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Cure Bacterial Vaginosis: Natural Remedies for BV!

Last Modified on Jul 29, 2014


 

Baking Soda Douche

Approval Ratings
YEA (3)
60%
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
20%
WORKED TEMPORARILY (1)
20%

[YEA]  03/28/2013: Sam from New Haven, Ct, U.s.a.: "Ladies I found it, yay! It's totally gone and clean clean clean! I know how terrible it is to read all of these so I'm just going to cut to the chase. I used two cups of purified water and two tablespoons of baking soda. It dissolves in about 30 seconds. I bought a douche at the pharmacy and made my own. I also didn't douche for weeks and weeks like a lot of people here did, only once and then waited for my PH to get back to normal. I think it's also important on how you do it. I normally don't douche since they say it pushes things further in so what I did was I didn't open the flow valve until it was inserted way in, that way the water flows from top to bottom vs. From the bottom up. Before this I also tried two cups of purified water and a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar. I waited for my PH to return to normal and it didn't work. I also tried 4 cups of distilled water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda and like it was better but not completely so I knew I needed a higher concentration of baking soda. Thank goodness. Gone! There is no reason anyone should have to live with that. My symptoms were mild to none. It was only when my boyfriend was deep inside me that like I would detect a hint of bv. He said he could not detect it and the doctor said there was nothing wrong with me but I know my body! I had BV once when I was 20 so strait away I knew it was like a very faint hint of that. Detoxing and probiotics didn't work for this for me either.

Also, ladies don't think that men can't give you this. I noticed a former partner's pre-cum had a slight odor, not terrible but like a slight bv unclean smell. Go down there and check! Don't let these guys in! My present partner was married before me and his taste and smell is totally clean. I believe guys have bacteria that live in there too. Who here has noticed the second load is cleaner (with some or at least that one for me). Am I being OC? With my 'v' you better believe it! I smell every little thing. Also, I used a PH test that I bought at Whole Foods to diagnose it to be sure. You're 'v' PH is an acidic environment at about 4.5 on the scale. If it's more acid than that it's most likely yeast and they say apple cider vinegar and water is good for that. If your PH is more alkaline than it would be BV. I'm glad I did the baking soda because I was very close to using boric acid and water. Boric acid with prolonged use can be toxic although I believe it would have also been effective. I didn't want to put suppositories in there bc I read that during sex the male can actually feel the grittiness from the powder. I was going to douche instead but thankfully this worked."

Replies
09/16/2013: Cindy from Dubai, Uae replies: "I've been suffering from Vaginosis and yeast infection for about 2 years now. I have used flagyl and Canesten 1 vaginal tablet which made me feel better for a few weeks but the infection was back again afterwards. I have also been avoiding food high in sugar and alcohol. So upon reading most of the remedies here in Earth Clinic, I have decided to try the Baking Soda douche last night. I think it's working great right now. The smell is gone and the itch went mild to none. I'll try to use it every other day for one week and will update you guys. The measurement I used was 2 tbsp of baking soda to 2 cups of distilled water. Hope this works for good!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  09/26/2013: Cindy from Dubai replies: "This is a follow up in my treatment with baking soda douche every other day for 1 week. During the treatment, the odor, discharge and itchiness was gone even after a couple of days after my last douche. But for the last 3-4 days, I noticed that I still have the discharge, although its not that much before treatment. I still feel some itch and discomfort. As I will have my period in about a week from now, I'll wait for it to be over before I try another treatment. I'm thinking of douching with the same concentration of baking soda but everyday for one week. If someone out there has any suggestion, please let me know."
09/29/2013: Cindy from Dubai replies: "Hi Ladies, I'm back. Due to too much itch and vaginal discharge yesterday, I decided to douche again with baking soda (2 tbsp baking soda: 2 cups of distilled water) + 1 tbsp salt. I did it because the itch was unbearable. This morning, I soak in warm water with 1 cup of salt. So far I have no smell or discharge now. I plan to continue the douche for 5 days, soaking in the morning and would try to insert some yougurt down there to restore some good bacteria (also in the moring after soaking). Hope this plan works, we'll keep you guys posted."
11/09/2013: Cindy from Dubai replies: "This is a follow up on my posts above. Ok, so I tried the baking soda + salt douche for about a week and acidophillus, folic acid twice a day. It worked for a few days but after my period it came back again. I've been soaking with salt water too which helped somehow but still I have the discharge and itch. So I will try to use the Hydrogen Peroxide douche as its seems to have helped most women here. Will keep you posted if this would work."
11/09/2013: Auniquesmilinka from Albuquerque Nm replies: "You might not be taking enough of the probiotic. It really needs to be live culture. I take 150 billion when I am having problems. Diaper rash oinment with 40 percent zind helps alot."
12/09/2013: Cindy from Dubai replies: "Thank you for the feedback Auniquesmilinka.

