What is bacterial vaginosis (bv)?

When the delicate balance of good and bacterial is upset, a bacterial infection called BV or bacterial vaginosis occurs.

The primary cause of bacterial vaginosis is imbalance between the "good" bacteria in the vagina that are helpful and the "bad" bacteria that can cause problems. Bacterial vaginosis may cause pain, itching, and a bad-smelling discharge. Some women with BV don't notice any symptoms, which is not a good thing.

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How do I know if I have BV?

Because of the proximity of the vaginal opening to the urethra, Symptoms of UTIs versus vaginal infections can get intertwined. Accurate diagnosis and differentiation of the 2 infection types is important because treatment is different. To make matters more confusing, both yeast infections and BV share symptoms so it is imperative to seek the advice of a health care provider to differentiate between the two. The telltale odor of BV is often what helps women and health care providers distinguish yeast from BV.

  • Unusual vaginal discharge. The discharge can be white (milky), green or gray. It may also be foamy or watery. Some women report a strong fish-like odor, especially after sex.
  • Burning when urinating & painful intercourse
  • Itching, irritation, burning or swelling around the outside of the vagina.

As much as we would like to think that our feminine parts are a clean part of our body, both good and bad bacteria inhabit the area in a delicate balance. FloraPro & BoriCap can help restore the balance of good bacteria.

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How did I get BV and can I prevent another infection from starting?

So what causes this imbalance? Bacterial Vaginosis is not considered to be a sexually transmitted disease. STD infections occur when a foreign pathogen like HIV, gonorrhea or chlamydia invade the body. The bacteria that causes BV is already present in your body but normally is unable to take hold and thrive. This is because of a good vaginal bacteria called lactobacillus. Lactobacillus keeps the vagina slightly acidic in pH so that the bad bacteria cannot grow and thrive there. If the lactobacillus level drops, the bad bacteria overtake the vagina and a bacterial vaginosis infection develops.

  • No douching. Your vagina is able to clean and regulate itself through the normal biological fluids that it creates and expels.
  • Practice good hygiene by always wiping front to back.

  • Feminine deodorant sprays, scented pads or tampons, colored or perfumed toilet paper, bubble bath, or scented body wash all contain dyes and perfumes which disrupt your vaginal pH. These should be avoided.

  • Your vagina is a dark and moist place which needs air circulation to regulate itself. Underwear that are tight fitting and non cotton disrupt this process. Consider going commando at night. Avoid wearing tight fitting clothing for prolonged periods of time.

  • Researchers believe that your risk of getting BV goes up with the number of partners you have. Having sex with multiple partners may increase your risk for BV.

  • Consult your physician if symptoms do not subside with 2 weeks of BoriCap use. Always remember to have BoriCap on hand, especially on vacation!

WHY ME!?

Any woman can develop BV but there are some things that may make you more likely to develop an infection. In addition, there is a genetic component to developing BV infections. It is thought that the genetic link either predisposes you to inflammatory problems or the low levels of native lactobacilli allow the infection to occur in this group. You may increase your BV risk through:

Do no dousch, which washes away the good bacteria

Quit Smoking

Limit sexual partners, and use protection.

How is BV diagnosed? Do I have to go to the Doctor?

There is no one test to identify BV. Your physician will take a thorough history, perform a pelvic exam and possibly test the pH of your vaginal secretions. A swab may be taken of the vaginal fluids so that the bacteria can be looked at microscopically. If the bad bacteria outweigh the good, the diagnosis is made.

What if I don’t do anything? Can BV be harmful?

BV can lead to urination difficulties, painful intercourse and the development of pelvic inflammatory disease if left untreated. Because BV may cause irritation and openings in the delicate vaginal tissue, it may also increase your susceptibility to an STD. BV in pregnancy can result in low birth weight infants and preterm labor.

How often do I use BoriCap?

To restore pH and normal vaginal bacteria, insert 1 capsule into the vagina twice daily for 2 weeks. To maintain pH and normal bacteria, insert 1 capsule into the vagina daily for 2 weeks every month prior to menses or as needed or directed by your physician. To read more about how BoriCap supports vaginal health, click here. Our treatment recommendations should not replace the advice of your health care provider and their management should always take precedence over our recommendations.

 
 

My bacterial vaginosis was gone and now it’s back! What gives?

We would love to tell you that using a one time therapy of BoriCap will forever eliminate any yeast, BV or pH issues but it's not likely. Simply put, your body is going to do what your body wants to do. Much like a diabetic or someone who suffers from high blood pressure, the tendency will always be there. That being said, for some women, managing symptoms is sometimes a lifelong course. Once you get an infection controlled, maintenance may only involve using BoriCap and/or FloraPro during trigger times like menses or after intercourse. This avoids the need for a full course of 2 week treatment. Over time, most women report finding a course of maintenance therapy that works for them based upon the symptoms that they are experiencing and the past treatment courses that have worked for them. The silver lining is that using BoriCap to manage your BV eliminates the need for constant antibiotic usage. Constantly using antibiotics, while the traditional management of BV, can lead to the vicious cycle of yeast infections, and possibly even bacteria resistance.

I only used a few suppositories but I am having a problem...

Should you experience any pain or unusual bleeding during use, you should stop using BoriCap suppositories as it may be a sign of a more serious condition. Consult your physician for further diagnosis and treatment.

I finished treatment but I’m still having symptoms... what now?

If you are still experiencing symptoms after a course of 2 weeks of treatment, it is time to visit your health care provider to ensure that you have been properly diagnosed or do not have a more serious condition.

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As a chronic BV sufferer, I tried everything under the sun moon and stars! By chronic, I mean like every single month. Every single episode of intercourse with my husband. Do you know what it feels like to want sex and be afraid? Then I found BoriCap. Completely helped with the frustration and feels like a cure! No side effects for me, just relief. Thank you BoriCap, you gave me back my sanity!


by Karen M.

Products

BoriCap 600mg

Contains only pharmaceutical grade boric acid powder, produced in an FDA & GMP certified facility in the USA. Supports to normalize & maintain vaginal pH. Contains no preservatives, fillers, or colors.

FloraPro Probiotic

Custom formulated to support vaginal health including vaginal pH. Contains a high-potency 42 Billion CFUs, 9 live strains specifically selected to promote vaginal flora and yeast balance.

Suppository Applicator

Assists in the correct and hygienic placement of our vaginal boric acid suppository. Fits all size 00 capsules. A value pack of seven applicators can be thrown away or washed and reused.