Unpleasant vaginal odor is often caused by bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is not a true infection but an upset of the vaginal normal ecology. For example, if the water level of a river is running low, the number of fish would decrease and amphibians would thrive. This is called ecological shift. During BV, the good bacterium Lactobacillus decreases, but the unwanted bad bacteria increase. The cause for such an ecological shift is not clear, but risk factors include antibiotic use, douching, hormone reduction due to menopause or pregnancy, and change of sexual partner.
Vaginal odor is thought to be caused by the overgrowth of undesirable bacteria, and thus is often treated with antibiotics to kill these bacteria, but antibiotics do not always work. Continuous use can cause side effects, such as yeast infection. Let us use the river analogy again. Killing of the “amphibians” (bad bacteria) does not increase the number of fish (good bacteria) if the water level in the river is running low. Home remedies for vaginal odor include douches and Lactobacillus capsules. Research found that douche often causes BV because it disrupts vaginal ecology. Lactobacillus capsules deliver live friendly bacteria to the vagina. Theoretically it should work, but in reality it often does not. This is like putting more fish into a river in order to outnumber the “amphibians,” but if the water level in the river is running low, all added “fish” will soon die out. Overall, there are few truly effective products for vaginal odor.
A major reason for vaginal ecological imbalance is caused by the lack of available nutrients for the “good” bacteria. By supplementing the right combination of nutrients (prebiotics) for the “good” bacteria, the dominance of the “good” bacteria can be restored. This may result in the elimination of vaginal odor in some women. For example, to restore the previous, normal ecology of a dried river, in which fish diminishes and amphibians dominate, the best way is to increase its water level. This can result in more “fish” and less “amphibians” naturally. Killing “amphibians” (bad bacteria) or adding more “fish” (good bacteria) into the dried river may not fix the problem or may provide only temporary solution. On the other hand, customers reported that the effect of NeuEve is rapid. In less than 24 hours after using the first suppository, vaginal odor diminishes. The NeuEve special patented formulation allows extended and timed release for up to 7 days. This makes the formula more convenient to use due to its long-lasting effect. Continuously using the product will help keep good vaginal health.*
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a syndrome (a set of signs and symptoms) caused by the over growth of certain bacteria in the vagina. One of the most noticeable symptoms is unpleasant vaginal odor. Some textbooks say BV is an infection, but in reality, BV is not a true infection but an upset of the vaginal normal ecology. Ecology is the interaction between living organisms and their environment. To help you understand the vaginal ecology, let us look at the ecology of a river as an example. Under the normal condition when the river has sufficient water, there are many fish in it. If the water level of the river is running low, the number of fish would decrease and amphibians would thrive. This creates an ecological shift. During an episode of BV the good bacterium, Lactobacillus, decreases and the unwanted harmful bacteria increase. The cause for such an ecological shift is not clear. Suspected factors include antibiotic use, douching, hormone reduction due to menopause or pregnancy, and a change of sexual partner. BV is the most common vaginal discomfort in women of childbearing age.
Women with BV may have an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Some women report a strong fish-like odor, especially after sex. The discharge can be white (milky) or gray. It may also be foamy or watery. Other symptoms may include burning when urinating, itching around the outside of the vagina, and irritation. These symptoms may also be caused by another type of infection, so it is important to see a doctor. Some women with BV have no symptoms at all.
BV is often treated with antibiotics, but they do not always work. Continuous use can cause side effects, such as yeast infection.
Current treatment options for BV are antibiotics. They often do not clear the odor or the odor comes right back afterward. The reason is that the root cause of BV is not a true bacterial infection. Rather, it is an imbalance between “good” and “bad” bacteria. Let us use the river ecology again as an example. Killing the “amphibians” (bad bacteria) does not increase the number of fish (good bacteria) if the water level in the river is low. Therefore, any method that does not address the root cause, the ecological imbalance, is not effective for clearing BV.
The most common home remedy for BV is douching. Research found that douching often causes severe BV with more vaginal odor because it further disrupts vaginal ecology. This forces women to buy more douches and become trapped in a cycle of douching. Douching is the worst thing for managing vaginal odor. If you want to avoid BV never douche.
Another common home remedy for BV is oral or vaginal Lactobacillus capsules (probiotic formula) or yogurt that contains lactobacilli. Theoretically, adding more “good” bacteria into the vagina should help restore the balance between the “good” and “bad” bacteria. Unfortunately, in reality it often does not work. The right vaginal ecology cannot be restored without addressing the most important ecological factor ─ the environment. Let us use the river ecology example again. Putting more live fish (good bacteria) into a dried river to outnumber amphibians (bad bacteria) will result in more dead fish.
Other home remedies for BV include apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, boric acid, borax, garlic, folic acid, vitamin C pills, etc. All these products are fully or partially antiseptic. They may temporarily reduce the number of vaginal bacteria, but once the application stops, the “bad” bacteria grow right back.
Some home remedies occasionally show effects. This could be placebo effect because BV sometime recovers by itself. Overall, there are few effective home remedies that can truly clear vaginal odor without addressing its root cause.
A major reason for vaginal ecological imbalance is caused by the lack of available nutrients for the “good” bacteria. By supplementing the right combination of nutrients (prebiotics) for the “good” bacteria, the dominance of the “good” bacteria can be restored. This may result in the elimination of vaginal odor in some women.*
Each NeuEve BV Clear Starter Kit contains 3 suppositories. Use one in every 3 days. To avoid leakage after application, insert the suppository at the bedtime. After inserting the first suppository, odor clearance may be noticed within the first 24 hours. By using the two additional suppositories, the clearance of vaginal odor can be assured. If the odor persists after using the BV Clear Starter Kit, the Gold formula can be used. Once the odor is cleared, use one NeuEve suppository regularly after each menses may help maintain good vaginal health.
Tip: About 50% customers reported clearance of vaginal odor with the BV Clear Starter Kit. For those not cleared by the Starter Kit, the NeuEve Gold formula can be used. After the odor clears, applying the NeuEve Gold formula once a month helps maintain good vaginal health.
Note: If odor persists, things other than BV such as yeast, may be involved. Please visit a gynecologist to have a checkup.
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Last modified: July 19, 2017