Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, and it can lead to serious complications if left untreated.
Can BV clear up on its own?
The infection usually occurs when the balance between different bacteria in the vagina changes. This causes the bad bacteria to grow faster than the good ones, causing an imbalance in the vagina’s microbiome.
Symptoms of bv treatment at home include a foul-smelling vaginal discharge that has a fishy smell, a sensation of itching or burning during urination, and occasional itching. Infections may also cause a red, irritated vaginal area.
Conventional bv treatment includes oral antibiotics, like metronidazole or clindamycin, which are available as pills or gels that you insert into your vagina. Taking the medications as your doctor prescribes can clear up your symptoms in 2 to 3 days, but it’s important to finish the course of therapy to prevent recurrence.
Lactic acid gels are an alternative bv treatment that can be found in most pharmacies. These gels work to restore a normal pH level in your vagina, encouraging the growth of the good bacteria to cure the infection.
Garlic is an old bv home remedy that has been shown to be effective. However, you should talk to your doctor before trying this approach, since it can burn your vaginal tissue.
Probiotic supplements and yoghurt can help replace the lactobacilli that your body loses when you take an antibiotic for BV. You can buy these products at health food stores, pharmacies or online.