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Kefir

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Posted by Anon (Anon) on 09/23/2017
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I've read that kefir has better staying power than yogurt, so I wanted to suggest ladies utilize kefir rather than yogurt for bv treatment. And that some strains of probiotics produce hydrogen peroxide, which strains are probably preferred.

The box of Bv cream from the store came with reusable applicator tubes that can be used for applying yogurt or kefir, etc. rather than a syringe if you don't find one.

If the Bv returns during your period you could try treating rectally those days. For example, mince fresh garlic, let stand 10 minutes to activate, add to olive oil and apply as retention enema.

Thank you for the wonderful website!


Kefir, Oregano Oil

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Posted by Cnn (Philadelphia, Pa) on 03/08/2013
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Cure BV with Kefir. Plain Kefir has more probiotics than anything you can buy in a pill. Drink it in the morning before your meal and at night before you go to bed. Make suppositories with Kefir and a drop of oil of oregano at night for 7 days to kill the bacteria and restore the friendly bacteria all at once. (mix the oil of oregano with the keifer and store it in the freezer). Break off a piece at night and insert it. (only use a drop of oil or it may be too irritating) Buy sulfate free, and a propylene glycol free body products. Follow a ph balanced diet, and avoid sugar when you can. Add peroxide to your final rinse with your laundry to kill bacteria that may still linger in these items. Avoid tampons. Make kefir a part of your every day drink and it will not return.


Lactic Acid, Prebiotics

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Posted by Notjanedoe (Colorado) on 09/06/2013
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Bacterial vaginosis is caused from an imbalance in the pH, period (no pun intended). Therefore, any treatment should focus on balancing the pH. I've narrowed my causes down to ANYTHING that alters the pH with blood, lubricants, & soap as my biggest culprits.

I spent years doing allopathic remedies for BV and at-home experiments, to no avail. I briefly got rid of the BV for a couple of months after a painful experiment putting an ascorbic acid suppository internally, but it came back. A few months back I moved to a cervical barrier method of BC, but refused to use that N9 spermicide. After much research I located an approved contraceptive gel out of Canada (Contragel) that used ALL naturally derived ingredients. It is pricey, but I figured it was worth not using N9. The main ingredient, "lactic acid". At the time, I had no idea it would work to treat BV. I did a "test" by using a medicine syringe as an applicator (discard after use or sterilize) to put the gel internally and see if I had any reactions, prior to putting it to "formal" use. I woke up the next morning with ZERO BV symptoms and at the time I had both BV and a yeast infection confirmed through a pap, but I had refused to take the pills this time. BOTH were gone and I was actually left with a pleasant sweet odor (the lactic acid).

What I've learned after extensive research that focused on actual lab studies and NOT person dependent testimonials:

*Stop putting ANYTHING that is not pH balanced anywhere near your lady parts. This includes lubricants used by doctors or rad. techs for U/S. Medical professionals think I am crazy for refusing, but it's not that uncomfortable or I bring my own lubricant (recipe below).

*Use water to wash yourself or make your own lactic acid based soap (recipe below). You can also buy Vagisil pH balanced type washes, but they have a bunch of chemicals in them usually or rip you off price wise.

*Probiotics will NOT make their way to your lady parts, so that is a waste of money and you should take ones that will colonize your GI track or use them vaginally (OBGYN taught me this).

*PREbiotics (FOS and GOS) WILL make their way into the lower colon to feed the good bacteria that will make their way to your lady parts. There are many effective studies on the use of PREbiotics for BV treatment (orally & vaginally).

*Use non-lubricated condoms with a homemade pH balanced lubricant or the Contragel spermicide (more expensive). After much research I came up with the following recipe: 91% Distilled water, 5% coconut water, 1% ACV, . 16% non-GMO glycerin, 2% lactic acid, 0.25-3.0% Sorbic Acid until pH is at 4. You can use non-aluminum baking soda to increase pH if you get it too low. Store in fridge or add appropriate broad-spectrum antimicrobial, if concerned. Put it in a container that will not expose the lubricant to air or your hands (like a bottle with pump or serum bottle).

