Archive for October, 2011

How To use Apple Cidar Vinegar For Bactetial Vaginosis Natural Remedy

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Apple cidar vinegar is a noted method among the many bacterial vaginosis home remedies that help eliminate the aggravation and control the problem. There are quite a few natural approaches for taking care of BV. This includes yogurt, cranberry juice, tea tree oil and garlic among many other options. Apple cidar vinegar is one of the best natural methods to control BV. It will probably not cure your BV, but the spreading will stand a good chance to be reduced. So you shall feel relief from the immediate anguish.

Apple cidar vinegar is slightly acidic but not too acidic. It is acidic enough for killing a lot of bacteria but not acidic enough to wipe out all the bacteri inside you or to cause pain or irritationn in your body if used in the right ways. Also it is a completely natural element, and hence it would not leave back side effects that one would keep suffering from afterwards.

Now the biggest question is how to use apple cidar vinegar for bacterial vaginosis and get great results? There are three main answers to this, but the first two are the effective answers among the three.

Bathing

Bathing in apple cidar vinegar is probably the most effective option. Remember, apple cidar vinegar by itself is probably not powerful enough to elimate your BV on its own. But it is normally seen to be sufficiently strong so as not to let the bacterial vaginosis keep growing on. So in essence, you are probably looking for BV control but not necessarily complete BV elimination using apple cidar vinegar.

Having said that, lets now understand how to bath in apple cidar vinegar. You would not want to put too much apple cidar vinegar or use too hot or too cold water. You would want to take slightly warm water that will be cozy and comfortable.

A good idea is to take half a cup or around a cup – typically up to 250 ml – of this element and mix it with bath tub water that is sufficient in quantity to cover your bottom part of the body as you sit in the water. And then, simply sit in the bath tun and relax for about 20-30 minutes in the water. The initial feeling may be one of burning sensation, but it will eventualyl wear away and you shall feel comfortable.

So this will protect your vaginal zone from external attacks causing some of the common bacterial infections in women. Further, you shall need to make sure that you are using a clean bath tub. The impact of regular use for around a couple of weeks or so will prevent your BV from growing further and will keep in control. In some cases you may improve by a great extent but may not necessarily get cured.

Douching

A second option for using apple cidar vinegar aiming bacterial vaginosis treatment is using douches. You would want to take around one and half to two cups of water, and mix a tea-spoonful of appe cidar vinegar with it. You would put this mixture in the douching bag and start the douche. Do this once a day for around a couple of weeks, and the bacterial vaginosis will come under control. Do not overdo it – that is probably not going to help at all and in fact, it ay hurt because it may end up killing the health-friendly bacteria that also resides inside your vagina.

For douching, you can use a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in two cups of water.  Just put it in a douching bag and you’re ready to go.  You should do that once each day until the BV clears up.  That’s likely to take about one to two weeks.  Just remember that too much douching can flush out the good bacteria as well as the bad.  So, don’t think that extra douching will work extra fast because it won’t.

Drinking

Drinking appple cidar vinegar is also an option. While this is not that effective for eliminating bacterial vaginosis if you have it (bathing is good and douching is also good), but it is a good option for you to use apple cidar vinegar on an ongoing basis as a drink if you want to prevent yourself from bacterial vaginosis. This is not a vaccination or anything of that sort; rather, it is a way to create a healthy body and physical system so that your health remains good in the long term including BV protection.

To summarize, treating bacterial vaginosis using apple cidar vinegar is good but not really the very best of all options. It is great for prevention and good for control of BV. A full list of bacterial vaginosis natural treatment elements is given on this page.

Treating Bacterial Vaginosis – The Possible Approaches

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Since bacterial vaginosis is not a life-taking problem, a number of people infected with this form of vaginitis wonder whether treating the problem is required, or even worth it. The reality is that while the apparent danger of this genital infection is not imminent, it creates a number of potential vulnerabilities in the body of a female human being if it is not treated for a long enough period of time. Some of them are listed below.

Infertility: The unhealthy microbes, if nurtured long enough in the birth canal, can lead to damage enough to the reproductive organs to cause infertility.

