What Is Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis?

If you are reading this article, I am sure you want to know what recurrent bacterial vaginosis is. Well, to understand what it is, you need to first understand how you can get bacterial vaginosis, what it is all about and how you can actually get recurrences. I bet you are interested to know more about it because you either feel you have some of the symptoms associated with it or someone probably scared you with some bizarre stories. One thing you need to understand is that to get recurrent bacterial vaginosis, you need to have had a primary infection before!

What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis is an infection of the vaginal tract and surrounding tissues caused by a number of microorganisms. Unlike what most people think, bacterial vaginosis does not occur as a result of infection with a single pathogen. Most bacterial vaginosis infections are polymicrobial. However, bacterial vaginosis can be cured. In fact, in most cases, bacterial vaginosis is self limiting; that is gets cured on its own. No medical treatment is actually needed. Having said that, there are a few exceptions as always.

Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis can often be missed or misinterpreted. The most common symptoms include a vaginal discharge with a fishy odor, and itchiness and redness around the genital area. While the fishy odor characterizes bacterial vaginosis, itchiness and redness are non specific symptoms of any type of vaginal infection. Thus, this may lead to confusion as to what is that actual cause of your vaginal infection. Also, even understanding the cause of the vaginal discharge can be confusing. Other types of vaginal infection, for example vaginal candidiasis, caused by yeast, also produce discharges but of a different consistency. Proper identification of bacterial vaginosis is therefore essential. The reason is simple. Different causes of vaginal infection are treated differently. Thus, the management of bacterial vaginosis is different. However, as mentioned previously, medical treatment is rarely needed.

When Is Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis Needed

There are 2 main reasons why people look for a treatment for bacterial vaginosis: recurrence and inability to cope with the symptoms. First, let us talk about the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. While, the disease in itself rarely causes any physical discomfort, its symptoms can be quite disturbing psychologically. Many women cannot cope with the idea of a fishy discharge coming out of their body. The itchiness associated with bacterial vaginosis is also often poorly tolerated. While bacterial vaginosis may get cured on its own, some women might seek homemade/medical treatment to get rid of those disturbing symptoms.

Some women might be able to cope with the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. However, they might not be able to do so for too long. This is the case in recurrent bacterial vaginosis which can occur over and over again.

What is Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis?

Recurrent bacterial vaginosis occurs when a woman experiences the symptoms periodically, that is symptoms come and go. During the absence of a current infection, the woman may not feel any symptoms at all. However, the disease may reappear much later and symptoms reappear. Some people may therefore find it difficult to cope with the way bacterial vaginosis progresses.

There are a number of causes of recurrent bacterial vaginosis. One of the most common is inadequate treatment. While medical treatment is rarely needed for a primary infection, it is definitely needed if you get recurrent infections. A decreasing immunity level as present in diabetes or HIV also predisposes to recurrences and increase in the duration of each episode.

Other postulated causes of recurrent bacterial vaginosis include the use of homemade vaginal douches and unsafe sexual practices or the use of intrauterine contraceptive devices. However, it is to be noted that bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted disease.

Recurrent bacterial vaginosis can be quite disturbing and can lead to a number of complications which include pelvic inflammatory disease and spontaneous abortion. Therefore, it is essential to identify the symptoms related to the infection and be able to report recurrences to your doctor. This will ensure adequate treatment and guarantee you a normal to high quality of life.

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Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy

Bacterial vaginosis is one of the most common infections in women of the reproductive age group. In fact, it affects 1 in 3 women during their lifetime in some countries. Unlike what most people believe, bacterial vaginosis is caused by a number of microorganisms, rather than a single one. Thus, the management of this infection can be quite complicated at times. However, you should not be scared if you have it. Very few women who develop bacterial vaginosis actually need treatment for it. Indeed, most of the times bacterial vaginosis is self-resolving, that is gets cured on its own. In this article, I will talk about some few things you can do to identify, treat and prevent recurrent bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy.

How Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis Occurs

In some cases, bacterial vaginosis re-occurs. Bacterial vaginosis occurs when there is an imbalance between the good and the bad bacteria in the vagina. A shift of power towards the bad bacteria means that you can develop a vaginal infection. There are a number of factors which actually promote recurrence of bacterial vaginosis which can be a real problem to treat, especially in pregnant women. Some of these causes are a decreasing immunity level, concomitant infections, and an inability to treat a prior bacterial vaginosis. In fact, the most common cause of recurrent bacterial vaginosis is inadequate treatment. Thus, primary prevention is an essential part in the control of bacterial vaginosis. Although we mentioned earlier that bacterial vaginosis rarely requires treatment, you should be on your guard whenever you start developing the symptoms characteristic of bacterial vaginosis. If you feel that the symptoms take long to disappear, then you should most definitely consult your doctor. Failure to do so or an incomplete antibiotic therapy, especially when you are infected with some resistant strains of bacteria, means that recurrence is likely to occur in the future.

Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis during Pregnancy

Most women dream of becoming pregnant one day. However, pregnancy is associated with a number of physiological (normal) changes in the pregnant woman’s body that alters the way the body behaves and reacts to external insults. For example, in pregnancy, there are changes in your physical activities and your body itself undergoes changes- your blood volume, urine output, weight and immunity change. Probably the most important factors which predispose a pregnant woman to recurrent bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy are the lack of physical activity and associated weight gain, and the decrease in the immunity level.

Decrease in Physical Activity and Weight Gain

Physical inactivity is closely associated with weight gain and weight gain is one of the predisposing factors to diabetes. Diabetes in turn is related to a decreased level of immunity. The impact of diabetes on recurrent bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy is two-fold. First, the increase in blood sugar sets up an ‘attractive’ vaginal environment that predisposes to reactivation of bacterial vaginosis in the pregnant women. Secondly, diabetes is associated with a low immunity level which added to the low defense system in pregnancy enhances the chances of getting bacterial vaginosis again.

Low Immunity Level during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a low immunity level state. What we mean by that is that during pregnancy your defense against pathogens invading your body is weakened for one reason or another. Thus this increases of risk of getting primary bacterial vaginosis or recurrent bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy.

Recurrent bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy is an important condition that needs to be identified promptly. This is because bacterial vaginosis may cause infection of the other parts of your genital tract, may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and this is widely known to be associated with high risks of a spontaneous abortion. Hence, it is vital to identify the signs and symptoms of recurrent bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy. Failure to do so might have irremediable consequences.

Prevention of Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis during Pregnancy is Possible

Identifying bacterial vaginosis is straightforward. Symptoms like a bad smelling discharge, itchiness in or around the vaginal tract and inflammation all point towards an infection. More often than not, the cause is bacterial vaginosis. While this condition usually resolves on its own, it can recur, and recurrent bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy can be quite disastrous if not identified and treated completely. Inappropriate treatment and a poor lifestyle will add to the already weakening immune system in a pregnant woman to cause relapses. All those causes can be easily managed; you just need to make sure you identify the symptoms correctly and follow your treatment.

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How to Prevent Bacterial Vaginosis from Recurring

Some Stats about Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis affects 1 in 3 women worldwide. It is therefore one of the most common infections in women, and can occur at any time. If you have bacterial vaginosis, it is not the end of the world. Far from that, you should consider yourself lucky (especially if you only had a single episode of the infection rather than having recurrences). Bacterial vaginosis is not a significant medical problem. In fact, most of the time, it should only become a concern once you start having recurrences.

Bacterial Vaginosis Or BV

For those people who do not know what bacterial vaginosis is, let me introduce you to this not so rare condition. Bacterial vaginosis is an infection of the vagina and surrounding tissues. The infection can be caused by one microorganism but most commonly it is caused by several microorganisms. It is usually caused by an imbalance between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ bacteria in your vagina. Many people confuse bacterial vaginosis with vaginal candidiasis, which is caused by yeast. Therefore, it is important to distinguish whether you have bacterial vaginosis, caused by bacteria, or vaginal candidiasis, caused by yeast. Of course, there are a number of other infections which affect the vaginal tract, and the treatment for each is obviously different.

Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis can be quite disturbing. The most common ones are a vaginal discharge which has a fishy odor, and itchiness and redness of the genital area. Those symptoms can very often affect the self esteem of a woman. Fortunately, most of those symptoms usually get away without the need for any treatment.

Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis

Recurrent bacterial vaginosis occurs when a woman starts getting the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis periodically. In fact, the woman’s life is divided into symptom free periods and periods where the symptoms are ever present. This can make your life really miserable. This is where most women seek medical or homemade remedies to cure the infection.

How to Prevent Bacterial Vaginosis from Recurring – Medical Approach

The most efficacious treatment for recurrent bacterial vaginosis is adequate antibiotic therapy. By treating the first recurrence, you will in fact be treating future recurrences. However, the use of antibiotics can be good and bad too. Well, if you follow a complete antibiotic course, which may last 5 to 7 days or occasionally more, then you are guaranteed to treat the episode of bacterial vaginosis. The symptoms usually disappear after a week or two. This is where lots of people make the mistake of stopping the antibiotic treatment because they do not experience any changes or in some cases, feel that they are already cured. Inability to complete the full antibiotic course often leads to re infection with resistant strains of microorganisms, which lead to frequent recurrences of bacterial vaginosis.

