Last Modified on Nov 29, 2015
We all know, or at least have heard, of the miracle cure hydrogen peroxide. But, when it comes to treating sensitive issues like bacterial vaginosis, we're likely all a little skeptical. However, we've discovered that hydrogen peroxide is such a safe, effective remedy it is often passed down through families. So, you can safely count bacterial vaginosis as another win for the hydrogen peroxide hero of health and try it for yourself.
What Is the Issue?
While many of us don't like to talk about vaginal health issues, the truth is they exist and they are relatively common. Bacterial vaginosis, like a number of other vaginal issues, is often caused by common sexual practices, such as douching. The condition is caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina that results in inflammation and often a foul odor.
How Can I Naturally Treat Bacterial Vaginosis?
When it comes to treating sensitive parts of our bodies, we are even more concerned about treating them naturally and effectively. BV can very easily be treated utilizing a variety of methods, but one of the most effective is hydrogen peroxide.
How Does It Work?
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural disinfecting agent. The treatment functions to eliminate the bad bacteria in the body, which, in turn, allows the body to restore the natural levels of good bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide also helps eliminate inflammation-causing irritants and other common issues associated with bacterial vaginosis.
How Do I Use Hydrogen Peroxide for BV?
You can use hydrogen peroxide in a couple of different ways to treat BV. First, remember that you always want to use 3% hydrogen peroxide mixed with equal parts water to avoid a concentration of the treatment that could cause additional drying and irritation to the vagina. (You are actually creating a solution that is 1.5% hydrogen peroxide because you cannot buy 1.5% hydrogen peroxide.)
After you've created the appropriate solution, you can use it as a douche or apply it to a tampon to be inserted directly. If using this option, do not leave the tampon inserted for longer than 30 minutes. These treatments should be followed until the odor subsides, indicating that the issue has been resolved.
In addition to treating BV with hydrogen peroxide, you may consider taking a regular probiotic or eating probiotic foods to avoid further issues with bacterial infection.
Continue reading below for feedback from more 100 women who have used H202 to successfully cure BV. Tried H202 for your condition? Please share your feedback with us!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] As a woman the last thing you want to do is have any vaginal issues. Especially, ones that you have no control over. I mean I know how to wipe a shower I don't use scented soap. I have one sexually active partner and we used protection. So why do I keep getting bacterial vaginosis? I have contributed a lot of different theories, I feel mainly that I don't diet properly. After waiting this website I finally realized that I was not alone. No one understand what it feels like to be a woman and have BV. But I am so glad to report that this really really works!!! I just did my first does of three quarters of the hydrogen peroxide and the rest water and ladies I'm so proud to report that immediately after my first use I have no smell!!! It's been approximately 4 hours and I have not had any discharge at all. After battling with this issue for almost 10 years I really feel confident that this will work. Just like all of the other ladies I have been to the doctor I've had culture samples done, I've used metro gel as well as the flaglyn pills. The moment I have any sexual activity that BV will flare up. I am going to report on this for the next few days because I will be doing this journey with you guys. This cure if it completely works would be the best thing I've ever had to experience and its cost effective. To have to go to the doctor every time this happens and if you're like me you get this more than four times a year and no doctor can ever give you a final cure or a reason why. It's definitely disturbing. My plans like I said to do this for the next few days and I will definitely report to you ladies and let you know my progress good luck ladies!
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Okay so I, as well, have never written on a blog or a review on anything but I told myself if I get rid of this bv nightmare I WILL do it and only because it is such a horrible thing to have!! Alright so let me tell you how it all happened (maybe you girls can relate in some sort of way and be more precautious). This was like in july, so like 4months I've been struggling with this curse!! 4 months ago I began using vaginal wipes. I used them mostly when I went out to places ( because you never know when you're going to go in a stall with no paper or be in a situation where they come in handy, like on your period or with your significant other). I was using these wipes thinking they were doing good for me and helping my vagina keep clean. I know that our vaginas are already self cleaners and are very good at it too but these wipes just came in handy and I really didn't think anything would happen since other girls use them aswell. So after a night out with a group of my friends I did use vaginal wipes, several times too, because I was drinking beer and we all know when we drink beer we are going to be using the bathroom a lot. The next morning when I went to work I felt a little off down there, like itchy kind of, but didn't think much because I figured it was nothing and it would go away. Well it didn't and that's where my night mare began. My lady parts began feeling weird, not normal. Let me add that I have never had a yeast infection so I thought maybe that was the problem..I mean what else could it be?
