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Posted by Hzelle (Northridge, Ca) on 09/24/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I started douching 2 days ago with hydrogen peroxide 1/5 and distilled water 1/5 for vaginal infection. afterwards i started feeling itchy in my vaginal area. has anyone experienced this before? I used a small travel douche as an applicator so i don't know if this was one of the cause.

Replied by Ladyt
Somewhere, Il
12/26/2009
[SIDE EFFECTS]   I too started using the H2O2 with a tampon and started having extreme itching on the outside of my vagina. Is this normal? I am going to continue the treatment because I am tired of having BV with the hopes that the itching goes away. If anyone has solutions that would be great.
Replied by Vixen
San Francisco, Ca
06/25/2010
I imagine it's because the vagina is irritated - but if it is BV then it should work. I'd probably put some plain yogurt in there afterward to replenish the good bacteria, and soothe/lube it a little.
Replied by K
Texas
07/01/2014
I would wager that the bubbles are probably causing the itching. I find any time I use HP (on cuts and wounds even) it itches like mad from the sensation of the bubbles when they pop. Even MO can sting/itch/burn when it froths up on the skin, so this may be the issue. It should go away within a fairly short time after treatment though.

Posted by Lady Bv Free (Vb, Va) on 09/17/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have suffered from BV forever! Have sex, have period, boom, have BV. I have had to wear pantyliners for YEARS! Everything was tried by the Doc...forget them! I used 3% Hydrogen peroxide, do not dilute. It is already diluted to 3% with buffered water. I douched once and the odor decreased, went to dinner for 2 hrs, then douched before bed with same full strength solution. I had a lil itch and tingle that was not originally there for about 15 mins, then gone. Everything gone. No odor, no discharge, no itch, no redness, no pantyliner, NO EMBARRASSMENT!!! I plan to continue the hydrogen peroxide for 7 days, then start life again. I am soooo very happy I found this site and thank all the women for their testimonies. I am taking a 800 mcg folic acid pill and probiotic daily already for intestinal issues and will continue. But the addition of the 3% Hydrogen Peroxide has been the glory help I have been looking for! I just texted my main squeeze who has had to be on the side lines in bed due to this BV and requested we test the results soon with some great sex(this is what usually induces an attack). I will keep you posted of the future results for I know readers need to know if there is a long-term help, not just a quick partial fix. Good luck to all!

Replied by So Grateful I Could Cry!
Miami, Fl
04/22/2010
Hi Guys, I really just wanted to say thank you so much for all of this feedback. I'm 23years old and off and on I've been getting this BV thing for quite a while. It always comes with uncomfortable itching which leads to scratching and sensitivity, pain, etc. The worst part of course is the awful and embarrassing smell. I feel like everyone around me can or will smell it too and I've been avoiding outings with friends and most certainly sex with my boyfriend. The last time I got it was over a year ago and I was convinced I'd probably never deal with it again! Normally I get this either right before or after my period for about a week and then it goes away on its own, but recently I got it again and it's lasted for over 3wks!!! I'm telling you I was on the verge of tears today, I had searched for an answer online already and read about this product called R_sh. It's a suppository gel that you can get at most pharmacies, it's supposed to correct your vagina's PH balance to eliminate odor and itching, etc. I was so relieved because I thought my worries were finally over, but then I used it and about an hour later, the smell was back and the discharge was the same. I used another one about 4days later since it's supposed to last for about 72hrs and the same thing happened, not even a day's worth of relief. I'd gotten so fed up, and I finally went to Google and typed in Cures for BV and this wonderful page was the 2nd link that came up for me. After reading all of your entries and how respectful and tasteful and compassionate all of you guys have been I just can't thank you enough. I take my personal hygiene very seriously and this had given a huge blow to my self esteem. Now, I have hope. I haven't even tried a remedy yet, but I'm definitely going to try the tampon idea most of you guys have tried. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm really so grateful I could cry.

Posted by Aliasnan (Dallas, Tx) on 09/17/2009

[YEA]  OK ladies, I have read countless fourums on BV trying to find home reamedies. I started having that dreadful fishy odor with LOTS of white cheesey gunk....... the odor only got worse, to the point to where it smelled like reeking dead fish. I never have an unuasual odor, most of the time I am odorless, with occaisonal sweet or normal odor from excercise or arrousal. I shower twice a day, I use a mild soap like baby wash or dove on my vuvla and labia, then just squirt the shower water up as a water douche. This method works great for me and I never had any problems. Anyway, I started having the BV symptoms last Saturday. I tried the salt sitz bath, the vinegar douche, and tea tree oil, although they cut the odor down, it was still there. I also tried the plain yogurt on a tampon overnight, it did cut the odor down but not fully. My instinct was to use peroxide, and so I researched that and found a clinical study where 80% or so of the patients were cured with peroxide. This is what I did: Yesterday, I soaked a tampon in 3% hydrogen peroxide, full stregnth. It made the tampon swell, and it was kinda hard but I had to just shove it up there. I left it in about 30 minutes. Then I did the finger smell test. Wow!!! Only a faint smell of fish. Then, I used a douche of 1/4 perioxide, and 3/4 water. I was always told to never douche with anything but plain water .....I had several GYNS and midwifes say if I feel the need to douche, plain water is always fine, which is why I just use the shower head. Then, I filled a syringe without the needle with straight peroxide, and flushed it up there, twice. The past two nights I've used the yougurt on a tampon, it seems to help also. As of today, there is NO fishy odor, no odor at all! I will use the perioxide tampon method (because douching scares me) for today and tommorow, then maybe once a week for a month to make sure this is really gone. I'll also go ahead and use the yogurt overnight for at least tonight.....it did seem to help. So thats it ladies!! This is how it worked for me ........the yogurt drastically reduced odor over night, and the perioxide cut it out instantly. Good luck , I'll post more if this comes back. I heard alot of good things about ____, and its just so expensive, I hope I don't have to use it. But I'll say this, I will keep some on hand for after intimate moments or cycles so that the PH NEVER gets so thrown off again!!! What a horrendous, embarrasing infection!!!! (I'm pretty sure mine came from semen; after my boyfriend ejaculated inside me for the first time, I was having symptoms that night-if that ever happens again-afterwards I guess it will be time to "refresh".)

Replied by Ladydi75115
Desoto, Texas, Usa
01/18/2011
Oh my God!!!! It works! The first time I remember having a vaginal bacterial infection was after a miscariage about five years ago. To my surprise about three months ago developed another one, went to the doctor, was prescribed a one day pill, and it immediately vanished. Too embarrased to go back to the doctor after developing another bacterial vaginal infection about two weeks ago, I decided to research this site for an alternative way of ridding myself of this embarrasing, horrible, fishy odor, and discharge. After reading so many positive results about hydrogen peroxide, I without a lot a faith that it will actually work gave it a try. And oh my God!!!! It works! It's been about a week and no more disgusting fishy odor and no more discharge.

I douched with two part hydrogen peroxide and one part water for two mornings and two nights using a disposable douch bottle. Like magic the bacterial infection vanished. I am overwhelmingly happy and releived. Thank you Earth Clinic for saving me from another doctor's visit and more money for a prscription. I can't tell you how thankful I am.

Posted by Vi_chick (St. Croix, Us) on 09/14/2009

[YEA]  So I tried the inserting of the acidophilus, yea that didn't Wk, so I tried the 1/2 peroxide 1/2 water and well can we get angels to sing!!!! It worked I took a measuring cup and measured 2/3 cup of peroxide and 2/3 cup of water (preferably warm) and douche away!!!! Thank u all for ur remedies and thank u so much for creatin this website!!!!! Oh I do take one acidophilus pill every morning.

Posted by Bellatrix (London, London, UK) on 09/11/2009

[WARNING!]  Warning: I decided to try the H2O2 Acidophilus combo for BV.

Most people mentioned using a solution from the 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, but I thought I had also read about people injecting undiluted 3% H202 directy inside the canal of the vagina. I soaked a tampon in neat 3% HP and left it in for a good 4 hours. Bad mistake, I feel my insides burning and really sore. I think I was just eager to get it over with and forgot how sensitive those parts can be. The smell is gone, but I will have to wait a few days for it to heal before I try again. So please make sure you only soak the tampon in a diluted solution.

Replied by Yooo
Missoula, Mt
12/12/2009
4 hrs is too long.
Replied by Black12853
Raleigh, North Carolina
06/07/2011
I have been suffering with bactorial vaginosis on and off for the last two years. This last bout smelled horrible even after taking the borax. I decided once and for all that I would get rid of the horrible smell. I bought oil of oregano, collodial silver, peroxide (walmart brand) and apple cider vinegar. I started with collodial silver which I took and inserted vaginally for 24 hours. (I used one of the children medicine droppers)I then alternated 3 times a day with apple cider vinegar inserted vaginally(keep it in for 5 to 10 min) and followed by a activia yogurt that I inserted and held in for 20 min. Collidial silver inserted vaginally for 5 to 10 minutes followed by activia. At nite I inserted peroxide followed by activia that I slept with. I also wiped myself everytime I used the bathroom with Apple Cider Vinegar or peroxide. In 3 days discharge and odor was gone completely. The true test was my cycle that was not accompanied by the unbelievable stench. I smell nothing at all and I insert peroxide before bedtime a few days a week for maintenance. I also take aciphidolus tablets. I hope this relieves someone of this dreaded problem

Posted by finallyfree305 (ATL, GA) on 07/16/2009

[YEA]  Omg. . . I thought I was the only one suffering. . I've been dealing with this since I was 20 off an on. . If it wasn't a yeast infection it was bv. . . The doctors said it was normal and I would just have to keep taking meds. . .after college I stopped with med an tried to change my diet. .I can't believe it took me this long to find this site. . . .always though bv had to be cured with meds. . . I was sooooooo anxious to start. . .I loaded up on my prenatal vitamins and did a peroxide and water douche . . .then I dipped a tampon in peroxide and inserted it for two hours. . . I woke up the next day. . No odor or discharge. . . I'm still taking the prenatal pills and eating plain yogurt ( a lil honey in it helps). . I will continue this for a while. . I'm soooooo thankful for this site and ur suggestions. . . I can enjoy my sex life. . Not worry about the smell or others possibly smelling me. . . Ladies we are free!!!

Replied by Nadia
Castries, St. Lucia
07/19/2009
hey did it tingle when u put in the tampon?
Replied by Pahlee
Phila., Pa.
09/14/2009
That sounds like a plan, I too am in this circle,but to know how much of the h202 and the water did you use for the douche process? because some say 1/2 and 1/2 and again I read 2/3rd's of each. please enlighten me. Thanks

Posted by TxGirl (Dallas, TX) on 07/01/2009

After searching the web to find no answers... I finally thank you god found real ways to fix this prob! So I was reading over this sight and got to page 6 and realized WOW I have to try the 3%... it was after 12 a.m. And I was tired but I was eager to have this issue gone! I did the 1/2 water 1/2 3% and the next day.... it was gone!! but I did it again tonight (day 2 ) and it didn't seem to do the trick... do I need to do it more maybe twice a day? My husband came home from being out of town so we had sex... should I hold off on sex for a few days? Help!!!

Posted by Mary (Baltimore, Maryland) on 06/30/2009

[YEA]  I have used the peroxide and water douche for bv which I have suffered with for ten years or more. I started using it about 2 weeks ago. I douched with 3/4 h202 and 1/4 h20 for 4 nights and h202 only for 3 nights. To date, the discharge is so much less than before and the foul odor is gone. Even after sex with there is no fishy odor. I do plan to continue this method at least once a month and sometimes douche after sex. So happy that I came across this site.

