Home Treatments for Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) can clear up on its own without any antibiotics, but some women would like to ease their symptoms and speed up the healing process. Purchasing store-bought and over-the-counter remedies is a popular option. When looking for home treatments for BV, try considering some of the following suggestions:

a) Summer’s Eve Medicated Douche:

The potassium iodine found in Summer’s Eve medicated douche can help lower vaginal pH.

b) Vitamins:

Take advantage of the antioxidants found in vitamins, such as A, C, D, E, and B complex, which have proven beneficial for women with bacterial vaginosis.

c) Vitamin E Cream:

Topical applications of vitamin E in the form of prepared creams or powdered capsules can help relieve itching.

d) Hypoallergenic Soaps:

Purchase cleansing products that do not contain perfumes and other irritating chemicals. Choose hypoallergenic soaps and body washes.

e) Boric Acid Suppositories:

Found in pharmacies and health food stores, you may consider using boric acid suppositories to treat BV. Research suggests that boric acid in the vagina traps ammonia, which is a natural component that infectious bacteria can use as energy. If you suffer from chronic bacterial vaginosis, you may enjoy relief after following a 14-day regimen centered on boric acid suppositories [1].

f) Acidophilus Powder or Capsules:

A non-antibiotic oral treatment option for bacterial vaginosis is found in acidophilus powder or capsules.

acidophilus powder capsules

g) Alkaline Water Ionizer:

There is actually an attachment for refrigerators and faucets that produces varying levels of alkaline water with the simple push of a button. Some ionizers allow users to enjoy 8 levels or more of varying pH, which some believe can help maintain a healthy pH balance in the body. When pH levels are above 4.5, the bacteria associated with bacterial vaginosis are allowed to thrive.

h) Latex Condoms:

If you are sexually active, use latex condoms on a consistent basis to reduce the risk of developing bacterial vaginosis.

i) Probiotics [2]:

A probiotics capsule contains healthy bacteria that can be partially opened and inserted into the vagina. Follow this home treatment at least one time per week. Over time, the healthy bacteria will grow and reproduce – reestablishing a normal balance of naturally occurring bacteria in the vagina.

j) Boric Acid Douche:

Using a boric acid douche can also help by acidifying vaginal pH. When using this home treatment for bacterial vaginosis, you can curb the multiplication of unwanted bacteria. The boric acid can also work on destroying bacteria already wreaking havoc in the vagina. It is important to note that not all women will benefit from this type of douche.

boric acid for bv douche


[1] http://www.owningpink.com/blogs/whats-up-down-there-blog/treatment-chronic-bacterial-vaginosis

836 Responses to “Home Treatments for Bacterial Vaginosis”

  1. doreen
    October 31, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    i had been suffering with bacterial vaginosis for years and finally i found a website that said to try folic acid taking 1200 mcg(400 mcg x 3 times a day for 5 days)and to my surprise it worked wonders, in about 2 days the symptoms were totally gone..no kidding gone..i recommend it, it really works…

    • Kaila
      July 24, 2011 at 4:23 am #

      LADIES!!! Okay, you know that long list of vitamins that the natural remedy comes with? Well I was reading it and feeling kinda upset because some of them can cost $12 for one bottle! I’m actually using metro gel right now to help my bv. And since the antibiotics erik destroy everything if figured I would start the vitamins while on my treatment so I could attempt to build up my good bacteria before the bad ones came back. I wasn’t looking forward to spending all that money for a natural treatment but I need to get rid of this infection for good… While I was reading endings everyone’s post about vitamins it kinda reminded me that I didn’t take my prenatal vitamin yet (im not pregnant I just recently bought it because it said multivitamin and came in gummy form) 😛 Anyways something told me to read the ingredients on the label and to my surprise the prenatal vitamin I’m taking has ALL the vitamins listed on this sure AND MORE!!! Here’s a list of the vitamins it has:
      Vitamin A
      Vitamin C
      Vitamin D
      Vitamin E
      Vitamin B-6
      Vitamin B-12
      Omega-3 Fatty Acids (from fish oil)
      So it turns out i’ve been taking all the right vitamins since the day I started treatment (3 days, I got the vitamins from Kroger while I was waiting for them to get my prescription)the only difference is I’ve ben taking one a day bit I just read I’m spouse to be taking two a day, so I’m about to up my dosage now. Lucky me, I hope it works! I know people have a bad habit of finding a product that helped them, but forgetting to name it… Well that’s not me… I’m going to give you EVERYTHING I know about this vitamin.
      The name of it is: PreNatalâ„¢ DHA & Folic Acid Gummy Vitamins
      They’re made by: vitafusion
      The bottle says: delicious & easy to take natural colors & flavors berry, lemon & cherry 90 gummies • dietary supplement DHA, Folic Acid &MultiVitamin
      *it has two gold circles on the label one is smaller than the other the smaller one overlaps the bigger one and the smaller one says “American Culinary Chefsbest” and the bigger one says “2011 ChefsBest Award Certified”*
      The label has a mostly white background with pink and green letters, it’s a clear bottle with a green childproof top.
      I know I may have gotten carried away with the details but I know I can be paranoid sometimes when making sure I have the right product…. I live in Atlanta, Ga and I got mine from Kroger (grocery store) in it vitamin section…. If you don’t live in atlanta you should be able to find it in your local grocery store or vitamin shoppe or walmart or whatever you have out there… It should be in the vitamin section which is usually close to the pharmacy and it only cost like $7…… Good luck with this bastard of an infection, and wish me luck on mines…. I might try the yogurt soaked tampon the day after my period ends to prevent ANY type of smell just in case (i forgot to mention I started my cycle in the middle of treatment, but Im still suppose to continue treatment)….. WISH ME LUCK….. BYEEEEEEE!!!!

      • Name
        December 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

        Thank You!! For the information

      • andie
        March 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

        i have looked around forever and i didnt really know what to look for or where to go. The details help sooooo much! I finally found something to use! Again…………………THANKYOU SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jayla
      September 12, 2011 at 12:58 am #

      Umm can u help me to figure out what to do I haven’t told my mom yet but I have looked up online and things like that and I seems like I have this problem…I’m only 14 years old and I don’t know how to deal with it…Should I tell me mom??? Or how can I treat it with out anyone knowing??? If u know how please reply back to me.

      • donna
        October 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

        you should tell your mom. all women has this issue, and it can be something worst. your mother has been there and it can surprisingly make you two closer

      • Misti
        October 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

        Tell your mom, she will help you figure it out

      • Sarah
        November 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

        Hi, Jayla. I’m 16 and I have the same thing. I told my mom and she took to my doctor.. You’re probably going to get a pap smear (look that up it sounds scary but it’ll be fine) my doctor is a moron and said I have a yeast infection not BV but I know the difference.. I’ve had it for four years now and if it hasnt already gone away I think you should tell your mom… I hope this helps, good luck!

    • Maria
      June 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      Was everything everything gone including the smelly discharge or just the physical symptoms?

  2. julie
    November 16, 2008 at 11:05 pm #

    I would NOT douche. My gynecologist has always told me douching if ANY kind for ANY reason can permanently screw up your p.H. Do NOT douche..

    • brigitte weber
      June 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

      everyone is sooo individual in how they respond to home remedies. the point is to try them to find one that suits YOU the best. Please remember that short bursts of Vitamin C treatments for b.v. may interfere with Oral Contraceptives absorption in the gut. use condoms with OCP for 7-14 days during & after vit c treatments, to avoid pregnancy. brigitte

      • Juliw
        August 17, 2011 at 9:37 am #

        Oral contraceptives, and especially that new implant contraceptive causes bv. I never had bv until I visited the doctor for my first yeast infection. She immediately put me on the pill. I eventually quit going because she changed my pill 3 times. I started having yeast infections with out relief in between them and got bv. She didn’t know what I had or what to do so I went to another doctor recommended by a friend and this lady diagnosed me immediately. I was only 22 at the time and it was very scary.

  3. HELP
    December 10, 2008 at 9:09 pm #

    well i had it about 5 times in 1 yr and i am only 21 i wud like to know what to use to get rid of it.canesten doesnt work and there is another 1 but i can remember the name…HELP NEEDED i cant take the smell that goes with it..

    • Juliw
      August 17, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      You poor thing. Your body is not digesting yeast. Quit eating anything and everything that contains yeast. That includes canned goods that say contains less than 2%. Second douche with half vinegar and half water just this once to kill the surface yeast. Third take coconut oil. If you are working or in school and can’t handle the “die off” symptoms take 3 tablespoons at bedtime. Otherwise take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day. Take care of this now or you will get it when you get older and it won’t go away. I’m 36 and I have had it for 6 months straight. I’ve eaten yeast so long it will take a long time to kill all of it in my system, but the coconut oil is working bc I have also lost 30 lbs.

      • Isabella Apicello
        October 22, 2011 at 3:48 am #

        Hi, i was wondering if the coconut oil really worked to cure your BV ? I love coconut oil and have constant supplies of it b/c i use it on my acne. I tried antibiotics once and it didn’t fully clear things up and within a few days of being off the antibiotics the pain and everything is back. I was just wondering if there was anything else that you would recomend ?

      • Sarel
        November 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

        Where can I buy this coconut oil? Is it sold in the grocery store or in the pharmacy area of the store? Also what are the “die off” symptoms you refer to? My doctor told me not to douche with anything also.

  4. Maggi
    December 19, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    I would NOT douche either. But the other info sounds helpful.

  5. SALLY
    December 27, 2008 at 4:43 am #

    WHAT IS p.H.? And how will it screw it up?

    • brigitte weber
      June 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      PH is the acid/alkalinity(acid & sweetness) balance of the secretions in the vagina. if the vagina is too sweet then the local secretion cells over produce secretions that make the vagina too sweet- then with the warm dark moist sweet environment creates an overgrowth of local normally cleansing bacteria, that then attracts the fungral growth known as thrush/candida organisms… the increased fishy odor plus or minus the itchiness…brigitte

  6. Frustrated
    December 31, 2008 at 2:36 am #

    I have dealt with BV for quite some time now. With no help from prescriptions I have decided to try home remedies. I have also heard that Acidophilis works and have purchased a supplement that I will take daily. I have also purchased plain yogurt containg this ingredient that I will use internally with the assistance of tampon applicators. I am desperate to be odor free and will update my hopeful progress. Good luck to all fighting this frustrating battle!

  7. Frustrated
    January 2, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    WOW! I am ecstatic over the new found home remedy for this horrible condition. On Tuesday I used plain yogurt with live Acidophilus and filled a tampon applicator about halfway.

    I injected it right before I went to bed. The next day, I had NO odor!!!!!!! I even did “the finger test” and nothing! I could not believe it. I must admit I was leery about putting yogurt up there as it just seems odd and unnatural, but I am so glad that I did.

    On Wednesday I began taking an acidophilus supplement along with folic acid and I have been normal since. I don’t intend on using the yogurt agian unless the odor comes back. I hope this works for you all as well as it did for me. I’m ready to get it on now! LOL

    • Very Frustrated
      June 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

      Hey i’ve been doing a lot of research on how to rid of my BV..i have an odor and everything just like you had. I noticed that you posted in 2009 that the yogurt helped w/the odor and you were taking acidophilus supplements along with the folic acid..two years later, I was wondering how has it been going for you? :o)


      • Same situation
        August 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

        Hi Wondering if you ever tried the vitamins and if so did they help?

      • Frustrated
        December 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

        I am so tired of getting this infection …my doctor said not to use soap can you please email me on what I should do.

    • sarah castle
      July 28, 2011 at 1:57 am #

      Just curious to see if you have to continue using the pills after you have done the first step have you tried going off of them and if so has the smell came back?

  8. Barb
    January 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    To Julie,

    Julie, I am sorry but your Dr. is wrong. To rid yourself of BV permanently you must douche with peroxide and water, or tea tree oil. Or a proven solution of other herbs. I mention the peroxide,
    FA (folic acid) and Acidophilus because it works! The purpose of douching with this solution is to cleanse yourself of the (bad)bacteria present in the vj. Then coupled with folic acid (400 2 x’s a day) and acidophilus (this replaces the bad bacteria with the good), you are on your way to a healthy vajayjay.

    As well meaning as they are, doctors are only human and as yet continue to give prescriptions for meds that DO NOT WORK for this nagging and embarrasing condition. In particular, Flagyl. The only thing that this particular med does is give relief “MOMENTARILY”. The disorder always comes back within 2-4 weeks. I know. I had this to deal with for over 30 years.

    I have been given this medication over and over and over and over again and the symptoms always came back. This is when I decided to dismiss Dr. prescribed meds and research herbal remedies and find a cure for myself.

    • Debbie
      May 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

      I have been given medication over and over and over the symptons always came back. I have been dealing with it for about 20 years and till have it how much peroxide do you use please help me i dont have a normal life i feel people smell me.

    • Lawann C.
      July 12, 2011 at 12:20 am #

      I have had BV a few times over the last ten years since i began having sex. I had the odor and went to a doctor. I was prescribed antibiotics and everything was always fine. Using condoms definitelty cuts down on the recurrence, as men can carry the bacteria on their penis and essentially re-infect you.

      Recently, i developed bv and decided to douche to just to get rid of the smell, not knowing that it would cure the infection. I used the summer’s eve and i swear by it. No symptoms whatsoever.

      I’m not saying the antibiotics dont work, they do! But the douche was much cheaper and less time consuming.

      • Tars
        August 7, 2011 at 11:49 am #

        What kind of summers eve was it

    • Sydney
      October 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      This peroxide is an instant way to burn the inside of your vagina

      • Just me
        May 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

        It doesn’t burn anything… I’ve done this before. It doesn’t even burn open wounds when undiluted. Why would you think it would burn??

    • Emsy
      October 18, 2011 at 9:52 am #

      Barb how much tea tree oil do you use? can give me a dilution chart? how about peroxide?

  9. lin
    January 6, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    for faster relieve go the the doctor. get your metronizadole pills for flagyl and keep it moving….either way naturally or with a antibotic it still comes back…there is not curing of this…I’ve had it for 6 years now….since my first child was born…..i hate it but i have to deal with it……..

    • hope
      September 8, 2011 at 10:35 am #

      Don’t give up hun! Just keep trying and some thing will work. But the pills from doc don’t work for me either so thats y I’m on this site.

  10. lin
    January 6, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    for faster relieve go the the doctor. get your metronizadole pills (or) flagyl and keep it moving….either way naturally or with a antibotic it still comes back…there is not curing of this…I’ve had it for 6 years now….since my first child was born…..i hate it but i have to deal with it……..

  11. Danielle
    January 12, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    Do not douche it can push bacteria further into the uterus, and other reproductive organ.

  12. Dee
    February 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    Not a tip but, a ? to Doreen (as mentioned in the above original tip)…you mentioned a website…What is the website? Please, I’d appreciate the information on it.

  13. samantha
    February 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    i was having a very fishy smell and i tried the yogurt trick and it worked it really works i ate plain yogurt for a week and the smell is gone so try it dont know about the tampon in the yogert but eat it and it works fine

  14. Alison
    March 1, 2009 at 3:09 am #

    MY gyn also said douching is VERY BAD and DO NOT do it!

  15. Tia R
    March 2, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    I have been suffering from BV since 98 and my body has gotten use to any gel or flagyl pill that my Dr prescribed. I also ate yogurt daily and took pills in its place when I was tired of yogurt but as soon as I stop eating it the smell came back. Finally I read about a home remedy that seems to be working, hydrogen peroxide! I put half of sterile H20 with HDP 3 in a syringe and made a mini douche. I did that right before bed and I woke up the smell was gone! This is only my first day but it seems worth the try after so many failures. I also ordered boric acid pills to submit vaginally. I’ll update u on that next!

    • Sami
      July 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

      How much water did you put in the syringe && how much peroxide? Did it stay gone?

      • Leah
        August 12, 2011 at 10:25 am #

        My Experience:

        I had this problem and thought it was a yeast infection. I even saw a GYN and she said it was. I tried the yogurt (make sure it’s plain not flavored with anything. Read ingredients to make sure it doesn’t have ANYthing else other than yogurt), peroxide, garlic.

        I finally asked doc to test for BV. It’s a more expensive test, but I just wanted to be sure. She said she didn’t think it was, but sure enough.. She was surprised and gave me an oral dose of Flagyl (metronidazole). I was in the first trimester of my pregnancy and I wanted to clear it up before the 2nd tri because you aren’t supposed to take the stuff after the first trimester. The oral dose didn’t clear it up, so I took the gel. That worked. It didn’t come back for the rest of my pregnancy.

        I nursed so I didn’t get my period until ~7 months after giving birth. I started to notice symptoms so I went back in to see my GYN. She prescribed Flagyl gel again and right after I used it I got my period for first time. Then BV came back and I tried gel again. Them my period came back Again (!!). I think I am getting BV in association with my period because periods affect your pH. My period has been about every 2 weeks because my body is a little wacked from having baby. Soo I am going to go on the pill/shot to make my period come only once every few months. AND I am going to go back on flagyl. AND I am going to use condoms (because semen affects pH).

        Wish me luck…!

        I finally

  16. Christina
    March 5, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    My doctor told me to use “rephresh” or “replens” on a regular basis (even if I didn’t currently have the symptoms) to help balance out the pH levels. This has helped me prevent the frequency of the infections.

    • Moby
      March 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      Rephresh or replens is a very expensive alternative, the other natural supplements I may try since the doctors antibiotics doesn’t even work with me. I think diabetes has something to do with my recurrent infection.

  17. tresia
    March 10, 2009 at 11:02 am #


  18. Ruby
    March 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Taking a multi vitamin and acidophilus pills daily will keep bv at bay. I’m also going to add folic acid to my diet and see if it will fend it off completely.

  19. Veronica
    March 22, 2009 at 2:19 am #

    I have been suffering with this problem for a while now and its really uncomfortable I went to the doctor twice and she gave me metronidazole an atibiotic. which seems not to help. She also told me to soak a tampon in peroxide and insert in your vagina once a week for 1 hr. I have tried this and I will see if Im cure so far im still waiting

  20. Therressa
    March 25, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    Just go to the doctor.

  21. Meghan
    April 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    Julie, in most cases that is true, but if you have this condition, it is messed up already. Not to mention, Doctors do not know everything, they will just prescribe an anti biotic over and over which does not cure it in most cases. Try this web site.


  22. E
    April 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    I thought fruit was good for vaginal odor…

  23. johanna
    May 2, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    i tried every antibiotic you can name and it always comes back. i tried the hydrogen peroxide douche and to no avail. i tried the povidine – iodine with two table spoons and one quart warm water nope. i tried the acidophillus and the vitamins still no help. i tried using metrogel once a week weekly for about a month and still no help. I am so stressed i mean what else. i tried rephresh but the clumps of the white thing that comes out of the vagina is disgusting and i dont find sexy at all. i mean i guess it worked but who wants to spend the rest of their lifes sticking something in there? so now i dont know what else to even do. my doctor keeps giving me all these std test and papsmears and even a sonogram and still nothing what should i do?

    • Lol
      May 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

      Try first sweezing lime or lemon juice there, it’s going to sting for bit. Then try washing the are after few hours with diluted bicarbonate of soda , you can even drink the diluted mix as well. Then the next day see how you feel then try again the diluted hydrogen p but you have to repeat it every two hours get it right in your vagina and do it for three day. Cut out beard cheese, try eating lots of veg mostly green , yessiree take colic acid too. Good luck when on doughy dilute mixture but keep all things balance. Good luck it work for me.

      • Lol
        May 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

        Excuse the typos stupid phone, I ment cut out bread, cheese…. Try folicacid ….. Also when in sure keep all mix a balance. Hope this helps also do it when you know you are going to be home three days straight.

    • Juliw
      August 17, 2011 at 9:59 am #

      Have you tried changing your diet at the same time. If you are still eating yeast you will never get rid of it. You are supposed to avoid carbs including bread. Meat, fruits, veggies (Atkin’s diet). Did you know tomatoes are a carb. Also polyunsaturated fats are toxic. Do the Atkin’s diet. Replace cooking oils with evoo and coconut oil. Also take the coconut oil by mouth. Flagyl never works. Metro gel will if you get enough of the yeast out of your system first.

  24. janey girl
    May 25, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    If I’m sexually active with my boyfriend of a year, and we didn’t have sex for a week and when we did afterwards his penis was covered in a white thick substance from my vagina, could that be bacteria from BV that may have built up? I have been having a slight itch along with some smell.

    If anyone happens to read this a reply would be nice @ [email protected]

    • Doda
      June 19, 2011 at 4:40 am #

      I too was struggling wid an infection but apparently there r different ones depending on the symptoms. My discharge was gray and watery so when I looked it up it said those were symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. So my gynecologist confirmed. She said to never douch and as for over the counter treatments she said “they do not work” she was right cuz I tried them twice wid no luck so she gave me a prescription for flagyl which seemed to do the trick for a while but it came back (did some research on it and antibiotics affect the good and bad flora which allows the regrowth of the bad bacteria plus it affects the good bacteria which we need to fight the bad one!!!) so long story short ur symptoms sound like a yeast infection (which u should seek medical help for) but the best remedy that has worked for me is using natural yogurt (u can look up ways to insert it into the vagina) and it also helps to keep it clean moisture free use cotton underwear oh and don’t forget to eat plenty of natural yogurt. Hope this post is helpful.

    • sasha
      June 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

      me and my bf has been toghter for 5 yrs and i have suffered from BV for 3yrs. i would say try multy vitamins and golden seal, folic acid, and garlic. eat yogurt with probiocs in it. try whats called Kelfer. its a type of yogurt milk shake. and it has been around for 2000 yrs. herbs are very good for you. when you have sex with your bf use latex condoms because you my be swaping the bacteria back and forth.

  25. Stephanie
    May 29, 2009 at 2:16 am #

    I tried the yogurt soaked tampon for 3 days and It cleared up.

    • lantaaaaa
      November 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

      how long and how many times a day did u do this?

  26. tracy
    June 1, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    I agree with the previous statement about not douching. A lot of sites selling these pills to cure it are expensive and don,t work. Certain diets help.Going to try the folic acid couldn,t hurt.

  27. Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    Amazing! After reading some of the comments on your board. I decided to try some of the ‘tips’ to remedy what I believed was a BV infection. I rarely get yeast infections. But I have gotten BV twice in the last year. I suspect that:

    A) I’m using too much lubricate during sex,
    B) That my fiancee’s sperm (akaline) my be upsetting my vagina’s PH balance (acidic); as we nolonger are practicing ‘safe sex’, or
    C) Perhap’s, I need to wash his finger’s and clean his penis before allowing entry into me. I’m very in tune with my body and pretty much keep a routine, so that if anything is ‘off’ I can usually pin point it right away.

    With all that being said, I noticed a ‘pungent and slightly fishy odor’ coming for my vaginal region, but no discharge. I went to my local ‘Vitamin Shoppe’ and purchased Caprylic Acid, Deodorized Garlic 500, Folic Acid 400mcg, and Jarrow Formula ‘FemDophilus’ containing(Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Lacobacillus Reuteri =5 billion count). In addition I also purchased some Dannon Plain Yogurt. I took 2 Caprylic Acid, 2 Garlic, 3 Folic Acid, and 1 FemDophilus a day. Then every night for 3 nights, I mixed a 1/4th of a teaspoon of plain yogurt, with the FemDophilus ( you must break open the capsule) and scooped up the mixture with a tampoon and inserted it into my vagina.

