Bacterial vaginosis (BV) or vaginalbacteriosis is one of the most common causes of the vaginal infections. It iscaused by the imbalance of the good and bad bacteria in the vaginal area. Don’tconfuse BV with some other conditions such as trichomoniasis infection (causedby Trichomonas vaginalis) or candidiasis (yeast infections). BV is notsexually transmitted disease (STD), either.
Potential causes of BV includechemical and biological imbalance of normal bacterial flora, associated withpsychosocial stress (according to some studies).
Use of antibioticmedications and the pH imbalance in the vagina could lead to the reduction ofgood bacteria (Lactobacillus) and increase the growth and development of bad bacteria(Mycoplasma, Bacteroides, Garnderella vaginalis, etc.). This infection iscommon in sexually active women, between 15 and 44 years of age, and especiallyin women with some STDs or pregnant women.
Untreated BVcarries some possible medical problems with it. You might catch an STD(gonorrhea, Chlamydia or HIV) through the sexual intercourse more easily if youhave bacterial vaginosis. Pregnant women with untreated BV could deliver a babyprematurely or with low birth weight. Symptoms include: unpleasant smell, irritation,itching and discomfort.
In most casesdoctors will prescribe: Tindamax, Flagyl or Cleocin to the patient sufferingfrom bacterial vaginosis. These medications come with certain adverse effects andpatients might experience stomach cramp, aches and even pains. Not rarely, oncecured infection come back after a month or two. After that, your doctor could increasethe dose of these medications or change the antibiotics you have been taking.
Antibiotics workby killing the bacteria, both good and bad, and that’s why they don’t work always. Oncethe bacteria start to grow, both kinds develop again and you end up withbacterial vaginosis one more time.
NaturalTreatments for BV
In order toavoid recurrent bacterial vaginosis you should balance these good bacteria. Bydoing so, your pH will come back to normal and will affect and decrease thenumber of bad bacteria in the vagina.
As mostuseful natural treatments many women recommend: probiotics, yogurt and folicacid. There are even yogurts with some added probiotics. Next time in thesupermarket check the label and buy those, because it could easily solve yourBV.
Another potentiallyhelpful treatment is advertised as “3 day to bacterial vaginosis relief”. This issupposed to be a completely natural product and there is also a book available.Although, users say it actually works after a week, there are plenty ofsatisfied customers, claiming that this product really worked for them.