One of the most common concerns among women who suffer from bacterial vaginosis, or BV, is that they are embarrassed of the condition and they don’t want to go see their doctor. Many women can feel dirty or ashamed that they have this it and they end up just living with it or buying over the counter creams, which don’t really do anything to get to the root cause of their condition. This has led to a search for an all natural remedy that can be applied in the privacy of your own home and that will also work to alleviate the main cause.
It will help you to feel better if you know that bacterial vaginosis is quite common among women and even men. 1 in 3 women will experience a smelly vagina resulting from BV at one point or another in their lives and it’s important to know that there isn’t anything wrong with you and you certainly don’t have anything to be ashamed of.
So what can you do to get rid of BV? Well, the most common form of treatment on the market right now is a prescription of antibiotics. Typically, you will get a prescription for something called oral metronidazole. However, other common medications can include clindamycin or even amoxicillin. The one factor that all of these have in common is that they simply treat the effects and not the root cause of BV itself. Also, these medications work by killing all of the bacteria within the vagina, both good and bad, so it may appear to work initially. However, the same conditions exist in your body that were there before so the bad bacteria will come back and so will your symptoms.
There are also all natural treatments you can use that are designed to restore the optimal balance of both types of bacteria, therefore, alleviating the symptoms of your bacterial vaginosis. One of the preferred factors when it comes to an all natural remedy is that there aren’t any dangerous side effects associated with these treatments. Also, the ingredients used are relatively inexpensive when compared to the pharmaceutical alternatives. They are generally items you can pick up from your local grocery store or vitamin shop.
It’s important to remember that when using natural remedies for bv, it isn’t a one size fits all approach. There aren’t any exact dosages to follow, rather just some helpful guidelines that have been deduced from the thousands of people that have experienced success with this form of treatment. Also, because everyone’s body is different, a treatment that worked for one woman may not do the same for another. Do your best to stay positive and keep trying different things until they work.
With that being said, here are some of the more popular treatments for bv that you can try. The good news is that many women have found success using these and you can to.
One of the more well known ingredients used to restore balance in you vagina is apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar as an acidic nature to it which can help to fight off the bacteria in question. There are two ways you can apply this. First, you can try applying some directly to your vagina. The more common way of using this is by diluting a small amount in with your bath water. You can experiment with different amounts, but a common number is a half cup of vinegar in your bath.
Another popular ingredient used to balance the ph levels of your vagina is tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil. You can find this in the homeopathic section of most grocery stores or in the supplement section. Always follow the directions on the bottle of the supplement. Usually, it will come in a bottle with a dropper for a cap. You will just want to add about 10 drops in with your bath water and relax in the tub for a while. Tea tree oil has recently been the subject of several scientific studies where the results have shown that it has several beneficial medicinal properties when directly applied, including acting as an antiviral, an antibacterial agent, and an antiseptic.
You can also try ingesting products containing probiotics. Typically, these will come in the form of dairy yogurt, soy yogurt, and supplements. Soy yogurt can be beneficial here as dairy has been shown to increase the acidity in peoples bodies, which can have a detrimental impact on bv.
Start using soap that is unscented. The additives that scented soaps have can cause irratation in your vagina which can upset the natural ph balance. Also, be sure to thouroghly wash away all of the soap and it’s residue before leaving the shower or bath.
Stay away from any over the counter creams or douches while using natural remedies as these can certainly upset the natural balance and will have a negative impact on your natural treatment.
Be sure to avoid drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco as these create an acidic buildup in the body. These are widely thought to be contributors to the root cause of bv.
You may also want to clean up your diet if you aren’t eating too well. This can be a difficult thing to do if you aren’t in the habit of eating healthy foods, but a good starting place is to begin eating more green vegetables and by taking a vegetable supplement of some kind. These have an enormous health benefits to your body in general, but they also create an alkalizing effect on your body which helps to inhibit the growth of the bad bacteria which is causing the vaginal smell.
Also, cut out as many processed foods as you can. This includes anything that comes in a box or a package with an expiration date that is a few months out. The preservatives in these foods haven’t been fully studied when it comes to the long term health effects they can have on people. The artificial sweeteners that come loaded in soft drinks and packets also can produce an acidic effect on the body.
I hope you found this article to be useful. If you have tried something and found that it worked for you, be sure to share it below in the comment section.