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.
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.
Hi guys! Love Earth clinic, for BV sleep in a tampon soaked in two to three drops of tea tree oil and 1 tablespoon of water every night for one week. Also take a 1000mg garlic extract supplement (odorless is great!) 4 times daily and a 400mcg folic acid supplement twice daily. Should be all fixed up in a week! Garlic extract can be substituted with fresh garlic, just take one clove roughly chopped in a tablespoon of water in the morning and at night for a week. This is a natural antibiotic basically, but can cause various smells and such which can be unpleasant hehe. Continue taking folic acid once a day and garlic extract once or twice daily (whatever works for you) for as long as needed/always (it's great for ya anyways) . If symptoms persist, see a doctor and get a full sex check as you may be dealing with something other than BV that could be harmful to your reproductive health xx Drink lots of water and work ACV into your diet whenever possible. Good luck!!
Hello ladies, I'm a naturalist and believe in holistic approaches first. Disclaimer: there may come a point where the infection may be out of control so you need to go see OBGYN right away. First I will say everyone is different, our bodies and our lifestyle makes a huge impact on the Vagina. Most ladies misdiagnose themselves which leads to more problems. It's important to know what you dealing with to treat it properly.
With that being said one of the best and quickest cures for Yeast and Bacteria is boric acid. It's important that you use quality boric acid and the correct dosage otherwise you will not get any relief.
Also, another cure all is ACV (diluted) and sea salt. Never ever douche, either use suppositories or tampons soaked in the solution or take a sitz bath (twice a day). ACV does take a little longer to cure but it helps with any itching. I will also add tea tree oil is similar to ACV. None of these cures will work if you do not concentrate on your internal body.
Eating healthy, drinking water, cutting down on alcohol and sweets will make a tremendous difference but also adding vitamins. A vitamin that acts as a hormone that over 60% of the population is lacking is D3 and one of the many symptoms of vitamin D3 deficiency is BV.
Also, it's good to add folic acid and calcium. A good multi-vitamin would be helpful everyday regardless if you have an infection. I guarantee if you start with prevention first you will not experience either infection and if you do it will be minor and will clear up within a week using the above methods. Lastly, be careful what you put into your vagina, you can cause more havoc then the original infection, one being vagina dermatitis similar to eczema from which so many products have stripped, dried and cause an infection of the actual skin.
I had right side pain and UTI symptoms so my doctor sent me for abdomen scan and mammogram nothing showed up. There was no odor or discharge of any sort. Found out my UTI symptoms was a yeast infection it was treated. I still felt like my liver, pelvic and lower back were inflamed and painful by the 7th month saw a new doctor I now had Bacterial Vaginitis with Complications because it took so long to diagnose it was in my liver! I took two rounds of mertronidozal and another antibiotic it went away came back .
After research, I did daily douche with 1/2 C purified water, 1/2 C 3% hydrogen peroxide and one probiotic capsule emptied into the douche as well. Everyday I would lay down on cotton towel and do the douche hold it inside for 15 minutes then release it out I did this for 9 days straight. I was already gluten, dairy free I stopped all sugar caffeine. I filled my glass water bottle with water added 1 juiced lemon ( I juice the lemon right down to rind since I believe their is healing properties in the rind), added 3-4 drops of oregano oil along with a pinch of baking soda in the water bottle. I drank this through a straw so the citric acid does not damage the enamel on my teeth. I drank this all day and made another batch to drink throughout the night. Wow, this really knocked the infection out so fast. I continued doing this for three weeks just to be on the safe side. I also took a high quality probiotics and folic acid. CURED!
I had a nasty case of bacterial vaginosis, and cured it in a week. I routinely consumed oil of oregano capsules, raw garlic cloves, caprilic acid pills, and acidophilus supplements. I also removed all foods that feed yeast (sugar, carbs, dairy, etc). At morning and night I applied virgin coconut oil inside and outside my vagina, at night I also put garlic inside vagina. No more smelly discharged pain, it's normal now, clear and natural musk smell :)
I got BV for the first time when I got into a new relationship, we are very faithful to each other so that doesn't worry me. I noticed it by the fishy smell, the next day I was put onto those nasty pills Flagyl which eliminated the smell after two days, but before even finishing the pills, because I had unprotected sex, the smell came back. I was then put on the gels, metro works temporarily and I use it as a one time thing when I'm really desperate.