Here's a follow-up on my health. The baking soda douche worked temporarily on me and the BV came back after a few days. I have tried the warm salt bath and inserting yogurt with acidophilus vaginally with a medicine dropper but was also not successful. The method I used above might be effective with some other women but not in my case.

So I tried the 50:50 Hydrogen Peroxide & Water douche every night for 7 consecutive days then inserted yogurt with acidohilus (half of the capsule's content) vaginally for 3 consecutive days. During the H2O2+water douching I felt relief but after the insertion of yogurt with acidophilus powder it became worse. So I thought maybe I should just use the H2O2+water douche and not the yogurt anymore. So after 2 or 3 days I douched again for 3 consecutive days. I felt relief and after about 3 days from my menstruation I douched 2 consecutive days again to have a follow up. It has been a week now since my last douche after my menstruation and I still feel good. The discharge is back to normal, no more itch but there's a little more yeast that I can notice on the side of my labia at night when I wash. I think I am better now compared before. I will just follow up with a once or twice a week douching of H2O2+water to keep the BV at bay.

Again the measurement I used to be clear is as follows:

For 7 consecutive days (before going to bed)

50:50 Hydrogen Peroxide + Water douche (use 3% strength for the H2O2 - I used the 6% but reduced it to 3% by adding more water. So it was actualy like 1/2 cup H2O2 to 1 cup of distilled water)

After the menstruation, douche once or twice a week.

Througout the treatment, I've been orally taking 1 acidophilus 2 x day, 2 folic acid 2 x a day and also 2 olive leaf extract 2 x a day. I've been eating yogurt with 2 tbsp of coconut oil in the morning for breakfast and I also try to avoid sweets and alcohol as much as I can.

For the supplements above, it depends on you if you also want to take it. But so far for me it helps. I will let keep you guys posted if ever I feel anything bad after this treatment. As of now it works and I hope this would help someone out there too.

I would also like to thank all the ladies here who shared their experiences to help one another. It really meant a lot and makes you feel you're not alone."

[YEA]  04/26/2012: Gm from Spring Hill, Fl - Florida: "I noticed that embarrassing, fishy smell that comes along with BV so I went to a clinic. The doctor who examined me said there was no odor or any signs of it but tested me, anyway. She returned with her tail between her legs and told me I tested positive for BV (it felt good being right! ) She gave me Flagyl, which I took as directed for 7 days. However, I noticed the other day that I wasn't feeling or smelling "right" again. I have a pH test kit for just such situations, so I used it last night and my pH was dangerously low, indicating another infection. I took out a new douche and carefully added some baking soda for alkalinity. This morning, there was no itch or odor, and my pH had risen to normal range. I would suggest buying pH test strips, which can be found at health food stores and are not expensive. You can monitor yourself at home and try home remedies before you drop $75 at the nearest clinic (and then God-know-how-much-more for a prescription! ) just to be told you have what you already thought you did. Be aware that I'm not a doctor and have no medical training. I'm going by how I felt when I saw a doctor only weeks ago and assumed that my condition didn't completely clear up. Good luck, ladies."

04/04/2012: Misty from Clermont, Fl: "1/4 tsp. of baking soda to your douch, I was told about this and it really works the discharge was gone and the smell after the first 2 times I used it. I did 1 on Monday and 1 on Wednesday and after the shower I blowed dried down their each time. And you can also put Some baking soda right into your bath on a regular basis to keep you ph balanced and its also good for your skin :)"

[YEA]  01/09/2012: Barbarias from Sacramento, California: "For all the women out there looking for the most natural and least invasive way to cure and heal, I wanted to share this remedy I've found for bacterial vaginosis: The salt and baking soda packet mixtures commonly sold for sinus flushes. Use one packet of the sinus flush to 8oz of water then douche once in the morning and once at night for three days. Just like with a bacterial infection within the bladder, the salt acts as a sterilant. I've learned so much from this website, I wanted to give something back. Hopes this helps!"

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  12/04/2010: Pure from New York, Ny: "So like many women I have also been suffering from BV! I tried lots of remedies and all but the medicine seem to work. The hydrogen peroxide was working well but as soon as I would miss a session all symptoms would return. So I went to my local natural food mart and received some of the best info ever. The man strongly recommended that I douche every other day with 1liter of distilled water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. In addition to this I was to drink twice a day- 8oz of distilled water, with a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 1tablespoon of lemon juice and a little honey.

