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
- Boric Acid, Coconut Oil, Probiotics
- BV and Urinary Tract Infections
- BV and Yeast Infections
- BV Cause Theories
- BV Tips
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Combo Treatment for BV
- 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 Douche
- 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
04/02/2013: Dayleeyah from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada: "I bought the glass syringe off ebay, the glass funnel you can get from websites that sell scientific equipment. You can also get the funnel off ebay but it's a bit pricey. The Syringe is working fine for me so ..."
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|Tea Tree Oil||5 YEAS|
[YEA] 01/07/2012: Jenniebee from Brooklyn, Ny, United States: "I had been suffering from bacterial vaginosis for several years. My doctor had suggested to me that it might be related to a hormone imbalance during my menstrual cycle (most likely caused by my years on birth control pills). I decided to insert a Goldenseal supplement into my vagina during my period. Afterwards, I realized that I had remained BV-free for the rest of the month. I've been doing this monthly and haven't had a problem since."Replies
07/11/2012: Freemebv from Omaha, Ne, Douglas replies: "Hello ladies I am so desperate I will be trying a number of different methods to cure the BV I have a constant encounter with. I am currently trying the Peroxide treatment however I was lookin into the goldenseal treatments. The goldenseal tea I will br drinking that because it also cures things such as bladder infections which I also encounter but I see some post about inserting the goldenseal supplement into the vagina. When should that be done and is it just the regular pill form that I am to insert? Is there a specific brand or type of golden seal product I need to be looking for when I research it I come up with "Echinacea goldenseal. " Is that the right product?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/27/2010: M from Nyc, Usa: "I tried the peroxide douche a couple of times and have been taking folic acid & acidophilus daily (I forget sometimes tho). It improved my BV but not cured. i still had a slight odor and odd discharge, although so much better than before. anyway, I was fed up and decided to pay the $16 my health food store charges for goldenseal.
i inserted one capsule at night, using a pantyliner the next day. Just in case, I did the same the night after. I'm on day 3 and the odor is completely gone. The jury is still out on discharge because I am still leaking the golden seal. The goldenseal leakage is slight, nowhere near as bad as BV discharge. I will definitely update a week from now. Thank you once again Earth Clinic!!"Replies
04/12/2010: M from Nyc, Usa replies: "Update!
So after trying goldenseal for 2 nights, everything was back to normal. Then about a week later, I got my period. After it was done, I noticed that the consistency of my natural discharge was thickening and something was not right. The smell was extremely faint but present so I decided to try goldenseal again to prevent a full blown reoccurrence. I've read that menstruation, like semen, can cause BV because it changes the PH in your vagina. Sooo, going to try goldenseal again now that period is over. I was so very pleased with the results the 1st time around and feeling hopeful about this time too. I just might have to insert goldenseal after each period, which i'm OK with since it cleared up the smell and discharge."
[YEA] 06/07/2010: London from Sandusky, Ohio replies: "Drinking Goldenseal tea works!! That along wth taking massive amounts of vitamin supplements,plain yogurt,acidophilus, and oregano oil capsules twice a day, along with goldenseal tea, 2 cups a day. GUYS, no joke, I got the worse case of BV, e v e r....this went on NONSTOP for 3 months, Im talking, not sleeping at night, cuz of the persistant itching, burning agony, and swollen tissues, (it felt like a bowling ball up in there) it was AWFUL> I have ALWAYS struggled with yeast and vaginal infections, but this was hidious.(I havnt had sex in 3 months either, it was THAT BAD.
Heres what I did: I didnt really douche, because IT NEVER WORKS for me, it always makes things worse. I tried the hydrogen peroxide douche, and altho it did take away the odor, it came after a couple days, and it seemed to make things MORE irritated and infected. I did try coconut oil and castor oil inserted inside the vagina, overnight, and it did kinda help, but not really. I started really seeing results with the supplements, oregano oil and goldenseal tea. (be warned Goldenseal tea tastes like DIRT) very bitter, but it works!!Tried GPE, didnt really work.
