|Submit Date:||27 Jan 2003|
|Browse Category:||vaginal infection|
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|Remedy Source:||collective knowledge from midwives|
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Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women. It is
usually caused by an overgrowth of the normal bacteria in a woman's body.
Normally these "bad" bacteria are kept in check by "good" bacteria and yeasts.
Sometimes this system becomes unbalanced and the "bad" bacteria become an
infection. This can be caused by stress, poor nutrition, lapse in hygiene, etc.
If left untreated this kind of infection can cause pelvic inflamitory disease,
sterility, and miscarriage. It sometimes goes away on it's own without any
damage and it sometimes stays at a low level. The symptoms of this disease are
a fishy or musky odor to the vaginal discharge; some women experience itching,
and some women have a change in the color and consistency of their discharge
described as scant and yellow. The standard medical treatment has been
metronidazole or clindamycin. Until recently these medications were not
approved of for use during pregnancy. Recently metronidazole has been approved
of for use in pregnancy for women that have symptomatic bacterial vaginosis and
a history of preterm labor. This approval is controversial and many midwives do
not agree that metronidazole (which would be given as an oral antibiotic) is
safe to use during pregnancy. Some midwives have been using other methods that
they feel are more safe to use during pregancy.
Here are some of the methods suggested:
- live plain yogurt intravaginally (can be inserted with syringe, repeatedly to
get several tablespoons in) at bedtime (I guess because it's messy)
Also take internally echinacea, garlic and vitamin C.
-Using 30 cc syringe, put between 3cc and 30cc hydrogen peroxide (depending on
severity of infection and difficulty treating), fill the rest with distilled
water. Insert 1 inch into vagina and gently push fluid in. (another
reccomendation says lay down and leave in for 3 minutes). Do this 1x per day
for 7 days.
-Use Tea Tree Oil suppositories 1x per night for seven days - available at 1-
- very fresh pealed garlic wrapped in gauze inserted and replaced every six
- diluted apple cidar vinegar douches.
I would not reccomend using all of these methods at once. Maybe one or two of
them alternately (say one at bedtime and one in morning.) I seem to have
combatted this problem (no sympttoms for about a month) by using a combination
of treatments: Hydrogen Peroxide 30cc intravaginally in morning (after I was
not responding at all to 3cc's), yogurt intravaginally at bedtime, and orally
raw garlic and vitamin c tablets daily, all for about a week. Of course you
must practice impecable hygiene (as I got this after a bout of diareah that I
was having trouble attending properly to with my toddler sitting on my lap
while on the toilet!)
See the above link for more/ further information.