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RepHresh? ReNo.

August 25, 2007

I saw this ridiculous commercial for “RepHresh” this morning, which tries to hypnotize you with its lavender tones and tells you that if you’re tired of suffering from “feminine odor, irritation, and itching,” that you need to shove something in your vagina. “After your period (RepHresh), After intercourse (RepHresh), After douching (RepHresh).” Your vaginal pH is out of balance. With RepHresh you can “finally take control of your feminine health!” Please.

Bad vagina, I must take control of you! You know what would actually be taking control of your “feminine health?” Realizing that your vagina is self-cleaning and doesn’t really smell “bad” unless something is wrong. Not douching, because that’s probably what’s upsetting your vagina in the first place. Not thinking your period is so dirty that you must be scrubbed from the inside. Seeing your healthcare provider because that odor (if it actually exists) might be an infection, like bacterial vaginosis. Getting a freaking grip over your perception of your vagina.

Too bad the link on the product FAQ page to studies demonstrating how “safe and effective” it is is borked. RepHresh was approved by the FDA simply as a vaginal lubricant under a 501(k) provision that means it was found substantially equivalent to something already on the market.

Look, I don’t know, RepHresh might be the greatest thing since sliced homemade bread topped with homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers, and a cream cheese spread. More likely? Just another product capitalizing on women’s misperceptions and insecurities about their bodies, accompanied by marketing intended to make them feel dirty and as though their vaginas are some alien, uncontrollable, inscrutable creatures. You never needed the Lysol douche, and you probably don’t need this (unless you talk to your doc about that odor and itching and infection in the first place) – you certainly don’t need to be reminded to do something “after douching,” because you shouldn’t be douching. Hmph.

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267 Comments
  1. Lana permalink
    August 27, 2007 8:23 pm

    This little rant really upsets me. Please don’t assume that all or even most women are so ignorant about their bodies and vaginas that we can be so easily duped. Many women have recurring vaginal problems like BV and yeast infections that have been treated by a doctor without achieving lasting results. Women are intelligent enough to know when their vagina is out of wack due to intercourse, periods, bad diet and/or taking birth control pills all of which can alter the bacterial levels in vagina causing odor, itching, strange discharge etc. Most women aren’t dumb and if repHresh helps them out then more power to them.

  2. Doc LaLa permalink
    August 27, 2007 8:39 pm

    As a woman who is into other women, I’ve come across an awful lot of chicks who will let you go down there without warning you. Most of these individuals don’t seem to know that the fishy, putrid smell coming from their puss is NOT NORMAL. Vagina’s are not supposed to smell like rotting fish! Once these women get wet and lubed up, the slime and eminence from their nether regions is enough to stop the whole sexual act and spoil my groove. It does not matter if I’ve known them for a couple of hours or weeks, these females do not seem to realize that their puss is a festering sewer!

    So ladies (and gentlemen) I am here to tell you the signs and symptoms of “bacterial vaginosis”. If you have sex with men in the raw and they shoot a load off inside of you, you may be susceptible. Different partners increases the risk of contracting BV. You will know that you have BV when your vagina fluids steadily start to smell faintly and then overwhelmingly like rotting fish. No amount of douching will keep the smell away. Taking Canesten, Monistat, and other medication for a “fungal” vaginal infection will NOT make the smell go away, and will only make it worse. The vagina becomes devoid of its natural lactobacillus flora which normally makes it more on the acidic side, and is now decidedly alkaline.

    Sperm in the vagina changes its PH. Some women may always have recurring bouts of BV because their partners chemistry does not agree with theirs. A condom is best in these circumstances, until the male changes his diet to make his sperm less alkaline.

    Choosing to ignore BV for months, and temporarily douching it away may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. Then you will really be a hot mess all through out your reproductive system! Besides, how can you stand the smell of yourself?

    So ladies, go see your doctor or gynecologist and get your prescription of Flagyl or Clindamycin antibiotics and get rid of the funk. Then keep checking your stuff to make sure it smells and tastes right, before you expect any woman or man to come near you.

  3. August 27, 2007 9:02 pm

    Lana,
    I’m sorry the post upset you, although many women never actually learn that douching isn’t considered a good thing, or aren’t aware of the problems it can cause. If some women find RepHresh helpful, that’s fine, but the RepHresh ad specifically states that it should be used after douching (among other times), despite the fact that douching is generally never recommended precisely because they can make one’s “vagina out of wack.” It is designed in such a manner as to make women insecure about their bodies and sell a product that is not necessary for most women.

    Doc LaLa, that was certainly a colorful response.

  4. August 28, 2007 8:19 am

    Heh, I just saw that ad yesterday and had the same reaction as yours.

  5. Carrie permalink
    September 3, 2007 7:20 pm

    i enjoyed reading it all, EXCEPT doclala, which was at its best, ridiculous, and discusting. the same as hearing their ad on prime time tv, when your grandkids are sitting with you. for that reason alone, i would NEVER EVER buy the product,

  6. Bran Muffin permalink
    September 7, 2007 9:48 pm

    Frankly, I liked Doc LaLa’s response because she’s honest. I’ve recently become sexually active after a very long time away. If I wouldn’t want MY face there, how can I expect him to? I’m not convinced this product is the answer so will keep researching. I agree that most women know better than to take this kind of advertising at face value but, otoh, the horrible perfumey products still sell. And, for pete’s sake, that ad was pretty harmless when you consider the crap that’s on the tube. If they were my grand kids, I’d explain what the ad was talking about.

  7. Amanda permalink
    September 13, 2007 5:04 pm

    For some women (myself included) vaginal ph can be a real big issue. For the last 2 years I’ve been struggling with recurring (if mild) yeast and BV. The antibiotics just send me into another yeast infection, the antifungal crap just sends me into another BV infection. It’s usually not very bad, my gynecologist didn’t actually believe me the first time when I mentioned a weird discharge, because it’s less than a normal BV or yeast infection and there isn’t any odor. But sure enough she took a look under a microscope and checked out my ph and hey! I had BV. Then when it didn’t go away after a few antibiotics, she sent me to someone else who did another full exam and checked it out, and oops this time its yeast! I never douche. The discharge comes back whether or not I’m sexually active. Probiotic treatments and diet changes help a little but never enough.

    So I’m trying this RepHresh crap because I’m out of options, and the only thing I can think of is to try and stop the cycling pH.

    Please don’t assume that the people using this product are using it because we know nothing about our own vaginal health. My gynecologist is with me on this because she knows how frustrating it is, and if this crap works then hallelujah, I’ll never have another guy wonder if his condom leaked because random unexplained white discharge left on the outside of it.

    On that note – I will say the commericial is pretty dumb. Their website does note that douching is bad and you shouldn’t do it – but if you do, this can help reverse the damage.

  8. September 13, 2007 6:15 pm

    Amanda, that has got to be a royal pain. I hope something eventually works for you.

  9. Queen of the southern skies permalink
    September 14, 2007 1:56 pm

    Amanda,

    My situation is almost identical to yours. It’s really embarrassing because I don’t douche, and I have protected sex. I’m researching the product and I hope it works because I am so tired of taking one prescription after another.

  10. September 14, 2007 8:07 pm

    Queen and Amanda,
    Would you mind stopping back later to let me know if it helped?

  11. Pat permalink
    September 14, 2007 10:24 pm

    Amanda, Queen, and all of the rest of us who have been caught in
    “the cycle”.

    First of all, it must be nice to be the individuals not suffering
    from BV and passing judgement on a product, that I am told by my
    gynecologist, has found some success in his patients or he wouldn’t be recommending it.

    God Bless you Lana, you are so right. I think we are past the
    point of thinking of our vagina’s as bad or dirty. I’d like to
    think we’re now living in a more enlightened society. However, I can see that some women are not educated about BV and what does or does not cause it. Frankly, scientists don’t know what causes it. It is not ever found in men so that tosses out the possibility of STD. Sperm and blood both change the pH in the vagina and create an environment where the BV bacteria can thrive. I am also told that there is not an antibiotic on the market that is more than 80% effective which is why we get reoccurrence…however, if after the use of a good antibiotic, one could control the pH in their vagina then one might have some hope of at least delaying a reoccurrence.

    I have a very compassionate gynecologist and I thank him for the
    education he has given me on this annoying and embarassing female
    affliction. I’d also like to thank my boyfriend for being more
    diplomatic and accepting than Doc Lala, not that I don’t completely concur with her observations but it did leave me to
    wonder if she has ever suffered from BV.

    Kind regards,

    Pat

  12. September 15, 2007 7:47 am

    Pat,
    I want to be clear that if you’re talking to your gyn and this seems like the only thing that might work, that’s fine. What I object to is this commercial (and others like it) that lead completely normal, problem-free women to believe that they need extra products to “clean” their vaginas, such as douches, which the RepHresh commercial mentions in passing as though it’s a fine thing to do. While I’d love to agree with you that “we are past the
    point of thinking of our vagina’s as bad or dirty,” you’d be surprised how many women still don’t believe that. There was a study in ’05 that found 25% of women admit to douching regularly. I think we still have a way to go on this one.

  13. andrea permalink
    September 18, 2007 9:36 am

    I am a competitive cyclist, and I found that any time I combine sex, a race weekend (read- long hours in moist bike shorts), and the few days before my period, that I will always get a yeast infection. Take one of these out, and it’s questionable, but still likely. Last time I had that combination, I used repHresh, and it worked like a charm. Not even the uncomfortable “twinges” that I’d feel if I thought I was getting an infection.
    I don’t think I’d use it all the time, but when things start to get irritated down there, it’s definately worth it.

  14. September 22, 2007 6:48 am

    hello, just to clarify the above statement, “it is never found in men….”, men simply don’t exhibit any symptoms. the gardnerella, or whatever bacteria is causing the vaginosis (which generally is an overgrowth of normal bacteria}, is colonized inside the urethra. they may not have symptoms, but they will certainly give it back to you, again and again, when having unprotected intercourse. the only way to find out if your man is also infected is to do a urethral swab….how many do you know that would consent to that? LOL. or just blindly treat them with whatever antibiotic is making you throw up. mine? metrogel, or flagyl vaginal gel, which i applied one time and was sick for an entire 48 hours afterwards. needless to say, i stopped. now i am headed to CVS to give this a shot, no pun intended. the funniest part of this whole experience: when the doc called to tell me that i had grown out gardnerella, and, if i wasn’t having any symptoms (mine were mild), that they didn’t need to treat. i love this comment: “you are perfectly entitled to grow gardnerella in your vagina.” i thanked him for his kind permission and hung up! wish me luck…nurse yvonne :) http://www.wordpress.whyvonne.com

  15. Dee permalink
    October 29, 2007 10:40 am

    Amanda,

    You have NO IDEA how much I know your story! I read it and thought I was reading my own. I too have suffered with reccurring yeat and bv for MANY years and it put such a strain on my last relationship as I didn’t want my man to touch me because everytime I turned around I was suffering with one grossness or the other and like you, I was on a cycle of oral anti’s, vaginal anti’s and oral or vaginal yeast infection treatments that continuosly created a vicious cycle. After we broke up I didn’t have sex for 9 months. I was infection FREE! So much so that I debated ever having sex again! I just recently got back into the game with someone I really care about and after the FIRST TIME I thought I was fine and noticed no symptoms until we got into it the second time and I noticed that dreaded crap had returned! Needless to say I was Mortified and luckily my new lover is a gentleman who was very understanding to what I had to explain to him.

    I saw the commercial for Rephresh and I am educated enough to know that it’s not meant to be something to make women feel that their natural odors are offensive. I don’t feel that it’ saying douching is ok – as someone stated earlier the website DOES advise against douching. I actually believe that douching all the time like an idiot as a teenager is what has me in all this trouble that I can’t seem to reverse to this day. But I will be going to the drugstore to get this Rephresh and try it along with my re-starting my regiment of Florajen and I am praying that it works. I’ll come back and let y’all know what haps.

  16. Doreen permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:45 am

    I am sooo frustrated by this whole thing! I have had BV for over a year now and nothing seems to get rid of it. I have tried boric acid suppositories, chinese/homeopathic suppositories, some flagyl gel stuff, etc…the flagyl seemed to clear it up for about a month, but then I was right back where I started. I question the connection this has to sex because I’ve never had sex and have not even been in a relationship. Reading that sex further aggravates the infection I question if I will ever lead a normal life, have sex, have children even! I had several Dr’s give me pelvic exams and then put me on drugs, but I had one Dr tell me that there is no cure right now and if its a reoccurring thing that it will just clear up on its own in a year or two. I had my nutritionist test me for Rephresh, he said it wouldn’t hurt me, but didn’t think it would help me either. For now I’m just letting it be…and hoping that I’m not doing any damage to my body…I hope somebody figures this mystery out!

  17. Mollie permalink
    November 5, 2007 9:18 pm

    Amanda, I can definately relate to your problem. It is a very frustrating thing when something is seriously wrong down there and there’s basically nothing you can do about it. I’ve had problems for about 4 years now and have been told that I have all sorts of things, from BV to yeast infection to vaginismus to vulvar vestibulitis. I’ve seen several different gynocologists and I don’t think any of them really know what my problem is. I’ve tried 3 different kinds of oral antibiotics, vaginal antibiotics, oral yeast medicine, vaginal yeast medicine, probiotics… Nothing seems to get rid of it entirely. I’m married to a wonderful loving patient man who I can’t even enjoy having sex with because it’s so painful for me. My gyn has run out of ideas and I’m at the end of my rope so I’m pretty desperate now. I saw this RepHresh stuff in the store and figured I’d give it a shot, I’ve got nothing to lose. I already take the probiotic ThreeLac twice a day. Hopefully taking this in combination will help my problem. I’m crossing my fingers…

  18. Candy permalink
    November 6, 2007 11:36 pm

    Amanda and the others who have expressed similar stories, THANK YOU. I have been dealing with yeast infections and BV for years as well and my doctor could NEVER give me a good explanation why. The irritation came either 1 – 2 weeks before my cycle or after sex and it drives me nuts. I admit to being embarrassed about it as well. I was so upset with my partner and blamed HIM for it because my nurse, doctor, and my mother (who is a nurse) questioned his fidelity. But I had these issues before him so that ruled him out. But I was told that he could pass it back to me because he could be a carrier. I finally got the guts today to ask him about taking something himself for yeast so we can maybe see if that will help. I am not an ignorant, I have never seen the RepHresh commercial. I heard about it from my nurse at the doctor’s office for my 500th visit dealing with my concerns and she suggested that I give it a try and my gyn did not disagree. I do have an appointment with another gyn to see if she can figure something out. I NEVER douche even though my gyn has recommended I do it after each period as does my mother. I went and purchased RepHresh yesterday because I have had it enough! I would love to go months without these irritations and the slight odor (that is not fishy) that goes along with it. The irritation is gone as well as the odor although I have a “normal” smell now not the odor that comes with the irritation. I’m going to see how this works after 30 days. If it causes more harm then good, I will stop. But I’m out of options…

  19. Kimmy permalink
    November 8, 2007 12:16 am

    Ladies I feel your pain and I am frustrated with the doctors and websites that all seem to contradict one another. I have used RePhresh on and off for about a year and I can tell you that it does in fact help the symtoms, the smell the feel what not. What I cannot guarentee is that it is not just masking the infection. I am tired of this I feel like my love life is suffering greatly and I just hope this helps on a long term basis I am ready to spend the money every month to keep this going.For some women this may not be the answer but for some of us who have done more research about their vagina’s than for a college degree, this commercial could be the answer to a prayer. Lets think for a second that maybe women like me are the exact target for a commercial like this and it is just a discreet way to get “our” attention. If you have none of the problems this product addresses you would probably pay no more attention to it than you would to a commercial about “E.D.” if you didn’t have a penis.

  20. Dee permalink
    November 8, 2007 3:22 pm

    ok ladies, I’m back. The results are in and I have to say that the Rephresh has helped a great deal for me. I’ve used it exactly as precribed (every three days) and my ONLY issue with it is that it kind of turns from clear to whiteish with me after two days so I PERSONALLY wouldn’t use it after the first day if I’m going to have sex because it looks kinda gross to me. I’ve also added my Florajen back into my regiment and when I’m ready to for reapplication I use a providone-iodine douche (this is not like a regular douche before you guys jump on me) that clears crap out but keeps my ph balance in check as well. Providone-iodine is reccommended to be used several consecutive days but i refuse to do that excessive douching even if it isn’t a typical douche so i’m using it like every 3-4 days when I am about to have sex to get the residue out and when know that i will need to re-apply Reprhesh afterwards. I know this may seem like a lot to do (3 things) but I will tell you this. Itching-GONE! Odor-GONE! Is it masking stuff? I don’t know. But I know this, I’m tired of taking prescription meds that are screwing up my body and making vaginal problmes worse. And if this is what I have to do to keep this crap in check and take back control of my sex life then I’m DOING IT!!! It feels so great to not have to freak out because in the middle of intimacy and have to stop because you notice some kind of grossness happening and have to explain some embarrassing things. So there you have it. That’s my experience.

  21. November 8, 2007 4:32 pm

    Dee, thanks for coming back and sharing your experience!

  22. Jena permalink
    November 13, 2007 5:10 am

    I can relate to these issues as well, ladies. For a full 6 months I cycled between yeast infection and BV. Once you’ve had these, it’s so hard to feel comfortable sexually. Not to mention the discomfort. Rephresh seems to have help me in that the symptoms don’t get out of control when I use it. It’s not like antibiotics are good for the body, and most of us have had no luck with those. The only thing maybe not being discussed enough here is our diets. Sugars feed yeast, so I am trying to cut back, hoping my body will in turn thank me.

  23. lovelyrita permalink
    November 20, 2007 12:09 am

    Just wanted to thank all you ladies for your posts. I started using Rephresh last night and I already love it. I’ve suffered from a “fishy” odor for about six months and I was uncomfortable about it during sex. I new it wasn’t normal because I never had the smell before. I even went to the doctor and was tested for STDs and everything was negative. My doctor never talked to me abut BV. I didn’t learn of bv until a couple of days ago when I took an afternoon off to be alone and research on the internet.

    Rephresh is great so far. I like the smell of my vagina again! :) It’s the healthy, clean, natural smell of feminitity that reminds me of the sexual confidence I once had. I know this may sound gross to some, but my discharge tastes sweeter (yes, I’ve tasted myself, along with my own breastmilk when I was nursing – I like to know what those who are close to me are experiencing but that’s an other story) than it did when my ph levels were out of whack.

    I’m not sure if it just masks the infection – I seems that it would do far more than that if it actually alters the PH levels of your vagina. I’m not a doctor or a scientist, but my guess is that Rephresh changes the actual environment of your vagina making it a healthier place to visit!!

  24. Erin permalink
    November 20, 2007 6:50 pm

    I found this site because I was looking up RePhresh and the weird white discharge that seems to happen to it the second day after you take it. Would never take it as a lubricant, but like the women above me, I’ve been on some combination of antifungal or antibiotic for 4 months now, with NO break in-between infections, and am damn sick of it and disheartened that any of it is going to lead to tangible results. So my doctor said try this to give my system a time to heal and balance out, and I’m trying this. I’m down to only bacterial right now so if this works without a resulting yeast infection that all antibiotics seem to give me than I am sold for life. That being said, if anything knows about the weird discharge, I’d love to hear it because it makes me panic and think of the awful yeast (which I detest much more than the BV because smell my boyfriend and I can deal with. Constant itchiness and pain during intercourse is another matter).

    • ErinC. permalink
      June 8, 2009 6:19 am

      Not to worry Erin, if you read the rePhresh website, you will learn the discharge is nothing more than the normal sloughing off of dead vaginal lining cells that will clear out more rapidly than usual after using the product. Just take notice of when this discharge occurs in relation to taking a dose of rePhresh and then manage your intimate moments accordingly!

  25. Deanna permalink
    November 22, 2007 4:58 am

    I am very excited to try rephresh on my next check. From all the research i have done, i have never come across a single post stating that taking antibiotics or flagyll have helped with BV, and one of the few things i have heard that actually helps is using yogurt douches to increase the amount of positive acidophilus and ph in your body, and Rephresh, and also even the use of hydrogen peroxide in a douche. I am going to try those three home remedies first. I will report back if those remedies actually do work.

  26. juju bee permalink
    November 23, 2007 1:31 pm

    I am one of those people with constant BV, yeast infections. when it begins, i’m not always in the right position to hit the doc and get another prescription. Rephresh has been my saving grace. its not a cure but if i can go out of town for a weekend and not think about smelling bad…I’m all for it.

  27. Uriel permalink
    November 24, 2007 2:46 pm

    I’ve never seen the commercial and never heard of this stuff, but for the last two years I have suffered from constant vaginal and vulvar irritation, and yet nothing usually shows up on cultures — except when last-ditch efforts to try antibiotics and steroids have left me with yeast infections. Which suggests that it’s my normal vaginal flora not behaving themselves. Apparently I am unable to maintain a normal pH on my own, and while my gynecologist acknowledges that messing with your body’s normal pH with douches, etc. is not generally recommended, in my case it might be appropriate. So he suggested using RepHresh once a week, and I stumbled across this site while looking it up. I’m heartened to see that it has worked for some of you, as this is a very frustrating and annoying problem to have, and at this point I’m willing to try just about anything.

  28. Leslie permalink
    November 27, 2007 2:00 pm

    I had BV that wouldn’t go away. After I FINALLY got my doctor to believe me, I had two rounds of Metrogel. That didn’t cure it, but the nurse managed to get me a prescription for Tindamax which is a new treatment for BV. It worked great.

    Since then, I have used Rephresh a few times and it has seemed to keep the BV at bay. I also switched to a non-glycerin soap and that seems to help, too.

    No, women don’t need to be made to feel unclean. Some of us, however, would like to go through life without the constant itching and discomfort of BV.

  29. elyse permalink
    December 5, 2007 1:51 am

    Yes the commercial is a little annoying but it gets right to the point; which is a good thing. No euphemisms or trying to cover up the purpose of the product. I don’t like the idea of anyone downing this product because it is excellent. I don’t know how many of you have experienced menopause or not but many times you experience vaginal dryness and sex makes you sore. Rephresh is great for this because it works from the inside, most other lubricants only wet you up from the outside. Also Rephresh is not something that alludes to the idea that vaginas aren’t self cleansing organs or unnatural or dirty; this product is only for balancing vaginal Ph. It reduces the occurance of yeast infections; which normal women can get while using antibiotics or being pregnant. RepHresh does not claim that women are dirty or unclean; it’s improve vaginal health. Like vitamins for your vagina, no big deal. The author of that blog obviously doesn’t have a full grasp on what RepHresh even is.

  30. December 5, 2007 8:58 am

    Elyse, as the author of the blog post, I obviously disagree with you, although the critique is of the ad, not the product itself (but for the FDA approval business). Rephresh *is* approved as a lubricant, as you mention.

  31. December 5, 2007 1:16 pm

    just thought I’d chime in, because obviously women are reading this site, and we all share so many secret “feminine problems” .. I too have had the recurring issues for which antibiotics and monistat do nothing. Rephresh has been a saving grace without me having to go to the doc anymore. It doesn’t just mask the problems, it actually balances the PH so that the vagina’s ecosystem can fight off the baddies on its own. Even using this externally instantly seems to relieve irritation.

  32. sha permalink
    December 6, 2007 4:02 am

    Hello all, just been following the comments on BV. At first I thought my body chemistry was just different during seasons. I was fine this summer but recently got this fishy smell. I had it last winter but I believe it went away by itself. I tried changing my diet but nothing is working now. I’m wondering if I should just go to the dr (it could be a week before I get in) or just go the drugstore and try rephresh.

