Natural Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (also known as BV) is the name of a medical concern that affects many women at some point in their life. The condition develops when the normal balance of bacteria naturally found in the vagina becomes disrupted. An overgrowth of certain strains of bacteria causes symptoms and is especially harmful to pregnant women.

Causes and Symptoms

While bacteria are always present in the vagina, there is a certain balance that must be upheld. When certain types of bacteria grow out of control, bacterial vaginosis becomes a possibility. A wide range of factors may contribute to a diagnosis of BV, including having multiple sex partners, smoking tobacco, and vaginal douching [1].

Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis include abnormal vaginal discharge, which may appear gray, white, or yellow. An unpleasant odor (similar to a ‘fishy’ scent) often accompanies changes in vaginal discharge. Discharge and odor are two of the most common symptoms associated with BV. Other possible symptoms include redness, itching, and inflammation of the vaginal region.

The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are also similar to other infections, including sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. The only way to identify a woman infected with bacterial vaginosis is to have a doctor conduct an examination. Typically, this is done by analyzing a sample of vaginal discharge– usually under a microscope.

Bacterial Vaginosis Natural Remedies

You don’t always have to rely on prescription medications and antibiotics to treat a case of BV. The natural world of medicine is full of options that do not use chemicals and other drugs as treatment. To explore the benefits of natural remedies for bacterial vaginosis, consider the following suggestions:

a) Dietary Changes:

Increase your consumption of fresh vegetables, fruit, grains, and flax seed, to treat bacterial vaginosis. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fresh water to flush out unwanted bacteria from the body.

b) “Good Bacteria”:

It is suggested to eat what is considered as ‘good’ bacteria to fight a bacterial vaginosis infection. Yogurt is an effective choice in treating the condition.

c) Boric Acid Suppositories:

Some pharmacies and health food stores carry boric acid suppositories, which have been linked to treating bacterial vaginosis. Studies have shown that boric acid in the vagina has an effect on absorbing naturally occurring ammonia in the region, which encourages bacteria to thrive [2]. Consider using boric acid suppositories as treatment for 14 days to fight chronic bacterial vaginosis.

d) Kefir Milk:

Adding kefir milk to your diet can help fight bacterial vaginosis because it is a cultured milk product that contains ‘good’ bacteria and helpful yeast.

keifer milk to treat bv

e) Foods with Acidophilus:

Eating foods that contain acidophilus can help treat bacterial vaginosis. Examples include yogurt, enriched milk, and some soy products, such as miso and tempeh.

f) Coldwater Compress:

To fight the swelling and itching that sometimes comes with bacterial vaginosis, consider using a cold compress. Apply washcloths wet with cold water over the vaginal region. This remedy works by constricting blood vessels and making the area less swollen and red.

g) Apple Cider Vinegar:

Soaking in a warm bath with a couple of added drops of pure apple cider vinegar can ease the itching and inflammation that may develop with BV.

h) Probiotics:

You can partially open a probiotics capsule and insert it into the vagina to encourage the growth and reproduction of “good” bacteria.

i) Yogurt Tampon:

Some women claim to have treated their bacterial vaginosis by inserting a tampon that had been soaked in yogurt for about 10 minutes. It is suggested to leave the tampon in the vagina for a few hours, remove it, and then repeat the remedy again. Continue this line of treatment two times per day for a week.

j) Vitamins:

Vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E contain antioxidants, which can help in treating bacterial vaginosis.

k) Vitamin E Cream:

Topical applications of vitamin E can help relieve itching. You may choose between prepared creams and powdered capsules to ease symptoms of BV.

l) Warm Bath:

Fill a tub with warm water and soak to soothe an irritated vaginal region.


155 Responses to “Natural Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. Barbara
    January 5, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    Hydrogen Peroxide, folic acid and acidophilus works wonders. Treat as follows:
    Douche with:
    1/2 Peroxide- 1/2 distilled or spring water
    1-2 tablets folic acid daily (800 mcgs or higher)
    2-3 capsules of acidophilus

    Treatment time: 3- 5 days

    • jaquan
      June 19, 2011 at 4:49 am #

      do you really have to do this everyday or just when the symptoms occur

    • jane
      December 7, 2011 at 7:54 am #

      what peroxide u used? can i use the 6%hydrogen peroxide?

      • Mel
        January 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

        DO NOT douche with ANYTHING! Even your gynecologist will tell you that. Douching removes ALL bacteria (good and bad) from the area then, the bad bacteria takes over again and you’re stuck in the same boat! To get rid of mine completely (fought it for over a year) I got my Dr. to put me on the antibiotics again then started taking a probiotic 2x a day. I also started a multi-vitamin. If I ever start to notice any kind of changes I immediately up my intake of yogurt and I do insert a tampon overnight with plain yogurt on it and it has worked; I have been BV free for over a year now. Even if my way doesn’t work for you, please don’t douche…it won’t solve anything, it will only prolong the problem.

        • CINDY
          March 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm #


          • amber
            May 9, 2012 at 10:11 am #

            look, douching with the hydrogen peroxide 2% and distilled water is fine) 2 parts HP, 1 part Distilled Water)! Just don’t use those over the counter vinegar douches. Hydrogen peroxide is the ONLY cure for BV because it kills bad bacteria without disrupting the “good” bacteria in your vagina. BV is the result of when the bad bacteria in your vagina takes over the good. For the first 3 days douche with this mixture twice per day. After your evening douche, insert an acidophilus pill. It will dissolve before your morning douche. Take daily garlic and folic acid pills. The last 2 days, just douche once per day. If the douche bubbles, it’s working. You will have relieve by day 2 but continue until day 5. After the douching is over, still insert about 2 acidophilus pills a week to make sure your body can maintain a healthy “good” bacteria balance. Good Luck!

        • Bridget
          May 18, 2012 at 8:19 am #

          Actually it is ok to douche with hydrogen peroxide(HP). I call mine rinses because I us a medicine dropper and do not dilute the HP. HP is a by product of Acidophilus. Which is good. The bad bacteria hate this. Acidophilus is one of the natural remedies they say is good to take as a pill or an insert. I then follow up with baking soda as the help balance the PH. Read up on it!

        • Bridget
          May 18, 2012 at 8:21 am #

          Also for got to say your body naturally produces HP,

    February 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm #


  3. sophie
    August 5, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    Whoever put the tip for douching with peroxide is CRAZY!

    please DO NOT try that remedy. I do not care how diluted it is or whatever else you combine with it it is not a good idea.

    douching in any way for that matter will only irritate the vagina.

    • Hella
      September 8, 2011 at 2:12 am #

      I have BV and tried the hydrogen peroxide douche mixed with distilled water,(1/5th of a cup of each together) and it stung – I had more pain after using that as a douche than I did before I used it! I won’t be doing that again! I was foolish enough to pay for a “BV cure” online and this is exactly what they said to do, what a waste of money, desperate food that I am!

      • Monique
        June 24, 2012 at 2:17 am #

        I have tried everything, the best and long lasting result was from the HP rinse. Apple Cider Vinegar can substitute for HP.
        I first used the HP rinse for 2 days,2x a day ( about 3 fl oz) then used the plain lowfat yogurt tampon 2x a day for 2 days, increased my water and Green tea intake and its been 3 months. The only thing I continue is to drink lots of water and Kefir. Eating raw veggies & fruit should also be apart of your permanent plan. i.e Cabbage,Pineapple, Kale and Grapefruit. This works!

    • Milaj
      January 7, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Sophie your actually wrong. My Doctor has informed me that douching w peroxide is fine n recommended that I try it. So I did some research. The vagina creates lactobacteria (a good bacteria) some bacteria releases hydrogen peroxide which levels the ph balance

    • Tee
      April 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

      well I have been suffering from BV now for 2 years. I am becoming very depressed. I only get it after having intercourse and my husband ejaculate in me. My OBGYN put me on a seven day douch regimen (1ST day apple cider vinegar and water, 2nd day yogurt and water, and alternate) However, I must be true full I only did it three days the odor left so I stop.

      Now I have to start all over and see if it will LEAVE for good. I take two acidopilus a day doesn’t seem to be working! I have tried everything over the counter, works for a couple of days and stops.Everything seem to be a rip off. I wonder where in the hell did this condition come from and won’t even go away permantly with antibiotics.

      My husband has had his prostate check and sperm to see was he a contributing factor and the test result came back that he wasn’t. My next stop is see a physician who specializes in womens health naturally. I don’t care what I have to change I want it GONE! People I wondering if the Doctor’s really have no clue of what’s causing this infection how can anyone really tell us how to heal it where it NEVER returns?

      • KJones
        May 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

        @TEE- I 2 had this problem the same as you with my husband and he got tested etc, etc, etc, Went to a new gyno- WHO FINALLY DID NOT PRESCRIBE ME ANTIBIOTICS BUT INSTEAD PRESCRIBED ME BORIC ACID SUPPOSITIORIES!! and it worked it worked it worked- he also told me to purchsase over the counter pill AZO yeast and I take one daily since then …been yeast and bv free over 5years now!!!! I did have a couple of flare ups when I stop taking AZO yeast and when I couldn’t make my appt the nurse advise me I could simply go buy a cheap yeast infection cream one that is used for 7 days get the boric acid and make a mixture mixed with the cream in a bowl and 2 table spoons of boric acid MIX and use as you would the cream- now it will be a little messy until you figure what will work for you- ME (after I make the mixture I spoon a heaping table spoon in small plastic bags and push the cream all the way to the bottom of the bag roll it and FREEZE IT then break it in half and use as a suppository. I was informed that it may cause just a very little irritation AND if that happened- she told me to use the THE REAL VITAMIN E VITAMIN and open the capsule and use on the outer labia if irritation OCCURS- I HAVE NEVER HAD BACTERIA VAGINOSIS PROBLEM AT LEAST 2YEARS NOW, I’VE HELPED MY FRIENDS AND DAUGHTER! I keep this remedy! handy.

  4. lol
    September 28, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    sophie, the vagina naturally produces hydrogen peroxide to control bacteria. adding a very diluted wash of peroxide is definitely not going to hurt the vagina, as long as you dont do it too often.

    This is a week long treatment and not long-term, so it’s not going to hurt you. Peroxide douche is very effective in controlling growth of “bad” anaerobic bacteria.

  5. anonymous
    October 17, 2009 at 4:54 am #

    Using hydrogen peroxide is not crazy, hydrogen peroxide is in medicated douches you buy at the store. When doctors tell you not to douche, they are probably only thinking about traditional douches. A douching solution that is meant to make your vaginal ph more acidic or to introduce good bacteria into the vagina can be helpful. Traditional douches just wash out all of the bacteria which can make you more vulnerable to growing more bad bacteria than good. Douching with hydrogen peroxide (only short-term to get rid of the infection), lactobacillus yogurt, or an acidophilus solution should be fine.

