For many women suffering from bacterial vaginosis (BV), the thought of encountering BV more than once would seem like a nightmare-and it most certainly is. It is indeed embarrassing, annoying, uncomfortable, painful, and puts you at a greater risk of developing further health complications. You see, recurrent BV can bring a more intensified threat when it comes to possible complications, some of which are fairly serious-such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It is definitely crucial that you dig into understanding the possible causes of the infection. This is the most efficient way to permanently eliminate BV and all the symptoms that it brings.
Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis: Probable Causes
Have you ever wondered why even if you undergo antibiotic and antifungal treatment, bacterial vaginosis reoccurs, sometimes even worse than before? BV will occur when the good bacterium that normally lives in the vaginal region (Lactobacillus) is outnumbered by unhealthy bacteria (Gardnerella Vaginalis, Candida Albicans, etc.). This can be brought about as a result of several different factors (see: causes of bacterial vaginosis). So how do antibiotics play a role?
Treatment with antibiotics alone leads to a likely chance of recurrent BV. You see, the task of antibiotics for treating bacterial vaginosis is to kill the overgrowth of bad bacteria that caused the infection to develop. However, antibiotics cannot properly distinguish which are the good from the bad bacteria. In the process, even good bacteria are destroyed. By the time the bad bacteria overpopulate the good, recurrent BV is almost certain to reappear.
It doesn’t really need to be said, but if you do nothing to treat your symptoms, occasionally it might go away for a time but will most likely be back. That is why it is important to start treatment as soon as possible. Especially since when it does come back, it is often much worse than before. Go to the doctor to get an accurate diagnosis to make sure you have BV and start a treatment plan immediately. Your doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics. (But antibiotics are a cause of chronic BV…!) So what do you do?
Permanently getting rid of bacterial vaginosis is not just about treating the condition, but providing a healthy environment in your vagina for good bacteria to flourish. Antibiotics will get rid of all bacteria, but it is part of your responsibility to eat right and have a healthy lifestyle.
To completely free yourself from this awful condition, I recommend using home remedies in addition to the medications that your doctor prescribes. In fact, many women have successfully treated the condition using home remedies alone, and that might be an option you should consider. View the home remedies post to learn what home remedies are most effective at treating BV.