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Probiotic-Antibiotic versus Home Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Updated on December 23, 2014

Bacterial Vaginosis is a disease that occurs in several women all over the world. In fact, several men also show Bacterial Vaginosis like symptoms at times, so it is very much a matter of concern whether Bacterial Vaginosis can occur in men. It is said that at least 70% women suffer with vaginal infections at least once in their lives. Some may have a very mild case of Bacterial Vaginosis which may get cured even without any active medication. For other women, BV becomes an embarrassing and irritating problem which refuses to go away. Usually women feel that they can make it go away by keeping the vaginal area specially clean but douching etc just makes it worse additionally one may find out that BV is contagious.

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Bacterial Vaginosis or BV in women is caused by the imbalance between good and bad bacteria in a female’s genitals. When the bad bacteria becomes predominant and the number of bad bacteria becomes far more than the good bacteria, BV occurs. The signs, symptoms and treatments for Bacterial Vaginosis may vary greatly and I have discussed that in detail on my website.

Women spend so much of their energy looking for treatments and though different things may work for different women, it’s better to analyze what treatments are available and what would be the best case to go for them. The most common question asked by women who are looking for BV cures is what the most effective method with no side effects is. This may be a difficult question to answer just like that. The various pros and cons of both the treatments need to be weighed first.

The main methods used by women in fighting Bacterial Vaginosis are: Probiotic-Antibiotic treatment and home remedies.

Home Cures for BV:

If Bacterial vaginosis antibiotic treatment is not working for you, you can try a well tried and tested and extremely popular solution known as the BV cures. Many times, people don’t want to experience the normal side effects involved with taking antibiotics and that is the reason why they prefer home remedies over it. Also, if after one dosage of antibiotics BV reoccurs, many patients start searching for home remedies.

One has to understand that any disease reoccurs only if its cause is not treated. Just treating the symptoms is not enough. One has to understand that whatever medication is taken should be capable of curing the cause of the problem. If the origin of BV is treated, it will never happen again.

Some of the most popular ways to get rid of bacterial vaginosis at home are stated below. Each has its own way to ensure that the ph level is maintained in the vagina by keeping the temperature and other conditions normal along with aiding in growth of good bacteria.

  • Tea Tree Oil: Being a natural substance having antibacterial properties, it is one of the most effective ways to kill those unwanted bacteria. The best part is that it does not hold any side effects. One can easily do the treatment at home by buying the tea tree oil from any grocery or food store and applying it in vagina after diluting in water. One can even have a warm bath with 10-15 drops of oil included.

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  • Cider Vinegar: Sit in bath for at least 20 minutes having a cup of cider vinegar in it. Since cider vinegar is acidic in nature, it balances the ph level in the vagina.
  • Probiotic Yogurt: Probiotics help in increasing the good bacteria present in the vagina and thus getting rid with the root cause of the ailment is possible with these capsules. Health stores and even food stores keep these capsules. One has to dip them in yoghurt and soak for some time prior to insertion in the vagina.

Probiotic Combined with Antibiotic Treatment for BV

Antibiotics are not one of the most effective ways to treat bacterial vaginosis. It has been observed that in case of at least 40-50% people, the medical condition reoccurs (sometimes with worst symptoms) ever after proper dosage of antibiotics. In such a situation probiotics are great aid.

The problem with antibiotic treatment is that it just kills bacteria without understanding if the bacteria are healthy or are causing harm. If you are fortunate and the antibiotic kills the harmful bacteria, the cure is immediate. However, in most awful cases, good bacteria are killed which are used in controlling the over growth of unhealthy bacteria. Thus, proliferation of such detrimental bacteria leads to recurrence of bacterial vaginosis.

Thus, with the aid of probiotic healing, one can encourage the growth of useful or healthy bacteria in vagina that would then control the overgrowth of damaging bacteria. Many doctors go with the theory that probiotics are as effective as antibiotics and thus prescribe only probiotics. However, others feel that probiotic healing should be combined with antibiotics for the best results. Prior to going for any treatment, it is best to check with your doctor about its effectiveness and the side effects that would follow subsequently. Patient should also know that home cures for BV are free of any side effects.

Considering these two methods of treating Bacterial Vaginosis, you can decide the best method that works for you. What is most essential is that you listen to your body and practice safe sex practices.

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