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How to Get Rid of Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy?

By Lizzie De La Cruz

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection in the US. The infection is caused by an imbalance of the vaginal pH levels, leading to an overgrowth of bacteria. If you have a vagina, you likely know how easy it is to throw off your pH. If this is your first time dealing with these symptoms, or any type of vaginal infection, don’t worry! Treating bacterial vaginosis is simple, and symptoms will start to clear up within a few days. 

Bacterial vaginosis is nothing to be ashamed of. It doesn’t mean you are dirty, and you certainly aren’t alone in your experience. Throwing off your pH levels can be as easy as switching laundry detergents, dealing with stress, or sitting in that wet bathing suit just a little too long. Pregnancy can also be a trigger for BV — and it’s no surprise with all the big changes your body is going through!

Symptoms 

Bacterial vaginosis can be tricky to diagnose. Symptoms include greyish-white discharge, unusual vaginal odor, a burning sensation, and possibly burning while peeing. Many of these symptoms are common to other types of infections, so it can be hard to know which one you might have.  The one other symptom that makes it stand out from other possible vaginal infections is the fishy smell that it causes. It’s important to obtain a proper diagnosis before treating bacterial vaginosis, especially if you’re pregnant. 

Treatment 

Bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy has been linked to possible early miscarriages, and it could affect your baby. If you suspect you have BV, it’s important you talk to a doctor and get it treated as soon as possible. If you have BV, the best way of treating bacterial vaginosis while pregnant is with antibiotics. Antibiotics are safe and effective in clearing up the infection. You’ll get relief from the uncomfortable symptoms within just a couple of days. 

Prevention

Unfortunately, BV can be persistent. Some people are more prone to it than others. It’s also more common in people who are immunocompromised. A great way of preventing bacterial vaginosis is by treating bacterial vaginosis before it happens. You can take preventative action and help keep BV at bay. Probiotics are a healthy and safe way of preventing BV while pregnant. They are also helpful if you are taking antibiotics. Antibiotics help kill the bad bacteria, but they may also kill good bacteria. Probiotics also help promote the healthy bacteria in your system, which help you maintain healthy pH levels. Probiotics also help prevent other types of vaginal infections, such as UTIs and yeast infections. Even if you are not currently dealing with an infection, it’s a great time to consider taking probiotics to prevent them in the future. 

Make Treating Bacterial Vaginosis Easier

Bacterial vaginosis can be a pain—literally. The last thing you want to do while pregnant is schedule another doctor’s appointment to get a prescription for antibiotics. We have good news — we’ve made treating bacterial vaginosis easy for you! You no longer have to see a doctor to get a prescription. You can order your antibiotics and probiotics through wisp and have them delivered directly to your door. Don't worry about your neighbors: your medication will be shipped for free in discreet packaging. You can also have them delivered to your local pharmacy so that you can pick them up the same day.

If you’re tired of being uncomfortable and are ready to take the first step towards relief, check out our Shop for fast bacterial vaginosis treatment!

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