[YEA] 04/03/2009: Fem in early 20s from NY, BY: "I have been suffering from bv for a few years off and on again. The discharge and the smell was becoming unbearable. And I was tired of the antibiotics from the drs. I looked up home remedies for bv and found this site. Once I read the post I was a little scared but I figured it could not be any worse then the he'll I was in. So I used the hydrogen peroxide last week. I filled half of the douche bottle with warm water and the other half with the peroxide. It burned a little at first but i took a cool wash cloth and placed it on my vagina until it stopped and there has been no odor no any discharge since. This site is very helpful !!!!!!"
[YEA] 03/23/2009: Deb from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: "Feminine Odor - Cure:
I tried spring water and peroxide douche (I made it myself)!!! It REALLY WORKS immediately and lasts for weeks!!!!!! Thank GOD for this website!! I found it here!!!"
08/21/2009: Helen from Wyoming , Michigan replies: "Do u need to take any other supplement and can the peroxide take away the fishy smell from having bv and how often you have to use the peroxide and is safe to use in the vagina?"
09/14/2009: Pahlee from Phila, Pa. replies: "Hi!! I have read a lot of entries on this site and I find that they all say that the peroxide is safe to use in the vagina full strength and mixed keep reading and you will find exactly what you are looking for, this is a wonderful site, it is so informative, Good luck in your search."
[YEA] 03/18/2009: Toni from San Antonio, TX: "Hydrogen Peroxide is perfect for curing BV!
I had BV once a few years ago and was given an antibiotic for it. It did the job. I had the same symptoms last month (strong rotton fish odor), so I knew it was BV. After a urinalysis and culture sample, my doctor actually told me there was nothing wrong, but gave me the antibiotics anyway. It cleared my symptoms. Within a month, I noticed a slight change in my vaginal smell, so I knew the BV was back. I didn't want to wait until the smell overpowered me again, but I didn't want to take any more antibiotics. They're not really good for you as they kill ALL bacteria, even the good ones. I did a search online for natural cures and found this web site. I saw that the Hydrogen Peroxide cure is all over the internet, and since I always have some handy, I tried it right away.
I measured 30 ml of non-diluted H2O2 in a turkey baster. With a towel under me, I lay down with my legs over my head and, using a mirror, squeezed the H202 into my relaxed vagina. (I did not insert the baster. It's much simpler to squeeze it in from the outside.)
Stay relaxed or you will push the liquid out. I waited 5 minutes before releasing the H2O2 into the toilet.
I did this once a day for 7 days. After the first treatment, the smell was negligible. After the second treatment, the smell was completely gone. It did the H2O2 reaction did fizz a little, but did not burn or feel uncomfortable.
Cheap, easy, immediate, effective, natural, and private. Try it."
08/22/2009: Helen from Wyoming, Mi replies: "I am on flagyl, dilflucan for bv now it been three days sent i been on the flagyl the fishy smell hasn't gone away. can i try the HYDROGEN PEROXIDE douch. the smell is so strong people can smell it outside my house i feel sorry for my kids because we use to go alot of places now i stay in the home. because of the smell it my second time having bv. can anyone help i am about lost. help, help, help, only if i can get the to smell go away. do i finish by medince?"
[YEA] 03/05/2009: Erica from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "For anyone who doubts if hydrogen peroxide cures BV, it really, really does, don't hesitate to try it. I had BV for months and tried all sorts of expensive antibiotics which only worked temporarily, and the infection would return after a few days. My doctor even prescribed flagylstatin which was horribly expensive and only worked for about 7 days. When I complained about the recurring infection, all the the doctor could suggest was that i get another prescription for antibiotics!! I found the information about hydrogen peroxide from this website, and other sites. I bought a reusable douche kit from the drugstore and douched with the half hydrogen peroxide, half water solution for 7 days and my BV cleared up completely. It has been 3 months, and there have been no symptoms whatsoever. The one thing I noticed was the symptoms did not improve until I started douching deep in the vagina (about 3 inches). The shallow douching (1 inch or so) did not work for me. I am also continuing with folic acid. God bless everyone that put the information about this miraculous and INEXPENSIVE cure on this website."
[YEA] 02/17/2009: Carrissa from Appleton, WI: "Hello! I read this site six months ago and decided to try the one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water douche for my reoccuring (i.e. every month or two) BV and yeast infections. I douche with this mix everytime after my husband and I are intimate and I can say that I have been BV and yeast infection free for all six months!! It is absolutely amazing. I had done a lot of research on possible causes and found that PH was a big factor. I also read that our bodies produce hydrogen peroxide naturally so I was less nervous about trying it. My infections started after my husband I got married (I was a virgin before). I had also read that semen is very alkaline. I figured that he was very alkaline and my body was not able to regulate my PH on its own. All my research took a long time between treatments at the doc (metronidozole, etc.) and OTC treatments. One time, a year and a half ago, I douched with only 30 ml of hydrogen peroxide after we were intimate and I was infection free for several months. I then decided to do this every other time we were intimate and my infections came back. For some reason I didn't attribute the reoccurrence to my not using the hydrogen peroxide everytime and did another round of doc visits and terrible medicines that only worked for a few weeks. Then I came back here and read someone's idea of doing the half water half hydrogen peroxide and decided to try doing it after sex everytime. It has worked! For anyone suffering from BV and/or yeast infections - I recommend doing this! I buy the disposable douches from the store, like summer's eve (they already have some mix in them but I dump it out and just use the bottle for a few weeks, being very careful to keep it clean), make my half water half H202 mix and rinse after sex and that's that! Sometimes it burns a bit but then I just hold a warm wash cloth to the area and the burning goes away in a couple mins. I hope this helps some people because no one should have to live with these infections!"
[YEA] 02/16/2009: Criss from Orlando, FL, Usa: "Hey Ladies, BV Hydrogen Peroxide Remedy WORKS GOOD!
I wanted to take the time to say Hydrogen Peroxide is the magical cure, I used 3% to clear up Bacterial Vaginosis on a tampon the kind with the plastic applicator that way to will stay in as the solution expands it. Take a large shot glass fill it with 3 parts 3% Hydrogen peroxide fro local drug store and 1 part bottled spring water, it is more pure than tap. Soak tampon for about 30 seconds insert it for a half hour remove and repeat no ore than three times a week. I was nervous at first because I thought peroxide was to harsh but it isn't it shouldn't even burn. It should feel refreshing. Good Luck LADIES Hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in the Vagina. I
I am also trying 1400mcg of Folic Acid a day! I will up date you on that soon. Thank you ladies for your feedback it really helped me."
[YEA] 09/20/2009: Pahlee from Phila, Pa. replies: "YES IT IS A WONDER TREATMENT, ALL OF MY SYMPTONS HAVE GONE, I WAS DOUCHING TWICE A DAY FOR A WEEK AND THEN ONCE A WEEK THEREAFTER, USING A SUMMERS EVE DOUCH CONTAINER, AFTER USING H202 AND H20 MIXTURE, I DID FEEL A SLIGHT BURNING SENSATION, BUT THEN IT WENT AWAY, PREVIOUSLY I HAD TO USE PANTYLINERS, AS OF YESTERDAY SEPT. 19TH, I NOTICE NO DISCHARGE AND NO ODOR, BOY WHAT A RELIEF,GOD BLESS THIS SITE AND ALL OF THE ENTRIES THAT I HAVE READ."
01/15/2014: Krystal from Bainbridge, Ga replies: "I'm not sure if this work but I am trying it I just put some peroxide in a douche bottle half warm water in half peroxide I then placed it in the vjayjay in place some pillows under me so that my bottom would stay in the air I just told my friend girl about this cause she to have the same problem to in we have both sick in tried of the discharge I personal am sick of the smell I am a lady I hope this work in good luck to all that try it"
01/18/2014: Mezzmerrize from Atlanta, Florida replies: "Krystal From Bainbridge, Ga - I too am from Bainbridge, Ga and think I may want to try this remedy for BV."
[YEA] 02/13/2009: RE from KINGSTON, JAMAICA: "I have had bv for probably two years now,not knowing what it was until late last year when the smell and the itching was really bad. i went to the gynae got meds and it didnt help at all (flagly and metro...) i found this site this morning hoping to find out what bv was really about. i did and tried the 1/2 peroxide 1/2 distilled water douche. when squeezing in the solution i didnt know what to expect..then i saw yellow looking discharge coming more like flowing out. i waited 3 and a half minutes, squeezed out all the liqiud from the vagina, then waited a minute. the area started foaming and it burned for a second. i then washed the area thoroughly with water..i actually dont feel itchy and dont smell anything literally anything..i will start the acidophlius later on when i eat. i will comment on my condition in a week... thannk u to every woman who posted their experience im very sure it made us all feel normal in the way that we werent alone."Replies
03/23/2014: Carmen from Gainesville Ga replies: "I was so excited to read your post especially, I'm soon moving to Kingston and one thing that is haunting me is that I get bv an yeast infection very often. Last time I was there I got the worst yeast infection OMG!! A lady told me to drink neem tea and it worked!! But for bv I was worriedbecause I don't know anything about how the medical treatment is there, I'm having bv symptom right now and going to try the peroxide as soon as I finish this message!! Thank u for posting!"
[YEA] 01/31/2009: Nicki from Pensacola, Florida: "Like most other posters, I've suffered with BV for almost 10 years, getting it sometimes up to 4 times a year. I always took metronidazole and that cured it, but the past 6 months it has not. I think maybe my body is simply resistant from taking it so much. A few months ago I again got it, and it is ALWAYS after I have sex that I get it. I took the metronidazole and it got better but not cured. After several weeks I thought it was gone but after having sex again it once again came back. Took metronidazole AGAIN and it didn't work. This BV has been affecting my life so much! I needed to find something that would work and found this website, I was skeptical at first about using hydrogen peroxide on my "lady parts" because it seemed harsh but after doing some research I found that actually the "good" bacteria in the vagina produce hydrogen peroxide naturally so I figured it was safe, plus all the testimonials here.
Before I started treating myself, I had a thick discharge with itching and burning. I used a 1/2 water, 1/2 hydrogen peroxide douche the first night before bed, it didn't burn but did feel tingly for awhile. The next morning I couldn't tell if I was better or not. It seemed the same so I soaked a tampon in 3% peroxide and put it in for about 30 mins. Again, same tingly feeling. That lasted a couple hours and I thought "Oh no, I might have made it worse" but then as the hours passed I felt better and better. By that night the discharge was much less and the burning was gone, just some mild itching now and again. I did the 1/2 peroxide 1/2 water douche again before bed and soaked another tampon with 3% peroxide, left it in about 10 mins. No tingling. This morning I woke up feeling better. Still a little discharge but nothing like it was. Over the course of the day I have felt better and better and now it's bedtime and I have no discharge and the itching is almost completely gone. Wow! I would say it's important to try the peroxide more than one time to ensure that it helps but also give your body some time to get balanced again. It won't be 100% fixed overnight, but I am definately on the right track, thanks to everyone who posted!"
[YEA] 01/22/2009: Brittany from Hitchcock, Tx: "I'm a seventeen year old mother of one and i've been suffering from bv for almost two years, it's hell! i like most have visited the doctor for this many times and all i got out of it was a yucky cream or pill that was actually a yeast infection medication. a couple of weeks ago i went to the clinic and the nurse told me that i might have been suffering from bv and gave me diflacan, of course it didn't work. i decided to do a little research on bv and i came across this site, i saw that many women tried hydrogen peroxide (h202) in a douche and they had great reviews on it. i went to the local drug store last night and got the peroxide and douche, i poured 30cc's of peroxide into the douche and tried it when i took a shower. i did this three times and washed my vagina with (summer's eve feminine body wash for sensitive skin) when i woke up this morning the oh so familiar odor and discharge were completely gone! the discharge has come back slightly but i intend on douching regularly with peroxide for the next seven days. i hope this works for you!"
