BV, which stands for bacterial vaginosis, is a common vaginal infection that mainly affects sexually active women aged 15 to 44 years. The condition occurs as a result of overgrowth of a strain of bacteria within the vagina, leading to an imbalance between good and harmful bacteria.
Symptoms of BV include vaginal itching, pain or a burning feeling while urinating, a white or gray discharge, and a fishy odor, especially during or after sexual intercourse.
It is not clear why the imbalance leading to the infection occurs. However, activities like douching, having multiple sex partners, and having a new sex partner may increase the risk of BV besides other sexually transmitted diseases. While you may need to consult a doctor for treatment, you can also assist your body to heal by using the following 10 home remedies for BV.
Home Remedy #1: Garlic
Garlic is not just a healthy spice that improves the taste of your food. It can also improve the health of your vagina. Garlic contains a chemical called allicin, which gives it the ability to kill disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. Research evidence has shown garlic to treat BV as effectively as the regular medications. Garlic also improves the effectiveness of other treatments for the disease in resistant cases.
For use in BV, a clove of garlic is inserted into the vagina, preferably overnight. It is removed and disposed of the following morning. Usually, one night is enough to treat BV. If the BV is recurrent, the garlic treatment can be repeated for a few nights. Garlic supplements are also marketed and can be an alternative to the direct insertion of a clove of garlic.