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Alisa Vitti's Must-Have Natural Treatments for Bacterial Vaginosis + UTIs

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: you’ve got an entire, thriving ecosystem right between your legs. Amazing, right?! It’s true: your vagina is home to a plethora of microbes that must maintain a delicate balance in order to keep you healthy and happy. Your hormonal balance plays a critical role in how well your vaginal microbiome performs.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of things that can throw your vaginal microbiome into disarray. And if you think itching and burning will alert you to any problems in your lady parts, think again: about half of all women with bacterial vaginosis—a problem caused by an imbalance in lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide production—don’t experience any symptoms at all. And according to microbiologist Gregor Reid, you might be among the 30% of American women who currently have BV.


The Reason You Should Care About BV and Your Fertility ~

Even if you’re symptom-free, BV is a big deal and it can even affect your ability to get and stay pregnant. That’s because it causes low-level inflammation that’s been linked to the prevention of fertilization of the egg, spontaneous miscarriage, and a higher risk of preterm birth. As if that weren’t scary enough, BV can also make you more susceptible to acquiring and transmitting STDs and HIV.

How Your Gut Affects Your Vaginal Microbiome ~

Before you completely freak out, know that you can take action now to prevent any of these potential life-altering problems. But, the solution doesn’t start in your vagina at all—it starts in your gut!

Surprised? Bacteria and yeast simply can’t thrive in a healthy, alkaline internal ecosystem and with a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods. If you eat the right wholesome foods, you are also minding your gut microbiome, and by minding your gut microbiome, you are taking care of your vaginal ecosystem.

But a healthy diet is just part of it: have you ever taken antibiotics or antifungals to clear up BV or a UTI and had a recurrence or ended up with a yeast infection? It’s no coincidence: these conventional medicine based treatments actually make your situation much worse by destroying your gut flora balance and throwing off your body’s natural ability to keep bacteria and yeast balanced. You’re not meant to, nor can you ever, actually get rid of yeast or bacteria – after all, there are pounds of it living in you and on your skin! Instead, you need to feed the good bacteria so they keep the nasty ones in check.

If you have used a lot of antibiotics and creams in the past to try and get rid of these problems, it’s likely you have a vaginal microbiome imbalance and compromised gut microbiome as well! That’s why I want to share some of my natural remedy recommendations that will get rid of the pain, the itching, and are also vaginal microbiome-friendly:

Bacterial Vaginosis:

Yeast infections:


  • D-mannose
  • And again, Jarrow Femdophilous
  • I also love homeopathic remedies for urinary tract infections. Consult a homeopath for the right remedies.


Douching is Not the Answer!

Washing in the shower is important, but do not—I repeat do not—reach for the douche! Steer clear of wipes and V-soaps too—the fact that these products even exist is ridiculous. Your vagina is perfectly designed to clean itself! You don’t need them and they can actually be responsible for giving you any one of these three conditions!

Have an Organic Vagina!  

Switch your menstrual products from the conventional kind (laden with pesticides and bleach – not good for your vaginal microbiome) to 100% organic cotton products. Often that itching, inflammation, and irritation we think is a normal part of our period experience, is actually just down to the kinds of pads and tampons we’re using every month. Read more here on how conventional femcare products can be harming your health.


Your Chronic Hormonal Imbalances Can Impair your Immune Function ~

Too much or too little estrogen can result in greater predisposition for bacterial imbalance in the vagina.  Even very long heavy bleeding (from estrogen overload) can change vaginal pH in favor of yeast overgrowth. As part of your game plan to address your vaginal health, make sure to balance your hormone system overall.

Be sure to download the 4 Day Hormone Detox to get started recalibrating your delicate bacterial, vaginal, and hormonal balance!

And always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you!  You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!

*Image via Fulvio Bonavia's series 'Scent of a Flower' series

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