  6. anonymous
    October 17, 2009 at 5:21 am #
    Everyone should read that article; especially the parts about douching, yogurt, and alternative treatments. This article will tell you to be careful about which lactobacillus yogurts and supplements you buy because certain companies could be lying, it gives you recommended doses for alternative treatments, and it tells you that there is a misconception about douching and that not all douches are bad.

  7. Lola Clark
    November 6, 2009 at 10:50 am #

    None of this has worked for me

  8. nahkiiah
    December 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    I had heard about this long ago. Peroxide worked like magic, clearing me up of any symptoms (discharge, odor, feeling off,etc) almost immediately. BUT it only lasted for about a month or two. Changing my lifestyle/diet created the long term change I wanted: such as more live foods, less processed foods, more garlic that i love, and ofcourse yougart. Peroxide + your own preventative measures is an absolute God-send!

  9. Anonymous Lady
    December 20, 2009 at 2:48 am #

    Sophie, I’ve successfully used the peroxide solution (after researching it of course). It works faster than what my doctor has prescribed in the past, is all natural and definitely cheaper. Just because something doesn’t SOUND like the right thing to do doesn’t mean it isn’t. For anyone reading these posts, do some research. Don’t be so quick to write things off. Your doctor will not recommend an easier solution because your visits are their business. I’m not saying they don’t have their uses, but at the end of the day, a doctor makes his/her living by your visits. Don’t be afraid to think for yourself sometimes. If I relied on people’s opinion, I would not have found great resources, recipes and remedies like the ones on this website. Wake up!

  10. Lily
    December 25, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    I am in need of something soon. My doctor prescribed me flagyl in 2006,went away for awhile, but i am still struggling with it. i am too afraid to do any douches, suppositories, or anything like this. i now have no health insurance, and i want a real fix for this problem. its embarassing, and i feel like everyone can tell!

    i have done some research and am taking acidophilus 1 120mg daily, with 2 odorless garlic pills daily (says equivalent of 1,000mg each pill, but to take 4 daily?) been doing this and im not sure i see any effects yet!

    i need some help! please anyone who knows what will help me for a fact, get back with me on here, i will be checking here every few days, any help is appreciated.

    • annonymous
      January 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

      I have had problems with BV for quite a while myself and you’re right it is very embarrassing and I know that others can tell because I have a coworker that suffers with it also and everyone talks about her bad odor. I have found that tea tree oil is very effective at controlling the odor aspect of it. Before I bath or shower in the morning and at night I put about 7-10 drops of tea tree oil in a half cup of warm water and clean my vaginal area with it then bath or shower as you normally do using whatever soap or body wash you normally use. Now I have no vaginal odor. Also continue with the acidophilus and garlic pills and dietary changes. Let me know how it helps you. I know it was a God send for me.

  11. kacey
    December 30, 2009 at 5:47 am #

    Peroxide is great! Soak a tampon in it and insert over nite. All my symptoms completely went away the very next day. Thank god! Now I am taking acidophilus, folic acid(800 milligrams) and garlic capsules to prevent it from coming back. I am also eating plain yogurt, cranberry juice, flax seed, brown rice and lots of greens. These are foods that help prevent vaginosis. Tea tree oil supositories are supposed to work great too.

    • Donna
      July 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

      I have not tried the Peroxide however I just simply ate yogurt and take a a acidophilus suppliment daily and it cleared up right away.
      Honestly right away, thank god

    • mom
      April 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

      My daughter is currently in the hospital, has been there four days and most likely will be there a couple days longer from doing this. She started using peroxide soaked tampons two years ago to self treat BV. It always worked great for her. As a result of this her female organs have become badly infected and she may never bare children. NEVER self treat female problems!

      • LADY RED
        June 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm #


  12. Tianni
    January 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Mild Vinegar & water douche. The one month recently, I decided to skip the mild vinegar douce after my period left–is the time I end up with excessive smelly discharge. As long as I took my once a month mild vinegar douche after my period left there was no problems as far as “smell” or abnormal discharges. I dont know exactly what VINEGAR does inside the vagina. But I am sure it has something to do with restoring PH levels & killing a certain amount of bacteria. A womans normal secretions contain certain levels of “acidic” matter (Vinigar is an ACID). So I am sure the douche I normally take, plays apart in maintaining the PH levels to some degree. I know for a fact Vinegar is good for killing “odor causing” bacteria.

    PEROXIDE I have to try. I know that soulution is good for “infection” & bacteria. If a person can use PEROXIDE as a mouth rinse, & if companies can add it as a whitening agent in their toothpastes, it would not be impossible for me to believe it can be used vaginally, just like VINEGAR. As long as the measurements are appropriate. DOCTORS can only prescribe medication. they will never suggest NATURAL or “wallet friendly” cures to a bacterial problem. Alot of tie antibiotics will kill “good & bad” bacteria leaving you to deal with yet another infection to deal with. Dont be so quick to REJECT the cures mentioned here. I am taking ACIDOPHILLUS capsules daily to restore some good bacteria back into my system. I take BC pills so Acidophillus supplement is almost a “need to do”.

  13. Tianni
    January 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    If none of these things work for you, the only sensible thing left for you to do is to make an appointment to see a GYN Doctor as soon as possible.

  14. ME
    January 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    My Dr. actually instructed me to use the peroxide solution diluted with water.

    • kim
      May 2, 2012 at 6:46 am #

      my doc tld me never touch any of them that a tampon covered in bio yogurt wud do the trick

  15. sara
    January 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    please some one tell me where i can buy the peroxide. its not the peroxide u put on your hair is it. ive used balance active in the past it DOES work but its expensive as you still have to keep using it after the one week clearing up process as provention.

  16. Leslie
    February 2, 2010 at 3:42 am #

    AT Walgreens it’s usually in a brown plastic bottle next to the alcohol. They use peroxide for minor cuts. Any store carries it.

  17. Mary Hellener
    February 6, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    Echinacea and Oil of Oregano (liquid form) taken orally for a few days did the trick easily for me. They both taste awful, so mix with juice or chase with food or juice. I did two droppers full of each twice a day. Immediate noticeable results. These are natural antibiotics.

  18. HN
    February 11, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    Sara, absolutely not. You need pharmaceutical peroxide. Get it at the local pharmacy. It’s not at all costly.

    • LADY RED
      June 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm #


  19. lily
    February 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi, I was wondering 1/2 peroxide and 1/2 of water is how much to do the douche? Is it done once a day for how many days or 2ce a day etc… Anyone used peroxide already can give me an advice , please? I don’t want any reoccuring of BV. thanks

    • mommyjoy
      March 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      1/4 cup 3 %peroxide 2 times a day equally diluted with water worked for me

  20. vanessa
    February 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

    i hate bv i feel dead stupid with my partner after sex, it smells really bad, he finks its just the smell ov sex. i feel like he finks i could be unclean and don’t wash its highly embrassing for me.

  21. metoo
    March 3, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    I would also like to know how long you’re supposed to do for. Once a day? For 2hrs? Please help.

  22. Millie
    March 3, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    I currently use a product called Femdophilus, which is suppose to have good bacteria meant specifically for the vagina. While it works ok, it has not completely gotten rid of the BV. I still get it every month (It comes on with my PMS), though this does help to calm to problems associated with it. It is however really pricey, unless you get it online, but it needs to stay refrigerated, and they don’t ship it with anything that keeps it cold, but it might help someone else, so I just wanted to throw that out there. I will be trying the Hydrogen Peroxide, and garlic clove today in hopes that that will give me better relief. So thank you all for that!

  23. clove
    March 4, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    dont have a tip just need some help this is an embarrasing problem very tired of it what is the best remedy

  24. Amy
    March 6, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    I am so glad I came across this website (and others as well). I have been suffering from BV every month since after the birth of my 2nd child, 10 years ago. I have been perscribed the pills and the gels. Yet it comes back every month within a couple of days after my period. I miscarried at 23 weeks 2 months ago. And I didn’t have any signs or symptoms of it while I was pregnant. The placenta and cord blood were tested and still no answers. My doctor is very familiar with my reoccuring BV yet not once tested me while I was pregnant. I guess because I wasn’t symptomatic. And I was never informed that it could cause harm to my unborn child. Although they didn’t find any infections with the tests that they ran, I strongly believe now that BV had something to do with it. I am definately up to trying anything to get rid of this for once and for all and I will be trying some suggestions from this website and others that I have found. Thanks!!!

  25. lucy
    March 24, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    @Millie I used Femdophilus too. Worked real good at first then stopped. But while shopping at CVS Pharmacy today I came across an over the count Treatment for BV called VH Essentials. Has anyone ever used it? I bought it today and going to use it tonight. Its a vaginal insert it has 6 applications. Crossing my fingers and hoping this works. I have been suffering with this for over 5 years off and on and the medications the Dr. Prescribe only works temporary just like everything else.

    • paulette
      September 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

      iv used the bv essensials tablets 3 times which is fairly costly it only goes away while yr using it then came bk foer me

    • LADY RED
      June 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm #


  26. Tay
    March 29, 2010 at 1:06 am #

    I would like to know how the peroxide regimen is made with the tampon or whatever do i dilute it with water if so how much

  27. Tay
    March 29, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    Also how long does the peroxide regimen last i have been having having a problem with BV for a while now since i got with my partner.

  28. Louise Pardini
    April 7, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I am old enough and experienced enough to know, for sure, to totally banish vaginitis, oral sex, is the criminal. Mouths carry much bacteria & is definitely a factor in bacteria in the vagina, unfortunately….

    • Mizztee
      June 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

      I totally agree with you on this. I told my partner that I no longer wanted him to go down there (as much as I hated telling him no) because I notice that whenever he does I end up with bv. I also don’t like for him to put his fingers in there either. I think I’ll have to tell him that he has to cut his fingernails and make sure to wash his hands before he starts playing around in my cookie jar. Lately I’m beginning to notice that real raunchy funkier than the sewage plant odor at the end of my period. I guess I’ll have to do my apple cider vinegar soak. It helps a lot and I don’t have to insert anything. I tried the peroxide douche and that tore me up. I had bleeding that wouldn’t stop and I had to go see my GYN. He said “Silly woman! Don’t ever do that again!”

