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Cure Bacterial Vaginosis: Natural Remedies for BV!

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Posted by Lisa (Chicago) on 01/20/2008

[WARNING!]  For the past year and a half I've had reoccuring bouts of bv and never knew where it came from or how to get rid of it, neither did my doctor. I had been taking acv for weight loss and lost 35 lbs and I started taking it again and read this web site and now I finally see the cause of the bv and through all the meds Tindamax has worked the best for me

Posted by Anon (East Coast) on 01/07/2008

I'd like to say that BV isn't an STD, because I'm still a virgin. And I've got it just like millions of other woman. But what I have found out about myself is that fragrance, dyes, stress, dairy ( allergic to it so I avoid it ) and BREAD cause my BV to come faster than a runny egg. I pick toilet paper, soap, laundry detergent, panties, baby wipes, and towels wisely! I avoid eating anything with yeast in it! I stay away from sugary foods ( fast food=sugar )and beverages. I use plain water or cetaphil when I wash below. I'm currently looking into health store brands of tampons and pads ( they are dyed with chlorine mmm), because my BV returns after my period. I think pads and tampons did this to me! Because I didn't have any problems until I started using them! Grrr. But if I get BV outside of my period I usually have eaten something I shouldn't have or I've exposed myself to something with dye or fragrance in it. For example, I once broke out in hives from using a scented tampon... Yeah I won't do that again! And even though honey is sugary I take a table spoon of wild honey every day ( mankua honey is better ) for its antifungal properties.. it worked great on my toe fungus!

Replied by Malolly
Eugene, OR
If you find that pads and tampons irritate you. Try the Diva cup! It's really great. It's made of silicone I believe. Works great! Basically it's a little cup that goes up inside you and you dump it out several times a day.
Replied by Sherley
New York City, New York
i bought pro biotics acidophilus in capsules.. will this work? this is the first time it happens to me ever in my life i am 24 and i had my first yeast infection at age 23 and now this awful uncomfortable smell. i cant wait to get rid of it ive never had it, feels so uncomfortable and smells strongest after sex. i been with the same guy for 4yrs so i hope its nothing serious. i dont have health insurance but when i had a bad yest infection i went to the ER. they treated me and gave me flagyl which is very nasty. but i see people are stating that its a waste of time. HOPE IT WORKS. i feel very insecure.

Posted by Ana (atlanta, ga) on 12/28/2007

[WARNING!]  re: BV -- WARNING!!!! Metrogel causes neuropathy. Please do not take this dangerous drug. It is labeled as a possible side effect. Try Enzara.

Posted by EB (Cleveland, OH) on 12/27/2007

[WARNING!]  I have a friend who is a nurse who is very knowledgeable about modern medicine. I currently have BV and was prescribed flagyl. I'm on day four of the medication and have been experiencing minor side effects. I asked my friend if she would take flagyl if she had BV. She said, "Absolutely not. Because flagyl kills ALL bacteria in the vagina it is very harsh on the body." Flagyl as a remedy to BV doesn't make sense. To get rid of BV, you shouldn't have to kill all of the bacteria in the vagina. This leaves us more susceptible to infections, which require more medication, which increases profit for pharmaceutical companies. Unfortunately, modern medicine is in the business of making money. I'm convinced that anything driven by profit can not be authentically concerned with healing and saving bodies. Rather developing more holistic medicine that preserves balance in the body, drug companies often develop drugs that temporarily assuage a problem, but don't cure it. In this way, they reinforce drug dependence driving up their profits in the process. I started taking folic acid (800mg) today and i'm hoping that it works for me as well. I'll start taking the acidophilus after I finish the flagyl, as i'm not sure its a good idea to mix antibiotics (flagyl) with probiotics (acidophilus). I really hope that it works for me because I don't want to have to depend on medication prescribed by my GYN in the future. And given my sensitive body, I'm sure i'm very suscepticle to recurring BV infections. I'll write back in a month or so my experience with folic acide and acidophilus. To your Health ladies, EB from Cleveland

Posted by Amber (Boise, Idaho) on 12/06/2007

So the other day, as I was washing myself, I smelled a fishy odor. I thought nothing of it, and just figured that I was going to start my period or that I ate something that made things smell weird. Yesterday, I was sitting at my computer typing and all of the sudden became overwhelmed by an extremely strong fish odor, that almost made me gag. I began to do my research. This morning when I took my shower, i noticed that it smelled even after I had washed it several times, and that it took scrubbing to get the smell off of my hand. After my shower I soaked a tampon in tea tree oil, and that seems to be controlling the odor. I am going to start with the boric acid and acidophilus today, and hopefully get rid of this thing before it gets any worse. Thank you for your postings, I hope they work and I will keep you updated on progress. The strangest thing about this situation is that I can't figure out what brought it on. I have no new sex partners, do not douche or use smell pretty products down there, and am just not sure what happened.

