At 52, the right product to start is Silver. The Silver phase works well as a starter formula for perimenopausal and early menopausal women without causing irritation.
After menopause, vaginal atrophy starts. Tissue atrophy may cause sensitivity to treatment products.
To avoid atrophy related sensitivity, the correct product using sequence for your age to clear BV is:
Silver --> Gold--> BV Clear-->BV Clear Finisher.
You were ahead of your application schedule.
If you follow this sequence, you may not feel irritation. You can gradually adapt to the increasing strengths of these products.
Since you used the strongest product upfront, it is normal that you felt irritation. It means that you have a normal tissue sensitivity.
The products are made with natural and food-grade materials. Nothing is harmful. The sensitivity will go away once you stop using the product.
Since you had a tough start, what can you do to avoid wasting the products that you have already purchased?
You can make 2 -4 milder products from a stronger product by cutting it with a pair of scissors. See images below for cutting a suppository to 2, 3, or 4 pieces.
Below are approximate ingredient concentrations among different products:
1 BV Clear Finisher = 2 BV Clear = 4 Gold = 8 Silver
You can produce 4 homemade NeuEve Gold with 1 BV Clear Finisher or 2 Gold with 1 BV Clear.
At 52, you can clear BV using the Gold formula without feeling irritation since you have used NeuEve.
To clear BV, you can use 1 Gold every other day or every 3 days if you are sensitive to it. You can use the products until your BV is cleared.
After your BV is cleared, you can subscribe to NeuEve Gold and use it once a week for maintenance to stop BV from coming back.