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Hydrogen Peroxide for Bacterial Vaginosis

Last Modified on Oct 02, 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 Chiffins (Aurora, Colorado) on 10/02/2015

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?

Posted by Jess (Columbia, Sc) on 09/25/2015

[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!

Replied by Sarah
Los Angeles
This is a bit of silly question, but did you wring out the tampon and use an applicator after soaking it in peroxide in order to insert?

I can't seem to get one to reduce back into an appropriate size for insertion after soaking or coating. -_-

Replied by Jay
San Pedro, Ca
When you swabbed with the ACV, did you have discharge and could you have sex again that day?

Posted by Carrie (St. Louis) on 09/20/2015

[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.

Posted by Nicole (Laporte Indiana ) on 09/20/2015

[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!

Replied by Danni
In - Indiana
I just tried this yesterday 50% water 50% perioxide and the BV smell has subsided. Ladies, Amy, updates from you? I get these every month and it is starting to get depressing.
Replied by Carly
Kansas, Missouri
Did douching with peroxide stop your menstrual period?

Posted by Shellster04 (Omaha) on 09/19/2015

[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 – 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 – 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.

Posted by Brittany (Chicago, Il) on 08/19/2015

[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 so happy to have found the natural remedy for BV here in EC. I've been suffering for more than 2 years now. Hydrogen peroxide with water relieved the itchiness and the awful smell is now gone! Thank you for sharing this remedy!

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!

Replied by Shanel Abatte
Stafford Virginia
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I can't seem to get rid of this awful smell..I'm doing the half and half with water and peroxide. No sooner it seems better or goes away for a day it comes back.. What do I do? I can't afford a doctor..
Replied by Pr1234
Baltimore Md
[YEA]   I did the tampon with 50/50 of water & peroxid for 5 days in a row. I left it in no longer than 30 minutes each time. Did you try that? I feel you though, I absolutely hate the smell!

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.

Replied by Kim
I been suffering with bv for the last year. It can be very nerve wrecking because the meds the doctor gives only works for a short period of time and then its right back, I've been to the point of making up excuses not to have sex because I'm afraid if there will be a smell. But I did try the peroxide with the tampon but I think I left it in too long because I begin to get that watery discharge to (no smell). My ? to u is what type of green drinks u drink and are they helping too??

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 me and I've dealt with BV for over 8 years. I usually douche on two consecutive days 2x per month... so four days a month total.

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.

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