You should find comfort in knowing that treatments for bacterial vaginosis are typically fairly simple, and most are very effective. The key with using home remedies is that some will work for you, while others might not. Finding the ones that do work might be a trial and error process but is definitely recommended as part of your BV treatment plan. BV has been known to be a condition that can be recurrent as many women struggle with getting rid of it for good. If you find yourself going through multiple episodes of infection, it may have to due to your current treatment plan. Often the biggest cause for BV to become chronic is the use of antibiotics. Vaginosis occurs due to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. Antibiotics is no respecter of bacteria – meaning, your vagina has both good and bad bacteria, and antibiotics kills both kinds, which does get rid of BV and its symptoms temporarily. However, if the bad then grow back faster than the good, the condition will likely return. Unfortunately many women rely solely upon antibiotics to get rid of the infection. It may be possible to get rid of bacterial vaginosis solely relying upon home remedies (using even items you have around the house now), but perhaps the most effective technique of treating BV is using a combination of both.
While antibiotics are doing their thing, it is important that you implement home remedies that will help restore the natural vaginal flora. As i mentioned before, because our bodies are all very different, some home remedies might work and some might not. A few past bacterial vaginosis sufferers have done years of research on home remedy treatments and put all their research into e-books (downloadable pdf files) that are available for a small price. You may be able to find some home remedies online for free, including here, but to have an immediate resource with numerous remedies as well as diet recommendations, health risks, herbal treatments, prevention techniques, etc., may well be worth the price (which is typically less than a co-pay at the doctor). Click here to view the most popular e-book, alternatively, view my review of the 3 most downloaded home BV treatment e-book programs.
It is unfortunate that there are not many over the counter products to treat BV directly. However, Femanol is a dietary supplement that has become very popular because it works well to get rid of the foul odor of vaginosis, as well as providing other health benefits. It is also very good at restoring the natural lactobacilli that get wiped out from antibiotics. Some of it’s natural ingredients include lactobacillus acidophilus, garlic, enema bark extract, vitamin B-6, and zinc.
Sometimes the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis can me confused for other vaginal infections. This is why it is very important to get your symptoms properly diagnosed before you take on a treatment program. Other infections that have similar symptoms are yeast infections and trichomoniasis. Even how intense your BV symptoms are will help to determine what treatment is right for you. For example, if you are suffering from mild symptoms, perhaps antibiotics might not be ideal since BV can reoccur worse than before.
What Antibiotics are Typically Used?
Antibiotics can either be taken orally or some are designed to be applied to the vagina. If you are given a cream, it is typically inserted using an application. It is done this way to make sure the correct dosage is given. The most popular antibiotic that is used is Metronidazole, but others include Clindamycin, Ceftriaxone, Tetracycline, and Ampicillin. Another antibiotic that is said to be effective in Europe is Tinidazole. It is currently being tested for use in the U.S. as a replacement for Metronidazole due to its lesser side effects. Clindamycin is not the ideal drug to be taken, as it has been linked to more serious side effects, including a severe intestinal condition.
What are Typical Home Remedies?
Tea tree oil, goldenseal and olive leaf extract, and garlic are popular home remedies for BV. Natural treatments have become very popular for treating BV, and while some may be skeptical, many women have testified of their effectiveness. In fact, a number of e-books, which are basically downloadable instructions of natural remedies for treating BV have been written and can be downloaded immediately. They do come with a small price, but the cost may be well worth the time you would save trying to find so many possible remedies as well as the cost of numerous doctor visits.
Even though it is typically the hardest to do (after all you can’t just take a pill and hope for the best), but changes in diet and activity can do wonders. Physical exercise and eating healthy foods will help to maintain good health and prevent BV from occurring. Also, it may be necessary to refrain from sexual activity for a time to reduce your symptoms.
Because a treatment program will depend of what type vaginal infection you have, be sure to read the bacterial vaginosis symptoms page and you may find this video from Dr. Oz on tips to avoid the gynecologist helpful. Make sure you get a proper diagnosis from a doctor if it is not obvious to you that you have bacterial vaginosis. Whatever you do, do not delay treatment, since unlike a yeast infection, bacteria vaginosis can lead to more serious complications.