Q: My doctor has told me I have an overgrowth of bacteria (he said vaginosis – I think) not an infection, he said it was very common and just a nuisance rather than an infection, so I was quite surprised they prescribed antibiotics anyway, he also said there was a high chance of it returning after taking antibiotics and I would probably have to have them again in the future!! So I thought what’s the point of stuffing up your body with them in the first place!! Please can you help?!
A: Bacterial Vaginosis is very common and occurs when the delicate balance of good and bad bacteria in the vagina has become disrupted. An overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria then causes an unpleasant fish-smelling discharge, which can be white or grey, or thin and watery. Causes of this condition include sexual intercourse, scented/chemical soaps and body washes, using scented vaginal products, having a uterine coil.
The conventional approach is to prescribe antibiotics, however although these will kill off the overgrowth of bad bacteria, they will also kill off some of the important good bacteria also and so the problem is extremely likely to reoccur.
What I always recommend instead is Renew Life’s Ultimate Flora Women – a high potency, multi-strain probiotic supplement specifically for women, for bacterial or fungal problems in the vaginal or urinary area – we have had excellent success rates with this. Crucially what it does is re-address the balance of bacteria to make sure the good and bad bacteria are in a good and healthy balance, just as they should be. This probiotic can be used for thrush, vaginosis, cystitis and all other urinary tract infections.
Other supplements that are helpful are:
Garlic supplements – garlic has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties
Vitamin C 1000mg take three times daily – needed for proper immune function
Sugar feeds bacterial overgrowth and infections so avoid all sugar, fruit juice, fruit, alcohol etc until the problem has completely cleared. Make sure also that you drink plenty of water and herbal teas, eat a very healthy diet with as many alkaline foods as possible.
Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight fitting clothes.
Choose natural fragrance-free soaps and body washes – our silver-MSM based range of products is ideal. Either wash with Argentum Plus Silver-MSM Soap or if you prefer a bath then Silver-MSM Milky Foambath. These are completely natural chemical-free, fragrance free and will not worsen the condition.
Please do contact us if you have any further queries.