"The problem with antibiotics is that bacteria eventually outsmart them!"
Anyone who’s had BV (bacterial vaginosis) knows how inconvenient and embarrassing it can be. Up until recently, you had no choice but to visit your healthcare practitioner and obtain a prescription for either oral antibiotics (metronidazole 500 mg twice daily for 7 days) or a vaginal antibiotic application (0.75% metronidazole gel or 2% clindamycin cream). If recurrent bacterial vaginosis was diagnosed, a prolonged course of antibiotic treatment, usually 4 to 6 months of treatment, was usually recommended.
Implications of Overusing Antibiotics
It is worth noting that while prophylaxis with antibiotics is most of the time effective in staving off BV, using antibiotics to prevent BV can have serious drawbacks. For one, while antibiotics do strip our body of the bad bacteria that can cause UTIs, they also strip our body of the good bacteria we need to keep a balanced vagina. Without the good bacteria, your vagina is primed for another bacterial or yeast infections that can more easily set in.
Furthermore, over time, over-dependence on antibiotic strategies can lead to bacterial resistance. The more frequently you take antibiotics for an infection, the more likely it is bacteria will eventually develop resistance to those antibiotics, which makes it less likely that treatment will be effective the next time around.
"In fact, the reported rate at which antibiotics “cure” BV has actually decreased from greater than 90% of cases when metronidazole was first used to a present range of 50%–80% of cases."1
So while antibiotics are certainly a tempting prevention method for someone who repeatedly suffers from vaginal odor, it is worth noting that overusing antibiotics comes with potential long-term risk and side effects.
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Bacterial Resistance is a Growing Health Concern
Resistance to antibiotics has become one of the world’s most pressing health issues. Overuse of the drugs in humans and livestock has caused germs to develop defences to survive, rendering a growing number of medicines ineffective in treating a wide range of illnesses — a phenomenon that is playing out worldwide.
“In a recently released World Health Organization (WHO) report, scientists found resistance rates of 25 to 50 % to antibiotics commonly used to infections.”
The World Health Organization suggested that increasing resistance would lead to more severe illnesses and fatalities.
It is precisely for this reason that we need to use antibiotics wisely. Think of antibiotics like a game of cards where the goal is to keep some options in your hand for when you need to play them. This strategy is important for all of us to keep in mind when we decide whether or not to use an antibiotic for UTI prevention.
Prevention is always the best way to avoid recurrent vaginal odors.
“The current therapeutic goal for preventing vaginal odor is to re-establish the normal vaginal flora.*”
The growing concern over the risk of antibiotic resistance is the primary reason most healthcare practitioners are now turning towards non-antibiotic approaches to treating recurrent or chronic cases of bacterial vaginosis and trying to prevent them before they even begin.
The challenge, therefore, shifts to stopping the process before it gets to the point where you need to go to the doctor and without relying on the continuous use of antibiotics. It shifts to PREVENTION, and breaking the cycle that so many of us are familiar with.
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* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1998 Guidelines for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 1998;47:70–9.
- Helps to relieve unpleasant vaginal odor
- Supports vaginal health by restoring and maintaining vaginal pH balance
- Supports healthy bacteria & yeast balance to maintain vaginal health
- Clinically proven to decrease odor concerns
- Non-staining gel
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Don’t let vaginal odor get the best of you. Vaginal odor is about pH imbalance, not bad hygiene. If you are uncomfortable with your vaginal odor, take back control and be your best, fresh confident self. You now have an option to deal with vaginal odor that tackles the problem at its source and in a natural way.
1. Joesoef MR, Schmid GP, Hillier SL. Bacterial vaginosis: review of treatment options and potential clinical indications for therapy, Clin Infect Dis , 1999, vol. 28 (pg. 57-65) Google ScholarCrossrefPubMed
*LEGAL DISCLAIMER - These statements have NOT been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product is not meant to treat, cure or prevent the following: Bacterial vaginosis, bv, bacterial infection, bacteriosis, yeast infection, fertility issues, UTIs, Urinary Tract Infections or other vaginal issues.
“Following preventative tips and using effective non-antibiotic prevention products, like GYNALAC will help you stay ahead of the problem.”
GYNALAC is intended to help maintain a healthy vaginal pH (4-4.5) and support a healthy vaginal ecosystem (that is a favorable balance of good bacteria to bad bacteria), both of which help support the vagina’s self-cleaning mechanisms. In doing so, GYNALAC helps to eliminate those unwanted feminine odors that are sometimes caused by bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.
** If you have recurring vaginal discharge, persistent odor, itching, or discomfort, please be sure to contact your doctor.
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