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Vaginosis – Distinguishing between BV, LV and CV

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Vaginosis – Distinguishing between BV, LV and CV

As if our vaginas were not already complicated enough, an imbalance of bacteria can turn them into a faucet for abnormal discharge. Common accompanying symptoms can include burning, itching, fishy odor, and painful sex. Untreated vaginosis can make you miserable during the day and keep you awake at night, not to mention ruin your sex life.

There are three sub-types of vaginosis: Bacterial, Lactobacillosis and Cytolytic. All result from an imbalance of healthy vaginal flora.  All have symptoms that overlap with one another, as well as share symptoms with a candidiasis infection. 

Depending on the type of vaginosis, signs, symptoms, and treatment options will vary. Knowing which type of vaginosis you have is crucial to proper treatment and should be diagnosed by a physician.


Oregano is a well-studied natural antimicrobial that can be utilized to rid the body of excess bacterial and fungal overgrowth. Whether you choose to try natural methods or traditional prescription therapy, proper genital hygiene should be practiced.


PROPER GENITAL HYGIENE
1. Wiping from front to back.
2. Washing with warm water only.
3. Avoiding scented soaps and feminine hygiene products.
4. Avoiding douching, tampons, steroid creams (unless prescribed).
5. Wearing cotton underwear.
6. Avoiding constricting, tight fitting clothing.
7. Performing monthly vulvar self-examinations (WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT!).
8. Sleeping without underwear.

Those who are self-treating with natural antimicrobials (antibiotic, antibacterial and antifungals) should monitor symptoms closely during treatment and contact a medical professional if warranted.

COMPARISON CHART - CANDIDIASIS, BV, LV and CV

ReThinkOil Vaginosis Diagnostic Criteria Chart- Candidiasis Infection, Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginal lactobacillosis, Cytolic Vaginosis

ReThinkOil Vaginosis Diagnostic Criteria Chart- Candidiasis Infection, Bacterial Vaginosis, Vaginal lactobacillosis, Cytolic Vaginosis

References: 1,2,3,4,5,6
1) http://ispub.com/IJANP/6/1/12743#
2) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S000293781290736X
3) https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.htm
4) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bacterial-vaginosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352279
5) https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/bacterial-vaginosis
6) https://www.jcgo.org/index.php/jcgo/article/view/294/121

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