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 that might be effective, but won'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 and they all have one thing 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.
In Asian 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. The treatment protocol involves two steps: 1) killing the bacteria, and 2) eliminating the excess mucus so that the bacteria can't grow back. Asian 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 but I am experienced in vaginal steam therapy. When I first started dealing with customers who had BV, it was clear that they were also 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. I figured it'd be a good idea to steam the mucus out of there so it couldn't house the bad bacteria. In collaboration with an Asian 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 until all the mucus is gone. I've worked with dozens of women who have implemented this protocol and 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 appears to be gone as well. It's just not there anymore. (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 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 has a Masters degree in International Development graduating cum laude. Garza has spent the past several years doing women's health research on vaginal steam therapy (or peristeam hydrotherapy as she terms it). Having recorded over seven hundred peristeam case studies, Garza holds the only known research database of its kind. Based on her research Garza is developing a standard set of vaginal steam therapy protocols for addressing various gynecological issues. Her approach is unique in that she tailors treatment based on different menstrual patterns and that she works with an herbal acupuncturist. Garza’s company Steamy Chick is the largest distributor of vaginal steam saunas and herbs in the United States. Garza has also developed an educational branch of her company called the Peristeam Hydrotherapy Institute which offers certification and training through online courses. For more info go to www.steamychick.com.