Bacterial vaginosis is a form of vaginitis that affects the vagina when there is severe accumulation of bacteria in the vagina. Thankfully this is not a sexually transmitted disease though the foul smell as well as intense itch could be a bit of a concern and distress and hence something which you would want to deal with right away.
There are many home remedies if you catch the infection young. However, advanced stages of bacterial vaginosis could be difficult to cure with natural treatment methods and could be accompanied by fever and chills. If faced with such a condition, make sure that you seek medical attention rather than continue home treatment methods.
Taking as much yoghurt as you can is sometimes the best remedy for treating bacterial vaginosis. Yoghurt will remove the bacterial action by replenishing the good bacteria in the body and bringing the infection under control. Take a tampon and soak it in fresh yoghurt with live culture. This can be inserted in the vagina to remove the itching and pain. Replace with fresh tampons as often as needed.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has an acidic base which can destroy the action of bacteria inside the vagina. Mix equal amounts of water and tea tree oil to make it less strong. Apply this inside the vagina. You can apply several times a day. The vagina turns acidic with every application and destroys the bacteria inside it, making way for complete relief from itching and pain and finally bacterial vaginosis will be completely removed.
Garlic has antibacterial qualities that can help in clearing bacterial vaginosis. Consume 5-6 cloves of garlic every day, chewing it well so that the juice gets down your intestine. For external application garlic capsules can be used as suppositories or garlic oil or garlic paste can be applied in the vaginal area. This will get rid of the bacteria in the vaginal canal as well.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is used for treating candida infections. It can also be used for bacterial vaginosis. Take the extract every day until the bacterial action clears away.
For the vagina, yoghurt can be applied frequently to destroy the bacterial action and prevent itching and pain.
Any kind of infection requires a strong immune system to fight off the bacterial action. When you have bacterial vaginosis, it pays to make your immunity strong as well. Consume citrus fruits in large amounts and add vitamin C supplements too to quicken the response to natural treatment methods.
Cranberries can act as natural antibiotics and help cure bacterial vaginosis effectively. Drink 2 glasses of cranberry juice to make your vagina acidic and destroy the bacteria from the vaginal canal. This is a safe treatment method during pregnancy as bacterial vaginosis is very common during pregnancy.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Add two cups of apple cider vinegar in a tub of warm water and soak yourself in this bath. Make sure that you leave your vagina open for the water to enter inside the vagina and destroy the bacteria that is acting on the vaginal walls. Apple cider vinegar will also remove the foul odour associated with bacterial vaginosis.