The main cause of bacterial vaginitis is an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria and the Gardnerella organism. Generally in a vagina there are more Lactobacillus bacteria than bad bacteria like Gardnerella Vaginalis and Mobiluncus. When the number of bad bacteria increases in vagina, they upset the balance and this imbalance causes bacterial vaginitis.
Repeated sexual intercourses in a short duration which leads to a rise in the vaginal pH and results in growth of bacteria and infection like symptoms.
Moisture (for long period of time) in the vaginal area caused by restrictive and nonabsorbent synthetic clothing – use of chemicals that may cause irritation.
Use of antibiotics that disrupt the balance of the bacterial environment in the vagina.
There could be changes in the odor and colour of the vaginal discharge.
Itching or irritation in vagina.
Pain while urinating.
Light bleeding from vagina.
Fishy odor and grayish white discharge from vagina: especially after sexual intercourse.
Eat or apply plain yogurt directly to the vagina. Alternatively, a tampon soaked in yogurt can be inserted.
Garlic has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Garlic can be taken internally or can be applied directly on the vagina.
Use calendula herb to reduce the inflammation.
Herbs like tea tree oil, black walnut, Echinacea and goldenseal are effective in treating bacterial vaginitis.
Use boric acid douche to acidify vaginal pH.
Douche to reduce inflammation. Add 12 tsp of calendula to boiling water, steep the mixture and cool it before use.
Soak a tea bag in water and cool it in refrigerator and then apply it to the vagina.