      • BV Hater
        April 12, 2012 at 3:24 am #

        Ugh… That explains the spotting and pain I’m having, I guess. I tried the peroxide tampon 2 days in a row. Guess I’ll go to the doctor and not try that again. Read so many positive reviews on the method, thought it was a quick easy fix. Not for me.

      July 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

      I COMPLETELY AGREE!!! I had suffered for so long with BV and recurring yeast infections. I was in a relationship then became single and had no issues. Then I noticed that whenever I was on the receiving end of oral sex I would get a wicked case of it! I took the metronidazole pills to cure it.. it cleared up and I stay away form oral sex abd have not suffered from another one yet.

    • ALi
      July 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm #


    • B
      December 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

      Glad to hear somebody else say it as I swore that had to be the same reason I keep getting BV too…oral sex! When I was single I didn’t have all this excessive BV and yeast, as mine fluctuates back and forth with the medications and treatments, but the oral sex is what I had to attribute it too as well.

    • B
      December 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

      I totally agree and am so glad to see that there are others who believe this to be the culprit in their case. When single I didn’t have the problems. Being in a monogamous relationship with someone and being on the receiving end I continue to have that issue merely days after receiving. The mouth is the blame.

  29. hmmmm
    April 14, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    I was looking over this page and saw some interesting advice on here but I want to know specific remedies and the amount that is needing to be taken so that I can get rid of my BV for good I have suffered with this problem for some time and am tired of the traditional meds they give me I have several items that have been mentioned here like garlic , peroxide, acidophilus, and other home remedies but I would like to know the measurements and amouts to take daily. thank you

  30. ers
    May 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

    So I am almost positive I have BV(because I have all the symptoms and it can not be an STD since it started in 8th grade when I started my period and I am a virgin) but I have not been to a doctor to confirm this because I don’t have health insurance now. I know self-diagnosis is not the way to go but I have no choice right now. I have tried douching with peroxide and apple cider vinegar, acidophilus pills, folic acid pills, yogurt soaked tampons, and VH Essentials and nothing worked for more than a few hours and some things made it worse. If anyone has any tips or anything please email me at [email protected] I am so desperate for a solution to this. Thanks so much.

  31. Shronda Birch
    May 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Mannose D. Powder is great for Bacterial Vaginosis or the unsweetened organic cranberry or blueberry juice will help. You can find it at the all natural health food store.

  32. Simone
    May 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    Thank you so much for the tips.

  33. ...
    May 15, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    Does this Hydrogen Peroxide actually work? im thinking of buying it but not if it doesnt work! and how do i use it

  34. frustrated
    May 31, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    wow, I am so happy to have come across all of thesse wonderful sites! im 25 and i have een suffering from RECURRENY BV for about 5 years now and have constantly been going to the doctors for repeat dosed of flagyl, alternative treatments have not been suggested by any doctors!
    After doing research i have armed myself with a collection of home remedies that I am hoping will be of benfit.
    Currently I am taking garlic suppliments and cloves of garlic vaginally to clear up a current flare up.
    I couldnt find boric acid locally, so i ordered a bottle online along with empty gel caps for future occurrences along with Nature’s Way Primadopholus Reuteri Pearls for preventative purposes! ill let ya’;; know how it turns out 🙂

  35. Elise
    May 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    The people who are telling others to use peroxide might as well be telling these people to go sterilize themselves- you’re nuts if you think that soaking a tampon with peroxide or douching with it is safe for you!

    I would actually study ANYTHING before I use it- especially if it is in such a sensitive place as the most important part of my reproductive system! BEWARE LADIES- STUDY WHATEVER METHOD YOU USE- YOU CAN AVOID MANY COMPLICATIONS THAT WAY!



    Regulations vary, but low concentrations, such as 3%, are widely available and legal to buy for medical use. Higher concentrations may be considered hazardous and are typically accompanied by a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). In high concentrations, hydrogen peroxide is an aggressive oxidizer and will corrode many materials, including human skin. In the presence of a reducing agent, high concentrations of H2O2 will react violently.

    High-concentration hydrogen peroxide streams, typically above 40%, should be considered a D001 hazardous waste, due to concentrated hydrogen peroxide’s meeting the definition of a DOT oxidizer, if released into the environment. The EPA Reportable Quantity (RQ) for D001 hazardous wastes is 100 pounds, or approximately ten gallons, of concentrated hydrogen peroxide.

    Hydrogen peroxide, either in pure or diluted form, can pose several risks:

    * EXPLOSIVE VAPORS: Above roughly 70% concentrations, hydrogen peroxide can give off vapor that can detonate above 70 °C (158 °F) at normal atmospheric pressure.[citation needed] This can then cause a boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion (BLEVE) of the remaining liquid. Distillation of hydrogen peroxide at normal pressures is thus highly dangerous.

    * HAZARDOUS REACTIONS: Hydrogen peroxide vapors can form sensitive contact explosives with hydrocarbons such as greases. Hazardous reactions ranging from ignition to explosion have been reported with alcohols, ketones, carboxylic acids (particularly acetic acid), amines and phosphorus.[citation needed]

    * SPONTANEOUS IGNITION: Concentrated hydrogen peroxide, if spilled on clothing (or other flammable materials), will preferentially evaporate water until the concentration reaches sufficient strength, at which point the material may spontaneously ignite.[38][39]

    * CORROSIVE: Concentrated hydrogen peroxide (>50%) is corrosive, and even domestic-strength solutions can cause irritation to the eyes, mucous membranes and skin.[40] Swallowing hydrogen peroxide solutions is particularly dangerous, as decomposition in the stomach releases large quantities of gas (10 times the volume of a 3% solution) leading to internal bleeding. Inhaling over 10% can cause severe pulmonary irritation.[citation needed]

    * BLEACH AGENT: Low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, on the order of 3% or less, will chemically bleach many types of clothing to a pinkish hue. Caution should be exercised when using common products that may contain hydrogen peroxide, such as facial cleaner or contact lens solution, which easily splatter upon other surfaces.

    * INTERNAL AILMENTS: Large oral doses of hydrogen peroxide at a 3% concentration may cause “irritation and blistering to the mouth, (which is known as Black hairy tongue) throat, and abdomen”, as well as “abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea”.[41]

    * VAPOR PRESSURE: Hydrogen peroxide has a significant vapor pressure (1.2 kPa at 50 oC[CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 76th Ed, 1995-1996]) and exposure to the vapor is potentially hazardous. Hydrogen peroxide vapor is a primary irritant, primarily affecting the eyes and respiratory system and the NIOSH Immediately dangerous to life and health limit (IDLH) is only 75 ppm. Documentation for Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLH): NIOSH [ Institute for Occupational Safety and Health] Chemical Listing and Documentation of Revised IDLH Values (as of 3/1/95). Long term exposure to low ppm concentrations is also hazardous and can result in permanent lung damage and OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established a permissible exposure limit of 1.0 ppm calculated as an eight hour time weighted average (29 CFR 1910.1000, Table Z-1) and hydrogen peroxide has also been classified by the ACGIH American Conference of Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) as a “known animal carcinogen, with unknown relevance on humans.[2008 Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents & Biological Exposure Indices, ACGIH] In applications where high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide are used, suitable personal protective equipment should be worn and it is prudent in situations where the vapor is likely to be generated, such as hydrogen peroxide gas or vapor sterilization, to ensure that there is adequate ventilation and the vapor concentration monitored with a continuous gas monitor for hydrogen peroxide. Continuous gas monitors for hydrogen peroxide are available from several suppliers. Further information on the hazards of hydrogen peroxide is available from OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Guideline for Hydrogen Peroxide and from the ATSDR. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

    * SKIN DISORDERS: Vitiligo is an acquired skin disorder with the loss of native skin pigment, which affects about 0.5-1% of the world population. Recent studies have discovered increased H2O2 levels in the epidermis and in blood are one of many hallmarks of this disease.[42]

    • Glenda
      June 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

      I have never tried using Hydrogen Peroxide in my vagina, and I am not sure I will. However, the information you are giving is extremely misleading. As the article you cite says at the beginning, a 3% solution is perfectly safe and widely available. When I was a child, 3% Peroxide was THE method our family used to disinfect wounds. The people here who are suggesting its use are suggesting to dilute it even further (if I understand correctly, down half) and then using it as a rinse. Although I am not sure it could do good, I am also not quite sure it would do harm.

      The data you cite refers to large concentrations of the product. Have you ever looked up Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (the most common ingredient in shampoo) and seen the MSDS on that? Again, SLS is probably not the greatest thing to put on your skin, but it won’t cause your skin to explode in the concentrations you get it in shampoo.

      • Lala
        December 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

        I think as far as doing your homework ladies, we should all always be doing homework on anything we put in or on our bodies. We have come too far away from the natural order of things and cant figure out how to “fix” our problems! Everyone is different and may respond differently to different things. Even if your Dr. prescribes something you s/b doing your homework. So we should not be so quick to poo poo each other’s ideas and get all huffy because something did not work for you. ner, seems like it works for more than less. Do be careful with all products and get to know your body. Eat right and do all things in balance and moderation. all things.

    • Aryanna
      March 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      There is a BIG difference between Food Grade Hydrogen peroxide and Hydrogen Peroxide sold in Shoppers drugmart which has added destabalizer. The difference is one can be ingested and you don’t die, your body just vomits it up if you have put too much in the body, and you do not die!!! The other that has a stabalizer kills you which is sold in the Pharmaplus. I know this because i myself have been on a hydrogen peroxide diet to keep my body from become too acidic.

    • Aryanna
      March 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy has been used for all kinds of ailments and its simply because out bodies naturally produce H2O2. If our body becomes too acidic, then our immune system isnt pumping enough hydrogen peroxide to fight the bad bacteria and viruses when we need it. Food Grade Hydrogen peroxide is what everyone should by not the kind from the drugstores. This kind is the kind your body produces becauses it doesnt have added stabalizers. It will help your immune system build and good bacteria build as well. It is not going to cause your mouth to burn, if you dilute the 35% that you get from the store to 3%, your vagina will be fine. I use it to keep myself clean and douche as well. I have been for the past 3 years.

  36. mae
    June 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

    insert plain yogurt helps also trus me it fites bad bacteria

    • ALi
      July 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm #


  37. Trisha
    June 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    For those of you voicing fears of douching, I just thought I would relay what my OB/GYN has always told me. Douching on a regular basis to “keep clean” is not necessary. Our vaginas havetheir own way of staying healthy with a proper balance of our own bacteria. Excessive douching can sometimes force bacteria through the cervix into the uteris and cause an infection, but from what I have been told this is a rare occurence. It’s totally fine if you don’t overdo it… the risk of being graphic, it’s not how hard you force the solution up there that does the work, it’s what is in the solution so be gentle.
    She has suggested to me a gel form of glacial acetic acid (it’s only vinegar)to avoid this “forcing” of liquid in unwanted areas.

