Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acidophilus and Garlic
- Acidophilus, B12, Folic Acid
- Acidophilus, Folic Acid
- Acidophilus, Goldenseal
- Acidophilus, Vitamin E, Hydrogen Peroxide Douche
- ACV Bath, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Probiotics
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
- B Complex With Folic Acid
- Baking Soda Douche
- Betadine, Probiotics, Vinegar and Yogurt
- Boric Acid
- Boric Acid and Acidophilus
- Boric Acid and Fenugreek
- BV and Urinary Tract Infections
- BV and Yeast Infections
- BV Cause Theories
- BV Tips
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Condom Brands
- Diagnosing BV
- Dietary Changes
- Douche, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Eliminate Caffeine
- Essential Oils
- Fermented Cabbage Leaf
- Folic Acid
- Folic Acid and Acidophilus
- Folic Acid, Apple Cider Vinegar Douche
- Folic Acid, Garlic
- Folic Acid, Probiotics
- Folic Acid, Sage Tea
- Garlic, Probiotics
- Garlic, Yogurt
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Juice Douche
- Grapefruit Seed Extract Douche and MSM
- Gycerol Monolaurate
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide Douche and Folic Acid
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Apple Cider Vinegar, Vinegar Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide, B Vitamins, Folic Acid
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Probiotics
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Spring Water
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Tea Tree Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Yogurt
- Indonesian Remedies
- Kefir, Oregano Oil
- Latex Allergy
- Lemon Juice
- Low Carb Diet
- Moxibustion, Kimchi, Yogurt
- Multiple Remedies
- Multivitamin, Probiotics
- Oak Galls
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Oregano Oil
- Over the Counter
- Packing Your Fanny With Tissue
- Pineapple Juice
- Povidone Iodine, Vitamin C
- Probiotics, Colloidal Silver, Garlic
- Probiotics, Folic Acid, B12
- Probiotics, Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
- Probiotics, Vitamin C
- Probiotics, Vitamin C, Garlic
- Probiotics, Yogurt
- Remedies Needed
- Stop Using Soap
- Tea Tree Oil
- Teenagers With BV
- Tomato Juice
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin C, Garlic
- Vitamin D
- Wrong Antibiotics
- Yogurt, Oregano Oil
07/02/2012: Daytime from Oakland, Ca: "I have yet to try folic acid and acidophilus. The perscribed medicine usually works for me for a few months, then I'll forget to take my birth control, or accidentally wash with a different soap, then the BV comes back :( I am on my..."
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Folic Acid and Acidophilus
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/01/2011: Glo from Natural Bridge, Va./USA: "I searched everywhere about the odor of BV, and found this site. Rushed to Drug store to get the Folic Acid 800mcg and Acidophillus, (nothing to lose) and before bedtime that night I noticed , no more odor. It does kill the odor, a big relief, but still had the infection. Dr. Re-treated with another anti-biotic, and it is now gone. Every woman should take these supplements."
[YEA] 03/02/2010: Noel from Deland, Fl: "folic acid and acidophilus cured my bv!!! so i am sooo excited to write this...i have been very depressed for the last 7-8 months because i tried every single remedy out there. i tried boric acid, yougurt, h202, and then some, not all at once of course...and then i tried this again, this is what got rid of my bv the first time i had it, but i totally forgot, and now i just hope this helps for someone else. ok this is what i did....i started inserting vaginally 1 acidophilus capsule(they dissolve easily) everynight for one week straight, and taking 3 400mg folic acid and 1 acidophilus capsule pill after lunch, and again the same amount after dinner. the key to this working for me was taking it twice a day, and doing this for a month without missing a day, but i did once or twice but immediatly got back on track and u will notice on the 3rd week the smell going away, and im on week 5 and i have normal not smelly discharge, lol..never thought i would be so happy to see normal discharge. i wanted to stop taking them after week 1 because i thought it wouldnt work, but dont give up ladies...it will go away, u just have to fight it! i will keep doing this for another month, and then try lowering the dosage to once a day. good luck, and i hope this helps someone."Replies
09/27/2010: Hydrogen Peroxide from Mount Vernon, Wa replies: "I had a UTI and the doctor prescribe me of course antibiotics. I knew it would effect my BV balance, and cause me hell, but I wanted to cure my UTI so I didn't have to ruin or hurt my others organs. Anyways I've educated myself for a while now so I wasn't going to play stupid at the doctors. I told the doctor what I do which is the same as you ladies, but let me warn you. STUDY HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. It's great for a fresh cut, or wound, but it's not meant to heal an open cut. Now imagine what it's doing in your vagina. My research says it only kills bad bacteria and leaves the good in your vagina, but the doctor explained more info. on hydrogen peroxide that I didn't know because I was too caught up trying to find a cure.
