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Cure Bacterial Vaginosis: Natural Remedies for BV!

Last Modified on May 23, 2015

B Complex With Folic Acid   1  0   

Posted by Anjel03 (Akron, Ohio) on 02/18/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have been dealing with BV on and off every since my hysterectomy. Makes me believe it might be related to a hormonal imbalance. However, after researching this condition I found that taking a high potency B complex supplement that contains 400mg of folic acid helped my symptoms. I take two tablets daily. I hope this will help anyone else with this problem.

Posted by Latoya (Sanford, Florida) on 07/26/2008

[YEA]  Hi, I have been suffering from BV since I was 15 yrs old I am currently 24 I have try everything under the sun the only thing that has work for me so far is taking b-50 complex vitamin twice day or the b-100 complex vitamins once a day. This is available at any stores that sell vitamins like wal-mart, Walgreens it's about $5.00 at most. The only thing is if you stop taking them it would come back so make sure you continue to take it and drink plenty of water I would say about six to eight cup a day I hope it works for you after taking them you would notice results immediately it should be gone by the second or third day.

Baking Soda   0  0   

Posted by Lia (Ny, Ny) on 02/11/2015

I have suffered with bv for years. I have tried vh essentials, metronidazole, probiotics and peroxide all of which helped but it always came back. I stumbled upon what is called baking soda therapy

Baking soda is a natural chemical compound that restores health, cleanses the body and eradicates toxic substances and effective at restoring pH balance in the body without harsh chemicals or toxins

I eat healthy, and run 3-4 times a week however I drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee with a teaspoon of sugar in each cup a day. I realized that this might be the culprit but I LOVE COFFEE and SUGAR!

I started doing the Baking Soda Therapy and within days, the bv started clearing up and it has stayed that way for several months. Every morning I mix a teaspoon of baking soda into about 12 ounces of water (a tall cup) and drink. The only draw back is the taste, it is like drinking a tall cup of salt water however, the benefits are amazing! It has worked wonders for me. Give yourself at least half hour before or after a meal as to not mess with your digestive process. Maybe start with half a teaspoon and gradually increase as your body gets use to it.

I did not have to combine this with any other methods; however if it doesn't do the trick for you, perhaps combine it with probiotics and vh essentials. I hope this helps. Good luck!

Replied by Gwen
Va., US
Yes, the baking soda is alkalizing, therefore raising your pH which in turn kills bacteria. Freshly squeezed lemon in water every morning has the same effect!
Replied by Tammy
North Carolina
How long did you have to do this treatment till it got better?

Baking Soda Douche   3  0   

Posted by Sam (New Haven, Ct, U.s.a.) on 03/28/2013

[YEA]  Ladies I found it, yay! It's totally gone and clean clean clean! I know how terrible it is to read all of these so I'm just going to cut to the chase. I used two cups of purified water and two tablespoons of baking soda. It dissolves in about 30 seconds. I bought a douche at the pharmacy and made my own. I also didn't douche for weeks and weeks like a lot of people here did, only once and then waited for my PH to get back to normal. I think it's also important on how you do it. I normally don't douche since they say it pushes things further in so what I did was I didn't open the flow valve until it was inserted way in, that way the water flows from top to bottom vs. From the bottom up. Before this I also tried two cups of purified water and a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar. I waited for my PH to return to normal and it didn't work. I also tried 4 cups of distilled water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda and like it was better but not completely so I knew I needed a higher concentration of baking soda. Thank goodness. Gone! There is no reason anyone should have to live with that. My symptoms were mild to none. It was only when my boyfriend was deep inside me that like I would detect a hint of bv. He said he could not detect it and the doctor said there was nothing wrong with me but I know my body! I had BV once when I was 20 so strait away I knew it was like a very faint hint of that. Detoxing and probiotics didn't work for this for me either.

Also, ladies don't think that men can't give you this. I noticed a former partner's pre-cum had a slight odor, not terrible but like a slight bv unclean smell. Go down there and check! Don't let these guys in! My present partner was married before me and his taste and smell is totally clean. I believe guys have bacteria that live in there too. Who here has noticed the second load is cleaner (with some or at least that one for me). Am I being OC? With my 'v' you better believe it! I smell every little thing. Also, I used a PH test that I bought at Whole Foods to diagnose it to be sure. You're 'v' PH is an acidic environment at about 4.5 on the scale. If it's more acid than that it's most likely yeast and they say apple cider vinegar and water is good for that. If your PH is more alkaline than it would be BV. I'm glad I did the baking soda because I was very close to using boric acid and water. Boric acid with prolonged use can be toxic although I believe it would have also been effective. I didn't want to put suppositories in there bc I read that during sex the male can actually feel the grittiness from the powder. I was going to douche instead but thankfully this worked.