The presence of lactobacilli in the vaginal environment is important to prevent recurrence of bacterial vaginosis. One way to increase their levels in the vaginal environment is to make use of probiotics. These are live microorganisms which are beneficial to the host and prevent recurrences.

How to Prevent Bacterial Vaginosis from Recurring – Homemade Remedy Approach

Homemade remedies have been famous for centuries for their presumed ability to prevent bacterial vaginosis from recurring. One commonly used technique is the application of a vinegar douche into the vagina. This increases the acidity of your vagina, kills the bad bacteria and prevents recurrences.

Other commonly used techniques to prevent recurrences involve the consumption and local application of yogurt and the use of tea tree oil which acts as a bactericidal. Controlling your diet also prevents recurrence of bacterial vaginosis. You should try to avoid all types of food which promote yeast growth. This includes cheese, dark chocolate, sugar, white wine vinegar, fermented food items and alcoholic beverages. Consuming adequate amounts of vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E are also essential to prevent relapses. Vitamin E is also available as a cream which can be applied topically to the infected part.

One final advice which can most definitely help you prevent recurrences is the minimal use of soap. Soap washes away all the skin oil whose natural function is to act as a barrier to infection. Therefore, if you lose that protection, you are bound to get relapses more often.

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Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

What Is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis is an infection of the female genital tract and is characterized by the production of a vaginal discharge, vaginal odor and extreme vaginal irritations. This infection is usually the result of the overgrowth of the normal vaginal flora. Unlike previous beliefs, bacterial vaginosis is caused by a number of microorganisms that normally live in the vagina. Some of these are beneficial to the body and some are detrimental. The balance between the different species of bacteria, therefore, leads to either a normal vaginal environment or an ‘infected’ one.

While bacterial vaginosis is not a life threatening condition, it can be quite disturbing and stressing for the infected woman. Bacterial vaginosis is one of the most common conditions affecting women worldwide. Treating bacterial vaginosis is seldom required. However, it may give rise to a number of complications, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Therefore, it is quite important to be able to identify all the associated signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis to prevent future complications.

What Are The Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis?

Most diseases are characterized by distinctive signs and symptoms, but not all. This is the case for bacterial vaginosis. In fact, only about 15% of women experience any symptom at all. The most common symptoms women seem to complain about are vaginal discharges and the associated odor. Very often, those are the only features of the disease which are present in an infected woman.

All women are different. Similarly, the amount of vaginal discharge they produce is different. Thus, all cases need to be individualized. What is ‘a lot’ is not necessarily pathologic. In fact, the texture and odor can often be more helpful to judge whether an infection or inflammation is taking place. Bacterial vaginosis usually presents with an unpleasant fishy odor and this together with the thin grayish vaginal discharge to make the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis straightforward.

Very often, women present with increased vaginal discharge following sexual intercourse, and if you experience such symptoms, it could mean that you have bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is also characterised by tenderness in the vaginal area, especially during sexual intercourse, and it usually worsens following menstrual flow.

Another symptom usually attributed to bacterial vaginosis is itchiness in the genital region. However, this cannot be generalized as symptoms can be quite vague and non specific. Thus, all women with itchiness of the genital region do not necessarily have bacterial vaginosis. The same can be said about redness or warmth near the genitalia. Bacterial vaginosis is rarely associated with those symptoms. In fact, those symptoms are more common to a number of other medical conditions often mistaken for bacterial vaginosis.

These include some sexually transmitted diseases, vaginal yeast infection and urinary tract infection. Most of these diseases cause a vaginal discharge and can be mistaken for bacterial vaginosis. For example, in the case of vaginal yeast infections, a thick white discharge can often cause itchiness and soreness around the vagina; the texture and odor of the vaginal discharge can help distinguish between the different types of vaginal infection. These should be distinguished from bacterial vaginosis as they are treated differently.

Bacterial Vaginosis – A Better Future

Bacterial vaginosis is very often silent, with very few or no symptoms at all. Therefore, most women do not realize they have it until an opportunistic pelvic exam. In case you find out that you have some of the above mentioned symptoms, you should not be stressed simply because bacterial vaginosis is not considered a dangerous condition, unless poorly managed. Most of the time, bacterial vaginosis is self limiting. Thus, medical treatment is rarely needed to treat bacterial vaginosis. However, if you suspect you might be suffering from bacterial vaginosis.