I looked up home remedies for yeast infections only because I did not want to go to the doctors and get checked down there..its scary, embarrassing and it was hard for me to make time, since I work full time as well. I tried home remedies, like apple cider vinegar but that burned too much so didn't last. I added nonfat plain greek yogurt to my diet. I ate it everyday. I began taking probiotics and drank lots of fluids like lots of water and cranberry juice I got the 3 day vaginal yeast infection treatment at the pharmacy. I am dating someone but I know for a fact it wasn't him because we have been having unprotected sex for a year before I got it. It just wouldn't make sense because I got it when I wasn't with him..I was out with my other friends and did not have sex at all.
Going back to the home remedies so I didn't really see a change at all but I could say that the itch that I had wasn't so bad, it didn't smell or anything and I was still having unprotected sex. When I would get my period it would go away and slowly come back when it was done. Let me tell you I was scared of what it could be which made it worse for me to go get it checked but I knew I had too because it could have been something worse. It was the end of july, so by this time it had been already a month since I had it. I decided to go get checked. I went in for a yeast infection because that is what I thought I had and got the results of having a small amount of yeast but mostly bv. I was like whaaat? Of course she explained to me what it was and how it was sort of similar to a yeast and it's the most common vaginal infection and what not. So she gave me Diflucan 150mg for the yeast and metrogel-vaginal for bv. I was soo excited that there was an answer to what I had and it would be cured soon! I took the Diflucan and then used the metrogel right away I started seeing a change. I didn't have sex for the time I was using the medication. I used metrogel for 5 nights and wahlaa it was gone!! I was so happy!!!
Okay so I didn't think much of it coming back or anything..I didn't do much research on bv because I figured this medication would work, you know? I mean it was prescribed to me from a doctor who knows these things. So a week later I went out with my friends and partied haha. Still nothing. 2 weeks after I saw the guy I am dating and we had unprotected sex. Oh boy...the next day I knew it was back! This time it was worse! It was super itchy and my discharged had a funky smell to it..my hopes were crushed and I began to question everything!! Remind you this was like september. I went crazy and I began doing my search on bv. I read how vaginal wipes can strip your good bacteria and actually make you more prone to infections. And not only these wipes but feminine products in general. *Ring ring ringgg* that is what happened to me. I also read how girls used metrogel and it was only temporary and usually came back after having sex and what not. I cried because I was not seeing any hope. There were girls that have had it for years!! I was beginning to think that I too would have this infection for years. It didn't stop there though!! I was determined to get rid of this horrible thing!! ( just to say I would never ever wish this upon anyone because it is so awful, it made me depressed!! )
So I did not go back to the doctors because It would be the same thing. What I did was I changed my diet!! And let me tell you I am an absolutely bread lover, I would eat it everyday. Number one thing off my list was bread! These little suckers were not going to enjoy the yeast that bread contains. I also got rid of smoking cigarettes because that too makes bv worse. I stopped drinking (I do not plan on completely stopping. I mean im 20 years old not even 21 yet. I just stopped temporarily until my bv was cured because I was getting rid of ANYTHING that can trigger bv)
I'm a very active person and try to be as healthy as possible..I love exercising and making my green juices. So besides that I added more more vegetables to my diet. I continued drinking lots and lots of water! I continued having yogurt( plain non fat Greek yogurt). I cut out a lot of foods that contained sugars and carbohydrates.
