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Cure Bacterial Vaginosis: Natural Remedies for BV!

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Garlic   4  0   

Posted by Aminta (Charlotte, NC) on 10/11/2008

[YEA]  I want to thank earthclinic.com for starting this website. It has truly been a blessing to me. I am writing to let you ladies know that, although no one commented that they used fresh garlic as a cure, it really works. I have suffered from BV for 3 yrs (since my husband cheated on me). Every other month after that I was getting recurrences of BV. Like the rest of you, neither the cream's nor pill's got rid of the BV for good. I recently was reading up on how natural garlic heal's so many ailment's. So, I bought so garlic, peeled it and wrapped it in gauze. I tied it with dental floss and inserted it in my vagina once a day, preferably at night before bed. I would remove the garlic every morning before taking my shower. I did this for 7 day's and I am symptom free still today. The bad thing about it is that the smell of garlic doesn't wear off for a while so if you are sexually active often then I wouldn't recommend this home remedy. I hope this remedy help's you ladies. It is alot cheaper on your pocket's. I bought 2 bulb's of garlic for under $1.00.


EC: That's true, Aminta -- hundreds of responses, but no mention of garlic for bacterial vaginosis. Thanks for the new remedy!

Replied by Ape
Denver, CO
11/19/2008
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I read about using garlic on another site...I was just told last week that I have BV. They tried to give me the pills and the cream and I starting surfing the net to find another way to fix the problem. I am taking garlic orally...it sounds a little less intense this way but not sure if its working as I have 0 symptoms at all. I will have to let yall know after I go to the doc and get yelled at for not taking the antibiotics.
Replied by Mary
Houston, Texas, United States
02/18/2009
I was wondering, how do you take Garlic Orally? do you eat it alone or put in food?
Replied by Danielle
Rancho Cucamonga, Ca
07/14/2011
They sell Garlic pills.

Garlic Douche   1  0   

Posted by Krissi (Korea) on 06/17/2013

[YEA]  Struggled with bv for 10 excruciating months. My bv was not the foul white discharge. Mine was shiny and clear... It was odorless but a dime amount would burn me. I was on fire 24/7. I was tested twice and both times it was bv. I tried everything on this site but it only helped temporarily. Even changed my diet to near perfect healthy fresh fruits veggies and folic b12 vit d ect ect. Even stuck the garlic (with thread) up my lady biscuit. What finally worked was a garlic douche. It knocked it out good!! Boil water but let it cool down some.. Then stick sliced garlic cloves in the water. 2 did the trick for me. Let that sit overnight then pour the water into a douche and pour it up inside ya... Rest there for about 5 min and let it kill off all the bacteria.. Then release. Garlic clove on a thread was good but can burn and doesn't get around to other areas where the bacteria hides. With this the liquid permeates every part. There will be some pinkish discharge which I believe to be killed bacteria. Do this 3 mornings in a row and it should be done completely. Can't tell you the peace of mind that cane with this... My God. Sick of pharmaceutical companies... An antibiotic to cure bv but side effect is a yeast infection?! That's sick and twisted. After doing bv antibiotics 5 times I had enough. Intestines are paying for it... Drinking extra virgin olive oil and lemon water to take care of that business. All natural wins again. God bless you... Hope this helped somebody. Mad props to you who suffered longer than me... It was hell. Relief is in sight don't give up!!

Garlic, Probiotics   0  0   

Posted by Kennedy (Broomeville, SC) on 07/06/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hi ladies I have to say thanks for all of your input. I thought I was the only one in the world struggling with this problem. I've also researched that if you have an IUD that may be the cause of the BV as well. I've been taking one garlic pill twice a day. One in the morning and one at night. I've also been drinking a probiotic drink that has lots of bacteria that's similar to yogurt. I consume one every morning. So far for about a month, I've noticed some changes. I have little to no odor after intercourse and after my cycle. The discharge has decreased significantly! Hardly any at all.

Garlic, Yogurt   0  0   

Posted by Chandy (Aurora, Colorado, United States) on 10/03/2010

My ph within my vaginal area is getting back to normal. I have reaccuring issue with BV, then yeast. I am currently I believe fixing the issue I hope. I use regular (read the ingredients) plain yogurt to deposit within, as well as a clove of garlic. I have no yeast within but the outside of my vagina is having a problem. The garlic does kill off anything, the yogurt ( I freeze and use oil to insert) is keeping good bacteria witch is what I am missing. I have read, about making a paste for a skin yeast infection. So yesterday I made a garlic paste and oh boy! It was so painfull! Oh my!!!! I tired real hard to keep reapplying even with yogurt all on the outside, now today I have a total peel going on with my skin down there. I hope to reapply the garlic and yogurt paste I have curing in the frig. I seem to be keeping the BV at easy for today. Any suggestions on my yeast skin infection within the skin of my down there area? will the garlic, ever stop burning! ? ouch!

