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October 2, 2017

By Ariadne Weinberg,  Featured Columnist






Being a woman is weird. When all of a sudden you start to
smell funny down there and there’s unusual discharge, and
heck, you just don’t know why. There’s a name for that:
Bacterial vaginosis.

Don’t worry. The thing doesn’t just happen to you. Bacterial
vaginosis is quite statistically normal. According to the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the condition is
the most common of vaginal symptoms. Around an estimated
30% of women in the United States experience BV.

There’s good news, though. The same CDC report confirms
that 84% of women who have bacterial vaginosis don’t
really experience symptoms.

If you do experience symptoms, they can include grey or
white unusual vaginal discharge and a “fishy smell.”
Bacterial vaginosis is due in part to the PH imbalance of
microflora in the vagina, so that would explain the bad odour
part. In more unusual cases, a burning or itching sensation
may be present.

So, why might you be getting bacterial vaginosis? There are
a myriad of common and solvable reasons: Maybe your soap
is causing irritation. Maybe you’re douching. (Don’t do that.)
Perhaps you haven’t been strict about using condoms or
gloves during sex to stay protected, and that’s caused an
infection. Maybe multiple sex partners or a new sex partner
is weirding your vagina out. Sometimes, your lack of vaginal
lactobacilli is off just because and the bacteria becomes
unbalanced.

Luckily, there are a lot of traditional, alternative, and
altogether practical solutions to prevent or give a quick or
long-term fix to bacterial vaginosis. Read on to find out
about some of them.
































1.
Probiotic Supplements
    
     Probiotics can be found naturally in plain yogurt or be
taken in pill or liquid form. For bacterial vaginosis, they serve
both to treat and prevent the condition. Sometimes, when
taking antibiotics as a traditional cure for bacterial vaginosis,
they can kill off both the good and bad bacteria, so
probiotics are also productive in replacing the good vaginal
flora. In 2014, A. Homayouni and researchers from the
Tabriz University in Iran confirmed by searching several
databases that the use of probiotics had positive results in
the treatment of bacterial vaginosis.

2.
Avoid Harsh Soaps and Douching

Ironically, sometimes being too hygienic can be bad for your
vagina. That lady part is actually pretty self-cleaning and if
you put too many products there, the PH balance and vaginal
flora gets messed up. Commercial alkaline-based soaps can
cause worsened skin conditions. Most dermatologists
actually recommend giving up soap altogether during an
episode of bacterial vaginosis and just wash with warm
water. According to Dr. Axe, Nashville-based chiropractic
doctor, the best option is to wash only the vulva and outside
of the vagina with mild deodorant soaps (unscented glycerin
or castile soap).

3.
Eat Garlic

Garlic has long been used as a home remedy for bacterial
vaginosis given its strong antibacterial properties. In 2014,
Farnaz Mohammadzadeh and researchers from the Shahid
Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Iran, Tehran
confirmed that garlic tablets were as effective as the
traditional medication Metronidazole.

4.
Single Oral Dose of Secnidazole 2 grams

Sometimes pharmaceuticals are the best for a quick fix.
When looking at the effectiveness of single dose secnidazole
compared to placebo, J.R. Schwebke and researchers from
the University of Alabama in Birmingham found positive
results. In 2017, they observed 189 women with bacterial
vaginosis. The test subjects were randomized to receive a
single oral dose or matched placebo at 21 centers in the U.S.
There was a 64% cure rate and those who recovered didn’t
need additional treatment. For some, however, there were
side effects of diarrhea, headache, and nausea.


5.
Vaginal Zataria Multiflora Cream

Another possible option is a cream. K. Abadali and
researchers from the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in
Iran looked at the effects of zataria multiflora on bacterial
vaginosis, trichomonas vaginalis, or a combination of the
two. In 2015, they examined 420 women with bacterial
vaginosis, trichomonas vaginalis, or a combination of the
two. The vaginal zataria multiflora cream had the same effect
as oral metronidazole to improve clinical symptoms of all
three groups.



6.
Hydrogen Peroxide

While this might seem a bit strong, when diluted with water,
the substance has proven effective in recurrent bacterial
vaginosis resistant to other forms of treatment. In 2003, A.
Cardone and researchers from the Second University of
Naples in Italy examined 58 women between the ages of 18
and 42. They applied vaginal irrigations with 30 milligrams of
hydrogen peroxide (3%), to be taken once in the evening
for one week. At the end of the treatment, the solution
eliminated the main symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, in
particular the bad smell, in 89% of cases. Additionally, the
hydrogen peroxide served the exact purpose necessary by
facilitating restoration of normal bacterial flora in 100% of
cases and normal acid in 98% of cases. This may be a good
alternative to standard pharmaceutical treatments, as
hydrogen peroxide solution is low cost and without any
reported side effects.

7.
Boric Acid

Experts from the University of Wisconsin recommend boric
acid capsules. You can find these guys pre-made at
pharmacies or make your own. To construct a boric acid
capsule, fill a size zero gelatin capsule with boric acid, up to
the top, about 600 milligrams. To use, place in your vagina
before going to bed for two weeks or as recommended by a
doctor. Consult with your physician about the timing.
Whatever you do, don’t ingest boric acid capsules. They are
not for your mouth.

8.
Tinidazole

Tinidazole is one of those standard pharmacy drugs that
seems to be pretty effective, at least in the short term. In a
2016 study, IM Raja from the Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical
College in Puducherry, India wanted to test the efficacy of
Tinidazole as a bacterial vaginosis cure. 114 women
completed the study. One group was given 500 milligrams of
Metronidazole two times a day for five days. A second group
consumed 500 milligrams of Tinidazole once a day for five
days. The third group had a placebo once a day for five
days. The Tinidazole at lower doses turned out to be the
most effective after a four-week period.

9.
Practice Safe (and moderate) Sex

I am 100% sex positive. However, bacterial vaginosis does
occur more frequently with new or multiple partners,
according to the Women’s Health U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services in Washington D.C.

If engaging in heterosexual sex,  they also recommend
always using a condom. While condoms may not prevent
recurrence of bacterial vaginosis, they will make the chances
of an infection occurring much lower in the first place.

If engaging in lesbian and/or more finger-based sex, gloves
are a great option. Make sure, of course, that neither you or
your partner has a latex allergy first, in the case of both
condoms and gloves. If you develop bacterial vaginosis while
with a female sexual partner, make sure she gets checked
too, as the condition tends to be contagious between ladies.

10.
Try Sucrose Gel?

This was an unexpected one for me. The last thing I would
expect is to apply something sugar-based to a vagina. But
science is strange. In 2015, BB Xiao fromthe Peking
University First Hospital in Beijing, China did clinical research
as a double-blind random study of medical centers.

A total of 553 patients were studied, divided into 214 cases
in the control group and 319 cases in the trial group. They
took either Metronidazole or sucrose gel two times a day, in
the morning and the evening for five days. The patients were
assessed 7-10 days after the treatment and 21-30 days after
the treatment. The cure rates had a statistical difference in
the short term: At 7-10 days, Metronidazole had a 70.53%
cure rate, sucrose gel 80.83%. After 21-30 days, however,
there was no particular statistical difference: The
metronidazole at 63.29% and the sucrose at 61.98%.









































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