Treating BV without health insurance.
October 13, 2012 10:56 AM Subscribe
Treating recurrent bacterial vaginosis without health insurance?
posted by stoneandstar to health & fitness (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Hi, not a very complicated question. I've been getting recurrent BV for the last 5-10 years, before I was "sexually active," but occurring more frequently when I'm having regular sex. My typical pattern was to go to the doctor once I could sense it myself (through smell), take a course of antibiotics, and voila.
However, right now my insurance status is rocky-- I'm on a state insurance plan (MN), which is fine except when I'm out of state, and sometimes goes dark on me when my work or income status changes. I've been in Chicago for the last couple weeks and I have a new case of BV. I'll be here for possibly a few more weeks. Is there anything I can do before I go home? I've tried acidophilus pills (orally and vaginally) and they don't seem to be helping a great deal. I've only been using them for two days-- should I keep on?
Last year I had surgery to correct an issue which is thought to be sometimes caused by pelvic infection, so I really hate leaving an infection untreated and risking the need for another surgery. I've never had any pain or discomfort from BV, just the smell and discharge. It would be nice to know if there are any free services in the Chicago area, or effective at home/over-the-counter treatments, or even prevention advice. I spend most of my time between MN and Chicago, but knowing what to do while traveling is one of my biggest hurdles. Thanks, everyone.
(I saw a few questions about treating recurrent BV in the history, but this question is also partially about health insurance, so I thought it would be okay.)