There are various home remedies for bacterial vaginosis which you can try which, providing you only have a mild outbreak, might be sufficient to get rid of your fishy vaginal odor altogether.
A few years ago, I had numerous episodes of bacterial vaginosis. In fact at first I didn’t even know what was causing the dreadful odor and the itching and burning. At first I thought I was simply not washing enough and couldn’t understand why I had the problem as I was showering twice a day. In addition, I was using plenty of feminine deodorant round my vagina.
I eventually discovered just what the problem was and realized that some of the things I was doing were actually making the problem worse.
Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an inflammation of the tissues of the vagina which is brought about by an overgrowth in the naturally occurring bacteria. Under normal circumstances, the two types of bacteria which live in the vagina live in harmony. When something happens to upset the balance, the “bad” bacteria can grow out of control and the “good” bacteria, which normally keeps things in check is ineffective. There can be various reasons why this happens-it can be something as simple as overwashing, which depletes the vagina of its natural lubricants which help maintain good health. A change in sexual partner can also upset this balance as can leaving a tampon in for too long. Whatever the cause, they symptoms are the same and include a gray or white, watery discharge, a foul fishy vaginal odor and burning or itching of the delicate tissues of the vagina.
Home Remedies for Vaginal Infection
Home remedies for bacterial vaginosis include adding some cider vinegar to a warm bath twice daily. Not only does the bath give instant, soothing relief but the acidic vinegar can help to neutralize the alkaline conditions caused by the bacterial overgrowth. To instantly relieve the soreness and itching, try dipping a flannel in cold water and applying it to the vaginal area. You may find that wrapping an ice pack inside is even more soothing!
Other ways to help include eating natural live yogurt, as this contains the same “good” bacteria which normally keeps control of the “bad” so it can naturally help replenish supplies. In addition, you can soak a tampon in the natural yogurt and insert it directly into the vagina for a couple of hours.
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and you can buy pessaries which are suitable for vaginal use. These can help to naturally kill off the harmful bacteria.
If you find that the above self-help steps are not sufficient, or if you are a recurrent sufferer of bacterial vaginosis, you may wish to consider trying the exact remedy I used to get rid of fishy vaginal odor and the accompanying symptoms.
Treatment for Vaginal Infection
* Soak a tampon in live natural yogurt and insert into the vagina. Eating live yogurt is also beneficial in helping restore the pH balance within the vagina
* Garlic supplements can help fight off infection. 1 or 2 capsules of high strength alliums should be taken daily
* Avoid overwashing the vaginal area as this can upset the balance
* Use a cold compress on the general area as this will give some relief
* Avoid using any perfumed products around the vaginal area
* As already discussed above, tea tree oil pessaries have been shown to help. These can be bought from natural health stores and you should ensure that they are suitable for vaginal use.
The no-nonsense treatment did exactly as promised. I began to notice a big change the next day and within 3 days, I didn’t smell horrible any more and the discharge had gone. I was back to feeling completely fresh and back to normal.
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