As a mother of two with only one “sexual” partner for many years I was totally shocked when my gynecologist told me I had Bacterial Vaginosis otherwise known as BV. How the heck can that be I asked? Her reply was that I was entirely normal and only had succumbed to a very common infection that millions of women find troubling every year. My burning sensation when urinating along with a slightly smelly discharge told her I was victim of what is known as BV or a vaginal bacterial imbalance that causes all those symptoms plus some other “fun” symptoms like severe itching and perhaps a rash. My doc’s conclusion regarding how I got this distasteful malady? Most likely the fact I wear an IUD! Makes me almost want to try to get PG again just to not wear the darn thing any more!

A woman’s body needs to keep in balance inside and out

BV can be a major irritant because of its unpleasant symptomsOur body is normally healthy unless something happens to upset the natural balance of things. A woman’s vagina is subject to multiple issues including some of the STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, herpes, and even yeast infections. But when the “naturally” occurring bacteria count is disrupted she may experience one or all of the symptoms associated with BV. Multiple sexual partners within a short period of time (this could mean two or more men within a matter of days), douching with a particularly harsh preparation, wearing overly tight panty hose or under garments, bubble baths with strong soaps, wearing an IUD (anti pregnancy intrauterine device), and keeping a tampon “in” for extended periods of time are cause for disrupting the normal bacterial culture within a woman’s vagina so try to avoid those situations. Think of that particular part of your body as an ecosystem that works best when the normal fauna is not disrupted.

It is, therefore very important to know what causes BV, how you can avoid getting BV and what are the best and most effective cures for BV.

So can my husband and I still have sex if I have BV?

Yes! Although one of the reasons a woman may develop bacterial vaginitis can be blamed on her having sex with multiple partners this is not considered a sexually transmitted disease. When she has sex with several different men she is exchanging body fluids (sperm and vaginal liquids) causing the vagina to react to it as if foreign bodies have invaded. Normal sex with a single partner will not cause nor will it spread bacterial vaginitis.

Smoking after sex - not a good thing!

Smoking is one of the culprits that cause women to develop BV. It creates an unbalanced vaginal bacteria count which can then develop into bacterial vaginitis. Soaking in a bubble bath and douching with harsh chemical mixtures is unnecessary according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist. As the vagina is naturally self cleaning the introduction of any liquid can only upset the natural order of things, causing that unbalanced condition we’ve already discussed.

While antibiotics are the doctor’s preferred method they may do harm

The standard treatment for BV today is to prescribe antibiotics. However they can cause more harm than good if the natural balance of bacteria is upset within a woman’s vagina because the medication may kill not only the “bad” bacteria but also the good or necessary type as well. Ask your doctor for an alternative to potentially harmful antibiotics. Natural remedies for treating BV are the best bet because they are safe and inexpensive.