Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance

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 BV prevention method for someone who repeatedly suffers from BV, it is worth noting that overusing antibiotics comes with potential long-term risk and side effects.

The good news is that you now have a non-antibiotic approach to manage both acute and recurrent BV infections…. Introducing GYNALAC… clinically proven to stop BV infections! Read more...

Prevention is always the best way to avoid recurrent BV. 

The concern over the risk of antibiotic resistance is the primary reasons most healthcare practitioners are now turning towards non-antibiotic approaches to treating recurrent or chronic cases of BV and trying to prevent them before they even begin.

GYNALAC:
  • Helps to relieve Bacterial Vaginosis symptoms
  • Prevents recurrences of Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Eliminates abnormal vaginal discharge and odor
  • Provides relief of itching, dryness & burning
  • Restores vaginal flora via vaginal acidification to its normal physiological pH level, leading to:
    • Reduction in pathogenic (unfriendly) bacteria
    • Increase of endogenous protective (friendly) Lactobacilli forming an important natural defense to infections
  • Is clinically proven to be effective at eliminating abnormal vaginal discharge and odor
  • Clinically proven in prophylaxis to restore normal vaginal pH and help prevent recurrence of Bacterial Vaginosis

It’s different now…you now have the means to take control of your confidence.

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.

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Reference:
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