Replied by Izzy
St. Louis, Mo, United States
10/03/2010
Also, here is a link about why garlic will burn the skin whether you have an infection or you don't, it's ok because the skin will repair its self...

http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/garlic.asp

One more thing, exactly how are you inserting the yogurt? You freeze it first? and how do you get it inside the vagina?

Replied by Izzy
St. Louis, Mo
10/03/2010
Thank you for posting this, I am having the SAME problem, the yeast infection seems to localize on my vulva, uggggghhhh how irritating, I am at my wits end...
Replied by Chandy
Aurora, Colorado, United States
10/07/2010
I have some dallops of yogurt that are in the freezer. I coat them with coconut oil and insert. My body temp. warms it right up. I try to relax and be gentle. This is crazy it is driving me bonkers. I am so irritated. I hav now tried otc fungal cream made it worse! I am now trying tea tree oil. I am holding a bag of ice to the area. I have gone to the doc and had BV, she said it looked like yeast on the outside but not in my vagina. I took the stinkin meds prescribed and right away this lovely red itchy bottom came back. I have been staying away from sugars! I do not know where to go?

Garlic, Yogurt, Vitamin D   0  0   

Posted by Cherybark (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/13/2013

Hi there, I too have battled BV infections for years. Countless times to the doctor's office. Only to have my symptoms back a few months later. I came across this website a few years ago.. I've tried everything listed here and still my symptoms came back.. So I did my own research and found out the reasons these home remedies only worked for a short time is because I didn't have the proper knowledge of how and why these home remedies work... The 1st thing I learned is too much Acidophilus is also bad. Too much good bacteria causes a condition known as Cyclotic Vaniitis, an over growth of too much good bacteria. The symptoms are EXACTLY the same as BV. 2nd Acidophilus produces Hydrogen Peroxide naturally. Too much naturally produced Peroxide = too much antiseptic, killing off the bad bacteria also. 3rd douching with Peroxide adds more antiseptic killing bad bacteria and creating good bacteria. So Douching and using Acidophilus together creates twice as much antiseptic.. When I read this I was at a loss. All the money I spent. All the knowledge I thought I had wasn't enough. So I decided to talk to someone who has the knowledge of Herbal and Natural remedies an Acupuncturist who also sells Chinese Medical Herbs and Homeopathic treatments... She told me the research I did was correct and that I needed to reboot my flora. Basically start from scratch. Insert 1 garlic clove 1-2 hours for 2 nights then 7 days of inserting Yogurt. We also went over my diet.. You need a good foundation in order to cure BV.. I'm on a fruit and vegetable powder supplement as well as an anti oxidant and enzyme supplement and I'm taking vitamin D. A vitamin deficiency will also cause BV infections. I was told to drink lemon water before drinking coffee. This will balance the Alkaline vs. Acidity imbalance that coffee can create. I will check back in 6 months and let you know if this works.

Replied by Cherybark
Los Angeles, Ca
12/18/2013
Quick update.... My infection was worse than expected... I was told to leave the Garlic in for a total of 7 - 8 hours then the yogurt for 7 days.. Last night was my second night of yogurt and I woke up with no smell. FINALLY. I'm continuing the supplements and the vitamin d. I will continue to update.
Replied by Anonymous
Washington, Dc
06/02/2014
A year ago I had a horrible bv case after taking antibiotics that lasted months. If I take the medicine my doctor prescribes the bv just flares back up. After months of misery and every home remedy I got my body back in ph balance and was BV free for about 9 months until for some reason my most recent period triggered it again. I had stopped taking my supplements, so I am going to start taking them again and figure I'll have to take them for life. I'm also going to try all my other remedies and hope it works again this time! The thing that seems to work best for me previously was boosting my immune system (vitamin C, D, E, Cranberry, Reshi, astragulus root, etc.). Taking a probiotic specifically formulated for vaginal health. I also am a firm believer in garlic. I tried inserting it which does help some, but didn't get rid of the bv. I take a quality garlic supplement twice a day. I also use refresh over the counter insert at the first sign of any symptoms. For me my period tends to trigger it, so the refresh helps. The key however seems to be douching when I have that painful burning feeling. I was very hesitant to douche because I had thought it would make things worse, but it makes it better. Assuming you know your vaginal ph is off balance from bv. I hate this awful bv and wish there was an effective treatment. The drugs do not work! More research needs to be done in this area. So many women are suffering in silence and it truly impacts your life. Good luck ladies!
Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
06/02/2014
Hi Anonymous, Here is the link to remedies that have been found to be effective for bv:

http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/home-remedies-for-bv-hydrogen-peroxide-folic-acid-acidophilus.html

Hope this helps.

