This is so great. I've had BV off and on for the past...years and years really but only in the past few months have I gotten serious about figuring out a solution that does not include antibiotics. I did lots of things before the hydrogen peroxide douche:
8 glasses of water/day (at least)
no fast food/processed food (meals from scratch)
greek yogurt (probiotics)
...At this point, things started to get better. But the itchiness and slight odor lingered.
1 part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water in a douche 1-2x per week
I guess I see this as an ongoing solution - not a permanent fix. I'm married and sex is a regular part of my life - sperm is also one of the triggers for my BV. Like other women, the relief was almost instant. Compared to regular doses of antibiotics, I'm totally good with something I can manage without medical help.
I am so excited. I have suffered with BV my entire life on and off. Recently remarried and had to do something. After using Hydrogen peroxide for a mouthwash, I wondered could it be used for the vagina. I searched online and stumbled across this website. Used for the first time last night. I diluted mine half water and half peroxide. The itch on the outer parts stopped almost immediately and slept peacefully for the first time in many nights. Did another rinse this morning and will be doing the tampon method this afternoon. Excited to finally feel so good. Nothing else has worked so far. Thanks for all the comments and for sharing.
Five words - IT WORKS.....but NOT alone.
I've had BV on/off about 7-8 times a year for almost 5 years now. I've always taken Metronidazole(which gives me a yeast infection so I finish the week off with Diflucan) but this last time I took it, it did not work. I knew I had to do more research. So I did. I found that I just eat too much sugar. I feed the bad bacteria every single time I eat because I'm always eating bad foods. I hate home cooked food, fruits and veggies. Well, that has to change for it to go away so last month I did a SERIOUS cleanse. I'm tired of smelling like fish and I'm tired of not being able to comfortably have sex with my boyfriend.
I went out and bought a douche, hydrogen peroxide (3%) and some tampons. I douched for 3 days straight with half hydrogen peroxide and half water. I didn't hold it in - I just douched standing up. On the third day however, before I douched I soaked a tampon for about 5 mins in the solution and inserted it for 15 mins, THEN douched. Just to kill all the rest of the bacteria. Smell was gone on the FIRST day but my hoohah was irritated for the whole 3 days due to the hydrogen peroxide. NOTE: THIS WORKED THE SECOND TIME I DID IT, NOT THE FIRST.
The FIRST time I did not change my diet. It was filled with fast food, cookies, cakes, ice cream, pizza, pasta, burgers, quesadillas, and every bar menu food you can think of. No fruits or veggies, no whole foods. Guess what, it didn't work! SO I did research and learned that BV is simply too much bad bacteria. Bad foods = bad bacteria. So the second time around I cleaned up my diet. I ate only eggs, meat, veggies and fruit that I bought and prepared for an entire week (it was hell) and did the HP cleanse for 3 days again. Guess what? IT WORKED! I also took a probiotic everyday to encourage the good bacteria to grow. I still take it every morning now just to keep BV away since I can't keep my diet ALL the way clean 100% of the time. But I've been free of BV about a month now. Even after exercising everyday, sex with my boyfriend(omg its so much better when it's not funky), and my period.
Go for it! But clean your diet up too! Otherwise you'll just be wasting your time.
Hydrogen Peroxide for BV - This WORKS!
It's been exactly 1 month now and I've already had my period a week ago. No recurring BV! I followed the instructions for 5 days until the discharge and smell subsided and eventually disappeared. I did experience a bit of a burning sensation the first 2-3 days but that's ok.
I also had organic (non-conventional brand) kefir that I found at the health food store, supplemented with vitamin D3 (5000IU daily), folic acid and vitamin C (ascorbate not ascorbic acid).
The main reason this method works is that bad bacteria are anaerobic (they multiply in an environment where there's no oxygen), while good bacteria are aerobic (they need oxygen to thrive). Hydrogen peroxide has oxygen molecules and therefore it kills the bad bacteria while helping the good bacteria grow.
I'm glad I've tried this after almost a year of battling the symptoms. Please give it a try, just follow the instructions above! Good luck!
I just tried the peroxide method about 15 minutes ago. I feel a difference already, meaning I feel much cleaner down there. I poured 1oz of hydrogen peroxide in a douche bottle, (one already had from the beauty supply store) got in the tub laid on my back and inserted the bottle and squeezed it in. I didn't squeeze the full amount in because since this is a new method to me, I'm testing it out. I squeezed about 3 or four pumps into my vagina, I laid down for about a minute, then I sat up and let it run out, it came out like a foamy bubbly substance, but I think that's a good thing. I didn't dilute it with water because I want to be sure its working but I did sit in a small tub of water afterwards and took some probiotic pills. It does burn a little bit but it's not unbearable. I will do this again tomorrow and I may dilute with water this time, just to make sure my natural floral is not being dried out, that wouldn't be good for intimacy. You can post me if you have anymore questions.
