Most women will suffer with “down-there” symptoms at one point or another in their lives. However, if you have recurring yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis (BV), that forms a serious obstacle in your fertility. Antibiotics & anti-fungals tend to give only temporary relief, plus you want to avoid those when trying to conceive. Luckily you can treat bacterial vaginosis naturally and restore your fertility!
Don’t let bacterial vaginosis ruin your fertility!
Fungal overgrowth & bacterial infections
Thrush is often called a fungal infection but the truth is that everybody has this fungus (Candida) in their bodies and with thrush there is just an overgrowth of it. (Read: The “down-there” infections that reduce your fertility)
The same applies to bacteria, everyone has them; good and bad. These bad bacteria are not a problem as long as there are enough good bacteria too and the Candida is tamed. If Candida does get the chance to overgrow, you will end up with thrush symptoms. Left untreated thrush can lead to another imbalance: bacterial dysbiosis.
When that happens, bad bacteria get the upperhand leaving you with what is called Bacterial Vaginosis (BV).
Yeast infection or Bacterial Vaginosis?
I’ve heard too many times that women were prescribed anti-fungals over and over because they were getting a creamy discharge every month. Newsflash! This may actually be healthy cervical mucus.
However yeast infection symptoms are:
- Cracked skin & bleeding
- Discharge that smells like yeast
- Continuous discharge that is cloudy, yellow, and/or like cottage cheese
If you have discharge that smells fishy that indicates Bacterial Vaginosis (BV).
How BV affects your fertility
To fall pregnant, the cervical mucus produced around ovulation needs to be favorable to sperm. It needs to be thin enough for the sperm to get through easily and needs to contain the right nutrients to nourish the sperm. An overgrowth of Candida and bad bacteria makes the cervical mucus tacky and hard to get through and lacks nutrients.
This means that your fallopian tubes can also get blocked with mucus and eventually even scar tissue. Thankfully, homeopathy can even resolve those two major problems!
Sorting Bacterial Vaginosis is absolutely essential when trying to conceive. Homeopathy can do that.
Why antibiotics don’t help in the long run
If you have Bacterial Vaginosis, it makes sense to use antibiotics right? Well.. the thing is, antibiotics do not just kill the bad bacteria, they kill all the bacteria.
That may mean indeed that initially you are relieved of your symptoms. However, clearing the ground means there is room for new bacteria to grow and if the environment is not favorable for good bacteria, that means the baddies will come back with their friends and you’re worse off than before. Bacteria also become resistant to antibiotics easily making it harder every time to get rid of your symptoms.
Since an overgrowth of Candida usually underlies BV, addressing the bacterial overgrowth is not enough. Unfortunately, like bacteria to antibiotics, Candida is capable of becoming resistant to the anti-fungals.
Homeopathy is a holistic medicine and addresses your susceptibility to overgrowth of Candida and bacteria to sort both at the same time.
Natural home remedies for bacterial vaginosis
There are a few practical measures you can take to tackle BV naturally (read about home remedies for yeast infections/thrush):
- Eat products with lactic acid (eg Molkosan by Vogel) and start on a good probiotic to restore good bacteria levels (at least 10 billion micro-organisms per daily intake)
- If you feel very sore, apply coconut oil which is naturally antimicrobial
- Avoid washing with soap which changes the pH of the vagina to favor Candida growth. Wash with water after sex as sperm & fertility friendly lubricants affect pH as well
- Avoid tight fitting clothes & wear cotton underwear
- Finally and most importantly get homeopathic treatment to sort your symptoms quickly, stop recurring infections, and boost your fertility!