Bacterial vaginosis is a very common type of vaginal infection. Lots of ‘good’ bacteria as well as some ‘bad’ bacteria are normally present in the vagina. This mild infection occurs when the balance between the good and bad bacteria gets disturbed. Common symptoms include excessive vaginal discharge, sometimes with a fishy odor, along with itching and occasionally pain during urination.
Experts are not sure what causes the bacteria to get out of balance, but certain factors can increase your risk of infection. Such factors include having more than one sex partner, a new sex partner, excessive smoking, and douching. Bacterial vaginosis is usually not serious and often goes away on its own. But it’s a good idea to treat it as soon as symptoms appear. Some simple home remedies can help you get rid of this annoying problem.
Yogurt- Yogurt is packed with good bacteria, particularly lactobacillus acidophilus. This bacterium is naturally present in a woman’s body and assists in treating infections in the vagina by reestablishing balance in bacteria levels. There are a couple of ways to use yogurt as home remedies for bacterial vaginosis. You can eat 8 ounces of yogurt each day, which will build up the “good” bacteria in your body. Also, you can opt to soak a tampon in yogurt for ten minutes and then inserting it into your vagina for two hours.
Tree Tea Oil- Tea tree oil has several properties that can help eliminate bacterial vaginosis. It contains antifungal and antibacterial compounds, as well as a strong “mint-like” odor to help with the smell associated with the infection. If you want to use tea tree oil in your bath, add three drops of it along with three cups of white vinegar to a warm tub of water. Soak for about 30 minutes. You can also fill a small bowl with warm water and mix in a few drops of the oil. Use the mixture to rinse your vagina once a day until your infection clears.
Coconut Oil- containing natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal compounds, coconut oil can help eliminate bacterial vaginosis and prevent it from coming back again. You can use coconut oil to cook and boost your body’s immune system. You can also soak a tampon in the coconut oil, insert it in your vagina and keep it there for two hours. Rinse area when done and repeat once a day till symptoms subside.