Bacterial vaginosis is an abnormal vaginal condition that is characterized by vaginal discharge and results from an overgrowth of atypical bacteria in the vagina. Its results due to an improper balance of bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial infection is mainly characterized with excessive white discharge from the vagina. It is a common problem, which mostly affects women of childbearing age. When the ‘bad’ bacteria outnumber the ‘good’ bacteria in the vagina while creating a bacterial imbalance, it results into bacterial infection or ‘bacterial vaginosis’. The easiest way to get rid of this ailment is to try out the simple home remedies, which may help a lot.
Serious complications of bacterial vaginosis can occur during pregnancy, and recurrence is possible even after successful treatment. Here some simple home remedies can help you get rid of this annoying problem.
Milk contains lactobacillus bacteria that make it a very good natural remedy for bacterial vaginosis. Also, milk helps strengthen the immune system.
Dip the tampon in cold milk and insert it into your vagina. Keeping the tampon in for one to two hours and then remove it. Do this once a day for a few days to relieve the symptoms.
Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder with a glass of warm milk. Drink this mixture once a day until your condition improves.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic that can help treat bacterial vaginosis. Plus, its antifungal properties that will keep the bad bacteria in check.
Crush 3-4 garlic cloves. Rub crushed garlic on the affected area. Leave for 20 minutes and then rinse the area with warm water. Follow this drug once a day for several months.
Another option is to wrap a clove of garlic in gauze and insert it into the vagina. Let stand for no more than half an hour because it can cause pain. Use this treatment once a day for several days.
Also, eat garlic in raw form or cooked every day. If you can not tolerate the taste of garlic, you can opt for garlic capsules after consultation with the doctor.
Its contains both antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be used to fight germs responsible for bacterial vaginosis. It can also effectively prevent the recurrence of the infection. To treat bacterial vaginosis, using oregano oil that does not contain alcohol.
Mix three drops of oregano oil with one tablespoon of olive oil. Apply it on the affected area and leave for two hours. Do this once a day until you see an improvement.
Or, mix three drops of oregano oil into a glass of warm water. Drink twice a day. Continue this treatment for one to two months.
Indian lilac, Also known as neem or passion fruit, contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that help reduce itching and inflammation as well as kill the germs that cause this infection.
Heat a handful of leaves margosa in the pan. You do not need to add water or any liquid.
Let the leaves cool and then grind them into a fine powder.
Mix two teaspoons of powder with a little water to make a paste.
Apply the paste in and around the vagina. Leave for half an hour and then rinse with warm water.
Do this twice a day until your symptoms are completely gone.
Coconut oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties that can kill germs that cause bacterial vaginosis and prevent it from recurring.
Apply organic coconut oil on the affected area three times a day until your condition improves.
Or, soak a tampon in the organic coconut oil and insert in the vagina. Leave it on for several hours. Rinse the area with warm water thoroughly after removing a tampon. Do this once a day for several days.
Also, use coconut oil in your cooking as much as possible to boost your immune system and accelerate the healing process.
Tea have antibiotic and astringent properties that help soothe the burning sensation as well as reduce swelling and irritation.
Soak a tea bag in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Put it in the fridge for a few minutes to relax it.
Apply externally tea bag on the affected area to relieve itching.
Follow this drug three or four times a day for several weeks to clear the infection completely.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Due to its acidic nature, apple cider vinegar helps increase vaginal acidity. This makes it difficult for bad bacteria to survive and creates a better environment for good bacteria to thrive.
Add one or two cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath water.
Sit in the water bath for about 20 minutes.
Gently pat dry the vaginal area.
Do this once a day until the condition improves.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil contains natural antibacterial and antifungal compounds that help kill the germs that cause bacterial vaginosis. It will also combat the terrible smell common with bacterial vaginosis.
Add a few drops of tea tree oil into a small bowl of warm water and stir well. Use a solution to rinse the vagina. Do this once a day for three to four weeks.
Another option is to add three drops of tea tree oil and three cups of white vinegar into warm bath water and then soak in it for half an hour. Follow these drugs every day for one to two months is needed.
Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria known as Lactobacillus which helps fight bad bacteria and help maintain a healthy vaginal pH balance.
Dip cotton in yogurt and apply it on the affected area. Leave for half an hour and then wash the area thoroughly with fresh water. Repeat three times a day until your symptoms disappear.
