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Probiotics May Help Cure Vaginosis

By August 19, 2009

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A new research review reveals that using probiotics in combination with antibiotic therapy may be the key to treating bacterial vaginosis (a common condition marked by an imbalance between beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria in the vagina).

For the review, scientists sized up 24 studies involving a total of 4,422 women. While the antibiotics clindamycin and metronidazole both cured bacterial vaginosis within two to three weeks in more than 90 percent of cases, there was a high rate of relapse associated with antibiotic use. What's more, metronidazole produced side effects such as nausea and a metallic taste in the mouth. However, taking supplements of the probiotic lactobacillus alongside metronidazole appeared to increase the treatment's effectiveness.

Beneficial bacteria that are naturally present in the vagina and digestive tract, probiotics may help suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria (as well as improve immune function). In previous research, taking probiotic supplements has been shown to help decrease the side effects associated with use of antibiotics.

August 20, 2009 at 10:44 am
(1) Anna M says:

I’m definitely going to look up this review, great info! As a woman who has dealt with BV in the past, I researched it and from what I understand, antibiotics eradicate most of the bacteria in the body…including the beneficial bacteria. The beneficial bacteria can be replenished with probiotics (I like the supplement Flora Source a lot), but if your beneficial bacteria levels are low there is nothing to compete with the harmful bacteria that cause BV. Without any competition for space or resources, the harmful bacteria can multiply like crazy again and your stuck with a relapse. My simple fix is a probiotic supplement during and after antibiotic treatment for at lease three months.
- Anna M

August 25, 2010 at 8:18 am
(2) stacey says:

I will ask my doctor about this as well. I’ve had recurring BV and I”m not sure why. Even my boyfriend has been treated and I manage to get repeated infections. Antibiotics help for a while but taking antibiotics can sometimes become ineffective.

August 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(3) Dawn Chaney says:

that was helpful, thanks. myself I just found this site on bacterial vaginosis which
seems to be interesting too.

October 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm
(4) Ann C. says:

What I have learned is that BV is caused by a bacterial imbalance in the vagina, and to simplify things, is an acidity issue. What did my great integrative doctor give me? In addition to using METROGEL, I am supplementing this antibiotic with taking a complete probiotic powder, high potency, with 100+ Billion CFS’s/Acid Stable Technology daily for one month. I take 640 mg in powder form and mix it with yogurt or another food. Also, I am using Lactobacillus acidophilus vaginal suppositories nightly for 7 days after finishing the METROGEL. And, best of all, my integrative doc has suggested using a 35% FOOD grade hydrogen peroxide douche (NOT 3%) diluted with 1 oz. 35% food grade peroxide to 15 oz. of filtered water for a weekly douche to stop re-occurances. The peroxide plays a prominent role in protecting vaginal lining cells from infection. You can purchase 35% FOOD grade hydrogen peroxide on AMAZON, DO NOT confuse it with the typical 3% pharmacy grade. Also, be careful using it, it is quite strong and you must follow the instructions as stated – it can burn your fingers if you are not careful. Fear not! It works!

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