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Posted by Becca (Colorado) on 02/20/2020

I contracted BV after having my fallopian tubes removed and from then on having unprotected sex with my husband. This subtle shift changed the terrain and pH. I tried hydrogen peroxide tampons and probiotics for weeks to no avail. Within 24 hours of a wash/douche of ACV and water, the tides turned and the discharge is minimal and odorless. I used only 1/2 t. to 1 C water (yikes to the ladies using it straight!!) and this was enough to reboot my pH and system. Just that, nothing else. Truly fabulous.

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Posted by LT (Chattanooga, Tn) on 02/10/2018

Hello I have battled with BV a mother if 5 who has had reoccurring BV for the past 13 years ths last run with BV was the worst... name it I tried it but it was this small little trick I did with ACV with mother that changed my situation and gave me back my confidence.... the first thing we are NOT going to do is douche with it people do but the funny thing is I never did ...

Just three times a day I drank a cap full of ACV well shaken with mother and followed with a glass of distilled water after the second day the smell was completely gone its a must that you wear panty liners daily sweat, moist, hot and dark areas are a breeding ground for bacteria and once you get the smelly discharge on your panties you know it's going to be a stinky situation for the rest of the day ACV will balance your ph from the inside so there is no need irritating your irritated vagina any further but be sure its BV this is not a STD Cure so if symptoms dont subside you may need to see you gyn thanks hopes this work for you I use it everyday now for its wonderful health benefits....

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Posted by Younglady09 (Philadelphia ) on 01/20/2018

Got BV about a year and a half ago and freaked out. The most awful thing I've experienced in my entire 25 years of life. I smell bad all the time and even went to wearing tampons everyday to control the smell which of course was not the brightest idea. I took to the enternet to find a cure. I will admit, some of you ladies have done some extreme things and I have tried almost all of them. To the Garlic suppositories to eating a clove of garlic once a day to eating yogurt and shoving it up my vagina to using ACV to douche with and yet nothing was happening. The symptoms continued and I slowly gave up. Recently, I received a job offer to be a flight attendant and to survive probation, you have to stay healthy and a lot of them suggested drinking ACV with water daily. So before training I figured I would get a head start. 3 days into drinking this stuff every night before bed, the the symptoms have slowly disappeared the smell was completely gone after day 2 and I'm noticing less and less discharge. So far so good. Today made day 4 and my plan is to continue this to day 7 and drink this mixture every other day. I also plan to take a probiotic daily along with some other vitamins I'll need for this new lifestyle in the sky. :)

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Posted by Mac417 (Florida) on 08/10/2017

I have been suffering with BV for the past 6.5 years. I've tried so many home remedies and prescriptions but it would get better for a day or 2 and then come back.

I started a liquid fast yesterday to help detox my body due to some other health issues I'm having. The night before I started my fast I mixed 2 tablespoons of ACV, a little bit of ground cinnamon and about 3 tablespoons of distilled water into a shot glass and drank it. I use ACV with the mother in it. When I woke up yesterday morning I immediately drank another shot of the ACV mixture. Keep in mind I had no idea ACV would treat BV. I had zero odor when I woke up yesterday but I did have discharge still. I drank a total of 3 shots of that mixture yesterday and by the time I went to bed last night I had no odor and no discharge. I must say this is AMAZING. I only took this 3 times yesterday and it was all oral consumption. I didn't apply anything in or near my lady parts at all. I highly recommend drinking a "shot" of this miracle in a bottle 3 times a day. You will be so glad you did! I

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Posted by Misty (Missouri) on 03/13/2017

I've had recurring bv for 8 months. Ive tried home remedies and meds several times but nothing helped.

2 weeks ago I started drinking apple cider vinegar 2 times a day in water. Within a week, the smell was gone. I didn't take it for 3 days and the smell came back.

I started it again, and the smell and itch went away after 2 days.

I highly recommend trying this!!