H.P. Is probably okay to use once a month but anything more you might be endangering your vagina, or most importantly not be able to get pregnant. My facts aren't stated or clear but do the research because what you think might be helping might really be bad for you. I'm only talking about hydrogen peroxide. I don't recommend it. Just stick with the probiotics and folic acid."
01/22/2011: Jetset from Reston, Va replies: "Right now the doc has prescribed once weekly metrogel for 12 weeks w acidophilius. I added folic acid after reading this site. It's Day 2 and I've never felt better. Odor gone! Thanks God for this site, saved my marriage."
01/30/2011: Molly from Council Bluffs, Ia replies: "I have been dealing on and off with BV just like everyone else has. I feel like my story syncs up with everyone else's at some point! Been to the doctor at least three times, been prescribed Metrogel twice and Flagyl once. I am TIRED of the looks from the doctors of "Well this is all we can do. " WHY is there no cure for this?
I am willing to do anything at this point. I started taking Acidophilus pills (however I'm not very good at taking pills everyday! ) so maybe I will start trying that again. Been taking Vitamin C everyday now. Maybe folic acid will help keep things in check... I had a sinus infection and went through a round of anti-biotics and now BV has come with the worst vengence ever...
Reading other stories from other people who suffer is relieving to me. Lets hope these suggestions will at least keep BV to a good minimum!"
01/20/2012: Mandy from Ny replies: "I'm so tired of this monster bv, I used to be a sexy woman, now I'm a shell trapped in my own body, I'm depressed and I'm mad at myself I got this, why is there no cure? I mean damn wtf? I can't even sit down for a long time because when I get up I will smell like fish, such a shame all of us are going through this, I been to the doctors many times same crap. I never even heard of bv, I swear I wish I did I would have done anything to prevent it. I met this beautiful man, and I can't be with him because of this, I can't, he loves me but I smell down there. If he knew he would run, and that kills my heart. I'm a clean woman, I wash all the time and same ole fish smell, I tried all the remedies and to NO AVAIL, I do not know why my body won't fight this infection. I'm a healthy woman, I had this seven years and ugh u can all imagine, how can I be at work like this? I'm unemployed now, but I went back to college and the class stinks like fish and they know it is me:((( I'm so depressed, all I do is cry, this is no way to live at all. it is pure hell."
04/17/2012: Campgirl from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "Bless your heart! I too have been plenty miserable. I went today and bought Fem-Dophilus from Vitamin Shoppe. I also bought 800mcg of Folic Acid. I switched my laundry det to free and clear, stopped wearing thongs, and only wear cotton. This acidophilus is the best on the market made for woman and the vaginal tract. I have only done these things less than 24 hours and already a huge difference. I am taking FD twice a day and inserting one vaginally at night. Be sure when you buy the FD it is refrigerated because the cultures are live and it will not work if not refridgerated. Hope this helps. I will keep you posted."
07/02/2012: Daytime from Oakland, Ca replies: "I have yet to try folic acid and acidophilus. The perscribed medicine usually works for me for a few months, then I'll forget to take my birth control, or accidentally wash with a different soap, then the BV comes back :( I am on my way to pick up another round of Flagyl, AND to a health food store for folic acid and acidophilus. I believe these flare ups are coming from me cutting dairy out of my diet, as well as changing my birth control pills. Thank God for an understanding boyfriend, and these little forums. Thank you ladies, and keep fighting! Maybe I'll come up with the cure for this terrible thing!!!"
