Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- ACV Bath, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Spray
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Probiotics
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Acidophilus
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide, Yogurt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
- B Complex With Folic Acid
- Baking Soda Douche
- Betadine, Probiotics, Vinegar and Yogurt
- Boric Acid
- BV Cause Theories
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Showers
- Colloidal Silver
- Dietary Changes
- Douche, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- 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 Douche
- Garlic, Probiotics
- Garlic, Yogurt
- Garlic, Yogurt, Vitamin D
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Juice Douche
- Grapefruit Seed Extract Douche and MSM
- Gycerol Monolaurate
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Homeopathy, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- 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
- Kacip Fatimah (Herb)
- Kefir, Oregano Oil
- Lactic Acid, Prebiotics
- Latex Allergy
- Lemon Juice
- Low Carb Diet
- Moxibustion, Kimchi, Yogurt
- Multiple Remedies
- Multivitamin, Probiotics
- New Underwear
- Oak Galls
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Oregano Oil
- Over the Counter
- Packing Your Fanny With Tissue
- Parasite Cleanse
- Pineapple Juice
- Povidone Iodine, Vitamin C
- Probiotics, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Probiotics, Colloidal Silver, Garlic
- Probiotics, Folic Acid, B12
- Probiotics, Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
- Probiotics, Vitamin C
- Probiotics, Vitamin C, Garlic
- Probiotics, Yogurt
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt Baths
- Sea Salt Soaks
- Stop Using Soap
- Tea Tree Oil
- Teenagers With BV
- Tomato Juice
- Treating Partners for BV
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin C, Garlic
- Vitamin D
- White Vinegar
- Wrong Antibiotics
- Yogurt, Oregano Oil
[YEA] 08/27/2010: Relievednow from Rocky Mount, Nc: "So I have tried everything that you guys have suggested and they worked great temporally. But I started reading about olive leaf extract and olive oil and WOW I AM CURED. Its been 7 days and counting. No burning or irritation. So what I did was took a tbl sp of the extract then I douched with straight 3% Hydrogen Peroxide on the toilet, then I took extra virgin olive oil in a regular dropper and placed it in my vajay jay. Got a towel and let it soak out all night covering every part down there. I still take a tbl sp of the extract everyday and all is well... Good luck I know how u feel.. Let me know if this works for u!"
08/13/2009: Misty from Choctaw, Ok: "I've been suffering from bacterial vaginosis for more than five years. I've been trying everything suggested by everyone such as acidophillus pills, yogurt, folic acid, hydrogen peroxide... you name it. I recently went to a health food store and the lady working there suggested I use Olive leaf extract because it killed viruses and bacteria. I only started taking it yesterday but haven't seen any discharge or smell today. I pray this is the answer for me and anyone else the other remedies haven't worked for. I bought a bottle of 60 capsules and it says to take 3 times a day after a meal. I hope this helps someone!"
[YEA] 08/27/2012: Shannon from Sanantonio, Tx: "Ok girls! I think I finally found the solution for bacterial vaginosis. It came to me after desperately searching for a solution to solve the horrible vaginal smell I got after my csection. Whatever caused it is unknown. All I know is that it wasn't normal. I tried hydrogen peroxide but I only got temporary relief, then the smell would come back. So what I did is I added 15 drops of oregano oil to 1 tablespoon coconut oil. I then mixed the whole thing and applied it internally and externally using a tampon. I applied generously and left the tampon in overnight. It stung for about 30 minutes then went away. The next day voila, problem solved. I had no more smell! If anyone tries this, I recommend doing the treatment for 3 nights just to be sure. You should see an improvement in the first night. This remedy also works with vaginal yeast infections. Don't ever take liver toxic diflucan again!!! I'm interested to know if anyone else has success with this. I'm sure it has multiple uses. Please give me your feedback! Parkerchic1[at] yahoo[dot] com"Replies
08/28/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Shannon, reporting from outside the female department, I have been having success w/ a similar mix of Grapefruitseed Liquid Concentrate in standard vegetable oil inserted w/ fleet enema bottle rectally for the treatment of parasites and fungal infection. As my condition fluctuates, I must adjust the amount of Grapefruitseed as it can burn. I suppose the Oregano is about equal strength as Grapefruitseed but the latter has no odor and may be more bang-for-the-buck."