Replied by Karrie

I've been battling BV for 3 months. I've done hydrogen peroxide douches/tampon inserts, acidophilus douches AND taking orally, ACV douches, etc. I too can get rid of the smell for a day but it always comes back. Been at it for about 3 months. HAve you finally got rid of it? I have antibiotics from the doctor, but don't want to use them unless I have to!

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Posted by Godschild (Southern, Ca) on 05/19/2014

I have been an avid reader of EC for years, and have tried many of the cures suggested for various ailments. I have been battling Bacterial Vaginosis for two yrs., tried almost all natural remedies that I could find out about, some worked some didn't and the ones that did only lasted for a couple of days, then right back to the old drawing board...I was at my wits end with this smelly, frustrating and embarrassing a few days ago before taking my shower I decided that I was going to use straight white vinegar inside the vagina, but not douching but soaking a washcloth in the vinegar and ringing the vinegar in the vagina from the burned like heck, but I guess that is from the irritation that goes along with having BV.... it has been 5 days and NO scent nor discharge. I even had a couple of glasses of wine last night and today still no discharge nor smell at all! Normally if I have a drink it would have a bad effect on the BV and I would discharge more than normal, but not this time....White Vinegar has always been used for Centuries as cures, and as we women know, it is used in most store bought douches, but it doesn't always receive credit for ailments of the vagina. I just wanted to share my relief story, and hopefully it will help someone else out there...and if for some reason my bv comes back I will most definitely applying the same treatment as before....also up your water intake to at least 64oz per day and if over 140lbs drink enough ounces of water to equal half of your body weight, water is very important in this fight against BV. Make sure you are well hydrated everyday, I think that dehydration has alot to do with this and so many other ailments. I drink tons of water per day, I eat a piece of garlic everyday or night, I use an antibacterial soap to bathe, and I take probiotics also...but it wasn't until I inserted the white vinegar directly, that any great results are being achieved....I will post again in a couple of weeks with an update...God Bless.

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Posted by Torrence (Murfreesboro, Tn) on 05/02/2014

Hello ladies, I have been suffering from BV for years off and on. I am now 35. I have tried everything but nothing has worked. My doctor even gave me on- going prescriptions of antibiotics to try and assist me with my constant complaints of odor and discharge. Some months I have had to wear a pad everyday to help keep myself dry. The winter months are not as terrible as the summer months. I have limited my activities, and started not to attend gatherings, or wear dresses, tights, or do anything that might expose my problem. In the summer months it is quite unbearable. I just found out about this site from my drs nurse. I'm so glad to know that I am not alone. After researching, I decided to use the Apple Cider Vinegar. I've been using it for three days now and my smell is completely gone. First day: mixed 2 tablespoons of ACV with a full glass of water and drank. That night mixed 10 ml of ACV with distilled water in a douche bottle and used. almost immediately I could tell a difference. The second day I did the same. Today, I drank the same mixture, but I increased my ACV in the douche mixture to 15mL and also soaked in a tub half way full of water and added two cups of ACV for 20 mins. ( just enough to cover my vaginal area) .The smell is completely gone. I plan on continuing this regimen for seven days. The 2nd week decreasing to four days and then every other day For the third week. The last week just once Or twice. I'll sit in the tub with the ACV twice a week from now on.

Please mix the ACV with water always And gradually increase in your douch mixture slowly. Because it can have a burning sensation.

In addition to doing this new regimen, I also take acidophilus 4 billion live cultures, zinc, folic, acid, and vit B12 every night. so far, I feel great and my confidence is coming back. Thanks so much for this site. I'll keep you posted.

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Posted by Cmelo (Boston, Ma, Usa) on 01/02/2011


PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH THIS CURE. I got my first yeast infection about 4 days into a 7 day regimen of intense antibiotics. I have had bacterial vaginosis several times, so I figured I could cure it with yogurt as usual. When new year's eve came and I still had my infection, I got desperate and logged on here to see what I could find. I wasn't sure if it was BV or yeast at this point but I saw the raves for ACV and went ahead and tried it. I began with straight ACV on a cotton ball--It burned SO BAD. I can't even describe how bad it hurt--I was hyperventaliting. I decided to dilute it to about 50/50 but even that was awful. Awful. The burning didn't last too long but the infection went on to get worse quickly... I began getting tons of discharge and itching and pain. If you try this DILUTE ALOT. If it works then work your way up but it did not work for me at all!! I ended up taking fluconaze and now it is 90% cleared up.. I am afraid to put anything down there as even yogurt seems to irritate it. I'm glad if this works for people but be careful!!

