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I developed BV after sex with one female partner. She is reluctant to treat it, but agreed . so we both took Flagyl. I now have it back, and she doesnt' want to do use Flagyl again, what else can we use to treat it?

By Anonymous January 11, 2010 - 8:57am
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We are two women,, menopausal, now exclusive, we wash sex toys.She thinks it's not important to treat,says it has no other consequences, but the odor bothers me. How can we restore and keep our natural vaginal flora, and not keep getting BV? And, is it important to treat it?

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BV infections are very common and tend to recur in women who suffer from them. It is not considered a sexually transmitted infection, but rather an imbalance in the normal vaginal flora. A few things to consider based on your situation are vaginal pH and gastrointestinal health.

The lack of estrogen in menopausal women contributes to a more alkaline pH, which allows unfavorable bacteria to overgrow and good bacteria get crowded out. In addition estrogen's influence on the vaginal tissue produces food for good bacteria and a decrease in estrogen diminishes this food source and further depletes the good bacteria. Oral as well as vaginal probiotics can really help with this.

Gastrointestinal flora is linked to vaginal flora and we often see GI imbalances when women have chronic vaginal infections. It may be a good idea to visit a qualified Naturopathic Doctor in your area. www.naturopathic.org is a good source.

January 11, 2010 - 9:59pm
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