In the morning after eating some raison bread, I would take my supplements and acidophilus and yogurt. Then after about 3-4 hours, would do the oregano oil with the tea. Then 3-4 hours later, I would do the tea and oregano oil again. The at bedtime, ALWAYS 2 hours after the tea and oregano, I would take folic acid, vitamin E and acidophilus again. Check my earlier post under supplements to see amounts of what I took. Good luck ladies."
[YEA] 04/22/2009: CleanNSexy from Los Angeles, California: "I got BV 4 yrs ago and the doctor prescribed an anti-biotic that cured it in a week but 10 months ago I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend, the next morning I had the symptoms and have been dealing with it ever since because I have no medical insurance. I went through the terrible ordor that came through my clothes, more discharge than normal(went through a lot of panty liners) and minor vaginal itch. I've tried taking Folic Acid and Acidophillus as well as douching with Peroxide and water but the smell, irritation and discharge would come back in a couple of days. About three weeks ago before I started my cycle I inserted a capsule of Golden Seal(an anti-biotic used to cure infections) into my vagina every night before I went to sleep and wore a panty liner to keep from getting discharge stains in my underwear from the Golden Seal leaking out. It has been 3 weeks and there's no odor, no irritation and my discharge went back to normal. It's almost time for my cycle to begin again and there's still no signs of BV. Golden Seal can be bought at any Health food store and I advice all women who are having problems with BV to try it!"Replies
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 01/25/2010: Stacyd from Dover, Delaware replies: "I tried the goldenseal after trying everything folic acid, h2o douches, acidophilus inserted vaginally and orally. I douched once then the next two days inserted the pill. I was back to normal and very happy. Until the other day my husband and i had sex unprotected and the symptoms came back within two days. Is the bv linked to unprotected sex or does it just never go away?"
02/03/2010: Stephanieh616 from Allendale, Mi replies: "my midwife told me the ph of semen can throw off the PH in your vagina which can allow for the overgrowth of bacteria. pulling out?"
[YEA] 12/15/2008: MJB from Boise, ID: "I tried everything. Peroxide douch, vitamens the whole works. Im 23 and have BV for about 2 years it was driving me nuts. I read some stuff about goldenseal and BV. I tried a wash and that worked for a few days, the smell came back. Finally I tried a douche with 1 capsule of goldenseal and water. It seems to have done the trick. No fishyness or itch in over a week which is one of the longest stretches I have gone on."Replies
[YEA] 03/11/2009: Elizabeth from Los Angeles, CA replies: "Golden seal cured BV for me.
I've been suffering from BV for 8 months and I've tried Folic Acid and Acidophellus (spell check) but neither worked, I douche with Peroxide and water which only lasted for 3 days but recently I tried finding boric acid and had no luck but I did have Golden Seal which cures most infections so I decided to insert it inside of the vaginal and the next morning I had no signs of BV so I did the same the next night and still no signs the next morning. The only thing is I have to wear a panty liner because it does leak out the next day."
07/11/2009: Janell from Waco, Tx replies: "Thanks so much for mentioning Goldenseal, I have some at home right now and I will be trying this as soon as i get home. Thanks so much!"
01/29/2010: M from Ny, Ny replies: "Janell, if you come across this post again, please give us an update! thanks"
Grapefruit Juice Douche
12/04/2011: Gia from Washington, Dc: "I had been in search of a cure for bacterial vaginosis for sometime.. & I have yet to come across 1 until I read a post by 'bvfree from Walterboro, SC'. (second post) She recommended douching with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Just squeeze half of grape naturally without water and douche with it. If this was not a winner, I don't know what is! Works like magic ladies!! Trust. Thnx again 'bvfree from walterboro'!"Replies
12/22/2011: Maria from Tyler, Tx replies: "For how long do you need to do this?"
Grapefruit Seed Extract Douche and MSM
[YEA] 03/31/2013: Dayleeyah from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada: "I've been suffering Bacterial Vaginosis for years but was diagnosed March 2012. I read everything on so many forums and tried about everything. The only thing that really helped me was folic acid, vitamin D and b vitamins. Taking these basically eliminated the odour (didn't have alot, mainly amonia smell) but I still had tons of discharge.