[YEA] 12/30/2009: Elle from Houston, Texas: "Folic Acid & Acidophilus for BV
I developed BV for the first time in mid-November. I went to the doctor and got antibiotics. Which cleared up the symptoms but not without 5 days of the ever inconvenient vaginal inserts. The symptoms stayed gone for a few weeks but then as soon as my next period ended they came back. Desperate to not have this be a recurring problem I got on the internet and started finding out everything I could about what caused the infection and how I could get rid of it without a trip to the Dr. I was a little skeptical at first but I figured it couldn't hurt to try and if my symptoms didn't improve I'd call my ob/gyn. I took 5 acidophilus and 1200mcg of Folic Acid the first day I also switched to 100% cotton underwear all day and none when I went to sleep. Within 24 hours I noticed improvement. The second day I dropped the dose to 5 acidophilus and 800mcg folic acid. Then 4 acidophilus and 800mcg folic acid for the rest of the week. After 4 days my symptoms were completely cleared up and didn't even return after having sex. It's been a little over a week now, my symptoms haven't returned and I'm planning to cut back to 3 acidophilus and 400mcg folic acid (the recommended daily dosages listed on the packages) as a daily routine so that I can hopefully just stop having to worry about this all together."Replies
05/24/2010: London from Sandusky, Ohio replies: "Folic Acid with Acidophilus does work for BV, and Ive been doing it for years, but I think my body has gotten used to it, and so its not as effective. Also, this winter, having been suffering with chronic UTIs, I was on about 4 rounds of antibiotics PLUS I took 2 antibiotic injections at the health office. OMG!! My problems all started then. Ive been so ill, Im determined to never EVER use antibiotics, especially if they try to pressure you in the Emergency room, or Health dep, (went in for an STD panel, and I didnt even have an STD and they shot me up anyway) Dont do it. It suppresses your immunes system and they dont work anyway. I got rid of my UTI with coconut oil and olive leaf extract aswell as turmeric. Ive been so weak and sickly since then.
Anyway, Ive had a horrible vaginal infection for the last 3 months. Would not go away. What helped me was adding supplements such as a super B complex (very, very important. Those B vitamins are incredible, do some research on how important they are) and selenium, vitamin A 50mg, vitamin b6 50 mg(will make you nausous, take with food) zinc and magnesium, 100 mg each. I read on here that women with chronic yeast infections and BV, are many times deficient in selinium, b6, A, and vitamin D (which you can get by getting sunlight) Its been a long winter for me here in Ohio. Vitamin e, ALOT. 4 caps daily(2 in the morn, 2 at night) 1 tbsp of coconut oil melted in green tea once a day. Tons of acidophylus, get a super probiotic, with more than one strain of the good bacteria. I take chewable acidophylus aswell. and oregano oil, 1 cap every two hours, 2 hours away from acidophilus caps, (will kill the good bacteria) remember to take your acidophilus before you go to bed at night, and not with the oregano oil, (very imporatant, to replace good bacteria)I started making my own yogurt, to save money, and I drink it and eat it like its goin out of style. I also do elderberry extract, and I douch with hydrogen peroxide 50/50 when I get real "fishy down there) helps...
Im gettin better, but its a long road, be patient."
[YEA] 07/12/2010: Laura from New Britain, Connecticut replies: "Firstly I just want to thank all the ladies who have contributed to this site - what an absolute God send! ! I have been suffering from BV since I was 17 (I am now 27) and have spent the last decade to-ing and fro-ing to my doctors. . . Only to be given antibiotics but for it to come back literally weeks later. I got to the point where I just accepted that I would have BV forever. I was never able to relax with boyfriends or even sometimes at work after a long day I swear I could smell it - even sometimes at the cinema - usually when I was sat down for prolonged periods of time! ! THe constant (and heavy) discharge literally meant I was spending $$$ on panty liners and new knickers - even sometimes having to change my underwear 2x a day it was that bad. So coming across this site and other internet websites I was willing to try ANYTHING. OK so to cut a long story short I have been taking
1x (3 billion) Acidophlius capsule (orally)
1x (3 billion) Acidophilus capsule (orally)
1x 800mg Folic Acid
1x Acidopophilus (vaginally - before bed)
Literally after just 48 hours - no discharge, no smell! This was 7 weeks ago and stil NOTHING! ! Hoorah, ladies I would recommend this to anyone who is at their wits end. After 10 years of BV, I feel like I am now finally cured!"