Thank god I found this website! I am never one to write reviews on websites like these, I tend to just take advice.
However, I felt this time I needed to share my experience like many other women.
I am a fairly young adult, 21 years old, and had unfortunately been suffering with BV for around 5 months. After being diagnosed by a doctor I was prescribed antibiotics, they worked for a few days but the BV returned very quickly. I tried the gels that can be inserted, for example the canestan BV treatment, that didn't work either.
My BV was particularly prominent after sex, which was extremely embarrassing for myself as I felt I had to apologise and explain to my partner. It actually put me off sex and meeting new people completely, I lost huge amounts of confidence, as I'm sure others can relate.
It became incredibly frustrating, until out of frantic internet searches I found this page and found my solution.
-I bought some hydrogen peroxide, douche and acidophilus tablets.
-Firstly, I created a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and water to fill the douche.
-I lay in the bath (or sat on the toilet) and inserted the mixture and held for 60 seconds.
-I then released the original liquid and then douched again with a small amount of water.
-After, I then inserted an acidophilus tablet into my vagina to encourage the 'friendly' bacteria.
I did this for 7 days, in the morning.
I saw immediate results, after day 2, there was no smell (throughout the day) and my discharge had returned completely to the state it was before BV.
It did feel a little crampy for the first 3 days of doing this, but after it was fine.
It has been nearly two weeks, I have had sex and my BV has NOT RETURNED! (although I did douche with the solution a few hours after sex as a scared precaution, because I'm terrified of it coming back! )
(I must add I have cut down on smoking which may have had some benefit)
BUT THIS SOLUTION IS GREAT AND I WISH I HAD FOUND IT SOONER.
Let me start off by saying if you have ever experienced BV I don't even have to explain how nerve wrecking it is smh. I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet. I have suffered from BV off and on for the past year. I would go to the Dr. They give you the typical 3/7 day meds oral and insertion. All if those were temporary masking not exactly a solution. Not to mention the uncomfortable side effects that freaked me out. So I was doing a lot of research and stumbled upon this site. After trying numerous other remedies. I have never heard of peroxide. Thinking about it makes perfect sense it kills bacteria in cuts, etc. Me and my fiance went to Walmart at like 3 a.m. to pick up a few things so I slid in hydrogen peroxide and a pack of vinegar douche for the squeeze bulbs.Got home and tried it out immediately. I emptied the bottled and filled it with peroxide. I DID NOT dilute it I needed it to work the way it was intended. I was a little nervous though but more determined. I got in the empty tub it kind of layed down and went to work with the douche. I held it in also a little while. I did this twice two rounds at one time. I could feel it instantly bubbling up so I knew it was doing what its supposed to. By the way it DID NOT burn or hurt in any shape form or way. So don't be scared!! It will only help you. This was 10 hours ago so far so good. Plus me and my fiance were intimate twice still no smell no disharge!! He is excited but not more than me he have no idea. We have not been intimate for a week straight lol. I plan to be more cautious of my body going forward. Just be mor intune with your body have to treat our vagina like a baby b/c it's just that gentle, fragile, & sensitive. IT WORKS LADIES!! Hopes this helps someone👍👍😀
I used the Hydrogen peroxide method and it cured my BV. I have waited over a week to post this in the fears that it may come back - I didn't want to post something like oh, it took away the symptoms immediately and it's been one day! Of course the symptoms will be gone that day. I wanted to make sure it wasn't coming back. I am about a week and a half out and it hasn't! At all! I'm going to tell you guys exactly what I did.
