Cure Bacterial Vaginosis: Natural Remedies for BV!

Last Modified on Aug 23, 2014

Before starting a natural treatment to cure bacterial vaginosis, please make certain that it is in fact BV. Two other similar vaginitis conditions can be easily confused with this condition. So how to diagnose your vaginal ailment? First of all, BV is caused by bacteria, while candidiasis (a yeast infection), is obviously caused by the excessive presence of yeast, and Trichomonas vaginalis (trichomoniasis) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a parasite. To complete your diagnosis for your vaginitis, consider your symptoms (most indicative listed first):

Bacterial Vaginosis: Relatively thin, whitish, foul-smelling discharge; little to no discomfort; discharge most common following sexual activity; vaginal pH above 4.5.

Trich: "Fishy" smell, itchiness (potentially from thighs to urethra), frothy yellow-green discharge, labial swelling. Sexually communicated.

Yeast Infection: "Cottage cheese" discharge; burning, itching, or pain related to sexual activity or urination; redness. Most likely in the case of someone with a weakened immune system.

How Is Bacterial Vaginosis Treated?

Determining whether or not your condition is actually bacterial vaginosis is one of the most important steps toward effective treatment. A medical professional can help you best determine what type of ailment you have and also help you differentiate the severity of your infection. In some cases, bacterial infections require prescription medication in the form of oral pills or vaginal gels or creams.

What Are the Best Natural Remedies for BV?

In many cases, however, you can treat your condition with natural treatment options. The goal for eliminating bacterial vaginosis is rebalancing the bacteria present in the vagina. Several home treatments are effective for reestablishing the bacterial culture of your body. Some of the most effective include acidophilus, apple cider vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.

1. Acidophilus

Acidophilus, also known as Lactobacillus acidophilus, is one of the most common and well-known species of good bacteria. Commonly referred to as probiotics, acidophilus and other probiotic bacteria are naturally present throughout the body and are responsible for maintaining the function of many of your bodily processes. This bacteria helps treat BV by eradicating high levels of bad bacteria and repopulating the colonies of good bacteria.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a naturally acidic compound. One of the issues that causes bacterial vaginosis is a change in the pH of your vagina. The acidity of ACV can help regulate your pH and naturally restore balance in your body. When you pH is in check, the growth of both good and bad bacteria is regulated. Apple cider vinegar also has antibacterial properties that kill off bad bacteria throughout your body.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a home remedy that has been used for ages. The compound is a natural disinfecting agent, so it helps eliminate the bad bacteria in your body. Peroxide also eradicates inflammatory agents in your body and other factors that lead to bacterial vaginosis.

Treating an issue like bacterial vaginosis is a sensitive matter, which is why we suggest trying these natural at-home remedies. Let us know how they work for you or add one of your own suggestions to our extensive list of contributed remedies below!

Also check out our related pages on:
Trich, or Trichomoniasis
Vaginal Yeast Infection
Systemic Candida

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Most Popular Remedies:

Hydrogen Peroxide109 YEAS
Hydrogen Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus92 YEAS
Folic Acid and Acidophilus77 YEAS
Acidophilus50 YEAS
Folic Acid39 YEAS
Boric Acid37 YEAS
Multiple Remedies29 YEAS
Probiotics19 YEAS
Yogurt11 YEAS
General Feedback7 YEAS
Apple Cider Vinegar6 YEAS
Vitamin C6 YEAS
Goldenseal6 YEAS
Supplements5 YEAS
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ACV Bath, Folic Acid, Acidophilus   1  0   

Posted by Carolyn (Boise, Idaho) on 03/06/2009

[YEA]  When I first started using the Hydrogen/water douches, the acidophilus and the folic acid pills, it worked well for a week and then my period came. I was using a 50 million bacteria on the acidophilus and it was a hard pill that I insterted. That seemed to be bad for me. I then got a urinary tract infection followed right up by a yeast infection. I went hog wild to try to make sure there was absolutely no smell. I did the douche twice a day along with the pills. That was too much for my body.

I then switched over to apple cider/water douche, but I think I used too much. It also gave me a yeast infection.

So, here is what I have done that seems to work. I put apple cider in my bath water. I open up my vagina a little bit to let the water go in and out a few times. I take 1 acidophilus pill that is 14 billion that are gel caps that I insert when I go to bed. I take 1 folic acid pill and right now it seems to be working. My underwear still get very wet throughout the day and the smell of them at the end smells like strong ammonia. Yet, my vagina does not have a smell to it.

I think the key is to not overdo it. Try something and slowly work your way up if you need to. I will probably start to wear pant liners for the wetness issue, but I am still getting used to not having a bad smelling vagina like I have had all my life. It has been my biggest secret.

