I have been suffering from chronic/recurrent BV for almost 10 years now but, I also have Graves/Hashimotos Thyroiditis and feel like this would be the main cause. I didn't have a "flare up" for a while until recently, as of about a month and a half ago, because some idiot Nurse Practitioner prescribed me an antibiotic for my infected tooth without prescribing me with the metronidazole that I asked for. She specifically told me to go get an OTC yeast cure and I told her they don't work (I really have a distaste for the medical field). Well, it progressed and unfortunately, BAM! Hit with BV all over again.
Just 3 days ago, I went and got a gallon of organic ACV (apple cider vinegar) with "the mother" and an 8-strain, 100 billion CFU's probiotic. (Mind, you the smell is putrid and fishy for the last month or so).
Day 1: I mixed 3 tsp. Of ACV in 16 oz of water and downed/drank it; then took 1 probiotic pill; diluted 50/50 purified water and ACV, soaked a folded paper towel, parted my labia, pressed the soaked paper towel up against the outside of my vagina for 3-5 minutes, twice this day. I see excess discharge shortly after but the smell is gone.
Repeated on Day 2: smell is gone and discharge is now clear.
Day 3 (TODAY my period begins): Have now downed (2)-16 oz bottles of water/ACV mixture, still taking 1 probiotic pill of 100 billion CFU's and making sure I change my tampon every 4 hours; smell still gone.
Will do the 50/50 ACV paper towel "press" after I shower. I will continue this process for the duration of my cycle and once my cycle is over, I will do an ACV sits bath in "cool" water and take TWO (2) probiotic pills for just one day following the sits bath. I don't like the idea of suppositories and douches because my hormones are off anyway due to having auto-immune and being thyroidless, so I've chosen this "put-together" method. So far, all is well and this is the most comfortable period I've had in a long time and my BV symptoms dissipated within 24 hours time!
Good Luck Ladies!