Upon first hearing about apple cider vinegar’s use in bacterial vaginosis, you may think it is a little strange. Vinegar is an acid so how could it help restore the pH?
Well the reason is that in bacterial vaginosis, the pH is usually greater than 4.5. The vagina loves a pH of about 3.8 to 4.2.
Apple cider vinegar has an effect on the body where it corrects the pH. In most people their pH is off because they are eating foods such as processed foods, sweets, candies and even chocolates loaded with sugar. They are drinking beverages laced with fructose, sucrose, corn syrup and corn syrup derivatives, and sugar.
These sugars also change the pH of the body. By adding a slightly weak acid, that of apple cider vinegar to the diet, you can begin to shift the body’s pH back to normal.
Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks
Some websites on the internet will say that you can simply add 2 oz. apple cider vinegar to 6 oz. water and drink it three times daily for bacterial vaginosis. I disagree.
For many years, I’ve watched what happens to women that take apple cider vinegar.
Many of them take a tablespoon in a glass of water and drink it down. Others take a teaspoon. A tablespoon is too much! It can precipitate fatigue, joint swelling, joint pain, headaches, and skin breakouts. One tablespoon is too much!
Can you imagine how bad the poor women that used 2 oz. apple cider vinegar in 6 oz. water three times daily felt?
One teaspoon in water once or twice maximum per day is the recommended amount if you wish to drink it. Make sure you get the raw unfiltered version. Even though it looks like something’s growing in it, know that it’s supposed to look like that.
Apple Cider Vinegar Douche
Other websites will say that you can use the apple cider vinegar as a douche. This is correct, but again, don’t go using too much or you’re in for some hard times.
Use one teaspoon in about 2 cups of water in a douche bag and douche away. You will no doubt have to repeat it a few times for it to work.
Repeat it once daily until the bacterial vaginosis is gone.
Apple Cider Vinegar Baths
Another way to use apple cider vinegar to treat bacterial vaginosis is to add it to the bathtub water. Before you do this, clean out your bathtub really well. Then fill it with warm water and add one cup apple cider vinegar. Sit in the tub for about 20 minutes.
The slight acidity of the water will be soothing to the irritation on the labia and around the vagina. You may also want to douche with the apple cider vinegar as well.
Remember that bacterial vaginosis is improper pH AND not enough of the right vaginal flora so just by changing the pH, you may not have enough good results. You must replenish the flora.
Bacterial vaginosis is an interesting phenomenon.
It’s not a disease but it causes symptoms such as bad smell emanating from the vagina, grayish discharge, and itching. Sometimes bacterial vaginosis is accompanied by burning as well.
The most interesting point about bacterial vaginosis is that it results simply because the pH and vaginal flora are out of balance. So it’s not a disease persay.
The cure for bacterial vaginosis lies in restoring the pH and restoring the vaginal flora. This can never be accomplished with a drug. Prescription medications just don’t do these simple things!
The cure becomes something that you must find for yourself. And when you go on the internet, you will find many different natural remedies for bacterial vaginosis. One of them is apple cider vinegar.