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Hydrogen Peroxide for Bacterial Vaginosis

Last Modified on Aug 04, 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. 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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Posted by Pr1234 (Baltimore, Md) on 06/22/2015

[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!

Posted by Nikki (Ga) on 06/18/2015

[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

Posted by Itworks (Usa) on 05/10/2015

[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.

Replied by Donna
What kind of peroxide did you us, regular from the stores ??

Posted by Onatural (Toronto) on 04/17/2015

[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.

Posted by Jean (New York) on 04/12/2015

[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 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.

Replied by Heavenheavonnah
Los Angles
Did you happen to have any bleeding with this bacterial infection?

Posted by Girl_blue (Phoenix, Az) on 03/17/2015

[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..

Posted by Someone (Co) on 03/16/2015

[YEA]  I have had a recurring bout with BV. Been to the doctor a few times. Read everything in the world available on cures, etc.

I tried the peroxide douche and it worked, kind of.

So, next attempt was peroxide soaked tampon. IT WORKS!!

I did not dilute it. I left it in for maybe 5-7 minutes. After the first time, my symptoms cleared up immediately. About a week later I felt a slight bit sneaking back, went to the DR. told her what I did., she suggested that I do it one more time, as the microscope test only revealed like the slightest amount of bacteria. I did it again and its GONE. YAY!!

Upon my research in desperation to rid myself of this embarrassing problem, I found a UK website that explained that antibiotics only makes it recur, guaranteed. They also had a product on there that rebalances your vaginal pH and bacteria. Guaranteed to work...I don't know, anything is worth trying if you cant get rid of it.

Replied by Drkangelll
New Zealand
Thankyou so much! Oh my gosh. I felt soo alone with this affliction. After reading every testimony on this site.. I too ran to the bathroom cupboard for the hydrogen peroxide.. 50/50 with boiled cooled water soaked into a tampon. Left it in for 40 minutes and miracles!!!! No offensive smell! And 5 hours later still all good. I'm hoping it will be the same in the morning and I feel very optimistic. I'm tired of visiting the doctor and taking the drugs. Tonight... Is just the most amazing night. I'm so grateful for this site and all you ladies for putting your stories up. I'm not sure how my bv came about. I have had this burning itch for years. Thought it was really bad thrush that wasnt responding to my normal canesten cream. Four months ago I developed the nasty smell that drove me to the doctor for metronidazole which fixed the problem... For a month and then smelly came back...

Two more times and in frustration I turned to the net which led me here!!! Sooo grateful to you all. I would never have believed hydrogen peroxide could be put into you... But with so many of you having success from it.. I was eager. I was a little scared.. Thought it would burn for some reason but this was not the case. I feel so clean and fresh now. Will update again in a week.

Replied by Crystal
Phoenix Az
How many times per day do you use the tampon? And for how long? I saw it says 30 min max.

Posted by Gwen (Va., US) on 02/25/2015

[YEA]  I love peroxide and water douche! It is the only protocol that has worked for meĀ 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.

Posted by Collette (Kansas City) on 02/15/2015

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  Before reading about the 50/50 mix I used a tampon soaked in hydrogen peroxide on Friday night. My peroxide is at least a year old so I am not going to worry about it being a full strength dose at this point because it has lost a lot of its pizzazz. I will say that the odor and yucky discharge was gone in a flash. But, since then I have been left with a watery, non-smelly discharge. Yesterday I went through two pairs of undies, one because I had been to the gym and just thought it was normal sweating and the other after just 4 or 5 hours of doing nothing. I woke up this morning and my pajama pants were wet, but again, it wasn't smelly. Today I wore a panty liner and it too was wet with this watery like substance. Has anyone else experienced this?

Replied by Linds
Pittsburgh, PA
I am actually going through the same thing right now. I am going to keep treating with the peroxide for 3-4 more days and see what happens. If there are no changes I may just call the doctor.

Posted by Bx (New York, US) on 02/04/2015

[YEA]  Been with the same partner for 7 years and BV is a frequent problem. Gets tiring running to the GYN for creams and pills. Finding this forum has saved my life! I know better than to mess around with douching so I opted for the hydrogen peroxide soaked tampon that I keep in for about an hour. The results were amazing and more rapid than cream the doctors prescribed. The odor had been eliminated as well as the "liquidy" discharge. I feel so refreshed and have not had to repeat the process. If you suffer from frequent BV, this is a must try!!!!

