Bacterial Vaginosis aka bacterial viginitis is a vaginal infection that produces abnormal vaginal discharge and is the most common reproductive tract infection in women of child bearing age. In fact it is twice as common as vaginal yeast infection.
BV is not sexually transmitted. Therefore it is not considered an STD, but having BV can increase your chance of getting STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.
You cannot get viginitis from toilet seats, bed sheets and swimming pools.
Bacterial vaginosis rarely affects women who have never had sex.
A healthy vagina has just the right amount of yeast and natural good bacteria complementing each other.
The good bacteria (hydrogen peroxide producing lactobacilli) help to maintain an optimum acidic environment in the internal vaginal anatomy. It inhibits the growth of harmful or anaerobic bacteria.
When this acidity level is disturbed, the “good bacteria” is outnumbered by the “bad ones”. When the population of the “bad bacteria” starts to multiply, BV or bacterial viginitis sets in.
This normal balance of bacteria can be offset by:-
Given a choice, I prefer to treat bacterial viginitis holistically rather then turning to antibiotics.
Antibiotics are designed to treat the symptoms and not the cause. Medication kills the “bad bacteria” that are present but fails to reverse the primary cause of the infection, which is to restore the “good bacteria.”
Natural treatments such as probiotics, herbal supplements and home-based washes not only cure but they nip the problem at the bud.
The following holistic methods solve the root cause of the problem and prevent a recurrence.
Probiotics are the friendly bacteria naturally present in the vagina to protect against harmful microorganisms.
However, the system can be thrown out of balance by various factors such as antibiotics, spermicides, birth control pills and improper vaginal hygiene.
Washing the vagina daily with a probiotic mousse can restore the balance of microflora essential to prevent common vaginal health problems such as bacterial vaginosis and vaginal yeast infection (candida).
Garlic – Garlic contains Allicin which is a powerful antibiotic. But unlike antibiotics, allicin only kills the bad bacteria, so your good bacteria will be safe. Include lots of raw garlic in your diet.
Tea Tree Oil – can be used as a wash to cleanse the vagina to provide some relief against the itching and burning sensation.
Apple Cider Vinegar- Drink apple cider vinegar by mixing a tablespoon of it in a glass of water. Vinegar help to maintain an acidic environment in the vagina so that the good bacteria can thrive.
Alternatively add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
to your warm bath to provide instant relief from the discomforts of bacterial
vaginosis. For convenience you can use this wash.
Cranberry – cranberry
detoxifies and strengthens the body’s immune system, thereby keeping many
vaginal infections at bay.
Probiotic rich foods –Include these foods in your diet as they are good sources of Lactobacilli. They are kefir, plain yogurt, miso, dark chocolate, bananas, tomatoes, artichokes and sourdough bread .
You can also dip a tampon in plain yogurt and insert it into the
vagina to increase the populace of the “good bacteria” (lactobacilli).
This black vagina wand is effective in eliminating excessive vaginal discharge, itching and odor cause by BV.
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Other than being unpleasant and uncomfortable, BV is not dangerous. However, if symptoms do not resolve on its own within a week or two it is prudent to seek medical treatment to rule out the possibility of STDs such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea.
If you are a pregnant woman with bacterial vaginosis, it is important to seek medical treatment promptly to prevent child-birth complications. There is a higher chance that your baby might be born prematurely or have a low birth weight.Back to top
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