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OBGYN recommended vinegar/water douche

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OBGYN recommended vinegar/water douche

I just went to a new obgyn in regards to my constant BV and (TMI ALERT) yellowish odorless discharge that I have had for over a year. 2 rounds of antibiotics (metrogel and clindamicyn) did nothing back in 2018 and now I asked for another round of metrogel and she also recommended that I prepare my own vaginal douche with vinegar and water. I have never done this but I tried it with soaked tampons before and it did nothing.

I plan on using the metrogel whilst I take vaginal probiotics orally twice a day and once I finish the course of antibiotics to use the douche gently as she stated. I have HRHPV and CIN1 also if that makes any difference. She said it shouldn't interfere with the virus and that I should do it just one time. Has anyone else ever tried douching for BV? Did it help? Thanks in advance.

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I had BV many years ago and successfully treated it with plain yoghurt (no added sugar/sweeteners) using tampax.  The yoghurt was my own idea so need to insert a disclaimer here - I'm just sharing my experience. Like vinegar, yoghurt is a weak acid and this favours the good bacteria and disadvantages the ones associated with BV.  So, I'm OK with your obgyn's advice for the treatment of BV.


I would also mention that  BV characteristically presents with a fishy smell - mine always did.  But you describe your discharge as odourless.  So I'm wondering why your obgyn is treating you for BV.




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Thank you for the reply. I had tried yogurt before as well as seasalt tampons and also vinegar/water tampons but none worked. I had a swab test done back in July that tested positive for gardnerella vaginalis which is the bacteria for BV. I hqve bought many probiotics also to no avail so that's why I want to try this new combination to see if I can erradicate it. Fingers crossed.

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