Replied by Cindy
Dubai, Uae
I've been suffering from Vaginosis and yeast infection for about 2 years now. I have used flagyl and Canesten 1 vaginal tablet which made me feel better for a few weeks but the infection was back again afterwards. I have also been avoiding food high in sugar and alcohol. So upon reading most of the remedies here in Earth Clinic, I have decided to try the Baking Soda douche last night. I think it's working great right now. The smell is gone and the itch went mild to none. I'll try to use it every other day for one week and will update you guys. The measurement I used was 2 tbsp of baking soda to 2 cups of distilled water. Hope this works for good!
Replied by Cindy
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   This is a follow up in my treatment with baking soda douche every other day for 1 week. During the treatment, the odor, discharge and itchiness was gone even after a couple of days after my last douche. But for the last 3-4 days, I noticed that I still have the discharge, although its not that much before treatment. I still feel some itch and discomfort. As I will have my period in about a week from now, I'll wait for it to be over before I try another treatment. I'm thinking of douching with the same concentration of baking soda but everyday for one week. If someone out there has any suggestion, please let me know.
Replied by Cindy
Hi Ladies, I'm back. Due to too much itch and vaginal discharge yesterday, I decided to douche again with baking soda (2 tbsp baking soda: 2 cups of distilled water) + 1 tbsp salt. I did it because the itch was unbearable. This morning, I soak in warm water with 1 cup of salt. So far I have no smell or discharge now. I plan to continue the douche for 5 days, soaking in the morning and would try to insert some yougurt down there to restore some good bacteria (also in the moring after soaking). Hope this plan works, we'll keep you guys posted.
Replied by Cindy
This is a follow up on my posts above. Ok, so I tried the baking soda + salt douche for about a week and acidophillus, folic acid twice a day. It worked for a few days but after my period it came back again. I've been soaking with salt water too which helped somehow but still I have the discharge and itch. So I will try to use the Hydrogen Peroxide douche as its seems to have helped most women here. Will keep you posted if this would work.
Replied by Auniquesmilinka
Albuquerque Nm
You might not be taking enough of the probiotic. It really needs to be live culture. I take 150 billion when I am having problems. Diaper rash oinment with 40 percent zind helps alot.
Replied by Cindy
Thank you for the feedback Auniquesmilinka.

Here's a follow-up on my health. The baking soda douche worked temporarily on me and the BV came back after a few days. I have tried the warm salt bath and inserting yogurt with acidophilus vaginally with a medicine dropper but was also not successful. The method I used above might be effective with some other women but not in my case.

So I tried the 50:50 Hydrogen Peroxide & Water douche every night for 7 consecutive days then inserted yogurt with acidohilus (half of the capsule's content) vaginally for 3 consecutive days. During the H2O2+water douching I felt relief but after the insertion of yogurt with acidophilus powder it became worse. So I thought maybe I should just use the H2O2+water douche and not the yogurt anymore. So after 2 or 3 days I douched again for 3 consecutive days. I felt relief and after about 3 days from my menstruation I douched 2 consecutive days again to have a follow up. It has been a week now since my last douche after my menstruation and I still feel good. The discharge is back to normal, no more itch but there's a little more yeast that I can notice on the side of my labia at night when I wash. I think I am better now compared before. I will just follow up with a once or twice a week douching of H2O2+water to keep the BV at bay.

Again the measurement I used to be clear is as follows:

For 7 consecutive days (before going to bed)

50:50 Hydrogen Peroxide + Water douche (use 3% strength for the H2O2 - I used the 6% but reduced it to 3% by adding more water. So it was actualy like 1/2 cup H2O2 to 1 cup of distilled water)

After the menstruation, douche once or twice a week.

Througout the treatment, I've been orally taking 1 acidophilus 2 x day, 2 folic acid 2 x a day and also 2 olive leaf extract 2 x a day. I've been eating yogurt with 2 tbsp of coconut oil in the morning for breakfast and I also try to avoid sweets and alcohol as much as I can.

For the supplements above, it depends on you if you also want to take it. But so far for me it helps. I will let keep you guys posted if ever I feel anything bad after this treatment. As of now it works and I hope this would help someone out there too.

I would also like to thank all the ladies here who shared their experiences to help one another. It really meant a lot and makes you feel you're not alone.

Replied by Sunshinesisi
San Francisco, CA
I have had ongoing yeast infections and BV since my early 20's, I am now in my late 30's. I have never been able to pinpoint the problem. Whether its my diet, genetics, or me passing it back and fourth from my sexual partner. I have only been in 2 long term relationships in the past 17 years.

