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Cure Bacterial Vaginosis: Natural Remedies for BV!

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Oregano Oil
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Posted by Krissy (St Louis, MO) on 06/02/2009

[YEA]  I have been dealing with BV for 3 years now. I've tried everything. Gels, creams, pills, pills and more pills. I was looking online after my last "outbreak" happened and the dr prescribed yet another antibiotic. I found this site. The acidolphilus worked when I could remember to take it. I wouldn't try the douche. It seems everytime I douche it only makes the BV worse. But I did mix 1/3 part peroxide with 2/3 part water and wash myself with it. And then opened an acidolphilus capsule and inserted it. It helped. For a few days that is. So I asked a friend of mine that is an herbal expert what I could take that might help this "curse" I have. She suggested trying oregano pills. So I took two a day for three days. And while it tasted like I'd just eaten a huge slice of pizza everytime I belched. The BV is now gone. I know this isn't going to be a permenant solution. My dr says there's nothing that will cure BV, but possibly he's wrong. Maybe together us "cursed" ladies will find a cure. Thank you so much for all of you that have had the guts to post about this. I know first hand that it's a very embarrassing topic. So thank you! Good luck to everyone!!

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Posted by Kristi (Englewood, Fl/usa) on 10/18/2011

@Sad for help.. I know exactly what you are going through I just found out I had BV about two months ago and I have been treated twice and nothing it keeps coming back. It two also ruined my relationship. I am also a 22 year old who feels like her life is over and like I am going to probably be alone the rest of my life, it has done a number on my self esteem also. But I am going to try this over the counter stuff called HP BV Treatment and see if that works. I will keep you posted im also going to try to quit smoking because I guess that can cause it too and change my diet. I will keep u posted. I do know exactly how u feel you are not alone! Obviously a lot of us are suffering from this demon which is what I call it.

Packing Your Fanny With Tissue
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Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn Usa) on 10/23/2009

[YEA]  LORDY,,,,,,,,,,, How do I present this post? It is gross, but so is bacterial vaginosis and no one has problems with that.

So here goes. I learned this while hunting squirrels back in the early '70's in Southeastern Okla along the LIttle River and below Broken Bow. If you want to find 8 squirrels up a tree, then you got to go hunting when there are 8 squirrels up a tree. That is when the the squirrels are cutting Hickory Nuts and that is at the end of August when the temperature is 100 in the shade. Being a tad fat and a sweater , I always got chaffed and my hunt was spoiled. I used baby powder to no avail. Being smart , jus slow, I concluded that the problem was sweat passing through my fanny picking up bacteria and affecting my crotch.

In about 1972 I began to pack my fanny with tissue and lots of good things happened to me. I no longer got chaffed, and I no longer got the jock itch. My shorts no longer had nicotine in them nor had any odor. My wife and no longer passed fungus between us. 40 years later, I am still packing my fanny with tissue.

It is especially important to old folks as their anus spinster ain't what it used to be and leaks. Anyway, It think it is especially important for fat wimmins. Their female problems may be from sweat bring down e-coli from their anus.

I know this is rude and crude ,but I believe it with all my heart. My suggestion for folks with crotch problems
=======pack your fanny with tissue. Your problems will go away.

Replied by Eve K
Houston, Tx
FYI, "fanny" in most other English speaking countries means something else.

To the non-US readers, "fanny" in America means "bum", bottom, backside...

To the rest of the world it is a slang term for a woman's genitals.

EC: Thank you for clarifying that, Eve!

Replied by Tricia
Thanks. Eve. I follow Robert Henry's stuff cos one of his posts gave me the confidence to try the rosacea remedies. But that one gave me tears in my eyes at the thought of retrieving the tissue. Words can mean totally different things in different countries so it is something that needs to be watched out for on an international site such as this one. Only recently I had to explain to an American lady that the word "CRACK" means drugs in the USA but here it is simply a word for fun. When somebody in the group said we were all cracked up, her face was a picture.

