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Cure Bacterial Vaginosis: Natural Remedies for BV!

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Tea Tree Oil  
17 User Reviews | 5 YEA | 1 NAY | 5 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Posted by Stephanie (BALTIMORE, MD) on 05/22/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Bacterial Vaginosis Remedies: I am a faithful reader of the Earth clinic website not only for me but also for my children. Now this is the first time I have tried this Tea Tree Oil remedy, which I poured the oil onto the tampon enough so the entire tampon was wet and I used my finger to push it into my vagina. I did this for the first time last night and when I woke up this morning, it felt like my lady place was on fire however desperate for this remedy to work, Ive now done it again this morning after cleansing the area with HP and for now it's not bad but when I remove it in a few minutes, we'll see. Ive also started taking the Folic Acid pills (400mcg) - 2 in the morning and 1 at night so maybe this stuff will help me. But I got tired of my doctor telling me I was having unprotected sex even after I told her I wasn't sexually active. Though I'm not a virgin I just don't have a partner right now. I'm tired of going to the doctor's office because for some reason I feel like a slut and I feel dirty and confused because I can't understand why this is happening to me. Now I see it isn't just me. I'll take anymore advice if anyone has anything to tell me. Thanks.

Posted by Stephanie (BALTIMORE, MD) on 05/22/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Bacterial Vaginosis Remedies: I am a faithful reader of the Earth clinic website not only for me but also for my children. Now this is the first time I have tried this Tea Tree Oil remedy, which I poured the oil onto the tampon enough so the entire tampon was wet and I used my finger to push it into my vagina. I did this for the first time last night and when I woke up this morning, it felt like my lady place was on fire however desperate for this remedy to work, Ive now done it again this morning after cleansing the area with HP and for now it's not bad but when I remove it in a few minutes, we'll see. Ive also started taking the Folic Acid pills (400mcg) - 2 in the morning and 1 at night so maybe this stuff will help me. But I got tired of my doctor telling me I was having unprotected sex even after I told her I wasn't sexually active. Though I'm not a virgin I just don't have a partner right now. I'm tired of going to the doctor's office because for some reason I feel like a slut and I feel dirty and confused because I can't understand why this is happening to me. Now I see it isn't just me. I'll take anymore advice if anyone has anything to tell me. Thanks.

Replied by Phoenix
You should never apply undiluted tea tree oil on any skin, especially sensitive skin. Tea tree oil shouldn't be more than 10%, but when dealing with the sensitive skin in the vagina I wouldn't put more than 1 or 2% in a carrier oil. Olive oil is a great carrier oil for this use because of it's antibacterial properties. I personally would just apply the oil directly. If your using the tampon method for applying Apple Cider Vinegar or oil mixture then only 1-2 hours at a time is necessary.

Posted by Kris (Orlando, FL) on 10/26/2007

[YEA]  I have suffered from recurring BV. I always use Tea tree oil soaked tampons for a day. I've also used no rub saline solution (yes the ones for contacts) a douche. This sterile solution is safe enough for my eyes, plus it contains boric acid. I noticed a change immediately.

Replied by Stephanie
[NAY]   I used this method and right now at 3:26 pm in my office on May 22, 2008, I am sitting in my chair with an irritated "lady area" and I really want to leave work. I was so hopefull this method would help me but I'm thinking of going to the emergency room. I was feeling okay before I tried this method, besides the stinky smell and wet panties, but it was better than what Im going through now.
Replied by Sarah
Seattle, Washington
Tea tree oil is strong. I tried a lot of things including garlic cloves (whole peeled), and chlorophyll douches, but ultimately it was vitamin B complex that made the difference. Lots of acidophilus is good.
Replied by Koko
Chicago, US
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   My bv was the worst during and after my period. Not anymore though, I use a Diva Cup and have found that before reinserting it, coating it inside and out with (diluted) tea tree oil has greatly reduced the symptoms during that time of the month. I cleanse daily in the shower, using cold water instead of warm, which otherwise has been the most effective remedy for me. Paired with tea tree oil during my period, my chronic and sometimes intense symptoms have been mostly under control for several months now. Not cured, but still figuring that out.