About a year and a half ago I read online that using H2o2 was very affective for both ailments. While, I havent douched with it on as much of a strict regimen as the woman above have, I have used it periodically, and it works wonders!!!

Right now I have new boyfriend of 6 months and right away I started getting a lot of itching and discharge again. While I'm not ruling out everything, I have started the H202 3 days ago and immediately noticed a difference! I will continue this procedure along with a visit to my GYN just for a general pap and test, like I do every 6-9 months.

But, so far so good with the H202! It has worked in the past and present! I highly recommend it!

Replied by Gwen
Va., US
I love peroxide and water douche! It is the only protocol that has worked for me and I've dealt with BV for over 8 years. I usually douche on two consecutive days 2x per month... so four days a month total.
Replied by Jazzie1
Chicago, Il
I have been to several doctors and used several prescribed medications for BV. I noticed that they prescribed Flagyl cream, Flagyl by mouth, which seemed to work at that time, but I continually suffered with BV. The smell and discharged returned. I have been reading on this site about hydrogen peroxide & water may help my problem. I will try this alternative method as advised and report if this method worked for me or not. At this point , what do I have to lose. I have been struggling with this for 2 years.

Thank you for sharing your experiences to help another. :)

Posted by Gm (Spring Hill, Fl - Florida) on 04/26/2012

[YEA]  I noticed that embarrassing, fishy smell that comes along with BV so I went to a clinic. The doctor who examined me said there was no odor or any signs of it but tested me, anyway. She returned with her tail between her legs and told me I tested positive for BV (it felt good being right! ) She gave me Flagyl, which I took as directed for 7 days. However, I noticed the other day that I wasn't feeling or smelling "right" again. I have a pH test kit for just such situations, so I used it last night and my pH was dangerously low, indicating another infection. I took out a new douche and carefully added some baking soda for alkalinity. This morning, there was no itch or odor, and my pH had risen to normal range. I would suggest buying pH test strips, which can be found at health food stores and are not expensive. You can monitor yourself at home and try home remedies before you drop $75 at the nearest clinic (and then God-know-how-much-more for a prescription! ) just to be told you have what you already thought you did. Be aware that I'm not a doctor and have no medical training. I'm going by how I felt when I saw a doctor only weeks ago and assumed that my condition didn't completely clear up. Good luck, ladies.

Posted by Misty (Clermont, Fl) on 04/04/2012

1/4 tsp. of baking soda to your douch, I was told about this and it really works the discharge was gone and the smell after the first 2 times I used it. I did 1 on Monday and 1 on Wednesday and after the shower I blowed dried down their each time. And you can also put Some baking soda right into your bath on a regular basis to keep you ph balanced and its also good for your skin :)

Posted by Barbarias (Sacramento, California) on 01/09/2012

[YEA]  For all the women out there looking for the most natural and least invasive way to cure and heal, I wanted to share this remedy I've found for bacterial vaginosis: The salt and baking soda packet mixtures commonly sold for sinus flushes. Use one packet of the sinus flush to 8oz of water then douche once in the morning and once at night for three days. Just like with a bacterial infection within the bladder, the salt acts as a sterilant. I've learned so much from this website, I wanted to give something back. Hopes this helps!

Posted by Pure (New York, Ny) on 12/04/2010

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  So like many women I have also been suffering from BV! I tried lots of remedies and all but the medicine seem to work. The hydrogen peroxide was working well but as soon as I would miss a session all symptoms would return. So I went to my local natural food mart and received some of the best info ever. The man strongly recommended that I douche every other day with 1liter of distilled water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. In addition to this I was to drink twice a day- 8oz of distilled water, with a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 1tablespoon of lemon juice and a little honey.

From my experience this is the remedy that has worked best for me. I stuck with it for 2 months and then started to slow down because I was healed. The health food clerk did tell me consistency was most important but I should stop when my body felt normal. So here I am about 6months later and I feel like it's back slightly because I can't where my tights and feel comfortable but it's much more manageable. I started just douching every other day 2wks ago and back to feeling great. Please give this remedy a try I believe this is the most effective as well as least damaging to my body. All the best. Keep us posted if you try this remedy.

Betadine   1  0   

Posted by Veronica (New York) on 02/01/2013

[YEA]  Hey, I have problems with seriously CHRONIC yeast and BV, and Betadine douches work great! I use them alongside my essential oil suppositories, but betadine is so healing, its just Iodine, which is extremely healing itself. I fine the betadine douches more effective and gentler on the tissues than peroxide douching, as I have made things worse, dry and inflamed using the peroxode douches. You can buy a large bottle of Betadine for $20 at the drug store.