You should definitely seek medical advice. Bacterial vaginosis can easily deteriorate into a pelvic inflammatory disease and remark: Missing Verb fertility issues. If you have no symptoms, not treating it is a viable option. However, should you be pregnant and have bacterial vaginosis, your doctor might recommend that you take an antibiotic. The most important component of an effective bacterial vaginosis management depends mainly on the identification of the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, which can be very subtle at times. Prompt diagnosis will most certainly lead to better outcomes in the long term.

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How to Stop Vaginal Discharge During Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis occurs commonly in women of the reproductive age group. While this infection does not produce any symptoms in many women, it can however produce some non specific symptoms like itchiness and inflammation in others. The most frequent symptom most women actually complain of is the stinking fishy odor of the vaginal discharge produced by the infection.

All women produce vaginal discharges. It is therefore, not here that the problem lies. Some women produce a lot of discharges and others much less. It also depends on the time of the menstrual cycle that the woman is in. Also, what is “a lot of vaginal discharge” in one woman may be quite normal to another woman and not necessarily imply disease. In fact, vaginal discharges are rather classified as abnormal due to their colour, texture and odor. If you have had bacterial vaginosis at any point in your life, you should know what I am referring to.

Bacterial vaginosis produces a characteristic vaginal discharge that has a fishy unmistakable odor. This helps to differentiate it from other common infections of the vaginal tract like vaginal candidiasis. It is this odor, which very often poses a problem to most symptomatic women. For some women, it affects their self esteem, and they may feel different from others. It can happen in any woman, so if you have bacterial vaginosis, it does not make you an outcast or means you are dirty down there!

The main reason most women fail to get rid of the vaginal discharge of bacterial vaginosis is the poor choice of treatment. There are some products, which claim to be able to help you get rid of the itchiness and inflammation, but what about the vaginal discharge? If you had to take one medication per symptom, your life would become miserable. Therefore, if you want to treat the vaginal discharge associated with bacterial vaginosis, you need to select your treatment properly.

How to Stop Vaginal Discharge during Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis – Lifestyle Changes

The first step in getting rid of that troubling vaginal discharge is to change your lifestyle. Some people will tell you to keep washing your genital area. Well, does washing the outside clean the inside? There is little proof that that actually works. In fact, you should not wash your genital area more than 2 to 3 times daily. The reason is quite straightforward. By washing yourself repeatedly and using soap, you are actually losing the protection provided by the skin oil, which normally prevents pathogens from entering your body. This will most certainly predispose to recurrences of bacterial vaginosis.

Warm and damp conditions promote bacterial growth. Therefore, in case you are having your menses, you should use thin pads and need to change them more often. This will help keep your vagina dry and less attractive for bacterial growth. You should also consider wearing cotton fabrics rather than other textures. Being porous, it facilitates air movement and prevents moisture.

Another mistake a lot of women do which predisposes them to recurrences is the use of scented products. While this may temporarily mask the odor of the vaginal discharge, it will eventually worsen the situation and make their skin itchy.

How to Stop Vaginal Discharge during Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis – Medical Approach

The only reliable way to beat bacteria is by using antibiotics. However, you should understand that using antibiotics has both good and bad effects. If you complete the full antibiotic course, lasting 5 to 7 days in general, you are bound to be cured from bacterial vaginosis in most cases. However, if you fail to complete the treatment, this will facilitate re infection with tougher strains of bacteria and cause recurrences. So, before choosing a medical treatment, you have to condition yourself that you will have to complete it at all costs!

Stopping Vaginal Discharge During Recurrent BV – Homemade Remedies

Homemade remedies have been tested and have worked for ages. Curd, tea tree oil, honey are just a few things, which are believed to be useful to control bacterial growth in your vagina. They usually do so by increasing the amount of good bacteria present in your vaginal environment. As a result, the vaginal environment reverts to a normal, healthy one.

Vaginal discharge during recurrent bacterial vaginosis can be quite distressing. However, there are a number of ways you can prevent it and live happily.

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Treating Vaginal Odor Caused By Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis

What Exactly is Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis is an infection of the vagina caused by a number of microorganisms. Unlike some other infections, many different pathogens contribute to bacterial vaginosis. However, it is distinct from conditions like vaginal candidiasis, which is caused by yeast. Therefore, identifying which type of vaginal infection you have is important as the way we can treat the cause varies from organism to organism. You should know that bacterial vaginosis is not a serious infection in general and does not necessarily need to be treated. Most of the time, it resolves on its own. There are some reasons though which make people want to treat the infection as soon as possible. This might include the associated itchiness, terrible irritations and an awful vagina odor.

