Bacterial Vaginosis often referred to as 'BV' is an extremely common vaginal infection caused by an overgrowth or imbalance of bacteria inside the vagina. In fact as many as one in three women will suffer from BV during their lives. Often the symptoms will resolve themselves naturally within a few days. However, some cases can be more stubborn, perhaps due to a weakened immune system, and may require some form of treatment.
What are the symptoms and causes BV?
Discharge: One of the most common symptoms that you could be suffering from Bacterial Vaginosis is the appearance of vaginal discharge. This is often white in colour with a somewhat unpleasant fishy aroma.
Thrush: Another common symptom of BV are yeast based infections such as Thrush and Candida. These infections can be a sign that our bodies pH level is too acidic and steps should be taken to alkalise the system.
The exact causes of BV are still largely unknown although a number of activities are known to raise your risk including:
- Intercourse with a new sexual partner
- Multiple sexual partners
- Sexual intercourse without the use of a condom
- The use of an IUD device for birth control
- Smoking is also thought to be a contributing factor
Apple cider vinegar to treat BV
Apple cider vinegar is an completely natural antibacterial and anti-fungal liquid that wastes no time re-populating levels of good bacteria within the vagina as well as balancing the bodies natural pH levels. When using ACV for the treatment of bacterial Vaginosis it is important to use only the raw unfiltered variety as cheaper brands will not contain the living enzymes responsible for the beneficial effects.
There are a number of different methods in which apple cider vinegar can aid in the treatment of bacterial Vaginosis.
ACV bath treatment for mild cases - Two glasses of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar can be added to warm bath water for a whole body soak that helps to reduce levels of bacteria and balance vaginal pH. This should be repeated daily until symptoms have cleared.
ACV Douche treatment for severe cases - In more severe cases of BV, a douche can be used. First make a 50 - 50 mix of water to apple cider vinegar and add it to your douching bag. Apply the douche and allow the liquid to remain in place for around 5 minutes before draining.
Oral ACV - As well as the above mentioned external treatments, apple cider vinegar can also help us internally. This ancient elixir is packed full of minerals and healthy living enzymes that help to alkalise the body. We recommend drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water every morning.
Quick remedy for Vaginal Infections
Other natural treatments for Bacterial Vaginosis
Although we recommend apple cider vinegar as the most powerful natural remedy for the treatment of BV, there are a number of other natural methods that can be used. Some of the most popular include:
Live yoghurt - Live yoghurt is another extremely popular remedy for BV. It contains a number of beneficial bacteria including Lactobacillus Acidophilus that help our bodies to turn fermenting sugars into lactic acid. Simply apply live yoghurt to the vagina using a tampon or syringe.
Hydrogen peroxide - Hydrogen peroxide is another tried and tested natural method for treating Bacterial Vaginosis. There have been a number of official studies looking into the effectiveness of this treatment with some claiming that up to 89% of participants no longer showed symptoms of BV after douching daily with peroxide for one week.
Tea tree oil - Another not so common yet equally powerful remedy is tea tree oil. Be warned though; undiluted in its essential form, tea tree oil is far too strong to be used directly on the vagina, instead it needs to mixed with a carrier oil to dilute it down for safe use. Apply tea tree oil in a similar method to live yoghurt.
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