  38. J
    July 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    i get bv only when my girlfriend and i have genital to genital contact. its rather annoying as you know if you are reading this.. with that said, i wanted to know if anyone knew the best way to prevent it as opposed to treat it when it happens. is there something easy i can do like douche once a week or something? or have take an herbal supplement daily? i dont want to do too much because besides when i have genital to genital sex, im clean as a daisy:) thanks.

  39. victoria
    July 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    So, can you soak a tampon in peroxide and wear it at night? Straight peroxide or cut with water??

  40. shay
    July 15, 2010 at 3:01 am #

    I have been struggling with bv, is there anything that really works long term?

  41. Carrie
    July 17, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    The BEST garlic and only one I use is a patented stable form (not going to mention the brand name here because I’m a therapist for it). Allicin is the active stuff in garlic and very unstable until a group of doctors & scientists developed a way to stablize it. You can take it orally (like suggested) and ditto on the diet changes for sure! I can’t see an uncrushed clove of garlic doing much of anything as the allicin compound isn’t formed until it is crushed (and then it BURNS sensitive tissue terribly… NOT recommended to insert into the vagina). However, maybe opening up a pill or two and mixing it into a douche would be helpful? We actually used it (internally +, mostly the liquid) for much more serious issues in our own family but I see many here have used even low/unstable doses successfully. I’m actually searching for preventatives and alternatives to treat Group B Strep in case I come up positive in my pregnancy. Sounds like I have everything I need already… Thanks everyone! 🙂 carrie AT

  42. muffin
    July 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    Every doctor I seen about BV says the same thing…it’s not sexually transmitted. But my boyfriend has the smell on him as well. Could someone explain that? keep in mind the doctor has taken some cultures and diagnosed it as BV. I’ve tried Tea Tree oil, that mess burns. So I’m gonna try the peroxide and water douche.

    • paulette
      September 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

      iv used the peroxide and water trick it only last a day or 2 at most for me

  43. laura
    July 26, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    i just wanted to say that i’ve been suffering BV for over 4 years non stop and im willing to try whatever….help please!

  44. ale
    August 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    i had a yest infection after my 2 son was born and it was on and of for about 6 monyh alway treated it with otc meds or prescriped meds then i got the merina iud birth control spotted a long time like three months no sex or anything then i got a yest infection again treated it came back a few days later then after awile it just didnt want to go away no more sex and didnt know what to do any more i was sad depressed and my husband was fustrated so i did resurch i didnt think these things would work but i was despret so i bought a douch 99 cents and apple cider vinager 3 dollers and tea tree oil 9 dollers what u do is fill have the bottle of peroxide 3 2 to 3 table spoons of apple cider vianger and 3 to 4 dropps of tea tree oil and the rest filterd water douch every night for 2 to 5 night and its garanted no more infection u will feel great im never buying no more otc ever again they dont work waist of money i spend a good 300 dollers and nothing worked, all you need to spend is 14 dollers and u be a lot better then otc stuff please dont buy that stuff its nasty and expensive dosnt work it only treat ur symptoms

    • LADY RED
      June 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm #


  45. smelly
    August 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    what happened no one has posted for months !!! did all the home remedies kill you ????

  46. Juliet
    September 14, 2010 at 5:59 am #

    Dear friends,

    I’m new here and I’m from Malaysia.I’ve been a BV carrier for over 5 years. I hated the smell so badly. It’s disgusting! Whenever I’ve got BV attack, I’ll never squat and never wear skirt cause smell it just unbearable.
    I’ve tried all sorts of treatment, you can just simple name it. And I can tell you whether it work or not.
    I used to go to the doctor for treatment whenever I got BV. What else they will prescribe? An antibiotic(Flagyl/Metronidazole) + 7days treatment AGAIN!!! Almost every month I get this stupid BV. I just get sick and tired.
    Recently I went to the pharmacy, I’ve told her what exactly my problem was, and the pharmacist recommanded me a local made probiotic (only for women),name’s Biolife Proutix (5 billion). It’s amazing, it’s really worked. How?
    I’ve got BV back in July 2010 just after my period and I went to the pharmacy, and she recommanded me Biolife Proutix (5billion). I took the pills for 4 days and it doesn’t work, I thought the pill doesn’t work and my money just wasted. Than I’ve decided to see the doctor, and the doctor gave me flagyl for 7 days, so I take it. After the 7 days treatment, I start to take the Biolife Proutix (5 billion) again, rather not to waste it (as the bottle come with 1 month supply). It’s not very expensive, for 1 month supply it’s about USD30. Agian, I don’t waste food & money, since it has been paid and it doesn’t do any harm to my body, why not?

    I’ve taking the pill while my period cycle come again for month of August 2010, suprisingly after period, that stupid BV didn’t come. I’m so happy & glad that this probiotic does work on BV. I’ve been continuously taking that for 2nd months, so far no BV and hardly got any discharge. I’m BV free now. I’m here HIGHLY RECOMMANDED Biolife Proutix (5 billion) as IT REALLY WORK. Good luck to all of you!!!

    • Sharon
      June 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

      Hi Juliet,
      Nice to know you. I’m a Malaysian as well. I suffer vaginal discharge for more than 2 years, since January, 2009. I have milky white to yellowish dicharge almost every single day that make me feel so stress and worry. Similar as you, I also tried many kind of treatment, even chinese medicine, but still unable to cure my vaginal discharge.

      Recently, I visited a local clinic & explained to them that I suffer from vaginal disharge. However, the doctor said that as I’m still a virgin, I’m not allow to do pap-smear test, thus they precribed me Fruconazole 150 mg, one week one table for 3 continuous week. I already finished it but stil unable to cure. Then, I become so desperate, I visited the clinic again, the precribed me another 8 table of Fruconazole, 150mg. I also finished my last tablet, but my vaginal discharge still didn’t stop.

      While taking Fruconazole, I also visited a pharmacy to get more opinion, the pharmacist precribed me albothyl suppository for 3 continuous day, which I inserted it into my vaginal 3 follwing days. After these 3 days, I noticed that my discharge seem less. However, too bad, I suffered yellowish vaginal discharge again after my period. I felt so worry and desprate again. I visited the pharmacy again, they precribed me albothyl suppository for another 6 days. Besides that, the pharmacist also recommended me to take Biolife Probiotic Proutix (5 billion) as he said prevent is better than cure. He said that Biolife Probiotic Proutix (5 billion) is useful in treating vaginitis.

      However, I already used the 6 albothyl suppository that he precribed for me and eat Biolife Probiotic Proutix (5 billion) for almost 10 days but my vaginal discharge stil haven’t stop. I feel so worry & search information from internet & saw your message. It seem a hope for me. Can you share more information with me regarding how you cure vaginitis? Mind I ask you few questions? Since August, 2010, you still have any recurrent vaginal discharge? You take Biolife Probiotic Proutix (5 billion) for how many months in order to 100% cure vaginitis? My pharmacist recommend me take 1 pill perday, take it once i wake up from bed. You took it in this way?

      Hope you will read my message. Looking forward for your reply. Thank you….

      Nice to know you, Juliet…. Wish you have a nice day….

    • Sharon
      June 9, 2011 at 5:14 am #

      Hi Juliet,
      Nice to know you. I’m a Malaysian as well. I suffer vaginal discharge for more than 2 years, since april, 2009. I have milky white to yellowish dicharge almost every single day that make me feel so stress and worry. Similar as you, I also tried many kind of treatment, even chinese medicine, but still unable to cure my vaginal discharge.

      Recently, I visisted a local clinic & explained to them that I suffer from vaginal disharge. However, the doctor said that as I’m still a virgin, I’m not allow to do the pap-smear test, thus they precribed me Fruconazole 150 mg, one week one table for 3 continuous week. I already finished it but stil unable to cure. Then, I become so desperate, I visited the clinic again, the precribed me another 8 table of Fruconazole, 150mg.

      After few days, I visited a pharmacy, the pharmacist precribed me albothyl suppository for 3 continuous day, which I inserted it into my vaginal 3 follwing days. After these 3 days, I noticed that my discharge seem less, but too bad, after my period, I have yellowish vaginal discharge again. I felt so worry and desprate & I visited the pharmacy again, they precribed me albothyl suppository for another 6 days. Besides that, the pharmacist also recommended me to take Biolife Probiotic Proutix (5 billion) as he said albothyl suppository may be not useful for me as I already have vaginal discharge for 2+ years. He also mentioned that prevent is better than cure. He said that Biolife Probiotic Proutix (5 billion) is useful in treating vaginitis.

      However, I already eat Biolife Probiotic Proutix (5 billion) for almost 10 days but my vaginal discharge stil haven’t stop. I feel so worry & search information from internet & saw your message. It seem a hope for me. Can you share more information with me regarding how you cure vaginitis? Mind I ask you few questions? Since August, 2010, you still have any recurrent vaginal discharge? You take Biolife Probiotic Proutix (5 billion) for how many months in order to 100% cure vaginitis? My pharmacist recommend me take 1 pill perday, take it once i wake up from bed. You took it in this way?

      Hope you will read my message. Looking forward for your reply. Thank you….

      Nice to know you, Juliet…. Wish you have a nice day….

  47. Laura
    October 3, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    Excellent article on the study of the Peroxide douche

    • Roxy
      April 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

      Please read the below study on the effective reversal of bacterial vaginosis with a hydrogen peroxide douche below. I will be trying this tonight. They did a hydrogen peroxide douche for a week and reversed bv in a 100% of the cases. Wow! Thanks to Laura for the link to the study.

      Utilisation of hydrogen peroxide in the treatment of recurrent bacterial vaginosis.
      [Article in English, Italian]

      Cardone A, Zarcone R, Borrelli A, Di Cunzolo A, Russo A, Tartaglia E.

      1st Obstetric and Gynecologic Clinic, Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Neonatology, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy.
      AIM: The authors have evaluated the real efficacy of using hydrogen peroxide for previously treated recurrent bacterial vaginosis that is resistant to other forms of treatment.

      METHODS: The study included 58 women aged between 18 and 42 years old. Vaginal irrigations with 30 ml of hydrogen peroxide (3%) were prescribed in the evening for a week. The follow-up was carried out 3 months after the end of treatment.

