Do you have Bacterial Vaginosis?
Could it be that you have Bacterial Vaginosis? You might want to read this!
Bacterial Vaginosis is a pretty common condition affecting many women.
The symptoms are very similar to a typical yeast infection: The patient is suffering from vaginal discharge and odor.
It is very easy to misread those symptoms of BV. This is why women sometimes treat the vaginosis in the assumption that they have a yeast infection (candida), but there is a big difference:
Candida yeast infections are caused by yeast cultures – Bacterial Vaginosis is a bacterial infection and it needs a totally different approach of treatment!
It is therefore crucial to visit a doctor at the very first sign of symptoms to eliminate any doubt whether we deal with a candida infection, or, in fact, BV.
Only after we get the right diagnosis from a doctor we can start treating the condition.
Causes of Bacterial Vaginosis
The main reasons and what exactly causes Bacterial Vaginosis are still not 100% known. We know it is an infection which (simply spoken) occurs due to an imbalance of “wrong” bacteria in the vagina.
A low immune system might also play a role. It is also assumed that frequent unprotected sex with a variety of partners, as well as vaginal douching might increase the likelihood of the condition to appear.
The same also applies when someone has a rather unhealthy life-style, bad nutrition habits like excessive eating or an abundance of fastfood in their diet.
Drinking alcohol and especially if someone is smoking can contribute also. All those factors can add to an increased chance of vaginosis occurring.
However, it has to be noted that it is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It affects the female intimate parts, but women who are not sexually active can as well get this condition and are not excluded.
What are the common treatments for Bacterial Vaginosis?
Once BV has been rightfully diagnosed the doctor will very likely prescribe antibiotics. Those could be antibiotic topical medication like creams, or antibiotics which have to be taken internally.
There is an astounding number of Vaginosis recurrence with those conventional treatments:
An approximate 50% (!) of all patients treated with antibiotics will have recurring BV within only one year!
Furthermore, all what the doctor will do the next time he is consulted: He will prescribe another dose of antibiotic creams or pills – and the cycle will begin anew…
Downsides of conventional treatments
There is a reason that antibiotics need a prescription: Patients could potentially experience side effects or have an intolerance for antibiotics, side effects which might cause problems further down the road.
Antibiotics which are used against BV very often cause a yeast infection in return. The reason is that those medications not only attack the “bad” bacteria – but destroy the normally healthy protective balance in the vagina as whole. One condition goes, making way for a another one…
Also, the fact that we see such a staggering number of recurrence is proof that the conventional treatments seems to only target the symptoms, and not the real root cause.
The patient finds herself in a cycle of only going from one temporary relief to the next – without really attacking the root cause of the condition! Such could not not be farther away from a “cure”, if at all.
Bacterial Vaginosis is a condition where we need to see, find and treat the underlying root cause, preferably using a holistic approach.
Treating only the symptoms and using an abundance of chemicals and antibiotics is not the way to go if we want a permanent cure for bacterial vaginosis.