Replied by Ab
Kansas, US
This may be a dumb question but I have tried making the hydrogen peroxide tampon and the tampon expands immediately causing it to be of no use. How have you ladies been making the tampon so that it can be inserted?
Replied by Collette
Kansas City
I put the mixture in a glass and then dropped the tampon in so that it could soak up the mixture. This allowed it to stay in the plastic tube and to be inserted normally.
Replied by Tamia
It defeats the purpose if the tampons that you're using are toxic.
Replied by Melanie
London, CA
Hi, I'm in the same boat as you, do I soak a tampon in pure hydrogen peroxide or do I dilute it?? Thanks!
Replied by Melissa
Texas, US
[NAY]   I was treated for a yeast infection only to end up with an awful case of BV. The pain and intense itching wax worse than the yeast infection.. I tried the 50/50 hydrogen and water solution douche and even tried the peroxide/water soaked tampon. I have to say that is the dumbest thing I've done in my entire life!!!! It felt like I was ON FIRE!!! Don't try this ladies, , , it's not worth it AND My symptoms are still present :(.. It's going to be RX relief from now on..
Replied by Aubrey
Jersey City, Nj
How long did you soak the tampon in peroxide and how long did you leave the tampon inside of you?
Replied by Jessie
Do u use a plastic applicator or does it matter... Do u soak the whole thing ?? Trying to b clear and straight hp or 50/50
Replied by Latoya
Detroit, Mi
Did you mix the peroxide with water?

Posted by An Angry Woman (Georgia, US) on 01/29/2015

[NAY]  I've had chronic BV now for almost 10 years and nothing I do cures it. I have to say I don't think I ever remember a day were I haven't had it now. It's always there ruining my life. I can't enjoy myself with my husband, it ruins outings, and I can't eat sugar which honestly is very hard especially when your partner is a sugar addict. I'm only 23 ... I cry often nowadays out of frustration and hopelessness.

When my husband mentioned the hydrogen peroxide douche I was highly skeptical seeing as it involves water and douching, two things that can make BV worse. However, the reviews on it were good and there was much praise for it so I jumped on board because I was/am desperate to rid myself of this abomination.

I douched with it for 8 days, the first 2 days I felt like it was getting worse but I was assured that probably was the douche killing it off, so I continued. While doing that I took vitamin C pills and probiotics even well past those 8 days up until I ran out of probiotics. The douche made it WORSE! I used to get small breaks were I'd have days with no burning or itching, but I'd have horrible discharge and smell. NOW I have horrible discharge, smell, itching vigorously, and burning! It wasn't this bad since before I had my little one at age 20.

Now I am afraid to even try anything else for fear it will get worse then what it is now. I've had it worse than this and I want nothing to do with feeling like that again.

I'm tempted to write down everything I have tried, go up to my GYN, push it in his face, and tell him up front that nothing is working still and my life is suffering so either he find a way to fix me or tell me where to go where somebody can fix me. >:C

Replied by Mdqueen
Tx, US
Angry Woman, not trying to be flippant BUT have you gone to the doctor and been checked out for trichomoniasis? It sounds just like this little bugger!

They could be using the wrong meds to kill the wrong thing because this parasite requires a certain medication and you can reinfect yourself without realizing it.

I will say over and over because its a tricky little bugger!

This sounds like trichomoniasis!

*So much discharge if not wearing a panty liner it feels like you have pee'd yourself.

*Nasty, fishy odor that makes you want to tear

*Itchiness that develops due to the irritation and discharge.

Special Douching, yeast creams, vitamins, or bathing will not get rid of this.

You must go to gyno QUICK!!!

Replied by Ann
Florida, US
I had the same problem. BORIC ACID is the way to go. My Naturopathic Dr said so and my NP backed it and another Naturopath since. It works. It will destroy the odor in a very short time. If I shower and then use a suppository, the odor is gone completely within gosh, like an hour or 2 (certainly you'll see incredible results within a few and overnight it's a breeze.

Safe too. I used to get suppositories but they honestly worked great for a year or 2, but then I buy my own Boric acid from Amazon (much cheaper in bulk that way) and capsule it myself or just stick the suppository thingy (the plastic thing they give you at the pharmacy for inserting into the vagina), so I just put some in and then push in the powder if I don't feel like waiting for the capsule to dissolve, fast and easy.

