- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Bacterial Vaginosis Home Remedies May Be Better Than Antibiotics
Antibiotics are what the name implies…. anti or against biotics. In reference to BV, it refers to the medications that help in killing the Bacterial Vaginosis causing bacteria.
However, this may do more harm in the longer run and cause BV to re-occur. Thus many women prefer to use tested natural methods of Bacterial Vaginosis Cure.
Let’s discuss in detail, the role of antibiotics in BV treatment. A woman’s vagina contains both good and bad microorganisms and they live in near perfect harmony most of the time. Think of the normal microorganisms as a protective shield that naturally protects the vagina and surrounding area, keeping the balance of nature under control. It is when that balanced environment is disrupted that problems occur. Killing off the majority of bacteria contained within the vaginal walls is very disruptive!
Doctors commonly prescribe antibiotics as a treatment for this problem and when they do are, in effect, hitting the problem with a brute force method that can have long reaching ill effects on the woman involved. There are a few drugs doctors rely on to treat BV and they include Flagyl (metronidazole) and Cleocin (clindamycin) which can be taken either orally or in gel or cream form applied to the skin’s surface. There are over the counter remedies but none have been proven to be effective.
Nature knows best (as usual)
When comparing the various treatments for Bacterial Vaginosis it becomes clear that use of antibiotics can create as much harm to a woman’s vaginal environment as they do good. When the balance of microorganisms is disrupted creating an unbalanced system it can make the original problem worsen. Yeast infections, Chlamydia, and herpes are among the more common sexually transmitted diseases that require medication but bacterial vaginosis is not sexually transmitted but rather occurs when the balance of naturally occurring bacteria in a woman’s vaginal area is disrupted. So BV requires a slightly different approach.
Easy And Cheap Home Remedies for BV
1) Keeping with natural ingredients such as white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
2) Change diet to include more fresh vegetables, grains, fruits, and flax seed.
3) Drink plenty of water to help flush the system.
4) Eat yogurt for a natural introduction of “good” bacteria.
5) Boric acid suppositories (sold in some health food stores and pharmacies) are known to fight the ammonia that may cause BV.
6) Eat foods that contain acidophilus. Besides yogurt they include enriched milk and soy products (miso & tempeh).
7) If swelling or itching are present use coldwater compresses on the affected area for temporary relief.
8) Apply some vitamin E cream (also comes in capsule form).
Finding the best treatment for BV
Taking an oral antibiotic or in some cases a topical ointment or gel applied to the affected area are the usual methods of treatment and doctors tend to prescribe the drugs or medications they know are effective. Yet when any antibiotic is introduced into the woman’s system it can cause changes that result in more than simply killing the offensive bacteria that cause BV in the first place. A woman should question her doctor and ask for alternative medications that won’t be so apt to disrupt the normal activity within her vaginal area.
A woman’s body will normally self-regulate when it comes to her own well balanced system. However when the bacterial infection takes over, it disrupts her balanced system. When antibiotics (either oral or topical) are applied they can cause serious side effects because they kill the good bacteria too. These side effects include an abnormal discharge, rash, foul odor, and severe itching. Natural Bacterial Vaginosis treatments using only naturally occurring ingredients will help restore her vaginal area to normal without risking any unbalancing of the routine and naturally occurring microorganisms.