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Bacterial vaginosis results due to an improper balance of bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial infection is mainly characterized with excessive white discharge from the vagina. It is a common problem, which mostly affects women of childbearing age. When the ‘bad’ bacteria outnumber the ‘good’ bacteria in the vagina, creating a bacterial imbalance, it results into bacterial infection or ‘bacterial vaginosis’. The easiest way to get rid of this ailment is to try out the simple home remedies, which may help a lot.
- Multiple sexual partners
- Use of intrauterine tools for contraception
- Poor hygiene
- Heavy whitish or gray discharge with fishy odor from the vagina
- Vaginal itching and inflammation
- Redness in vagina
- Burning sensation during urination
Home Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Pour a cup of apple cider vinegar in a tub of water. Soak your vagina in water mixed with apple cider vinegar for about 15-20 minutes as it helps in killing the harmful bacteria and removing the infection.
Dip a tampon in plain yoghurt and insert it in your vagina to get rid of bacterial infection. Yoghurt contains natural bacteria, which help to balance the pH level of the vagina while eliminating the infection. You can also eat plain yoghurt at least twice a day.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an herbal remedy to treat bacterial vaginosis at home. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in the lukewarm water and rinse your vagina with this solution. Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial that is very effective in reducing bacterial infection in the vagina.
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Garlic is one of the best home remedies for bacterial infection in women. You can eat raw garlic cloves, or place a garlic clove in your vagina and remove it after a few hours. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and works well to cure bacterial vaginosis.
Soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in some water and leave it overnight. Drink this water the next morning on an empty stomach. Fenugreek helps in maintaining the hormonal balance and regulating the menstrual cycle.
6. Tea Bag
Soak a tea bag in water and then place it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Then, place it in your vagina for about 10 minutes. Tea bag gives a soothing relief to the itchiness caused due to bacterial infection.
7. Milk & Turmeric
Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of lukewarm milk, and drink it every day till the symptoms subside completely.
8. Margosa Leaves
Margosa is an effective natural cure for bacterial infection. Crush a handful of margosa leaves in some water to form a paste. Apply this paste on your vagina and leave it for some time. Repeat this remedy at least twice a day in order to get relief.
Make calendula tea by boiling it in some water. Now, soak a clean cloth in it and gently rub it into your vagina. It will give you relief from the inflammation caused due to bacterial infection.
10. Black Walnut
You can apply black walnut tincture to cure bacterial vaginosis. Black walnut has great antiseptic, as well as anti-parasitic properties; therefore, it is effective in healing the infection of the vagina.
11. Golden Seal
Goldenseal is a powerful remedy to treat the bacterial infection in the vagina. You can apply it as a tincture in order to get rid of the problem fast.
You can also take Echinacea supplement in order to heal the bacterial infection quickly.
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13. Boric Acid Suppositories
Boric acid also works a lot in curing the ailment. You can insert boric acid suppositories in your vagina for getting quick relief. Take a 0 sized gel capsule and fill it with 500 mg of boric acid to make your own boric acid suppositories.
14. Citrus Fruits
Drink juices of or eat citrus fruits, such as lemons, grapefruits or oranges. These fruits are abundant in vitamin C and strengthen your immune system to keep you away from all sorts of infections.
15. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide works as a natural disinfectant and helps to eradicate the bad bacteria and other inflammatory agents that cause bacterial vaginosis. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal quantity of water. You can use this solution as a douche. Else, apply it to a tampon and insert in the vagina. Don’t let the tampon inserted for more than 30 minutes.
16. Over-the-counter Medications
Metronidazole and Tinidazole are two antibiotics that are very effective in curing the bacterial vaginosis. You can also apply vaginal cream, known as Clindamycin.
17. Warm Water Bath
A bath with warm water helps to soothe the tissues of the vagina, thereby, preventing infection.
Preventive Measures for Bacterial Infection
- Avoid sexual contact with multiple partners.
- Use cotton panties.
- Avoid douching.
- Maintain proper hygiene.
- Keep your vagina clean and dry, and use mild scentless soap to wash it.
- Avoid excessive use of sugar.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking.
- Avoid the use of intrauterine contraceptive devices.