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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
- Garlic, Yogurt, Vitamin D
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Juice Douche
- Grapefruit Seed Extract Douche and MSM
- Gycerol Monolaurate
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Homeopathy, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide Douche and Folic Acid
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Apple Cider Vinegar, Vinegar Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide, B Vitamins, Folic Acid
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Probiotics
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Spring Water
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Tea Tree Douche
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Yogurt
- Indonesian Remedies
- Kacip Fatimah (Herb)
- Kefir, Oregano Oil
- Lactic Acid, Prebiotics
- Latex Allergy
- Lemon Juice
- Low Carb Diet
- Moxibustion, Kimchi, Yogurt
- Multiple Remedies
- Multivitamin, Probiotics
- Oak Galls
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Oregano Oil
- Over the Counter
- Packing Your Fanny With Tissue
- Parasite Cleanse
- Pineapple Juice
- Povidone Iodine, Vitamin C
- Probiotics, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Probiotics, Colloidal Silver, Garlic
- Probiotics, Folic Acid, B12
- Probiotics, Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
- Probiotics, Vitamin C
- Probiotics, Vitamin C, Garlic
- Probiotics, Yogurt
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt Baths
- 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
12/17/2010: Bv Sukks from Richmond, Va: "I have had bv for quite a while, my clinician has told me that it came from a new sex partner but I had it for a while before I actually went and got it checked out and I also had sex with a couple more people before I knew what it was because I thought it was just a yeast infection, so I was wondering if the bv has gotten worse since I've had more new sex partners ? Also after I saw my obgyn she gave me metro gel to insert vaginally which caused a nasty clumpy discharge for the entire 7 days. I went back about 2 weeks later and the effin' bv was still there so my doctor gave me Metronidazole tablets and it basically got worse and now im suffering alot with the burning the itching and the peeing I don't know what to do and this site has to many things for me to understand. I need things dumbed down for me a little more so I can understand what to do, so can anyone please please pleas help me!!"Replies
12/17/2010: Elizabeth from Nashville, Tn replies: "I recommend the peroxide douche. You mix 50% filtered water and 50% of the peroxide, or you can use a lesser amount if you get too much irritation at first (3% you buy from store). I used a baby syringe (the kind that you give them medecine with). Lay a towel on the floor, lay down on your back, fill the syringe with the liquid and insert into the vagina. I would hold it for 60 seconds or so and the push it out. Repeat this process until the fizzing stops. I would also rinse out the vagina with clean water afterwards so I wouldn't get much irritation. I did this for the first time and couldn't believe how much better I felt within 24 hrs. I douched like this every morning and every night for a couple of days, than only at night for another couple of days. I would suggest taking a quality probiotic while doing this and than continue taking it on a daily basis. Get no less than 50 billion bacteria per capsule if you can. If the peroxide dries you out, you can use organic extra virgin coconut oil to moisturize. Semen is alkaline and our vaginas need to be acidic, so everytime you have sex you need to correct the balance. If I don't I'm in t-r-o-u-b-l-e. I use boric acid capsules to re-acidify, but you can use the peroxide douch if you wish. I wish you good luck!"
12/17/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "I have a different suggestion, even though Elizabeth's was very good! I soak a tampon in Glyco-thymoline and insert that for approx 20-40 minutes and take that out. Then I do a douche with 1 Tbls vinegar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp Glyco-thymoline. It has always worked for me, even after my hysterectomy."
[YEA] 01/13/2014: Poppy from Windhoek replies: "I have been suffering form this problem for years now.....I have been to doctors like a headless chicken but none of them could help....my self esteem went down.....I have been single for 5 years nw....its just so uncomfortable...smtimes you avoid going to places cause the moment you stand..there goes the smell....douching just dsnt do anything..it makes things worse...I once tried plain youghurt which helped for the week I was taking it until I stopped taking it the smell came bck...I dnt wanna give up cause I know there is light at the end of the tunnel...I want to try out this live probiotics and see what happens...."