I recently stopped using pantyliners and only wear cotton underwear and this helped me alot because it reduced the discharge after about a week.
I've been taking MSM to grow my hair and nails and after a few weeks I noticed that the discharge decreased alot. It was significant because I've had so much discharge. I also ran out of folic acid and b vitamins so I was only taking MSM consistently for about a month. I had no smell and the discharge was about 80% improved. MSM regulates PH and it also controls blood sugar so I think that's why it help with the BV.
I read on another forum about grapefruit seed extract. I bought the liquid and the tablet. I decided the douche with it. I used 10 drops in a cup of distilled water and used a syringe and instered the long plastic tube that came with it. I held it in and repeated until I used up the entire mixture. This did it, no discharge at all. I mean my underwear was dry. About 3 days later I noticed a little discharge, I repeated the syringe and I have been discharge free for about a month now.
My period finished a few days ago and I noticed the discharge returned. I repeated the process, using the 10 drops in distilled water but this time I added DMSO to the mix. I had been reading up on it and decided to try it after reading that a lady cured her BV with DMSO.
I had to buy a glass syringe, glass funnel, glass amber bottle to store the DMSO, glass pipette.. You get the idea. It's a powerful stuff and you can't use it with anything plastic, only glass. DMSO is a powerful solvent and it takes anything it comes in contact with directly to your cells, hence using only glass. The discharge stopped by the way.
Please do your research on DMSO before trying it.
This is the best my BV has been in years. No matter what I did, I have never been without the disharge for more than 5 days. I will keep using the grapefruit seed extract douche and the MSM. I will also keep taking the folic acid, vitamin D and B vitamins.
I've used the following in the past all helped but not cured
lactose milk sugar to feed the good bacteria - I read about this on another forum, the person used whey powder instead though with a high lactose sugar content, over 70%. I insert a veggie capsule of the milk sugar into the vagina. I luv the way it makes me smell. You can buy it online or at your local brewery supply.
I really hope this helps others who are suffering"Replies
03/31/2013: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales replies: "Where did you get the glass tools from? I can only find plastic ones. It's freaking me out because I know plastic can create more problems. Thanks for your help. Andrea C."
04/02/2013: Dayleeyah from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada replies: "I bought the glass syringe off ebay, the glass funnel you can get from websites that sell scientific equipment. You can also get the funnel off ebay but it's a bit pricey. The Syringe is working fine for me so far."
12/15/2011: Lou10bus from Charlotte, Nc: "Hi. I have suffered with BV off and on for over 15 years. I have tried many remedies, from this site and other sites, none had a lasting effect. I read a research article (can't remeber the site) but it stated that the effects of gycerol monolaurate on BV had positive results after conducting a study of 39 female subjects. I ordered some from a company on line "lauricidin." So far, so good.
Here is what I did. The study suggested using 5-50 mg/ml every 12 hrs vaginally for 2 days along with taking 2-5 bil probiotics everyday. After day 2 no smell at all! I took the ointment and filled an empty gel cap and inserted it vaginally. Day 2 no smell!
[YEA] 01/07/2009: Erin from Staten Island, New York: "Hibiclens is a soap used in hospitals.
I too thought that I had Bacterial Vaginosis. I had a yellow discharge with no odor, having to change underwear frequently. I went to doctor after doctor and finally discovered I actually had VAGINAL STREP B. It is very similar to BV and is a natural bacteria found in our bodies but can overgrow. I my case, the use of flagyl, diflucan and clindesse in excess to try to cure severe vaginal itching left me with no itching, but this strep and yellow discharge. This is something that often plagues pregnant women and can be dangerous to a baby. But I'm not pregnant and since it's not itchy or anything besides an ugly yellow discharge, the gyno really didn't want to treat it! Penicillen was tried and failed, yellow yellow yellow! Grr!
So after tons of reading I discovered Hibiclens. It is a soap found next to Iodine in CVS or any pharmacy. It is used in Europe as a douche to end Strep B in the place of Penicillen and I suspect it could work for BV too, since these are both bacteria. You simply add one part Hibiclens and 20 parts water. I just got a Summers Eve douche bottle and emptied it, added an inch of Hibiclens and the rest water. I douched, it felt extremely clean and so far one douche and I seem normal. I also shower with it and dilute it to clean down there a bit after regular soap every morning. This is used in Europe exclusively and has helped bacteria lessen for many so I've read. Seems to be working for me, I'll keep you posted Worth a try for BV sufferers!"
