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.