I've had BV one time before. I know exactly why I got it and it's embarrassing. Back then I tried some lightweight natural remedies and while it lessened the symptoms, it didn't go away until I went to the doctor and got metro gel. That took it away completely. This second incident is now about three years after the first. I don't know how I got it though I suspect my partner had something to do with it because of a random comment he made about having not showered. Come on people let's be hygienic! As for my symptoms, I wouldn't say they were "severe". But I did have that abnormal discharge and probably the WORST most humiliating part, that bad smell after sex. :( Feeling mortified (and my gyno appointment being a month away) I decided to give natural remedies my all. I was just determined to feel like I could beat this the natural way and not have to use gross inserts or take strong antibiotics. I am very health conscious and don't like to go to the doctor or use strong medicines unless absolutely necessary. So after researching like mad, this is what I did:
1. I bit the bullet and bought a douching apparatus (I have NEVER used one before, I felt embarrassed having to even buy this), and I used 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water douche once a day for seven days. Every day I prepared this fresh, about 2 oz of each. The hydrogen peroxide is the regular kind you can buy at the supermarket, the one in the brown bottle. I would lay on my back and raise my hips and legs up in the air so that part of me was more or less upside down, then completely fill myself up with solution and hold it in and count to 60. Then let it out in the tub. Repeat until the solution is gone. The first time as someone else reported, I did feel a bit crampy afterwards. Probably because of the infected tissue being cleaned off. But each day this lessened and after 3 days or so it doesn't feel like anything. Just nice and clean.
2. This might be equally important - I ate raw cloves of garlic every day for seven days. I read about and actually found a study that said ingesting raw garlic this way was about as effective as oral metro. But you have to make sure you do it RIGHT - you have to eat ENOUGH garlic (2 or 3 regular sliced cloves per day), make sure it is SLICED or CRUSHED, and make sure it's fresh garlic. The garlic pills will not work. Cooked garlic in your food will not work. It must be raw, freshly sliced garlic. There is a special compound that garlic releases as soon as it is sliced or crushed and that is where the healing properties are. Let me tell you, I adore garlic, but this was hell. Make sure you eat a bit afterwards or it will give you a stomachache. I sliced it into thin slices and swallowed it like that like one might swallow pills. It was far too spicy to chew!
3. Probiotics. Since you're killing bacteria, repopulate your lady bits with the good probiotic bacteria that help keep it healthy. I bought and drank 8 oz of plain kefir (tastes like plain yogurt) every day for seven days. I actually plan to keep drinking it because it's just so good for you.
4. Alkalize. This by itself I believe is more of a preventative method, but I wanted to do anything that would help. And around the time I caught this, I had been going through a phase where I'd been eating really poorly. Loads of salty and sweet cravings, eating loads of chips and cheese puffs :/ I don't feel that is mere coincidence. And apparently, when you have BV, the PH in your vagina has shifted to more acidic, which helps the nasty bacteria thrive. Every morning I already drink water with lemon first thing, but I also started drinking one glass of water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar every afternoon. I bought bottles of alkalized water (find this at Whole Foods etc.) and drank that during the day. I did my best to avoid the worst of the acid forming foods: meat, packaged sugary foods, white rice, fruit juice and sodas etc. I dug up some of my favorite healthy recipes and started eating those. This experience has bolstered my discipline to eat better and more alkaline every day.
Oh, and during this time, I did not have sex. And that's it! Honestly I was so afraid to stop douching, but I knew I had to see if it would return. I was so, so happy when it didn't. And now I know exactly what to do if, heaven forbid, it ever comes back again. I'm so excited to share this. I was so embarrassed and upset that I literally cried, so I know how horrible it can feel. I would be so happy if this can help anyone beat this thing.
I need help and advice from people that read these reviews. I have read loads on here but am still somewhat confused. Today I bought some Hydrogen Peroxide but don't know if its the correct one as someone said on here that it should be the food grade one? And 3%. They only had 9% and I bought it from the Pharmacy. So I used a quarter amount to the water. I used bottled still water but don't know if this is correct? I put in a spray bottle and sprayed area, left for few mins then rinsed. Had read that you should repeat procedure then rinse well after, then its done and repeat again next day.
Also am worried because it looks like the BV has given me a bladder infection as it started hurting in that area though feels ok when I pee. With BV which was diagnosed. I've never had a fishy odour smell at all, but have had itching for many weeks, mainly in bed for some reason where am scratching at night. This is how it started and initially thought it was thrush but the cream etc never really worked.
Today I also had a urine sample to see if I had infection and Dr said it looked likely that I have. Asked her about the Hydrogen Peroxide but she didn't know about it, no surprise really. Am just scared and stressed out because I am allergic to many antibiotics and the one that she prescribed me a few weeks ago I never took as it weren't really bothering me then.
Wish had known about H. Peroxide back then before this got worse! Just I don't know if am making it worse by not taking any antibiotics now with the bladder infection on top. It's hurting quite abit now but no worse after the H. Peroxide. Just want to know can I use other natural remedies with it like tea tree oil in the bath? I normally drink Cranberry juice with bladder infections and plenty of water which in the past has worked. I also been given by Dr some Metronidazole Gel but still scared of using and read that more than half cases of BV come back with any antibiotic stuff, even the Dr said this! Please advise!
