Having a vagina comes with a great number of concerns. These concerns range from menstrual cramps to infections. You’re probably aware of the fact that there are multiple infections that women are prone to due to how the vagina is shaped and functions. When there’s trouble with the vagina, it is important to pay attention to the signs. This can help you get the right treatment at the right time.
One of the most common bacterial infections that affect the vagina is bacterial vaginosis (BV). It occurs due to the imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in your vagina. It is the most common vaginal infection in women between the ages of 15 to 44.
BV is caused by the bacteria Gardnerella vaginalis. If left untreated, bacterial vaginosis can cause multiple complications, including infertility. It is easy to mistake BV for a yeast infection. Both the infections have similar symptoms but they’re very different from each other. Hence, the risk factors, causes, and treatments are also very different.
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Look out for these symptoms:
You should speak with a doctor if you experience these symptoms but there is a home remedy that can prove to very soothing when you are suffering from bacterial vaginosis. The home remedy is coconut oil!
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Coconut oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Topical application of coconut oil can help manage vaginal infections. But, in spite of this, coconut oil isn’t recommended for treating bacterial vaginosis.
Coconut oil is a fatty oil and it is high in medium-chain fatty acids. This clearly means that it does not dissolve right away in your vagina. Thus, it cannot treat the infection. In fact, coconut oil is an emollient that locks in moisture and this can create a breeding ground for bacteria, including the bacteria responsible for BV.
So, ladies, try some home remedies to soothe bacterial vaginosis but do consult with a doctor for medical treatment.
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