11/21/2010: Michelle from Miama, Fl: "Hi lady's! I'm a 42 year old, who has been suffering with this tiring infection for six years now. I have tried flagyl micondizole, creams only to have nothing ease my suffering. I am frustrated as hell. I am currently trying garlic, frolic acid and acidophilus. It doesn't look as though im getting any results!! Still being wrecked with this AWFUL fishy smell, my co-workers gesture I'm so uncomfortable. I don't know what to do anymore;it just will not go away!! Iv'e also tried douching with vinegar, water and peroxide to no avail. When me and my mate have intercourse the odor is so strong usually he lights an incense afterwards, it's so embarrassing to me. It's to the point where I try to put off having sex as long as I can. I don't know what else to do. ? This thing is truly taking a toll on me. My pressure stays high because I'm stressed. I get so nervous when it's time to go to work, I hate to be close around people for fear of being ridiculed. Does anyone have any suggestions?"Replies
11/21/2010: Erin from Nashville, Tn replies: "There is a specific probiotic that really helps: Jarrow Femdophilus, which is not acidophilus, but reuteri and rhamnosus strains."
12/03/2010: Tired Of It! from Whoville, Grinchville replies: "I can honestly say I feel your pain. Let me tell you what I did and hopefully it might help you. First of all, everyone is different. If I have learned anything from this illness, I have learned that you gotta find what works for you. I have been battling with this for almost 2 years now. It happened after my first child. I tried every antibiotic under the sun and nothing. Just very uncomfortable all the time.
So, I changed my diet, nothing sugary and no bread or yeast. Sugar and yeast make mine worse. I wash all my towels, sheets and underwear seperate. I take Ultimate Flora and an additional probiotic everyday. My regimen is below. What I have done does help, because I went back to my doctor and had a good wet prep. Look at it, see if it helps, modify it. Don't be afraid to try something new and never stop searching for the right fit for your body. I do this twice a day started the douching mixture about a month and half ago and my doc said to slowly ween myself off until as needed.
AM- After shower. In a travel size douch I put 1/5 peroxide and 1/5 distilled water. I douche and hold for 5 minutes laying on my back with my legs up, yes embarrasing, but who really cares when you are trying to feel better. I rinse with DISTILLED water and then do the same thing again. I rinse after this. I then put 2 ultimate flora and open then into about 1/3 cupt distilled water and douche with that. Hold for 5 as well. If I am feeling bad I will put one in vaginally, but I have found that you have to get it wet a little to start breaking it up.
Vitamins -- I take 1,800 mcg of folic acid in morning, 1 ultimate flora orally, 2 reg acidophulus, three garlic pills (helps fight infection in the body), vitamin c and immune booster like echinacea or astragulus. I take these once a day.
For the evening I use the same douching regimen. If I feel bad or itchy throughout the day I will wrinse with a little peroxide and water. This has worked for me. I am having difficulty with my periods and have to constantly look at what I am doing and change it up a little. Honestly, I have tried absolutely everything, yogurt, vinegar, baking soday, boric acid, tea tree oil and the worst antibiotics. What has helped me is really focusing on how to get myself better and what the source of my bv is. For me, stress makes it ten times worse and it is worse around my period but this does work for me. Hopefully it will completely go away and I encourage you to keep trying."
