**Antibiotics have been a proven way to eliminate the bacteria that causes BV. Please talk to your doctor before ceasing any treatment that has been prescribed for you.
There are a few common methods of treatment for Bacterial Vagninosis such as Antibiotics and Anti-fungals, which are typically prescribed by your physician. Some common examples are:
- Tindazole (Brand name Tindamax)
- Metronidazole (Brand name Vandazole, Flagyl, or Metrogel)
- Clindamycin (Brand name Clindesse or Cleocin)
Clindamycin and Metronidazol are currently listed by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) as a method for treating BV and Tindazole is expected to be added in the near future.
As these creams or pills can Temporarily eliminate BV, the major problem is they will not cure the overall problem of bacterial vaginosis.
The problem with these is that they upset the natural balance of the bacterial organisms in your vagina. Within the walls of your vagina live both bacteria that are “good” and “bad” – meaning that some are there for ridding your system of disease and infection, and the others are there causing everything from odor, discomfort, and even pain.
Literally speaking, the word ‘Antibiotic’ means “against life” – it kills bacteria regardless of the type. Similar to a child taking too many antibiotics, what happens is that you may end up killing the many different types of bacteria needed to have normal healthy balance.
Now, there are cases where taking an antibiotic is necessary, so we are not against them fully. However, more often than not, doctors are quick to dish out prescription medications in instances where there is often a quick solution that is more natural and healthy, without compromising the total body health.
Also, the antibiotics may treat the symptoms and the immediate infection, but they do nothing to create the problem from reoccurring in the future.
BV Antibiotic Side Effects and Problems
First off, many women complain that taking the oral form of Metronidazole can cause nausea and a leftover metallic (metal) taste in the mouth.
Secondly, often times for many women, antibiotics do not completely cure BV but rather only provide temporary relief. There are many medical studies that confirm this: the United States CDC mentions that anywhere from 20-40% of women taking Bacterial Vaginosis antibiotics will have another BV infection within 1 month!
In Australia, the Journal of Infections Diseases found that 69% of women taking antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis had the “bad” bacteria return to their vaginal walls within twelve months of initial antibiotic treatment.
The “Good” bacteria such as lactobacillus, when it is in proper enumeration, keeps the “bad” bacteria in check. Some examples of “bad” bacteria are: “Gardnerella vaginalis,” “Prevotella,” Peptostreptococcus” and “Mycoplasma hominus.”
When the bad bacteria take over the good bacteria, symptoms may arise such as a “fishy smell,” slimy discharge, and itching. When a woman takes an antibiotic such as clindamycin for example, all of the bacteria gets wiped out – both good and bad.
And this is the problem.
So therefore, after the fact when the bacteria reestablishes itself without solving the larger problem, you will typically see the infection (BV) come back.
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