I have only been on 2 treatments of a 50/50 solution of H2O2 and water soaked in a tampon and I already see a complete improvement! Smell is gone and discharge has been eliminated. I think I will continue the treatment for another 3-4 days and then stop it and see if the improvement is permanent or if symptoms return. So far, so GREAT!
I did my homework on this one. I was noticing after my period I would have horrible itching. Talked to Doc, flagyl was prescribed. Worked, then came back. Doc said the flagyl would eventually stop working. So I stumbled onto the earthclinic site, and read about the hydrogen peroxide douche. I also learned normal ph in the vagina is around 3-4. Blood ph is around 7. So what I did was put about a tablespoon of baking soda, half water, half hydrogen peroxide swirl to mix. During the month when I had BV itch I would douche with it. Now that my period is over I douched with it again. I can truly say this is a miracle. No itch, no b****. Lol
I stumbled upon H202 last night as a last resort for what I thought was a UTI that would not go away. I had previously once been treated for BV but since I have not had any itching or discharge and only a slight odor I assumed it was a uti. Several months of antibiotics later and still no relief for the burning and pain I tried the H202, I was scared it would burn but was willing to try it seeing how it could not get much worse.
To my absolute shock, I have done 2 douches since last night and all the pain and burning have completely gone! The H202 did not burn at all, in fact it was instantly soothing. 5 months of antibiotics and nothing- but a few minutes with a dollar bottle of peroxide and sterile water and complete relief.
Not sure how often I need to do to this and paranoid the pain will come back since it has been so long, I could almost cry from happiness! I wish I had seen this months ago!
Has anyone had any problems doing this peroxide/water treatment? I did the 50/50 treatment and got pelvic and back pain. I am going in to see my doc. to see if I've hurt myself. Is this safe to do? Thanks.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE CURED MY BV! I AM TELLING YOU THIS FROM PERSON EXPERIENCE. NOTHING THAT I HEARD.
I don't care what you heard or who you are this works rather it's a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis/vaginitis.
First let me explain something. Antibiotics like flagyl and all that only work temporarily because it is "anti" body. It kills both "Good" and bad bacteria. Peroxide does the same thing except you avoid the expensive visits and wasted time, not to mention, peroxide works faster. You have to replace the good bacteria as soon as you are done with the treatment. When I douched with peroxide, the smell went away instantly. Everyone's body is different but I haven't heard of anyone having to use this for more than 3 days. Most are cured after 2. I was fine after 1 day. Peroxide DOES NOT dry you out because it's "Hydrogen and Oxygen, " so it hydrates and bacteria cannot live in "Oxygen."
HOW DO I USE THIS?
SUPPLIES NEEDED: douche bottle, distilled water, 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide. Later: Apple Cider Vinegar
WHERE TO GET SUPPLIES: I bought the regular summer's eve douche bottle from HEB, peroxide from whole foods. Distilled water can be bought from any grocery store or you can just boil some water and let it cool off to distill it on your own. ACV was bought from Whole Foods.
1. Completely empty and rinse out your purchased douche bottle of choice
2. Fill douche bottle with 1/2 distilled water and 1/2 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide.
3. Drink 1 full tablespoon of organic Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in 1 bottle of water 2-3 times a day to help restore normal vaginal flora and PH balance. Whole Foods also offers a number of potent vitamins to restore good bacteria in vagina. Any of them are great.
Some even soak a tampon in the vinegar mixed with half water and insert for restoration of vaginal flora (I never tried this one because I don't want nothing else up there since bv is gone lol) Internal use of ACV has Maaaany benefits including great vaginal benefits.
If you do not have food grade peroxide, the brown bottle peroxide works exactly as good. I have used both.) But I have been told the brown bottle is not safe all though it worked GREAT. I will also say FOR ME it was completely SAFE TO NOT DILUTE in case you want to make it stronger. It did sting a tad without diluting but hey, it stings if you pour peroxide over a cut full of bacteria as well. I have used this method without mixing and with. The stinging means the peroxide is working and is well worth it.
The important thing to know is that Candida/Yeast CANNOT LIVE IN OXYGEN. The peroxide kills it instantly.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE CURED MY BV!!! I went through four rounds of antibiotics with no avail! I was depressed and thought it was hopeless until I found earthclinic and hydrogen peroxide!! I douched with H202 2-3 times per day and applied tea tree oil topically to control the itch. Within a few days I had another gyno appt and they tested me AND IT WAS GONE!!! Thank you to Earth Clinic and all of the ladies who have posted before me!! You are all life savers!!!