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Cytolytic Vaginosis CV our baking soda treatment that you can make at home

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Serenity pH of Melbourne is here to educate everyone about CV and to give sufferers treatment options and support to get through this.

We started seeing a surge in the number of women suffering from CV in 2019 and the numbers seem to be growing. This might be due to more awareness which we are trying to achieve. Unfortunately, many doctors are unaware of CV being a real disorder. It can be hard to get help, advice, testing and treatment but hopefully, we will see this change over time.

CV presents and feels very similar to thrush but it doesn't respond to traditional thrush treatments including Boric Acid Suppositories. If your thrush symptoms don't respond to boric acid you must find out why. There is always a reason because boric acid is diagnostic like that.

CV involves having an overgrowth of Lactobacilli and a pH level that is too low which causes very painful burning, stinging and inflammation. Many doctors currently recommend that CV sufferers soak in a baking soda bath which while being helpful can be impractical and can sometimes make things worse if too much baking soda is used. Baking soda has a very high pH (approx 9) which is why it is used to elevate vaginal pH when it is too low. But too much baking soda can cause burns so we need to be very careful.

Our tried and true recipe has helped hundreds of women since we developed it 2 years ago. It uses a minuscule amount of backing soda which isn't enough to hurt you even if you don't have CV. I have used them on myself to test them! The amount we suggest amounts to approximately 1/10th of an empty size 00 capsule.

It's important to note that these won't help everyone with CV because different strains of excess lactobacilli often require an antibiotic solution. eg L Iners requires Clindamycin cream applied sparingly over 3 weeks or more. With relief often felt at the 2-week mark.

Vaginal Lactobacillosis or VL is another variation of CV where the lactobacilli grow abnormally long and this too needs antibiotics to treat eg Amoxacilin. VL can be observed in a wet mount.

Our diet also plays a big part in recovering from CV. It's a good idea to cut back on sugar, dairy and alcohol plus stop consuming probiotics and fermented foods. You can reintroduce these with care at a later date.

We suggest trying our baking soda suppositories as a starting point when dealing with CV. They help a majority of CV sufferers and can help confirm that you are dealing with CV. They are low risk and low cost and even if they don't work they won't hurt.

Instructions- Weigh 150mg of baking soda in a size 00 capsule.

You can use a herb scale or eyeball the amount to be approximately the amount of a tic tac candy or 1/10th of a capsule. It will feel empty as we don't need to use much baking soda for it to work.

Weigh the empty capsule first and then add 150mg to the weight to get the total.

eg if the empty size 00 capsule weighs 140mg the total weight of the filled capsule should be 290mg. You can allow a margin of error so that the total weighs 300mg.

If you like, it's easier to fill the capsule with a tiny lab spoon for small chemical powders.

Insert 2 baking soda capsules vaginally a week. This works by gently increasing the pH and as a result, resolving unwanted symptoms of a too-low pH environment.

However, we are all pioneers here and there is no one rule that treats all.

Joining an online CV group can be really invaluable in both seeing what others are doing and having a place to feel heard. We highly recommend the Cytolytic Vaginosis Support Group on Facebook. Or our sub on Reddit where we offer support and a place to share your experiences etc. We now have over 960 members!

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