Why People Have Chronic Bacterial Vaginosis and What to Do About It

Having recurrent bacterial vaginosis is downright frustrating!

The fishy odor follows a woman everywhere she goes and she never feels clean. On top of that, she may have vaginal irritation and also a grayish discharge that keeps staining her panties.

Main Reasons Women Have Chronic Bacterial Vaginosis

The main reason why women get chronic bacterial vaginosis is that their vaginal flora is out of balance. This can happen for a number of reasons:

  • Diet contains too much sugar that changes the pH of the vagina, killing helpful bacteria and promoting harmful bacteria.
  • Diet contains too little vegetables and is primarily the type of diet that is either fast food or out of the can or package.
  • Lifestyle contains too much stress. Stress produces hormones and compounds that break down the body tissue, shifting metabolism to catabolism, which leads to increased pH and vaginal pH out of the normal preferred range.
  • Irritation of the vaginal area from tight-fitting clothes, laundry detergents, or sanitary pads with chemicals in them
  • Previous usage of an antibiotic that alters the vaginal flora as a side effect

Even obtaining medical treatment may not be a solution.

Studies show that 25% or more of women treated with the standard medical treatments – either Flagyl or Clindamycin – have a recurrence of bacterial vaginosis one month later.

Their life story can start to sound like a broken record:

Get bacterial vaginosis – get treatment – get bacterial vaginosis – get treatment – get bacterial vaginosis – get treatment with no final solution in sight. Treatment from a medical doctor doesn’t guarantee a cure.

Medical doctors report that combining Flagyl with Lactobacillus capsules can make their treatment more effective.

Although sexual intercourse doesn’t cause bacterial vaginosis – it’s not a sexually transmitted disease, it is true that having more than a few partners in the bedroom can contribute. It’s possible that everyone carries their own flora and the mixing of the flora from multiple partners can be enough for the vaginal flora to become confused and not know whose flora should predominate. Consequently, the flora can become high in the types of anaerobic bacteria that are linked with bacterial vaginosis, and they begin proliferating.

What to Do About Bacterial Vaginosis

The best solution for bacterial vaginosis is to work on the body from within, paying attention to your health on a daily basis. By doing this, you can keep your pH within normal ranges. Here are the easiest ways to do that:

  • A few years ago, alkaline water machines came on the market. These machines can create alkaline water from your tap water. When alkaline water is drunk, the result is that it alkalizes the body, bringing the body’s pH in all body parts to where it should be. You don’t just need a gallon, though. Instead you’ll need a few quarts each day.
  • Eat more vegetables. We could all use this word of advice! Green vegetables are the ones that can alkalize the body and they do a great job at it. You’ll need about 4 or more servings of green veggies a day to make a difference. That means an omelet with green onions, green peas, tomatoes and mushrooms over a bed of spinach for breakfast. Lunch can include a serving of broccoli and a salad with a few kale leaves. Dinner can include a serving of okra along with another green vegetable of your choice. This type of diet isn’t really that difficult to eat; it just takes a little planning. The advantage is that your flora will love you for it!
  • Get in a habit of spending 10-20 minutes to de-stress. The way you do this could be exercising, taking the dog for a walk, listening to music, taking an extra shower, a trip to the spa, sitting in the sunshine, praying, singing, or offering someone hope and encouragement.
  • Eat yogurt and kefir milk in your diet.
  • When you actually have an active bacterial vaginosis infection, soak a tampon in yogurt for about 10 minutes and insert it in the vagina. Leave for a few hours, remove it and do it again. Do this twice daily for a week.

These are six changes you can make to cut down on the number of times you get bacterial vaginosis.

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