Many women mistakenly diagnose bacterial vaginosis as a yeast infection, so it is very important to see a doctor if you think you might have it. Delaying a proper treatment can often lead to much more complicated conditions. The entire focus of bacterial vaginosis home treatment is aimed at rebalancing the normal vaginal flora. If this can be achieved, then getting rid of bacterial vaginosis becomes easy. Home treatment for bacterial vaginosis of the natural kind offers a safe, cheap and effective alternative to making repeated visits to a medical facility.
The home treatment regimen consists of supplements and natural vaginal suppositories. It is an ideal treatment since it makes the body stronger and better able to fight against pathogens on its own. Commonly prescribed medications may destroy the bad bacteria, but they also tend to kill all the good bacteria as well. The good bacteria are necessary in order to keep the vaginal immune system healthy. It can result in the weakening of the entire system and causing recurrent infections and sometimes years of battling bacterial vaginosis. Natural cures for bacterial vaginosis have proven effective in a majority of cases. Here are a few of the tried and tested home remedies for bacterial vaginosis.
The yogurt treatment makes use of Lactobacilli a strain of bacteria that normally lives in the human small intestine and vagina. Lactobacillus acidophilus is also present in yogurt. It can help restore the acidic balance in the vagina Lactobacillus acidophilus may either be taken orally or introduced directly into the vagina. Plain yogurt, containing live acidophilus cultures, can also be eaten directly. Vaginal inserts, in the form of tampons soaked in yogurt, is another effective alternative or a douche with one teaspoon of acidophilus and 2 cups of water may be tried.
A boric acid douche is an ideal alternative to acidify the vaginal pH. However, some women are known to be sensitive to this douche.
A vinegar douche, made by mixing one tablespoon of vinegar per quart of warm water, is also just as effective.
A Hydrogen peroxide douche treatment can be prepared by combining a quarter cup water with 3% hydrogen peroxide first and then further diluting it with two cups of water.
Tea tree oil is known to have antifungal properties that attack the “bad” bacteria that cause Bacterial Vaginosis. Tea tree oil suppositories may be inserted directly into the vagina for up to 6 weeks. However care should be taken to never apply tea tree oil directly to the sensitive vaginal lining as it can cause an allergic reaction.
Grapefruit seed extract douche is prepared by combining one teaspoon of diluted Grapefruit seed extract in two cups of water. Grapefruit seed extract should never be applied directly to the sensitive vaginal lining as it can cause an allergic reaction.
The use of cold compresses can help provide some relief where there is swelling and itching present this can be done by placing a chilled tea bag or a cold washcloth across the affected area; it causes the blood vessels to constrict and makes the area less red and swollen.
Garlic is commonly called ‘nature’s antibiotic’. Garlic contains alliums which is a very important compound that helps in fighting off an infection. Garlic capsule supplements containing 5,000 micrograms of alliums may be taken every day until the symptoms subside.
Neem is anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial. Although it can destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, it does not kill off beneficial intestinal flora nor does it produce any adverse side effects. Taking Neem Bark Extract powder regularly can help enhance antibody production and the body’s cell-mediated immune response, and help fight infections.
One sure way of permanently eliminating bacterial vaginosis is to successfully re-implant the beneficial bacteria in the vaginal canal and GastroIntestinal tract. This could take several months depending on the severity of the condition. But once the infection is under control, it is best to switch over to a healthier lifestyle maintenance program to keep the body healthy and bowels moving regularly in order to eliminate toxins from the body. Drinking at least 4 ounces of 100% cranberry juice every day, taking milk with live acidophilus cultures, and eating yogurt with live acidophilus cultures is highly recommended.