I decided to try EVERYTHING; coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, inserting acidophilus, inserting vitamin c, the only thing that got rid of the smell was apple cider vinegar but it hurt too much to have sex because of it and vitamin c worked temporarily. I luckily, knock on wood, am not experiencing severe itching, burning and pain, so maybe my case isn't as severe but if I... tmi... swab my v, there is a fishy odor. I went out and bought all the pills all the vitamins and heres what I am doing.
in the morning
-2 acidophilus pills
-3 vitamin d 1000 iu
-1 folic acid 800 mcg
-1 vitamin c rosehips 500 mg
-3 vitamin d 1000 iu
-1 folic acid 800 mg
-1 vitamin c rosehips 500
Its only been 2 and a half days, im praying, hoping, everything this works. Its hard to tell because most people experienced the relief of itching and burning but I dont have that. I'm hoping this knocks out the smell. I'll let ya know, pray for me!
Thank you so much for this website guys! I don't know what I would have done if I didn't stumble upon it! I've had BV for 10 years and I've tried everything to fix it. I'm not a dirty person, so I'm guessing it's my diet. I'm only on my third day of using the hydrogen peroxide, acidophilus and folic acid remedy. I've also changed my diet, but I can say so far so good!! I DO NOT want to jinx myself, but (TMI) I did a wiff test and I didn't smell anything and usually I would smell at least a little bit of something.. But not this time! And no discharge! I'm so relieved!! I'm sure you guys understand!! I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing now for the rest of my remedy (total of 7/10 days) and hopefully it'll stay away!!
This is what I've been doing:
Starting in the morning.. I take one acidophilus probiotic. One folic acid. And I'm also taking a lot of vitamin C to boost my immune system. I also eat plain organic Greek yogurt and cut up some fruit into it to make it taste better. Apples work the best :). I take a shower and wash myself out with 1/4 cup of peroxide and 1/4 warm water. And then, instead of using my regular body wash, I wash my body with 2 tbs of baking soda and warm water to balance my pH. After I'm done I put one acidophilus into my vagina. At night.. I take more vitamin C and one more acidophilus. Wearing cotton undies and loose clothing helps! And that's it!!
I hope this helps someone, because I know how much this stupid infection sucks! My self-confidence is so low now, but I can already tell it's going to get better. I'll try to update on my 5th day. Stay healthy :)
Ok so I NEVER write on these things but this is something important I truly feel every woman battling with BV should read. This is gunna be long but just bear with me. I was diagnosed with BV for the first time in December 2010 when I was 18. The Dr. prescribed me the mertronidozal gel for 5 nights, did it all 5 nights and it was completely cleared..all up until this passed December 2015. I was with my now boyfriend who I was already with for 5 months at the time, we were having sex just like we usually do and afterwards I smelt that same horrible smell I smelt back in 2010 and knew I had to call my gyno. So I went got swabbed and of course it was BV..once again took metro gel for 5 nights and everything was fine..but what do ya know a few months later in March it happened again after sex, got the metro gel and it was fine..after that dose I ended up getting my period and the day my period was finished I had that same smell..at this point I'm freaking out and went to the dr got the metro and asked if she suggested I take anything to help prevent this..she told me acidophilus. So I went home with the metro gel and bought acidophilus 1 billion and started taking three a day along with doing the course of metro gel. the metro gel worked but right after my next period was over and after sex I would get the smell..it was literally ruining my sex life especially because I was trying to hide it from my bf. I was doing so much research on how to get rid of it and I found a multi-strain probiotic for women so I started taking those once a day along with acidophilus..i thought it was working but everytime after sex and after my period the horrible smell would come right back..so now it's September 2016, still have the same issue but I finally came upon this website..i saw so much about folic acid and acidophilus mixed together..
so I went out and bought folic acid 400 mg, vitamin C with rose hips 1000 mg, and some organic ACV..
Thursday I took my normal 3 acidophilus a day, one multi-strain probiotic, three folic acid, one vitamin C pill..I then added 1 tbsp of ACV to my water bottle drank the entire thing and soaked a tampon in half ACV half water and put it in for an hour..
I repeated this for three days..
it is now Saturday there is no smell and to make things even more exciting I had sex with my boyfriend this afternoon and there was no smell just normal..idk if it's the folic acid or all these things combined but it really worked..I'm gunna keep doing the pills everyday along with ACV in my water bottle and try to lay off on the ACV soaked tampon until my period comes back, I will then do the soaked tampon a few days after it ends to make sure things are all in tact down there..keep trying to find what works best for you ladies this bv crap is no joke!