What Characterizes Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis usually presents with symptoms, which usually point to the correct diagnosis. You may feel itchy in the vaginal region. The itchiness is often accompanied with redness and is often worse following sexual intercourse or menstrual flow. Another common symptom of bacterial vaginosis which most symptomatic women complain of is a vaginal discharge. This discharge very often has an odor similar to that of rotten fish. You can imagine that this is not pleasant at all. The worst part is that bacterial vaginosis recurs. This is one of the main reasons women actually look for ways of treating vaginal odor caused by recurrent bacterial vaginosis. However, this is a short term problem in women whose bacterial vaginosis does not necessitate treatment and most importantly does not recur.

Methods for Treating Vaginal Odor Caused By Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis

There are 2 common ways or group of ways for treating vaginal odor caused by recurrent bacterial vaginosis- medical and homemade remedies. In fact, there is no specific symptomatic treatment for recurrent bacterial vaginosis. The best way you can get rid of the bad odor associated with recurrent bacterial vaginosis is by getting rid of the infection.

The medical treatment used for recurrent bacterial vaginosis involves antibiotics. The one most commonly used in called Metronidazole and is available either orally as a tablet or in gel form to be applied topically to the infected area. While treatment lasts for 5 to 7 days, you can expect to see improvements and see the odor fading only after a week or two. Therefore, you should not be discouraged by the apparent treatment failure. In fact, failure to complete the antibiotic treatment will lead your body to get infected with more resistant bacteria, and you might end up getting more frequent recurrences of bacterial vaginosis.

Some people often like to supplement the medical treatment with some home remedy for recurrent bacterial vaginosis. While the benefits of this combination remain unproven, you can still give it a try. In fact, those homemade remedies for treating the vaginal odor caused by recurrent bacterial vaginosis have existed for generations and have been known to work.

One of the methods used involves acidification of the vaginal environment. This is often achieved by using a homemade vinegar douche which can be prepared by mixing one tablespoon of vinegar with one quart of lukewarm water.

Yogurt is also believed to be useful in the management of bacterial vaginosis. You can either eat it (as much as you want) or insert it into your vagina. The therapeutic basis behind the use of yogurt is that it contains the good bacteria that your body actually needs to fight off the bad ones.

Other methods which are believed to be able to help treating vaginal odor caused by recurrent bacterial vaginosis include having a proper well balanced diet and eating the right amount of vitamins. What you eat is what gets incorporated into your body, and what actually comes out. In fact, your diet also determines whether your vaginal environment should be acidic or not, and whether the environment promotes bacterial growth or not.

Treating vaginal odor caused by recurrent bacterial vaginosis is possible

Most of the methods that can help in this particular situation target the elimination of the disease rather than the symptomatic discharge. Medical treatment or even homemade remedies have proved to be useful over the years. If a recurrent bacterial vaginosis discharge is troubling you, you are bound to find a solution to your problems if you follow the above mentioned information.

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Bacterial Vaginosis Natural Cures

Bacterial vaginosis is probably one the most common infections in women. It affects the lives of millions of women who fall into the reproductive age group. However, unlike the common belief, bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted disease. It can occur in any woman due to an imbalance between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ bacteria in the vagina. In fact, bacterial vaginosis can usually be due to infection with a number of microorganisms, rather than a single one. While the exact causes of bacterial vaginosis have not been completely elucidated to date, the complications due to this particular infection are well known. Bacterial vaginosis can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and even spontaneous abortion. Therefore, it is quite important to be able to recognize the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis and being able to deal with it promptly. The reason you are reading this post is probably because you have either experienced the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis or are looking for bacterial vaginosis natural cures. So wait no more.

Few Bacterial Vaginosis Natural Cures

When you think of someone who is ill, you also think of medications and the hospital setting. However, bacterial vaginosis is most of the time self-limiting. What we mean by that is that bacterial vaginosis can be cured on its own most of the time. No intervention is actually needed. This is usually what happens, but there are always exceptions. It may occasionally progress in certain women depending on their level of immunity. There are a number of ways bacterial vaginosis can be cured. We will be discussing some bacterial vaginosis natural cures which you probably never thought of.

Yogurt – Fight Bacteria with Bacteria
Yogurt is not just tasty and nutritious; it also has some valued medical properties. Yogurt is a source of bacteria. You can either eat it or insert it into your vagina. While eating too much yogurt can become a bit boring, you can try to vary the different flavors you are consuming. Applying yogurt into your vagina can be achieved through the use of a tampon. It can be left inside your vagina for 10 minutes or so. You can repeat this procedure twice a day for around a week.