08/19/2010: Chandy from Aurora, Colorado, United States: "I have been suffering for two years now. It has gotten worse and I am not happy, I have not found a pure cure. I tried folic acid, h20/peroxide douce, acidophilus, garlic, yogurt, watching what I eat. I am so beyond myself. I am currently on phRefresh it seemed to work 1st time, directions are to use every three days. Today, I have horrible outside itch. I have treated this as a yeast, yet only have symptoms on the outside, I was treating the inside with peroxide washing, I just do not know what to do, I cannot live with this. I am o blood type and reading what to eat for your type. It really does matter what I eat. I am so sad that this bacterial thing is so horrible. What is going on? honestly. My little sister had it four times in one year, she is clear now. I seem to not be able to get my vagina to be mine it is not me I want to scratch it off or throw it away it gets horrible. I am 5'9 145lbs, I have stopped trimming I do have a child, I have chosen to abort and think that is the reason where I got the 1st time of the bv. I have had an iud. I have 1 partner, and rarely get intimate due to my lovely smell. Having this really makes everything else unable to handle."Replies
11/15/2010: Tired Of It from Whoville replies: "Chandy, I just read your post and wanted to respond. First of all, take a big, long, hard cry get it all out and then, cowboy up girl. With Bacterial Vaginosis, you cannot let it get the better of you. It will do its hardest to ruin your quality of life, grow a life of its own and take over your happiness. The key to recovery is having faith that your body will do its job and being positive that you will find a way to maintain this "illness". I have had BV for almost a straight year and a half. About six months after I had my first child, I started developing symptoms and going to the doctor who was my OB at the time. I have done it all.... Had surgery for cysts, had a paranialplasty, was almost given a hysterectomy and treated for early menopause. I have been given Metro gel, Tindamax, Terca (whatever its called for yeast). I lost my intimate relationship with my husband, have had a horrible time at work (b/c let's face it, you can't really confide in anyone about it and are too scared to ask another woman about it, at least I was) and found myself crying for days over this junk. If you are not careful, the simple fact of not being able to get better and having no hope can make you backslide big time. I had to pull myself together. I have a child at home, a two year old at that, a full time job and a marriage.
Finally, I took control over my health. I switched doctors - he is a bit more open to non-traditional medicine and is open to me finding what works best for me. In case I am not sharing enough 411 with you, lol, my symptoms were redness and swelling of the vulva and labia, itching and clear stretchy discharge, very thick and sometimes white. I never really had a smell accept maybe sometimes and it was like urine. Sorry, but sometimes it helps to hear what other women go through, at least it does for me. I started on a heavy regimen of vitamins, garlic, folic acid, vitamin c, echinacea, astragulus. I cut out all bread and sugar and caffeine. I started buying what I could organic and even try to drink green tea. I also drink sugar free, not with fake sugar, sugar free cranberry juice. I have douched with garlic, yogurt and vinegar. I have used yogurt tampons and inserted Ultimate Flora vaginally. That seems to work better than any other acidophulus I have tried. Each time I would go back to the doctor, he would tell me I had more and more positive bacteria. I wash all towells separate and use All Free and Clear. I threw away all my underwear and bought new ones, mostly white and all are 100% cotton. I sleep in night gowns with no panes, and I don't wear jeans anymore.
After all of this, it was still a challenge, UNTIL, I started douching with peroxide. This has been the biggest help for me. I will put my regimen or schedule below, but I went back to the doctor a couple weeks ago and he said I was normal. I still had a little bit of redness, no itching but I could still feel it a little and he said I looked completely normal in my culture. So, he actually told me to douche for another three more months, slowly ween myself off of it and then only use it after periods or when I had a flare up. Don't get discouraged and I feel like a hypocrite even telling you that. There are still days that I have flare ups or I sweat and am out in the heat or after my periods that I have issues. It really is a constant battle and you just have to keep going. You can't blame yourself or feel hopeless about it, because it almost like your body can tell that you have given up and it reacts. Find ways to make yourself feel better. Find a family member, or a loved one, for me I have a really understanding husband, that will understand and listen to you. There are days I give myself time to think or talk about it and then I say, "OK, now its time to focus on other things like your family and their happiness. " I really hope this helps you and makes you feel like you are not alone. Never stop researching or asking or trying new things. Don't give up, keep going. Below is my regimen and I know this was long, but I hope you check it and can read it. Most of my posts no one ever posts back on so I hope this helps you. Good luck!
Douche with 1/2 peroxide in travel douche. Wait for 5 min and then douche again with same amount. Wait for 5 and then rinse with distilled water. Use 2 ultimate flora acidophulus or whatever works for you and open them up in half distilled water and douche with that. Wait for 5 minutes. Air dry and get ready for the day. -- I varied the amount of peroxide and was diluting it with water. After my period I had what seemed to be a flare up and started just the straight peroxide. --After all of that, sometimes if I feel bad down there I will come home at lunch and insert an Ultimate Flora vaginally. I soak mine in water first. -- Orally --EVERY morning I take: 2 Astragulus, one 1000mg vitamin c, 2 garlic pills, 2 ultimate flora, 1 800 mg folic acid with cranberry juice. I even drink some Keefer sometimes. PM -- I douche with the same regimen and orally I take another acidophulus and 2 more garlic pills. I drink a lot of water and cranberry juice, green tea with echinacea and Kefir throughout the day. I hope this helps you."
