How Common Is Bacterial Vaginosis?

One of the most common questions that women will ask in relation to bacterial vaginosis is, just how common is it? Actually, it is more common than you would believe. Although it is not fully understood by medical science, there are some common factors that are known to either exacerbate the situation and/or could actually be the ultimate cause of it.

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is most prevalent in women of child bearing years and it is known that it is more common in women who have a new sex partner or multiple sex partners. Also, douching can remove too many friendly bacteria which will then allow the colonies of harmful bacteria to grow. According to the Centers for Disease Control the only two ways to prevent this common malady is abstinence and refrain from douching.

Because it is so common, and because it isn’t fully understood, there is some controversy over the treatment and/or prevention of BV. Naturopaths find that supplementing with probiotics will replenish the good bacteria thereby giving the body what it needs to correct the situation on its own. They also recommend eating yogurt which is packed full of live cultures that kill bad bacteria.

BV, although quite common, can lead to an increased risk of other sexually transmitted diseases which is why it should be treated immediately. Although it is not the root cause of diseases like HIV, Herpes, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, it can expose a woman to increased risk of contracting those diseases which are much more harmful than BV. It is common, but there are natural treatments available to both prevent the onset and treat it naturally once it occurs.