Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is one of the most common vaginal infections in women. It is caused by an imbalance of the good bacteria in your vagina called lactobacilli, and it can be treated with antibiotics or natural home remedies.
How can I fix BV on my own?
It’s also possible for bv home treatment to go away on its own. About one-third of cases improve without treatment. However, you are still at risk of getting it again.
Symptoms of BV include vaginal discharge that is thicker or thinner than normal and has a fishy smell. It also may be accompanied by itching and pain.
Your doctor will perform a pelvic exam to look for signs of an infection and will ask you some questions to determine whether the symptoms are a yeast or bacterial infection. They will also take a sample of your vaginal discharge to test for bacteria.
You can help keep your vaginal flora healthy by eating a balanced diet. This will help ensure your flora is in balance and will reduce your risk of developing BV in the future.
Probiotics are an easy and effective way to boost your body’s good bacteria and promote a healthy balance in your flora. There are many foods and supplements that contain probiotics, so talk to your doctor to find the right combination for you.
Garlic has antibacterial properties and can help fight BV. Try taking an oral garlic supplement or adding it to your daily meals.
Yogurt is another easy and effective option to treat a mild case of BV. You can use yogurt soaked tampons to relieve symptoms and restore a healthy balance in your vagina.