[YEA] 01/18/2009: Lisa from Sudbury, Ontario Canada: "I have dealt with BV for years. After medication from the doctors that never really worked I started to do research on it. I found a site from a Midwife - www.gentlebirth.org/archieves/vagInfections.html#Vaginosis. I decided to try the following hydrogen peroxide wash.
Directions for hydrogen peroxide washes:
Take a 30 cc syringe (without the needle) place 3 cc of hydrogen peroxide and fill the rest with distilled water. Insert the syringe in the vagina about an inch and push the fluid in. Do this once a day for seven days.
During treatment period the partner should wear condoms during intercourse. To prevent recurrences the partner should wash after intercourse with a mild antibacterial soap (like dial). I also had my husband wash with this every day for seven days even if there was no intercourse.
The only thing different I did was in addition to the above I got a perineal care bottle and put 1 to 2 oz of peroxide then I filled the rest of it with warm water, shake it to make sure it is mixed well then I would wash my genital area every time I went to the bath room, this seemed to help with the itching.
I have only had one reoccurance with BV in three years and I did the above and it has not come back.
I know this worked well for me but some people do respond differently to things. Hope it works."
[YEA] 01/15/2009: Terri from Boone, NC: "Wow I went out yesterday and bought hydrogen peroxide 3% mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with H2o and it worked as far as the odor! I then soaked a tampon with orgainc plain yogurt and pressed organic garlic and inserted for an hour. This morning I smell a bit of garlic but I am going to do another douche with the peroxide now. How long do I continue to douche? Will this effect my bladder and UT at all because I have been prone to bladder infections in the past this is why I have been on probiotics for 2 years straight everyday. Also does my sex partner need to do anything to prevent re infection? I was going to have him rinse with the solution before sex."Replies
01/17/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hi Terri,
In answer to your question, it is highly unlikely one can have unprotected sexual intercourse without sharing any infection one partner might have. Therefore if only one partner is treated for that infection, the treated partner is going to keep getting reinfected by the untreated partner.
My suggestion is to make sure that both you and your partner are using the same remedy at the same time, because what is effective for you should also be effective for him. After proper treatment for both partners (and both apparently have no infection after treatment), if you keep getting reinfected, I would definitely be inquiring how many sexual partners my partner has. There are too many health destroying sexually transmitted diseases out there to risk playing house with a promiscuous partner. Even that nastiest of the old ones (AIDS now has that title) LGV or lymphogranuloma venerum moved inland from the seaports back in the l980's. I saw my first case of it in Tennessee in l980 in the Appalachian mountain area and the 2nd case less than 6 months later in border area of Central/West Tennessee area."
01/04/2009: Brenda from Creve Couer, MO: "I found this link on a comment posted on this website. I copied and pasted the article here. Hope this helps you guys, it sure helped me.
Minerva Ginecol. 2003 Dec;55(6):483-92.
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."
[YEA] 12/28/2008: Grosbois from Gainesville, Florida: "I was searching the internet earlier and came accross the use of hydrogene peroxide for bv. I mixed equal amount of the above and water then squirted the liquid into my vagina laying down in the shower for a couple of min.one hour later I checked with a mirror and the discharge was totally GONE . This is just after one time before bed . I am going to do this for at least 4 days 2 make sure that it works because there is a slight fishy odor still.tomorrow I will buy folic acid because at this point I am desperate. we can always camouflage a discharge but certainly not a fishy smell so I really hope all this works."
[YEA] 12/21/2008: Rachel from Montclair, NJ: "This summer I was the unlucky host of a bacterial vaginosis episode. I wasn't sure if it was a yeast infection or bacterial since my symptoms were applicable to both (I had discharge that was initially clumpy and then more like runny egg white that would occur every month after my period and subside shortly before my next cycle. Also had slight itch but nothing unbearable.) I went to my gyneo (a midwife) and had a culture taken. BV was the diagnosis and I was given a prescription for clindesse (one application treatment of vaginal cream.) The first horror was the price I paid for the clindesse at the pharmacy. $70 out of my pocket WITH INSURANCE! Second horror, the itch from hell that I experienced as a side effect of the clindesse. The itch started about 3 days after using the clindesse and did not let up for one week straight. I tried everything to get the itch to stop but nothing really helped. I was miserable, angry and desperate to get rid of the itch that was not only external (outer labia) but internal as well. This was truly the itch you cannot scratch!! I had to wait until my body expelled all of the clindesse before I finally got some real relief from the itch (clindesse is a waxy, creamy substance that is inserted vaginally, kind of like a chap stick.)
After the bout with the clindesse and following my next period I had more persistent discharge that was like thick egg whites. I was very frustrated at this point. I read nearly all of the posts on earthclinic about cures for BV and decided to try douching with straight 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. I did this for 3 days in a row and the discharge stopped. I have had two periods since using the peroxide douche and have not had any abnormal discharge. I consider myself to be free of BV!!! If any of the symptoms come back, I will certainly use the peroxide douche again.
I did not experience any irritation with the peroxide, only relief.
Thank you to all the women who have posted their experiences with BV and the remedies that they have used. If it wasn't for you, I'd still be suffering."
09/14/2009: Pahlee from Phila, Pa replies: "I am glad the solution worked for you, but how much of the straight h202 did you use? I am doing this now, and have been since the 11th of september, I still have the discharge, but not as bad, The smell is practically gone, HELP"
09/15/2009: Tonya from Montgomery, Alabama replies: "Palee, this might not be the cure for you. try using 800 mcg of folic acid, and start taking vitimin pills one a day. I was told by my Dr. that folic acid do kill the bacteria but taking it alone will take longer to kill the bacteria, so I had her to call me in some flagyl to kill the bacteria quicker. This has worked for me so far. And I tell you this is the longest I've been BV free so it must work so far it's been one month.But remember take your pills every day to keep you folic acid level up in your body that why we have this problem, lack of these in our body."
01/13/2011: Shan from Orlando, Florida replies: "Does the hydrogen peroxide just get rid of the odor or the discharge as well?"
[YEA] 12/20/2008: Melanie from Toronto, ON, CA: "i had a baby 6 months ago, and after that i guess that changed my vaginal flora. i didn't even know what all the discharge was until maybe 2 months ago. there was no itching, just the discharge and a fishy smell (most of the time it was pretty faint) i thought all of it was related to postpartum. anyway i was sick of wearing liners every day!! i researched it, and found out it was BV. i've never had bv in my life!! i decided to cure it naturally before going to my dr, and that's when i found earthclinic!! first i tried garlic pills to no avail. then, i tried acidophilus (2 billion) for a couple of weeks with the yogurt tampons. still did not work. then i tried the hydrogen peroxide solution douche(1/2 water, 1/2 h202). it only provided temporary relief... like a few hours. i decided to take the folic acid as well (1000mcg once perday). i didn't see any change, and was hugely disappointed since these remedies have worked for so many ppl. i was on and off the acidophilus and folic acid, but i maintained the h202 regime (douche every 1.5 days). well, it has PAID OFF!!! 2.5 weeks after i tried the douche and pills it WORKED!!! i don't need to wear a liner and i am smell free (for the past 3 days)!!! i improved very gradual at first, but then all of a sudden all the discharge disappeared!! JUST STICK WITH the H202!! it really works! THANKS Earthclinic!!"Replies
12/21/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Question for all those with persistent bacterial vaginosis complaints:
Have any of you read up on SSKI and tried Dr. Wright's (Tahoma Clinic) recommendation of SSKI douches? That would probably be my first trial if I had the problem. A few days of SSKI would be much quicker than battling it for weeks, months & years. I also think if I had the problem I would make sure that any sexual partner I had used the same treatment at the same time I did to keep from being reinfected all the time. In most STD's, unless both partners are treated at the same time, the treated one just keeps getting it back from the untreated one, and I suspect that this is true whether the infection is gonorhea, syphilis, trichimonas, yeast (candida albicans), BV, LGV. AIDS, or others."
[YEA] 12/15/2008: Toni from Brunswick, Ga/Glynn: "Hello ladies, The same as everyone I have tried so, so many prescriptions from the doctor and nothing worked lasting a day doesn't count . I knew they thought I was crazy I have been having this discharge (white milky) no odor just excessive discharge I couldn't tell u the last time I had sex, I mean this at the time was really taken over my life, trust me when I say I tried EVERYTHING the only thing that seemed to work (now keep in mind out of everything I tried clindess spelling I know is wrong cleared up my discharge for only a day) HYDROGEN PEROXIDE WORKS I started using it yesterday morning I douche 1/2 peroxide 1/2 water it didn't burn that much just felt bubbly down there did not see a discharge all day was waiting for this morning that's when I have the most this morning I had a tad bit totally nothing compared to what it use to be, being that I have had this problem for almost 2 years so I figure its going to take more than 1 douche to get my flora back in order so I douche again today and took 1 fem dophilus pill but one thing I don't want to over do it with the peroxide how many times should I douche the or everyone is different but one thing I can say I feel like im on the road to some great healing."
[YEA] 12/05/2008: Kat from Daytona Beach, Fl: "The hydrogen peroxide douche worked for me! A bit of burning at first, but then it bubbled. I felt better after about 15 minutes."
[YEA] 11/24/2008: Maleasha from Baltimore, MD: "Peroxide worked for my BV odor. I came across this website after researching for many months on natural cures for BV. I knew I had it for about a month and went to the doc to get some relief. Surprisingly, they told me my test came back fine and that I was probably just having normal irritation. I couldn't believe it even after I told them of the foul odor that comes back a little while after showering. So on the hunt for my own cure I found you guys. I haven't had a chance to pick up the folic acid yet, but I wanted to try the peroxide out of curiousity. I mixed 1/4 cup of water with an equal amount of perioxde and then used a baby medicine dropper(was all I had) as a mini douche. As soon as I did it the first time it started to foam up which made me know infection was present. Well after I finished it all I waited. I instantly felt more fresh and 1hr, 2hrs, 3hrs later I was still fresh and no discharge. I couldn't believe it!!! It seemed to reappear later the next day slightly, but I think it was because I hadn't started the folic acid yet. Had slight burning feeling with the first douche but after a few seconds it wore off and I was fine. But ladies, yes...this stuff really works! thank you!"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 11/22/2008: CJ from Northville, MI: "Ok...I have the same story as most of you (recurrent BV that meds only help temporarily) blah blah blah. Anyway, I found this website and the Hydrogen peroxide douche and it a miracle. Completely took all symptoms away immedietly. I was so relieved.
But then, just like with everything else, the BV would come back. Usually after a few weeks. I would then use the douche again (always for 7 days) and it would go away again. Ive been doing this for a few months. I noticed that a lot of times the BV seems to come back after my period. I then use the douche and its gone again for a few weeks. Now, however, the douche doesnt seem to be working as well. It will take away the smell but not the discharge and only for maybe a day. I am not through the 7 days yet so we'll see...
I recently started drinking a tbsp of apple cider vinegar because I heard it balances out your ph levels (among other things) and am wondering if that could be part of the problem???? Does anyone have any idea? I'm so desperate now that I started using a douche of maybe 75% hydrogen peroxide and 25% water. Hopeing that will help..."Replies
11/22/2008: Tess from Palm Beach, FL replies: "CJ, I really think any external remedies for BV are temporary fixes. We all need to work internally too with a healthy alkaline diet and supplements. I think some of us have gotten out of whack with our dietary choices myself included. It would be great if those of us with BV also tell EC what they've been eating. Perhaps we can find a BV culprit (example: dietary products with artificial sweeteners). Something has to be causing this terrible epidemic!!!"
