Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- 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, Hydrogen Peroxide, Yogurt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt
- B Complex With Folic Acid
- Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment Tips
- 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
- Cold Showers
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Treating Partners for BV
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin C, Garlic
- Vitamin D
- Wrong Antibiotics
- Yogurt, Oregano Oil
Hydrogen Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
11/05/2009: Smelley from Laval, Quebec, Canada: "Hi I just signed up and am looking for the Best remedy for BV.I see all the posts but I thought I might be missing a link to show how to use that combo remedy of H202, folic acid and acidopolis. Everyone is showing different proportions."
EC: No instructions from EC on that ailment, sorry!
11/08/2009: Pahlee from Phila, Pa replies: "In response 2 smelly, I read a post not 2 far back that there is no instructions on how much 2 take of whatever u r using, it is what best benefits and works 4 u, good luck."
02/23/2010: Rachel from Leicestershire, England replies: "well, ive been on alot of sites to try and find a cure for my anoying b and v problem. im going to first try what 1 of these ladies has suggested, which is peroxide douche, folic acid and probiotic acidophilus capsules, im fed up with constant antibiotics and creams and gels they dont cure this, its embarrassing, and dont want to get into a new relationship. so here goes, ill keep you informed, many thanks."
[YEA] 11/02/2009: Fallenangel from Hallstead, Pa, United States: "After reading this site and all the suggestions from other women, I tried the 1/2 peroxide/1/2 water douche, 10mg acidophilus pills, and also added 400mg folic acid tablets to my daily vitamins. No kidding, within 1 day all symptoms were gone! I have struggled with this problem off and on since I had a hysteroctomy 8 years ago. After moving in with my boyfriend in July, it had become unbearable to me, the odor was horrifying, I didn't want any intimacy because of it. I tried so many "remedies" but nothing seemed to work very well or for more than a day or two. I read the feedback from other women on here 7 weeks ago and ran to the drugstore immediately. After douching with the peroxide/water mix, taking the acidophilus pill and folic acid, it was too good to be true! the first week I used the douche solution 3x to be on the safe side and took the vitamins everyday. I now take 1 acidophilus pill and a folic acid tablet daily, and have had no reaccurance at all. For less than $20 I was able to buy everything I needed and be free of this horrible problem. Much cheaper than my doctor visit co-pay, and much cheaper than the meds the doctor prescribed that only took away the severity of the symptoms. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the women who were willing to talk about this embarrassing subject on here!"Replies
11/09/2009: Smn from Birmingham, Al replies: "It is important to find what works for your own body. I tried most of the remedies on this site and found so far that only two gives me satisfactory results. The tampon dipped in yogurt only worked for me for about several hours whereas the H202 and acidophilus douches worked longer for me. There is also a paste that I make using the contents of 2 acidophilus capsules and mixing with enough water to make a paste that I put up inside me. This has worked wonders for me! I have made some lifestyle changes (laundering my undies in only dye-free and fragrance-free detergent; unscented bath soap; dye-free fragrance-free dryer sheets, making sure the crotch on my undies are always white cotton, showers instead of baths; no commercial douches; no feminine sprays for "down there", etc) I have recently started keeping a daily log of which remedy I am using and how long the symptoms stayed away. In this way I can see what is actually working and stop doing the ones that are not producing the results I desire. Havent tried the apple cider vinegar bath yet but it is on my list."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 11/02/2009: Shelly from Lake Charles, La: "I have took 1600 milligrams a day folic acid. 200 milligrams of garlic a day. 2 billion a day of probiotic and ate yogurt. Done the hydrogen perioxide douche straight. I didnt add water. Did that for 5 days and 2 days later it was back. My question is how long should i continue? I started again and tired of taking the prescription that makes me feel horrible. Another question would b, if it stays is it hurting my body and should i continue to get a prescription cause it is an infection?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 10/22/2009: Smn from Birmingham, Al: "I am extremely happy I found this site! After my most recent bout with BV and taking Flagyl (NASTY tasting) and Metrogel gives you a yeast infection afterwards. I got fed up and googled for home remedies for this condition. I read alot of posts on here & decided to try some of the remedies. I figured what do I have to lose?? The results shocked me and they really do work. Downside? You have to maintain the routine for life. It's worth it!
Here is what I do: douche wih 1/2 hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 water twice weekly (douche with plain water afterwards). I eat one of those yogurt cups daily (make sure it has live active cultures in it). I take 800 mg of Folic Acid daily. Also two acidophilus supplements daily. I open up an acidophilis capsule and mix with enough water to make a paste then use a clean finger to put it up inside me. I do this twice weekly. I drink at least a glass of cranberry juice daily. I tried the tampon dipped in plain yogurt with active live cultures a few hours ago and I am smell free already!