Replied by Backspace
Bridgetown, Barbados
05/05/2010
Hi all, thanks so much for helping other poor suffers like me to have a decent life. My question to you all, From the time I was a little girl I was told that douching was not good for ladies...... can anyone shed some light on this...is it a myth or fact?
Replied by Cici
Orlando, Florida
05/08/2010
To Backspace:

I was told that douching is not recommended to do regularly because it can disturb our natural flora/good bacteria in the vaginal tract. You can kill it or reduce the amount by douching too much. Some say it is ok to douche every now and then, but you really don't need to as our vaginas have a self cleaning mechanism.

Posted by Amy (Athens, Greece) on 06/09/2009

[YEA]  Hi all you with various forms of BV. Since I became allergic to antibiotics and turned my diet upside down and eat only real foods, I treat all my illnesses completely naturally.

For yeast/candida I take acidophilus orally and insert one capsule vaginally in the evening, before bed. If it's really bad I insert 2 capsules per day, am and pm.WORKS

But for BV such as gardanella which is an anaerobic bacteria, in other words it proliferates in places where there is no oxygen I use hydrogen peroxide. I use a 10ml syringe ( without the needle obviously) And draw up clean water (distilled or ozonated) and 1 capfull 3% hydrogen peroxide. Insert it vaginally push the plunger and "hold" the liquid in for a few mins ( lying down helps) and then push it out, may gurgle or froth a bit. Do this twice a day until symptoms seen to have gone and then 1 a day or 1 every other day for maintenance.WORKS WONDERS.
It is important to keep our vagina acidic, I wonder if a solution of water and ACV would help?

Posted by Eyeshado (Florida) on 06/06/2009

[YEA]  Hi, I too had BV and could not get rid of it...until I did some research and found this site, boy was I happy to know I wasn't the only one in the world with this awful problem. After reading so many of the entries, I tried it that same night!! I remember I had a bran new bottle of Hygrogen peroxide in my cabinet,So I went and got a syringe ( the kind you would use to put medicine into; for a yeast infection) Its the only thing I had on hand and I was desperate. So I did the half and half (water with peroxide) I use the needleless syringe to insert it up my vajayjay, and I repeated it about 3 times, then I used the pure peroxide (3%) and washed in the outside. That was about 3 weeks ago and the smell was gone instantly!!! and has not come back as of yet. I'm soo happy and women do not hesitate on trying it cause it does work!!!! You will feel fresh fully clean!!!! You have nothing to lose but the SMELL!!! : )

Replied by Pahlee
Phila., Pa
09/11/2009
WHEN YOU SAY HALF WATER AND HALF PEROXIDE, HOW MUCH OF EACH ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? i FEEL YOU, I AM TRYING TO RID OF THIS PROBLEM ALSO, I JUST STARTED THE H2O2 MYSELF, BUT I ONLY MIXED 1 TSP OF H202 TO A CUP OF WATER, THAT MAY NOT BE ENOUGH,THIS IS MY FIRST DAY, AND I DID IT TWICE TODAY 8AM AND 8PM GOOD LUCK TO THE BOTH OF US

Posted by Not Telling (Longmont, CO) on 05/27/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Warning about hydrogen peroxide douche. I was douching with one third peroxide, 2 thirds water almost every day after sex to stop the bv and it gave me a really bad UTI. I spent thousands at the urologist trying to figure out why i was peeing blood. After having a scope of my bladder an infection was found and I was on antibiotics for 3 months. After that I made my boyfriend wear a condom which stopped the bv. I noticed his saliva also caused it. I think some people just have the creepy crud and my body couldn't handle it.

Replied by Not Convinced
Fenton, MO
06/01/2009
I personally dont think that peroxide caused your UTI. Peroxide infuses oxygen into cells as it breaks down. This kills harmful bacteria, it doesnt cause it to flourish and grow. If that were the case, it would make the BV worse. I used, and still do for prevention, the H2O2 douche, and have been BV and UTI free. Maybe the water or instruments you used were contaminated. I use a needleless syringe to douche with straight H2O2 (3%). When I am done, I rinse it off and put it in a sealed container full of alcohol, that keeps it sterile. Then the next time I need it I rinse off the alcohol and fill the syringe with peroxide.
Replied by Keylime
New York, NY
06/15/2009
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are caused by bacteria that are normally found around the anus...douching can DEFINITELY cause UTIs because sometimes those bad bacteria get pushed into the vagina during the douching process. UTIs are not caused by hydrogen peroxide.
Replied by TMARIE
HTOWN, VA
06/29/2009
I also notice when I use the hydrogen peroxide douche I get a UTI also. Maybe it's the douche bottle. Where can a buy a syringe? I cant seem to find one at walmart or target? Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place? Thanks
Replied by Not Convinced
Fenton, Mo
08/23/2009
TMARIE, the syringes are available at Target, Wal Mart, Walgreens, or any drug store. They are usually in the section with the Thermometers, the baby bulb syringes, and the Eye droppers. They are usually where you find the medicine spoons for children.

Posted by Lainie (Madison, WI) on 05/27/2009

[YEA]  A Note about H2O2 and BV: Just to clarify...I noticed several ladies worried about douching with Hydrogen Peroxide and calling it "bleach". This is incorrect! Yes, peroxide can have a bleaching (i.e. removing color) effect but it is NOT the same as the agent used on hair for color stripping. IN fact, your vagina makes a version of hydrogen peroxide. If you read the bottle you should see it is used as a gargle...if you can put it in your mouth rest assured you can put it in your hoo-hoo! Hydrogen Peroxide helps to balance the vaginal PH, and imbalance is what causes yeast and BV infections. If the PH swings too far one way the you get a yeast infection if it goes the other way then it is BV.

Posted by Giselle (San Francisco, CA) on 05/19/2009

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  Hi ladies...

??? Is the peroxide and water douche a mask or does it work every time? Any have the smell come back or see that it only works temporarily? I hope someone who's been doing this long term can give us an update!!! I tried the douche it does get rid of it but month or 2 motnhs later, it will come back right after my period...followed by a yeast infection :o( Im so frustrated!

Replied by Want to Help
St. Louis, MO
05/23/2009
Hi Giselle, I have been battling BV for over a year now. I found that douching with straight peroxide (3%) once a night for seven nights gets rid of it. It doesnt burn, but sometimes I feel a little dried out. I havent had a recurrance in over 8 months, ever since I started this practice. You'll notice a smell still for a few days but it will go away. As for your period, I usually do the douche every night of my period, because its hard for the good bacteria to survive in the alkaline environment that the menstral blood produces. The douche during that time helps the good bacteria survive and fight the bad bacteria. I also do the douche after sex and when my husband performs oral sex on me, because it has been studied that women who recieve oral sex have a better chance of contracting BV and yeast infections. H2O2 also gets rid of yeast infections if you douche once a night for about 3 or 4 nights. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but I SO do NOT want it to come back because of my own negligence. Doing all of this keeps it away for me. Here is a link to a webpage that did a study on the straight peroxide douche for seven nights and the results. Hope it helps. GL :)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676737

Posted by Sara (Orlando, Florida) on 05/05/2009

HELLO, I'VE BEEN READING ALL OF YOUR EXCELLENT INFO ON BACTRIAL VAGINOSIS AND CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THEM, BUT I AM CONCERNED. I HAVE AN "IUD" (COOPER) AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE WILL INTERFERE WITH THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE IUD. CAN ANY ONE LET ME KNOW PLEASE. I WILL APPRECIATE ANY INFO YOU MIGHT HAVE. THANKS FOR THIS WONDERFULL WEBSITE.

Replied by Leslie
Riverside, Ca
01/11/2011
It shouldn't. I was told to use it by my ob/gyn, and she knew about my IUD.
Replied by Cat Cajewela
Mashpee, Masssachusetts
06/14/2012
OK, So, Just like the majority of commenters on this topic, this remedy is a miracle! Of course I was skeptical about both the act of putting a "first aid antiseptic" inside my doodle and that it would work at all. However, the amount of positive replies far out weighed my scepticism especially because I was so desperate for something to do about this 5 year old nasty little issue. I could no longer tolerate that dirty feeling I was experiencing not only physically but mentally. At my wits end last night I stumbled on this site in search of a cure. And I needed one ASAP!

You see, my husband and I separated toward the end of 2009 after being married for only 6 yrs. Both of us were so drained and hurt from our broken relationship that we did not see, speak or have any contact for over a year. The day before our actual court date for our divorce he asked me to meet him for coffee. I had been helping my Mother, who came to live with me, through a very harsh battle with cancer lasting over a year. The coffee meeting was his way of showing his concern for her as she was losing that battle rapidly. During the meeting he said he didn't want for us to go through with the next days court appearance. I thought "Oh good, we can postpone this for a while. " I was just so overwhelmed with life at that point. He said, "No, I don't wanna do it at all. " Being the one who initiated the separation, I didn't know what to do. Needless to go any further into my whole life's story, my Mother lost her battle which was the most heart breaking experience in my life. There he was to help me pick up the pieces of my life having left my new business to give my Mother the 24 hr/day care she needed. Considering myself blessed to have had that time to get to know this courageous woman of whom my whole life thought opposite. I had such a resentment with her for not fighting for me after several family members molested me, turning to alcohol and drugs and finally some hefty stints in the "big house" I tried to blame her taking no responsibility for my own actions. I was homeless, sometimes shoeless in the winter, destitute, sick from drugs and booze, wretched and broken I asked for help. It was a horrific lifestyle if you can call it that, having always to be on guard and ultra sensitive to my surroundings so as to combat anything that may come up on me from behind. The hardest part of those years was knowing very deep inside myself that some where some how there was a different plan for me. I didn't belong out there. A feeling inside myself that faintly said "You are worth so much more, why are you doing this to yourself?" A certain 12 step program of action and recovery afforded me the skills and humility asking for help all the way, to turn things around. No more drink, No more drugs, No more prison sentences for illegal activities that supported my habits. For 44 years I truly believed she became almost submissive and had the appearance of an inability to make a choice or decision for herself in the face of crises. Our family life all those years ago I've come to know now as in crises and severely dysfunctional, if I may use such an over expressed word. As I watched this woman become stronger in will and character also did I see her failing body. At any rate, I was in debt, emotional turmoil, and completely overwhelmed. Gallantly approaching came my knight in shining armor.... And girls he has always been that (for the 1st couple of months, that is)for me. Girls, there is no such thing, for sure, of a knight in shining armor. In the end or when he changes back to his true self we end up paying as nothing is free especially a mans devoted attentions. Not that there aren't some good guys out there because there truly are but it takes work on both sides of a relationship. It is unrealistic to have a knight gallop on over to us and pamper and spoil us forever. It wears off and we get real. Or we don't get real and it disintegrates. I did however see some deeply routed changes in his psyche that were absent during our marriage. He had a quietness about him, a peace. Let me tell you this man has always been since I first met him (through a dating agency I might add) lacking anything peaceful. I knew that and other changes were not acts because the act usually wore off after he knew he had my attention again. It was apparent he was working hard to change his angry controlling ways. Suspiciously keeping my eye on him in the event he was simply putting extra time in as a good guy in response of my Mothers passing.