[YEA] 11/23/2008: Lana from Liberty County, TX replies: "Hi All - I've found that instead of using soap on my vaginal area, my normal hair conditioner (I buy the cheapo house brand in the gallon jug...) works wonders. It gently clears the area, and I haven't had a problem since."
12/28/2008: Carole from Ajax, ON replies: "Just wanted to comment on replenishing your natural bacteria into your body. Ladies after douching with the hydrogen peroxide go and buy "BIO K" in the health section of your grocery store. It is a yogurt which carries over 50 billion bacteria. I take half of the bottle daily and believe me it works for many things. It is very good for your bowels and builds your immune system. This also helps re establish your bacteria count that we need for the vagina."
11/22/2008: Lisa from Boise, Id: "Im confused in my research of this STD it is said not to Douch!
"BV is not completely understood by scientists, and the best ways to prevent it are unknown. However, it is known that BV is associated with having a new sex partner or having multiple sex partners.
The following basic prevention steps can help reduce the risk of upsetting the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and developing BV:
Limit the number of sex partners.
Do not douche.
Use all of the medicine prescribed for treatment of BV, even if the signs and symptoms go away."
I want to try the remedy but am very scared."Replies
08/24/2009: Kate from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Lisa, I think when you see "Do not douche" on health websites like the one you cited, they are referring to the perfumed douches that are sold for cosmetic reasons. Those are definitely not good for the vaginal chemistry. But on this website people are using "douching" to describe the technique, which, as long as you are using the hydrogen peroxide solution, isn't harmful."
10/23/2009: Smn from Birmingham, Al replies: "Right, douching in and of itself is not harmful. What is harmful is what you douche with. Those commercial douches with perfumes and all that artificial stuff is what upsets your vaginal flora. Douching with hydrogen peroxide has really done wonders for me and a lot of other women."
05/19/2010: Tigerlilie711 from Orlando, Fl replies: "First off Lisa, BV is not by any means an STD. It is not something your partner 'gives' to you. the bacteria that cause the infection already exist in your vagina. However, there is a delicate balance of 'good' bacteria to this 'bad' bacteria. Sometimes semen can cause your pH to be a bit off, which provides a great environment for the bad bacteria to flourish. If the hydrogen peroxide doesn't work for you, team it up with some vitamin D3, folic acid, and acidophilus. The D3 is linked to bacterial imbalance, the folic acid will work to kill off some of the bad bacteria, and the acidophilus is the same type of 'good' bacteria that already exist in your vagina.
You may need to play around with the amounts until you find what ratio is right for you. I use the tampon in peroxide, and take two, 1000IU D3's, one acidophilus, and 1000mg of folic acid daily. I find that when I forget to take them, my symptoms come back. I would suggest the peroxide douche, with only the 3%. If it causes discomfort (other than the bubbling, which is a good thing) switch to 3 parts peroxide to 1 part water, then to half and so on. I try to keep the solution in for at least 20 minutes, although I fell asleep laying down waiting for an hour once. Do it for at least a week, maybe twice a day if it is convenient. If the symptoms appear to be gone before then, still continue to use the hydrogen for the rest of the week. Keep taking the vitamins even after this week. I take them every day as I do not want a recurrence, besides it clears my skin, gives me more energy, and oddly enough improves my mood. If you have more questions, you can email me at, email@example.com."
[YEA] 11/20/2008: Shelia from New York, New York: "ive been dealing with this foul smelling odor for about three months nver really knowing what it was. i went to the store a purchased cream to cure yeast infections, this didnt work, i purchased one of those home testers and found out i had something a little bit more than a yeast infection, BV. i was devasted and really didnt want to take antibiotics because i will get a yeast infection and that will be one more thing to deal with. I got on line an tried to find the most sensible home remedy. PEROXIDE> i decided to try it and ladies it really worked thus far. Yea there was a slight burning,itching sensation after wich completely stopped. i used a douch bottle filled half with peroxide and other half with warm water. held it inside for about 20-30 seconds and gave a real push. this morning, nothing, no smell, no discharge, nothing I am very pleased to say you too should try it. good luck."
10/29/2008: Kim from Sacramento, CA: "I, like many others, am grateful to have found this website. I've been suffering with an odor that is the worst smell I have ever smelt... (I don't like fish mainly because of the smell) I was prescribed antibiotics for this and of course it went away, but it came back so I was convinced that it was my IUD that had been inserted 3 years prior, so I had that removed and the odor still didn't go away. The obgyn told me that it wasn't the IUD, but never told me what it was. My doctor told me to eat yogurt, go figure. I like yogurt, but not that much. So now I've learned from many women like myself what this is BV. I thought something awful was wrong inside of me. So now I'll get to the point.... Today I went out and bought the HP and did the half and half mixture and douched. So now the wait. I hope this works for me as it has worked for many others. Thanks a million Earth Clinic and the women that were kind enough to share their remedies."Replies
12/03/2009: Cured from Niceville, Fl replies: "That is very rare for a dr. to give you a home remedy like that. I did not know until today what was going on with me. All I knew was when symptoms started to occur I would eat yogurt. And NO, I do not like yogurt. Within a day to a few days my problem would be gone till next time. One small container was all I would have a day. I do plan to try HP or even both at the same time. From what I have read, it seems catching it early is key. Maybe for the more complex cases taking days or weeks to cure, the yogurt with the HP douch will help to reduce your recovery time."
[YEA] 10/28/2008: Ms. Anderson from St Loui, MO: "Hydrogen Peroxide for Bacterial Vaginosis
Like many of you I've battled with BV for a long time. I don't need to tell you what an embarrassing condition this is. I had to carry perfume with me to the bathroom at work to try to cover up the odor. I've tried antibiotics but it always seems to come back. So last night I decided to search online for a natural cure and came across this website. I was so excited about the feedback I decide to try the Hydrogen Peroxide right away. Ladies I woke up this morning feeling like a new woman and completely free of any odor. This was the best advice I have ever received! Thanks Ladies"
10/20/2008: TG from RP, NJ: "how do you do this hydrogen peroxide douche? u just take the squirting bottle and fill it up with HP and water and just stick it up there.. shoot the solution and then it leaks back out? im confused. which way works better? the tampon soaked in HP or douching it?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/03/2008: Tomika from Decatur, Georgia: "I have had BV reoccurrences for several years now, every time I went to the doctor they gave me the same medicine and yes it worked, (ONLY FOR A WHILE) then like always it would reoccur again. I have been so frustrated with going to the doctor with the same issue time and time again. This particular time around, I was like there has to be some type of home remedy I can do. So, I googled and yahooed and googled and THANK GOD I came across this site, I started to read all the comments and stories and praises, at first I was very skeptical and didn't really want to try the Hydrogen Peroxide and water douche. I was like 'there is no way it's that simple', and then I thought 'you can't put Hydrogen Peroxide inside of your vagina', then I was like 'what's the worst that can happen', besides after reading all the successful stories, I thought 'why not'. I went to my local 24 hr Kroger grocery store @ 12 am, yes 12 am, I was beyond tired of dealing with this problem. I purchased Hydrogen Peroxide 3% @ 50 cents a bottle and also some folic acid pills @ $4.50 a bottle. When I got home I mixed half warm water and half Hydrogen Peroxide together and inserted into my vagina while lying on my back. I did this twice and then a third time with just warm water, just to rinse myself. I then took 800 mg of the folic acid, 2 capsules of 400 mg. That was every bit of maybe 40 minutes ago, the Hydrogen Peroxide so far seems to have worked, and I sure hope so. I will keep you guys posted as to my results. I'm more than thankful for this site. Sincerely, extremely grateful and anxious female."Replies
[YEA] 09/05/2008: Angela from Baltimore, Maryland replies: "I have been reading the comments from this site for three days before I finally decided to try the Hydrogen Peroxide and Folic Acid. I have been suffering from BV for 10 years on and off, so while waiting for one of my endless gyn appointments next week, I took 800 mcg of Folic Acid and after work I douched with half warm water and the hydrogen Peroxide. After douching, the discharge was non-existent and the itch and irritation cleared up. I didn't have a smell, so that wasn't an issue. I also douched again this morning and this time, I felt a little bit of a burn, but that subsided right away and there is still no discharge or itch. I will update everyone soon. Thanks for the advice everyone."
[YEA] 08/31/2008: TT from Atlanta, GA: "flushing with h2o2 and water cured my smelly vjajay! "flushing" (with a applicator from a metrogel)fill the applicator with 1/4 h202 3% and 3/4 water. tilt the applicator a bit as to not lose the mixture.by doing the 'douche' as a "flush" youre able to get the mixture further in the vagina instead of merely the walls as with a traditional douche applicator. i take 800 mcg folic acid twice a day. one prenatal vitamin a day. killed the oodor immediately. sprinkle a little baking soda in your panty. good luck ladies. were all in the fight!"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/28/2008: Arlana from Taylorville, IL: "Hi, I am ACH, I think I have BV from the sounds of it...YEP! I have been fighting this for a month now and I have been on flagyl, metro gel, clindesse, bactrim, diflucan, all of it. I read your comments and tried the hydrogen peroxide douche for about 3 days and I am as red as a lobster on the external part of my vagina...is that normal? Should I continue the hydrogen peroxide or stop, I read where a lady used iodine and water douche and I am just about ready to give up. The odor is still there but the discharge is gone, I don't know if it is because I am on so many meds right now that my body doesn't know if its healed or to produce more yeast...PLEASE HELP! Got any suggestions??"Replies
10/07/2008: BB Kelley from San Antonio, Texas replies: "Please stop douching!!! You are messing up your natural (good) bacteria in your vagina. Please see the folic acid and acidophilus cure. I bought and use Culturell (10 billion CFU) probiotics from Walgreens (ask the pharmacist because it is kept refridgerated); its a very good acidophilus (1 tablet orally per day); than I take 2 400mg of folic acid a day. When I tell you it works....it works. I am so pleased with my results that I am singing earthclinc praises to all of my friends. Try it you will not be disappointed. Good Luck, BB"
[YEA] 08/14/2008: Danielle from Northeast, IN: "I'm 30 yrs old. After a few weeks with a new sexual partner, I got my first case of BV. I was put on antibiotics for strep throat around the same time, and was hoping those would clear the BV as well. It got worse. The smell was awful, and nothing was helping. Never having BV or any STDs before, I was freaked out. After finding this site during an internet search, I decided to try the 1/2 hydrogen peroxide 1/2 water douche, along with acidophillus and folic acid supplements twice daily. I'm not sure how much the vitamins helped, but the H202/water douche eliminated my BV immediately. I was very nervous about using peroxide as a douche, but I'm so glad I tried it. The BV was literally gone completely by the next morning, without even a hint that there was a problem just hours earlier. THANK YOU SO MUCH! After being very discouraged by reading all the gyno prescribed treatments that do not work for people, this simple remedy was a Godsend. Thanks again to all the women who left comments about their positive experience. You encouraged me to try it, and it worked 100%."Replies
08/31/2009: Stephanie from Louisville, United States replies: "i have had this bv thing for almost a year. i never new what it was till my boyfriend and i looked into it. it was ruining our sex life. i had no confidence and i wanted it to go away. it was driving me crazy!!!!! i just tried the hydrogen peroxcide, and i am praying that it works. i want this gone once and for all."