I also made some other lifestyle changes: no scented bath soap, bubble baths or anything like that. I use unscented soap. I even purchased unscented laundry detergent and dryer sheets. I threw out all my old underwear and bought new ones. I only use condoms.
I admit I was afraid that douching would make it worse as I grew up thinking that ALL douching was bad. Depends on what you douche with. The peroxide douches have worked for me with no side effects. You have to figure out what works for you."Replies
10/29/2009: Sherry from Baxter, Ks replies: "A good probiotic from the health food store is the answer to vaginosis. The yogurt doesn't have enough good bugs in it and most of it dies in the gut. I take a probiotic with 16 billion good bacteria in it and it has cleared up my sinus infection and also my yeast. The good bugs kill off all the yeast. It is also good for bacterial infections since the bugs are good bacteria. I believe it will also help the immune systen for the flu season. I havent seen much about people taking a good probiotic for cures. a good probiotic is the answer to a lot of ailments. It would pay to do some research on this."
[YEA] 10/08/2009: Joan from Atlanta, Ga: "Cure. This works: 50 ml of 3% H2O2 50 ml distilled water - douche with this combo TWICE. Next, douche with an empty bottle of water. Afterwards, insert acidophillus. I purchased a brand that contains over 1 billion live cultures of various lactobillus groups. Wouldn't recommend inserting the pill as its hard to dissolve. I purchased a yest infection kit for the plunger, opened the pills and emptied the contents into the plunger. Adding a little yogurt helps keep the substance in place. Do this in the morning & at night for 3 -5 days. POOF! IT'S GONE! Also, ingest 400 mg of folic acid four times a day (totalling 1600 mg). I would also recommend a 10-day cleanse, fast, or parasite cleanse to erradicate all parasites from your body after getting rid of the bv to make sure it doesn't come back. Change diet, cut back on alcohol, cotton panties, "air out" at night, and eat lots of yogurt to keep it away. Hope this helps."Replies
10/09/2009: Jennifer from Chicago, Il replies: "I have been suffering from BV for about 8 months. Thanks to the blog, I've tried a combination of items that I've read. For about 30 days now, I have been free of all symtoms. What worked for me
1) Collodial Silver douche as well as taking 1 tbsp orally 2x / day
2) 800 mg folic acid 2x / day
3) Probiotic 1x day
4) Acedophilus 1 billion capsule 1x day
5) Capsules which contain Caprylic Acid, Pau D'Arco, Grapefruit seed extract and tea tree oil (found at nutrition store)
6) Vitamin C 1000 mg capsules
I highly recommend taking capsules versus tablets.
The hydrogen peroxide douches didn't work for me. When I changed to collodial silver douches in conjunction with the cocktail of vitamins/supplements above, I really saw results quickly. Try different combinations of what is recommended here. Clearly one persons solution doesn't work for all but relief is out there when you find the right combination of healthy remedies.
I'd like to thank everyone on this blog for all of the recommendations. Without your feedback, I don't think I'd be cured."
10/25/2011: Trueresearcher25 from Sunnyville, Fl replies: "Is there anyone who has taken folic acid, acidophilus, and tried to eat yogurt (just orally not vaginally) to cure (BV)? I personally prefer not to douche.
The following comes from: http://www.medicinenet.com (article about vaginal douche)
One way to look at it is in a healthy vagina there are both good and bad bacteria. The balance of the good and bad bacteria help maintain an acidic environment. Any changes can cause an over growth of bad bacteria which can lead to a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.
Plus, if you have a vaginal infection, douching can push the bacteria causing the infection up into the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Research shows that women who douche regularly have more health problems than women who don't.
If there is a strong odor or irritation it usually means something is wrong. Douching can increase your chances of infection. The only time you should douche is when your doctor tells you to
Most doctors say it's best to let your vagina clean itself. The vagina cleans itself naturally by making mucous. The mucous washes away blood, semen, and vaginal discharge. You should know that even healthy, clean vaginas may have a mild odor."
09/29/2009: Rini88 from San Francisco, Ca: "Hi -
I started getting BV about 4 years ago. At first it was VERY sporadic, just happened twice in a span of two years. But since I met my current boyfriend a little over a year ago, it began happening once every 2 months. The discomfort can actually be crippling sometimes, and I often found myself chasing after prescriptions & running to the pharmacy time and time again.
BUT, I found this site last night, when the flare up began...and let me tell you TWO HOURS later I was feeling better, and woke up this morning without a problem. All I did was a combo of:
1) Hydrogen Peroxide Water (equal parts) douche
2) 1 pill women's multi vitamin, with Folic Acid
3) 1 pill probiotic (Acidophilus)
THAT's it. I'm back to normal! After reading everyone else's responses, I am definitely going to limit the douche to only when I get a flare up / after my period. I'm going to continue taking the vitamins & probiotic, once a day, just because they're healthy. And, I'm going to add yogurt to my diet!