*Make suppositories or gel to use vaginally AFTER you've been exposed to anything that may increase your pH above 4. 5. With research I developed this recipe: 73% Coconut oil, 25% FOS and/or GOS (hard to find, but Bimuno is 100% GOS from Europe), 2% lactic acid. A study also showed that the EO, Palmarosa, was beneficial in combatting candida strains, in vitro, so you could add a few drops of this too, if you're worried about yeast. This is oil based, so do not use it before intercourse, if using a latex condom.

*Take FOS and/or GOS daily to feed probiotics

That's it. The protocol you use should focus on pH, no matter what. You can buy pH strips to test everything too. Good luck and I hope this helps you.


Latest Research

Posted by Lisa Mw (Austin, Tx) on 10/12/2017

I am a women's healthcare practitioner and I have seen some women that just have chronic BV and/or yeast that no medication or remedy can help. I truly believe that the lack of acknowledgement of biofilms and sexual transmission is preventing these women from being cured. The study that "proved" men don't pass it back to their female partner was greatly flawed. Don't be afraid to question your doctors, they don't know everything. The best doctors are the ones who don't pretend to know everything, the ones who stay up to date and are always willing to learn. I learn things from my patients all the time.

Please read this article to have a greater understanding on why BV and candida are so difficult to treat.

https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/61/4/601/330070/Biofilms-An-Underappreciated-Mechanism-of

It angers me to no end that women are on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to research. We have plenty of options for male sexual dysfunction on the market but ask big pharm how the research into biofilms for vaginal health is coming along and you will hear crickets.

Discuss these ideas with your doctors and midwives, some of them are researchers and perhaps you will the plant the seed in their mind. They may not agree at first but the more we talk about this the more chance we have of finding a cure.


Lemons

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Posted by Brittney2 (Chicago, Illinois) on 05/31/2015
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Hi ladies! If you're on this site, you were like me, struggling to get rid of this stupid bv! I went to the gyn for a yeast infection and I found out I had bv as well! I took both the oral and vaginal medication for this! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't insert anything into the vagina including the peroxide! Your vagina is super sensitive.. I tried folic acid, probiotics, inserting vitamin c, I can't even remember all that I did! I got BV in December 2014 and it is now June 2015. but for 2 months all I've been doing is drinking lemon water! FRESH lemons. What I do is squeeze 1-2 fresh lemons into water from my tap and add a little sugar and it tastes like lemonade honestly! I do that everyday and my symptoms have gone away! Minimal discharge!!!!!!! I never experienced the fishy smell though. But PLEASE try this. I went online everyday for hours looking for a cure and I just thought that this would be something I would have to deal with forever. But I drink the lemon water, I don't use soap when I wash myself down there in the shower and I ALWAYS pee & shower after sex. PLEASE try these tips. I was just like you a couple months ago. good luck girls! I completely know what youre going through


Lemons
Posted by Fifi (Ontario, Canada) on 06/30/2014
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My bv problem got out of control again. So decided to drink as much lemon and water as possible. I believe I have BV because my body is very acidic and I'm in need of more alkaline foods(google it). So far I'm far less itchy. Try more alkaline foods and stop eating acidic foods


Lemons
Posted by Anonymous (Sandusky, Ohio) on 09/21/2010
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After countless remedies that all do seem to help, I think I finally stumbled onto something that cured my BV for good. Lemon juice. One whole medium sized lemon squeezed in a large bottle of water drank all day everyday for 7 days, will cure BV. Whenever I feel it comin on, I do it, until symptoms are gone. Ive done coconut oil, oregano oil, every kind of vitamin, yogurt, capsules in the vag, boric acid, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar and peroxide douches, ALL OF IT. Vitamin C, is the most important thing. And alot of it.


Lemons
Posted by Mel (Gloucester, UK) on 01/28/2009
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I have used dilute lemon juice (jif) to cure thrush for 20 years. I got BV (smell of fish) a couple of months ago for the first time in my life. Around Christmas it occurred to me that if it was caused by pH imbalance, then the lemon juice might work on BV too. It did. I wiped with unfragranced baby wipes onto which I squirted Jif lemon and lime juice. My BV disappeared in 24 hours and I'm back to my old familiar smell. Please pass this on.