[YEA] 08/12/2008: E from New York, NY: "Well ladies, I'm here to testify about my experience using hydrogen peroxide to end BV and a yeast infection. My story: I became sexually active about a year ago. I began to have yeast infections and BV about a month after I became sexually active. Month after month, I went to the doctor and was prescribed flagly, gyconozole, and diflucan. These medications kept my infections at bay for about a month before they returned in full force. The medications affects began to wear off and I was getting the infections every two weeks. I began researching on my own, as it was painfully clear that the medications I was using did not have any valuable long term effects.
I read several websites like this and studies that suggested that Peroxide, of all things, was a viable remedy for vaginal infections.
I was always weary of douching, as the modern science community recommends avoiding docuhing. Desperate and tired of going back and forth to the doctor, I used peroxide after my last infection.
I mixed 3 tablespoons of 3% peroxide with 3 tablespoons of tap water into a small travel douche while in the shower. I then laid in the tub and inserted the mixture. I laid on the floor of the tub for about 2 minutes to allow the peroxide to foam up. When I stood up, I pushed the mixture out and the peroxide came out foamy.
The peroxide COMPLETELY cleared up my infections (both yeast and BV). I used it for 5 days in a row.
I don't know how often I have to douche to stop the infections from coming back.
I do know that I feel much better using peroxide rather than these ridiculous prescriptions given to me by my doctor. Contrary to the medications, peroxide promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your vagina. The medication destroys everything in your vagina, particularly antibiotics. This has serious consquences on your vagina's ability to rebalance itself. Peroxide is a much better alternative to not only killing harmful bacteria and yeast in the vagina, but it also helps the vagina rebalance itself.
Lack of balance is the root of the problem anyways. It is the lack of balance that allows bad bacteria and yeast to grow out of control.
In addition to douching with peroxide whenever I feel an infection coming on, I also take a probiotic and a multivitamin with 600mg of folic acid.
Good luck ladies,
[YEA] 08/12/2008: PB from OCALA, FL: "WELL U CAN SEE IT HAS BEEN ABOUT 3 WEEKS IF NOT LONGER AND I AM STILL SMELLIN LIKE WATER !!!!!!! USE THE PEROXIDE IF U LADIES WANT REAL RESULTS JUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER DO IT. DOUCHE WITH THE MIXTURE EVERY THREE DAYS- AND WIPE UR PARTS WITH THE MIXTURE EVERYTIME U TOILET. HOPE U HAVE AS GOOD OF LUCK AS I HAVE."
[YEA] 08/09/2008: Jessica from Hartselle, Alabama: "I tried your recommendation to use hydrogen peroxide for bacterial vaginosis and it worked INSTANTLY! I felt relief right away. Just a few hours later I felt totally normal. I followed the suggestion of one of the commenters on this site and made a mixture in a shot glass of 1/2 hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 water, then used a bulb syringe to apply the mixture inside and outside. I did this 3 times (3 shot glasses). What a cheap remedy! I LOVE your site for giving this suggestion. Thank you soooo much."
[YEA] 08/08/2008: Traci from Orlando, FL: "Finally cured of BV. It took some fine tuning but I found what works for me. I take a shot glass and fill it half with hydrogen peroxide and half with water. I then take a bulb syringe (like the one to clean your ear of wax) and suction the mixture. I use this as a "mini douche" but be careful to squeeze the air out before inserting. The bulb syringe also doubles as a "mini portable bidet" fill it with water and/or hydrogen peroxide and squirt on your genitalia to clean after urinating or a bowel movement. Hope it helps others it works wonders for me and the syringe is easy to take along on trips."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/03/2008: Joanna from Paramus, NJ: "Wow! This site is amazing. I've been telling my doctor for years that I felt like something was off but after treating me over and over for a yeast infection he told me this is just my body. I swore it was something else and finally decided to take it upon myself to find out. I've obviously had bv for god only knows how long. It has to be at least 10 years though. It's been the worst thing to deal with. I was constantly changing and washing.
I read all your posts and began the peroxide with water. It did get rid of the smell almost immediately. I've been doing douches every day in the shower for about a week. I'm nervous to stop and have that smell come back.
The one thing that hasn't been kicked is the whitish discharge. It's nowhere near as bad but I notice that in the morning it's back. Is there something that I'm not doing that I should be????
Any guidance would be extremely appreciated. I don't know if I should be douching more. I'm not taking the folic acid but am taking the priobiotic acidophilus.... one a day. Maybe I should up that dosage. I don't know I just want to live a normal life.
Thank you for everything!!! In my case, this site has been able to help a situation where my doctor had no idea."
EC: Folic acid appears to be a critical component in curing BV.
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 07/26/2008: Aniya from Richmond, Virginia: "Have had problems with bv for over 10 years and im only 24! have gotten medicine several times but didnt really help. i have just discharge and not smell or any pain. i have tryed peroxide but it only helped for a couple hours. i recently went back 2 my doctor and was told that my discharge is normal but that i lack all the normal bacteria that is present in the vagina. does anyone have any suggestions how i can restore the balance and return all the bacteria that should be present. im guessing because all bacteria is not present that that could be the reason why i have the discharge and not the smelling or the pain."
EC: Acidophilus and Folic Acid are 2 popular supplements for BV according to our readers. Make sure you read all the feedback on the BV pages!
[YEA] 07/24/2008: PB from Ocala, FL: "Thanks to the ladies out there that wee willing to share their deep dark secret- i tried hp and it worked immediatley i did one douche this morning and a tampon soaked in it every two hours and i smell like water!!!! for real i will contine for the next 6 days- mand if it comes back o well i will still use this method because it really produces results. much love all p.b."Replies
07/26/2008: P.B from OCALA , FL replies: "WELL IT IS SATURDAY AND I STARTED THE REGIMEN ON THURSDAY AND HAVE NOT DID IT AGIAN SINCE FRIDAY AND I AM STILL AS FRESSSSSH AND CLEAN CLEAN- GET THE PEROXIDE IT WORKS FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE!!!!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW EFFECTIVE THIS IS!!!!!!!!THANKS EVERYONE. I WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOU ON MY PROGRESS AS I FEEL SINCE U ALL GAVE ME THE ADVICE U ARE ALL ENTITLED TO IT!!! THANKS AGAIN TALK TO U ALL SOON SINCERLY P.B."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 02/02/2009: Nancy from Riverside, Ca replies: "I've been suffering from BV for about 9 months now (on and off) I started using the hydrogen peroxide, and folic acid. The Hydrogen peroxide stopped the discharge amd the smell and even the itch for about 2 weeks as well as taking 800mgs of folic acid once a day. But now it seems the hydrogen peroxide only works for about one day stopping the discharge only for a day as well as stopping the inner labia itch . Anyone have any Suggestions? im going crazy with the itch."
[WARNING!] 07/23/2008: Diane from Danbury, CT: "Hello, I have been suffering from Bacterial Vaginosa for several years.Three years ago tried a vaginal wash for 7 days following my period, with 3%, from the pharmacy. I use a 50/50 dilution with water.Works great. My husband read how impure 3% over the counter is and ordered food grade. He diluted it down to 3% for me. Well, I don't know what happened, I imagine his numbers were off....but I was severely burned and immediately washed with pure water. This was two days ago, the pain and rawness is subsiding, but I am suffering. NEVER use the food grade again. Does anyone have any suggestions for the burn."
EC: So sorry you were burned. We are weary of 30% food grade H202 for this very reason!
07/26/2011: Rose from Durham, North Carolina, United States replies: "Hi my name is Rose,
I know I'm a bit late answering your question but if anything like this ever occurs again or if you know anyone who experiences this try Vitamin E oil capsules. You can buy this at Whole Foods. I buy the bottle which contains the gell capsules. You can bite holes into them and squeeze onto your fingers to apply to infected areas or you could probably buy a bottle of the vitamin E oil which isn't in capsule form. Hope this works for you, it has given me rather immediate relief before so thats my suggesstion. Also, for your BV you can try purchasing two lemons and squeezing the juice out of them and purchasing a small bottle of organic apple cidar vinegar and lastly a syringe (you know the one that looks like it's meant for a needle to go in it) you can buy that at a regular grocery store in the pharmacy area or at a pharmacy. Mix the lemon juice and apple cidar vinegar together and keep it in a sealed container in your fridge. You don't not need to add water to this mixture it's not intense at all; however if your body is a bit more sensitive I suggest you use distilled or bottled water, and don't use much. It's important to keep this mixture as acidic as possible for quick results. Keep the syringe in a dry clean area. While your in the shower, after showering, suck the mixture up into the surrenge and carefully insert it into the vagina. Squirt the mixture up there and rinse off with water. It works for me within about two days of doing it. You won't need to over do it, filling the syringe twice and squirting it as far as it will go is sufficient enough. Good Luck. Feel Free to write me back if this works for you.
P.S. In addition to blood (menstrual cycle) and sperm (sex) soap can also be somewhat harmful as I believe it is more alkaline than acidic. When bathing do not directly wash the vagina with soap. Wash around the vagina with soap and rince the direct area off with hot water. Soaps that probably won't harm the vagina but will probably help the vagina are lemon soap, cranberry soap, and non scented soaps. Well anyways I really hope that I gave you some advice that will be helpful. Bye."
[YEA] 07/22/2008: Athina from Fishkill, NY: "I had a very slight case of BV for the first time in my life, but it did not go away with yogurt, probiotics, garlic, etc...I tried everything and I was just about ready to use vaginal metrogel, but decided to try this hydrogen peroxide. It worked!! No fishy odor whatsoever.I inserted about 30 cc's of hydrogen peroxide 3%- undiluted!!!! (I used a medication syringe- the kind used to give liquid medication to infants). lay on your back and keep your hips tilted up-allow the hydrogen do its work for about 4 minutes. Then sit on the toilet and allow it to drain out. It really worked well. And in case you are scared to put it up there- hydrogen peroxide is naturally occurring in the v-jay."
[YEA] 07/13/2008: Beth from Edmonton, Canada: "I tried the peroxide remedy for BV and it worked fabulous and almost instantly! One note though: don't forget that's it's a combo of peroxide and WATER!!! I did straight peroxide and what no one else mentioned is it burned like heck at first, but it must have worked because within 5 min. felt so much better...."
[YEA] 07/09/2008: Raydiant from Syracuse , New York : "I have sufferd with BV for at least 1 1/2 years. I have constanly been to the doctor only to receive treatment with antibiotics. I am soooooooo thankful to all the people who took their time to write to this forum with their natural cures.
I happened to try the Acidophilus pills 2 a day not sure of the mg because I don't have the bottle. I took them for about 3-4 days and saw a slight difference in the oder but not anything significant. I went out this morning and purchased the Folic Acid 400mcg, I took 2 today, and inserted a tampon with Hydrodgen Peroxide Solution this morning. This afternoon and I believe that it was mainly the HYDRODGEN PEROXIDE THAT CURED ME OF THAT AWFUL SMELL. It cost me $3.88 at Walmart for the tampons with the plastic applicator or a douche back will due, and $.50 for the peroxide. I recommend EVERYONE try the Peroxide FIRST!!!!!!!!!! I am going to continue with everything, I even take a multivitamin which everyone should do whether you have BV or not.
With much love for my Sisters & And many thanks to the women who also had the courage to post their stories. I am only on day 1 with the Peroxide I will repost in about a week or 2 to let everyone know if it's long term."
[YEA] 06/30/2008: Enigma from Encino, California: "I know what caused my BV, several long Jacuzzi sessions, a long bath with fragrance, hot weather, and wearing swimsuits because the synthetic traps the bacteria and sweat. Yesterday I poured HP in a bowl and absorbed it with a medium sized tampon and pushed it inside. Relief from the get go....
