Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is caused by an imbalance in the bacterial growth of the vagina. In this condition, the anaerobes outgrow the lactobacilli causing the symptoms (if present) of the infection. A woman with BV may experience having thick foul-smelling discharge which gets worse after sexual intercourse.
She may also complain of itching, burning and pain. Although the bacteria themselves can’t cause infertility, they can ascend to the uterus and fallopian tubes, causing pelvic inflammatory disease. Recurrent bouts of this disease may cause scar formation, resulting to adhesions that can block the passage of sperm and the egg. This may cause the permanent inability to conceive.
Home remedies in treating bacterial vaginosis are very easy to follow. A healthy diet consisting of fresh vegetable, grains, flax seed, plain yogurt, brown rice, oat bran, and all the water you can drink can help fight out and flush the growth of bacteria. Women with this problem should also avoid eating foods high in sugar because it will only serve to feed the bacteria. In addition, citrus fruits are off limits since they will only mess up your pH more.
Aside from foods, supplements are also good home remedies in treating bacterial vaginosis. You can have acidophilus to increase the number of good bacteria in your system. Vitamins such as A, C and B complex are also helpful home remedies in treating bacterial vaginosis. Furthermore, you can apply tea tree oil and goldenseal creams to fight off the build-up of the bad bacteria. If things don’t get better with these home remedies, a consult with your doctor is highly advisable to prevent any secondary diseases or complications.