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Cure Bacterial Vaginosis: Natural Remedies for BV!

Last Modified on Jul 28, 2014


 

Water

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[YEA]  03/03/2011: Tae from Landover, Md: "Hello I had bv for over 5 years and didnt reach this site until sometime last year, so I tried everything that everyone listed but it kept coming back. I went to a church service and went up for prayer sometime last year and the woman just said God told me to tell you to drink water. Now I said ok and left it alone, recently it was really getting bad and I was praying and God brought that back to my mind. So I started drinking water and didnt do nothing else that everyone else told me to do.. ITS GONE! I know that it sounds weird and its again the norm that only water would cure it but you tried everything else why not just drink water, I stoped drinking everything else and drink water all through the day and after 5 years I am free. Just thought I would give you guys what God gave me.."

White Vinegar

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[YEA]  05/19/2014: Godschild from Southern, Ca: "I have been an avid reader of EC for years, and have tried many of the cures suggested for various ailments. I have been battling Bacterial Vaginosis for two yrs., tried almost all natural remedies that I could find out about, some worked some didn't and the ones that did only lasted for a couple of days, then right back to the old drawing board...I was at my wits end with this smelly, frustrating and embarrassing ailment..so a few days ago before taking my shower I decided that I was going to use straight white vinegar inside the vagina, but not douching but soaking a washcloth in the vinegar and ringing the vinegar in the vagina from the back..it burned like heck, but I guess that is from the irritation that goes along with having BV.... it has been 5 days and NO scent nor discharge. I even had a couple of glasses of wine last night and today still no discharge nor smell at all! Normally if I have a drink it would have a bad effect on the BV and I would discharge more than normal, but not this time....White Vinegar has always been used for Centuries as cures, and as we women know, it is used in most store bought douches, but it doesn't always receive credit for ailments of the vagina. I just wanted to share my relief story, and hopefully it will help someone else out there...and if for some reason my bv comes back I will most definitely applying the same treatment as before....also up your water intake to at least 64oz per day and if over 140lbs drink enough ounces of water to equal half of your body weight, water is very important in this fight against BV. Make sure you are well hydrated everyday, I think that dehydration has alot to do with this and so many other ailments. I drink tons of water per day, I eat a piece of garlic everyday or night, I use an antibacterial soap to bathe, and I take probiotics also...but it wasn't until I inserted the white vinegar directly, that any great results are being achieved....I will post again in a couple of weeks with an update...God Bless."

Wrong Antibiotics

02/03/2012: Finally Free Of Bv! from Newark, De: "I'm 42, 5'4" and 170 lbs. Five months ago I thought I had a yeast infection, but the OTC meds did not work so I went to see my gyno. I was diagnosed w/ BV. I was prescribed Metro-gel, Flagyl, and Tindamax one after the other. Nothing changed, in fact, my discharge got worse. It was a raging case. Fortunately, I did not have a fishy smell. Unfortunately, I had to buy pantyliners in bulk and wear them 24/7. The worst of it was the raw irritation and swelling.

I was really discouraged after reading blogs (this site is my favorite) and finding that so many women are having the same problem. So I started trying many of the home remedies. I went to my local nature food market and bought Garlique, Cranberry, Vit. C, Vit. D3, Beta-carotine, Vit. E-400, B-Complex w/ 400 mg. Folic Acid, Zinc, tea tree oil suppositories, and the most helpful (I believe) was the Fem-dophilus. I even took baths with 2-3 cups of organic apple cider vinegar which gave me relief only for a day. I NEVER douched. I also tried RePHresh gel, but I was leary b/c of the parabens in it. Five months was long enough... I didn't want to be one of those women who suffers with BV for years. I've seen 11 different doctors and NPs about this. The last one I saw was an NP at my Gyno office. She told me that my vagina was not just irritated - it was ANGRY!!! So true!