Am repeating this today, along with going shopping for some Acidophilus, Folic Acid, and plenty of plain yogart. I'll also get some 100% cranberry juice.
No sugar, no underwear, and no soap, unless it's natural soap that I get at the Trader Joes. I'll scoop out the discharge collecting during each shower. This has helped so much in the past with keeping the bacteria and yeast to a minimum.
Good luck people!"
07/02/2008: Enigma from Encino, California replies: "I'm back with an update on the progress of my BV. So far the itching has subsided. It is still present in the morning, but not nearly as bad as before starting the remedies a few days ago.
I am taking 1200 MCG of Folic acid in the morning, then another 1200 MCG's at night. Also 2 tablets of 4 billion organisms acidophilius & probiotic complex in the morning, then 2 at night.
I am drinking 2 shots of pure cranberry juice mixed with a full glass of water 3 times per day.
Peroxide tampons twice per day as well. I take them out after about 2 hours.
The stinky smell is completely gone and my vagina smells like nothing. Yes, nothing. Like straight air.
Oh, and I also purchased plain English yogart and have been eating that everyday."
[YEA] 06/25/2008: Amy from Somewhere in, Oklahoma: "I am SO thankful I found this website! I'm 25 & I've been plagued with BV off & on for the past 3 years. The antibiotics quit working on me. I didn't know what to do, I was so embarrassed! I had a very strong odor that I could smell through my clothes, so I knew other people could smell me as well! I decided to look for natural remedies yesterday & came across this website. I read all of the remedies. The only one I had on hand was hydrogen peroxide. I didn't have a douche, so I just poured some peroxide into a tampon. I left it in for 30-45 minutes. For good measure, I also wiped my privates with the peroxide. The smell went away immediately. When I was getting ready for bed last night, I took off my underwear & there wasn't any discharge either! I feel like a new woman! I also ordered some Acidophilus & Folic Acid to take to keep the BV in check. Vitamins.com has a sale right now. I paid a total of $17, & that'll last me around 6 months! That's a hell of a lot cheaper than those awful antibiotics that don't even cure the problem! THANK YOU EARTH CLINIC & all the women who have shared their stories!!!"
[YEA] 06/12/2008: Kasey-Clay from Orlando, FL: "Hello All, kasey-Clay in the the house on a serious note. I like many other on this site have been trying to fight the battle of BV. I had gone to my doctor so much to seek treatment that he thought i was a little strange, but i was like why can't you help me and why do you think i'm crazy??? I heard that i might need to change my diet, but being 35 and 115 pounds. I take very good care of myself but change my diet as i was not willing to take the chance of loosing any weight. Last week I came across this site and heard about the hydogen perixode I thought if the label say to use as a mouth wash what else could you use it for. So Sunday night began my quest to see if i would have any luck as the other women here on the site. The first time using the the perixode (which i used 1/2 perioxd and rest water)i felt super clean and didn't have any discharge for the whole day.While i still had odor the discharge was not there. it's thursday now and i can say the the odor as well as the discharge is gone. I will have to post back after my complete seven days and let everyone know how i am doing without doing the treatment. I figure i may have to do follow up treatments as my boby PH is slightly high and i'm unwilling to change my diet, but if that's all i have to do and no more trips to the doctor for BV I feel like i have my life back and i'm very thankful to everyone who has shared there story. This is a hard subject to address because we all want to feel and look our best inside and out!! I'll keep everyone posted as to how i'm doing next week."Replies
06/07/2012: Alpinediva from Mpls, Mn replies: "Hi there, I have been reading through some posts and was hoping people could specify when they say things like "I used vitamin C" etc. I don't know if they took it orally or inserted it.
I have been using Tea tree oil with coconut on a tampon during the day then a yogurt supository after bath. I'm nervous to douche because I don't want to kill off good bacteria. My friend is a microbiologist and explained the yogurt is a great way to get the good bacteria because it colonizes easier that just taking probiotics- so I insert that and also cosume yogurt or Kefir. It appears to be clearing up.
One thing I have read on many forums is that many women appear to be able to "treat" BV but not cure it. So, they get it under control temporarily by killing it off but then it comes back. I expect the trick to this is balancing ph with reintroduction of good bacteria.
I read the swiss study that had good success inserting with vitamin C- capules which I would like to try- but don't know how much to take. Is the Folic Acid consumed or inserted and how much?
Thanks for the input"
[YEA] 06/09/2008: Barbara from Tampa, FL: "I would definitely say that this is a miracle cure!! I have suffered with BV for about 2 years. I did the whole doctor visit and the $50 prescription that DID NOT work. I finally decided to do some searching on my own and stumbled across this site. Soon as I read all the comments I went straight out and bought the hydrogen peroxide and the probiotics. I did the peroxide douche as soon as I got home, and then right before I went to bed. The next day there was barely any discharge and the smell was gone. I did the douche once more that evening and I am cured!! No discharge or smell! I am so relieved that I found this site. I feel so much better about myself and am glad that I am over this awful dilema."
[YEA] 06/07/2008: Vicki from Elizabeth, NC: "OMG this stuff really works. It was amazing I have used everything from antibotics to every remedy in the world but this one was different. At one point I didn't think it was working it stung while inserting it but it was worth it.I am currently still using it to clear up my bv and taking the acid folic peels. This is just so amazing God was the only one who heard my cry and you all were the angels who helped me fing the cure to stop my crying.I thank you all."
[YEA] 04/30/2008: Relieved from Tampa from Tampa, FL: "Ladies, I have been suffering from BV for longer than I can remember and last night i stumbled upon this site. Let me tell you, I am amazed at the difference the Perioxide douche made as soon as I used it. Instantly the order and discharge is gone. I am so amazed that I keep running to the bathroom using the mirror to look at see if maybe the discharge is there but NOTHING!!! I just took the folic acid and probiotic this evening so i will keep you posted. It saddens me that no one told me this years ago. I was told that my body doenst produce enough good bacteria but nothing was ever said about the benefits of perioxide or even supplements to introduce healthy bacteria back into my body. This site is great. I am so thankful that I found it."
[YEA] 04/18/2008: Dawn from Memphis, TN: "I went back to the doctor for the second time in a month yesterday for BV. I was first on a regimen of three different prescriptions (oral) and then yesterday was prescribed a $60 cream in hopes that would "fix me." I came home without purchasing the cream and started researching online. I sent my husband out immediately after finding this site. I did a rinse of H2O2 while he was gone to get a douche bag and could already tell a difference when he got out. I used the H2O2 and H2O solution and wow!! I felt better, smelt better and I'm hooked!! Thank you, thank you , thank you!! Today I will get the folic acid and probiotics from a reputable supplement store."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/07/2008: Cara from Thousand Oaks, CA: "Hydrogen Peroxide douche relieved the symptoms of persistent Bacterial Vaginosis! I'm a registered nurse who is properly informed about all the different kinds of medicine available to treat BV. However,None of the medicine I took worked for my BV. I was diagnosed with BV after taking a strong antibiotic I took for bronchitis last year(In Nov 07). Since then, I have been suffering from persistent BV that won't go away with oral Flagyl, Doxycline, Clindamycin vaginal cream, Tindamex and finally Metrogel. My vaginal culture was normal because pathogenic anarobic bacteria normally lives in the vagina. I didn't have that much of discharge or fishy odor at all. My main symptoms were buring and swelling of my vagina. I was so frustrated that none of those drugs I took cure my BV. I have never had anything like this in my life! I stop having sex with my husband for months! I simply did not have desire to have sex because my bottom was hurting. My Gyn really did not know what to do anymore. Since, I'm a clinical nurse, I actually knew more about it that she was. I finally read this web-site and decided to try Hydrogen Peroxide douche method. I take multivitamin that has folic acid but to be honest, it is the Vitamin C that helps with BV than the folic acid. I douched with half HP and water for the first three days. I began to see some relief. Then I started my period. After my period, the symptoms came back again. I started the HP therapy again. This time, I used 30cc syringe filled with straight 3% HP rather than mixing with water for 7 days. I gradually started to feel better. So far, I don't think it is 100% cured yet but I have high hope that HP douche will restore the PH balance. I'll keep you guys posted of my progress."
[YEA] 03/26/2008: Patrice from Greenville, SC: "Oh my GOD!!! It's a miracle. I can't believe it. After suffering from this monster for over 30 years and trying everything avaliable through the medical community this remedy has finally worked for me. The 50/50 solution with hydrogen peroxide and water erased the fishy odor and gave immediate relief from all vaginal irritation including the tingling sensation during urination. I decided to use 2billion probiotics along with 800mg of folic acid per day and Viola!!! IT'S GONE. I believe success depends on regular use."
[YEA] 03/20/2008: LOVE my vag again from San Francisco,Ca: "I've been dealing with BV for over two years, and it is the most embarassing ailment. I can't talk to anyone about it. I used the 50/50 3% peroxide and water douche, and the smell was gone instantly. I'm also taking the folic acid and acidophilus (normal doses). So far the bog of eternal stench has not returned-even after intercourse. Even though the douche worked, I want to use it as a last resort in the future as I'm wary of excessive douching. I will post back in a week. Hopefully, my vagina will remain friendly between now and then."
[YEA] 03/13/2008: Margy from Fayetteville, North Carolina: "As I promised to let you all know, after 2 weeks of treatment BV with what you all suggested I am happy to say that I feel good and all my symptoms are gone, I still take 800mg folic acid every day and two acidophilus pills, I also eat a yougurt every morning, thanks for all the good info, to all the ladies my best wishes in the fight against BV, and this web-site for allowing us to get great information"
[YEA] 03/07/2008: Ashley from Memphis, TN: "'I too have suffered with bv for about 4 years now. I have been to the doctor several times for this and my doctor always prescibes metronidazole. It works for a while but the bv always comes back. I was so fed up with going back to the doctor that i decided to see if there were other remedies and I found this site yesterday. I am so very happy. I purchased some folic acid pills, acidiphilous and peroxide and I am proud to say that the itching has gone away in less than 24 hrs and the discharge has become less. I will post updates on my road back to normalcy. Thank you so much to everyone for sharing this remedy."
[YEA] 03/07/2008: portia from warner robins, ga: "I tried a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 10% povodine iodine, and water. I made a douche of it w/ about 2/3 peroxide and the rest iodine. This has worked unlike anything else. I have been battling bv for over 4 years and i have taken the metrogel, clindesse, and tons of over the counter vitamins and minerals and probiotics.I have not had a recurrence and I use the douche once a month after my period. I hope this helps someone."Replies
03/09/2008: Michelle from Baltimore, Maryland replies: "Exactly how much Hydrogen Peroxide, exactly how much Povodine Iodine and exactly how much Wter was used for the douche for Bacterial Vaginosis. Did it work with 1 douche?"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 03/07/2008: Pam from Orlando, FL: "FL writes: "I've been dealing with an ongoing case of BV for about 6 months. I've been to to three different doctors a total of 6 times. They all prescribed the ususal stuff. After reading this website, I've been trying boric acide, probiotics, folic acid and half peroxide, half water. None seemed to really do the trick.
Yesterday I found a report from the National Institutes of Health saying that STRAIGHT peroxide (3%) (not mixed with water), used as a douche for 7 days is just as effective as the prescriptions.
Here is a link to that study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676737 I've been doing the half peroxide-half water douch for two days, and tried the all peroxide douche this morning. I can tell the difference allready! I'm going to continue this for 7 days. I'll write back to report on how it did."Replies
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 03/18/2008: Pam from Orlando, FL replies: "A few weeks ago I wrote that I was trying straight peroxide for BV. It seemed to work, then I got my period so I stopped. Then I had sex again, and the BV seemed to come back. I'm giving the straight peroxide another chance.