[YEA] 05/08/2011: Ikatcure from Hamden, Ct, Uas: "I was diagnosed with bv 3 years ago and since then I have taken multiple oral and topical antibiotics, all while abstaining from sex, eliminating sugar and refined carbs and taking probiotics and folic acid but my symptoms always returned.
I tried all of the regimines listed on EC for bacterial vaginosis but they all only worked temporarily.
Finally I decided to try oregano oil. I bought it at the health food store. It's also available online. There is an essential oil which should not be used. I used the kind that is blended with olive oil and fit for consumption. I took it orally (3 drops 4 times daily for 14 days) and applied it vaginally (1 drop 2 times a day for 7 days then 1 drop once a day for 7 days). I know that generally it is unadviseable to use this oil vaginally but it was the only thing that worked for me and it was uncomfortable for about 5 minutes a day but completely worth it. It's been 3 weeks now and none of my symptoms have returned. I apply 1 drop internally after sex and take 2 drops daily by mouth. I don't know if it's necessary to continue this treatment but I think I will for the time being just to make sure it's gone for good.
I also inserted a tampon with plain organic yogurt 4 hours after my second oregano oil application and left it for 2 hours daily. (I tried this with the other treatments too so I know this in and of its self wasn't the cure)
This condition has been terrible to try and deal with. Between visits to the DR, prescriptions and various treatments I spent over a thousand dollars trying to treat this without any success. I hope that sharing this remedy will help someone else out there who is still looking for help.
Note! Do not use this cure if you are using condoms as your main mode of contreception - the oil may break down the latex.
Best wishes for good health to all the ladies out there who are suffering with this condition."Replies
06/17/2012: Cyrene from Brooklyn, New York replies: "Can anyone give me a follow up to their experience using oregano oil? I am looking for a long term solution and really struggling. Depression over this seems to be setting in. Please help."
[YEA] 06/02/2009: Krissy from St Louis, MO: "I have been dealing with BV for 3 years now. I've tried everything. Gels, creams, pills, pills and more pills. I was looking online after my last "outbreak" happened and the dr prescribed yet another antibiotic. I found this site. The acidolphilus worked when I could remember to take it. I wouldn't try the douche. It seems everytime I douche it only makes the BV worse. But I did mix 1/3 part peroxide with 2/3 part water and wash myself with it. And then opened an acidolphilus capsule and inserted it. It helped. For a few days that is. So I asked a friend of mine that is an herbal expert what I could take that might help this "curse" I have. She suggested trying oregano pills. So I took two a day for three days. And while it tasted like I'd just eaten a huge slice of pizza everytime I belched. The BV is now gone. I know this isn't going to be a permenant solution. My dr says there's nothing that will cure BV, but possibly he's wrong. Maybe together us "cursed" ladies will find a cure. Thank you so much for all of you that have had the guts to post about this. I know first hand that it's a very embarrassing topic. So thank you! Good luck to everyone!!"
[YEA] 02/10/2012: Kathy from Loganville, Ga: "When I was 17 and sexually active I began noticing a horrible smell from the vagina area. I would have sex but would never have an orgasm. I would douche but the smell would come back. I would go to the OB-GYN and get antbiotics and it would clear up until the next time I had sex. This persisted for several years.
I got married and with experimentation and becoming more comfortable with my own body I started having orgasms. After the first orgasm I never had another infection. When you are sexually aroused but never achieve release the body will protest with an infection. Learn about your own body in order to achieve orgasm. Buy a vibrator if you have to. I believe the OB docs know this is the problem but won't tell their patients. I am 55 years old and have not had a problem since. I hope this helps someone."Replies
[NAY] 10/29/2013: Db1104 from Coshocton,oh replies: "No I have orgasms every time and still get bv."