01/17/2011: Lo2010 from England, England replies: "Hi, I am trying the method of: Am1 x garlic1 x acidophilus (oral) Pm2 x folic acid1 x acidophilus (oral)1 x acidophilus (vaginally). I have been doing this for a couple of days but within hours it comes back. It has reduced the smell a bit but it's still pungent and the discharge is worse than ever. I just want to be able to relax when I'm around people. I am at wits end and need someone's help. am I doing it wrong or what else can I do/ use to help me??? Thankyou, I'm sure you know how stressful it is."
[YEA] 12/02/2009: Rhonda from San Francisco, Ca: "Im a 44 year old that has suffered from BV for almost 12 years. I always thought it was a yeast infection until I saw pictures of BV. Oh My God! I just got another bout of BV last week and was at my witts end. I have a new boyfriend and I have been evading sex, which I never did before. The smell was too much to bear. I did not want to call my doctor for another prescription so I hopped online and started looking for another type of cure. I came across this website and it has literally saved my life. I was just about to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. I tried the probiotic (acidopholus) and folic acid combination. Actually, I only had the probiotic (5 billion) at first and immediately shoved 2 of them up my "youhoo" that night and took 3 orally. The next day I purchased the folic acid and took 16mcg in the morning and 16mcg at night along with 3 probiotics (5 billion each) and shoved another one up my "youhoo" that night. By the first day it was gone with only inserting the probiotic. The second day with the probiotic and folic acid was a miracle. I never even did the H202 and H20 douche. I tend to be wary of those and knew it might make my situation worse. That is just me knowing my body. This site is dead on when saying you have to find the combination that is right for your body and most of us know our bodies. BV ruled my sex life for years. I think this is a regimin that has to be done for life. I dont think we can stop this. Its preventative medicine and BV will most likely never go away for those of us that suffer as we do. Im not going to stop this combination until it no longer works. That is the key......dont stop once you find the right combination. I also tried the ACV for my dermatitis and that was gone in 3 days. Im truly amazed that simple things like this, that have been available for ALL OF US, has just now been talked about. The medical community (whom I work for) does not want to loose money on patient visits so of course you will never hear about this from a doctor......NO, they would loose business. That is a shame. I just heard doctors at work talking about putting ACV on your face to cure things and they all agreed that is was a good thing, but they would never recommend it to their patients. WHY? They would loose money, that is the bottom line. Thank you for this site and thank you to all the posters who shared their stories about BV. Research certainly will never be done to help women with this problem, no none cares. Its up to us to find the cure, and I think someone has. If it has to do with men and their libido, then the money is there....otherwise forget it. THANK YOU!!!"Replies
12/05/2009: Rhonda from San Francisco, Ca replies: "So I posted here earlier in the week after suffering from BV for about 12 years or so and finally found this site and started probiotics and folic acid with total and complete vanishment of my BV in about 2 days. No nasty smell, no discharge....simple as pie. Im so pissed off that something this simple (maybe not a cure by far, but relief) is common knowledge and we have ALL been suffering for YEARS!!! Certainly health care professionals know about this stuff. Im glad to report that after 6 days of taking folic acid (2 800mcg in the am, and 1 800mcg in the pm) and probiotics (4 5million in the am and 2 5million in the pm, with one inserted in my "youhoo" if I feel its needed). Its a Miracle is all I can say. I dont care if its not a cure, its not, its RELIEF!!!! Finally, relief, and I dont care how long it lasts, hopefully forever, but probably not. Its relief for now. There must be something we can all do to find out what causes this (besides sex). Why doesn't every woman on earth have it and why just some of us? Let me know if anyone is interested in forming some kind of research group or something. I mean, pull our health histories together and find a link. Im open to discussion. Thanks girls. We have to stick together on this issue because no one else is going to help us."