You can use a Betadine douche twice daily for up to 14 days, (Ive done it myself and extensively researched on the internet the safety of this). Once in the morning for 1 to 2 weeks should be enough for most people though.

Also I make the solution pretty dark (like a dark red). I add quite a few drops in a little bit (maybe a half cup of water) and hold it in for a bit. Its wonderful. I read it stimulates the vagina to produce more lactobacilli, its very healing and very gentle. Ive nipped beginning yeast infections in the bud before.

Betadine, Probiotics, Vinegar and Yogurt   0  0   

Posted by Barrelmaniac (Summersville, West Virginia, Usa) on 05/21/2010



I have suffered with this for years. Unfortunately I have never really been cured. The longest I have went is probably 6 months with no symptoms. I started a forum on a health board regarding peroxide for treatment 4 or 5 years ago that had 100's of posts to my surprise. That's when I discovered I wasn't alone.

If your BV is mild, don't do anything! Take your supplements and wait until after a period and see what happens. The more you mess around with changing the flora in your vagina the more you are going to get things totally out of whack. I learned the hard way. Peroxide worked for me, temporarily but always came back with a vengeance. The more you do, the worse it comes back. You are killing all the bacteria in your vagina and some things allow the good bacteria to bounce back quickly while keeping the bad at bay.

If you must treat it, add some Betadine to good distilled water (pH 7, city water with chlorine has a very high pH) douche with betadine for 7 days, You can even use the swabs to clean the vaginal walls. Do this in the morning because it takes 120 minutes for the flora to begin to bounce back. Lactobacillus first! At night use a good quality yogurt and a syringe and then insert a tampon to hold it in. Continue yogurt treatment for a few days. Take a good quality probiotic daily.

Also Vinegar seems to allow the Lactobacillus to survive douching while killing the bad bacteria. If your BV isn't too bad try the vinegar and the yogurt treatment, watch what you eat and try to boost your immune system. Wait it out, it takes time.

Replied by Rs
San Francisco, Ca
Hello. Your post was interesting. I have suffered from BV for years and have been on a regimen of vaginal health probiotics, B-12, folic acid, D3, fish oil and douching with 3% peroxide and distilled H20 about 3-4 days a week. I started this regimen last year in October after finding this site and I now find that this is something I have to do for the rest of my life. The BV will never go away. I did however research further on this site and decided to try the boric acid capsules. I ordered boric acid and empty veggie capsules from and made my own. I started using this capsule on Thursday night. Today is Saturday and I see GREAT results, much better than douching and the veggie caps dissolve totally in the vagina with no discharge from the gooey regular capsules. Hopefully this will work for awhile so I dont have to douche, I dont like the idea of douching at all but find it very necessary to treat BV if I want to have any kind of a sex life at all, and I do. I have found that my boyfriend does not even notice anything different and he says I smell and taste great. I do go through great pains to make sure everything down there is nice and clean but NO fragrance of any kind is used, that would be sudden death to my vagina, haha. What are your thoughts on the boric acid capsules, and have you tried this method also? Im constantly researching for new treatments (I say treatment because there is no cure) and there does not seem to be an interest by modern medicine to help women who suffer from this horrible condition and now I see that thousands and maybe millions of us DO suffer from this. Thanks for your posting!
Replied by Lynn
Katy, Tx
Do you insert the capusle into your vagina?
Replied by Stargirl
San Francisco, Ca
Is there any way I could be curing this bacterial infection only to get it back from my boyfriend during sex? Are there any tips to make sure he is bacteria free as well other than the normal washing with soap in the shower?
Replied by Linda
Salt Lake City, Utah
Beatadine is fabulous and YES, I too will have this for life.

Research taking beta carotene supplements. You can take up to 75,000 IUS everyday. Some women claim to have gotten a cure that way. I do that along with probiotics, EVERYDAY, and a table spoon atleast of coconut oil everyday with orange juice.

Borax   1  0   

Posted by Ananda (Lacenter, Wa) on 02/18/2014

[YEA]  I want to share my experience with Bacterial Vaginosis.

I fought the symptoms of BV for six months using the best probiotics available (50 billion organisms) at my local health store. I applied coconut oil with tea tree oil mixed in to the outside and inside of my vagina. I reduced the smell but still experienced constant discharge and varying degrees of odor.

I finally visited Planned Parenthood and they tested me on the spot for Bacterial Vaginosis. I tested positive. they gave me antibiotics which temporarily got rid of the infection. I took exactly as directed but the infection crept back in that same month. So this is when I went into serious research mode and found some information on the internet about a Borax treatment.