Thanks to everyone for their helpful testimonies - I can't believe I'm feeling 100% in a matter of 12 hours (it doesn't even ease up that fast with anti-biotics!)."
06/11/2010: Krista from Springville, Ut replies: "I started to take the folic acid and acidophilus yesterday. I douched yesterday with the peroxide, but haven't since. How long are you ladies having to do the peroxide douche? Do you stop using it and then just take the vitamins and it's gone? What's the scoop. I have had BV for a LLOOOONNNGGG time. Help."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 09/08/2009: Jessica from Kenosha, Wisconsin: "I have been suffering from BV since March. Now, granted that's not as long as many of you ladies on this website, but let me tell you, I am ready for it to go away FOREVER! I am 20 years old and can't go an hour without running to the bathroom to make sure I don't smell, or have too much discharge. Well anyway, I tried the acidopholis, folic acid and H2O2 douche. I started off with 1600 mg of folic acid twice a day and 4 1 billion of acidopholis. and the 1/2 water 1/2 peroxide douche. It worked great! For two days. Now I believe it's either back and worse, or I have a bladder infection. Now I'm taking just acidopholis and folic acid. I have alot of pain in the region, but the discharge is minimal and the smell is gone. This is why I believe its another infection that I probably got from the douche. My point is, you should always try just the supplements first! I will never douche again no matter how bad this gets because I'm almost sure that's what made my situation worse! Be patient. Although this has made my situation worse, I'm very happy that I stumbled across this website. It's nice to see that I'm not alone, and it amazes me how many different remedies are out there. I will definitely be visiting this site many more times in the future! Good luck ladies. Be patient and have faith!"Replies
09/25/2009: Dd from Miami, Florida replies: "I have been suffering for almost 4 years now off and on. My BV will go away for about 3 months at the most and then come back. Living in South Florida my gyno thought it was a yeast infection. Well every time he gave me something to cure what he thought it was it got worse. Finally after several cultures he said it was actually BV. So he prescribed a boric acid suppository I had to use for 2 weeks. That only helps for a little while. I've tried the MetroGel, Teraconzyl, even other home remedies like drinking and doing a sits bath of apple cider vinegar! I started last night with the hydrogen peroxide, folic acid and the acidophilus. Wish me luck. If there was a shot to give down there I'd take that right now, I'm at my wits end. Newly dating a guy and this is no fun! Question - could I keep re giving it to myself on my um how shall I put it "adult toys"? I was them with soap and hot water after each use, but wondered what everyone else thought. I'm 41 and this is no way to live. I do have to say I've taken comfort there are others out there."
09/30/2009: Dd from Miami, Fl, USA replies: "Well somethings just not right in my va-ja-ja area AGAIN! I only had the burning and discharge non odor from BV. I've been doing the hydrogen perioxide/mix for about a week now, was there a point I was supposed to stop? I was also doing the folic and acidophilyus twice a day orally. Seemed to be getting better. I think I threw my flora balance even more out of whack now!!! Please someone help. I now have sorry for being so graphic, but a yeast infection that is buring and cottage cheese! I just don't know what to do. I have a standing prescription of Dyflucan so I just took one, the burning is so bad I feel like I have a fireplace in my va-ja-area! I think the hydrogen mix is just too much twich a day. Any suggestions? Please I am so desperate."
11/27/2009: Sadcookie from Sacramento, Ca Usa replies: "I agree about the hydrogen peroxide douche. I tried it first and within 2 days I had a yeast infection on top of my BV and all while menstruating! I am so sick of this infection coming in and out of my life, for the passed 2 years. My underwear have been destroyed by the acidity of my discharge. I am going to try the acidophilus and yogurt. No more douching or flagyl for me. sigh..."
09/07/2009: Lisa from Ny, Ny: "h202 douche/folic acid/ acidophilus
I have been using this method every time this nasty infection comes back, went a good 7 to 8 months with no problem but just got it back, because i used scented tampons. So stay away from those! We have to start thinking why we are getting this, pay attention to what might trigger it. To those women who say they are inserting the acidophilus capsules, and are getting a very yellow gritty discharge, i have experienced that as well and had no luck with that brand of acidophilus. I have come to find out that the best acidophilus to insert vaginally is the acidophilus pearls (it will say pearls or beads on the box, instead of capsues, or pills) The brand that works instantly comes in a purple box, since i cant say the brand. Look for a pearl, or bead of acidophilus that has many of the bacteria we need to put back into our bodies like not only lactobacillus acidophilus, but also bifidobacterium longum, lactobacillus rhamnosus, and bifidobacterium. I have found that brands that have all of this plus no milk or other stuff in the ingredients works the best, also you want lots of live cultures, the one i use has 2.5 billion live cultures in one acidophilus pearl. I do 1600mg folic acid twice daily, h202 douche for 3 days to a week, and two acidophilus pearls a day, one inserted at night before bed after h202 douche, for one week. I hope this helps. Had alot of practice fighting this thing. if u feel it coming back, like a slight itch, or sweet smell, quickly do a h202 douche and insert a pearl, and start back on the dosage for a week or so. Good luck ladies."Replies
10/01/2009: Andrea from Portland, Or replies: "To Lisa from NY, NY -
Cottage cheese-like discharge, with no smell and lots of itching and burning is more likely to be a yeast infection than Bacterial Vaginosis.