04/27/2010: Sarah from Brooklyn, New York: "Persistant Burning Vagina: HELP
My boyfriend and I were having constant sex, after his return home from a month abroad. A few days into it, I started noticing that my vagina wasn't feeling too hot - burning, itching, strange discharge, etc. - so I immediately started taking folic acid, fish oil, acidophilous, and cranberry pills. I've been following this regimen for about a week and it appears that discharge seems to have lessened (almost to the point of not even having any) but I've got this persistant, lingering, awful vaginal burning.
I'm hesitant to visit my gyno because she generally says to wait and it will go away, but I'm not sure how much longer I can wait. It's annoying. It disrupts my daily life - wearing underwear is misery. Plus, having sex is less desirable.
I'm not sure its BV, I was checked for all STDs and my bf and I are in a monogamous relationship. What could this be and how can I get rid of it? Is it a matter of waiting for the folic acid-combo to start working??"Replies
04/30/2010: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Sounds very like cystitis to me..best see your doctor"
04/06/2013: Libra from Birmingham replies: "are you still having the burning problem?"
Sea Salt Baths
[YEA] 02/10/2014: Ska89 from Kingston, Jamaica: "I too have suffered from this for 2 years, At one point had just given up because I couldnt afford to go to the doctors so regularly. However the last time I went to the doctor I got a 2 week break from the bv but then only to get a yeast infection note that my partner was also treated as well. After getting the yeast infection my period came and so did the bv, I was determined to find a home remedy, I tried inserting the acidophilus pills vaginally and I also took them orally, it did reduce the odor a bit but it was still there. I came across a video online of a young lady that cured herself and its been three years since she had any signs of the bv. She made a mixture of seven cups of warm water to one cup of pure sea salt and sat in it for ten minutes, change the water and sit another ten minutes, both morning and night for five days. I followed these directions exactly and on the third day the odor and discharge were completely gone!!!!!!! I continued for the remainder of days its been 2 weeks and so far so good, I'm expecting my period soon and that will the real test to see if it is completely cured but even if it isn't and I have to sit in salt water a couple days after every period I think its a small price to pay."Replies
02/22/2014: Dayleeyah from Ontario, Canada replies: "I saw the same video. Hope it works. I found something that gets rid of the smell -- mustard oil. You can get it at an Indian store. Works fast."
Stop Using Soap
[YEA] 08/12/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn: "To Sandy from Henderson: Yes, Sandy, applying ACV to itchy areas usually relieves the itching. My suggestion is to put a cup of ACV in his bath water (to relieve the itching & also protect from bug bites) and then try leaving off any soap, bubble baths, etc. because it may be the soap that is drying his skin and causing the itching. In most cases, the soap isn't really needed. All you really need for cleanliness is just some good old water and a washcloth. If he doesn't itch while you are omitting soap, you will know that you have found the cause. You will also find that you like the way he smells without the soap better than with the soap. I learned this from a little lady in her 60's about 30 years ago. She told me "My daddy was a chemist and he always told us that if you didn't use soap, you won't need deoderants because soap makes you stink. I stopped using soap (except for handwashing) in l982 and I found her daddy was right. Your sweat doesn't smell either, and you don't have that fishy odor all the EC users who complain of BV. Also decreases most of the foot odors too."Replies
[NAY] 11/22/2008: Karen from Charlotte, NC replies: "Joyce, while we appreciate your input, it is upsetting that you think we are all just smelly because of soap. While I agree that if you wash your private area with regular bar soap, it does make a fishy odor for some reason, i do not agree that it is the only reason for it. The fishy smell from bv comes from inside your vaginal canal. It is the discharge that smells, not just the outer skin. A lot of women who have bv stop using soap in hopes that it will make it go away. Some are lucky and soap was the problem, but the rest of us who did stop using soap, and it is still there, are still dealing with it. It is upsetting when people try to make light of a situation that they have never experienced. If soap was the only cause of bv, there wouldnt be so many women on EC trying every possible combination of anything they could think of to get rid of it."