She gave me one more antibiotic thinking that maybe my infection was coming from higher up than the vagina and this a/b would be better at reaching it if that is the case. The name of the a/b is Doxycycline. I took 100mg capsules 2x/day for 10 days. I have another day and a half to go, but the discharge is GONE!!! I think it is key to take Fem-dophilus b/c yes, ABs will kill the good and bad bacteria so the Fem-Dophilus keeps feeding the vagina the good while the bad is being knocked down by the AB. I will keep taking the Fem-Dophilus 2x/day for several months and then wean myself to hopefully one/day. I will also wean myself off of the supplements except for the B-Complex w/ 400mg Folic Acid. (I also threw away all of my old underwear and bought all cotton new undies. ) I use to mix my undies in 'Lights' and 'Darks' in the washing machine, but from now on I will wash my undies separately with Woolite in hot water. Also, I gave up coffee and have severely limited my sugar intake. I think this is extemely helpful as well. Best of luck, ladies... I know how frustrating this is... Never give up!"

Yogurt

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Yogurt Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis

Holistic Treatment: Internal

  • Plain Yogurt with no added sugar, or
  • Acidophilus tablets

Plain Yogurt can be eaten regularly to increase the body's supply of beneficial probiotics, to suppress yeast overgrowth that cause bacterial vaginosis. Acidophilus supplements can be taken to the same end.

Holistic Treatment: External Application

  • Plain Yogurt with no added sugar
  • Tampon applicator

Yogurt can be applied directly to the vaginal environment (try filling a tampon applicator with yogurt) to restore your supply of healthy bacteria and stop the odor and discharge.

[YEA]  11/03/2013: Goldie from Indpls: "Hey everyone I too continually catch bv I tried The Greek vanilla yogurt dipped it into it left it in for a few hours I'm "amazed that there is no smell I will continue to do it for a couple more day so far I'm pleased... Thanks for the messages that everyone has left"

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01/22/2014: Tina from Chicago replies: "I want to know how do you put the tampon inside of you with the yogurt without it being uncomfortable. I tried using a tampon for the first time and just dipped it in yogurt but once I felt like it was all the way in me it felt uncomfortable so I had to remove it. Im thinking it could be because I'm not wet down there since I'm not on period and I didnt have a whole lot of discharge but it was some. I took it out right away since it was uncomfortable and I had a hard time getting it out, I had to pull the strings a little harder and the actual tampon part..When you soak the tampon in yogurt arent u supposed to soak it with the applicator part on or do u remove it? Am I doing something wrong can someone please help me? Has anyone had this same problem?"

[NAY]  09/17/2012: Amber from Los Angelos, California: "Hi my name is carol and I have had this BV crap for 12 years, I just do not know what to do anymore, I really do not, I have been to the gyn many times and tried just about evrything and Nothing has worked:(( my vagina smell was so bad it smelled up a whole room, that is beyond embarassing that is like sucide depresion for me, I wish I had known about bv , because the last thing a woman wants is a smell from down there, I never knew about ph balance down there, mine is 5.1 so that is bad, suppose to be lower, my diet is excellent and Im not a junk food person, no soda, just water and pure cranberry juice, Im so very sad and lonely, my friends have no idea what Im talking about, not even my mother, where did this bv come from? and start attacking all of us??? this thing is on the rise and soon it will be some sort of epidemic because it seems to have NO CURE!!! Im another person now, I do not even reconize me anymore, even at work I know they can smell me, u can not hide that fish smell, Im not gonna swallow a bunch of pills that do not work, the yogurt does not work because that is not the strain of lactobacillus u need :(( acv, tt oil cc oil did nothing, HP douche, no, I do not see anyone here who have really cured themselves:((( the gyn's need to do something, r we all suppose to live with discharge and fish odor till the day we die? frightning thought... Damn"