Omg This sounds just like what I'm going through. I've had BV off and on now for like two years. It has been ruining my life. I've been searching for different cures because the gel my doctor always prescribes doesn't work for long. I just came across this website and tried the ACV bath yesterday, it helped. I didn't have a smell anymore, or any gross discharge. But unfortunately it came back, I don't know what else to try. I guess I have to do some research about those pills.
I have been struggling with chronic BV for almost 3 years and I always said that if I ever found a remedy, I would share it for all the world to know about. If I can help at least one person not have to go through what I've been through that would be enough for me.
So, my BV was brought on by sex with a new partner. And when I tell you I have tried EVERYTHING under the sun to get rid of it, believe me I have! From hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar douches to tea tree oil tampons to vaginal insertion of boric acid capsules. EVERYTHING!!! And some of these regimens would give me temporary relief, but as soon as treatment was over, the BV would always come right back. I was also taking vitamins and supplements in conjunction with these home remedies but still nothing would work long term...
UNTIL I came up with the perfect combination of vitamins and supplements that has finally tamed the chronic BV beast that had not only taken over my body but my entire life as well! I pray this regimen will work for you too:
1) Vitamin D (breaks down the bio-film that causes BV to keep reoccurring)
2) Super B Complex (builds up the immune system to help fight off the bad bacteria)
3) Probiotic (with at least 90 billion active probiotics to overtake the bad bacteria)
4) A really good prebiotic (to maintain the good bacteria that the probiotic is putting in your body)
*Take all of these vitamins and supplements ORALLY once a day. Also changing your diet to eliminate the bad stuff like sugar and alcohol wouldn't hurt either.
And as a side note: I also stopped seeing the guy who was the root of all of my problems to begin with! He was literally bad for my health!!!
So, please please please try this!!! It worked miracles for me and I pray that it will work for you too. Please reply with any questions, comments or concerns you may have and I will try my best to address them.
Take care :)
You know, it really breaks my heart when I see very inexpensive cures made into such expensive ones. The greed is very distressing.
For $100 you could buy enough capsules, a capsule machine, and boric acid to last a year or two.
Alternately, there is a very reputable midwife in North Carolina who sells boric acid capsules for a reasonable price.
I used to buy her Arnica Oil (20 years ago! ) and it was great. (I make my own now.)
Anyway, hopefully you will be able to get what you need for a reasonable price!
~Mama to Many~
Oh honey. Just order boric acid on Amazon.com. I have been buying it online for years....and empty capsules. Get size 00 capsules (gelatin, bovine, whatever) and make your own. It would cost you about $10 for a large bottle of boric acid and about $20 for 200-300 empty capsules. That will last you a long time since you won't be using them every day. BUT, try alkaline water first. It's at your local grocery store and it works. BV is caused by an upset pH balance and once you alkalize your body, then no bacteria can grow. Its much cheaper than anything else out there and it works. I hate to say I am cured because there is no cure for BV, its about keeping the symptoms at bay by keeping your pH balanced.
BV cure for me:
1. Stop drinking coffee. For some reason, this has always started problems when I drink coffee for a few months, then bam! I stop drinking coffee (along with a few other things, and no BV for years). Why I never learn and eventually go back to drinking it, I'll never know.
2. Good quality, refrigerated probiotics. The room-temp probiotics on the shelves never did anything for me. You must get the expensive refrigerated (fem, vag, etc.) stuff (over $20). Locally, I go to "the vitamin shoppe" to get mine.
3. vitamin C. also try vitamin D, zinc, and folic acid. These are cheap and you should prob take them anyway. I also hear Iron, but don't know... I am often low on Iron on my blood tests, so makes sense. Take Iron with Iodine to prevent constipation. Try to cut sugar and carbs too.
4. Important event? buy "RePHresh" over the counter. No smell! But it will come back in a day or two. I hear boric acid is similar temporary effect. Just helps with PH.
5. Douching with hydrogen peroxide may work well if you catch it right away, it had for me, but if it is gone too far, or re-occurs, it won't work.
