Bacterial vaginosis, otherwise known as gardnerella vaginalis is a bacterial imbalance in the vaginal canal. Symptoms are usually large amounts of white to clear discharge with a foul fishy odor. The test can be confirmed on a PAP test or with a vaginal culture.
When a sample of vaginal fluid with bacterial vaginosis is examined under the microscope, there is the presence of clue cells and a complete lack of acidolphilus bacteria.
The treatment is either metronidazole, an antibiotic, taken by mouth or in gel form inserted into the vagina once daily.
Often times, after treatment with metronidazole, the infection returns because the problem is really due to a lack of acidophilus in the vagina.
So the best treatment is to use the metronidazole gel to clear up the bad bacteria and then immediately afterwards, insert acidophilus directly into the vaginal canal. The reason it needs to be put directly into the vaginal canal rather than just taking an acidophilus pill by mouth is that acidophilus taken by mouth only affects the intestines. It is a bacteria so if it gets absorbed into the bloodstream, your body immediately protects itself by destroying the bacteria. So acidophilus taken by mouth cannot get to the vaginal canal by way of the blood stream or any other way.The only way to get acidophilus into the vaginal canal is by way of insertion into the vaginal canal.
The only product I know of that is acidophilus designed particularly to be inserted into the vaginal canal is:
This supplement, contains probiotics to take by mouth in one bottle and the other bottle contains probiotics to insert into the vagina. It helps keep the bacterial balance in the vagina normal so that you are much less likely to get a reoccurance of bacterial vaginosis.