09/06/2009: Bubble from Chicaco, IL: "Can anyone tell me your feedback on the hydrogen/water douche, proboitics and the folic acid? I would like to know if this has worked in the long run. More then a few days or a few weeks. I do not see many people doing a follow up here. Thanks"Replies
09/08/2009: Mishy from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Hello ladies, I see that some of you tried inserting the acidophilus pills which I am sure can be a bit difficult. Try looking for acidophilus suppositories."
07/05/2011: Sm from Wilmington, De replies: "So, does the guy need to take antibiotics? or is there some natural remedy for him?"
10/01/2012: Jj from Port Washington, Ny replies: "My Doctor said to have my boyfriend take pumpkin seed extract pills, one, 2x day. I just ordered them and can tell you if they help after he takes them for a month."
08/23/2009: Pbj from Montreal, Quebec, Canada: "BV Treatment during menstruation...
Hi Ladies, this is my first time through this plague and I need some advice. I have been to the doctor where she prescribed metronidazole which I took for a week with no improvement. She then prescribed Clindamycin which I expect won't work either. I started on your recommended treatment yesterday combo of h2o2 douche, acidophilus and folic acid but I got my period this morning. I haven't found any posts related to this topic so I assume I just continue with the treatment but can someone please confirm or share your experience. Do I have to wait another week to work on this nasty condition...
Reading all these posts have been a life saver with this being my first bout I can only imagine how much suffering some of you have experienced. This is 100% consuming I spend hours on the internet in between trips to the washroom ever hopeful that the symptoms will be gone."
01/01/2013: Leilalemon from London, Ontario replies: "Hey, I read that BV can flare up right before your period, which seems to be what is happening to me as well. I'm not sure if douching works while you're on your period, as I generally stay away from it anyhow, but you could certainly keep up with acidophilus and folic acid capsules."
[YEA] 07/24/2009: Maria from Greenville, SC: "I recently had my first encounter with the nasty bv 2 weeks ago. I never knew it even existed until after sex, hubby notices a stong fishy smell. had recently stopped my period a week before. I decide to go on line and figure out my prob, I also have an doc app. in a week. I tried the folic acid by itself, in 2 days, no improvement. Then I tried the hydrogen peroxide -1/2 water-1/2 HP- and the probotics. Instant relief!! I am on my third day now, no smell, discharge, some itch though.
I am wondering, if I have sex will it come back again, has this happened to any one? I am so worried that it will. Don't want to get my hopes up so high."Replies
07/26/2009: Bmore76 from Baltimore, MD replies: "I have had frequent recurring bv for at least 3 years. I was tired of taking antibiotics, creams or whatever and decided I wanted to try a more natural remedy. About a week ago I tried the 50/50 mix of peroxide and bottled water douche. About an hour later I used a 10 cc syringe to insert plain yogurt into my vagina. I also use the 50/50 mix as a rinse for my external genitalia every day. I take one pill a day of acidophilus, cranberry and folic acid. Since Ive done this I have not had it return even after sex with my husband. So far so good. I hope all is better with you and all the other ladies battling this inconvenience."
[NAY] 07/27/2009: Maria from Greenville, SC replies: "I hoped not to get my hopes up high..well I didnt. I had protected sex w/hubby Saturday morning[no smell!!]While showering on Sunday night, applied a little soap on my vag to smell it and whew, teh fish smell was back!! What is going on? I have been taking the accidphullous pills, inserting also. And also the hp/h20 douch. I can't believe and don't want to believe the soap brought it back. The condom sholud of have replied the same way. I cried the whole night. It can get very emotional and stressful! I thought it was working for me!!
Someone please help!!I have done everything, why did it come back?!"
07/30/2009: Jan from Carthage, Texas replies: "I read a study (just before I found this site) that suggest douching (especially with soap) helps create a friendly environment for VB. Sooo...maybe our "cleanliness" is getting us into trouble...hhmmmm.