Replied by Miss
(Pa, US)

The same thing happened to me! I kept reading about douching with Hydrogen Peroxide. It really helped with the scent but a week later it all came back 1,000 times worse! Douche just happened over and over. I really diluted it a lot. The douches were maybe 20% Hydrogen peroxide. I would get so itchy and burn it was unbearable! To be honest, the Hydrogen Peroxide made it worse. Everyone is different. I take daily vitamins, I tried Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, and acidophilus (twice daily) and so far they have helped with the symptoms but not cure. My diet is 80% fruits and veges. I eat little meat and exercise 5 days a week. I am a very healthy person. But this time, the natural cure route has not worked. I think I'm going to have to suck it up and use the antibiotic.

Replied by Marigold

The peroxide was too strong, you probably burned your tissues. The strongest you should use is diluted 3%. You'll need to do some healing before you try anything again.

Also, do not use apple cider vinegar - only white vinegar, also very diluted or you'll have more tissue damage. The apple cider vinegar has natural yeasts/bacteria which can add to the problem instead of helping. Good luck!

Replied by Celine

ACV should be organic, unfiltered and cold-pressed. It should also say "with the mother" on the bottle. The mother is the starter culture which contains all the beneficial bacteria that help to alkalinize the body and overtake the bad bacteria.

What kind of ACV were you using?

(Jersey City, New Jersey)

You are so right, you have to use organic apple cider with the word (Mother). It gets rid of the bad bacteria while applying good bacteria and putting your pH at range. People, you also have to use the vinegar once a day at the same time in a row at least 3-4 days depending on severity. It really, really works!!!! Put 1- 2 tablespoon in a douche bottle and that add warm water to fill to the top or nearly top of the water bottle, then shake the bottle to mix it up. Then use it!!

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Posted by Former AL Mom (Daleville, AL) on 03/25/2009

Bacterial Vaginitis: Daily, I soak a cotton ball with organic ACV while I sit on the toilet, then I jump in the shower to rinse it off, using no soaps, sprays, or powders. This has been working for the past month. I also use another ACV soaked cotton ball under my arms before I get in the shower too, without using soap or deodorant. No odor. I love this site, mannnn!

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Posted by Michelle (Jonesboro, GA) on 01/13/2007

Yes!! Thank you Lord! I added 3 cups of Pure Apple Cider Vinegar to my water and soaked for 20 minutes. It started working that same day. By the next day it was completely gone. No smell at all!! I hope this works for you!

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Posted by Jasmine (Kansas City) on 02/25/2017

So I've been getting BV off an on for the past few years. I would get a Rx from my doctor for Metronidazole Gel, which is inserted vaginally before bedtime for about a week and it worked like a charm everytime. Downside is it was $80 a pop! 😩 Also tried flagazole (not sure if I spelled that right) and it worked but developed a yeast infection as a result.

I came across home remedies to cure this God forsaken oder and came across ACV and baking soda. Tried both (separately)and they both seemed to do the trick.

For the baking soda I poured about a spoonful into my hand and washed my "area" with it in the shower. Then rinsed it off after approx. 3-5 mins. Next day I had no symptoms. Then decided to try the ACV, for this method I poured the ACV on my wash cloth and rubbed it in and around the area. Left it on for as long as I could stand the burning sensation which was about 2 mins then washed it off. I know other methods suggest oral intake of water mixed with ACV or baking but I didn't drink it. Just wanted to inform of other methods. Hope this helps you guys. Good luck!!!

