Blog: BV - Bacterial Vaginosis
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Cause for more study...

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Date:   4/27/2005 11:05:11 AM   ( 12 y ) ... viewed 4177 times

Here are some highlights from what Dr. Majeroni has to say about the subject...

Bacterial Vaginosis: An Update
BARBARA A. MAJERONI, M.D.,
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

The increased frequency of bacterial vaginosis in unmarried, low-income black women and in women with previous low-birth-weight infants may account for some of the racial gap in preterm births; however, bacterial vaginosis remains a risk factor for preterm low birth weight when variables are adjusted for race.15

[Why low income? why unmarried? why black women? - I don't think any of this has to do with money, living arrangements, or race - I feel this MUST be due to definciencies in diet.]
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Ok, doing a little research to see if there's anything new out there. Here's something I found but it doesn't list any ingredients or anything and is a little expensive but if it works... you know
http://www.enzara.com/index.htm
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Here's a link to another message board that has some 'home remedies' for BV
http://www.midwiferytoday.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2985
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Hydrogen Peroxide vs. Flagyl:
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Single hydrogen peroxide vaginal douching versus single-dose oral metronidazole for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis: a randomized controlled trial.
Chaithongwongwatthana S, Limpongsanurak S, Sitthi-Amorn C.
J Med Assoc Thai. 2003 Jun;86 Suppl 2:S379-84

"CONCLUSION: Single hydrogen peroxide vaginal douching was less effective than a single oral dose of metronidazole in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis."

This is a really odd study in that they don't seem to be trying to find the best treatment for BV in a holistic sense, i.e. what makes most sense and works best for most women. For example, it makes sense to me that you might need more treatments of a milder form of treatment, such as hydrogen peroxide. But it seems much better to have more treatments of something that has NO bad side effects than to have even one treatment of a pharmaceutical agent that carries risk . . . substantial risk for pregnant women!

Hydrogen peroxide even in a single dose is almost as effective as metronidazole; it's cheaper; it's easily available without a prescription and it's safe for women to self-diagnose and self-treat with hydrogen peroxide for this condition.

The only purpose of this study seems to be to increase business for the medical or pharmaceutical industries.

Link to study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abs...

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Here's something else of interest: Echinacea
Echinacea as a Vaginal Wash

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I would like to know if any of you have an effective natural treatment for vaginal GBS. I have had women use hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and garlic, and golden seal douches. None of these have gotten rid of or even reduced the colony count. My thinking is I would like to reduce or obliterate our risk if possible. Any suggestions??



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The reason that vaginal rx does not work is that the reservoir for GBS is the rectum. Since there is close proximity of the rectum and the vagina, it is impossible to get rid of vaginal GBS. In fact, the CDC protocols (regardless of which intrapartum arm one decides to follow) specifically state no treatment of GBS during pregnancy.....it's just a waste of time, alters the vaginal flora and ultimately does no good.



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I've used echinacea as a vaginal wash (versus douche) for bacterial vaginosis with good success and feel that it will be equally effective against b strep--some nice proper studies need to be done, somebody! This is safe for pregnancy.

I recommend 2 droppersful of echinacea tincture in 1 cup warm water. I suggest to my clients that they get in the (empty) tub, scooch down, open their labia with their fingers and pour the warm solution into their vagina. (or they can use a short plastic funnel to direct it) then I tell them to put their fingers in and swoosh it around for a while, trying to get it into crevasses and folds (gently of course). After a while (your tailbone won't like the tub too long) just sit up, let whatever wants to run out do so, get out, wipe off! It can be repeated bid for a couple of days as nec, but for bacterial vaginosis, once is often adequate. I haven't done culture studies--the combination of also-used-antibiotics-somewhere-along-the-line and comes-back-negative-even -without-treatment is too bothersome for my non-research oriented mind, and it was not a treatment chosen by very many of our clients.(Oh, well) Now I'm not working and don't have access to a population for study- so somebody go for it.

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PowerPoint Presentation by: Richard L. Sweet
http://www.baylorcme.org/vaginosis/presentations/sweet/presentation_text.html

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