Hydrogen Peroxide for BV
When it comes to problems 'down there' most people have heard of thrush which is a very common yeast imbalance that is usually accompanied by itching and an odour; suffice to say that you know it's there! Bacterial vaginosis, on the other hand, is also a common condition but can go undiagnosed for a long time as it can be much more subtle in its presentation. Long-term, untreated BV present in the vagina can actually cause problems with fertility in the future so it's important to recognise and treat the problem. BV is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria within the vagina. In a healthy body there is an even balance of good bacteria but when suffering from bacterial vaginosis some of these strains will begin to multiply at a faster rate than others leaving an imbalance. As many as 1 in 3 women will have BV at some time in their lives.
Possible symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis:(you may have all or one of these symptoms)
- Vague discomfort during or after sexual intercourse
- Probably the most common symptom is a pasty greyish/white discharge
- Fishy odour
- Sometimes (but often not) accompanied by itching of the vagina
- Feeling of discomfort or burning during urination
How Can Hydrogen Peroxide Help?
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is one of the most popular treatments for bacterial vaginosis. This clear oxygen rich liquid has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties making it the perfect option for rebalancing and cleaning this delicate feminine area. When using H2O2 in and around the vagina be sure to always dilute the mixture with water down from 3% to around 1.5%. Another thing to note is that this should not be done daily, instead once a week or so should be adequate to keep everything in check until you feel any symptoms have abated.
What To Do?
- Make sure to only use food grade hydrogen peroxide when using for health reasons as cheaper forms are often produced for industrial application. These should not be ingested.
- After making sure your H2O2 is diluted down to 1.5% it is time to add this to your vaginal douche.
- Allow the full bag of liquid to enter the vagina. At first you will feel a fizzing sensation; this is completely normal and you should allow the H2O2 to remain in the vagina until this sensation starts to subside.
- After allowing the fluid to drain, repeat the procedure using plain water to stop any continued oxidization.
As mentioned above, this should be repeated no more than once a week, and only used as a treatment and not a preventative measure.
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Other Natural Treatments For BV
Apple Cider Vinegar - This powerful elixir is not only a great accompaniment to your salads and marinades, but also holds a myriad of amazing health properties that have been employed in European folk medicine for hundreds of years. When treating BV, apple cider vinegar can be simply added to bath water, or used diluted with water in a vaginal douche.
Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree oil contains a number of natural antibacterial agents as well as antifungal compounds that can wipe out the bad bacteria that causes bacterial vaginosis. It will also help to combat the odour that is commonly associated with the condition.
Live Yoghurt - Yoghurt is one of the most common and popular home remedies in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis. Live yoghurt contains a strain of beneficial bacteria known as lactobacillus that is able to help combat the bad bacteria and also help maintain healthy vaginal pH balance.
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