Bacterial Vaginosis is something that is embarrassing and not anything on your list of top 10 things that you want to experience. Still that are some natural remedies that can offer relief.
Bacterial Vaginosis Natural Treatment Options
What is Bacterial Vaginosis?
To start with what Is Bacterial Vaginosis? Bacterial vaginosis, aka BV, is an infection in the vagina which occurs as a result of a change in the normal balance of bacteria contained in the vagina. While BV typically cause other health problems, it can lead to issues. These issues are more likely when you’re pregnant or wanting to get pregnant.
Symptoms of BV
More often than not, there are no symptoms with BV. However when they occur, some symptoms include:
Burning sensation during urination
A fishy smell which increases after sex
An itching in the vaginal area
A discharge which can be white, gray or green
This isn’t the same as a yeast infection which usually has a thick white discharge and there is no accompanying smell.
Causes of BV
The vagina contains a bacteria known as lactobacillus. This bacteria helps to keep the vagina slightly acidic which prevents bad bacteria from growing. The lower the levels of lactobacillus, the more bad bacteria the will grow and could result in BV.
Risk Factors for BV
While all women are susceptible to BV, the following will increase your risk:
If you are a smoker
If you are sexually active
If you use douche
While many women believe that douching helps avoid BV it actually increases the likelihood by upsetting the balance of bacteria in the vagina. Things like scented soaps, bubble baths, and vaginal deodorants can have the same negative effect.
While the cause isn’t certain, studies have shown that women are more likely to get BV when they have a new sex partner and or have more than one sexual partner. You can also get BV from oral and anal sex.
The use of an IUD has also been shown to cause BV, especially in women who have irregular bleeding.
Natural Treatments For BV
Here are some of the best natural methods that we have found for treating BV.
Yogurt is a well know natural probiotic. Yogurt is filled with healthy bacteria. The Mayo Clinic reports that eating a regular diet containing yogurt could help to introduce healthy bacteria into your body. You should eat 1 serving of yogurt per daily.
#2. Probiotics Supplements
Probiotics can be found in many sources and supplements is one of them. Studies have shown that taking a daily probiotic supplements can be helpful in treating and preventing BV.
For centuries garlic has been used as a natural remedy for many issues. It is known for it’s strong antibacterial properties which helps it’s effectiveness in treating bacterial vaginosis. It is best used in supplement form to treat BV.
#4. Hydrogen Peroxide
Using 1 ounce of hydrogen peroxide a day for a period of one week, as vaginal irrigation, has been shown to effectively treat bacterial vaginosis.
#5. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an effective agent with antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties make Tea Tree Oil excellent for treating many health issues and BV is one of them.
Tea Tree Oil is easy to use. Here are the steps:
- Dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil like coconut, sweet almond, or olive oil. Make sure and use an oil that you aren’t allergic to.
- Mix five to ten drops of tea tree oil with one ounce of carrier oil. Never use tea tree oil without mixing it with a carrier oil. Using the tea tree oil alone can burn your skin.
- Some people are allergic to tea tree oil. It is best to try a small amount of tea tree oil on your skin in advance.If you don’t experience any reaction within 24 to 48 hours you should be fine.
- You can then soak a tampon with the solution and insert into your vagina.
- Remove the tampon after an hour. If you feel some irritation remove the tampon. Never sleep with the tampon inserted.
#6. Breathable cotton underwear
Make sure that you wear breathable underwear. This will avoid moisture becoming trapped in the vaginal area which can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
#7. Boric Acid
You can Boric acid capsules to treat your BV. Make sure and use properly and don’t consume the tablets. Boric acid is toxic and should not be consumed. Boric acid should be kept away from children and animals. You should also not use boric acid if you are pregnant.
#8. Don’t douche
While you might think that using douche helps with cleanliness it is actually harmful. Don’t douche unless you are directed to do so by your physician.
#9. Practice Safe Sex
The use of condoms will lower the chance of having BV. This is important especially if you have a new or multiple sex partners.
#10. Practice Good Hygiene
Your anal and vaginal areas are in close proximity. Good hygiene will help to treat and even prevent BV. You should wipe away from your vagina towards your anus to avoid infections.
Be sure to change your pad or tampon multiple times during the day when you are on your period. Clean your sex toys with soap and hot water. Assume that your partner also has the bacteria on their sex organs, and you may both need to be treated. All of this will help resolve cases of bacterial vaginosis as quickly as possible.
If you know of any additional home remedies for BV don’t hesitate to comment or email them to us.
This article should not be used to replace the advice of your personal physician. Make sure and consult with your medical professional prior to using the information provided in this post. Discontinue use if your experience any adverse reactions.