[YEA] 11/23/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hi Karen, I apologize if I have offended you. I never take anyone's health complaints lightly, but I do always try to go for the least harmful and simplest remedies first. I believe that we all should follow Hippocrates' (the father of Medicine?) advice which was "First of all, do no harm" and leaving off using any unnecessary product is least likely to cause harm."
05/03/2011: Jessyjae from Atlanta, Georgia: "I have been a BV sufferer for many many years. I was always depressed because I never thought that I would have a normal life. Flagyl, probiotics etc, I've tried it all and they all gave me a temporary fix until I changed one thing. This will sound absolutely bizarre but I have been BV FREE since starting this new vitamin Supplement. It is the Nature Made Multi Liquid Softgel For Her. I have no idea what is so special about this vitamin because I had been taking multivitamins since I was a child. But when I began to take this it did away with BV immediately. (Be sure to get the liquid softgels because the hard ones gave me an upset stomach). Depending on the severity of your case, use Hydrogen Peroxide/Purified water douche (with a syringe) to help with it. I promise it works. I always said I would help someone considering everything I had been through. I promise it works. God bless!"Replies
11/13/2011: Catldy73 from Wilmington, Delaware, Usa replies: "It's the folic acid and vitamin B in the multi vitamin that is providing relief from the symptoms. It's mentioned in previous threads. I am going to try some myself."
12/03/2013: Faithfulb Friend from La replies: "Natural cures for bacterial vaginosis (BV), yeast infections and urinary tract infections. In a study of 40 women with BV, took two capsules daily containing the 2 following probiotics worked better than the prescribed treatment Solution is to take by mouth : Once or twice a day, take capsules of L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. reuteri RC-14, which reach the vagina via the intestinal tract"
[YEA] 04/28/2010: Katiec from Brevard, Nc: "I had given up on trying to treat my BV. I tried several of the remedies on this board, including acidophilus, but nothing worked more than a day or so. I started taking some supplements for a variety of other ailments, then I realized the BV disappeared. It has been gone for weeks! Here is what I have been taking: Fish Oil caps 2x/day, Super B complex 1x/day, and Vit. D3 1x/day. I don't know which one of those things worked, but something definitely did!"Replies
11/10/2010: Screenname from Athens, Oh replies: "How long did you take this before you noticed it had disappeared?"
[YEA] 03/11/2011: God Answers Prayer from Seattle, Washington, Usa replies: "OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT! ... TRY IT! A MIRACLE LADIES!!!!! It speaks for itself, it is definitely the answer to my prayer..."
03/11/2011: Leela from Hilo, Hi replies: "Just thought I would recommend something that has worked for a few different ailments for me and may be very sucessful for BV as well. It's worth a try- probiotics - I aften have trouble when I take too many of the capsules - so I just eat 1/4 or 1/2 of one."
10/24/2011: Mandy from Ny replies: "I think it was the vitamin D that worked for her, Dr. OZ was talking about bacterial vaginosis and he said to take vitamin D, I bought some yesterday, I do not smell as bad, too early to tell, but I will let you guys know, also I bought those gelcaps natures made multi for her, I will post on Friday to let you know how Im doing, so far I smell nothing, keeping my fingers crosses."
06/30/2012: Sarah from Seattle, Washington replies: "B vitamins definitely help. Especially if you are vegetarian you may fnd they make a huge difference."
[YEA] 05/27/2009: Alexandria from Pace, FL: "Okay ladies, over the last 6 months I have been researching home cures for BV. I had my last try at getting rid of this life sucking monster via abx. So I came across this site, I had already tried the Acidophilus and the H2O2 (with no success), a few weeks ago I tried the 400 mcg of folic acid twice a day. It seemed to be working but I still had small amounts of discharge (wearing panty liners all the time-not a life) and I had to make sure I took the supplement at the same time twice a day.