Replied by Chrysalis
(Los Angeles, California)
04/14/2012
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Hello sisters. I just came down with BV for the first time in my life. I feel all of your pain. BV is unacceptable! I strongly believe the underlying problem that causes BV (and tons of other ailments) is an overly acidic body. The standard American diet (SAD) perpetuates an acidic body, which is a favorable environment for bacteria and viruses. Healthy body functions depends on an ALKALINE environment. You do need to shift your diet if you want to beat BV for the long haul. There is lots of info online about which foods help promote an alkaline body. You need to eliminate all of the things that we intuitively know are bad - sugar, coffee, processed foods, dairy, meats, bread. Sorry, I know this sounds impossible. Also, try reading "The pH Miracle" by Robert Young. A quick way to alkalize your body is a lemon/baking soda concoction. Add about a 1/2 tsp of baking soda to a glass of water with half or whole fresh lemon. Sweeten with a couple drops of stevia if necessary. I drink this twice a day when I feel a cold coming on and it stops it every time. I also eat several cloves of raw garlic. So the moral of the story - ALKALIZE ALKALIZE ALKALIZE. I promise you will feel better. Good luck.


Lifestyle Changes

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Posted by Melissa (Raleigh, Nc) on 10/09/2017
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I think to keep BV from completely coming back there needs to be a whole lifestyle change. Everyone just focuses on killing the bacteria which is absolutely necessary but the infection is the symptom of something larger. Everything plays a part in how our bodies function. Diet, physical exercises, emotional balance and our immune system all play a part. While trying to eradicate the infections I think we need to watch what we put in our bodies. How many chemicals are you consuming, what type of meat are you eating, how many carbs and sugar are you ingesting, what are you drinking, are you consuming organic veggies or ones covered in pesticides? Emotional balance is a tough one since we are all so depressed and devastated from the infection but this is a big one. Meditation, visualization of a healthy whole you, yoga, Qi Gong are all very balancing practices. Yoga will check off two boxes as it's physical and emotionally balancing. Positive thinking (again, hard to do when you feel awful but necessary) and positive affirmation go a long way. Loving your body. Thanking it and cherishing it and being kind to it and understanding is so important. It's so easy to be angry with it since we feel like it is the enemy when things like this happy. Here is how Louise Hay explains Vaginitis:

Really take care of your body on every level. Don't just drink ACV for a day or so and stop because it didn't fix it. Continue. It's healthy for you. Don't just take Folic Acid for a week and stop because it didn't work. Your body needs it. Continue. Build the immune system. Take probiotics because your body needs it. There are cheap ways...fermented veggies, kefir and homemade yogurt are all less expensive ways to get lots of probiotics into your system. we live in a world of info and youtube is a great reference to learn how to make all these things. Youtube is also a great reference for self healing mediation and to watch videos on emotionally healing the self.

Dr's don't have all the answers. They know the body technically and are told by the drug companies what to give their patients. Not that they don't care but they have very limited knowledge. We've become a very "band-aid" society where we fail to find the root cause and just mask it with medication. This goes for most ailments.

I think we need a full body, mind and soul attitude to heal ANYTHING. It takes time and practice and is a huge commitment and a big lifestyle change. To me it's totally worth it.


Limes

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Posted by Rose (NY) on 10/16/2020
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BV:

I had this horrible problem for many years but recently I read that lemon water (I drink lime water) will balance your PH. I started drinking the lime water about a month and half ago but saw little to no improvement. 5 days ago, after washing my private parts with soap and water, I decided to rub what was left of the half lime that I used to make my lime water on the outside of my private part and let it air dry and dress as normal and within 24 hours all the smell was gone and it has not come back. I do this every day now. This has been a miracle cure for me after suffering for about 15 years. I urge women to try this before inserting anything into their vagina. Limes are natural and cheap and maybe you can stop buying all those expensive products that don't work anyway.