Teenagers With BV  

Posted by Maria (Tamuning, Guam) on 03/22/2013

I've read many comments on here regarding BV and the treatments but these are all for us adult women. What about for young girls? My daughter is 14 and she has had this problem for the past 2 yrs! The smell is so bad! Sometimes it smells like fish, body odor, old gym socks, etc... She does not use tampons so how am I supposed to do the "douche" treatment or the acidopholis or any other pills on her that she has to insert? Any other moms have this problem? I'd really like to hear from you. I feel so bad for my daughter. She feels so ashamed and is so self conscious about it.

Replied by Helpyourself
Houston, Texas
You could use a spray bottle with 1 part acv (apple cider vinegar) and 2 parts distilled water. Spray private area many times per day, don't wipe off. Good Luck!
Replied by Faeqa
Amman, Jordan

51 Posts
Hi Maria: Am so sorry for your daughter, the same problem was with my sister, she had to take a monthly dose of antibiotic. Before 6 month I advised her to take raw garlic, she took around half bulb of it a day for 7 days. It affects the bacteria better than antibiotic and since 6 months she doesn't has symptoms again.

Note: don't use Chinese garlic for medical purpose it is poor in medical Constituents.

Replied by Caitlin
Austin, Tx
My sister had vaginosis. She used a 50% alchohol/water solution for cleaning down under first. She then wiped down every night with a cotton pad and virgin coconut oil. She said this helped her get rid of the smell mostly but actually switching to a no-grain or sugar diet got rid of the vaginosis and kept it from coming back. You might check to see if your daughter has PCOS which can also also cause vaginal odor. Good luck to you both. Example PCOS website:
Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
Have her drink homemade Milk Kefir, 2 cups a day. Also apply Milk Kefir in the affected areas at least during the night time. Good Health.

Tomato Juice  

Posted by Alfred Baron (Rangsit, Bangkok,Thailand) on 04/17/2009

3/17/9: Been reading the new postings today. .Woman talk about take folic acid pills, a short cut would be to take a Glass of Tomato Juice.. Tomato juice is loaded with Folic Acid ..

I am an 81 year old fellow that wants everyone to be healthy and happy..been reading books ,,how to heal your self..amazing book "The Golden Seven plus One by C. Samuel West" will teach you how to heal yourself

Also one more thing..VERY healthy food.. I thought weed in my Garden, only to find out healthy, grows like a weed..has little yellow flowers. PURSLANE.. you can find a picture of it in the computor.

Stay well


EC: Purslane - yes! How strange that you should mention this. My husband's friend from Canada just told us about it last week and I was going to mention it as well... Apparently an amazing weed. Going to create a new page for it soon on EC.


Replied by Alibumbayay
Seattle, Washington
Unfortunately, tomato juice isn't always a great cure for bacterial vaginosis. Tomatoes are alkaline-forming, and candida thrives on them, exacerbating the yeast in the vagina. I LOVE tomatoes, but I've had to limit my intake of them to rarely, because they, like lemons, limes, and other citris/acidic fruits, give me candiasis and BV.