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12/11/2013: Avi from Indiana replies: "Have you tried oregano oil? About 4 months ago I had never even heard of bv, I went to the obgyn because I was having irregular periods out of nowhere (I'm 23 and I've never been more than 2 days late/early since I started at 14 & have never been on BC) along with pain in my hip & painful intercourse. I thought I had picked something up somehow at first but after the doc ran a few tests the only thing she could find wrong was that I had a "mild" case of bv. The antibiotics she gave me took care of the smell after a few days, but the pain while having sex lasted until after I took the last dose. A few months later I noticed the smell would come back temporarily after intercourse (my husband and I are trying to get pregnant so using a condom is kind of out of the question at the moment). The last month it had gotten progressively worse. I didn't want to go back to the doc again because I didn't feel that the antibiotics had worked very well to begin with & it would have been a waste of money didn't have. I had read about tea tree oil, which I've used before for other things (mostly as an antiseptic & for acne) but it's such a strong oil I was afraid to try using it in such a sensitive area. I noticed you had said it didn't work for you. Anyway, sorry this is taking so long, a few weeks back I had had an unrelated problem with atheletes foot and had tried using the tea tree oil (which would usually have worked for me) with no success. My mother had a small bottle of oregano oil she told me to try (one of the natural med docs she sees gave it to her as an anti-fungal/bacterial). I was surprised when it actually worked for my feet when the tea tree oil wouldn't. Anyway, I saw oregano oil mentioned on another forum for bv & decided to try it. I've been using it only few days (just a few drops on my fingers & well... A couple times a day) and the smell has already gone away, my CM is still a little too cloudy but I'm hoping that clears up ad well. Just forewarning if you try this, I did experience a mild burning sensation around the outside folds when applying the oil, I think this may be because I shave though not an adverse reaction since warm water stopped any burning within a minute or two. Good luck finding something that works for you hope this helps!"
05/01/2014: Ashley from Cape Coral, Fl replies: "Hello, I could not help but feel empathy for you as I have also experienced extreme bv for several years. It was so pervasive that I thought I had to live with it for the rest of my life. I also became very drepressed bc it negatively affected my marriage, my self confidence and tested my sanity, at times. I was desperate for help. I tried both prescriptions and natural oral acidophilus remedies to no avail. However, one night in desperation, I began to research natural antibacterial agents. I found that lemon essential oil was a natural antibacterial, antiviral and antidepressant. So, I bought a bottle of organic liquid acidophilus culture, and put about a teaspoon in a small dish. Then, I added 5 drops of lemon essential oil, 1 drop of lavender essential oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil. I mixed it all up and just rubbed it directly onto my entire vulva and inside my vagina with a finger. I did this for 3 nights strait and the idor was gone aftet the first application. Now, I do it 2 to 3 nights per week just to help nurture my good flora down there. Please give this a try. You will not be disappointed and it is possible to love your vag again."

05/29/2012: Kat from Fort Worth, Tx: "Hi Ladies..... So glad I've found this site with all your comments/questions.

I have been fighting this now since December and have been VERY upset over the whole thing.... Thankfully I have a loving partner who has so far been very patient and supportive.

The DO that I've been seeing first had me insert plain natural live culture yogurt (this is messy and did not seem to work). I next tried probiotics (poked holes into the capsules and inserted).... This helped a bit but did not get rid of the BV.

Side note... Be sure to get tested at a doc to ensure that you really have BV as there are a few other things with similar symptons that are not bacterial.

I have tried hyrdogren peroxide douches (1/4 cup mixed with 3/4 cup distilled water).... This works instantly for the odor but along with that I take probiotics orally.

The one link (and my DO is now confirming her suspicions) is that my boyfriend has not done anything on his end.... We notice that if we have un-protected sex or if he does not pull out, I get the odor back almost immediatley. The DO advised that semen changes the ph of the vagina but she also had a theory that maybe he has the bacteria as well.

I have also found a product that is a combo of a boric acid sopository with an oral probiotic (it's a 14 day treatment) and really seemed to work (until we had unprotected sex. I was odor free for one month with a combo of two hydrogen peroxide/water douches, the Natren "Gy-Na-Tren" vaginal health kit (oral probiotic & sopository) and protected sex with my boyfriend using condoms all the time.

