Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginal infections can be caused by many types of organisms and are often the most difficult to clear up.

Can It Be Transmitted Sexually?

Bacteria can be transmitted during vaginal intercourse if the partner has a urethral infection in their penis. Bacteria can be introduced into the vagina if the penis, sex toy or fingers going into the vagina were just in the anus.  Treatment of sexual partners is often necessary to avoid repeat infections.


Bacterial infections can be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria, which then travel from an infection in the urinary tract, where they usually live, into the vagina. Small amounts of bacteria, as with yeast, cause no problems.

If the bacteria multiply to enough numbers, it can cause:

  • Pain with intercourse
  • Itching
  • A runny foul-smelling discharge.

Home Remedies

There are good home remedies to clear up bacterial infections:

  • Douche with warm water with one tablespoon of vinegar and oil from one clove of garlic. Use one to two time s a day for 3-5 days.
  • Take large amounts of B vitamins including 100mg of B1, B2, and B6.
  • Betadine douching or using Betadine swabs inside the vaginal. Twice a day, 1-3 times per week.

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Maintaining Vaginal Health

Bacterial infections can appear when the body's resistance is lower for any reason. This is similar to having a flare up in the tonsils causing a throat infection from time to time.

Yeast and Bacteria are always present in the vagina. Bacteria and yeast live in unison in our bodies and check on each other's growth. Anything that causes an imbalance on the bacteria/yeast normal flora of the vagina can cause a yeast or bacterial infection.


Western Medicine

There are drugs which can clear up bacterial infections.

  • Most common of these is Flagyl. Its side effects include, nausea, vomiting, headaches.
  • Also medications prescribed may or may not help with the reoccurrence of Bacterial Vaginosis.