I did my research on probiotics and began using probiotics that contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri which are strains focus more on vaginal bacteria. I take 2 a day, I also began using folic acid ( take 2 a day), I began taking vitamin c, vitamin e, and multidaily vitamins. I was determined to get rid of this monster!!
Lastly, I came across the lovely hydrogen peroxide from the reviews of Earth clinics. I was scared of using it because I didn't know whether it would work or not but at this point I was like I don't care!! So I began using it by mixing it with half water and inserting it with a food syringe..how I would do it is I would lay on my bed, put a towel underneath and put a little bit in my vagina and held it in for a little bit..it would slowly come out bubbly. It also burned a little bit. Did this but I didn't really see it getting better. Maybe I was just too impatient but I opted with douching better.
I bought a douche, I emptied the liquid inside and put half water and half peroxide..I did this while in the shower. Let me tell you the first time it burned and discharge with a little bit of blood came out as I was doing it. I then right away, once I was done with the peroxide, grabbed a water bottle and filled up the douche only with purified water and rinsed out inside..I continued to do this for a whole week( morning and before bed) while eating healthy, and taking vitamins, probiotics and folic acid. I began seeing a change right away except I would feel a bit of the bv still! I waited a little longer and after like 7 days it was practically gone.
As of right now I'm actually on the 7th day of this treatment and my vagina finally feels normal! I am actually producing white discharge and my vagina seems like it's back to selfcleaning. Before I wasn't producing discharge at all! It was always dry and itchy( my vulva was mostly what bothered me the most. It always felt dry and itchy and just not nice.) but now it seems like I beat this nightmare!! No more itch! I will just continue to help myself out and douche maybe once every other day just so that my good bacteria can become stronger and stonger.
All in all ladies I believe the number one most important thing here is a positive outlook and patience!!! Just have faith and know that if you want to get rid of this you have to do some changes! It's not easy but it will be a wonderful out come! Bv is mostly bad bacteria overpowering all your good little warriors.. so if you're overdoing it with smoking, drinking, eating bread, feminine washes and what not you are just helping the bad bacteria grow( our vaginas are miracle workers all on their own)..it got worse for me after I used metrogel because this medication killed not only my bad bacteria but my good aswell and once it came in contact with a higher level of ph (semen) it affected me right away with the powerful smell and itch because I had no more good bacteria to help keep it leveled.
Hydrogen peroxide, on the other hand kills the bad bacteria and allows your good bacteria to grow. our vaginas already produce a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to help keep everything balanced so if anything it is the safest. I know this is long but I just feel so grateful for hydrogen peroxide that I just needed to write about it. I would feel awful if I didnt, knowing how much I suffered and knowing that there are other girls out there suffering as well.
I hope you have the patience and the determination to get rid of this! Use hydrogen peroxide and include your own probiotics, folic acid and a healthy diet. See what works for you and don't give up! Stay healthy ladies! Xoxo
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Los Angeles, California
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[YEA] I am happy to report that H202 has helped me to finally get rid of my BV symptoms. I can't believe the smell was gone right after the first time I used it.
I was told to mix 50% Peroxide with 50% distilled/bottled water in a douche bottle. I was very skeptical as to whether or not this would work considering everything else I have tried either didn't work at all or only for a few days at best. I told myself what do I have to lose but these horribly embarrassing symptoms that won't go away.
So after work a couple days ago I stopped at the dollar store and purchased a large bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide & 2 packages of vinegar & water douche. I then went home to give a try.
When I got home I grabbed a bottle of water, emptied the contents of a new vinegar & water douche bottle and replaced it with a mixture of 50% Peroxide 50% water.
Immediately after I used the mixture the smell just vanished and my other symptoms started to subside. I was in a complete state of shock. I thought to myself, "Wow, to think something I kept under my sink as a medicinal staple could have cured me of this nightmare a long time ago."
All the money, antibiotics and over the counter treatments that didn't work that could have been avoided. Not to mention all the embarrassment from the smell you can't hide and everyone notices.
