Since BV is a bacterial infection, the doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics, such as clindamycin or metronidazole. They may come in pills, taken orally, as well as in cream or gel form.
It’s important to remember that once you develop the symptoms, you must seek medical help. Alongside your medical treatment, you can also consider the following home remedies.
Add Probiotics to Your Diet
If you’re looking for a generally safe way to potentially treat bacterial vaginosis naturally, consider adding probiotics to your diet.
You see, our body has a balance of both good and bad bacteria. When you have bacterial vaginosis – or any other bacterial infection – you have more bad bacteria than good ones, essentially overthrowing the balance.
For this reason, taking probiotics may be beneficial because it adds good bacteria to the body. Most store-bought probiotic products contain either Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium, but bacterial vaginosis management often focuses more on Lactobacillus colonization therapy. The idea is to “re-establish” the balance of good and bad bacteria in the vaginal environment.
Some of the most common sources of probiotics are:
- Probiotic milk drinks
Perhaps, the safest way to incorporate probiotics in your diet is through the addition of food sources such as those mentioned above. Even though research already shows some benefits to probiotic therapy, please remember that we still need more studies to confirm its effectiveness against BV.
Finally, keep in mind that not all probiotic products are the same, so it’s still best to talk to your doctor about the possibility of taking one as a supplement.
Avoid Irritation of the Vagina
Another way to treat bacterial vaginosis naturally is through ensuring that the vagina is not irritated.
Irritation often worsens infection; so many experts suggest the following:
- Use warm water when washing your genital area. Many doctors emphasize that there’s no need to use soap, even mild brands. This is because they may irritate the vagina. Additionally, avoid harsh wiping and douching.
- Consider your other feminine care products. If you feel uncomfortable with just using warm water when washing, carefully consider your products. As much as possible, avoid scented soaps, sanitary napkins, and tampons.
- Switch to cotton underwear. Some underwear fabric like spandex is not breathable. This might make the vagina warm and damp. When this happens, it may serve as the breeding ground for bacteria. Switch to cotton underwear as they are breathable and absorb moisture better. Likewise, refrain from wearing tight-fitting underwear.
If you can, please also consider wearing loose, comfortable pants. This is because tight pants tend to irritate the genital area and they encourage a warmer environment for bacteria to grow.