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How to treat bv without medication?

If you have bacterial vaginosis, take probiotics daily to help treat and prevent future cases of bacterial vaginosis. Probiotics can come in pill or liquid form. If you’ve been on an antibiotic, this medication can kill off the good bacteria as well as the bad.

How dangerous is chronic bacterial vaginosis? Though independently bacterial vaginosis does not cause much harm to the woman, especially if there are no irritating symptoms, it can be dangerous during certain situations. A woman with bacterial vaginosis has higher risk of getting infected by HIV virus when exposed to it; in addition she will also increase the chances of infecting her partner in case of sexual contact.

Does BV always have odor? BV doesn’t always have symptoms, so many people don’t even know they have it. Sometimes symptoms come and go, or they’re so mild that you don’t notice them. The main symptom of BV is lots of thin vaginal discharge that has a strong fishy smell. The discharge may be white, dull gray, greenish, and/or foamy.

Can your period cause BV? Bacterial vaginosis after periods does not necessarily happen because of your period. Some women may notice mild or not notice any of the symptoms before menstruation. It is observed that the signs and symptoms are more prominent after sexual intercourse or during and after menstruation. The discharge can also be heavier after a period.

What causes bacterial vaginosis? Bacterial vaginosis is caused by changes in the balance of the vaginal flora (imbalance between a “good” Lactobacilli bacteria in the vagina and other “bad” bacteria, such as Gardnerella vaginalis). Normal Vaginal Flora (left) vs Bacterial vaginosis (right). Other names: Bacterial Vaginitis, BV, Vaginal Bacteriosis.

Medication

Medication

Nitroimidazoles: It helps to stop the overgrowth of the bacteria.
Metronidazole is also available as a gel which can be inserted into the vagina.

Antibiotic cream: Creams that can be applied in the vaginal area.

Antibiotics: Oral medication stops the growth of bacteria.

Self-careSelf-care

  • Usage of unscented products near the vagina.
  • Avoid multiple sex partners.

NutritionNutrition

Foods to eat:

  • Cleansing foods such as carrot, radish, beetroot, dark leafy vegetables
  • Lots of water intake
  • Cultured foods such as organic yogurt, kefir
  • Prebiotic foods such as onions, garlic

Foods to avoid:

  • Sugar
  • Fast foods
  • Fried foods
  • Red meat
  • Refined carbohydrates

Specialist to consult Specializes in the health of the female reproductive systems and breasts.Specializes in the acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health.What are the causes?What are some prevention tips?How is this diagnosed?What are the complications?For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice.Reviewed by a panel of doctors. Source: Focus Medica. Was this helpful?What happens to a woman with bacterial vaginosis? Having bacterial vaginosis makes women more susceptible to sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV, herpes simplex virus, chlamydia or gonorrhea. If you have HIV, bacterial vaginosis increases the odds that you’ll pass the virus on to your partner. Infection risk after gynecologic surgery.

Is there a cure for bacterial vaginosis ( BV )? Can bacterial vaginosis be cured? BV will sometimes go away without treatment. But if you have symptoms of BV you should be checked and treated. It is important that you take all of the medicine prescribed to you, even if your symptoms go away. A health care provider can treat BV with antibiotics, but BV may return even after treatment.

Can a bacterial vaginosis cause pelvic inflammatory disease? Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Bacterial vaginosis can sometimes cause PID, an infection of the uterus and the fallopian tubes that can increase the risk of infertility. To help prevent bacterial vaginosis: Minimize vaginal irritation. Use mild, nondeodorant soaps and unscented tampons or pads. Don’t douche.

Can you get bacterial vaginosis if you have never had sex? Having BV can increase your chances of getting other STDs. BV rarely affects women who have never had sex. You cannot get BV from toilet seats, bedding, or swimming pools. How can I avoid getting bacterial vaginosis? Doctors and scientists do not completely understand how BV spreads. There are no known best ways to prevent it.