I get a little happy when I hear someone has Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). Sounds kinda twisted, right? I know. Bacterial Vaginosis sucks. It's an overgrowth of bacteria in the reproductive tract that results in smelling much-less-than-fresh and feeling itchy in the nether land.
The common treatments for BV are 100% lame. You've got antibiotics, which can be effective, but don't stop it from re-occurring. Which it often does -- over and over again. Alternatively, your doctor can prescribe you this really sexy suppository. You have to insert it and then it oozes out all day long. There are some other equally poor options as well. What all the options have in common--they're totally failing women. They get the BV symptoms to go away. And then it comes right back. Flunk.
Needless to say, women dealing with BV always seem to be extremely frustrated. And this leads to why I get happy to come across one of them. I've developed a unique method to treat BV that has a really high rate of success.
In Oriental Medicine (of which I'm a big fan), bacterial vaginosis is understood as a condition that occurs when there is an overly damp environment resulting in excess mucus. So the treatment protocol involves two steps: 1) killing the bacteria, and 2) eliminating the excess mucus so that the bacteria can't grow back -- (note: this is in italics because it's the important part that western BV treatments are missing). Oriental Medicine Doctors will often prescribe oral herbs to treat the problem. And they have a good rate of success.
Now, I'm not a doctor of any sorts. I'm a stay-at-home mom who sells vaginal steam saunas. When I first started dealing with customers who had BV, it was clear that they were dealing with excess cervical mucus. My customer surveys showed that they all reported having an abundance of thick, white, yellow or green vaginal discharge with an unpleasant smell. So I figured, let's steam the stuff right out of there. In collaboration with an Oriental Medicine Doctor, I developed a special vaginal steam herbal blend and I recommended my clients do short 10 minute vaginal steam sessions for 10 days straight. By now, I've worked with, at least, 50 women who have implemented this protocol. Here's what happens.
At first, the vaginal discharge increases. It may get thicker and flow out more frequently and it still doesn't smell very good. (One woman reported that a "green glob monster" came out of her--until that time she had only seen white mucus and it was never sticky.) That's all a good sign. Getting that stuff out is key. After several days, the cervical mucus will start to lighten up and go away entirely. At the conclusion of the 10 days, the only thing left is clear nectar. You know the kind--the good stuff that smells like youth and fertility. By that time, the BV is gone. It's just not there anymore. And, this is the incredible part, I haven't heard of it coming back even once. (Hahaha! Stupid BV....can't survive a little herbal steam.)
Now, if you want to go and google "vaginal steaming" I'm warning you, there are a lot of naysayers out there. And, specifically, they like to say that vaginal steaming should be avoided because it might upset the natural pH balance of the vagina. According to these opponents, the vagina cleans itself and doesn't need any help. And they're completely right. A healthy vagina with healthy vaginal flora does its job perfectly and doesn't need any extra assistance. But what these commentators fail to take into consideration, is that, when a woman has bacterial vaginosis--an excess of bacterial overgrowth--her pH is already out of balance. That's the nature of the diagnosis. And because of this overgrowth, the good bacteria is overwhelmed and can't do its job.
So, yes, I'm happy when I come across a woman with BV--because, in my experience--she's only 10 days away from freedom.
About the Author:
Keli Garza is a vaginal steam practitioner and the owner of Steamy Chick -- the largest U.S. manufacturer of vaginal steam supplies. Keli lives in San Pedro, California with her husband and two daughters.
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