    I made sure I used every drop! This routine was adopted based on the feedback and success people were sharing on this site, I hoped that it would work for me. And guess what?? It did!! I purchased a Vagisil Screening Kit for PH measure. I am a solid 4.5, my vagina nolonger has strong odor, and my secretions are normal. I will continue to take the pill supplements daily for maintanance. I also recommend washing fingers and any other body parts with a warm and clean wash rag before engaging in sex.

    After sex, urinate and squat in shower or tub and scoop out any traces of semen, flush with warm water or soak in bath when possible. Lastly follow up with a FemDophilus Capsule, broken open, mixed with a smigen of yogurt and insert mixture into vagina. It works, trust me. Good luck, Good health and God Bless!

    • Kelly
      July 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

      hi my name is Kelly im 19 years old. I have had bv symtoms scince i can remember. Ever since i got my period when i was 13. I have tried the yogurt suppliments and it works okay. I can take a shower and it wont smell or have discharge untill i go pee. then its rite back! It does not smell bad after sex like everyone says. And its does not smell on the inside only on the outside. I have tried the tea tree thing and garlic pills. I have no idea what to do. I dont know who doscuss this with who wont think its gross. I mean I think its gross but I amd a clean person and only have one sex partner! whats wrong with me! it makes my self eteem so low. I makes me just want to be alone 🙁 help me so I can be happy. I feel like i have tried everything and all these suppliments seem so complicated. Why am i so much different from other girls that get cured!

      • Brianna
        July 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

        Hi Kelly, I suggest you purchase Femina Flora. It’s a probiotic capsule designed for vaginal use. It contains lactobacillus Rhamnosus and other essential bacteria needed to maintain your vaginal health. It also has lactose (to feed the lactobacilli) and ascorbic acid (to assist in lowering your pH).
        Also, take vit D supplements, 2000 IU/day. Recent peer-reviewed studies show that vit D deficiency is correlated with increased risk for BV. Vit D is essential for regulating your innate immunity and for promoting the growth of vaginal epithelium.
        Lastly, take oral Probiotics daily. I suggest Probiotics that contain lactobacillus Rhamnosus and lactobacillus Reuteri. These strains have consistently shown ability to adhere and colonize vaginal and ectocervical tissue across several studies.
        (I’m in the health care field who has also suffered from recurrent BV until I’ve decided to take things into my own hands and did extensive research on the subject).
        Good luck!

  28. LUCKIE
    June 24, 2009 at 12:55 pm #


    [email protected]

  29. Alana
    July 6, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    There is a product that helped me called Rephresh.

  30. dana
    July 8, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    Hydrogen peroxide as a douche is a good way to aleviate any bothersome symptoms to begin with FOLLOWED by pro-biotics, yoghurt and/or vitamin suppliments. Hydrogen Peroxide will get rid of any odor immediately.

  31. Lady
    July 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Ok ladies here it is. I am a very clean woman but after being with my current boyfriend I contracted BV. Its it is nobodys fault it just something alot of women get. I hate antibiotics they made me sick and the infection kept coming back. So I researched natural methods to get rid of this. I inserted two garlic caps in my vagina at night. The next day there was no discharge. I did this three nights straight. All I can say is thank you to anyone that shared this information online for others to find. Also they say a wet tampon with colloidal silver works even better. Thank u everyone.

  32. anon
    July 15, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    does folic acid really work ? 🙂

  33. sammie
    July 16, 2009 at 5:31 am #

    i alway have this vag smell when my period is due in few days.then the smell come.after my period start to pull then it’s stop.what is the prorblem?


  34. trinity
    July 17, 2009 at 5:34 am #

    ok not to be too crude just honest. I have been in a relationship for 5 months. I have never had BV until I became sexually active with him. I have had it THREE TIMES IN FIVE MONTHS!! I have been thinking what we do differently, well we have a very very interesting sex life and I figured out that drinking kahlua and cream (1/2%) and then giving him oral satisfaction then getting on…getting off taking a drink and preform more oral pleasure. I do believe that the sugar, dairy etc…. in my mouth then transfered to my vagina is probably the causing the BV. Kinda like anal then vaginal penetration. Could that be the case? Am I right? The last few times we made love, I brought in a bowl of warm water and a wash cloth. I just clean him off every time, and he actually enjoys it too. I have been researching this problem and I have never heard anyone mention the type of sex they are practicing, because maybe some ppl could just be cured if they were more careful of what enters their vagina.
    Thats my hypothesis, please let me know if its valid.

      April 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      I do believe that what you eat, has something to do with it. I am 30 years old and have this BV for 15 years on and off! I have noticed, that whenever I eat bananas the BV comes back days later. I have officially given up bananas as much as I love them.
      As for treatments, the MetroGel has worked the best. Then I lost my insurance and couldn’t see a doctor. A prescription is necessary for MetroGel :/ So, I tried taking Acidophollis everyday. It has definitely kept the BV at bay. But it recently returned and not even the Acidophollis is working 🙁 I am so embarrased by this. I just started having sex (with protection) with my “New Guy” and it’s very mortifying. I haven’t even slept with him in over a week, because the smell is so gross! I’ve also noticed, if I am having too much sex and get dry without lubricating, I’ll also get BV a few days after.
      I am going to try the Folic Acid and Peroxide trick next. Thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone!

  35. trinity
    July 17, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    I like the folic acid tip….I was wondering if you keep on a maintenance dose? Lower than it was for the infection, just to keep it at bay??

  36. starbitrary
    July 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    I would think that vinegar consumption would be encouraged for raising acidity levels!

  37. Lisa
    July 23, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    Absolutely do NOT douche, Douching destroys the balance of all bacterias, good and bad, and actually CAUSES yeast infections.

  38. angie
    July 23, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    I suffered with bv off and on for a long time and I could not get rid of the smell no matter how much I showered. I am not an unclean person and practice exceptional hygiene, but I just could not kick this “odor”. I tried the rephresh, but it would clump up and make me think I had a yeast infection and it was too expensive for only 4 tubes of gel. About 3 weeks ago, I started taking b-complex, folic acid, vitamin D, and nature’s bounty probiotics and, guess what, the smell, the discharge, the itching is completely gone. I did the hydrogen peroxide douche, I also changed my soap to dove unscented, and stopped wearing my girdle every single day of the week! I sleep with no underwear to “air out” and I wash my vagina area with salt water prior to taking a shower. No bv since! I am back to normal!

  39. Ginger
    July 24, 2009 at 3:13 am #

    I went to my family doctor and was horrified to find out that I had BV. After a 7 day course of Antibiotics, things were great. But about 2 weeks later, the BV was back with a vengeance! What the doctors don’t tell you is that the antibiotics kill ALL the bacteria in your vagina; good and bad. Soon the bad bacteria takes over and you are back with the BV again.

    REFUSING to go back and start the cycle all over again, I began a regimine of self treatment that has been very successful.

    Double strength Acidophilus tablets 3 times a day, try to get the refrigerated version, it has more live good bacteria. Garlic (1000 IU minimum a day), Vitamin C and D ( D – 2000 IU a day, C – 1000 IU a day)and Goldenseal with Fenugreek 2 times a day. As I suffer from Asthma the Fenugreek also helps with that. If re-occurance of BV (like right after your period) is quite bad, insert probiotic plain yogurt into the vagina at night before bedtime. Do this for 5 nights and continue with the supplements; I have found now that the supplements are enough and I don’t have to use the yogurt anymore. I also switched my undies to all cotton and this has really helped a lot. And just say no to nylons! They cause yeast infections too.
    I take quite a few supplements but I do find that I am very healthy and not prone to colds, flu, etc because of this. Good luck!

  40. Helen
    July 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Totally agree with Trinity’s point of view. Thank you for speaking clearly !!!! After having B.V. many times, I believe the cause is oral and anal sex without cleaning in between…
    I even had some miscarriages and a premature baby and suspect that maybe I was already infected by then
    I have it right now, that’s why I’m reading your tips and I’ve just tried the yoghourt one. Hope it works

    • dorthy
      June 1, 2011 at 11:44 am #

      no maybe in your case that’s the problem but that’s not true for all of us I still have it and I don’t perform anal or oral sex

  41. Richa
    July 30, 2009 at 4:03 am #

    Hi all,

    I had bv for a long time…n it was really bad…..but i am extremely happy to say that now its been completely cured… as i had read in a lot of articles that yogurt, curd, buttermilk contain probiotics that help body regain its natural microbial flora, I increased my daily buttermilk intake…thus, i recommend a glass of buttermilk, per day for getting rid of bv….

    If you do not get ready buttermilk, you just have to take two spoons of yogurt, mix well and add drinking water to make a glass full of buttermilk..

    This is really an effective way, rather than taking tablets and other medications.

  42. Donna
    July 31, 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    This blog is a lifesaver!!! I experienced this BV for the first time of my life so my doctor called a oral prescription of Flagyl. It worked but a week later the foul smelling odor was back with a vengeance!! So, this time I am thinking whats going on??? I made an appointment to see my gyno, but she could not get me in for two weeks!! What am I to do in the meantime! So, I happened across this site and got some homeopathic tips.. I used the medicated douche, then took the folic acid supplements along with a multivitamin and probiotic supplement. I finished by drenching a tampon in plain yogurt with live active cultures and for the first time in 5 days complete relief! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

  43. yoly
    August 5, 2009 at 3:40 am #

    How do you do the peroxide douche exactly? and is any type of yogurt ok as long as it is plain? I have had reocurring BV since the birth of my last child almost THREE YEARS AGO and nothing prescribed has made it completely go away.

  44. Christie
    August 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    I have suffered from BV for about 2 years now. Well I tried the regiment provided by anonymous. I started:
    1. a one a day vitamin with folic acid
    2. 500 mg Deodorized Garlic (twice a day),
    3. 2 cranberry tablets(twice a day)
    4. 2 tabs of probiotics (FemDophilus’ containing(Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Lacobacillus (twice a day
    5.Caprylic Acid(twice a day)
    6. A warm bath with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Air dry after bath—my gyno suggested blow drying.
    7. 1/2 tsp plain yogurt and two tablets of FemDophilus’ containing(Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Lacobacillus Reuteri =5 billion count—-the refrigereated version works much better. I broke open the capsules and stirred with the yogurt. I inserted it with a Yeast infection applicator. I found that one tablet at night provided with me with a little comfort but symptoms were back by the evening. Therefore, I tried two tablets at night and I was symptom free the next day. I have done this for three days. I was considering going back to the doctor but tried the two tablets and they worked great!

    I am so excited that I don’t have to refill my flagyl and did not have to go through the roller coaster of being on an antibiotic. Thanks for the help!!!

  45. Sue
    August 7, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    Where do you find the acidophilos yogurt-or the pro-botic yogurt? Is this sold in the grocery store or a health store? Would really like to try it. Thanks!

  46. tara
    August 8, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    I’ve suffered from bavterial vaginosis for alost 2 years now.
    I’m thinking of using the yogurt with a tampon.
    but i need some help understanding.
    First, what type of yougurt EXACTLY and would i be able to get it in a normal supermarket?
    Second, do you just soak the tampon in the yogurt for a little while, then just put it straight in?

  47. Laura
    August 11, 2009 at 2:59 am #

    im not exactly sure if i have BV but i do have the swollen lips and excrushiating itch that will not subside until i place a cold rag over it. There is very little discharge and no odor at all. So if its really BV whats my problem? Everyone on here has odor, but ive got swelling and itching. Ive been to the doctors twice before. The first time i was given a gel to insert directly into my vagina. After that didnt help, i was prescribed an antibiotic. After 7 days it was completely gone, but now, almost 6 months later, the exact same symptomps are back. Whats a natural rememdy that can help me relieve this burden?

    • karen
      May 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

      laura, it could just be an allegy to laundry detergents and soaps, so do your undewear by hand with a mild soap like ddove unscented,and never use scented lotion powders or creams. you have to get tests done for gonorhhea yeast chlamydia and bv. then try the no detergent cure, and tea treeoil is for itching but dilute it 1/6 tea tre oil to the rest water or vegtable oil. good luck. i know cuz i have allegies. AND GEUSS WHAT KILLS BOTH BV AND YEAST -ITS AIR! SO NO UNDERWEAR AT NITE AND WEAR SKIRTS IN THE DAY AND YOU CAN MAKE A SINGLE CROTH OUT OF A DOULBLE CROTCH W A SCISSORS, AND NONE OF IT WILL COST A DIME! DONT DOUCHE ,AND EAT LESS SUGAR AND CAFFIENE.

    • Kim
      December 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

      Yours sounds more like a yeast infection.

  48. jackie
    August 11, 2009 at 3:15 am #

    these tips have been very helpful. i myself have suffered from bv on and off for about a year now and using the metrogel everytime isnt working it will go away for a few days then would come back… i have found that drinking more cranberry juice and eating yogurt has helped with the odor but i still get the dicharge. i figured there may be more natural cures to this infection if the juice and yogurt worked. i am going to try some of these tips and hope that they help. thank you.

  49. first time for everything
    August 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    ok so this is definately the first time i’ve had an odor.. and its gross. i like the idea of the tampon soaked in yougurt..and/or a tampon soaked in peroxide.. as far as the applications go… someone want to explain for me please? i’ve been dealing w/ this for a couple days now and my boyfriend thinks im losing my mind b/c im being standoffish. andy tips would be appreciated thank you!

  50. Jamie
    August 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    I am so glad there are all these cures you can do in the privacy of your home. I went to the doctor, so embarassed it was hard for me to explain to her exactly what my problem was. Thankfully i didn’t have to say much before she prescribed me with metrondazole which worked however just like everyone else mentioned, it returned. I am going to try the home remedies asap i really hope they work because it is ruining my sex life!

  51. Jody
    August 14, 2009 at 12:27 am #

    Everyone!! Please ask your doctor to prescibe you some Cleocin. It has 3 vaginal suppositories and it’s a 3 day treatment. I got BV a few years ago, did the above, and it was gone. That was 2006 and I’m having some symptoms now (2009) so I’m getting a new prescript.

  52. cheryl
    August 16, 2009 at 4:16 am #

    I have been suffering ,my odor is so bad some people around me has asked me what the bad smell is, Im embarrassed, I take 2 showers a day and change my clothes twice a day and try not to sit to close to people and always wear perfume.Im very outgoing so knowing i have a very discusting odor is hard for me,I also have no other symptoms just the horrible,down there did something die smell.I tried metronidazole tab and it went away after 2 weeks but came back ,and Im not having sex at all, so im desperate to try these suggestions, I think I’ll try the yogurt and folic acid,I will be so grateful if this works I will write back and let everyone know.

  53. desperate
    August 18, 2009 at 2:00 am #

    I am glad I am not alone. I have suffered with BV for several years now and have been back and forth to the doctor. I go looking for a solution to only find that they really can’t explain how to help me. Who wants to go around with a foul smell. I hate it. Over the years it has gotten worse in terms of odor. Who has money to waist almost every month on doctors visits and prescriptions. Anyway, I will try the hydrogen peroxide douche 1st and go from there. I hope this works. I understand the no douche thing, but doctors have been given us the run around all of this time. I will try it once and then take the necessary steps to keep a good ph balance (take vitamins, eat yogurt, etc.)

  54. Connie
    August 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    I’ve been through the antibiotic stage three times since Jan.I also have been told never to douche, but the rules change all the time. Antibiotic are not healthy either, so what does one do. I bought the acidophilus pills and folic acid and the summers eve medicated douche, however if I don’t get results from this to the store I go for plain yogurt and tampons. You get to the point where you would do any stupid thing if it works.

  55. Connie
    August 19, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    18 hours later and no odor, so far so good. I’ll keep you informed on my results. I tend to think ours bodies respond differently but it’s important to help each other with such things. Good luck all as this is no fun to live with.

  56. Wendie
    August 20, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    I’ve had BV since I was a virgin (7 years ago) and I find now that having sex with my uncircumcised boyfriend is causing the BV. He now wipes after sex and I go in the show to rinse out his sperm. I was given Metro-gel and the Metro tabs but my BV comes back in a week. So now I do the hydrogen peroxide douche and I haven’t had BV since. The nasty fishy odor is gone and I remain to take vitamin-c tablets daily. I wish there was a better cure.

  57. Erica
    August 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    I have been suffering with BV for a year and a half. Have had 2 courses of Flagyl which haven’t worked. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and am on Methotrexate, which suppresses my immunity. The BV always returns. So I’m g

  58. anna
    August 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    I find if men are not circumsized they tend to promt BV in women. Anyone else see this link to BV?

      April 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm #


  59. desperate
    August 22, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    50/50 solution didn’t work. going to the doctors.

  60. behealthy
    August 24, 2009 at 4:52 am #


    I went about 5 months ago, I was fed up with the stupid drugs the docter gave to me (THEY DONT WORK!).

    So I went into the health food store and explained my problem.
    What I learnt is that our bodys should be completely alkaline, NOT acidic. (Anyone that is sick has acidic compounds in them. And when I mean sick I mean anything from a cough to cancer)
    Therefor, If your body is ALKALINE then you cannot get sick. If you dont believe me, look it up, or go see a naturopath…

    When the man at the health food store explained this all to me I didnt quite believe him. So I did some research on my own…
    I can go so in depth with this but il give you the jist of it:

    Your PH is balanced by ALKALINE AND ACIDIC compounds.
    So you need to balance them properly.

    Okay, I dont want to ramble off about all the ALKALINE and acidic stuff, I want you to look that up your self… 🙂

    So back where I left off…
    I went back to the health food store and got Garlic Extract, Folic Acid, Yogurt (organic), Cranberry Juice (organic), And
    Watermelon (organic).

    NOTE: Becoming alkaline doesnt mean you cant eat foods with acidic qualities. Its moderation. Eat healthy.

    I went home and took my tablets and ate mainly alkaline foods DAILY…
    My BV was gone within 3 days.
    (I even got a pap to confirm it was gone.)
    I kept this healthy routine up untill about 2 months ago because it is quite expensive (and Im only 18, fending for myself/ living on my own)

    In the last 2 months that I havent taken my suppliments I have gotten BV back just recently,
    BUT Its only because my body has become acidic again. 🙁
    YOUR PROBABLY WONDERING HOW I KNOW MY BODYS ACIDIC? well I use a PH paper (You pee on it and it reads how acidic ur body is.)

    So, I saved up some money and I’m going back to the store and getting all of it again. I have full faith in it. IT DOES WORK.
    ITS a lifestyle change but its worth it.
    do some more research and you will understand.


    BY THE WAY, Over the 5 months I was on the “natural path”
    (supplements and organics) I was NEVER SICK, i was always feeling great. I use to suffer from head aches and migranes and i havent had one since. I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO ODOR OR NO SIGN OF BV.


  61. Taylor
    August 25, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    I have been suffering from BV for about two years now…It first happened shortly after my ex husband had an affair, and I thought it was a sexually transmitted disease…After much research, and speaking with my DR, that wasn’t always the case…He also told me that when you change sexual partners, it can affect the balance in your vagina…I hate this condition, and have been looking for remedies to help, as I can’t take antibiotics…I was in a new relationship last year, and when we were finally intimate, I noticed the smell, and actually stopped having intercourse because I didn’t want him to notice the smell…I also noticed a thick discharge on his penis which was very embarrassing to me…I am afraid to be in a relationship now, because I am suffering with BV, and now it seems to be present every single day…I don’t want to have sex because of the odor, and embarrassment…So, even though I really want to have sexual relationships, BV has kept me from doing so…I want to thank all of you for all your advice, and I’m going to try some of the home remedies and see if they work…Also, wanted to add, DO NOT douche…I know a lot of people say it’s good for you, but it is the worst thing you can do for many reasons, and I also read that it can actually cause BV to worsen…Good luck with all of you, and I hope these remedies work because I am tired of not being able to be intimate due to this embarrassing condition…

  62. CDan
    August 27, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    I’m on day 3 of this homeopathic remedy by VH Essentials..bought @CVS..The odors gone..we’ll see what happens. I’ve had BV every since I got my IUD put in 2 yrs ago..I’s so depressinga and embarrasing!

    • alicia
      September 8, 2011 at 5:11 am #

      omg i got bv when i got the IUD put in to. worst thing I ever did.
      going to try yogurt and folic acid and hopefully it works.
      thankyou everyone

  63. Axelles
    August 27, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    am about to try this yogurt thing…am confused, what yogurt exactly that is??? can someone help me…
    held needed, someone reply me on [email protected]

  64. Veronica
    August 27, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    I just turn 18 and i have had at least 2 BV they smell very bad when i have a BV i hate to be around my boyfriend the smell is unbearable for me. At this time right now I am about to try the hydrogen peroxide douche hope it work.

  65. April
    August 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    i am 3 months pregnant, is it safe to use the folic acid and to inject the yogurt into my stuff?

  66. Marilyn
    August 30, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    I have been suffering from BV recently I went to the doctor and they gave me flagyl, I took it and I tought that BV was history until it came back 4 weeks later, since I dont want to take flagyl again, I followed the tips that I found in this website. I take 1 2000 UI Garlic and 400 folic acid 3 times a day. I also bought acidophilus (refrigerated) and take 2 a day. I took a week to clear up, now after my period I bought OIKOS organic greek plain yogurt and inserted in my vagina for 3 days,also I ate half of the yogurt since I dont like the flavor but since I have not fishy odor neither discharge, so it works!!! and now I’m feeling better. Woo Hoo

  67. Sparkle
    August 31, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    Thanks to everyone for this information, I am going to try the yogurt and the supplements. I have been dealing with bv and yeast infection since I have had my two year old and they continue to come back. I am tired of going to the doctor spending co-pays and paying for prescriptions for a temp relief. I am glad to have found this site because I seem to be the only one around me that has this issue. I am glad that I am not alone.

  68. Sparkle
    August 31, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    Okay one question, when using the yogurt to put inside of you, do you put the yogurt on the actual tampon and keep the tampon inside of you, or do you put it in the applicator the tampon comes in and shoot it inside of you. I have heard about the yogurt but thought my friend was tripping.

  69. brook
    September 1, 2009 at 1:44 am #

    thanks for all the tips i was hoping i would find something like this suffering from BV right now and really not into going to the doctor so thanks so much will stop by the natural store in the morning for some supplements and get started… Oh I am a nurse also and for whomever encourages douching its not good for you at all it only pushes bacteria up your vag. and can cause more problems.

  70. kassy
    September 4, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    this infection is sooooo annoying i resently just turn 21 nd i hate it at first i didnt know what it was i thought it was normal but when the fishy smell came around i couldnt stand it thats when i started my resarch and i came across this tips thankz i will defently start a tretment today….