Here is the site...http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/MeetingAbstracts/ma?f=102239373.html
My Dr prescribed meds, so far the odor and discharge is worse and now itches...not cool. Going to try to do something about it myself now. Good luck to you all here, this is truly a nasty business to deal with repeatedly."
07/30/2009: Bmore76 from Baltimore, MD replies: "Maybe try not to use soap in that area. Try the 50/50 mix of peroxide and water or a mild feminine wash...but not soap."
08/03/2009: Ab from New York, New York replies: "I've recently developed BV and while am able to keep it under control by inserting half of pill of Metronidazole vaginally, I slipped up - I had sex with my boyfriend. I am aware that there shouldn't be any sexual intercourse while the symptoms are present because the bacteria can live on the penis and then be transmitted back to vagina which now leaves me wondering how long would I have to avoid having sex with my boyfriend? We've been dating for only a month and I am very uncomfortable discussing this with him. We're going away in 5 days which would make it very difficult for me if this BV problem is still present.
Would condom use make it worst? If anyone has an idea or can help me with this it would be greatly appreciated!"
08/03/2009: Ab from Hou, Tx replies: "I would greatly like to see a response to this??? How long do we need to wait to have sex with our partners if the bacteria can live on the penis??? If this is the case we will spread this back and forth forever!!!!!"
08/03/2009: School Marm from Bridgeport, Ct replies: "Try acidopholus both orally and as a douche. Also consider waiting until you feel comfortable discussing personal issues with BF to have sex with him. Will lead to a much stronger relationship. Additionally, that may help with catching additional problems."
10/07/2009: Mg from No, La replies: "I find that anything containing latex triggers bv for me. I was told years ago by a doctor that latex could not do that. I don't believe that. BV is an overgrowth of bad bacteria and anything that upsets the vaginal ph can allow for this overgrowth. Since staying away from anything latex I suffer from bv less frequently."
10/08/2009: Dd from Miami, Fl replies: "Mg I agree!!! I think latex and the chemicals in condoms are also conflicting with our balance of good and bad bacteria. I will try anything at this point. The douching was way too much for me and created a yeast infection, so I need to find a happy medium between that and not doing anything at all. I've switched to cotton balls soaked in the hydrogen/water mix and just kind of squeeze it up there a few times and do this once a night for a few nights. Plus I'm still taking the acidophillus and folic acid once a day.
Good luck everyone, keep posting results we are all in this together!!!"
10/11/2009: Sandybrown from Oak Forest, Il replies: "I have been suffering from vaginal problems for approximately four years now. I have viewed a few sites that promise to help me but all of them have failed. I was also trying to find a few support groups but I couldn't find any, until now. I appreciate the fact that many women suffer from the same problems that I do. It makes me feel a lot better. It makes me feel like I'm not alone AND I'm not gross! I have been to my gyno several times over the past few years and I've been treated for BV, yeast infections and (unfortunately) chlamydia. I feel so ashamed and disgusted with myself that I don't know what to do anymore. I haven't "pleased my self" in years nor have I been with a partner. I'm so ashamed about my symptoms. I've tried acidophilus with the same results as others (with the yellow gritty discharge). I've also tried taking multivitamins in hopes that they would help. I have never used scented ANYTHING nor have I used tampons or had a bad diet etc. I have tried everything but I will now try the folic acid and acidophilus. I'll probably buy the stronger kind of probiotic just incase. I'm not sure about the hydrogen peroxide but that's worth a shot. I've also read about boric acid capsules being inserted or bathing in tea tree oil. I'm not sure if that'll work but we'll see. I'll keep ya posted but again, I'm REALLY happy that I'm not the only one who suffers from BV."
11/15/2009: 5 Years Fighting from Indianpolis, In replies: "I have also been fight BV for about 5 years now, I was in a relationship about 3 years ago and I also think that the male can carry the BV and give it back to us! I would also like to know more on the this subject! because I will be smell free for a few days but as soon as i have sex with my BF it comes back even stronger! Is there a wy of killing the BV in males? If anyone has any ideas or suggestions?"
11/19/2009: Sikofbv from Jacksonville, Fl replies: "I do know that everytime i've been diagnosed with BV (symptomatic going on 11 years now) my doctor has told me to have my BF treated as well.