Liver and Gallbladder Flush

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Posted by Tokyoempress (San Francisco, Ca) on 10/14/2014
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Hello ladies,

I have discovered a cure for BV. I suffered from it for 4 months after unprotected sex. It wasn't STD. It was not going anywhere until I did what I suggest here.

BV is fundamentally a problem arising from body's pH imbalances. You need to get your vagina ACIDIC to make it healthy and keep the infection away. (Inserting something acidic like Vitamin C powder or vinegar or yogurt is NOT the permanent solution.)

I tried many remedies suggested here on this site for BV which worked temporarily to be symptom-free. But not cured. It came back shortly after stopping the remedy.

KILLING THE BACTERIA WORKS TEMPORARILY, in most cases. Because, Bacteria is NOT the problem - they are everywhere. Healthy state of the body keeps them harmless or we all will perish from infections instantly. You need to know body has to have proper pH balance and different acidity/alkalinity at different locations. When we lose this natural balance, problem happens.

Also, ADDING good bacteria ALSO WORKS TEMPORARILY in most cases of chronic BV. Why? Again, because the cause is still there. pH imbalance.

Ok, so how we restore the natural pH balance FAST?

One very effective way is to do a series of Liver/ Gallbladder Flush, suggested by Dr. Hulda Clark. There are many websites with detailed instructions on how to perform this.

One IMPORTANT THING I MUST ADD is, absolute necessity to do Parasite Cleanse prior to doing Liver Flush. At least 2 weeks of good parasite cleanse is necessary. If you have a "Zapper" (electric device that kills off all parasites), you can put it over the liver area over night. (Move it if it ever starts to tingle or sting, or it can burn your skin. I normally am ok with over night zapping there without any problem). Also, you can take parasite cleanse herbs like Paratrex sold on the internet. If you don't do this, you won't get nearly as good results when you do the liver flush. Microscopic parasites live inside your liver and everywhere in your body. And they secrete sticky thing that make them stick inside of liver and gallbladder. They will prevent things getting cleansed and flushed out of your liver. After parasite cleanse, when you do the liver flush, you will definitely see stuff (stones and waste materials) coming out of your liver/ gallbladder. Sounds nasty, yes, but you want that out of your body. Then your liver will start to perform more optimally. It detoxifies waste, which is ACID in nature, and the body just KNOWS how to do its job properly - balancing itself out! (My theory for this).

Please try the Parasite Cleanse and Liver Flush to cure BV for good.

Replied by Allison
(Ny)
07/11/2017

I've been researching cleanses for weeks now and my head is spinning... Recommendation?

Replied by Steve
(Nv)
07/12/2017

The liver flush would be helpful indirectly but I would consider direct application of colloidal silver as it is a natural antibiotic and you should see improvements within a few days.

Replied by Mihoko
(US - NV)
05/12/2019
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The most effective method to cure this condition is by treating the liver (and consequently kidney, since it's closely connected to liver). 100% success rate for me and I never get it again since 6 years ago. Had it 2 times in my life and used this method. What's fantastic about it is that it works immediately. (Smell is gone right after doing it, and stay gone for good unlike other methods.)


Low Carb Diet

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Posted by Jennifer (Atlanta, Ga) on 04/08/2010
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OK...this is crazy! I have been battling with BV for at least 6 months. I have tried absolutely everything that I've read from this site (and then some). Nothing seemed to completely work...only for a day or so. I was sick of taking things and shoving stuff up there! I had about given up, until I had an unexpected discovery. This is so weird and I'm curious to see if this has worked for anyone else out there. Last Sunday (so 5 days ago) my husband and I decided to hit the NO CARB diet hard...in trying to get swim suit ready. I kid you not, the next day, that horrible spell was almost absolutely GONE! I thought....no way! So it's been 5 days and NO itching, NO smell, NO discharge...i cannot believe it! And I feel like a new person. I really want to know if anyone else has experienced relief this way. Apparently, the SUGARs were doing my body wrong and giving the Bacteria a feeding frenzy. Now my body can fight back on it's own....no pills, no douche, no nothing!!