Child bearing issues: A number of potential vulnerabilities in terms of giving birth to a baby may happen if you choose not to treat your BV, but are carrying and expecting a baby. Pre-term birth is one of the problems. In this case, the baby gets born before the stipulated duration of stay inside the uterus. So often enough, the baby born to a mother suffering from untreated bacterial vaginosis can suffer from low birth weight. It is seen that almost one in six pregnant women contact BV during the pregnancy period, and the chances of miscarriage shoot up if the mother-to-be is seen to carry the germs in her vagina.

STD: Contrary to a popular myth, bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There are other forms of vaginitis such as trichomonas that are STD in nature but not BV. However, if you do not treat the BV and let it blossom then that stands a great chance to increase your vulnerability to other forms of STD.

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): Vaginal bacteriosis (another name for bacterial vaginosis) can also lead to PID.

So as you clearly see, while the infection may not be a direct killer, there are other rreasons that makes treating bacterial vaginosis important. And it is recommendable to get started with the process at the earliest possible. And the very first step is to get diagnosed. Once you know for sure you have BV, it is time to start the treatment.

If you are expecting a child, then simply stick to what your health advisor says about your BV (and they may also call it bacteria vaginitis although it is just a different name for the same problem). There are a number of women who are shy to expose their privates over and over again even if for health purposes, but do not let your temporary shyness come in the way of your permanent pleasure if you are pregnant.

Even otherwise, one great option is to listen to what your health advisor has to suggest. However, there are too many women who do not want to do that, and then bacterial vaginosis being recurrent in nature more often than not, many other women lose faith and confidence in the traditional systemt of treatment for bacterial vaginosis. They look for alternatives to the conventional antibiotics prescribed by the health professional.

The options other than the standard practices are over-the-counter (OTC) pills and natural treatments. The OTC pills work rather well a number of people. If you are comfortable using these pills then feel welcome to go for this. There are a number of pills that use natural ingredients and those are friendly towards health in the sense that they do not leave back side effects. Please note that it may not be safe to take any OTC pill that claims to help treating bacterial vaginosis because not all of them would maintain the desirable standards. It may be a great choice to stick to the reputed brands rather than go for a random or unknown OTC pill. Some of the current brands with reputation are Destinol, Fem Dophilus and Femanol.

One of the best treatments for bacterial vaginosis is to take natural remedies. There are external and internal natural remedies that will help you improve your overall vaginal health condition and minimize the microbes – in particular the harmful ones. In situations such as BV where Lactobacillus-like health friendly bacteria are greatly curbed from the female genital organ, it is important to create an environment that is acidic enough for the bacteria to group back. In fact, the essence of treating bacterial vaginosis is in making sure that the root cause of the growth of germ is eliminated, and natural elements are great at doing that. Elements such as apple cedar vinegar, yogurt, garlic, tea tree oil and cranberry juice are some of the many examples of natural remedies that can be used to treat bacterial vaginosis at home.

Much more on bacterial vaginosis natural treatments can be found on this page.

 

 

Bacteria Vaginitis – The Truths And The Remedies

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Vaginitis is an inflamation of the vagina – the internal genital organ of the human female. This is a problem faced by the vagina resulting in irritation and inflamation. Vaginitis is a problem faced by multiple millions of women every single year. So this is a problem that has a major impact simply because of the sheer volume of people it touches.

There are a number of different kinds of vaginitis that women are seen to suffer from. The types of vaginitis are based upon their underlying cause. There are three primary classes of vaginitis that are observed among people. These are (a) bacteria vaginitis which is also knonwn as bacterial vaginosis, (b) yeast vaginitis which is also known as candida vaginitis and (c) trichomonas vaginitis which is popularly known as trich. The first two are relatively common while the third one (trich) is obbserved among less than 5% of the total number of women suffering from a vaginitis. And among the lot, bacterial vaginitis happens to be the most frequently found form of the problem.

Vaginitis is an extremely common problem. Millions of women suffer from it every year. And majority of that is bacteria vaginitis (BV). It is surprising to observe that BV is known to recur even in spite of the very best of traditional treatment. So one way to control vaginitis and in particular BV is to follow natural habits that help one maintain their vaginal health. For this same reason, some of the very best permanent remedies for BV happens to be natural treatment for all practical purposes.

There are a number of possible reasons for vaginitis. Bacterial infestation, fungal problem, protozoan attack and allergic infection and reaction can cause bacteria vaginitis. The forms of vaginitis caused by bacteria and yeast are not sexually transmitted but trichomonas is. So to understand whether a vaginits will get sexually transmitted, you need to first understand the type ofthe vaginitis in question.