From my experience this is the remedy that has worked best for me. I stuck with it for 2 months and then started to slow down because I was healed. The health food clerk did tell me consistency was most important but I should stop when my body felt normal. So here I am about 6months later and I feel like it's back slightly because I can't where my tights and feel comfortable but it's much more manageable. I started just douching every other day 2wks ago and back to feeling great. Please give this remedy a try I believe this is the most effective as well as least damaging to my body. All the best. Keep us posted if you try this remedy."

Betadine

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  02/01/2013: Veronica from New York: "Hey, I have problems with seriously CHRONIC yeast and BV, and Betadine douches work great! I use them alongside my essential oil suppositories, but betadine is so healing, its just Iodine, which is extremely healing itself. I fine the betadine douches more effective and gentler on the tissues than peroxide douching, as I have made things worse, dry and inflamed using the peroxode douches. You can buy a large bottle of Betadine for $20 at the drug store.

You can use a Betadine douche twice daily for up to 14 days, (Ive done it myself and extensively researched on the internet the safety of this). Once in the morning for 1 to 2 weeks should be enough for most people though.

Also I make the solution pretty dark (like a dark red). I add quite a few drops in a little bit (maybe a half cup of water) and hold it in for a bit. Its wonderful. I read it stimulates the vagina to produce more lactobacilli, its very healing and very gentle. Ive nipped beginning yeast infections in the bud before."

Betadine, Probiotics, Vinegar and Yogurt

Approval Ratings
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
100%

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  05/21/2010: Barrelmaniac from Summersville, West Virginia, Usa: "Betadine for BV

Ladies,

I have suffered with this for years. Unfortunately I have never really been cured. The longest I have went is probably 6 months with no symptoms. I started a forum on a health board regarding peroxide for treatment 4 or 5 years ago that had 100's of posts to my surprise. That's when I discovered I wasn't alone.

If your BV is mild, don't do anything! Take your supplements and wait until after a period and see what happens. The more you mess around with changing the flora in your vagina the more you are going to get things totally out of whack. I learned the hard way. Peroxide worked for me, temporarily but always came back with a vengeance. The more you do, the worse it comes back. You are killing all the bacteria in your vagina and some things allow the good bacteria to bounce back quickly while keeping the bad at bay.

If you must treat it, add some Betadine to good distilled water (pH 7, city water with chlorine has a very high pH) douche with betadine for 7 days, You can even use the swabs to clean the vaginal walls. Do this in the morning because it takes 120 minutes for the flora to begin to bounce back. Lactobacillus first! At night use a good quality yogurt and a syringe and then insert a tampon to hold it in. Continue yogurt treatment for a few days. Take a good quality probiotic daily.

Also Vinegar seems to allow the Lactobacillus to survive douching while killing the bad bacteria. If your BV isn't too bad try the vinegar and the yogurt treatment, watch what you eat and try to boost your immune system. Wait it out, it takes time."

Replies
05/22/2010: Rs from San Francisco, Ca replies: "Hello. Your post was interesting. I have suffered from BV for years and have been on a regimen of vaginal health probiotics, B-12, folic acid, D3, fish oil and douching with 3% peroxide and distilled H20 about 3-4 days a week. I started this regimen last year in October after finding this site and I now find that this is something I have to do for the rest of my life. The BV will never go away. I did however research further on this site and decided to try the boric acid capsules. I ordered boric acid and empty veggie capsules from Amazon.com and made my own. I started using this capsule on Thursday night. Today is Saturday and I see GREAT results, much better than douching and the veggie caps dissolve totally in the vagina with no discharge from the gooey regular capsules. Hopefully this will work for awhile so I dont have to douche, I dont like the idea of douching at all but find it very necessary to treat BV if I want to have any kind of a sex life at all, and I do. I have found that my boyfriend does not even notice anything different and he says I smell and taste great. I do go through great pains to make sure everything down there is nice and clean but NO fragrance of any kind is used, that would be sudden death to my vagina, haha. What are your thoughts on the boric acid capsules, and have you tried this method also? Im constantly researching for new treatments (I say treatment because there is no cure) and there does not seem to be an interest by modern medicine to help women who suffer from this horrible condition and now I see that thousands and maybe millions of us DO suffer from this. Thanks for your posting!"
10/14/2011: Lynn from Katy, Tx replies: "Do you insert the capusle into your vagina?"
06/24/2012: Stargirl from San Francisco, Ca replies: "Is there any way I could be curing this bacterial infection only to get it back from my boyfriend during sex? Are there any tips to make sure he is bacteria free as well other than the normal washing with soap in the shower?"
02/03/2013: Linda from Salt Lake City, Utah replies: "Beatadine is fabulous and YES, I too will have this for life.