I love this new discovery....anyone else out there tried this. You should try it if nothing else has worked...I could tell something good was happening the very next day!

Good luck and I wish you all the BEST!

Replied by Cici
(Orlando, Fl)
04/11/2010
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Well when I first thought this was a yeast infection, I tried all the eliminating carbs, sugars, anything that could feed bacteria and was eating more veggies and lean protein meats. I know this is BV now and I did that for a whole month. Now yes this did help me get rid of the crazy itching and burning, but til this day i still have nasty icky discharge and swelling in the vaginal area. I've tried several herbs garlic, grapefruit seed extract, echinacea/goldenseal, olive leaf extract, probiotic acidophilus, more vitamin supplements. And i still have discharge. I have now starting eating regular again incorporated carbs and sugars but i eat them more moderately and i still dont have the itching and burning. So I don't know what is the problem, but i'm going back to the doctor soon anyway. I can't take this anymore.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)
04/12/2010

Hi Cici, Actually, you were on the right track! And the progress is that you are no longer burning and itching but there is still more progress to be had to rid yourself of the BV and going to the dr. will not help unless it is a naturopath who will help through diet. The dr. will most likely give you antibiotics or some other allopathic medication which may cover up the syptoms(MAYBE)but in the end will only exacerbate the problem. The "nasty, icky discharge" is most likely some of the die-off of the candida and yes, this is not a fun place to be but the candida must die in order to restore harmony in your vagina and most likely throughout your whole body. As women, our bodies have an especially delicate balance because of our female organs so candida becomes quite apparent in us as opposed to men. This is both a blessing and a curse because it brings the problem to our awareness pretty quickly and gets our attention whereas, a man with candida can go very far until it is extreme and harming many of his organs.

Do not go back to sugar and carbs- you were on the right track! If you go to bodyecology.com you will find a protocol and answers to BV there. Just do a search when you're there and Donna Gates will give a very good explanation in an article she has written. Don't give up!

Sincerely, Lisa

Replied by Jennifer
(Atlanta, Ga)
04/12/2010

Cici....that's a bummer on the no carb thing. I've been smell and discharge free for over a week now and the only thing I've changed is what I eat....only meat, cheese, and green veggies. I was hoping that this would work for others like it has for me. I'll let you all know if I'm still BV free in a month or so.

I love all the posts and everyone helping eachother.
Thanks!

Replied by Cici
(Orlando, Fl)
04/15/2010

Thanks Jennifer and Lisa for your replies. Yes i've really been struggling with this since October 2009. I know i've done something right because of losing two symptoms itching and burning. I guess I need to find the right combo of things for my body. I realize all of our bodies are different and react differently to certain things. I also realize when doing things naturally it's not always a quick fix. I've been patient this long so i might as well keep going. I will check out the bodyecology.com site you posted. Have you all heard of any homeopathic remedies that help. I've been doing more research and read up on Sepia, Pulsatilla, Sulfur, and Kali. I am thinking of adding these to try. Thanks again. We must continue to support each other in this fight.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)
04/16/2010

Hi Cici, Good for you for continuing in a holistic manner! I am certain you can bring your body back to a balanced state through diet. You can make your own kefir (I make young coconut water kefir) which helps to re-populate your body with the good bacteria that keeps our body healthy. Wishing you the best on your journey, Lisa

Replied by Ikatcure
(Hamden, Ct, Uas)
05/10/2011
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I tried this for about 8 months. I think it's a great thing to do and it definitely helped me lose weight and I felt very healthy. Without the carbs in meals and snacks to make me feel full easily I worked harder at planning meals and eating more fruits and vegetables. There were plenty of good things that happened and my discharge and smell were greatly reduced. However, that kinda slimy "wet" look that my labia had while sick with bv never fully went away and I could just tell that I still had an active infection. This helped alleviate symptoms but when I started eating simple healthy carbs, not junk food, my symptoms came back with a vengence. This was a nay as a cure but a good thing for my general health.


