When you first discover how to get rid of bacterial vaginosis naturally, you might be taken aback by the number of different options available to you. Some of the treatments will work, others won’t. Every woman is different, and where one treatment worked for me, it may not work so well for you. The treatments in this article however, are different. Through extensive research and experimentation on how to get rid of bacterial vaginosis permanently, I have come across three different dietary tactics that ALL women with BV will benefit from. Most dietary tactics on curing BV work by strengthening and fortifying the body’s immune system. Their direct effects on BV have been demonstrated in clinical trials involving large groups of BV sufferers. People often forget that the immune system is the body’s best defense against bacterial and all other infections. The best chance you have of curing your bacterial vaginosis permanently, is to equip these dietary tactics as the foundation, the roots and the backbone of all other treatments in your regime.
In my experience the women who succeed most often in getting rid of BV permanently are those who are backed up by a solid immune response built from a diet rich in key naturally immune-modifying micronutrients.
So here’s an important lesson on how to get rid of bacterial vaginosis permanently – three very powerful dietary tactics that have been shown in clinical trials to significantly reduce the incidence and severity of BV:
Dietary Tactic #1: Reducing Saturated Fat And Total Fat Intake
Studies have found a very strong association between dietary fat intake and both incidence and severity of BV. The more saturated fat in your diet, the more likely you are to get BV, and the more severe your BV will be as well.
Saturated fat not only reduces the local immune response in and around the vagina, but it’s also known to change the vaginal acidity in favor of the bad bacteria that overgrow in bacterial vaginosis.
Saturated fats include hard fats like butter, lard and ghee. They are also found in full fat milk, red meat, skin, cheese, cakes and biscuits. Cutting down on these foods should be one of the first steps you take in treating your BV.
Monounsaturated fats (found in vegetable oils such as olive oil, canola oil and tea seed oil) only have a small effect on causing BV when compared to saturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats on the other hand (found in fish fats, bananas, sunflower seeds and whole grain wheat) were shown to have no significant effects on increasing the incidence of BV.
So the bottom line here is to avoid SATURATED fats in particular. Studies have indeed shown a reduction in saturated fat consumption to be associated with a reduced incidence AND severity of bacterial vaginal infections.
So to get started, you can either cut down on all fats in your diet, or you could replace all your saturated fats with monounsaturated or even better – polyunsaturated fats.
Dietary Tactic #2: Increasing Vitamin E Intake
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is known to fortify the immune system. It is commonly accepted that people on vitamin E supplements have a lower infection rate than people who are not. Vitamin E also has a number of other benefits, such as prolonging your lifespan by reducing your risk of heart attacks and stroke.
In theory there are a number of different nutrients that can help with curing bacterial vaginosis, including vitamins A, C and E, iron and zinc. But of the five I have mentioned, recent studies have only shown vitamin E to have a significant association with bacterial vaginosis in women.
In these studies, vitamins A and C, iron and zinc either have an insignificant effect on the symptoms of BV, or their effects are far less pronounced than that of vitamin E. Women with low vitamin E intake have been found to be more likely to have BV. The lower the intake, the more severe the bacterial vaginosis symptoms. The evidence on this is quite new, so you won’t find many guides on how to get rid of bacterial vaginosis that discuss this micronutrient as a possible bacterial vaginosis cure. The recommended daily allowance of vitamin E is 22 international units (IU) per day. The upper limit is 1,000 IU per day.
Here are some good sources of vitamin E:
Almonds, 1 oz = 11 IU Sunflower seeds, 1 oz = 9 IU Safflower oil, 1 tbsp = 7 IU Hazelnuts, 1 oz = 6 IU You also get vitamin E in kiwi, avocado, broccoli and in greens such as spinach, kale, collards and bok choy.
You can also take vitamin E supplements, though I prefer that you boost your vitamin E levels by increasing your consumption of the above and other foods rich in vitamin E. It is always safer to increase a particular micronutrient by taking whole foods rather than supplements.
But if you insist on taking supplements, I suggest you take a maximum of 250 IU of vitamin E per day, preferably 100 IU per day. Always consult your doctor before taking supplements.
Dietary Tactic #3: Increasing Folate (Folic Acid) Intake
Folate is a very important nutrient that is quite commonly deficient in the modern diet. It has many important benefits beyond bacterial vaginosis. High dietary intake of folate is known to reduce the incidence of cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are advised to take folate supplements to avoid neurological defects in the unborn child.