  33. sha permalink
    December 6, 2007 5:49 pm

    I went to the health food store and tried some probiotics and tea trea oil

  34. Sheli permalink
    December 8, 2007 6:20 pm

    RePHresh is approved by the EU as a class IIa medical device for the prevention and treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV). (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/536070)

    Many women DO know their bodies, HAVE seen doc after doc regarding their BV, and KNOW how to do research.

    The FDA has a close relationship with the drug industry regarding what approvals a drug/device gets here in the States. It’s all about money (thus RePHresh as a vaginal lubricant and not a treatment for BV).

    Cudos to the women who take responsibility for their own health.

  35. Jennifermusic3 permalink
    December 8, 2007 9:43 pm

    Hey Guys…

    I’ve never been here before, but I’m researching RePhresh and am finding a lot of sympathetic ears here. I Just wanted to weigh in with my two cents and respond quickly to Deanna….

    I used to use yogurt as a home remedy, but then I learned that although it clears up the problem at the time really gently and what seems to be effectively, but apparently it can lead to further reoccurances and weaken your body’s ability to regulate itself, and from what I was experiencing at the time, it made sense.

    I’ve been cycling back and forth on and off for a long time now, and it’s SOOO friggin frustrating…I find that it can have everything to do with how careful I am when i have sex, and making sure that nothing (including my partner, and especially toys) that goes in there is less than clean.

    I’ve purchased RePhresh and am going to give it a shot in the days before my period when I swing to the yeast-y side and maybe coming off of my period when I would be a little more BV-ish. The last thing I want to do is get into a situation where I have to use a product all of the time and it screws me up even worse when I don’t…I want a remedy for the problem, not a quick fix that masks symptoms, as I believe we are all searching for.

    I’d really REALLY like to see a professional opinion aired here though.

  36. Kat permalink
    December 10, 2007 10:33 pm

    I’ve had the BV/yeast issues many times. I discovered RepHresh about 3 months ago and thought it to be a great product. So great that I forgot I used it and went ahead and had sex a couple of days after. It was really messy, seemed like bits of wet toilet paper on me and on my boyfriend. That pretty much grossed both of us out, and made me leave the box unfinished.
    But lately I’ve been having troubles again, so I decided to give it a second chance (of course w/o intercourse included). I got a considerate amount of white discharge, which was very unpleasant to say the least. The good thing, it didn’t have an odor AND the itching and discomfort was gone.

    I do recommend you at least try it (when your partner isn’t going to be around of course) and as in anything in life, don’t overdue it.

    After a while you start noticing what triggers these cycles (maybe a too humid environment for your vagina, wearing underwear that don’t breath i.e. non cotton, hormone fluctuations, etc) so you can reach for your pH booster :p

  37. shonnie permalink
    December 12, 2007 6:37 pm

    omg ladies this is such a mystery….well I just gotta say I love the fact that we all can relate on a sucky difficult situtaion…plus trying everything in the book. such as over the counter….gyno persciptions….omg. when will it stop…..so ima add my story…..I’ve had bv for over a year. tried a few products and flunked….also I haven’t had sex in a year because of it…… seems as if I can’t get rid of the fish odor[yuck]. no matter what I do[and yes I'm negative from any std] this whole un-balanced PH really is kickin our butts here….plus me being 23 and having this isn’t kool……I mean its unpleasant for any female no matter what other problems your juggling……but it makes me feel so insecure about everything because I know what I have and when I try 2 meet someone new[such as a female]…..its the odor [yucky] problem that stops me from gettin any further…..OMG where’s the cure

  38. shonnie permalink
    December 12, 2007 6:45 pm

    also I might add I’m gonna give it one last try…which is going to be rephresh. never seen the commercial but worked for some..and hopefully will do me wonders [crossing fingers]

  39. jennifermusic3 permalink
    December 15, 2007 10:17 pm

    This is straight from the RePhresh website, so it may be a bit biased, BUT the first FAQ regarded the advent of discharge, and apparently it’s your vaginal wall shedding dead skin cells, which is aided by a balanced pH and therefor is supposed to lessen and disappear with use over time. It does seem to make sense, but I guess one will only know with time.

    Here’s the link

    http://www.lildrugstore.com/RephreshCat.aspx?Category=af350e2f-618c-413b-9897-cc9e73381b1a

    I myself cannot actually vouch for any of it considering I apparently seemed to have balanced out this month ok, but I will use it as soon as the situation calls for it and let you all know.

  40. BlkAzn permalink
    December 18, 2007 10:47 pm

    I have suffered and suffered with Bacterial Vaginosis for ever and ever. I have tried rePHresh and I’ll be darned…IT WORKS!!! You can even use it for a long period of time if needed, but it is quite expensive, but so is untreated BV that turns into PID!

    I have also tried douching with Hydrogen Peroxide. Even though I don’t condone douching, this home remedy really works.

    Hydrogen peroxide (H202) is a by-product of Lactobacillus. While a number of studies suggest that H202 is not enough, the increased presence of H202-producing Lactobacillus — whether through ingestion in food and drink or via direct suppository to the vagina — over 7 days was sufficient to eliminate BV and restore natural flora. Even more telling was that a number of studies agreed that this natural remedy was more capable of long-term elimination than the current antibiotic regimen supported by CDC guidelines (which is plagued by high recurrence rates.)

  41. Erin permalink
    December 19, 2007 1:58 pm

    I wrote in earlier. I just wanted to let people know that the odor went away almost immediately using RePHresh, however, the white discharge did not go away, and me and my partner both started experiencing a burning feeling after sex- leading to another doctor visit.

    Guess what? I had a yeast infection.

    Next on the list is boric acid suppositories.

  42. Kristi permalink
    December 20, 2007 5:43 pm

    Has anyone wished they could just buy a new vagina? Yeah, having bv for around eight years can make you hate it. I have been to countless doctors, taken countless prescriptions and natural cures, and after eight consecutive treatments of metro gel a few years ago, I was in severe pain and couldn’t have sex for almost a year. The moment I saw the rephresh commercial months ago, all I could think was, if this is real, my life is saved.

    For the past two years I’ve just been douching twice a day with hydrogen peroxide and water, it’s good enough to be able to have sex. But if I want to have spontaneous sex, I can’t. Luckily my boyfriend doesn’t mind that I have to jump in the shower first. But lately I’d been experiencing some pain during sex, and it’s ALWAYS uncomfortable to have bv. He didn’t wanted me to try rephresh because it’s a lube and obviously has some sort of residue. And I figured, even if you use it while you have full blown bv, it won’t work. So while away for a month for work, I used one last round of metrogel, used rephresh directly afterward, and it’s looking pretty good. It’s been three weeks and no bv. I have not gone more than 2 days infection free in my life before this it seems.

    If rephresh continues to work, the money I spend on pantiliners and douches will gladly be transferred over!!!! And the residue that comes out typically falls out between 12-24 hours. I use it directly after sex at night so it’s gone before the next night.

    I hope it works in the long run, my biggest fear is that bv will cause problems for me when I get pregnant. Just a suggestion for those trying it, antibiotics have always killed the massive infection for one to two days for me. Get rid of it first, then use rephresh to prevent it. It’s not that antibiotics don’t work, they just don’t continue to work after use. We’re just unfortunately prone to keep getting it.

  43. Rachel permalink
    December 30, 2007 11:22 pm

    Thank you so much to the original poster for starting this conversation. How did women ever find out this kind of information before the internet??? I would not have tried this product if I hadn’t read everyone’s comments.

    I have struggled on and off for years with constant yeast infections, BV, and undiagnosed itching. When I have itching, I just want to rip my crotch out! I can’t walk normally, I certainly can’t exercise, and everyday tasks like going up and down stairs and taking care of my kids are agonizing. I have often times gone to the doctor to be told that it must be an irritating soap or perfume because I don’t have any infection. The truth is that I could not be more careful with the type of products I use. And the type of itching that I have is much worse than a soap irritation!

    Nonetheless, I haven’t had great luck with prescription medicines for yeast or BV. I seem to be resistant to Diflucan and most of the other yeast infection creams make the itching feel even worse because they are so irritating. I’ve switched to boric acid suppositories for now. The BV antibiotics have sometimes worked, sometimes not, and when they do work, the infection recurs anyway. Lactobacillus supplements seemed to work for me for about a year, but then I started having an overgrowth of lactobacillus, which caused identical symptoms to a yeast infection…so once I finally figured that out, I stopped taking the lactobacillus and then started having yeast infections again…it never ended.

    I just came off of a bad infection – yeast and BV together. After I cured the yeast, and took a round of flagyl pills, I was still having some uncomfortable twinges so I tried rephresh. I think it really worked! I only used one 3-day dose, and today, the fourth day, I feel symptom-free! I know that my pH is often too high because I’ve tested it myself with pH strips. I don’t want to use it too often, but if I have to use it when I have mild symptoms again, I definitely will.

  44. moyashi permalink
    January 1, 2008 10:35 pm

    in response to DOREEN, sex is not the only reason for an imbalanced ph in the vagina. the tampons you use, the sweat when you exercise, even your menstrual cycle may change the ph level down there. rephresh helps prevent the growth of these infections which thrive on elevated ph. give it a shot!

  45. Doreen permalink
    January 2, 2008 11:58 am

    i did stop using tampons quite awhile ago as well and did not douche or use scented products. i guess things beyond my control (sweat, period) could have been a factor, but i guess i wanted a definite reason where it came from. after having been diagnosed twice with bv, i found out recently that the infection is not there anymore! i still have all the same symptoms though so i didn’t believe the doc, i went out and got some vagisil testing strips and sure enough, my pH level is normal. so repHresh wouldn’t even help and since i don’t have an imbalance i really don’t want to use something that might screw it up.

    i did speak with a nurse practitioner on the phone about some of the possibilities. i am a small, petite person. she said that its possible that i have an exterior (in the vagina) estrogen imbalance because of this. estrogen is what keeps the vagina feeling right. which would explain the itching and all the discharge. i don’t know any of this for sure yet, but it kinda makes sense right now. i have an appointment in about a week and hope to get some answers!

  46. Shonte permalink
    January 8, 2008 9:43 pm

    Like the ladies here… I too all of a sudden starting getting an odor and was really worried. I spoke with my nurse practitioner and she said it could be due to the fact that I had recently started excercising on a regular basis(try to do something good and look what happened). A year later I still cant shake the odor either. It had got to the point where I would not excercise, have sexual intercourse or anything that involved me sweating the least bit. I even took unscented wet wipes around with me in a ziplock bag in my purse to use after i urinated.

    I have been given medications as well. I shower on a regular basis. I do not sleep around. I have not had unprotected sex. I pretty much eat right. So what could possibly be going on?

    Me being the curious person that I am I immediately started doing research on the subject. I have even went as far as to question women that I know and some that I do not know. The honesty that you women provide is very helpful to me. Did I mention that I am a biology major? If I needed ans to certain questions regarding the type of activities that women do that could possibly lead to where this is coming from. . . it would be GREAT if some of you would help me out!

    I have not tried rephresh yet, although I have thought about it many times. I will give it a try since it has been recommended by so many here and see what happens.

  47. moyashi permalink
    January 9, 2008 2:29 am

    shonte your problem started when you started working out. this may expose your intimate part to a lot of sweat for an hour or so during your regimen. sweat as may have read already changes the ph level in the vagina making it more basic. This encourages the growth of BV. i suggest you try rephresh. use it every 3 days and it will keep your ph level at a healthy, normal level so can go back to exercising and to your normal activities. let us know what happens!

  48. Jennifer permalink
    January 9, 2008 5:51 am

    Someone might have said this, I didn’t read very far, but the Rephresh website does NOT “condone” douching…..It specifically says in the FAQ and elsewhere that douching is disruptive to the natural cleaning process and is not recommended…but if you just “have” to do it, at least use Rephresh afterwards to balance out the ph that you just messed up.

  49. shonnie permalink
    January 9, 2008 10:40 am

    I’ve heard that scented tampons can cause bv….but what about the non.scented ones…because I noticed that once I switched from pads I’ve had bv….but the thing is I only used scented…I just recently switched to non.scented….plus I’m on my 3rd day of using represh. so I’m hoping that’ll help somewat…

  50. moyashi permalink
    January 10, 2008 3:36 am

    i agree with jennifer. douching can cause a problem rather than keeping your vagina healthy. shonnie, the tampons may cause the change of your ph level down there, or it could also be the type of undies you use or activities you do…it could even be the soap that you use…there are countless reason that could let your guard down and allow bv to grow. how’s the rephresh helping?

  51. shonnie permalink
    January 10, 2008 9:25 pm

    thanx movashi.

    yea I think its the types of soap I use. I was warned once by the gyno about it……but um wat kinda soap is actually good to use….fragrance free I guess, right¿…..

    well as for the rephresh I noticed right away that it was workin. since I had the odor problem….and now wat sux is. I just got my period. so gotta start all over after that’s gone…..so I’m happy for now since it really does work [ps. don't wanna speak to soon lol. cuz I'll be back wit more to add on.]

  52. moyashi permalink
    January 13, 2008 10:42 pm

    that was great shonnie…finally a solution for your problem well even if you change soap other factors could still throw off the ph level down there…now that you know rephresh works for you, you can just continue on using it. after your period you might experience itching or a little odor again…because even your menstrual cycle can be ph trouble heheheh…so after your period you can start using it..include it in your hygiene routine, every 3 days. so glad to be of help… i have read of countless women who have tried a lot of products already to no avail. so i am putting the word out about rephresh :)

  53. pearl permalink
    January 22, 2008 7:19 pm

    I am so glad I found this site. I felt like I was reading about myself. For years I have had the same problems that you all are discussing. Started when I was 18 and now I am 34. The doctors have no answers and I have been tested for everything in the book. I bought RepHresh today and am going to try it. I am willing to try anything to make these problems go away. I will let you know if it works.

  54. moyashi permalink
    January 24, 2008 12:10 am

    hi pearl! so how was your experience with rephresh so far?

  55. kia permalink
    January 26, 2008 5:06 pm

    wow. firstly, i just discovered repHresh yesterday while flicking through a health magazine which led me to buy the product today. Then i came online researching it before i used it and am amazed to see what is virtually my story posted above by numerous different people!! I am also in a hideous cycle, when its not a YI its BV, its hardly ever neither but frequently both. its been this same story for probably about 5 years now and i’ve felt like some sort of freak for always having a problem. early on i was tested for STI’s and of course nothing was found besides a YI then and with the same partner for the past 6 years, nothing has changed in that department. with what is years of cycling through YI and BV, the overall effect has been that i’ve been getting increasingly uncomfortable, sex is now increasingly painful from the costant irritation. I was prescribed Metronidazole (antibiotic) on a few occasions which put a dent in the BV infection but never kept it at bay for long. I’d been prescribed diflucan, pessaries, creams… all with no lasting effect. seeing the advert in the magazine may have been my saving grace judging on what i’ve read here today. i’ve had my first application and i’m astounded – reading it is one thing, experiencing it firsthand is incredible. smell is instantly gone and things felt oddly soothed within a half hour. if this stuff continues as it has started, i think i’ve finally found my miracle! its been really good to read all your stories, i feel so much better knowing i was not the only one! thank you!

  56. shonnie permalink
    January 28, 2008 11:57 am

    ok I’m back. yes my ph is wacky again since my period is over….so I used the rest of the rephresh. no use. this is so sucky. but I’m gonna buy another box. hopefully. it’ll work this time. like it did b4

  57. January 31, 2008 3:47 am

    Another point – to the people who keep having the problem, have you ever been tested for STD’s? Maybe you have something other than BV? If you are sexually active, maybe you have an STD?

  58. January 31, 2008 9:03 am

    BL, I do so love it when commenters drop by and call me ignorant, without actually understanding that I was criticizing. In this case, it was the television advertising of the product, which tossed off “douching” like it was a regular, healthy thing, and I noted that many women likely need to see their healthcare providers rather than trying some random product first. Your comment got killed because I don’t allow personal attacks, especially when they’re flat out wrong in their understanding of what I was talking about. I’m happy to have people discussing, but keep it above board – dissent is fine, insults are not.

  59. Planned Parenthood Worker permalink
    January 31, 2008 5:34 pm

    The Nurse Practitioner who works at my clinic does recommend Rephresh to our patients to use occasionally (i.e. one after a period to balance your pH). She also says to stay far away from Always brand pads.

    A few comments I have about what people have said:

    1) I would definitely recommend an STD test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia to anyone having discharge of a questionable nature. These two STDs are rampant right now, and women don’t tend to get the typical/obvious symptoms that men do. A majority of women do not have any noticeable symptoms; therefore, have it for years and not know it. There’s not a day that goes by when we don’t have someone’s test come back positive for one, the other, or both (approximately 1:20 tests we do come back positive irregardless of marital status or alleged fidelity).

    2) Anything that you insert into your vagina can throw off the balance of your vagina. Unprotected sex can do it, but so can protected sex most condoms contain chemicals of one sort or another–not to mention the whole latex thing. Spermacides can do it, but also just the lubricant itself can disagree with your body. Flavored lubes and condoms, as you probably know, also cause problems. Sex toys, fingers, mouths, tampons, etc. None of the above are sterile so all have the potential to cause problems.

    3) Soap is not necessary. Really. Some types of soap are better than others when it comes to causing you problems, but really none of it is all that good. Lifting you leg and rinsing well with water should be all that is necessary to keep your bits nice and clean.

    4) Remember the happy girly bits guidelines: cotton undies only and give your bits the chance to get some air at night (don’t wear undies to bed). Also, I would think (though I do not know) that wearing cotton undies but other tight non-natural pants could still cause problems. Wearing cute snug exercise outfits composed of 60% lycra, 30% poly, and 5% something else (for example), might just counteract the benefit of those cotton undies.

    With all that said, I’m off to the store for some rephresh ’cause I’m a bit yeasty at the moment–that’s what I get for changing the type of tampon I use.

  60. January 31, 2008 5:38 pm

    Planned Parenthood Worker,
    See, that’s the kind of helpful comment I appreciate – hadn’t heard that Always pads could be problematic – I avoid ‘em all and stick with my Keeper. :)

  61. teb permalink
    January 31, 2008 8:41 pm

    a few questions for this GREATLY informative thread:

    do you use rephresh continually or just one dosage when necessary?

    how do you tell the difference between BV and yeast? i’ve been told both at different times…

    does florajen prove effective for some people? looking for solutions here!

    THANKS!

  62. sara permalink
    February 1, 2008 9:55 am

    Ladies,

    You have just validated my existence for the last seven years. I have expressed this problem to multiple friends and doctors, and I have yet to find understanding or comiserating. In fact, I’ve had some incredibly insensitive (female!) gynecologists in recent months. It’s a good thing I’ve developed thick skin. I have started calling the problem by a nickname, since I rarely know which affliction has taken hold at any given time. I call it ICS (Itchy-Crotch Syndrome).

    Should we start a freaking support group or what?!

    Has anyone encountered any progressive doctors or nurses who have taken this issue on? It seems like there’s got to be someone out there who is passionate about helping us!

    Yours in Solidarity Against ICS
    S

  63. pearl permalink
    February 1, 2008 6:36 pm

    Hey Moyashi

    Well I tried Rephresh. Not so sure about it. I had the side effect of the little white stuff that they say is the vagina cleaning itself, I guess. It did go away after two days. I only used it that one day, a few days after my period ended. That is when all the problems always start with me. To my surprise I am not feeling that bad this month. This is a big improvement from the last 3 months. I think I will give it another try.

  64. February 1, 2008 8:43 pm

    I used to suffer from BV for years because my chemistry did not agree with my boyfriends. It was a nightmare. I would get BV, take the meds for the BV, get a yeast infection from the meds, take meds to get rid of the yeast infection, then get my period. It was a vicious cycle each and every month. Luckily I have only had BV once since we broke up over 8 years ago! I think I might have it again now though so I am wondering if (now that I don’t have medical insurance any longer) if this stuff actually gets rid of BV? I cannot afford to go to the doctor because they almost always want to see you before prescribing meds. Also, is this stuff FRAGRANCE FREE???

  65. February 1, 2008 8:49 pm

    Because if it has a fragrance in it, then I don’t know how it could be helpful in curing BV. :)

  66. February 1, 2008 8:58 pm

    Kitty, if you have a local health department or Planned Parenthood, you could try there – they’ll typically charge on a sliding scale for being seen.

  67. February 1, 2008 9:10 pm

    Rachel, yeah, that’s an option. Do you know if the stuff really works for BV though or if it’s got fragrance in it?

  68. February 2, 2008 9:43 am

    Kitty, I’m not sure about fragrance – the website is down at the moment. I would assume it doesn’t, but I’d check first. BV seems like such a crapshoot – from what I’ve read, sometimes it just clears up, but antibiotics are the regular treatment, although sometimes it recurs after antibiotics

  69. February 2, 2008 9:20 pm

    Ladies,

    I have to tell you, reading all of these posts made me feel SO much better about everything i’ve been going through lately. I dont think many people realize how debilitating it can be for a girl to go through vaginal problems. I recently had the strangest thing happen to me about a couple weeks ago (to which im making an appoinment with my gyno this week). I noticed that one day i had this strange odor, but not in my discharge or on the outside of my vagina, but inside you know? There was no irritation or itching. It took me by surprise bc as i’m sure all of us are, im very clean showering sometimes twice a day, never douching, etc etc. I attributed to a what i was eating, but several days later, nothing changed. I researched online and quickly found out about BV and to be honest, i hope thats what i have! I just want to know WHATS WRONG. I want an answer.

    This problem is now always on my mind, and since im seeing someone, im constantly making excuses. I used to be the girl in which guys would COMPLIMENT how good i smelled and tasted…and now im down to this. You feel like you did something wrong or that you are unclean.

    Anyways, i went to the drugstore with my best friend and i almost almost bought Rephresh, but i decided to wait until i can make an appointment for next week.

    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for not making me feel so alone in this, and im going to try and keep updating. Good luck everyone :)

  70. BVagain permalink
    February 3, 2008 1:20 am

    Metrogel causes the “little bits of balled up toilet paper” reaction in me (and sometimes they are not such “little” bits, I might add.) In fact, because I had this instant response to Metrogel, I thought I was allergic to it. My newest doctor suggested it was the base that is used in the medicine that caused the reaction.
    I’ve started using Rephesh this week. It helps a great deal – odor GONE, discharge clear, not milky – BUT yes, the very second I use it, the discharge balls up just like with Metrogel. This leads me to believe that Rephresh is just the base chemical for Metrogel. It smells and feels the same to me.

  71. BVagain permalink
    February 3, 2008 1:27 am

    Reading the comments here gives me hope that WE can be our own sleuths about this. Let’s get together and discuss this in a forum! That way we can begin to figure out what works for MOST of us, and WHEN in our cycles we should do WHAT. To get it started, I created a forum called “BV and Yeast Cycling Solutions”. For some reason I can’t post the link here, but perhaps you can find it by visiting QuickTopic.com and searching for it.

  72. BVagain permalink
    February 3, 2008 1:33 am

    Well, apparently you can’t just “search” forums at Quicktopic… so if you want to join in the discussion, you’ll have to go to quicktopic, then add the letters in the quotes after the main QuickTopic URL – “41/H/VT6ER3mdWQU”. If we get a few participants we can discuss whether to set up a more serious discussion board.

  73. February 3, 2008 2:44 pm

    quicktopic.com/41/H/VT6ER3mdWQU

  74. MisstressM permalink
    February 3, 2008 7:19 pm

    Right on girlfriend right on! I just saw the commercial and the first thing that popped in my head was WTF…..and viola my good friend Google came to my rescue. Needless to say you could not have said it better. TV suckers people into believing and buying anything.