      RESULTS: The results clearly show that the use of hydrogen peroxide in vagina can eliminate the main symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, and in particular the malodorous leucoxanthorrhea in 89% of cases at 3 months after the end of treatment, a result that is comparable to that obtained using metronidazole or clindamycin as a vaginal cream. Moreover, hydrogen peroxide facilitates the restoration of normal vaginal bacterial flora (represented by H202-producing lactobacillus) in 100% of cases and normal acid pH (pH<4.5) in 98% of cases; it also fosters the disappearance of clue cells from vaginal smears and anaerobic pathogenic flora from vaginal secretions in 100% of cases. The amine test became negative in 97.8% of cases. All results underwent statistical analysis and were found to be statistically significant.

      CONCLUSION: Hydrogen peroxide represents a valid alternative to conventional treatments for recurrent bacterial vaginosis, and associates the absence of collateral effects with low costs, excellent tolerability and real therapeutic efficacy.

  48. laura
    October 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    can someone please elucidate further on how often this peroxide is used.that is if u intend to soak and use with a tampon.any suggestion could be useful.

  49. niyah
    October 18, 2010 at 12:16 am #

    Hi everybody i get bv alot i sometime douce alot to but i have stop the douceing and have bv 10x worst none of the meds my local dr provides helps it make the bacterial grow in to foam and comes out thick and white all over my boy friend he thinkks is an orgisum but i know better soo im stuck to home remedies my mom says they work better anyway so now im gona try the peroxide socked in an tampon over night any one tried this and how did it work for you

  50. Camara
    November 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    I had a case of BV almost two weeks ago I went to the doctor and he prescribed Metrozonidole in capsule form. I didnt want to take it so I looked for natural cures. I tried the Folic Acid pills + Probiotics (acidipholous) and that worked well got rid of the smell, but I still had some other symptoms, so I tried using the hydrogen peroxide + water douche, while it did seem to kill the bad bacteria it also burned really bad and my va-jay jay has been dry ever since. the dryness has caused soreness so I’m using cold compress down there each morning and night. I wish someone knew the correct measurements for the hydroperoxide +water douche, I think I used to much peroxide in mine, I hope this dryness is not permanant. : (

  51. Sue
    December 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    My gyn gave me boric acid suppositories. Yes boric acid the stuff that kills roaches. But this comes in a big capsule and you put one in your vagina for 3 days in a row. Then 1 every 3 days. They come in a bottle of 40 for under 10 dollars if you go to a discount pharmacy or walmart. It changed my life. The itching and order leaves immediately and you can take Ldophilus which comes refrigerated at walmart for about 12 dollars for 60 or more not sure because I ordered them from amazon last time. They need to be refrigerated after shipped.

  52. Angela G
    December 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Hi I used to suffer with bv quite often but have not had the problem for a couple of years. I have had problems for years with yeast infections started in my early teens . I had not had a problem for about a year and a half and then all of a sudden a couple of months ago it started right after my period but what I found to be very effective was yogurt inserted into a tampon or either if you have a applicator from a tube of cream you could use that also. There is also this stuff that you can purchase from the health food store called colloidal silver. This has proven to to be very effective for me add about 2 tp 3 teaspoons in a douche and douche for about 2-3 nights and in just a few days wow the irritation had cleared up the bottle is worth evey bit of $30.00 dont mind spending money for something when I know if will work

  53. Selly
    December 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    TWO WORDS: Jarrow Fem-Dophilus!
    I’ve had BV for over two years and within those two years I went to the doctor twice where I was prescribed antibiotics (metranidozale). It worked – but after a few days it came back even worse than before! What they don’t tell you is that the antibiotics kill the bad AND the good bacteria (and you need good bacteria). So I tried herbs (helped a little – like Golden Seal and Candida) and even Rephresh gel inserts – which worked for about 4 days and then the BV would come back but with a horrible sour smell.
    So I went to a natural foods grocery store – and asked for the Probiotics section since I came across that a lot throughout my research of this horrible condition, and he sent me to their refrigerated section of Probiotics.
    Immediately I picked up “Jarrow Formulas – FEM-DOPHILUS” (I figured it had to be special probiotics jut for women) I read it and thought it made perfect sense.

    This is urogenital condition. You’d neve think it, but your digestion health has ALOT to do with what goes on down there!

    The way I understand it is… my stomach acid was killing all the good bacteria! No good bacteria was able to survive through my digestion and make it down there to balance out the bad bacteria (hence, the fishy odor, discharge, ickiness). These Probiotics contain 2 strains of bacteria that are strong enough to make it through digestion and is able “colonize” the vagina and restore vaginal flora.

    I began taking 2-3 of these tiny capsules in the morning and at night and by day 3, NO SMELL or discharge!

    Ladies, you know BV effects more than just your vagina. I stopped going to yoga for a year out of fear that the person next to me and my instructor could smell it. I couldn’t even sit cross legged on the sofa while hanging out with my husband, it was that bad. Don’t even get me started on intimacy issues BV had caused. I didn’t feel sexy or feminine, had to constantly change my undies, it was just awful. Some days were worse than others, but no matter what, I could smell it. I couldn’t even let my husband be playful with me cause I didn’t want him near me.
    After day 3 of taking Fem-Dophilus I noticed the smell was gone. And truly, I felt happier than I had in two years. I had no idea the effect it was having on my life overall.

    You can get these probiotics at a health food store, price ranges from $20-$28 but you can get either 30 or 60 capsules – but make sure it has been kept REFRIGERATED, these are living organisms and need to stay refrigerated. So be careful if you decide to order online. Here is the Jarrow website:
    Read the article under “Science News: Probiotics for Women.” It’s a long article, but it has scientific research to back up their claims on these strains of bacteria.

    As a side note: don’t use fragranced panty liners, pads or tampons, it reeks havoc on your vagina. Don’t clean too aggressively with body washes down there, and if you need to – switch to a fragrance free laundry detergent.

    I hope you ladies give this a try ASAP. It really changed my life.

  54. watershi
    January 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    the tip given on douching w/ peroxide and water. what is the correct measurement?? or is it Hydrogen Peroxide, folic acid and acidophilus works wonders. Treat as follows:
    Douche with:
    1/2 Peroxide- 1/2 distilled or spring water
    1-2 tablets folic acid daily (800 mcgs or higher)
    2-3 capsules of acidophilus???????????????????????????????????????

    please let me know

  55. watershi
    January 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    plus to add to my last comment

    1/2 peroxide – 1/2 water

    1/2 is what?? cup or capfull???

  56. kjs
    January 24, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    I used a douche now and then many years ago and it seemed harmless enough until the bacterial infection spread deep in my uterus. My doctor told me that I had undoubtedly spread the infection via douching. Now regardless of the ingredients of the douche, it is a risk I won’t take again.

    I also don’t know any knowledgeable doctors these days who still suggest douching. All that I have heard from or read from agree that it can cause more damage than good regardless of what you use. It throws off the natural pH of the vaginal area and in the process, decreases the bodies ability to reduce infections by removing the good bacteria and eliminates natural fluids that the body uses to flush out the bad bacteria. They used to recommend Cider Vinegar douche IF I was determined to disregard their advice, but now they won’t recommend even that.

  57. Melina
    January 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    I have made an interesting observation….
    I had sex with a guy 5 years ago and contracted BV. I managed to finally clear it up with probiotics, raw garlic orally and cutting back on beer and sugar.

    5 years later(5 years free of BV), I end up meeting back up with the guy, we had sex and boom- BV is back. Much of the research I have seen suggests that men cannot cause a woman to get BV but you cannot convince me of this. Obviously this guy is a carrier.

    So…all you ladies with chronic BV might want to look at your partners (men and women) and start THEM on the garlic, probiotic etc… diet as well! Many people have BV without experiencing any symptoms while others of us (sigh) do.

    • alley
      May 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      thats not how it is! that same guy could hav sex with other women and them not hav the problem at all. i truly believe it depends on how 2 peoples chemistry match your body simply dosnt agree with his bacteria so it causes the problem

      • LADY RED
        June 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm #


    • Name
      June 10, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      Melina is correct! Years ago I used to get BV then they called it Gardenerella; and they would treat me & my mate with Flagyl. The infection would disappear and that would be it. Now they say that men don’t need to be treated and it is passed back & forth. I had sex with a guy the first time we had it no BV, the second time no BV, the third time BV! Which leads me to believe that he had sex with someone who had BV and passed it on to me.

    • Sherl
      July 1, 2011 at 5:59 am #

      I had that issue with my husband. His seamen was very high in alkaline. That threw my vagina balance off and I had BV, My husband has changed his diet less sugar and carbs and we don’t have that problem anymore.

  58. Mary C.
    February 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    I agree w/ the poster who said that oral sex is a major cause of BV! I feel bad telling my husband “no thanks” but I have discovered after 10 yrs of marriage every time he pleasures me orally I get the worst BV or yeast infection! He felt bad and didn’t believe me at first but then I had him rinse his mouth and brush his teeth w/ hydrogen peroxide prior to oral sex and viola! no BV or yeast! Unfortunately he hates the aftertaste of peroxide and it dries his mouth out…..sigh. Douching w/ peroxide is my cure (mostly spring water just a splash of peroxide) and yogurt and greens.

    • ad
      June 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

      omg you are ABSOLUTLY RIGHT! i think oral sex is what gives me recurrent bv.
      so annoying!

  59. Stacy
    February 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    I just got BV 3 weeks ago for the first time. My husband and I have been together for 4 years and I’ve never had a problem after sex. (I always get in the shower and rinse off afterwards)
    I went to the ER because I have no insurance and they gave me Flagyl. The infection even spread back to my rectum! I’m going on week 3 with this it is awful. I’ve been taking garlic pills, and I did a small douche of peroxide and water and it BURNED because my skin is so irritated. It did seem to help though. I’m going tomorrow to get a probiotic to start. Now I am just dealing with the discharge and it’s making everything irritated and constantly moist! I am just so tired of this I want my vagina back! Any of you have any luck with the options posted on here?? I’m hoping so since there hasnt been a post since November!

    • Sherl
      July 1, 2011 at 6:05 am #

      Continue douche with peroxide for 5 to 7 days. It will cure the smell and balance you out. If your husband has high alkaline leaves in his seamen. It will throw your Virginia balance off. If he eats a lot of sugar and refined carbs most likely why you have BV.

  60. Aljeandra
    February 18, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    hello every one i just recently got bv i did not know what it was i thought i had caught an std because the itching is unbearable and the odor makes me want to stay in the house i read all of the tips on here and i am unsure of which remedy to try someone please help! i am embarrassed so much and i really need help please!!!! you can contact me at [email protected] thanks so much

  61. Maria
    February 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Thanks Laura. Great link to read for those who say that it’s crazy to use peroxide

    • Sherl
      July 1, 2011 at 6:06 am #

      Use a 1/2 water to 1/2 peroxide and douche for 5 to 7 days.