Posted by Liz
Us
08/07/2014
http://caseoftheonions.blogspot.com/p/the-solutions-already.html

go here!! She has lots of solutions, liquid chloropyhll and probiotics are a great place to start then try balance activ suppository.

Alkalize   3  0   

Posted by Kknic (Honolulu, Hawaii) on 05/14/2012

[YEA]  I found my cure for recurring BV!!!!!! I'm sure we all know that bv means our ph balance is more acidic. I read a posting and this person mentioned our bodies need to be on an alkaline diet. Well I went to a health food store and bought a gallon of alkaline water and within two days my symptoms cleared and its now been a month and my symptoms are completely gone!!! Drink alkaline water.

Posted by Kknic (Honolulu, Hawaii) on 05/14/2012

[YEA]  Hi, I want to share my amazing story. I was battling recurring BV for a little over 4 years. Antibiotics didn't work. Also, I was diagnosed with gastritis. I had really bad stomach pains especially after eating certain foods. I noticed after having my stomach pains, BV would flare up. I had a feeling that food was related to BV.

I read a post on this site about a woman who suggested we follow an Alkaline diet. I sought information from my Aunt who was recently reading an alkaline diet book. Well the book listed all the foods that makes our body acidic causing our PH to be imbalanced. Coffee, Sodas, processed foods, sugars, red meat... Etc. Well I gave up most processed foods, coffee, and soda. Sugars I still eat but in moderation.

BUT WHAT REALLY HELPED, was ALKALINE WATER. I found some at my local health food store and within two days the dishcharge was barely noticable. Within a week it was gone! The smell and dishcharge disappeared! I've been drinking the water for a little over two weeks and no symptoms. I continue taking probiotics, vitamins, and acidopholus pills. I don't feel ashamed anymore. I can't wait to see my OBGYN and give him a piece of my mind.

Posted by Frustrated (Greenville, South Carolina) on 03/24/2012

[YEA]  Hi ladies. I've suffered from bv for about 5 years now and I've tried all the treatments suggested on this site, but nothing was a permanent cure. After I realized that I needed to get my pH under control, I found this water. It's formulated to balance your body's natural pH, and all you literally do is drink it! I've been drinking it for a week and since then, I haven't discharged and the smell is virtually gone!!! I've tried taking Metro gel, pills, peroxide, garlic, etc. And I was sick of putting my body through all of that. Ph Water is found at TJMaxx/Marshall's and Publix for $1.49 for a liter or $1.79 for 1.5 liters. I drink one a day, and hopefully my body will regulate itself. I hope this will help some of those out there with chronic and consistant bv.

Posted by Reuben (Nashville, Tn) on 02/02/2011

I was researching bacterial vaginosis to help my daughter. Whatever method you use to clear up the problem, it will return if you don't get your whole body into a slightly alkaline state. That means no colas, no sugar, plenty of alkaline water (not bottled water from the store) lots of fresh veggies and fruits. You have to take care of the whole person and not just the symptoms.

Reuben Clark

Posted by Lovelife1 (Chicago, United States) on 12/12/2010

Im not too entirely sure if I am suffering from BV or not. The reason is becuase I dont get any symptoms of it whatsoever until after sex. And it also seems to be much more prominent when my partner does not pull out during intercourse. Then I am doomed for several days with this issue. From my studies in hollistic medicine, I know that infections in the vaginal area are usually due to Ph imbalance, not just in the vagina but overall in the entire body. Those of us suffering from these issues should not be seeking immediate relief by inserting ANYTHING into our vaginas. We need to be focusing on the body's overall health. If you can balance your body, the issues we are dealing with will balance as well. I believe this is why many women have said it keeps coming back. Becuase they are masking the real problem.

So what I believe needs to be done is much research on balncing the entire body's ph levels. You can find a lot of information on the internet to do this. A ph testing kit comes very much in handy to see the levels of your urine and saliva. The results may shock you. Ph levels in our bodys are crucial to staying healthy. Most disease and illness can NOT live and grow unless the environment is suitable to do so. BV and other infections may be your body telling you that you need to address a much bigger issue. I am going to try the many remedies to focus directly on BV in combination with addressing my bodys Ph levels and how to regulate them. I think this is the way in needs to be done.