  71. tess
    September 4, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    wow im not the only one with this thing u all are so brave and i thank u all for ur input and support im going to to wal mart ladys wish me luck

  72. tess
    September 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    never give up! fasting for one or two days is good drink plenty or water to rid the colon of backed up fecal matter as the colon sits on top of the vagina. follow fast with a raw veggie juices

  73. Carla
    September 7, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    I’ve found that I only have a problem with BV if I don’t use condoms, and generally tend to have an adverse reaction to ejaculate. What worked for me as a natural alternative to flagyl, was douching with half organic apple cidar vinegar and half water, a few days in a row, and then applying vitamin E to the outer tissues directly afterwards. One night I also slept with a clove of garlic in my vagina as garlic is antibacterial. Orally I took prenatal vitamins, probiotics, and a tablespoon of colloidal silver every day. After 4 or 5 days I was back to normal witn no itching, burning, nor odor of any kind. Washing the vagina with a fragrance free, natural cleanser, specifically for that area, and not soap, will help keep irritation to a minimum. Also not wearing thongs (which tend to pull fecal matter and bacteria from the anus into the vagina)helps ward off infections. White cotton panties are best.

  74. frustrated
    September 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    I would like to thank weveryone for there tips, I’ve also tried the prescribed meds and BV came back again and again! I’ma try some of these hometreatments and hopefully they work. I will keep u updated!

  75. frustrated
    September 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    I would like to thank everyone for there tips, I’ve also tried the prescribed meds and BV came back again and again! I’ma try some of these hometreatments and hopefully they work. I will keep u updated!

  76. Skittals
    September 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    Not really a tip. Ned Help!!! I have been suffering for years and decided to try the peroxide douche as well as the acidophilus pills along with folic acid and just like the antibotics, it works but then it comes back!!!! I have tried the rephresh it does the same thing and then you only get 4 gels for 20 dollars!!!! talk about expensive! I need help. I don’t even care to be under my byfriend because im embarrassed that he will smell me!!!

  77. destiny
    September 8, 2009 at 9:25 pm #

    I have questions I hope someone can answer. I’ve been treated for bv multiple times since last year when I started seeing someone new. Prior to being with this new guy I was with my bf for 15yrs and maybe had a BV twice throughout the entire relationship.
    Anyway I am eager to try some of the remedies mentioned here. Especially the yogurt one since it seems to be most effective and I happen to have some in my fridge….lol.
    I hope these questions don’t sound stupid but how do I get the yogurt in the tampon and how much should be used? Also if I eat it how much should I eat? I would apprecaite if someone can offer some advice. Thank you.

  78. Victoria
    September 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    im in my thirties and in a new relationship, i have never b4 suffered from B.V. and it is awful as everybody on here knows ! i am definatly gonna try the natrual tips and thanks to the sensible ladys with the sensible tips !!
    however i do not agree with helen as i do not personally take it up the arse and certainly would not partake in oral after if i did !! there are many different causes of B V i also fail to understand how anal and oral without washing inbetween can cause a smelly vagina as from helens comments she dosnt mention vaginal penatration !!!!!!!!!!!! i wish everybody who reads this luck with there choosen method of treatment !!

  79. angelica
    September 9, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    I don’t know if i really have BV, but the day after i had sex with my boyfriend i noticed that i strong odor and i never had that happen with anyone else i’ve been sexually active with. Also i’m not experiencing any itching just the smell, the liquid discharge that also smells, but do you think i should try these tips just in case, because after hearing some of the experiences you guys have had with doctors is changing my mind about going to one.

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  81. jennifer
    September 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    OK here it is,first off bacterial vaginosis is one of the worst things ive had to deal with in my life.Its completely embarrasing and makes me not wanna ever have sex again.My husband understands the infection and it doesnt really bother him (thank god) but he is a man so you know lol.Anyways,I have been to the Dr 3 times in the past year for meds,ive basically had it all year but was sick of takin meds cause they cause me to get a yeast infection.Basically all im tryin to say is that there isnt any cure for this.Sure you can take all the vitamins in the world,drink some kind of garbage juice,douche 10 times a day but it will keep coming back.Face it woman always get the shaft.

  82. Tee
    September 12, 2009 at 3:27 am #

    Thanks for all of the insight. I dnt have a tip but I was googling for home cure because I to keep having this same reoccuring problem with bv. I dnt have any of the vitamins rite now but I am goin to try the peroxide tonight….I hope it works!

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  84. summer sweeney
    September 15, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    The yogurt inserted vaginally works wonders!! I recommended it to a few friends.

  85. jesse
    September 17, 2009 at 1:06 am #

    Witch hazel!!! Use externally with a cotton ball or Dip a tampon in witch hazel and insert for 1 or 2 hours and its gone! It also works on the beginnings of a yeast infection. ( FYI it does not burn at all ) Good luck!!

  86. AliasNan
    September 17, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    OK ladies, I have read countless fourums on BV trying to find home reamedies. I started having that dreadful fishy

    odor with LOTS of white cheesey gunk……. the odor only got worse, to the point to where it smelled like reeking

    dead fish. I never have an unuasual odor, most of the time I am odorless, with occaisonal sweet or normal odor from

    excercise or arrousal. I shower twice a day, I use a mild soap like baby wash or dove on my vuvla and labia, then

    just squirt the shower water up as a water douche. This method works great for me and I never had any problems.

    Anyway, I started having the BV symptoms last Saturday. I tried the salt sitz bath, the vinegar douche, and tea

    tree oil, although they cut the odor down, it was still there. I also tried the plain yogurt on a tampon overnight,

    it did cut the odor down but not fully. My instinct was to use peroxide, and so I researched that and found a

    clinical study where 80% or so of the patients were cured with peroxide. This is what I did:

    Yesterday, I soaked a tampon in 3% hydrogen peroxide , full stregnth. It made the tampon swell, and it was kinda

    hard but I had to just shove it up there. I left it in about 30 minutes. Then I did the finger smell test. Wow!!!

    Only a faint smell of fish. Then, I used a douche of 1/4 perioxide, and 3/4 water. I was always told to never

    douche with anything but plain water …..I had several GYNS and midwifes say if I feel the need to douche, plain

    water is always fine, which is why I just use the shower head.

    Then, I filled a syringe without the needle with straight peroxide, and flushed it up there, twice.

    The past two nights I’ve used the yougurt on a tampon, it seems to help also. As of today, there is NO fishy odor,

    no odor at all! I will use the perioxide tampon method (because douching scares me) for today and tommorow, then

    maybe once a week for a month to make sure this is really gone. I’ll also go ahead and use the yogurt overnight for

    at least tonight…..it did seem to help.

    So thats it ladies!! This is how it worked for me ……..the yogurt drastically reduced odor over night, and the

    perioxide cut it out instantly. Good luck , I’ll post more if this comes back. I heard alot of good things about

    Rephresh, and its just so expensive, I hope I don’t have to use it. But I’ll say this, I will keep some on hand for

    after intimate moments or cycles so that the PH NEVER gets so thrown off again!!! What a horrendous, embarrasing

    infection!!!! (I’m pretty sure mine came from semen; after my boyfriend ejaculated inside me for the first time, I

    was having symptoms that night-if that ever happens again-afterwards I guess it will be time to “rephresh”)

  87. Anne
    September 22, 2009 at 12:24 am #

    i am 24 yrs old and this is the 2nd time i get Bv. i noticed first time i had it a week later i got my period and then the smell was gone now i got it again and my period is not due til another 2-3 weeks. i have only tried probiotics acidopholis. please let me know what else i can try it is very uncomfortable and though i have been with my partner for 4yrs it is very uncomfortable and i get very insecure but the smell is out of this world. please give me tips i want to get rid of it for gooooood..

  88. jammy
    September 22, 2009 at 2:32 am #

    hi….i have had this pblm for years……i was going back n forth to the doctor and a homeopathologist told me the peroxide and water deal………..i use it about twice a week half n half…….no pblms AT all anympre……please try it

  89. TJ
    September 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    I have been suffering from this awful infection for the last 10 years I have tried many perscription treatments to no avail.. It is so embarressing and definitley not a turn on… I have been so worried about the smell and the discharge i try to avoid intimite relations with my husband as often as I can.. I am hoping one of these treatments will help wiht the smell becuase at this point i feel like im at my wits end with the whole problem its really degrading to have to go to the dr. and have to say things like help doc i smell like tuna LOL I have often just suffered for long periods of this at a time because i was to embarressed to see a dr about it even avoiding pap smears because i was ashamed of my smell…. well girls wish me luck becuase i will be trying some of this asap!! I will let you all know how it turns out for me ..
    all of my best!!

  90. UPSET
    September 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    I am only 19, and I just started getting BV
    about a year ago. I will get it , get rid of it with antibiotics and it keeps coming back.

    I have just recently finished a batch of antibiotics and was fine for a week or too, now I have a lot of discharge, and no odour,
    but it is embarassing and I do not want to have sex with my boyfriend because of the discharge..

    Can someone help me out,
    does the yoghurt cure the discharge or are all of these just for the odour?

  91. Amber
    September 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    I want to thank all the ladies for sharing there BV stories its very nice to hear them.And to know you are not a lone makes me fill very happy.I fill like I have friends that I can talk to for once in my life about this. I like to thank everyone for there LOVE and SUPPORT. Lets keep talking about this to we all are cured from BV. GOOD luck to everyone and Godbless.

  92. Dee Dee
    September 29, 2009 at 1:28 am #

    Don’t wear tight pants that don’t let the vagina breathe; Wear cotton underwear; Tight leggings and pantyhose are bad for us too. Air dry the vagina area as much as possible; Use spring water and hydrogen peroxide in douche OR hydrogen peroxide on a tampon at bed time; That has worked the best for me but has not eliminated it forever. I’m going to try yogurt and , garlic pills and vitamin d pills, and goldenseal pills.

    I’m not sure there’s a FINAL cure for this ladies; Why aren’t doctors figuring this out? Does anyone know of any studies on this by ob/gyn’s? This annoyance needs attention by the medical profession NOW!!!!! This is the most annoying thing ever!!!!!!

  93. Becky
    September 30, 2009 at 7:20 am #

    Have had bv for
    what seems like a year now, odor isn’t bad – it’s the
    Do these things cure that too or just the odor… It’s so embarassing I don’t even have sex anymore!! I
    am only 20 && do not wanna go on like this!!
    Ladies help.. Antibiotics work for a week!!

  94. Elizabeth
    October 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    I was raped about a week ago and recently started noticing an awful odor that I’ve never experienced before, after searching on the internet for what might match my symptoms I came across BV. I’ve only had two sex partners and have never had any problems until this incident. I made a doctor’s appointment immediately and the earliest I can get in is this coming Monday. I was hoping this is the least of my worries and that pills would be able to fix me, but from reading all these past experiences of recurrence, I’m filled with anxiety. I have no health insurance and I’m already hating life as it is.

    My boyfriend lives out of state, and I’ll be visiting him in a few months. He knows about what happened, but I’m too embarrassed to even discuss this problem with him. I want to be cured before I see him again. It sounds like the yogurt treatment worked for most, but I’m a little confused as how to go about it all. I don’t feel like this is my body anymore, I’m desperate! Is there anyone that can help me understand this better? Thank you.

    • SH
      December 17, 2011 at 9:24 am #

      First off, so very, very sorry to hear what happened to you. Your comment is two years old now, so I doubt you’ll actually be reading this. But if anyone else is in your shoes I urge you strongly to go immediately to a rape crisis center. There are trained, sympathetic professionals there who can help you with all aspects of this trauma. You should not ever have to wait for a doctors appointment after being raped – you should be seen IMMEDIATELY. They can help you with counseling, morning-after pills to prevent pregnancy, STD testing, and perhaps even collect physical evidence should you decide to prosecute the rapist. Contact your local hospital or women’s center, make sure you have a friend with you or ask for a women’s advocate to accompany you. This is not something you have to struggle with alone, nor should you feel “embarrassed” about any problem resulting from your rape ordeal – it is not your fault.

  95. LG
    October 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    I do not have any tips, but questions. I have been getting BV for sometime now and its frustrating. I have tried the metrogel prescribed by my doctor as well as the flagyl, but it keeps coming back. Please let me know if the yogurt really works and if so, whats the best way to use it. As well as the peroxide. I am interested in trying both methods as it is very embarassing


  96. uhh ohh
    October 4, 2009 at 12:53 am #

    thank you so much miss samantha . i am 17 and i do believe i have bv , so i am going to try what you say and come back and post my results . i got it about 3 or 4 months ago and i havent allowed anyone down there because of the foul odor and the burning discomfort after sex . im hoping this will send this embarrassment away for good .

  97. Angie
    October 4, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    Hi ladies I discovered this site a few months ago they have several different ways on how u can cure yourself of bv i found this site to be very helpful and I hope u will as well. Good luck to all of u! http://www.earthclinc.com

  98. lg
    October 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm #

    Ok, so i tried the peroxide and water douche tonite so I will update you all on the status. We will see what happens,. I also plan on trying the yogurt soaked tampon as well. I will do this for the next 3 days and come back to update you. This blog is wonders for me

  99. Piper
    October 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    The peroxide/water douche in the mornings (2x a week) along with a yougert covered tampon 3x a week at bedtime done the trick for me, i also added Golden Seal extract and Acidophuilus tablets daily to keep my BV at bay.

  100. Jenn
    October 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    I am so glad I found this site! I have suffered from this horrid problem for 3 years now, Flagyl does get rid of it but it keeps on coming back! And I’m sick of taking that antibiotic b/c it makes me want to vomit and I’m sick of arguing with my Dr. because she can never sufficiently answer my questions about this. It is truly embarrassing to even discuss with my best friend, I felt like a freak of nature…until I found out how many women suffer from this and how common the recurring nature of it is. I’m about to go and buy all this stuff that hopefully helps! I’m going to try the peroxide on the tampon, the yogurt on the tampon, folic acid, and RepHresh…I will let everyone know how it works! Thank you everyone for making me feel more comfortable with my problem!

  101. Imlilkissy
    October 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    Well right now I am trying the yogurt inserted nightly for 7 nights I have heard Tea Tree oil suppositories are good so I am going to try that as well when I am done with the yogurt. I am also taking Bifidophilus flora force from natures sunshine. I am going to try the Tea tree oil in the bath tub was told to use 10 drops then sit and relax for 20min in a tub. I will also try the folic acid

  102. Pam
    October 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Ive been dealing with this for two yrs now and got tired of going to the doctors for nothing. I have read all of the tips from the site. I take 1 folic acid (800) and 1 acidophilis (400) a day. I have tried to douche with peroxide, flagyl, antibiotics,and boric acid compounds. The boric acid works as do the vitamins to a certain point. I finally got the odor under control. Also the yogurt works.

    Rephresh makes some pro biotic bills that really helps.

    My question is do anyone have pain and awwwfull itching. It is horrible. I itch and burn soooo bad till having sex is imposibile. I itch and burn to the point of bleeding starts. I don’t know what to do can someone help? Is there any suggestions for the burning and itching?

  103. LIz
    October 12, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    I too am soooo glad I found this site last week. I’ve been dealing with BV for 6 months and have been on Flagyl and Metro Gel for the last 5 months!! Nothing has cured it! It is so embrassing so it is very difficult to discuss with anyone. I consider myself in great health and have great hygiene, so I couldn’t understand why this was evening happening to me. I found this site out of sheer desperation, Friday I purchased Folic Acid, RepHresh, and Plain Yogurt W/ Live Cultures. I am also not a bliever in douches but like I said was desperate so I purchased a Vinger & Water douche as well. Ive been taking the supplements for 3 days and have had NO SIGN of any BV!!! I tried the yogurt with the tampon that night and the odor was gone almost instantly. AMAZING. I did the one douche once, I don’t think I will continue that but everything else I will continue. IT WORKS!!!

  104. bianca
    October 13, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

    Hello Ladies… I see I’m not the only female dealing with this situation.. I’m 23 now. I been having this situation since i was 19, during my pregnancy… I thought in the beginning, it was my baby father, since he was not circumsized, Not sure though.. Anyways.. I went to the emergency room” RECENTLY”, not thinking anything of it, when I find out I might have and STD, mixed with a BV.. Mind you these Doctors have no clue. They gave me a shot on my butt for gonorrhea, and tablets for clymidia.. Mind you I was clean, When I called for my results.. The Doctor said she believes I have BV.. I don’t understand how I’m still getting this messy thing down there… I’m clean, I have protected sex. Anyways.. My question is… If my boyfriend is giving me oral, is it contagious? CAN HE CATCH ANYTHING.. CAN I STILL GET PLEASED WITH ME HAVING THIS( ORALLY).. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T KNOW I HAVE IT AND THEN REALIZE IT LATE, WHAT SHOULD I DO.. AND HOW DO I USE THE YOGURT REMEDY?

  105. imlilkissy
    October 14, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    Pam: Yes sex is so stinkin uncomforatable for me as well it just burns in there it feels like I am being rubbed raw with friction and I also get a itchy burning sensation there as well along with some discomfort and pain. My doctor said that I was a red as a beat down there. She prescribed flagyl for me I took 3 pills and then was reading that it really dosent help so I discontued for a more natural approach. “BIANCA” I have been using the yogurt in there for 3 days now I just feel a syring and then insert it into a monistate applicator then use it. I wear a pad as it is a lil messy. It seems to be helping with the discomfort. I also use tea tree oil in a douche bottle i just use it as an external rinse it leaves a very cooling and soothing feeling. I am still waiting the arrival of the tea tree oil vaginal inserts. I heard these work great as well. I am so happy we have this site very helpful. Also during the day if I feel any itchy I just rub some yogurt in there and it really cools and helps the itch

  106. Christina
    October 15, 2009 at 2:37 am #

    ELIZABETH~ Having been raped if I were you I would not wait until your doctor’s appointment. I don’t know if you went to your local hospital or trauma unit afterward but if you haven’t you NEED TO GO NOW! At this point you can be infected with ANYTHING and waiting only increases a disease’s symptoms and effects. I strongly urge you to go to the emergency room to be tested for STD’s. Thinking that what you may have is as simple as BV is very risky. Not to scare you love but it could be something far worse.

  107. Jenn
    October 15, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    Ok update, so about a week ago, I used RepHresh and started taking 800 mcg of folic acid and probiotics (2 billion cfu’s) 3 pills per day, I have also been eating at least 1 cup of yogurt a day, I have changed my detergent to fragrance free and hypoallergenic, as well as frangrance free body wash. I tried the peroxide on the tampon 2x for 30 mins. and have had no more discharge or discomfort! I had sex last night and there was no smell at all! I will continue with the supplements and hope this keeps everything balanced. It feels so much better knowing that I can control my PH without the help of a worthless doctor and useless antibiotics!

  108. Ann
    October 15, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one suffering from this embarassing infection. I’ve had it off and on for 6yrs now. I have a new boyfriend and am so embarrassed to tell him about this condition. My question is what causes the horrible odor? It makes me feel dirty! I’m thankful to know there are some home remedies I can try now. Thanks to all who have given me hope in dealing with this bothersome infection.

  109. Emily
    October 16, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    I get recurring BV several times a year and need something natural to try. I am taking folic acid and Lactobacillus orally, but wanted to try the tampon idea. I was going to mix a little yogurt with the powder from a Lactobacillus capsule. But, do I leave the soaked tampon in overnight or do I just use it to insert the stuff?

  110. imlilkissy
    October 17, 2009 at 2:58 am #

    ok update: Well today hubby and I put it to the test. I was a lil nervous about buring and uncomfortableness and it was all good. Enjoyed the time with my very patient husband. I used yogurt in a monistate applcator for 2 nights then off one then 2 more so for me the yogurt and prayer did the trick. So far so good.

  111. needrelief911
    October 17, 2009 at 3:08 am #

    First I want to thank all of you ladies for sharing your tips and stories.I feel at home and not ashamed.I have had BV on and off for about 5 yrs.But,this year alone Ive had it about every other month.Thanks to this site i used the peroxide with a tampon applicator and it worked wonders!!!I HAVE NO MORE ODERS!!!Although it is only my second day i am pleased with the results.I am also going to try the yorgert also.THANKS GIRLS!!

  112. anonymous
    October 17, 2009 at 4:44 am #

    Reading through these posts, I’ve seen a lot of back and forth over the whole douching thing. I think when doctors tell you not to douche, they are referring to traditional douches you buy in the store or ones made at home with vinegar. Traditional douches wash out the good and bad bacteria which will allow the bad bacteria to overtake the good bacteria. If you douche with a probiotic yogurt/water mixture or dump the contents of a couple of acidophilus capsules into water, you are introducing more good bacteria into the vagina. I also think that douching with hydrogen peroxide will help to make your vaginal ph more acidic (which is what it’s supposed to be). Women with bv already have a ph balance that is too alkaline. I’ve tried inserting acidophilus tablets and lactobacillus yogurt and they both worked. I’m going to try turning those into a douching solution which will be less messy and an easier routine to maintain. You can find the yogurt in a health foods store and acidophilus capsules pretty much anywhere. Acidophilus tablets are good if you are going to insert them directly since they dissolve more easily and the capsules are good for opening and pouring out the powder into yogurt or water. I take vitamins everyday and tried taking acidophilus orally; but that hasn’t been enough for me.

  113. anonymous
    October 17, 2009 at 5:20 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.

  114. michelle
    October 21, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    I have tried the yogurt in the tampon and the folic acid which seems to be working but i have noticed that after i use the yogurt regime, it seems that my stomach starts to bloat and hurt…. does anyone else experience this?

  115. Tasha
    October 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm #

    My boyfriend & I have suffered from BV for about Two years..i mention him because when i have these episodes, he is “cut off from sex intercourse” until clearance (nobody is secure enough to attempt sex with a smelly vajayjay) which , like all men, drives him crazy ALONG with me going through this crap!..Not to mention, being out & wondering if the public can smell you as bad as you can!!!..As a “ping-pong” prevention method, my Dr prescribed Flagyl to both me & my boyfriend. That didn’t help my situation for the long run..After many refills, i became upset with my Dr wondering why he wasn’t doing more to “cure” me!..After reading your stories about this, i began injecting a tsp of yogurt into my vagina every other night along with taking acidophillus tablets daily..as for relief, It’s great to smell & feel fresh again..but WHAT WILL CURE THIS FOREVER!????….

  116. Simone
    October 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    Does anyone know how many times I should us the yogurt in the vagina?

  117. jt
    October 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    i too am confused as to how to try the yogurt remedy can someone please explain what to do with the tampon any yogurt or peroxide and tampon

  118. cherry
    October 24, 2009 at 4:35 am #

    i had an intimate sexual relationship with a man, it came so embarassing that while were having sex a foul odor came from me. He was wearing condom at that time, but he just ignored it off.. then we are planning to do it again. and im not so prepared because its a big shame. Ill try the yogurt and tampon later on. and tampon with peroxide. Ill update you on what will happen next.

    thanks to all who shared their success with bv..

    hope ill get better with these soon..

    • Jess
      October 17, 2011 at 2:35 am #

      Where can i get peroxide from without going to my docotor? or does it have to be perscribed?

  119. imlilkissy
    October 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    Michelle I did notice that I had a nausea feeling off and on the whole time I used the yogurt and I had a funny taste in my mouth like the yogurt that seemed odd to me but I did notice it. I had been sick so it might just have been a fluke but IDK.

  120. Alycia
    October 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    I thought i was the only one suffering with these symptoms, its comforting to know other aare out there. My sypmtoms are itching and burning and occassionally foul odor before and or after my cycle,tried flagyl but symtoms always come back,i recently tried to witch hazel 10 minutes ago only because i needed immediate relief from the itching and burning i dabbed witch hazel with a cotton ball onto the outer vaginal area the initial response burned but after a few seconds the itching subsided then i soaked a tampon in witch hazel and inserted into the vagina and almost immediately the burning and itching went away but I’m unsure how long i should leave the tampon in and also I’m afraid it will burn once I remove it.Can anyone relate.

