cause of BV acting up because it can take your vagina sometime to acclimate to a new partner. Using condoms can mitigate that issue, just be sure to use the standard kind of condoms that don't have the fancy lube or ridges.

Bacteria Vaginosis can be depressing and can ruin your sex life if you let it. Talk to your doctor about some of the reasons it could be plaguing you and then see if any of these tips help out.

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