One of the most common sexual health concerns women have is bacterial vaginosis (BV). While BV is a very treatable condition, it can become chronic if left untreated.
How can I get rid of a bacterial infection without antibiotics?
Symptoms of BV include itching, burning and a fishy odor from the vaginal area. It may also include small fluid-filled blisters on the genitals, mouth or anus. These blisters can get smaller or bigger over time and heal within a couple of weeks.
The first line of treatment for home remedies for bacterial vaginosis is an antibiotic. These drugs can be prescribed as a tablet you take or a suppository you put into your vagina.
Some research suggests that taking probiotics regularly can help prevent or reduce the severity of BV. These probiotics contain bacteria that are naturally present in the vagina.
Studies have shown that using a hydrogen peroxide solution as a vaginal wash can improve vaginal discharge, odor and pH in people with BV.
Garlic is another natural treatment that can help control the infection and symptoms of BV. A 2014 study found that garlic supplement tablets are as effective as metronidazole, a commonly prescribed antibiotic for BV.
Tea tree oil
Another natural remedy is using tea tree oil diluted with a neutral carrier oil, such as avocado, olive or coconut oil, on the vaginal area. This can help relieve stinging and itching, but experts recommend testing a small amount before use to avoid sensitivity or allergic reactions.