While up to 1/3 of cases of BV may resolve on their own, it is recommended that medical treatment should be given to patients if they recognize symptoms or worse conditions or they are during pregnancy to avoid the development of complications.
Metronidazole, clindamycin and tinidazole are antibiotics that have the power to kill some of the bacteria that cause symptoms of BV. These antibiotic medicines can be taken orally by mouth in pill form (Tinidazole is only taken by mouth) or inserted into the vagina in cream or gel. Vaginal creams and gels are used with an applicator that inserts the correct amount of medicine. Women who are pregnant will need to take oral antibiotics, such as metronidazole.
Antibiotic treatments are usually prescribed by doctors as they are effective ways to treat BV. However, during the time you take those medicines, you should avoid alcohol as it can upset your stomach and cause vomiting and it is still necessary to not drinking for at least 48 hours after finishing treatment. Also, because metronidazole gel can cause weakening of condoms, caps and diaphragms, therefore, women during treatment should use addition contraception protect herself from pregnancy and STIs.
Home remedies for BV:
Besides taking medicines, you can also apply some natural BV treatments to help you get rid of those uncomfortable symptoms and BV quickly.
– Hydrogen Peroxide for BV: use a solution of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount. Then put a cotton bud which is soaked in the mixture to your vagina and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes before removing.
– Apple Cider Vinegar for BV: add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into 2 cups of water then use the solution to clean per day. Alternatively, you can add apple cider vinegar to a bath and soak in it for a half of hour.
– Coconut Oil for BV: soak a cotton bud in coconut oil then insert into the vagina and leave it for about an hour. Rinse the area after remove the cotton bud and repeat every day until symptoms disappear.
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