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Posted by Sj Bv Free (Cincinnati, Oh) on 10/22/2016

I have been battling BV for about a year and half. Spent hundreds of dollars in doctor visits and prescribed medications that only made matters worse. After reaching my ultimate low in losing confidence and making up excuses why I didn't want to have relations with my boyfriend and being thoroughly embarrassed to even stand next to someone in fear they would smell me, I finally turned to nature. Desperate to find a cure and very depressed over it. They say it's not an STD but boy does it make you feel like you have one. It equally destroys your femininity as much as if you would have infact had an STD. WELL LADIES...I found my cure. I know they say don't douche. But in my case, matters couldn't be any worse. I was bloated, achy, had drainage constantly, the smell...LORD the smell. It was bad. Well I tried the salt water treatment douching. Yes worked, temporary. Then tried Honey water douche, temporary (as in a day). Tea Tree oil...least favorite, bothersome, oozed out and temporary but VERY effective masking the smell.

AND FINALLY....Apple Cider Vinegar. BINGO!! We had a winner. 3 days later cured!

DAY ONE, I mixed equal portions of ACV and water, douched. Then flushed out with plain water, took acidophilus 2 a day and cleansed the outer labial portions with teatree oil and water (just to catch any potential smells).

DAY TWO, about a 3rd of ACV and water, flushed again with plain water, still taking acidophilus twice per day and tea tree oil for the outside. At this point, the symptoms were gone as far as bloat and ache, no smell. Still discharge, but no smell. DAY THREE, a teaspoon of ACV and water, flushed again with plain water, Acidophilus and tea tree oil rinse.

Done! No discharge, no symptoms, no smells...Just back to good ole me. I cried. Yes ladies, finally. I am a woman and whole free for a month now. Did it work...I'm going with yes. Are we all different, yes. I have not had to douche since and honestly I really won't unless absolutely necessary. I just watch my ph and make sure it stays balanced. I have maintained a healthy diet and I drink of plenty of water. I hope this helps you as much as it helped me. Oh and by the way...I found it funny that $.50 is all it would cost to cure me. Dear Lord help us all! Best of luck.

Replied by Suzy

Hi Sj. I'm glad you are getting some relief from your BV. I went round and round with this for what seemed forever. It is not only the physical but mental as you think it will never go away. I found that sex aggravated the symptoms. I'm married, one partner. My concern for you is all the douching. I fear that changes the ph and set things off. What finally worked for me is grapefruit seed extract. 10 drops in water once a day, everyday, though I do miss now and then. I have honestly been cured of this miserable thing. Seriously. I was miserable. It has been a long, long time since I've had any symptoms. I have started taking vitamin e as it is good for skin. I've found it to work wonders along with the GSE and it does help with my sex drive and ease for a woman in her sixties. I'm not knocking what works for you, I'm glad you are feeling better. This is just what worked for me. Take care.

Replied by Hippie
(North Georgia)

Did you take the acidophilus orally or insert vaginally?

Replied by Ashley

Hi! How do you use the grapeseed oil?

Replied by Cocooh
(Cincinnati, Oh)

Thanks my fellow Cincinnatian. Hopefully this Apple Cider Vinegar treatment will work for me as well. I'm 35 and this is my first BV outbreak although doc told me I had it before (but no symptoms or smells at all).at that time I was taking Apple Cider Vinegar religiously (trying to lose belly fat) so I think that helped my pH balance internally.

Anyway, you're right, every body is different and I will try the Apple Cider Vinegar douche temporarily to clear up symptoms only. I will follow it up with organic plain yogurt suppository to add good bacteria back down there.

Replied by Cocooh
(Cincinnati, Oh)

OK, I didn't do the douche. That's the absolute last resort

Instead, I did a ACV and warm water sitz bath for 20 minutes- ish. Took shower (I use Dove Soap).

Vaginally inserted a diy suppository that consisted of organic unrefined coconut oil and tea tree oil. I put about 1.5 tsp (?) amount in ice cube tray and froze before hand. Placed a pad into cotton underwear and viola! I'm hoping this works. Will update.