So i do believe that they should get tested. But i am pretty in tuned with my body, and i know that when the "Smell from Hell" pays a visit...it's my VJ trying to tell me that somethings going in her that ain't right!!! (lol)
Definitely communicate to your BF that your VJ is sensitive to foreign bacteria and that he should be considerate enough to make sure that he's taking care of his PJ (i know that was a dry attempt, but you know what i mean)."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/16/2009: Flaca from Atlanta, GA: "I have suffered from BV for 2 years, since I started with my last boyfriend/ husband. The smell came and I got treated for a "dis "ease" ". The clinic told me at 55 that I didn't know how to wipe. Puleeez. Anyway the antibiotic caused a yeast infection and the cure for the yeast infection brought back the BV. It did not start until I started having sex bareback. I thought it was me. It was soooo awful. My daughter turned me on to the site. I cried. So many other women were having the same issue. It works, but you must maintain a regimen. 1/2 water and 1/2 peroxide. I take 1 billion acidophilus, and 1mg presciption strength folic daily. After about 4 days, the smell, itching, is gone. I find this is the key. You have to douche, once every 2/4 weeks, but you have to maintian taking the pills. They will not harm you. I slipped off the wagon (stopped taking or doing anything) and it came back. I have started again and have been free for 6 months. I will take the pills. The smell, irritation are so unbearable. Good luck"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/23/2009: SS from Shelbyville, TN: "I have suffered from BV for about 10 years. I didn't know what it was. I also suffered from UTIs. I divorced my husband and I no longer get the UTIs but still have the BV. I thought the smell just went along with the UTI. I was too embarrassed to ask the doctor about this so I researched my problem and found this website. What a blessing!! I started taking 1 tablet acidophilus and 1 folic acid 800mcg in the morning and evening for a week. I also did the 1/2 water 1/2 hydrogen peroxide douche for the first two mornings. After the second day, the smell and discharge was GONE!!! The biggest test for me was when I finally had sex again. No smell! After a week, I stopped taking the pills. I figured I was cured. It's been over a month. The BV did seem to try to come back. I have found that I need to take 1 acidophilus and 1 folic acid pill every day to maintain. Also, after sex I use the hydrogen peroxide douche. Thank you for this website and to all the ladies that shared their stories!"Replies
06/28/2009: Jan from Pitt, PA replies: "I am concerned and frustrated. I am glad I found this website though. I would like to tell you all my story in hopes that I can finally end the vicious roller coaster I am on. I have researched this condition over and over and know now that antibotic remedies only make this problem worse. However, I have tried some other remedies that don't seem to handle my problem either.
I told myself I would never ever do this, but now I'm desperate. I was teamed up with some people from rockwell nutrition, but my results with their expensive protocol have been mixed. I spent hundreds of dollars on expensive herbal remedies that didnt seem to help me and now I'm scared. I understand the implications of this problem and do not want to harm myself with natural remedies.
so, that brings me to my current state of affairs. I have been suffering for almost a year and a half now with bv. I have tried oral antiboitcs, and boric acid, as well as flagyl and some other thing (metrogel?). Nothing has worked.
I am asking for immediate advice. I am scheduling a drs appointment tomorrow to rule out any other pelvic problems. I had tried taking borax for this, but end up with cramps and this has freaked me out enough to send me off to the doctor.
so, about this whole hydrogen peroxide thing? does it work? even for resistent cases? what else is out there that can help me? what do I need to do to permanently solve this hell of a problem. I am no longer sexually active, and this thing called bv is the reason why.
are these douches safe by teh way? i know if you have bv for years the lining of your vagina can become weak and I do not want to risk any toxicity (yeah, a bit paranoid about even treating this thing). why is folic acid so important? are there any other methods I should be aware of to try?
please help. I'm desperate and in so much misery I could scream. I will leave you with a list of my current symptoms as well so you can best judge my situation.
odor (not fishy, more like urine)
thanks and I hope to hear from you all soon. I need help and affordable help at that."
07/01/2009: openheated from Byron, GA replies: "I was suffering for 2 months straight; had been treated for yeast infections twice before I was told it was BV. Took the meds (metro...) didn't work. My symptoms were similar to yours (no fishy smell, but more like urine). I tried the Acidophlilus(took 2 orally & inserted one nightly), Folic Acid, Zinc, and B-12 vitamins (as directed on bottle). It help but the BV was still there. I noticed when I missed my Folic acid dose it would get worse even while using the acidolphilus....(a ha)! So, I researched & began my experiment and I stopped the acidpohlius and got some cranberry tablets (because I noticed that I was urinating more w/ slight pelvic discomfort and the discharge was around the top part of my vagina (urethra/clitoris)w/a constant burning; I've been taking the folic acid, zinc, b-12, and cranberry tablets 3 days and I am symptom free....no joke. I also used the peroxide twice daily to wash that area and have changed my undies to white cotton only w/ unscented pantyliners (when neccessary). I have a mild dischage which is returning to normal but no more discomfort.