I'm curious to know if other women get BV after sex even with a condom. Or, have you tried different condoms and found some are better than others for this. I'm starting to wonder if it is the spermacide that is messing me up. Last time we had sex, my BF used an unlubricated condom, but then we had to use a lot of KY liquid for lubrication. All we had around was the "warming liquid" in the orange bottle. I have to imagine whatever stuff they put in it to make it warming can't be ph balanced!"
10/15/2008: London from Sandusky, Ohio replies: "Stop having sex for awhile. I know it's hard to explain this to your old man, but NOTHING flares up a yeast/bacterial infection like intercourse. It will never go away otherwise. It's painful anyway. You won't want it.
I got a raging yeast infection immediately after losing my virginity five years ago and been battling these infections and bladder infections since then.
I've suffered and it's been humiliating having these infections and odors along with discharge, it's so hard to make men understand about this. With alternative medicine my infections became less frequent and I can control them now, but I could never have sex every single day, maybe about 2 to 3 times a week, because my vag gets irritated, sore, and dried out, and I develop infections. That was the only way I learn to control these infections. (You can't have sex too frequently) let your vag heal, and give her a little down time."
[YEA] 01/18/2009: So far soooo goood!! from Baler Town, CA replies: "Pam, stick with full strength 3% HP for at least the 7 days. DO NOT be lazy about it, just because the smell is gone after the 1st, 2nd day does not mean you're completely healed. DO 7 days straight. I'd say start the remedy AFTER your period. Blood is alkaline so is male pre-ejaculate/sperm and also female "lubrication/juice", that's why it comes back even with condom use. After 7 days, you should start feeling better without itch, odor, and decreased discharge. Do not have sex "OR" orgasm on your own (female juice is alkaline, it will set you back and you'll have to start from the beginning). No blood no sexual activity for the 7 days. I'm into my 3rd week even after sex and PERIOD!! My discharge is changing back to it's original consistency and texture. I have no odor whatsoever!! I actually have less of a "NORMAL" odor now than before I did the HP remedy - weird. Ladies 3% Hydrogen Peroxide works but, you have to use it FULL strength. Do washes NONE of that 1/2 and 1/2 douching. Douching IS bad for you. Ladies I wish you the best of luck with this crap of an ailment. Try this. It's working for so far. I smell like air!! Hooorayyy!!"
[YEA] 03/06/2008: Amazed from charlotte, nc: "i had been dealing with BV since the birth of my second child. I think it really came into effect after having a tampon inside me for nearly a week. so since 2005 and its now 2008 occassionally my privates would start smelling fishy... i went to the doctor and received the antibiotics, but the problem kept coming back. I was utterly embarassed. Ihad resorted to using norforms (vaginal deodorant suppositiories) and they would work but the next day... here came the fish smell. I was at wits end... i thought I was the only woman with this problem. i felt ashamed. Like i had the only stinky private area in the world. when i founc this website i tried the folic acid and acidopilis pills and 50/50 water 3%hydrogen peroxide mix... all I can say is thank you to this websites creator and the women who shared the advice. i am in tears because finally i realize that i wasn't dirty"Replies
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 09/01/2008: Shelly from Tampa, FL replies: "My story sounds pretty similar to all the others. Been dealing with BV for about 7 years. Never really got rid of it. Different Doctors have tried different meds. over and over. Tried Refresh wich was ok for a couple of days. I finally got so discouraged I just gave up and figured I'd have to live with it, until I started researching on my own. Im now trying accidophilus and 50/50 peroxide and I think it might be working but then a week later I got a yeast infection ,maybe from changing my ph too much? I'm not sure"
[YEA] 03/04/2008: Leah from Shawnee, Oklahoma: "I've tried the Folic Acid 800 MCG, 3% Hydrogen Peroxide/water douche 50/50 mix, and Acidiphilus Probiotic (500 Million Organism/tablet) remedy for recurring BV. I'd suffered and suffered from BV. I didn't know the cause, my Doctor didn't know the cause. I felt like a broken record. I felt gross and dirty. I felt I was not treating this problem properly. I was going to keep shelling out money for products and medicines that were only temporary fixes. I'm DISGUSTED that our doctors don't take this BV problem more seriously. They should be recommending this natural remedy and stop filling us with antibiotics that are so harmful. THANK YOU SO MUCH(!!!) for helping not only me, but my fellow sisters in our fight against recurring BV"Replies
03/25/2009: Jodie from Edinburgh, Scotland replies: "Hi ladies & concerned partners,
Thankyou for sharing, your combined information is incredibly valuable!!
When your body seems to be letting you down, remember your body is trying to always keep a balance in this crazy old world of "short-cut" living and eating, and unappreciated stresses.
Many people rightly seek a Doctor's opinion and care, but when the advice and treatment is not giving you the results you hoped for or getting to the source of the problem, consider seeking another opinion from a different health philosophy, such as a Naturopath. A qualified Naturopath will spend about an hour getting to know you, and asks a lot of questions to consider many aspects of your health, lifestyle, diet, emotional state etc. Their treatments aim to helps the body heal itself by supporting your systems & considers you wholistically. Herbalists, Nutritionist and Homeopaths can also be very helpful depending on your health concern. Horses for courses and all that!
Most cities have a professional listing of registered practitioners in your area. Find one that suits you. I hope this information has helped you to steer you in a new direction with your health and self-empowerment, be it for BV or other issues.
Best Wishes to you all."
[YEA] 02/29/2008: Margy from Fayetteville , NC: "I want to thank all of you ladies for posting such a great info about BV I have been married for 27 years and the last five years of my marriage, I have suffered with BV it was like going thru hell until I found you all 3 days ago i prayed so hard about getting a cure for this awfull thing that was taking over my body I took flagil so many times used clyndamicin and creams and I was getting no results, was filling good for a few days then I had it again, as soon I read this iformation I got the folic acid 800mgc acidophilous , and hidrogen peroxide I took 2 folic acid pills with 3 of acidophilous and then douche with 1/2 water and 1/2 hidrogen peroxide the that afternoon I felt very litle relief then the next morning I did the same treatment and by the afternoon i started filling clean and there was no fishi smell at all,just a stinging filling so i took another treatment by 7pm and I open acidophilous pill put a couple of drops of water and used it as an ointment on the outside of my vagina for the burning, it worked like a miracle and now today 3 days later I did the treatment in the morning and I do not fill any pain or any sings of BV, I just want to say thank you to all of you, I will keep taking at list 1 folic acid pill a day and 3 acidophilous for the next couple of days to see what happens, I will keep you posted!"
[YEA] 02/29/2008: Shala from Melissa, TX: "I had been dealing with recurring bouts of BV for the last year. The itching was horrible and the smell was worse. I was so uncomfortable around people that I wouldn't leave my room unless I took a shower first. I would take about three showers a day. I used all the creams my doctor prescribed and used rephresh which only worked temporarily. My gynecologist told me that it was something that I had to deal with and told me to use those feminine wipes and bodywashes. That worked for about 30 minutes! So I took it upon myself to do some research online when I stumbled across this website. I read about lots of women having success using folic acid, acidophilus, and using half water half 3% peroxide douche so I decided to try it immediately. It's only been 24hrs and the smell is already gone!!! This is one remedy that I would recommend to friends and family. It really works for me and I feel so fresh and clean. It's been a year and now I can finally be comfortable enough to go out and have fun! I will post an update in a month to let everyone know if this remedy continued to worked or was temporary like the others. Good luck everyone."Replies
02/10/2009: Susan from New York, New York replies: "i just want to say that i think we should talk about PREVENTION!!! I have been heavily drinking coffee, daily and I never had these symptoms until the last few months. I think I will drastically withdraw from drinking the coffee and see if that is part of or is the problem.
one other thing is that I think also is water intake. I notice how I feel dry majority of times. I have tried a product by the name of Yeast Guard. they have the natural douche, a gel, suppositories and pills. However, they worked while I was taking the pills and the douche for 7 days. However, when I stopped the good 'ol infection came back!! Now, I had some B vitamins with 400 mcgs of folic acid and I took one, as soon as I found out it was a remedy! I will start to resume the Yeast pills for extra measure. I paid for it, I may as well use it... right? anyhow, it doesn't hurt.
IN conclusion, please look at your diet and notice anything that you may ingest that may cause this monster to come back again, again and again and again.
the buck stops here!"
02/19/2011: Bcoshatt from Bham, Al replies: "I have suffered for 10 years with BV and UTI infections. Many nights I have cried myself to sleep because the pain was so bad. I can't enjoy sex with my husband many days bc of the pain or the fear if I do have sex the next day I will pay for it. I often call my vjay jay the man hater!!! I found this website and went straight in my bathroom and tried it. I feel so much better its awesome!!!! I'm so happy right now I hope it keeps working!!!!! Thanks to everybody on this site!!!!"
02/22/2011: Nubianprincess from Fayetteville, Nc, Usa replies: "Greetings Everyone... I am like many of you women who have suffered from this embarrassing infection for months at a time. Before I really understood what this was I figured it was just a simple discharge that would go away. In the beginning there were no symptoms no smell just the discharge. It eventually got worse and I knew it was a problem. Having no health insurance I just battled with it until recently when it has literally overtaken my intimacy and almost my self esteem. I seemed to be having more and more discharge everyday until last week when I decided to start my research and hopefully do something about it. After reading through serveral sites I read that yogurt inserted internerally would do the trick. So on Sunday 2/20/2011 I inserteed Plain Yogurt as instructed. That seemed to work a little as I noticed less discharge. On monday I was pretty much satisfied I felt comfortable again still discharge was present but just not overbearing tons of it. So on Monday 2/21/2011 I continued reading comments on EC and found that some women found comfort in using Hydrogen Peroxide and Probiotics so I decided to stop by the pharmacy after I left work. So when I get home this is what I did.
Prepared Hydrogen Peroxide solution:
1/2 cup of water
3 cap full of hydrogen peroxide
I used a simple medicine dropper with the bulb at the end can be bought at any pharmarcy store, dollar general, etc... I steralized the dropper with alcohol pad and begin the flush. I used this solution to flush out my vagina. No burning or itching occurred. Afterwards I took a regular tampon soaked it in the plain yogurt and inserted it into my vagina. Next I took a probiotic pill that had 10 billion live cultures in it.
I left this tampon in for approximately 2hrs. Removed it showered with Dove soap (sensitive skin) and my vagina felt extremly refreshed and cleansed. That night I slept without any panties so that my area could breath.
Following morning another H2O2 flush and then I inserted two full drops of yogurt (w/o tampon) into my vagina cleaned myself up and put on my cotton panties along with a panty liner. I took my dose of probiotics while I ate breakfast and then was off to work
This method so far has been a miriacle worker for me. Im on day three and there is ABSOLUTELY no discharge whatso ever and my vagina is getting its natural scent back. I am once again feeling extremly clean and comfortable about my hygiene.
I would recommend for chronic suffers to make a long term routine and stick to it. Just because it works dont stop treating yourself. Continue taking your probiotics, consuming yogurt and look into diet change. If you want longterm effects I believe in longterm changes. I am extremly grateful for the site and wish you all well on your ventures for a cure that works for you!!"