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Posted by Daphil (Buffalo, Ny) on 01/24/2014

[YEA]  This helped me, and I came across it almost by accident. I have had bv for about 3 years, but never really understood it. Took antibiotics and assumed I was better. I consider myself lucky because I do not get a fishy smell...a somewhat unpleasant smell yes, but not fishy nor do I get copious amounts of milky white discharge...just some yellowish discharge that tends to be thick. I also get itchy. And it has caused me some pretty bad depression. I have also done the at home ph tests that have all said that my ph is normal down there. So I kept assuming it was a yeast problem. Until recently I went to the dr because I was very itchy down there, and also mentioned the unpleasant smell.

I was tested for bv, and lo and behold, yep I have it again. I was given Flagyl oral, which worked, but after a few weeks I felt that I was creeping back to bv again. So I did some research. Loaded up on information. Did the hydrogen peroxide douche and probiotics, vaginally and orally. This helped. I went back to my dr to see if I still had bv or if I had cleared it.

My results were inconclusive. What?! I was told I might have it...I might not. That there was nothing really specific on my culture. I was beyond frustrated, in tears. Where do I go from here? Am I starting to clear the infection or am I heading back to bv? I was told if I started having symptoms again to come back and get more antibiotics.

I was due for my period so I decided to wait until that was over and see how I felt. In the meantime, I decided to take charge of my health. I ate very poorly...sugars and breads were what I lived on. I was feeding the bacteria! I cut those out of my diet. Stopped drinking coffee. Drank lots of water. I was determined to get my body back in balance. I decided to do a natural herbal parasite detox. The first day of the detox, just hours after my first dose...I had little to no discharge, no odor, no itching! I have always had discharge, even when I was younger and did not have bv. The second day...little to no discharge, no odor, no itching! I was flabbergasted. But I got my period and thought that maybe it was just hopeful thinking. I continued the detox for the 10 days...and when my period was over...little to no discharge, no odor, no itching. I had not expected this to happen!

Some of the key ingredients to this detox were herbal remedies that I had read about that were supposed to help bv, but didn't know where to start with them...garlic, cranberry, black walnut, goldenseal, and Echinacea. All in one capsule. Just go online and search for natural parasite cleanse.

I am still taking a women's probiotic daily. I take vitamin D3, vitamin c, and folic acid along with a regular multivitamin daily. I have started to take several of the detox ingredients as supplements. I wash my vaginal area daily with white vinegar and water. So far, I do not feel I have any symptoms.

I don't know if this is a long term solution or not. I hope it is. I hope this might help someone else out there who is plagued by this awful condition. I think everybody responds differently to different treatments, but this one is worth a try!

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Posted by Shaun (, Nashville, Tn,) on 01/14/2014

[YEA]  I'm 21 and I've had BV twice within 6 months. It might've been because me and boyfriend was having a lot of unprotected sex. I went to the Dr.I thought It would be cured the first time with flagyl and I was also drinking nothing but pineapple juice and water while I was on the medication. The smell of my vag actually smelled like pineapples and tasted like them too. But it was a very faint smell. It wasn't that odor you usually smell with BV. Soo after my meds we started using condoms for about 2, 3 months. After that we stopped using condoms and I got BV again but this time while I was meds I only drank water and I had a horrible yeast infection which was my first one. Yikes! So she put me on diflucan and it cleared up nicely. Until this day I drink about 3 little cans of organic pineapple juice and water. I've been BV free for 5 months.

Posted by Calientemami (Gso, Nc) on 08/02/2009

I have not tried this but I was watching a show and it said some people found that pineapple juice is known to having it smelling fruity fresh down there, and this is just for odor not BV so dont try this to cure BV. I am also trying the folic acid and b-12 and I will see how this works for me and bathing in ACV cause ACV seems to work for alot of things its amazing!! I stumbled upon this website on accident and its very helpful!!