We are now going to try "Flagyl".... Both my boyfriend and I will take these antibiotics as the DO prescribed.... But I will also plan to continue the Gy-Na-Tren for the 14 day cycle. Then I will begin to take Natren's "Healthy Trinity" which supposedly balances the ph in the vagina. After one month of this we will see what happens when we have unprotected sex.

I will post again with our results. Good luck to you all.

PS... last but not least.... I'm perimenopausal and I'm going to now investigate this angle as well. As our bodies change their hormone levels, I'm wondering if that throws off our ph... No doc as advised this... Just another angle to follow up. AND I just had a period after 8 months without and that made my BV symptoms 10 times worse.... so obviously a period throws off the ph."

12/29/2010: Margarita from Sacramento, California: "Can I use a tampon with yogurt during my menstual cycle and will it be affective at stopping the awful odor from bv?"

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[YEA]  11/28/2011: Strwbryltr22 from Windsor, Ct replies: "The yogurt has been the best treatment for me. It has been a godsend. I stuck a tampon in low fat vanilla yogurt, which is what I had on hand, I will try no fat next time. It worked the first time around and on the same day. I've used it for three days thus far and it has worked. I have tried those antibacterial creams, the over the counter BV treatments. Give yogurt a try. If you are not sexually active right now, try it for a few nights straight. I had minimally discharge, because I don't soak it. Just dip and you know the rest. I have left the tampon in for a few hours. I haven't kept it all night. Good luck. Definitely worth a try."
12/28/2011: Maria from Ponce, Puerto Rico, Estados Unidos replies: "I've been having BV since a few months ago. In October I think.... The gyn prescribed me with Metronidazole pills which were really difficult to swallow. It did nothing to me, nothing. Then she prescribed me with the Metronidazole gel. A week of treatment for nothing, my BV was as strong as ever. I had no symptoms before treatment except some occasional itching, after it the itching got worse and had various discharges in the day.

After I finished my menstruation I decided to try with the gel again, and this time I really got better but it was NOT gone. I really didnt wanted to waste money again so I checked some natural remedies. I used tea tree oil for some days, helped me but too slow then I used yogurt and got really better. Had sex and ruined it all. Right now I'm using tea tree oil and putting plain yogurt with an applicator at night. Symptoms are slowly getting better, I'm having like one discharge a day or nothing at all. The itching is killing me, but that is also slowly decreasing and it may be that I irritated it by having sex. I'm afraid to try other stuff because I'm really, really sensitive down there. I'm still wondering if there is some other safe remedy that is suitable for me but I do encourage to use yogurt and tea tree oil (diluted of course) it helps but it requires patience."

[YEA]  07/29/2012: Junie from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I use a turkey baster and insert about half way full of plain yogurt before going to bed at night. I do not soak it in a tampon I put the yogurt directly inside, put on ugly underwear and a sanitary napkin and go to bed for 8 hours. Then I take 1 probiotic pill a day, sometimes two and by the end of the week, it is cleared."
10/11/2012: Ana from Stockton, Ca/usa replies: "but her question was, can she use it during her menstrual cycle? I like to know too :)"
05/10/2014: Bee from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "i just would like to point out.... DO NOT put vanilla yogurt in your vagina. use PLAIN YOGURT. yeast feeds off the sugar in yogurt and can possibly make you situation worse."

11/25/2010: Michelle from Miami, Fl: "Lady's please try the plain yogurt with live cultures. It worked for me-all better now!! No odor no discharge it's going on my fourth day since I been using this treatment. Nothing but HEAVEN!!! Just soak a tampon in the yogurt insert in in the vagina and wait to see results. It really worked for me. Try it ladies I think it's worth it. I'm so happy, I finally feel free. Now I can live again. Good luck ladies I wish you the best!"