  62. liberty
    February 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    if you have been taking pharmaceutical antibiotics, either orally or topically, and the infection keeps coming back it may be because you are killing all of the good bacteria (which keeps the bad bacteria in check) and the bad bacteria has become resisitant to treatment. you need to kill the bacteria that causes the problem without harming the helpful bacteria. solaray makes a product called yeast-cleanse. it contains caprylic acid, pau d’arco, grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil and garlic. all are very powerful, natural anti-fungal and anti-biotic remedies. the bottle says to take 6 pills daily, but i have taken 6 in the morning and 3 at night with no harmful side effects. also, mega dose on a good quality probiotic for a few weeks and then take a regular dose every day forever and ever. also, tea tree oil is a wonderful topical remedy. you can douche with 1 part pure tea tree oil to 10 parts purified water or if that is too irritating for you, whole foods sells a tea tree oil suppository. the relief is almost instant, although treatment should be continued for several days after syptoms are gone. as a maintenence, do everything you can to boost your immune system… probiotics, vitamins, supplements, excercise, lots of water, healthy diet… there is a lot of information out there on the topic of yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and general immune health. do your research and look to the more natural paths rather than medicinal, if that path has been failing you. good luck. it sucks, i know.

    • Tired of BV
      March 2, 2011 at 3:40 am #

      Without reading your post, I went purchased the Solaray Yeast-Cleanse today & will go back to buy the tea tree oil suppositories. I am so relieved that this has worked for you & pray that I have results.

      • T
        April 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

        Did this work for you last year? The Solaray Yeast Cleanse?

    • FREE from BV
      March 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

      I have been having a problem with this BV for the past 6yrs and have used all the antibotics, creams, gels you can use. So I read on this site that people had tried dipping a tampon in plain I thought well instead of doing all that why not just insert 1 AZO Yeast tablet and then put a tampon in to make it stay. I kept the tampon in for about 4rs the tablet dissolved.I must say I saw and immediate change. I took the tampon out the pill had dissoved all the way and its been two weeks no smelly discharge I’m very happy.

      • ana
        March 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

        Omg im so happy for u!! Imma try that and see if it works for me thank you

    • annonymous
      January 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

      Where did you find the Solaray Yeast Cleanse?? I would like to try it.

  63. LH
    February 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    @Elise There is 3% hydrogen peroxide that comes in the brown bottle at the grocery store. There is 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide that you can get at the pharmacy or order online. There are higher % of peroxide as well. All people need to do is do some research and get information. Of course the medical community would say it’s corrosive and dangerous. It’s costs pennies on the dollar.

    Some good information I found is websites that explain which foods are alkaline and which are acidic. Change your diet, lay off drinking, take flora supplements. Also try your local herbal store..they probably already have a remedy made up in capsule form.

    The good hydrogen peroxide info I found online was researching treatments for helping with depression.

  64. betseyboo
    March 10, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    After reading about side effects of harsh antibiotics, I had an epiphany to use my homemade yogurt and I swear overnight it worked but I will keep using it as a precaution. It’s not difficult to make and it has the most active cultures available. I’d invest in a yogurt maker; amazon has them for pretty cheap and the overall health benefits are amazing. You can look up directions for heating the milk, cooling and adding yogurt then putting mixture in a yogurt maker; you’ll have incredible healthy yogurt in about 7hours. I ate about a cup before bedtime (unsweetened!) and inserted a very small amount inside but I am very squeamish so I did not use any tampon or other insertion tool. please try this minimally invasive and very healthy option especially if you have recurring symptoms. also, no sugar, and unsweetened grape juice (tastes awful but it works) is great for flushing out the urinary tract system because i know its common to have uti symptoms at the same time.

  65. Alternative Medicine
    March 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Actually me and my family have used alternative products for already 2 years for all of our problems and I cant see us turning back.

  66. wendy pooh
    March 31, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    I did some Google research and found about a tea named pay d Arco but I hate tea and would rather take capsules. So I purchased the capsules. It worked almost instantly for me. I’m continuing to take the capsules everyday and its quite a relief it is not only a natural herb its an immune system builder I am not a big fan of yoplait yogurt but I do eat dannon activia yogurt everyday. When I take after dinner and I lay down it feels as if I can feel it fighting off the bacteria. I’ve tried the tea tree oil treatment and hated it I knew there had to be a more natural way and this is it.

  67. virgo0981
    April 13, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    I have been getting BV for the past 8 years and I am not an easily embarrased person, but this one cuts the cake for me. I have tried every medicine possible and still it comes back. I had previously had the same partner for 6 years and I have it constantly and now I have a new parnter and I still have it. I have been really frustrated, so I am now taking notes and decided to go the natural route. I did try to boric acid (i would not recommend), but it caused me to get urinary tract and yeast infection so I stop taking that. I think my eating habits plays a role as well, I drink a lot of caffeninne and eat alot of salty sugary foods as well. I am going to try eating frozen veggies, fresh veggies , try the acidphilus and the tea tree oil to see if i get better results. In addition, I am doing a detox next week, so hopefully all of this helps.

    • debbie
      June 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

      hello how are you? I feel really bad about the same problem I have been getting it for 10 years and nothing seems to completely get rid of it. I don’t want to be having to take this medicine for the rest of my life but just can’t get rid of it. I have been married for 21 yrs. and my hubby understands but it does get on our nerves. Sometimes i think i might even put use too much of the mediicine just so i will feel confident when we make love. Good luck to you

  68. Milk Lady
    May 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    I’m 30 yrs. old I had a hysterectomy in August of 2010 and ever since I have re occuring BV about every 2 weeks, could it be from oral sex? I have started taking a multi vitamin every day and seen no results. I have been prescribed the metro cream and hate it. I’m going to try the herbal way, I hope it works.

  69. SOS
    May 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Ever since I went swimming in my Grand mother’s pool, which you can’t see thourgh the water because if all the alge, the night after that, before bed, I went to the bathroom. As I was pulling my underwear up I notice a small dark spot that was wet. I asked my Aunt and she said not to worry about it. After I got back from break, it was the worst problem I have ever had.
    I thought I had yeast infection, after a little self-research,( I was in the 4th grade so I didn’t know that self- diagnosis wasn’t the way to go), I asked my mom to get we something to treat it. After 3 treatments later I still have the same problems.
    About 2 years later I had seen a gyn, sadly that was one of my good days where I don’t have to change my undies more than twice in one day, so I didn’t get diagnosed. I don’t want to go back, I don’t want to trouble my mom, school is getting harder because we started exams, ever.
    PLZ help me, I don’t want to do something like douce or something like go back to the gyn. Any ideas? plz help

  70. alley
    May 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    ya really every1 says use peroxide use peroxide but noone gives detail on exactly how! its fustrating and im worried to do it wrong im also worried it will sting

  71. Marija
    May 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    I’m a 21 year old woman and just recently got diagnosed with BV this past November. I am clean, healthy, active, and a 4th year university student so clearly I am not dumb… which is how I feel sometimes due to BV :(. As many of you, I have gone through both the insert capsules as well as the pills prescribed by my Gyno. – And of course NONE of the meds gave me a permanent result of no more BV. I was so frustrated of having reoccurring BV and so was my boyfriend. He has been absolutely amazing and has stayed by my side through it but it is a terrible thing to have come and go and have to constantly worry about! I honestly felt doomed and BV made me feel ugly and gross. I felt like I almost lost all hope and was just going to be stuck visiting the Gyno every month or so….

    I began extensively researching for a natural cure a couple weeks ago and came across this website, and it gave me 1000s of suggestions to cures! I am now on my third day of my 100% natural treatment that I learned from other woman from this site which is so far working awesome!

    On the first day I first soaked in a bath filled with 1 and a half cups of apple cider vinegar… I will most likely try and do this once a week for it promotes a healthy cleanse for the vagina, so I have researched!
    In the morning I take 1 folic acid pill, 1 odorless garlic pill, and one vitamin B pill and insert a tampon which I soaked in Biobest plain natural yogurt. I leave the tampon in for 2 hours.
    I take 1 acidophilus pill 30 minutes after 3 meals a day
    and throughout the day I take 3 more odorless garlic pills.

    This is now my third day taking these supplements and inserting the yogurt and the smell is GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am ECSTATIC… no more embarrassing strong fishy smell coming from inside me! I have very high hopes that this treatment will be my cure and I will never have to deal with the uncomfort of BV again. No more subconscious thoughts about smelling down there! I PROMISE I will update in a few weeks to let you know if this treatment was truely successful! It is a SAFE, EASY, and CHEAP way to say bye bye to BV!!
    Please ladies don’t lose hope, you can be cured!

    • pk
      August 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      has it come back? i want to do your treatment, but only if it’s a cure, b/c yogurt alone helps me temporarily get rid of it

  72. Angel Face
    June 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    OMG Ladies! This is so crazy! i thought I was the only person suffering from this crap! I had my wisdom teeth extracted last year, my Dentist put me on amoxicillin x 10 days, my vag hasn’t been the same! I’ve been dealing with this for over a year I am so exhausted with this! Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions! Most I have already tried with no success, but there’s some new I’m willing to try, cant hurt right? 🙂

    • Nae
      December 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

      hey darling when ever anyone puts a woman on antibotics make sure to always stock up on eatting yougurt. while the antibotic is helping with one problems area it is killing both your good and bad bacteria and eatting yougurt while you are taking them will rid this problem

  73. mschocolet
    July 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    Thanks ladies for all of your wonderful insight on remedies. I have been dealing with this for quite sometime now. When I was younger i was plagued by this bv, and for years off and on I was given antibiotics and flagyl…which i hid and consumed with much embarrassment.

    I thought this was My Personal Problem! Until I picked up a prescription for my mom, which was flagyl…and realized she was suffering from the same thing. So I figured it was just in our genes.

    A vinegar douche has always subsided the symptoms. I’ve never repeated the douche day after day… and eventually I just decided that sex was too risky as I feared that these breakouts could be far worst than any doctor had told me.

    After giving up on sex for awhile, I had another breakout. I was treated for a yeast infection and when the meds didnt work I stock piled OTC meds. The yeast infection inserts(creams and ovules) acted like food for the bacterial infection.
    Please be careful with self diagnosis and treatment.