Control Your Diet
You are what you eat. It is as simple as that. Eating healthily will keep you healthy. You can start by consuming some fresh vegetables, grains, and drink lots of water to drain all the bacteria out of your body.

Kefir milk is highly beneficial in bacterial vaginosis. It is a cultured milk product containing lots of the ‘good’ bacteria your body actually needs. This will help reestablish the balance between the good and the bad bacteria in your vagina.

Cold Compresses
Swelling and itching are two of the rarer symptoms associated with bacterial vaginosis. However, should you experience these you should consider using a cold compress. You can apply wet cold clothes over the vaginal region. This will help constrict the regional blood vessels and make it less inflamed.

The Role of Vinegar
A warm bath to which a few drops of pure apple cider vinegar have been added is believed to be useful in preventing the itching and inflammation associated with bacterial vaginosis.

What about Vitamins
A number of vitamins contain antioxidants, which are quite useful in treating bacterial vaginosis. This list includes Vitamin A, B complex, C, D and Vitamin E. Vitamin E can be used in the form of a cream and applied topically to relieve itching. It is also available in the powdered form, although this is much less attractive.

Bacterial vaginosis natural cures are probably the cheapest and among the safest means you can get rid of bacterial vaginosis. Most of the above mentioned treatment options make use of products, which have been minimal to no side effects, and they can help treat all the symptoms associated with bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is very common worldwide. If you have it, it does not make you different to the other women out there. They probably had it at one stage in their lives. You can definitely cure bacterial vaginosis by using the very same natural cures for bacterial vaginosis that have survived the generations.

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Causes of Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is an infection that is so common today, and most women (1 out of 3) will get it at some point in their lives. This condition is caused by an infection of some microorganisms in the vagina. Usually, it is due to an infection of a combination of microorganisms – not just a single one. This is one of the reasons why many women, against all odds develop recurrent bacterial vaginosis, even after proper/adequate treatments of the previous infection.

Before you understand the different causes of recurrent bacterial vaginosis, you need to understand how your body actually works. Each part of your body is actually home to a number of microorganisms. This is called the natural flora. The vagina of a woman is particular rich in microorganisms. In fact, there is a balance between the good and the bad bacteria in a normal/healthy vagina. The reason is quite simple. The vagina is the link between the external environment and the woman’s internal organs. It is therefore exposed to a large number of pathogens and its internal environment should be controlled. The good bacteria present in the vagina are the lactobacilli. These are the same ones present in comestible yogurt. This is probably why some people use yogurt as a homemade remedy to fight off bacterial vaginosis. In a sense, the good bacteria fight the bad ones, and the winner controls your vaginal state. Thus, in bacterial vaginosis the shift of power is towards the bad bacteria.

Unknown Causes of Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis

The causes of bacterial vaginosis have not been fully elucidated to date. Although it is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, it is more common in the group of women who are sexually active. However, abstinent women and virgins may also get bacterial vaginosis. So, the link between having sex and bacterial vaginosis is not clear cut.

Recurrent bacterial vaginosis occurs when a woman experiences symptoms periodically. Bacterial vaginosis though not a sexually transmitted disease has been found to have a link with having a new or multiple male or female sex partners. One of the causes of recurrent bacterial vaginosis put forward is having unprotected sex. The fact that a male partner might be infected is often overlooked. Thus, this may lead to recurrence of bacterial vaginosis. Recurrences might be due to re-infection or relapse. It is therefore important to be careful to prevent either.

Incomplete treatment of previous BV infections

One definite cause of recurrent bacterial vaginosis is incomplete treatment. The usual treatment regimen for bacterial vaginosis is a 5 to 7 days course of metronidazole, an antibiotic. All antibiotics need to be taken completely. Inability to do so leads to the appearance of resistant strains of the bacteria and there is a high risk of recurrences.

One of the commonly recommended homemade remedies for bacterial vaginosis is douching. However, it is believed that this age old technique might in fact lead to recurrences. There are a number of other causes of recurrence of bacterial vaginosis. This includes hormonal imbalances which often occur in pregnancy or menopause. Hygiene products may also be a source of exogenous hormones and lead to bacterial vaginosis. Stress, a weak immunity resulting from diseases like diabetes and HIV, using perfumed panty liners or tampons may also cause recurrence of bacterial vaginosis.