10/18/2011: Kristi from Englewood, Fl/usa: "@Sad for help.. I know exactly what you are going through I just found out I had BV about two months ago and I have been treated twice and nothing it keeps coming back. It two also ruined my relationship. I am also a 22 year old who feels like her life is over and like I am going to probably be alone the rest of my life, it has done a number on my self esteem also. But I am going to try this over the counter stuff called HP BV Treatment and see if that works. I will keep you posted im also going to try to quit smoking because I guess that can cause it too and change my diet. I will keep u posted. I do know exactly how u feel you are not alone! Obviously a lot of us are suffering from this demon which is what I call it."
[YEA] 10/23/2009: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Tn Usa: "LORDY,,,,,,,,,,, How do I present this post? It is gross, but so is bacterial vaginosis and no one has problems with that.
So here goes. I learned this while hunting squirrels back in the early '70's in Southeastern Okla along the LIttle River and below Broken Bow. If you want to find 8 squirrels up a tree, then you got to go hunting when there are 8 squirrels up a tree. That is when the the squirrels are cutting Hickory Nuts and that is at the end of August when the temperature is 100 in the shade. Being a tad fat and a sweater , I always got chaffed and my hunt was spoiled. I used baby powder to no avail. Being smart , jus slow, I concluded that the problem was sweat passing through my fanny picking up bacteria and affecting my crotch.
In about 1972 I began to pack my fanny with tissue and lots of good things happened to me. I no longer got chaffed, and I no longer got the jock itch. My shorts no longer had nicotine in them nor had any odor. My wife and no longer passed fungus between us. 40 years later, I am still packing my fanny with tissue.
It is especially important to old folks as their anus spinster ain't what it used to be and leaks. Anyway, It think it is especially important for fat wimmins. Their female problems may be from sweat bring down e-coli from their anus.
I know this is rude and crude ,but I believe it with all my heart. My suggestion for folks with crotch problems
=======pack your fanny with tissue. Your problems will go away."
10/23/2009: Eve K from Houston, Tx replies: "FYI, "fanny" in most other English speaking countries means something else.
To the non-US readers, "fanny" in America means "bum", bottom, backside...
To the rest of the world it is a slang term for a woman's genitals."
EC: Thank you for clarifying that, Eve!
10/24/2009: Tricia from Ireland replies: "Thanks. Eve. I follow Robert Henry's stuff cos one of his posts gave me the confidence to try the rosacea remedies. But that one gave me tears in my eyes at the thought of retrieving the tissue. Words can mean totally different things in different countries so it is something that needs to be watched out for on an international site such as this one. Only recently I had to explain to an American lady that the word "CRACK" means drugs in the USA but here it is simply a word for fun. When somebody in the group said we were all cracked up, her face was a picture."
[YEA] 01/24/2014: Daphil from Buffalo, Ny: "This helped me, and I came across it almost by accident. I have had bv for about 3 years, but never really understood it. Took antibiotics and assumed I was better. I consider myself lucky because I do not get a fishy smell...a somewhat unpleasant smell yes, but not fishy nor do I get copious amounts of milky white discharge...just some yellowish discharge that tends to be thick. I also get itchy. And it has caused me some pretty bad depression. I have also done the at home ph tests that have all said that my ph is normal down there. So I kept assuming it was a yeast problem. Until recently I went to the dr because I was very itchy down there, and also mentioned the unpleasant smell.
I was tested for bv, and lo and behold, yep I have it again. I was given Flagyl oral, which worked, but after a few weeks I felt that I was creeping back to bv again. So I did some research. Loaded up on information. Did the hydrogen peroxide douche and probiotics, vaginally and orally. This helped. I went back to my dr to see if I still had bv or if I had cleared it.
My results were inconclusive. What?! I was told I might have it...I might not. That there was nothing really specific on my culture. I was beyond frustrated, in tears. Where do I go from here? Am I starting to clear the infection or am I heading back to bv? I was told if I started having symptoms again to come back and get more antibiotics.
I was due for my period so I decided to wait until that was over and see how I felt. In the meantime, I decided to take charge of my health. I ate very poorly...sugars and breads were what I lived on. I was feeding the bacteria! I cut those out of my diet. Stopped drinking coffee. Drank lots of water. I was determined to get my body back in balance. I decided to do a natural herbal parasite detox. The first day of the detox, just hours after my first dose...I had little to no discharge, no odor, no itching! I have always had discharge, even when I was younger and did not have bv. The second day...little to no discharge, no odor, no itching! I was flabbergasted. But I got my period and thought that maybe it was just hopeful thinking. I continued the detox for the 10 days...and when my period was over...little to no discharge, no odor, no itching. I had not expected this to happen!
