Bacterial vaginosis can accompany the diagnosis and treatment of interstitial cystitis, especially when the cystitis is treated with long term antibiotics. There has been some evidence by physicians and naturopathic physicians that interstitial cystitis is caused by bacterial flora. Once thought to be a diagnosis without a definitive cause more doctors are coming to believe that a low grade underlying infection may be at the root of the intense pain, burning, frequency and urgency that women experience.
Because the interstitial cystitis may be treated with antibiotics individuals run the risk of bacterial or fungal infections taking over other parts of the body. What happens when an individual takes an antibiotic is that the medication will kill all of the bacteria within the spectrum of bacteria that it can kill. This leaves other bacteria to grow.
There are normally certain levels of bacteria that grow in the intestines of the body that aid in the digestion of foods and release of vitamins and minerals. This level of good bacteria also keep the bad bacteria that is eaten within foods, or that reach the intestinal tract in other ways, from growing out of control.
When antibiotics are taken they kill off other bacteria, besides the one that was intended. When this happens the good bacteria can no longer protect the body from the bad bacteria and fungi and those then begin to grow within the intestines and sometimes migrate to other parts of the body.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) are one of those infections that can result from long-term antibiotic use.
The symptoms of BV are vaginal discharge and odor. Normally there are no other symptoms and some women wont have any symptoms at all. Some women will experience a fishy odor from their vagina and others will find that the discharge is more noticeable after sexual intercourse.
At this time researchers have discovered that BV is caused by a combination of different bacteria, which makes diagnosis and treatment more difficult. The doctor will examine the discharge under a microscope, which will help differentiate from yeast infections and trichomonas.
A pelvic examination will also help to rule out other illnesses or conditions that can mimic the signs and symptoms of BV. A history may reveal multiple sexual partners which can account for the exposure to the variety of bacteria needed to set up bacterial vaginosis.
Treatment is usually vaginal creams or an oral antibiotic, which can continue to alter the already skewed bodily system that has undergone other long-term antibiotics. If the BV is a result of other antibiotic therapy it is in the best interest of the woman to use prophylactic treatment to control the loss of the good bacteria. This includes eating yogurt or taking acidophilus to help bolster the presence of the good bacteria in the intestines.
The presence of bacterial vaginosis with interstitial cystitis isnt unusual when the woman with IC treats it with long-term antibiotics. Using more natural methods of maintaining her bacterial levels will decrease the probability that she will develop BV.
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