  75. Krys permalink
    February 3, 2008 8:54 pm

    thank u so much for all the posts! this is truely an awsome site. it’s just good to know that i am not the only one with a wacked out kitty!!!! thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. Terri permalink
    February 4, 2008 10:20 am

    My Planned Parenthood NP recommended rephresh to me 2 weeks ago to deal with BV. My husband’s pH is the issue. I’ve used 2 apps in 2 weeks, and my ‘girly bits’ (love that tag!) smell fresh & natural again. Cured YI years ago with acidophillus caps, still take one a week for maintenance.
    Is Rephresh available in a more economical form? Reusable applicator?

  77. Babs permalink
    February 4, 2008 9:15 pm

    Thank god I’m not alone!
    I’ve had odor and discharge for as long as I’ve had my period, since I was 13, and that along with body image insecurities has made sexual relations of any kind completely non-existent.

    I had no idea where my problems were coming from; I’d never had sex of any kind, and even after desperately going to see a doctor, all my tests for STD’s and infections were negative.
    No BV, no yeast, nothing.
    The doctor said that some women have trouble with “vaginal sweating” and that she had nothing to prescribe and nothing really to suggest. I tried not wearing tight jeans as often and few other routine changes, and saw (and smelt) absolutely no difference.

    I saw a commercial for Rephresh and immediately headed to the nearest drugstore to pick some up and try it.

    As if my troubles weren’t crappy enough; they don’t sell Rephresh in Canada. At least no where I’ve looked (and I feel like I’ve looked EVERYWHERE!) So I’m going to order some online and give it a whirl.

    I’m also a type one diabetic and so, often have problems with bladder/urinary track infections. I am so unbelievably ready to be rid of vaginal complications and just be… Normal?

    Fingers crossed!

    And thank you all so much for sharing your stories, it’s given me serious hope.

    • Erin permalink
      April 4, 2009 2:34 pm

      Hi Babs,

      I live in Toronto, and I’ve seen rephresh in Shoppers Drug Mart, so they certainly do sell it here in Canada! It was alongside the monistat and canesten and other feminine infection products.

  78. kaypea permalink
    February 5, 2008 12:26 am

    Wait! You all cant go yet I still have questions!

    1st. What was the bit about being petite and having “external estrogen” problems? I dont understand the connection, but being a petite little thing myself I’d love to know more about this?

    2nd. Whats wrong with “Always” pads as opposed to others?

    3rd. I’ve heard that using an occasional vinegar douche will help clear up the yuckies, along the same lines as hydrogen peroxide, does anyone know anything about this?

    Thanks!

  79. leslie permalink
    February 5, 2008 8:14 pm

    Hi All, Not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but another option for restoring vaginal pH is boric acid capsules. I know it sounds scarey, but my doctor suggested it b/c my body apparently really hates sperm :D The pH change is pretty extreme (immediate fishy smell, and no normal bacterial flora present, no bad bacteria either though) and like has been mentioned before, the treatment for BV leads to a yeast infection. I was tired of this cycle and the boric acid capsules (used as a suppository) works like a charm. I had seen the commercial and got on here to do research. It was really nice to see how many other women have had this problem and that I wasn’t alone.

  80. February 5, 2008 10:02 pm

    Post #1 said it best. It’s an arrogant assumption to declare that the only women using this are the ones who’ve been fooled by the misogyny machine that tells us we should be embarrassed about our cunts. I’m a feminist. I love my vagina. I’ve never douched in my life, and I’ve never been ashamed of my natural smell or taste or feel or anything. I’ve never felt awkward about menstruation or wetness or dryness or texture or odor or appearance or pretty much anything else about my vagina.

    However, my vag-pride doesn’t prevent things like period blood and semen from throwing off my vaginal pH balance and causing some funk every once in awhile, and all I know is that this RepHresh stuff (which is odorless, by the way) made my vagina normal again (my normal–normal for me) after it started smelling abnormal. I don’t like taking antibiotics unless I absolutely need to, and I’d already talked to my doctor about my concerns, so I tried this and it worked. End of story.

    You can pass judgment if you’d like, but my vagina isn’t interested in hearing it.

  81. February 5, 2008 11:25 pm

    Nope, again, it was about how the product was advertised, which seemed to imply that douching was some normal, recommended thing, and ignored that douching could cause vaginal problems of its own, which typically need a medical opinion.

  82. shonnie permalink
    February 7, 2008 9:59 am

    omg I heard that the boric acid works like a charm also. but no luck on finding it…where can I get it from¿

  83. Stephanie permalink
    February 7, 2008 1:52 pm

    I have a few things to add that I didn’t read from anyone else. First, Always brand pads (and some knock-off brands as well) have an upper layer that can only be described as “plasticky” and non-cotton in feel. I learned the hard way (YI/BV) that those pads encourage moisture to stick to you. My saving grace has been Kotex Ultra-thin. And before you ask, yes, on heavy days you will change them alot because they are so thin, but they are super-absorbent and non-bulky.

    Second, for preventing yeast during my period I use Azo Yeast, a supplement you can find next to Monistat on the shelves. During your period, after sex and other yeast risks, you can take as much as two tabs three times a day. On regular days, take one. It’s a maintenance thing.

    Last, I never use soap directly on my girly bits, and after sex I ALWAYS clean up. Avoid using stuff like the Elexa wipes, they have too much alcohol. Just a cool wet cloth if you can’t manage a shower. If you take a bath, keep it fairly cool, since overheating it down there is a good way to grow stuff :)

  84. Keisha permalink
    February 7, 2008 4:46 pm

    I was given amoxicillian for an ear infection and bv. Then once that cleared up then I got the episode again aloing with a yeast infection. So I have jsut finished Metrozonidole but the yeast is back again. I am so ready to try this rephresh. I would like to know where should I get the boric acid from?

  85. Ashley permalink
    February 7, 2008 11:38 pm

    Hello I just wanted to thank everyone for posting, as everyone has said it is so great to hear people have the same problems. Two months ago I got my first yeast infection. At 20 years old I didn’t know what was going on, just thought that it was a allegic reaction as I was using a new soap. I didn’t end up going to a doctor til Jan. They gave me diflucan, it calmed down for like 3 days then came back. The doc told me to wait 2 weeks so I did. But then I coulnd’t handle the itching. Went back and she said my pap didn’t show signs of yeast, she wasn’t sure what it was. So I had some std tests. Came back negative, thank jesus. So she gave me a yeast cream and insertor (can’t remeber the brand) and Flagyl. 3 days of the cream and it was basically cleared up. I was doing good for about 2 or 3 days untilI started my peroid, I am on the pill and it’s not suppose to have started and has been going on for about a week. Since that started I have began itching like crazy again, but on the outside not the in, I can’t really detect an odor and since I am on my period I can’t tell if there is a dicharge. I was just wandering if this is a common sympthom of a yeast infrection or bv, as I am still new to this. Also, I was wondering if the rephresh helped with exterior itching also.

  86. February 9, 2008 2:04 am

    If someone could come up with an answer and remedy to this they would make millions.

    I have had the same reoccurring BV and YI for years. It was really bad just after I had my son but recently usually only after sex and not everytime. My sister had the same problem and she said she went to many many different doctors to get rid of it and one of them finally fixed it by changing her birth control pills (not sure which). So my question for all of you is what kind of BC are you taking (if any)?

    I’m no doc but I think its a hormone imbalance of some sort making the vag incappable of regulating the PH.

    I am currently on Flagyl and I know it will be followed by a YI. Anyone know of a way to avoid the YI from the antibiotics?

  87. February 9, 2008 12:02 pm

    KT, when I’m on antibiotics, I always make sure to eat some plain yogurt (helps keeps antibiotics from hurting my stomach so much as well) and try to avoid sugar. I have to admit that this is one topic on which I haven’t looked at the scientific literature to see if it really helps (perhaps I should do that and post on it), but is simply what my mom taught me, and I never get yeast infections with antibiotics. As for birth control, I’m using the Necon 1/35 28. {edited to add: obviously what I use for BC may not be right for everybody}

  88. Jen permalink
    February 9, 2008 8:21 pm

    For those of you experiencing pH balance issues leading to recurring yeast, I would suggest talking to your doctor about something that has worked for me. Boric acid suppositories, which are prescription and can be made at compounding pharmacies, have changed my life. They restore your pH balance and break the cycle. Really. I haven’t wasted my time with diflucan or any of the other standard stuff since I tried boric acid. It’s actually an old-fashioned treatment out of vogue since the fancier prescription stuff came along, and many docs don’t know of it or think of it. But it’s really worth a shot.

  89. kay permalink
    February 10, 2008 2:16 pm

    Tried cranberry pills for occasional bladder problems and found it helps with this one. When I think about it, the odor wasn’t usually noticible the first time I empty my bladder each day, but it was by the 2nd time. Maybe it’s something in my urine that contributes to the problem.

  90. Alexianna permalink
    February 11, 2008 4:22 am

    To those who keep saying that they have recurring yeast infections. I’ve had them too…for much longer. I had them four and five times a year from the time I was 17 until the time I was 22. I found out I had candidiasis (sp). It’s a yeast infection IN THE BODY…like…in your gut. There’s a strict diet to follow to get rid of it and kill all the bad yeasties. If you speak to a dietician or a doctor they should know about it but it’s very hard to diagnose and treat so they usually just throw it to the wind and brush you off. You can research it online to find the diet necessary, it definitely helps and works…assuming that’s your problem.

  91. February 11, 2008 4:46 am

    I found your blog via Google blog search while searching for bacterial vaginal infection. I find your post regarding “RepHresh? ReNo.” very interesting to me and it is also very creative. I have a Yeast Infection Cure Site of my own and I must say that your blog is really good. Keep up the great work on a really high class resource.

    There’s really no need to worry as in general a bacterial vaginal infection can be cured, or cleared up, with only minimal fuss or bother. There are as many cures for a bacterial vaginal infection as there are causes, with the scales balanced firmly in favor of the cures section. It’s only when the infection proves to be stubborn does it take the combined efforts of will power, medication and stringent preventative measures to help a woman with bacterial vaginal infection.

  92. C-Funk permalink
    February 12, 2008 6:17 pm

    Be gone ICS *Itchy Crotch Syndrome*

    Ladies,

    No one has mentioned Vaginal Beta Strep which is essentially the same stuff that makes up strep throat. I was recently diagnosed with it. Finding anything that makes any sense on the topic is nearly impossible. My dr told me (and my own research concurs) that antibiotics won’t work and I can expect recurrences. He wasnt much help in offering a solution but I appreciated it when he told me to stop being so critical of my vagina, to just let it be. However, I wanted to shout out in frustration – MY SEX LIFE IS SUFFERING. Is that shallow? Is it silly to worry about how inviting my vagina is or isn’t? I want to feel confident and healthy, knowing that visitors to the area will enjoy their stay.

    I havent treated my symptoms but for a home-vinegar-water douche to cleanse out the discharge before sex. I’m making an appointment with a homeopathic dr before doing anything else, such as try repHresh.

    Thank you all for sharing your thoughts, concerns, ideas, and experiences!

    C

  93. Rocio permalink
    February 13, 2008 1:31 pm

    Doreen, wow! I feel so much better, I have never had sex and about a year ago after I got my period I got a really bad smell. I told my mom who told my to just wait it out, it was over year before I finally got to the doctor and it was bv. it depressed me, the dr said it should go away but i never believe her because it wasnt because I had sex that I had it it was just because my body is messed up plus I stress out a lot. I dont think I have PID though I might after leaving the bv untreated for so long. I wish I could have my vagina removed. but anyways Ive been on 3 different types of antibiotics and nothing seems to keep it from coming back. Im going to talk to my doctor about rephresh. Im willing to give it a try. sometimes I dont think its fair that all these other girls having sex dont get anything but me, a virgin, gets something. ugh…no fair. but anyways yes its reocurrent and if I have to live like this I dont think life is worth living. but it does make me feel better knowing that im not the only one out there. thanks guys for sharing your stories, it makes me feel so much better

  94. lilone permalink
    February 13, 2008 3:14 pm

    REPHRESH really works… ive had this smell been on all sorts of antibiotics and on one of these websites i heared of rephresh… it seriously is… ” the greatest thing since sliced homemade bread topped with homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers, and a cream cheese spread. “… so dont knock it until you try it! seriously…

  95. NotSoFresh permalink
    February 13, 2008 10:06 pm

    Thanks for all of the info. I tend to get yeast infections after being sexually active (always with a condom). I really have to weigh whether one night is worth the week of discomfort afterward or the call to my GYN for Diflucan! I tried AZO yeast as another person mentioned and it really worked well for me.
    I tend to naturally have some discharge and damn it, I’ve been using Always pantiliners. I had no idea they were bad!
    So, I’m going to try Rephresh and see if it helps to cut down on the odor from the discharge. My GYN tells me it’s a sign of fertility, but I feel self-concious about the smell.
    Thanks ladies for being so open and sharing your experiences.

  96. melissa permalink
    February 14, 2008 9:14 pm

    Holy god – thank goodness i found this site.
    I am just about ready for a sex change from this bv!!!
    I don’t have much of a smell but the itching and burning is the worst thing EVER! I love sex with my guy but it is so freakin painful I have to tell him to get it over with quick when I have bv.
    I have used the peroxide douche and it does work, but of course when the cycle starts again, (centers around my period) so does the itching and burning.
    Two days ago it came back with a vengence and I have been using the peroxide and water like crazy.
    Well guess what? tomorrow I’m going to try the rephresh.
    I am also going to the doc to discuss it. Thing is, I don’t care what the diploma on the wall says, I know my body, and it just isn’t right!
    I am pretty sure the problem is also that my ph just isn’t in tune with my guys – i sure wish it would catch up with the rest of me!!!
    Ain’t chemistry a bitch?
    I’ll let you know how it goes ladies!

  97. tina permalink
    February 17, 2008 12:20 pm

    I battled BV for 3 years and saw 4 different doctors over that time period. I researched BV myself online… apparently I knew more about it than my doctors did. The bacteria I was battling built up a resistance to Clindesse, and Metrogel (which by the way causes cancer in lab rats) did nothing to my infection but did cause my labia to dry out, crack, and bleed. The problem with antibiotics is that they kill everything, good bacteria and bad bacteria, so that if the bad bacteria comes back, this time instead of having not enough flora (or good bacteria) now you have none. Rephresh helped immensely with the symptoms, but I wasn’t satisfied with “help” I wanted my old, odor free, vag back. Anyways, what did work, as far as I know were ThursdayPlantation’s Tea Tree oil suppositories which I purchased at a healthfood store. Also washing the outside with a tea tree oil based soap helped with the irritation. I also did ReNew Life’s CandiGone candida cleanse to try and increase my natural flora. You take the supplements and follow the diet for 15 days. They also recommend that you take their Ultimate Flora supplement while you are doing the cleanse. The cleanse is actually for intestinal health but everything is taken orally to I figured I’d give it a try. I tested my ph with Vagisil’s home testing kit and it came up balanced. I hope this helps someone out there, please research things yourself, doctors are wonderful, but they are only human, had I know that metrogel was carcinogenic, I never would have put it anywhere near my beloved vag. I’ve heard mixed things about douching, and the instructions that came with the suppositories actually recommended it. I’ve never tried it, and I don’t think i will. Like I said, I hope this helps, good luck!

  98. kristen permalink
    February 17, 2008 1:06 pm

    Hey ladies i just ran into this threat the other day researching rephresh like the rest of you. Any way I have some problems with bv and yeast mosty it is all pretty mild but bothersome and on going. I found this other thread at the bust lounge. go there and check it out these ladies have been posting there for years have tons of tips and tricks and also have alot of knowledge. Search for the bust lounge and then look for the bacterial vaginosis thread. As for my results with rephresh i used it a while back when the smell was pretty bad, i only used it like twice but it took the smell away, i dont know what it did with the ph but i do know i had no smell. I was thinking about trying it again just for maintanence now that my problems are not that bad.

  99. Brina permalink
    February 18, 2008 1:03 pm

    I just want to thank you ladies for all of your input! I am pretty young and have been with the same guy for the past three years. I freaked out when I had BV and I ended up having it twice in one year! I saw the advertisement of rephresh and decided to purchase it but have not tried it yet! Will follow up when I do. I decided to look up information on it and the site says it is down to to high volume traffic and I came across this forum. I hope that it works for me. To the issue of the ad saying this and that, cmon, all of the feminine hygiene ads do that, it is nothing new. That’s what ads are for, to sell the product with appeal! As ladies, we all at times get embarassed about things like this, but it is life! Thanks again ladies, now I know I am not alone in my situation!

  100. February 19, 2008 12:47 pm

    Hello ladies!! I ,like everyone else, am so glad that I found this site!! Here’s my story…I’ve been dealing with BV for about a year and a half now. As long as I have been with my now fiance. I have read that having multiple partners may be one cause of BV. But I have not been with anyone but my fiance. Before him yes, I was with other men. Never once had a problem with BV and I think I’ve had like ONE yeast infection and that was years ago. I have been sexually active since I was 18 and am now 25 and have never had any problems down there, until now. And like all of you, it soooo frustrating! The only thing I have taken is the Metrogel vaginally and orally! But of course, the BV is gone for a few weeks but then it comes right back. Oh and just let me say every time I go to the doc I have them test me for any STI’s and I NEVER douche. Well, no, I did do it once just to try it. I’ve read and heard a lot about how it wasn’t actually a good thing to do also I’ve never felt the need to!! I was always very happy with the way I smelled and tasted and so were my boyfriends! The BV has never been quite as bad as the first time I noticed it. The smell and the itching are not as bad. But I just get that feeling that something is not right down there which makes me lose all interest in having sex with my fiance. Lucky for me he has been very understanding with this whole thing he says he just wants me to get better! I told him I’m afraid he will get sick of dealing with this and either leave me or start cheating on me. He reassured me that he isn’t going anywhere. But from what I have read there doesn’t seem to be a real cure for it. I’m thinking though that it has a lot to do with HIM. I guess him and I don’t agree in the PH department which really sucks. Is there anything HE can do to change that?? Why is it always ME that has to do something about and not him?? I just saw the commercial for this Rephresh stuff and Googled it last night. I’m sick of going back to my doc over and over for the same crap. I’ve also come across these pills called Enzara. Have any of you heard of them or tried them??? They are not antibiotics I guess they are all natural. But I’m wondering if all they do is cover up the infection and don’t actually get RID of it for good??? I’m so scared that this BV will cause problems for me when I try to have a baby in the next couple of years! Do I go back to my doc to get the Metrogel and then use the Rephresh to keep it at bay or do I just go buy it now and use it??? Sorry I could go and on about this whole frustrating situation forever! Thank you to all who have posted about this it really is good to know I am not alone! :)

  101. pearl permalink
    February 19, 2008 5:45 pm

    Hi K
    I don’t think having BV will cause any problems with having children. I have delt with this problem for over 10 years and have two beautiful boys. No difficulties getting pregnant at all. I have asked my doctor the same questions about whether there is something the man in the relationship can take or do to prevent this reoccuring problem but I always get the same answer “no”. I used Rephresh last month, only once and have been feeling a lot better since.
    Good luck with everything. Keep your chin up:)
    Pearl

  102. melissa permalink
    February 20, 2008 12:57 pm

    hello again ladies!
    today is day 4, i’ll be using a second rephresh today.
    As all of you have said, I got the strange slightly yucky tissuey discharge, but WHO CARES?!? The itching and awful burning are gone and the discharge only lasted for one day.
    I am a flight attendant so I am lucky I can make sure to use rephresh when I will be on a trip and the discharge will be gone when i get home to Honey!
    So far so good, I’ll keep you all posted!

  103. sendja permalink
    February 21, 2008 12:17 pm

    I have used rephresh,its a great product, but im concern with the parabens in the ingriedient,are’nt parabens linked to cancer?

  104. Tavi permalink
    February 21, 2008 5:11 pm

    I haven’t seen any of the Rephresh commercials but I went to the doctor yesterday and was told (once again) that I have bv. I am in the same boat as so many of you, I never knew this was such a common thing amongst women. All I know is at this point I am willing to try anything to get rid of these horrific symptoms. The doctor gave me a sample of Rephresh and I am going to try it out tonight.

  105. Stacey permalink
    February 25, 2008 3:35 pm

    First, Thanks to everyone who shared their stories! I have been researching BV because I recently noticed a change in my body. I am prone to slight yeast infections and have been told my by gyno that I have overactive hormones which makes my body produce too much estrogen resulting in more discharge than is normal. I tried monistat for what i thought was a yeast infection and had no luck. I have noticed a change in my odor so am thinking that it might be BV (i was tested for STD’s at my last visit so it’s not that)
    Something I found while researching BV is that one cause can be sleeping with women, among the many other reasons already listed on here.
    I am going to try rephresh in hopes that it might work for me!

    P.S. thanks for letting me know about Always, I will have to change immediately!

  106. February 25, 2008 6:33 pm

    My problem is neither BV or a yeast infection, its just extra discharge and a very unpleasant odor. My boyfriend and I have been dating for over a year and when he first tried going down on me,the smell was bad enough to make him nauseous. Now, he says he is willing to try again, even if it smells bad, but I’m too embarrassed of it. It’s getting bad enough that I dread changing my clothes because I don’t want to smell myself.

    I’ve been to the doctor several times and have been treated for BV and yeast but nothing improved. Also, since I’ve started taking birth control for ovarian cysts, the problem has only gotten worse.

    I saw the ad for rephresh and thought it looked like something that might possibly help, but because of the price I was wary to try it.

    Have any of you with odor, but no other symptoms experienced relief as well?
    and since I’m here, does anyone know what to do to reduce the discharge that comes with birth control pills? I am so tired of wearing pantyliners and I just want to feel comfortable again.
    ——————-
    Also, one thing I would like to mention for any of the women experiencing recurring vaginal rash or itching is that it could be the type of pad you are using during your period or your pantyliner, if you, like me, have to wear a one every day.

    I used pads with synthetic materials and didn’t really think it mattered. I assumed the rash was from soap or something else entirely, but when I went to my doctor she advised me to switch to cotton pads. My itching problem totally cleared up, it turned out I was having an allergic reaction to the previous materials.

  107. kristen permalink
    February 26, 2008 12:16 am

    kait… how long has this smell problem been going on, and how sure are you that you dont have bv. you pretty much nailed it with what you were saying. also i wanted to let you know that while i think rephresh does work a little for some things, i think there is alot more cost effective things that work alot better. do some research on the internet for tea tree oil and bv or boric acid. i have even heard alot of people having lots of luck with a very mild peroxide dousch. i know some of these things sound scary but research it they are not as wierd as you may think. and i wanted to say that you are probably having the oder because the ph balance is off. look into that, maybe take a test they have over the counter things now. and again ladies check out the bust lounge there is a huge thread there on bv with alot of women suffering with lots of knowledge and tips.

  108. mondo permalink
    February 26, 2008 10:42 am

    ladies, trust me on this, if im into natural rememdies, try Cinnamon tea, just boil let it cool and drink you can drink it with honey for taste, also you can use it as a vaginal wash, use it day and night you will see a change within 24yrs, it will be gone by 48hrs. trust me on this, it works. I use a copper IUD for birh control because im not into daily birthcontrol pills and the additional hormones, however; the copper iud makes me Susceptible to yeast infections I get it right after my period. the cinnamon wash has been great, you will get a slight sting when washing with it(cause it’s working).Try it you wont regret it.

  109. February 27, 2008 1:40 am

    Bacterial vaginal infection can cause a life threatening hurdle to a woman who is just so unfortunate to escape its captivity! Just like every other vaginal infection nerve to cause a disgrace and discomfort so does the bacterial vaginal infection. As a result any sane woman would like to keep a distance not to fall a victim of this drama when it unfolds!