  121. Alycia
    October 24, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    I thought i was the only one suffering with these symptoms for years i’ve had this problem, its comforting to know others are out there. My sypmtoms are itching and burning and occassionally foul odor before and or after my cycle,tried flagyl but symtoms always come back sooner or later,i recently tried witch hazel about 10 minutes ago because it was the only product i have in my posession and i needed immediate relief from the itching and burning, I dabbed witch hazel with a cotton ball onto the outer vaginal area the initial response burned but after a few seconds the itching subsided, then I soaked a tampon in witch hazel and inserted into the vagina and almost immediately the burning and itching went away, but I’m unsure how long i should leave the tampon in and also I’m afraid it will burn once I remove it.Can anyone relate.

  122. Michelle W.
    October 25, 2009 at 4:01 am #

    I also have mild BV, i can tell you why. How many of you have daughters?

    Well, I started a diet to keep my PH level acidic to conceive a girl. (gender selection) Yoou must eat alot of sweets/dairy/citrus and it keeps my ph soo acidic that I developed BV. I take folic acid and cranberry to subside all of my symptoms and it is not near as bad, i just get discharge from time to time, but no smell or swelling or soreness..

  123. Kay
    October 26, 2009 at 2:21 am #

    Too much sugar/carbohydrates in the diet are said to encourage symptoms, but not sure if that’s true. I get bv every month immediately following my period… WHAT A CURSE! The bacteria is said to survive on your underwear despite laundering, which causes recurrences. I’ve read that using a very hot iron on the crotch area of laundered garments will kill it. What a nightmare this is.

  124. meggy
    October 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    i’m 29 and i love making love with my husband. but about a month ago we did it 7 days after my period and after that i got the smell already. i was worst during the 1st 2 weeks. so i tried douching with iodine. the smell was slightly gone but i can still smell a little of it. so i know its still there. i read about the yogurt i just tried it today. i will know later or tomorrow if its effective. i will also try the folic acid. i hope it works. i love my husband and i feel embarrassed when we are having sex.. i hope it works coz i don’t wanna go to the doctor and be depressed after a week.

  125. missrach
    October 27, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    Hello all. I have been suffering from BV for about 7 or 8 years now. I am 24 years old and have always known to have a distinctive smell down there. only recently with my current boyfriend of 2 and a half years have i sought out medical treatment from my Gyno. I never thought it was a medical condition. I always thought it was a normal thing i guess since he was the only one that ever brought it up to me. well i have been to my gyno 3 times about it, was treated with the metro gel 2ce and flaygl 2ce. but it always seems to come back within days of treatment. i am a very healthy person and i eat very healthy. i started drinking Danactive every day but maybe it doesnt have all the live cultures i need? i want to try more suppliments as it is getting very expensive to see my gyno alot. i also get re-occurant UTI’s so its both of these re-occurant infections that really put a damper on my sex life. these blogs really did help me out alot to see that i am not the only one suffering. i will try the yogurt rememdies and suppliment. not sure about douching. never done it before…dont even know what a douche looks like. wish me luck!

    October 28, 2009 at 1:21 am #

    Folic Acid does really work! TAke it in high volumes for about a week and the smell disappears immediately! The next day it is gone completely but cntinue taking the folic acid for at least a week!

  127. mustknow
    October 29, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    Can anyone who said their regimen worked — Like Christie in August or anyone else – please advise as to it still working? Also, does the hydrogen peroxide burn? My symptoms are always burning so concerned to use that… could someone spell out exactly how to do that treatment.
    Thank you.

  128. Geegee
    October 30, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    Been suffering from this animal ever since I was a teenager but didn’t know who to tell.Now I am 31.Last week I learnt that I can wash my area with water only no and it has been helping a little.Then today I bumped into this site I am soooo happy that I am not alone.Tomorrow I am going to buy and try the yoghurt first.Thank you ladies for now are know that I am not alone

  129. Geegee
    October 30, 2009 at 6:11 am #

    Been suffering from this animal ever since I was a teenager but didn’t know who to tell.Now I am 31.Last week I learnt that I can wash my area with water only no soap and it has been helping a little.Then today I bumped into this site I am soooo happy that I am not alone.Tomorrow I am going to buy and try the yoghurt first.Thank you ladies for now I know that I am not alone

  130. j
    October 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    I’ve been suffering from BV for a couple of years now and the antibiotics sure only help for a short time. I tried the yogurt on the tampon too and it seem to help.I asked my doctor about the yogurt and he said, “let me know if it works”! So much for doctors advise. I also tried rephresh and I agree that I don’t like the clumps it forms. I am really glad that I found this site so I can try a few more things, because my sex life is suffering from this. I don’t even feel like getting intimate anymore out of fear I smell and what man “really” understands when his partner “smells”?
    I also didn’t know that there were so many ladies with the same problem as mine, it feels good to be able to talk about it.
    Good luck to all of you in getting rid of it!

  131. Geegee
    October 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Hi ladies on top of all these remedies wash the area with water only no soaps it works.Good luck

  132. slim
    October 31, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    how about the rephresh gel and pro-b pills…are they any good?

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  134. Shygyrl
    November 3, 2009 at 12:20 am #

    I’ve been dealing with BV for 5 years now. I’ve been to the doctors numerous times and tell them about my discharge and odor. They always thought that it was a bacterial infection or a yeast infection. But I didn’t have burning or itching so I knew that those were not what I had, but I guess to please the doctors (because doctors are supposed to know everything, right? LOL) I let them run the tests and it would ALWAYS come back that I did not have any infections or even STD’s. Finally, my doctor told me that some women just produce more estrogen than others and that’s what I was dealing with. I’m so tired of dealing with the discharge and odor – I just want to feel like a normal and sexy woman again. That’s when I stumbled upon this website and found all of you guys who share the same problems I do. To be honest, I thought I was really the only one who had this problem and that I was a freak. I’m so glad that there’s people I can talk to about this who understands what I’m going through. I’ve been reading all of these home remedies on here and I just started the yogurt in the vagina regiman last night and today I completely had no smell. I’m gonna continue the yogurt for a few more days to get my PH levels back on track since I’ve been dealing with having BV for so long. I also bought Folic Acid pills and Probotic Acidophilus pills just today and took a pill of each. I’ll keep you all posted on how well it works for me. I’m just so thankful and grateful that you all were willing to share these remedies. Now, I just hope it works for me like it worked for all of you so I can get back to feeling normal again and be able to feel confident having sex with my husband. Thanks again to you all and I’ll get back to you all in a few days.

  135. desperate
    November 3, 2009 at 2:22 am #

    I would like to try the yogurt/tampon suggestion and I noticed a few people have asked but no one has provided n answer. Ladies, can one of you please explain exactly what needs to be done?

    Just insert the yogurt with an applicator? Soak he whole tampon in yogurt then insert the actual tampon? how long do you keep it in?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  136. Ameliea
    November 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    To begin with, I will start by saying I have not had a sexual encounter with another person (so still a virgin) nor have I begun my period. However, something is troubling me.
    I am in my mid-teens and I am experiencing some of the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. These are the ‘fishy’ smell, the white-grey discharge and sometimes (though not regularly) the itchy, uncomfortable feeling.
    I have looked on the internet and have found that my symptoms match that of bacterial vaginosis. However, I am slightly confused because many sites mention that the women who experience bacterial vaginosis are of childbearing age, where as mentioned before I have not even started my period.
    As a quick information download, I am a late starter when it comes to periods and it runs in all the females in my family.
    I am a very clean person and I often take showers twice a day, along with the occasional warm bath. I take care to use gentle, natural bath products and I am aware that my condition is involving my vagina’s pH levels.
    I have read about these natural cures such as live yoghurt and supplements such as frolic acid, but do they really work?
    I would very much like some help to identify what my condition is as I am at that stage where boyfriends get curious! I want to avoid embarrassing situations!!



    • Margo
      January 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

      CVS Sells a products called RepHresh Pro-B its a probiotic supplement a pill you take daily this combined with ocassional use of the vaginal gel that is inserted vaginally has worked wonders for myself in prevention of BV worked better than antibotics they seemed to further irrated the situation. BV is not because your not clean! The inserts are great for use before and after your period times when I normally had flare ups with this emberassing condtion. Thanks to all who shared

  137. BV Sucks
    November 4, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    I never had BV until, at 19, I started dating this guy that was cheating on me with another girl. I believe she had it and he gave it to me. Drs say its not contagious but I firmly believe it is. I have been fighting it ever since. I am 28 now and still trying to find ways to fight it. I had heard about the tea tree oil tampon and the yogurt but never tried it. I no longer get the burning and itching feeling; just the smell! Ewww! Kinda embarrassing especially when you are ready to have sex with a new guy and can’t b/c he might smell you….and never call you again! I have always been prescribed Metrogel which works fine for me within a day but the moment I have sex, the BV comes right back again. Arrrrgghhh

  138. 3
    November 4, 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    Thx to the tips from ‘Behealthy’ (posted 24th Aug 2009)

    I am almost grateful to have experienced BV because your tips about lifestyle changes incorporating the Alkaline vs. Acidity theories are spot on. I am impressed because you are one of the youngest people to write in and yet your wise approach highlights how vital it is to be in touch with your own body and well being. Doctors are a no brainer considering you can get a different verdict on YOUR health depending on who you go to. Science is their area and understanding THE body, understanding your body should be your area. Scrap the douches and peroxide ladies and drugs are drugs no matter where they come from….smoking and drinking are obviously not great for you so maybe if those things are important to you then get educated on how to balance them out with natural foods and you should be identifying the things you do or have a lot of, ie coffee, processed foods, fast foods.
    I’m assuming most people are after a quik fix solution to the odour but BV is just your bodies way of saying hey girl look after me or I will fail you…….and then you may feel as tho you are destined for a life of lonelyness and public humilliation

    thx again behealthy my whole well being is on the path to salvation, mwhahahaha

  139. Shygyrl
    November 5, 2009 at 2:21 am #

    To ‘Desperate’,

    I too was a little confused as to how I insert the yogurt. I tried different ways.

    1. I tried using a monistat tube – (but I had to use a syringe to add the yogurt into the monistat tube because the tube didn’t have enough pressure to act like a syringe on its own)

    2. I tried using the tampon applicator (without the tampon inside it) and again I had to use a syringe to put the yogurt inside the applicator

    3. And the last thing I tried was taking the tampon out of the applicator and dipping the tampon into the yogurt and inserting it with my fingers.

    The one time I did the tampon thing I inserted it about an hour before I went to bed and then I took it out because studies say never to wear a tampon overnight. But the other times when I tried the monistat tube and the tampon applicator, I inserted the yogurt right before I went to bed so that way it had all night to do what it needed to do.

    Desperate, try these out and find the one that works best for you. You may even find a way that I didn’t try that works better.

    I sure hope I helped – good luck!

  140. Shygyrl
    November 5, 2009 at 2:30 am #

    To let all of you wonderers know…..this stuff really does work. I’ve been dealing with BV for 5 years and in just a couple of days taking the Folic Acid pills and Acidophilus pills, I have no more discharge and just overnight using the yogurt, there’s no more odor.

    I feel so wonderful now and so releived that this website was created to help people like you and me get rid of this thing. But seriously ladies, try it. You’ll be very glad and happy you did!!!!!

  141. Kate RN
    November 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    Wow! This site is amazing! I had to have a D&C last Tuesday for personal reasons…and since then, I’ve noticed a HORRIBLE smell. I mean, bad!

    As a nurse…and, let’s face it…a concerned woman…I started doing some research. All that I kept hearing about is antibiotics that are medically prescribed… Well, until now.

    So, as a nurse working in a doctor’s office, I grabbed some peroxide and a 10 mL syringe, soaked a tampon in the solution and inserted that AS WELL as douching with the hydrogen peroxide.

    Well, not sure how it will all turn out, but I feel an immense bubbling going on inside me that’s not very comfortable. I know that hydrogen peroxide bubbles when it destroys bacteria, which I guess is what it’s doing, but I hope it is safe. And, more importantly, I hope it works!

    Going to go home tonight and try the yogurt.

    Oh, one more thing… I bought the VH Essentials at CVS and inserted that prior to the peroxide dipped tampon and peroxide douche. And, prior to that, I douched with an iodine solution called Vagi-Gard.

    I’ll let you know tomorrow how it helped!

    Good luck ladies! This does SUCK!!

  142. R
    November 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    I can’t stand this anymore. I’ve had BV on and off since May 2009, my BF and I became active in October of 2008. I’ve had it about 4 times, but it never seems to really go away. I took Flagyl for the initial attack, which was the worst, smelled like sour milk and discharge. I feel like my parts are swollon and uncomfortable. I’ve had 2 other really annoying instances, then just went to doc this last month for annual pap, and I’m still testing positive for the BV bacteria, although I don’t have symptoms at the moment.
    I’ve been eating yogurt, taking folic acid, and now I’m going to try yogurt in the bottom half along with the peroxide flush, also will start taking garlic again.

    Is there anyway to get rid of this ONCE AND FOR ALL!? I’m 30 yrs old, no kids, and this is the first time in my life I have ever encountered this. I am a smoker, I enjoy drinking beer, but I’m in good health otherwise.

  143. imlilkissy
    November 6, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    When I used the yogurt I too used a syring and sucked up the yogurt then put it into the monstat applicator then inserted it into me at night and it did the trick.

    I have a question though do any of you ladies that have BV have you ever had the constant urge to pee i have a sensation around the uretha that make me feel like i need to pee.

    • Margo
      January 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      A lot of women who have BV often have a urinary tract infection at the same time which would explain your increased urge to urinate you have to be treated for both

  144. UK Girlie
    November 6, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    I have only just discovered this forum and already I feel that hope is on the horizon for me.

    I am of African-Caribbean origin and first experienced this problem in my late twenties, after having a coil (IUD) fitted and prior to having children. It happened after my then boyfriend (of 6 months) and I first had sex without a condom. I was placed on antibiotics and had the coil removed and reverted to using condoms.

    I met and married my husband and all was fine (mostly) both with and without condoms until we’d completed our family and I then had a slow hormone release coil (IUS) fitted and we stopped using condoms. For the last two years now, (despite practically always using condoms as well as having the IUS) I have gone through a vicious cycle of BV, antibiotics, thrush, Canestan pessary or cream, BioFem gel and then a break for a month before the whole thing starts up again.

    I don’t really want to remove the IUS because I have historically suffered from a very short menstrual cycle followed by very long, heavy and painful periods and thrush.

    Anyway, as of last night, I started with the following:
    -Yogurt with live cultures- inserted before bedtime using the type of needle-less syringe you get with Nurofen for children
    -Folic acid 400ug
    -Well Woman original vitamin supplements
    -Vitamin C 1000mg

    This morning (unsurprisingly after all those vitamins) I started my day with a spring in my step and a bowl of muesli with natural yogurt (as I always do). Before I left for work I used:
    – BioFem gel – which of all the times I have used it, has only successfully managed to treat BV once.

    This evening having tried the finger test and finding there was still an odour, I have used the following:
    -Odourless garlic capsules 2mg
    -Probiotic capsule x2
    -Probiotic sachet
    -I also inserted a tampon soaked in 3% Hydrogen Peroxide for 20 minutes – which killed the smell immediately but I am interested to see if this is a long term or short term fix.

    Before bed this evening, I intend to do the yogurt thing again and see how I get on. I will keep you posted as to how I get on.

  145. jen
    November 7, 2009 at 2:57 am #

    My doctor at Planned Parenthood prescribed using a suppository of Boric Acid capsules ($4.00 for the powder and the pharmacy gave me gelatin capsules to make my own) at bedtime for a week. There are several website with further information about this treatment.

  146. matti
    November 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    ok i need a tip, this really sucks, ive been to the doc and they give me that m word medicine im kinda scared to put peroxide in me help please

  147. matti
    November 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    i do feel that way too having to pee alout….this bv is so crazzy and sooo scary

  148. UK Girlie
    November 8, 2009 at 11:19 am #


    So I started my home treatment on Thursday evening. I only used the 3% hydrogen peroxide & BioFem once but continued to use the yogurt and vitamins and I found the following:

    Thursday evening = discharge stopped & smell greatly reduced
    Friday evening = faint smell present
    Saturday evening = absolutely no smell and no discharge!
    Sunday morning = very, very happy girl.

    Thanks to everyone on here for sharing their tips – I’ve finally found what works for me and that all I have to do is rebalance my virginal PH and boost my body’s ability to sustain good bacteria. No more expensive gels and anti-biotics for me.

    Good luck everyone.

  149. theotherside
    November 8, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    try using silver antibiotics which is collodial silver available at health food stores. it definitely took care of the odor, but the burning is still there. i had a “new” partner and he changed brands and that may have done it…
    but also, if you have BV, get checked for genital herpes, even if you show no other visible symptoms. you could have it and not know it and that could affect your vaginal Ph.

  150. buffy
    November 9, 2009 at 4:36 am #

    wow thankies to everyones tips i will try them all but i have to wait until im off my period first lol

  151. Helena
    November 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    I would just like to know how much folic acid I should be taking a day??? The pills I have are 0.4mg. Also, does anybody know if the contraceptive pill has anything to do with it?

  152. shelley
    November 9, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    The discharge feeling is it like a bubbliing feeling ..iam going though this now and it’s very upsetting…i don’t know what to do !

  153. Helena
    November 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    Hi all,
    Just wondering how much of the folic acid should I be taking per day?The pills I have are 0.4mg (400mcg). Also, I would just like to add that natural yogurt & probiotic pills got rid of my itching but I still have a discharge & a fishy odour. I do not have this problem constantly, it comes and goes but I cannot seem to figure out what triggers it. Think it may have been contracted during sex. Does anyone think it may be due to the hormones in the contraceptive pill?

  154. alice
    November 10, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    hi ladies,
    thankyou so much for sharing your natural remedies with other sufferers.today i stopped taking my flagyl after comming across this site and went and bought garlic exract tablets,folic acid, probiotic formula acidophilus plus ,i swallowed a tablet of each– i also bought live yogurt and a vaginal syringe, i intend to mix a capsule of acidophilus with yogurt and shoot it up my vayjayja at bedtime. i would also like to try out a douch that contains hydrogen peroxide but i am a little scared thinking it can do me more harm than good, excuse my ignorance but are we talking about the same hydrogen peroxide that is used to mix with hair color ?? 3%-or 10volume,6%-or 20volume,or 9%-or 30volume,or is there a special hydrogen peroxide maybe bought from the pharmacy?? the hp i am reffering to can cause irritations when touched to the skin and cause dermatitis and iritation . any one answering my dilemma about using it or not and finding out what and where to get it will be greatly doing me a big favor 🙂
    thank you again to each and every one of you , by the way i know for sure that i have BV because my gyni performed a smear with different swabs and sent it to microscopy, culture and susceptibility testing in a lab ,tests resulted i only have few or absent lactobacilli but a great increase in the number of gardnella vaginalis, smear suggestive of bacterial vaginosis..a fishy smell could be something far more serious than bv ,especially if some of you ladies are experiencing itchiness and swelling ,redness and pain…i would definately go check it out properly.. good luck to all … alice

  155. liza
    November 11, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    im only 15 about to turn 16 and this situation has affected my life harshly, my self-esteem is lower then usual and i really would just like to get rid of it at home now and quick.

  156. rosie
    November 12, 2009 at 4:25 am #

    i actually didnt know that it reaccured. i thought it had gone away. boy was i wrong. i found out i had it, i think it was a year ago. i went to the doc, and all she did was give me antibiotics and cream to insert. and it never fails the day before im due for my period my junk starts itching and burning and has a little bit of the smelly discharge. but after i start my period it goes away. i guess i dont have it as bad as some of you but i have found that the cold compress really helps with the itching and burning. u may get rid of it for a while but it will always come back so i figure just deal with it as it comes and do what u can to make it feel better. i think i am going to try the peroxide tip tho. im glad i found this site it looks very helpful. thanks for all the tips.

  157. shannon
    November 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    Thanks everyone for all the tips, I will be trying many of them. Glad to know I am not the only one trying to fight this nasty beast.

  158. the battle
    November 13, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    Thank God for yall and the internet!
    I have had this problem for 5 years Im 32. Ive been to the Dr. So many
    times for this. They just hand me the pills pat me on the bottom and send me on my way. The last time I went the Dr. TOLD Me some women get BV every month with there period. In other words live with it. BV is destoring my life and marriage. My husband finally told me that he wanted to have sex but he couldnt the smell is to bad. (and i dont blame him). Who wants to have sex with someone that makes you want to puck. Iam going to try everything Ive read on here tonite. peroxide, yogurt’folic acid,garlic’probiotic,FemDopilus and prey to God it works!
    And if It does I will shout it from the roof tops!
    I want my life back! I want my husband to want to have sex with me again. We use to have sex 5 times a day. Now its like 5 times a year. Im afaid he will leave or cheat and if he did could i blame him? But I hope this works. I’ll let you know. And good luck to everyone with this battle it seems like people just blow it off. But no one could know how awful this is until it happening to you. GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU ALL

  159. Adrianne
    November 13, 2009 at 1:34 am #

    what kind of yogurt are you ladies useing?

  160. redgirl
    November 13, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    I’ve been having BV off and on for about a year now and I’m fed up with trying different things and turns out that I just wasted my money. Here’s what I’m doing.

    1. a tsp. of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water filled in a douche bottle.

    2. take 3 garlic pills a day.

    3. take acidophillus pills that contains lactobacillus and bifidus

    4. I wash with Dove sensitive skin soap.

    5. Eat lots of fruits and veggies and drink plenty of water.

    The smell is gone and there’s no discharge, but I want to keep doing it until I know that it’s completely out of my system.
    I’ve been doing this for a week now, but if you’ve had BV for a while, you have to give it time to expell completely out of your system.

  161. Dana
    November 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    I’ve had BV for over 9 years, it all started with a guy that wasn’t circumsized and it was an ongoing nightmare, after leaving him, I noticed I had less and less, and for years I have been BV free, wearing cotton underwear, urinating immediately after sex or bathing, make sure my partner showers (no coming home from work and being sweaty) and it worked out great and would only have a problem once in awhile, I recently got an infection and went to the doctor for antibiotics and thought I would be fine but 1mth later it’s back and I’m freaking out, I was doing so good and nothings changed, same partner, same routine. So I’m going to try the multi-vitamin w/Folic acid, and the Hydrogen Peroxide soaked on a tampon (which isn’t very comfortable). If all else fails I will try the yogurt route. I’ll post back and let everyone know.

  162. Cynnie
    November 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    Wow…Im so glad I found this website. I thought I was alone in this. I first got BV after I had my daughter 4 years ago…and then I was celibate because me and her dad broke up. I just started sleeping with my current bf two months ago and I’ve gotten BV twice already. Im so pissed.

    But one thing I did notice is that many people on here say that their boyfriends are uncircumsized…and so is mine. And he works with his hands and like to play with his hands…so I made him stop using his hands. And because I have BV now we havent had sex in over a week. I was on the monizole and it seemed like it was going away, then it came back…like in one day..and me and my boyfriend didnt have any sex…so now Im doubley frustrated.

