Cures for bacterial vaginosis work to regain the normal balance of bacteria living in the vagina. When there is overgrowth of one of the naturally occurring bacteria in the vagina, it results in bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is most common in women with multiple partners, but the actual cause of the condition is not really known. Symptoms include itching, fishy-smelling discharge, painful intercourse and urination, and it can be especially difficult during a pregnancy, as you want to make sure the treatment does not impact your baby.
Wait And See
More mild cases of bacterial vaginosis may resolve themselves without any formal treatment, but you should see a doctor when you have symptoms. Many doctors ask the patient to wait a few days to see if the bacteria establish equilibrium without medication. Doctors should monitor the patient closely, as the condition could actually worsen quickly.
The doctor can prescribe a variety of antibacterial medications for bacterial vaginosis. Among the options are tablets to be taken orally or vaginal creams to be applied topically. Common antibacterial medications are metronidazole, tinidazole and clindamycin. These are antibacterial agents that take out all the bacteria in the vagina. Eventually, new normal bacteria growth can resume in the vagina and achieve the right balance there. Sometimes, this medication can backfire and a relapse will occur.
Home Remedy Cures
Many people turn to folk remedies to relieve the condition and restore the correct balance within the vagina. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties, and proponents say that washing the vaginal area with a mixture containing tea tree oil will fight the bacteria. Garlic is another home remedy for bacterial vaginosis, and eating lots of it over a week or so is said to treat bacterial vaginosis. Coneflower reportedly puts a stop to bacterial vaginosis as well. However, you should check with your doctor before trying any home remedies.
Regardless of which treatment method you choose, there are steps you can take to make each treatment count. Discuss with your doctor which treatment is least likely to affect your baby, and don't have intercourse while treatment is going on. It could introduce a whole new type of bacteria into the vagina.
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