    More of this on BACTERIAL VAGINAL INFECTION.

  110. February 28, 2008 11:27 am

    I have been a user of Rephresh for about a year. I was prescribed “vaginal jelly” by my vaginy gyny who like some of the other ladies was unable to get control of my infection cycle through conventional BV and yeast infection cream and oral remedies (I would often go in complaining of itching and irritation without them even being able to detect anything wrong with me). I did notice, like Amanda (10/29/07), that when I stopped having sex for a period of time, the cycle stopped.

    When the doctor gave me the prescription she told me I could also us the Rephresh because it was basically the same thing but getting the prescription was actually cheaper with my insurance. Well vaginal jelly had a vinagary smell, was very wet and messy, lasted only one dose at a time and was brown in color (none of these things very pleasant). Rephresh is clear, lasts several days (I use it less frequently than the suggested 3 day suggestion) and it does make me feel fresher, and is odorless and colorless with not a lot of discharging . I have recently become sexually active again so I have been using the rephresh once a week just to make sure the cycle does not repeat itself. Well I did not take it for two weeks because I was feeling fine one week and was then anticipating my period the next week (I tend to spot several days before my period and rephresh can be very unpleasant in the presence of any blood in the vaginal canal) but continued to have sex (while I didn’t see blood). Well low and behold, my period is over and I am now itchy, itchy, itchy! Once this gets cleared up, I will again be a faithful user of rephresh.

  111. February 28, 2008 11:54 am

    I would also like to include that I would recommend rephresh to any woman who has gone through this insane cycle. I can’t promise it will work for you or that it will stave off the infections from ever happening but giving it one try sure beats the frustration, embarrassment, and waste of time of having to go back and forth to the doctor just to tell him you have the same exact symptoms you always have. (after you tell the nurse over the phone that this is why you want to come in).

    Oh!!! And its worth a try because there are no healing wait days from the infection that cause you to miss at least two sexual encounters with a man that you love and has you screaming so loud the neighbors look at you strange when they see you in the hall ;o)

  112. Ally permalink
    March 11, 2008 7:21 pm

    I just came back from the gyno and was directed by him to try Rephresh plus a dietary supplement. As a woman who has had constant problems due to an unbalanced Ph I am more than willing to try it. It has to be better then dealing with an almost monthly infection!

  113. March 11, 2008 7:45 pm

    Ally, let everybody here know if it helps, if you don’t mind.

  114. Katy permalink
    March 12, 2008 4:48 pm

    I used RePhresh when I thought that my period was over. My period usually only lasts for 5 days so i used it on the “last” day. I don’t know what happened but I’m still on my period (or period-like discharge) It’s a little frustrating being a newlywed and all. It’s been 7 days now and I’m PRAYING it’ll stop.

    I know that RePhresh states not to use it during your period but I did, accidently. Anyone have information about RePhresh affecting your cycle? I also have an odor that’s pretty strong.

    It’s so “rephresing” to know that I’m not the only woman out here experiencing this stuff. I keep reading about boric acid pills. Isn’t that what kills roaches? or am I mixing something up? Cause if it works, I’ll try it!!!

  115. kristen permalink
    March 13, 2008 12:06 pm

    katy yes boric acid is what kills roaches, but you said pills that makes me think you swollow them… DO NOT TAKE BORIC BY MOUTH. it is poison but yes many women have hade sucess with the suppositories did i spell that right. boric acid has been used for many many years for other health related things. Ally what supplement did your doctor tell you to take i’m very curious, and what did he say it was supossed to help with?

  116. katy permalink
    March 13, 2008 4:26 pm

    Thanks Kristen for clearing that up for me..:) but are the suppositories available over the counter or just prescription? If over the counter what’s the name and where can i purchase?

    Just to update – the cycle is over and i used the RePHresh and it works! the odor is gone, there is a whitish discharge though but I’m going to keep using it.

  117. kristen permalink
    March 13, 2008 7:02 pm

    ok well i have heard that you can have certain pharmacists like mix some suppositories up for you but there is no need for that you can order pre done ones online or i think find them in certain stores the ones i know of are called yeast arrest. the down side to them is they have these herbs in them and they are green in color so when it is leaking back out the next day it is kinda green. or the other option is to make your own, all you need is the gel caps and the boric acid i have heard you can even buy it at wal mart but for sure in drug stores in the eye care area. they used to use it alot for eye infections i know that sounds scary.any way i have never made my own i use the yeast arrest. it works well but i have not really used them many times. if you have problems with bv go check out the bust lounge. i have recommended that like three times on here. there is way more info there than i can ever give you. in fact that is where i have gotten most of my info from. search for the bust lounge and some forum should be the first thing on the list once you go there just go to the “our bodies our hells” link and then to the bacterial vaginosis thread. 263,291 views and 3,511 posts, as of right now. i’m telling you there is so much info there and all by women going through this same things. the best place i have found on the net and i have done some looking. ladies once again check it out.

  118. carmen permalink
    March 14, 2008 12:46 am

    Hey ladies!

    First of all, let me say that it’s great to have found this website, as I feel we all experience very similar stories so it’s great we can all share and realize that it’s not just ourselves as individuals that have these issues we have to deal with. It really shows solidarity!

    To tell you my story, I recently had a kidney infection; the medication that was prescribed CAUSED a very painful yeast infection (could not use the restroom) with a skin infection. After taking 2 separate meds for the YI, I finally healed and was okay. But then I started to notice that it was pretty odorous “down there,” not to mention discharge. I saw a commercial for RepHresh and figured I had nothing to lose. I tried it, and it completely made the odor disappear and reduced daily discharge. However, I did experience the milky discharge during intercourse. Luckily my boyfriend is very understanding, but needless to say, I was very worried. Reading about how other women also experienced the same reaction definitely made me feel better.

    Here is my question – when would you ladies (who have tried RepHresh) recommend having intercourse after usage? One day? Two days? From my last experience, it took about 3 – 4 days for there to no longer be a milky substance during sex; however, the smell did start to return. Any suggestions?

    Thanks again for all of the support!

  119. Pat permalink
    March 15, 2008 3:18 pm

    I just wanted to weigh in as I started using Rephresh back in October and have found it to be quite helpful. I do not have
    a recuring BV infection that happens monthly but maybe every
    four years however, I do lean toward yeast infections every two
    or three months and now when I feel a twinge I’ve used the rephresh and have not had a yeast infection since. I’m convinced
    that this is a good product for me. Hope others have luck with it to as the cost is less than treating a yeast infection.

    Pat

  120. Kara permalink
    March 20, 2008 9:33 pm

    I was actually about to go to the store and spend $20 on Rephresh, until i read this. Those are some really good points, thanks for saving me $20. ~Kara

  121. Tea permalink
    March 21, 2008 9:58 pm

    I have had reoccuring bv for about 7 months now and it is so annoying. Does anyone know where to buy a hydrogen peroxide douche or how to make one?

  122. March 24, 2008 11:55 am

    This is for Carmen. I have had that whitish discharge you described but never for that many days. The longest was two days (sometimes I don’t have it at all). It is possible that because you may have had some lingering stuff from your previous infection that the rephresh was working to remove it. I think the box describes that white chunky discharge as the dry skin cells of your vaginal walls being sloffed off by the rephresh.

  123. Carmen permalink
    March 25, 2008 4:34 pm

    Thanks AJ.

    I used two applications of RepHresh, and after my second dosing, I haven’t had any issues. After the first application, I noticed the odor returning, but after the second, everything is back to normal. I’m very relieved; but a bit nervous that after my period, I will have to go back on it. Either way, I definitely would recommend it (even if sex with it is a bit messy the first 2-3 days) as that goes away and it definitely helps with any odor or other rebalancing issues – at least for me.

  124. Bella permalink
    March 26, 2008 11:09 am

    Hey all,

    I have been having a recurring yeast infection for eight months now. And this month, I got it twice. I am so frustrated and tired of dealing with this. I just wish it would go away. I have been to the doctor many times and tried diflucan and yet nothing works because it keeps coming back so, what I plan to do is go on a strict no sugar/yeast diet. Also i take Azo once every day and it actually helps relieve the itching and discomfort but the yeast is still there. So i’m planning to take it once every day along with Acidophilus. Also, no sex at all. Thank god, i have a boyfriend that is understanding. And I’m going to use monistat 7 for now and my period is due pretty soon and when that is over i’m going to try the repHresh and hopefully that cures everything for me. And I just want to say thank you to all of you that shared your experience. I really thought i was alone because no one else that i know has ever experience what i am going through right now. By the way, im 21 and just started having sex about 10 months ago. I got a HIV test and a STD test done and everything was negative so right now im praying that this works for me.

    p.s. I’ll keep you guys updated!!

  125. sabah permalink
    March 26, 2008 7:27 pm

    hi gals.

    just got a box of RepHresh and thought i would do a little research on it and came across this blog.

    i have been suffering from BV for about 6months after having a copper coil fitted. its soo nasty..i dont want to get rid of my coil as i refuse to pump my body full of crapy meds.

    after my secound visit to the familly planning clinic and complaining of bv i was offered metronidzole again…and was reccomended to do this on a a regular basis..no way i say.

    so here i am starting on RepHresh 2night at the rate of £14.50 for 4 applictions and will see my doctor 2morow and demand a perscription for a months suppy as that will only cost £6.90

    will keep you updated…hopefully i wont smell all fishy 2morrow or ever again.

    sabah

    p.s. a pharmacist told me acitic acid is helpfull (dilluted vinager)…but i didnt ancy trying that cant help but fel i will smell like a walking fish a chip shop…grrrrr wish i was a man

  126. Ops permalink
    March 26, 2008 11:36 pm

    Hey ladies,
    Ok, I’m not doing quite as bad as some of you, having BV and yeast infections for years, but I gotta say, I think somthing is starting. I do agree with the first post to a degree, there is a lot of encouragement from commercials to just get rid of the “odor” with flowery scents and such, I don’t like that. But I’d like to think that some of us are smart enough to realize that there may be underlying problems. But, douching is bad for you, and if all women are as smart as some people above have implied then why are douches still on the market? (no offense to anybody, but I think I have a point)
    I came accross this site by looking up that RePHresh stuff, and I’m glad to see there is some pretty candid, and fairly unbiased information. I’m interested in RepHresh because when the itchies started my first thought was that my pH didn’t feel right.
    One thing that you all might want to consider with the cycles of BV and yeast infections is CHECK YOUR BIRTH CONTROL! Please everybody! I’ve been on the patch for years, and have noticed the side effects getting worse (yeast infections included, never had one until the patch, now they’re becoming more common), it delivers 60% more estrogen than the average pill! I’m switching soon to a VERY low dose birth control hoping that it’ll minimize the onset of the itchies and yuckies.
    Just a thought I figured I’d share. Too much estrogen (or progestin for that matter) can cause all kinds of nasty stuff. We end up treating the symptom (the BV) instead of the cause (hormones). I’m still going to watch for that RePHresh stuff, I know bad diet and such can contribute to problems, so it’ll be good to help balance things out. I’m in Canada and I’m not sure if its available here yet, fingers are crossed.

  127. itchynbitchy permalink
    March 28, 2008 2:14 am

    I have been suffering from this vicious cycle since forever! I go back and forth between the yeast and bacterial infections. My period causes the yeast and the meds for the yeast cause a bacterial and before I know it I have my period again. Or a yeast infection. I use tampons religeously during periods which I know prob isn’t great… but that is all I do that could be mildly wrong. I was single and abstanant for the past 1 and a half years so I really didn’t care I’d stock up on the meds and the only person the odor would bother is me. But now I’m in a relationship. Greatfully with a wicked down to earth guy who actually knows a little about this. But that first “babe, I have to tell you something, I have a yeast infection” phrase coming out of my mouth almost made my stomach come out through my throat. That was last month, and only a month into dating/sleeping with (protected of course) and now again this month I got my period followed by yeast followed by bv. I honestly feel gross at this point and am prob willing to stick anything up there.. Even if it does kill roaches… haha..and I’m horny as hell!… but 5am off to cvs I go to check out this rephresh stuff. This is awesome though, I’ve asked all my girl friends if they have these issues and not one of them gave me any feedback…. like not one of them has had an issue… well arnt I abnormal with my smelly snatch haha NO! I’m not alone after all!

  128. Gen permalink
    April 2, 2008 1:22 am

    Wow, thanks to everyone who wrote in on this blog. It is such a relief to know that I am not the only one out there with crotch rot.
    I notice the smell, mostly when I sweat, usually after hiking, and then also during intercourse. The itching comes and goes. I too have been to my GYN and have battled with this for about 3-4 years now.
    My GYN tried to be supportive. He agreed that it is a PH imbalance and contributed it to stress, diet, hormonal changes, and intercourse (Gosh, can’t a girl do anything?) Anyway, some of the suggestions were to
    1)air dry my crotch with the blow dryer on low, and no heat after a shower(Don’t always have time for this)
    2)A dab of A&D ointment inserted once a day (this smells like fish on it’s own – I didn’t need any more of that!)
    3)Vinegar/water douch. Supposedly, the vinegar would help restore the natural ph. (helps some, but is it bad in the long run?)

    I have tried doing these things, plus adding a probiotic drink and supplement. None of it works completely. Therefore, I am going to try the Rephreshe. I hope I get good results like most of you. Thanks again. I will see how it goes and let you all know.

  129. Babs permalink
    April 3, 2008 2:44 pm

    “Kait Says:

    Have any of you with odor, but no other symptoms experienced relief as well?
    and since I’m here, does anyone know what to do to reduce the discharge that comes with birth control pills? I am so tired of wearing pantyliners and I just want to feel comfortable again.”

    I posted about a month ago, talking about how I’d had odor for as long as I could remember, but no BV or yeast, and after going to the doctor’s repeatedly and getting NO help I was desperate for something to work. Though rephresh is a little pricey,
    It Is So Worth IT!

    I think I have a system nailed-down that works pretty well for me:
    Insert rephresh, then use a wipe such as Summer’s Eve Feminine cleansing cloths (they’re meant to kill bacteria that causes odor) just on your outer bits. Then after a while (or before having bedroom fun) give yourself a bit of rinse with cool/lukewarm water just to eliminate the “fake fresh” scent the wipe might leave.
    Absolutely no discharge; little to no odor.
    Enjoy!!

  130. dyah' permalink
    April 3, 2008 3:24 pm

    well I’ve suffered with the odor and discharge for about two years now. I gotta say the whole flagyl “no use”. even the thought about having sex “especially oral” gives me the itchies because of the whole odor issue and worrying if I smell that bad. so there’s no enjoyment in that.. ok questions;

    [ one ]

    is there anyone who has actually used rephresh? and what was the after result?

    [ two ]

    wat is boric acid? has anyone used that also? and if so how exactly do you use it?

    *also I heard that’s a very good product to use. better than rephresh*

  131. sabah permalink
    April 3, 2008 4:40 pm

    hi all.

    im loving rephresh…no more smellies…i cant beleive it..

    i went to my doctor to see if i could have it perscribed, but i cant because its not on the British National Formary. also doctor looked at the ingedients and said i dont see how it work…which made me really mad…im not just imagining the smellies have gone…anyway hes a man wht does he know what it feels like to have a smelly couchie. what will be intresting is what the swab shows after iv used rephresh…all my previous swabs have shown positive for BV.

    anyway my partner has also noticed the difference…so im going to carry on using it even though its £14.50 (the bank manager is not going to be happy)!!!

  132. kate323 permalink
    April 4, 2008 7:11 am

    well thank heavens im not alone on this for years i have suffered constant yeast infections always occuring before my period recently the doc suggested using canesten pessaries every month before a period to prevent it i myself had thoughts it could be bv i mentioned it to a doc a few years back after having tests for vaginal infections and all came back negative and she said it could be and didnt give me anything for it just said it would clear up by itself
    i do get the occaisional fishy smell after intercouse but not always its the intense itching that drives me nuts
    i recently stopped using always pads as i thought it could be those but i can only find natural products on the net no shops stock them(which is a pain too)
    so i came across this website after looking up rephresh cause i bought it from boots and didnt want to use it untill i’d checked it out
    i think im gonna give it a try as well as natracare sanitory products after all i’ve tryed every thing else going and all the docs want to do is fob me off to a gyno
    thanks ladies

  133. zona permalink
    April 4, 2008 4:07 pm

    well well we obviously have a few rebels from the know our bodies know ourselves crowd. pH does matter and if healthy should be self maintaining with simple hygiene, but if health issues such as respiratory problems requiring antibiotics or diabetic issues or hormone flutuations in peri and menopausal ages,even strict dieting can alter the normal balance. Important to note is products containing perfumes or alcohol should never be used in the genital area,harsh deoderant soaps can be very irritating and usually have very high pH levels. Birth control pills also upset the norm as can prolonged or intense intercourse or oral sex with a partner having poor dental hygiene. Oh well maybe this product can be convienient maybe its just another madison avenue hype to get your cash.Its been a hoot gotta get to work. I ended up at this site looking for the ingredients as I’m allergic to most of this stuff

  134. sitta permalink
    April 5, 2008 7:34 pm

    I’m so relieved to hear I’m not alone in this! I’m only 20 and have only had one partner (together 4 years) but have been tested for STDs at least 7 or 8 times, visited doctors and ob gyns and naturalists, the list goes on! They so often tell me nothing is wrong (or ask yet again if i’m sleeping around), but being itchy and PAINFUL all the time is not normal. First vaginismus, then vulvodynia, then maybe “it’s all in your head” because the tests come out normal. No one has ever mentioned PH to me… I guess my own research has been seriously inadequate too. The more I see this, the more I realize that ladies esp. need to take their health into their own hands. Anyway, I’ve written down all the suggestions (boric acid, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, whatever!) and will see what I can find at my health food store. Good luck everybody for living in peaceful co-existance with your vag ;)

  135. leslie permalink
    April 7, 2008 11:22 am

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think there would be more research if a decent percentage of men got itchy penises with discharge which prevented comfortable intercourse. You know, and it didn’t kill them, but just made things, well, icky. And uncomfortable. And smelly. And the doctor said, well, it can’t be your partner you just keep doing it to yourself. Wash. Wear clean underwear. take these prescriptions over and over and over and over and over. Your problem.

    I suspect this has something to do with modern living, as it can’t be an adaptive thing for humans to have. Overuse of prescriptions, hormonal fluctuations due to stress and western diets (how many of you out there have issues with your blood sugar? PCOS?). Partners who harbor resistant bacteria and yeast due to their own and previous partners use of prescription meds? This is a complicated issue that we are left to deal with on our own, but IT CAN’T BE NATURAL!

  136. DocGP permalink
    April 8, 2008 4:31 am

    All, thanks for writing. I am a physician who’s had a yellow discharge and “vulvodynia” or “vulvar vestibulitis syndrome” or whatever other name that seems to fit, for 17 years…talk about FRUSTRATING! Believe me, I have tried everything conceivable and have been to many, many medical colleagues. I was actually comforted to read that I am not alone. For me, it’s not yeast, nor classic BV. But, I do think that that there has been a disturbance in vaginal flora, even if the tests we have can’t tell me exactly what the problem is or how to fix it. I have used the first 2 applicators of RepHresh. I am now having my period, and I can say that there is no odor with it. I am still itchy/burny, but will continue trying the product. I have nothing left to lose. And, it seems to have helped some of you. That gives me hope.

    I will keep searching for answers for myself, and for all of us who suffer. In medicine, we sometimes get frustrated when we don’t have the answer, and some even then say that it must all be in the patient’s head. But, we patients know the problem is painfully real. There is an answer. Maybe it’s RepHresh…maybe it’s something else. I’m determined to find it. And, I will share.

    Incidentally, boric acid worked great for me the first time I used it…for 2 days…it was the first time I was discharge free in 17 years. I cried tears of joy. The pain was still there, but for the FIRST day in 17 years, I wore underwear without a panty liner. When the discharged returned, I was devestated…but, I fight on. There has to be an answer.

    Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write.

    Good luck, ladies!

  137. nycutie permalink
    April 8, 2008 11:52 pm

    Hi everyone…

    I have been reading what everyone has written and I have a few things I’d like to add.

    First, I have suffered with BV and yeast since I got pregnant with my daughter 11 years ago. I’ve been on all the Diflucan, Monistat, Flagyl, Metrogel that should be lawfully allowed to 1 person. There are 2 things that my new doctor instructed me to do about 3 years ago.

    1. You should soak in a warm bath for at least 15 minutes a day with no liquid soaps and wash your vagina with plain dove soap.

    2. while soaking you should insert a finger into your vagina and just kind of circle it a few times to wash away the discharge.

    This really works and you will notice a huge difference after about a week.

    Although this works for most of the month like someone said a while back I still noticed the discomfort and slight odor right before and after my period. So, about a year and a half ago I saw a commercial for Rephresh and decided to try it. I would use it about 3 days before my period and then again right after it goes off and it has been like a miracle. Now I only need it after I never run out and the good thing is that a box usually last me for 3-4 months.

    Some women complained of a discharge on the 2nd day with rephresh, this is according to their site due to shedding off dry vaginal tissue. My cure for that was to stop using tampons.

    Sorry so long, hope this helps.

  138. Victoria permalink
    April 9, 2008 12:05 am

    I’ve suffered from BV off and on for years now as well. (At least Ive only had a YI once). I actually react pretty good from the metro gel but going to the Dr. is way over being a pain. I only wanna go my once a year! for my check up and bc refill!!
    In the past Ive tried to cure these on my own as well, tea tree oil douche, all natural yougart douche (and eating lots of it), lots of water, and taking those acidophilus pills, & who knows what else. None worked for me.. and I was really trying.
    So right now I have the fishy odor that I know and hate, really does mess up your social life and sex life :(
    Ive bought Represh and Im gonna try it as soon as my period is over, I hope it works! I mean sometimes something has to be good without a prescription right.
    Also, When are they gonna make BV meds over the counter? Have it include a test to say if you have it or not. Please!!! Somebody do something.

  139. itchynbitchy permalink
    April 9, 2008 7:59 am

    I’m back. And I still have 2 “syringes” left of rephresh. I took a shower and used the stuff. Went to work about an hour later. I had no discomfort or odor or yuckie discharge at all for about 7 days with only one insert. It was amazing. Also sex was great because it helped with the lubrication process. After about a week of working doubles (and my job requires running around with your head cut off … typical high volume restuarant work) I noticed an odor returning but it wasn’t that fishy smell it was more of a “I’m rotting from the inside out” smell. I used another (only half actually) dose of the stuff and everything is back to perfect. The way I look at it, of I gotta spend 20$ every other month or so this stuff is so worth it. I have a happy vagina!

  140. lillipilli permalink
    April 9, 2008 11:32 pm

    Ladies, i feel sorry for you. i love the taste and smell of my vagina. it changes with my cycle, sometimes being stronger and more potent, other times having no smell at all.
    i have had a few cases of thrush after being on anti-biotics but real yoghurt in my vagina (not the crappy nestle sugar stuff) and acidophillus tablets work exteremly well.
    this rephresh product has just been released in australia and i saw the ad on TV today, which i found pretty offensive. i did feel like they were suggesting that a vagina is a dirty thing, and that all natural smells and discharges were to be avoided. i dont like ads like that AT ALL.
    i believe that all of you women having such extreme problems should seriously look at your diet, and i dont mean just avoid sugar for 2 days and expect everything to be better instantly. diet affects every aspect of your health so do it properly.

  141. Doreen permalink
    April 12, 2008 2:58 am

    I’m a little offended by that last comment! I only eat organic food and am a vegan. I don’t eat candy, I don’t drink soda, my diet consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, soy, whole grains, water, and green tea…which has been the case for about 6 years now. So to imply that this is something I’m doing to myself is pretty rude when this person has no idea what my lifestyle or my diet consists of!

