But does it work? And is it safe? Though BV is not a sexually transmitted disease STD , starting a sexual relationship with a new partner can also upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina, and having BV can increase the odds of actually contracting an STD. BV rarely leads to any other issues and can go away on its own, but if it persists, your health care provider will prescribe antibiotics like metronidazole Flagyl, MetroGel , clindamycin Cleocin, Clindesse , and tindazole Tindamaz to kill the problem bacteria. These can be prescribed for oral or vaginal use.
Hot Baths and Yoghurt — a look at home remedies for BV and how effective they are. Even though doctors and pharmacists treat intimate health issues with the same professionalism that they would show for other health questions, many women are looking online for advice and home remedies to use as a BV treatment. In fact, some people sharing their home remedies on YouTube have been viewed nearly half a million times in the last few years — and the internet is awash with suggestions from fellow BV sufferers in forums and chat rooms, ranging from scorching hot baths to dipping tampons in yoghurt. Very hot baths and vaginal steaming are not recommended to treat BV. This is an age-old remedy, based on the idea of introducing lactobacillus directly into the vagina by applying yoghurt. Some women recommend dipping a tampon in yoghurt and then leaving it in the vagina overnight. The other thing to be wary of is that yoghurts are made for eating and are likely to include other elements as well as lactobacillus.
Well, women with cancer and those women who are post menopausal and cannot use estrogens, may have difficult to treat vaginal infections which may become immune to repeated use of antibiotics and antifungals. Thus, natural therapies may be helpful for these difficult problems. The below information is not meant to be a medical recommendation, but should be reviewed with your physician. Bacterial vaginosis also called BV is caused by a change in the balance in the bacteria of the vagina. Normally, Lactobacillus bacteria predominate in the vagina, however in bacterial vaginosis other organisms such as Gardnerella and Bacteroides may be over represented.
On the list of annoying health woes that go along with having a vagina: Bacterial vaginosis BV —the most common vaginal disorder among reproductive-aged women, affecting more than 21 million per year, according to the CDC. Adding to the frustration, BV often recurs after treatment with antibiotics. The good news: Effective home remedies for BV, along with lifestyle changes that support the vaginal microbiome, are emerging.