Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment & Cures
Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in the world, even more common that yeast infections. It is estimated that anywhere between 10 to 64 percent of the female population has bacterial vaginosis.
Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an imbalance in the levels of bacteria that exist in the vagina - specifically when a bacterial called lactobacilli is reduced allowing for an overgrowth in another bacteria called gardnerella.
In order to treat bacterial vaginosis you have to "reset" the bacterial levels of the vagina and prevent them from getting out of balance in the future. There are several ways to do this that are known to be effective, though they don't always work for everyone.
The best home treatment program we have come across is called BV Miracle. It's a step by step guide that will show you how to reset your natural healthy vaginal flora and prevent BV from recurring. You may browse this website for more information on bacterial vaginosis, but if you are seeking effective treatment strategies please click the link below.
Bacterial vaginosis is commonly treated with antibiotics, but it is reported that up to 80% of women treated for BV with antibiotics will suffer from abnormal vaginal flora within a year. The main reason for this is that antibiotics are designed to treat the symptoms of BV and not the causes. Without addressing the reasons why you are getting bacterial vaginosis it is very likely to recur.
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Bacterial vaginosis is a condition that can occur when there is an imbalance in the natural bacterial flora that is found in the vagina. The vagina contains bacteria that can be classified as “good bacteria” and “bad bacteria”; normally for the vagina to remain healthy the amount of “bad bacteria” is outnumbered by “good bacteria”. Once the balance of these bacteria is upset and there is an increase in the amount of “bad bacteria” present in the vagina bacterial vaginosis is off set. It has been believed that a certain bacteria classified as Gardnerella is responsible for bacterial vaginosis, however there are number of species of bacteria that can cause this condition. There may also be a need for a number of specific bacteria to come together to upset the vagina’s balance. This is normally a mild infection that may disappear in a few days, but it may also lead to some more complicated problems at times.
Bacterial vaginosis is typically characterized by an abnormal vaginal discharge with a pungent unpleasant odor. It has been described by some as a fish-like odor especially prominent after sexual intercourse. The vaginal discharge may be milky white or grayish and thin in appearance. This can cause an irritation and itching around the vagina and a burning sensation during urination. In some cases, bacterial vaginosis may present itself without any symptoms at all.
This condition can be treated with both oral medications and vaginal suppositories. Oral medication can consist of Antibiotics such as clindamycin and metrondiazole. These usually take effect within two to three days of use but are prescribed for use for a seven day period. Vaginal suppositories are prescribed for use over a seven day period as well and are not recommended for pregnant women.
Recurrence is a common incident with bacterial vaginosis, so prevention is done by some women. Preventive measures to avoid the occurrence of bacterial vaginosis would include:
- Wiping from front to back after bowel movements to prevent bacteria from getting to the vagina
- Keeping the outside of the vagina dry and clean
- Avoiding feminine hygiene products and soaps that have strong scents
- Avoiding fabric that can trap moisture
For more information, see our page on bacterial vaginosis treatment.