Replied by Leola
Orlando, FL
I started having signs of BV 2 weeks after having intercourse with condoms. I had a somewhat fishy odor and white liquid secretions vaginally. I used 50/50 of the hydrogen peroxide and H2O in a empty douche container, instantly I started noticing a huge difference right away. I am going to use this method once a day for 3 days.
Replied by K
Forest, AR
Try a tampon with essential thyme oil or better yet tea tree. You're going to need to use vagisil. First make sure you clean yer bootyhole with a rag and don't use it again without washing it. Another thing is you might have poo germs from penis acidentally going near it, then in you. Also use your hands to clean inside your v around the walls of it to remove old skin and discharge. I cover my fingers in tea tree ($8 walmart) prior to this step. Just try naturural things and being positive instead of telling everyone off about it when it's your vageen not theirs
Replied by Autumn
Ohio, Usa
Try to soak a tampon in hydrogen peroxide and stick it in internally for about an hour (seeing as your symptoms seem pretty severe). I have had BV for over a year and have tried everything. Douching can make things worse, so I tried the tampon method. It was immediate results. I've never been so happy! I can actually wear what I want without worrying about what I smell like. So try the tampon method! It's worth a shot (:
Replied by Ashley
Atlanta, GA
Try silver shield if the hydrogen peroxide doesn't work

Posted by Sunshinesisi (San Francisco, CA) on 01/17/2015

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Candygirl (St. Louis, Mo) on 01/16/2015

[NAY]  So, I tried this for 5 days. h2o2 douche, the pros and vitamins. Here is Day 7 and all symptoms have returned with a vengeance!!!! UGH. I am going to try the Vitamin C but I am not optimistic.

Posted by Kitty_cat (New York, Ny) on 12/12/2014

[YEA]  I am so thrilled! I had what I believe to be BV (thick, smooth, white-ish discharge, itching and burning, raw feeling on my vagina). I also was very bloated, it was terrible and interfering with my everyday activities. I had so much uncomfortable itchy wetness and the smell got worse every single day. I came on this website to find out what I had and how to cure it. I figured I'd try ACV, so in addition to drinking it as I do most days in my water in the morning, I put it on a tampon and used that internally. The pain was unbearable, it literally felt like someone was knifing the inside of my vagina. I came back on here and then decided to try hydrogen peroxide, hoping it would work. I put that on a tampon, left it on for 15 minutes, and for the rest of the day I didn't have extreme, thick wetness coming out! I had wetness but it was lighter, not super smelly and very little of it. I couldn't believe it! So I tried it again at night before I went to bed. I woke up and had some wetness but again, very thin and a small amount, not like before where it felt like it was pouring out. I used it this morning again since it was working. All day today, no wetness coming out except when I went to the gym, but it was very thin, small amount, and not smelly! After gym no wetness for the rest of the day! I feel healed. I'm going to keep it up for the next two days just to make sure I'm completely over it, but I'm so thrilled this worked when I felt like nothing would.

Replied by Alexis
Tampa, Fl
How much did u put on tampon?

Posted by L1lmeme (Temple, Texas) on 10/02/2014

I see that a lot of women are stating that the fishy like odor is coming from the vagina... My vagina doesn't have a bad odor, just the yellow cheese like, sometimes brown discharge. My vuvla has the fishy smell. I get vagina pains, like needles are in there and abdominal pains, itchiness and burning... But the smell is disgusting!! I know within my heart its BV though. I had Pelvic Inflammatory Disease a year ago and took antibiotics and cleared it up. The BV symptoms never went away, I just covered it up with soap and baby powder... Recently my boyfriend left me because I informed him about my symptoms... We were never intimate though but he couldn't "be with a girl with an on going problem" anyways , its been taking over my life. It's an everyday struggle. I've been fighting this for years, even when I was a little girl. I'm 18 now... It feels good to know I'm not alone. Will the h2o2 help the fishy smell go away on my vulva if I douche???? Someone please help. I can't take it anymore.