EC: "There are many different groups of streptococci bacteria. Group A strep, or Streptococcus pyogenes, causes strep throat and skin infections, including necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as the "flesh-eating bacteria" infection. Group B strep, or Streptococcus agalactiae, harmlessly colonizes the genital tract of up to 40 percent of women. Although the bacteria are present, they do not cause disease. Certain groups of people are susceptible to infectious disease from Group B strep, however. They include newborns, women who have just given birth, and certain other adults, usually those who have underlying medical problems." http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/group-b-strep-in-vagina.html
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 01/25/2009: Erin from Staten Island, NY replies: "I hope that you can put the following information under a new category:
Group Strep B
Hibiclens douche did work for me temporarily but not permanently.
I did alot of reading on different vitamins and supplements that helped many women with group strep b and that were recommended by midwives. I got group strep b with overuse of antibiotics (not pregnant, no underlying conditions). Doctors tried to change the ph of my body but nothing worked till now. Here is what actually worked for me permanently.
2 pills twice a day- Can be found the health food store.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
PH-Basic caplets (restores PH)
Vitamin C (1000mg)
Within hours my condition cleared. From yellow discharge to white and clear and much much less. People also use garlic tablets, but I haven't tried that. Hope this helps."
EC: We'll add a new page in the next week or so for Group Strep B.
10/26/2009: Lynn from Elmira, Ny replies: "u say u took 2 pills 2 times a day. to help with strep b (get from health food store.) then theres a list of pills. what 2 pills did you take or do you take all of them? grapefruit seed extract, super echinacen, bee propolis, ph-basic caplets (restore ph), colloidal silver,vitamin c (1000 mg)."
EC: Looks like it is a list of the ingredients found in one supplement.
02/12/2011: Maina from Lansing, Mi replies: "I would like to know as well because that list seems scary to take all those pills at once."
[YEA] 08/27/2009: Angie from Albany, Georgia: "I have suffered from BV off and on for a couple of years. After finding this website, I starting using some of the remedies listed here..such as the hydrogen peroxide douche, washing the outside of my vagina with peroxide after bathing, taking probiotics, b-complex, cranberry supplements, garlic supplements, vit D, folic acid, and echinea (spelling may be wrong). All of this was working well, no scent or discharge throughout the day or morning, everything was just great for the last month until 4 days ago I noticed a strong onion smell from down there which was different from the fish smell before, but no discharge, so I went to a local drugstore to buy the messy gel that eliminates order (and really works by the way, but only temporarily) and I found a hot new item. It is a Homeopathic BV Treatment and IT WORKS. It is not messy at all and very easy to insert. There are 6 tablets with 6 inserts to use. The tablets are oval shaped and firm not soft and mushy. Just insert one tablet at bed time for 6 days. In three days, I can say this works better than the peroxide douche. I would urge everyone to try it. Also, at the same time I started using this bv treatment, I started using a ph balanced face wash to wash my vagina area in the shower intead of using soap. I am still taking my supplements as maintenance.
Thanks for posting all of the great remedies on this site. It was a big help and a lot of inspiration for me."
10/08/2009: Chanidy from Canton, Ohio replies: "hi I was wondering if you could tell me were you found the homeopathic bv treatment? Im very interested but having a hard time finding it.. thanks "
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 10/27/2010: Kat from Sumter, Sc replies: "I found the Homeopathic BV treatment found at Bi-Lo grocery store, it worked while I was taking it, but discharge & odor returned after 6 day treatment. Also there was A LOT OF LEAKAGE during the night from the suppositories."
03/29/2011: Overcoming from Dallas, Tx: "Has anyone ever used honey to treat bv? I am hearing a lot about it but wanted to talk to the EC community to get your thoughts..."Replies
03/30/2011: Wakalaka from San Diego, Ca replies: "You are better off using probiotic supplements in your diet. Look up guidelines for choosing a good one. They replace the good bacteria in your body to help fight the bad BV bacteria. Do NOT take antibiotics, thay kill good and bad bacteria causing imbalance eventually. Good luck, it will take time but try it."
