Are there any natural cures for bacterial vaginosis? BV is one of those infections that usually require antibiotics to cure so I'm delighted when I find a probiotic treatment that appears to show promise. This one obviously has worked for some women.
The downside is that the two products used in the study are both available only in Italy.
However, I have found two products commonly available in the States and many other places that contain the same active ingredients so should do the same job.
The aim of the 2006 study was to evaluate the effectiveness of taking Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei F19 as well as using a vaginal suppository of Lactobacillus acidophilus.
The study group consisted of 60 women in good health, aged between 18-40 years and with "suspect or confirmed diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis".
They were randomly divided into two groups. One group received the acidophilus vaginal suppository (product name Calagin) for 3 months. At the end of this time there was a "significant reduction of vaginal pH", improved whiff test result (both standard factors a doctor uses when assesing Bacterial Vaginosis symptoms) and improvement overall.
The other group received Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei F19 (product name Genefilus F19) AS WELL as the acidophilus vaginal suppository. They too also achieved the "significant reduction of vaginal pH" and improvment in whiff test and subjective symptomatolgy. Treatment ended at 3 months but there was a follow up after another 3 month with "a maintenance of positive effect."
Both Genefilus F19 and Calagin seem to be available only in Italy - not a lot of help to the rest of us.
Although both of these products are not available to many of us, there are a couple of likely sounding substitutes.
Info from the manufacturers website state that the acidophilus vaginal suppositories (Calagin) contain 1 billion colony forming units.
In the vaginal insert in Gy-Na-Tren 14 day Kit is 1 billion cfu's of Lactobacillus acidophilus NAS as well as 1x50% of Boricum acidum. So theoretically, this would work just as well as the Calagin. You used to be able to buy this on Amazon but it has not been available recently. Try their website.
It is unfortunate that the study (which was all in Italian!) does not have the strain of acidophilus that was used but the NAS strain in Gynatren is a top probiotic.
And the probiotic found in Genefilus F19 is the exact same strain as found in Theralac.
The Genefilus F19 is recommended to be taken 2 sachets per day for 15 days and there are 12.5 billion bacteria in each sachet. So 6 capsule a day of Theralac would give you the same dosage of the same strain. Sounds a lot easier than trying to buy it from Italy - unless, of course, you live there!
It is a shame that the full results were not given but this certainly looks promising if you're set against using antibiotics and looking for something more natural.
I figure that if you're in the middle of a raging case of BV then ANY info on natural cures for bacterial vaginosis might be appreciated!
Another natural cure that you may have wondered about is FloraFemme Probiotic Suppositories. You can buy them on Amazon - FloraFemme. With 57 billion cfu in each insert this is a powerful probiotic suppository.
The 11 probiotics that it contains are:
Some women find that one course is enough to get them right, others find that they need to take a maintainence dose of a couple of inserts each month after their period to keep them cler of BV. Experiment to see what suits you best.
Would you like to look at another probiotic treatment for BV? Home Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis
Delia A, Morgante G, Rago G, Musacchio MC, Petraglia F, De Leo V. Effectiveness of oral administration of Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei F19 in association with vaginal suppositories of Lactobacillus acidofilus in the treatment of vaginosis and in the prevention of recurrent vaginitis. Minerva Ginecol 2006 Jun;58(3):227-31 (translated from Italian)
Measures pH in the correct range for women's health