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Novel Way to Treat Resistant Vaginal Infections

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

bacterial vaginosis

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  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is believed to afflict up to a third of women of reproductive age
  • BV is caused by disruption or alteration of the natural vaginal microbiome
  • BV can predispose a woman to an increased risk of upper genital-tract infections, sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy complications
  • Research now suggests that vaginal microbiome transplantation (VMT) may help and even cure BV
  • Like fecal transplants, vaginal transplantation repopulates the microbiome with the bacteria it is lacking
  • Vaginal microbiome transplants support Lactobacillus, a bacterium which creates a healthier, acidic environment

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common and undertreated condition. A disruption of the natural vaginal microbiome, BV is believed to afflict up to a third of women of reproductive age. Though often not serious unto itself, BV can predispose a woman to an increased risk of upper genital-tract infections, greater susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy complications. It is often characterized by a malodorous discharge.

BV is usually treated with antibiotics but, as I have often pointed out in my newsletters, sometimes antibiotics can do more harm than good. In the case of BV, the harmful bacteria usually return after a round of antibiotics and, worse, the antibiotics invite other bacteria to overgrow.


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