Replied by Steph
Sounds like an std. Go to your doctor asap.
Replied by Sw
New Orleans, La
@Steph... that sounds like something else other than BV! You should see a gyno...
Replied by Jaz
Texas, US
You may possibly have a yeast infection maybe? Because a yeast infection is somewhat like that, has some BV symptoms in there but the "yellow cheese" in your description, is described as yeast infection because that has the symptom of "Cottage cheese" discharge. Hope you figure it out. I have BV as well and I'm trying to find some home remedies other than taking my prescription for 7 days.
Replied by Kt
Try to find a physician who deals with gyn issues and urology. The "yellow cheese" could be yeast but the fishy odor could be something more serious.
Replied by Meeya
Sunnyvale, Ca
Definitely agree with the other posters in this thread... be on the safe side and see a specialist who will take a culture to give you a definitive diagnosis of what it is. I had a friend who smelled so bad, she left behind an odor after riding in my car for only ten minutes. I urged her to see a gyno. Once she finally did she was diagnosed with an STD (I forget now what it was...) and it was easily treated. If left untreated these things can cause serious harm. If it turns out to be BV, I've read that Borax capsules (make them yourself) inserted into the vagina for a week or 2 is helpful. I would also take high dose probiotics.
Replied by Tc
Cali., US
[YEA]   When there is itching or burning you should not try to treat it yourself, that is the sign of something serious. And if anything the tampon is just soaking up your discharge. It may work a little, but it's just gonna come back.

You got to understand, ladies, that your clothes and underwear and pants harbor bacteria from your vaginas, so you HAVE to wear panty liners daily to protect yourself from infection. And if you have an infection, you keep re-infecting yourself.

I recently had an issue I could not seem to get rid of until I realized this. No itching, burning, nor green discharge but it was yellowish and smelled like hell! Tried Monistat. No luck. Then I realized it was either BV or an STD. So first, I got some Borax and added to my detergent (Wisk that removes oils) I washed all my underwear in it, with HOT water. Including my pants, as it seemed the smell was seeping into my clothes. I then hung it all out in the sun to dry, with the inside out area exposed to the sunlight. (Sunlight's UV rays KILL bacteria that cause smells in your wet clothes.) If you have an infection I recommend liners with baking soda to help mask your smell until your discharge is over, but for everyday normal use I recommend unscented cotton liners. I started douching with 3% peroxide and it worked for a day or two, but the yellowy discharge and the gawd awful, obnoxious smell would come back. At night the discharge would run amuck if I slept with no underwear (sorry this is gross) I would wake up with it on my thighs, AND the sheets. I called the clinic to make an appointment and they gave me a date almost two weeks later!

I decided to try one more thing for relief and possible cure in the meantime. After researching this for a few weeks prior I armed myself with 35% Food grade peroxide, distilled water and some lactobacillus tablets from a health food store. Also got a turkey baster from a dollar store. (don't laugh.)

I first mixed a weak solution of the peroxide with distilled water and got in the tub where my bottom was at an angle and used the turkey baster to insert. After I did this for a third time I noticed it was starting to get uncomfortable (probably because I was literally killing and washing everything out) so I had to fill a douche bottle with water to rinse out. I decided to make a stronger solution the LAST time around. Let me tell you. It didn't burn, but felt like Mike Tyson was in there beating my walls. I rinsed with water, let out a long "Wooooo! " and when I was done I felt like I had a long night of sex!

Then I inserted two lactobacillus tables (NOT capsules) as far up as they would go and went to bed. I also took three per day orally. No smell or discharge the next day, nor the day after. So I inserted another two before bed on day three. It has been a week later and to date, I have NO smell, NO discharge! I cancelled my appointment. Hell, I don't see the point in going now. (And if you think I should still go, no, because if it was something else I'd be having symptoms again.

Ladies, BELIEVE the hype. 35% food grade peroxide IS the TRUTH for your hoo-ha. You have to be careful handling as it will burn your skin and turn it white but seems to work fine on mucus membranes. NEVER, EVER USE FULL STRENGTH!!! Always dillute in a glass container or empty brown preoxide bottle, I'd say no more than 15%. The good bacteria like lactobacillus produce peroxide when it kills germs, so while douching may rinse some out, it does not kill them if they are left inside. By adding the tablets to my vagina PLUS taking them I was able to re-colonize an army of the healthy bacteria to ward off the invaders!

I am a real woman who did her research and I will say I will only buy 3% drugstore peroxide to empty and use the plastic bottle, as it's made of special plastic that may not be safe for other containers besides glass. I realize this may be long but I want to help the ladies that need the help. I put hours of research into this, and did what I had to do and swore if it worked I would share the news.

One other thing I will share - to keep your vagina fresh DO NOT USE SUMMERS EVE WIPES! They seemed to make my problem worse. Use Hemorrhoid wipes instead (which are just witch hazel) or the peroxide wipes you can buy at the drugstore. They even make peroxide sprays which are great and I recommend the 3% solution at the store for freshening up on the go and use to clean up after sex before or after shower. Re-use the empty bottle with your 35% super dilluted forumula and always use DISTILLED WATER! Good luck ladies!

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