An In-depth Analysis of Recurrent BV
How Kitty Kapsules Treats and Prevents BV
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common and completely misunderstood common infection, found in reproductive aged women, it is associated with numerous serious health complications, such as preterm delivery and the acquisition or transmission of STIs.
BV is characterized by a reduction of beneficial lactobacilli (bacteria), causing the vagina’s pH value to become more alkaline and increase to 5.0. The increased pH value then creates an ideal environment for BV-associated bacteria to flourish, particularly Gardnerella vaginalis. These BV-associated bacteria work together in a symbiotic relationship and form a thick multispecies biofilm. Biofilm is when BV-associated bacteria form an attachment to a woman’s vaginal walls and secrete a slimy glue-like substance that protects them. This slimy glue-like substance is the cause of the increased discharge and rotten fish odor. The biofilm produced increases the resistance of BV-associated bacteria to antibiotics, disinfectants, and host immune system responses.
There are many studies that identify G. vaginalis as one of multiple BV-associated bacteria, but it is believed to be the main culprit of BV for two reasons. The first is because it is the most predominant bacteria found in the biofilm. The second is because G. vaginalis has the strongest potential to infect or damage a host, and the strongest ability to form a biofilm.
Multispecies biofilms are difficult to treat because it is unclear how the bacteria work together to cause an infection. Like what happens in many other biofilm-related infections, standard antibiotics like metronidazole, are unable to destroy the biofilm. The inability to destroy the biofilm prevents the antibiotics from reaching the protected bacteria and fully eradicating the infection, which explains the high recurrence rates of BV.
Continuous treatment of BV with metronidazole and other antibiotics, is discouraged because of the negative impact on healthy vaginal microflora, the increased risk of developing a yeast infection, and the potential of the bacteria building an antibiotic resistance. During the gap of time between antibiotic treatments, the biofilm slowly rebuilds itself, until a recurrence flares up. Most women experience a faster recurrence after intercourse because of the acquisition of more G. vaginalis from their partner.
Although FDA-approved and primarily prescribed for BV treatment, metronidazole has been determined an ineffective treatment option regarding BV, leaving women with the inability to rid themselves of the infection. It is thought that the most effective method of preventing and potentially treating BV, is the continuous treatment of the infection. Although antibiotics cannot be used continuously there are options.
Kitty Kapsules are made from the mineral acidum boricum (aka boric acid or H3BO3), that is grinded down into a fine white, odorless powder. Acidum boricum has been used for centuries as an antiseptic to treat yeast infections and BV. There are numerous published medical studies that prove the effectiveness of acidum boricum on these common infections.
Acidum boricum stops bacteria from reproducing and inhibits the growth of fungi, yet it’s not fully understood how it is able to interact with the biofilm to destroy it. It is thought that acidum boricum destroys the biofilm and changes the acidity of the vagina, while inhibiting the growth of fungi to penetrate and disrupt the fungal cell membrane.
Like metronidazole, acidum boricum, destroys the biofilm but not in its entirety. BV recurrence is likely. However, unlike the antibiotic metronidazole, acidum boricum is safe to use continuously. Its ability to maintain a healthy vaginal environment makes it difficult for the biofilm to build itself back up, preventing another recurrence. Furthermore, the continuous use of acidum boricum has the potential to slowly destroy the biofilm, increasing the chance of fully eradicating the infection.
Many women have found success preventing and treating yeast infections and BV with the continual use of acidum boricum. Depending on a woman’s BV-related history, there are two main ways to prevent BV:
- Random BV recurrences - insert one Kitty Kapsule, preferably at bedtime, once weekly.
- Targeted BV recurrences – insert one Kitty Kapsule, preferably at bedtime, after-sex or twice a week.
Targeted BV recurrences have identifiable triggers, usually after intercourse with a male partner carrying G. vaginalis on their penis or a female partner with an underlying BV infection. If your BV tends to recur when you have sex with your partner, it is advised to treat immediately after to prevent G. vaginalis from rebuilding the biofilm or twice a week.
It should be noted that male partners cannot be infected with BV. BV only develops when the associated bacteria latches onto the vaginal walls and creates a biofilm. Male partners merely carry G. vaginalis on their penis or under their foreskin, and during intercourse the friction deposits the bacteria into the vagina. Currently there are no treatments for the male partners of women with recurrent BV, however studies are being conducted.