5 Methods for Bacterial Vaginosis Natural Treatment and Further Prevention


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Bacterial Vaginosis is a common condition that many women can get, it is not a very serious issue but can become worse if not treated properly. Your vagina has both good and bad bacterias, if there is an excess of the bad bacteria growth in your vagina then the environmental balance inside it can be out of balance and cause infection which results in Bacterial Vaginosis. The symptoms include- an abnormal amount of vaginal discharge, the color of the discharge is grey or yellowish, it has an unpleasant fishy odor, can cause itching and discomfort, etc. The best way to treat BV is by consulting with a medical expert, prescribed medications and antibiotics work great, but some of the natural treatments can be equally effective. Here are some of the Bacterial Vaginosis natural treatment methods.

Yogurt

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Eating yogurt regularly and at times of Bacterial Vaginosis can help build up the good bacterias in your vagina and maintain the balance. Yogurt is a natural source of probiotics which means it contains healthy bacterias that can fight the bad bacterias in your body and keep infections away. There are plenty of probiotic supplements available but if you are looking for the natural option then eat yogurt daily.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar has been used by natural healers for ages, it has antimicrobial properties, disinfectant quality, contains lactic acid and acetic acid, therefore can be effective for Bacterial Vaginosis. According to some research done from 2014 to 2018, Apple cider vinegar is proven to be effective on bad bacterias like E-coli, S-aureus, etc; It was also effective in curing vaginal candida, limiting the growth of bacteria, and combating foul odor.

Personal Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene for your intimate areas not only helps treat bacterial infections but also prevents further related issues. Always wear underwear made of breathable fabrics, change your pad/tampons every 5-6 hours, wash and wipe your intimate area after using the bathroom, wash hands before touching your private parts, etc.

Safe Sex

It is possible that bad bacterial growth and infection can be caused by sexual partners, if you assume that your partner has any kind of intimate issues then they need to be treated too. Having sex without protection can be a big cause of BV, and it is important to use a condom or other barrier method to stop it from spreading.

For Further Prevention

There are a number of things that you should not do in Bacterial Vaginosis, in order to treat it and further prevent it, you need to avoid doing these- douching, applying anything without consulting with your doctor, using harsh soaps, touching with dirty hands, not cleaning after urinator/stool, using public bathrooms often, etc.

Conclusion

If consulted with a medical professional such as a Gynecologist, Bacterial Vaginosis can be resolved without any complication. However, untreated conditions can increase the risk of HIV as well as STDs including genital herpes, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. Being careful and self-aware is the key to prevent it, many women ignore their anatomy and sometimes even feel shy to talk to others or take professional help.

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