    I cant wait to try some of the home remedies…because I really dont trust doctors anyway. I’ll keep you posted.

  163. rosie
    November 16, 2009 at 3:57 am #

    ok, so theres a possibility i might be pregnant. im fixing to be 20 yrs old. i just read that if you have bacterial vaginosis while your pregnant, it increases the chances of misscarriage. so i really need to get this taken care of. i just figured i would tell yall just incase ya didnt know that about it.

  164. Ieisha
    November 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    Ok no discharge, fishy smell a little internal itching- BV right?
    I am a little dumbfounded right now, but What kind of peroxide to use, and when I soak it in the tampon, isn’t the tampon going to expand and be hard to insert, ans the same for the yogurt? Is garlic any good? Please someone tell me the easiest way to get rid of this stinky smell. It’s driving me crazy

  165. Leena
    November 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    Many have posted but many have not came back to update their status, I would love to hear back from some of you. I am going to try a few things on here as well and will let you know. Wish me luck as I wish you all the same:)

  166. The battle
    November 16, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    Ok ladies here it goes. I think ive done pretty much everything.
    Ive been talking a warm bath last 5 nights 1st night i put a cup of peroxide for 20min. 2nd nite a cup of vinger. 3rd-5th nite a 1/4 a cup of baking soda. And ive been eating a cup of yogurt plan organic everyday. 1) soaked a tampon in peroxide and inserted it for 20min
    2) Ive been taking 400mcg of folic acid 2 times a day
    3) probiotics 2 times a day
    4) 500mg deodorized garlic 2 times a day
    5) FemDophilus once a day
    6) and for the past few nites and im going to do it for at least one more nite. Ive mixed 2 FemDopilus with 1/4 of a tsp of plain yogurt and inserted it on the tip of a tampon.
    7) Ive changed my soap to dove unsented.
    8) I eat a cup of yogurt everyday.
    I only have a small amout of clear odorless dischage.
    the smell is gone.. I guess i will be putting it to the real test this weekend.. Becouse the odor was must noticible during sex.. But so far so good..

  167. Franny
    November 16, 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    To Alice:

    Use the 3% hydrogen peroxide, you can get it at any drugstore, my grocery store has it near the cotton balls. It even says on the bottle that it can be used as a mouthwash. My personal experience has been this: I got BV with the nasty smell for the first time when I started having sex with a new boyfriend… at age 36, that tells me maybe it was him. I experimented with many home remedies and found that using a 50/50 water/peroxide douche, followed by RepHresh, worked, as long as I was also vigilant about wiping boyfriend’s semen out right after sex. But I wasn’t always diligent, and eventually the peroxide and RepHresh combo has stopped working, even after I’ve dumped him and am abstinent. I’ve read that the gardnerella bacteria can form a film in the vagina that is resistant to hydrogen peroxide and antibiotics. I’m also thinking it can spread to the uterus where the douche doesn’t reach, hence the need for oral supplements like female-friendly probiotics and garlic. I was with that boyfriend a year and a half, and I think he kept re-infecting me to the point that it’s chronic. Thanks a lot dude.

  168. Help in a hurry
    November 17, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    I need help FAST. I have BV. I have “vagaphoia” I have never used a tampon and have tried with no luck. Any suggestions on how to cure this?

  169. lee
    November 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    hi im only 21 i hav had wat i think is bv for at least a year now im a bit unsure on using a few of the things like peroxide its one thing puttin it in my hair but up there it just seems wrong iv herd that live yougert helps thrush but this isnt thrush so how could it help if u could send me some more advice it would meen a lot to me as the stigmer of this at my age is awfull and i dont want to hav to suffer any longer thank you and i am so glad to here im not the only 1 xx

  170. so frustrated
    November 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    I have a question…..I have been suffering from BV since I was 18, it has been horrible. I finally had to begin wearing a pad everyday to hide the smell. I came across this website last night and I tried to get the yogurt but I could not find it in the grocery store. This may sound silly but is there a special store to get this at and do you really insert it directly into the vagina? And what it the FemDopilus do you get this from like GNC?

  171. jenn w
    November 20, 2009 at 6:37 am #

    can i just start off by saying thank u all so much for your tips. I have been suffering for bv since i was 16. i really do not like using antibiotics but have been treating my episodes with balance activ but recently have found that this no longer has the desired effect of getting rid of this awful odour. it was crippling my self esteem, making me really depressed and started to affect my relationship. i came across this site and tried the folic acid and yoghurt but to no avail. i then decided to try the peroxide douche as i was desperate by this point. i read all the comments about douching being bad for you but decided to try anyway and it has been the best decision i have ever made. after douching with peroxide for 2 nights the smell has finally gone! i feel so much more confident and relaxed. i will continue to douche for the next couple nights just to be sure and then will probably douche once or twice a week for maintenance. THANK YOU LADIES!!!

  172. Falsename
    November 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    I just ate a pomegranate last night and took the Probotic Acidophilus pill. I broke the pill and put it on a tampon and swallow the other two pills. I am bleeding and I assuming that is from my period. This morning I took my vitamins and two more probotic acid pills. I am thinking of eating another pomegranate.

    Does anyone have anymore suggestions for me? How am I going to know if bv is gone if I am on my period?

  173. Anonymous
    November 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    I had BV once when I was 22 and again recently at 26. I was prescribed Metronidazole(Flagyl) and my symptoms started to disappear rapidly. I recently began a new relationship, and we had sex very frequently. I started to notice that the BV was returning so I went to the Dr. to be treated. I also had a pap smear just to be certain it wasn’t anything else. My Dr. told me he thought I was correct in my diagnosis and also suggested the plain Dannon yogurt trick. He said he had heard that this was the way they treat BV in underdeveloped countries where women can’t afford costly prescriptions. I tried this using a plastic tampon applicator without the tampon. I was also taking my Flagyl as prescribed. My boyfriend and I had to quit having sex because I couldn’t tolerate the smell. It was such a turn-off. My symptoms continued to get worse. I was having a clear, brown liquid on my panyliners and it smelled like a dumpster. I tried the tampon soaked in hydrogen peroxide and that made it worse! I finally called my doctor to see if he had my pap results yet and decided I needed to get back in to see him immediately. The night before my appointment I realized that this discharge was not coming from my vagina, but my urethra. The horrible smell was urine and I had a raging UTI. My urine was so concentrated that it looked brown on my pantyliners. I had no burning, itching, or frequency to urinate. These are all classic symptoms I attribute to having a UTI, although I have never actually experienced one. My symptoms were urgency and dribbling. I saw my doctor and he thought I could be right and prescribed me something for the UTI. A day and a half later and I finally do not smell like a toxic waste dump and I actually started to experience other symptoms associated with UTI(burning, frequency). My urine still has a slight smell but nothing close to what it was. As for the BV, which I believe is how I got the UTI, I’m am uncertain whether this has subsided. Most importantly, you should always see your doctor if this is your first experience with a vaginal odor, it could be something much worse. I was so upset by all of this because nothing was working for me. I would have never thought I had a UTI and the smell was my urine dribbling into my vagina and making it smell bad. So as for the remedies, I can’t yet say whether they worked for me. I’ve been taking Folic Acid, probiotics, deodorized garlic, and a multivitamin daily in the hopes of preventing any future BV or UTI recurrences. I’m also trying to drink more water and cranberry juice to help. I plan to take better care of my vajayjay after sexual intercourse, too. I wish all of you the best of luck.

  174. sar
    November 21, 2009 at 1:40 am #

    Well I didnt know there was a cure dr. but i’m so happy that you all have given tips because my husband was driving me crazy about this it’s was starting to be a big deal in our sex life. he would just say i didnt clean my u know what right and of course i know i did. >>>>then there went that night that we could have taken advantage of the boys be asleep!


  175. Jenni
    November 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    which type of hydrogen peroxide is used??

  176. Frustrated
    November 24, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    Well I appear to be in the same boat as everyone else! I’ve been having this nasty problem for around 7 years now. The last 2 years have been hell, with having it every other month. I have been on Metronidazole countless times and it just doesn’t work anymore, plus I cant swallow the tablets as I know how rank they taste so I choke on them! I found a website that suggest using Balance Active, this was a god send but it is quite expensive. I noticed I had it back last week when I started spotting (I wasn’t due on) so I used the balance activ for 2 nights. This didn’t solve the problem and I then had a period! Not i smell horrible. I am will definitely be trying some of these home remedies tonight. I’m thinking that I will try the tampax soaked in yoghurt, folic acid and Garlic capsules. I will report back in a few days. Good luck all.

  177. C
    November 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    I am so glad that I found this site, I have been dealing with this problem for over 10 years and it is horrible!! I will take the advice as I am tired of going to the doctor for round after round of antibiotics that don’t work. I am hoping for the same results as many of you have had as I do not like having sex anymore either because of the smell.

    My stomach also seems to cramp up too, does anyone else have that? I had a hysterectomy so it seems strange.

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  179. TT
    November 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    I am so surprised that so many women suffer from the same situation that I have been for the past 2 years. My doctor has prescribed every antibiotic that exists. I get it once a month or if I’m lucky every other. My doc has gone as far as to tell me, my boyfriend must be unfaith because this isn’t normal. After reading all the comments I went and bought yogurt, acidophilus, folic acid and VH essentials….I hope and pray something works, its wildly embarrassing!!

  180. frustrated
    November 25, 2009 at 6:07 am #

    Well an update after 1 night of Yogurt, garlic and folic acid the vile smell has completely gone. I will continue with the yogurt for another 2 night and the folic acid and garlic for a week. Fingers crossed normality will be restored.

  181. anonymous
    November 27, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Just a couple of tips:
    I would NOT recommend using peroxide on the tampon…I did this on two separate occasions and had a lot of discomfort and actually bled a little…the peroxide can be damaging to the sensitive nature of your vajayjay and cause more infection! True, it does get rid of the odor, but the side effects are not worth it…trust me! Also, colloidal silver use can cause permanent discoloration of your skin, and there is no medical evidence proving that it is effective!

  182. JW
    November 27, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    Hello Ladies! I am amazed at how many women are suffering from this dreadful mess! I just noticed it during sex with my fiance three nights ago and I was mortified. I douched with vinegar and water and it came right back. now I know there is a problem. Now I refuse to have sex. That’s out of the question until this is taken care of. Im at work and i notice a dead fish and cabbage smell amd low and behold it’s coming from me!!! I was like WTF!!!! So i immediately washed up with hand soap and water using napkins which was the only thing I could find. sprayed my pants and panties with my favorite body spray and placed dry napkins in my under wear. Now I am pissed….I am a very clean and meticulous person so this is total BS.

    Tonight when i get off I am buying the following:

    *PH Test
    * folic acid pills
    *acidophilus pills
    *needless syringe
    *plain yogurt

    I will update you ladies in a few days. I am just disgusted.
    *odorless garlic

  183. Nicole
    November 28, 2009 at 1:18 am #

    I found this site today and rushed to the store for folic acid yogurt peroxide and the medicated iodine douche, fingers crossed!

  184. Kay
    November 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    I found out a week ago that i have bv… I freaked out… When the nurse told me what i had that was my first time hearing of it. I was perscribed flagyl or something like that. Basically its a 7 day pill that you take twice a day. I started the pill on Monday and by Wednesday the smell was gone… But when i got home from the doctors after being diagnossed i immediately began to research and find out all that i could about bv… 1 thing that i have learned that can cause bv is the type of pads and tampons that you use… All tampons and pads made my Always, Kotex, Tampax and almost every other brand that you see in stores have built in chemicals the interfere with the bacteria inside of you and causes an off-set… Which causes bv… Many women don’t know this and it really helped me. I use to use Always brand but after reading that I switched to an organic pad (Maxim brand). Organic pads a pure and don’t contain all of the chlorine and other chemicals in regular pads. I never thought that anything was wrong with the kind of pads that i use but once i switched i noticed a huge difference…. That help me out a lot, hope it helps someone else!

  185. kennyboo
    November 30, 2009 at 1:05 am #

    ladies all you have to do is get a vaginal applicator it looks like a plastic fat long needle put yogurt in a plastic bag tie it and bite a litte hole in it. Fill the applicator twice and insert into your cooch twice you WILL immediatley!! feel and smell the diffrence trust me and ive also been taking re-phresh pro-b and dont forget to use plain yogurt of any brand and eat like 6 spoon fulls a day and you are back my friend

  186. kennyboo
    November 30, 2009 at 1:10 am #

    if you need relief now and dont have an applicator but have the plain yogurt scoop the yogurt with your finger and place it the that way

  187. kennyboo
    November 30, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    1.never douche
    2.always keep plain yogurt on hand always
    3.be open with your partner about the oder to keep relationship in tact
    4.take multivitamins everyday

  188. Malyygirl
    November 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm #

    I’d like to try the yogurt remedy by myself before i go to the doctors because i live with my boyfriend and his parents and his mom usually comes to the doctor with me and i’d rather her not know whats going on with my vagina. Im pretty posituve that i have BV .. i blame my boyfriend because hes my only sexual partner and i didnt have BV when i was a virgin. I’d just like to know if theres any specific type of yogurt i shuld buy ? and how long do i keep the yogurt soaked tampon in me ?? .. i’d appreicate any help reguarding my questions .. thank you

  189. bri
    December 2, 2009 at 3:32 am #

    My tip, is for every woman suffering with this bv, to locate this site! I have been dealing with bv over the last year, and I always associated it with my period. My boyfriend of 5 years has been making comments to me about going back to the doctor and making sue everything is ok- I just had an appointment 2 weeks and all STD tests were negative. So thank u, thank u, thank YOU- to all the brave women who have opened up, I’m laying here now excited to go buy all the recommended things!!!! This is a life/sex saver!!!

    December 2, 2009 at 11:51 am #


  191. crystal
    December 3, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    I also agree with others that said that douchin bad!. DO NOT DO IT! i did the vinegar and water one and yes the smell went away (that night) the next day i went to shower and when i was washin with soap down there all i did was scream i felt like someone lit a match! it was so swollen and red! it hurt and plus the smell was back…honestly yes these other remedies sound okay to do but i rather consult wit a gyn they kno wats best for u because everone is different.

  192. MISSL
    December 3, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    Well i have had BV for a long time now and it is seriously getting me down, i have been using an over the counter treatment called balance activ which worked…. until i had sex with my boyfriend and then the next day the smell was back. It is a nightmare and it costs £10 a week for the treatment. I have also found out that i am pregnant and would like to not have the added stress of this horrible problem on my mind. I really need something to work, i will try the yogurt and start taking my folic acid tablets but does anyone know if it can cause any harm to the baby if i continue to take folic acid after the 3 months?!

  193. BV Expert
    December 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    METRONIDAZOLE does NOT WORK. The doctor has prescribed it to me six times and it keeps coming back. Metronidazole kills all of the bacterica in the vagina, good and bad. So now I take Multi-Enzyme Probiotic, Acidophilus included, Vitamins 3 times a day. It tastes a lot better also! Also 1 folic acid tablet 400mcg a day. If you have BV right now, douche with hydrogen peroxide one time. After that you just keep taking the Vitamins and Folic Acid and you should stay cured. Douching all the time is not good. Other tips, sleep with no underwear at night, use dove sensitive skin soap, and showers only. IF taking a bath, don’t use bubbles.

  194. inthistogether
    December 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    I think I am more prone to this because of using a cube pessary for pelvic organ prolapse. The peroxide douche is great and I don’t worry about it at all, even use it straight 3% when necessary and drop my pessary in it overnight always. Multigyn vaginal gel is the best and have used it for years. Ozonated olive oil is good too. If you don’t like the mess of yogurt you can use the little probiotic pearls in the vagina. They will melt with the body heat like a suppository.
    Goodluck, the worst thing to do is what allopathic Dr’s. will give you if you are sure of what it is.

  195. michelle
    December 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    As some one that has suffered from BV…yes the flagl(pills) does work but its like once you have sex then it’s back, but I am going to try the Rephresh and plain yogurt. Now is it helpful to wash the mans penis before..let me know?
    [email protected]

  196. Kana
    December 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    I am a lesbian and I hope this helps other lesbians or bisexual women. I have experienced BV and have learned that with being intimate with different women sexually over the years some of them have different PH balance levels in their secretions and that is what causes BV and some womens secretions do not. If you continue to be intimate with a partner that has a PH balance that caused you to get BV you WILL have this problem repeatedly. With me I noticed right away that there was a problem when ever I was intimate with my partner. We both went to the clinic and I was told I had BV they explained it is common with lesbians and gave me antibiotics and my PH balance was normal again. My partner was never was effected ever with BV when we were together. The whole relationship with her was a reccuring event for me with BV if we exchanged secretions 🙁 it was horrible. So I learned super fast that with certain partners you have their secretions can cause you to get BV. Luckily I have experienced BV only with 2 women in all of my relationships with women. My advice is if this is happening to you with the partner you are with make sure you DO NOT EXCHANGED SECRETIONS in anyway or you will have this problem as long as you continue to do it. I got really sick of having to go to the clinic repeatedly for the same reason. I wish this wouldn’t happen but I guess there is nothing we can do except what I stated. Hope this helps Bellas ^^

  197. Kana
    December 5, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

    For heterosexual women I am sorry I do not have much advice but I do know that sometimes this can happen from change in PH balance and if you use certain soaps. This has never happened to me but i have been told it can occur..

  198. wishingforapermanentcure
    December 6, 2009 at 2:04 am #

    I am sooooo glad to see that I am not alone in this…I have been getting BV at least once a month for the past 6-7 years…It started after I had my first child…before that, I had never even gotten a yeast infection so imagine the panic when the nurse came in with a bag of condoms and a bottle of pills (Flagyl)…I was mortified…At that time it was explained that it was passed through sex which we know now isn’t necessarily the case…so of course I left in a panic and had a serious talk with my BF…he was baffled and confused but went and got tested and there were no issues…I could not understand for I had only been with him…now we know that there are several things that can cause an imbalance of PH in the vag…over the years I have been back and forth to the DR for Flagyl as treatment and always wished that there was something I could buy over the counter or some natural home remedy…I do not have insurance and to make a DR. appointment to be diagnosed when I already knew what the issue was became a nuisance…It had got to the point where I would tell the Dr what the issue was…before finding this site I had resorted to using the BV treatment that can be purchased in CVS for $24.99…these are the pills that are inserted into the vag 6 days/nights a week…It works and the smell is gone after just 2 pills but with getting this on a regular basis again I found this rather pricey…Since finding this site, I plan on trying a few of the tips…I currently am on the last day of the vag inserts and have been eating yogurt everyday as a means to maintaining the PH balance…I did however recall that when I was pregnant with our second child (2yrs ago) I was told to take folic acid pills along with my prenatal vitamins due to high risk pregnancy, I did not get BV at all during the pregnancy…I dunno if it was because I was not getting my period or if it was because I was taking the folic acid pills…After reviewing this site with my BF, he just went to the store for some Folic Acid pills and we hope that by eating yogurt on a daily basis and taking the Folic Acid pills I am able to lessen the amount of re-occurrences or completely get rid of this frustrating infection…My BF and I have been dealing with this for too long…It affects both of us and I really wish there was an actual cure or vaccination available so that it would never return!!

  199. Nneeta
    December 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    I am so glad i came across this site. I just recently started something new after being with the same partner for 9yrs. After my first encounter with the new guy i noticed a semi sour smelling discharge that once exposed to air has a fishy odor and i googled in my sypmtoms and believe i have BV!! So im going to try the peroxide and syringe to flush in the morning and the plain pro-biotic yogart and monistat applicator at night and see how it does. THANKS LADIES FORE ALL THE ADVICE and TIPS!!!!

  200. Shawneeta
    December 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    I’m sooo glad i came acroos this sight i just recently started something with a ne guy after dealing with the previous for 9 yrs and a littltle while after our first encounter i notice some itching and what was like a sour milk smelling discharge so i did a finger check and once exposed to the outside it had a fishy odor, so i googled the symptoms and my self diagnosis was BV so im going to do a half and half water and peroxide flush with a syringe and the yogart in a monistat applicator and see how it goes. I’ll update with results in about a week Thanks for the advice ladies

  201. nomoreoder
    December 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    Hey ladies i know if this was amn problem the problem would of been sloved, i just wanted to update you on our expirement, yes the yogert for 5 days douching with clean water after every morning. and taking the acidophuls 2 capsel at night works perfect i haven’t had it since 11/24/09 today is 12/08/09, i would never use proxide just becuase its chemical and yes it may make the oder go away but it can also damge the inside of our vjajay, stick to natural organic yogert, I’m really starting to think that the reason why our doctors don’t tell us how to cure it is that if we don’t keep going back to them then they don’t make the money the pharmacy wont neither. that being said i have also stopped my suger intake i still use suger but i use less now since bacteria seems to florish on suger, no try eating healthy food. i have got me a whole bunch of new cotten under wear too. i wash with summerseve soap which is made for vjayjay, every night and do not wear underwear at night, this really worked for me i hope this is helpfull enough, Do not use proxide not safe enough. i will check in with you ladies in about a month to let you know the progress of my vjayjay. any of you ladies have any question just leave me a messege here on this web . ok good luck to you ladies.

  202. helpisneeded
    December 10, 2009 at 4:12 am #

    Some ladies may be experiencing PID…. so you might want to visit the doctor about that disease… it can develop from STD’s and also cause problems to your uterus and fallopian tubes in the long run…

  203. Laura
    December 12, 2009 at 3:35 am #

    I am so excited to try this stuff, I was almost in tears this afternoon because I was gonna have to break down and make an appointment. I have suffered with this for a long time and I feel so relieved because you guys helped me with two things. First If you are having unprotected sex (trying to have a baby like me) don’t preform oral sex and then saddle up, wash him off first! And lastly nice to know that I’m not the only person in the world that thought the smell was worse after sex. I have been married for 8 years and finally I can feel confident around my husband. I’m gonna do yogurt inside and peroxide douche! Thanks ladies I love ya!

  204. Karen
    December 12, 2009 at 10:53 am #


    I too suffer from something that resembles BV. I’m gonna have a proper analysis done on monday to find out if it is BV, yeast or Trichomonas. I’m a dressage rider (horses) and its pure agony for me at the moment. I dont have any abnormal odour now but I did have Trichomonas once (a one celled parasite living in your vagina!) and that gave a discharge that smelled of rotten fish – especially after sex. I wonder if some people mix BV up with Trichomonas? Also there seem to be a confusion about BV and yeast infection (vaginal thrush) here on this blog. A yeast infection isn’t the same as BV.

    Many of the remedies prescribed here are remedies for yeast infection. However It might be hard to pin point down what is a yeast infection or BV without making a proper analysis of the discharge.

    I’ll let you know what the doctor prescribes!