After a couple of months of getting together with our boys for dinners at my house, movies for the boys and him bring them on trips. With my sparkling personality, (LOL) I text-ed him one Saturday morning and told him that I was ready for him to make love to me but that I was offering him only sex (it had been 2yrs since I had any sexual contact!! )and he could take it or leave it but that was my offer. We may have sex and nothing else I said to him and not to even think of asking me for more than that as I had nothing to give him. I mean come on... Do I have some kinda nerve or what. Very Aries of me. He text-ed me back and told me that If I wanted to go over to his house he would take care of me. I practically ran, I mean I actually sprinted, you guys, into my SUV as soon as it turned 6:00pm! Glory, Glory Hallelujah! Ladies, I'm trying to tell you someone could have tossed a grenade in the window of that bedroom and I would not have flinched, for the grenade anyway, for his new style of lovemaking and slick little g-spot moves I did flinch a great deal! Then the dreaded BV's started. We never had a problem before but I am currently menopausal and can get one of these disgusting infections from merely changing toilet paper brands, for the love of Pete!

We have been working on our marriage for almost a year now. We do not live together or see each other every single day. We also do not have sex every time we get together. When we do I always get that smell the very next day and it gets worse and worse. I've pretty much had a steady infection the whole time we have been together again. I tried the soaked tampon in peroxide 2X's for 10 mins and then for a few hours last night and a good douche of 1/2 and 1/2, meaning peroxide and water, that is, in the shower this morning. I still have that smell, even with acidophiles capsules orally. I'm going to try another soaked tampon right now. I hope I didn't bore you with all this but I think I just needed to get it out anonymously.

As a footnote My husband and I live separately in a beach tourist community. We have given each other another chance at a happy life. It's unusual to get that chance especially the evening before a divorce date. There is no threat of homelessness. I have a lovely home. I am well read. I dress nicely (except the fact that anything my crotch touches turns to stink! :/ ) I no longer have to be in combat stance though it pops up sometimes. And most of all I am sober and happy! I say these things not to boast but to share anything is possible and a little bit of stinky pants I can deal with. Thank you all so much for the remedy and the avenue in which to vent!! Peace.

Posted by Fem in early 20s (NY, BY) on 04/03/2009

[YEA]  I have been suffering from bv for a few years off and on again. The discharge and the smell was becoming unbearable. And I was tired of the antibiotics from the drs. I looked up home remedies for bv and found this site. Once I read the post I was a little scared but I figured it could not be any worse then the he'll I was in. So I used the hydrogen peroxide last week. I filled half of the douche bottle with warm water and the other half with the peroxide. It burned a little at first but i took a cool wash cloth and placed it on my vagina until it stopped and there has been no odor no any discharge since. This site is very helpful !!!!!!

Posted by Deb (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on 03/23/2009

[YEA]  Feminine Odor - Cure:

I tried spring water and peroxide douche (I made it myself)!!! It REALLY WORKS immediately and lasts for weeks!!!!!! Thank GOD for this website!! I found it here!!!

Replied by Helen
Wyoming , Michigan
08/21/2009
Do u need to take any other supplement and can the peroxide take away the fishy smell from having bv and how often you have to use the peroxide and is safe to use in the vagina?
Replied by Pahlee
Phila, Pa.
09/14/2009
Hi!! I have read a lot of entries on this site and I find that they all say that the peroxide is safe to use in the vagina full strength and mixed keep reading and you will find exactly what you are looking for, this is a wonderful site, it is so informative, Good luck in your search.

Posted by Toni (San Antonio, TX) on 03/18/2009

[YEA]  Hydrogen Peroxide is perfect for curing BV!

I had BV once a few years ago and was given an antibiotic for it. It did the job. I had the same symptoms last month (strong rotton fish odor), so I knew it was BV. After a urinalysis and culture sample, my doctor actually told me there was nothing wrong, but gave me the antibiotics anyway. It cleared my symptoms. Within a month, I noticed a slight change in my vaginal smell, so I knew the BV was back. I didn't want to wait until the smell overpowered me again, but I didn't want to take any more antibiotics. They're not really good for you as they kill ALL bacteria, even the good ones. I did a search online for natural cures and found this web site. I saw that the Hydrogen Peroxide cure is all over the internet, and since I always have some handy, I tried it right away.

I measured 30 ml of non-diluted H2O2 in a turkey baster. With a towel under me, I lay down with my legs over my head and, using a mirror, squeezed the H202 into my relaxed vagina. (I did not insert the baster. It's much simpler to squeeze it in from the outside.)

Stay relaxed or you will push the liquid out. I waited 5 minutes before releasing the H2O2 into the toilet.

I did this once a day for 7 days. After the first treatment, the smell was negligible. After the second treatment, the smell was completely gone. It did the H2O2 reaction did fizz a little, but did not burn or feel uncomfortable.

Cheap, easy, immediate, effective, natural, and private. Try it.

Replied by Helen
Wyoming, Mi
08/22/2009
I am on flagyl, dilflucan for bv now it been three days sent i been on the flagyl the fishy smell hasn't gone away. can i try the HYDROGEN PEROXIDE douch. the smell is so strong people can smell it outside my house i feel sorry for my kids because we use to go alot of places now i stay in the home. because of the smell it my second time having bv. can anyone help i am about lost. help, help, help, only if i can get the to smell go away. do i finish by medince?

Posted by Erica (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 03/05/2009

[YEA]  For anyone who doubts if hydrogen peroxide cures BV, it really, really does, don't hesitate to try it. I had BV for months and tried all sorts of expensive antibiotics which only worked temporarily, and the infection would return after a few days. My doctor even prescribed flagylstatin which was horribly expensive and only worked for about 7 days. When I complained about the recurring infection, all the the doctor could suggest was that i get another prescription for antibiotics!! I found the information about hydrogen peroxide from this website, and other sites. I bought a reusable douche kit from the drugstore and douched with the half hydrogen peroxide, half water solution for 7 days and my BV cleared up completely. It has been 3 months, and there have been no symptoms whatsoever. The one thing I noticed was the symptoms did not improve until I started douching deep in the vagina (about 3 inches). The shallow douching (1 inch or so) did not work for me. I am also continuing with folic acid. God bless everyone that put the information about this miraculous and INEXPENSIVE cure on this website.

Posted by Carrissa (Appleton, WI) on 02/17/2009

[YEA]  Hello! I read this site six months ago and decided to try the one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water douche for my reoccuring (i.e. every month or two) BV and yeast infections. I douche with this mix everytime after my husband and I are intimate and I can say that I have been BV and yeast infection free for all six months!! It is absolutely amazing. I had done a lot of research on possible causes and found that PH was a big factor. I also read that our bodies produce hydrogen peroxide naturally so I was less nervous about trying it. My infections started after my husband I got married (I was a virgin before). I had also read that semen is very alkaline. I figured that he was very alkaline and my body was not able to regulate my PH on its own. All my research took a long time between treatments at the doc (metronidozole, etc.) and OTC treatments. One time, a year and a half ago, I douched with only 30 ml of hydrogen peroxide after we were intimate and I was infection free for several months. I then decided to do this every other time we were intimate and my infections came back. For some reason I didn't attribute the reoccurrence to my not using the hydrogen peroxide everytime and did another round of doc visits and terrible medicines that only worked for a few weeks. Then I came back here and read someone's idea of doing the half water half hydrogen peroxide and decided to try doing it after sex everytime. It has worked! For anyone suffering from BV and/or yeast infections - I recommend doing this! I buy the disposable douches from the store, like summer's eve (they already have some mix in them but I dump it out and just use the bottle for a few weeks, being very careful to keep it clean), make my half water half H202 mix and rinse after sex and that's that! Sometimes it burns a bit but then I just hold a warm wash cloth to the area and the burning goes away in a couple mins. I hope this helps some people because no one should have to live with these infections!

Posted by Criss (Orlando, FL, Usa) on 02/16/2009

[YEA]  Hey Ladies, BV Hydrogen Peroxide Remedy WORKS GOOD!

I wanted to take the time to say Hydrogen Peroxide is the magical cure, I used 3% to clear up Bacterial Vaginosis on a tampon the kind with the plastic applicator that way to will stay in as the solution expands it. Take a large shot glass fill it with 3 parts 3% Hydrogen peroxide fro local drug store and 1 part bottled spring water, it is more pure than tap. Soak tampon for about 30 seconds insert it for a half hour remove and repeat no ore than three times a week. I was nervous at first because I thought peroxide was to harsh but it isn't it shouldn't even burn. It should feel refreshing. Good Luck LADIES Hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in the Vagina. I

I am also trying 1400mcg of Folic Acid a day! I will up date you on that soon. Thank you ladies for your feedback it really helped me.

Replied by Pahlee
Phila, Pa.
09/20/2009
[YEA]   YES IT IS A WONDER TREATMENT, ALL OF MY SYMPTONS HAVE GONE, I WAS DOUCHING TWICE A DAY FOR A WEEK AND THEN ONCE A WEEK THEREAFTER, USING A SUMMERS EVE DOUCH CONTAINER, AFTER USING H202 AND H20 MIXTURE, I DID FEEL A SLIGHT BURNING SENSATION, BUT THEN IT WENT AWAY, PREVIOUSLY I HAD TO USE PANTYLINERS, AS OF YESTERDAY SEPT. 19TH, I NOTICE NO DISCHARGE AND NO ODOR, BOY WHAT A RELIEF,GOD BLESS THIS SITE AND ALL OF THE ENTRIES THAT I HAVE READ.
Replied by Krystal
Bainbridge, Ga
01/15/2014
I'm not sure if this work but I am trying it I just put some peroxide in a douche bottle half warm water in half peroxide I then placed it in the vjayjay in place some pillows under me so that my bottom would stay in the air I just told my friend girl about this cause she to have the same problem to in we have both sick in tried of the discharge I personal am sick of the smell I am a lady I hope this work in good luck to all that try it
Replied by Mezzmerrize
Atlanta, Florida
01/18/2014
Krystal From Bainbridge, Ga - I too am from Bainbridge, Ga and think I may want to try this remedy for BV.

Posted by RE (KINGSTON, JAMAICA) on 02/13/2009

[YEA]  I have had bv for probably two years now,not knowing what it was until late last year when the smell and the itching was really bad. i went to the gynae got meds and it didnt help at all (flagly and metro...) i found this site this morning hoping to find out what bv was really about. i did and tried the 1/2 peroxide 1/2 distilled water douche. when squeezing in the solution i didnt know what to expect..then i saw yellow looking discharge coming more like flowing out. i waited 3 and a half minutes, squeezed out all the liqiud from the vagina, then waited a minute. the area started foaming and it burned for a second. i then washed the area thoroughly with water..i actually dont feel itchy and dont smell anything literally anything..i will start the acidophlius later on when i eat. i will comment on my condition in a week... thannk u to every woman who posted their experience im very sure it made us all feel normal in the way that we werent alone.

Replied by Carmen
Gainesville Ga
03/23/2014
I was so excited to read your post especially, I'm soon moving to Kingston and one thing that is haunting me is that I get bv an yeast infection very often. Last time I was there I got the worst yeast infection OMG!! A lady told me to drink neem tea and it worked!! But for bv I was worriedbecause I don't know anything about how the medical treatment is there, I'm having bv symptom right now and going to try the peroxide as soon as I finish this message!! Thank u for posting!