[YEA] 03/21/2010: 4theluvofhoney from Orlando, Florida: "First of all, thank you to all the women who have shared their stories about BV. I've been dealing with BV now for 3 years. At first I thought I had hygeine issues and I was actually disgusted with myself! I used to douche every day. When I was diagnosed with BV about 1 year ago, I was given metronidozol, and ended up with a horrible yeast infection. I prefer to do things in a more holistic way, so I tried the acidophilis orally every day for a week. I also tried the hydrogen peroxide douche twice during that time. I did experience some relief. A couple days ago, though, I came across an article that mentioned using diluted honey with distilled water as a douche to treat vaginal yeast infections. I tried that 3 days ago, and again last night. I am so fresh and no discharge, no odor. I have found my treatment of choice for my BV. I used about 3tbsp in a standard size douche bottle, and filled the rest of the bottle with warm distilled water. Shake shake shake, insert, squeeze! The honey I purchased is 100% pure, uncooked, unfiltered. No oozing, no stickiness, or seepage after the douche either. Look up the benefits of honey for more info."Replies
05/07/2012: Luvinghoney Cure2 from Charleston, Sc replies: "The pure honey and distilled warm water douche truly worked for me too. My boyfriend and I both take Candex- yeast management system. It kills yeast and fungi. He had bad foot odor as well. I ordered mine from Amazon.com. Give it a try ladies. No odor, no discharge not even after sex. We finally got our sex life back to normal."
06/06/2012: Mila from Port Of Spain, Trinidad replies: "Hi there, how many times did u do the honey treatment?? I wanted to try this seeing I just got off of flagyl an got my period rigth after.. Let me kno how many days or wateva u did."
11/11/2012: C from Boston, Ma replies: "I have been struggling with BV for a few months now. I have been trying everything. I used the above recommended honey solution and have been feeling great and fresh for a couple days now. I will be doing it again tomorrow to make sure but I this has been the best I solution I have tried so far. I used Manuka Honey too which is supposed to have more antimicrobial/antibacterial properties."
[YEA] 02/18/2013: Lynn from T, Maryland, Usa replies: "I used honey, not raw, just regular honey from the grocery store. I washed and applied the honey and it cured it overnight. The odor was gone within an hour or so. I'm sure raw honey would be better."
02/18/2013: Sicka nd Tired from Licking, Ohio: "I have had this problem off and on for 10 years. My BF travels quite a bit for work and I will be seeing him this weekend. I do not want to be embarrassed when we are together. I also agree with the other people on this web post about how embarrassing it is!! I am tired of taking the antibiotics, and they upset my stomach. I am going to try the HP/ water and I will let you know how it goes..."
[YEA] 01/31/2013: Ms. Finallyrelieved from Cleveland, Ohio USA: "I have suffered with recurrent BV for about one year. Last night I tried the 50/50 3% hydrogen peroxide and purified water mix in a douche and I have noticed a change already... No more malodor, thanx for your advice ladies"
01/30/2013: Sassyness from Roseau, Dominica: "hey thanks very much. I have been suffering from bv for over 10 years. Itried the hydrogen peroxide it worked. It has eliminated the odour, discharge too, but there is still signs of a little. But am curious cause I used the peroxide solution not diluted. Since I had no tampons I used a rolled up panty liner and soaked the hydrogen peroxide solution. but am a bit concern is it hamful? since I had not diluted it with water."Replies
03/18/2013: Cassie from Chesterfield, Michigan replies: "I wouldn't say it's okay to just use peroxide after all it does say not to use it internally however, if you haven't had any type of reaction within the first 24 hours of use I think you should be okay. Although, if you do it again I'd suggest doing 50/50, just to be on the safe side. I have yet to get rid of my BV that I've been suffering for quite sometime and also wanting to do the peroxide idea but I'm scared. I've seen on here that it works wonders so I guess my confidence is going a little bit more up. Thank you ladies :)"