  205. Frustrated
    December 14, 2009 at 5:26 am #

    I am 35 and I have never had a diagnosed case of BV. Two weeks ago my husband complained of an itchy feeling that increased after having sex. I was not feeling itchy but I read there is a male yeast infection that can be passed from partner to partner. I bought a one dose ovule and he used cream on his junk for 5 days. We refrained from sex. His itchiness went away and we just had sex tonight. As soon as it was over I immediately noticed a heavy thick white discharge on his penis. When I cleaned it up with a towel and myself, I smelled the towel (was curious if it was a yeast infection)…well needless to say I didnt have to get too close to the nasty substance to get the pungent dead fish smell. I have not noticed a discharge in my panties or any odd smell but after sex OMG it was very obvious that something is wrong. I had a hysterectomy 10 months ago and I am so damn frustrated to find that my female problems are far from over. Not to mention I cannot take Flagyl which seems to be the number one Dr given treatment for BV. After my hysterectomy I was given Flagyl in IV form in the hospital and then pill form when I left. I had run a high fever after surgery and my Dr was afraid I had an abdominal infection from surgery. Flagyl is a very strong drug ladies….I warn against it. Most drugs have possible side effects. They are unnatural. Flagyl raised my liver enzymes 3X’s normal levels. I only had my uterus and cervix taken out and I was having menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, nausea, loss of appetite). When I stopped taking the drug my levels fell back to normal. Sooo I cannot take Flagyl and I’m looking for:

    1) Does my symptoms sound like BV?
    2) What other drugs are given by Dr’s for BV than Flagyl?
    3) If my husband had male yeast infection and I wasnt infected
    could treating myself have caused BV?

  206. CEP
    December 14, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    I am so relieved to have found this website. Like many, if not all of you ladies visiting this site, I felt like I was alone, that I was the only one to smell like this and the only one suffering with it! What a relief to find out that there are so many people out there who are in the same situation… all we need to do now is find a cure and spread the word! We shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed or ashamed of this common condition.

    I’m 36 and got BV for the first time last year. I had no idea what it was, thought I had an STI or something and felt really ashamed to go to my GP so went to the family planning clinic instead. They gave me Metronizadole which worked within 3 days but the BV recurred again about 6 months later. Another 6 months later and 6 weeks after a hysterectomy and am already on my second attack! Not impressed.

    I intend to try the yogurt insertion tomorrow night and the acidophilus and folic acid tablets, but as I am lactose intolerant I can’t eat the yogurt! I will let you know how it goes over the next few days. I hate that it makes you feel dirty and very unattractive! I think every woman needs to know about BV, according to the FP clinic it’s more common than thrush yet we all know about that! Why don’t they advertise BV products too?!

    Anyway, I’ll get off my soap box now! Take care ladies, will keep you posted… Cx

  207. fed up
    December 16, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    i have been trying some of the home remedies for about 6 months and it seemed to worsen my condition although ive been suffering from bv for about 2 years so i am afraid it is chronic. i dont know if i am doing something wrong. so i was wondering after you douche do you insert acidopolis and folic acid or take them all orally? originally the hydrogen peroxide worked but i still experienced burning after 3 days. so i am curious how long do you douche. i read that you should do tea tree oil for 6 weeks? i hope this works because sex is now painful, oh and do you have sex during the treatments? i read boric acid cures 98% of bv sufferers but i cant find it at any health food store….help

  208. Jade
    December 19, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    This is my second recurrence in 6 months. I stumbled onto this site about 20 minutes ago after leaving my gyno’s office with 2 prescriptions (the gel and the pills). I have not filled them yet. I currently have an organic (unbleached and unscented) tampon (without an applicator- like the OB kind) that I placed in a small cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide- shoved up there…. I’m leaving it in for 30 minutes and also am going to sleep with a clove of garlic up there tonight. I will keep you ladies updated. I used the prescribed gel (the one that starts with an M) about two weeks ago that I had left over from the last time so as of right now I do not have a fishy smell but rather an ammonia odor but I still do have white chunky discharge- so I will let you know if the peroxide and garlic help with the discharge and the ammonia-like smell. BV IS scary. I also feel the urge to pee quite often. It doesn’t really burn while the peroxide soaked tampon is up there. I am so grateful for this site and all your helpful suggestions, thank you 🙂

  209. Jakl
    December 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm #


    So, all my life I’ve been perfectly fine, until I moved abroad, and then I started smelling this awful gross odor. I did the stupid thing and washed it with soap…and more soap…and some scented soap…and some more scented soap…and then more normal soap…anyway, after four weeks, I did some research and found this site. I can’t really afford the doctor right now, plus don’t want all the hassle since I’m a foreigner, so I’m going to try the yogurt or the folic acid, whichever one I can find. I really hope this clears up–I’ve been afraid to have sex because I just smell so gross! I’ll update soon, to let everyone know what happened, but may have to wait until after Christmas to start. Hopefully I’ll be nice and fresh in time for New Years!


  210. CiCi
    December 22, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    So I’ve been doing research for weeks about yeast infections and BV because I believe I have one or the other. I was already prescribed diflucan and used monistat cream for a yeast infection, but neither of those helped. I’m convinced that this is BV and not a yeast infection. I’ve had symptoms such as mild to severe itching, excessive yellowish discharge with a slight odor, burning sensation when urinating, and swelling of the vaginal area. In the beginning when I thought this was a yeast infection, I started taking the acidophilus supplements (100 million units) and was doing the warm sitz baths with apple cider vinegar. Those helped with the itching temporarily and didn’t really have complete relief. I then started doing more research and found that I had to change my eating habits, restore the good bacteria in my gut, and build my immune system. As of right now, the burning has gone away completely; the itching has subsided tremendously; I can sleep at night comfortably now. The only thing I still have is this nasty excessive yellowish discharge, but the odor is not as bad and I still have this off and on swelling. This is what I have been doing based on continuous weeks of research and reading posts from other women sufferers of this issue.

    November 30, 2009 I started a change in my diet, reducing my sugar intake and carbs, making sure I don’t eat anything with yeast in it, with high amounts of sugar, and gluten-free. I eat more veggies, lean meats and proteins, and 6-8oz of plain, non fat yogurt every morning. I have cut out breads, pastas, starches, rice unless it’s whole grain pasta or brown rice. I don’t eat much fruit as this contains sugar as well, but i drink the no sugar added cranberry juice.

    December 10, 2009 I started incorporating Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Garlic, and Echinacea/Goldenseal Supplements supplements with my diet.

    12/10 – 12/15 I took the following per day:

    1 Folic Acid 800mcg
    1 Vitamin C 500mg
    4 Echinacea/Goldenseal Herb Supp. 1800mg
    4 Garlic Softgels 4000mg

    12/16 to present I took the following per day

    2 Folic Acid 1600mcg
    2 Vitamin C 1000mg
    4 Echinacea/Goldenseal Herb Suppl 1800mg
    4 Garlic Softgels 4000mg

    I’ve been doing more research and I’m going to change up a few things. I am looking to incorporate Acidophilus/probiotic supplements, Vitamins A,D, and B12(to take with folic acid to prevent deficiency), and grapefruit seed extract supplements. I am also going to change from garlic softgels to capsules or tablets with enteric coating because I read that enteric coating allows the capsules/tablets to break down where it is needed(in the gut) where as softgels break down in the stomach(because of our acid) not reaching the infected area. Garlic, Echinacea/Goldenseal, Grapefruit Seed Extract are natural herbs that act as natural antibitiocs with antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

    I am really determined to beat this just as you ladies are and hope we can continue to help and educate each other with this problem as the doctors seem to not really care of offer up natural approaches. We all know this is because of money of course. Like I said before my issue I am still having is the discharge and the swelling and I would like to know any recommendations you ladies have with that and what all have you been doing to get rid of BV. Any tips are helpful.


  211. Stephanie
    December 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    Wow, I just stumbled onto this site, and would like to thank everyone for all the tips. I was just diagnosed like two weeks ago, tried the one week of rx: Flagyl, and it didn’t work for me. I hate the musky fishy smell! I’m first going to try just eating the Lacto….. or the L. bifidus yogurt. Thanks again for all the tips, and I’ll probably be back here in the future to check more out if the yogurt doesn’t work. Good luck to everyone else!

  212. CiCi
    December 24, 2009 at 12:18 am #

    I’ve been doing research for weeks about yeast infections and BV because I believe I have one or the other. I was already prescribed diflucan and used monistat cream for a yeast infection, but neither of those helped. I’m convinced that this is BV and not a yeast infection. I’ve had symptoms such as mild to severe itching, excessive yellowish discharge with a slight odor, burning sensation when urinating, and swelling of the vaginal area. In the beginning when I thought this was a yeast infection, I started taking the acidophilus and was doing the warm sitz baths with apple cider vinegar. Those helped with the itching temporarily and didn’t really have complete relief. I then started doing more research and found that I had to change my eating habits, restore the good bacteria in my gut, and build my immune system. As of right now, the burning has gone away completely; the itching has subsided tremendously; I can sleep at night comfortably now. The only thing I still have is this nasty excessive yellowish discharge, but the odor is not as bad and I still have this off and on swelling. This is what I have been doing based on continuous weeks of research and reading posts from other women sufferers of this issue.

    November 30, 2009 I started a change in my diet, reducing my sugar intake and carbs, making sure I don’t eat anything with yeast in it, with high amounts of sugar, and gluten-free. I eat more veggies, lean meats and proteins, and 6-8oz of plain, non fat yogurt every morning. I have cut out breads, pastas, starches, rice unless it’s whole grain pasta or brown rice. I don’t eat much fruit as this contains sugar as well, but i drink the no sugar added cranberry juice.

    December 10, 2009 I started incorporating Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Garlic, and Echinacea/Goldenseal Supplements supplements with my diet.

    12/10 – 12/15 I took the following per day:

    1 Folic Acid 800mcg
    1 Vitamin C 500mg
    4 Echinacea/Goldenseal Herb Supp. 1800mg
    4 Garlic Softgels 4000mg

    12/16 to present I took the following per day

    2 Folic Acid 1600mcg
    2 Vitamin C 1000mg
    4 Echinacea/Goldenseal Herb Suppl 1800mg
    4 Garlic Softgels 4000mg

    I’ve been doing more research and I’m going to change up a few things. I am looking to incorporate Acidophilus/probiotic supplements, Vitamins A,D, and B12(to take with folic acid to prevent deficiency), and grapefruit seed extract supplements. I am also going to change from garlic softgels to ones with enteric coating because I read that enteric coating allows the capsules/tablets to break down where it is needed(in the gut) where as softgels break down in the stomach(because of our acid) not reaching the infected area. Garlic, Echinacea/Goldenseal, Grapefruit Seed Extract are natural herbs that act as natural antibitiocs with antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

    I am really determined to beat this just as you ladies are and hope we can continue to help and educate each other with this problem as the doctors seem to not really care of offer up natural approaches. We all know this is because of money of course. Like I said before my issue I am still having is the discharge and the swelling and I would like to know any recommendations you ladies have with that and what all have you been doing to get rid of BV. Any tips are helpful.


  213. mzred
    December 29, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    ladies.. i have been suffering from bv for many years… i find that i am very sensitive there and the simplest thing will set off the bv. i am proud to say that for the past few months i have not had any symptoms. i take 2 probiotics{natures bounty pb8} and 1 golden seal {500 mg} daily on an empty stomach. I have not had any problems. i wisha you all luck..

  214. mzred
    December 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm #

    ladies.. i have been suffering from bv for many years… i find that i am very sensitive there and the simplest thing will set off the bv. i am proud to say that for the past few months i have not had any symptoms. i take 2 probiotics{natures bounty pb8} and 1 golden seal {500 mg} daily on an empty stomach. I have not had any problems. i wish you all luck..

  215. Mary
    December 30, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    HELP!!!!! I slept with the garlic clove inside me last night and I woke up this morning and I can’t find it 🙁 I’m freaking out!!! What do I do? I can’t call my doctor and tell him… worst idea EVER!!! Please someone help me!!!

  216. Leena
    December 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    Do our partners need to be treated? Has anyone suggested that and actually had a dr who would write a prescription for them? I feel that I am getting it back from my husband every time! This is my 4th BV in 5 months!

  217. Jocelyn
    January 2, 2010 at 4:01 am #

    Alright, I started getting all BV symptoms after having unprotected sex with my now ex boyfriend. I do believe it had something to do with the way his chemicals reacted with mine. I have no idea if there is anything that can be done to fix this on the guys side of things. Anyways, I took flagyl and it came back, but I had had sex with him. I did the plain yogurt on a tampon, took odorless garlic, Vitamin D, folic acid and vitamin C, along with a acidophilus probiotic that contained the stuff thats in yogurt. I felt like the symptoms improved but weren’t gone. I went and bought femdophilus at a local vitamin store, it is like $20 but I feel like it has worked better than most other things I have tried thus far. I do take 2 a day rather than 1. It is definetely worth the try ladys. It has not been fun living with this!

  218. Cassandra
    January 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    I have suffered with BV and yeast intermittently for years. Whenever I went to the doctor, I’d be prescribed an antibiotic, but the conditions would always come back eventually. It seemed that whenever I cured the bv, the yeast would flare up and vice versa. I began to believe it was something I’d just have to live with.

    I’ve used a hydrogen peroxide douche for the past two days, and I can’t tell you how clean and fresh I feel. It’s truly a god send. I’ve also started taking acidophilus too to naturally restore the ph.

    I know everyone says that douching is bad, but after a little more research, there are actually conflicting reports on it. It’s not so much the act of douching, but what is in it. Douches with artificial dyes and chemicals are obviously bad, but a substance like h202 is much better.

    All I know is that the hydrogen peroxide douche has gotten me feeling like “me” again and I’m no longer embarassed and ashamed. There is no comparison with how I feel after the h202 and after taking those nasty antibiotics.

  219. babyb
    January 3, 2010 at 12:48 am #

    I’m trying the yogurt will see tomorrow

  220. Audrey
    January 3, 2010 at 3:26 am #

    does the yogurt thing really work?will it get rid of the white stuff and the odor? does peroxide work? is it the kind you can use to clean cuts? i really want to try the yogurt thing but iam really scared to stick something like that inside me i really need help cause my bf doesnt really want to do anyhing with me besides sex and when we do it kind of hurts me and i cant enjoy it 🙁 i just really want to get rid of this because iam tired of people around me asking whats that smell.

    if anyone can help me please email me [email protected]

  221. Patti
    January 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    I’m now self diagnosed BV, due to a couple years of hell with milky discharge, odor, burning and discomfort always turning into another bladder infection – so more antibiotics which I react to and then it comes back anyway. I also rarely have sex due to this (3 times in 4 years) for it always comes back (last two times burning was unbearable). Doctors have checked for STDs, Trich, yeast etc. and keep claiming I’m fine other than bacteria in urine anlysis which must be bladder infection. The last two examinations was told the pain of the examination must be all in my head because discharge is normal and I look fine inside etc. I AM SO FED UP, I know very well what it is like to be normal and I’m avoiding relationships due to this!!! Thanks for letting me get this out!
    So, I found this website and the other night I quickly did the peroxide douche with warmed water and 3 Tables. 3% peroxide (different mixtures are out there so wasn’t sure how much to use). Took the folic acid 400 mcg and probiotics including eating yogurt. Next morning I actually cried when I checked myself, my ‘area’ actually looked normal – my color had gone from reddish purple to natural skin color and swelling was gone. I had no odor all day and less discharge. Next night did a yogurt douche and continued with folic and biotics but odor was back next day. Did one more peroxide douch which helped for a few hours, but odor back. I continue to have no burning, much less discharge, more comfortable and good color, but some odor continues. So, my questions……….
    – what is the right mixture of peroxide douche?
    – how often is it safe to use this douche – should I do every night until odor stays away? (had a few cramps after using).
    – should the water be warm or does it matter?
    – any other tips that might help are SO MUCH APPRECIATED!
    Oh, and I’ll up the folic acid, was taking 800 mcg a day versus 1200.
    Thanks ladies – this site is such a sanity saver and gives me hope I can get my life back!!!!!!!!

  222. Kim
    January 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    Lesbian post, thank you for discussing the pH differences in women. I have recently contracted BV 3x in the past five months related to a new sexual partner. I have used Flagyl twice to eradicate the symptoms but I agree with those of you about antibiotics killing the good and bad bacteria, Flagyll seems to be a temporary fix.
    Question: If we are sensitive to our partners secretions (semen and oral), what can our partners do to change their pH so that we don’t get recurring BV infections?
    I have another script of Flagyl on my table, however I am headed to the natural grocery store tonight to try the natural remedies listed on this website.

  223. Tanya
    January 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

    I am sooooo glad I found this site, for years I thought I was the only one with the constant problem of BV, now I see I am not alone. Tomorrow I am going to buy everything that you all suggested I hope it works for me like it has for you all. I was starting to feel hopeless. I hope something works. I am so tired of the embarassment. Thank you all sooo much!!!!!!!!!

  224. charisma
    January 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    not a tip
    i have the vb had it for year going to the store todaay to try and fix it yes been the doctors many time which was no help and my sex life is dead now i have a son im only 21 and i need help ive been battling this for years and it ruining my life and if anyone could help plzz email me and to
    plz let me know how it went i need the help thank you

    [email protected]

  225. I Keep Searching
    January 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    I’ve read all these tips. Thank You ladies. I ‘ve tried them all but none of them have worked more than temporarily. I’ve been fighting this beast for almost 3 years. I want to know if any of you have tried Threelac?
    Its the most expensive stuff around so I want some feedback on it before I buy it.

    Other than that, for those of you who don’t know: Your diet plays a BIG part in creating yeast and bacteria. Of course stay away from ALL carbs- potatoes, pastas, breads. And sugars of course. But there are hidden dangers in food too. Some are dairy – like cheese, milk, others are soy, tofu, processed foods, smoked meats. Just monitor yourself and see what foods trigger your symptoms.

    And take ACIDOPHILUS–LOTS OF IT. I take some after each meal. It just helps keep the BV at bay.
    I eat tons of plain Yoghurt, drink Kefir (and I’m tired of it!!)

    So If any of you know about Threelac please respond. Thanks.

  226. I Keep Searching
    January 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    I tried inserting the acidolohilus last night–this morning I had an intense itch and burn and some yeast infection symptoms. Has this happened to anyone?

  227. glowgrl
    January 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Has anyone ever experienced dizziness or headaches when they were suffering from BV?

  228. glowgrl
    January 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Your husband doesn’t need to get treated for BV. I had the same question about my boyfriend. If you feel like you keep getting the infection back from him, you should get checked to make sure it is actually BV and not trichomoniasis.

  229. Patti
    January 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Well, was excited with some of the headway I made trying the naural remedies, but ended up back at the doctor, tested positive for BV and the usual bladder infection which always goes with it for me. On Cipro again, and in middle of serious reaction to the Flagyl so on benadryl to try calm the reaction. The natural cures make sense and I am so glad they work for some ladies, but no hope for me.

    Best of luck to you all!

  230. Rebecca
    January 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    I am 6 weeks pregnant and have been struggling with BV for at least a year now. My symptoms are very mild that just when I think it’s gone, I get tested and it’s still there. I want to get rid of this as quickly as possible, but don’t want to do anything that would hurt my baby.
    I have been told not to insert a tampon while pregnant, would the good (of the yogurt) outweigh the bad (of the tampon)?
    Also, I have never douched before, but again, I’m willing to do anything that will rid myself of this. Would douching be a bad idea while pregnant? Should I just bathe in vinegar water?
    Metranidizole (Flagyl) has not worked for me. It gives me almost complete relief however so I think that infection is gone. Again, my symptoms have always been very mild, with just a hint of foul smelling odor and sometimes I get itching, but not usually.

    My planned course of action:
    Eat tons of yogurt and garlic
    Insert yogurt every 6 hours (as possible) – with tampon?
    Make a garlic gauze with floss, and insert at night – with yogurt?
    Finally, cider bath daily
    Continue for 7 days.

    Any suggestions? I’m starting to think that I should just use the applicator of the tampon to insert the yogurt and wear a pad. I think that’s what I’ll do. I’m scared to douche being pregnant, but I know that I must get rid of this as quickly as possible.

    Leena: Partners do not need to be treated (as far as I have found from asking practitioners), but you do need to abstain from intercourse while following the treatments to allow your body to recover to the best of its ability.

    Thank you for any suggestions. I feel fairly confident in my ability to combat this. I just wish there were better resources out there for women on this issue!

  231. caroline
    January 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Leena I have been questioning myself about the same! I think partners should some how be treated too.. Otherwise we will just keep getting again, and again, and again

  232. ugggghhhh!!!!
    January 12, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    it is a relief to know that there are so many women out there like myself! thank you all for being so honest and open! I feel like my body is attacking itself. I used to get chronic yeast infections, then chronic uti’s (w/yeast from the antibiotics) when the yeasties stopped and then i had a year of gastro issues (heart burn, IBS) after the uti’s stopped, then i had a couple of good years (YAY!), my sex life was wonderful!!! i finally felt like a normal person until i woke up one morning with and inflamed labia so i went to my gyno, he treated me for BV and the infection seem to dissapear fro a while…..that was 5 years ago. About 3 years ago i noticed a FOUL odor, itching and DC and it has been a nightmare ever since. I am FED up!!! i’ve been to specialist after specialist and all they do is prescribe flagyl, tindamx, metrogel, but the BV just keeps coming back!! and now i am about to try the clindesse. I am going to try the oral vitamins and garlic while i start this round of vaginal cream so maybe i can kill the infection and it will stay away this time!!!
    I would go straight to the yogurt on a tampon but i am lactose intolerant and they say “don’t put anything on your body that you wouldn’t eat” so i am leary about that.
    So, I’ve noticed a lot of advise on this thread but nobody reports any long term results. can someone out there please let me know how they are feeling a month or more after treatment? thanks!!!
    Please let me know any results you have had with the homeopathic treatment and if any of you ladies out there have experienced any of my other issues as well

  233. ugggghhhh!!!
    January 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    Hi Posted a question earlier this morning and i can’t seem to find it on the board. i thought i saw it get posted.

  234. Leslie
    January 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    I Just brought a product can VH Essentials BV Treatment. It works wonders. I used it for only to days now and all my symptoms went away.
    I got it from CVS for $24.99 (not at Walgreens or Walmart). I hope this help because I’ve had BV for 4 years and now its gone.

  235. Lyn
    January 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    I am also 21 and Ive had BV over 10 times 7 times just in a year. Im not sure if this will work since I just bought the product today but they have a new vitamin called Pro-B from RepHresh. Its supposed to balance the bateria to maintain feminine health and prevent infections. Like I said Im not sure that it works yet but for $30 for a month supply it better work. Im so sick of this infection and nasty symptoms right now I would try anything! AND since Ive just been cut off my health insurance I cant just goto the dr. to get the antibiotic to treat it. They also make a vaginal gel that is suppose to balance the pH levels after your period, sex, etc. Try it out and good luck to you!

  236. Lyn
    January 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    I got BV 7 times in a row. I would get it at the same time every month. I couldnt figure out why it kept coming back because I had it before and it never came back this quick. My dr. told me that even tho its not an STD it can still be carried and reinfect me after treatment. My dr wrote my boyfriend and script for the same meds I got and after he took it I did get it again….well until the next time it decides to pop up…my suggestion if you know you have it use a condom!