Now this is the amazing part I want to share with you: I put a quarter teaspoon of borax into a rubber douche bag filled with warm water. I took it into the shower with me and rinsed my vagina out thoroughly with this simple solution. I could smell foul water coming out of me and it felt very cleansing but I had little expectation that one application would make much difference, however that one application, in conjunction with those awesome probiotics completely resolved my issue. Three months later I sensed another flare-up so I immediately made myself the borax/warm water douche and I have never experienced another symptom again. This treatment had ZERO side-effects. It's been almost a year since that last treatment.

What an embarrassing and lengthy struggle with such a simple, cheap and easy solution!!!

Replied by Joy
Sc As Rborough,me
What is borax? I have suffered with bv for years and antibiotics doesn't take it away for long.

EC: Hi Joy,

You can read more about borax on our page here.

Replied by Ts
I have been a BV sufferer forever it seems...ever since I contracted the HPV virus in college. It seems that my body has built up a tolerance for flagyl because where it used to relieve my symptoms, it does nothing now. Rephresh doesn't do anything but mask the odor for a few days then it comes back. I'm so frustrated now. My Gyn told me to but some warm water in the bathtub and use baking soda and perform kegels while sitting down...I'm skeptic but after reading these comments, I think I'm going to try it. I'm interested in the borax remedy as well...

Buttermilk   1  0   

Posted by Richa (Pune, India) on 07/30/2009

[YEA]  Hi all,

I had bv for a long time...n it was really bad.....but i am extremely happy to say that now its been completely cured... as i had read in a lot of articles that yogurt, curd, buttermilk contain probiotics that help body regain its natural microbial flora, I increased my daily buttermilk intake...thus, i recommend a glass of buttermilk, per day for getting rid of bv....

If you do not get ready buttermilk, you just have to take two spoons of yogurt, mix well and add drinking water to make a glass full of buttermilk..

This is really an effective way, rather than taking tablets and other medications.

Posted by kisce (Columbus, Georgia) on 08/19/2007

I just wanted to share this one with you. I was talking with an older lady, my neighbor, I asked the question on BV home remedie cures. She told me to douche with buttermilk and a little water. I just wanted to share that with you, I will try this one and get back with you on it.

BV Prevention Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Iab (San Jose, Ca) on 09/22/2014

Hey ladies,

It seems like some of you are getting bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast infections mixed up. This may be why you are having trouble treating your condition(s). BVis a bacterial infection that usually needs a course of antibiotics to get rid of it. Yeast infections are a fungal infection that needs either an OTC anti-fungal cream or a prescription anti-fungal pill to get rid of it. If you are being given both an antibiotic and and anti-fungal by your MD, the antibiotic is to treat the BV and the anti-fungal is either to treat a yeast infection you already have or to prevent you from getting one due to antibiotic usage which can kill the bacteria that kills yeast, acidophilus.

If your MD contantly gives you antibiotics for BV, it's possible that it is becoming antibiotic resistant. It's also really important to take your full course of anitbiotics even if you feel better.

ACV and Hydrogen peroxide, acidophilus, folic acid should probably be used as preventive measures to maintain the results after you have taken antibiotics for BV or anti-fungals for yeast. It's most likely useless to try and "cure" yourself with ACV or Hydrogen peroxide, acidophilus, folic acid if you still have an infection.

I used to have recurring yeast infections but have found avoiding sugar and staying dry and clean down there work wonders for those as well as taking a good acidophilus pill.

I have had BV 3 or 4 times in the last 7 (?) years, always after having a new sex partner, condoms were used in all but 1 case and antibiotics did the trick but occasionally I will smell faintly and it smells similar to the last BV infection I had, which was a few months ago and the only time I had an odor (in the other 3 cases I only had mild itching) I'm trying ACV or Hydrogen peroxide, acidophilus preventively. I will keep you all updated.

Coconut Oil   2  0   

Posted by Machelly (Chuck Town, SC) on 01/13/2013

[YEA]  Hello girls! There is a push going on about BV. I suffer from BV for a year now and believe it is hindering me from conception so we all need to stand behind this push! Read this article it will help. I just started the probiotics and Flagyl, so will see how it goes. What helps me most until I read this is organic coconut oil inserted vaginally with my fingers and then rub some on outside of labia. It's natural microbial properties have eliminated the odor and I used it right before sex and he can not tell if its natural lube or not!! Then wash the area with mild all natural soap or even all natural hair conditioner!! .... (look up microbial balance in vagina) actual research!!!

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