Research taking beta carotene supplements. You can take up to 75,000 IUS everyday. Some women claim to have gotten a cure that way. I do that along with probiotics, EVERYDAY, and a table spoon atleast of coconut oil everyday with orange juice."

Borax

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  02/18/2014: Ananda from Lacenter, Wa: "I want to share my experience with Bacterial Vaginosis.

I fought the symptoms of BV for six months using the best probiotics available (50 billion organisms) at my local health store. I applied coconut oil with tea tree oil mixed in to the outside and inside of my vagina. I reduced the smell but still experienced constant discharge and varying degrees of odor.

I finally visited Planned Parenthood and they tested me on the spot for Bacterial Vaginosis. I tested positive. they gave me antibiotics which temporarily got rid of the infection. I took exactly as directed but the infection crept back in that same month. So this is when I went into serious research mode and found some information on the internet about a Borax treatment.

Now this is the amazing part I want to share with you: I put a quarter teaspoon of borax into a rubber douche bag filled with warm water. I took it into the shower with me and rinsed my vagina out thoroughly with this simple solution. I could smell foul water coming out of me and it felt very cleansing but I had little expectation that one application would make much difference, however that one application, in conjunction with those awesome probiotics completely resolved my issue. Three months later I sensed another flare-up so I immediately made myself the borax/warm water douche and I have never experienced another symptom again. This treatment had ZERO side-effects. It's been almost a year since that last treatment.

What an embarrassing and lengthy struggle with such a simple, cheap and easy solution!!!"

Replies
03/21/2014: Joy from Sc As Rborough,me replies: "What is borax? I have suffered with bv for years and antibiotics doesn't take it away for long."

EC: Hi Joy,

You can read more about borax on our page here.

Buttermilk

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  07/30/2009: Richa from Pune, India: "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."

08/19/2007: kisce from Columbus, Georgia: "I just wanted to share this one with you. I was talking with an older lady, my neighbor, I asked the question on BV home remedie cures. She told me to douche with buttermilk and a little water. I just wanted to share that with you, I will try this one and get back with you on it."

Coconut Oil

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  01/13/2013: Machelly from Chuck Town, SC: "Hello girls! There is a push going on about BV. I suffer from BV for a year now and believe it is hindering me from conception so we all need to stand behind this push! Read this article it will help. I just started the probiotics and Flagyl, so will see how it goes. What helps me most until I read this is organic coconut oil inserted vaginally with my fingers and then rub some on outside of labia. It's natural microbial properties have eliminated the odor and I used it right before sex and he can not tell if its natural lube or not!! Then wash the area with mild all natural soap or even all natural hair conditioner!! .... Slate.com (look up microbial balance in vagina) actual research!!!"

[YEA]  02/21/2010: Corinna from London, England: "Here is an easy and fast remedy for bacterial vaginosis, which is relatively harmless but very smelly 'down there'. Simply put some virgin coconut oil in and around the vagina. The smell will be gone within hours but keep it going for a few days to make sure the infection is gone."

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02/27/2010: Hopefultay from Hammond, La, Us replies: "Does this really work? I went to the Dr. for my regular check-up and I was told I had BV. Took some antibiotics and now I have thrush. I wish I would have found this site sooner!"

Cold Showers

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  07/08/2014: Koko from Chicago, US: "I've had chronic and sometimes intense bv for a few years. Looking over different remedies here, I thought cold water cleansing sounded easy enough. Although it's not completely eliminated, this has had longer lasting results than any of the many things I've tried. No soap, just a quick and thorough rinse with a detachable shower head. Start warm to adjust and then gradually turn the water as cold as you can stand it. It gets tolerable fairly quick. I do it at night before bed usually and then sleep nude without underwear.

I have no idea why switching from warm to cold water has helped but results don't lie. Maybe warm and cold water has different pH? I know warmer water has more sediment in it so maybe cold is just..cleaner? Idk but it helps a lot and is really easy and free!"

[YEA]  12/02/2013: Gokhals from Ca, Usa: "It's a near miracle, but cold showers have cured what nothing else did for me for over two years. My bacterial vaginosis is gone! Incredible.

I start hot and turn the water cold gradually. The final 30 seconds is stingingly cold. Its addictive, energizing and for a warm water wimp like me, a big departure in habit. The fact I have stuck with the program, is testament to the wonderful and unexpected results I have obtained from this."

Colloidal Silver

Approval Ratings
NAY (1)
100%

[NAY]  05/11/2013: Anon from Anon: "Update. I stopped the Colliodal Silver in my vagina. It caused me to be symptomatic again. I am having exceptional results with hydrogen peroxide and betadine douches, ACV and garlic."


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