Povidone Iodine, Vitamin C
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Posted by Michelle (Salt Lake City, UT) on 05/24/2009

[YEA]  Please add this remedy in the Vaginosis section :)

I have tried so many things for this terrible, frustrating, humiliating and irritating condition - including the Hydrogen peroxide, folic acid, and acidophilus cures. What *has* worked for me is the combination of povidone-iodine swabsticks & high doses of vitamin c. A few years ago, I saw a MD who also did alternative care (when I had a wicked case of candida). He suggested that I swab vaginally with 50% povidone-iodine and 50% water. This was a tremendous pain until I discovered povidone-iodine swabsticks (google them for retail sources). After months of an unrelenting vaginosis (complete with fishy smell), I decided to try the povidone-iodine swabsticks on that. It works!! The wicked smell and discharge is washed away immediately!! I think it's important to do this 2-3 times/day for the first few days, but after that, once seems adequate. Note that I am doing this once or twice a day now - and am unsure of how long I'll need to do it, but it's ridiculously easy so I'm totally cool with that! Also, it doesn't sting - *at all* even immediately after sex, which I definitely can't say about the hydrogen peroxide douche (ouch!).

Also - I have been diagnosed with cevical dysplasia and was looking for a treatment for that. In the Doctor Yourself website, this quote is made: "Dysplasia is a study in scurvy. In vitamin C deficiency disease, there is insufficient production of collagen, the strong, healthy glue that holds your cells together. Whether dysplasia is triggered by a virus, physical irritation or other cause, the fundamental problem is weak intercellular ground substance due to inadequate ascorbic acid." So - I decided to start taking 3-6 grams vitamin c daily. (If you're concerned about this check out the vitamin c foundation web pages & know that Linus Pauling took 6-18 grams daily!)

Since adding the vitamin c, the smell vanished! I'm playing it safe and not going more than a day without one swabbing, but it really doesn't seem necessary so.. I don't know - it's just so easy that I figure it's worth doing!

Best wishes to you all :)

Replied by C
Wylie, Tx
They can do cryosurgery for cervical dysplasia. It's quick, easy and done in the drs office.
Replied by Marilyn
Harpers Ferry, Wv
povidone-iodine swabsticks, did you use this only in the entrance of the vayjay or insert it and leave it there in you vayjay for a couple of minutes? sorry I want to be sure how to use it.
Replied by Mstommie
Orlando, Florida
I have also been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia (abnormal cells on the cervix). When I was diagnosed 8 years ago I also had recurrent bv. I had a colposcopy which eliminated the cervical dysplasia and I had no problems with bv for 7 years. Recently I have had recurrent bv for about 6 months, additionally my PAP smear shows that the cervical dysplasia is back! My doctor tells me one has nothing to do with the other. Has anyone else experienced this?
Replied by Sarah
In lieu of povidine-iodine swabsticks, you can make your own povidine-iodine douches or purchase betadine(povidine iodine) feminine washes premade. It's an easy search online to find the studies showing this simple solution cured a majority of BV cases. The iodine is supposed to encourage the regrowth of lactobilli.

To mstommie, you may be on to something with the correlation of HPV and BV. One seems to precipitate the other. I am 40 and had normal pap results until I had a BV infection and my pap came back abnormal.

In this study, gardnerella (BV) was linked to HPV. Very interesting. Keep that vaginal microbe balance healthy.

Prebiotics and B6
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Posted by Drea (South Carolina, US) on 07/22/2014

[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!