Treating Partners for BV  

Posted by Bvgottago! (Va) on 08/16/2013

I've been suffering with BV off and on for about 20 years, and had a partial hysterectomy 5 years ago. Yes, I am still suffering from this aggravating pita! After reading this entire page I'm hopeful that I've finally come across some info that can help me to get rid of it once and for all! Have to agree with the fact that some partners semen seems to set it off quicker than others. But after seeing someone ask "what is happening to all of us that is causing this?" Do any of you use fabric softener in your laundry? I for one am going to get some more borax and wash my panties in it and add white vinegar to the rinse cycle. That is sure to remove any residue that is lingering, and I've read that WV is a great natural fabric softener. As of tonight I'm sitting here typing this and trying the Hydrogen Peroxide & water tampon method, with VERY high hopes that it will work!!! I do think that there is something to the eating yogurt as well. When I eat yogurt on a regular basis I don't have any issues. But I haven't eaten any in about a month now and shew the smell!! Bless my bf's heart he seems to understand as he was raised with a bunch of sisters and gets the female anatomy. He just wants me better. Having wondered if men can this I asked a doctor about 6 years ago. (thought my husband was cheating on me! ) Doc said it is something we can give ourselves and is possible for it to be passed from one partner to another. He was gracious enough to give me enough medication for both of us, and it worked for a while. So if a doc says it can't be passed... Yes it obviously can! But still can't find any info on how to properly treat your male partner in a homeopathic method. Any ideas or suggestions? Would be interested in feedback. I'll be back in about a week to update how the Hydrogen Peroxide/Water is doing. Good Luck Ladies!

Replied by Jesse
Hello, I am planning on using ascorbic acid to treat my bv but the only ascorbic acid powder I have has calcium ascorbate in it as well. Will this still be ok to use or do I need to get plain ascorbic acid powder?? Thank you, Jesse

1 User Reviews | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Posted by Sucitysu (Jax, Fl) on 07/29/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hi all you ladies out there who are suffering with this horrible BV! I've been there too... The vicious cycle of going to the doc and getting antibiotics that cause yeast infections as well... Only to have it all come back! Ugh!

I've been suffering off and on with this also for the last 8 years. And like you, I'm tired of the doctors and I'm trying homeopathic remedies. I've found the tea tree oil helps. I have found it in suppository form at Whole Foods. These have helped me tremendously and much easier in a suppository form. Not to mention the smell is sooo much better than that horrible fishy smell! And is soothing.

I've learned that our bodies need to be PH balanced of 7. 0 or better. It is proven that no disease, infection, or even cancer can live in a body that is PH balanced. Cancers thrive in acidic environments. But our vaggies are a different matter. Needing to be acidic.

I am trying these methods I've read on here too... Hoping they will be the answer!

Good luck to all of you! God Bless

Vitamin B6  
4 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Misty (Choctaw, Ok) on 08/26/2009

I wrote to you about olive leaf extract a few weeks ago. The relief was short-lived and a day after taking it, I started my period and got BV again. I continue to take it for other benefits, but I am writing to say that I was reading a site today and a guy was telling about his wife suffering from BV for about seven years. He researched and was desperate to find a cure for her and claims he found one! He linked alot of BV problems seemed to be hormonal problems and had her to take 100mg of vitamin B6 a day along with her multivitamin and she has been BV free for some time. I hope this is the answer I started taking the B6 this evening. Only time will tell. Thank you for your posts!

