Although there are a number of treatment options for bacterial vaginosis (BV), it is always important to get an accurate diagnosis by a licensed medical professional prior to deciding which option you want to use. Some treatments leave no option but to get a prescription from a medical doctor, while other options are naturopathic and can probably be put together with ingredients you have lying around the kitchen!
Medical treatments usually involve pharmaceuticals like metronidazole or clindamycin. Unfortunately, although both antibiotics will kill off populations of harmful bacteria that are causing the foul odor and itching, both pharmaceuticals will also kill off friendly bacteria as well. There are natural remedies that are also effective and these remedies will not kill off both good and bad bacteria!
Among the most common natural treatment options for BV are:
– Warm Vinegar Bath
– Natural Vinegar and Water Douche (not commercial!)
By sitting in a warm bath with white vinegar you will be helping to restore the acidic balance to the vaginal area which will help to restore a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria. Likewise plain yogurt applied to a tampon and inserted will also help to restore healthy populations of friendly flora. Although douching is not recommended and can actually be one of the main causes of BV, a warm douche with distilled water and white vinegar can help restore a healthy environment to the vaginal tract.
Some ladies insert a piece of fresh garlic into the vagina because it is a natural antibiotic that kills the bad stuff and enables the good stuff to thrive while others begin taking daily probiotic supplements that are proven to restore good bacteria. Whichever option you choose to use, pharmaceutical or natural, it is always important to get an accurate diagnosis before treating BV.