I'm only three/four days into this, so it's too early to tell for sure whether it's temporary relief or something more permanent, but BORIC ACID. inserted vaginally. i bought size 00 gelatin capsules at Whole Foods (about $5) and boric acid at Walgreens (about $8). Insert at night, and in the morning it will drip out a bit but nothing too too messy.
I started getting BV probably two years ago. I've done I think 4 or 5 rounds of the antibiotics. I knew from reading online that taking antibiotics repeatedly should just make the infection more resistant. Sure enough, the final time that I took them, the usual one week course didn't quite kick it, and my doctor extended my prescription. I kept expressing my concern to him that if I continued taking the antibiotics the infection would just keep coming back stronger and more resilient. He just kept saying 'We can't say what will happen.' So frustrated now that I did the antibiotics for as long as I did.
Also, super frustrated by posts on here of girls/women saying 'OMG FOUND THE CURE TRIED IT LAST NIGHT PROMISE IT WILL WORK FOR YOU.' Obviously these women aren't BV veterans: something that eases symptoms for a single night can hardly be called a cure, and obviously what works for one person isn't guaranteed to work for another (or else this site wouldn't have 101 different cures right??)
The boric acid helped overnight for me. It was painless and not messy and cheap, I'm more excited about this than anything else I've tried. I'll keep it up and post again, but I'd be interested to hear other women's experiences with it too.
One more thing, I have a new boyfriend that's had to go through this with me. At times it's been so frustrating I want to cry. It's hard enough going through it alone, but having to explain the embarrassing situation to someone you are madly infatuated with doesn't help. Things I found helpful in explaining it to him:
-explain that it's the most common vaginal infection, even more so than yeast infections
-most women take one round of antibiotics and are done, but for some reason a small percentage of women have it recurring
-dr's don't have a simple cure for it and don't know much about it
when he wanted to fool around and i didn't because i knew i'd have an odor, i would tell him that the infection makes my vagina smell like 'vagina.' i say that rather than fish, or saying that it smells bad. he'll know what you mean, but it's less uncomfortable, in my opinion..
good luck! i'll be back, this website has been a huge source of help and comfort to me. i wish the best for you all :)