    IM GOING TO TRY the apple cider vinegar peroxide garlic to relieve the symptoms. I also have a bottle of yeast gard for the long run. Then im heading for the probiotics isle..

    I think this disease is passed genetically…orally…sexually…and reoccurs because of reinfection, poor diet or having never been totally cleared up in the first place. Good luck ladies! Lets kick bv to the curb……

  74. Name
    July 13, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    I have reoccuring bv and i also have a clitoral piercing. Could that be a reason that this keeps comiing back? And can i still keep it?

    • Nae
      December 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      I have one too…but too much oral sex or douching too much, even too much sugarin your diet can be the cause. I have tried the apple cider vinger douche half water and half apple cidder vinegar even sometimes chopping fresh garlic in a seperate bottle sitting in the vinegar then pouring into a douche bottle with the other half water and take a clove or too with 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water down the hatch (mouth) ;0). This remedy helps get rid of odor and other issues like blood pressure problems and tons of other things this duo does

  75. Mz Dee
    July 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    OMG Ladies!!!! I dont mean to be funny but i have been getting these since my new boyfriend now of six years… But i thought what is wrong with me!!! but now that i have read all of these i dont feel so alone now… I had a dr tell me that i clean myself too much and to just use water!!! are you kidding me! but after i began to take the med and the odor went away i tried it.. huh.. but of course it still came back! so what now doc!!! i think i will try the diluted peroxide, it cant hurt. Once again ladies good luck to us all.. This is crazy all that we go through as being ladies!! Whats next???? lol…

  76. just a friend
    July 27, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    Okay – so I personally never had this but my BFF did for several years. After doing allll the stuff her Dr said, she finally listened to me (as I am a HUGE believer in natural treatments). What worked for her was to take high level probiotics (the kind you buy in the refrigerator at the healthfood store, NOT on the shelf). She took those 3x a day and inserted one vaginally at night. Along with that she took Grapefruit Seed Extract. It is naturally anti-bacterial AND anti-fungal so it helps with yeast or BV. She also inserted one of those each night. At the point she was willing to try my method she had external irritation, so she also bought the liquid Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) and diluted it (VERY IMPORTANT) to 10-20 drop per 1 ounce of water & sprayed it externally. You can also apply yogurt instead for relief – but I would recommend Greek yogurt since that is MUCH higher in probiotics anyway & thicker, so it stays on better like an ointment anyway. Then….and I think this was AS IMPORTANT as any of the rest of it – she got her husband to take the GSE 3x a day for 14 days. She has been fine now for the past several years. I hope this might help someone else too. She was so miserable & I was so frustrated that she kept listening to the Drs instead of cheaper & easier natural remedies..that clearly were more effective too. ALSO – makes sure you are TREATING your laundry. You should be adding 1 cup of vinegar to EVERY wash until you are symptom free or you can just be reinfecting yourself when you get dressed. Hot water does NOT kill everything. You must take it a step further.

  77. BV Hater
    August 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I have had BV since I was 19, or at least that’s when I was diagnosed with it. I was given Flagyl in the past and it cleared it up for a while, but now when I take the Flagyl or Metronidozale I get an itching and burning sensation in the nether region. It’s as if the Flagyl is increasing my symptoms. I came to this site to see if there were and herbal remedies I could try. There is tons of info and I will be trying all of it. However I am curious if the Flagyl has had the same effect on any of you that it has had on me?

    • annonymous
      January 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      Flagyl can cause a yeast infection because it also kills the good bacteria. When you get the Rx for Flagyl you also need to get a Rx for Diflucan then you can take the Diflucan capsul if it causes a yeat infection. It only takes 1 capsul to cure the yeast infection.

  78. Valarie
    August 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm #


    I had a rough cycle of BV and yeast infections several years ago. I was told to use the Metronidazole gel for the BV (which, by the way, had been undiagnosed for a while – I just thought there was something wrong with me that couldn’t be fixed), which led to a yeast infection. Then they told me to use a Monistat type thing, which brought back the BV.

    Finally, I was given a large oral dose of Metronidazole (all in one shot), and it got rid of the BV. And if I got a yeast infection, I used Diflucan.

    I recently learned (as odd as this sounds, it WORKS), that a peeled garlic clove inserted into the vagina kills a yeast infection within 24 hours. Thread a piece of string through it so you can retrieve it more easily, and put it in before you go to bed. Take it out in the morning. It works, it’s cheap and it’s NOT A CHEMICAL!

    Garlic kills yeast; that’s why if you make a bread which includes garlic, you have to add the garlic after the yeast has already caused the bread to rise, or the garlic will kill the yeast and it will not rise.

    Hope this is helpful. 🙂

    • Plotus
      November 22, 2011 at 4:50 am #

      twist the garlic in a piece of gauze and gently smash the clove, and leave a tail for pulling out later. This way it is gentle and not burning when used in the vagina. Works wonderfully

  79. ana ternate
    October 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    hi there please anyone who knows the best treatment cause i am also suffering the same since july 2011..please give me the right remedy for it.

  80. Katie
    November 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Sux that this has to happen why can’t we all just smell and taste like flowers… Just tried a tea tree oil douch…. Fingers crossed something improves I’m so suck of this

  81. Rashaundra
    November 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    I have read everyones comments and seems to me, people write what
    they want. I have had BV for awhile and recently started my natural process
    for getting rid or at least temporary so I can conceive. Tussin to help decrease
    mucus in vagina and yogurt smoothies or regular yogurt and plenty of water to
    help flush out the bad mucus. I don’t know about these peroxide douches or
    yogurt douches to help, ’cause it sounds kind weird. I wish all luck in their endeavors.

  82. The Cure
    December 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    look into “Femanol”…

  83. Trustme
    December 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    I HAVE FOUND A CURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my sister recommended a book by Dr.pompa called no grain no sugar diet and over 90 recipes!! i began eating ONLY meat and veggies…there were recipes for non grain non flour bread.obviously at first it was very very very difficult i stopped after 2 weeks and i regret for not doing it longer but this time around i will make it a way of sure i will end up getting used to these types of recipes and wont want anything snacks are almonds and breakfast mainly turkey bacon and eggs.oh i also drink silk pure almond non sweetened almond milk 🙂 hope you all try this for a mth or so and just watch your symptoms DISAPPEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one more thing,i tried eveyrthing and anything i spent $500 on holistic and fem-dophilus,vinegar douches,tea tree oil douches EVERYTHING AND ONLY THIS DIET HELPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wladies we need to starve this yeast by not feeding it sugars,starches and grains PLEASE TRY THIS IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE 🙂 YOUR MARRIAGE YOUR BODY 🙂

  84. Unsure
    December 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    I know that everyone is talking about using peroxide, but has anyone heard of using Witch Hazel? A friend of mine told me about and how well it works for her and I cant seem to find any good information about it… Does anyone know anything about using Witch Hazel?

  85. misy T
    January 19, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    Hello, All,

    it’s a shame that we have to suffer so much as women with all these ups and down with our bodies. I too suffer from chronic BV but i have found that your partner can pass the BV infection to you as well. it is very important that they receive treatment while you are being treated. if not it defeats the time and effort of curing yourself.
    good luck

  86. Animallover2036
    February 11, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    I have tried many of these remedies and nothing seems to work 🙁 I have been to the doctor as well and it hasn’t helped at all. I”m at a loss for things to do. There is one thing that works for a while and it is an over the counter treatment for BV made my VH essentials. It clears up the BV but once I have sex again it comes back and it is too expensive to buy all the time. I was told to try the RePhresh gel but I really want to use natural products but it seems like I have tried everything from yogurt on a tampon to vinegar in my bath. Are there any other suggestions?

  87. acidophilus
    February 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    It is actually a great and helpful piece of info. I heard about lactobacillus acidophilus it would help clear up these infection.

  88. tori
    March 2, 2012 at 12:02 am #


    I havent had sex in 3 years and I think I have BV. BV only happens when I am on my period, I dont know why but it really shows up during my period. I have mixed salt, white vinegar, and water together to stop this infection and so far it has worked. The smell has disappeared and its not itching or bothering me. I have not seen a GYN at all in my life. When I check my vagina in the mirror, it looks inflamed until AFTER I add the salt, white vinegar, and water even lightly touching my vagina, after I look at it after, its not inflamed at all. I really am worried on what the doctor is going to say but if I do this if its really bad, it works. I know it burns but you feel relief afterward.

    • Nicki
      March 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      Period blood is acidic…thas y u r getting it. I say stop torturing yourself with the burn…flush your body out with a gallon of water a day with fresh squeezed lemon and drink kefier

  89. Nicki
    March 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Reading this post on the issue…I found when my diet was proper and drank only water at about a gallon a day with fresh squeeze lemon my bv issues were gone. I actually had a hard time getting pregnant since the sperm is acidic and if u have bv issues u r likely to get it. If u masterbate your sexual fluid as women is also acidic causing bv. Lemon in the water helped because lemon water alkalines the body. Bv raises your PH level in your vagina hence y flushing out with lemon water is esstential…I mean consider the benefits of of the master cleanse diet that uses fresh squeezed lemon.

    Also the brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide didn’t cure bv for me but it DOES instantly stop the odor. Thankfully, my bv never smelt fishy but it would have a strong odor after sex that was off and is soak a unscented tampon n the peroxide…smell was gone after I wore the tampon for maybe 30 minutes. Nowadays…kefeir that is mentioned has become my best friend…I only got yeast infections because of the medication to stop bv…so when I am treating bv I continue to drink kefier and I haven’t had a yeast infection of no sort since on kefier…I will NEVER stop taking kefier. As for my issue with bv…buckle down and maintain a healthy diet and drink kefier…I will do 6-7 swallows of it before bed. Your body rejuventates while u sleep hence y I drink it before bed. Also drink the gallon water with fresh squeeze lemon throughout the day and cut back on bad carbs and sugar. My battle with bv isn’t over come…but I am close…I can tell.

  90. SICK OF BV
    March 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Ok so do you really get BV from sex or oral sex? this is my 6th or 7th time having BV and its a total nightmare. The first time I had BV if i remember correctly was back at college (i am now 25) and although i was not a virgin i clearly remember not having any sexual relations during that period, I didnt even know i had BV i thought it was something or someone else but realized the smell seemed to follow me around, eventually it went on its own. I later had this during my first year of uni, again HORRID smell, i was always paranoid, i refused to get close to people and stayed in doors. But it really got to me when my friend smelt it and quickly moved away whilst holding her nose, she bent down to pick up something underneath the table (i was using her laptop) and quickly screamed “omg what the heck is that smell” that was it for me i knew i had to get away from people. I went to see the doc and i got prescription for an antibiotic which worked but as soon as my period came and went the BV started soon after.