I've read that some causes of Bv is: oral sex, contaminated: sex toys,clothing (like PJ's, towels, & etc...)but get: this my best friend was asked by her Dr. if her sex partner has diabeties (too much sugar in his semen) since a high sugar diet can also trigger an imbalance in the vagina. Acidophilus is good, but will not work for everyone. also, one last note: BV is an unbalance/ bacteria in the vagina- it appears that a poor diet & vitamin deficiency could be the #1 problem. Ladies we are eating meat (from animals) and foods that are being pumped w/ steroids, hormones, and antibotics in high quantities (hence the bacteria & imbalance in our bodies), so until we change our diets we will continue to suffer w/ this condition. Something has to be done becuase it's beginning to affect our younger women/ children as well. We're dealing w/ chronic infections, pre-menopausal symptoms (at 30 yrs of age, facial hair, and the list goes on because of the mess we consume in our bodies). Its' time to take a stand and take control of our health!
Thank you all for sharing and God bless."
07/01/2009: Jan from Pitt, PA replies: "thank you so much for your response and your speedy response at that. how much folic acid did you take daily and did you douche with hydrogen peroxide? (douching freaks me out still, but if that's what I gotta do that's what I gotta do). If so, how did you formulate it? It's nice to know the effects of acidophilis. Its funny you mention cranberry tabs. When i first came down with this, i had mild pelvic pain and burning too on urination. It was so intense I was literally dubbed over in pain at the gynocologists office. I was put on heavy course of antibiotics for a widespread infection (scary I know. )I do not have diabetes, but my ex did have quite a sweet tooth. and why white cotton only?
You've been an amazing help! thank you so much! I hope to hear back from you soon so I can start my own recovery here. This site is such a blessing!"
07/02/2009: Openhearted from Byron, GA replies: "No problem, Glad to be of help! First: only white underwear because the colorful onee contains dyes (not good for your vaginal health). I take 2- 400mg (folic acid), 1- 30 mg zinc, 1- B-12 tablet, and 2-canberry tablets in the morning. I didn't douche w/ the peroxide/water combo, but I did wash the area w/ it. At night I take 1-400mg folic acid, and 2 more cranberry tablets before bed. Drinks lots of water (try adding lemon juice) becuase the lemon juice is benificial in detoxing/cleansing the body. Also, if you're feeling irritated still, insert plain yoguart vs douching; it should stop the buring immediately! I told you about the slight discharge that was left (so last night I inserted the tampon soaked in yoguart)...no discharge detected at all so far and half the day is gone. I myself was not a vitamin taker at all and I was inconsistant w/ my diet, also a major junk food eater (sweets, cakes, pastries, etc..) I have cut all that out and I hope to develop a healthy eating habit to strengthen my health/immune system. I think we can cure it by eating wholesome natural foods and making sure our bodies have the proper nutrition/vitamins it needs.
08/02/2009: Stella from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "Folic Acid cured nasty BV."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/30/2010: M from Nyc, Ny replies: "After 2 months of trying the douche, folic acid and acidophilus combo, my BV was much better but definitely not cured. Thanks for the tips ladies.
I tried Goldenseal 4 days ago (1 capsule inserted at night, panty liner the next few days) and already I have better results than 2 months of the combo mentioned above. No smell, no irritation and no more globs of discharge all day. I am still afraid to sing its praises as it's only been 4 days but it's worth a shot for those of you trying the combo and still experiencing symptoms!!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/28/2010: Chrissy from Fayetteville, Nc replies: "Just wanted to say TY!! To all the ladies. I've seen results hours after douching with 1/2 water and 1/2 H202. I've always taken 1 800mcg Folic acid and also acidophilus with breakfast and then with dinner. But I still have slight itching. But no where near the degree as before. I've struggled with BV for two years and could not go to a doctor. I have no insurance. But I'll come back and update everyone after a week. So far the smell is gone and I have normal discharge. Thanks again."
05/29/2010: Ne Ne from Chicago, Illinois replies: "Utilisation of hydrogen peroxide in the treatment of recurrent bacterial vaginosis.
[Article in English, Italian]
Cardone A, Zarcone R, Borrelli A, Di Cunzolo A, Russo A, Tartaglia E.
1st Obstetric and Gynecologic Clinic, Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Neonatology, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy.
AIM: The authors have evaluated the real efficacy of using hydrogen peroxide for previously treated recurrent bacterial vaginosis that is resistant to other forms of treatment. METHODS: The study included 58 women aged between 18 and 42 years old. Vaginal irrigations with 30 ml of hydrogen peroxide (3%) were prescribed in the evening for a week. The follow-up was carried out 3 months after the end of treatment. RESULTS: The results clearly show that the use of hydrogen peroxide in vagina can eliminate the main symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, and in particular the malodorous leucoxanthorrhea in 89% of cases at 3 months after the end of treatment, a result that is comparable to that obtained using metronidazole or clindamycin as a vaginal cream. Moreover, hydrogen peroxide facilitates the restoration of normal vaginal bacterial flora (represented by H202-producing lactobacillus) in 100% of cases and normal acid pH (pH<4.5) in 98% of cases; it also fosters the disappearance of clue cells from vaginal smears and anaerobic pathogenic flora from vaginal secretions in 100% of cases. The amine test became negative in 97.8% of cases. All results underwent statistical analysis and were found to be statistically significant. CONCLUSION: Hydrogen peroxide represents a valid alternative to conventional treatments for recurrent bacterial vaginosis, and associates the absence of collateral effects with low costs, excellent tolerability and real therapeutic efficacy.