Posted by Christal
Kyle, Tx, United States
12/30/2010
5 Posts
Hi there, I am responding to your post about the BV, I used to have the same issues until I started ingesting Organic Virgin Coconut oil daily, within a week all the symptoms associated with it were completely gone, It has been almost seven months since I started taking it and I have had no spring ups. And I used to get it all the time. I am sure ph balance has much to do with it but I know that coconut oil is anti fungal so try it, what have you to loose?? Also do you use Lube during Intercourse??? use olive oil instead, unless your using condoms, then you could be allergic to the latex in them, I think there are latex free condoms but I would just use olive oil. It feels wonderful, my husband and I have never been happier :)
Posted by Interested
Ct
05/05/2014
How much coconut oil do you drink per day?

Posted by Claire (Washington, Dc) on 09/20/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I SUFFERED! From BV symptoms for years!!!! - Super smelly white discharge, itchy-nes, dryness... It was never ending. Several doctors gave me several different answers to what it was. I've heard BV, Vaginosis, Trich, stress induced infection, etc. Well, I tried all of the remedies. Antibiotics, yogurt dipped tampons, acidophilus, douching, etc. The most effective was the acidophilus. But even that didn't work everyday. While reading these posts, I ran acriss a woman who said she changed her diet, started exercising and started drinking teas. I thought "OMG, that is way too much" but I found that she was almost spot on.

On my last trip to the doctor (after taking acidophilus for a while), tests revealed that I didnt have BV. But the symptoms remained so I was stumped. After more research on the internet, I stumbled across info on balancing the pH balance of acid and alkaline in the body. Too much acid in the body is a disease state called "Acidosis". Acidosis creates a lot of problems in the body including weak immune system, excess mucus, cold hands and feet, irritability and FUNGAL INFECTIONS. This (so far) has turned out to be the culprit! This also explains why some women find apple cider vinegar douches to be a cure... because ACV is highly alkaline, and reduces acid. So, I made a few tweaks in my diet. Water, OJ and an occasional coffee were my only beverages. So I have completely replaced the extremely acidic OJ with green juice.

You can determine if this might be your problem by taking a litmus test. Health food stores or vitamin shops have litmus strips. Put your saliva on it and it displays your body's pH balance. I took one a few days after discovering this info on Acidosis and found that I had the 2nd highest acidity level! Since changing to an alkaline diet all the symptoms have disappeared except 1. The discharge is still present but not as much and its odorless! I don't even have to wear panty liners everyday nor change them twice a day. Eating salad or drinking green juice is a small price to pay for eliminating this horrible condition!!

Posted by Tigershark
Las Vegas, Nv
09/27/2010
Thanks Claire for your note, I will try an Alkaline diet.

Apple Cider Vinegar   6  0   

Posted by Torrence (Murfreesboro, Tn) on 05/02/2014

[YEA]  Hello ladies, I have been suffering from BV for years off and on. I am now 35. I have tried everything but nothing has worked. My doctor even gave me on- going prescriptions of antibiotics to try and assist me with my constant complaints of odor and discharge. Some months I have had to wear a pad everyday to help keep myself dry. The winter months are not as terrible as the summer months. I have limited my activities, and started not to attend gatherings, or wear dresses, tights, or do anything that might expose my problem. In the summer months it is quite unbearable. I just found out about this site from my drs nurse. I'm so glad to know that I am not alone. After researching, I decided to use the Apple Cider Vinegar. I've been using it for three days now and my smell is completely gone. First day: mixed 2 tablespoons of ACV with a full glass of water and drank. That night mixed 10 ml of ACV with distilled water in a douche bottle and used. almost immediately I could tell a difference. The second day I did the same. Today, I drank the same mixture, but I increased my ACV in the douche mixture to 15mL and also soaked in a tub half way full of water and added two cups of ACV for 20 mins. ( just enough to cover my vaginal area) .The smell is completely gone. I plan on continuing this regimen for seven days. The 2nd week decreasing to four days and then every other day For the third week. The last week just once Or twice. I'll sit in the tub with the ACV twice a week from now on.

Please mix the ACV with water always And gradually increase in your douch mixture slowly. Because it can have a burning sensation.

In addition to doing this new regimen, I also take acidophilus 4 billion live cultures, zinc, folic, acid, and vit B12 every night. so far, I feel great and my confidence is coming back. Thanks so much for this site. I'll keep you posted.

Posted by Rachel
Los Angeles, Ca
07/01/2014
i am leery of douches, but I am trying drinking and soaking in the Apple Cider Vinegar and taking a probiotic for women. That is my plan this week. Thanks for sharing!

Today, I only had patience to soak for 20 min.

Posted by Drea
South Carolina, US
07/22/2014
2 Posts
[YEA]   "I suffered from BV for many years and nothing worked until I tried this and the BV is completely gone for good. No joke ladies. This is what worked for me: I take vitamin B6 daily and inserted 1 Prebiotic vaginally for one night. Prebiotic feed the good bacteria and all I used was one capsule which I ordered from Amazon. Try it ladies it cured me with no douching and my sex life with my husband is now wonderful! No more embarrassing odor or discharge. Praise God Almighty!