  237. Hopefull
    January 16, 2010 at 5:00 am #

    This isn’t a tip but a heart felt thank you to all you ladies who were brave enough to share youre stories!!! Ive had to deal with this problem for about a year:/ nasty! Nasty!nasty! Geez can’t a girl get some relief!?!? I just stumbled on this website by chance and boy am I glad!! I’m going to try the yogurt and fcolic acid and I’ll post my result:) and to ms. Tomlin shame on you for trying to make a profit off selling the remidies in your book!!!! ladies let’s stick together!!

  238. CookieCutter
    January 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    I get BV everytime me and my boyfriend have unprotected sex. We both were checked for STDs/HIV before going unprotected and again for STDs afterwards since I was so itchy, and I tested positive for BV. I think since my boyfriend is not circumsized, that has a lot to do with it. I need a cheaper way of resolving this besides the doctor’s office, so I will try the yogurt insertion technique. I don’t get the smell, just the redness and itchiness.

  239. Mary
    January 18, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    Thank God for this site! I just got bv this week (diagnosed it myself online as i can’t afford to go to the doctor). Out of nowhere I have this smell like rotten fish, i was so embarrassed having to explain it to my boyfriend and of course he suspected I’d slept with someone else and picked up an std. There is no itching or discomfort, just the awful smell and discharge. I could smell it through my clothes and was getting pretty distressed. I didn’t want to go on antibiotics so will do the natural remedies mentioned here right away.
    I usually have live yoghurt and cranberry juice in a smoothie every day but haven’t been the last cpl weeks as much, and also my fella fingers me alot during foreplay so i’m guessing it’s caused by these things. Plus I’ve been stressed alot lately. I’m so glad the solution is as simple as working out how to re-balance my vaginas Ph.

  240. Stephanie
    January 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    I too suffer from BV, and after reading most of these comments, I’ve noticed that no one bothered to mentioned what my Dr. told me, and that is that BV is a sexually trasmitted bacterial disease. Before you start shaking your head in awe, please do your homework a little further. My doctor prescribed myself as well as my boyfriend a prescription for the BV and I haven’t had the infection since. BV IS A SEXUALLY TRASMITTED INFECTION.

  241. sharon
    January 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    I just want to mention a tip that helped for me. I have had this “monster” for the past 4 years, and like all of you ladies i absolutely HATE IT. Of course the antibiotics work until you have sex or something reeks havoc in your vaginal ph.

    So mine recently started acting up, and usually when I have it it’s alot of burning and itching. Not really an odor. I decided to try the tampon soaked in yogurt. It was a bit messy,and I was dispappointed to find out that I still wasn’t getting relief from the burning and irritation the first day. I tried again the second day, only this time I emptied out a douche bottle and filled it with warm water. I dropped 2 disolvable acidophilus pills in the water, mixed it up well and squirted it up there.

    I know, i know. I’ve heard douching is bad but I think it’s only bad if you use the scented ones like summer’s eve etc. Anyway, the combination of the yogurt soaked tampon, and the acidophilus “douche” the burning and irritation is completely gone! I hope this will help other ladies out there experiencing this thing!

  242. Nancy
    January 21, 2010 at 5:40 am #

    I’ve had bv for nearly three years now and have only just been diagnosed! Until recently I’ve always thought it was thrush, so had been treating for that. Generally though the problem is more one of itching, swelling and soreness…with a grayish watery discharge. Odor had been present for the past couple of days but has gone again. You can get tea tree oil pessaries from some herbal practitioners, or maybe the internet. I’ve found these help and are really easy to insert. Thats just my first step, now how to keep it at bay FOREVER!! I’m going to start by trying to build up my immune system, i have a feeling this will help too, because i’ve only had this problem since having two small children and being very tired and run down.

    Good luck ladies, and there is some comfort in knowing I’m not the only one going through this! Thank you all for your input x

  243. Bethany
    January 24, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    wow this is an amazing page, i have had BV for maybe..5 years. I’m 22 and very poor, I’ve had to go over 6 months with BV in the past with no doctor visit in sight trying to find a free clinic. this last time i hitchhiked over 600 miles to a bigger city just to get to a free clinic. then only a month after that huge hurdle overcome, i got it back again. I couldn’t believe i didn’t know there were natural remedy’s that none of my herbal savvy friends ever said anything . but then, its not like i could go around talking to everyone about an “infection in my vagina” so I can see why I was so in the dark. Some of these options can get pretty pricey still but nothing compared to a doctors visit with no insurance or even a job yet.
    So a few weeks ago after finding this page, I tried the then Hdp then boric acid then tea tree oil. All of these I’ve used in a summers eve douche. None of these completely got rid of it and yes I’m taking a kings ransom of vitamins, Pro-biotics and the like. Now I’m using a garlic douche and it really seems to be working.
    I took 3 cloves and blended them in 5 oz of filtered water then I’m not sure if letting it sit helps at all but I do for a few hours before I go to bed. Then I strain it thru cheese cloth and use in in the summers eve bottles that are disposable but I’m re-using. Its my 3rd day of this and I’m getting promising results I’m going to do it for maybe a week. Yes garlic is smelly but so is BV.
    I’ll post again after more results, thanx ladys.

  244. suffered on and off for years
    January 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    I first started having symptoms of bv when I was in middle school but I was a virgin and very very shy about talking to anyone, including a doctor so I did my best to keep very clean down there, which doesn’t help much at all. I had it on and off for years and finally in my 20s I asked the doctor and she prescribed antibiotics and it was back within a month or two.

    I am now 35 and several years ago I started researching this online and found something that worked for me. My symptoms vary with each occurance, but there is usually a very fishy wet smell anytime I am hot and tons of moisture with or without discharge. Discharge can range from clear and thin to milky white and thicker. Sometimes the symptoms are really noticable and my panties (cotton) stay soaked from the minute I put them on after a shower until I change them., which is humiliating. I even use a hair dryer down there to be completely dry after a shower before getting dressed. When i have bv there is always always a fishy odor present that makes me so embarrassed and feeling so alone. This is what has worked the best for me. Sometimes it is years in between a bv infection and sometimes less, but I have noticed that when I am taking vitamins and eating healthier and drinking plenty of water I get them less.

    1. Hydrogen Peroxide. Sometimes this alone is enough to stop the bv for years at a time. I have used several methods and all have been successful. I buy a new douche bottle and dump out the liquid and clean the bottle and then pour in a couple of inches of straight hydrogen peroxide into the douche bottle from the pharmacy area of the store. I lay on a towel on my back with feet up and hips tilted up and stomach muscles relaxed insert the applicator tip only about an inch and a half and GENTLY squeeze the contents into my vagina and let it sit there for about 5 minutes. When I get up the hp flows out and I lay down and sleep for the night. I do this every other night for several days and that is all. OR If I don’t use a douche bottle I remove the tampon from the applicator and insert the applicator into my vagina and fill the applicator with peroxide and let it “drain” into my v. gently and lay there for about 5 minutes and then get up and immerse the dry tampon in fresh peroxide and insert that with my finger and go and lay down for at least 15 minutes and remove. I do this every other night for several days and that is all. Almost immediate end to the moisture and smell issues and within a week it is gone, sometimes for several years at a time.

    I have also tried inserting a piece of semi-crushed garlic in my vagina, but I don’t like it because I can instantly taste garlic in my mouth and it really smells nasty down there! I find that it also burns more than I like. I find that odorless garlic gel tablets with high potency are helpful to take orally and vaginally in addition to the hydrogen peroxide and/or other supplements.

    I just got bv again after years of not having it or only having very very mild symptoms. This time I did the peroxide “drain” with an empty tampon applicator and soaked tampon and when I removed the tampon I inserted an odorless 1000 iu gel cap of garlic before bed. This morning there was no moisure and only odor was the slight garlic smell. I went to the health store and bought the new 2 billion active live cultures of dry acidophilous pills (new kind that don’t have to be refrigerated to stay live) and 800 mg of folic acid. I took 3 pills by mouth and 2 folic acid pills and then crushed one acidopholis tablet and mixed with water until it made a paste and put that in a needleless syringe and inserted into my vagina and followed with a dry tampon and I’m laying down for a hour and then I will remove. I will insert one whole dry tablet with no tampon before bed and see if that will dissolve on its own over 8 hours as that would be easier and less messy. I’m sure this will clear it up completely within a week even though my symptoms are much better already. I will continue with the oral acidophillous, garlic, and folic acid for two weeks to make sure everything is stabilized. Then I will cut back to every other day until all the pills run out. Hopefully this will keep things stabilized for awhile. This is the first time trying the acidophilllus pills and I have tried inserting yogurt in the past, but don’t like the mess. We will see.

    Sex and your period do really make the smell and moisure much worse, but remember that it is always present if you have stronger symptoms during sex and your period so you have to fix the bacterial flora situation to resolve the issue. It is a lifetime thing, but I know so many women who have had it at some point in their life, so I think all women get it at some point. Others just have more of a recurrent problem. Just remember to take care of yourself and be gentle down there!!!!!!

    PS. There are apple cider vinegar pills you can take. Applying ACV down there will burn like you can’t believe!! If you want to try ACV be careful you don’t irritate the tissue or you will really be in a mess!!!! It is good to put into a bath and sit in it though. More for a yeast infection, but it might help for bv. I’m not sure but some people have posted about it.

    Good luck everyone!!! I have suffered with this on and off for almost 20 years, but if you pay attention you can keep it under control pretty easily. I think mine would be gone forever if I would stay on a regiment of acidophillus, folic acid and garlic pills. Sometimes I just don’t take them like I should and that is when I have a problem. A daily vitamin with B12 and folic acid really makes a difference too.

  245. suffered on and off for years
    January 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    Oh, and I think taking tons of long scented bubble baths when I was younger is what started this in the first place, so be very careful about that. Scented soaps, tampons, pads, vaginal sprays, etc., will just make things worse, so avoid them completely and try to use only non-scented soaps and vaginal products. It will help!

    Sorry my post is so long but people are asking for specifics so I tried to be specific!

  246. Jess
    January 25, 2010 at 3:13 am #

    I hate having a stinky vagina! I am so frustrated with this…it has ruined my sex life…doctors are no help. I’m trying the peroxide soaked tampon right now as I am just plain tired of dealing with BV. Everytime I get a prescription from my gyno it clears up for the week I’m not allowed to have sex then bam it’s back as soon as I have sex. I read somewhere that because my husband had a vasectomy his semenal fluid is more acidic now which is throwing my PH level off. I’ve also had a partial hysterectamy (I still have my cervix & ovaries) so I wonder if this too is lending to my problem. I just really want to say I am glad to read I am not alone because that is how I feel with this. I am considering Rephresh but WOW it’s expensive if you have to use it every 3/4 days. Maybe I could just do the yogurt tampoon every other day with a 1/2 & 1/2 peroxide douche which would probably be cheaper in the long haul. How long should I do this for? Continuously or only when the smell returns?

  247. lisa
    January 26, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    clindesse is the bomb it really works

  248. OverIt
    January 26, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    Hi ladies! Having your BF take antibiotics can help. Several years ago, I got them back to back about 3 times. My doctor recommended that my bf go get a prescription from his doctor…problem solved!

    Now, my new problem is that I can’t get my new bf to go to the doctor because he insists he is not the problem. I currently insert Acidophilus from whole foods daily, which merely allows me to have a relatively normal sex life, but it has not been a permanent solution. Ladies who may be trying yogurt for the first time, try to find acidophilus specifically because it contains more of what you need than average yogurt…also it is a lot less messy!

    I also bought the Vh Essentials BV home treatment (6-day vaginal insert pills) from CVS $24. It worked great at ridding me of the symptoms…until I had sex again! So for ladies who are not sexually active, this may work
    wonderfully for you!

    And for those of you saying that it is ruining your relationship…please don’t let it! It almost ruined mine because men only understand “I don’t feel like it tonight” so many times! Be open and honest with them about your condition and be armed with this site and other info to read about BV because they WILL think it’s an STD! But when they realize it isn’t…smooth sailing!

  249. OverIt
    January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    JESS you can do the yogurt everyday but I think the peroxide could probably be used once a week or so if you have no infection. But actually my gyno said that a 3x’s/wk finger swab with hydrogen peroxide/water solution helps with keeping the ph balance regular. Doesn’t really do much for me personally, but everyone’s bodies reacts differently of course and at least an actual doctor suggested it so it might be helpful for you!

  250. Beth
    January 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    I had BV for a month or two now and I finaly decided to try the yogurt in a tampon. After my first night the smell was completely gone but still had a little discharge. After the second night had completely no discharge and no odor. Works great and is such a relief. I highly recommend it. Im also taking one folic acid pill each night to help balance out things.

  251. Shelley
    January 28, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    I have suffered with chronic BV for years…I have tried and tested every single antibiotic and home remedy solutions and have spent $$$$ like crazy trying to fix this problem. IT WILL COME BACK OVER AND OVER AGAIN with all of the above mentioned over the counter remedies and prescriptions. Trust me I know what I’m talking about!
    BARB – you are the only one with the right remedy to this problem!
    1/2 and 1/2 peroxide & distilled water douche, immediately followed by a plain yogourt with lactobillis treatment 2x a day and take folic acid 400mg 4 times daily. Do this for 3 – 5 days and it will be gone. Continue taking the acidophillis and folic acid 2x daily after that to maintain.
    But I would like to add Barb that diet is crucial in keeping it away! Dairy, sugar and anything white (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes) should be reduced if not eliminated all together to keep your PH balanced. Eat a lot of fruit and green veggies too 🙂
    If you happen to get a flare up once in a while do the 3-5 day routine again til it’s gone.

  252. Shelley
    January 28, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    Oops… correction, made a typo….400 mcg folic acid (which is 1 mg tablets)

    If anyone has any questions or need help please contact me at [email protected] com

    I have only had 2 flare ups in the last two years using this method and it’s because of poor diet choices that it happened at all!

  253. Beyond thrilled
    January 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Ok, I really was NOT expecting any of these tips to work…I’ve been living with this for a while now and it made me so upset, so self conscious NOTHING worked..doctors just kept telling me yeast infection and when the meds didnt work..it must be an STD, when it wasnt that..yeast again..so I gave up and tried some of these..I took the acidophilus pills once a day (4) and did the yogurt in the vagina( with opened up acidophilus pills (2) mixxed in), I’ll have to admit..I was not sure on this part..just seemed..odd..but IT WORKED!!! i swear to god 100% it worked! no smell, so white stuff! Nothing!! im so glad I stumbled onto this thank you so much ladies!!!

  254. MBB
    January 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi Ladies! I too am relieved that I am not the only woman in the world dealing with this! I havent been sexually active in almost a year and this BV nonsense came from nowhere! I would like to try the yogurt or peroxide treatment, but i am not fully understanding exactly how this is supposed to work… Do I remove the “cotton” part of the tampon from the applicator, then soak in peroxide or yogurt prior to insertion? Ive seen a monistat applicator mentioned…. arent these already medicated of some sort? I would like to try this tonight, so any help would be so appreciated! I promise to post my success (fingers crossed)!

  255. another BV sufferer
    January 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    VH Essentials BV Treatment -this stuff works!! i used half a pill last night (and had sex :), and the smell is mostly gone. so is the discharge. am also taking 800 mcg folic acid 2x day. BUY VH Essentials BV Treatment at CVS. could not find it at walmart or meijer. VH Essentials BV Treatment TOTALLY ROCKS!!

  256. ugggghhhh!!!!
    January 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    I just finished a round of clindesse and it didn’t work :o(
    i think i’m going to try the HP now…thank you ‘suffered off and on…..’you have given me some hope.

  257. another BV sufferer
    January 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    dear ugggggh…try VH Essentials BV Treatment..i did another half pill last night..no more smell..no more discharge..nothing…but i do think the folic acid is working too..so do this:
    1. buy VH Essentials BV Treatment 24.99 at cvs
    2. 800 mcg 2x/day. you can buy this anywhere.

    good luck!

  258. Confused Teen
    January 30, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    i need to know this, what are the BEST home remedies to use and how to i apply it? (do i just put it on a tampon and shove it up there). HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE? how will i know the infection is completly cured? Im only 16 and i dont wanna have to tell my parents, someone help

  259. Confused Teen!
    January 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    im also a virgin so im pretty scared

  260. Confused Teen!
    January 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    hi im a virgin. I think i may have BV- but dont know what the best things to use are, the things you guys are naming seem like greek to me. and if i use those things, how long will it take and HOW do I apply it to my vagina?

  261. TM
    January 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Okay so since 09 fall I have been suffering from BV also. I think its from sex as well as some of you ladies. I was dating this guy and we stopped using condoms. It first it was cool then all hell broke loose and I feel like they kept coming because he was dirty. So I stopped dating him I used metro pills. At first it worked but it kept coming back, then I used it in gel formed. It all made me every sick and gave me some side effects. Now I have muscle Fasciculations which are very annoying. I tried the live yogurt and it worked but I didn’t keep it up so it’s back. Im trying the yogurt again, goldenseal capsules and acidophilus capsules. I’ll check back in to let you girls know the results.

    QUESTION: Does anybody feel like having BV makes you feel sick?? I feel like the unbalance is giving me acne too.

  262. charlotte
    January 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    hey, this stuff really sucks i hope my bv doesnt last that long. although i irritated it by having intercourse to early, darn…now this is getting a lil scary reading all this stuff that alot of u having dealing w/ this for years, this cant happen i just met the man of my dreams. i did go out and buy all the vitamins listed., and yogurt cant use it down there yet on my period. but i’ll eat it, do u really eat it plain nothing on it? i will try anything once to get rid of this. i was told by my doc i got it from anal sex then having intercourse. this better go away. send me all info to my email please, [email protected]

  263. Vanessa
    January 31, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    HELP…i have no health insurance and I think i have B.V. I had it a year ago for an antibiotic I was on……I can’t go to the doctor, to rule out anything else it maybe, I do get scared because I had a hysterectomy about 9 years ago, and had bad paps after that, My last 2 paps were good….I have the yellowish discharge, no itching or burning, I just want to be sure I have B.V…I have the same sex partner, so I’m not concerned about that…I am concerned about any form of cancers, Does anyone know if this is any sign of that, or just a B.V thing?? I used a vinegar bath last week and it seemed to help for a couple of days, and I bought the refrigerated Acidophilus pills about 5 days ago…and I eat yogurt everyday…..What else is there??? Thank you for reading this…

  264. charlotte
    January 31, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    anyone taking the vitamins did it leave funny taste in mouth??
    d,e,c,garlic, ACIDOPHILUS, cranberry tablets, or maybe it was the stuff i used to whiten my teeth this morning maybe i didnt rinse good. so i brushed my teeth. i know body is having a shock all these vit. how long should i take them? i was already taking the d,e. [email protected]

  265. charisma
    January 31, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    Im bak i treid the yogurt and the vitiamns acpu & folic and so far nothing i kno i wasnt doing it like i should but im going to reall start today jus got a couple of new things so now i will try again i hope all will get better soon lik i said be4 ive had this since i was 11 i jus got tried of consit tampons and pantys liners and to the GIRL who said it a sexually transmited d it is not so learn ur facts ive had and my sisters have it and their not sexually active there babys still so i hope nobody paid any mind to her jus cause some do any and everything does matter not all of us are lik that or YOU but thanks to everyone sharing there thoughts

  266. Rose
    February 1, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    I have been treated for BV three times now within 6 months. I Knew I still had it when I went in for my pap, my doctor did a wet mount, looked under the microscope, put what ever they put on it to get the fishy oder to comfirm BV and to my suprise he side I did not have signs of BV. One week later the nurse called and said that my pap came back with BV. Prescribed me flagl orally again. Because I am so frustrated I decided to take it again(I am currently on it now). My Dr. explained that Flagl will not cure it, that it will however kill the bacteria, but leaves it vulnerable to come back again. Basically gives a clean slate. So in addition I plan on doing the following.

    Tea Tree oil bath – 10 drops in bath

    Natures Way Primadophilus Optima – purchased at natural food store they said that this was great because it has 14 strains and enteric coated (this means stomach acid survival and intestinal delivery)

    2x’s a day folic acid

    Condoms! Sounds so wired for me, been married 8 years haven’t used these in awhile but I am determined! Bought ribbed for novelty..LOL have to have some humor here and make it fun. I am hoping since we haven’t used these in awhile that it actually helps and doesn’t add to my BV, thinking maybe using for a month, we will see if I decide to go longer. My Dr. says that men do not carry this and the bacteria lives only in women so he will not treat him..not sure what I think on this, any insight on this?

    Instead of googling I searched on bing and found this website helpful http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/vagInfections.html lots of great info, and if you search on bing there are other helpful sites, please post if you find something that works, I didn’t have time to read everything.

    I also wanted to share that I did use the yogurt vaginally, I strongly feel that not all yogurt is crated equal. The first time I tried this I used Organic Private Select Plain and it worked awesome. Another time I used Organic Brown Cow Plain (mangers special at smiths) and it absolutely did nothing. I would look at the strains and expiration date, buy one that won’t expire for awhile.

    I have been tested for every STD and they have all came back NEG. My symptoms seem milder then some, I get a white milky discharge, sometimes it can be thick and sticky. I do not have a odor though, just the nasty discharge, I also get lower back pain when it is at its worst. I was taking acidophilus not the kind mentioned above, it helped but did not completely cure it. I am hoping the one listed above works better.

  267. Im not the only one
    February 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    I have been suffering for almost 5 YEARS also. Im gonna try to peroxide and yogurt now, I hope this works.

  268. TM
    February 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    So I bought Live yogurt by Silk from the health food store and the next day the smell was less potent. Its gross plain though. I suggest buying the vanilla flavor. And im taking the goldenseal pills.

  269. Gayla
    February 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    This message is for Sue. You can purchase Acidopholus Yogurt made by Erivan in a White and burgundy container at Whole Foods or any health food store that has Yogurt. You can also do a google search for Erivan Yogurt and you will see exactly what it looks like so you can find it in the store.