Posted by Tracie (Pittsburgh, PA) on 12/04/2007

[WARNING!]  I came across this site looking to cure what I thought was BV. Kept getting it over & over this past year, and Flagyl helped until I had sex again (same person). I tried the peroxide douche and thought it helped, (smell went away, itchiness stopped) but it was temporary. Turns out, I found out today it is Trichomoniasis, and I keep getting reinfected from partner with no symptoms. My point is, if you've been to a doctor and know what you have, by all means try these cures on here. But DO NOT self diagnose, as I did, based on symptoms. They are almost identical, and I never dreamed I had Trich (and I'm not real happy about it either). But it's easily curable, they say, so we'll see. Good luck to all here, and though I'm glad I don't have a penis, sometimes a VaJayJay is a bigger pain!

Replied by Sweetie
Tampa, FL
Hey Tracie - make sure your partner gets treated for Trich as well, otherwise you will continue to get infected!! If you are still together take his A@# to the clinic and watch him take the pills. Wait for at least a week before having intercourse again and you two should be fine. If the crap comes back you know that he's sleeping around becuase unlike BV, Trich is a sexually transmitted infection. Good Luck!!
Replied by Prettyinpink
Philadelphia, Pa, Usa
I am 21 years old and I have been suffering from a fishy smell odor since I was like 14. I just found out last year that it was BV. My Dr prescribed me with Flagyl which worked for about three weeks until my period came on. My doctor keeps giving me the run around. I have been taking Aciphodilus (orally) for months now and it dosent do much. Tonight I tried the 1/2 H20 & Hydro soaked in a tampon. I tried to do with a douche but it started to burn so I am now doing the tampon and it does not burn. I am still waiting for results it has been in for about an hour now. I really hope that this works. I'll keep you updated.

Posted by keisha (birmingham, hamstead, west midlands) on 11/12/2007

my name is keisha, i am 18 years old, and had BV for over a year now. i reckon i caught BV from my ex boyfriend, however doctors claim that BV is not an STD/STI. apparently men cannot get it. i have tried using ph balanced shower gels such as: nivea, folic acid tablets, cranberry juice but it only works for a while. eating sweet things makes BV much worse. apparently bv is covering a more serious health condition if it keeps on coming back such as: diabetes, pelvic inflammatory disease, or HPV which i have from my ex. so be careful who u sleep with, ladies.

Replied by Julie
Seattle, WA
I have T2 Diabetes and get BV when my blood sugar runs rampant. The only cure that seems to work is going raw for awhile. Just type "raw foods" into a search engine. Sometimes, it only takes two or three days, other times two weeks. Yes, you can live without meat, dairy, or cooked food. And you don't have to worry about putting things where they don't logically belong ;-). The body heals itself.
Replied by Veronice
Brooklyn, US
I'm glad someone finally said that BV could be covering a more serious health condition because I never had any trouble with infection before and i used all kinda of lotions, never douched or showered after sex and had a healthy discharge. Since the point where i believe I was exposed to the HPV virus is when my bv started and has not gona away since. I pray that when the HPV passes the BV will as well.

Posted by Sandhi on 09/21/2007

[WARNING!]  I want to point something about the Baking Soda remedy for increasing the alkalinity of body. Unfortunately, this remedy worked for me in the beginning, as I noticed improved digestion, but then I noticed I came down with a chronic case of Bacterial Vaginosis. A fishy odor coming from the vagina. I have heard, women who are on Birth Control Pill get BV. But I have never used BCPs. Further reading, I found out that Baking Soda, and for that matter most anta-acids can lead to the depletion of B-vitamins in the body. ( including Folic Acid & B12). And no wonder Folic Acid is recommended as a cure for BV

I am taking Folic Acid ( 1 mg) and B-complex now, but the fishy odor is not gone completely! I am really stuck with this odor which I NEVER had before. So could it be, my folic acid levels are depleted and I am unable to get them to a healthy level. As of now, I am suspecting Baking Soda has done this to me. And I am abstaining from using it anymore. I would be interested to hear what other female users have to say about this.

Replied by Tracy
Frederick, MD
Just wanted to put in my .02cents. I was taking the ACV Baking Soda tonic three times a day. It's ironic now that I think about it, the way our bodies talk to us, the last few times I took the recipe, (and I'm very used to the taste of the ACV/BS tonic) my nose would turn up at the smell, it smelled furmented, almost like old wine. Then I got a yeast/BV infection...and after research and trial and error, I realized that what Sandhi mentioned was true, too much BS can reverse the body's alkaline and actually make it too acidic. So, after curing the Yeast infection with Hydrogen Peroxide, yogurt and water (monostat DID NOT WORK) and quitting the Baking soda, I feel much better. Every once in a while if I feel heartburny I'll add BS to my ACV, but I skip the BS most days and just take ACV and feel much better~!
Replied by Klmahone91
Tucson, Arizona
I am having a reoccuring yeast/bv infection but the monostats don't work and neither does the pill. I want to try the hydrogen peroxide and yogurt solution but I can't find the recipe. Can anyone help me??