6. In regards to cleaning....The smell literally didn't wash out of me undies with reg detergent... get a natural detergent, like 7th generation, works much better. I also like to clean my bathroom with "bac-out". You can try putting a few drops of tea tree oil in your tub too, if you like to take baths like I do.
After reading most of the great posts, I have come to the conclusion that BV is a symptom of a systemic imbalance in the body. I was diagnosed with BV two years ago. I did not do anything about it, because I was asymptomatic. About half a year ago, I began experiencing discomfort while making love. Then the itching around my vagina began. Then the nasty smell. Several months ago, I began waking up because of the itching. It was at its worse just before my period began. I decided to do something about it a month ago. I did not go to my doctor, because I really do not want to use antibiotics. I waited with posting to see what would happen after my period had come and gone and I am happy to report that the smell and itching is gone. I'm so happy! So here is my approach:
I bought all new, cotton underwear. I do not wipe after urinating, but blot my area dry. I do not use soap around my vagina anymore. I clean with water and if I feel that I need extra cleaning, I spray my vaginal area with watered down lemon juice from a spray-bottle. I finish my warm shower with a cold shower, for increased blood flow.
I cut out most sugar and most wheat (yes, I was eating a lot of this; with the 'spit' test, I tested mid-range for candida). I do not eat too many fruits. No juices. I drink copious amounts of fermented milk kefir and home-made coconut kefir. And I eat more fermented foods to blast my body with pro-biotics. I drink several cups of water with lemon juice. I take 2 spoons of the best quality coconut oil per day. No eating after dinner. I don't drink alcohol.
Supplements - I do not take a regimented approach but it includes:
One or two cups of water with some raw apple cider vinegar. Some liquid chlorophyll diluted with water.
1/2 tsp pure psyllium husks in one cup water in the evening to help flush out my intestines.
1 1mg folic acid per day.
1 probiotic for women per day.
1 -2 tsp good quality fermented cod liver/butter oil per day for Vit. D, which I think is crucial.
1/2 tsp of bentonite clay in 1 cup of water (I let it sit for several hrs. before drinking) at night before bed to help flush out toxins. 3 days on 3 days off.
I also used Goldenseal tincture for seven days.
I have suffered from BV for about 5 years now. When I first started showing symptoms I went to the gyn who put me on antibiotics ( with horrible side effects) and had no therapeutic effect on me so I just put up with it ( Sprays, douches, etc.. horrible I know) . As the smell got worse I was horribly embarrassed I would smell my BV right out of the shower. I felt uncomfortable in my sex life... I felt so dirty when I knew I was clean.
So I tried again to get rid of my BV this time I took one weeks worth of flagyl (oral) and tried to change my diet by eating healthy. I had great results... Oh my goodness the smell is gone!!!!!! ...But then 2 days before I got my period (3 weeks had passed) I noticed a slight fishy odor ..by the time my period had ended the smell had fully came back (If not worse).
I felt hopeless I couldn't deal with this smell anymore. I started to look for home remedies : yogurt inserted into vagina , acidophilus via vaginally and oral ( If inserted at night smell would go away but would come back at the end of the day), working out ( sweat definitely aggravates it lol) and nothing worked!! I went to my gyn again who gave me 2 weeks worth of flagyl this time when it ended I added :
Yakult nonfat probiotic(Took once a day; usually found in the dairy department at a local store),
Greek yogurt once a day
Odorless garlic 1000 mg once a day
Cranberry caplets 300 mg once a day
Probiotic Acidophilus caplets 1 Billion Active Cultures ( by mouth and once a week vaginally if needed)
Thank GOD it has worked!!!! I think starting antibiotics to rid the bacteria and then starting a home remedy definitely helped a lot! I wanted to share this information with others because I have done research after research to find a way out of this misery. I HAVE BEEN BV FREE FOR 5 MONTHS!!!
Another woman's veggie lifestyle method of beating BV: The problem is that the American diet is way too acidic, because it is grain based. The only food that actually lowers your pH is vegetables, and our diet is sadly lacking in them. But one thing I found out all by myself is that drinking baking soda water is also very effective at lowering your pH.
So what I did was I started drinking a glass of baking soda water first thing when I got up, and right before I go to bed at night. Now you have to do this carefully. You only want to drink baking soda water (8 oz of water with 1/2 a tsp of baking soda) on an empty stomach. This is very important. If you drink baking soda water with food in your stomach, it interferes with your digestion, and this is very harmful and can cause other problems; so only drink it an hour before you eat something, or 4 hours after -- longer if it is a really big meal.
