Questioning the Medical Literature
My opinion vs. medical opinion (It's just my opinion, mind you, I'm no doctor)
Date: 4/15/2005 1:34:56 PM ( 13 y ) ... viewed 2370 times
In my first post I cited medical literature's popular opinion on the subject. I want to directly address some of the subjects stated in that literature.
1. BV is more common in sexually active women.
- Maybe, but how often do young girls see a gynocologist? Usually it's sexua| activity that precipitates a visit to the doctor for some birth control and following that, regular checkups and visits occur. I don't think any kind of real studies have been done on this.
- A second thought is that hormones could play a large part in BV, in the fluctuation of bacteria and flora of the vagina and that young girls don't often have that type of hormonal activity.
2. "harmful" bacteria cause BV, increase in "harmful" bacteria.
- These are statements made in the literature, often followed by "we don't know why this happens". The "harmful" bacteria is naturally present... the increase is caused by, or directly linked to, the decrease in "helpful" bacteria. The "harmful" bacteria do not cause the condition known as BV - the DECREASE in the Lactobacillus allow it.
- The statement should more accurately read: "The condition of BV comes about due to a decrease in the Lactobacillus present in the vagina, due to unknown factors (or could be related to antibiotic use, environmental factors, diet, douching). sexua| activity should plainly and simply be left out of this equation. If it isn't spread through sexua| intercourse then it isn't caused or worsened or anything else by having sexua| intercourse. Sex is natural, normal and healthy - Antibiotics and birth control pills aren't.
3. Having BV puts you at risk for HIV & STD infection.
- You don't HAVE BV, you have an imbalance. It's so disgusting to me that 16% of all women of child bearing age have this problem, through no fault of their own, and quite possible by fault of their physician's ignorance instead, and it's made to sound like some sort of nasty infection! The stigma placed on things like this is not fair. I have been treated like some sort of dirty disgusting vagrant because of this problem BY MY OWN DOCTORS and it's not my fault. It isn't because I didn't take care of myself or because I slept around... it's because I listened to the medical establishment instead of listening to my body.
- Yes, you are more at risk for other infections - if exposed to them - when you have this imbalance because it is the Lactobacillus that fights off these other infections and if that is depleted then your ability to fight off vaginal infections of other kinds is also depleted.
4. BV will sometimes clear up without treatment.
- I contend this is absolutely correct. In fact I think it is a natural state and doesn't require treatment - ESPECIALLY NOT ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT!
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