It is absolutely normal to have good and bad bacteria residing in your pleasure hole, but occasionally there can be an imbalance between the two. This results in bacterial infections. The one we’re focusing on is bacterial vaginosis. The overgrowth of the bad bacteria causes inflammation which can be noticed by the thick, white foul smelling discharge from the vagina.
If you’ve ever dealt with bacterial vaginosis symptoms in the past, you’re far from alone. Research shows that about 1 in every 5 women will experience this type of infection by the time they’ve reached their mid-forties.
You can treat it with antibiotics but the problem here is that the relapse rate is rapid, many cases have seen more than 50% of women contract Bacterial Vaginosis again within 3-6 months. You can clearly see from this that there is an urgent need for alternative forms of treatment.
Even more important is that Treating Bacterial Vaginosis Naturally needs to be looked at intensively as it’s the only way to re balance the bacterial flora of the body.
Whats more worrying is Some recent studies imply that it is sexually transmitted, with more pathogenic strains of Gardnerella being identified.
So today we are going away from antibiotics and moving into Natural forms of treatment. There are 3 Home remedies for bacterial vaginosis we want to focus on:
1. Tea Tree Oil For BV
Tea tree oil is an extract from a plant native to Australia. Tea tree oil was used as a topical treatment by the Aboriginal people for centuries. This substance contains several properties that help eliminate bacterial vaginosis. It contains anti fungal and antibacterial compounds. To date there are over 327 scientific studies that refer to tree tea oils antimicrobial properties.
It’s commonly used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products. One study described a patient who had some common signs of bacterial vaginosis (BV) who treated herself using tea tree oil vaginal pessaries. After treatment the patient had no symptoms and her vaginal flora was inhabited primarily with gram positive bacilli.
This sparked further interests from various parties into tea tree oil being used a replacement treatment for BV. Other studies have also shown tea tree oil to be effective at inhibiting certain bacteria associated with bacterial vaginosis.
How To Use It
The best way to use this is in the bath.
- Add 3 drops of tea tree along with 3 cups of white vinegar to a warm tub of water.
- Soak yourself for about 30 minutes.
- Alternatively you can get a small bowl and fill it with warm water and mix with 3 drops of the oil. Rinse your vagina once a day with the mixture until the infection clears up.
Yogurt is full of active bacteria (the good kind) such as lactobacillus acidophilus. This organism is naturally present in women’s body and assists in fighting off infections in the vaginal area by restoring the balance of bacterial levels.
A study in 1996 was carried out looking at treating women with symptoms of bv using yogurt containing L. acidophilus. It was carried out using vaginal douching with yogurt for 1 week straight and then taking a weeks rest before commencing again a week later.
The treatment helped with improving the symptoms and conditions of the patients. Similar results were observed when yogurt was applied locally in the vaginal lumen.
How To Use It
There are two ways you can use yogurt. The first one is obvious;
- eat yogurt everyday which contains live cultures. It usually says on the packaging what cultures are present. Get at least 8 ounces in your body per day.
- Alternatively you can soak a tampon in yogurt containing live cultures for 10 minutes and then inserting it into your vagina for at least a couple of hours.
This treatment option is being studied intensively because of the increasing cases of antibiotic resistant pathogenic organisms. The use of probiotics for the treatment of BV has provided a ray of hope by natural and nontoxic treatment means.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is fantastic because it contains natural antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal compounds so it doesn’t upset your natural flora. It can help eradicate bacterial vaginosis and in some cases prevent it from coming back again.
How To Use It
Instead of using butter or other oils for cooking, use coconut oil instead to help boost your immune system.
You can also soak a tampon in the oil and insert it into your vagina for a couple of hours. Rinse the area once done and repeat daily until you see symptoms disappear.
I’ve heard stories from various women on different forums who have tried coconut oil with 100% success rate, so I suggest you give it a go. In fact here is story from Jhanaya who lives in Philadelphia:
“So, I’m 22 and I’ve been having BV since I was 16 years old.
On and off since then. I use to get it about 2-3 times a month. Right after I take the antibiotics it will come back. Sometimes it would come right after my menstrual went off. I would get so frustrated. I currently am pregnant. About 2 weeks ago I had BV following up with the antibiotics. I discovered I was pregnant about 53 days ago along with noticing 5 ago I had BV. So I went to the Dr and she told me it was the high level of acidity was high because of the hormones I’m producing from pregnancy and it’s unbalancing my pH level but The “infection” Would go away on its own in a few days. No antibiotics were given. So I looked and looked on this BV situation.
I’ve been soaking a plastic tampon in coconut oil (CO) for 3 days then pushing the tampon up for a few hours. I saw you can do it for 2 hours but I kept it up there as long as possible 3x a day. The smell this morning was almost gone. no more weird discharge. I am kinda skeptical on maybe this will give me yeast infection But I read CO can be used for yeast also. So let’s cross fingers, (it is now 8:53 AM) that by tonight the smell is completely gone! Try it ladies! I have no complaints. No itching no discomfort or anything with the coconut oil. And I am really really sensitive. I say give it a try!”
There’s tons of these success stories and if you want You can read some more over at Earthclinic.
Don’t Confuse Bacterial Vaginosis With Yeast Infection
There are 3 Common Types of Vaginal Infections:
- Yeast infections caused by Candida
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Non-infectious vaginitis
About 75% of women have had 1 yeast infection in their lifetime. It’s a common condition and occurs when the acidity of your vagina changes, which allows candida to multiply and spread.
Hormonal changes can prompt yeast infections as can diabetes, pregnancy and use of antibiotics. You will know you have an infection when there is an intense itching sensation alongside burning sensation when urinating. A white gooey discharge is also noticeable.
As with all yeast-related problems, the infection is caused by a fungus called Candida that already exists in your body living in small numbers in the vagina, mouth and digestive tract.
When your immune system becomes run down or out of balance the Candida multiplies out of control, causing illness.
BV is the most frequent type of vaginal infection in women who are past puberty. It’s caused by various different bacterial species that over grow in the same way candida does, which is when the vaginal flora is at an imbalance.
It’s really hard for some women to identify if they have bv because around 50% of them do not have any symptoms. It’s only through their annual gynaecologic exam do they find out.
For the other 50% the symptoms include:
- White/greyish discharge
- foul fishy smell
- Itchy/sore vagina
- Pain during urination
The most common cause of non infectious vaginitis is due to an allergic reaction or irritation from douches, spermicidal products, vaginal sprays.
Using perfumed soaps or detergents can also cause the skin around the vagina to become sensitive. Another form of vaginitis results from low levels of hormones due to menopause or if you have surgery to remove ovaries. This results in the vagina becoming dry and itchy. Pain during sexual intercourse is not uncommon either.
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Treating Bacterial Vaginosis Naturally is not that hard if you know what you are doing. Hopefully today you have learned the 3 ways it can be done. We even gave you real testimonials from women who have cured their bv by using these methods.
It’s definitely not easy and you have to be patient and persistent with natural healing, it can take some time for the body to heal itself with natural methods. Go away today and pick 1 treatment option and give that a go for a full week.
If it doesn’t work then move onto the next treatment and so on. If you have gotten to the end of the month and have not seen any results then we recommend you look into the Bacterial Vaginosis Freedom Programme. It could be what you were looking for all your life!.
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