PMID: 14676737 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]"
[YEA] 06/05/2009: No More Fishy!! from Ft. Worth, TX: "Hi Everyone, I wanted to give an update. I had posted a couple of times before about how I thought this home treatment was working, but it's been a few months and I wanted to post again about my progress. My treatment was a H202-soaked tampon inserted every evening for about an hour while lying down, 800mg folic acid twice daily, and 3 REFRIGERATED 135mg acidophillus taken at least twice daily. I am very happy to say this has worked wonderfully (followed the regimen for about 2 weeks straight), and my only "treatment" now is drinking kefir every day. It's like yogurt but it has less sugar and more good bacteria. I get it at the health food store and have 8oz. per day. Also, I've had no issues after my period or after intercourse, but have done a tampon treatment a couple of times just as a precaution the following day. Even better, I finally have insurance again and went to the Dr. last week for a well woman exam, and she said all of my parts look fantastic and no sign of any problems. In fact she commented about how healthy I was! Hooray!!!! When my exam was done I "confessed" to home treating myself for BV and told her about my treatment. She commended me for taking action on my own health, and she said, and I quote, "That's fantastic!" It felt great. :-)"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 06/04/2009: Discouraged from Boise, Idaho: "I've been dealing with this for a year and a half now. I've tried nearly everything...flagyl, Biofem, vitamins, the H202 wash, folic acid, acidophilus...NOTHING IS WORKING!
Lately I've been trying the combo of hydrogen peroxide, folic adic, and acidophilus. I've been taking 800-1600 mcg of folic acid a day, rinsing with the 1/2 water 1/2 hydrogen peroxide wash, and taking 2 acidophius capsules orally a day. I've done this for about a week now, and my body keeps going back and forth. One day it will appear to be working, the next it appears my symptoms have WORSENED. I don't know what to do!
I've seen a lot of women saying they vaginally insert an acidophilus capsule daily...can I do this with any capsule? Or do I have to buy a special kind? And is that really safe? Or is there a chance it'll give me another kind of infection?
Also, if I continue trying the combo I stated above, does it ALWAYS work instantly? Or can it take awhile? Everyone seems to have results right away, but not me. Did anyone's symptoms get a little worse before they improved?
Please, ladies, I need help! I'm about to lose my mind..."
06/05/2009: Lapis from Arkansas, USA replies: "Sorry to hear you are suffering so. Perhaps you should check your ph value by buying those ph strips. A too acidic body is a great breeding ground for bacteria etc. Do you eat enough alkaline foods? If not perhaps you should start I can imagine you might see difference. Check out the apple cider vinegar drink used for raising ph value that Ted recomends. This could also be Candida, my sister has this and she has a constant yeast infection. Last but far from being least. You are what you eat and this could be a real way of your body saying that you are not tolerating certain foods (five most common allergens like milk , soy , wheat,nuts etc.) You wil be AMAZED what food allergies can do and yes they can start up at anytime in ones life. But do your self a favor and cut out ALL sugar since that just feeds the bacteria.
Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!"
06/06/2009: Sabita from Orlando, FL replies: "I would try using diluted tea tree oil and/or anything for germ/bacteria. I did use a prescription cream for germs. Also don't wear tight clothing which aggravates the condition. Wear boxer shorts around the house and skirts out. Cut out all sugar,dairy and other allergenic foods. Basically eat protein and salads. God bless and good luck."
06/06/2009: Tara from Clarkston, Washington replies: "I think any one of the caps or tabs would be safe of course read the labels first, but even if you need to put the plain yogurt where the sun doesn't shine before bed will be better that the alternative. I wish you all the best, as I also know the horrific feeling. Don't be scared about the acidophillus tho, just be sure to get a multi friendly bacterial blend to kick it."
07/01/2009: Jessica from Jefferson City, MO replies: "I suffer from bv all them time and I have since I was a young child. I was looking on here to see if I could find something that would work so I could stray away from the antibiotics. Although about a year ago I read something about using plain yogurt and inserting it inside. I tried that and not only did I have the bv but I got a really bad yeast infection. When I went to the bathroom it smelled like sour milk. I am not sure if that would happen to everyone or maybe just me because of my own chemical balance but ladies beware."