Preventing Recurrence of Bacterial Vaginosis

Preventing Bacterial Vaginosis

A Holistic Approach for Preventing Bacterial Vaginosis

Three years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Wendy. Despite her initial shyness due to English not being her first language, her beautiful smile and easygoing nature made it effortless to connect with her.

What struck me the most was her remarkable level of organization. She carried a sketchbook filled with meticulously taped pharmacy papers and cutout boxes, chronicling the various medications she had tried over the past year to combat her recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis (BV).

When she sought my help, she had just completed her fourth round of antibiotics and was growing increasingly frustrated, questioning whether her BV would ever truly clear.

Throughout my years of practice, I have encountered many patients like Wendy. Through extensive research and experience, I have identified three fundamental elements that can be instrumental in both treating and preventing the recurrence of Bacterial Vaginosis.

1. Addressing the Biofilm:

Imagine biofilm as a fortress that bacteria or yeast construct to create a community within. This additional layer of protection significantly hampers the effectiveness of antibiotics during the standard 7-14 day treatment period.

Although the bombardment may temporarily render the bacteria inactive, they resurface 2-6 weeks after the final dose of antibiotics. To eradicate these resilient bugs, alternative methods must be employed to penetrate and break down their protective walls.

2. Simultaneously Treating the Gut and Vaginal Microbiomes:

The large intestine serves as a reservoir for countless microbial inhabitants within our bodies. The metabolites produced by these microbes are absorbed into the bloodstream, influencing the vaginal flora. An optimally functioning gut microbiome positively impacts the vaginal microbiome, while an imbalanced gut negatively affects it.

My experience has shown that comprehensive treatment, involving both oral and topical approaches, coupled with a well-designed maintenance plan for both microbiomes, yields the highest success rates in preventing Bacterial Vaginosis recurrence.

3. Proactive Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis:

Gardnerella, the primary bacteria responsible for Bacterial Vaginosis, thrives in an alkaline environment. Menstrual fluids or any other body fluid introduced into the vagina can disrupt the vaginal flora’s acidity. Hence, it is crucial to establish a protocol to restore the acidic environment during these scenarios.

Patients must diligently follow this maintenance protocol for months or even years, depending on their individual vulnerability. Treating Bacterial Vaginosis can be challenging, with significant imbalances taking up to 1-1.5 years to correct.

However, with the right treatment approach and maintenance protocol, we can achieve long-term remission. 

Should you have any concerns about your vaginal health, do not hesitate to reach out to the dedicated providers at Naturopathic Family Health. We are here to support you every step of the way.

Discover how naturopathic medicine can help you! Schedule a complimentary 10-minute consultation with one of our providers

Dr. Sherry Su
Naturopathic Doctor San Jose


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