I'm thankful to this website, as it led me to the cure for problematic bouts with Bacterial Vaginosis. The acidophilus and folic acid combo has worked well for me. I found a product that was particularly helpful and widely available at pharmacies called _____. If you get the supplement, It contains acidophilus cultures that are particularly helpful for maintaining ph of your lady area. Taking three of these a day (and inserting the CONTENTS of one capsule vaginally) each night for a week got rid of my infection. It is important to maintain consumption of the acidophilus, as the activities that upset your ph in the first place (mine was a sexual encounter with a new partner) may cause it to come back. It is also important to assess the factors that may have caused your infection. The first time I got it, it was from trying a new brand of tampons. Don't use heavily scented soaps to wash with, and use hypoallergenic laundry detergents as well. I also found that switching to all cotton underwear has helped immensely. Also, I would recommend sleeping in loose breathable clothing. Anything that can foster the environment for bad bacteria to grow is something you should try to fix. Since then, I've only had a recurrence when I quit taking the remedies altogether and did something that triggered the infection. The peroxide douche is also helpful, though I wouldn't use it just by itself as a remedy. It seems to be a temporary fix. When I combined it with my aforementioned remedy, it seemed to speed up the cure process. Within the first day of using the four capsule dose and one tablet of 800mg folic acid, the odor and discharge were gone. I used the peroxide to flush out the area initially before taking the pills. It did wonders for me, and I hope this helps someone.
(Wixom, Michigan, United States)
I read what you all have written on this site, and I noticed that I usually get BV after having sex. I had one partner for 2.5 years and making sure that he cleaned his penis prior to sex pretty much stopped the BV. I had a new partner and got BV immediatley. I bought acidophilus chewable tabs by accident but was desperate. I inserted one and and noticed about 2 hours later the smell was gone. I inserted another one before bed and still no smell. No bleeding or anything. Only problem now is that I still have some slight itching and irritation around the vagina as well as swelling. now it feels like a yeast infection without all of the discharge.
(New Orleans, La)
well, ive only drank one acidophilus a day, i havent seen a change, but i will try and start taking two a day as well as inserting one into my vaj (lol) and see if that makes a difference by this weekend, whether it does or not, i will give an update, im really thankful for all of these tips!!!
I was soo awed to see how many women were going through what it is that i have only been experiencing for the last 2 months now. Thank you all for sharing...when one is going through something as personal as having an odor you feel like you are the only one out there experiencing it...you look at other women other there at the supermarket or in class thinking that they are all just fine...and to think this line of though is coming from a health educator...LOL
The odor that I was having was very mild but I knew that it was not normal...to describe it..it was more like a biology experiment done with bacteria in lab class. Anyhow.. .I was inspired to take a little advice from here and there. I first bought the acidophilus 500 million live cultures 2 per day. Then I bought a twin pack douche ( a generic brand) i just used the bottle i threw out the liquid inside of it. Filled the bottle with distilled bottled water and 2 ml of Goldenseal root. I only douched with that mixture once and i saw an instant difference. Its been 2 days now no smell no nothing. I'm going to keep an eye on it and i'll keep you all posted.
I'm not sure if it is the goldenseal's direct contact or the acidophilus' bacteria. Maybe the combination works.
hi everyone! I suffered from bv since I had my first baby nine months ago. Since then i've been to the doctor once sometimes even twice a month for creams, gels or antibiotics. Nothing seems to help! I even asked the doctor if there was anything I can do at home to cure this problem. She said she doesn't know becuase usually when someone gets bv, they take the antibiotic and that was it! Cured! For a long time I felt alone. I didnt know that theyre were others out there that was also suffering with the same condition. Suddenly I felt like I had hope! I'm so thankful for all u ladies out there who posted up remedies for others to try. GOD BLESS U ALL! I'm going to try the acidophus tonight. I am a little worried that it might come back like all the other stuff I've tried. However, I'll be back to let u know how the results went! Thank u ladies again. God bless u and I pray that each one of u ladies don't have to go thru anything like this anymore.
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Hi all, Ok managed to pick through all the details and am doing the following. At the end of my period last month I had the itch and smell so just as a trial I inserted a capule using a tampoon. The most common brand with an applicator in the UK has a sort of, for want of a better word, claw on the top. the tampoon can be lowered and the capsule placed in the top, it actually fits in the top and stays there and can be easily inserted. The following morning the smell was gone.
From then on I have been taking and doing the below:
Take 1 x 1 billion Acidophilus capsule, 1 x Zinc 15mg, 1 x folic acid 800mg
take 1 x 1 billon Acidophilus
with these I take Dong Quai 250mg morning and night and 1 x multi vit and mineral, these help with some other stuff I have going on.
1 x a week mix probiotic natural yogurt with the contents of a Acidophilus capsule, and using a tampoon insert this and leave for up to 2 hours, its a bit messy but any itch is very quickly releived. Basically I have only really done this when I feel some thing going on.
I have been to my doctors and explained the vitimin etc cocktail and she is very interseted in finding out what happens in the next few months (I think she maybe a fellow sufferer), mean time she has prescribed me metronidazole vag gel 0.75% which I am not going to get or use.
My BV always is much worse a couple of days after my period has finished. I do want to expell one thing though, just because the smell is worse at some points in your cycle does not mean that it went away between these times, if you have it, you have it all the time. Its just is worse at certain times and can be detected in a test at any time of the month, trust me I have had a few tests.
So ladies I am now on my period and will report back once its over but so far so good, no smell even after sex. If all this works then I hope the info helps you all. I am happy to have met you although I think some of your methods maybe a little crazy.