12/26/2009: Bvvictim from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "Thank you for your post Rhonda. I've been suffering from BV for so many years, even before I was sexually active. There must be a way to ensure that a woman's PH balance is maintained, and I too would like to see some serious clinical trials and research into a cure for BV. Medical professionals just seem to stick to cookie cutter solutions, and I'm tired of it. It affects almost everything I do. This site is the biggest help I have found."
12/27/2009: Rhonda from Sf, Ca replies: "Hi bv-victim.......I wanted to follow-up on your reply, and thank you very much for reading my post. I have been researching endlessly on this thing and I found out yesterday that taking a vitamin D3 supplement may also be helpful. Im going to try this tomorrow after visiting my local natural health store. There seems to be a link between lack of sunlight (which creates low D3 levels) and BV. Its worth a try and there are a few comments on this site about its effectiveness. I will give feedback on what happens. I dont think the effects are as immediate as the douch/folic acid/acidopholus.....we shall see. I may also try a liquid acidopholus douche, as the peroxide and H20 are irritating to me and seem to make it worse, as I suspected it would but it was worth a try when the itching came back one day. It seems Im constantly taking more and more of everything to keep it at bay. This is also crazy. I plan to eliminate refined sugar from my diet and have stopped caffeine for about 2 months now and can feel a positive difference. I do think its liked to diet somehow and sugar especially. Im a self proclaimed sugar-a-holic. Im taking baby steps here and trying a little of everything until I get the right regimen for my body. Wow, this is quite a journey ladies!!!!! Thanks!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/01/2009: Sheree from Stockton, California: "Ok, seriously I want to cry right now. I came across this sight after searching so many places for a cure to BV. I have been suffering from it off and on for so many years I lost count. Not only is it embarrassing but it makes you feel like less of a woman. The odor is like bad eggs or rotten milk...and the itching before your period is almost unbearable. I would scrub and scrub myself in the shower and immediately after I would notice that I still smelled. Even worse, the discharge would get on my panties and it would be so noticeable that I would be scared to stand up and walk past people. Or I would leak through thin skirts...disgusting. I was on this site for 5 hours last night just reading people's testimonials and wondering if it was really too good to be true or if anyone was a paid sponser for acidophilus or folic acid pills, lol. Nonetheless, I trusted what I was reading. I have been off my period for about 3 days now...the itching is gone but the odor was here this morning like every day. I went to the store and bought some acidophilus pills (500 million live cultures? I think...) and Folic acid @ 400 mcg. I also bought some Splenda (they say sugar and caffeine increase BV risk), some plain yogurt and water. I took one acidophilus when I got one and one Folic acid pill...this was about 2 hours ago. I felt a little nauseous as I was cooking but it was very faint. So I come back to this site because now I am hooked, after we ate dinner. While I am sitting reading, I decide to take a whiff...nothing. I AM NOT KIDDING. I smelled for like 5 minutes...went in the bathroom and actually used my finger (I know, gross!) But it worked. Swear to God, less than 2 hours ago I squatted to talk to my daughter and smelled awful although the rest of me is clean...it's like you're insides are rotten or something. I cannot believe it. I am a real person and this site has saved my life...I feel like everyone in the world who is too embarrased to talk to their friends about it needs this site...it feels like a family. I will update more when I get about a week away from my period, which is when the itching/odor/irritation is at it's height, and let you know how it is. I will be taking 1 acdp. pill and maybe 2 Folic a day (400 mcg), along with the yougurt and limiting my sugar intake. If it worked this well already, I think I might be BV free in 30 days....thank you so much!!!!!"Replies
12/02/2009: Carmen from Nova Scotia, Canada replies: "hi. I am thrilled that things are improving for you but I was alarmed when I read about the splenda. Please read the information provided by EARTH CLINIC. I am certain it won't take long for the box to find it's way to the trash can, scary stuff!!!
