Bacterial Vaginosis Home Treatments | Antibiotics and BV – What’s the Connection?

Antibiotics and BV – What’s the Connection?

The vagina is full of bacteria, good and bad. The pH (how acidic or basic) determines what type of bacteria will thrive. It is normal for the vagina to have a pH of 3.8-4.5. It is when the pH becomes more basic, at levels higher than 4.5, that BV will occur. This is because the bad bacteria can thrive and begin to dominate. A good test to see whether or not you have BV is a pH test, such as the vH essentials or Vagisil screening test, which can be picked up at a local pharmacy.

Since antibiotics are effective against bacteria, vaginosis is commonly treated using antibiotics-namely Metronidazole (Flagyl). However, antibiotics are not capable of differentiating between the good and bad bacteria, and will kill all bacteria. Eventually, the bacteria will regrow, and it is when the harmful strains of bacteria re-outgrow the good, that the infection will occur. It is easy for women to get in a cycle of recurring infections, due to a continual antibiotic treatment plan. This is why home remedy treatment programs are becoming more popular as a way to treat BV. I have reviewed the most successful home treatment programs here.

Chronic bacterial vaginosis can occur due to a number of other factors, but relying solely upon antibiotics is the leading cause for chronic BV. There have been several studies and surveys of women with BV, that state that if you have been infected once, you are very likely to be infected again. If you are experiences recurring symptoms of BV, be sure to mention it to your OB/GYN to discuss alternative treatment options. You may find this article on BV home remedies useful.

In order for the vagina to regulate its acidity, there needs to be a careful balance of good and bad bacteria. Treatment with antibiotics does provide significant symptom relief, albeit temporarily in some cases. Unfortunately, many physicians seem to know nothing but antibiotics as a bacterial vaginosis treatment. It is recommended that you consider using natural supplements and remedies to help restore the proper balance of vaginal flora.

Some women find success using only antibiotics, while others have found success using only natural remedies. You may find success using either one of these options, however, your best chance of curing BV for good is to implement home remedies together with the use of doctor prescribed medication.



9 Responses to “Antibiotics and BV – What’s the Connection?”

  1. Princess on October 23rd, 2009 7:40 am

    This is just another thing that your doctor will never tell you and doesn’t want you to know do to big biz in perscription med’s. They get rich off your problem, and you suffer. Don’t rely on medication alone, if you have to take the antibiotic’s do and than also use natural cures to help build up your natural good bacterial to normal pH levels. I’m a long time BV sufferer, and don’t want anyone else to go through the pain and shame I have had to endear.

  2. Diana on November 6th, 2009 5:33 am

    I have same problem but seemed to start only in the past year. I am 45 but don’t know if age has anything to do with it?

  3. Anonymous on December 17th, 2009 2:09 am

    My advice is that if you’re really serious about using yogurt to help your Bacterial Vaginosis, you do it alone or in conjunction with your doctor’s prescribed antibiotic treatment. After all, what have you got to lose? The yogurt treatment will at the very least boost your immune system and may in fact cure your one-time or recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis once and for all.

  4. stretch on December 17th, 2009 8:58 am

    Iwas recently diagnosed with bv thanks to my GYN. One common theme I have read in sign & symptoms is that the discharge has a fishy foul odor, but that is not necessarily accurate, I had copious amount of discharge, in all three colors; greyish, yellow, and white even tan, but no odor, itching, burning, or pain. Don’t reley soley on the symptoms giving in the literatures. If you have a lot of discharge, different from normal seek medical advice. One thing with BV its not a STD, I hadn’t had sex in some time, just took atb.A good GYN, can help. She did a ph test and the result of the ph was very very positive. The color was even darker than what was on the bottle when it was compared. I developed this condition after taking a7 day course of antibiotic for a tooth infection. I knew antibiotics killed both good and bad bacteria in the stomach, but never thought it could do same in vaginal area. So far my symptoms are better, after taking the drug flaygl, but now I am more viagliant in eating natural yogurt esp when taking antibiotics of any kind. Flagyl was very helpful, plus I was already taking flaxseed and garlic as supplements. Eat plenty yogurts or get some probiotic tabs which is also helpful. This is what worked for me, not giving medical advice.

    Thanks and good luck.

  5. naomi on April 18th, 2010 11:13 pm

    well, usually antibiotics and doctor’s medicines can caused addiction and full of risk. besides causing your “v” health dysfunction, it also not good for you other body parts.. i used to be a BV sufferer for a looong time.

  6. jess on April 22nd, 2011 9:24 pm

    I have a mild case of bv and my doctor gave me the antibiotics but now I’m debating whether I should take them or not.. any advise?

  7. tikkia snipes on September 5th, 2011 3:56 am

    How long u have to take yogurt for bv to clear up?

  8. madonna on September 29th, 2011 7:01 am

    I have an IUD… and reaccuring BV and UTI s,, it seems everytime I have sex. Ive taking flagyl sooo many times along with the oral medication.. I ve douched with Hydrogen peroxide and that helps temporarily, and I ve taken lots of folic acid and probiotics. The only thing I can think of is taking out my IUD, which I really dont want to. Anyone else suspect the IUD as a main cause?>

  9. Sam on July 4th, 2013 11:47 pm

    First: Do not for a second blame the issue on yourself, as I am not a normal female/woman.

    Second: it is very common in every race, culture and socioeconomic status…observed in girls, reproductive age women, menopausal women.

    Logically: urine on the toilet floor stinks from bacterial action after a while…female anatomy down there has folds and creases; the area is hairy and with very active sweat and sebaceous glands…most body soaps are mild and not antibacterial, there is no daily rub-on deodorant yet for that body area; near the anal region with fecal bacteria…depends on wipe patterns; oxygen hating bacteria … tight clothing prevents air circulation; hormonal changes and pH issues…supports bad odor causing bacterial growth. Be aware of these possibilities before thinking STD and self blame.

    So, address each of these factors. Change/try one time to men’s body deodorizing soaps, use cotton undies,use fem hygeine deo products, read and constantly educate yourself, teach your girls, support your elder female friends and family.

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