Posted by Nicki (Pensacola, Florida) on 01/31/2009

[YEA]  Like most other posters, I've suffered with BV for almost 10 years, getting it sometimes up to 4 times a year. I always took metronidazole and that cured it, but the past 6 months it has not. I think maybe my body is simply resistant from taking it so much. A few months ago I again got it, and it is ALWAYS after I have sex that I get it. I took the metronidazole and it got better but not cured. After several weeks I thought it was gone but after having sex again it once again came back. Took metronidazole AGAIN and it didn't work. This BV has been affecting my life so much! I needed to find something that would work and found this website, I was skeptical at first about using hydrogen peroxide on my "lady parts" because it seemed harsh but after doing some research I found that actually the "good" bacteria in the vagina produce hydrogen peroxide naturally so I figured it was safe, plus all the testimonials here.

Before I started treating myself, I had a thick discharge with itching and burning. I used a 1/2 water, 1/2 hydrogen peroxide douche the first night before bed, it didn't burn but did feel tingly for awhile. The next morning I couldn't tell if I was better or not. It seemed the same so I soaked a tampon in 3% peroxide and put it in for about 30 mins. Again, same tingly feeling. That lasted a couple hours and I thought "Oh no, I might have made it worse" but then as the hours passed I felt better and better. By that night the discharge was much less and the burning was gone, just some mild itching now and again. I did the 1/2 peroxide 1/2 water douche again before bed and soaked another tampon with 3% peroxide, left it in about 10 mins. No tingling. This morning I woke up feeling better. Still a little discharge but nothing like it was. Over the course of the day I have felt better and better and now it's bedtime and I have no discharge and the itching is almost completely gone. Wow! I would say it's important to try the peroxide more than one time to ensure that it helps but also give your body some time to get balanced again. It won't be 100% fixed overnight, but I am definately on the right track, thanks to everyone who posted!

Posted by Brittany (Hitchcock, Tx) on 01/22/2009

[YEA]  I'm a seventeen year old mother of one and i've been suffering from bv for almost two years, it's hell! i like most have visited the doctor for this many times and all i got out of it was a yucky cream or pill that was actually a yeast infection medication. a couple of weeks ago i went to the clinic and the nurse told me that i might have been suffering from bv and gave me diflacan, of course it didn't work. i decided to do a little research on bv and i came across this site, i saw that many women tried hydrogen peroxide (h202) in a douche and they had great reviews on it. i went to the local drug store last night and got the peroxide and douche, i poured 30cc's of peroxide into the douche and tried it when i took a shower. i did this three times and washed my vagina with (summer's eve feminine body wash for sensitive skin) when i woke up this morning the oh so familiar odor and discharge were completely gone! the discharge has come back slightly but i intend on douching regularly with peroxide for the next seven days. i hope this works for you!

Posted by Lisa (Sudbury, Ontario Canada) on 01/18/2009

[YEA]  I have dealt with BV for years. After medication from the doctors that never really worked I started to do research on it. I found a site from a Midwife. I decided to try the following hydrogen peroxide wash.

Directions for hydrogen peroxide washes:

Take a 30 cc syringe (without the needle) place 3 cc of hydrogen peroxide and fill the rest with distilled water. Insert the syringe in the vagina about an inch and push the fluid in. Do this once a day for seven days.

During treatment period the partner should wear condoms during intercourse. To prevent recurrences the partner should wash after intercourse with a mild antibacterial soap (like dial). I also had my husband wash with this every day for seven days even if there was no intercourse.

The only thing different I did was in addition to the above I got a perineal care bottle and put 1 to 2 oz of peroxide then I filled the rest of it with warm water, shake it to make sure it is mixed well then I would wash my genital area every time I went to the bath room, this seemed to help with the itching.

I have only had one reoccurance with BV in three years and I did the above and it has not come back.

I know this worked well for me but some people do respond differently to things. Hope it works.

Posted by Terri (Boone, NC) on 01/15/2009

[YEA]  Wow I went out yesterday and bought hydrogen peroxide 3% mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with H2o and it worked as far as the odor! I then soaked a tampon with orgainc plain yogurt and pressed organic garlic and inserted for an hour. This morning I smell a bit of garlic but I am going to do another douche with the peroxide now. How long do I continue to douche? Will this effect my bladder and UT at all because I have been prone to bladder infections in the past this is why I have been on probiotics for 2 years straight everyday. Also does my sex partner need to do anything to prevent re infection? I was going to have him rinse with the solution before sex.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
01/17/2009
Hi Terri,

In answer to your question, it is highly unlikely one can have unprotected sexual intercourse without sharing any infection one partner might have. Therefore if only one partner is treated for that infection, the treated partner is going to keep getting reinfected by the untreated partner.

My suggestion is to make sure that both you and your partner are using the same remedy at the same time, because what is effective for you should also be effective for him. After proper treatment for both partners (and both apparently have no infection after treatment), if you keep getting reinfected, I would definitely be inquiring how many sexual partners my partner has. There are too many health destroying sexually transmitted diseases out there to risk playing house with a promiscuous partner. Even that nastiest of the old ones (AIDS now has that title) LGV or lymphogranuloma venerum moved inland from the seaports back in the l980's. I saw my first case of it in Tennessee in l980 in the Appalachian mountain area and the 2nd case less than 6 months later in border area of Central/West Tennessee area.

Posted by Brenda (Creve Couer, MO) on 01/04/2009

I found this link on a comment posted on this website. I copied and pasted the article here. Hope this helps you guys, it sure helped me.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676737

Minerva Ginecol. 2003 Dec;55(6):483-92.

Utilisation of hydrogen peroxide in the treatment of recurrent bacterial vaginosis.[Article in English, Italian]


Cardone A, Zarcone R, Borrelli A, Di Cunzolo A, Russo A, Tartaglia E.
1st Obstetric and Gynecologic Clinic, Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Neonatology, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy.

AIM: The authors have evaluated the real efficacy of using hydrogen peroxide for previously treated recurrent bacterial vaginosis that is resistant to other forms of treatment. METHODS: The study included 58 women aged between 18 and 42 years old. Vaginal irrigations with 30 ml of hydrogen peroxide (3%) were prescribed in the evening for a week. The follow-up was carried out 3 months after the end of treatment. RESULTS: The results clearly show that the use of hydrogen peroxide in vagina can eliminate the main symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, and in particular the malodorous leucoxanthorrhea in 89% of cases at 3 months after the end of treatment, a result that is comparable to that obtained using metronidazole or clindamycin as a vaginal cream. Moreover, hydrogen peroxide facilitates the restoration of normal vaginal bacterial flora (represented by H202-producing lactobacillus) in 100% of cases and normal acid pH (pH<4.5) in 98% of cases; it also fosters the disappearance of clue cells from vaginal smears and anaerobic pathogenic flora from vaginal secretions in 100% of cases. The amine test became negative in 97.8% of cases. All results underwent statistical analysis and were found to be statistically significant. CONCLUSION: Hydrogen peroxide represents a valid alternative to conventional treatments for recurrent bacterial vaginosis, and associates the absence of collateral effects with low costs, excellent tolerability and real therapeutic efficacy.

Posted by Grosbois (Gainesville, Florida) on 12/28/2008

[YEA]  I was searching the internet earlier and came accross the use of hydrogene peroxide for bv. I mixed equal amount of the above and water then squirted the liquid into my vagina laying down in the shower for a couple of min.one hour later I checked with a mirror and the discharge was totally GONE . This is just after one time before bed . I am going to do this for at least 4 days 2 make sure that it works because there is a slight fishy odor still.tomorrow I will buy folic acid because at this point I am desperate. we can always camouflage a discharge but certainly not a fishy smell so I really hope all this works.

Posted by Rachel (Montclair, NJ) on 12/21/2008

[YEA]  This summer I was the unlucky host of a bacterial vaginosis episode. I wasn't sure if it was a yeast infection or bacterial since my symptoms were applicable to both (I had discharge that was initially clumpy and then more like runny egg white that would occur every month after my period and subside shortly before my next cycle. Also had slight itch but nothing unbearable.) I went to my gyneo (a midwife) and had a culture taken. BV was the diagnosis and I was given a prescription for clindesse (one application treatment of vaginal cream.) The first horror was the price I paid for the clindesse at the pharmacy. $70 out of my pocket WITH INSURANCE! Second horror, the itch from hell that I experienced as a side effect of the clindesse. The itch started about 3 days after using the clindesse and did not let up for one week straight. I tried everything to get the itch to stop but nothing really helped. I was miserable, angry and desperate to get rid of the itch that was not only external (outer labia) but internal as well. This was truly the itch you cannot scratch!! I had to wait until my body expelled all of the clindesse before I finally got some real relief from the itch (clindesse is a waxy, creamy substance that is inserted vaginally, kind of like a chap stick.)
After the bout with the clindesse and following my next period I had more persistent discharge that was like thick egg whites. I was very frustrated at this point. I read nearly all of the posts on earthclinic about cures for BV and decided to try douching with straight 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. I did this for 3 days in a row and the discharge stopped. I have had two periods since using the peroxide douche and have not had any abnormal discharge. I consider myself to be free of BV!!! If any of the symptoms come back, I will certainly use the peroxide douche again.

I did not experience any irritation with the peroxide, only relief.

Thank you to all the women who have posted their experiences with BV and the remedies that they have used. If it wasn't for you, I'd still be suffering.

Replied by Pahlee
Phila, Pa
09/14/2009
I am glad the solution worked for you, but how much of the straight h202 did you use? I am doing this now, and have been since the 11th of september, I still have the discharge, but not as bad, The smell is practically gone, HELP
Replied by Tonya
Montgomery, Alabama
09/15/2009
Palee, this might not be the cure for you. try using 800 mcg of folic acid, and start taking vitimin pills one a day. I was told by my Dr. that folic acid do kill the bacteria but taking it alone will take longer to kill the bacteria, so I had her to call me in some flagyl to kill the bacteria quicker. This has worked for me so far. And I tell you this is the longest I've been BV free so it must work so far it's been one month.But remember take your pills every day to keep you folic acid level up in your body that why we have this problem, lack of these in our body.
Replied by Shan
Orlando, Florida
01/13/2011
Does the hydrogen peroxide just get rid of the odor or the discharge as well?

Posted by Melanie (Toronto, ON, CA) on 12/20/2008

[YEA]  i had a baby 6 months ago, and after that i guess that changed my vaginal flora. i didn't even know what all the discharge was until maybe 2 months ago. there was no itching, just the discharge and a fishy smell (most of the time it was pretty faint) i thought all of it was related to postpartum. anyway i was sick of wearing liners every day!! i researched it, and found out it was BV. i've never had bv in my life!! i decided to cure it naturally before going to my dr, and that's when i found earthclinic!! first i tried garlic pills to no avail. then, i tried acidophilus (2 billion) for a couple of weeks with the yogurt tampons. still did not work. then i tried the hydrogen peroxide solution douche(1/2 water, 1/2 h202). it only provided temporary relief... like a few hours. i decided to take the folic acid as well (1000mcg once perday). i didn't see any change, and was hugely disappointed since these remedies have worked for so many ppl. i was on and off the acidophilus and folic acid, but i maintained the h202 regime (douche every 1.5 days). well, it has PAID OFF!!! 2.5 weeks after i tried the douche and pills it WORKED!!! i don't need to wear a liner and i am smell free (for the past 3 days)!!! i improved very gradual at first, but then all of a sudden all the discharge disappeared!! JUST STICK WITH the H202!! it really works! THANKS Earthclinic!!