p.s. Honey is a yummy alternative. Take Care"
EC: Warning posts about artificial sweeteners here: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/aspartame.html
12/02/2009: Sheree from Stockton, California replies: "Thanks for the feedback on Splenda! I was just kinda scared to quit sugar cold turkey for fear of a relapse...I wanted something in it's place. But I will try the honey...oh yea, and day 2 odor free!! Still slight itch though :-("
04/14/2011: Naturalgirl from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Usa replies: "Honey is great for non-BV related reasons; it's for sure better than artificial sweeteners or refined sugar and it can help with allergies if you're buying local honey. However, it still has a high sugar content so if you eat a lot of it it's still going to attract BV like bees to... :-)
To reduce BV (and yeast infection) risk you'll want to minimize sugar intake including natural sugar from honey, so a better substitute is Agave, which has a lower glycemic index, and better yet, Stevia. Agave is yummy sweet syrup made from cactus, and Stevia is liquid or powder made from an herb. Stevia has no bad side effects, it's the only sugar substitute that's actually good for you. A little bit goes a long way. It tastes gross plain, but it's good mixed in with beverages or foods--I think you can even bake with it. Since you love sugar you might want to wean yourself off using Agave and Stevia and eventually just do Stevia.
Sugar is an addiction, I used to be addicted too. Once you get off it though, you have all kinds of positive side effects and sugar will start to taste gross to you.
Enjoy! Wishing you wellness, we're in this together!"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 11/28/2009: Angie from Houston, Tx: "I been suffering from bv for 5 months now and after taking the medication dit never went away so I started taking the folic and acidophilus n its betta but I haven't had my period for 3 months....I'm worried...does bv stop your period? Please send me your feedback. Thank you."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 10/21/2009: Unexpectedimbalance from Bronx, Ny: "Ok so I am SO happy to have come across this website. I originally noticed the discharge a few months after being on birth control. It must have been the sperm environment messing with mine that cause the imbalance. At first I didn't think much of it, but after a while I started noticing the scent. I went to the GYN and she asked if it was a fishy smell, and I told her no.. it was actually a sweet smell.. Vanilla-ish even. Anywho, she took a sample and checked it out and confirmed it was BV. I was given the prescription for the gel and it worked for like 2 days after I came off it. Back I went and I got the antibiotics.. it helped for like a week or two. Then I started doing my research and used acidophilus pills. I took one in the morning, one at night, and inserted two capsules at night as well. I varied, sometimes taking 2 at night, etc.
Nonetheless, I was happy to notice that I was smelling like my ol' self again. Being happy with the result I had sex with my boyfriend again and it started once more. I was so irritated from that day forth that I figured I may have gotten a yeast infection as well. I bought a different brand of acidophilus and for about a month definitely didn't notice it getting better. That's when I read about the stronger pro-biotic capsules and Folic acid.. Instead of the other acidophilus with only millions of good bacteria, this one has 14 billion good bacteria and different strands as opposed to just one.
I just bought some today and will be taking 2 of the pro-biotic capsules a day, as well as one 800mg Folic acid during the night (or should I take 2?). Also, I will insert one of the pro-biotic capsules at night. Curious on whether the folic acid should be inserted as well??
I will keep you all posted on my progress! I hope this helps, this is a very horrible situation. I've gone through depression, being really self-concious, and also making me shy away from sex. My bf loves me and doesn't care but I CARE! He's away for Grad school right now, which will give sex a break and give me time to heal. Supposedly BV can't be transmitted to a male? Anyone have info on this? If so, should they be taking the folic acid, etc?
We're going to get through this ladies!! By helping each other out!
10/22/2009: Dianna from Citrus Heights, Ca replies: "Is it possible that you were reinfected by your partner? You said you were ok, had sex and then it came back...sounds like he might have the bacterial infection as well."
09/12/2011: Felicity from England, Uk replies: "OMG I've had the vanilla smell with bv too! I thought I was the only one as I've never seen/heard it being mentioned before."
