Hi guys, bit of an awkward question for the other women out there. Based on my pap smear results, I have a bacterial infection. I am not having many symptoms, which my doctor explained was a sign that my body is working on taking care of the infection. I was offered an antibiotic, which I declined. So I need to figure out how to take care of the infection on my own.
It seems that these infections are usually caused by an acidic environment in the body, which leads me to think that I need to focus on my ph balance. Do others out there put conscious effort in maintaining a healthy body ph? I tend to eat whatever I want, as long as it is real food. I am starting to question whether I do need to put more focus on eating for a healthy ph though now.
Aside from the ph question, does anyone have any experience getting rid of these infections without antibiotics? Should I just let my body fight this on its own or is there anything I can do to help it out? Thanks for the advice!
I tested positive for Group B strep when I was pregnant with my second child. Just taking probiotics, 2 months later I tested negative. If you aren't on probiotics yet, I would look into that.
I would assume that something is off balance in your diet. Although I wouldn't necessarily look at ph balance, there is definitely something your body is not happy with. Too much fruit? Dairy? Eggs? Maybe experiment/eliminate one thing at a time and see if that makes a difference.
Do you feel any other signs? Gas, bloating, other bowel issues, fatigue, mood, libido, etc?
If it's asymptomatic your body can fight it off on its own.
However, you can also try - vaginal probiotic suppositories. You can get special bands (florafem) or other brands that have loads of vaginal bacterial strains but are supposed to be eaten (weird) - vinegar/lemon juice douche. Light douche only. Dilute it - Balance Active gel - boric acid suppositories
With bacterial infections, the pH is not as affected as for yeast infections. Can you get a combistrip and test the pH before going crazy with acids? I also think that yeast infections are way more related to diet than bacterial
Don't take antibiotics. I got BV and took them, and since then I've had recurring yeast infections, when I never had one in my life before. Avoid if at all possible!
Not sure I would worry about an a symptomatic infection. However I think probiotic suppositories are a great idea.
You can also soak tampons in yogurt if you don't want to buy anything special. BV is pretty common. It's my understanding that ph is largely determined by fluctuating hormones.. And we ladies know those things are hard to track or understand.