In case you have never heard of it, BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS, also known as BV is easily one of the most annoying, persistent and wrongly diagnosed of female conditions. It is a condition where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria.
If you go to your doctor you are likely to get antibiotics, which clears it up temporaily, but then then your bacterial vaginosis comes back more intensely after a while. The medical route is a very frustrating merry-go-round. You may have found this page because you are desperate to get off of it.
Good news! There are natural home remedies that don't cost you more than about $5.00 and if you use it in the prescribed steps, you will be free of BV forever.
First, you want to confirm that this is what you have. Many women search for answers to candida and bladder or yeast infections, thinking this is what they have. Candida and vaginal yeast infections are common vaginal problems too, but the cure for one is not necessarily going to work for the other.
There is not just one particular organism to blame. BV happens when there is a change in the PH balance of the normal vaginal bacteria. When the lactobacillus (the good bacteria) is depleted there is a sudden overgrowth of harmful bacteria, such as anaerobes. You need to restore the balance.
Recently I found two books with some excellent answers and advice.
Nurse, Lauretta Forday, author of Bacterial Vaginosis Breakthrough, describes the symptoms as;
an endless itching and burning feeling around vagina,
an uncomfortable thin grey or white vaginal discharge is common, which sticks to vaginal walls,
painful sex is often part of it,
an embarrassing fishy vaginal odor, most noticable after sex,
plus a frequent urge to go to the bathroom, when you don't need to.
burning during urination.
If you recognize your symptoms, don't feel dirty or shamed and worthless. There are many others going through the same thing. You just don't have to stay on the same useless medical treadmill most of them are on. (If only they had the courage to seek help).
The other book, Bacterial Vaginosis Gone Forever, is by a Mrs. Massey (she don't give her first name. Massey describes her great embarrassment and shares what she found when she went looking for answers. She learned that the antibiotics that are prescribed by doctors clean out all the good bacteria that are suppose to be in our bowels, and weaken our immune systems, so we are open to repeated attacks and additional infections and poor digestion, and generally down-hill health. Mrs. Massey learned that women don't clean themselves correctly and this causes reinfections. Furthermore, a lot of the popular and brand name products advertised to women can do nothing more than cover up some symptoms, and may only trigger another round of BV infection.
Then Massey discovered, with the help of her husband, an herbal researcher, an ordinary kitchen ingredient that costs about $5 and if used in the three easy steps she worked out, will free a woman forever of bacterial vaginosis. It need never come back.
The Massey's book includes a few other helpful bits of information such as;
Some common feminine hygiene products that can cause BV
What causes that fishy vaginosis odor
Why that fishy odor can get worse after sex, and how to stop it quickly
What can happen if you try to ignore it and hope it will go away - instead, other problems will arise!
How helpful yogurt bacteria really is in fighting bacterial vaginosis.
Kloss didn't give as much detail as I'd hoped, but perhaps bacterial vaginosis was not as well researched in the 1800s as it is now. He did recommend various herbs to use in a vaginal douche and said these would be good for any vaginal infections. If you know how to turn these herbs into a tea for your douche then you might want to try them at your own discretion. Kloss named fit root and fennel, gum arabic, marshmallow, slippery elm, uva ursi, white oak bark, whilte pond lily, wild alum root fenugreek, and bayberry bark. (p. 369)
He does describe in more detail on pages 240-241, "A teaspoon of fit root and fennel seed, steeped in a pint of boiling water for twenty minutes is an excellent douche for inflammation of the vagina and uterus..." Then, under Marshmallow on page 283 Kloss adds, "For irritation of the vagina, use as a douche, also take internally.
Remember, I don't speak from experience, however, Jethro Kloss was a very knowledgeable and respected man when it came to herbal remedies.
Ouch, there could be some serious risks of bigger problems. It can cause infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes, and there's increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancy. It will also increase the risk of miscarriage or delivery before the 37th week of pregnancy.
Moreover, repeated attacks undermine your self-esteem. The fishy odor drives may away close relationships. In fact, it has a psychological effect on any sexual relationship, simply because women fear sex when that seems to provoke new attacks.
Lauretta Forday is a registered nurse, midwife and public health practitioner. She says, "The main treatment of choice is usually antibiotics mainly Metronidazole or Clindamycin. Although antibiotics do have a place in treating bacterial vaginosis, they affect beneficial bacteria as well as those that are harmful, which can make women more susceptible to infections when taking antibiotics. Antibiotics disturb the body's natural balance, creating an environment which infections and organisms can survive and thrive. Many women are prone to repeated attacks and taking repeated doses of antibiotics may cause you to develop antibiotic-resistance which can be potentially dangerous."
To effectively treat bacterial vaginosis, you need to deal with the root cause of your infection. Simple lifestyle changes will help your body to heal itself and stay well. Try any or all of these;
Eat a balance and varied diet.
Boost your immune system
Manage your stress levels
Try alternative remedies
Stay positive and boost your self esteem
Don't use the usual drugstore douches. (Herbal douches are different. More below.) Commercial douche kits usually have low concentrations of hydrogen, so they disrupt the PH balance in the vagina. That may lead to infection and cause the infection to spread throughout the reproductive system.
It is best to keep the vaginal area very dry and clean. Wash thoroughly before and after sex.
Always wipe yourself at the toilet from front (vagina) to back (anus). The other direction can bring bad bacteria into the vagina.
Futhermore, avoid vaginal deodorants, and even perfumed water or bubble baths and scented toilet paper. Change your sanitary products more frequently.
Avoid tight underwear and jeans. The best materials for these clothes are cottons that breathe and allow air to circulate.
Losing weight too suddenly can make the itch worse.
If you become prone to repeat attacks of bacterial vaginosis avoid or give up intra-uterine devices (IUD).
Boost your general health and immunity by eating foods rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and selenium, and stop drinking alcholic beverages.
When the vaginal itch is driving you crazy, try putting a cool cabbage leaf on a sanitary pad, or a wet tea bag, if you don't have the cabbage.
About 20-40% of American woman aged 15 to 44 douch regularly, maybe half of them on a weekly basis. This is mainly because advertisers make them feel it is a necessary step of self-cleansing for women. Since most of them are made with water, vingegar, baking soda and maybe a bit of iodine or herbs they are a great money-maker for the manufacturers. But that doesn't mean they are really good for you.
A healthy vagina cleanses itself by producting natural mucus and vagina flora. (God thought of everything when He made us!) The vagina is naturally acidic which keeps the bad bacteria down. The 90% of bacteria found there are of the lactobacillus family which control the bad bacteria that cause infections. You really don't want to upset that balance if you don't have to. But douching does upset that balance.
Now if you have bacterial vaginosis or some other serious infection the balance is out of wack. In such cases a carefully prepared and appropriate douche may well be in order. But don't use them as a matter of regular washing, for a douche can spread your infection into the uterus and even into the fallopian tubes and ovaries where they will do more serious damage. Think here of things like STDs and PIDs which can lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancies (one where the fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus).
Ask your doctor for help whenever you have symptoms like;
an unusual vaginal odor or discharge
burning pain when urinating
discomfort during sex.
You may have - bacterial vaginosis, a yeast infection, urinary tract infection, or a sexually transmitted disease, (STD) or a pelvic inflammatory disease, (PID). If you don't think you are getting a correct diagnosis, or nothing changes, keep looking. There ARE answers. The two books already mentioned above would be a good start.Bacterial Vaginosis Gone Forever!
I can only say again, that I believe God has placed simple, affordable remedies in our reach. We just have to hunt sometimes.
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