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
12/21/2008
Question for all those with persistent bacterial vaginosis complaints:

Have any of you read up on SSKI and tried Dr. Wright's (Tahoma Clinic) recommendation of SSKI douches? That would probably be my first trial if I had the problem. A few days of SSKI would be much quicker than battling it for weeks, months & years. I also think if I had the problem I would make sure that any sexual partner I had used the same treatment at the same time I did to keep from being reinfected all the time. In most STD's, unless both partners are treated at the same time, the treated one just keeps getting it back from the untreated one, and I suspect that this is true whether the infection is gonorhea, syphilis, trichimonas, yeast (candida albicans), BV, LGV. AIDS, or others.

Posted by Toni (Brunswick, Ga/Glynn) on 12/15/2008

[YEA]  Hello ladies, The same as everyone I have tried so, so many prescriptions from the doctor and nothing worked lasting a day doesn't count . I knew they thought I was crazy I have been having this discharge (white milky) no odor just excessive discharge I couldn't tell u the last time I had sex, I mean this at the time was really taken over my life, trust me when I say I tried EVERYTHING the only thing that seemed to work (now keep in mind out of everything I tried clindess spelling I know is wrong cleared up my discharge for only a day) HYDROGEN PEROXIDE WORKS I started using it yesterday morning I douche 1/2 peroxide 1/2 water it didn't burn that much just felt bubbly down there did not see a discharge all day was waiting for this morning that's when I have the most this morning I had a tad bit totally nothing compared to what it use to be, being that I have had this problem for almost 2 years so I figure its going to take more than 1 douche to get my flora back in order so I douche again today and took 1 fem dophilus pill but one thing I don't want to over do it with the peroxide how many times should I douche the or everyone is different but one thing I can say I feel like im on the road to some great healing.

Posted by Kat (Daytona Beach, Fl) on 12/05/2008

[YEA]  The hydrogen peroxide douche worked for me! A bit of burning at first, but then it bubbled. I felt better after about 15 minutes.

Posted by Maleasha (Baltimore, MD) on 11/24/2008

[YEA]  Peroxide worked for my BV odor. I came across this website after researching for many months on natural cures for BV. I knew I had it for about a month and went to the doc to get some relief. Surprisingly, they told me my test came back fine and that I was probably just having normal irritation. I couldn't believe it even after I told them of the foul odor that comes back a little while after showering. So on the hunt for my own cure I found you guys. I haven't had a chance to pick up the folic acid yet, but I wanted to try the peroxide out of curiousity. I mixed 1/4 cup of water with an equal amount of perioxde and then used a baby medicine dropper(was all I had) as a mini douche. As soon as I did it the first time it started to foam up which made me know infection was present. Well after I finished it all I waited. I instantly felt more fresh and 1hr, 2hrs, 3hrs later I was still fresh and no discharge. I couldn't believe it!!! It seemed to reappear later the next day slightly, but I think it was because I hadn't started the folic acid yet. Had slight burning feeling with the first douche but after a few seconds it wore off and I was fine. But ladies, yes...this stuff really works! thank you!

Posted by CJ (Northville, MI) on 11/22/2008

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  Ok...I have the same story as most of you (recurrent BV that meds only help temporarily) blah blah blah. Anyway, I found this website and the Hydrogen peroxide douche and it a miracle. Completely took all symptoms away immedietly. I was so relieved.
But then, just like with everything else, the BV would come back. Usually after a few weeks. I would then use the douche again (always for 7 days) and it would go away again. Ive been doing this for a few months. I noticed that a lot of times the BV seems to come back after my period. I then use the douche and its gone again for a few weeks. Now, however, the douche doesnt seem to be working as well. It will take away the smell but not the discharge and only for maybe a day. I am not through the 7 days yet so we'll see...

I recently started drinking a tbsp of apple cider vinegar because I heard it balances out your ph levels (among other things) and am wondering if that could be part of the problem???? Does anyone have any idea? I'm so desperate now that I started using a douche of maybe 75% hydrogen peroxide and 25% water. Hopeing that will help...

Replied by Tess
Palm Beach, FL
11/22/2008
CJ, I really think any external remedies for BV are temporary fixes. We all need to work internally too with a healthy alkaline diet and supplements. I think some of us have gotten out of whack with our dietary choices myself included. It would be great if those of us with BV also tell EC what they've been eating. Perhaps we can find a BV culprit (example: dietary products with artificial sweeteners). Something has to be causing this terrible epidemic!!!
Replied by Lana
Liberty County, TX
11/23/2008
[YEA]   Hi All - I've found that instead of using soap on my vaginal area, my normal hair conditioner (I buy the cheapo house brand in the gallon jug...) works wonders. It gently clears the area, and I haven't had a problem since.
Replied by Carole
Ajax, ON
12/28/2008
Just wanted to comment on replenishing your natural bacteria into your body. Ladies after douching with the hydrogen peroxide go and buy "BIO K" in the health section of your grocery store. It is a yogurt which carries over 50 billion bacteria. I take half of the bottle daily and believe me it works for many things. It is very good for your bowels and builds your immune system. This also helps re establish your bacteria count that we need for the vagina.

Posted by Lisa (Boise, Id) on 11/22/2008

Im confused in my research of this STD it is said not to Douch!

http://www.cdc.gov/STD/BV/STDFact-Bacterial-Vaginosis.htm

"BV is not completely understood by scientists, and the best ways to prevent it are unknown. However, it is known that BV is associated with having a new sex partner or having multiple sex partners.

The following basic prevention steps can help reduce the risk of upsetting the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina and developing BV:

Be abstinent.
Limit the number of sex partners.
Do not douche.
Use all of the medicine prescribed for treatment of BV, even if the signs and symptoms go away."

I want to try the remedy but am very scared.

Replied by Kate
Brooklyn, Ny
08/24/2009
Lisa, I think when you see "Do not douche" on health websites like the one you cited, they are referring to the perfumed douches that are sold for cosmetic reasons. Those are definitely not good for the vaginal chemistry. But on this website people are using "douching" to describe the technique, which, as long as you are using the hydrogen peroxide solution, isn't harmful.
Replied by Smn
Birmingham, Al
10/23/2009
Right, douching in and of itself is not harmful. What is harmful is what you douche with. Those commercial douches with perfumes and all that artificial stuff is what upsets your vaginal flora. Douching with hydrogen peroxide has really done wonders for me and a lot of other women.
Replied by Tigerlilie711
Orlando, Fl
05/19/2010
First off Lisa, BV is not by any means an STD. It is not something your partner 'gives' to you. the bacteria that cause the infection already exist in your vagina. However, there is a delicate balance of 'good' bacteria to this 'bad' bacteria. Sometimes semen can cause your pH to be a bit off, which provides a great environment for the bad bacteria to flourish. If the hydrogen peroxide doesn't work for you, team it up with some vitamin D3, folic acid, and acidophilus. The D3 is linked to bacterial imbalance, the folic acid will work to kill off some of the bad bacteria, and the acidophilus is the same type of 'good' bacteria that already exist in your vagina.

You may need to play around with the amounts until you find what ratio is right for you. I use the tampon in peroxide, and take two, 1000IU D3's, one acidophilus, and 1000mg of folic acid daily. I find that when I forget to take them, my symptoms come back. I would suggest the peroxide douche, with only the 3%. If it causes discomfort (other than the bubbling, which is a good thing) switch to 3 parts peroxide to 1 part water, then to half and so on. I try to keep the solution in for at least 20 minutes, although I fell asleep laying down waiting for an hour once. Do it for at least a week, maybe twice a day if it is convenient. If the symptoms appear to be gone before then, still continue to use the hydrogen for the rest of the week. Keep taking the vitamins even after this week. I take them every day as I do not want a recurrence, besides it clears my skin, gives me more energy, and oddly enough improves my mood. If you have more questions, you can email me at, tigerlilie711@yahoo.com.

Posted by Shelia (New York, New York) on 11/20/2008

[YEA]  ive been dealing with this foul smelling odor for about three months nver really knowing what it was. i went to the store a purchased cream to cure yeast infections, this didnt work, i purchased one of those home testers and found out i had something a little bit more than a yeast infection, BV. i was devasted and really didnt want to take antibiotics because i will get a yeast infection and that will be one more thing to deal with. I got on line an tried to find the most sensible home remedy. PEROXIDE> i decided to try it and ladies it really worked thus far. Yea there was a slight burning,itching sensation after wich completely stopped. i used a douch bottle filled half with peroxide and other half with warm water. held it inside for about 20-30 seconds and gave a real push. this morning, nothing, no smell, no discharge, nothing I am very pleased to say you too should try it. good luck.

Posted by Kim (Sacramento, CA) on 10/29/2008

I, like many others, am grateful to have found this website. I've been suffering with an odor that is the worst smell I have ever smelt... (I don't like fish mainly because of the smell) I was prescribed antibiotics for this and of course it went away, but it came back so I was convinced that it was my IUD that had been inserted 3 years prior, so I had that removed and the odor still didn't go away. The obgyn told me that it wasn't the IUD, but never told me what it was. My doctor told me to eat yogurt, go figure. I like yogurt, but not that much. So now I've learned from many women like myself what this is BV. I thought something awful was wrong inside of me. So now I'll get to the point.... Today I went out and bought the HP and did the half and half mixture and douched. So now the wait. I hope this works for me as it has worked for many others. Thanks a million Earth Clinic and the women that were kind enough to share their remedies.

Replied by Cured
Niceville, Fl
12/03/2009
That is very rare for a dr. to give you a home remedy like that. I did not know until today what was going on with me. All I knew was when symptoms started to occur I would eat yogurt. And NO, I do not like yogurt. Within a day to a few days my problem would be gone till next time. One small container was all I would have a day. I do plan to try HP or even both at the same time. From what I have read, it seems catching it early is key. Maybe for the more complex cases taking days or weeks to cure, the yogurt with the HP douch will help to reduce your recovery time.

Posted by Ms. Anderson (St Loui, MO) on 10/28/2008

[YEA]  Hydrogen Peroxide for Bacterial Vaginosis

Like many of you I've battled with BV for a long time. I don't need to tell you what an embarrassing condition this is. I had to carry perfume with me to the bathroom at work to try to cover up the odor. I've tried antibiotics but it always seems to come back. So last night I decided to search online for a natural cure and came across this website. I was so excited about the feedback I decide to try the Hydrogen Peroxide right away. Ladies I woke up this morning feeling like a new woman and completely free of any odor. This was the best advice I have ever received! Thanks Ladies

Posted by TG (RP, NJ) on 10/20/2008

how do you do this hydrogen peroxide douche? u just take the squirting bottle and fill it up with HP and water and just stick it up there.. shoot the solution and then it leaks back out? im confused. which way works better? the tampon soaked in HP or douching it?

Posted by Tomika (Decatur, Georgia) on 09/03/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have had BV reoccurrences for several years now, every time I went to the doctor they gave me the same medicine and yes it worked, (ONLY FOR A WHILE) then like always it would reoccur again. I have been so frustrated with going to the doctor with the same issue time and time again. This particular time around, I was like there has to be some type of home remedy I can do. So, I googled and yahooed and googled and THANK GOD I came across this site, I started to read all the comments and stories and praises, at first I was very skeptical and didn't really want to try the Hydrogen Peroxide and water douche. I was like 'there is no way it's that simple', and then I thought 'you can't put Hydrogen Peroxide inside of your vagina', then I was like 'what's the worst that can happen', besides after reading all the successful stories, I thought 'why not'. I went to my local 24 hr Kroger grocery store @ 12 am, yes 12 am, I was beyond tired of dealing with this problem. I purchased Hydrogen Peroxide 3% @ 50 cents a bottle and also some folic acid pills @ $4.50 a bottle. When I got home I mixed half warm water and half Hydrogen Peroxide together and inserted into my vagina while lying on my back. I did this twice and then a third time with just warm water, just to rinse myself. I then took 800 mg of the folic acid, 2 capsules of 400 mg. That was every bit of maybe 40 minutes ago, the Hydrogen Peroxide so far seems to have worked, and I sure hope so. I will keep you guys posted as to my results. I'm more than thankful for this site. Sincerely, extremely grateful and anxious female.

