How to get rid of vaginal bacterial infections

  • Bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal condition.
  • Women have many bacteria in their vagina, and the most common one is the lactobacilli which should dominate under normal healthy circumstances.
  • Without these lactobacilli you are more likely to get STDs, infertility, and pelvic inflammatory disease which can also lead to pelvic pain and more risk of tubal pregnancies.
  • If you do no treatment you will feel like the infection went way about 20% of the time, if you have a culture the infection will persist about 95% of the time. It’s hard to diagnose on its own so a gyno visit is usually recommended. Treatment is effective about 80-90% of the time according to patient reports. Because culture tests show that eradication of one of the many out of balance bacteria shows persistence of infection, it may take more than one round of treatment to clear up the infection.
  • Traditional therapies involve using metronidazole, clindamycin, or tinidazole.
  • A new simplified packet of granules that you take as a one time dosage has simplified treatment it is called Solosec.
  • The treatment Solosec has no alcohol restriction as opposed to the more commonly used oral therapies which both take more doses to be effective and inhibit the enzymes that metabolize alcohol.
  • Solosec is well tolerated with a low incidence of side effects
  • Like other medicines that treat with BV a known side effect of this newest treatment is to then develop a yeast infection
  • SOLOSEC is a single-dose therapy for oral use. The entire contents of SOLOSEC packet should be sprinkled onto applesauce, yogurt or pudding and consumed once within 30 minutes without chewing or crunching the granules. SOLOSEC is not intended to be dissolved in any liquid.
  • In clinical studies, the most common side effects occurring in (≥2%) of patients receiving SOLOSEC 2g oral granules other than the vulvovaginal candidiasis (9.6%), were headache (3.6%), nausea (3.6%), dysgeusia (3.4%), vomiting (2.5%), diarrhea (2.5%),

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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