Some of the key ingredients to this detox were herbal remedies that I had read about that were supposed to help bv, but didn't know where to start with them...garlic, cranberry, black walnut, goldenseal, and Echinacea. All in one capsule. Just go online and search for natural parasite cleanse.
I am still taking a women's probiotic daily. I take vitamin D3, vitamin c, and folic acid along with a regular multivitamin daily. I have started to take several of the detox ingredients as supplements. I wash my vaginal area daily with white vinegar and water. So far, I do not feel I have any symptoms.
I don't know if this is a long term solution or not. I hope it is. I hope this might help someone else out there who is plagued by this awful condition. I think everybody responds differently to different treatments, but this one is worth a try!"
[YEA] 01/14/2014: Shaun from , Nashville, Tn,: "I'm 21 and I've had BV twice within 6 months. It might've been because me and boyfriend was having a lot of unprotected sex. I went to the Dr.I thought It would be cured the first time with flagyl and I was also drinking nothing but pineapple juice and water while I was on the medication. The smell of my vag actually smelled like pineapples and tasted like them too. But it was a very faint smell. It wasn't that odor you usually smell with BV. Soo after my meds we started using condoms for about 2, 3 months. After that we stopped using condoms and I got BV again but this time while I was meds I only drank water and I had a horrible yeast infection which was my first one. Yikes! So she put me on diflucan and it cleared up nicely. Until this day I drink about 3 little cans of organic pineapple juice and water. I've been BV free for 5 months."
08/02/2009: Calientemami from Gso, Nc: "I have not tried this but I was watching a show and it said some people found that pineapple juice is known to having it smelling fruity fresh down there, and this is just for odor not BV so dont try this to cure BV. I am also trying the folic acid and b-12 and I will see how this works for me and bathing in ACV cause ACV seems to work for alot of things its amazing!! I stumbled upon this website on accident and its very helpful!!"
[YEA] 05/24/2009: Michelle from Salt Lake City, UT: "Please add this remedy in the Vaginosis section :)
I have tried so many things for this terrible, frustrating, humiliating and irritating condition - including the Hydrogen peroxide, folic acid, and acidophilus cures. What *has* worked for me is the combination of povidone-iodine swabsticks & high doses of vitamin c. A few years ago, I saw a MD who also did alternative care (when I had a wicked case of candida). He suggested that I swab vaginally with 50% povidone-iodine and 50% water. This was a tremendous pain until I discovered povidone-iodine swabsticks (google them for retail sources). After months of an unrelenting vaginosis (complete with fishy smell), I decided to try the povidone-iodine swabsticks on that. It works!! The wicked smell and discharge is washed away immediately!! I think it's important to do this 2-3 times/day for the first few days, but after that, once seems adequate. Note that I am doing this once or twice a day now - and am unsure of how long I'll need to do it, but it's ridiculously easy so I'm totally cool with that! Also, it doesn't sting - *at all* even immediately after sex, which I definitely can't say about the hydrogen peroxide douche (ouch!).
Also - I have been diagnosed with cevical dysplasia and was looking for a treatment for that. In the Doctor Yourself website, this quote is made: "Dysplasia is a study in scurvy. In vitamin C deficiency disease, there is insufficient production of collagen, the strong, healthy glue that holds your cells together. Whether dysplasia is triggered by a virus, physical irritation or other cause, the fundamental problem is weak intercellular ground substance due to inadequate ascorbic acid." So - I decided to start taking 3-6 grams vitamin c daily. (If you're concerned about this check out the vitamin c foundation web pages & know that Linus Pauling took 6-18 grams daily!)
Since adding the vitamin c, the smell vanished! I'm playing it safe and not going more than a day without one swabbing, but it really doesn't seem necessary so.. I don't know - it's just so easy that I figure it's worth doing!
Best wishes to you all :)"
10/31/2009: C from Wylie, Tx replies: "They can do cryosurgery for cervical dysplasia. It's quick, easy and done in the drs office."