[YEA] 02/28/2008: Aracely from Roswell, NM: "Well, i found this website last night while searching for a natural cure for BV, that would be safe during pregnancy. And all i can say is THANK YOU!! i immediatley ran out to Walgreens and got peroxide, folic acid, acidophilus, AND probiotic. i haven't used the probiotic, i got it becuase i read it on some of the comments. i did the peroxide/water douche last night... i didn't read but a few comments that said that it hurt or stung a little... but oh my GOD!! did it hurt! i think i must've been pretty raw, because, i was nearly crying at the pain of it. i was gasping for air it hurt so bad. But i did it a second time (i didn't douche all the liduid in the bottle and figured i might as well do it all) and that time it wasn't nearly as painful. i was sitting on the toilet for a good minute with the pain i felt the first time. and i must say, i woke up this morning, and have yet to see any discharge. i also took the acidophilus and folic acid before i went to bed, we'll see how that works. i think i'm going to do another peroxide/water douche today and tomorrow to be on the safe side and continue with the folic acid and acidophilus.
i was convinced that my boyfriend had been cheating on me, becuase for a while i had a hectic schedule at work and he had his hectic schedule at work, so playtime was nearly out of the question. and when we would play, i would get the BV EVERYTIME. so i was convinced he was cheating. we were having sex maybe 1 or 2 times a month. i quit my job, and we've been seeing more of each other and this was the first infection of 2008. and the doc kept reassuring me that BV is NOT an STD. or STI.. but, i'll repost in a couple of days and we'll see how things turn out!"
[YEA] 02/19/2008: Shenea from Huntsville, Alabama: "3% hydrogen peroxide, folic acid, and probiotic acidophilus works wonders. I tried 3% hydrogen peroxide, folic acid and probiotic acidophilus to cure my cronic BV. I had be suffering from BV for about 2 years and I tried all the medication and nothing worked. It would clear up for a few days then return with a vingance. Everytime I went to the doctor she would always insinuate the I was sleeping around she didnt believe that I had been with the same person for 2 years because Im 21 years old she even gave me medication for TRICH which I didnt need. When I came across this site I was so releaved that something natural finally worked. So to everyone out there thanks for the remedy and does anyone have any suggestions as to do you think I should use this remedy on my boyfriend"
[YEA] 02/19/2008: SHY from Miami, Fl: "U got to be kidding me.I can't not believe it! It is finally gone. My bv left in one day! I don't know to be happy that others suffer from this or not! I did the folic acid, perixiode and acidoliphis (sorry for mispellig). I'm cured. I'm still taking the pills and I only douche after sexual intercourse because it trows your ph level off. I'm happy again. Tell a friend!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/18/2008: STYLIST from INDIANAPOLIS, IN: "I have been battling bv for approx. 13 years!!!! i have been back and forth to several doctors and even to a specialist in urology!! i have spent sooo much money on doctor visits and prescriptions. i have taken everything possible: metrogel, clindesse, flagyl, metronidizole, rephresh, etc... it all only worked temporarily. as soon as the bv would clear up and i would have sex... 3 days later it would come right back. i have had the same partner for 7 years and have not slept with anyone else. using condoms helps somewhat, but not all of the time. i found this site while desperately searching for some help. this has caused great depression in my life as well as strain on my relationship. my sex life has suffered tremendously, but my partner is really supportive and understanding. he just wants me to try and get to the bottom of this. i have been taking the folic acid and acidopholus pills for about 3wks. now. i started taking them after clindesse cleared up my last bout with bv. i had not had sex in about a month and just had sex this morning. i only washed my private area with hydrogen peroxide after sex, because i did not have a douche bottle. i hope and pray the folic acid and acidopholus pills work at preventing bv from recurring!!! i will post back in a few days to let you all know. if this works i will forever be grateful! this bv problem is really annoying and it ruins my sex life."Replies
02/03/2009: Claudia from Lake Forest, Illinois replies: "This question is in regards to the question and comment by "stylist from Indianapolis.... I have the same issue myself I have not yet tried the peroxide/H20 but have the Flagyl it worked but like Stylist said after sex the odor and discharge came back ! So now my question is does anyone out there know if this may be caused by the mens side?"
03/25/2009: D. from Somewhere in, NJ replies: "Hi - it is possible to continue to get infections after i/c....you may be passing the infection back and forth...you should have him do a course of soaks along with you. Also, anything that changes your PH may be causing the re-occurences as well - these include condoms, gels, pre-ejec fluid, your own vaginal lubrication, etc...
I suggest you treat both of you simultaneously for 7 days....then when you resume i/c do a soak / flush (both of you) and see if the BV stays away that way.
[YEA] 01/07/2014: Kandigirl from Michigan replies: "Yes. BV can be caused or contracted from the man. It is your bacteria and his mixing together that causes it. Having the same partner is great, but are you his only partner? And your diet is 99% of the reason for BV. Look into what you are eating and your mate should as well..."
[YEA] 02/18/2008: D from Allentown, USA: "I have suffered from BV for close to 10 years but was too embarassed to say anything to a doctor until this summer. Frankly, I thought they would know since they were rooting around down there during exams! At any rate, I was given antibiotics that didn't work. This issue has greatly affected my life. I saw this website Saturday afternoon and tried the douche of 1/2 water and 1/2 3% hydrogen peroxide. I am also taking Folic acid and Acidophullus (sp?). It is now Monday night and the smell is virtually gone. I will continue to do this teatment and will report any hanges (good or bad.) It may be premature to say this, but I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders."
[YEA] 02/07/2008: sothankful from Dallas, Texas: "Thanks to someone that pointed me to this site and the site itself I tried the 1/2 peroxide and water douche. I saw immediate results no odor what so ever. I felt so fresh and clean. I also took a double dosage of Folic Acid and Acidophilis. I will update in a few months on my progress. However immediately I can tell a difference. Thank you so much to all!"Replies
08/07/2008: Lauren from Belpre, Ohio replies: "I have a question to everyone using the hydrogen peroxide douche. Are you using the food grade peroxide or the 3% peroxide found in drug stores?"
EC: 3% drug store, definitely not food grade!
11/13/2012: Lala3 from Las Vegas, Nevada replies: "I personally use food grade hydrogen peroxide as the pharmacy bought stuff (generally in the brown bottles) is full of toxic stablizers. Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide is purchased online or at natural food stores. I recommend getting the 35% and diluting down (with distiled water only! ) to 3% (3% is the same strength as whats in the brown bottles. Using 35% straight without dilluting will burn you, and should be handled with care. It is very concentrated).
Once diluted to 3%, I use that straight. I don't do a 50/50 mix with water. I also took acidophilus, and in one day it cleared up a combo yeast and bv infection. First go. I've never experienced anything like this before. It took about 3 days to heal the damaged tissue on the outside of my vagina, but once the infection was gone (instantly) it started healing, and was better in no time. I can't say enough good things about it. YAY for sure!!!"
11/14/2013: Allison from Canada replies: "Wow! Hydrogen Peroxide seems to work for me. I've battled yeast/bv for the last 4 years, and I am 23 now! It seems to me that it's my boyfriends chemistry. I have always been the relationship type and have had 3 serious boyfriends. The first.. I had noooo problems with yeast, or bv!! The second, and now my current one... Like whoa.. Every time we have sex I get worried... Which is a lot. I'm not over weight, or unhealthy... So it sucks to face a reoccurring problem and not be sure of the triggers!!! Anyways ladies, I feel your pain... It's no fun to smell, or be itchy... Or feel unsexy!! Luckily I don't have much trouble being open about this sort of thing. I volunteer at a sexual health service... And I'm in my last year of a cell and molecular bio degree... Sooo I know... A lot... A lot... About stds, gential infections.. And microbes!! And I know.. Regular douching is definitely not recommended... It can induce new oppurtunisitic bacteria into your vaginal canal, which may even bypass your cervix. Problems.. PID, or parasitic bacterial colonial growth! Not fun, and dangerous!!!!! Shower heads actually contain these oppurtunisitic bacteria I am referring to, in biofilm for! Biofilms are up and coming in biomedical research as the films make it difficult for antibiotics to penetrate and kill the colony. So, for the love of your lady parts, do not m------e with a shower head!!!!! Only use clean, sterilized toys!!! Anyways, with my knowledge about bacteria... This may help you guys... Bacteria have particular growth phases, which begins with a lagging growth, exponential growth, a peak and then death as all the nutrients of the surrounding environment are usually 'used' up. Some bacteria do survive, of course.. And this is what causes the next flare up when conditions in your vagina are favourable for the bad bacteria causing bv (ie. Good temp, abundance of nutrients, no toxins). Basically bacteria are at a tug of war in the vagina... Producing by-products from their metabolism to keep one another at bay... Hydrogen peroxide is produced by lactic acid catabolizing bacteria.. So we want these guys nice and healthy to combat the guys causing the fishy, odour and slight discomfort. I was never a fan of antibiotics... They are over prescribed sadly, and bacteria replicate so quickly, it's no wonder they've evolved and adapted so quickly to maintain their replicative properties in regards to antibiotic exposure... Anyways, that's why I believe hydrogen peroxide is a great solution.. Rather than dosing the entire body with an antibiotic that has side-effects and also may inhibit growth of the good hydrogen peroxide producing bacteria we are deficient in during the time of infection!! Anyways, I tried it with a douche (50 3% h2o2/50 tap h20). Also, I soaked a tampon in it over night.. I've got to say.. This was my first time ever douching, and it was a bit uncomfortable... But I feel like even this morning my vagina doesn't have an odour, and looks really great! So, I don't recommended douching of you are healthy.. But as a local treatment for bv, I feel like there are significant advantages over metrodiazole... 1. Doesn't kill the bacteria we want, 2. No nasty stomach upsetting side effects, 3. Immediate results and relief, 4. It's mimics the lactic acids bacteria natural defense to the bad odourous bacteria. I do want to touch on the lactobacillus acidophilus as well.... I talked about the growth cycle of bacteria earlier in this discussion and this is reallllyyyyy reallllllyyyyy important to keep in mind when purchasing 'active/live' bacterial cultures! If they are in a bottle on the shelf at room temperature.. They are dead.. Gone.. Do not buy it!! Do not waste your money!!!!!!! Incubation temps of this bacteria are notttttttttt at that temperature, and without a complex medium to serve its metabolic needs (as it's stuffed in a capsule) it is goooonnnnneeeeeeee. Only buy ones chilled/from a fridge so that the live cultures have been basically stunted in growth(kept in lag phase) until they reach favorable temps. So only by chilled capsules and keep then in the fridge until uou use them, also check the expirary dates (look for the newest batch! ). In yogurt their growth is also stunted because of the low 4-7 C temp of your fridge! They are lactic acid bacteria (produce hydrogen peroxide) which is what we want, and they survive best at body temp 37 C!!! Anyways.. I can't remember if I have much else to say, I wish you all good luck in yor vaginal health, and sanity!!! I feel your frustrations, as this drives me crazy sometimes!!! Just talk to your doctor if you have reservations, but use every source available to you! You have to be the advocate of your own health, be educated, and know your body! I hope I helped some one :) peace and love!!! Xox"
[YEA] 02/01/2008: P Marie from Newcastle, Canada: "I tried what I had noticed everyone seemed to be recommending as the best cure for BV which is Folic Acid, Acidophillus probiotic and douching with half water and half 3% hydrogen peroxide. I read the board last night after searching endlessly for a home remedy for this annoying problem.