Replied by Angela
Baltimore, Maryland
09/05/2008
[YEA]   I have been reading the comments from this site for three days before I finally decided to try the Hydrogen Peroxide and Folic Acid. I have been suffering from BV for 10 years on and off, so while waiting for one of my endless gyn appointments next week, I took 800 mcg of Folic Acid and after work I douched with half warm water and the hydrogen Peroxide. After douching, the discharge was non-existent and the itch and irritation cleared up. I didn't have a smell, so that wasn't an issue. I also douched again this morning and this time, I felt a little bit of a burn, but that subsided right away and there is still no discharge or itch. I will update everyone soon. Thanks for the advice everyone.

Posted by TT (Atlanta, GA) on 08/31/2008

[YEA]  flushing with h2o2 and water cured my smelly vjajay! "flushing" (with a applicator from a metrogel)fill the applicator with 1/4 h202 3% and 3/4 water. tilt the applicator a bit as to not lose the mixture.by doing the 'douche' as a "flush" youre able to get the mixture further in the vagina instead of merely the walls as with a traditional douche applicator. i take 800 mcg folic acid twice a day. one prenatal vitamin a day. killed the oodor immediately. sprinkle a little baking soda in your panty. good luck ladies. were all in the fight!

Posted by Arlana (Taylorville, IL) on 08/28/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi, I am ACH, I think I have BV from the sounds of it...YEP! I have been fighting this for a month now and I have been on flagyl, metro gel, clindesse, bactrim, diflucan, all of it. I read your comments and tried the hydrogen peroxide douche for about 3 days and I am as red as a lobster on the external part of my vagina...is that normal? Should I continue the hydrogen peroxide or stop, I read where a lady used iodine and water douche and I am just about ready to give up. The odor is still there but the discharge is gone, I don't know if it is because I am on so many meds right now that my body doesn't know if its healed or to produce more yeast...PLEASE HELP! Got any suggestions??

Replied by BB Kelley
San Antonio, Texas
10/07/2008
Please stop douching!!! You are messing up your natural (good) bacteria in your vagina. Please see the folic acid and acidophilus cure. I bought and use Culturell (10 billion CFU) probiotics from Walgreens (ask the pharmacist because it is kept refridgerated); its a very good acidophilus (1 tablet orally per day); than I take 2 400mg of folic acid a day. When I tell you it works....it works. I am so pleased with my results that I am singing earthclinc praises to all of my friends. Try it you will not be disappointed. Good Luck, BB

Posted by Danielle (Northeast, IN) on 08/14/2008

[YEA]  I'm 30 yrs old. After a few weeks with a new sexual partner, I got my first case of BV. I was put on antibiotics for strep throat around the same time, and was hoping those would clear the BV as well. It got worse. The smell was awful, and nothing was helping. Never having BV or any STDs before, I was freaked out. After finding this site during an internet search, I decided to try the 1/2 hydrogen peroxide 1/2 water douche, along with acidophillus and folic acid supplements twice daily. I'm not sure how much the vitamins helped, but the H202/water douche eliminated my BV immediately. I was very nervous about using peroxide as a douche, but I'm so glad I tried it. The BV was literally gone completely by the next morning, without even a hint that there was a problem just hours earlier. THANK YOU SO MUCH! After being very discouraged by reading all the gyno prescribed treatments that do not work for people, this simple remedy was a Godsend. Thanks again to all the women who left comments about their positive experience. You encouraged me to try it, and it worked 100%.

Replied by Stephanie
Louisville, United States
08/31/2009
i have had this bv thing for almost a year. i never new what it was till my boyfriend and i looked into it. it was ruining our sex life. i had no confidence and i wanted it to go away. it was driving me crazy!!!!! i just tried the hydrogen peroxcide, and i am praying that it works. i want this gone once and for all.

Posted by E (New York, NY) on 08/12/2008

[YEA]  Well ladies, I'm here to testify about my experience using hydrogen peroxide to end BV and a yeast infection. My story: I became sexually active about a year ago. I began to have yeast infections and BV about a month after I became sexually active. Month after month, I went to the doctor and was prescribed flagly, gyconozole, and diflucan. These medications kept my infections at bay for about a month before they returned in full force. The medications affects began to wear off and I was getting the infections every two weeks. I began researching on my own, as it was painfully clear that the medications I was using did not have any valuable long term effects.

I read several websites like this and studies that suggested that Peroxide, of all things, was a viable remedy for vaginal infections.

I was always weary of douching, as the modern science community recommends avoiding docuhing. Desperate and tired of going back and forth to the doctor, I used peroxide after my last infection.

I mixed 3 tablespoons of 3% peroxide with 3 tablespoons of tap water into a small travel douche while in the shower. I then laid in the tub and inserted the mixture. I laid on the floor of the tub for about 2 minutes to allow the peroxide to foam up. When I stood up, I pushed the mixture out and the peroxide came out foamy.

The peroxide COMPLETELY cleared up my infections (both yeast and BV). I used it for 5 days in a row.

I don't know how often I have to douche to stop the infections from coming back.

I do know that I feel much better using peroxide rather than these ridiculous prescriptions given to me by my doctor. Contrary to the medications, peroxide promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your vagina. The medication destroys everything in your vagina, particularly antibiotics. This has serious consquences on your vagina's ability to rebalance itself. Peroxide is a much better alternative to not only killing harmful bacteria and yeast in the vagina, but it also helps the vagina rebalance itself.

Lack of balance is the root of the problem anyways. It is the lack of balance that allows bad bacteria and yeast to grow out of control.

In addition to douching with peroxide whenever I feel an infection coming on, I also take a probiotic and a multivitamin with 600mg of folic acid.

Good luck ladies,
E

Posted by PB (OCALA, FL) on 08/12/2008

[YEA]  WELL U CAN SEE IT HAS BEEN ABOUT 3 WEEKS IF NOT LONGER AND I AM STILL SMELLIN LIKE WATER !!!!!!! USE THE PEROXIDE IF U LADIES WANT REAL RESULTS JUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER DO IT. DOUCHE WITH THE MIXTURE EVERY THREE DAYS- AND WIPE UR PARTS WITH THE MIXTURE EVERYTIME U TOILET. HOPE U HAVE AS GOOD OF LUCK AS I HAVE.

Posted by Jessica (Hartselle, Alabama) on 08/09/2008

[YEA]  I tried your recommendation to use hydrogen peroxide for bacterial vaginosis and it worked INSTANTLY! I felt relief right away. Just a few hours later I felt totally normal. I followed the suggestion of one of the commenters on this site and made a mixture in a shot glass of 1/2 hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 water, then used a bulb syringe to apply the mixture inside and outside. I did this 3 times (3 shot glasses). What a cheap remedy! I LOVE your site for giving this suggestion. Thank you soooo much.

Posted by Traci (Orlando, FL) on 08/08/2008

[YEA]  Finally cured of BV. It took some fine tuning but I found what works for me. I take a shot glass and fill it half with hydrogen peroxide and half with water. I then take a bulb syringe (like the one to clean your ear of wax) and suction the mixture. I use this as a "mini douche" but be careful to squeeze the air out before inserting. The bulb syringe also doubles as a "mini portable bidet" fill it with water and/or hydrogen peroxide and squirt on your genitalia to clean after urinating or a bowel movement. Hope it helps others it works wonders for me and the syringe is easy to take along on trips.

Posted by Joanna (Paramus, NJ) on 08/03/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Wow! This site is amazing. I've been telling my doctor for years that I felt like something was off but after treating me over and over for a yeast infection he told me this is just my body. I swore it was something else and finally decided to take it upon myself to find out. I've obviously had bv for god only knows how long. It has to be at least 10 years though. It's been the worst thing to deal with. I was constantly changing and washing.

I read all your posts and began the peroxide with water. It did get rid of the smell almost immediately. I've been doing douches every day in the shower for about a week. I'm nervous to stop and have that smell come back.

The one thing that hasn't been kicked is the whitish discharge. It's nowhere near as bad but I notice that in the morning it's back. Is there something that I'm not doing that I should be????

Any guidance would be extremely appreciated. I don't know if I should be douching more. I'm not taking the folic acid but am taking the priobiotic acidophilus.... one a day. Maybe I should up that dosage. I don't know I just want to live a normal life.

Thank you for everything!!! In my case, this site has been able to help a situation where my doctor had no idea.

EC: Folic acid appears to be a critical component in curing BV.

Posted by Aniya (Richmond, Virginia) on 07/26/2008

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  Have had problems with bv for over 10 years and im only 24! have gotten medicine several times but didnt really help. i have just discharge and not smell or any pain. i have tryed peroxide but it only helped for a couple hours. i recently went back 2 my doctor and was told that my discharge is normal but that i lack all the normal bacteria that is present in the vagina. does anyone have any suggestions how i can restore the balance and return all the bacteria that should be present. im guessing because all bacteria is not present that that could be the reason why i have the discharge and not the smelling or the pain.

EC: Acidophilus and Folic Acid are 2 popular supplements for BV according to our readers. Make sure you read all the feedback on the BV pages!

Posted by PB (Ocala, FL) on 07/24/2008

[YEA]  Thanks to the ladies out there that wee willing to share their deep dark secret- i tried hp and it worked immediatley i did one douche this morning and a tampon soaked in it every two hours and i smell like water!!!! for real i will contine for the next 6 days- mand if it comes back o well i will still use this method because it really produces results. much love all p.b.

Replied by P.B
OCALA , FL
07/26/2008
WELL IT IS SATURDAY AND I STARTED THE REGIMEN ON THURSDAY AND HAVE NOT DID IT AGIAN SINCE FRIDAY AND I AM STILL AS FRESSSSSH AND CLEAN CLEAN- GET THE PEROXIDE IT WORKS FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE!!!!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW EFFECTIVE THIS IS!!!!!!!!THANKS EVERYONE. I WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOU ON MY PROGRESS AS I FEEL SINCE U ALL GAVE ME THE ADVICE U ARE ALL ENTITLED TO IT!!! THANKS AGAIN TALK TO U ALL SOON SINCERLY P.B.
Replied by Nancy
Riverside, Ca
02/02/2009
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   I've been suffering from BV for about 9 months now (on and off) I started using the hydrogen peroxide, and folic acid. The Hydrogen peroxide stopped the discharge amd the smell and even the itch for about 2 weeks as well as taking 800mgs of folic acid once a day. But now it seems the hydrogen peroxide only works for about one day stopping the discharge only for a day as well as stopping the inner labia itch . Anyone have any Suggestions? im going crazy with the itch.

Posted by Diane (Danbury, CT) on 07/23/2008

[WARNING!]  Hello, I have been suffering from Bacterial Vaginosa for several years.Three years ago tried a vaginal wash for 7 days following my period, with 3%, from the pharmacy. I use a 50/50 dilution with water.Works great. My husband read how impure 3% over the counter is and ordered food grade. He diluted it down to 3% for me. Well, I don't know what happened, I imagine his numbers were off....but I was severely burned and immediately washed with pure water. This was two days ago, the pain and rawness is subsiding, but I am suffering. NEVER use the food grade again. Does anyone have any suggestions for the burn.