Bacterial vaginosis (bacteria vaginitis) occurs as the vaginal acidity changes and the nature of vaginal flora transforms with the change. The default flora of a healthy vagina would comprise of a significant fraction of Lactobacillus and that is a great microbe to maintain health of the tender genital organ. This class of bacteria also helps to maintain the vaginal acidity to desirable levels. If the vaginal acidity reduces, the Lactobacilli get substituted with unhealthy microbes – mostly harmful bacteria – and that leads to bacterial vaginitis. The bad bacteria is often anaerobic in nature, and they further deteriorate the vaginal health.

Symptoms for bacterial vaginosis are discussed in details on this page. You may want to read it up in details and consult your health advisor for diagnosis if you suspect you have any of the symptoms. It is important to get diagnosed. It is also important to treat the problem at the earliest. If it recurs you may want to think of going for bacteria vaginitis natural treatments – BV is known to recur with traitional treatment but natural methods and lifestyle can control it to a great extent.

You would definitely want to get the problem treated though. Vaginitis, and especially bacteria vagintis, is not dangerous at one level, but a long time untreated one can lead to infertility, pre-term birth, low birth weight, miscarriage, vulnerability to STDs (sexually transmittted diseases) and pelvic inflammatory diseases (PID) to name a few from many. To continue reading on the various bacteria vaginitis treatment methods, move ahead to this page.

Vaginal Bacteriosis – What Is Different From Bacterial Vaginosis?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Across multiple cases spreading over more than one walk of my life, I have seen sufficiently high number of women confused about their “vaginal bacteriosis” – and more so because they have heard “bacterial vaginosis” but not this one. So the prominent question looming large in their minds is, whether these two vaginal infections are all the same or whether there is a difference in the two?

The short answer to this is: they are all the same. This is purely a jargon issue and to the best of my knowledge they are absolutely the same – some calling the infection by one name and some others calling it with another name. But it is the same microbe affecting the same organ (the female genitalia) in the same way for the same causes with the same symptoms having the same health impacts and having identical BV treatments, both traditional and natural. So all I am saying is that vaginosis, bacterial vaginosis and vaginal bacteriosis all are the same, and they are all a form of vaginitis. And by the way, this infection is also known as BV in short.

By the way, not to create more confusion, vaginitis is a class of vaginal problems seen in females caused by external micro-organisms such as bacteria, yeast etc. And the most common form of vaginitis is vaginal bacteriosis aka bacterial vaginosis. That should clear up a lot of minds still confused between the two problems and trying to decipher the jargons of health and microbes.

Remember, BV is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Just because you had sex with multiple partners, you are not going to run into bacterial vaginosis. What may happen though is that if you have a BV, then the process of sexual interaction may cause itch and burn in you, and you may feel a need for urination. And if you have urinary track infection also then that might be more painful. Although vaginal bacteriosis is not a STD, women of the sexually active age tend to get the problem. The reason for this is not particularly clear yet, but the cause could be associated with the acidity levels of the vaginal lubrication system.

One of the primary genus of bacteria that help maintain the healthy vaginal environment is Lactobacillus. There are a few species of of this bacteria expected to reside in the vagina and form the vaginal  flora. This is what is referred to as good bacteria. Now when the good bacteria is reduced because of changed conditions of acidity inside the vagina and the bad bacteria takes over, the condition is said to be a case of bacterial vaginosis or vaginal bacteriosis. In this situation, the acidity of the vagina drops and the good bacteria (governed by Lactobacillus) is ruled over by other undesirable bacteria. There are different kinds of bac bacteria that could grow inside the vagina in this phase but the fact remains that these offending bacteria cause the entire problem of vaginosis.

So now that I have made an introduction to vaginal bacteriosis and made a brief introduction to the root cause of the problem, it is time for you to head over to the page of bacterial vaginosis symptoms to understand how to start suspecting the existence of this infection in your body, and then read up the causes of BV in more detail to understand your next steps.

