Probiotics can be an effective home treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis for many women. But a home remedy won't work unless you chose the right probiotic.
And the right one is any supplement that contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 in the correct amount.
My personal favorite probiotic supplement for these two is Fem Dophilus because it contains those two probiotics in the same strength that was used in the successful studies.
If you're looking for an effective home treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis it makes sense to duplicate what was done in the trials.
Even the Mayo Clinic suggests probiotics for BV!
So - big drumroll, please - introducing
Research has shown that some Lactobacilli need to be inserted vaginally whilst others can be taken as an oral supplement and yet still be effective in the vaginal/urethal area.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14 have both proved particularly good at this "ascent from the rectum after oral ingestion" as the scientists like to put it which makes them very suitable for home treatment of bacterial vaginosis.1,2,3
"The ingestion of the GR-1/RC-14 probiotic therapy resulted in the vaginal flora being restored to normal within 28 days in 82% in one group of patients."
Remember, these ladies were taking their probiotic supplement for BV by MOUTH, not inserting it vaginally!
Let's face it. Whilst most of us will do jolly near anything to cure our BV, it is easier to simply take a couple of capsules rather than fiddle around with inserts.
Some women simply start a course of Fem Dophilus - 2 capsules once a day. However the fastest results have come by treating the BV with antibiotics whilst taking Fem Dophilus. If you do that, do take the Fem Dophilus several hours AFTER taking the antibiotic and if you're able to start the probiotics a few days before you start the other, even better.
Whichever way you do it, after 1 month and only if you're completely clear of symptoms, reduce the dose down to 1 tablet once a day.
After another month, take 1 tablet every second day, and a few weeks late move on to twice a week. The important thing is to SLOWLY phase out the Fem Dophilus.
Research has shown that these two probiotics can remain in the vagina for up to 19 days after the conclusion of your home treatment.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 are able to provide an environment that supports the re-establishment of the OTHER Lactobacilli that are so important for vaginal health.
This means as you implement your home treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis you slowly move from having the bad bacteria that produce that smell to having a vagina with a wall-to-wall coating of good 'uns - pathogens can no longer get a foot hold.
The temptation for many women is to treat the BV and then forget about it.
But as so many of you know, the wretched thing comes back! By immediately complimenting your treatment with Fem-Dophilus many women will get rid of BV permanently.
If you don't want to go the antibiotic route, then good results have been got with a VAGINAL capsule of the GR-1/RC-14 probiotic mix for 3 days and then followed up with a once daily ORAL capsule.4
The capsule that these two good probiotics are contained in is designed to protect them as they travel through the stomach and upper intestinal tract. It will NOT disolve through your body heat if simply inserted into the vagina.
Either transfer the contents into a gelatin capsule or simply cut open the capsule, dab your clean finger in the "powder" and wipe inside the vagina. Be aware that the capsule is quite brittle and will fly everywhere if you cut it with scizzors. Keep it contained as you cut.
This is a simple way of getting the Fem Dophilus "working" a little quicker. Do that for a few days and by then the capsules that you have taken orally will be getting to where they are needed.
It just speeds the process up. It isn't necesssary - these two will get to where they have to be all by themselves!
Fem Dophilus will not keep EVERY woman clear of BV because each woman's body is different - as is the reason each woman gets BV.
I have not heard of anything that works for everyone. But used as discussed above it really has shown itself to be a most effective home treatment of bacterial vaginosis.
Would you like to look at another probiotic treatment for BV? Natural Cures for Bacterial Vaginosis
1. Reid, G, Bruce, A.W (2001) Selection of Lactobacillus strains for urogenital probiotic applications. J. Infect. Dis. 183 (Suppl. 1), S77—S80.
2. Reid, G, Bruce, A.W, Taylor, M (1995) Instillation of Lactobacillus and stimulation of indigenous organisms to prevent recurrence of urinary tract infections. Microecol. Ther. 23, 32—45.
3. Reid, G, Bruce, A.W, Fraser, N, Heinemann, C, Owen, J, Henning, B (2001) Oral probiotics can resolve urogenital infections. FEMS Immunol. Med. Microbiol. 30, 49—52.
4. Reid, G, Bruce, A.W. Could probiotics be an option for treating and preventing urogenital infections? Medscape General Medicine 3(4), 2001
5. Gregor Reid, Dee Beuerman, Christine Heinemann, Andrew W Bruce. Probiotic Lactobacillus dose required to restore and maintain a normal vaginal flora. FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology Volume 32, Issue 1, Pages 37—41, Published Online: 9 Jan 2006.
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