I am only two days into my first and hopefully last treatment and things are going well so far. By next week I am hoping to be 100% BV free. To make sure that happens, I was told to soak a tampon in plain yogurt and insert it in my vaginal area for 2-3 hours daily for 3-5 days to help replace the good bacteria in my vaginal area. I am to do this in conjunction with the peroxide & water mixture 2 times daily.
Once all the symptoms are gone to ensure it won't return I should and to continue with either an oral probiotic daily or yogurt to help maintain a healthy Vaginal PH Balance.
I have to say for the first time in a very long time, I'm starting to feel like myself again. Who knew after all the time, money and energy looking for relief that it could be so simple.
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I have a question, well two questions... I started the 1/2 peroxide 1/2 water treatment with a cleaned out douche for the first time two days ago and the first two days it was perfect! Just like most are saying about it, the odor and discharge were gone almost immediately! But today when I did it there were little, white -for lack of a better word-chunks that came out with the mixture. Did this happen to anyone else? Or is it possible that I could have BV and a yeast infection at the same time?
Replied by Jeannie
[YEA] I NEVER WRITE REVIEWS but ladies, I am here to tell you that hydrogen peroxide absolutely WORKS! I was reading this site yesterday, yes YESTERDAY, and went home and tried this and could cry at how fast I saw results. I've dealt with BV ever since I became sexually active at 17 and I'm now 23. During college, I had 2 other good friends who dealt with it as well and we stayed in the health center.
After being prescribed those disgusting pills 1 too many times, I decided to research BV and look for natural cures. There were lots and lots of trial and errors and sometimes I would even have to revert back to the medications when it got too bad but eventually I started to use ACV (apple cider vinegar). The key to BV is that you want to PREVENT it instead of curing it so after sex I would pee, wash with dove soap then swap the inside of my vagina with a Qtip soaked in ACV/water mixture. This worked very well for me! Where I was getting BV 3-4 times a year, I only had it once earlier this year.
In the past month I started to get a little slack on my routine. By Tuesday BV was back and I spent Wednesday and yesterday looking up cures. As I said, ACV has only help me prevent BV never cure it. So after reading countless testimonials I decided to give H2O2 a try.
I've always tried to avoid douching but at this point I was desperate and thought that my vajayjay was already outta whack anyway, why not rinse it out and start over? I bought a oral syringe from Rite Aid, used 3% H2O2 and made a mixture with half H202 and water. I filled the syringe (which holds 2 tablespoons) with the mixture, laid on my bed with a towel under me, tilted my hips up and inserted the mixture. I held it in for about 5 minutes, it bubbled a bit but didn't burn. Then I just let the mixture release from me. Within in 10 minutes I could fill the difference! There was less itching and discharge. I still had a little odor so an hour later I used the same mixture and soaked a tampon, inserted it and left it in for about 25 minutes. When I took it out, all the symptoms were gone!! I even swabbed the inside with a Qtip to make sure there was no smell and there wasn't! I couldn't believe it!
I heard H2O2 can cause pretty bad yeast infections so I ate a cup of PLAIN greek yogurt afterwards. H2O2 kills all the bad bacteria and it's important that we replace it with the good bacteria found in natural yogurts. I'm going to douche again today and tomorrow and I plan to eat a cup of greek yogurt everyday for the rest of my life lol. I will also take folic acid pills and get back on my strict routine for after sex! Swabbing the vagina with ACV and I will probably take ACV baths twice a month. Your diet plays a HUGE part as well so I will be cutting out lots of sugar especially sugary drinks.
I know my post is lengthy but I hope it helps someone! I know how annoying BV is and I've suffered with it for a long time and I'm so glad I tried H2O2 and mad that it took me so long to do so. Try this method! And good luck ladies!