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Posted by Sarahb831 (Lincoln, Ne) on 11/21/2015

[YEA]  I first went to the doc for BV about 2 months ago, but I believe I had the infection for about a month or two before I went to the doctor. Horrible smelly discharge and sooo itchy. I knew nothing about BV and when I was given Flagyl, I was like "perfect, there's a medicine for this, it'll be cured in no time." HA. My symptoms barely even subsided, and came back full force once the pills were gone. So I went back to the doctor, and was prescribed the same thing. I was so frustrated. I felt like an alien and I wanted to just hide. I was so uncomfortable all the time and BV was all I could think about, honestly it made me so depressed. I started researching and came across home remedies and natural cures. I believe it's extremely important to not only kill the bad bacteria present, but it's essential to restore the vagina to its normal pH and begin the regrowth of the good bacteria, or else the bad will simply take over again. This is why antibiotics don't work. I started using tea tree oil suppositories and noticed a major improvement right away, but I knew I needed to add probiotics if I was going to get my vagina back on track for good. I purchased Probiotics with Prebiotics and Cranberry capsules, Folic acid, and Acidophilus. I started taking two of each every morning, inserting one each day into my vagina, and taking more orally at night. noticed a chance immediately! I continued to use the tea tree oil as well. No discharge, and no smell. I'm going to continue the vaginal insertions for about a week, and the oral routine for life. I'm so happy I finally found relief.

Posted by Simone (Bath, Uk) on 09/03/2014

[YEA]  Having done a lot of reading about probiotics and BV (my friend is a nutritional therapist and has fowarded me a TON! ) it seems to be that the article should rather recommend rhamnosus and reuteri, over acidophilus? These strains appear to have been pretty well researched when it comes to female health. Some of the studies here look promising. What do you think?

Posted by Liza (New Zealand) on 03/17/2014

[YEA]  After my period in Feb, I noticed that my labia and vulva was incredibly itchy and swollen. Of course, this was the beginning of a yeast infection. I managed to get rid of that with avc, however bv (yellow discharge, fishy/unpleasant smell and swelling of the labia) showed up shortly after and the pills the doctor gave me did not work at all.

I tried h202 but I did not douche. Instead I placed two cotton buds(swabs) in a solution of 3% h202 and then placed them up my vagina. I did that twice a day for a week and I saw an improvement with both smell and colour BUT it wasn't working as well as I liked mainly because I was not thoroughly cleansing the entire vagina but instead as far as the cotton buds would go. Shortly after this I got my period so I could no longer use the h202 method.

I then tried a probiotic blend (Bifidobacterium longum; Lactobacillus rhamnosus; Bifidobacterium infantis; Lactobacillus acidophilus; Lactobacillus reuteri HA-188) (the other one DOES NOT WORK in my experience, you need this one because it has the right bacteria in it which travels to the vagina) and I saw an improvement almost immediately. I was worried that my discharge would be weird again but it is absolutely normal (for me). There is no smell, no heavy yellow discharge, no itchy, no swelling, no nothing. It has now been two weeks since I started taking the probiotics and I feel 100% again.

I took only take one per day at noon. I also eat around 100grams of greek natural yoghurt per day and I truly believe that these two helped my flora return to normal. I am so thankful for that because I was suffering for over a month with both yeast and bv (more bv than yeast! Thankfully the yeast cleared up along with the bv).

Replied by Channon
San Antonio
Where did you purchase the probiotic blend?

Posted by Faithfulb Friend (La) on 12/03/2013

Natural cure for bacterial vaginosis (BV), yeast infections and urinary tract infections: In a study of 40 women with BV, took two capsules daily containing the 2 following probiotics worked better than the prescribed treatment Solution is to take by mouth: Once or twice a day, take capsules of L. rhamnosus GR-1 and L. reuteri RC-14, which reach the vagina via the intestinal tract

Posted by Lt (Raleigh, Nc) on 11/04/2013

[YEA]  Someone mentioned getting candida after a bout with bv. I had the very same issue. In fact, I had them both at once, imagine that horror. I took one pack of 2 billion probiotic s for 7 days, plus L-glutamine, digestive enzymes, aloe Vera juice, and my yeast infection is GONE. My Dr.Confirmed it today. I also significantly curbed my sugar intake. Yeast loves sugar, so starve it... Anything anti-yeast.