Posted by Sandhi on 09/21/2007

[WARNING!]  I want to point something about the Baking Soda remedy for increasing the alkalinity of body. Unfortunately, this remedy worked for me in the beginning, as I noticed improved digestion, but then I noticed I came down with a chronic case of Bacterial Vaginosis. A fishy odor coming from the vagina. I have heard, women who are on Birth Control Pill get BV. But I have never used BCPs. Further reading, I found out that Baking Soda, and for that matter most anta-acids can lead to the depletion of B-vitamins in the body. ( including Folic Acid & B12). And no wonder Folic Acid is recommended as a cure for BV.

I am taking Folic Acid ( 1 mg) and B-complex now, but the fishy odor is not gone completely! I am really stuck with this odor which I NEVER had before. So could it be, my folic acid levels are depleted and I am unable to get them to a healthy level. As of now, I am suspecting Baking Soda has done this to me. And I am abstaining from using it anymore. I would be interested to hear what other female users have to say about this.

Posted by Christine (Georgia) on 09/08/2006

Bacterial Vaginosis vs Yeast Infections. I came across this website while searching for holistic cures for bacterial vaginosis. I think its really important to identify which infection you might have as what works for curing yeast might actually make the bacterial vaginosis worse. A trained physician who is up-to date with the literature should help diagnose you. I have thought that I had yeast recurring for years while the whole time I have had Bacterial Vaginosis, a COMMON condition. Be sure to get diagnosed correctly, ladies! I am going to try taking oral folic acid and the vaginal yogurt insertion to see if either helps BV.

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Posted by Jucole (Virginia, US) on 12/18/2014

[YEA]  Just an FYI Ladies: BV can definitely be contagious. You can get it from feminine sprays & other chemicals like your laundry detergent (always rinse clothing twice) which can be eliminated by stopping the products you're using or it could be coming from your partner. After taking meds for BV for 3 years I finally convinced my doctor to treat my boyfriend & I together & ever since I've been fine. So if you're having recurring BV infections & having unprotected sex, get your partner treated as well. I know men do not like taking pills, so fortunately there is a two day course they can take of tindamax. Please of course consult your doctor first. I think doctors are not treating male partners for this because there's no way they can test them for it, therefore they don't want to be held liable for prescribing medicine to men that have not been tested. If that makes any sense, while women continue to suffer & get sick over & over & the pharmaceutical companies continue to prosper. If your partner is reluctant in taking the meds, see if his doctor can check him for gardnerella. That is the clinical term for BV. Good luck ladies!

Replied by Joann
I had reoccurring BV for a year, seemed like every month or every other month, I finally convinced my husband's PCP to treat him and I would also go on the antibiotics so we could both hopefully be BV free. Well even after abstaining for an extra two weeks, as soon as we had sex, I could feel the symptoms coming back within day. It seems that semen throws off my ph, I'm sensitive to latex, but really I don't want my husband of 19 yrs to have to wear condoms and pull out doesn't always work. So after reading all the remedies on this site, I think I will try to douche after sex and insert a probiotic or maybe even the yogurt tampon w/ acidophilus sprinkled in. So just letting you know that I also had hoped us both taking the antibiotics would work, but for us it was a fail.

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Posted by Valerie (Houston, Tx) on 06/07/2014

[YEA]  This cure has worked for me for over 15 years ... until this time. This is an Edgar Cayce cure. I use a Glyco-Thymoline soaked tampon at night and then also during the day. The longest it ever took to clear up was a week. But this time it wasn't working which sent me on-line to find other remedies. I had no idea so many suffer with this. After trying a couple of different methods, like tea tree and H2O, it still wasn't working. So, I did more research and started taking the probiotics that are recommended. In my research, I thought maybe it wasn't clearing up because my body was too acidic. Bingo!! -- this seemed to be the issue that was delaying my progress. I looked up foods that are highly alkaline and very acidic and found the culprit -- Apple Cider Vinegar, which I had been taking every morning. I stopped that, started having Lemon water in the morning and filling up with all kinds of good fruits & veggies that are very alkaline. I do highly recommend Glyco-Thymoline but if it's not working for you, check your diet. :)

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Posted by Meghan30 (Dresbach, Minnesota) on 10/15/2013

[YEA]  I have been suffering from chronic BV for a year and a half! I have tried everything from metronetizole, clindamycin, metro gel, boric acid, acidophilus, folic acid, vaginal probiotics, the list goes on and on.