Understand the problem carefully and act upon it prudently. Work on eliminating the root cause of the infection rather than blindly trying to kill the microbes using antibiotics. With a careful approach, your vaginal bacteriosis will disappear soon enough if your reproductive system is infected with the menace currently. Focus on the treating bacterial vaginitis (vaginosis) by eliminating the root cause rather than the symptoms. That’s giong to reap rich rewards over time.

Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

If you have done some reasearch online or otherwise, you probably already know it – bacterial vaginosis (BV) can be treated. Under normal circumstances, it is neither life threatning, nor is it incurable. There is no reason to panic if you have got bacterial vaginosis. Rather than trying to be random, you got to be a little methodical and logical, and that will help you a lot to get cured. On this write up, I help you orient so that your treatment for bacterial vaginosis becomes a task much easier compared to what it appears to be on the surface.

I shall take you through three phases on this post. First: what is the root cause of bacterial vaginosis, which will help you identify the real cause of the problem. Next: what are the methods to eliminate it – I shall outline this to an extent but point to another page within my website that covers this topic in more details. Finally: which one to opt for among these methods and why.

Bacterial Vaginosis Causes

So now, to start with, let us look at what are the real reasons behind BV before I jump to discuss any treatment for bacterial vaginosis. The human vagina is a soft and delicate organ. It sees a high volume of bacteria live and grow inside. Don’t worry – that’s perfectly normal. These bacteria are supported by your physiology because they help the body keep up its desirable level of health and immunity. If you are “good at understanding biology” then here’s a piece of additional information for you – a great share of this bacteria is believed to be Lactobacillus – a gram positive bacteria.

Now, if the pH (acidity) level of your vaginal canal changes for any reason such that it becomes unfriendly for this healthy bacteria, then that spells trouble. It essentially means that the healthy bacteria no longer finds the ambience great to habitate. And other bacteria, practically all of unhealthy types, invade the vagina. The change of acidity thus creates a bacterial imbalance inside the vagina which eventually leads to bacterial vaginosis.

Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment Methods

There are three main ways that people follow to treat bacterial vaginosis, after being diagnosed with the problem in the health center.

The traditional treatment is via antibiotics. Most people take this route. This is where your health advisor prescribes you antibiotics. It usually works well, and initially almost every person gets cured. But in case of recurrent BV, the problem comes back after 2-4 weeks, sometimes earlier, when the effects of the antibiotic wears off. This is because the antibiotics do not change the vaginal acidity – they only kill bacteria (both good and bad ones, which is probably not great). So if the vagina does not self-heal during the period that the bacteria cannot grow back, one does not get healed. Recurrent BV quite often does not get cured by this method, going by experiences of many patients worldwide.

The next treatment method is using OTC pills. These are decently effective – work on many and fail on others. Some of the best ones around are Femanol, Destinol and Fem Dophilus. If you want to take this route (not a bad choice), you may want to take one of those three rather than trying something random or unknown. There are unbranded and locally made OTC pills available in the market, I would advise you to be extremely cautious should you choose to go for those.

The third option to choose from is bacterial vaginosis natural treatment. There are a number of natural ingredients that control BV and some of them improve your conditions on BV. There are a few solid treatments in this space. Rather than trying to cram it all in this single write up, I discuss the methods on this page, and refer to a material that has helped a very high number of women to treat BV naturally without side effects (including control and elimination of chronic BV). The aim there is also to lead a lifestyle that lets you enjoy your independence but at the same time protects you against BV (basically helps you maintain your vaginal acidity level easily).

Finally, what is the best treatment for bacterial vaginosis to go for?

Here’s where you need to make a call. Let me highlight the pros and cones of each of the treatment methods that will help you decide.

1. Traditional treatment. Pro: BV disappears very quickly. Con: BV tends to come back within 2-4 weeks every time you stop taking antibiotics, and you cannot continue on antibiotics indefinitely. So bad choice for persons with recurrent (chronic) BV.

2. OTC medication. Pro: Good if herbal methods are used from well-known brands. Con: Not effective for every person – although works for many. Going for unbranded or unknnown ones need careful consideration so that you don’t land up in danger.

3. Natural treatment method. Pro: Great if you follow the right methods. Good in the long term because uses natural methods and helps you remain BV-free in the long term by slightly re-orienting your daily life. Good because does not leave side effects. Good because can help arrest recurrent BV well. Con: You need to carefully follow the steps. Applying the elements in wrong proportions is undesirable.

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