[YEA]  10/31/2010: Kl from Ny: "I have suffered with bv for 8yrs on and off. The past 3 years have been horrible. Every single time I have been intimate with my bf I get the horrible odor the day after. It has affected my relationship and my whole life. I have been so depressed. The first few years I would go to the metro gel but of course it would always come back. I decided to try the acidophilus, folic acid, and peroxide douche but everytime I had sex it would still come back even with a condom. I tried the tampon in yogurt a few times but it didnt do much. I just cant keep enuff good bacteria "down there". The acidophilus might not be living thru my digestive track.

I decided to try the yogurt without the tampon. I used the tube applicator I got with the metro gel and got plain greek yogurt. Filled the entire applicator and put it in. I feel like I wasted 8 yrs looking for a cure when it was right in front of me. No smell! Nothing! After sex I just put in the yogurt to keep the good bacteria thriving. I feel so free now, dont have to worry about turning down my bf and making up excuses. Please give this a try, it save my relationship and my sanity! "

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[YEA]  03/30/2011: Abe from Belton, Tx, Usa replies: "I am 32 years old, and have had BV off and on for as long as I can remember.. I recently have taken flagyl more times then I can count.. I do have the Mirana IUD, and have had it for 4 years now.. I recently started getting a period again, and more BV.. I am assuming this is from the hormone becoming weaker in my IUD.. I have 1 sex partner, and he's all a women could ever need or want.. He says BV bothers me more then it bothers Him.. Either way, I don't like it.. He is the cleanest man I have ever met.. He has had a vasectomy and we don't use condoms.. Most of the time I don't know I have BV until the day after we have sex..

I started using a medicine syringe and plain natural yogurt.. My thiery is, it helps keep the vaginal pH level healthy.. From my research, semen can change the pH.. The plain yogurt really has helped my problem.. My partner agrees.. I hope this helps."

09/06/2011: Curious123 from Missoula, Montana replies: "how long do you leave the yogart in??"

[YEA]  09/21/2010: Sonja from Medford, Oregon: "I too hadn't experienced the nightmare of BV until my latest boyfriend. I noticed the smell right after sex and was horrified. If we weren't together, it seemed to go away, but would come back immediately after sex. I consulted this site and started taking probiotics which didn't seem to help. I also went to the doc who prescribed something ( I forgot what) which didn't work either. So now months later it flared up again and I was desperate. I decided to go another route and tried the tampon in yogurt (non-fat, plain, organic) and low and behold after a few hours, the smell was gone! I had put it in at night and woke up and took it out after a few hours. Just to be sure, I did it a second night and nothing! I also as a backup bought some acidophilus capsules to take. I didn't want to post until a few days had passed, but now I feel confident about the yogurt remedy. A caveat: when you put the tampon in the yogurt it starts to swell making it harder to insert. I just put it in a small bowl and made sure it was saturated. I would recommend this approach for all of you who have had no luck so far."

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  06/21/2009: Blondiemurph from Oldenburg, Germany: "Hello! I recently discovered problems "down there" - a new odor and a new discharge that wasn't there before. After doing some research, I think I have B.V. I don't currently have insurance (I'm American living in Germany and it's hard to get anything not private and expensive) so I haven't seen a doctor. I'm more interested in home remedies anyway. I read on this site about taking folic acid and acidopholus pills - I happened to have some from the states so I've been taking them for two days with very good results. I also tried the whole dipping-the-tampon-in-yogurt thing, which is very messy! I tried this yesterday and today - yesterday I just dipped a tampon without an applicator in "joghurt pur" (translates to pure yogurt, which I'm hoping means it has live cultures in it. It's also the organic "bio" kind) and inserted it and felt fine. Today I tried taking a tampon out of an applicator, filling the applicator with yogurt and inserting it, figuring it'd be similar to a yeast infection treatment that way, but I had bad cramping. Not like normal period cramping either. It was strange. So now I'm wondering if that was a bad idea. I took the tampon out, expecting discharge, but got nothing. 2 hours later, still nothing. Has anyone else tried the yogurt dipping and gotten cramps before? Or can anyone describe something else to try besides other pills? I can't get all the same stuff as in the U.S. I appreciate any advice, and thank all the ladies for the previous advice!!"

