Bacterial vaginosis (BV) or vaginal bacteriosis is one of the most common causes of the vaginal infections. It is caused by the imbalance of the good and bad bacteria in the vaginal area. Don’t confuse BV with some other conditions such as trichomoniasis infection (caused by Trichomonas vaginalis) or candidiasis (yeast infections). BV is not sexually transmitted disease (STD), either.
Potential causes of BV include chemical and biological imbalance of normal bacterial flora, associated with psychosocial stress (according to some studies).
Use of antibiotic medications and the pH imbalance in the vagina could lead to the reduction of good bacteria (Lactobacillus) and increase the growth and development of bad bacteria (Mycoplasma, Bacteroides, Garnderella vaginalis, etc.). This infection is common in sexually active women, between 15 and 44 years of age, and especially in women with some STDs or pregnant women.
Untreated BV carries some possible medical problems with it. You might catch an STD (gonorrhea, Chlamydia or HIV) through the sexual intercourse more easily if you have bacterial vaginosis. Pregnant women with untreated BV could deliver a baby prematurely or with low birth weight. Symptoms include: unpleasant smell, irritation, itching and discomfort.
In most cases doctors will prescribe: Tindamax, Flagyl or Cleocin to the patient suffering from bacterial vaginosis. These medications come with certain adverse effects and patients might experience stomach cramp, aches and even pains. Not rarely, once cured infection come back after a month or two. After that, your doctor could increase the dose of these medications or change the antibiotics you have been taking.
Antibiotics work by killing the bacteria, both good and bad, and that’s why they don’t work always. Once the bacteria start to grow, both kinds develop again and you end up with bacterial vaginosis one more time.
Treatments for BV
In order to avoid recurrent bacterial vaginosis you should balance these good bacteria. By doing so, your pH will come back to normal and will affect and decrease the number of bad bacteria in the vagina.
As most useful natural treatments many women recommend: probiotics, yogurt and folic acid. There are even yogurts with some added probiotics. Next time in the supermarket check the label and buy those, because it could easily solve your BV.
Another potentially helpful treatment is advertised as “3 day to bacterial vaginosis relief”. This is supposed 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 of satisfied customers, claiming that this product really worked for them.