Replied by Misty
Choctaw, Ok
It has been 5 days since I started taking 100mg of vitamin B6. The first 3 days I still had a yellowish discharge but the ammonia smell started going away. The 4th day same discharge, and still less of an ammonia smell. Today I haven't had any discharge yet and it's after 2:00 p.m. I have no odor whatsoever either! If I have to take vitamin B6 forever I will do it just to keep BV away! It sure beats having to insert stuff in your vagina all the time! Thank you all!
Replied by Misty
Choctaw, Ok
[YEA]   It has been 8 days since my last post on B6. It is definitely a "YEA"! I highly recommend it to anyone who probiotics (in and out of the vagina), folic acid, hydrogen peroxide, yogurt (in and out of the vagina), olive leaf extract, B-complex vitamins, etc.... did not work for. I don't know if my hormones were out of whack for being on birth control pills for 20 years or what, but nothing has worked like 100 mg of vitamin B6 in addition to my multivitamin. I even had sex a couple of days ago and no sign of BV, which is awesome because it comes back usually the day after! One woman on another site reported being cured after one day and another about three days. Just be careful because you can overdose on B6, but 100mg in addition to your multivitamin I was told was safe. Good luck, ladies.
Replied by Julie
Tarboro, Nc
I was using Apple Cider Vinegar that I read about on this site for YI. I had both YI and BV. I was in terrible pain. I got so desperite I went on a no carb diet. I even fasted when I could to starve the yeast. Eventually the yeast was gone and the Apple Cider Vinegar was aggravating the BV. I went back up here and read about B6. I immediately went to the store and bought some. I took one pill and swallowed a tbsp of H2O2. I did feel a little sick at first but it wasn't long before I felt a soothing sensation in my well you know. Now only the outside itches and I have a feeling that with one more dose I will be good to go. Now here's some advise from my mistakes. When I used H2O2 vaginally it caused the YI. Take by mouth in low quantities only. Be carefull with the Apple Cider Vinegar as it can cause BV by screwing up your ph. Don't drink the Apple Cider Vinegar take it vaginally dilluted in distilled water. I was taking it by mouth and it was fermenting in my gut making it worse. Including doctor's perscriptions and otc drugs ( which I would not recommend to anyone) and starting looking for homeopathic remedies it has taken over 2 months and finally relief.

Vitamin C  
24 User Reviews | 11 YEA | 1 NAY | 1 SIDE EFFECT

Posted by Jiriji (Australia) on 08/09/2015

[YEA]  I tried the Vitamin C cure last week. I inserted one 1000mcg vit c pill into my vagina and kept it in place overnight with a tampon sprayed with olive oil.

It worked fantastically well! Instant cure and no more unpleasant odour!

I have decided to do this once a week as a preventative measure. The only change I have made is to wear underwear with a pantyliner because the dissolving pill can cause orange staining the next day.

I can't believe this works so well and am ecstatic with the result. I feel clean again!

Posted by Kiera (Port Arthur, Texas) on 06/19/2015

[YEA]  So the first time I ever got bv was my freshman year in college; 4 years ago and it was so painful I could barely walk, and it smelled horribly. I was given antibiotics by the school's clinic which cleared it up in 2 days. Unfortunately its been reoccurring very frequently and ive tried everything from prescription creams to Apple cidar vinegar. My ph levels are always unbalanced whether I have sex with the same partner over and over or not. Luckily, every occurrence since then has been mild with just a mild order that worsens during sex and discharge ive been able to mask me doing the day but its definitely noticeable during sex. I was getting so frustrated but yesterday I read a blog of someone who tried vitamin c with rosehip pills and inserted them inside of her vag and theyd seemed to work and pretty quickly so today I sought out these pills but was unable to find the pills which included rosehip from any local store so I just tried the vitamin c pills alone 1000 mg. They worked!!! At first my vag was a bit irritable but probably because the mg count was a bit high I recommend starting with 250-500mg to avoid the 2-3 hour irritation. However, 13 hrs later, the order is gone and I haven't had foul discharge all day. Normally I can stick my finger up there and would get white discharge on my finger and a collectible amount underneath my fingernail but nope, nada! Im so glad ive finally found something that works because reoccurring bv surely knows how to make you miserable, loose confidence, and run up your clinical bills and visits. Lol

Replied by Kimberly Jot
Durham Nc
So were you able to tolerate the discomfort of the pill far as it being a big dosage did it burn or what?
Replied by Cleangirl
My strategy: a dash of crushed garlic in warm water in douche in the morning. Afternoon another douche but with peroxide in water. I go in bathroom and do it. If not home in insert the vitamine c tablet early. Then douche with the peroxide water when I get home. Other wise, in afternoon through night a vitamine c pill crushed inside in vagina. Also take one vitamine c pill by mouth during the day. This is at least 4 days of this. I am also taking folic acid pill again. I am wearing clean panty liners regularly to catch it coming out, also wiping down with baby wipe coated with tea tree essential oil, to kill any on top of vagina. I'm also buying metronidozile at wholesale online in case I don't feel like all this. I'm hypersensitive to smell, got a strong nose and even a faint scent of it I can smell.

When I stopped taking my vitamins it came back.

Back to taking vitamine b12, d, vitamine c, mageniusm, folic acid, and adding a Garlic pill next week.

Ladies before u have sex, while ur man down good with a little bit or apple cyber vinegar and water. No soap. Also do not let him ejaculate in u. Things in his sperm can go u bv. Trust me, I kept track of when I got mine. It was right after unprotected sex with a new partner and during that time I stopped taking vitamines. I never got it with my daughter dad cause he always let me wipe him down and he never did his thing in me. When he finally did, guess what, I got bv. I realized certain allergy to foods in sperm can give u bv. He eats a lot of meat and meat his toxins...etc. yet my x who are no red meat and ate very healthy, u never got bv after with him. He also cleaned his private areas twice a day and with healthy product, all natural soaps...etc.

Please stop taking baths they give it to u to. Stand up wash ur body carefully avoiding soap on vagina.

Watch your vagIna with apple cyder vinegar water.

Apple cyder vinegar and garlic is your best friend.

Posted by Hellothere (Ny) on 06/06/2015

[YEA]  I've been a BV sufferer for a while but the vitamin c does work! But it will burn horribly if you place it in/near your labia. You must push it all the way up into your vagina! I do it at night and wear a panty liner. I take a tablet and bite it into little pieces like a little bit bigger than sesame seed size and put it in an applicator (it's ok if you don't have one, use your finger) squat down in the shower and open yourself and place it in there. If you feel any burning take it out because it'll feel horrible!

Posted by Justjes (California) on 03/18/2015

[YEA]  For BV, use Vitamin c with rosehips. Don't get the the chewable one. I got the 500mg and inserted one at night, literally the next day I could tell the difference. Total game changer. Don't overdo it or it could burn a little from the citric acid. Do just one, once a day. Two days and it was gone.

Replied by Charissa
How did you use the rosehips? They are kind of hard.

Posted by Erin (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/16/2014

[YEA]  I have had recurring BV after certain men. I am certain that it is the pH in their semen that throws me off and caused my pH to rise causing BV. I just read online that inserting a vitamin C with rosehips (500mg) tablet deep up into the vagina would help. I had the slight scent of bv coming on so I did that last night and now it smells perfect! Slight irritation when the vitamin discharge leaked out but in the morning it was nice and moist up there and the fishy smell never even got a chance to develope. there was a slight graininess due to the vitamin dissolving in the vagina but I think this may be a nice, mild preventative method. I will be doing this a few times a week and after I have sex. Good luck ladies!

Posted by D.m. (Orlando, Fl) on 02/16/2013

[YEA]  After a round of antibiotics in October to treat my strep throat, I came down with BV. I have never had any issues like this before and so it was incredibly frustrating and embarrassing. The gynecologist prescribed me Clindamycin cream which is another antibiotic that you put inside your vagina. If an antibiotic CAUSED this problem, why would I use an antibiotic to treat it?? Also, the side effects were scary. There have been no studies on whether or not it causes cancer or effects fertility either. So I decided against using it. I spent a few days on the computer looking up remedies and cures and found several posts about vitamin C being used as a cure. Canada and European countries have a prescription vitamin C suppository on the market for treatment of BV, but of course you can't get it in America. So what I did was run over to my nearest health foods store and buy empty capsules and a vitamin c powder and I made my own suppositories! I read that you are to use around 250mg at night for 4 to 5 nights. So before bed I would insert one capsule and it would dissolve while I slept. I IMMEDIATELY noticed a difference. No odor, weird color discharge or itch the next morning. I kept it up for the full 5 days and I have been BV free for the past 4 months. I am so happy that I didn't end up being one of the women who struggled with this for years! If it ever comes back, I know just what to do!

