One of the most common diseases affecting the female genital tract is known as bacterial vaginosis. Despite this, it is not considered as a sexually transmitted infection, but rather, a problem of the pH balance of the vagina due to overgrowth of certain naturally occurring flora (such as Gardnerella). This condition usually presents as a whitish to grayish vaginal discharge and the foul smell emanating from the vagina. This does not present itchiness, irritation, or inflammation, which differentiates it from other vaginal infections (especially sexually transmitted diseases).
This disease is readily treated. Upon diagnosis (which requires a speculum exam and slide examination of the cells harvested from the vagina), a simple course of metronidazole is usually sufficient. However, not everyone is comfortable with using the synthetic drugs to cure disease, and you may want a natural option. Here’s how you can attempt to cure bacterial vaginosis through natural and earth-friendly options.
- Bacterial vaginosis is a balance of pH. If it is thrown off, some odor-causing bacteria ends up predominating. This means something you are using is causing the imbalance of the pH. Ask yourself: are you using any new products, soaps, feminine wash, lotion or anything that can throw off your pH balance? Or have you changed your hygiene regimen and noticed that the vaginosis appeared afterwards? If so, try to eliminate it entirely from your routine and see if the bacterial vaginosis disappears afterwards.
- Natural ingredients such as aloe vera can help give fast relief from the symptoms of vaginosis. You can try to directly apply the aloe vera creams to your vagina to restore the normal pH balance of your genital tract.
- Douching is an effective means of removing the odor causing bacteria from your vagina. A boric acid douche has been demonstrated by some to work, although some women display sensitivity towards this treatment. Do this at least once a day until the symptoms disappear.
- The use of probiotics, or the introduction of normal Lactobacilli either orally or vaginally, in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis has not yet been proven to be effective. There are conflicting studies regarding this. One study has demonstrated that probiotics alone have no effect on vaginosis, however another study has shown that it may be effective if combined with antibiotics. Despite the lack of concrete evidence, there are some people who recommend this, especially when combined with other forms of cure.
- Acupuncture is also used by some advocates of alternative medicine. This is based on their belief that the vaginosis comes from an imbalance of the body’s natural energy, and acupuncture can restore this flow, and thus, treat the vaginosis.
- Vitamin supplements with A, B, C, D, E have been recommended to fight the bacteria that cause the vaginosis.
Despite all these alternative treatments, nothing beats the accurate
diagnosis and effective treatment plan from a licensed physician. You do
not necessarily have to go to an obstetrician or gynecologist. Any
licensed physician, even a general practitioner, is competent enough to
diagnose and treat bacterial vaginosis. They will also be able to
differentiate the condition from sexually transmitted diseases, like
gonorrhea, candidiasis and Chlamydia.