General Feedback   7  0   

Posted by Msprissychrys (Lumberton, Nc) on 11/30/2014

Hello everyone,

It seems that we all are or have suffered from the horrible conditions of bv, uti, yeast infections, and other things, but I have a question to add with my post. I've noticed over the years that things have a prepotency to evolve even when I would take the antibiotics and things would clear up. I'm sensitive to contracting uti, yeast infection, and bv on rare occasions, but now that I'm a little older, I can't help but wonder are the antibiotics weakening the immune system in some way.

I believe in natural remedies but I've always made appointments with drs. first but it seems to me that the prescriptions don't really get rid of the issue PERMANENTLY and that's my concern. I want my body to be as healthy as I can, with what I know to do to keep me healthy. I don't want anyone giving me prescriptions just to put money in someone's pocket, leaving me under-educated after I've visited a professional about the matter.

I'm glad that I've stumbled upon this website because after reading multiple posts, I've learned that I have some of the same issues as some of the women on this site. This site encourages me to use wisdom and the natural things that GOD has given us to heal our bodies, starting with proper nutrition and water...I have everything that I need in my home as of now to combat the issues that I'm confronted with and I will be sure to give a praise report once things are cleared up. I hate that I resorted to medicine (chemical based) to help my body recover, but now that I've been reintroduced to the natural methods, there is no turning back and I have confidence. :) No woman desires to find her body in the position that she feels helpless, confused, don't know what to do and I refuse to feel helpless, knowing that I can start with the basics at home and they are all NATURAL...that's what I love the most. Natural never hurts, it always helps.

Just to give everyone something to think about concerning information for natural healing, I've purchased a book in my early 20s and it has EVERYTHING natural "herbs, salts, vitamins, and all kinds of goodies" that are strictly for recovering our healthy bodies. I've read about the vinegar and all sorts of natural elements to aid in the healing process, and I'm on the healing bandwagon starting today. The name of the book is: Prescription for Nutritional Healing (third edition) Phyllis A Balch & James F Balch. I hope that book is a helpful tool for all who find interest in it, and they've written several recent editions as well. Thank you for your posts, and for being transparent and honest about your bodies and concerns, they've all helped me find a new confidence. What a blessing this site is and a wake up call!! :)

Replied by Skurt414
Tn., US
01/09/2015
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   So around two years ago I was told I had herpes simplex1 around the same time I began to have thyroid problems. Thyroid was removed so now take synthroid. Ever since all of this has happened, I have had bv. I would call the dr and get meds for it, they worked while taking them and as soon as I stopped, the symptoms would come back. Finally it got to the point that I just gave up.

Well lately I've been trying things again. Things I have tried, borid acid, apple cider vinegar with the mother, peroxide, garlic pills, folic acid, taking a daily vitamin. tea tree oil, vitamin c daily and inserted at night, eating yogurt. Of course, this has been over the span of two years and it always returns. Anyone have any ideas? How to get this to go away and stay away??

Replied by Oscar
Syracuse, New York
01/10/2015
Hi Skurt, Well the food preservative BHT has worked for many people for all types of herpes infections. It is sold by many companies online and recently became available at some WALMART stores. LifeLinks is a reliable brand and sold in the convenient 250mg capsules. This is the brand sold by WALMART. BHT works for many but not all people. You have to try it to find out if it works for you or not if you wish to. 250mg of BHT taken on an empty stomach with a gulp of water once or twice a day works well for most people....Oscar

Posted by Loopytie (New Hers) on 03/08/2014

I've been dealing with BV for the past three months. I was taking antibiotics for a sinus infection, but developed and allergic reaction to the medication. Soon after I found myself with BV and yeast. The yeast was treated but the BV is proving difficult. I have good a bad days. This is the second time I am dealing with this issue. In 2012 I had the same issue. Antibiotics for a sinus infection, followed by yeast and BV. I was lucky to get rid of both without any issues.

I have been tested for all STDs and other infections. Everything was negative.

I'm so depressed....

The last three months have been horrible. Constantly crying, stressing and wondering what's wrong with me. I just found out two days ago it was BV. Doctor Never told me what it was. The nurse had to explained how difficult it is to treat. She recommended probiotics.

