Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the result of an overgrowth of bacteria in a woman’s vagina. The vagina normally has bacteria but BV occurs when the type of bacteria changes and an unhealthy form overtakes the normal healthy bacteria. For women who have this common ailment, the good news is that if you follow these guidelines, you will be able to treat your bacterial vaginosis.
- Get tested by your doctor. If you are concerned that you have BV, make sure your doctor confirms the diagnosis. Make sure the symptoms of discharge and/or irritation are a result of BV instead of something else like a yeast infection.
- Treat your BV with antibiotics. The conventional way to treat BV is with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.
- Take the full course of antibiotics. It is important that you don’t stop taking antibiotics when you start to feel better. Take the entire dosage period that you are prescribed.
- Consult your doctor if the problem continues. Often a woman with sensitive vaginal health can develop a yeast infection after a course of antibiotics. If the symptoms or itching continue, consult your doctor to determine if you still have BV or if you have developed a yeast infection. Because antibiotics so often lead to yeast infections, many women seek alternative treatments. If you want to avoid antibiotics, learn more about this recommended herbal treatment for BV.
BV is common in women of childbearing age. The risk is increased for women who have multiple partners, a sexually transmitted disease or who use an intrauterine device (IUD) as their method of birth control. Follow the above steps and you should be able to treat an outbreak of BV with little problem.