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San Pedro, Ca
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[YEA] I was starting to get so depressed with recurring BV. It started in 2012, and like others, I kept trying metro gel and it kept coming back. I'm very aware of how I smell and the status of things down there, so when I would notice a hint of that BV smell returning I would cry! I could never feel clean, and it was so embarrassing. That's when I found this site and started using the hydrogen peroxide. It completely takes away the odor and discharge. Mostly after one application for me! I will never take another antibiotic for this, and I'm so glad I have this cure in my arsenal. It works.
[YEA] I do not typically post on any website but after reading about using hydrogen peroxide to cure BV and trying it, I had to post. I took a douch and emptied the bottle. I filled half of the bottle with hydrogen peroxide and the other half with water. I mixed it up and used it as you would a typical douch. Already after the first use, I can tell a difference. The itching and burning has subsided majorly and the smell is gone so far. I haven't felt any discharge either. I plan to repeat the process for the next 2 or 3 days just to make sure its gone. I can't believe how well it works! I was so worried I was going to have to go to the doctor and be so embarrassed and have to buy expensive medicine. Thank God for this site ans hydrogen peroxide! Try it, it works!
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In - Indiana
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[YEA] I am probably jinxing myself by reporting but I will anyway. I get BV maybe once or twice per year on average even when not sexually active and wearing breathable panties. June 2015 brought the worst case of BV I have ever had ... probably due to high job stress and no longer eating yogurt every day. I tried to self-medicate with homeopathic treatments such as RePhresh Gel, RePhresh Pro-B and 500mg Vitamin C Capsules (with Rose Hips). It just made the BV worse along with my first ever yeast infection.
In late July I gave up and saw a doctor. She prescribed the usual: A 7-day course of Metronidazole Tablets plus a 6-day course of Diflucan Tablets for the YI after my STD tests came back clean. Ten days after my last medication dose, the BV and YI were unchanged. Back to the doctor. She prescribed Metronidazole Gel and another 6-day course of Difulcan and continue taking probiotics to get and keep my vaginal Ph in balance. She cautioned me to take the Diflucan after treating the BV so the medications did not counteract one another. The entire tube of Metro Gel provided 10 days of treatment. My BV seemed improved but was not cured. It appears the Diflucan cured the YI.
Two courses of professional treatment failed and I was not willing to go back to the doctor because BV = doctor bills. It also meant more ineffective antibiotics that did more harm than good. RePhresh Pro-B is too expensive so I switched to FemFlora to re-balance my vaginal Ph. In addition, I started using Summers Eve Cleanser for my lady bits and cut sugar from my diet. For the BV â I found a medical study stating H2O2 was an effective treatment to cure or improve BV in most of the participants. I decided to give it a try.
I bought a couple disposable douches, rinsed out the contents then filled it with a 50/50 solution of H2O2 (3%) and distilled water. I left in the solution 3 minutes. I douched again with 50/50 solution the next morning. I immediately felt improvement. Since douching is messy and uncomfortable â I soaked a super tampon in undiluted H2O2 and left it in for 15 minutes, 2x daily for 5 consecutive days. The discharge and smell had stopped but still had the occasional itch.
Two weeks later the yellowish discharge and itch was back. I went full-blown assault on the BV by douching with undiluted H2O2 for 3 minutes, 1x daily for 3 consecutive days. It burned like hell but the BV seems to be fully defeated this time. (I caution you to not use this method first unless you know your lady bits will react to diluted H2O2 first). That was nearly 3 weeks ago. I mainly attribute this victory to both the 1-2 punch of the H2O2 and FemFlora. I am hopeful that continuing to take probiotics every day will help keep my vaginal Ph in balance and prevent the BV from coming back (at least for a while). If or when I get BV again, I will first try the peroxide douche before seeing a doctor.
[YEA] I kept getting BV almost every other month if not every. I was on pills for two months and came back. I put a little of the plain peroxide you buy from the store on a tampon and inserted for 30 min and it worked right away with the smell. You have to keep doing it consistently for like 7 days to make sure it's gone. Works great for me! I had to use it because I currently don't have insurance and I am so happy it works. Apple cider didn't work for me But peroxide does!