Posted by Simple (Manchester, England) on 06/02/2013

[YEA]  This is a remedy you'll probably have to use every night/most nights, but it works. Alternatively you may need to do a bit of experimentation to get the right balance for you. There's a probiotic which comes in tablet form Called Lactobacillus Sporogenes made by a well known vitamin company (initials HN) and is available from a well known auction site. These tablets are for oral consumption, and I take them orally, but they can also be used as vaginal suppositories. I have used 1/2 to 1 tablet per night but you may need less. I would advise using no more than one per night though to avoid any mild irritation. The tablets contain a hardy lactic acid producing bacteria and also fructooligisaccharides which act as nourishment for the lactobacillus bacteria themselves. When the tablets come into contact with warmth and moisture they begin to produce lactic acid thus acidifying the vagina and preventing the bad bacteria from overgrowing. The odor disappears and discharge produced is healthier. Remember some discharge which is clear to cloudy is normal.

The tablets are easy to insert and do leak a little as they dissolve over night, but are more discreet, far more straight forward to use and far less messy than any other home remedy I've tried, and I've tried lots. The tablets are also less expensive than many other over the counter treatments and have kept my symptoms at bay for over a year. I highly recommend you try this home treatment. I was getting desperate before I found these, and I totally sympathise with those of you suffering with this condition, it can be a real living nightmare. I truly believe more research needs to be done in to the use of probiotics as treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis and it's a shame there isn't more of a spotlight on this humiliating problem.

With regards to other home remedies my advice would be as follows - Each woman is different and not everything will work for everyone, you must find what works for you, undoubtably something will. However I would say this- never put anything in your vagina which you wouldn't put in your mouth. Natural is probably best, and chemicals may make things worse in the long run. I hope my suggested treatment works for you and helps you to find some peace.

Posted by Anonymous (Paramus, New Jersey) on 01/29/2013

[YEA]  BV has been something that has haunted me for years. It has caused many trips to the gyno, stunk up my sex life and even helped turn conception to a chemical pregnancy. It is really just an awful infection that can really embarrass and inconvenience a girl.

With that being said, I wanted to share with everyone how I have beat this thing! The last 2 weeks have been completely BV free. Woohoo!

I started with a trip to the gyno. She prescribed me metrogel (again) and I knew that if I really wanted this thing gone I would have to partner up with some other natural cures. I did some research and stocked up on probiotics. These little guys saved my lady parts. I started taking them right after I started the metrogel. My logic was that the meds would be killing ALL of the bacteria in my bod, so I needed to build up the good ones before the bad took over again.

I also decided to switch up my diet while on the meds just to help push my good bacteria over the edge. To do the same you would need to cut out processed sugars, booze and grains completely. Also, limit dairy, fruits, and caffeine. So basically I just ate veggies, lean proteins, yogurt and pure cranberry juice all week. It was a rough week, but it seemed to do the job. (:

A couple of other notes--

  • I went out and bought Summers Eve PH wipes and shower gel from Walgreens. It seemed to help!
  • When I have alot of sex or just got off of my period I take two probotics. One in the morning and one with dinner.
  • The metrogel causes a yeast infection in most women. Just head to Walgreens and get the 3 or 7 day pack and keep doing what your doing.
  • I still attempt to make healthy food choices, processed foods are out and green veggies in!
  • I drink a small glass of Kefir in the morning, or eat a bunch of greek yogurt. Both are plain and unsweetened, but you could add a couple of berries to spice things up if you have a bad sweet tooth. I also drink pure cran juice whenever I can. Its pretty sour but if you cut it with sparkling water its not too bad. (:
  • I now make my man clean up before we get intimate and I always shower with the PH wash after. Or if anything I'd use the PH wipes when in a bind. (Oh! And TMI-- I won't let him cum inside me anymore, sperm has a PH of 7 and our lady parts need to be at 4.5)
  • I'm still taking the probotic every morning and hope one day to stop completely. But I figure that if I have to take this one small pill for the rest of my life to not have BV, I'm ok with that.

I hope this helps and works for you ladies!

Best Wishes! -A