    I do agree that diet does have great effects on any number of health problems, but its obviously not the only reason for this one.

  142. sabah permalink
    April 13, 2008 12:07 pm

    hi in reply to

    lillipilli Says:
    April 9, 2008 at 11:32 pm
    Ladies, i feel sorry for you. i love the taste and smell of my vagina. it changes with my cycle, sometimes being stronger and more potent, other times having no smell at all.
    i have had a few cases of thrush after being on anti-biotics but real yoghurt in my vagina (not the crappy nestle sugar stuff) and acidophillus tablets work exteremly well.
    this rephresh product has just been released in australia and i saw the ad on TV today, which i found pretty offensive. i did feel like they were suggesting that a vagina is a dirty thing, and that all natural smells and discharges were to be avoided. i dont like ads like that AT ALL.
    i believe that all of you women having such extreme problems should seriously look at your diet, and i dont mean just avoid sugar for 2 days and expect everything to be better instantly. diet affects every aspect of your health so do it properly.

    iv found you comments just a tad offensive. please do not asume that people with BV have bad diets. I have a great diet and exersize routine..but i still get BV from my coil…and most of us have had it investigated by professionals…who have no answers on how to help.

    if you have a normal fragrance from your virgina thats great…but as someone who as hade a normal virgina fragrance to developing a fishy smell (which by the way if you dont have it im sure you will not understand) is a very offensive smell.

    and as for rephersh i love it…because i can be proud of my couche and not be worried about the smelly fishy smell.

  143. sethe permalink
    April 14, 2008 2:00 am

    I have a kind of embarrassing question…
    I experience the same odour and pain that a lot of you describe, but when tested it’s not BV or yeast or any other infection or disease–trust me, i’ve been tested a zillion times. It gets better right after I shower, and then gradually worse again (don’t misinterpret this, I am a very clean person). Both smell and pain gets worse after sex or wearing tight jeans (even with my cotton undies), and sometimes just at random. Has anyone else had these symptoms? Ever found out what it is or anything other than frequent bathing that makes it better?
    Thanks so much for the help… I can’t believe i’m asking this but i’m so fed up.

  144. Deirdre permalink
    April 16, 2008 10:45 am

    I just have to leave a comment here to give my experience. I have been fortunate enough to have had very few infections in my life and have always had a fantastic sex life with my fiance. Unfortunately about 6 months ago, he became very reluctant to go down on me or play with me the way we have always done. As it was so out of the ordinary I asked and he reluctantly told me there was a “bad odour & taste” down there. Of course I was Offended & Mortified! As with the other women here I shower twice daily & am careful of my hygiene so I could not understand it. Had no pain or itching either to give a hint of a problem – just a bad smell (& taste). I tried everything – cotton knickers, no knickers, skirts only (with hold ups), scent free soaps, perfumed panty liners, canesten wipes, water only etc. etc. all to no avail. Sometimes it was OK; sometimes awful (being made aware of it I was of course doing some finger sampling!). I went to my GP and was tested for various infections – all negative. I was really really down about this and it was even putting me off normal sex as I was so paranoid so not a happy bunny AT ALL. And with very cranky man also. I was miserable, constantly checking “bad vaginal odours” etc. on the Internet & finding nothing relevant. Just as I was about ready to crack up, I found RePHresh in the chemist & said what have I to lose (apart from 22 euro) so took it home & used it. 3 days later I used it again. And guess what? It worked!!!!! Un bloody beliveable but true! I have NO IDEA how it works (ok PH levels are lowered to the correct level of 4.5 or whatever from the prevous nasty high smelly levels, but HOW?) Anyway, we are two very happy campers so I really don’t care and he is happy to pay the 22 euro as much as necessary to get his woman back. So for me it worked. And for that I am grateful beyond belief. And no, I don’t work for whoever makes it, but I could gladly kiss them!

  145. Julie permalink
    April 17, 2008 9:50 pm

    I am so relieved to read all of this! I was starting to not enjoy sex anymore, too much pain, the post-odor. Went to the doctor with itching and burning, he said everything looked fine, cultures came out clean. Didn’t know what else to do. Decided to try the Rephresh, I had nothing to lose. And I swear, within a few hours I felt better! I don’t care if it is all in my head, I will definatley continue to use it. I think the cost of it is well worth having my sex life back. For those of you who have never experienced anything like this, you are very lucky. I am so glad to read that I am not alone. If anyone has these symptoms and can’t find anything that works for them, I suggest you try this product at least once. It may not be for you, but it seems like most of the women that have tried it are very pleased with it. I know I am!

  146. Alexis permalink
    April 19, 2008 11:16 pm

    Hi

    I have been going through the same cycle as many posted here and I am so relieved to read that I am not alone. For the past 6 months I have been on and off multiple antibiotics trying to clear up my BV… my last visit was in Feb. My diagnosis was BV, a yeast infection, and a bladder infection. I took loads of antibiotics, which cleared everything up, but left the exterior of my vagina irritated and just plain pissed off. Since then I discovered rephresh… and I love it. I use it constantly and have been infection free for a good 6 weeks. It has been wonderful… sex is fun again. I love my boyfriend and my loss of interest in sex due to pain during intercourse from the BV was really starting to threaten our relationship. I would recommend this product to anyone. If you are suffering from recurrent BV… try it.

  147. BVagain permalink
    April 20, 2008 9:05 am

    Ladies, this is just a blog with comments. We’re attempting to find solutions that will work for us in another forum. Please join us here – it is ultra-discreet:

    quicktopic.com/41/H/VT6ER3mdWQU

    You’ll have to add the w w w first, then what you see above.

  148. April 20, 2008 10:24 am

    Likewise, ladies, you’re welcome to discuss amongst yourselves here, as you have already been doing, given the lengthy discussion already in place. ;)

  149. Carmen permalink
    April 21, 2008 3:57 pm

    Wow, what a response this post has gotten. I’m so impressed with all these ladies – thanks for sharing so much ladies, its amazing how much it has helped others. I think my own problem is completely opposite than about 90% of these comments. I don’t get BV or yeast infections and I think its because I am on the extreme acidic side of the spectrum. From the research I’ve done bacteria grows in a vagina that is more alkaline. Nothing can live in mine because its like battery acid. So much so that my sex life has been seriously effected. I’ve been in a long time relationship, he attests that it has not always been like this. I have determined that it started when I started taking acidophilus pills to help with my digestion. I’ve been really happy to have solved my digestion problem but I think the adverse affect has been that the PH of my vaj has increased to an unhappy degree. So I’ve decided to stop taking acidophilus pills to see if my vaj gets more alkaline. there has to be a happy medium in there somewhere. I don’t think Rephresh is a solution for me because from what i can tell it increases the acidity, and that is not what i need. I’m writing this more because I think it might be possible for these ladies to solve their problem by taking acidophilus pills. It sounds like these ladies are too alkaline which makes the atmosphere ripe for bacteria. Maybe acidophilus increases the acidity just enough to kill off bacteria. Just a suggestion.

  150. a guys perspective permalink
    April 22, 2008 10:43 am

    From a guys perspective. ( I know what your thinking, but I have insight, research ( first hand) and opinion. This may sound strange and I offer it up for the ladies out there. When you are experiencing problems after sex and the few days that follow, especially regarding odor, think back if you have the experience or multiple partners to whether your partner has had a vasectomy or not. I have and I have not had a partner of mine tell me of a problem of this issue yet they have shared with me that they have had the problem with others. And oh by the way, any guy who has had several partners can taste and smell the differences in a balanced and unbalanced vag.

  151. Julie permalink
    April 23, 2008 11:03 am

    Girls, FYI, I went to Target the other day and they sell it for $13.49! I was shocked at the price, other stores sell it for $18.99 most of the time from what I can see. Just thought you might like to know! It’s a huge savings, especially if you have to buy it often.

  152. Kitty permalink
    April 23, 2008 3:57 pm

    My gynecologist has recommended this for recurrent yeast infections–thanks for all the comments. She told me to start using it once every week or two, rather than the several times a week some have mentioned.

  153. Kris permalink
    April 26, 2008 5:23 pm

    OMG! I am so relieved to have found all of your comments. I have gone the last 2-3 years with YI/BV. I had a baby in Dec and have been infection free since then, but I always have a discharge. Nothing too gross, but a constant discharge that I have to wear a pantiliner every day. I hate that!

    I know the twinge that comes with BV or a YI. I thought for sure I had a round of something coming on this week. I had a Rx for Diflucan so I took it on Wed. Thought I would nip it in the bud. Still on Sat. had the twinge. You know the feeling… like it’s about to start. It’s usually just minor itching or the feeling that something isn’t right. So earlier today, before seeing this blog, I tried rephresh. It’s been about 3 hours and I have to say I feel better. Not cured, but better like it’s working. Like someone else said, it might be in my head but I don’t care! I’ll come back and let you know about the discharge. I’m nervous about the “toilet paper bits” I’ve been reading about. LOL If that’s the worst of it though, sign me up!

  154. May 9, 2008 11:31 am

    Does anyone have any thoughts as to whether recurring BV and yeast may be the result of overwashing? When I was diagnosed (AGAIN!) with BV last week, my mother in her fully panicked “OMG why does this keep happening is there something i did mode” asked if it could possibly be because i wash too much. In other words, by washing often and hard i could be washing away my bodies natural defense bacteria too. It might sound excessive (and my boyfriend thinks humorous) I use three wash cloths when showering- one for body, one for face, one for privates. They are color coded so that i never use a cloth that was once used in one place on another. In my head this reduces the possibility of cross contamination of some other harmful to the vag bacteria from somewhere else on my body. I shower twice a day but notice that i sometimes might use a little excessive force when washing down there. I scrub the outside (hair), then my vulva, then go around back making sure to pull it all backwards. I wouldn’t be surprised if i might be over doing it or doing it wrong since even my dentist has made a comment about me brushing my gums too hard.

    I would welcome any suggestions from anyone on washing techniques (especially after sex) they have found to work in reducing symptoms.

    I am also prepared to start keeping a vagina diary. Noting what I ate, how I washed, if i had sex, etc that may help me to determine if there might be some specific cause. You know, be my vaginas own investigative reporter determined to uncover the infectious truth.

  155. May 9, 2008 11:39 am

    One last question… Does anyone know if repHresh might lose it’s affectiveness at a certain temperature? It has been quite warm in my apartment over the past few weeks as I wait for apartment management to turn the air conditioning on May 15. After completing my BV treatment from last week, i was finally feeling renewed and, dare i say, like a woman again just to have sex on Saturday, use a repHresh immediately after but end up itching again by Tuesday. I used another repHresh on Wednesday but the symptoms only seemed to increase. Since this box of repHresh has been in my cabinet for a few weeks I was thinking it may have reached a temperature that killed it’s affectiveness. At any rate, i started a Monistat three dose treatment last night in the hopes that maybe i’m just experiencing a side affect from the antibiotics present in the BV treatment.

    BTW- What the hell genious of a man figured the best way to treat one infection is to directly insert a drug into your vagina that causes different infection? I’m with a lot of you, if this were an affliction common to a man, there would be a better understanding of causes, prevention and treatment.

  156. May 17, 2008 3:59 pm

    Just to let you all know this is the second time I have used rephresh. i have never had a YI that I am aware of or BV, but the past two days I have noticed a burning itchy discharge(I was on omnicef for sinusitus) so I thought it was the antibiotic, on top of that my husband and I have been doing the deed an awlful lot. He always shoots his load and I let it sit in hopes pf a baby coming along. Anyway this discharge is a little chunky so my first thought was YI. I used 1 rephresh treatment and about an hour later there is relief. The last time I used it I had similar issues goin on and I think I did 3 treatments and it cleared up right away. Whatever the case this stuff works. I always have a yuck onion-garlic-like odor and this stuff makes it go away for a while. I have 2 kids and cant find a sitter to go to the doc everytime I itch, so this has been a lifesaver. USe it, Use it, use it!!! You will not be dissapointed.

    p.s–I was freaked out by the chunky white discharge this stuff creates also but now that I know its normal I have no worries using this product.

  157. May 19, 2008 10:26 am

    I was reading another blog and another woman brought up this issue that she sometimes has. It is not an infection but presents some of the same symptoms. For those of us who find ourselves wasting the time to go to the doctor to have them say the cultures came back normal, you may want to discuss the possibility of this condition. It is called cytolytic vaginosis.

    http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/Cytolytic%20Vaginosis.pdf

  158. May 20, 2008 6:54 am

    I too am suffering for about a year now with BV. I take antibiotics, and it goes away for a week or two, but then it comes back. I took Rephresh for the first time yesterday so I will see what happens.

    My question is though, how long do we take it ‘every 3 days’?? Do you take it every three days until your done with the box… OR do you take it every three days for the rest of your life???

    Thanks!

  159. Millicent permalink
    May 21, 2008 12:01 am

    Well ladies, I am also a sufferer of the constant circle of bv to flagyl to yeast infection to diflucan to bv again then the cycle would start over again….used Rephresh today for the first time and guess what? Also had sex today….no smell, felt good, no discomfort, non stop lubrication, a lil of that residue or dead cells from the rephresh gel..but nothing to complain about. My bf actually said that he wanted to write a testimonial :)…i know…tmi…but i have to be detailed because Rephresh is a miracle….when it comes to bv, that is.

    The first time I saw the commercial it was me and my bf and he gave me a look when he heard it..like he was saying “you need to go and get you some of that”…..and I must say it was hilarious to me but it caught my attention.

    btw: semen causes my bv. If I did not get it out after sex it would change my ph and cause bv. And I do think once your ph is back to normal the bv goes away..because the bacteria can no longer live in a normal environment. Rephresh is just so expensive…but it’s worth it.

  160. Millicent permalink
    May 21, 2008 12:04 am

    sorry..meant to say..guess what? IT’S WORKED INSTANTLY!

  161. teegirl permalink
    May 31, 2008 3:43 pm

    Some people do not understand, even my doctor didn’t. I’ve had recurrent cervicitis for 4 years. If I had it again, I was going to have to have my cervix frozen. Well, I got it again. Lucky, my doctor was on vacation and I talked to another doctor’s nurse. She said it sounded like BV because it always flared up after intercourse. Her doctor prescribed Doxyclcyline for the third time, but she told me to try RePhresh.

    For the first time in four years, I feel normal. I want to go running down my street singing. I love it. I felt better within five minutes of the application. Can you believe my doctor never mentioned this and she’s a female gyno? I think I’ll send that nurse flowers. (BTW: I also tested neg for all STD’s. My husband’s chemistry just doesn’t jive with mine, I guess.)

  162. it never ends permalink
    June 4, 2008 8:14 pm

    i’m hearing a lot of responses that y’all are having more symptoms after sex. it leads me to think that certain men’s semen must trigger something? i too have increased symptoms after sex w/ my current relationship (1.5 yrs). my previous relationship (8+ years) i never had odor like this before. it leads me to think more research can be done on this subject… maybe the makers of rephresh should sponsor it! i was wondering if douching after sex w/ plain water would help or if the water would wash away the normal flora. i’m afraid to try since i don’t want to make my symptoms worse then they already are! i did try the rephresh for the 2nd time. the 1st time i noticed a slight improvement in odor, but then my period started. sometimes i wonder if my odor is just normal most of the time but now i’ve gotten hypersensitive and paranoid! how can i tell anymore without running to the dr everytime to have a culture done? btw, i tried the vagisil ph testing and it said my ph was normal. went to the dr (although it wasn’t right away) and it was the bv again. they were a little expensive to just throw away! maybe the answer is to use rephresh every wk to prevent symptoms… just wish they had a “generic” and cheaper one available!!!

  163. Tera permalink
    June 8, 2008 6:56 am

    I have insessant Gardnerella. Rephresh is a God-Send.

  164. it never ends permalink
    June 12, 2008 12:35 am

    my update:
    did the rephresh 3 times now (3-4 days apart each time). on the 1st day i had a mostly clear discharge (like what they rephresh looks like) w/ a little bit of white chunks (no odor). the 2nd day the white chunks were a lot heavier (even had to wear a pantyliner). i was getting worried, but remembered others posted white discharge too. day 3 it gets better and by day 4 no more discharge. the smell becomes much better within a few hours of the 1st dose. the smell isn’t 100% gone, but my honey noticed it was much better. other things i’ve changed:
    1. no more underware at night
    2. low glycemic diet (no refined sugars, more whole wheat)
    3. added florajen (probiotic for vaginal health and is the only one that’s refrigerated)
    4. “air” dry completely before getting dressed after a shower

    also wondered if anyone out there been diagnosed w/ PCOS? I have and wonder if the hormone imbalance is effecting the imbalance down there?

  165. Stacy permalink
    June 19, 2008 5:36 pm

    No, I don’t like the commercials for this product, but do like the results. And can even deal with the discharge side effect. I’ve been suffering from chronic infections (BV, YI) for 8 years now. I am COMPLETELY miserable and have cried more than once over it all. I’ve seen several doctors, they are sick of seeing me, one telling me nothing is wrong because there was no discharge, or that there is nothing else they can do. I’m tired of feeling like I am broken. Yes, in my opinion, I feel I DO have a BAD VAGINA and often find myself scolding it like a dummy because it is impossible to have a “normal” sex life OR life for that matter. No matter what my mind or the rest of my body wants, my vagina just doesn’t WANT to cooperate. So currently, my perception IS that it’s a BAD VAGINA.

    I’ve not had children, but was pregnant at one time and that is when this madness began. I’ve have had the same partner for over 6 and a half years and it is ruining what little sex life I may have. I’m so freaked out about getting an infection that I would rather abstain than suffer. He has told me many times that if things don’t improve he will leave. While this is sad to me, I can completely understand. No one wants to be with a chick that gets funky crotch every time she has sex. Condom, no condom, it doesn’t matter. I still get infections. Frankly, I’m starting to believe that all he has to do is LOOK at me and I get an infection.

    Most of the time my vag can’t decide if it wants a yeast infection OR bacterial vaginosis. When one is cured, the other seems to show up. So if the commercials for Rephresh are stupid, fine…but it offers me SMALL relief to the point I can function and sleep at night (sometimes it gets so bad that it even keeps me awake at night). I have just a LITTLE hope that someone will someday find a cure for this madness and give me more options than Monistat and weekly doctor visits (which become SO very pricey when insurance denies your claims because you have seen your doctor 8 times for the same problem in just in the last year).

  166. Amanda permalink
    June 26, 2008 12:09 pm

    I have to let you all know that I have had MAJOR problems with BV and yeast for so many years. I was going on clindamycin at least 4 times a year and had to take Flagyl pills when I was done with the clindamycin to take care of the yeast. My doctor had mentioned the rephresh to me last year and since then, I have found that if I use one applicator the day after my period is done, I am odor, itch, discomfort…. FREE! You have to figure out what it is that is causing your ph to be thrown off and when you start to feel even a little “off” use an applicator before bed and you will feel better in no time. I swear by this product. It has really changed my life.

    GOOD LUCK LADIES!!

  167. Sher permalink
    July 20, 2008 2:25 am

    I have used Rephreshe for the last month or so. I am so relieved to have found it. I do not have chronic vaginal odor problems or infections. But I do have an annoying sour odor during the summer months that began about 15 years when I was in my 30’s and had my second child. Nothing worked – traditional feminine deodorants, washes, powders, cotton underwear. I rarely douche. I am a little overweight but eat healthfully for the most part, and exercise moderately. This Rephreshe has worked. I do not use it every 3 days per the instructions. I only seem to need to use it once every 10-14 days before odor returns. I hope others will find it helpful. I am just so relieved to have found something that works. I just would like to find some research on long-term benefits or risks.

  168. immodest librarian permalink
    July 23, 2008 1:47 pm

    Hmm, ok, after reading this thread I am considering buying this stuff. I have the same history as so many here: frequent irritation/BV/redness/burning etc. Been tested for all STDs and BV and my doc says all the labs are clean. I eat yogurt with acidophilus almost every morning. I’m married and me and the mister rarely have sex more than once a week, and yes, we use safe lube. I am hypoglycemic but my sugar intake is pretty normal and healthy. I have an IUD but this problem started years ago, before I got it. I’ve taken metrogel, flagyl, and other numerous times but they never lasted. I’ve recently been trying hydrocortizone but it hasn’t been that great.

    Ok, I guess I will actually get to the point now: my problem is all on the exterior- the interior feels fine. I don’t use harsh detergent and stay away from non-cotton undies. Have any of you only used rePhresh on the outside, without using the applicator? At this point I’m game to try it but if I don’t have to use it with the applicator, I’d get more doses from one tube and save some cash. Thanks!

  169. Queen of the Southern Skies permalink
    August 4, 2008 3:46 pm

    I posted to this blog nearly a year ago and have been using Rephresh since then. The product really works for me. You do get some clumpy discharge when you use it but I’ve found that this diminishes if I only use the product once a week and not every 3-4 days as recommended.

  170. August 9, 2008 12:15 pm

    First…love the internet!
    Second…THANKS to all of you have have posted and to the author for starting this.
    Third…I will try to make my long story short

    I have been with the same guy for over 12 years. After our 3rd baby, he had a vasectomy. After the vasectomy, we began having sex w/o condoms. That is when my problems began. I think it was a combination of the change in me from having the kids and his fluids. Anyway…last summer I went to the doctor too many times. First – yeast infection; second – BV; third – they treated me with an antibiotic for a “possible STD” associated with high pH levels even though the symptoms were always the same (everything you all described here). My husband was also treated with the same antibiotic. Basically, the implication from the doctors was that he was unfaithful and this sent us into a whole story that is for a different website. Anyway…after accusations, denials, fighting, therapy, etc., I finally had sex with him again and I was right back where I started last summer. I thought I was just being paranoid or as another posting said, hypersensitive. I even remember telling my therapist at one point that I thought I “smelled”. Then, I began self treating for the cycle…left over BV perscription, OTC yeast infections meds, cranberry, AZO, wipes, powders. Anyway, long story short, I had sex again last night and today, the smell is back. So I goggled the problem and found the rephresh website. Then when researching the product I found this blog. Other than the criticism of the commercials (there are so many ads now that are ridiculous), I have been researching for hours and not found a negative thing about the product. I am so relieved and as soon as I finish posting this I am packing the kids up and going to the store to buy rephresh. As so many of you said, I feel like I was reading different versions of my own problems. Thanks.

  171. Please Lord permalink
    August 10, 2008 1:08 pm

    Okay. I have been dealing with BV and yeast infections for about two years (since I turned 23). I don’t eat sugar (candy, sweets, soda, potato,alcohol, beet etc.) and I’m a vegetarian. I exercise a half hour three times a week, I don’t wear scented anything, tight anything or anything that isn’t breathable cotton. I don’t have STD’s and have been with the same partner for 4 years. I’ve tried yogurt, lactobilliswhateveris pills, suppositories–you name it. None of it worked. I tried difulcan monistat vagisil-you name it. None of that worked and in fact, made it worse! I tried “Candidate tincture” and that made it REALLY bad because it is alcohol based. I stumbled across this website and ran (literally) to get it. I just put it in and I will let you know how it goes. ALSO, I started taking Dong Quai last night to regulate my estrogen. My mother in law said that I’m at a child bearing age and since i’m not pregnant my hormones are wacky. I also heard that if your estrogen goes down, your ph goes up and this can cause these problems.

  172. Please Lord permalink
    August 10, 2008 2:14 pm

    Quick update: It has been about an hour or so since I used it and I am a CHANGED WOMAN. If this works as good every time I will be hooked! There’s no mess which is shocking, and it worked IMMEDIATELY to stop the itch. Hopefully in the next few days it will make it look better too.

