I know that most of us never heard about Bacterial Vaginosis before, but it is by far the most common genital infection! What do I mean? This condition has been known as a “silent” infection because majority of the women who have it, don’t even know they have it! So what is it about? Hmmm. Before we begin, I want you to keep in mind that we have to say the word “vagina” without hesitation, without discomfort, or embarrassment because in reality, the reason why we are not aware of our vagina’s needs is because we do not want to talk about it.
So again, what is bacterial vaginosis? Bacterial Vaginosis occurs when lactobacilli (these are microorganisms that inhibit the growth of bad bacteria in our vagina) is replaced by a proliferation of harmful bacteria. So where do we get it? The answer is not limited to douching or having more than one sex partner, it can also be due to smoking, use of intrauterine device or recent antibiotic use. By the way, BV is not a sexually transmitted disease but it can be exacerbated by sex. And although it is not dangerous, this condition makes us more susceptible to HIV and uterine infection, and its symptoms are pretty disturbing..
WHAT COULD BE THE SYMPTOMS?
1. ABNORMAL WHITE OR GRAY VAGINAL DISCHARGE
Having a fluid discharge actually helps clean our vaginas. So we don’t have to worry about this normal excretion unless it is other than the thin clear or milky-white fluid that of course, odorless. The “abnormal” vaginal discharge that we are talking about has a thicker consistency and unpleasant odor. The appearance could be white or gray, sometimes it can also be yellow or green. It really varies from person to person. But what’s for sure, it has a foul fishy odor.
2. HAVING A FOUL FISHY ODOR
It is pretty normal to have a slightly acidic scent because of the presence of lactic acid in the vagina, so we have nothing to be embarrassed about. However, if there is an overgrowth of unwanted bacteria, our vaginas tend to produce a more intense foul odor, which is an indication of bacterial vaginosis.
3. VAGINAL ITCHING
Always remember that our vaginas shouldn’t feel itchy at all. So if it is itching, there is a higher chance that you have bacterial vaginosis. But don’t forget to always go to your doctor to have it checked, since itching can be a symptom to other vaginal problems.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO TREAT OUR BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS?
Just like the skin, our vagina needs to have a balanced pH in order to function well. Let’s state some fact, the normal vaginal pH is actually between 3.8 to 4.5, meaning it is in the acidic range. Why do we have to keep it this way? The acidic environment is actually like a protective barrier of our vaginas against infection and irritation, because unwanted bacteria proliferates in a more basic environment. So let’s take the opportunity to reduce the chance of these bacteria to develop and grow. And not to mention, they are responsible for the abnormal discharge, odor, itching and other vaginal discomforts. I will highly recommend that you use a certified organic feminine care products to help you solve the problem.
Cleanse with BALANCE Moisturizing Wash
Balance™ Moisturizing Personal Wash is a 100% vegan, petroleum-free, & paraben-free gentle feminine wash that help cleanse, refresh, moisturize and deodorize the vagina. This product contains no artificial fragrances and it matches optimal vaginal pH levels.
REBALANCE Moisturizing & Cleansing Wipes
Rebalance™ Organic Feminine Wipes, on the other hand, are individually wrapped, pH-balanced wipes that will keep your vagina clean and it also eliminates odor. They’re great for travelling, after working out, or even just for everyday on-the-go cleansing. This product is also formulated the same way as the normal vaginal conditions to support your natural healthy vaginal environment.
Be confident about your vaginal health! Try using a certified organic products to take care of your needs. Check out LineaOrganica’s Good Clean Love, which is a line that will help you get rid of your bacterial vaginosis.