Bacterial Vaginosis – A closer look

May 13, 2010 by moi 

What ways are there to avoid recurring bacterial vaginosis?

Let’s take a closer look

Bacterial Vaginosis is caused by an imbalance of the bacteria and ph level in the vagina. Healthy women have just the right amount of good and bad bacteria. The normal ph level in the vagina is balanced and supports the beneficial bacteria.

This usually very balanced system of bacteria and ph level is pretty easily to disturb which can result in an unhealthy balance in the vagina, making way for the infection. Ph levels can shift easily and allow an overgrowth of the bad bacteria and thus cause an occurrence of Bacterial vaginosis

The problem is that the common treatment options like antibiotics are everything BUT sensitive in regards to the vagina’s healthy bacterial flora.

The deal with conventional medication like antibiotics is that they kill all the bacteria because they cannot differentiate between the good bacteria and the bad bacteria. The antibiotics might have temporarily gotten rid of an acute bacterial vaginosis, but the healthy balance in the vagina is thrown off, making way for the next bacterial vaginosis to occur.

This is the main cause for the recurrence of Bacterial Vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis might therefore be impossible to cure using antibiotics alone. It has been observed that women suffer many years from such vaginosis recurrence, simply visiting the doctor over and over where they got antibiotics – without really ever being able to get rid of the problem at the root.

Natural and alternative ways for treatment and prevention of Vaginosis include, but are not limited to:

* Healthy Nutrition rich in Vitamins
* Do not use scented and washes and soaps
* Fewer sexual partners
* Try to stop Smoking

It is important to support the natural, healthy bacterial balance in the vagina. Most good treatments for BV work by supporting this healthy balance of the good bacteria which is so important if we want to prevent Bacterial Vaginosis.

 Success has been reported by a number of women who used probiotics, either externally or in the form of capsules. You can get those in many drug stores. Another group of women reported success in treating their BV with boric acid which can also be purchased over the counter.

Some women report the beneficial effects of Cider vinegar baths. A common method is to give a couple of cupfuls to a shallow bath and sit in the bath for 20 minutes.

Antibiotics do often more harm than good, especially when it comes to the treatment of recurrent bacterial vaginosis. Natural methods are better than such radical approaches, especially if its known that using medication like antiobiotics can do more harm than good.


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