  173. semihopeful permalink
    August 10, 2008 3:38 pm

    I stumbled across this website this morning and I’m so happy I did. Ever since I met my husband (nearly 2 years ago), i’ve been suffering from the horrid, and apparently oh-so-common cycle of BV & yeast infections. I was literally at my wits end thinking what is wrong with me?? i take showers every day, only wipe front to back and even started using baby wipes, i drink lots of water, i pee immediately after sex, keep my sugar intake low, get my 5-a-day of fruits & veggies, eat foods high in omega 3, yogurt every morning at work, completed treatment after treatment prescribed by my gyno. This had never happened before, what the heck is wrong with me??

    I hate to say it, but i was so relieved to find out that I wasn’t the only one out there suffering from this. My poor husband, bless his heart, has been so understanding and sincere about it. I would only engage in sex if I had just stepped out of the shower or pool, or if i’d had a chance to run to the restroom for a quick rinse. It’s so sad how self-conscious this has forced me to become, oral sex and spontaneous sex is almost impossible because I know if I wouldn’t want to be down there, i certainly wouldn’t want HIM to be down there. Its not only embarassing, but its depressing to have gone so long without any cure…not to mentioned how emotionally draining it is.

    So i scoured the internet, I first read about a product called Femanol (ridiculously pricy, $67 on ebay for a month supply), while looking at the consumer reviews, i saw someone had mentioned repHresh. Immediately I googled it, and ran across forum after forum with great reviews. Skeptical at first, i kept reading and found this forum. After about an hour of research, I ran to the nearest Wal-Mart. A kit of 4 applicators was less than $13, plus there was a $1 off coupon for the next box. Thank goodness our Walmart has the self checkout, so i didn’t even have to endure the awkwardness of having a cashier scan it.

    I rushed home and inserted my first round about 20 minutes ago. Hopefully I’ll see some sort of result. If not, I’m going to do a treatment of MetroGel to clear anything that might be currently going on (i don’t think repHresh is intended to kill bacteria/yeast)…and then give repHresh another shot.

    I’ll keep you guys posted.
    Thank you so much to all that have shared such personal stories and provided unbiased/non-offensive opinions and advice. It’s heartening to think that there might just be something out there to keep this awful cycle at bay and revive the confidence i once had.

  174. Please Lord permalink
    August 11, 2008 10:05 pm

    While I feel better…it still looks ugly down there. I’m ordering Jarrow FemDophilus because I heard that it is really effective WITH ph controls.

  175. semihopeful permalink
    August 11, 2008 11:54 pm

    Okay, 3 words: oh – my – gosh!!
    Here I am, a 36 hours since my first treatment & still odor free. This is truly a miracle product. Within an hour, any trace of the odor was gone… i didn’t want to believe it and thought that it might just be my head playing games. I checked at 3 hours, 5 hours, the next morning, took a shower as usual, sat at work for 4 hours, checked at lunchtime, and again after work. Unbelievable.

    I did, however, encounter small amounts of the clumpy white discharge that many warned about. I read that it is the product helping shed the dead skin cells along the vaginal wall, so i’m hoping this will decrease with time.

    Hubby and i had sex for the 1st time since being on it…i warned him about the “little white balls” but it was so negligible, he could care less. I asked how everything was “down there”, and he said great and thought i had just taken a shower. but it had actually been 3 hours since my last shower. the product is only supposed to last 3 days before needing a new treatment. i’m hoping it might last a little longer – but i fear the sex might throw it off BEFORE the 3 days is up. i guess i’ll wait and see.

    Other than that, i have zero complaints. i will be investing in LOTS of this stuff and telling everyone i know about this!
    I don’t know why every gyno doesn’t have this stocked, or why more don’t know about it!!

    If you are skeptical … i completely understand … but for $15, you should definitely give it a shot. I couldn’t be happier. The difference in my confidence level in 36 hours is night and day. Truly unbelievable.

  176. Please Lord permalink
    August 12, 2008 11:32 pm

    A douch of hydrogen peroxide diluted with water cured me . Rephresh gave relief but Hydrogen Peroxide kills the bad bacteria.

  177. semihopeful permalink
    August 14, 2008 10:17 pm

    hmm, i may have spoken too soon.
    my 3 days was up, and sure enough the odor started to come back. So in went the 2nd application … it didn’t go over nearly as well. The odor was not completely gone as it was with the first application, so of course i was very emotional to discover that :( I’ll giveit another chance in a few days.

    I decided to douche with a 1:4 ratio of H202 to water Please Lord suggested followed by a shower. I sort of guess on the ratio. We’ll see if that helps. Does anyone know if this is something that needs to be done for several days? So far so good, everything seems neutral, but then again, its only been an hour.

    i’m going to purchase probiotic supplements within the week to see if that will help keep all those bad bacteria at bay.

    i just want this to go away!

  178. Please Lord permalink
    August 16, 2008 12:24 pm

    You can work up to doing just peroxide. If your vajayjay is raw then dilute it half and half to start. On a healthy one, straight up peroxide won’t burn. I find that if I do that douche every night AND take probiotics three times a day I have NO troubles. I missed my douche last night and my symptoms started returning this morning. Good luck!

  179. Please Lord permalink
    August 16, 2008 9:04 pm

    also ,don’t shower after. Do it and then go to bed.

  180. Jen permalink
    September 7, 2008 11:10 pm

    this is such a relief. i didn’t know that so many people have the same problem that i do. i’ve had a disgusting smelling, sometimes yellow, sometimes brown, sometimes clear, discharge for almost two years. i’ve had every test in the book and never come up for anything except BV sometimes. but even when i don’t test positive for that, i have the discharge. i’ve dished out so much money for so many different perscriptions. this rephresh seems to be my last hope. i just bought it yesterday but i’m getting my period in two days so i’m goign to wait until its over. i just hope that i don’t have to use this every 3 days for the rest of my life now. i’m so tired of this. its so embarrassing.

  181. confusedddd permalink
    September 15, 2008 4:01 pm

    okay unlike everyone here i have some questions…im only 20 and im very confused AND EMBARESSED…i was dating the same boy for almost a year ..we broke up …..i had slept with 2 different boys iknow i know …but i did and i cant take it back…i was fine afterwards not to mention UNPROTECTED… ..i got back with the original boy now and he had 1 partner while we seperated unprotected as well ….after we hooked up for the first time it was fine… another thing is he always finishes in me.. and i had no idea keeping that in u without showering was bad and also not urinating after sex i usually will just fall asleep (now noticing after i lookd online i dont know if this is what caused it..or possibly antibiotics i had taken a week b4? MAYBE BOTH idont know lol) …so anyway couple days after during sex i smelt the grossest….NASTIEST smell like a fish crawled in me and died!!!…we stopped and i immediatly showered washed inside out…came online to see what it could be…my discharge is completely normal…everyone i read here is talkin about white blobs or what not.. i dont have that..no irritation…..so i was thinkin it could be BV …and im embaressed to go to a OBGYN but i know i should..i tried douching, feminine wash, wipes, feminine spray it would mask it for a couple HOURS! not even days… but during those hours i would think everythin was fine ….my boyfriend would go down id ask how it was he’d say fine…so the outside smelt fine…….as soon as we got to intercourse OMG.. i wanted to puke all over again – couldnt even finish i threw myself in the shower AGAIN…..i tried rephresh 3 days ago…and i havent had sex since IM SCARED–no smell though.. im scared its going to make me smell all over again just because this is cleaning me out how do i keep from not gettin stinky all over again…. i dont want to use rephresh every 3 days!! AHHH please help!!1

  182. Ranny1 permalink
    September 15, 2008 6:22 pm

    I started having sex early in my teens and soon after, I noticed a really bad smell coming from my vagina. It smelled worse over time and I was afraid to see a doc because my parents had no idea I was sexually active and I never wanted them to find out. It was after it developed into PID when I was 19 that I got admitted into the hospital and had to deal with it. None of my sex partners throughout my years have ever said anything to me, and I had been in two lengthy relationships, one for 2 years and the other for 3 years. After I saw the doc and he prescribed Flagyl and some other thing, the smell and discharge went away, then after I got married at 22, I was fine. I got divorced soon after and changed sex partners. I have been seeing my now boyfriend for a little over a year and I noticed a weird smelling discharge as soon as we had unprotected sex. When I went to the doc, they took a culture which came back negative for any STD’s. They prescribed Metronidazole and now, a few months after, yet again I have BV and a yeast infection. My doc prescribed one Fluconazole pill and another tube of Metronidazole. Let’s see how soon this BV will recur. I did some research and found out about Primadophilus Reuteri, a probiotic designed to balance the bacteria in your system, so I’ll be getting myself some of those to see if they work. I have not tried Rephresh because of some of the reviews I have read, but I will let you ladies know if the probiotic works. I wish you all the best too, and my heart goes out to you all. I can feel your pain, and we all need a cure.

  183. Ranny1 permalink
    September 15, 2008 6:29 pm

    I response to Confusedddd, I had the same problem before I was diagnosed with PID, so don’t feel like you’re alone. You may have trichomoniasis. You can’t buy anything over the counter that will help. Trust me, I know from experience. You have to see a doc and they will examine you and do tests to determine exactly what is wrong with you. I know it may be expensive to see the doc and get meds but you have to deal with it before it is too late. Don’t feel bad to go to the doc. Doctors are used to this type of thing. Plus, you’ll feel much better knowing what’s wrong and after taking the meds, the smell will go away and sex will be good again. BUTTTT, and that’s a HUGE ‘but’. Make sure to get your partner/s treated as well, because if you have unprotected sex with him or them again, you most likely will become reinfected and that would be another pain for you. So stop feeling bad for yourself and go to the doc. I don’t know you but I do care, because I have had the same horrible problem. All the best now!

  184. confusedddd permalink
    September 15, 2008 6:51 pm

    so theres a good chance i have PID and not BV? … are there any ways to tell the difference

  185. Ranny1 permalink
    September 16, 2008 8:44 pm

    Do you have any pelvic pain? The difference is that with PID, you have really bad lower abdominal pain as well as you may have the smelly discharge, but the symptoms of BV are the fishy discharge, itching, vaginal redness and general irritation, but the only way you can be sure of what you have is if you see a doctor. The thing with PID is that it develops over time. You don’t just get it like that. Chlamydia, BV and trichomoniasis can lead to PID, I believe, so the sooner u deal with it, the better.

  186. loretta permalink
    September 16, 2008 10:18 pm

    hi all, i don’t know if anyones heard of nirena feminine cleanser yet, but it was suggested on a messageboard somewhere and the reviews looks pretty promising so far:

    http://www.revolutionhealthstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=181595&catid=103078&trx=29864&tab=0#0

    has anyone tried this yet? if anyone does try this, please let me know if its any good!

  187. loretta permalink
    September 16, 2008 10:31 pm

    oops, just noticed nirena is soldout on the link i posted above, though it does have 12 reviews. however, it is in stock on amazon:

  188. missjanuary permalink
    September 17, 2008 10:25 am

    ranny1,how old r u?im 26 and going through the same bv battle.it brings me 2 tears bcuz i don’t wanna have 2 keep putting those messy gels in me either.talk about dampering ur sex life!whew!Im going 2 try probiotics 2.If u wanna email me or IM my address is winterbaby_410@yahoo.com and my IM id is winterbaby_410.If u have msn or aim i do 2.

  189. missjanuary permalink
    September 17, 2008 10:34 am

    Anyone else in this message board can chat with me 2.I need some sorta support.

  190. Bella permalink
    September 17, 2008 12:43 pm

    I didn’t have any odors but i had yeast infections for at least 10 months and now it has been 2 months since i haven’t got it. But rephresh does help me and I use it before sex and sometimes after sex and also when i feel irritated down there. Also I shower with Summer eve’s and I carry their wipes around all the time and I use them throughout the day depending how I feel. Also, I don’t have sex as often as I would like. But my boyfriend is very understanding. But I’m just praying it never shows up again. It sucks what we females have to go through. I hope everything gets better for all of you.

  191. Ranny1 permalink
    September 17, 2008 4:04 pm

    Hey everyone,

    Just letting you know I did some more research and I found something you ladies should check out. Make your own decision, of course, but I ordered mine today and as soon as I start my regimen, I will let you all know how it goes. The product is called Femanol. You can visit http://www.femanol.com and read about it. It is made from all-natural ingredients and from all the reviews I read on the site and elsewhere, this may just be the answer to our prayers!

  192. it never ends permalink
    September 17, 2008 10:47 pm

    Hi ladies. I use a probiotic called Florajen3. It’s for vaginal health. the difference is it’s in the fridge at the pharmacy, unlike the other vaginal probiotic. I have used it for probably 5 months now (took a while to work), along w/ organic dairy and meat products (no treating w/ antibiotics), and no ejaculating inside during sex…. I haven’t needed refresh in about 3 months!!! until… a couple days ago we had sex and he came inside… the next day i started to have the symptoms again. i’m convinced that the ph of my man’s semen changes the whole ph of my vagina. never had this problem w/ other my other partner… don’t know what i’m going to do when we start trying to make a baby… guess i’ll just be really stinky then! hang in there ladies… we’ll figure something out yet!

  193. missjanuary permalink
    September 18, 2008 11:10 am

    femanol is a bit 2 pricey,but hey,if it really can reap long term benefits…..it is well worth it!

  194. missjanuary permalink
    September 18, 2008 11:11 am

    Im leaning toward femdophilus by jarrow products

  195. Tired of the Itch permalink
    September 22, 2008 2:59 pm

    I am 39yrs old, been married for 18yrs, and only had the 1 sexual partner. Luckily, other than a yeast infection every other year or so, I havent had any issues w/the vag..that is until about 6wks ago.

    I dont have any of the odor/discharge going on, but I have terrible itching on the outer parts..nothing inside. It’s not a yeast infection. I’ve had enuff of those over the years to know how they feel. But this itching is driving me insane. I dont know what the deal is or what is causing it.

    I’m going tonight to get some rephresh. I’ll post tomorrow and let you know how it worked or didnt work. I really dont want to go to the doctor. It’s not even the cost, its the freakin humiliation of having to present my crotch w/issues to some stranger. I HATE that! I don’t even want my hubby to look at it in its current state, let alone someone i barely know (I dont go to the dr that often..not a fan!)

    Thanks to all who have posted. It’s nice to know we’re not alone in this quest for a worry-free & itch-free va-jay-jay! :)

  196. Rhonda permalink
    September 26, 2008 10:15 am

    I’m glad to know that my vagina odor was not so uncommon as I thought. I was embarrassed and at times wouldn’t want to have sex with my husband. But before we did anything I would warn him that I’m not too fresh down there. If the odor was strong enough I would shower before and that would help just barely. I went to the gyn a 3 days ago with my worries. I thought maybe yeast infection. I have a mild odor but it tends to get really strong for the entire week prior to my menstrual cycle. She said it is def. not a yeast infection by the looks of things. So she swabbed for a bacterial yeast infec. In the meantime she said that my PH balance may not be balance at all causing an odor. She suggested RePhresh so I used it last night. So far so good. I would normally go to the bathroom simply to urinate and find that I have an odor and it’s really embarrassing. But this morning when I used the bathroom, there was no smell. I think the product actually works. The down side to it is the lasting effect is only 3 days per application. That means I could go through one box in the matter of 2 weeks and the cast of one box containing 4 applications was $19. It could get pricey. I might just use it once a week or once every two weeks. I will def. use it the week before my cycle. I’m glad I’m alone with this problem, I was beginning to think it was just me and I’m sure I clean myself daily. Anyone else that may be having problems and have already been checked by their gyn. I would recommend giving RePhresh a try.

  197. Rhonda permalink
    September 26, 2008 10:24 am

    Tired of Itching,

    If you’re really tired of itching you would put your embarrassment to the side for a moment and get checked a professional. I also feel funny about going to a gyn. and showing them all my “stuff” but I’d rather go and get their opinion of what may be going on. It could nothing and then again it could be something major. If you’re really uncomfortable, try a female gyn. I would recommend RePhresh to anyone but that’s after getting a check up with their gyn. to rule out any other problems that may require anti-biotics or medicated vagianl cream only prescribe by doctors if a high dose is needed. Represh balances your vaginal PH so I’m not sure what help it will do for your outer part itching. You may just need some type of cream to use on the outer parts.

  198. Lori permalink
    September 28, 2008 10:13 am

    Oh btw I tried the rephresh… LOL expensive and all it did was give me white chunks rather than runny discharge coverd the smell I must say but my husband looked like he dipped his (man part) into a bucket of cottage cheese after sex also at 50 dollars a week this was not practical as it only covered not cured the problem. folic acid, aciophilus cured it for good even my dr said it’s gone.

  199. Lori permalink
    September 28, 2008 10:02 am

    ok I had to test first because I didn’t want to type then have it say you have to sign up or something. I had BV since 1996 it is now 2008 and I am now free of BV for months now. Trust me I had a TEAM of doctors view my case and their answer “douche”, I said what your not supposed to they said you have an overgrowth of bacteria and for some people this is normal, this was after years of giving me meds and I said hey why can’t you cure this? What is this anyway? So after hundreds/thousands of dollars in dr appts, medication, therapy because I was depressed over this this is what I did. I waited until my period had just finished and began a 2 week course of Metronidazole (flagel) at 500 mg twice a day. While I was on this med I began 800mg of folic acid and 2 billion acidophilus along with a B-12, in the evening I again took the 800 mg of folic acid and the 2 billion acidophilus (found at Wal-mart) cheap too and then incerted one 500 million hard pill form not capsule because of the casing on the caps into my vagina every evening. wha-la… GONE and has not been back, had a little yeast from the antibiotics but took 7 day cream while on the last 7 days of meds to fix that. I am clean, fresh, no discharge no smell, no redness nothing. My husband is happy because I am more open to sex now, without worrying about the smell because it simply is not there nor the discharge. I feel clean fresh amazing. I went back to the dr after 4 months to recheck just to make sure it was completely gone she said it’s completely gone, no red irritation at all nothing. So why didn’t she tell me about this all these years? Because drs have to push the medication they give you it’s their job. Did she know about this and that it would cure it? Not entirely, but yes. When your pregnant you don’t have BV and that is because of the prenatal vitimans they give you the 1600 mg of folic acid that keeps this in check go figure hu? Anyway while you are doing the meds (from the dr) keep cotton pads around and soak in Hydro preroxide home type and each time you use the potty clean the vagina with it it might sting a little but that tells you it’s getting the area clean. I still do this at least once a day out of habbit now. Try it. cost is about oh 6-7 dollars for the acidophilus and about 5 or so for the folic acid and about 5 for the B12 but it lasts for about 2 months. You have to do this EVERY day never stop taking it make it a lifestyle change. I promise you will get better if I did after almost 20 years of this crap you will too, mine was horrible would run down my leg during the day and smell like dead fish it was HORRIBLE!!!!!!! I am cured now and I mean cured it’s totally gone. here is a website about it this is how I figured out how to fix this once and for all.
    [link redacted by admin-no spam comments]

  200. renee permalink
    September 28, 2008 7:59 pm

    I have found that if I eat 2 things of strawberry ALTA DENA (only alta dena not any other brand) yogurt at the first site of the yeast infection symptoms it clears up within 6 hours or less . Amazing because I have tried so many over the counter and natural remedies and nothing has worked . I haven’t had a yeast infection since I started doing this , I am so happy :) Just thought I would share what has worked for me .

    As for the BV , I get maybe twice a year , I will try the hydrogen wash first if that doesnt work I will try the Rephresh . Be back to let you know what works best .

    Good luck to you ladies . We will figure this out one day .

  201. Jean permalink
    September 29, 2008 11:08 am

    Oh my Goodness ladies! I thought I was dying and now I realize Im not alone in this whole mess. I have been dealing with my vagaigai acting up for a long, long time. I am married and have two beautiful daughters. I got off the pill several months ago because it seemed as though my body was rejecing the birth control pill or just had enough of it, meaning I was nauseous, irritable, no sex drive, etc… So all went well aftr I stopped taking the pill BUT… my husband would get irritated after sex. He says it usually flares up 2 or 3 days later. I looked it up and I think he has what is called balanitis (not circumsised) which explains a lot!!!! I showed him how to clean but guess what? it seems like he is afraid to have sex now. I really sucks. I mean my sex drive is wound up now and he doesnt want to have sex? So obviously, Im afraid of infidelity. :( which I hope does not happen for his sake!!!
    I ave been in and out of the internet trying to find a solution for my symptoms. I used a one day suppository similar to monistate and Im on azo pills too. The odor seems to be a lot better, but not totally gone yet. The odor is from my underwear is really sickening girls, I mean to the point off falling over and croaking. and my discharge is yellowish brown. I am going to buy rephresh today just to see if I can do something myself about this unpleasent situation I’ve been dealing with for so long. All your comments are great and some quite funny, even though this is nothing to laugh about! I consider myself a clean woman and try not to douche but sometimes I just cant help it, I will try anything. And doucheing does not help my siuation at all. I wish everyone luck with this monster and I will write again once I get a solution! Wish me luck!!!

    PS Lori what you wrote sounds so interesting. Would you please email me exactly the steps you did again? I got confused when you said to insert a hard pill in your vagina. :) Thanks!!

  202. Jean permalink
    September 29, 2008 7:53 pm

    btw, can anyone tell me how I can treat my husband at home?

    Thanks

  203. Ranny1 permalink
    October 3, 2008 5:05 pm

    Femanol is working nicely for me, along with Nature’s Way Primadophilus Reuteri pearls. I’ve been using them for about 2 and a half weeks and I am so fresh and clean. No BV, no yeast infection!

  204. October 11, 2008 9:26 pm

    If you are truly interested in using a product to help with this issue, try Destinol. It is new on the market, and after years of going through this awful cycle and not finding anything that works–I finally found Destinol. Within days I noticed an improvement. I had used Enzara by Selmedica, but that company is no longer in business. I found Destinol available on line at Shopwars.com. I would highly recommend it!!

    Good luck:)
    Katie

  205. Patty permalink
    October 13, 2008 10:48 pm

    Hi Ladies,
    I have had similar problems with BV for the past 7 years. However, unlike most of you, I have been celibate for those 7 years. Not really by choice, but because of the problem with odor. I have the itchiness and irritation too. I have been to the DR numerous times, sometimes its BV and sometimes the DR finds nothing. I tried RepHresh and it has made a big difference for me.

    I too believed that diet was the culprit, so I did an extemely low carb diet for 2 weeks, I only drank low carb shakes, and guess what, no odor. As I gradually add veggies, grains and fruit, the odor returned. While I think that sugar/glucose is a contributing factor I don’t think that it is the sole factor. I was walking 30 minutes each day. I had been going to the gym, but had the odor problems, so I stopped going. Actually, I was so embarassed, that I quit the gym. I continue to try RepHresh and check back in after 3 months.

  206. Rhonda permalink
    October 14, 2008 12:28 pm

    Ranny1 and Katie: Are these meds. prescribed or over the counter? I never heard of any of them. Is this an every day regimene or will the medicine eventually get rid of the problem? I have used RePhresh twice over the past month and it’s been better. I haven’t used it more because you only get 4 tubes in a box for $20, that’s expensive to use as directed.

  207. Ranny1 permalink
    October 14, 2008 8:26 pm

    In reply to Rhonda:

    Femanol is not prescribed; neither is it over-the-counter. I got it at http://www.femanol.com. I have been taking it everyday, since that is what the website recommended, and the problem is completely gone. I have not changed my lifestyle sexually. I have the same sex partner, so that’s why I have not stopped taking it as I do not want my BV to return. You can visit the website to see the ingredients in Femanol.

  208. Ranny1 permalink
    October 14, 2008 8:30 pm

    Primadophilus Reuteri pearls are available at Vitamin Shoppe. That’s where I got mine. Maybe they’d be at GNC too.