My point ladies is this-
When I was trying to cure my BV with abx my gyn gave me a list of food items to alter my diet. She explained that my pH was out of balance (which make is easier for bacteria to flourish) and I needed to become more alkaline. Basically what it came down to was I needed to give up all of the good tasting foods in my life... NOPE, that is not the life I want to live. Many of the green leafy veg and other alkalizing foods are high in folic acid and B vitamins but I also noticed that Evening Primrose oil was on the list of alkaline foods. And so I began taking a supplement of 1000 mg twice a day without regard for timing and OMG!!! I am back to my old...LOVE BEING A WOMAN self!!
Just wanted you all to know about my results and what has worked for me. Good luck to all of you!!"
[YEA] 05/25/2009: Sherry from Houston, Texas: "I have not been dealing with BV for as long as some, however I have had the problem since January 2009. I've visited the doctor for more than a few times for antibiotics (metronidazol 7days), after the 3rd time I was treated, my doctor said most patients she have treated had mentioned bad eating habits. I thought about what she said because I too have bad eating habits and decided to take multi vitamins along with acidophilus ( for additional good bacteria) and prayer. I started taking the vitamins after I completed the antibiotics to put the good bacteria back into my body. It's been 2 weeks now and so far so good. I couldn't wait to tell you all about this. I hope this recommendation can help some if not all.
1 - multi vitamin with multi mineral complete
2 - acidophilus 2billion
You'll hear back from me if this horrible BV thing comes back.
Good Luck and May God Bless and Heal your body."
[YEA] 04/28/2008: Anonymous from La Plata, MD: "O.K. I'd first like to say, that is completely absurd to think that all causes of BV are STD related! If that was the case how do we explain the millions of women how haven't had sex that have BV. And as far as I'm concerned I don't think that BV is sex related, but that's my opinion. A couple of months ago I bought some Hydrogen Peroxide, Probiotic tablets, folic acid, and zinc. Needles to say the hydrogen peroxide caused a horrible smell and the probiotic upset my stomach. But I continued to use the folic acid and the zinc; I actually noticed a mild difference. Not entirely satisfied I figured I needed to do something more soooo.... I threw out all my detergents and soaps! I now use Purell (Allergy free ) detergent on my clothes and Aquaphor baby soap and VOILA... nothing! So What Worked For Me: 1 dose of zinc 1 dose of folic acid 800mg Allergy free detergent (Purell) Allergy free soap (Aquaphor)."
[YEA] 04/21/2013: Kelly from Los Angeles, California: "Hi! I have been dealing with BV for years now. It's awful. I tried everything and nothing seemed to work. I recently decided to not use tampons and only use cotton pads through a period and miraculously the BV seemed to disappear. I have also been eating yogurt daily and taking a probiotic for safe measure. I just had my period again and did not use them this time either. We will see what happens. I have my fingers crossed!!"
07/30/2011: Aimee from Newport News, Virginia: "Ladies! I have just found the cause if what ive thought for weeks was bv. I did all the things on here, spent a couple hundred dollars on vitamins, hours researching, the horrible odor had gone away but came back. I started douching with a vengeance(peroxide) then brown almost tan tissue like stuff started ciming out when I douched! Scary. Started reading that maybe it was the bad bacteria coming out. Then watched a video on how to check yourself for a LOST TAMPON! I thought there was no way I could check myself with my short fingers but if u can!!! It was a little tricky but felt around and thats what it was!! Once I touched it and pulled on it I was certain it had to be it. It was sideways and no string. It took a little bit to tug it out and this may be gross but what finally worked for me was to stick my nail into it and pull. Mine was not black from blood but I realized that was prob bc all the crazy douching I had been doing! Nonetheless it was the source of the problem!