I had a major issue with this a while back. Here is what finally cured me:
There is a certain brand of acidophilus that you can find in the refridgerated section of the health food store designed specifically for women. It is far superior to any other brand out there. Take two of those a day when you've got the problem and then you can taper down to once a day for maintenance. If you feel something coming on, take two a day again.
Also, I was using grapefruit seed extract for another problem and I found that it kept everything else in check down there as well. It is an anti-fugal and seems to clear anything up.
Avoid too much sugar and starches. Eat a good diet and give your liver a rest now and then.
If you're suffering from a very bad case there are also these tea tree supositories that seem to work, but you should also be taking the internal stuff. I think the magic pill was that acidophilus I mentioned though. Give it a try!
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To my understanding from information from my OBGYN, you will always have good and bad bacteria in your body. So you are never really 'cured' of the bacteria. The trick is to keep the ph levels in your body balanced so that the bad bacteria will not take over. The acidophilus is what keeps the ph level in your body balanced. Also I have found the acidophilus that you buy in the refrigerated section of your health food store in the capsule form seem to work better than the pills you find on the regular shelf.
(East Troy, Wi)
I've had BV about four times now. Every single time I had it my Ob-gyn would give me Metro-Gel. I just moved to LV recently and haven't found myself a new Ob-gyn yet and my prescription for the Metro-Gel has expired so when my down there started giving that awful smell, I was so horified. My boyfriend one day said ewwwww what is that smell and it was such an embarrassment. For a week or two, I would go to the gym and I feel like my trainer can probably smell me. I tried to get in with my family doctor but she was so booked thus I was googling for home remedies and found this website. I went to _____ and bout some Acidophilus and took two capsules right away and stuck the other one in my vagina. I was a little nervous about doing this home remedy but I was sick and tired of smelling like bad sushi. I have to say after a day, the smell went away and since then I've been taking a capsule everyday. I just want to say thank you sooo very much for all your great stories and insights. I find this site extremely helpful.
Hi ladies, I inserted a acidophilus capsule last night and slept with a panty liner on. This morning in the shower, I noticed I was bleeding as well. I hope that maybe it's just due to the capsule being drying to the vaginal tissue. Did any other ladies who spotted or bled have any more bleeding after the 1st or 2nd day of inserted the capsule?
(Pacific Nw, Wa, Usa)
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
i was sick of anti biotics, so i tried my own remedy i used natural live yoghurt, i dipped a tampon in it i did this only twice and it completely cleared up. 2 weeks have passed and no sign of it returning. just thought i would let you know it is worth a try.
(Las Vegas, NV)
(Atlanta, Georgia, Usa)
After reading about the women who've tried using acidophilus IN the vagina rather than just orally, I decided to give it a try. I put a capsule up there before bed last night, and when I woke up this morning, the area felt pretty irritated, rather than soothed and improved like so many women claim it should.
Is this normal? Can this happen depending on what capsule you use? I'm definitely NOT doing this again. I'm really afraid I took a step backward by doing it, I guess I'm looking for advice and words of encouragement!
I just want to say that I am sooo thankful for this sight. I have had BV atleast 3 times within the past year. I have been on Flagyl and other antibiotics....but nothing...and I mean nothing has worked as well as the acidophillus capsules that I opened up and inserted into my vagina. I started off taking these pills orally...which I don't think they work as well for me orally....so I came to this sight within the past week since I had BV and I decided I would open the acidophillus capsule and I took out the stuff inside put it into my vagina with my finger...I had a pantyliner on and laid down for a little while. I kid you not within a few hours when I checked back...The smell was gone....."THANK GOD" and there has just been my normal discharge...I am very happy ..and plan to use many other home remedies in the future...Those pills taken vaginally are awesome.
I'm about to go try the Acidophilus treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis as I too hate to take antibiotics. My question for ALL of you who tried it is: Does it just make your symptoms feel better, or is it actually curing you of BV? I ask this because many of you feel better, but say that you keep using it to keep it under control. It can be dangerous to have BV for a prolonged amount of time. I'd like to know if this method has completely cured anyone...or has anyone used the treatment and then gotten tested by a gyn who says they now have no sign of BV?
(Grand Rapids, Michigan)
I was looking on the internet for remedies, because I was tired of calling the doc especially when I had no insurance for flagyl. I finally said, I have to find something because even if I get another prescription for that stuff, its coming back! So I ran across this website, and finally decided to try acidophilus. I bought probotic capsules, 10mg, and have been taking 4 pills total, 2 in the am, 2 in the pm, and I've inserted one capsule in my vagina with an applicator(the ones you get when you have a yeast infection, that come in like a Monistat Box) with a teeny tiny bit of Ky jelly. Just to give it something to "stick" too I guess.
The next day, I woke up with this discharge, and no smell. I was shocked. STILL Shocked. I'm trying to not over do it. Its only been 3 days. This will probably be the last capsule I insert for the week. I think I may do one capsule insertion twice a week, and 4 capsules a day( 2 in the am and 2 in the pm) Oh, and I also had a bath with regular vinegar. Just a capful, and sat in it. I'd do that ONCE a week. Douching is bad no matter WHAT it is, your just flushing out good and bad bacteria, and PUSHING it back up. So try to avoid it, if your gonna do it anyways, then do it ONCE a week. Less is better, trust me. I also try and "scoop" out the discharge every time I pee with a finger, or at least see if its something in there. I know its weird but we do have to get the discharge out right? So anyways, I'm doing pretty well, Ive had no odor, and hopefully, it stays that way. I haven't bought any Folic acid as of yet, but I'll be adding that to my regimen soon. Good luck ladies.
(Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines)