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Cure Bacterial Vaginosis: Natural Remedies for BV!

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Sea Salt Soaks   1  0   

Posted by Meagany (Tn) on 11/21/2013

[YEA]  I love this site! I tried the 1:1 mix of hydrogen peroxide to water with the tampon method and it works! Another one that has worked for me is salt water soaks. I use 1 cup sea salt to about 7 cups HOT water and mix in a plastic basin. Sit in it for 10 min and repeat for another 10 min. I found this on YouTube and it has worked for a milder case of BV.

Replied by Becka
Seattle, Wa
Hi, thanks so much for this info . I just did a Hydrogen Peroxide tampon and I can't believe how "clean" I feel unreal...QUESTION please ladies..i want to know how often to do this? Daily? Nightly? How long max can we leave the tampon in? How long should we do this for..weeks? It seems scary to stop doing it when symptoms subside because BV is that ugly stepmonster that never ever goes away..especially when you think its safe and gone bam..unclean once more. THANK YOU :)

Stop Using Soap   2  1   

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 08/12/2008

[YEA]  To Sandy from Henderson: Yes, Sandy, applying ACV to itchy areas usually relieves the itching. My suggestion is to put a cup of ACV in his bath water (to relieve the itching & also protect from bug bites) and then try leaving off any soap, bubble baths, etc. because it may be the soap that is drying his skin and causing the itching. In most cases, the soap isn't really needed. All you really need for cleanliness is just some good old water and a washcloth. If he doesn't itch while you are omitting soap, you will know that you have found the cause. You will also find that you like the way he smells without the soap better than with the soap. I learned this from a little lady in her 60's about 30 years ago. She told me "My daddy was a chemist and he always told us that if you didn't use soap, you won't need deoderants because soap makes you stink. I stopped using soap (except for handwashing) in l982 and I found her daddy was right. Your sweat doesn't smell either, and you don't have that fishy odor all the EC users who complain of BV. Also decreases most of the foot odors too.

Replied by Karen
Charlotte, NC
[NAY]   Joyce, while we appreciate your input, it is upsetting that you think we are all just smelly because of soap. While I agree that if you wash your private area with regular bar soap, it does make a fishy odor for some reason, i do not agree that it is the only reason for it. The fishy smell from bv comes from inside your vaginal canal. It is the discharge that smells, not just the outer skin. A lot of women who have bv stop using soap in hopes that it will make it go away. Some are lucky and soap was the problem, but the rest of us who did stop using soap, and it is still there, are still dealing with it. It is upsetting when people try to make light of a situation that they have never experienced. If soap was the only cause of bv, there wouldnt be so many women on EC trying every possible combination of anything they could think of to get rid of it.
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
[YEA]   Hi Karen, I apologize if I have offended you. I never take anyone's health complaints lightly, but I do always try to go for the least harmful and simplest remedies first. I believe that we all should follow Hippocrates' (the father of Medicine?) advice which was "First of all, do no harm" and leaving off using any unnecessary product is least likely to cause harm.

Supplements   5  0   

Posted by Jessyjae (Atlanta, Georgia) on 05/03/2011

I have been a BV sufferer for many many years. I was always depressed because I never thought that I would have a normal life. Flagyl, probiotics etc, I've tried it all and they all gave me a temporary fix until I changed one thing. This will sound absolutely bizarre but I have been BV FREE since starting this new vitamin Supplement. It is the Nature Made Multi Liquid Softgel For Her. I have no idea what is so special about this vitamin because I had been taking multivitamins since I was a child. But when I began to take this it did away with BV immediately. (Be sure to get the liquid softgels because the hard ones gave me an upset stomach). Depending on the severity of your case, use Hydrogen Peroxide/Purified water douche (with a syringe) to help with it. I promise it works. I always said I would help someone considering everything I had been through. I promise it works. God bless!

Replied by Catldy73
Wilmington, Delaware, Usa
It's the folic acid and vitamin B in the multi vitamin that is providing relief from the symptoms. It's mentioned in previous threads. I am going to try some myself.
Replied by Faithfulb Friend
Natural cures 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
Replied by Kaley
Michigan, US
How did you take the Nature's Made for Her? Once, twice a day? I picked some up this morning and took one with some plain greek yogurt. I'm trying to think if I should do 2 cups a day for the yogurt. I took a sea salt bath this morning as well, not sure if it will help or just make it worse, but God I miss swimming and the jacuzzi, even then I get the sensation. I always clean my tub before I get in though!

I've been dealing with this beast for almost 5 years now.... I need to be cured! Everytime I go to the drs. they just give me metrogel or the pill flagyl or clindamycin (worked better for me), but as soon as I stopped taking them, symptoms came right back! Sex is not enjoyable at all unless I am drunk (because it is painful), or use coconut oil (lessens the smell/symptoms for me), but even with a condom I still get bv!! My bf has been a trooper when I turn him down, but he doesn't understand how I keep getting it....I just say I don't think you'd want to have sex either if your p_nis was on fire, even if we go without sex I still have symptoms....

Posted by Katiec (Brevard, Nc) on 04/28/2010

[YEA]  I had given up on trying to treat my BV. I tried several of the remedies on this board, including acidophilus, but nothing worked more than a day or so. I started taking some supplements for a variety of other ailments, then I realized the BV disappeared. It has been gone for weeks! Here is what I have been taking: Fish Oil caps 2x/day, Super B complex 1x/day, and Vit. D3 1x/day. I don't know which one of those things worked, but something definitely did!

Replied by Screenname
Athens, Oh
How long did you take this before you noticed it had disappeared?
Replied by God Answers Prayer
Seattle, Washington, Usa
[YEA]   OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT! ... TRY IT! A MIRACLE LADIES!!!!! It speaks for itself, it is definitely the answer to my prayer...
Replied by Leela
Hilo, Hi
Just thought I would recommend something that has worked for a few different ailments for me and may be very sucessful for BV as well. It's worth a try- probiotics - I aften have trouble when I take too many of the capsules - so I just eat 1/4 or 1/2 of one.
Replied by Mandy
I think it was the vitamin D that worked for her, Dr. OZ was talking about bacterial vaginosis and he said to take vitamin D, I bought some yesterday, I do not smell as bad, too early to tell, but I will let you guys know, also I bought those gelcaps natures made multi for her, I will post on Friday to let you know how Im doing, so far I smell nothing, keeping my fingers crosses.
Replied by Sarah
Seattle, Washington
B vitamins definitely help. Especially if you are vegetarian you may fnd they make a huge difference.

Posted by Alexandria (Pace, FL) on 05/27/2009

[YEA]  Okay ladies, over the last 6 months I have been researching home cures for BV. I had my last try at getting rid of this life sucking monster via abx. So I came across this site, I had already tried the Acidophilus and the H2O2 (with no success), a few weeks ago I tried the 400 mcg of folic acid twice a day. It seemed to be working but I still had small amounts of discharge (wearing panty liners all the time-not a life) and I had to make sure I took the supplement at the same time twice a day.

My point ladies is this-

When I was trying to cure my BV with abx my gyn gave me a list of food items to alter my diet. She explained that my pH was out of balance (which make is easier for bacteria to flourish) and I needed to become more alkaline. Basically what it came down to was I needed to give up all of the good tasting foods in my life... NOPE, that is not the life I want to live. Many of the green leafy veg and other alkalizing foods are high in folic acid and B vitamins but I also noticed that Evening Primrose oil was on the list of alkaline foods. And so I began taking a supplement of 1000 mg twice a day without regard for timing and OMG!!! I am back to my old...LOVE BEING A WOMAN self!!

Just wanted you all to know about my results and what has worked for me. Good luck to all of you!!

Posted by Sherry (Houston, Texas) on 05/25/2009

[YEA]  I have not been dealing with BV for as long as some, however I have had the problem since January 2009. I've visited the doctor for more than a few times for antibiotics (metronidazol 7days), after the 3rd time I was treated, my doctor said most patients she have treated had mentioned bad eating habits. I thought about what she said because I too have bad eating habits and decided to take multi vitamins along with acidophilus ( for additional good bacteria) and prayer. I started taking the vitamins after I completed the antibiotics to put the good bacteria back into my body. It's been 2 weeks now and so far so good. I couldn't wait to tell you all about this. I hope this recommendation can help some if not all.

1 - multi vitamin with multi mineral complete
2 - acidophilus 2billion
prayer daily

You'll hear back from me if this horrible BV thing comes back.

Good Luck and May God Bless and Heal your body.

Posted by Anonymous (La Plata, MD) on 04/28/2008

[YEA]  O.K. I'd first like to say, that is completely absurd to think that all causes of BV are STD related! If that was the case how do we explain the millions of women how haven't had sex that have BV. And as far as I'm concerned I don't think that BV is sex related, but that's my opinion. A couple of months ago I bought some Hydrogen Peroxide, Probiotic tablets, folic acid, and zinc. Needles to say the hydrogen peroxide caused a horrible smell and the probiotic upset my stomach. But I continued to use the folic acid and the zinc; I actually noticed a mild difference. Not entirely satisfied I figured I needed to do something more soooo.... I threw out all my detergents and soaps! I now use Purell (Allergy free ) detergent on my clothes and Aquaphor baby soap and VOILA... nothing! So What Worked For Me: 1 dose of zinc 1 dose of folic acid 800mg Allergy free detergent (Purell) Allergy free soap (Aquaphor).

Tampons   1  0   

Posted by Kelly (Los Angeles, California) on 04/21/2013

[YEA]  Hi! I have been dealing with BV for years now. It's awful. I tried everything and nothing seemed to work. I recently decided to not use tampons and only use cotton pads through a period and miraculously the BV seemed to disappear. I have also been eating yogurt daily and taking a probiotic for safe measure. I just had my period again and did not use them this time either. We will see what happens. I have my fingers crossed!!

Posted by Aimee (Newport News, Virginia) on 07/30/2011

Ladies! I have just found the cause if what ive thought for weeks was bv. I did all the things on here, spent a couple hundred dollars on vitamins, hours researching, the horrible odor had gone away but came back. I started douching with a vengeance(peroxide) then brown almost tan tissue like stuff started ciming out when I douched! Scary. Started reading that maybe it was the bad bacteria coming out. Then watched a video on how to check yourself for a LOST TAMPON! I thought there was no way I could check myself with my short fingers but if u can!!! It was a little tricky but felt around and thats what it was!! Once I touched it and pulled on it I was certain it had to be it. It was sideways and no string. It took a little bit to tug it out and this may be gross but what finally worked for me was to stick my nail into it and pull. Mine was not black from blood but I realized that was prob bc all the crazy douching I had been doing! Nonetheless it was the source of the problem!

I never post on things like this but as horrible as that odor and discharge etc experience was, I felt I had to share! And im telling u, u really dont have to go to doc, unless maybe to make sure it hasnt caused tss. If u sit on the toilet, first slowly insert CLEAN finger as far as u can, feel around, then bear down like u are pushing out a baby or whatever and continue feeling around. You may have to use a sweeping motion or like I did and claw finger it. Its almost unmistakeable because it wont feel like part of your body. If u havent douched it will probanly be dark n smell rank im guessing. I was very skeptical bc had already had sex several times since any tampon could have gotten stuck n thought if there us one up there theres no way I'll get it out but as we all know this stuff is so awful we'll try nearly anything and I couldnt believe how easy it was.

Posted by Lost Tampon (Wellington, Fl) on 01/13/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I recently had symptoms of BV and especially a foul smell. I tried the tampon soaked in hydrogen peroxide and took a daily dose of acidophilus pill 1 billion c.f.u. and I took 800 mg folic acid. The peroxide helped to control the smell and the pills helped reduce the discharge. However like most of the posts on this sight the symptoms kept coming back. I finally gave in and went to my Gyno.

To my surprise the problem was lost tampon syndrome. Once the tampon was removed the smell went away and after a day the discharge stopped completely. My doctor recommended a new anti-biotic on the market to treat any BV symptoms. The good news is that all is fine now. The lesson here is that you should ask your doctor to check you for a lost tampon, especially if the symptoms keep coming back. Please make sure you have yourself checked for other serious conditions before you try a self cure that might mask the symptoms and aggravate the root of the problem.

Posted by Jo (London, Uk) on 11/20/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Bacterial Vaginosis- or so I thought!

Hello ladies, I thought I would share my experience with you. I was convinced I had BV, foul odour, smelly brown discharge and stomach cramps so depressing and embarrassing. I think this website is brilliant and wanted to try a natural remedy. I tried folic acid/ acidophilus tablets and also hydrogen peroxide douche, but with no luck. Finally decided this morning I HAD to go to the doctors for antibiotics. Then I went to the toilet for a poo, I had a bad stomach cramp and suddenly felt something solid coming out of my vagina. I thought I was having a miscarriage or something, when I looked in the toilet it was an (very) old tampon! it must have been there 5 weeks or more. I had forgotten to take it out at the end of my period. I'm so pleased I now know the source of my problem and would encourage anyone who thinks they might have BV to check they do not have a tampon stuck inside them. I am 32 years old and this has never happened to me before. I went to the doctors and got some antibiotics but the smell/discharge has gone already and I feel so much better, so I probably won't need them. HOpe this helps somone else.

Replied by Billie
London, Eng
[SIDE EFFECTS]   About a year ago I had a foul smell coming from my vagina and after 5 or 6 weeks of douching with tea tree oil & water I went to private gyny and she pulled out an old tampon - how embarrassing and smelly too, but apparantly quite a common occurance. Now months on, I have a musky smell and feeling of being damp, although my vagina is actually too dry. Doing all the right things.. folic acid, zinc, vit B, acidophillus, H202, etc (all thanks to wonderful EC). Ive just turned 50 and thinking I might need HRT/oestrogen cream down there so I dont get irritated during sex. I enjoy sex with my partner but am starting to spend more time worrying about my vag than 'luving him' during our imtimacy. Anyone know anything about ATROPHIC VAGINOSIS?? x
Replied by Sunsitara
San Juan, Puerto Rico - U.s.a
Check for candida. Sometimes this could be a symptom. In the meantime,reduce your refined sugar intake and everything refined that converts into sugar like white flour. Candida flourish and grow nicely in a sweet "media" Try to be in a good PH level. Acid PH makes us prone to inflammation and disease. Mucus membranes are very susceptible to these changes in PH. Search for information about food that makes us acid or make us alkaline.The equilibrium is HEALTH.
Replied by Lyn
Huntsville, Oh
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Boy, I know how embarrasing that is. I have always been very , very particular about vaginal odor. I started to smell something one day in a store and I thought it was the lady beside me. As I walked through the store, I continued to smell it and when I got in the car, it was overpowering in that small space. I wernt home and douched immediately with a medicated douche. The next day and the next I had to miss work because of a fever of 103 degrees. I was douching 2-3 times a day, but the smell remained. Finally I felt like there was something inside of me and when I went to the toilet and strained, a tampon fell out of me. It was so disgusting. I immediately douched with the medicated douche twice, took some antibiotics and aspirin and felt like new the next morning. i thought later I may have had TSS and didn't know it.

Tea Tree Oil   5  1   

Posted by Justanotherwoman (Seattle, Wa) on 03/18/2013

I have been struggling with BV since 2005 (after my boyfriend introduced me to unprotected sex). Though I have been careful to wrap it up since, bv has continued to bother me more than mother nature herself. I have tried all forms of metronidozal/flagyl (until I realized that my reoccurring hiver were caused by the medication... My one and only allergy)... Tried peroxide (douche AND tampon) (worked for a couple weeks, but the case of bv tended to be WAY worse than the last each time) (sex also became painful)... Suppositories worked but were VERY pricey and only last about 4 months (and who can afford a bv savings account in this economy?)... While using the suppositories, I felt a tingle when insterting at night and a confident freshness in the morning. I am currently trying tea tree oil. (day one) it doesn't hurt but the scary "burning" that people speak of is a refreshing tingle. I have high hopes.

For those new to the struggle, keep your head up! You are NOT alone. I was lucky to have a boyfriend willing to sit through the ph balance talk (embarrassing but NECESSARY! )

Posted by Suzette (Chattanooga, Tennessee) on 03/16/2011

[YEA]  Bacterial Vaginosis- I've tried many ways to try to get rid of it. I gave up on medications from my physicians after I kept getting reoccurances. After trying baths of H2O2 and yogurt tampons I came across tea tree oil. If you put some on a tampon and leave it in for a few hours it seems to make the BV disappear. I would do this once a day when the symptoms are bad and once a month to keep it at bay. After doing this for a few months I've never had a reoccurance. I'm not sure if it's safe to use while pregnant though. This kills all the harmful bacteria in your vagina while leaving the good bacteria alone. I swear it's a life saver if you're dealing with BV.

Replied by Isis
Toronto, Ontario
[YEA]   Tea Tree oil saved my life. I had a bad case of BV for over a year and all the medication in the world wasn't helping. I developed a severe anxiety problem from the constant embarassment of the wretched smell that followed me everywhere. One day in my desperation for a cure I read about T. T. O and took a 100 organic cotton tampon and dipped it in a small portion of water mixed with drops of T. T. O. I kid you not, within two hours the smell was gone! After paying $35 I don't know how many times to buy these random different types of medication that the doctor was giving me that didn't even work, the T. T. O that was sitting in my medicine cabinet for half a year did the trick. Before spending money you don't have try T. T. O. and if by the end of the day it's not working, then perhaps you should think about getting medication.

Posted by Carrie (Chicago, Il) on 12/02/2009

[YEA]  Yay for tea tree oil! Like many other people, I have suffered from BV for a year and was on several different antibiotics. As soon as I stopped treatment, the infection returned. Frustrated, I began to explore alternative treatments. I tried just about everything under the sun: hydrogen peroxide, apple cider vinegar, folic acid, acidophilus, garlic; nothing worked. Having read that everyone's body is different I kept at it, but it was a difficult process to find my miracle cure. Tea tree oil changed everything. I douche with it every couple days or as soon as symptoms start appearing. After one treatment the symptoms are gone. I use 15-20 mL of water and 12 drops of tea tree oil, but start with much less oil (1 or 2 drops) and see what you can handle, because it will burn, especially if the vagina is inflamed and sore.

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
[YEA]   Tea tree oil works for BV. The douche however, (with 5 to 15 drops) did not work for me, made things worse. Douching upsets the vaginal flora TOO MUCH

Here's what I do: 4-5 drops tea tree oil in an empty 00 gel cap, and then fill to rim with Castor oil. Stick it in as deep as it will go. I usually only have to do this overnight

Replied by Wonder
Denver, Co
I don't understand why doctors don't tell you the truth about problems with your ph levels. All you have to do is drink 2 liters of lemon water (1 lemon a liter) a day and your ph levels will go back to where they are supposed to be. If you do have an infection douche with peroxide and water, and drink your lemon water and you will no longer have any problems.
Replied by Alibumbayay
Seattle, Washington
In response to "All you have to do is drink 2 liters of lemon water (1 lemon a liter) a day and your ph levels will go back to where they are supposed to be."

Unfortunately this is not always the cure-all case. Citrus fruits such as lemons seem acidic but they are actually alkaline forming, and candida, for instance, thrives on them. So depending on the individual problem, drinking lots of lemon juice can actually exacerbate the problem.

I love drinking a whole lemon in water every morning but had to give it up because it was contributing to an overgrowth of yeast in my vagina.

Posted by Jay (BX, NY) on 11/25/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  bacterial vaginosis---no one has tried tea tree oil huh. It seems to be very effective. i have taken the acidophillus chewables that are delicious, about 5 or 6 a day, i pop them like candy and i purchased the folic acid. i also tried the hydrogen peroxide wash. the pills did not really work for me. the hydrogen peroxide worked great as a quick douche to eliminate the smell which was horrid, and oh so embarrasing.

i have bought tea tree oil, and im trying that now, so far so good, no smell at all. please be careful and read up on it becuz its very powerful, saturate a tampon with olive oil or ky jelly so the tea tree oil does not absorb into the tampon, and add a few drops to the tampon about 6 or 7, and stick it in and continue with your evening. tea tree oil is an antiseptic and its natural. i refuse to take that nasty flagyl or another cream, i have it but i refuse. ever since i used that nuva ring i've had bv i swear and i am hating this. my boyfriend is turned off and i want to cry. ughhh.

anyway bv has a lot to do with your insides, u need to get a colonic also, to start digesting properly that my be a cause also. the bacteria in your digestive track may be entering your vaginal walls causing the problem.

Replied by Sarah
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have been suffering for over two and a half months with something that seems to have some properties from both a yeast infection and BV. I have tried so many things from prescription creams to Canestin. I've even tried some apple cider vinegar, yogurt, salt baths, vinegar baths and anything else I could find already in this house (Luckily my parents had all this already).

Then I read online about Tea Tree oil and remembered luckily seeing a bottle of it in the cupbord. At first though, using it by itself made things a bit worse. It is a very strong antifungal, can sting and make any redness/itchyness a bit worse. So then back to the stuff that wasn't really working I went. After a bit more time though I despirately went back to the clinic to have the infection looked at again. I had a lot of redness/itching/discharge. I was prescribed Monistat and a vaginal douche to use with some plain white vinegar mixed with a litre of water. So far the douche is working decently but the Monistat treatment has been over for a couple days now and hasn't worked much. Anyway as soon as the Monistat treatment was over I had searched online again and saw that Tea Tree Oil was one of the most recommended remedies for yeast and BV but that it should be diluted with water. I hadn't noticed the diluted part before so I then went and put all of what was left, about 1 tablespoon, into a 500ml bottle and filled the rest with water and throughly shook it to mix it up.

Now I use the plain white vinegar douche for the internal part of the infection and the diluted Tea Tree Oil on a clean soft tissue as a topical to help with the external part of the infection and to help clear the itching/redness. I use the douche once a day before bed to clear all the junk out from the day and the diluted Tea Tree Oil at least 2-3 times a day after I go to the washroom and/or bathe, plus I use no soap. So far the infection is slowly going away and I am so happy about this.:)

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