Men and BV

Posted by Specialk (Washington Dc) on 01/31/2017

I have been a long time sufferer of BV. This time – both me and my man are getting treatment. He was prescribed Flagyl by his doctor and I will also take the pills and metro gel. I will take them both at the same time. I plan to follow instructions and keep a chart to track OUR progress. One thing I noticed – While single, I got treated after ending a 4 year relationship I didn't suffer AT ALL for two years. As soon as I had sex, unprotected with my new partner – it came back! So – theory is, men can't be tested for it, but ITS BACTERIA – they can be carriers. If a woman he dated prior to me had it, but showed no symptoms and men are constantly being told they can't get it or have it – it's obviously not true. However, again – no studies to prove it. My hope is that once we complete our treatment – we are BV free for good! He's a really gem – he's been suffering alongside with me. I will get the folic acid pills and take them too. I hope this works. Since both vaginal intercourse and oral sex can increase your risk of BV – we plan to obtain from it all until we finish – no kissing, no oral, no nothing until we are done and we plan to wait about two weeks after treatment. From that point, I'll chart our progress. Keep us in prayer.

Good to know…

Folic Acid 1000 mg (can be found at an organic market or online)

Tea Tree Oil Suppositories work – funny smell, but better than FISH! (can be found at an organic market or online)

There are two really good probiotics for BV which can be found at CVS or online/Amazon.

Vitamin B Complex

I pray for all those on this site.


Monolaurin

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Posted by Chris (Albuquerque, NM) on 10/10/2019
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Had a mild case going on for over a year. Boric Acid suppositories DO work, but it'd come back a week later. My Acupuncture Dr recommended Monolaurin, which is a capsule you take orally. It is the antibacterial factor in coconuts. She thought I had too much gut bacteria, so the acidopholis was fighting my gut health, and unable to make it to my female area. She told me I'd have bad stomach pain from the die off in my gut. Oh and was she right. I was drinking Pepto Bismal for a week. Then, I was fine, and my BV has never come back! Now my probiotics can get to where they need to go. I take the Monolaurin every day now. Has helped clear up my constant sinus issues as well.

Replied by Su
(Dubai)
10/31/2020

How did u cope with the die off?
Did u have to take a week off work?
What were the symptons?
Where did u get this tablet from?
Thank you for your comments ... I have a feeling I'm going to be needing this soon.


Multiple Remedies

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Posted by suzie (london) on 09/30/2022
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till 2 years ago I was dealing with bv/ yeast infection every month for a very long time what's helped was drinking over 1 litre of strong ginger green tea (grated raw ginger) and one otc treatment. I was free for like 2 years, but then I got my first UTI and after couple weeks the worst bv& yeast infection ever. got rid of yeast inf quickly, bv on the contrary.

i used two packs of bv treatment from pharmacy that always helped me before, and nothing! Oregano oil suppositories, folic acid, Apple Cider Vinegar on tampon, coconut oil sup, garlic, ginger, probiotics, nothing helped when used by itself.

but then I started putting one vit C tablet 1000mg inside my vag for a night, one probiotic in vag (focus on rhamnosus& reuteri VERY IMPORTANT acidophilus doesnt work that good) 30 billion cfu for a day.

I also changed my diet, drank almost 1 litre of kefir per day (it's muuuch more powerful probiotic than any pill) added cinnamon as it is antimicrobial, no coffee, if alcohol then only red wine as it is a prebiotic in small amounts, sugar only from natural sources, one tablespoon of baking soda in glass of water on empty stomach to alkalize my body, no junk food, lots of liquids( try green tea/peppermint with turmeric, ginger and pepper very very healthy) and in general my diet was full of probiotics, prebiotics& veggies, pills like vit D or omega3. that finally cured me. I know its very complex treatment, but I think that if you're dealing with bv for a long time and nothing seems to be working you need to drastically change your diet, most of the diseases start in gut.

I'm over 2 months bv free& had 2 periods:) I decided to share this because the last 3 weeks ive been eating junk food, lots of sugar and sweet alcohol and it still hasnt come back so I guess I truly am bv free. although tomorrow im getting back to healthy diet, dont wanna tempt the fate aha.

Good luck!



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