EC: So sorry you were burned. We are weary of 30% food grade H202 for this very reason!

Replied by Rose
Durham, North Carolina, United States
07/26/2011
Hi my name is Rose,

I know I'm a bit late answering your question but if anything like this ever occurs again or if you know anyone who experiences this try Vitamin E oil capsules. You can buy this at Whole Foods. I buy the bottle which contains the gell capsules. You can bite holes into them and squeeze onto your fingers to apply to infected areas or you could probably buy a bottle of the vitamin E oil which isn't in capsule form. Hope this works for you, it has given me rather immediate relief before so thats my suggesstion. Also, for your BV you can try purchasing two lemons and squeezing the juice out of them and purchasing a small bottle of organic apple cidar vinegar and lastly a syringe (you know the one that looks like it's meant for a needle to go in it) you can buy that at a regular grocery store in the pharmacy area or at a pharmacy. Mix the lemon juice and apple cidar vinegar together and keep it in a sealed container in your fridge. You don't not need to add water to this mixture it's not intense at all; however if your body is a bit more sensitive I suggest you use distilled or bottled water, and don't use much. It's important to keep this mixture as acidic as possible for quick results. Keep the syringe in a dry clean area. While your in the shower, after showering, suck the mixture up into the surrenge and carefully insert it into the vagina. Squirt the mixture up there and rinse off with water. It works for me within about two days of doing it. You won't need to over do it, filling the syringe twice and squirting it as far as it will go is sufficient enough. Good Luck. Feel Free to write me back if this works for you.

P.S. In addition to blood (menstrual cycle) and sperm (sex) soap can also be somewhat harmful as I believe it is more alkaline than acidic. When bathing do not directly wash the vagina with soap. Wash around the vagina with soap and rince the direct area off with hot water. Soaps that probably won't harm the vagina but will probably help the vagina are lemon soap, cranberry soap, and non scented soaps. Well anyways I really hope that I gave you some advice that will be helpful. Bye.

Posted by Athina (Fishkill, NY) on 07/22/2008

[YEA]  I had a very slight case of BV for the first time in my life, but it did not go away with yogurt, probiotics, garlic, etc...I tried everything and I was just about ready to use vaginal metrogel, but decided to try this hydrogen peroxide. It worked!! No fishy odor whatsoever.I inserted about 30 cc's of hydrogen peroxide 3%- undiluted!!!! (I used a medication syringe- the kind used to give liquid medication to infants). lay on your back and keep your hips tilted up-allow the hydrogen do its work for about 4 minutes. Then sit on the toilet and allow it to drain out. It really worked well. And in case you are scared to put it up there- hydrogen peroxide is naturally occurring in the v-jay.

Posted by Beth (Edmonton, Canada) on 07/13/2008

[YEA]  I tried the peroxide remedy for BV and it worked fabulous and almost instantly! One note though: don't forget that's it's a combo of peroxide and WATER!!! I did straight peroxide and what no one else mentioned is it burned like heck at first, but it must have worked because within 5 min. felt so much better....

Posted by Raydiant (Syracuse , New York ) on 07/09/2008

[YEA]  I have sufferd with BV for at least 1 1/2 years. I have constanly been to the doctor only to receive treatment with antibiotics. I am soooooooo thankful to all the people who took their time to write to this forum with their natural cures.

I happened to try the Acidophilus pills 2 a day not sure of the mg because I don't have the bottle. I took them for about 3-4 days and saw a slight difference in the oder but not anything significant. I went out this morning and purchased the Folic Acid 400mcg, I took 2 today, and inserted a tampon with Hydrodgen Peroxide Solution this morning. This afternoon and I believe that it was mainly the HYDRODGEN PEROXIDE THAT CURED ME OF THAT AWFUL SMELL. It cost me $3.88 at Walmart for the tampons with the plastic applicator or a douche back will due, and $.50 for the peroxide. I recommend EVERYONE try the Peroxide FIRST!!!!!!!!!! I am going to continue with everything, I even take a multivitamin which everyone should do whether you have BV or not.

With much love for my Sisters & And many thanks to the women who also had the courage to post their stories. I am only on day 1 with the Peroxide I will repost in about a week or 2 to let everyone know if it's long term.

Posted by Enigma (Encino, California) on 06/30/2008

[YEA]  I know what caused my BV, several long Jacuzzi sessions, a long bath with fragrance, hot weather, and wearing swimsuits because the synthetic traps the bacteria and sweat. Yesterday I poured HP in a bowl and absorbed it with a medium sized tampon and pushed it inside. Relief from the get go....

Am repeating this today, along with going shopping for some Acidophilus, Folic Acid, and plenty of plain yogart. I'll also get some 100% cranberry juice.

No sugar, no underwear, and no soap, unless it's natural soap that I get at the Trader Joes. I'll scoop out the discharge collecting during each shower. This has helped so much in the past with keeping the bacteria and yeast to a minimum.

Good luck people!

Replied by Enigma
Encino, California
07/02/2008
I'm back with an update on the progress of my BV. So far the itching has subsided. It is still present in the morning, but not nearly as bad as before starting the remedies a few days ago.

I am taking 1200 MCG of Folic acid in the morning, then another 1200 MCG's at night. Also 2 tablets of 4 billion organisms acidophilius & probiotic complex in the morning, then 2 at night.

I am drinking 2 shots of pure cranberry juice mixed with a full glass of water 3 times per day.

Peroxide tampons twice per day as well. I take them out after about 2 hours.

The stinky smell is completely gone and my vagina smells like nothing. Yes, nothing. Like straight air.

Oh, and I also purchased plain English yogart and have been eating that everyday.

Posted by Amy (Somewhere in, Oklahoma) on 06/25/2008

[YEA]  I am SO thankful I found this website! I'm 25 & I've been plagued with BV off & on for the past 3 years. The antibiotics quit working on me. I didn't know what to do, I was so embarrassed! I had a very strong odor that I could smell through my clothes, so I knew other people could smell me as well! I decided to look for natural remedies yesterday & came across this website. I read all of the remedies. The only one I had on hand was hydrogen peroxide. I didn't have a douche, so I just poured some peroxide into a tampon. I left it in for 30-45 minutes. For good measure, I also wiped my privates with the peroxide. The smell went away immediately. When I was getting ready for bed last night, I took off my underwear & there wasn't any discharge either! I feel like a new woman! I also ordered some Acidophilus & Folic Acid to take to keep the BV in check. Vitamins.com has a sale right now. I paid a total of $17, & that'll last me around 6 months! That's a hell of a lot cheaper than those awful antibiotics that don't even cure the problem! THANK YOU EARTH CLINIC & all the women who have shared their stories!!!

Posted by Kasey-Clay (Orlando, FL) on 06/12/2008

[YEA]  Hello All, kasey-Clay in the the house on a serious note. I like many other on this site have been trying to fight the battle of BV. I had gone to my doctor so much to seek treatment that he thought i was a little strange, but i was like why can't you help me and why do you think i'm crazy??? I heard that i might need to change my diet, but being 35 and 115 pounds. I take very good care of myself but change my diet as i was not willing to take the chance of loosing any weight. Last week I came across this site and heard about the hydogen perixode I thought if the label say to use as a mouth wash what else could you use it for. So Sunday night began my quest to see if i would have any luck as the other women here on the site. The first time using the the perixode (which i used 1/2 perioxd and rest water)i felt super clean and didn't have any discharge for the whole day.While i still had odor the discharge was not there. it's thursday now and i can say the the odor as well as the discharge is gone. I will have to post back after my complete seven days and let everyone know how i am doing without doing the treatment. I figure i may have to do follow up treatments as my boby PH is slightly high and i'm unwilling to change my diet, but if that's all i have to do and no more trips to the doctor for BV I feel like i have my life back and i'm very thankful to everyone who has shared there story. This is a hard subject to address because we all want to feel and look our best inside and out!! I'll keep everyone posted as to how i'm doing next week.

Replied by Alpinediva
Mpls, Mn
06/07/2012
Hi there, I have been reading through some posts and was hoping people could specify when they say things like "I used vitamin C" etc. I don't know if they took it orally or inserted it.

I have been using Tea tree oil with coconut on a tampon during the day then a yogurt supository after bath. I'm nervous to douche because I don't want to kill off good bacteria. My friend is a microbiologist and explained the yogurt is a great way to get the good bacteria because it colonizes easier that just taking probiotics- so I insert that and also cosume yogurt or Kefir. It appears to be clearing up.

One thing I have read on many forums is that many women appear to be able to "treat" BV but not cure it. So, they get it under control temporarily by killing it off but then it comes back. I expect the trick to this is balancing ph with reintroduction of good bacteria.

I read the swiss study that had good success inserting with vitamin C- capules which I would like to try- but don't know how much to take. Is the Folic Acid consumed or inserted and how much?

http://www.livestrong.com/article/510666-bacterial-vaginosis-vitamin-c/

Thanks for the input

Posted by Barbara (Tampa, FL) on 06/09/2008

[YEA]  I would definitely say that this is a miracle cure!! I have suffered with BV for about 2 years. I did the whole doctor visit and the $50 prescription that DID NOT work. I finally decided to do some searching on my own and stumbled across this site. Soon as I read all the comments I went straight out and bought the hydrogen peroxide and the probiotics. I did the peroxide douche as soon as I got home, and then right before I went to bed. The next day there was barely any discharge and the smell was gone. I did the douche once more that evening and I am cured!! No discharge or smell! I am so relieved that I found this site. I feel so much better about myself and am glad that I am over this awful dilema.

Posted by Vicki (Elizabeth, NC) on 06/07/2008

[YEA]  OMG this stuff really works. It was amazing I have used everything from antibotics to every remedy in the world but this one was different. At one point I didn't think it was working it stung while inserting it but it was worth it.I am currently still using it to clear up my bv and taking the acid folic peels. This is just so amazing God was the only one who heard my cry and you all were the angels who helped me fing the cure to stop my crying.I thank you all.

Posted by Relieved from Tampa (Tampa, FL) on 04/30/2008

[YEA]  Ladies, I have been suffering from BV for longer than I can remember and last night i stumbled upon this site. Let me tell you, I am amazed at the difference the Perioxide douche made as soon as I used it. Instantly the order and discharge is gone. I am so amazed that I keep running to the bathroom using the mirror to look at see if maybe the discharge is there but NOTHING!!! I just took the folic acid and probiotic this evening so i will keep you posted. It saddens me that no one told me this years ago. I was told that my body doenst produce enough good bacteria but nothing was ever said about the benefits of perioxide or even supplements to introduce healthy bacteria back into my body. This site is great. I am so thankful that I found it.

Posted by Dawn (Memphis, TN) on 04/18/2008

[YEA]  I went back to the doctor for the second time in a month yesterday for BV. I was first on a regimen of three different prescriptions (oral) and then yesterday was prescribed a $60 cream in hopes that would "fix me." I came home without purchasing the cream and started researching online. I sent my husband out immediately after finding this site. I did a rinse of H2O2 while he was gone to get a douche bag and could already tell a difference when he got out. I used the H2O2 and H2O solution and wow!! I felt better, smelt better and I'm hooked!! Thank you, thank you , thank you!! Today I will get the folic acid and probiotics from a reputable supplement store.