    The meds worked but AGAIN after my period it came back *sigh* So i went online and found all these tips such as douching with peroxide, tea tree oil, plain yogurt, garlic clove in the vagina and all that. I never tried the vinegar or boric acid, too scared. Anyways the peroxide did nothing for me, didn’t react but didn’t solve it either, i then tried the yogurt using a syringe, it worked for a few min maybe on hour then smell comes back, continuous use does improve it and reduces the smell but it was still there however not a noticeable amount. The best in my opinion was the tea tree oil and the garlic clove. The tea tree oil is VERY STRONG so if you are thinking of using it then use before you shower, if not you will stink of it. If you want IMMEDIATE relieve from the smell the tea tree oil is best. The smell does come back but constant use will get rid of it as long as you are willing to stink of tea tree oil that is why it is best to use before you shower. I can guarantee smell free day with tea tree oil. It eventually went.

    Was free for couple of months mind you at this time i was NOT HAVING SEX infact i have been sex free for 3 YEARS until 4 months ago and during this sex free period i have had bv which makes me question whether having sex or oral sex causes bv? The last time i had bv i used a garlic clove, and inserted it at night before i slept ofc following instructions and it does work! your hands will stink! or garlic but it works!.

    AND NOW RECENTLY AFTER A YEAR FREE OF BV IT CAME BACK!! AFTER DECIDING TO GO ON THE BC PILL!! WORST DECISION EVER!” I have had oral sex with my current partner and NO BV but as soon i went on the pill it came, on the last day of my period, and after sex it was WORSE!! i have now been to the clinic and have been given a 5day treatment of metronidazole. I am also taking some probiotic yogurt drinks since i am not a yogurt fan. I will be buying some probiotic capsules and some acidophilus. I currently have bio fem to use as a preventative but don’t know if this is good enough. Does anybody have any advice on keeping BV at bay? i don’t need to douch since i am already on the meds i just need advice on what to do AFTER i complete the 5 day treatment. so probiotic and acidophilus? is that all? p.s. my bf is so understanding and is sticking by me, maybe he needs to take something too?

  91. Fooly
    March 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    The best thing to do is to go to the doctor and ask your Doc/GYN for some MetroGel or Metronidazole pills.Douching pushes the infection into your tubes. The solutions you all uses is a temporary relief thats why the infection comes back so rapidly. Douche is ok if you cant get to the doctor but its not a cure.

  92. T
    April 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Today marks 8 weeks of dealing with this round of BV. I went to my PCP and she gave me Flagyl. I took it as recommended with no luck. I then tried the yogurt trick. AND lemon juice on a tampon. I started taking ODORlESS GARLIC a few days ago, however the hubby noticed the smell of Garlic right away. I am doing probiotic w Vit B as suggested by another above. Still dealing with it. Today I spent $40.00 for a bottle of American Health Probiotic Acidophilus (20 billion) and fed-dophilus capsules. I will add them to my current plan and see.

    I do believe that when you are with a partner that you pass this back and forth. I also agree with the ORAL SEX can cause it.

    I m also trying to cut out the GRAINS and SUGARS, it has not been easy.

    will post update, good or bad.

  93. Danyelle
    April 24, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I’ve been suffering with persistent vaginal burning for about 2 years now. Often there is no infection present. One time I was diagnosed with thrush after experiencing agonising burning and was prescribed a pessary, which completely got rid of it. It was so nice to feel free! But, burning symptoms came back within a few weeks! This time no thrush was detected, but I used Clotrizamole cream and it gave some relief. A few weeks ago I had BV for the first time. The smell was gross i felt really dirty! Metrodizanole sorted it out fine. But again, I have no thrush, BV, STDs and am still experience burning inside the vagina? I wash with aqueous cream which seems to help a bit. I’ve read all the tips, decided I decided against the hydrogen peroxide as it seemed too chemically, tried the garlic and vinegar and yoghurt, which all offered some relief but not cure. I’ve decided it may be to do with diet so I’m going to stock up on cranberry juice, start taking daily vitamins and drink as many pints of water I can with lemon juice squeezed into it. I will get back to you girls and see if this helps!

  94. Michelle
    April 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    No, BV is not a sexually transmitted disease, however if the man’s semen has a different pH than your vagina you may get BV because it will cause an imbalance. That’s why it smells worse right after sex, it’s the introduction to the semen and its specific pH that makes it worse. Of course any woman can get it at any time, it only takes a small fluctuation of your pH which will cause the bad bacteria to overtake the good. And even at different points in your cycle your pH could be different allowing an imbalance of bacteria.

    And for those of you who have never had BV before— Do Not try to self-diagnose. You could make things worse by not getting the proper disease treated. You could have something else that the hydrogen peroxide can’t help, or could make worse, leaving your disease to go unchecked.

    It’s not the peroxide that has caused problems for some of you, it’s more likely that you didn’t have BV at all, but some other thing going on down there.

    My doctor told me to try the peroxide first, as most women have success with it. It worked like a charm. I didn’t get it again until recently (it’s been 4 years), so I knew what it was, and it worked like a charm again.

  95. Depressed
    May 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    I have had BV for 4 years now. I have tried everything been to massive doctors that don’t seem to know anything. Spent so much money on co-pays, std testing by every different doctor I have seen and all tests have been negative, antibiotics ,creams, Boric acid, yogurt, vinegar , Pro-biodics, different soaps, and even different laundry soaps. I have begged doctors for help. I even check my partner out every time we are getting ready to have relations to make sure he does not have perfume from soaps or anything else. I make sure we are clean. I have got phobias from this will not take baths, no hot tubs, no swimming pools, no more summing in lakes or creeks. I won’t touch my self with out washing my hands first. It cause me mental issues have no one to talk to about this. I feel like a freak. Me and my guy have been together for 25 years and I am scared every time we have sex due to worry if its going to come back.. Many fights about why they are testing me over and over for std’s. He has accused me of cheating over and over again. Many tears BV has been a night mare for me and I would not wish this on anyone not even my worst enemy. I told one of the doctors I wanted my crotch back and she laughter at me. Hurt my feeling. I can’t get help from no one. I can’t even tell my best girlfriend she can’t believe that is keeps coming back. A little over a year ago a I tried taking my own life cause the stress of BV and my relationship problems. I am on antidepressants and I sleep all the time. I guess just shut me up. I don’t know how long I am going to be able to keep up with this. Should I just tell the guy I am with to go find someone normal. Should I just sleep my life away. I feel no one cares.. I wish I could find a woman’s group with woman who are going though the same night mare as me. So at least I would not feel alone.

  96. Yali
    May 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm #


  97. Adriana
    June 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I found many of these ideas interesting, but the one that shocked me the most was the yogurt tampon! I don’t know how willing I’d be to try that one? I mean having a tampon soaked in yogurt in your vagina for a couple hours doesn’t really sound too apealling.

    Anyways, I tend to get vaginal infections quite easily because of an immune disorder, and I can”t even tell you how many times I’ve been on antibiotics. I don’t really like to take them because they kill the “good” bactieria along with the “bad” and tend to cause problems themselves. So I’m excitedd to try some of these and see how well they work.

    If anyone has tried the yogurt tampon, please let me know how it works, maybe it’ll give me enough courage to try it myself?

  98. lisa
    June 19, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    Right now i’m trying 1Tbsp apple cider vinegar in a cup of water drink twice a day and plain yogurt with active cultures inside the vag (inserted with a turkey baster…..don’t laugh) followed by a tampon…..or if I have time soaking in a bath w/2 cups of vinegar for at least 30 mins…and from time to time wetting a washcloth with warm water and adding some drops of tea tree oil and rubbing on the outside of the vagina before bed….all of the products together (apple cider vinegar, yogurt, and tea tree oil) only cost about 8 dollars so it won’t hurt to try …I’ve been doing it for a couple of days now and have had no symptoms…..i’m starting to feel normal again yay! Fingers crossed wish me luck guys and good luck to you:-) sn: I’ve tried the peroxide mix before and its supposed to be 1 part3% peroxide to2 parts distilled water leave in for five minutes and rinse with distilled water….repeat a second time and rinse twice with distilled water continue for five days and symptoms should disappear followed by folic acid tablets by mouth….it worked well for me but i’m trying to find a more simple and natural alternative….

  99. Chloe
    July 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    I have been doing a TON of reading about this. I have been having problems with my vaginal health since January of this year, and it has been driving me wild. Pain (in my ovaries/fallopian tubes), intermittant bleeding after intercourse with my husband (like spotting, and it would only last for a couple of seconds) and most noticeable was the increase in a white, watery discharge that has smelled SO STRONG a couple of times that it has made me want to cry (like rotten pond water, almost meaty).

    It has been horrible to feel so ashamed and confused about my vagina. I have been tested for every single STI under the planet, have gone for ultrasounds and been on antibiotics (the pain made my dr. think it was a urinary tract infection). Tests have turned up nothing. I have always had a sensitive vagina, prone to yeast infections, but this has been different.

    I did have a different sexual partner this year, and we had a lot of oral sex. I could see there being a link between oral sex and BV, and my doctor suggested this as well. I’m curious as to whether it would make a difference if my partners used mouthwash/gargled with apple cider vinegar?

    My research has turned up the following things that I’m going to try:
    1) Take acidopholus pills twice daily, especially designed for vaginal support
    2) Take garlic pills daily
    3) Drink fresh grapefruit juice and coconut water daily (both alkalize the body)
    4) Take folic acid
    5) Take a multi-vitamin that contains vitamins a, e, b, copper and zinc
    6) Insert garlic and acidopholus vaginally until smell and discharge completely clears
    7) Lower alcohol intake (I like white wine and beer, and am wondering if there is a link)
    8) Wash all of my underwear in hot water and apple cider vinegar in case it is reinfecting me
    9) Go for Reiki to help rebalance my energy/supply energy to my vagina
    10) NOT give into the urge to go on antibiotics/use harsh remedies or douche – only use things that I would be comfortable allowing a child to take to be gentle to my body
    11) Work on not being ashamed of my vagina, and having faith that I will find a way to heal my body from this smell and discharge

    To me, the chronic nature of this, and the fact that it is new indicates to me that something in my life is out of balance – nutrition, acidity in the body, low levels of healthy bacteria – something is out of whack, and my body is telling me so. I feel happy that I have found this page, and that Google has allowed me to read a LOT of information, and I feel well armed with the above list to really tackle this problem. I’ll bookmark this page and report back!

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