Want a better understanding of BV? We took a long walk around the interwebs to see if we could distill out a few important reads.… Low and behold, there’s a lot out there. We’ve picked out three worthwhile reads that dig deep, cite their sources, and leave you feeling like you might finally have a grasp on what’s going on!
We scored the articles based on four metrics:
This is a comprehensive overview of BV that discusses generally accepted medical treatments and evaluates a few evolving approaches. From: Microbiology, 2016
- Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the leading vaginal disorder in women.
- The low efficacy of antibiotics in preventing recurrences is thought to be due to their inability to fully eradicate BV vaginal biofilms-associated bacteria.
- Current approved therapies are not sufficient to deal with this multi-species biofilm-related vaginal disorder.
This article looks at the Etiology (the cause), prevalence, implications, and relationship to STIs of BV. It’s a good comprehensive read. From: Military Medical Research, 2016.
- BV prevalence can be as high as 50–60% in high-risk populations.
- Five studies have reported high prevalence of BV estimates (~25 to ~50 %) among women who sleep with women.
- Bad personal hygiene behaviors, such as vaginal douching and washing are consistently associated with BV.
This fun article takes a more eastern medicine and all natural approach to feminine health. The article provides some good rules of thumb for caring for the “vaginal garden” and avoiding “hygiene crap”. From: Sheri Winston’s Intimate Arts 2008
- your genitalia are a self-regulating, self-cleaning ecosystem and the less you disrupt the natural balance, the better off you’ll be.
- Vaginal infections are commonly associated with what can be called “excessive American hygiene”,
- Your vagina is a self-regulating, self-cleaning, resilient yet delicate ecosystem and the less you disrupt the natural balance, the better off you’ll be.
BONUS: Vagina Dispatches
Not to be missed! This is a four part video series that seeks to improve your genital understanding. Covering everything from periods to orgasms, the series explores what we know and what we don’t – and why. This piece isn’t specifically concerned with BV, but it is a good overview. From: The Guardian, 2016.
- Most people can’t even name all the parts of the Vagina
- There are huge gaps in how comfortable different generations are with these topics
We truly hope this is helpful, informative, and empowering. Oh, and we’re always looking for more info - Please let us know what articles we might have missed!