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How To Get Rid of Bacterial Vaginosis

Women’s Health Essentials: How To Get Rid of Bacterial Vaginosis?

Manhattan Medical Arts has brought you a comprehensive guide on a crucial aspect of women’s health: Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). This often misunderstood condition affects countless women, and we believe that knowledge is the first step to empowerment.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essentials of BV – from what it is to BV causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and prevention strategies. We aim to provide you with a thorough understanding of this vaginal infection and equip you with the information you need to take control of your health.

Understanding Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis, commonly referred to as BV, is a vaginal infection that occurs when there is an imbalance in the bacteria that is naturally present in the vagina. Normally, the vagina hosts a balance of various bacteria, including Lactobacillus species, which helps in maintaining a healthy environment. BV occurs when harmful bacteria outnumbers the beneficial ones, resulting in BV symptoms and discomfort.

BV Symptoms

Recognizing the presence of this viganal infection is crucial for timely BV treatment. 

Common BV symptoms are inclusive of:

Unusual Vaginal Discharge: BV often leads to a thin, white or gray discharge with a distinct fishy odor.

Vaginal Itching: Itching or irritation in the vaginal area can be a BV symptom.

Burning Sensation: Some women experience a burning sensation during urination, which can be linked to BV symptoms.

Vaginal Odor: A strong, fishy odor, particularly noticeable after sexual intercourse, is a hallmark symptom.

Changes in Discharge Color: Discharge may change in color, becoming gray or white.

BV Causes

Understanding the underlying BV causes is essential for prevention.

Common BV causes include:

Bacterial Imbalance: An overgrowth of harmful bacteria, such as Gardnerella vaginalis, disrupts the vaginal balance.

Sexual Activity: While not strictly considered an Sexually Transmitted Diseases, BV can be associated with sexual activity, including multiple partners.

Douching: Vaginal douching can disrupt the natural vaginal pH balance, increasing the risk of BV.

Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, such as those occurring during menstruation or pregnancy, can contribute to BV.

Diagnosing BV

Healthcare professionals diagnose BV through:

Physical Examination: A visual examination of the vaginal area and a detailed assessment of the occurring BV symptoms.

Vaginal pH Test: Testing the acidity of vaginal fluid.

Whiff Test: A sample of vaginal discharge is mixed with potassium hydroxide to check for the characteristic fishy odor.

Microscopic Examination: A sample of vaginal discharge is examined under a microscope to identify bacterial imbalances.

How To Get Rid of Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a commonly occurring vaginal infection that, fortunately, can be effectively treated. The key to successful management lies in understanding the available BV treatment options and strictly following a prescribed regimen.

Below, we explore the methods and strategies for getting rid of BV:

1. Antibiotics: The Mainstay of BV Treatment

The primary and most common approach to treating BV is the use of antibiotics. Your healthcare provider will prescribe either oral antibiotics like metronidazole or clindamycin or topical antibiotic creams or gels. It’s crucial to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions carefully and complete the full course of antibiotics, even if your BV symptoms improve before the medication is finished. Stopping antibiotics prematurely may lead to the return of BV.

2. Probiotics: Restoring Balance

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help restore the natural balance of the vaginal flora. Some women find relief from BV symptoms by taking probiotic supplements specifically designed to support vaginal health. These supplements can be taken orally or inserted directly into the vagina in the form of capsules or suppositories. While probiotics can be a useful addition to BV treatment, it’s essential to consult your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen.

3. Follow-Up Appointments

After completing your prescribed antibiotic treatment, it’s essential to attend any follow-up appointments scheduled by your healthcare provider. These appointments allow for a thorough evaluation of your condition to ensure that BV has been successfully treated. Your healthcare provider may recommend additional steps or adjustments if needed.

4. Partner Notification and Testing

If you have been diagnosed with BV, it’s a good practice to inform your sexual partner(s) about your vaginal infection. While BV is not considered a sexually transmitted diseases, it can be associated with sexual activity. Your partner(s) may also benefit from testing and treatment if necessary to prevent recurrent BV.

5. Monitoring Your Health

Even after successful BV treatment, it’s essential to pay attention to your body and be vigilant for any recurring BV symptoms. If it returns, consult your healthcare provider promptly for further evaluation and treatment.

Home Remedies For BV

While natural remedies for bacterial vaginosis can complement medical treatment, it is necessary to consult your healthcare provider before trying them:

Yogurt: Applying plain yogurt with live cultures to the vagina may help restore beneficial bacteria.

Hydrogen Peroxide: A diluted hydrogen peroxide solution may be used as a vaginal wash.

Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil, when properly diluted, may alleviate BV symptoms.

How To Stop BV Spotting?

To manage spotting associated with BV:

Avoid Irritants: Steer clear of harsh soaps, scented tampons, and douching.

Maintain Hygiene: Keep the genital area clean and dry.

Use Panty Liners: Wearing panty liners can help manage spotting.

Preventing Recurrence

Here’s a list of a few ways that can help in preventing recurrence of this vaginal infection:

Safe Sex: Using protection during sexual activity.

Avoiding Douching: Refrain from vaginal douching.

Probiotics: Consider taking probiotics regularly to support vaginal health.


Bacterial vaginosis stands as the leading cause of vaginal infection symptoms in women – However, the precise influence of sexual activity on the development of BV remains unclear.

In the United States, its prevalence is estimated at 21.2 million cases, affecting 29.2% of women aged 14 to 49.

The study also yielded the following insights:

  • A significant majority of women diagnosed with BV (84%) reported no associated BV symptoms.
  • BV can affect women who have not engaged in vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse (18.8%), as well as pregnant women (25%) and women who have been pregnant at some point in their lives (31.7%).
  • The prevalence of BV increases in relation to the lifetime number of sexual partners.
  • Ethnic disparities exist, with non-white women experiencing higher rates, such as African-Americans (51%), Mexican Americans (32%), compared to white women (23%).

When to Seek Medical Help

Consult a healthcare professional if you experience the following BV symptoms:

Severe Pain: Intense pelvic pain or abdominal discomfort.

Fever: A high fever along with BV symptoms.

Pregnancy Complications: BV during pregnancy can lead to complications.


Your health and well-being are paramount at Manhattan Medical Arts. We have been dedicated to supporting women’s health at every stage of life. If you or someone you know is dealing with this vaginal infection: Bacterial Vaginosis – remember that professional guidance and compassionate care are available.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for personalized treatment and expert support. Together, we can ensure that you enjoy a life of optimal health and wellness.

– Disclaimer –
This blog is for informational & educational purposes only, and does not intend to substitute any professional medical advice or consultation. For any health related concerns, please consult with your physician, or call 911.

Medically Reviewed

Last reviewed by Dr. Syra Hanif, M.D. on 09/28/2023

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  • About The Author

    Dr. Syra Hanif M.D.

    Board Certified Primary Care Physician

Dr. Syra Hanif is a board-certified Primary Care Physician (PCP) dedicated to providing compassionate, patient-centered healthcare.

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