Managing bacterial vaginosis does not only involve taking appropriate medications. It also involves certain lifestyle changes. For example, one of the causes of recurrent bacterial vaginosis involves having a bad diet. Eating sugary foods, cheese, chocolate and too much soy sauce increases the risk of recurrent bacterial vaginosis. The way you dress can also predispose you to re-infection or reactivation of the disease. Wearing tight panties or jeans actually keeps your genital area too warm and this promotes the growth of the pathogenic bacteria.

Contraceptive methods can cause recurrent bacterial vaginosis

The contraceptive methods you use also put you at risk of developing a recurrent bacterial vaginosis. The most appropriate methods of protection would obviously be barrier methods like male or female condoms. In contrast, intra uterine devices pose a definite risk of bacterial infections, and being a foreign body may lead to other complications.

One in 3 women experience bacterial vaginosis at one time in their lives. Identifying a vaginal infection is quite straightforward. Bad smelling discharges, itchiness and swelling point to an infection. Bacterial vaginosis is most certainly treatable. However, inappropriate treatment or a poor lifestyle predisposes a woman to relapses. All the causes of recurrent bacterial vaginosis can be easily managed. You just need to follow your treatment and avoid all the above mentioned risk factors.

Many women have reported using natural remedies for treating bacterial vaginosis. In fact we recommended some of these remedies too! But if you want to use them, make sure you get proper advise on how they work and what dosage you should use. This is very important because even natural remedies when wrongly used can also cause this infection to reoccur. To get proper counseling on how to use such remedies for bacterial vaginosis, we recommended that you get a copy of Linda Allen’s: Bacterial Vaginosis Freedom Guide. It has all the tips you will need.

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How to Treat Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is one of the most common vaginal infections in women, especially those in the reproductive age group. BV as this infection is also called is often the result of a combined infection with multiple microorganisms such as Gardnerella vaginalis and Mycoplasma hominis.

The causes of bacterial vaginosis have not yet been fully accounted for, and therefore the ways we can use to successfully treat it can sometimes vary. This is one of the reasons why the infection is very often associated with a high recurrence rate. What we mean by recurrent is; having at least 3 episodes a year. In fact, it has been found by some studies that recurrence occurs in around 80% of women within 6 months of treatment. Recurrent bacterial vaginosis can be quite frustrating for both the medical staff and the patients simply due the way it progresses and the challenges it poses to successful treatment.

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis can be quite disturbing for the patient and include a bad smelling vaginal discharge and itchiness in the genital region, just to name a few. In fact, bacterial vaginosis may lead to lots of complications, for example pelvic inflammatory disease which may in turn lead to infertility – and it also increases the chances of being infected with HIV. It is therefore the starting point for a number of complications which may eventually worsen the quality of life of the patient. Hence, there is an urgent need for quick and effective treatment to prevent or treat recurrences.

Medical Treatment of Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis

The most common treatment given for this particular condition involves antibiotics. Very often, you will be prescribed either an oral antibiotic called metronidazole or its gel form or you might be given another antibiotic cream containing clindamycin. The drug management usually lasts between 5 to 7 days and you might need to use it once a day. Improvement usually occurs within a week or two. One thing you need to remember when on antibiotics is that whether or not you see an immediate improvement, you should complete the course of antibiotics. Failing to do so will simply result in resistance to antibiotics and recurrence of bacterial vaginosis with more potent and less easily manageable strains of microorganisms.

Additional Treatment Options For Recurrent BV

High recurrence rates of bacterial vaginosis mean that the above mentioned treatment often needs to be supplemented with other treatment options. However, it has not been proved yet whether using any additional treatment is actually beneficial. One of the treatment options your physician might consider is acidification. In fact, in the vagina, there is a bacterial biofilm which actually promotes bacterial growth and attachment. It is therefore believed that acidification of the vaginal environment might be able to counter this phenomenon. The drug used in this case is often boric acid. This is analogous to using a homemade vinegar douche, which can be easily prepared at home by mixing one tablespoon of vinegar per quart of warm water.

Presence of lactobacilli in the vaginal environment is essential to preventing recurrence of bacterial vaginosis. In fact, one of the ways to increase the levels of lactobacilli is to make use of probiotics. These are live microorganisms which are beneficial to the host. Thus they can be used with hope that they will prevent recurrence of bacterial vaginosis.

Topical application of antibiotics, mainly metronidazole is also believed to be able to fight off any possible recurrence. Thus, it is often recommended to use a metronidazole gel up to 2 times a week for around 4 to 6 months following an oral antibiotic course. Although this is quite successful in decreasing the recurrence rates, it is quite expensive and the length of therapy can be quite inconvenient. Thus, this may affect compliance and therefore cause recurrences.