Replied by Sumera
Mexico, Mexico City
[YEA] I'm glad I found this site & learned about hydrogen peroxide for BV. For the past 17 years I have been battling BV. Creams, pills, & going to the doctor every month was annoying! It seemed like I was getting BV every month & my doctor couldn't figure out why!!
Then I found this site & I decided to try the 50% water & 50% hydrogen peroxide in a tampon....immediate results!! I left the tampon on for 30 minutes, I saw the warnings from other people about leaving the tampon in too long. I did it for 2 days in a row & no odor, no wetness in my underwear. I consider this a success!
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[YEA] It works! I did it twice a day for 5 days .. Douched equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. Once in the morning and at night. While squeezing the solution up there... I would squeeze my muscles and hold it in for at least 5 mins... So not only is the BV being cured ... I'm working my vag muscles ... LOLOL
[YEA] I tried the hydrogen peroxide remedy for BV, I am happy to say that it works. Equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water I use a super tampon and soaked it. I put in my vagina for 1hour then removed and the odor was completely gone. I will repeat for the next 7 days by usinga one soaked tampon in the morning and one at night until all BV symptoms are gone. This has made me so happy. No women wants to walk around feeling uncomfortable about her smell. Thank you and good luck.
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[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] Did this once not realizing the short length of time the tampon was to be left in. Was suffering with this problem and avoiding filling the prescription given by my doctor. I did it through the night! But, the results were amazing, so I didn't think anything of it until I had to do it a second time a couple of months later. I didn't have severe symptoms. Just thought I should do it after having had a week of a holiday away with my boyfriend and lots of sex. Anyway, I kept the tampon in for about three or four hours this last time. I started getting a LOT of watery discharge. No odour. Just the discharge, to the point of having to wear pads. I think because I overdid the timing, my body was trying to get me back into balance and this was the way it went about it. Started reading more and realized my mistake about the length of time the tampon should be left in. Started taking probiotics and lots of green drinks. It's better now. Just wondering if anyone else had this occur.
Replied by Kim
[YEA] I am so grateful for this website and for all the ladies who have shared. Without this website I would be still taking antibiotics in burning pain. In Aug. I was misdiagnosed with a yeast infection due to discharge without an odor. Please tell your doctors to always send samples to the lab! Because they don't always. Five weeks later after a proper lab test it came back gardenella. Eight months of medication, pain and tears without relief.
I was so scared to put peroxide inside of my burning red vag but I did it anyway.omg....it works. I started very slow, like 2 tablespoons to a cup of distilled h20. Did not burn at all. It's 5 days later and I'm using 50/50 peroxide to distilled h2o and I feel so much better. Don't be afraid to use this method. I'm also taking golden seal, garlic, vit D, folic acid and olive leaf extract. These have been nine dark months and I can't get it out of my mind that there are only two antibiotics that really don't work available but if your a man with erectile dysfunction there are dozens of drugs. You gotta laugh so you don't cry.
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[YEA] I want to thank you all. I've been suffering with BV for years, and finally something that works immediately.
Years ago I read that Rephresh vaginal gel worked, so I tried it and it worked well for a couple years, then the BV monster reappeared, even stronger. So finally Saturday I was fed up and needed an answer. I was reading and reading an then came upon your posts. Ran to the medicine cabinet pulled out the Hydrogen peroxide, some distilled water.. I mixed 50/50 in an 8oz bottle and within an hour the results were there. I smelled nothing, had no discharge and could smile again. This is day 3, still wonderful so I had to come say Thank you.
I did not experience any burning or bubbling up of any kind. I didn't have a method of getting it in there but I had one of those perineal irrigation bottles, and the rest was history. I've been doing it once a day with the bottle and then for an hour at night before bed with the tampon. I just mix it up in a container and place the tampon inside the container for a few minutes to soak it up and then insert as you normally would.
Again, thank you and good luck to everyone, may you forever have a happy V-jay-jay..