I’m pregnant – can I use the Killing BV treatment?

I wondered if you can tell me if the suggested Killing BV treatment plan is safe during pregnancy. I am currently pregnant, but have been struggling with BV before getting pregnant. 

There is a pregnancy and breast-feeding safe section in the support section for women struggling with BV during pregnancy or nursing. There are definitely some safe options, but not all our treatments are safe here, so please speak to your doctor before starting any treatments.

There is this big thing with pregnancy and health professionals whereby if we (as practitioners) offer unproven remedies to a pregnant woman and she loses the baby, she can blame the treatment for the loss. It may be true, but it can be impossible to prove one way or the other. Everyone is a bit paranoid about this, and with good reason – first there is the lost baby, then unpleasant legal ramifications that as professionals, we can’t really afford.

This means that you as the pregnant woman need really good advice, and that comes from your OB-GYN, a pregnancy-experienced naturopath or another specialist that you trust who can explain the risks – if any – to you.

Therefore, we cannot say whether the treatment is safe for you in particular or not, and you need to seek out your own independent advice.

The treatment is actually only a small part of the book, and it’s a useful part that you can tweak as you wish, but the book actually explains BV to you in a way that means you can make more informed and dare I say creative decisions on how to go about solving the problem.

I would definitely recommend the book regardless. It is a great book, and you will not regret knowing more about your condition than you ever did before. Plus, the exclusive support section is full of questions and tips, and we offer you email support anytime, pregnant or not.

My advice is thus: read the book, check out everything in the support section and the BV section of the site, and then go to your baby-related health professional armed with this information and see what they think for your specific situation.

Often with this sort of stuff, if they can’t see a good reason not to, they’ll say, give it a try, but this is a conversation you need  to have with your doctor (or decide for yourself that you think it’s fine – you get to do that too). The information you get from the book and the site will prepare you to have a proper conversation about your BV and treatments instead of being at the whim of a doctor who may not be that well-versed on treating BV in unconventional ways.

The core treatment doesn’t involve any suspect ingredients, there is always your individual circumstances to consider. There are some optional ingredients that may be advisable not to add, and you should know the impacts of these – they might be completely ok or you could find a substitute. Someone experienced with pregnant women would have a much better idea of the things a vagina and cervix and uterus can cope with!

It is known that BV is harmful to your pregnancy, so you just have to weigh up the benefits and pitfalls of any treatments you decide to go with – I’m sure you are aware of the dangers of preterm birth and so on with BV. It doesn’t pose an immediate threat to your baby, but you don’t want the baby coming out before it’s ready because of a placental/embryonic sack infection.

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
Read more about Jessica and My Vagina's origin story.