But I did this religiously for a month and had no BV. But that still didn't fix my diet. So I had to research online the low acid diet. Now I don't mean you have to become a vegan, far from it. Some vegan diets are too grain based. Yes, even whole grains are acidic; it doesn't matter how healthy they make it sound. Yes all grains, wheat, rice, oats, all grains. Again I don't mean you have to give them up completely, just make sure you eat more vegetables than you do an acidic food like grains, sugars (including fruit) and meat and dairy.
(Ten Mile , Tn.)
HI U LISA from Texas, , , , , , , , , guess you were excited because I think you just said the opposite of what you meant to say, and folks on this site go with the drum beater.
Reread what you wrote please. I think the pH goes up and not down with veggies. Don't let me put out words for you.
I'm writing this to share the info I've found. I'm 28, with one child, and I've suffered with BV on and off for years now. Let me tell what helps aside from metro gel which is costly, requires a script, and docs visit each time.
- Drink LOTS OF WATER
- drink water with tons of lemon in it-- it makes your body more alkaline which helps you get back to normal
- drink cranberry juice
- drink Kefir I buy strawberry flavor from Publix
- drink danactive probiotic EVERY DAY; they are yummy so no biggy
- take acidophillus pills
- take a daily vitamin
- take vitamin C
- EAT HEALTHY, STAY AWAY FROM SODA, SUGARS ECT., eat veggies, try to cut carbs
- ALWAYS WASH AND PEE AFTER SEX
- HAVE YOUR PARTNER START EATING BETTER TOO, LIKE HAVING ONE DANACTIVE SHOT IN THE MORNING. He will become less acidic.
- I also clean my vagina out with hydrogen peroxide which gets rid of smell and infection temporarily. Really hydrogen peroxide gets rid of ALL bacteria, but we still need the good bacteria in there so the trick, is to clean yourself out and then start eating and drinking right to get the good bacteria back in there. BV is basically a side effect of a weak immunity. If you don't take care of your body properly, it doesn't stand a chance against infections. BV is no fun, and staying healthy isnt always easy. If you are looking for an immediate cure, you're just not going to find one. Hydrogen peroxide is the closest thing to that but it's temporary. For me, I try to get my body in order the healthy way first, if it doesn't work, last case scenario I'll go to the doc for metro gel.
Store-bought probiotic products are better than nothing, but have you tried making your own? The store-bought stuff does not have the same probiotic content, is not as fresh, contains additives, is less eco-friendly, and is less cost-effective. Homemade kefir and yogurt is pretty easy, so I see no reason not to make your own! You can also try your hand at making cheese and other fermented products.
If you can get your hands on raw milk, that makes it even better, but even homemade kefir or yogurt from pasteurized milk is still better than the store-bought stuff. Making kefir requires only milk and a one-time purchase of kefir grains for around $10. You can even make your own strawberry flavor by blending strawberries and honey into the finished product!
Homemade yogurt is also very easy and preferable to the store-bought stuff. You can use a few tablespoons of store-bought yogurt as a cheap starter or buy some starter and save a few tablespoons of yogurt as a starter for next time. A yogurt-maker does all the heating and cooling for you, but is not necessary if you're on a budget.
I encourage you to look up instructions online because I assure you it's very simple!
I've suffered from BV on and off for about 20 years. Here are a few natural tips to help cure this ANNOYING disease! A least this is working for me! I call it a disease because literally it can take over your physical and emotional health for weeks on end. It also takes a toll on your finances from running to doctor to doctor. My life would consist of finding ways to get rid of this awful infection, while still going to work everyday and trying to not have a sour look on my face because of being so uncomfortable.
Anyway, there's hope and a silver lining here because I get to share this with you.. over the past 3 days, I've seen great improvement with doing the following: 1. Limit sugar and carbs! Its tough, but the sugar feeds the infection. 2. In the morning before breakfast, take 2 women's RAW probiotic 3. AFTER breakfast, take a combo pill of golden seal and enchinacea. Then, take a garlic pill (got these at whole foods). 4. Carry multiple light panty liners with you. Change every 1-2 hours, it makes sure you are dry down there. 5. Drink lots of water. 6. Walk 30 min per day. 7. Wear cotton underwear and no tight clothes. This is working for me so far, and hope it helps you too!!!