BV research

BV Research Section

BV research is ongoing, with some excellent researchers at the helm trying to solve bacterial vaginosis (BV). At My Vagina we specialise in effective, evidence-based non-antibiotic treatments for bacterial vaginosis and other hard-to-treat vaginal infections.

This section is an educational area with important BV research from some of the top minds in the world. Keep up-to-date with the latest in BV research, whether you are a practitioner or patient. This section is split up into topics, and not every study has been listed here. We update this section as required with interesting BV research pieces, so check back every now and again to see what’s new.

NOTE: We detail our effective, evidence-based, non-antibiotic treatments in Killing BV and Killing BV: Guide for men.

BV diagnostics basics

For the basics on BV diagnostics, we’ve made a list of some good go-to posts:

  • Thyme cream for BV In this study, thyme (Zataria multiflora) cream  proved less effective than standard antibiotic therapy for BV, but not by much.
  • Calendula cream for BV A week after treatment with either standard antibiotic treatment or a calendula (Calendula officinalis) cream, all groups were BV symptom free. The calendula group had more itching.
  • Tea tree and coconut vinegar for inhibiting biofilm growth and killing G. vaginalis Out of 38 biofilm-creating strains of G. vaginalis, 11 had their biofilms inhibited by the tea tree and coconut vinegar.
  • Boric acid and BV – does it work? A failure rate of 50 per cent was documented at 36 weeks follow-up after 600mg of vaginal boric acid for 21 days.
  • Vitamin C vaginally for abnormal vaginal microflora In about half the women, normal vaginal flora was returned, compared to 24 per cent in the control group. Better outcomes were observed in pregnant women. Not well tolerated by all women.
  • The impact of pH alone on BV biofilms pH affected the ability of G. vaginalis to form biofilms, and reduced bacterial counts three fold.
  • Coriander and thyme essential oils for vaginal infections in vitro Coriander essential oil can be used against E.coli, S. aureus and C. albicans vaginal infections as an alternative gynaecological treatment.
    • Does BV cause infertility in women? Women with tubal infertility, and anovulation, were independently three times more likely to have BV than other specific causes of infertility.
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