Everything I read said the only way to cure this was with anti-biotics and I just couldn't see that working since it was taking anti-biotics for a nasty throat infection that brought this on in the first place - 3 months ago! At first I thought it was just a yeast infection, so I used an OTC treatment for that and the itching and redness subsided for a few days but the discharge and smell were still persistent. Some days it was hardly noticeable but other times it was embarassing! My boyfriend (monogamous relationship) works away for months at a time and this happened right after he had left. He came home at Christmas and noticed something was off and the smell was SO much worse during intercourse. I just kept thinking it would go away on its own and also thought how could something cure it when its also something that caused it?! I understand different anti-biotics work for different things, but I wasn't about to take any chances with suffering for any longer. So when I came across this website with SOOO many positive testimonials for this cure, I immediately ran to the pharmacy! I took 2 Folic Acid tablets (1mg each=1000mcg)and 2 Acidophilus probiotic tablets (500 million organisms per tablet) as soon as I got in the car and came home and douched with the water and peroxide. Things seemed better right away! I let myself air dry and slept without underwear because I heard its good to let the air circulate, and woke up this morning DRY with no signs that there was ever a BV infection whatsoever! I'm soooo amazed and soooo grateful for this site!
I am going to continue the acidophilus till I run out and hopefully all should be well and balanced and I am also going to continue the Folic Acid tablets since I am hoping to be pregnant in the near future! I'll keep you all posted on my situation but thanks to everyone for sharing! And good luck to everyone else who is dealing with this nasty little feminine problem! Take care!"Replies
10/11/2011: Dlmyers from Napoleon, Ohio replies: "I am 35 and have been dealing with BV since about age 22!! I have been in a relationship with the same man for 11 yrs, thankfully he has been VERY understanding!!! There would be so many times I thought that I was fine till we got intimate, then we would smell it:( As the rest of the women stated, the doctors are idiots on the treatment!! The flagyl was the most disgusting pill to take then it would come right back with in 2 weeks. When I found this website and read about the acidophilus, folic acid and hydrogen peroxide douche, and a pH balanced wash, I went out that day a purchased everything!! That was one month ago. I have not had any signs of BV since I started doing all of these things. My partner and I thank you soooo much!!! Our time together in the bedroom has started getting back to normal and it is wonderful, no worries anymore. You couldn't pay me to stop now!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank You!!! I love me again, I feel clean all the time again, life is great!"
[YEA] 01/25/2008: Sarah from San Jose , CA: "For over a year I had been experience itching and smelly vaginal discharge after my menstrual cycle and intercourse. It would eventually subside but it always came back. Finally I decided to go to the doctor. She perscribed a very expensive ($75) one time vaginal cream. It worked for about two days and the symptoms returned. I decided to go to earth clinic to see what I could find. Immediately I found a cure. The best thing to do is use the hydrogen peroxide, acifidopholis, and folic acid method. Imediately upon purchase I took two acifidopholis pills (100mg ea) and 800mg of folic acid. The itching stopped in about 15 minutes. I ran home and did the 1/2 H2o2 1/2 H2O douche and the discharge was gone. To stay on the safe side I douched one more time the following day and have been on the pills twice a day. It has only been three days and I feel great! Thank you to all the readers who share their remedies!!"Replies
09/07/2010: Schenderson22 from Castaic, Ca, United States replies: "This absolutely works!! I experienced the same issues and had to buy a cream that cost over $100. I found this site b/c the symptoms came back. Using the folic acid with the Acidophilus and the 1/2 H20 and H2O douche will resolve the issue. It seems as though the Acidophilis and Folic Acid is key. The douche will help get a grip on the smell and itchy irritation. I ended up having to double up on the Folic Acid and Acidophilis. Once I was confident it was gone I started taking two Acidophilis pills and 400 mg of Folic Acid. Chances are your doctor is correct. It is most likely the lack of Folic Acid in your diet that is causing the BV."
[YEA] 08/08/2013: Chris Bee from Flemington Nj replies: "I was first diagnosed with BV when I was 18... Nothing worked to cure it. I too was on antibiotics and finally told there was no cure. I was desperate and sick of having it. When I turned 30 I stumbled upon a remedy similar to the one above. I used the douch for a week 3x's a day. Instead of taking the folic acid orally I inserted the dose 2x's a day into the vagina after each douch. I took the recommended dose of acidiphillous orally. I finished the bottle of probiotics and that's it. Two years later the BV still hasn't come back!"
12/23/2013: Murron from Ventura, Ca replies: "Oh my goodness I am going to try this. I think I've been dealing with BV since I was 21 and I'm 26 now. So what...five years of itching, disgusting discharge, gross.
In the past 9 months the discharge has been HORRIFIC. It's a horrible color (greenish yellow) and very watery and drippy sometimes. I've also noticed that it seems to be worse after I have sex with my current bf and there is a disgusting fishy odor that has NEVER been present before. It makes me not want to sleep with him or anyone.
I've also noticed an ammonia-like smell to my discharge sometimes. It seems to be the worst right before my period, clear up during menstruation, and then returns in the middle of my cycle. The discharge and the odor is the worst, it is quite alarming.
My STD tests always come back negative, but I'm almost positive that I had a re-occurence of BV somewhere in those 4 years that was never properly cured, then was aggravated by someone, I don't know who. I don't want to put antibiotics in my body only to have them not work when I desperately need them to. It's happened to me before with yeast infections. So I am going to try the Hydrogen Peroxide, Apple Cider Vinegar and water douche, along with some Greek Yogurt on the 'off days'. Tired of dealing with this!!!"
[YEA] 01/24/2008: MB from Res, VA: "I CANNOT thank everyone who contributed to the BV Cure thread and spoke about their issues. I believe my issues have been going on and off for over ten years; BTW, I am not even thirty. I contribute the bulk of my issues to sex & BCP.
This had become so much of an issue, I was wearing liners everyday and the smell was so embarrassing.
I first douched with one part water to one part hydrogen peroxide. The smell was evident and there was some stinging but I could tell it was working. The first few days I took double dosages of Folic & Acidiphilous.
By day two, there was very little discharge throughout a whole day and virtually no smell. Almost a week later, everything is gone. On top of that, my skin seems to be more receptive to perfums and my body will carry the scent longer (than what I am used too). Not sure if that is related.
Now, I try to douche every 3 days with the hydrogen peroxide and water mix. On off days, I will shower and my private area with peroxide. And I typically will use peroxide wipes during bathroom visits.
I am just relieved to know I am not plagued with this issue!"Replies
07/31/2008: Chris from Melbourne, Australia replies: "At last! I have been looking for a more natural rememdy to BV that keeps coming back. Have tried tea tree oil, vinegar, antibiotics, but it just keeps coming back and I'm sick of it.Tried Rephresh - ph balancing gel - which works while I use it but the smell and discharge come back as soon as I stop using that. So I started taking probiotics two days ago, and have some hydrogen peroxide, which I will try as a douche. Also will get folic acid and acidophilus. Hope this works. I am 55 and never had BV until a couple of years ago. Antibiotics worked once but earlier this year it came back and second lot of antibiotics only worked temporarily. And who wants to take those anyway! Thanks, ladies - looking forward to having a tidy vee-jay again!"
[YEA] 01/23/2008: Laurie from Brooklyn, New York: "I have had bouts of BV for the past 6 months chronically. It was first noticed after my boyfriend and I first got together. About 3 wks after we started having sex, I got BV. I was treated with Clindesse the 1st time and it went away. It came back 2 wks later, with a vengeance. I went back to the Doc and she gave me Metrogel. She told me that if it came back she'd consider treating my partner. He is uncircumcised, and she informed me that he can harbor the bacteria easier in his foreskin and keep reinfecting me. Needless to say, he was treated and I still got BV again. So, I searched multiple sites and did a home treatment. I bought a regular box of Massengil douche (just for the bottle), bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide and a bottle of acidophilus pills. I did one douche of half peroxide and half water (bottled). Then I followed it with all warm water and 4 acidophilus pills emptied into the water. I did this for only 4 days in a row (just to make sure it was gone). I had no smell instantly after it... the itchiness/irritation was completely gone the next morning. It has been 3 months since I did this and I've had no other episodes! Not only am I happy, but so is my boyfriend, and certainly my sex life!!!"Replies
07/27/2008: Tracy from Tucson, AZ replies: "I have been suffering with BV for about a year and a half now and have done tons of research and discovered ultimately that it must be my birth control causing the B. I found information that could be true although my doc told me it wasn't possible. I came across this site because my relationship with my boyfriend has suffered as a result of this. I am trying the hydrogen peroxide at this moment and I stopped taking my pills about a month ago so I am still waiting for it to completely get out of my system. I also bought some folic acid and garlic tablets. We will see how it goes. I thought I was running out of options!"
[YEA] 01/13/2008: Mary from Dallas, Texas: "I must say after suffering from BV for so many years I was really tired and fed up. At this time I do not have any insurance and was suffering from BV for about two (2) days. I was trying to find a location that would sell me over the counter medications to cure BV was instead I came across this web and read all of the comments and home remedies. I must say I rushed to Walgreens where I purchased the Folic Acid and Probiotic Acidophillus, came home douched with half water and peroxide. Took the pills and I feel clean and fresh. No discharge so smell after a couple of hours. It has been 3 days now and still nothing. Thank you so much for this helpful information. May God Bless you all."
[YEA] 01/02/2008: Michelle from Brooklyn, New York: "I started having a fishy odor and discharge a few months ago. I at first thought it was because my period was about to begin but when my period ended and the symptoms were still present I got worried. I went to the doc., got tested was told I have BV and she of course prescribed me an antibiotic..I started using home remedies a year ago after a nasty reaction to penicillin because of strep throat (which of course caused me to get a yeast infection..) I found this website before takin the drug she prescribed and based on what others wrote it seems that it may not have helped. I tried the Hydrogen peroxide and H2O, plus I bought folic acid pills and acidophilus. THe first time I used it the odor was gone. I used half Hydrogen peroxide and half H2O in a douche. I could see the discharge coming out. I didnt feel any pain thankfully but I sure felt alot cleaner. By the second night the discharge became thinner. I did the douche for three nights only and now a month after starting the hydrogen peroxide and H2O, plus the pills I feel, look, and smell normal again. I continue to take the pills daily. I made an appointment to make sure the BV is gone, but I feel so happy again... I am thankful I found this site."
[YEA] 12/31/2007: Crystal from Belleville, IL: "All I can say is AMAZING!!! Seems like for the past 2 years, any little things has been throwing me Ph off; even different types of spermicide from condoms. I would be so embarrassed when I would have to go to the doctor smelling like any pond in a local park (smyl). Last night I came across this website and began to read the posts. Ironically, I started noticing the smell two days prior. After reading the posts I immediately rushed to Walgreens where I purchased 800 mcg of Folic Acid, probiotic Acidiphollus and 3% peroxide. Upon returning home I mixed half water and half peroxide in a summer's eve container and douched twice. I waited approximately one hour for results of any kind. All I can say is WOW!!!! The discharge was gone, and the smell was VERY minimal (if you didn't know what u were looking for u wouldn't think there was a smell at all). I then took 1 800mcg Folic Acid pill and 1 Acidiphollus pill. It is now 10:42 a.m. and the smell and discharge is GONE!!!! I just took another dose of the pills after finishing breakfast and now I'm posting my comments. I never really belived in reading blogs and such but I'm so happy I did. I want to thank everyone for sharing this cheap, EFFECTIVE, home remedy as it has helped me tremendously. I plan to take the dosage of pills for the next week to ensure that my vagina in normally balanced; then I may consider taking them twice a week. Thanks to everyone who started Earth CLinic and thanks again to everyone who shared the remedy. I encourage any female with this problem to please try the remedy. What do you have to lose. THIS REALLY WORKS!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AND MAY GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU!!!"Replies
01/20/2012: Ashamed from Nassau, Bahamas replies: "I'm so glad I found this site... I've been suffering with this curse for 3 years now... I'm going to send my very loving and patient fiance to the pharmacy right now to pick up those things.... Cross your fingers for me"