Replied by Lillian
(Rochester, Ny)


The grapefruit oil you put in water and than drank? Do you drink this everyday, how many times a day?

Thank You

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Posted by Nynia77 (Chicago, Il) on 02/09/2016

I have been suffering for BV for 7 years and after several trips to the doctor and numerous prescriptions of antibiotics, my BV would not go away. I tried the peroxide douche, peroxide tampon, drinking baking soda water, tampon with tea tree oil, tampon with yogurt, tea tree soap. nothing seem to work! The smell is horrible and embarrassing, so I had to do something. I just could not be around people because I thought they would smell it . My social life as well as my personal life were ruined. I was at my wits end and very desperate for a cure or to even get rid of the smell, so I could at least get part of my life back.

I did some research and decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar (mother), boric acid capsules, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamins, eliminated sugar from my diet.

First thing in the morning, I would drink 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (diluted with a little water). Then, I would take one probiotic pill and after I eat something I take the multivitamin and the folic acid pill. Next, I insert one capsule of Boric Acid (vaginally). I only do this before I go to bed. I also eat healthier. I eat a lot of salads , vegetables and limited fruit.

It has only been a couple days, but so far so good.

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Posted by Anonymous (Mcminnville, Tn) on 07/12/2015

Hello all. Just wanted to share I have been struggling with bv for almost 2 years now on and off since my son was born. I am 32. I tried the tea tree oil tampons and got some relief but not cured. Hydrogen peroxide only made my symptoms worse. I have taken Flagyl and other antibiotics but they only gave me a yeast infection.

Last night I mixed Apple Cider Vinegar with distilled water bc tap water has chlorine and bottled water has other chemicals. Mix 50/50 % I duche'd. With that mix and then using an insert I pushed 1000mg Vit C pill as far up my vagina as I could get it. You must wear a pad and the Vit C must be done over night. This morning "No smell! Burn gone! Itch gone! " and yes this was overnight. I will continue this regimen for 3 days just to make sure all bacteria is gone.

This remedy does burn a little bit especially if you have a bad infection. But it was well worth it. 1 day and I am cured of symptoms. I knknow everyone's bodynamic is different but since I have tried so many of these other remedies and they didn't work just thought I'd be selfish if I didn't share this. :-:-) Thank you

Replied by Jazz

thank you for sharing your experience. Yesterday I made the mistake of mixing Apple Cider Vinegar with tap water 60(acv)/40(tapwater), once inserted vaginally. I instantly felt a sharp pain. It continued and worsened terribly, over a three hour period. Finally my stomach pain started to subside, but then strangely when I went to urinate, a lightly bloody discharge was present. Confused I turned to google, and found your experience. Relieved to know the burning from the Apple Cider Vinegar is natural. I'm scheduling a doctor appointment for the new discharge that followed with the side effects and will update if any new discoveries are found as a result of using acv.

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Posted by Sara (Washington, DC) on 01/20/2015

I have been suffering from BV for almost 10 long years. Ladies I know what you have all been going through. It has completely ruined my personal Life!

I have tried everything under the sun including numerous antibiotics, that always seemed to make it work. With doctors lack of knowledge makes it that much harder. I have been a repeat BV forum hoping the next time I'm on someone will have found something new. Low and behold, I have combined a couple things, the only things I haven't tried just to overload it and wipe it out. I think I finally have!!

Ok... So Before I went to work I took a tampon saturated it about 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil. I did not use an oil base, just the tea tree. (has a cooling effect for a while, that is normal) I kept it in for about 4 hours and took it out. That night when I got home I inserted a 500mg Vitamin C before I went to bed. I woke up and douched with natural Apple Cider Vinegar.

It has been 3 days and absolutely nothing! No smell, no discharge, no gunk. I am so relieved, I will be using this method once a week just to maintain. I am deathly afraid of it coming back so I am taking no chances.

I know how frustrating and depressing this condition is. I really hope this works you ladies, again, I have been suffering from BV for about 10 years. This is truly a miracle!!!! Let me know how this works out for you, I hope to hear many success stories!

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