What is BV?
Bacterial vaginosis(BV) is a disease of the vagina caused by bacteria. BV is caused by an imbalance of naturally occuring bacterial flora. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. In the United States, BV is common in pregnant women. However, it is often confused with yeast infection, or infection with Trichomonas vaginalis.
The most common symptom of BV is an abnormal homogeneous off-white vaginal discharge (especially after vaginal intercourse) with an unpleasant odor. This malodorous discharge coats the walls of the vagina, and is usually without irritation, pain or erythema. By contrast, the normal vaginal discharge will vary in consistency and amount throughout the menstrual cycle and is at its clearest about 2 weeks before the period starts.
How does bacterial vaginosis affect a pregnant woman and her baby?
Pregnant women with BV more often have babies who are born premature or with low birth weight (low birth weight is less than 5.5 pounds).
The bacteria that cause BV can sometimes infect the uterus (womb) and fallopian tubes (tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus). This type of infection is called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID
). PID can cause infertility or damage the fallopian tubes enough to increase the future risk of ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube which can rupture.
What is popular treatment for bacterial vaginosis?
Although BV will sometimes clear up without treatment, all women with symptoms of BV should be treated to avoid complications. Male partners generally do not need to be treated. However, BV may spread between female sex partners.
Treatment is especially important for pregnant women. All pregnant women who have ever had a premature delivery or low birth weight baby should be considered for a BV examination, regardless of symptoms, and should be treated if they have BV. All pregnant women who have symptoms of BV should be checked and treated.
Some physicians recommend that all women undergoing a hysterectomy or abortion be treated for BV prior to the procedure, regardless of symptoms, to reduce their risk of developing an infection.
BV is treatable with antibiotics prescribed by a health care provider. Two different antibiotics are recommended as treatment for BV: metronidazole or clindamycin. Either can be used with non-pregnant or pregnant women, but the recommended dosages differ. Women with BV who are HIV-positive should receive the same treatment as those who are HIV-negative.
BV can recur after treatment.
Herbal remedy for BV
What's the treatment that traditional Chinese medical science can provide? To start with, we have to know that bacterial vaginosis is divided into two types actually in a TCM way.
One is "damp and toxin type": This type of BV is usually caused by long-term accumulation of damp and toxic in the body. Its main manifestations are increasing leucorrhea with yellowish-white and fume; genital itching, swelling; frequent urine, urinary urgency, dysuria; sticky tongue coating; rolling pulse, etc.
The other is "liver-kidney Yin deficiency type": In traditional Chinese medical science, illness can cause injury of liver and kidney slowly. Usually, symptoms of this type of BV are light yellow leucorrhea; pruritus; thirsts; body fever, etc.
Considering all of these factors, Dr.Lee tried to develop a medicine which can solve both two types of BV, succeeded. She now has helped numerous BV patients recover. Traditional Chinese medicine Fuyan Pill
is really a solution of gynecological diseases. Why can Fuyan Pill work well in treating bacterial vaginosis? Prescriptions which can clear away heat and toxic materials can help patients to get rid of damp, toxic and bacteria. Besides, other ingredients in the pill are able to promote blood circulation. Symptoms such as pain, swelling can be relieved. In addition, Fuyan Pill can recuperate the vitality, which makes contribute to restore liver and kidney function.