There are a number of steps you can take for preventing recurrent bacterial vaginosis naturally and with a little forethought, you can stop the repeated outbreaks which so-often characterise this condition. Many women are so relieved to have eliminated the symptoms of BV that they give little thought to preventing a return. However, just a few simple steps could be enough.
If you take antibiotics for BV, then it is important to understand that although these can certainly help with your symptoms, they do not get rid of what has caused the symptoms in the first place. This is why up to 80% of women will have repeated outbreaks within a few months of an attack.
Bacterial vaginosis is the result of an imbalance of the naturally occurring bacterial within the vagina. It occurs when the healthy Lactobacillus bacteria is weakened or eliminated which allows an overgrowth of harmful bacteria.
There can be various reasons why this occurs and this is the reason why effective, long term treatment can be difficult. Indeed, preventing recurrent bacterial vaginosis naturally can often be the case of following a number of strategies simultaneously.
The common causes of BV are having a weakened immune system, following hygiene practices which disrupt the bacterial balance of the vagina, having a new sexual partner and smoking. The following tips can help to prevent outbreaks:-
* Wash only twice a day and do not use perfumed products. Never douche
* Wear cotton panties as these are “breathable” allowing for the healthy circulation of air and preventing the damp, hot conditions in which bacteria will flourish
* Stop smoking
* The varying PH levels of seminal fluid can mean that certain partners can disrupt the PH level of the vagina. Therefore, try using condoms until the condition settles
* Eat a balanced, healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Avoid eating too much sugar and avoid processed foods. This will ensure your immune system is able to fight imbalances and consider taking a probiotic supplement. Improving your diet is seen as a key method of preventing recurrent bacterial vaginosis naturally.
Although not harmful in the early stages, untreated BV can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and even infertility. If you are prone to this condition and would like to try other natural treatments, there are a couple of fast acting solutions which I recommend which will help you be rid of BV within hours.
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