Bacterial Vaginosis is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria within the vagina. Under normal circumstances, the two main types of bacteria present within the vagina co-exist in harmony, with the “bad” bacteria (Gardnerella) being controlled by the friendly bacteria (Lactobacillus).
When something happens to upset the balance, the bad bacteria may grow to excess and the typical symptoms of bacterial vaginosis appear. The main symptom is a grayish discharge which has a foul, fishy odor and sometimes this is accompanied by itching and burning. Some women also experience symptoms similar to those of a urinary tract infection.
There is no one reason why women get bacterial vaginosis. Indeed the reasons are varied and will not necessarily be the same from one woman to another. Common reasons include over washing, douching, using a different washing detergent and a change in sexual partner. It is also thought that some women develop this condition when their resistance to immunity is low and they are “under the weather”. In addition, there are other numerous reasons, and one common culprit is antibiotics, which is ironic really as these are sometimes misguidedly given to treat BV.
How To Recognize Bacterial Vaginosis
It is completely normal for women to have a certain amount of discharge from the vagina. It acts as a kind of “barometer”, in that if you notice any changes in your discharge, it is a sign that something has changed within you, and this could be either positive or negative. Normal vaginal discharge helps to clean and moisten the vagina, keeping it healthy so you should not attempt to clean it constantly if the discharge is normal.
Most young girls will notice a discharge before they have their first period. Normal vaginal discharge is yellowish or white and cloudy. In some women it is odorless, but in others it can have a slightly acidic odor. The consistency can change throughout the menstrual cycle and can range from thick creamy white to almost clear and stringy-very similar to egg whites.
If the discharge has an offensive fishy smell, is thin and milk-like in consistency and a grayish white color, then it is likely to be bacterial vaginosis.
Other abnormal discharge could be a sign that something else is wrong. If it is yellow/green in color and of a heavy consistency with a bad odor, it could be Trichomoniasis. If it is white and of a cottage-cheese like consistency accompanied by intense itching but no odor, it is likely to be a yeast infection.
Natural Home Remedies For Bacterial Vaginosis
The very nature of bacterial vaginosis means that conventional treatments, such as antibiotics and over the counter remedies simply mask the symptoms and do not eradicate the root cause.
Antibiotics will kill the bacteria associated with BV but they have the unfortunate effect of killing off all bacteria present in the vagina. This includes the beneficial bacteria which, under normal circumstances, help to keep the harmful bacteria in check. So whilst the symptoms will initially be eradicated, once bacteria begins to naturally repopulate the vagina, the new strains of good bacteria will not be of sufficient strength to maintain good balance and so the symptoms will start again.
Did you realize that over 70% of women who take antibiotics for BV will suffer from at least one repeat attack within just a few short weeks?
This is why I only recommend natural home remedies for the condition. You need to learn how to prevent the condition occurring in the first place and how to quickly get rid of it naturally should you happen to get it again.
There is no doubt that the best way to treat bacterial vaginosis is by using strategies will enhance and strengthen the levels of good bacteria, thus ensuring that bad bacteria is never able to grow to a level where it causes the symptoms of BV. In addition, there are some very good natural cures which will eradicate the symptoms within minutes, and these feature in the Home Remedy treatments which I recommend.