Posted by Amy (Dallas, Tx) on 09/20/2012

I just came back from the gyn, saw her five months ago, and she said I do not have BV, she said all is normal, no fish odor, just some normal discharge, I could not believ me ears, because I saw a specialist too, and he said the same thing, I guess it went away on it's own, I have changed my diet and I drink Apple Cider Vinegar with water everyday and yogurt salads, Im so paranoid I do not believe it, but she is the doctor and she said it would show up underneath the microscope, I smell my clothes and I smell nothing, no fish at all, and I know that damn smell like I know my ss#, Im gonna keep doing what Im doing, and No I do not take any more pills, all those vitamins, no thx, I just will stay on a probiotic, but Im glad to hear the news I have no more bv, every one is different, try your diet that may be it and Apple Cider Vinegar puts the ph on balance, may taste nasty, but it is worth it, I smell perfume for once in a long time, thx God, good luck!!!

Posted by Nicki
Silver Spring, Md
09/26/2012
How much of the vinger and water did you mix together? I tried squeezing lime juice pulp and all into a bottle and douched with it for about a week.. It worked like a charm was odor free and no excess discharge for about 2 months.. This time I can't pin point why it came bk because I was having sex and doing everything the same, maybe its something I ate who knows so I'm bk at square one and the lime method is taking longer to clear it up this time. So im on the acidophilus and yogurt and folic acid and vitamin d3.. What else should I do??? Im frustrated its so embarassing.. I actually thought it was gone for good... Is this how we are going to have to spend the rest of our lives.. Please let me know what you come up with..

Posted by Nu2makeupgrl (Monroe, La) on 03/18/2011

[YEA]  ive been suffering from yeast infections to BV... And lately ive had an yeast infection I usually just go and buy monistat and it just suppresses it for a few days but after that it comes back.... Not to be so detailed but everytime me and my partner have intercourse and he finishes inside of me I obtain a yeast infection yea I know wierd right... But this time my doctor prescribed me the diflucan it was okay it just cleared some of the discharge but the itching and burning was still alive as I call it... So I was reading and reading and reading and thanks for this site... So I sat down in front of my body mirror layed my town down drenched the cotton ball with ACV but it on the area and boy did it burn like HELL!!!! Lol I ran in front of my fan with my legs open I know funny right... But I say about 2 min later it was WoW okay I kinda feel normal now... Then I decided to douche with it... and all I can say is yes it worked it worked it worked now its the next morning no itching no burning no nothing now lets start this spring day....

Posted by Donna
Cuero, Tx
09/06/2011
I've had the same happen using raw apple cider vinegar and also inserting the acidophilus pills, Not at the same time by the way, for a couple of days. But yea WOW instant releif at the 1st application. It comes back in a few weeks though.

Posted by Cmelo (Boston, Ma, Usa) on 01/02/2011

[WARNING!]  PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH THIS CURE. I got my first yeast infection about 4 days into a 7 day regimen of intense antibiotics. I have had bacterial vaginosis several times, so I figured I could cure it with yogurt as usual. When new year's eve came and I still had my infection, I got desperate and logged on here to see what I could find. I wasn't sure if it was BV or yeast at this point but I saw the raves for ACV and went ahead and tried it. I began with straight ACV on a cotton ball--It burned SO BAD. I can't even describe how bad it hurt--I was hyperventaliting. I decided to dilute it to about 50/50 but even that was awful. Awful. The burning didn't last too long but the infection went on to get worse quickly... I began getting tons of discharge and itching and pain. If you try this DILUTE ALOT. If it works then work your way up but it did not work for me at all!! I ended up taking fluconaze and now it is 90% cleared up.. I am afraid to put anything down there as even yogurt seems to irritate it. I'm glad if this works for people but be careful!!

Posted by Miss
Pa, US
06/16/2014
The same thing happened to me! I kept reading about douching with Hydrogen Peroxide. It really helped with the scent but a week later it all came back 1,000 times worse! Douche again....it just happened over and over. I really diluted it a lot. The douches were maybe 20% Hydrogen peroxide. I would get so itchy and burn it was unbearable! To be honest, the Hydrogen Peroxide made it worse. Everyone is different. I take daily vitamins, I tried Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, and acidophilus (twice daily) and so far they have helped with the symptoms but not cure. My diet is 80% fruits and veges. I eat little meat and exercise 5 days a week. I am a very healthy person. But this time, the natural cure route has not worked. I think I'm going to have to suck it up and use the antibiotic.
Posted by Marigold
Usa
06/17/2014
The peroxide was too strong, you probably burned your tissues. The strongest you should use is diluted 3%. You'll need to do some healing before you try anything again.

Also, do not use apple cider vinegar - only white vinegar, also very diluted or you'll have more tissue damage. The apple cider vinegar has natural yeasts/bacteria which can add to the problem instead of helping. Good luck!

Posted by Former AL Mom (Daleville, AL) on 03/25/2009

Bacterial Vaginitis: Daily, I soak a cotton ball with organic ACV while I sit on the toilet, then I jump in the shower to rinse it off, using no soaps, sprays, or powders. This has been working for the past month. I also use another ACV soaked cotton ball under my arms before I get in the shower too, without using soap or deodorant. No odor. I love this site, mannnn!

Posted by Former AL Mom
Daleville, AL
03/30/2009
I forgot to mention that I wipe my vagina and pubic hair section with the cotton ACV soaked cotton ball...

Posted by Shannon (Monticello, KY, USA) on 02/23/2009

[YEA]  My one year old daughter has had a foul smell down south for a couple months now since taking antibiotics. The prescribed creams failed to remove the odor. She just got out of a shallow bath with 3/4 cup of RAW, ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.mixed in the warm water. For the first time in months, she has no odor. I will continue this for a couple more nights with hope of THE cure. Thanks so much! I am adding EARTH CLINIC to my bookmarks!

Posted by Pahlee
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
02/10/2012
How often did you do the bath with 3/4 c of acv?

Posted by Mechele (Montgomery, Alabama) on 08/15/2008

[YEA]  Hello all ! This is to all the ladies who have ever had a "four alarm fire" going on "down there" due to a bacterial infection !Six months ago I was diagnosed with the STD "Trichomoniasis" for the first time in my 37 years of living due to a cheating boyfriend. Got rid of him and the Trich at the same time. But..the Trich was a little harder to rid than the boyfriend. After taking up to 21 days of Metronidazole (Flagyl)which my doctor prescibed because I kept having "symptoms" after the first dose, my v- became a "magnet" for a bacterial infection. I went back to my doctor for the third time because I kept having "burning" sensations around the opening. He tested me again and said I was clear of the STD, but had aquired a "fungus" infection. So he prescribed "Diflucan" and a topical corticoid for the infection, which neither prescription helped the burning or the itching ! The burning and inflammation got worst with each day, so I decided to go to another doctor, he said after you aquire an STD like Trichomoniasis, you can rid the STD but you must also repair the damage the organism, thats where my burning and irritation was coming from, so he prescribed another fungus antibiotic called Ketoconazole and yet another Topical coticoid for inflammation and to help heal the walls, he also told me to make a paste of some baking soda and soak in it when I take my bath and wash with it instead of soap for about 2 weeks. For about 3 days, I had relief but not complete relief and thought maybe I was finally on the road to be released of this "beast" causing havoc. Spoke to soon, symptoms came right back with a fury and I thought I was going to go insane!!

So then I decided to look up bacterial infections and remedies on the internet when I returned to work the other day, what did I have to lose besides paying another $30.00 co-pay for doctors visits and prescriptions. Lo and behold..I came across this wonderful webpage and saw that I could drink Organic apple cider vinegar for this infection. So on my lunch break, I purchased a bottle of organic Apple Cider for $ 3.50. I rushed home and put 2 tbls in a glass of water and drank it down in a hurry ( I was really desperate for anything to work at this point) ! By the time I returned to work..all the burning and itching had instantly disapeared ( No kidding yall)!! I havent felt this much relief in about 4 months ! I also put a cup of Applecider and 2 tbls of baking soda in my bath water and soaked in it for about 30 minutes and I also drank a glass before I went to bed last night ! I woke up this morning feeling great and like my old self again. Still a little tingle here and there but not that "four alarm fire" I've been feeling for months !I'm so happy I could cry !I plan to drink a glass everyday because the Apple Cider vinegar is also apparrently good for a number of other things too like keeping your blood pressure low, good cholesterol, weight loss and keeping yeast infections away also.Thank you all so much for sharing your stories and giving me a cheap and small solution for such a big problem ! I pray this continues to work ! Applecider vinegar is awesome !! Woo hoo!!

Posted by Michelle (Jonesboro, GA) on 01/13/2007

[YEA]  Yes!! Thank you Lord! I added 3 cups of Pure Apple Cider Vinegar to my water and soaked for 20 minutes. It started working that same day. By the next day it was completely gone. No smell at all!! I hope this works for you!


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