  209. missjanuary permalink
    October 19, 2008 4:01 pm

    Has anyone tried out the Femdophilus? If so, how is it doing for u and how long were u using it?

  210. yellowbird permalink
    October 24, 2008 9:54 pm

    I bought some Rephresh pro-b supplement capsules today for my BV. I took one 3 or 4 hours ago and now the smell is miraculously gone. I can’t believe it. I still feel a little itchy down there, but I’m definitely not smelling like a dead fish right now. Believe me, I’ve checked many times. The instruction says it works in 7 days. I don’t know whether it’s the Rephresh that worked or my three days of diligently not wearing panties and keeping my hands off the itchy area that helped. I felt like a moving garbage dump only this afternoon. I also took a frolic acid pill to strengthen the effect. I do hope this would work because I will have to attend a conference for a whole week next week.

  211. staci permalink
    October 25, 2008 5:43 pm

    wow! I am glad i found this site but i havent read any comments or personal stories that seem to fit mine and it is kinda scary for me.i have had recurrent bv for about 3 years and it ultimately ended my relationship with my ex. he was very insensitive and ignorant about the whole thing. i knew he could be a factor in it because it started almost right after we started dating and i had only one occurrence with bv before that in my life(im 29). we broke up and i went to the doc and was on metronidazole gel for 10 days and was told to take it twice a week for 3 whole months! that just seemed so ridiculous! i had started seeing a new guy around that time and he was and still is very understanding. so i took the gel for about 3 weeks and saw improvement then finally decided to have sex with him at last. yeah! everything was fine for a week then i got a bladder infection because of all the sex im sure (im very prone to uti’s). so i took levaquin for 5 days and kicked the infection only to immediately get my first yeast infection of my life! SUPER! as if i didn’t have enough trouble with bv and bladder problems. so i ate acidophillus, plain yogurt, and Femanol ALOT. I took a 1 day dose of vagistat, did ALOT of research, no douche, no tight clothes, cotton underwear, ect. i did everything! i made an expensive trip to my gyn to make sure i had diagnosed it right and gotten rid of it. I got a pap smear and tests for everything and she said the yeast and bacteria were completely gone. so here’s where it gets weird. the very next day i noticed a white discharge and a really strong strange odor almost like rotten cheese that i have never experienced ever!!! its very different from the fishy bv odor or what i experienced with the yeast infection. no more clumpy yeast discharge,no more pain or burning either so WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON? im freaking out! can i have taken too much acidophillus or something? i want to try rephresh because i dont know how long i can go through with this or how long i can put my new boyfriend through it. hes been cool about it so far but geez it just seems to be one thing after another. does anyone out there know what could be going on? also, does anyone know if rephresh could possibly cause a uti because of something in the ingredients?

  212. October 28, 2008 8:45 pm

    this stuff (gel) worked. i can’t believe it, considering i do not have time to go to the doc. i even stopped having so much discharge.

    I can’t believe it. I have bought 3 boxes at target (it’s super cheap there) for after my period.

  213. Lori permalink
    October 30, 2008 12:42 am

    Hi Everyone,

    I just discovered this site tonight and like most I want to thank everyone for posting their experiences with RepHresh and alternatives as well. I am going to try using some of them this weekend! One thing I would like to add is for external itching/irritation- try a baking soda bath. Baking soda will help with the itching. Also, I have IBS and PCOS and I was wondering if anyone else can relate and is it related to BV?

  214. LoveK permalink
    November 4, 2008 12:20 pm

    Soooo, in case you guys didn’t know, WAL-MART sells refresh for $11.39….

    Don’t know why you would try Target before Wal-mart….it’s always sooo much cheaper.

  215. Michelle permalink
    December 28, 2008 7:17 pm

    Hello All,
    Thank you very much ladies, for all your suggestions, personal stories, and insight. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one!

    I started getting a little discharge, some odor, and some itchiness. (I’ve had a few yeast infections in the past few years so I know how severe it could be). However, this time wasn’t as itchy as a yeast infection. When I have intercourse, my vagina burns & it feels “raw” after he ‘shoots.’ I saw my general practitioner who gave me a papsmear and told her of what was going on. She then prescribed me flagyl. My boyfriend also took flagyl to be on the safe side. The nauseous side effects sucks! After my 10-day prescription, the same symptoms occurred again. I then saw a gynecologist earlier this month (who stated i had BV when she took a sample & looked under the microscope) who prescribed me the same medication but instructed me to take 4 pills all in one sitting. I was fine about a week or so but the symptoms re-occurred again. I am tired of BV! I started to take RepHresh but I can’t detect any differences. My BV symptoms is generally itchiness with a little discharge,& not much odor…so i didnt know whether the Rephresh helped or not. (Rephresh was recommended from my gyno visit).

    Anyway, best of luck to everyone in the new year! Let’s hope we will find the ONE cure that will finally end it.

  216. Erica permalink
    December 30, 2008 10:19 pm

    You obviously don’t have a clue. I am one of those people who have these reoccurring feminine odors, and I have been to the doctor dozens of times over the past ten years for it. Every doctor I have been to, and I’ve been to about 7, tell me it is “normal” and there is nothing wrong with me. This odor is not something I have made up (I don’t think there is anything wrong with a period or that it is unclean). My boyfriend and people I am close to have made a passing mention on it over the years. These are embarrassing conversations to say the least, and if something out there can give me back the confidence to wear silk panties and have a issue free love life then great! Since this is not an issue you have, I am happy for you, but I kindly ask that you think and research before you go shooting your mouth off.

  217. emily50 permalink
    December 31, 2008 7:05 am

    I am another one who has had severe recurring odor problem for no eventual discernable medical reason, have been to dr, taken flagyl etc, I am almost 60 and this is going on 10 years. My Dr agreed about the odor and I was on different drugs, had some positive tests for BV, then negative tests, but with no relief. Recently, it was so bad that I was leaving work early. I tried Rephresh after I saw it on a store shelf. It worked. First thing that really has had any effect; I work my full hours now and don’t have to take another shower if i am just going to the store or something! ….I only wish it was cheaper

  218. Lisa permalink
    January 8, 2009 2:41 am

    Hi ladies,

    Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think that there were others out there enduring a similar experience like myself. I have been a BV sufferer for as long as I can imagine. I have been to family doctors and specialists, however, no luck. All the tests come back – negative. I have taken different courses of antibiotics and nothing helps. I have been blessed with the most wonderful husband, very understanding of the situation. I feared that I was infertile, suffering from PID as well, but I have two beautiful children since the infliction with BV. I considered myself blessed. I am going to try this product as I too am grossly frustrated with the condition and doctors prescribing antibiotics which only work for two days – then it’s over.

    I live in Toronto, so I do not know if the local pharmacies would have this product or is it only available in the US.

    Keep on praying for a cure.

  219. emily50 permalink
    January 11, 2009 7:36 pm

    Hey I hope you can find it in toronto: If not, order it, try it, many people have good luck with it!
    I have recently been able to decrease use to once a week, which really helps finacially and makes me wonder if it might even have a long term effect at some point!! But once a week is not bad…………

  220. Worried Lady permalink
    January 12, 2009 12:04 pm

    I have had yellowy thickish discharge for many years. It does not smell on its own but on a pantyliner it leaves a strong sour odour. I have been tested for everything and results are negative. I have never had a fishy smell or runny white/grey discharge so assume I havn’t got BV, but wonder if it may be cytolytic vaginosis. Cannot get any help from anywhere.

  221. Dee permalink
    January 20, 2009 8:58 am

    These comments have been enlightening and some have been entertaining. Rephresh works for me. In order for your vigina to be happy and healthy, it needs both bacteria and yeast! ANYTHING introduced into the vigina can cause it to derail. And ask yourself this: If it needs both bacteria and yeast, how can any drug be good for it?!? Rephresh is basically doing what our foremothers have been doing for years by using vinegar and baking soda (but this was always a guessing game b/c they weren’t chemists).

    It is true that:
    -Your partner’s sprem can throw off your ph balance
    -Your diet can throw off your ph balance. If you eat a lot of processed foods, MSG may be the culprit.
    -Lubricants can throw off your ph balance
    -Douching can throw off your ph balance
    -ALWAYS urinate after sex..no exceptions..it washes away external germs that can get crammed into your plumbing!
    -Wash your external parts BEFORE sex and make your partner do the same.
    -And no Anal sex and then vigianl sex without washing Mr. Penis!

    I had had a lot of issues in th past with the BV/Yeast infections. When Rephresh came on the market, I bought it as soon as I could get my hands on it! It worked like a charm. And I have been fine for two years, then my boyfriend and I decided that the NEW KY Yours&Mine looked fun! Yeah, not so much! Great for him, but it gave me BV a few days after use. I bought my Rephresh today and will use it if I ever let him come near me with the KY again! LOL!

  222. Steph permalink
    January 22, 2009 1:02 pm

    I have the same BV/yeast problems as everyone else. I’ve been having “episodes” more and more often over the past couple years. However, when I have an episode, I also end up with UTI symptoms (having to go frequently, pain when I go, etc.). Does anyone else have these additional symptoms? I started using RepHresh this week after a month long episode and it seems to be helping.

  223. myrta permalink
    January 25, 2009 6:04 pm

    hello,it is the first time I actually saw the commercial,and was very surprised when I saw on this site that you have been talking about the product for almost two years now,and specially, was relieved that I was not alone in this cycle of yeast and BV. It has come to a point where I’m really,really tired of all the medications,and I’m pretty sure I’m annoying my doctor as well,going almost monthly to her office,so…please,someone tell me if this really works,my partner is very understanding,but if this product does some good,I’ll try it in a heartbeat,and excuse any mistakes in my written english,is not my first language,thank you.

  224. sara permalink
    January 28, 2009 2:55 am

    hi all!
    first off, i would just like to thank everyone for posting. it really is great to read about everyone working together to try and find something to beat this annoying affliction!
    second, i just have one question… has anyone tried doing a cleanse to restore their pH?
    thanks!
    s

  225. emily50 permalink
    January 29, 2009 5:05 pm

    myrta…..give it a try, it works for me and apparently for many others………..

  226. sarah permalink
    January 31, 2009 10:28 am

    Help, ok I went on the nuva ring (which I’ve been on before in my early 20s and was fine) and I gained 40 lbs I was on this for 8 months and it was causing a serious odor I was so sick of this I took the ring out 3 months ago but still an odor well I saw the commercial for rephresh I bought both the pills and the gel I took the pills immediately the smell is gone amazing I’m so happy next day I wake up with a uti??? Nooo please tell me this had nothing to do with this . Along with an internal itch. I did have unpretected sex the night before tho (with my husband) which we do all the time so I’m confused I took antibiotics the uti is gone but I still have the itch. I don’t think its a yeast infection because I had it before the antibiotics and there is no discharge or whitestuff. Should I get monistate or vagisil?? Should I stop taking rephresh? Help I went to a doc she said all I had was a. Uti?? I really don’t want to go back to smelling but I don’t want uti’s or infections.anyone with any insite or the same reaction. They say rephresh is going to prevent these not cause them. Help

  227. February 1, 2009 5:08 pm

    I just bought some of this to try. I have been having problems (have been to the doctor any number of times) over the past several years since I entered peri-menopause. The thing that intrigues me about this product is that it has an ingredient, polycarbophil, that supposedly bonds to the vaginal lining that helps it stay at the proper Ph level.

    I’m not concerned about odor, it’s that for us menopausal ladies, as our estrogen levels drop and the vaginal lining gets thinner and drier, the vagina gets less acidic. Which means we are very susceptible to yeast and bacterial infections and if not downright infections, blasted itching and irritation and the annoying sense that something just ain’t right down there. If you’re sexually active and mixing someone else’s chemistry in, well, it can be a nightmare. The poor lining of the vagina is constantly irritated because the PH levels are too high.

    Vinegar douching helps a little but it’s just topical so it’s a bit hit and miss. This polycarbophil supposedly binds to the epithelium of the vagina so that it actually sticks around for several days.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that this works because I’m very tired of dealing with this. It’s so frustrating. Of course when I asked my doctor what women used to do about this stuff she said, ‘they died’ meaing they didn’t live as long as we do to have these issues. That put a little perspective on things, but it seems a little hard that when you finally are comfortable with yourself, your body and your sexual needs AND you have a great partner, you’re always a little anxious because you never know when things will swing from a minor annoying ouchiness into a full blown infection. Grrrr…here’s hoping this works.

  228. sabah dean permalink
    February 3, 2009 2:10 pm

    hi ladies.

    just thought id let you all know im now bv free for over 4 months.

    iv compleatly changed my diet (heALTHY RESTRICTED PROCESSED FOOD AND SUGER) and use refresh every now and then just to be on the safe side.

    yaaaay no BV

  229. stanky tanky permalink
    February 8, 2009 4:39 am

    hi, all
    i thank god for you all this was very enlightening for me im going to try this today. my whole life ive been smelly. the men im with dont seem to mind they say its a natural smell they even like it asking for my panties (pervs i know LOL) however i dont like(hate)it. when im out dancing or excersicing it gets worst VERY MUSKY docs said nothin wrong but its embarrassing when in in a public rest room and someone comes in after my rotten pu-tang has lit up the stall i try to get out of there before they can look me in the face. its so shameful i try to go the rest room as little as possible at friends houses. man, i thought there was no cure started taking showers 3 times daily taking washclothes and soap with me to school and work nothing kept the sent at bay i knew it was coming from the inside and washing the outside wouldnt help but didnt mind, didnt want to be that smelly lady on the block. i tried douching once got my first and last yeast infect. never ever want that again. but had always have problems with bv one every 3-4 months just got used to it switching condoms soap panties water temps every thing havent had one i over a year now but still smelly and itchy. i cant tell you all thx enough.

    everyone is intitled to thier own opinions wether you agree or not it was all helpful the ones i liked and didnt i would have never thought to put roach killer in my cooch and would have thought some one was crazy if they did. but now i know .

  230. Shannon permalink
    February 11, 2009 5:54 pm

    Ok so I’ve been suffering with bv for 1 year and at first I had no idea what the smell was. So I started taking more showers and instead of asking someone, due to embarassment, I tried to douche away the smell (I only douched once) it didn’t help so I told my mom, went to the obgyn and the doc gave me flagyl. After the antibiotic treatment the symptoms returned within a month. I have not even thought about sex and the sad thing is that im in a relationship now and its almost valentines day. I have been putting off sex because im too embarassed to speak of my bv. I think its only fair to tell my partner as well as try rephresh. If It works I will surely be back.

  231. abfab permalink
    February 11, 2009 7:38 pm

    it’s always so nice when i find these threads while desparately searching the internet for answers and i’m reminded i’m not alone

    i’ve had bv issues for i’d say about three years now (maybe longer). it’s pretty mild i suppose: no real odor or itching, but that milky discharge is definitely around and makes for akward situationas after sex. i’ve been with the same guy since before the onset, so the whole “multiple partners” theory for bv doesn’t apply here.

    i’ve spend months on antibiotics with zero help. i’ve tried boric acid, lactobacillus, vinegar douches, folic acid, acupuncture and chinese herbs, raw garlic cloves stuffed into my hoo-hah over night. I went off hormonal contreceptives and switched to the copper IUD and nothing has worked. NOTHING. I’ve seen three or four practitioners about it, none of whom have any good answers, and one of whom said that this is just the way my body is and there’s nothing i can do about it. sometimes i just sit and cry.

    i used rephresh for the first time yesterday and have noticed less discharge, but there’s definite residue, that stuff that they talk about in the FAQ. Anyway, i will update in a couple of weeks. For now i just have my fingers crossed tightly.

    Again, reading all about your problems makes me feel so much better. THANKS!

  232. Ticked_Off_at_Rachel permalink
    February 12, 2009 2:03 am

    I had a perfectly normal vagina, UNTIL nine (9) years ago when I took too many courses of antibiotics within a short period of time for respiratory infections. Since then, I have had a PERMANENT yeast infection. It wouldn’t even go away when I was menstruating! I have made physicians check me for EVERY sexually-transmitted disease, EVERY six (6) months since the onset of this torture, and they all came back negative.

    The first four (4) years of dealing with this I tried: EVERY anti-fungal and yeast-infection pill, medicated douche, insert, and cream available through a prescription AND over-the-counter; EVERY single “natural” and “homeopathic” remedy/treatment that has ever been posted online, published in print, or suggested by medical professionals or a concerned lay-people. I even tried a six (6) month crash diet of water, unprocessed meats and fish, and eggs to eliminate ALL sugar and carbohydrates from my body.

    NOTHING WORKED, not even temporarily, so I gave up. The GYN’s and doctors told me to, “Just live with it.” So I have. Nine (9) long, miserable years of odor, discharge, and extremely itchy vagina.

    I never heard of RePHresh until I saw the commercials recently. After reading 100 online reviews, I figured I might as well try JUST ONE MORE PRODUCT. I purchased the ‘Clean Balance 2-Part Kit’ and a 4-pack of gel. I felt instant relief of the uncomfortable itch. I will let you know what happens, as I just started today.

    Rachel-PLEASE do not criticize and ostracize women for using/trying this product. First of all, not all of us are bending to societal pressures of having rosy-smelling coochies. Not all of us are lacking in education. Not all of us are so ignorant and desperate that we would buy anything that they can make a commercial for. Did it ever occur to you that women with “normal” vaginas don’t imbibe in feminine products like this? Does it occur to you that some of us have serious problems that physicians have not been able to cure or even lend relief to? Had I known about this product years ago, my suffering may (or may not) have been cut dramatically. Either way, when one is suffering this much (or even to a lesser extent), it is worth taking a chance.

  233. Ticked_Off_at_Rachel permalink
    February 12, 2009 2:24 am

    PS- along with everything else listed above, I also tried: Abstinence, going OFF of oral contraceptives, using “perfume and dye-free” soap, wearing ONLY white cotton panties, using “dye and perfume-free” laundry detergent, and getting tested for ALL medical conditions that can cause yeast-infested coochie.

  234. February 12, 2009 4:55 pm

    Seriously, it’s a critique of the ad, which refers to douching, something that women generally shouldn’t do in the first place. You can do whatever you want with your own vagina, but I was ticked off that they were in part selling their product to women who likely wouldn’t have a problem in the first place if they weren’t douching.

  235. Jessica permalink
    February 17, 2009 9:27 pm

    Wow. I hope I’m not speaking too soon. I have been in and out of the health clinics (20 to 21 years old without health insurance) I made them test me for STD’s twice. I told them all my sypmtoms, had a pap smear, but was told there was nothing wrong with me. How can there be nothing wrong with me? I thought. When I can smell myself through my pants? I was not offered any resolutions and was told “it was all in my head.” I was furious, the smell was sooooo foul. Absolutly horrid. Especially during sex, my boyfriend even told me it was really bad. Lol god, such an embarrassing problem. I’m so thankful to find rephresh. I’ve noticed my confidence go way up in the past 2 days. So far, my vajayjay is happy and smelling great. I just hope it keeps up and I’m trying to do all I can to keep my PH level balanced. I never want to smell that way again. I thought I was doomed for the rest of my life.

    If you were contemplating going out to try it. DO IT….NOW. I’m cheap but $20 is so worth feeling sexy again.

  236. courtney permalink
    February 18, 2009 11:54 am

    i’m curious if anyone has noticed this problem in connection with the nuvaring? i know that sounds odd, but since i’ve been on it, i’ve noticed a funky smell and a discharge coming from my vagina. it’s not lumpy or white (the things you always hear to look for), it just kind of looks like sweat. (sorry to be graphic, ladies.) but it smells absolutely foul. i don’t mind the smell of my vagina generally, it just smells like, well, a vagina. but this is where i shower in the afternoon and then by nighttime, i’m stinky again. (yes, because i’m unemployed sometimes i don’t feel the need to shower until like 4pm.) anyway, i feel like i’ve been having this issue since i went on the ring. i’m wondering if it being in my vagina could be messing with my chemistry/pH balance? i don’t remember seeing this listed as a side effect. and yes, i’ve recently been tested for all STDs and a yeast infection. all results were negative.

  237. determined permalink
    February 18, 2009 9:02 pm

    Well thank God!!! Finally!! Well. glad to know I’m not the only one with this issue.

    First would like to say, I also use the NuvaRing and noticed the odor and discharge. And finally got fed up beyomd boiling point when my fiance pointed out that he noticed the odor. He also said it wasn’t as bad when i didn’t have a ring inserted. so I think there might be a link, but i can not remember to take a pill to save my life, so I ordered the Destinol pills just a few minutes ago, and will be purchasing the rephresh pro b pills tomorrow to try first. I cant use a gell that makes a bigger mess than what i am already dealing with. Will post with my findings.

  238. Hem permalink
    February 19, 2009 1:54 pm

    I have had vaginal infections now for 7 years and for those women who don’t, thank your lucky stars. I don’t think we should judge and say that women who try these products think their vaginas are dirty. Women are not that ignorant. Or that women with a lot of infections should stop having multiple partners or that we should change our diets. How dare you judge when you have no freakin idea??

    I eat very healthy foods. I’m vegetarian and eat lots of veggies, fruit, yogurt (unflavored), and low carbs/fat. I also have no STDs and have been with the same partner for several years.

    That being said, I’ve gone to many doctors, tried countless over the counter and prescription medicine and NOTHING has worked. I’ve tried tea tree oil and even sticking garlic up there…and I’d have good results for like a day and then have itcyness and discharge all over again. It was incredibly frustrating and it put quite a strain on my relationship with my boyfriend because he thought I just wasn’t interested in sex with him… while actually I was just so uncomfortable and fed up with myself.

    But I have to say REPHRESH WORKS. It really does, I use it after sex, after my period, and I don’t have to worry about my vagina anymore! It is expensive, but worth it because I’m not running to my gyno every month and paying for prescription meds. And my sex life is great again!

    Good luck to all those out there still battling this awful condition! And by the way, it’s unbelievable to me that doctors still don’t take this seriously!

  239. February 26, 2009 3:08 pm

    I was wondering if anyone has tried treating their male partner? I kno doctors etc say it is not recommended bc it cannot be passed btw male and female but I was wondering if this would help maybe prevent recurrent infection? I have been with the same partner for over 2 years and never had a problem w/ BV..however several months ago we decided to take a break for several months due to relationship issues/long distance. In that time period I did not have any new partners but he did have 1. We have since gotten back together, however before having intercourse again we both got tested for STD’s and both came back negative. The first time we had sex after getting back together I developed what seemed to be the symptoms of BV, so I went to my gyno who tested me again for STDs (negative) and was told I had BV usd MetroGel and it seemed to clear up for several weeks. However, the next time we had intercourse some of the symptoms returned (more mild). It seems to almost clear on its own after several days and doesnt even always return every tim we have sex, but then again sometimes it does. It does not really seem to be related to any other activity however. SO has anyone had success with treating their male partner or know anyhing about that?

  240. simpli me permalink
    February 26, 2009 11:16 pm

    I just want to say that before i purchased RePhresh i read the blogs posted here. i was kind of reluctant to buy it because i’m a psych major who was taught to ignore things that were not.. well medical or scientifically tested, however it is clinically proven. so anyways i’m 19 and have been suffering from yeast and or BV, doctors aren’t sure. it went away for about 3months but returned days ago. i treated myself with over-the-counter medicine which stopped the irritation but after i had a discharge that smelled like FISH. the smell was so strong i was ashamed. my job requires me to be close to people, i didn’t want them to smell me. i purchased rephresh the same day i read the blogs here and the instant i used it the smell was completely gone. also, no more discharge. i have never been more relieved. i’m still keeping my doctors appointment which i think we all should do but I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND THE PRODUCT, IT IS WORTH THE MONEY. I CAN NOW GET BACK TO LIVING THE LIFE OF A YOUNG WOMAN FULL OF SELF-CONFIDENCE

  241. simpli me permalink
    February 26, 2009 11:19 pm

    as far as treating the male partner i think you should give it a shot however after i started having incidents my boyfriend and i stopped sex and have since used condoms. i still get BV. the only thing that worked was cutting out sugar and eating healthier. Couldn’t keep it up that long tho lol.