Posted by Zionsmommy (Pa) on 09/22/2013

I've suffered from bv since I've started college, I became sexually active, I guess the men's juices didn't mix well with mine. About after three days of being introduced to his foreign fluids, I'd notice this strange smell at first it started off as some kind of dog spit smell. (Gross I know, then rotting fish).... I was so embarrassed he could smell it so could I. Stronger during intercourse. I tried everything from Metro gel at the doctors, to oc drugs, duches, vinegar, peroxide, .. Everything it would go away for awhile but as soon as I had sex boom there it goes. My man stopped going down on me which really hurt my feelings but I understood I wouldn't put my mouth on a fishy smelling penis. Let me just start by saying this, BV is something that almost all women will have / has had/ currently have. It doesn't mean your dirty although it is an infection, one that I'm sure has been around for thousands of years, it is a build up of bad bacteria , which you vagina houses both good and bad, bad bacteria tend to thrive more in a place that has a disrupted ph balance. Either it's to acidic or not enough either way, there are natural ways that work. Try using a feminine wash with ph control, however don't over wash as an exposure to moisture & darkness will make the bad bacteria run ramped. Then for the reason just listed make sure your completely dry before you put your undies on, even try going a day or two with out (cotton always) also check the wash make sure they include LACTOPREBIOTIC for this will help replenish good bacteria, stay away from perfumed/fragranced washes! Try this with a few days of dietary changes; incorporate a clove of garlic in your meal everyday, drink Lots of water, eat pineapples mmmmm. Make sure you wipe from front to back and if you let anything near your vagina, mouth finger whatever make sure it's CLEAN. Almost anything can change your pH balance from sex, periods, soap, stress , even what you eat!! I tried all listed above and within a week maybe less BV was gone and has NOT come back. Just remember that is a very sensitive area and should be treated as such. Oh! Almost forgot while your trying to rid yourself of Bv , NO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE until it's gone. For multiple reasons. 1) bad bacteria will increase 2. ) you'll spread it to your partner who in return can pass it right back 3. ) even oral can cause strep throat. It's a bacteria, an infection. Btw I'm only 23
Knowledge is Power
BV free for two months

Posted by Toni (Kansas City, Mo) on 05/20/2013

I have been reading your posts for a couple of days now. I'm like most of you, glad to see I'm not the only one who is suffering. I honestly thought I was being punished for having sex. I'm trying a lot of you ladies remedies but no success yet. I've been dealing with this for about 10 years now. I too use to be beautiful and confident. Now I feel nasty and undesirable. My man still wants to have sex, so I light candles and incense to kill the embarrassing odor in the room. One thing no one has mentioned, is that sometimes sex hurts. My doctor says it's because I'm inflamed from the infection. What ever the reason, I haven't enjoyed sex in years. I love my man and don't want to lose him so I endure. Especially if he wants to have sex more than once or twice. The rubbing is similar to having a yeast infection sometimes. I don't have a yeast infection. Been to the doctor so much the nurses know my face. My doctor has even given up because all the antibiotics have stop working completely. Trying to keep my head up, but it has made me a depressed individual.

Replied by Sammy
Oklahoma City
03/01/2014
To Toni- go buy the boric acid. It's guaranteed.

Posted by Sick (Sl, H, Kuwait) on 05/11/2013

Vaginosis: 2 months back I got this fishy smell and it was the most horrible smell coming out of my body. Treated with fluconozole 150mg single dose and it was gone. Possibly a yeast infection. But now I am infected by it again, no discharge, itching or burning still horrible fishy smell and it stays there like forever. Took the tablet again but does anyone knows any natural cure to this. Can Bill help with this please. This fishy smell is sickening. Also I get flu whenever this smell gets stronger.

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
05/12/2013
hi, I was just visiting some vaginal health sites and one was herbs2000. com, vaginal health, they have a total herb, supplements, and explanations of what is going on, symptoms and how to stop them...

One part said if you are prone to yeast imbalance don't eat supplements with yeast in them. Some b vitamins are yeast based. For this yeast issue they recommend probiotics and acidophilis.

when vaginal ph gets out of the range of 4-5 the micro organisms get out of balance and it becomes unhealthy and produces metabolic waste creating discomfort.

hope the site helps you find what you will need to rebalance your system and find relief...

Replied by Steve
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
05/13/2013
I've heard that deuching with warm distilled water with 20 drops of Lugol's 2% or 5% iodine solution works very well. Check out the iodine forum on Yahoo. A lot of eye opening information available there.
Replied by Tim
Cincinnati, Oh
05/14/2013
I have heard that drinking and douching with apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps a lot. I drink 2 tablespoons of AVC in a large glass of water every day and it has helped me with a few different issues.

