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Dealing with Female Issues (BV)

Bacteria Vaginosis (BV)!!! Being a woman, I’m sure that we all have went through this…  and with Valentine’s Day fastly approaching, I wanted to help you ladies get it together down there (naturally).  

bacterial vaginosis

 

Okay, so I was thinking about making this a topic on the show, but I didn’t think we would get too many responses.  I know that ALL women have experienced a bacteria infection.  It is not considered an STD but sex is a contributing factor in getting a bacteria infection.  BV occurs when there is an imbalance of good bacteria and bad bacteria in the vagina.

 

Some of the symptoms of BV are…

  • Grey, white, or yellowish discharge (should not be painful)…
  • An accompanying foul odor…

 

Some of the known causes for getting BV are…

  • Having new and multiple sex partners…
  • Douching – (your body is supposed to naturally cleanse itself…  Douching more than 1x/week is setting yourself up to get a bacteria infection.  I would actually suggest only douching when you are coming off your period & that is just my opinion… Some doctors recommend you doing it more and some recommend not doing it at all ).
  • Not urinating after intercourse…
  • Using foreign or non-sterile objects in the vagina…
  • Having an operation or even taking prescription medications…
  • Intrauterine contraceptive devices…

 

Natural cures for BV…

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – soak in a bath with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes (it kills the bacteria and toxins that cause BV).
  • Tree Tea oil – contains strong anti-fungal property that kills harmful fungi.  Mix 2-3 tbsp tree tea oil in a small bowl of water.  Rinse your vagina with the solution. Tea tree oil also removes unpleasant vaginal odor.
  • Yogurt – this is one of the best natural remedies for BV!!  Yogurt contains acidophilus (which is a “friendly bacterium” which can help to balance the bacteria in the vagina).  Mix 2 tablespoons of PLAIN yogurt in a little water and let a tampon soak it up.  Insert it into your vagina for about an hour (or wear over-night if the symptoms are really bad) then rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – mix 1/3 hydrogen peroxide and 2/3 water in a douche bottle and douche with the mixture 1x/day for 3 days.  Symptoms should start to improve.

 

CONTACT A DOCTOR IF SYMPTOMS WORSEN OR DO NOT GET BETTER!!!  YOU PROBABLY NEED A PRESCRIPTION….

 

Ways to help prevent BV

  • Eat a lot of citrus fruit – Vitamin C fights against bacteria infection and helps to get rid of the odor.
  • Drinking water – Water helps everything!!!  Drink at least 8 cups of water a day (64 oz).
  • Eat yogurt daily… 
  • Better diet – foods that are excess in fat have shown that they increase the rate of BV.  Try to steer clear of high fat foods such as butter, milk, chocolate and other processed foods.
  • Use mild scentless soap if your frequently get BV.  You may be very sensitive down there and any type of fragrances may interrupt your ph Balance.
  • Wear loose clothing and cotton panties.
  • Using protection when having sex… and even asking your partner to pull out, so their semen does not throw off your ph Balance.
  • Get up and urinate after intercourse – no matter how tired and worn out you may be!!!!

 

Statistics on Bacterial Vaginosis

1. The percentage of women who have been found to have BV, but had no reported symptoms: 84%.
2. 18% of the women who get bacterial vaginosis every year have not had any oral, anal, or vaginal sex in their lifetime.
3. Minority women have a higher risk of developing BV. African American risks are twice that of Caucasian women of European descent.
4. The prevalence of BV increases based on lifetime number of sexual partners.
5. About 21 million women under the age of 49 suffer from an outbreak of BV at least once per year.
6. Having BV can increase a woman’s chance of getting an STD.
7. Pregnant women with BV may deliver premature or low birth-weight babies.
8. The chance that a woman will have BV over the course of the year: 1 in 424.
9. In the United States, as many as 16% of pregnant women have BV.
10. BV is the most common cause of vaginal discharge that is considered to be abnormal.
11. It is the most common vaginal infection in women ages 15-44.
12. Having BV can increase the chances of getting HIV or other STDs when it is present.
13. If you have BV and HIV, it increases the chances of virus transmission during sexual contact.
14. It is not possible to get BV from a toilet seat, bedding, or touching objects that are around you.
15. BV is a leading cause of pelvic inflammatory disease, which can create an infection that can interfere with a woman’s reproductive system.
16. The main symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are vaginal discharge and odor.
17. Treatment options for bacterial vaginosis include oral antibiotics and vaginal gels.
18. Recurrence of BV is possible, even after successful treatment. It is easier to have BV after an infection has occurred.
19. The percentage of women who have an STD and also have BV: 60%.
20. Studies have shown that approximately 29% of women in the U.S. are affected.

Thank you for stopping by to read my latest blog!!!  Please blog with me and let me know if this was helpful to you.

 

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8 thoughts on “Dealing with Female Issues (BV)

  1. Great topic for us women!!! It’s more common than people think. I used to have issues with BV all the time (my doctor says I’m prone to it). I listened to my doctor, stopped douching (was told it was terrible to douche, especially after your period), stopped taking as many baths and haven’t had nearly as many issues. I’ve tried the yogurt trick & it works!!!! I do still have an occasional issue with BV after my period but have found that tampons contribute to that.

    1. I agree… I used to get it a lot too because even though I only have one partner… we have unprotected sex. I thought something was wrong with me until my doctor finally told me some things I could incorporate into my diet.

  2. I totally agree I dont how many times I done told these females to not douche just everyday . After a menstrual maybe but not jus all the time. But I did not know about the yogurt u learn something new everyday.

  3. Very good topic. As stated a lot of women wont admit due to ignorance, judgement, etc. Yes I have experienced this especially when I was put on birth control pills…it through me off and my PH bal so caused a few minor things…So yes this is good info for all…

  4. With the yogurt you have to be careful. Eating yougurt with live bacteria is a great way to reduce bv and yeast infections. You have to make sure there are live cultures. Not all yogurt has live bacteria. Activia is a great choice. In regards to inserting yogurt into the vagina, the high sugar content can actually cause yeast infections. So if you use this trick please be sure to rinse very thoroughly with plain water. Working in Family Medicine I have seen women cause more issues that way.

  5. This is one of those topics that should be discussed in higher education, maybe high school to girls, so they can be prepared. Thank you for discussing it and providing such helpful tips

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