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April 23, 2006



Hello, Susun Weed, the author of the Childbearing Year is writing a book write now titled Down There, where this will be covered. She writes a bit about it here: http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/April08/grandmother.htm

The two top remedies for you are yogurt - eat it and put it on topically morning and night if needed - and vaginal clenches.

There seems to be a gathering of women with this title, self made or not, who share some fear of it, as if it wll take hold of your life and cause serious trouble for ever. If you have come to that, please know that many deal with this and then it is gone, as simply as any other yeast or bacterial overgrowth.

In the article Susun mentions sitz baths of some herbs. I personally do not have fear of those while pregnant, but would trust your own gut on it. If unsure you could simply use a water preparation of one of those herbs as a rinse each day.

Be consistent and diligent and give it time for things to right themselves. Meanwhile do not use soaps on the tender tissue, and let the area get fresh air.

Karen Joy

Bili Jo

Dear Karen,

One of the sisters in my circle prescribed The Childbearing Year to me when she learned I wished to become pregnant. I bought it right away and read it, though amazingly I tested positive for pregnancy before I even opened my box of Red Clover tea! We have been trying for three years, so we are very excited, but now I have been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. I understand it's very common, and there is a debate whether it should be treated or not. I do know the side effects of the antibiotics prescribed are horrible, and there is also debate about whether it would harm the fetus. Everyone I speak to acts as if a miscarriage is to be expected, but I'm not giving up. There is nothing to say my child can't live, and I'm not writing him or her off as a lost cause. I'm approaching my second trimester... is there some kind of herb that I could take that would help? The book speaks of UTI's, but not BV. I'm already drinking Red Raspberry tea.

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