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03/09/2011: Chocolat from Kathleen, Ga replies: "I had the same issue with cramping but this also happens when you use monistat so I think that it means it works. The second day the cramps do not happen"

[YEA]  06/10/2008: Shell from Savannah,, GA: "Hi I understand all too well the discomfort and embrassement of BV. I to am a victim of this terrible problem. I am now a 32 year old BV free woman. This didn't happen over night. I first had my battle with BV at the age of 18.I just recently discovered the powerful powers of YOGURT! I was so fed up with BV doctor trip after doctor trip. It would go away for a week or two then I would be sitting at work of somewhere and get a whiff of some funk coming on! Me and two of my friends refer to it boy saying " I feel a WOOP coming on. At least one of us always keep a readily supply of meds that we could borrow from each other. Anywho, I'm talking too much. I inserted a tube of yogurt every night just before bedtime for 30 nights.( I did'nt have a boyfriend at the time) After doing this for 30 days I have been completely cured of BV for 1 year now. The yogurt that I used was Activia. Try this I have passed it on to many of my friends and everyone says that this works. You have nothing to lose but smelliness!"

[NAY]  09/11/2007: Stacie from MIAMI, FLROIDA: "Okay I had BV like two weeks ago I tried the ACV and Yogurt treatment (I used 2 caps of ACV and 1 Tablespoon of plain yougurt) And it Came back i did it again and now it won't go away. I keep on using the yogurt but nothing happens is there anything else I can use? or am I doing something wrong?"

[YEA]  10/02/2006: Kels from Tacoma, WA: "I tried monistat 1 day and it gave me 2nd degree burns and made me swell down there like you would not believe. I had to go to the ER and get it flushed out and be out on medication. After the burns healed, I used yogurt. Just put it in waited 20 min and then took a shower. Sleep with a pad so to catch any remaining yogurt."

[YEA]  Anita from Garland, NC: "Insert plain yogurt with a syringe or turkey baster. lay down as much as possible so it will not come down. A pad should be worn to catch the leakage. It really works and the itching will also stop almost instantly!!!!"

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[YEA]  05/17/2011: I Did It from Saint Cloud, Mn replies: "I love earth clinic!! I read about a lot of people doing many things at one time but all I did was the yogurt soaked tampon 3 times for 2 days and it is gone!! Woo Hoo! It's been 2 months and that nasty smell has NOT come back. If it ever does I won't hesitate to do it again."
05/17/2011: From Texas from Garland, Tx replies: "What kind of yogurt did you use? And how did u soak the tampon?"
08/07/2011: Rick from Manila, Bulacan, Philippines replies: "yogurts are available in our country but my wife wants to try acidophilus for her bv are there any substitute for acidophilus since it is not available here.thanks!!!"
08/09/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Rick, maybe you could try making one of these: rejuvelac, sauerkraut, kefir or kombucha. They all contain probiotics including acidophilus. Although each batch will differ in the amounts of acidophilus that they contain, these foods were being used sucessfully long before there were capsules of probiotics. Rejuvalac can be made from brown rice. All the best."
[YEA]  01/09/2012: Mountainvibe from Denver, Co replies: "Ladies, yogurt is great. It is extremely important that you use an organic PLAIN yogurt with live cultures. Do not use a processed or flavored (even vanilla) yogurt. Take good care of your body."
08/09/2012: Christie 14 from Liberty, Ky, Usa replies: "yogurt for vaginal smell did not work. Caused cramps and pain. My homeopathic dr recommended white oak tree bark. Boil, cool, and douche t. I. D. (3x/daily) for 7 days, then b. I. D. (2x/daily) the next 7 days, and lastly... Once daily for 7 days. Stop process while on period and pick up/continue process where you left off when period stops. The process took 2 months but I'm cured."


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