  270. teri
    February 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Hey confused teen
    if you take the cotten part of a tampon out of the tube and soak it in plain yogurt and with your finger like you said shove it up in there and leave it in all night thats how I do it do this for a couple of nights. also go to any store and get some acidophalis pills and start taking them like a couple a day. oh and maybe go ahead a tell your mom she may have the same thing write back if you have anymore questions Ill look for you… dont be scared eveythin will be fine

  271. Gayla
    February 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    I also wanted to comment on what a young lady mentioned before about having clean sex and also not using perfume and scented tampons or even scented wipes around the vaginal area. I worked for a Women’s Wellness Center and the Nurse Practitioner said to me, just using warm water to clean around the vaginal area is fine and don’t use perfumy things around or in the vagina and DON’T DOUCHE. I use a natural soap Dr. Woods’s Original Black Soap or Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille soap which doesn’t have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in it and a lot of perfume ingredients which can trigger BV. Also when having sexual intercourse make sure that you’re not touching anything but each other’s body; no holding on to bed post becasue they are dirty and we don’t clean them along with the headboards like we clean the house either now do we. The hands have a natural oil on them that the body generates naturally and when touching those kinds of objects the oil attracts germs or bacteria from the objects. Toys and sexual objects unless you sterilze them can have hidden germs on them you don’t see and also use clean cloths when wiping yourself off. And having oral sex in between sexual intercourse is a another factor in BV too because the mouth has a tremendous amount of germs; leftover foods in the mouth in between the teeth and especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol before engaging, all this stuff leaves residue on the tongue and it gets on the penis and into the vagina if you’re not wiping in between. Sex should be fun and not bothersome so either have oral sex first and wipe or have it afterwards plain and simple as that. And having vaginal sex, and switching to anal sex and then back to vaginal is another cause of BV because we all know what comes out of the anus feces, do-do, poop or whatever you want to call it and the anus canal is lined with that residue, so just be more careful when having sex but keep it hot and steamy and fun. And I could never understand why men are licking around and sticking their tongue in the anus hole that is not a good thing to do and then kissing too…NOT. So there certainly are a lot of factors that play into getting BV. Also the food we are eating today has all kinds of chemicals in them which can trigger the body’s PH to be completely out of balance and the PH balance is critical to health; PH is the Potential Hydrogen level of the body (Hydrogen Peroxide) there you go ladies and the vagina has it’s own Hydrogen Peroxide in it, a self cleaning oven. And If the body is more acidic then alkaline then you will have problems and many problems not just BV; acne, stomach aches, high blood pressure and many other things. Let’s try to balance the PH in the body and your health will improve without a doubt and that is why I’m studying to be a Clinical Nutritionist Holistic Practitioner, which deals with the Wholistic approach to healing and not just the symptoms. We are our own Health Care Providers not the Doctors, they are sick care providers. Eat 70% alkaline foods and 30% Acidic foods, we need some acid in the body for sure or 80% and 20% but keep your diet intake to that range and you’ll be fine, disease cannot survive in a Alkaline environment. Almost all Alkaline foods are fruits and veggies but check out the links to the websites I’ve included at the end with the Alkaline and Acidic Food chart for your reference and Food Combining Chart too. Combining the wrong foods trigger the PH to be off balance also and Junk Food is deadly, just Read “Fast Food Nation” riveting! A lot of the foods we are eating today like corn, soy and wheat (a hybrid grain) are made from genetically modified seeds (seedless stuff) I don’t eat all and the body has lots of difficulty with these foods. Do a Google search on Monsanto the CRIMINAL CABAL that is altering all the seeds; fruits, vegetables, corn, soy and wheat that i’ve mentioned and the best way around this is to grown your just the things you eat if you have a back yard. Food should be natural and not engineered, so shop at Whole Foods and sacrifice a little monetarily for good fruits and vegetables at least for your health or go to Farmer’s Markets. All fruits and vegetables are Organic if it’s grown from the soil, now whether it has pesticides on it or not is the real deal. Now when you see fruits and veggies with bug bites on them most likely they don’t have pesticides because bugs won’t get near them, so those are the ones to buy, just cut that part off and doe whatever you’re going to do eat it or cook it. This is just some information that I feel I could add to the mix of helpful information that many women have provided. It’s a New Day in your Healthy World Ladies. Peace, Love and Harmony to all!

  272. Gayla
    February 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    I also wanted to comment on what a young lady mentioned before about having clean sex and also not using perfume and scented tampons or even scented wipes around the vaginal area. I worked for a Women’s Wellness Center and the Nurse Practitioner said to me, just using warm water to clean around the vaginal area is fine and don’t use perfumy things around or in the vagina and DON’T DOUCHE. I use a natural soap Dr. Woods’s Original Black Soap or Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille soap which doesn’t have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in it and a lot of perfume ingredients which can trigger BV.

    Also when having sexual intercourse make sure that you’re not touching anything but each other’s body; no holding on to bed post becasue they are dirty and we don’t clean them along with the headboards like we clean the house either now do we. The hands have a natural oil on them that the body generates naturally and when touching those kinds of objects the oil attracts germs or bacteria from the objects. Toys and sexual objects unless you sterilze them can have hidden germs on them you don’t see and also use clean cloths when wiping yourself off. And having oral sex in between sexual intercourse is a another factor in BV too because the mouth has a tremendous amount of germs; leftover foods in the mouth in between the teeth and especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol before engaging, all this stuff leaves residue on the tongue and it gets on the penis and into the vagina if you’re not wiping in between. Sex should be fun and not bothersome so either have oral sex first and wipe or have it afterwards plain and simple as that.

    And having vaginal sex, and switching to anal sex and then back to vaginal is another cause of BV because we all know what comes out of the anus feces, do-do, poop or whatever you want to call it and the anus canal is lined with that residue, so just be more careful when having sex but keep it hot and steamy and fun. And I could never understand why men are licking around and sticking their tongue in the anus hole that is not a good thing to do and then kissing too…NOT. So there certainly are a lot of factors that play into getting BV. Also the food we are eating today has all kinds of chemicals in them which can trigger the body’s PH to be completely out of balance and the PH balance is critical to health; PH is the Potential Hydrogen level of the body (Hydrogen Peroxide) there you go ladies and the vagina has it’s own Hydrogen Peroxide in it, a self cleaning oven. And If the body is more acidic then alkaline then you will have problems and many problems not just BV; acne, stomach aches, high blood pressure and many other things. Let’s try to balance the PH in the body and your health will improve without a doubt and that is why I’m studying to be a Clinical Nutritionist Holistic Practitioner, which deals with the Wholistic approach to healing and not just the symptoms. We are our own Health Care Providers not the Doctors, they are sick care providers.

    Eat 70% alkaline foods and 30% Acidic foods, we need some acid in the body for sure or 80% and 20% but keep your diet intake to that range and you’ll be fine, disease cannot survive in a Alkaline environment. Almost all Alkaline foods are fruits and veggies but check out the links to the websites I’ve included at the end with the Alkaline and Acidic Food chart for your reference and Food Combining Chart too. Combining the wrong foods trigger the PH to be off balance also and Junk Food is deadly, just Read “Fast Food Nation” riveting! A lot of the foods we are eating today like corn, soy and wheat (a hybrid grain) are made from genetically modified seeds (seedless stuff) I don’t eat all and the body has lots of difficulty with these foods. Do a Google search on Monsanto the CRIMINAL CABAL that is altering all the seeds; fruits and vegetables as well and the best way around this is to grown your own, just the things you eat if you have a back yard. Food should be natural and not engineered, so shop at Whole Foods and sacrifice a little monetarily for good fruits and vegetables at least for your health or go to Farmer’s Markets. And also buy the produce with 5 digit codes that begin with a 9 and not the 4 digit codes that begin with a 4. All fruits and vegetables are Organic if it’s grown from the soil, now whether it has pesticides on it or not is the real deal.

    Now when you see fruits and veggies with bug bites on them most likely they don’t have pesticides because bugs won’t get near them, so those are the ones to buy, just cut that part off and do whatever you’re going to do eat it or cook it. This is just some information that I feel I could add to the mix of helpful information that many women have provided, because many of our problems are coming from what we put inside of us doesn’t get there any othere way. Even if something is hereditary you can change yourself and condition except for birth defects perse’ by not following the same lifestyle that you family does like: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes (a cash cow), heart disease and many othere things, live your own life. It’s a New Day in your Healthy World Ladies.


    This is for the Alkaline and Acidic Food Chart, copy it and put in a word document and share with friends. http://www.essense-of-life.com/moreinfo/foodcharts.htm This is the link for the Food Combining Chart http://www.alderbrooke.com/chart.htm

    Go to this website http://www.question911.com/linksall.htm and watch these videos for free you’ll be so glad you did. “Sweet Misery a Poisoned World”, “A World Without Cancer’, How Healing Becomes A Crime”, “Diseases Just Don’t Happen” by Dr. Lorraine Day and last but not least “Supermarket Secrets”, excellent stuff from the mouths of professionals who know.

  273. vs
    February 5, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    so i’ve been having bv for almost a year now and its so disgusting and embarrassing. i feel like im the only person in the world with a smelly ya know what. so im glad that i found this and that im not the only person with this problem. so ive read all the advice posted and decided to try out the peroxide since i already had it handy. instead of using a peroxide soaked tampon as it was hard to get in, i just used it as sort of a douche and mixed it with water, i used a syringe in the shower and just shot it up and had my legs up so it would stay in for a few minutes.. surprisingly, it works. well i think it did. its been a few days and i dont have any discharge or horrific smell. i do plan on taking some folic acid and trying the yogurt, but as of right now, if my body isnt playing any tricks on me, just the peroxide is working fine.. im glad i found this post and was very excited when i read all the advice. so in a few weeks or so i will update and see if the smell came back or not. thanks everyone!!!

  274. Amanda
    February 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    I have been struggling with bv for as long as I can remember and I’m 28. I’ve been married and only sexually active with my husband for 9 years. I have gone to so many different dr.’s with the same results. They prescribe me Flagyl or MetroGel or Cipro. I would be odor and discharge free for about two days and then bv is back with a vengance. I think if there was anything that I could change about my body it would be the constant battle with bv. Not a boob job or a tummy tuck or liposuction but just not to have to battle this horrible infection ALL THE TIME! This is the first time in all these years that I am going to try some of the method’s that y’all have recommended, I mean what do I have to lose. It has really changed how I feel about myself as a person. My husband want’s to be grope me or play around and I always tell him don’t I stink or I need to wash first. I would love to just be able to be spontaneous again and not have to worry if I stink. Hopefully this works. I’ll let y’all know. Trust me I’ll be the happiest person alive if it does.

  275. terracotta
    February 7, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Anyone pregnant and successful in getting rid of BV through these traditional remedies? (plain yogurt/cranberry juice/fresh garlic/acidophilus pil/etc).

    I am 4 weeks pregnant and have BV. I am not sure if fresh garlic or inserting tampon with plain yogurt is safe in pregnancy. I am currently taking prenatal vitamin and additional folic acid. I am also adjusting my diet by reducing sugar intake.

  276. Marie
    February 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    You women are life savers! I’m hoping to try the peroxide method first as well as adding a supplements to my diet. Hopefully only one or the other will be efficient. Hopefully I will not have to add 7 new regiments to my life. I followed a few suggested links and came across


    a medical study that investigated the peroxide claims….

    While I personally do not look upon doctors as gods (like so much of our culture) it is comforting to know that a scientific study backs this all up!

    I will keep everyupdated!

  277. Im not the only one
    February 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    I tried the peroxide douche last night and dannon yougurt applied with a tampon. No discharge or smell today. I will keep you ladies posted on my BV free journey.

  278. KMM
    February 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    I have to say that Acidophilus alone has worked for me. I have been searching for some kind of cure for a while now and stumbled across this website and read a lot of the posts. After being prescribed Flagyl once again and noticing the BV returning I ran out with the idea of purchasing Acidophilus and Folic Acid and was prepared to try the yogurt thing if that didn’t work but IT DID! I didn’t even get Folic Acid because they were out of stock so I only purchased Acidophilus. I started right away taking 3 capsules a day and noticed it going away until it was gone, after a few days I went down to 1 capsule a day but noticed it returning so I upped it back up to 3 capsules a day and I AM BV FREE!!!!!

    Another great use for Acidophilus is cold sore prevention. My sister-in-law and I are both prone to cold sores and she heard if you notice the tingling starting on your lip (sure sign of a cold sore starting) to take a few capsules of Acidophilus daily until necessary and you can prevent the outbreak. It works!!!!

    Anyhow, I just thought I would share my news with you all.

    Good Luck!

  279. cj
    February 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    Heyy, so i think i’ve got BV and was wondering does witch hazel actually work?!

  280. Bethany
    February 10, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    hey ladys, for those of you who were wondering if you had to eat the yogurt plain, no u can put honey or agave nectar in it. it doesn’t effect the active cultures if u sweeten it right before u eat it. plus it tastes even better then store flavored kinds. if that gets old, you could put vanilla extract, lemon or any extract that sounds good.

  281. Im not the only one
    February 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Day 3 not smell or discharge.

  282. secret
    February 11, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    i am a 20year old lesbian who ALSO suffers from b.v it sucks really bad its embarassing, i will actually go days with out being around people because i prefer not to feel the uncomfortable feeling of being in a room of people knowing i have this oddor.. iAgree with others rephresh is too much $money ( here are some things ive tried .)

    – Yogurt Tampon Insert
    – Peroxide Douche
    – And Now Theirs New Rephresh Pro-B Pills It Balances Yeast & Bacteria to Maintain Feminine Health. [they work for me.]

  283. Just a Warning
    February 12, 2010 at 8:26 am #


    It can be transferred to men! It rarely ever gives them actual “symptoms”, but it can lay dormant in the urethra. Not all doctors agree 100% on that (usually it’s the males that think it doesn’t happen), but, I had BV, took my meds, did what I needed to do, and it was gone. Within two days of my boyfriend and I having sex again, it was back. This happened 4 times in 2 months. So I was curious. The last time I got rid of it, we waited to have sex. We waited 2 weeks. It didn’t come back. After 2 weeks, we decided to try intercourse again. And again, within 2 days it was back. So we got him some medicine, took care of mine all over again, and I haven’t gotten it back since. 🙂

  284. Jackie
    February 13, 2010 at 4:24 am #

    I, too, am a lesbian and found that though my partner doesn’t have BV and we SAFELY engage in sexual activities (ie no sharing of sex toys, no “double dipping,” no rubbing our genitals together), I keep getting BV due to her PH levels (she has a very “womanly” odor and wears a bathing suit all day). Perhaps because of oral sex? It’s driving me crazy and making me think that we should break up. I’m 31 and I’ve never had odor in my vaginal area. I’m going to try the remedies in these posts and hope for the best. Thank you to everyone on here! I’m glad that I’m not alone.
    Will post the results…

  285. tiffany
    February 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    I noticed I was having a heavier discharge but I thought it was because I was getting older…as my period cycle went from 3 days to now 7 days…then i started noticing a smell..so i bought scented panty liners, and would take a shower almost 3-4x a day..the smell went away and so did the discharge…but after various stressful events i noticed it would come back…my partner asked me if i had heard of bv…he said his ex suffered from it…i wasnt embarrassed he said he noticed it reminded him of her when he pleased me orally…i immediatly made an appt at a clinic because i have no health insurance..but had a 2 week wait…and then i did a google search and found this site…i ran out and and bought yogurt, summers eve wash (i do not put it on a sponge or washcloth i put a little on my hand and wash once sometimes twice depending on what ive done during the day), and unscented pantyliners..i stopped sleeping in panties…and within a 4 days i did notice the smell was less harsh..i then decided to try the replens gel..well that immediatly stoppped the smell, i had no strange discharge…i couldnt wait to get to the dr..the doctor prescribed me with flagyl…which i hate…but im taking it..and i will finish the prescription but after it clears im going to stick with my new regimine…unscented panty liners, summers eve wash down below, not sleeping in panties, and adding more yogurt, water, and fruits to my diet…and after sex i plan to urinate then add the gel just as a precaution..this site is great im so glad im not alone…i was so paranoid about that smell i kept washing and washing not knowing that was making it worse!

  286. HaliGurl
    February 19, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Okay ladies im really concerned about this BV mess. I have been struggling with it for 2 years I NEED IT GONE…Its hurting my relationship bad because im so uncomfortable to have sex because of the smell and the discharge I mean I can take a shower and with in min. sometimes hours the smell is horrible. I was sitting here reading all of these ways you guys got rid of it and I dont know what to try sooo you let me know what you guys think what is the BEST way to go or way to try to get rid of this nasty mess??

  287. HaliGurl
    February 19, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    Okay soooo Folic Acid and Hydrogen Peroxide Tampons/Douches are what im trying first I HOPE IT WORKS!!!! QUESTION: How long do you do the Hydrgen Peroxide Tampons or Douches?????

  288. Stephany
    February 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    Oh my gosh… God Bless everyone that posted a tip on this website. I can’t explain how relieved I am after reading everyones detailed responses. I’ve had BV for a week and 1/2 now and im glad to say im a couple of steps away from eliminating this pointless bacterial infection out of my life. Im planning on making a website specificly for wemon to avoid wondering, and without going to the extremes. If anyone is interested in participating email me at [email protected]
    Meanwhile everyone stay safe, and BV free!!!

  289. Ugh!
    February 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    I’ve “suffered” from this for almost 2 years! I absolutely HATE IT!!
    Went to my doctor and all he said was “it’s just a little infection”
    Yet the flagyl worked only until i had intercourse again. than it came back!

    So i started doing like you guys and hit the home remedies forums.

    I started with 2 garlic, and 4 folic acid pills and by the 2nd day the symptoms were completely gone. The downfall is that it has to be taken like clock work! You miss a day and it comes back.

    So I decided to try the extreme– peroxide diluted in water. I was scared so i used mostly water. I read somewhere to add a teaspoon of tree oil. I also tried applying the yogurt the night before.

    I’m regretting it now. It completely messed up my PH level again and now i’m trying to balance it again. I CAN’T STAND THE SMELL!

    I don’t understand how someone has not been able to find a cure for this ‘thing’!! It is impossible to live a normal life with it.

    It’s made me so self conscious I don’t want to go near my bf or other people!

    not only that but i’ve gained so much weight since i started the supplements… I’m wondering if anyone is having the same problem.

    I’m going to try to give the peroxide another try but the tree oil and the yogurt are out of the question!

  290. Bre
    February 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    thinking of trying the folic acid and the hydorgen peroxide tampon insert… is there anything else i should be doing and where exactly do I get this stuff (probiotics, etc)

  291. bre
    February 21, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Stayed up all nite reading all of your tips and looking up other info on the web… still confused about all the natural remedies being used, what exactly is acidophilus, goldenseal, collodial silver and FemDopilus… I know if im a little lost others are too… researching these meds this morning and will come back with an update.
    ps i was too afraid of trying the hydrogen peroxide insert last nite after reading some experienced burning… I dont have swelling, burning or itching now and dont want to add that to my list of problems.

  292. bre
    February 21, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Ok so a Probiotic is a bacteria that is found in the body, mainly digestive tract and our vagina… this is a necessary bacteria that helps keep our ph in balance as well as keep out bad bacteria.. in so many words.

    Nearly everyone on this site is taking some form of Acidophilus, which is a probiotic, it can come in liquid, capsules, chewables (for kids), flavored liquid and capsules, and pearls.

    To research more on these supplements you can go to righthealth.com or webmd. Also you can purchase them from VitaminShoppe.com or any local supplemental store in your area.

    Hope this helped

  293. bre
    February 21, 2010 at 11:37 am #


    info on folic acid from webmd

  294. bre
    February 21, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    goldenseal is a herb that has many uses… one is thought to have an effect against bacteria and fungus..
    more info can be found at webmd – supplument finder or through right health.

  295. bre
    February 21, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    on the folic acid.. if you have any other health problems or suffer from anemia you may want to check with a doc first and do your research before taking it

  296. bre
    February 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    just got back from the stores and here’s my list:

    VH Essentials BV Treatment $24.99 – cheaper online
    Vagisil screening Test $15.49 – cheaper online
    SE Sensitive Unscented Hypoallergenic Cleansing Cloths $2.89

    18 pack of white washcloths $4.00 – for my vj only
    3pk cotton panties (grannies) $5.50 x 2
    unscented pantyliners $.93 x 2
    SE Sensitive Skin Hypoallergenic Alcohol free Fem Wash $2.76
    Dannon all natural plain yogurt with active l. acidophillus $2.12
    (no sugar, is supposed to be sour so hold ur nose and swallow!)
    100% pure cranberry juice, not that cocktail stuff $2.53

    Vitamin Shoppe:
    Folic Acid(400mcg with B12 liquid drops $9.99 – taking it slow with th folic acid
    Natrol Acidophilus 3 billion live cultures $7.49

  297. bre
    February 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    im grateful for everyone putting their tips online but im anxious to try this for myself and see if i get the same results. I know everyone says it but I TRULY will keep u all posted as far as how my results are going… Starting tonight will talk to u in the morning

  298. Janine
    February 22, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    I suffered from bacterial vaginosis for about a year. At first I took some drugs from my doctor. That worked but only lasted a short time. After that I went searching for herbal treatments. I tried various things (yogurt, folic accid and ordinary pro-biotics) which did not work for me. I finally decided to talk to the herboligist at the local health shop. She suggested taking an oral pro-biotic especially for women (flora restore) and 2 tablets of Kyolic Garlic a day. After a week the problem completely went away much to my relief. This really works, so I thought I needed to share it with all you women that have been suffering for ages. Good luck, Janine

  299. Hopeful
    February 22, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    Hey ladies I’m back. So I did the folic acid pill and the plain yogurt in the Vag. The first time the smell wasn’t completely gone but I did it for like 5 days straight and from what mr and my bf can tell it’s gone:) oh and we have protected sex since and plan on doing so FOREVER. 🙂

  300. Annie
    February 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Just wanted to mention not sure if circumcision has anything to do with it because unlike others have posted here, my boyfriend is circumcised but I’ve still had b.v. Thanks for all the tips – I will try the acidophilius tablets (2 billion count) first and see if that does anything, if not will try the yoghurt on tampon trick.

  301. Annie
    February 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Just came across a study that suggests that metronizadole taken with acidophilus supplements would be a good combo – (perhaps taking the acidophilus supplements straight away after the course of metronizadole – they didn’t provide details). I guess the metronizadole would knock out the bad bacteria and then acidophilus supplements would get your balance back in check. Might be worth speaking to your doctor about.

  302. bre
    February 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    as promised 🙂
    lst nite i tried the hydrogen peroxide tampon… left it in for about 15 mins…took the ph test and I mesaured 5.0… not too far off. Before bed I used the VH Essentials insert and slept commando. There was some leakage @ nite that I hadn’t had before that I’m attributing to the VH Essential insert. But in the morning…. NO ODOR!!!!
    (Yes I even did the finger test!)

    put on a fresh pair of cotton granny panties and an unscented liner headed off to work. No odor throughout the day… I couldnt believe it although there was still some discharge, but not the bubbling, constant flow I had before. (sorry for the crudeness)

    I also took my acidophilus pills and folic acid/b12 as instructed. However I couldnt do the plain yogurt even with the honey and vanilla extract added to it.. it was just too GROSS. I’ll try the yogurt insert if necessary but I just couldnt eat that stuff…

  303. bre
    February 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    as promised 🙂
    last nite (monday nite) I did the VH Essential insert before bed and slept commando. In the morning when getting dressed put on the grannies and an unscented liner. No odor all day!
    Continued to take my folic acid/B12 and acidophilus… still a no on the yogurt.
    Until tomorrow

  304. Annie
    February 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Well after hours spent on the internet researching this and having just started taking Lactobacillus acidophilus supplements, I came across a few recent studies that suggest that the vaginas of non-BV women contain Lactobacillus crispatus and jensenii, not Lactobacillus acidophilus. While acidophilus supplements may be good for getting your intestine/colon flora back in order, I now don’t think they’ll work for your vagina. I’m trying to find a good source on the internet to buy Lactobacillus crispatus supplements and I’ll give it a try but I think it’s all in finding the right product. If it’s not prepared properly, the Lactobacillus crispatus in it won’t survive or there won’t be enough. I also found mention of Lactobacillus rhamnosus supplements being helpful but that particular strain of Lactobacillus wasn’t actually present in the healthy non-BV women. It really seems a bit of a complicated thing getting the flora exactly right and keeping it that way!! But we certainly shouldn’t blame ourselves. Science can’t yet explain exactly why this flora disturbance happens in the first place so how are we supposed to know what to do! I think the next 5-10 years will give us better treatment, without having to resort to the antibiotics which onl