HOW TO TREAT BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS
There are quite a few common infections that can get our panties in a bunch, so to speak – vaginal yeast infection is the one we’re all probably most familiar with, and perhaps comfortable talking about. But there’s another vaginal infection that’s actually the culprit behind most of the odor that women are trying to cover up, it’s called Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), and it affects nearly a third of women in the U.S. It leads to an unpleasant fishy odor, irritation, itching, and burning.
What is bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis is a type of vaginal inflammation caused by the overgrowth of bacteria naturally found in the vagina, which upsets the natural balance. Women in their reproductive years are most likely to get bacterial vaginosis, but it can affect women of any age.
What causes bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial Vaginosis results from an overgrowth of bacteria in your vagina.
Normally, the healthy Lactobacilli (Lactobacillus keeps the vaginal pH low by producing lactic acid, which in turn, prevents less-vagina friendly yeasts, bacteria, and other organisms from getting a hold and causing infections) are the dominating bacteria in the vagina, but if BV develops, other unwanted bacteria start to overgrow the Lactobacilli.
The exact cause of this overgrowth is unknown, therefore it is very important for you to practice proper feminine hygiene to prevent bacterial imbalance.
What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
Some women have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may include:
Unusual vaginal discharge.
The discharge can be white (milky) or gray. It may also be foamy or watery.
Strong fish-like odor, especially after sex.
Burning when urinating.
How To Treat Bacterial Vaginosis in 8 Simple Steps
Step #1: STOP WITH THE WIPES.
Most wipes contain mild detergents mixed with moisturizing agents, fragrance, and preservatives. Even those that are fragrance-free have detergent agents in them. That whats gives you the 'clean feel' but also builds moist and unnecessary wetness that causes the overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Let's not forget that the detergents also alter your perfectly healthy vaginal pH balance making you more vulnerable to vaginal infections.
Use regular toilet paper. Not scented.
And always wipe from front to back. Wiping wrong drags butt bacteria forward and it can get in the wrong spot creating irritation and unwanted infections.
Step #2: STOP Using Pantyliners!
Pantyliner is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and fungus.
Think about it this way, your pantyliner soak up all the sweat, smell and moist - creating an ultimate condition favorable to the harmful bacteria to multiply by the minute.
This means that within a few minutes the harmful bacteria will multiply by the millions. Scary, isn't it!! Just imaging million harmful bacterias penetrating your intimate skin only to reward you with an annoying Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) infection.
If you are accustomed to pantyliners, getting rid of this bad habit will be challenging for the first 30 days. In the meantime, simply carry an extra pair of cotton undies and change when you feel the need.
Step #3: Use ONLY Cotton Undies.
Cotton is the most breathable material you can cover your vagina with, as opposed to synthetic lacey things that, face it, aren't as comfortable anyway. And thongs — while practical! — can whisk bacteria into the urethra because they're so close-fitting, and that heightens your risk for a combination of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) infection and UTI (ouch). So choose your panties wisely.
Step #4: Wash DAILY with SERENITY.
Quickly and effectively wash fungi and bacteria with Serenity and naturally reduce the risk of chronic or recurring Bacterial Vaginosis (BV).
Serenity daily intimate wash gently removes harmful bacteria without stripping away nutrients or moisture and maintains proper vaginal acidity favoring the growth of vaginal lactobacilli. Serenity combines antibacterial and soothing traits and is infused with natural Lactic Acid to naturally enforces your body's natural defense to preserve optimal microflora health.
When using Serenity make sure to use your fingers to clean in between your vaginal lips to wash away any bacteria holding on to your intimate skin.
Step #5: Apply PURE BLISS for instant relief.
This revolutionary (patented) cosmetic application delivers all the benefits of refreshing Natural Zanthoxylum Alatum extract with anti-itching action and antibacterial properties to destroy bacteria and suppresses its growth or its ability to reproduce, calming Natural Avena Sativa Oat with an immediate soothing effect, nourishing Natural Jojoba Oil with moisturizing and emollient properties, and hydrating Vitamin E with potent antioxidant activity.
Pure Bliss is perfect for women troubled by the recurrence of yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infection, vaginal itch, vaginal discomfort, burning sensation, fungal or bacterial infections. Simply apply a pea-sized amount of Pure Bliss soothing cream to clean skin and massage gently.
Step #6: Use HALO, all the time!
Halo is a true healer with a unique blend of nature’s most potent active ingredients with antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Its powers are with its abilities to obstruct the growth and multiplying action of the harmful bacteria and with that, preventing it from forming in the first place. Halo is heavenly scented and has therapeutic powers to keep your intimate skin nourished, healthy, smooth, and beautifully attractive.
The secret behind Halo is the liquid formula. Different than any other intimate deodorants, Halo's lightweight liquid travels to the deepest layers of your intimate skin to deliver the complete protection from contamination of fungus and bacteria associated with vaginal infections.
Step #7: protection is a MUST!
Aside from all the obvious reasons — protection from unwanted pregnancy, protection from any one of the myriads of STIs — there's yet another compelling argument to literally ALWAYS USE A CONDOM. Unprotected, penetrative sex can disrupt the balance of bacteria in a vagina, putting you at risk for Bacterial Vaginosis (and UTIs).
Step #8 Take Probiotics.
Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most researched strain of probiotic when it comes to establishing and maintaining a healthy vaginal balance. Two other important strains include lactobacillus rhamnosus and lactobacillus reuteri. Experts believe these strains help maintain vaginal balance by sticking to vaginal surfaces and making it more challenging for harmful bacteria to grow. Lactobacillus may also adhere directly to harmful bacteria, killing them and preventing them from spreading.
Bacterial Vaginosis is common and nothing to feel embarrassed about. So stop holding yourself back and take control of your intimate health and start with the above 8 simple steps. Let us know how you are doing and if you have any questions or need further assistance. We are here to help.