Although most doctors still prescribe metronidazole and clindamycin to treat BV, more and more health practitioners are beginning to recognize the benefits of treating vaginal infections naturally with probiotics. Many doctors now recommend probiotics to treat bacterial vaginosis. But what are exactly are probiotics and how do they work in the body?
How Probiotics Work To Help With Bacterial Vaginosis
Probiotics are a combination of bacteria that help to create a balanced environment inside the body. In regards to BV, ingested probiotics head straight to the vagina to help balance the bacteria level. Health food stores and grocery stores alike are now carrying probiotics for sale.
If you are experiencing BV, then you are lacking healthy bacteria in your vagina. It is important to know that when the probiotics enter your body, they reproduce, and this ‘army’ of good bacteria can help to restock the healthy bacteria and return your body to normal.
What Studies Have Learned About Probiotics
There have been many different studies done on the effects of probiotics in the body.
One study done at the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology in the University of Lagos, did a study on 4,422 people. They found that probiotics can increase the effectiveness of some antibiotic therapies for bacteria infections.
Another study done in the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Medical School, University of Zagreb, found that oral probiotics are a side effect-free treatment. In a double-blind study that included 544 subjects diagnosed with vaginal infection received either probiotic capsules or placebo capsules for a 6-week period. The results were statistically significant as the probiotic group experienced an almost 40% positive difference in balanced vaginal microbiota. In addition, six weeks later, the probiotic group was twice as likely to still have their normal levels.
The Benefits Of Probiotics To Treat Bacterial Vaginosis
Probiotics do not kill the good bacteria in the vagina. They do, however, provide a balance between the bad and good bacteria for a healthy stable environment, and as soon as your body begins to balance itself out, the bad bacteria begin to die because they do not do well in an environment that is more acidic.
Compare this to an antibiotic. An antibiotic kills the bad and the good bacteria. In this case, the only bacteria that survive are the ones that are resistant to the antibiotic and infection can occur. In addition, more than half of the women tend to suffer a reoccurrence of their BV within a month after treatment of the antibiotics.
Probiotics are all-natural and they come without side effects. This makes them an easy option for many women when trying to cure BV or balance out the bacteria in their body.
Where To Buy Probiotics To Treat BV
You can buy live active cultures and dried cultures at most health food stores. They come in liquid, tablet, powder, or capsule form.
You can insert tablets or capsules that contain L. acidophilus directly into the vagina. These suppositories can contain up to one billion active bacteria, and tablets should be inserted once or twice daily.
If you would rather take your probiotics in food form, then you will find that there are many yogurts, milks, and tempeh style foods that have probiotics added into them. Occasionally, consuming a large amount of bacteria can cause digestive issues such as gas and diarrhea.