Replied by Melissa
After using the vit c were you back to having sex? Or like almost everything else the smell just comes right back?

Posted by Darya (Edgewood, Maryland) on 05/07/2012

[YEA]  Just wanted to let you know all of you ladies who suffer from BV that there's natural, safe and effective remedy with no side effects! I've been dealing with BV for 6 months, antibiotics didn't work for me. I came across this product available in Canada and Europe, which is basically an ascorbic acid. I decided to give it a go and tried using plain vitamin C tablets. I picked up _____ Vitamin C 255 mg in a tablet form from the ____ and used it as a suppository overnight for the next 2 weeks. When I finished the treatment I was BV free. Vitamin C is proven to restore vaginal PH level. It needs to be at least 250 mg used over the course of at least 6 days (can be repeated). Its been 2 months and my BV hasn't returned. Give it a try!

Replied by Friend From Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
After trying pretty much everything, I bought pure vitamin c powder (no additives) and empty veg capsules from the health food store. made my own suppositories filling each capsule with approx 250 mg of vit c powder. inserted a capsule in the morning and one before bed. supplemented this with rephresh probiotics (reuteri and rhamanous).

I have been odour free for 8 days now. Starting to reduce the capsule inserts to once a day and then down to 3 a week. Try it. the vit c acidifies the vagina and the rephresh probiotics repopulate the good bacteria which thrive in acidic environments.

Replied by Reba
Raleigh, NC
[YEA]   Vitamin C is working for me! I have been dealing with BV for over a year and I was starting to lose hope.. I have tried EVERYTHING.. Tea tree oil tampons, tea tree oil and hydrogen peroxide tampons, hydrogen peroxide douches (in every dilution imaginable, w/ and w/o tea trea and/or lavender oil), ACV douche, ACV sitz bath, probiotic vag suppositories, coconut oil and tea tree oil vag suppositories, folic acid, vitamin b, vitamin d, homeopathic bv capsules... I'm sure I'm forgetting something.. Anyway, I was pretty much to the point that I wanted to give up and just stop caring. But last night I saw the posts here about using vitamin C vaginally.. And it worked! I have not felt this "fresh, " for this long, in MONTHS. For the past few months my routine has been to douche with 4 oz of hydrogen peroxide, 6 oz of distilled water and tea tree and/or lavender oils (the amount depended on how I was feeling (smelling) that day. Usually that would work for an hour or so, but the smell and discharge would come back throughout the day.

This morning, all I did was insert half of a 500mg tablet of vitamin C (make sure it has no sugar or other fillers, and make sure it is just vitamin C) into my vagina before I left for work. I used a little jojoba oil and a drop of TTO to coat it. There was a lot of discharge for a few hours, and then it subsided, and now I smell like myself again! That was 11 hours ago and there is no trace of that fishy odor or gross discharge! I feel amazing! I'm going to continue with all the vitamins* indefinitely and the vitamin C for two weeks every night before bed, and will report back!

*For those who are interested, here's the details about my current vitamin regimine:
-prenatal vitamin
-super b complex (includes 150mg vitamin c, 400mcg folic acid)
-800mcg folic acid
-a complete probiotic capsule (contains 5 billion active cells)
-a homeopathic BV capsule
-5000 IU's of vitamin D3 (I use the liquid kind that has to be refrigerated)
-I make sure to consume some coconut oil every day (on toast, in a capsule, or used in cooking - yum! ) I don't know if it's helping with the BV specifically, but it's something I recently started doing so I thought it was worth mentioning!
-I try and watch my sugar intake! (not very well lately! Holidays and all! )
-No Soap! I used to use baby shampoo to wash my lady parts, but no more. Now I just use my hand with warm water, or diluted hydrogen peroxide, or ACV if I'm feeling especially "not so fresh."

I hope this helps someone!