Home remedies for bacterial vaginosis are an excellent alternative to conventional medication, such as antibiotics or over the counter medication. The very nature of the condition means that natural treatment is ideal-but only if the remedies are tried and tested.
If you have bacterial vaginosis, the last thing you want to do is try a collection of random home remedies, all of which might have some merit in their own right but used individually or in the wrong way will do nothing other than give a little symptomatic relief.
There are different types of bacteria naturally living in the vagina. Under normal circumstances, Lactobacillus (“beneficial”) bacteria is present in the largest quantities and these produce Lactic acid which maintains the correct ph level of the vagina. If for any reason the lactic acid levels drop, this can encourage the growth of harmful bacteria. This can result in the typical symptoms of bacterial vaginosis which include itching, burning, a gray/white discharge and the embarrassing fishy odor. It is estimated at at least 1 in 3 women will have bacterial vaginosis at some point in their lives.
Antibiotics kill bacteria and therefore in theory, you would think they would be a suitable treatment for this condition. However, they cannot distinguish between different types of bacteria and therefore will kill off both the beneficial bacteria as well as the harmful bacteria. This means that once the antibiotic treatment has finished and bacteria naturally begins to repopulate the vagina, there will be insufficient beneficial bacteria to maintain the equilibrium and the symptoms will begin again.
This is why over 70% of women who have bacterial vaginosis will have a repeat attack within a few short weeks
Home remedies for bacterial vaginosis work in a completely different way. A good remedy will work by strengthening the beneficial bacteria and creating the ideal environment for this to flourish so that the harmful bacteria cannot survive. This is done by using a combination of natural treatments, all chosen for maximum effect.
Simple Home Remedies For Bacterial Vaginosis
* Eat live natural yogurt containing acidophillus bacteria. This can also be used directly in the vagina by soaking a tampon in it and leaving in the vagina for a couple of hours
* Take a warm bath into which a couple of cups of cider vinegar have been added
* Nutritional supplements have been shown to help-particularly high strength vitamin C
* Tea tree oil pessaries can help some women as tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic
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