You can also dip a tampon in yogurt and insert it into the vagina for one to two hours. Do this twice a day until the symptoms completely disappear.
Also, eating two cups of plain yogurt every day to help restore the normal pH balance of the vagina and minimize the growth of bad bacteria.
Fenugreek is very useful for treating bacterial vaginosis. This will help to increase the pH level in the vagina and increases the body's immune system to accelerate the healing process.
Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight. In the morning, drinking this water on an empty stomach. Do it every day for at least a month until you see improvement in your condition.
Mix one teaspoon of fenugreek powder in a cup of yogurt. Eat two times a day for several days until your symptoms subside.
Steep one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of hot water for about five minutes. Strain, add a little honey and drink this tea two or three times a day as long as necessary.
In 2013 the Alma Laser company introduced FemiLift to help reduce vaginal laxity and improve sexual functioning for women. The vagina can lose collagen or tightness due to childbirth, aging or gravity. These changes can be reduced by the use of a special laser that is calibrated to work on vaginal tissues. By delivering the right amount of laser energy the collagen in vaginal tissues is increased as well as it’s blood flow. This creates a greater feeling of tightness as well as an increase in vaginal lubrication. It has recently been featured on The Doctors.click to view episode
What’s even more exciting is that it can reduce or cure the loss of urine from mild to moderate Urinary Stress Incontinence. This is the loss of urine when you cough, sneeze or exercise. This is caused by lack of support to the urethra. Studies have shown that FemiLift can help improve that laxity and reduce or cure the loss of urine with these activities. No more mini-pad every day!
FemiLift delivers laser energy to the vagina in a 5-10 minute procedure. No anesthesia or pain medications are needed. The procedure is virtually painless. There can be a sense of warmth during the procedure but otherwise easy enough to be done during a lunch hour and go back to work! There will be a little discharge as the vagina is recovering.Avoidance of intercourse for 4-5 days is recommended.
1-3 treatments each 4 weeks apart may be required to get the results you are looking for. A “touch up” may be needed 1-2 years later, however. If you plan to get pregnant in the near future you should wait to do FemiLift until after delivery to get the best results.
The FemiLift procedure is not for everyone. If you have severe pelvic laxity FemiLift will not be enough. Those patients achieve better benefits from surgery to lift the bladder and vagina and tighten it’s opening. These are done at the Paul Larson Clinic as well. In most cases these are considered medically necessary and covered by your medical insurance.
Why consider the FemiLift procedure? If you feel that the walls of the vagina have become lax and sexual satisfaction is not what it used to be, FemiLift will help to improve that. If you have decreased vaginal lubrication from menopause, FemiLift can help. If you have loss of urine from Urinary Stress Incontinence and Kegel exercises haven’t helped, then FemiLift is a great option. We still offer the MiniArc sling, using local anesthesia for these patients, however, if you want to avoid surgery or vaginal mesh, FemiLift can give you another option.
FemiLift is not the cure all for everyone but if you are looking for better sex, less urine loss and increased vaginal lubrication then this new procedure may be the answer for you.
A consultation is necessary beforehand so we can make sure it’s the right procedure for you. An exam is needed to asses your individual situation and recommend the correct treatment options. The procedure is considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance at this time. Call to schedule and appointment and explore this exciting new option for women.
Medications such as Advil and Tylenol can dull the pain, and an anti-histamine will help with the itchiness.
There are numbing creams on the market that you can apply to your vagina to get some relief from the pain. Look for ointments that contain Lidocaine or a Lidocaine/prilocaine mixture. Make sure to follow directions.
3. Warm Bath
A warm bath is also very helpful to alleviate pain in that area.
Ice is a great way to bring some relief to a sore vagina that is caused by sexual roughness, frequency, or an injury. Wrapping an ice pack in a cloth and applying intermittently to the area is helpful.
Growths can cause pain, and should be examined by a doctor, to determine if you have an STD, an infection, or some other medical cause. Menopause can also cause vaginal soreness, due to hormonal changes that can cause dryness.
6. Rough Intercourse
If you’ve had rough sex, or a lot of sex, your vagina may becomesore. It’s a muscle, and can get sore just like any other overused muscle in your body.
Vulvodynia, the medical term for vaginal soreness, can be caused by many things. The first step is to figure out the cause.