Posted by Susan (Wallingford, Ct) on 10/01/2012

Hi Ladies, I have suffered from BV on and off for a long time now and am currently on the anti biotic for it. But that will b my last time bcuz I wrote down every remedy I seen on this page. My question though is (which i've heard) is that if u have unprotected sex when u have BV can't u pass it to the guy? Meaning he will keep giving it back to u? What do u say... Honey u have to keep going to your doctor everytime we have sex... Only bcuz condoms don't work well for him if u get my point. Great website... I love how the professionals don't tell u most of this. Our suffering is at the expense of these professionals greedy ways aka money : (

Posted by Anna (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) on 08/16/2012

Thanks for a wonderful website.. I am a 47 year old, healthy, active woman who unfortunately suffered BV. I had no idea how horrible or how common it was until I read your website, and it was comforting to know I wasn't alone with this hideous condition. I tried many of the remedies mentioned, but without ongoing success. Many seemed 'preventative', but not 'curative'. Using acidophilus capsules internally worked temporarily, but the condition returned. I was really hoping for a natural remedy, but in frustration went to a doctor... I am pleased to say I have been BV symptom free for about 2 months now. The doctor prescribed metronidazole GEL which is dispensed by applicator vaginally. I was sceptical, as I had taken metronidazole tablets orally without success.... I am ecstatic that this cure worked for me, and I want to share it with others (particularly Australian women as I know they can access this product). I know it has only been a couple of months BV-free, and maybe too early to share this info, but I am hoping it is permanent. So far so good, and I know anyone who is suffering BV wants to deal with it ASAP. Good luck.

Replied by Lucy
Flemington, Vic / Australia
11/05/2012
It is way too early to say you are cured. You need to wait to have your period and also to have sex. If still bv free after that then I would be impressed. Let us bv sufferers know. I have tried the gel and it came back. I've had it for 1 year now.

Posted by Dd (Calgary, Alberta) on 08/09/2012

Thanks to all u ladies I now have some very good remedies to try to get rid of my BV. I have been dealing with this issue since 2004 and now my 20 year old daughter is also "infected" with this disease. I have spent many hours reading all your stories and I will be trying some of these remedies as well as passing this info and this site on to others. Thanks so much I will let you know what works for me if anything.

Posted by Fitfreak (Toronto, Ontario Canada) on 08/08/2012

I have been reading all the testimonies and responses in regards to BV. It is so interesting that so many women suffer from this. There is some comfort in knowing that you are not the only one that is suffering. I am very depressed and overwhelmed by this infection. I believe that I have had this condition for a number of years but did not realize it until approximately two years ago. I noticed that disgusting odor. OMG I was so embarrased but I thought that it was a yeast infection so of course I took the oral pill for yeast infection which worked temporarily and then the odour returned. My boyfriend did not say anything until 6 months ago. We were just about to have sex and he said that he noticed an odour. I wanted to die. I went on line to read about BV.

I went to my doctor and explained what I found on line. He ignored me and did a battery of tests which all came back negative. He treated me once again for a yeast infection. Anyway I don't want to go on and on. I recently had a swab and was diagnosed with BV. Of course there was some relief finally knowing what I had. I went on line to see how I could get rid of this. I have to say that there so many conflicting remedies. I am going to try the douche, acidophilus and folic acid route to see if this works. The hard part is keeping my boyfriend at bay for 2 weeks. I really think that 2 weeks is probably the best. We have a very active sex life and he has a hard time keeping his hands off me, lol. I guess that this is a good thing but I will have to stay strong and hopefully I will win this battle. I will share my journey with you.

Posted by Ashley (Nanaimo, B.c.) on 06/22/2012

(Ready to jump off bridge) :( my name is ash and I have been struggling with BV now for 2 years!

Worst 2 years of my life! When I first met my fiance everything was great and a few months later I got pregnant....... days after I had started getting this awful smell and had no idea......

i then got Flagul and it seemed to work as I took it but after the session and haveing sex again it came back 10 times worse......

so I have been taking these pills that are so bad to take down with anything! And I have gone through about 8 bottles over the last 2 years trying to repeat the process but soon enough ur body gets amune to it....... :(

i have tried also the baking soda and douching and washing out and JUST EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!

i am hoping when I purchuse these new treatments that I will be back to share my storie........

thanks so much and hope to have good news soon and be gone with thios disgusting thing tht jus has a mind of its own!


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