Last Modified on May 23, 2016
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. Earth Clinic has received thousands of posts since 1999 detailing the best natural cures for BV. The most popular home treatments seems to be effective for reestablishing the bacterial culture of your body. These remedies include acidophilus, apple cider vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide douches.
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, also known as ACV, 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. H2O2 also eradicates inflammatory agents in your body and other factors that lead to bacterial vaginosis. Most readers insert a tampon soaked with 3% drugstore hydrogen peroxide to help with BV.
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! Keep reading below to learn which remedies worked best.
Remedies for Bacterial Vaginosis
The Popularity of Bacterial Vaginosis Remedies - Full List
[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.
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YEA (7) 88% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 13%Posted by Brittney123 (Chicago, Illinois) on 06/26/2015
[YEA] I have had BV since December & it is honestly the worst thing. I was put on both the oral and vaginal medication & neither worked. I tried folic acid w/ b12, acidophilus, inserting vitamin c, taking multivitamins... I'm 18 about to start college and none of my friends are concerned about infections or anything. I was so FRUSTRATED. Thank God I found this website because I was getting so depressed over this. Eventually I read about douching with hydrogen peroxide. I was terrified to try it so I never did. I continued looking for other remedies that don't involve inserting anything into the vagina and that's when I found out about alkalizing.
I drink lemon water everyday. I squeeze 2 fresh lemons into water and add a little sugar (when I drink it raw my stomach hurts, the sugar helps ALOT) and it just tastes like lemonade! I have done this for almost 3 months and I am discharge and smell free!
I would really try this before doing the hydrogen peroxide because the lemon water balances out your pH. You have to work on your whole body to find healing in your lady parts. I know it's a frustrating process but thanks to this website I'm able to find relief and I am no longer depressed and I can have sex with my boyfriend once again. I would also recommend not using any scented feminine soap for your vagina. WATER IS ENOUGH!!! I know that's hard especially because bv gives you an odor but your vagina is meant to clean itself. Good luck ladies! I truly feel your pain.
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Posted by Laraine (Utah, US) on 04/01/2015
[YEA] I was in the worst BV flare up in recent years and searched for an alternative to antibiotics, when I came across this information. After only 24 hours of drinking alkaline water (about 6 liters) I've felt a marked improvement! I'm not only amazed, but so relieved! My daughter suffers from BV as well, and is now drinking alkaline water. Thank you for the info! :)
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Posted by Angel (New York, US) on 12/11/2014
[YEA] Changing my diet to consist of mostly alkaline foods has cured my 4 year battle with BV. It is impossible for bacteria and viruses to survive in an alkalized environment. It is also important for your partner to consume more alkalizing foods.
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.
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 "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!!
YEA (3) 75% WARNING! (1) 25%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 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!!
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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 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!
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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!
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Susan (Chicago, IL) on 08/11/2008
[YEA] I suffered from BV for many, many years. Remedies, I tried them all. The only thing that has really worked for me (long term) is getting my ph in the right zone. I know it almost sounds too simple, but I can tell right away when I've missed a few doses of my Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda combo, because the smell comes back. I don't drink an alkalizing drink every day (I try to take a day or two off each week). But, if I go longer than the small break of a few days, the smell and discharge come back slowly. Not saying it will work for every woman, but you might want to give it a try. I don't think healthy flora can exist in an acid environment.