Bacterial vaginosis is characterized by an imbalance in the bacterial flora that is normally present in the vagina. When these bacteria are imbalanced it can lead to some troublesome symptoms. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginal problems in fertile women.
The main responsible for bacterial vaginosis is a bacterium called Gardnerella Vaginalis. While it normally inhabits the vaginal flora, when it multiplies more than normal, it can lead to this unpleasant condition.
Sexual contact is one of the most common risk factor for this condition. The women who are most exposed to developing bacterial vaginosis are those with multiple sexual partners. Other risk factors are frequent usage of vaginal irrigators or other intrauterine devices like tampons. Frequenly wearing synthetic underwear can also be a cause.
The factors that increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis are:
- early sexual activity
- previous history of STDs
- multiple sex partners
- female sexual partners
- use of an intrauterine devices
- frequent vaginal irrigations
- oral-genital contact
Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms
The most important symptom of bacterial vaginosis is an excessive amount of foul smelling secretions. The color of the secretion is white-gray and it is very different from normal vaginal secretion. One in three women with bacterial vaginosis describes a yellow-ish vaginal discharge. The odor of the bacterial vaginosis secretion is best described as a persistent fish-like smell. It usually intensifies after sexual intercourse. This is a sure symptom of having bacterial vaginosis. However, nearly half of women with bacterial vaginosis have no apparent. Pruritus (itching) is not a common bacterial vaginosis symptom. Other conditions that may have similar symptoms are STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), UTIs (urinary tract infection) and yeast infection.
Common symptoms of bacterial vaginosis
- abundant foul smelling vaginal discharge
- white-grey-yellow-ish discharge
- bad smell present after sexual intercourse
Other less frequent symptoms of bacterial vaginosis
- mild itching
- burn sensation
- vulva swallowing
- pain during sexual contact
Bacterial Vaginosis and Pregnancy
Pregnant women who develop bacterial vaginosis need to be really careful, since it can lead to pregnancy complications. Most common are miscarriages, premature (preterm) delivery and developing pelvic infection after giving birth. Uterine infection is a common cause for premature delivery and bacterial vaginosis can be the cause for this type of infection. It can also be a warning sign of another underlaying problem. Experts continue to investigate whether bacterial vaginosis is caused directly or indirectly.
The presence of bacterial vaginosis can increase the risk of pelvic infections when undergoing intrusive pelvic procedures. We refer to C-sections, hysterectomies, clinic abortions, endometrial biopsies etc. If someone suffers from bacterial vaginosis and they are exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (including HIV), this increases the risk of developing an new infection.
Bacterial Vaginosis vs. Yeast Infection
The bacterial vaginosis diagnosis can only be set after a pelvic and a microscope examination of a vaginal discharge sample. Other tests that can determine whether we’re talking about bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection are testing the vaginal PH and taking a Pap test. Normal pH values fall between 3.8 and 4.5. When bacterial vaginosis is present, the pH is greater than 4.5.
The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are yeast infection may be similar, but the main difference between the two is that yeast infection does not trigger abnormal vaginal discharge. In bacterial vaginosis, the discharge is always smelly, with a fishy odor, that intensifies after intercourse or menstruation. While itching or irritations may or may not be present at all.
Home Remedy for Bacterial Vaginosis
The usual treatment for bacterial vaginosis is an antibiotic treatment. However, if you’re looking for a less intrusive and a more natural way of treating the infection, we have here a simple home remedy for bacterial vaginosis. This remedy’s main ingredients are walnut shells and oak bark. Here is how to do it.
Recipe for the Remedy
- Boil a handful of walnut shells and another one of oak bark in 3 L of water.
- Make sure you wash the shells and the bark before boiling them.
- Continue boiling until the water turns brown in color.
- After straining the decoction, add 2 handfuls of dried or fresh common comfrey or a handful of dried root of this plant.
- Bring to a boil and after a couple of minutes turn the heat off and add a handful of yarrow and another one of chamomile into the pot.
- Cover the pot with a lid and let it infuse for a few minutes and then strain it.
- Allow the tea to cool off, and when it is lukewarm, add it to your vaginal irrigator.
Do the vaginal irrigations with this decoction in the evening time, before bed. Wrap a thick blanket or towel around your waist area immediately after the procedure. Every 2-3 days use this tea for 15 minutes sitz baths as well.
This is an effective home remedy for bacterial vaginosis, but you have to follow the procedure for 2 weeks straight. To make sure the bacterial infection is gone for good, resume the treatment a month later (after 2 weeks of pause). Make sure you get the plants from natural pharmacies or medicine shops. It’s important they were picked and kept in the best conditions for preserving their properties. The efficiency of this remedy is due to the amazing healing and disinfecting properties of these medicinal herbs put together. We hope this home remedy for bacterial vaginosis will work for you too. Take care!