11/09/2009: Marilyn from Harpers Ferry, Wv replies: "povidone-iodine swabsticks, did you use this only in the entrance of the vayjay or insert it and leave it there in you vayjay for a couple of minutes? sorry I want to be sure how to use it."
12/13/2009: Mstommie from Orlando, Florida replies: "I have also been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia (abnormal cells on the cervix). When I was diagnosed 8 years ago I also had recurrent bv. I had a colposcopy which eliminated the cervical dysplasia and I had no problems with bv for 7 years. Recently I have had recurrent bv for about 6 months, additionally my PAP smear shows that the cervical dysplasia is back! My doctor tells me one has nothing to do with the other. Has anyone else experienced this?"
09/07/2012: Sarah from USA replies: "In lieu of povidine-iodine swabsticks, you can make your own povidine-iodine douches or purchase betadine(povidine iodine) feminine washes premade. It's an easy search online to find the studies showing this simple solution cured a majority of BV cases. The iodine is supposed to encourage the regrowth of lactobilli.
To mstommie, you may be on to something with the correlation of HPV and BV. One seems to precipitate the other. I am 40 and had normal pap results until I had a BV infection and my pap came back abnormal.
In this study, gardnerella (BV) was linked to HPV. Very interesting. Keep that vaginal microbe balance healthy. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10887386"
Probiotics Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis
Probiotics can be taken orally or vaginally to re-establish colonies of beneficial bacteria in the vaginal environment. Probiotic pills (they should be refrigerated!) are available that specifically target BV and similar conditions. Not all probiotics will have the same effect, so take your time in finding the right probiotic mix.
[YEA] 03/17/2014: Liza from New Zealand: "After my period in Feb, I noticed that my labia and vulva was incredibly itchy and swollen. Of course, this was the beginning of a yeast infection. I managed to get rid of that with avc, however bv (yellow discharge, fishy/unpleasant smell and swelling of the labia) showed up shortly after and the pills the doctor gave me did not work at all.
I tried h202 but I did not douche. Instead I placed two cotton buds(swabs) in a solution of 3% h202 and then placed them up my vagina. I did that twice a day for a week and I saw an improvement with both smell and colour BUT it wasn't working as well as I liked mainly because I was not thoroughly cleansing the entire vagina but instead as far as the cotton buds would go. Shortly after this I got my period so I could no longer use the h202 method.
I then tried a probiotic blend (Bifidobacterium longum; Lactobacillus rhamnosus; Bifidobacterium infantis; Lactobacillus acidophilus; Lactobacillus reuteri HA-188) (the other one DOES NOT WORK in my experience, you need this one because it has the right bacteria in it which travels to the vagina) and I saw an improvement almost immediately. I was worried that my discharge would be weird again but it is absolutely normal (for me). There is no smell, no heavy yellow discharge, no itchy, no swelling, no nothing. It has now been two weeks since I started taking the probiotics and I feel 100% again.
I took only take one per day at noon. I also eat around 100grams of greek natural yoghurt per day and I truly believe that these two helped my flora return to normal. I am so thankful for that because I was suffering for over a month with both yeast and bv (more bv than yeast! Thankfully the yeast cleared up along with the bv)."Replies
05/05/2014: Channon from San Antonio replies: "Where did you purchase the probiotic blend?"
12/03/2013: Faithfulb Friend from La: "Natural cure for bacterial vaginosis (BV), yeast infections and urinary tract infections: In a study of 40 women with BV, took two capsules daily containing the 2 following probiotics worked better than the prescribed treatment Solution is to take by mouth: Once or twice a day, take capsules of L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. reuteri RC-14, which reach the vagina via the intestinal tract"
[YEA] 11/04/2013: Lt from Raleigh, Nc: "Someone mentioned getting candida after a bout with bv. I had the very same issue. In fact, I had them both at once, imagine that horror. I took one pack of 2 billion probiotic s for 7 days, plus L-glutamine, digestive enzymes, aloe Vera juice, and my yeast infection is GONE. My Dr.Confirmed it today. I also significantly curbed my sugar intake. Yeast loves sugar, so starve it... Anything anti-yeast."