Over the counter treatment for bacterial vaginosis is easy to obtain. However, it is best to have a correct diagnosis before attempting treatment. Symptoms include itching, burning, an odor that smells fishy, and a clear or grayish discharge. If you are experiencing these symptoms it is very likely that you have this type of inflammation. This is a very common problem and easily treated at home inexpensively. Bacterial vaginosis is not an infection, but an inflammation caused by an overgrowth of bacteria called Gardnerella.
Within the vagina there are two types of bacteria. One is a “good” type and one is a “bad” type. Under normal circumstances, the “good” helps keep the “bad” in a healthy balance. If the “bad” grows out of balance, it can lead to this type of irritation. Ironically, over washing can lead to an abundance of the “bad” bacteria and make the condition worse. Although a doctor may provide antibiotics, in reality, these antibiotics kill off all bacteria, the good and the bad. This means that once the antibiotics course is completed, all bacteria begin to grow again. When the “bad” bacteria begin to flourish, you are right back to the original problem.
There is little doubt that an over the counter treatment for bacterial vaginosis is the best way to rebalance the growth of bacteria. Douching helps keep the area fresh, clean and bacteria free. Douches that are acidic in nature such as a boric acid douche or a vinegar douche made from mixing 1-teaspoon vinegar in 1 quart of water are great alternatives to keeping the balance in the vagina on target.
Another alternative for use is a prepackaged douche made of Beta-dine. This douche is available in any supermarket or pharmacy. Beta-dine, also known as povidone iodine, is a chemical element containing antiseptic properties. It will kill germs, inhibit fungal growth, and prevent soreness and swelling.
Another simple choice is the use of Lactobacillus Acidophilus. This is a “good” bacteria, or otherwise known as a probiotic. This product specifically claims to help maintain a “vagina friendly” environment. Found in any grocery store, this comes in an easy to swallow capsule or as a vaginal suppository. Eating yogurt is another way to consume a natural probiotic.
Two brand new over the counter treatments for bacterial vaginosis are now available under the names of RepHresh and Femigel. RepHresh is approved by the FDA and is easily inserted with an applicator and used for three days to create a balance between the bacteria.
Femigel is a natural lubricant thought to keep a healthy PH balance. It contains 3 percent tea tree oil, which kills the “bad” bacteria. It is inserted into the vagina through use of an applicator every few days to maintain the growth of the “good” bacteria.
If you are diagnosed with or believe that you have this type of bacterial inflammation, it is easily treated with products found in the home or at the local store. It is nothing to be met with anxiety, but a relief as these solutions are constantly available for use. Although some pregnant women seem to develop this more easily than others, women from around the world and all walks of life contract this misunderstood condition.