I never post on things like this but as horrible as that odor and discharge etc experience was, I felt I had to share! And im telling u, u really dont have to go to doc, unless maybe to make sure it hasnt caused tss. If u sit on the toilet, first slowly insert CLEAN finger as far as u can, feel around, then bear down like u are pushing out a baby or whatever and continue feeling around. You may have to use a sweeping motion or like I did and claw finger it. Its almost unmistakeable because it wont feel like part of your body. If u havent douched it will probanly be dark n smell rank im guessing. I was very skeptical bc had already had sex several times since any tampon could have gotten stuck n thought if there us one up there theres no way I'll get it out but as we all know this stuff is so awful we'll try nearly anything and I couldnt believe how easy it was."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/13/2010: Lost Tampon from Wellington, Fl: "I recently had symptoms of BV and especially a foul smell. I tried the tampon soaked in hydrogen peroxide and took a daily dose of acidophilus pill 1 billion c.f.u. and I took 800 mg folic acid. The peroxide helped to control the smell and the pills helped reduce the discharge. However like most of the posts on this sight the symptoms kept coming back. I finally gave in and went to my Gyno.
To my surprise the problem was lost tampon syndrome. Once the tampon was removed the smell went away and after a day the discharge stopped completely. My doctor recommended a new anti-biotic on the market to treat any BV symptoms. The good news is that all is fine now. The lesson here is that you should ask your doctor to check you for a lost tampon, especially if the symptoms keep coming back. Please make sure you have yourself checked for other serious conditions before you try a self cure that might mask the symptoms and aggravate the root of the problem."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/20/2009: Jo from London, Uk: "Bacterial Vaginosis- or so I thought!
Hello ladies, I thought I would share my experience with you. I was convinced I had BV, foul odour, smelly brown discharge and stomach cramps so depressing and embarrassing. I think this website is brilliant and wanted to try a natural remedy. I tried folic acid/ acidophilus tablets and also hydrogen peroxide douche, but with no luck. Finally decided this morning I HAD to go to the doctors for antibiotics. Then I went to the toilet for a poo, I had a bad stomach cramp and suddenly felt something solid coming out of my vagina. I thought I was having a miscarriage or something, when I looked in the toilet it was an (very) old tampon! it must have been there 5 weeks or more. I had forgotten to take it out at the end of my period. I'm so pleased I now know the source of my problem and would encourage anyone who thinks they might have BV to check they do not have a tampon stuck inside them. I am 32 years old and this has never happened to me before. I went to the doctors and got some antibiotics but the smell/discharge has gone already and I feel so much better, so I probably won't need them. HOpe this helps somone else."Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/22/2009: Billie from London, Eng replies: "About a year ago I had a foul smell coming from my vagina and after 5 or 6 weeks of douching with tea tree oil & water I went to private gyny and she pulled out an old tampon - how embarrassing and smelly too, but apparantly quite a common occurance. Now months on, I have a musky smell and feeling of being damp, although my vagina is actually too dry. Doing all the right things.. folic acid, zinc, vit B, acidophillus, H202, etc (all thanks to wonderful EC). Ive just turned 50 and thinking I might need HRT/oestrogen cream down there so I dont get irritated during sex. I enjoy sex with my partner but am starting to spend more time worrying about my vag than 'luving him' during our imtimacy. Anyone know anything about ATROPHIC VAGINOSIS?? x"
11/23/2009: Sunsitara from San Juan, Puerto Rico - U.s.a replies: "Check for candida. Sometimes this could be a symptom. In the meantime,reduce your refined sugar intake and everything refined that converts into sugar like white flour. Candida flourish and grow nicely in a sweet "media" Try to be in a good PH level. Acid PH makes us prone to inflammation and disease. Mucus membranes are very susceptible to these changes in PH. Search for information about food that makes us acid or make us alkaline.The equilibrium is HEALTH."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/24/2009: Lyn from Huntsville, Oh replies: "Boy, I know how embarrasing that is. I have always been very , very particular about vaginal odor. I started to smell something one day in a store and I thought it was the lady beside me. As I walked through the store, I continued to smell it and when I got in the car, it was overpowering in that small space. I wernt home and douched immediately with a medicated douche. The next day and the next I had to miss work because of a fever of 103 degrees. I was douching 2-3 times a day, but the smell remained. Finally I felt like there was something inside of me and when I went to the toilet and strained, a tampon fell out of me. It was so disgusting. I immediately douched with the medicated douche twice, took some antibiotics and aspirin and felt like new the next morning. i thought later I may have had TSS and didn't know it."