  242. Angel permalink
    March 5, 2009 1:22 pm

    I have one question about this Rephresh… Does it concern anyone else that this stuff sloughs off layers of dead skin cells? I mean, if your body doesn’t do that naturally and I haven’t heard of any other products doing this, then is it safe for our vaginal walls? I am fearful that this would leave a woman more susceptible to infections of all sorts being that the tissue is weak and must be more sensitive. No? That scares me to death! I hate this fishy odor after long periods of aggressive sex and especially when he unloads inside me. I need a solution and this sounds likely, except for the scary sloughing. What could the long-term effects be of this continuous sloughing? I mean, could it make us susceptible to more serious infections or feminine issues over time? Will someone explain this to me before I go and purchase this product and damage my body? I’m desperate, but scared…

  243. stanky tanky permalink
    March 5, 2009 4:07 pm

    i have used this sence my last post and i must say it works great. i will continue to use it i havent smelled myself in 3 weeks and i love that i find myself walking taller. and others notice the change in my attitude and self confidence for the better. Angel has a good point does anyone know the long term effects of using this product. im still on my first box so i only use it once a week or when i began to smell myself. but i dont want to trade the smell for cancer or death. so if anyone knows can you please post it.

  244. S Ray permalink
    March 5, 2009 9:00 pm

    I am in agreement with Angel about the long term health concerns. I think the poster, Sendja, is correct…she asked a question regarding the parabens in Rephresh. Every consumer makes up their own mind about a product and I think researching the effects of parabens in this product and other long term effects from it is an excellent idea. Thank you Sendja for bring this point up for people to research and then make a decision on whether Rephresh is a “healthy” product for its female target market.

  245. Kathleen permalink
    March 7, 2009 3:11 pm

    I have had constant issues with BV and yeast infections for the last 20 years. I have taken more antifungals and antibiotics than I care to mention. RepHresh has finally helped stop the cycle. The first couple of times I used it, I had the weird white discharge. Now the white discharge is gone. I use the Rephresh once a week and wash daily with Nirena. The combination has made all my gyno issues disappear.

  246. binkyrmt permalink
    March 14, 2009 8:23 pm

    First of all, I really don’t like it when unqualified people try to hand out medical advice. It is not for you to say someone should or should not do something to their body. Any gyno will tell you that everyone is different and all our bodies respond differently to various methods of hygiene/preventive care/treatment. And I really don’t like “feminists” going over the top claiming there’s some kind of conspiracy going on to make us think our vaginas are bad. All the problems the commercial talks about are very real issues that many women suffer with on a daily basis. Millions of dollars have been spent discussing and discussing and discussing symptoms with ob/gyns, millions of dollars have been spent on treatments of various kinds including homeopathic ones, millions of hours have been spent stressing and apologizing to lovers and being frustrated and fed up. Yes, sometimes there’s a bad odor – even though there’s no medical explanation for it. Yes, some of us have very sensitive bodies that do have to be scrubbed clean after our period- not because it’s “dirty” but because it throws off the pH balance making it more susceptible to yeast or bv. Some of us have had normal healthy vaginas our whole lives until suddenly one day: they became “alien, uncontrollable, inscrutable creatures.” And we will try ANYTHING to regain control of this hostile stranger. And who cares what the FDA approved it as if it works for so many people? You, dear, are obviously one of the lucky ones who seldom, if ever, has any problems down there. Otherwise, you never would have made such comments.

  247. Kathleen permalink
    March 14, 2009 8:46 pm

    Thank you Binkyrmt. I really don’t know what qualifications Rachel has. I doubt she knows anymore than the rest of us. She probably knows less.

  248. March 15, 2009 8:43 am

    Binkyrmt and Kathleen, it’s pretty well documented that medical professionals do not recommend douching. The fact that douches still even exist in the face of that says something about how people are trying to sell women unnecessary/non-recommended products based on their own insecurities, not medical necessity. I normally leave this thread alone as a place for people to discuss their issues, but if either of you can’t actually bother to read the about page and just want to speculate about me and be insulting, you’re going to have to take it elsewhere. My place, my rules.

    • Amused permalink
      April 6, 2009 3:40 am

      Rachel
      No speculation or judgements against you here first of all. Your post just tends to stir the pot. You pretty much make women sound like idiots. It’s just surprising that you would address such a topic or product with such insensitivity and unprofessionalism being a knowledgable and acheived librarian.
      –Kudos to you for leaving it here as a resource as many women read on and don’t feel alone. But can you blame the one’s that criticize? Your focus is on Women’s Health yet you fail to research the products success rate and how many people it has helped.
      –Your mission statement:
      “The purpose of Women’s Health News is to provide information and commentary on current women’s health topics, including policy, legislation, news, and events, as well as to point readers to additional useful resources online. The overall mission for this site is to help women (and other humans) become better informed about all aspects of women’s health.”
      –How can women become better informed if the first thing you do is create negativity and throw products and their uses under the bus because the commercial irritated you?
      –Whether you choose to delete, modify or post this reply is up to you. Your rules… as a woman you should know that Women’s Health can be a touchy subject and should be handled with a sense of professionalism… or like you said just leave the thread alone because everytime you defend yourself you make it worse.

    • April 6, 2009 6:57 am

      Amused, you probably have a point about the tone – it’s just so aggravating to me that the product is being sold in a way that sort of tacitly approves of something that is bad for women’s vaginal health in the first place. The ad says women should use it after douching, when douching is part of the problem in the first place, and they deserve to be critiqued for that, and for supporting a vagina/dirty message. I hope you’ll notice that this site has been in existence for several years and this far from being the only post here, but there are simply certain things I’m not going to stand for in the comments. Disagree with the critique of the ad, fine, but I’m not going to tolerate people dropping in just to call me an idiot.

    • ErinC. permalink
      June 8, 2009 7:18 am

      Rachel,
      From one ‘feminist’ to another, it appears as though you are fixated on the topic of douching. While I agree that douching cab be counter-beneficial to the vagina and subconsciously sends the message that we are dirty, in this case it’s not the obligation of the manufacturer of rePhresh to make recommendations or judgments to the consumer about whether or not they should be douching. Some impressionable women who are uneducated about vaginal health will douche, but there are also many women who are fully educated on the topic and still choose to douche. I said I never would and soon found myself doing so as a last resort to freshen up before sex during my own chronic bouts of BV. At least in recommending rephresh after douching, the company is acknowledging the action of douching disrupts the pH balance of the vagina. Some women are just going to keep on douching, so at least now they are aware of a new product on the market that can help them when the imbalance their own vaginal pH. As for me, a sudden chronic BV sufferer of 1 1/2 years due to incompatible body chemistry between myself and my love, I am more than elated to have an alternative to celibacy, no matter what socialization issues the commercial doesn’t take to task.

  249. misskitty permalink
    April 13, 2009 5:25 pm

    well i have been reading everyones post…i have been havin reoccuring bv for the past i think six months but…there are some odd instances…when i first had it i took flagl…the next metro gel…the next flagyl..but the last time i smelled the odor i went to my doctor and she did my pap and the results came back negative for bv..for trich for anything…i have been havin sex with only one person and he went to the doctor and his doctor said he was clear of everything…so my cycle just ended and two days after i noticed the smell again…i never have an itch or anything…i only smell it during sex…i dont even have discharge that smells either…the only way i smell it is when i manually smell inside myself…needless to say i went back to the doctor today i described everything to her along with the fact that my periods are more painful lately and seem to trickle off and i do not bleed as long so she said i may have something called endometritus which can cause a smell because its an infection of the uterus lining…so i just started that medication but just can not stand the smell so i wanted to try rephresh…i bought some so hopefully it will make things better i hate having to puch my boyfriend away from something i want too and im too embarrassed to describe the real situation to him…so i just thought id post and see does anyone have any opinions on my situation

  250. my name permalink
    April 14, 2009 6:01 pm

    well i used rephresh a couple days ago, but i can’t seem to be rid of the sloughing…..
    how do u get it all out????

  251. mywoowho permalink
    April 15, 2009 2:28 pm

    I’ve been plagued with the whole urinary tract infection, yeast infection, and all the unknown and unwanted ‘things’ down there problem for 2 years. Doctor, medication, frustration, more doctors, clinics …
    I haven’t used RepHresh but everyones comments is convincing me…
    Anyways, from my personal research (gyno, internet, homeopath, my mom etc) I think I’ve learned a couple helpful things.

    Here is some of my advise/common sense..

    1 – HABITS Try no soap (use warm water), going commando (its sexier, anyways), use a Keeper (its economical, easy to use and not chemically treated like tampons)…

    2 – DIET Cut out highly refined food products like white flour and sugars, processed foods etc. They literally feed your Yeast Beast. Less junk food – your immune system will be stronger and more apt to fight infection.

    3 – Probiotics anyone? If you’ve tried them before and they didtn work, please read on…

    They’ve pretty much saved my life! Iève learned that many people (including myself before I knew) give up on them because they don’t take the correct strain of good bacteria to override the yeast in the vagina. I was eating a lot of plain yogurt (not the ones with flavored additives) and taking supplements that ‘supposedly’ had 3 billion bacteria (L. CASEI AND L. ACIDOPHILUS)but they didnt do much because they weren’t the right strain to fight my bacteria. ALSO – if you read the labels – company states that the amount of good bacteria at manufacturing isn’t guaranteed to the consumer (and they dont have to according to the gov). My recommendation is buying as fresh as possible and keeping them in the fridge. If your problems results from taking antibiotics, take probiotics containing LACTOBICILLUS rharnosus CC and BACILLUS coagulans CB130. For Yeast intections, you’ll need L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. reuteri RL-14.

    Also note worthy, in my case, alcohol really bothers my vagina – specifically beer (there is a ton of yeast and sugar in it). I’m learning to avoid that glass of wine at diner now.

    Lastly, if anyone is suffering from Urinary tract infections, start drinking A LOT of water – all through your cycle! I had UTI’s for almost a 1 year straight – so painful I quit my job!! Now I haven’t had one in 3 months. I give credit to cranberry supplements twice a day for the past months… do it consistently!! over time they will built your defense back!

  252. Buttons permalink
    April 27, 2009 2:48 am

    Ok, first, we should have an annual meeting, because so many of us are sadly in the same recurring BV/YI boat.

    I love the two of you who called it our girl “bits” and the “messed up kitty”! You girls are so funny.

    I have an angry kitty too. I went on antibiotics in June of 08 for a wicked cold (should have just ridden it out), and it imbalanced my kitty. Fast forward 10 months later and I’m still in the stupid cycle of barely getting the pH balanced for a week only to get that nasty feeling/odor back the next week. I swear, if I didn’t know better, I’d subscribe to the conspiracy theories that say the drug companies intentionally keep you sick to keep making $$, but I’m not quite that whacked out yet.

    I’ve tried several rounds of oral Metro, two rounds of oral Clinda, 2 rounds Metro vag gel (always use the Name Brand MetroGel, the generic has a different base that isn’t the right pH per my MD), and 2 rounds Clinda Vag Creme.

    For those asking how to get Boric Acid suppositories (sp?) – My OB/GYN has a pharmacist friend who makes them for her and she keeps a stock on hand in her office, so that’s how I get them (very cheap, like $6 for 50). I would suggest you call pharmacies in your area or contact a naturopath and ask how you can find these. My doc also told me that you can purchase Boric Acid in powder form over the counter at a drugstore if you inquire and also purchase the suppositories empty and make your own. Not sure if this helps, but can’t hurt to ask around.

    On the Boric Acid note, I tried that and it did seem to help for a while. I’m currently on one more 7 day routine of the clindamycin creme. Afterwards, I plan at least one week of Boric Acid suppositories once daily to hopefully stave off any recurrence.

    FYI to all – *Please note that Boric Acid should NEVER be ingested orally!! It is ONLY for vaginal insertion!! Please, please, do not take the Boric Acid by mouth! If you have any questions on how to use the product, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

    I would try this rephresh, but worry about inserting yet another unknown gel/creme into my body and what effect that might have (I’m super sensitive to all cremes and can barely tolerate the clynda or metro gel as it is).

    And in your struggles to get your kitty (or your bits!) happy again, let’s all remember that every single womans body is slightly different, and some of our kitties just want to go against the grain (damn kitty!). We’ll all find relief somewhere, somehow. Until then, don’t give up, and remember that this isn’t punishment for something you did or deserve. We all deserve to live BV and YI free.

  253. Corrie permalink
    April 28, 2009 7:17 pm

    I have had similar problems to what I’ve read about on this site. Repeated issues with BV and yeasts, recurrent odors, etc. I am a 37 y/o Mother of 2, so I don’t have multiple partners and it was quite a problem for me and my husband for a lot of years…the embarrassment of having sex, it was excruciating! At any rate…I saw RePhresh on the shelf one day and decided to try it. I have had great success with it. The pros are that it WORKS … when I use it regularly, no odors and I feel much cleaner down there. The con….it’s $20 for a box of 4 treatments and you are supposed to use the treatments every 3 days. So it’s $40+/month. I went off of it and back come the smells! So I just suck it up and keep using it! Good luck ladies!

  254. my name permalink
    April 29, 2009 8:28 pm

    can i ask something? does the smell only come when ur having sex? i was told i have BV but i get no odor, but my BF is on his way back home and well….it would kinda suck if i went and did it and “puff him”…so to speak…

  255. May 12, 2009 10:21 pm

    I have my 6th gyno appt, for the past 3 months, tomorrow, and this forum is amazing. it’s great that we’re all communicating about this. My problems started when i started seeing a new partner 3 months ago. We have lots of sex, and he ejaculates in me occasionally, although the problems started before we did that. We’ve both been tested for stds: none. I’ve just had recurring yeast (3 times) and bv (2 times…going on 3) in the last 3 months. my previous boyfriend would ejaculate in me all the time and it was no problem. I’m wondering if part of the cause could be the high frequency of sex with my new partner. Docs have said he doesn’t need to be treated for BV or yeast, but i’ll insist on it tomorrow–we’ll both get treated for whatever, stay away from sex for a couple weeks, build up our immune systems (acidophillus, etc), and then hopefully resume sex again. I just don’t want to become dependent on rephresh, but i’d be interested in trying it if treating him doesn’t help.
    could his ejaculate just be more alkaline than my ex-boyfriend’s? are we just not chemically compatible?
    also, I used to have recurring bladder infections, but those have stayed away for the past 4 months, since i started drinking bearberry herbal tea.

  256. Just a girl permalink
    May 12, 2009 11:31 pm

    Wow! This is an amazingly long thread, but it just goes to show that BV is a very common problem.

    I, too, have struggled with on/off BV infections since puberty. Rephresh is the ONLY product that stops the BV in it’s tracks with just one or two doses and keeps it from coming back any time soon. I use two boxes a year. Before I found rephresh I was going through box after box of metrogel with no lasting relief.

    A few things that keep vaginal infections from developing or getting worse: Avoid panty hose or tight fitting underwear at all costs. Sleep commando. No underwear, shorts or pants. Let the good breath while you sleep. Avoid soaps that are heavily fragranced around the pubic area. Use soaps ph neutral soaps that are usually marked for sensitive skin, such as Aveeno. Spermacides can definitely disturb vaginal ph. Avoid them if you can.

  257. frusrated vajayjay permalink
    May 14, 2009 4:29 pm

    Great to see I have ppl to connect with regarding this issue since all y friends heads tilt down from left to right in confusion because they are lucky to have rosey smelling vaginas!! Well Im one of the less fortunate and I have to say this YI and BV problem has changed my life, my confidence, my relationship tremendously!!

    I noticed a fishy odor about 2 years ago, confused I went to the gyno and he said I have BV and informed me its very hard to get rid of once you have it! Ive never heard of BV, so I have been researching and researching to the point my fingers are going to fall of from typing and my eyes sore from looking into the computer screen, migraines from the stress..so Rachel, sweetie you have NOOOO idea!!!!! This is torture!!! My gyno prescribed metrogel and it worked wonders the first time i used it. My vagina smelled great for 6 motnhs I was YI free and BV free I thought I was one of the fortunate ones who actually recovered from this horrid nightmare for good! So I got in a relationship and the first 3 months of sex was fine..then after 3 months I notied a smell, followed by the itch, followed by the burn, followed by the discharge and Im thinking YI? WRONG!! BV was back to haunt me! Devastated and terrified I went back to the my doctor he gave me the metro gel again but it didnt work as well as the first time, took longer but eventually went away. Now Im going through this cycle almost every month for the past 4 months YI before my period BV after my period!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? To think Im not alone and all these women are going though the same thing and no one is taking this serious and doing enough research to fix this? WOW..harsh to say but I wish there were more female gynos going through this maybe they can address this issue better than the rest of us?

    Anyway I tried tea tree oil which helped with the itching a little bit but it was temporarily relief. I tried eating unflavored yogurt and even inserting it..didnt work. Ive been taking Diflucan and it clears the YI but I still get them monthly before my period. So I came across this site and rephresh was very convincing I tried one tube or dose the odor was still there. I inserted it at night..are you not supppose to? It didnt do much. How many tried before it works? Seems it worked right away for everyone? Is it because Im so close to my next mentrual cyle and I just took Diflucan and the YI is not cleared yet? Well annoyed and frustrated the only thing that work was douching with the 3% HP and water. That does wonders for ..the odor was gone right away. Im soooo scared Im damaging myself more by putting all these things up there but I cannot bare the smell! Im so stressed out I dont want to keep using Hydrogen Peroxide even though I only use a few drops and the rest is distilled water!

    Can some of you please tell me how many times you used rephresh before you noticed a difference? And during intercourse is the rephresh gushing out of your vagina? Thats so embarrassing! My boyfriend is patient but our relationship is fairly new and Im not at that comfort level to tell him what Im going through and when we have sex I have the discharge…Ive totally lost my self esteem!! Myabe we should all write to Oprah, maybe that will get the word out? LOL. Yeah right this is probably a minor issue to ppl who never experienced it!!! PLEASE HELP!!!

  258. frusrated vajayjay permalink
    May 14, 2009 4:35 pm

    IM ALSO TAKING PRO BIOTICS BUT MAYBE I HAVENT FOUND THE RIGHT ONES? ALSO HAS ANYONE TRIED THE REPHRESH ORAL CAPS? YOURE SUPPOSE TO TAKE IT LIKE A VITAMIN DAILY…WONDER IF THAT HELPS….

  259. Susanna permalink
    May 15, 2009 12:47 pm

    I’m just wondering… So many women state that they got BV after they began a relationship. I’m not suggesting celibacy, but I wonder if the fact that I’ve never had BV comes from favoring condoms as BC. Your stories have scared me properly, so from now on, I’ll insist he washes his hands first, too.

    And why would you want to wash your privates with any kind of soap at all, fragranced or not? Warm water is sufficient. I’ve understood that’s what they recommend nowadays.

    Cotton undies are a good idea, too.

  260. azi permalink
    May 16, 2009 7:32 pm

    hello ladies!

    what a resource these comments are.
    i have never seen the rephresh commercial, and if i did, im sure i would have jumped right out of my chair and ran to the nearest shoppers to get a box.

    i have been having problems with yeast and BV for a few years now. only thing is i never knew it till about a year ago when i got BV really bad, did online research and went to the STD clinic.
    i was in a 4 year relationship and though i had some smelly times, they werent too bad. the problems started when we broke up and i started hooking up like crazy. i douched a few times and my BV and yeast went out of control.

    i read about rephresh on a random clubbing forum! the thread was titled “is there a solution to girls who are smelly ‘down there'”

    when i found rephresh at shoppers i was debating weather or not to buy it or acidophilus (spell?)
    the pharmacist read the rephresh ingredients and told me she had no idea how it worked, so i got the acidophilus instead.

    a couple months and a bunch of guys later its still hit and miss with the BV and yeast. sometimes id have it, sometimes it seemed ok. i told the nurse that if a guy used his saliva to lube, i would get an infection. she didnt believe me and said something like ‘your experiences shouldnt affect you down there’ which i thought was really blind of her?

    so last month i swore off hooking up (i was getting tired of all the randoms) and i found myself a lovely boyfriend.
    i wanted to ‘wait’ and ‘not have sex right away’ cos i was sick of sex at the time, and i knew my problems with BV and yeast were currently something fierce.

    so finally we did it, it smelled terrible, i was embarrassed, my boyfriend is understanding and makes really funny jokes about it though, so it was ok. then i remembered the rephresh thread and went and bought some.

    i tried it the same night i found these comments and OMG yay. it totally works for me.

    so i only used one last week, then yesterday i went clubbing and had one drink (vodka orange) (i NEVER drink) i got a terrible reaction to the alcohol and got drunk/allergic reaction to it, my face got swollen, hands itchy, vomited etc. really bad actually. i didnt eat much that day, so i attributed it to that. so i woke up today and had a wash and it was the familiar gross BV smell :C
    i used another rephresh thingy right away and it was back to scent free :D i had sex with my boyfriend later in the afternoon, and while there was a bit of creamy discharge, it wasnt too bad.

    so this stuff works. im going to keep taking the acidophilus and occationally use the rephresh when i need it, like before and after my period.

    i found it useful to read the comment about how rephresh is marketed in the US as a lubricant compared to the EU where it is considered a BV treatment. (see super earlier comment)
    good enough for europe, good enough for me ;D

    some background info:
    -i do not use birth control. i have a regular cycle and follow the standard days method. condoms on the randoms and none with my boyfriend.
    -i have not douched since last year.
    -i take the acidophilus when i remember (maybe 4 times a week)

    good luck ladies,
    much love from canada.

    ps. i know its not my place, but id like to say please girls, chill on the douche. its what caused a lot of problems for me to begin with.

  261. azi permalink
    May 16, 2009 7:54 pm

    ^ also i do not use tampons. that stuff needs to come out.

    i had used tampons few times in my teenage years and i never understood why it was better? pulling out the swollen, dry piece of bloody cotton is just so uncomfortable compared to wearing a pad.

  262. stacy permalink
    May 29, 2009 6:48 pm

    this is the second time i have posted on this site. the first time i had been having hell with reoccuring bv infections for years and was pretty sure it was my ex bf passing it back to me but i have been dating a new guy for the past 9 months who isnt circumcised by the way and i swear to god even though i know for a fact he has bv (i can smell it) i havent had a problem with it the whole time we have been dating and you know why? femanol. it works! it has saved me from going insane! you can get it online at femanol.com. it has acidophillus and a bunch of other ingredients. i take it twice a day every day, sometimes i have to double up on the dosage too but i swear it is the best thing EVER! its scary to have to depend on something the rest of your life like that but for those of you who are as desperate as i have been to feel normal again its worth it. at least to me. its also cheaper in the long run than rephresh.i do also use rephresh after my period to get things back to normal a little sooner and it works really great too but im serious any of you who dont know about femanol need to give it a try. believe me if my partner hasnt given it to me yet this stuff really must be working. i wonder if it would be ok for him to take it? does anyone know anything about it and what it might do to a male? also i might add that it has kept the bv at bay but not yeast infections. i am taking a maintenance dose of azo yeast and the femanol but still just got my second yeast infection in the last year. i am also wondering, do any of you out there notice a foul smell when you get one? its not fishy like bv but just as embarassing an strong. it happened last time i got a y.i. too. i wonder if thats normal. still taking the femanol and azo along with vagistat. hope it goes away again.

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