04/21/2012: S.marie from Fort Lauderdale, Fl replies: "I'm 21 and just started suffering with BV this January. I had never had any kinds of vaginal problems before. I've gone to the doctor and been treated 3 times already. Each time I'm better for a few weeks and then it comes back. I also did not have a fishy odor, more like vanilla and it did not "fill the room, " I could only smell it when I went to the bathroom or after intercourse (with my one and only partner BTW). I have been researching BV and I am so glad that I found this site because I am fed up with antibiotics that do nothing for me! I am going to try folic acid and acidophilus and hopefully it works! I felt so dirty and down in the dumps since I have been dealing with this. My fiance is very supportive though, which helps me be a little less embarrassed by it."
11/19/2012: Relieved from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "Im sooo happy I found this website... I feel so dirty and fed up like what and how am I goign to habndle this been to the doctor too many times. Finally I was getting sick from the pills and said let me look on online. Thank you ladies. Im going to GNC right now..."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 09/06/2009: Angie from Houston, Tx: "I have been trying acidophilis 10 billion 1pill. Folic acid 400mcg 2pill in da morning along with yogurt....later when I take my shower I douch with water n 1 capsule of acidophilis insted of peroxide it didn't work for the smell so I stopped using it . After the douch I immediatelly open a capsule of acidophilis and with my finger try and get as much as I can inside my vagina.....I used to insert acidophillis I billion pill n it was yellow...I felt that everytime I used dat one in my vagina it just made the smell worst so I'm trying the capsule....I also take 1 folic acid 400mcg and one more acidophillis 10 billion with yogurt.... I do da exact same thing before bed..at fist I didn't have any discharge but since I switched from acidophillis pill to capsule I notice da discharge....da smell was a lot worst too... my main problem is the smell...sometimes its gone but most of the time is there..."
[YEA] 09/05/2009: Erika from M, California : "I wasn't sure if this was a real site but after reading hundreds of separate entries, I figured it wouldn't hurt to try what was being suggested. I've suffered from BV for about four years on and off and the antibiotics don't keep the bacteria at bay. It may kill the Bacteria but if I'm not regulating the inside of my body anyway, then of course the BV will come back! So this time I went our and bought a bottle of the Acidiphillis capsules and Folic Acid capsules and took three Acidiphillis, put one right up in there, as gross as that may seem, took one folic acid and went to bed. This morning my discharge was gone, the smell was gone, and I'm taking two Acidiphillis and one folic acid now and one Acidiphillis tonight. This will probably be routine until the pills are gone. Both bottles only cost me around $17! GO GET THESE PILLS. if nothing else, they'll strengthen your heart! :)"
[YEA] 09/04/2009: Bnnc from Philadelphia, Pa: "I tried the folic acid and acidophilous remedies and a few hours after I took them I didn't have a smell! I took the folic acid and 2 acidophilous pills and inserted one in my vagina. There was a yellow discharge after the second day, but it went away eventually. I don't have to wear pads or pantyliners now to cover the smell!!! I have been battling BV for over 5 years and hated going to the doctor 3-4 times a year for Flagyl. Although it cured it, it would always return. I didn't like having sex with my boyfriend because I was afraid he would smell it and get turned off. I will definitely use this remdey from now on. Thank you for your help!!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/26/2009: Tongia from Montgomery, Alabama: "I have been bothered with BV for over 13 years now. Everything you ladies experienced I have too.I told my Dr. I think I am allergic to sperm. I have taken antibiotics over and over for 13 years now. I thought something was wrong with me. Because you dont know or think this happens to any one else but you. I have even accused my husband of sleeping with other girls. I even changed GYN Dr's because I was going on regular basis, even the receptionist at the front office knew me by first name. Ladies I called my Dr. and got RX for Flagil AGAIN. And thats when I come home and got on the internet and found you guys. After reading your life stories, and found out what has heeled you all, I also went out and bought folic acid,acidophilus pills and also apple cider vinigar. Last night I took my flagyl, 2 800mcg folic acid pills,1 acidophilus pill by mouth and inserted 1 in my vag. When I woke up the next morning the odor was very faint and I felt fresher. By that afternoon the smell was gone. Ladies I called my Dr. because some of you all wanted to know do this really work. My Dr. told me that Aciidophilus is more for yeast but it do help the ph in your vag. Folic acid will kill the bacteria in the vag. and dont just mask the oder but it will take about 1 month to completly kill the bacteria. ACV she stated take 3 tsp every day will help build your immune system. I dont want to wait that long to be cured so I decided to do as one person said a few stories up Take my Flaygl medication to kill the bacteria good and bad. And I will insert the acidophilus pill for 1 week to help put back the good bacteria in my vag.(ph level) and take 2 800 mcg of folic acid every day to keep folic acid level up in my immune system. Dont want to get to exited yet. But it all make so much since. Replace what your body dont make enough of. Why didnt someone tell me years ago about this. Thank you all for your wise wisdom. will keep you posted.....Tonya In Alabama."
