First of all, it’s important to know that I do believe in going to see the medical doctors for illnesses. Doctors have a definite function in our society and their knowledge is important for survival. There are definitely times when it’s crucial to obtain medical help, and if those critical times are missed, it’s possible we may die.
But there are other times when the doctor’s advice can be wrong. It’s during these times that it’s extremely important to discern what’s really going on and make your own decision. Sometimes your decision may go against what your doctor and your gynecologist say. However, it’s more important to follow intuition because intuition is what keeps you safe in the long run. Intuition is never preoccupied with anything except your own well-being.
Make Your Own Decision When You Have Bacterial Vaginosis
One example of a time when you have to use your own judgment in the doctor’s office is when your gynecologist tells you that you have bacterial vaginosis. The normal pH of the vaginal tissues is 4.5; however, in bacterial vaginosis, the pH increases to a level that starts to invite disease-producing bacteria to flourish.
When the pH is not correct in the vagina for long periods of time, bacteria that are part of the normal flora called anaerobic bacteria are allowed to proliferate. Normally, anaerobic bacteria are found in very low numbers in the vagina. These bacteria, however, are responsible for causing symptoms such as itchiness, a thin, gray vaginal discharge, a burning feeling in the vagina and a fishy odor that worsens as the day goes on and is not altered much by douching or washing.
The Usual Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment Can Lead to Disaster
A gynecologist’s treatment for bacterial vaginosis is Flagyl or Clindamycin cream. Both these antibiotics are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And like other antibiotic treatments, what happens is that these drugs kill the harmful anaerobic bacteria while they also kill the good bacteria that keep the tissues healthy.
When this happens, symptoms can actually worsen. It’s even possible to develop a new infection, possibly a fungal infection. This occurs because the usual bacteria that keep the vagina healthy are gone. Fungi that were sleeping in the tissues are more resistant to the antibiotic and begin to reproduce, causing new disease. Of all the different types of microbes that cause disease, fungal infections can be among the worst to treat. These stubborn infections usually require drugs that can harm the liver or kidneys. Fungal infections can also be associated with the development of cancer.
A trip back to the gynecologist to find out what’s wrong may result in a prescription for an even stronger medication with risky side effects.
High Recurring Bacterial Vaginosis Rates Mean the Treatment Has Failed
Antibiotic prescriptions frequently result in recurrences of the disorder. A treatment protocol of Flagyl given twice daily has a recurrence rate of 20%. When Flagyl is taken once daily, relapse rates rose to between 35 and 50% one month later in the research studies. Clindamycin cream had a relapse rate of up to 49% one month after treatment. And often the symptoms return with a vengeance. That’s why you must use your intuition along with logical reasoning and a little research before you take any medication for bacterial vaginosis.
Another problem that can result when a gynecologist treats you for bacterial vaginosis is that the wrong antibiotic can be chosen. When this happens, your symptoms will worsen and you’ll need more antibiotics. Before you know it, you can be on the antibiotic ferris wheel, running ragged like a little guinea pig in a ferris wheel in a cage. Meanwhile, that smell that emanates from your vagina worsens and worsens. Your partner begins to stay clear of you, sleep on the couch, and demand you get some sort of professional help that actually works.
What Is The Alternative to Antibiotics?
The most interesting part of this whole scenario with the gynecologist prescribing medication for bacterial vaginosis is that the vaginal pH can change simply by a home remedy, such as a bottle of probiotic supplements. The probiotics are either taken orally or left in the vagina overnight. The capsule melts in the body, dispersing the good bacteria, which then re-colonize the reproductive tract. This remedies the whole bacterial vaginosis issue because the probiotics are the same ones that are naturally found in the vagina. Women often comment on how they experience an almost immediate relief of the itching, burning and bad odor. The discharge also disappears quickly. The relief of symptoms occurs simply because the cause of the problem is addressed.
What’s The Gap In The Gynecologist’s Knowledge?
Medical doctors are taught about the flora in the body but not how to maintain the balance of the flora. They only know that if there’s a pathogenic bacteria, one that causes disease anywhere in the body, then it’s important to kill it. But they don’t see the forest for the trees. They go into the forest for the one little predator – a little microbe on a tree – and cut down all the trees. This results in a lifeless forest that takes a lot of work to now restore it!
Alternative health practitioners are well-versed in how to maintain health. They learn what to do to get the flora restored without causing any harm at all.
Thus, in this case, choosing to go to a gynecologist for bacterial vaginosis treatment can lead you to a path that goes downhill pretty fast.
Use your head and your intuition.
Think through every health disorder you have. Read everything you can find on the topic from both perspectives – medical and alternative health. If something doesn’t feel right when you’re armed with knowledge, that’s intuition’s little way of saying to be careful; go another way. You’ll be surprised at how many illnesses really can be cured with alternative health and leave the body healthier in the process.