Using natural remedies for treating recurrent bacterial vaginosis

There are a number of ways you can actually combat recurrent bacterial vaginosis. This includes both medical and non medical measures. In fact, age old homemade remedies exist which can be used successfully to manage bacterial vaginosis, using basic products like yogurt, tea tree oil, cold compresses or even by just having a warm bath. While the focus here was on the medical management of bacterial vaginosis, you might also consider those methods of treating bacterial vaginosis. Hopefully, what you have read here will protect you against recurrent bacterial vaginosis.

If you want to try out natural remedies to treat your recurrent bacterial vaginosis, then i suggest you try out the recommendations in Linda Allen’s Bacterial Vaginosis Freedom Guide. Linda Allen’s bacterial vaginosis freedom program has some great and effective tips for treating this infection, and most women who have tried these tips ended-up stooping the recurrence of their bacterial vaginosis.

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Home Remedies For Bacterial Vaginosis

A common cause of vaginal infection is bacterial vaginosis. Although it is quite prevalent in sexually active women, bacterial vaginosis is not currently considered a sexually transmitted disease. It usually arises due to an imbalance in the normal vaginal flora. If you are reading this post, you probably know what bacterial vaginosis is and you are most likely looking for ways to treat it. There are a number of drug and non drug measures you can take to combat bacterial vaginosis. One of the methods gaining popularity these days are home remedies for bacterial vaginosis. Using home treatments is a good way to remedy the problem, simply because it is probably one of the most effective ones. This very often helps prevent relapses which seem to happen a great deal when using antibiotics or other over the counters. I am going to share a few examples of home remedies for bacterial vaginosis, which hopefully might be useful to you.

Medical Properties of Yogurt

Treating bacterial vaginosis with yogurt is done in two-folds. First of all, you need to eat as much yogurt as you possible can; everyday. You can consume any flavor you like. Vary your selection so that it does not become boring. The second strategy for using yogurt as part of the management of BV would be to place it within your vaginal canal.

Control Your Vaginal Acidity

The pH of your vaginal fluid determines whether your vaginal environment is acidic or not. Acidifying your genital tract serves to kill the bacteria already present and also prevents future colonisations. You can easily increase the acidity of your vagina by using Summer’s Eve medicated douche. This particular douche contains potassium iodide. Alternatively, you may use a vinegar douche, which can be easily prepared at home by mixing one tablespoon of vinegar per quart of warm water.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is known to have bactericidal effects and is quite effective to fight bacterial vaginosis. It is quite straightforward to use. All you need to do is to put a few drops of tea tree oil in your bathtub and soak your body in it. You may also rub some of it near your genital area.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy medications are easily available over the counter and this is why they are becoming so popular. Pulsatilla and sepia are some of the ingredients often used which make homeopathy so useful for treating bacterial vaginosis.

Control Your Diet

Many people believe that your diet determines who you are. This is certainly true from a medical perspective. With regards to bacterial vaginosis, you should try to avoid all types of food which promote yeast growth. This includes cheese, dark chocolate, sugar, white wine vinegar, fermented food items and alcoholic beverages. Of course, this list is far from complete.

The Role Of Vitamins

Vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E have proven to be quite useful when it comes to treating bacterial vaginosis. Vitamin E can be administered both topically and through capsules orally; it can help alleviate itching in the genital area.

Warm Bath

Having a warm bath can be both relaxing and soothing for inflamed tissues. However, you should avoid using soap. Soap washes out all the skin’s natural oil which has a protective effect and acts as a barrier against pathogens. Using soap will most certainly expose your genital tract to the different microorganisms which may in turn cause bacterial vaginosis.
Cold Compresses

Swelling and itching can be quite distressing and can make your life miserable. Cold causes constriction of your blood vessels and limits the blood flow in that particular region. Applying a cold compress to the part of your skin which is affected can help; you will find that the area may soon become less inflamed and swollen.

Home remedies for bacterial vaginosis are a cheap but very effective method of getting rid of this condition once and for all. The above mentioned treatment solutions will help eliminate all the symptoms associated with bacterial vaginosis:- itching, burning sensation, and the stinking fishy odor. You can also try out the recommendations on the bacterial vaginosis Freedom Guide. They have proven to be very effective in getting rid of this infection. Visit this page: Recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis Review, to read more about this guide and see how it has help thousands of women allover the world to get rid of their BV.

Having a bacterial vaginosis is not the end of the world. You can definitely cure it permanently by using the same methods that have worked for generations. You just need to give these methods a try.

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