The importance of folate has been recognized globally, and governments around the world (including in the US) have made recommendations that certain common foods such as flour and cereals be fortified with folic acid, to reduce the incidence of folate deficiency.
Folic acid also plays an important role in strengthening the immune system. Studies have shown that women with low folate levels are more likely to suffer from BV.
While learning about how to get rid of bacterial vaginosis, you may have already come across the use of folic acid tablets as a natural remedy. Folic acid tablets have actually been found to be very effective at treating BV, especially when combined with other natural methods.
But you don’t have to take tablets when folic acid is readily available in certain foods. Plus you only need a small increase in blood folate levels to cause a significant boost in the body’s immune response.
Here are some good sources of folate:
Breakfast cereals (fortified with folic acid in the US and other countries), black-eyed peas, spinach, great northern beans, asparagus, green peas, beef liver, broccoli, and avocado. The recommended daily allowance for folate is 400 micrograms per day for women over the age of 14, 600 micrograms per day if you are pregnant, and 500 micrograms per day if you are breast-feeding. If you do prefer to take supplements there’s no harm in it. Folic acid supplements are thought to be quite safe, although you should refrain from taking more than 1,000 micrograms per day.
One added benefit to supplementation is when you use it in the short-term when treating bacterial vaginosis. I find that taking an increased dose of 800 micrograms of folic acid per day helps to give the immune system that extra boost it needs to get rid of all that excess bacteria in the vagina.
So Just To Conclude And Summarize…
Your immune system plays a huge role in your vaginal health. Whether or not your BV was caused by a weakened immune system, strengthening your immune system through dietary tactics will most certainly aid you on your quest to get rid of your BV permanently.
Unfortunately most women who are learning how to get rid of bacterial vaginosis naturally forget about the immune system altogether and focus only on symptomatic relief from various douches, probiotics and natural bactericidal agents.
Effective Techniques for Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment
Some of the natural bacterial vaginosis treatment techniques can run the range from utilizing an apple cider vinegar bath, garlic suppositories or even a yogurt covered tampon. Bacterial vaginosis treatment with antibiotics will generally consist of metronidazole or even clindamycin. Some women have tried every bacterial vaginosis treatment available, and either nothing has worked or they find they have recurrent bacterial vaginosis. This is fairly common with Doctor prescribed antibiotics. The real trick to bacterial vaginosis treatment is in utilizing a regimen to prevent bacterial vaginosis in the first place. There are effective methods for this, you just have to know how. We will have more information on this later.
Are You A Bacterial Vaginosis Sufferer?
If you are one of the many women that suffer from bacterial vaginosis, you may wondering exactly what it will take to get rid of the itching and burning sensation that is so annoying with this condition. You could either have itching and/or burning together or just one at a time or you may not notice either of these conditions.
Antibiotics may kill off the bacteria overgrowth associated with bacterial vaginosis, but may not solve the underlying cause of your bacterial vaginosis. What will happen many times with using antibiotics, will be a recurring bout of bacterial vaginosis after treatment, due to the fact that antibiotics will kill off all of the bacteria, even the good bacteria that normally exists in the vagina. So it is very possible that another overgrowth of recurrent bacterial vaginosis will occur even after bacterial vaginosis treatment with antibiotics.
No Need For Despair
There is no need for despair, there are many alternative natural treatments for bacterial vaginosis treatment for you to try besides prescription antibiotics. You may want to actually consult a physician before natural bacterial vaginosis treatment, you may in fact not even have bacterial vaginosis. You may have a different condition altogether. So check first with your physician if you have any doubt. If you are pregnant, it is always a very good idea to check with your physician before attempting any bacterial vaginosis treatment, there could be serious complications for the mother as well as the unborn fetus if you suspect you have bacterial vaginosis.
Medical Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment
Bacterial vaginosis treatment for women that are not pregnant generally consists of oral or vaginal metronidazole gel. Bacterial vaginosis treatment utilizing a single dose of metronidazole may result in a higher than normal relapse rate than utilizing this medication over an extended period of time.
Bacterial vaginosis treatment is generally quick and painless, most health risks associated vaginal infections are fairly low.
Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment – Naturally
Bacterial vaginosis is a fairly simple condition to diagnose and treat. But when it will not go away, or you end up with recurrent bacterial vaginosis, it can be annoying as well as extremely frustrating. The key to bacterial vaginosis treatment is to not contract it at all. There are many highly effective natural preventive measures that you can take on a daily basis. There are ways to get rid of bacterial vaginosis and to never have it again without the high cost of a Doctor visit. Approach your bacterial vaginosis treatment naturally.