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Bacterial Vaginosis

What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Once upon a time, for a personal reason, I had got interested to find about bacterial vaginosis. And then I came to acquire knowledge on BV and I now know enough that I can share with you. I am an ordinary person, and not a doctor, nor a medical professional, nor medically qualified. I have researched on the Internet while I did my own personal study on bacterial vaginosis (BV). What I have realized is that BV often becomes a recurring problem because the conventional treatments often do not aim at eliminating the root cause but treat the symptoms - the root cause is most often not taken care of and hence the bacterial vaginosis (vaginitis) keeps coming back in the longer run. Using a natural remedy to eliminate the root cause is one of the better ways to treat it, because that way the vaginosis stands the least chance of coming back. To me, this understanding is valuable for anyone suffering from bacterial vaginosis, and even more so if it is recurring, and I share the details here.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a bacterial disease that affects the vagina of the women. This is found most commonly in women in their menstrual age - the phase of life in which the woman gets periods. BV is infamous for coming back and recurring in spite of prescribed antibiotic treatments. In other words, antibiotics have often been unsuccessful in providing permanent relief from the vaginitis. The root cause of the anomaly is believed to be imbalance of pH (acidity levels) inside the vagina, which leads to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria resulting in an unhealthy vaginal flora. Some people also refer to this condition as bacterial vaginitis and vaginal bactereosis.



I describe the natural treatments of BV on this page.

The human vagina sees a balance of good and bad bacteria, and bacterial vaginosis happens when the bad bacteria (anaerobes) outgrow the good bacteria leading to problems. In fact, contrary to the popular belief that yeast infections are more common, more than half of vaginal infections among women at a given time could be caused by bacteria rather than yeast. In other words, many times women think that they are infected with yeast while the reality is that they are infected with bacterial vaginosis.

The fact that not one but multiple species of bacteria are responsible for bacterial vaginosis makes it a tough challenge to solve permanently. It is often observed that antibiotics provide temporary relief to the problems but the symptoms keep coming back after a temporary improvement.

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Picture: Cell-level details for uteral cervix (post-vaginal) infested by "bad" bacteria
The most noticeable symptom of this problem is a foul odor that originates in the vagina. This odor is fishy in nature. This usually co-occurs with a discharge from the vagina (also foul-smelling: more on our BV Symptoms page), a burning sensation, possible itching inside and around the vagina/vulva. A well-known symptom of bacterial vaginosis is to experience discharge of white, grey, yellowish or greenish color. The infected woman may experience some pain in the vaginal area. BV may further lead to infection of the bladder and the uthrera as well as skin infection around the vulva (genitals). Read this page for the detailed primary and secondary symptoms: bacterial vaginosis symptoms.

There can be multiple causes behind BV. One of the popular beliefs is that the cause is sexual. A school of thought suggests that bacterial vaginosis is an STD that occurs among women with multiple sex partners. While that is true in some cases, but in general bacterial vaginosis can occur due to other reasons too. The core of the problem lies in imbalance of pH inside the vagina, leading to imbalance in the desired levels of bacteria inside the female reproductive canal. Menopause, thongs and anemia are known to cause BV. Here is more information on bacterial vaginosis causes.

BV can lead to long-lasting serious problems if it is not treated. The right treatment can quickly cure the problem, but if not treated then it can inflate the risk of getting one affected with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), cervicitis (at the uterus orifice) and endometritis. Bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy adds to the complication, and one may stand at the risk of facing undesirale pregnancy outcomes. Pregnant women are known to have premature delivery and stillbirth as consequence of having BV during the pregnancy period.

Bacterial vaginosis is at times mistaken by some people as other issues such as yeast infection and trichomoniasis. Many people wrongly believe BV to be a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by being sexually active with multiple partners. BV is not known to be directly harmful to the uterus or the fallopian tubes. Also, this bacterial vaginal issue is not related to other problems of the reproductive organs such as genital warts (caused by human papillomavirus - HPV) etc. A woman suffering from BV will, however, become more suspectible to other STDs such as herpes, chlamydia, HIV and gonorrhea, and can pass HIV easily to her partner. It has also been found in a study that bacterial vaginosis is associated with a 357% increase in cervical intraepithelial neplasia (CIN), a cervial cell abnormality that can potentially lead to cervical cancer. So it is important to treat bacterial vaginosis and eliminate it at the earliest to prevent further complications.

In a nutshell, bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection caused by high increase of bad bacteria. The causes are still not very clear and has been a topic of discussions and experiments till date, but the core disturbance happens when the pH (acidity) balance in the human vagina is not at the desired level. This is very much curable with the right treatment - in fact some of the best natural remedies can quickly arrest and cure the problem by permanently resetting the levels of vaginal acidity levels. Health advisors tend to prescribe antibiotics such as metronidazole and clindamycin to cure the problem. These antibiotics kill the vaginal bacteria including the offending ones, resulting in temporary control and prevention but not a permanent cure. In the cases that the vagina self-heals, the bad bacteria gets permanently eliminated, resulting in permanent elimination of BV and a healthy vagina. If the vagina does not self-heal then the cure is not permanent.

BV is an issue that is known to come back. Chronic BV is an extremely common situation in spite of full-fledged conventional treatment. However, women experiencing this problem, and especially ones suffering from the chronic version of this problem, do have an alternative treatment - natural treatments work well for eliminating all kinds of BV including recurring ones. As one would expect, getting started to work on eliminating bacterial vaginosis early is the best option to prevent future complications. Also, healthy lifestyle can prevent the BV from coming back easily.

Many women suffering from the chronic form of this vaginal problem have been best able to cure their problems altogether using bacterial vaginosis natural treatment using natural elements for the cure.

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