I finally found a cure.

It may seem like a lot, but I have been BV free for 3 months now and I cant believe it! The secret is goldenseal root. It is a natural antibiotic. I take one goldenseal root pill, 2 cranberry pills (healthy urinary tract-not meant to help BV), one folic acid, one garlic pill, and one probiotic every morning and one goldenseal root, one garlic and 2 cranberry pills everynight. I did that for the first month and have been only taking the morning set of pills for the last 2 months. I have no bv, no abnormal discharge, or cramping like I used to get! It is amazing! My boyfriend and I are finally able to be intimate without having to worry about the dreaded BV. I had a friend recommend Goldenseal root and also, when I was buying it, there was a lady that asked me if I was using it for BV and she told me it was a godsend for her! I am so happy I found this product! I hope it can help other women out as well!

Posted by Jenniebee (Brooklyn, Ny, United States) on 01/07/2012

[YEA]  I had been suffering from bacterial vaginosis for several years. My doctor had suggested to me that it might be related to a hormone imbalance during my menstrual cycle (most likely caused by my years on birth control pills). I decided to insert a Goldenseal supplement into my vagina during my period. Afterwards, I realized that I had remained BV-free for the rest of the month. I've been doing this monthly and haven't had a problem since.

Replied by Freemebv
Omaha, Ne, Douglas
Hello ladies I am so desperate I will be trying a number of different methods to cure the BV I have a constant encounter with. I am currently trying the Peroxide treatment however I was lookin into the goldenseal treatments. The goldenseal tea I will br drinking that because it also cures things such as bladder infections which I also encounter but I see some post about inserting the goldenseal supplement into the vagina. When should that be done and is it just the regular pill form that I am to insert? Is there a specific brand or type of golden seal product I need to be looking for when I research it I come up with "Echinacea goldenseal. " Is that the right product?

Posted by M (Nyc, Usa) on 03/27/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I tried the peroxide douche a couple of times and have been taking folic acid & acidophilus daily (I forget sometimes tho). It improved my BV but not cured. i still had a slight odor and odd discharge, although so much better than before. anyway, I was fed up and decided to pay the $16 my health food store charges for goldenseal.

i inserted one capsule at night, using a pantyliner the next day. Just in case, I did the same the night after. I'm on day 3 and the odor is completely gone. The jury is still out on discharge because I am still leaking the golden seal. The goldenseal leakage is slight, nowhere near as bad as BV discharge. I will definitely update a week from now. Thank you once again Earth Clinic!!

Replied by M
Nyc, Usa

So after trying goldenseal for 2 nights, everything was back to normal. Then about a week later, I got my period. After it was done, I noticed that the consistency of my natural discharge was thickening and something was not right. The smell was extremely faint but present so I decided to try goldenseal again to prevent a full blown reoccurrence. I've read that menstruation, like semen, can cause BV because it changes the PH in your vagina. Sooo, going to try goldenseal again now that period is over. I was so very pleased with the results the 1st time around and feeling hopeful about this time too. I just might have to insert goldenseal after each period, which i'm OK with since it cleared up the smell and discharge.

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
[YEA]   Drinking Goldenseal tea works!! That along wth taking massive amounts of vitamin supplements,plain yogurt,acidophilus, and oregano oil capsules twice a day, along with goldenseal tea, 2 cups a day. GUYS, no joke, I got the worse case of BV, e v e r....this went on NONSTOP for 3 months, Im talking, not sleeping at night, cuz of the persistant itching, burning agony, and swollen tissues, (it felt like a bowling ball up in there) it was AWFUL> I have ALWAYS struggled with yeast and vaginal infections, but this was hidious.(I havnt had sex in 3 months either, it was THAT BAD.

Heres what I did: I didnt really douche, because IT NEVER WORKS for me, it always makes things worse. I tried the hydrogen peroxide douche, and altho it did take away the odor, it came after a couple days, and it seemed to make things MORE irritated and infected. I did try coconut oil and castor oil inserted inside the vagina, overnight, and it did kinda help, but not really. I started really seeing results with the supplements, oregano oil and goldenseal tea. (be warned Goldenseal tea tastes like DIRT) very bitter, but it works!!Tried GPE, didnt really work.

In the morning after eating some raison bread, I would take my supplements and acidophilus and yogurt. Then after about 3-4 hours, would do the oregano oil with the tea. Then 3-4 hours later, I would do the tea and oregano oil again. The at bedtime, ALWAYS 2 hours after the tea and oregano, I would take folic acid, vitamin E and acidophilus again. Check my earlier post under supplements to see amounts of what I took. Good luck ladies.

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