Posted by Cara (Thousand Oaks, CA) on 04/07/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hydrogen Peroxide douche relieved the symptoms of persistent Bacterial Vaginosis! I'm a registered nurse who is properly informed about all the different kinds of medicine available to treat BV. However,None of the medicine I took worked for my BV. I was diagnosed with BV after taking a strong antibiotic I took for bronchitis last year(In Nov 07). Since then, I have been suffering from persistent BV that won't go away with oral Flagyl, Doxycline, Clindamycin vaginal cream, Tindamex and finally Metrogel. My vaginal culture was normal because pathogenic anarobic bacteria normally lives in the vagina. I didn't have that much of discharge or fishy odor at all. My main symptoms were buring and swelling of my vagina. I was so frustrated that none of those drugs I took cure my BV. I have never had anything like this in my life! I stop having sex with my husband for months! I simply did not have desire to have sex because my bottom was hurting. My Gyn really did not know what to do anymore. Since, I'm a clinical nurse, I actually knew more about it that she was. I finally read this web-site and decided to try Hydrogen Peroxide douche method. I take multivitamin that has folic acid but to be honest, it is the Vitamin C that helps with BV than the folic acid. I douched with half HP and water for the first three days. I began to see some relief. Then I started my period. After my period, the symptoms came back again. I started the HP therapy again. This time, I used 30cc syringe filled with straight 3% HP rather than mixing with water for 7 days. I gradually started to feel better. So far, I don't think it is 100% cured yet but I have high hope that HP douche will restore the PH balance. I'll keep you guys posted of my progress.

Posted by Patrice (Greenville, SC) on 03/26/2008

[YEA]  Oh my GOD!!! It's a miracle. I can't believe it. After suffering from this monster for over 30 years and trying everything avaliable through the medical community this remedy has finally worked for me. The 50/50 solution with hydrogen peroxide and water erased the fishy odor and gave immediate relief from all vaginal irritation including the tingling sensation during urination. I decided to use 2billion probiotics along with 800mg of folic acid per day and Viola!!! IT'S GONE. I believe success depends on regular use.

Posted by LOVE my vag again (San Francisco,Ca) on 03/20/2008

[YEA]  I've been dealing with BV for over two years, and it is the most embarassing ailment. I can't talk to anyone about it. I used the 50/50 3% peroxide and water douche, and the smell was gone instantly. I'm also taking the folic acid and acidophilus (normal doses). So far the bog of eternal stench has not returned-even after intercourse. Even though the douche worked, I want to use it as a last resort in the future as I'm wary of excessive douching. I will post back in a week. Hopefully, my vagina will remain friendly between now and then.

Posted by Margy (Fayetteville, North Carolina) on 03/13/2008

[YEA]  As I promised to let you all know, after 2 weeks of treatment BV with what you all suggested I am happy to say that I feel good and all my symptoms are gone, I still take 800mg folic acid every day and two acidophilus pills, I also eat a yougurt every morning, thanks for all the good info, to all the ladies my best wishes in the fight against BV, and this web-site for allowing us to get great information

Posted by Ashley (Memphis, TN) on 03/07/2008

[YEA]  'I too have suffered with bv for about 4 years now. I have been to the doctor several times for this and my doctor always prescibes metronidazole. It works for a while but the bv always comes back. I was so fed up with going back to the doctor that i decided to see if there were other remedies and I found this site yesterday. I am so very happy. I purchased some folic acid pills, acidiphilous and peroxide and I am proud to say that the itching has gone away in less than 24 hrs and the discharge has become less. I will post updates on my road back to normalcy. Thank you so much to everyone for sharing this remedy.

Posted by portia (warner robins, ga) on 03/07/2008

[YEA]  I tried a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 10% povodine iodine, and water. I made a douche of it w/ about 2/3 peroxide and the rest iodine. This has worked unlike anything else. I have been battling bv for over 4 years and i have taken the metrogel, clindesse, and tons of over the counter vitamins and minerals and probiotics.I have not had a recurrence and I use the douche once a month after my period. I hope this helps someone.

Replied by Michelle
Baltimore, Maryland
03/09/2008
Exactly how much Hydrogen Peroxide, exactly how much Povodine Iodine and exactly how much Wter was used for the douche for Bacterial Vaginosis. Did it work with 1 douche?

Posted by Pam (Orlando, FL) on 03/07/2008

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  FL writes: "I've been dealing with an ongoing case of BV for about 6 months. I've been to to three different doctors a total of 6 times. They all prescribed the ususal stuff. After reading this website, I've been trying boric acide, probiotics, folic acid and half peroxide, half water. None seemed to really do the trick.

Yesterday I found a report from the National Institutes of Health saying that STRAIGHT peroxide (3%) (not mixed with water), used as a douche for 7 days is just as effective as the prescriptions.

Here is a link to that study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676737 I've been doing the half peroxide-half water douch for two days, and tried the all peroxide douche this morning. I can tell the difference allready! I'm going to continue this for 7 days. I'll write back to report on how it did.

Replied by Pam
Orlando, FL
03/18/2008
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   A few weeks ago I wrote that I was trying straight peroxide for BV. It seemed to work, then I got my period so I stopped. Then I had sex again, and the BV seemed to come back. I'm giving the straight peroxide another chance.

I'm curious to know if other women get BV after sex even with a condom. Or, have you tried different condoms and found some are better than others for this. I'm starting to wonder if it is the spermacide that is messing me up. Last time we had sex, my BF used an unlubricated condom, but then we had to use a lot of KY liquid for lubrication. All we had around was the "warming liquid" in the orange bottle. I have to imagine whatever stuff they put in it to make it warming can't be ph balanced!

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
10/15/2008
Stop having sex for awhile. I know it's hard to explain this to your old man, but NOTHING flares up a yeast/bacterial infection like intercourse. It will never go away otherwise. It's painful anyway. You won't want it.
I got a raging yeast infection immediately after losing my virginity five years ago and been battling these infections and bladder infections since then.

I've suffered and it's been humiliating having these infections and odors along with discharge, it's so hard to make men understand about this. With alternative medicine my infections became less frequent and I can control them now, but I could never have sex every single day, maybe about 2 to 3 times a week, because my vag gets irritated, sore, and dried out, and I develop infections. That was the only way I learn to control these infections. (You can't have sex too frequently) let your vag heal, and give her a little down time.

Replied by So far soooo goood!!
Baler Town, CA
01/18/2009
[YEA]   Pam, stick with full strength 3% HP for at least the 7 days. DO NOT be lazy about it, just because the smell is gone after the 1st, 2nd day does not mean you're completely healed. DO 7 days straight. I'd say start the remedy AFTER your period. Blood is alkaline so is male pre-ejaculate/sperm and also female "lubrication/juice", that's why it comes back even with condom use. After 7 days, you should start feeling better without itch, odor, and decreased discharge. Do not have sex "OR" orgasm on your own (female juice is alkaline, it will set you back and you'll have to start from the beginning). No blood no sexual activity for the 7 days. I'm into my 3rd week even after sex and PERIOD!! My discharge is changing back to it's original consistency and texture. I have no odor whatsoever!! I actually have less of a "NORMAL" odor now than before I did the HP remedy - weird. Ladies 3% Hydrogen Peroxide works but, you have to use it FULL strength. Do washes NONE of that 1/2 and 1/2 douching. Douching IS bad for you. Ladies I wish you the best of luck with this crap of an ailment. Try this. It's working for so far. I smell like air!! Hooorayyy!!

Posted by Amazed (charlotte, nc) on 03/06/2008

[YEA]  i had been dealing with BV since the birth of my second child. I think it really came into effect after having a tampon inside me for nearly a week. so since 2005 and its now 2008 occassionally my privates would start smelling fishy... i went to the doctor and received the antibiotics, but the problem kept coming back. I was utterly embarassed. Ihad resorted to using norforms (vaginal deodorant suppositiories) and they would work but the next day... here came the fish smell. I was at wits end... i thought I was the only woman with this problem. i felt ashamed. Like i had the only stinky private area in the world. when i founc this website i tried the folic acid and acidopilis pills and 50/50 water 3%hydrogen peroxide mix... all I can say is thank you to this websites creator and the women who shared the advice. i am in tears because finally i realize that i wasn't dirty

Replied by Shelly
Tampa, FL
09/01/2008
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   My story sounds pretty similar to all the others. Been dealing with BV for about 7 years. Never really got rid of it. Different Doctors have tried different meds. over and over. Tried Refresh wich was ok for a couple of days. I finally got so discouraged I just gave up and figured I'd have to live with it, until I started researching on my own. Im now trying accidophilus and 50/50 peroxide and I think it might be working but then a week later I got a yeast infection ,maybe from changing my ph too much? I'm not sure

Posted by Leah (Shawnee, Oklahoma) on 03/04/2008

[YEA]  I've tried the Folic Acid 800 MCG, 3% Hydrogen Peroxide/water douche 50/50 mix, and Acidiphilus Probiotic (500 Million Organism/tablet) remedy for recurring BV. I'd suffered and suffered from BV. I didn't know the cause, my Doctor didn't know the cause. I felt like a broken record. I felt gross and dirty. I felt I was not treating this problem properly. I was going to keep shelling out money for products and medicines that were only temporary fixes. I'm DISGUSTED that our doctors don't take this BV problem more seriously. They should be recommending this natural remedy and stop filling us with antibiotics that are so harmful. THANK YOU SO MUCH(!!!) for helping not only me, but my fellow sisters in our fight against recurring BV

Replied by Jodie
Edinburgh, Scotland
03/25/2009
Hi ladies & concerned partners,

Thankyou for sharing, your combined information is incredibly valuable!!

When your body seems to be letting you down, remember your body is trying to always keep a balance in this crazy old world of "short-cut" living and eating, and unappreciated stresses.

Many people rightly seek a Doctor's opinion and care, but when the advice and treatment is not giving you the results you hoped for or getting to the source of the problem, consider seeking another opinion from a different health philosophy, such as a Naturopath. A qualified Naturopath will spend about an hour getting to know you, and asks a lot of questions to consider many aspects of your health, lifestyle, diet, emotional state etc. Their treatments aim to helps the body heal itself by supporting your systems & considers you wholistically. Herbalists, Nutritionist and Homeopaths can also be very helpful depending on your health concern. Horses for courses and all that!

Most cities have a professional listing of registered practitioners in your area. Find one that suits you. I hope this information has helped you to steer you in a new direction with your health and self-empowerment, be it for BV or other issues.
Best Wishes to you all.

Posted by Margy (Fayetteville , NC) on 02/29/2008

[YEA]  I want to thank all of you ladies for posting such a great info about BV I have been married for 27 years and the last five years of my marriage, I have suffered with BV it was like going thru hell until I found you all 3 days ago i prayed so hard about getting a cure for this awfull thing that was taking over my body I took flagil so many times used clyndamicin and creams and I was getting no results, was filling good for a few days then I had it again, as soon I read this iformation I got the folic acid 800mgc acidophilous , and hidrogen peroxide I took 2 folic acid pills with 3 of acidophilous and then douche with 1/2 water and 1/2 hidrogen peroxide the that afternoon I felt very litle relief then the next morning I did the same treatment and by the afternoon i started filling clean and there was no fishi smell at all,just a stinging filling so i took another treatment by 7pm and I open acidophilous pill put a couple of drops of water and used it as an ointment on the outside of my vagina for the burning, it worked like a miracle and now today 3 days later I did the treatment in the morning and I do not fill any pain or any sings of BV, I just want to say thank you to all of you, I will keep taking at list 1 folic acid pill a day and 3 acidophilous for the next couple of days to see what happens, I will keep you posted!

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