Bacterial Vaginosis is an infection of the vagina. It is caused by bacteria that is normally present in the vaginal area affecting 10-65 percent of the female population. E coli which is naturally present in the rectum can also be a cause if it is spread to the vaginal area. Aside from normal medications there are also many natural remedies for symptoms of this condition.
Bacterial Vaginosis was orginally called Gardnerella vaginitis after the bacteria that was said to cause it. Since then many other bacteria have been known to cause this condition thus the name change. PH balance and certain combinations of different bacteria are said to be the cause of vaginosis. Typical symptoms include vaginal discharge that can be greyish white and more common after sexual intercourse and a foul fishy odor. If gone untreated bacterial vaginosis can make women more susceptible to other conditions such as herpes simplex virus, chlamydia, HIV, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometritis, cervicitis and gonorhea. During pregnancy there are increased risks for complications and preterm delivery. While there are no natural cures for bacterial vaginosis there are several natural rememdies to help relieve its uncomfortable symptoms. These remedies can help prevent reccurences when the recommended medication is finished.
The most effective remedy among woman is yogurt. It contains lactobacillus acidophilus which helps to restore bad and good bacteria and the ph balance in your body. Coat a tampon with yogurt and then place it in the vagina for about 2 hours. Other women find relief just by eating yogurt.
Garlic can also be used in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis. Wrap a garlic clove in a piece of gauze with a string and insert it into the vagina for a few hours at a time.
Tea tree oil and aloe vera applied to the vaginal area can also bring great relief from burning. Taking zinc and vitamin B boosts your immune system and aids in ph balance. Echinacea and chamomile also have anti fungal properties. Avoiding alcohol and sweets during treatment is recommended as they can cause an imbalance in ph levels. Limiting the amount of sex partners can also help keep your balance in check.
If you believe you suffer from bacterial vaginosis seek help from your health care provider. He/she will run tests to determine whether or not the condition exists. Risk increases with menopause and in women with diabetes. If you continually suffer from this condition there are prevention methods such as abstinence, limiting your number of sexual partners and not douching. All of these things can greatly disrupt the bacteria levels in the vagina. Practicing prevention and exercising the many natural cures for bacterial vaginosis can greatly decrease the number of outbreaks and increase your level of comfort.