[YEA] 08/09/2009: Rebecca from Athens, Georgia: "Acidophilus and folic acid worked for bacterial vaginosis! It's true, this simple combination was key for me. I started taking 800mg of folic acid once a day at lunchtime, and taking acidophilus capsules intermittently or some days just eating good quality organic yogurt. I have no more odor or discomfort- I am really impressed with this remedy. Even after I was better I keep taking the folic acid and have yogurt every few days, and I haven't had any recurring problems. It has been over a month since I have had any symptoms, but just like a lot of other women experienced, this remedy worked for me really fast, I'd say almost an immediate change and then about a week before I felt completely better."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/20/2009: Christine from Binghamton, NY: "I have to say that this folic acid and acidophilus treatment really works, and FAST. I had noticed the odor everyone mentioned on this forum, and also had itching and some slight pain as well. I started downing yogurt (plain with active cultures) I think all the flavored yogurts have too much sugar and they are defeating the purpose. I also took the folic acid. Felt about 30% better first day, about 50% the second day, now I am on my 3rd day and I must say I feel about 80% better. The odor was gone the first day though, that really impressed me to know this is probably going to work. I give all the glory to God, after all he made our bodies, and he created everything, he led me to the answer to help with this problem. There is nothing wrong with Dr's, but I don't run to them for every little thing I always seek natural remedies/cures first. This website is great, thank you to all the people who keep it going, and all the people who respond, so that we know what works and what does'nt. I know that each cure will not work for '"everyone" but when such a majority of responses are positive you have to give it a try!!! God Bless"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 06/29/2009: Tina from Pittsburgh, PA: "I have been using the Acidophilus (3 Tablets inserted vaginally) and folic acid (2 pills taken orally). The BV was feeling a lot better, but I started getting severely itchy, mostly on my legs and arms. I stopped taking the folic acid and the itching has stopped. I guess I was taking too much? Still taking the acidophilus, but some of the BV symptoms are returning! So frustrating because I thought I had solved the problem. Not sure what to do next. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! This is the pits!"Replies
07/03/2009: Mary from Baltimore, Maryland replies: "The only remedy I can suggest is to try the hydrogen peroxide and water douche.I used 1/4 h20 to 1/4 of h202. A number of ladies on this site will suggest half and half. I used this method for 7days straight. Worked wonders for me."
04/21/2012: S.marie from Fort Lauderdale, Fl replies: "You could have been taking too much of the folic acid. When folic acid builds up in the body it can irritate the nerves in the extremities. Just take the RDA for folic acid which is 400 micrograms/ day, rather than doubling up like some women were doing."
06/13/2009: Lori from Hope Mills, NC: "Hi, I have been struggling with this BV fish disorder (lol) for about 6 years now and I read over your suggestions and decided to try the folic acid/yogurt pills! I am taking 400 mg of folic acid and 2 yogurt pills in the am and 2 in the pm. I noticed a BRIGHT yellowish discharge and the smell went from fishy to musky! And, My Vaya is extremely moist, like the BV is still there!!! My sex life seems to be over and not to mention that I feel like I am cramping in my stomach and back (like a period) and in my cervical area when I take these! Any suggestions???"