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Posted by Goldie (Indpls) on 11/03/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Hey everyone I too continually catch bv I tried The Greek vanilla yogurt dipped it into it left it in for a few hours I'm "amazed that there is no smell I will continue to do it for a couple more day so far I'm pleased... Thanks for the messages that everyone has left

Replied by Tina

I want to know how do you put the tampon inside of you with the yogurt without it being uncomfortable. I tried using a tampon for the first time and just dipped it in yogurt but once I felt like it was all the way in me it felt uncomfortable so I had to remove it. Im thinking it could be because I'm not wet down there since I'm not on period and I didnt have a whole lot of discharge but it was some. I took it out right away since it was uncomfortable and I had a hard time getting it out, I had to pull the strings a little harder and the actual tampon part..When you soak the tampon in yogurt arent u supposed to soak it with the applicator part on or do u remove it? Am I doing something wrong can someone please help me? Has anyone had this same problem?

Posted by Amber (Los Angelos, California) on 09/17/2012
1 out of 5 stars

Hi my name is carol and I have had this BV crap for 12 years, I just do not know what to do anymore, I really do not, I have been to the gyn many times and tried just about evrything and Nothing has worked:(( my vagina smell was so bad it smelled up a whole room, that is beyond embarassing that is like sucide depresion for me, I wish I had known about bv , because the last thing a woman wants is a smell from down there, I never knew about ph balance down there, mine is 5.1 so that is bad, suppose to be lower, my diet is excellent and Im not a junk food person, no soda, just water and pure cranberry juice, Im so very sad and lonely, my friends have no idea what Im talking about, not even my mother, where did this bv come from? and start attacking all of us??? this thing is on the rise and soon it will be some sort of epidemic because it seems to have NO CURE!!! Im another person now, I do not even reconize me anymore, even at work I know they can smell me, u can not hide that fish smell, Im not gonna swallow a bunch of pills that do not work, the yogurt does not work because that is not the strain of lactobacillus u need :(( acv, tt oil cc oil did nothing, HP douche, no, I do not see anyone here who have really cured themselves:((( the gyn's need to do something, r we all suppose to live with discharge and fish odor till the day we die? frightning thought... Damn

Replied by Avi

Have you tried oregano oil? About 4 months ago I had never even heard of bv, I went to the obgyn because I was having irregular periods out of nowhere (I'm 23 and I've never been more than 2 days late/early since I started at 14 & have never been on BC) along with pain in my hip & painful intercourse. I thought I had picked something up somehow at first but after the doc ran a few tests the only thing she could find wrong was that I had a "mild" case of bv. The antibiotics she gave me took care of the smell after a few days, but the pain while having sex lasted until after I took the last dose. A few months later I noticed the smell would come back temporarily after intercourse (my husband and I are trying to get pregnant so using a condom is kind of out of the question at the moment). The last month it had gotten progressively worse. I didn't want to go back to the doc again because I didn't feel that the antibiotics had worked very well to begin with & it would have been a waste of money didn't have. I had read about tea tree oil, which I've used before for other things (mostly as an antiseptic & for acne) but it's such a strong oil I was afraid to try using it in such a sensitive area. I noticed you had said it didn't work for you. Anyway, sorry this is taking so long, a few weeks back I had had an unrelated problem with atheletes foot and had tried using the tea tree oil (which would usually have worked for me) with no success. My mother had a small bottle of oregano oil she told me to try (one of the natural med docs she sees gave it to her as an anti-fungal/bacterial). I was surprised when it actually worked for my feet when the tea tree oil wouldn't. Anyway, I saw oregano oil mentioned on another forum for bv & decided to try it. I've been using it only few days (just a few drops on my fingers & well... A couple times a day) and the smell has already gone away, my CM is still a little too cloudy but I'm hoping that clears up ad well. Just forewarning if you try this, I did experience a mild burning sensation around the outside folds when applying the oil, I think this may be because I shave though not an adverse reaction since warm water stopped any burning within a minute or two. Good luck finding something that works for you hope this helps!

Replied by Ashley
(Cape Coral, Fl)

Hello, I could not help but feel empathy for you as I have also experienced extreme bv for several years. It was so pervasive that I thought I had to live with it for the rest of my life. I also became very drepressed bc it negatively affected my marriage, my self confidence and tested my sanity, at times. I was desperate for help. I tried both prescriptions and natural oral acidophilus remedies to no avail. However, one night in desperation, I began to research natural antibacterial agents. I found that lemon essential oil was a natural antibacterial, antiviral and antidepressant. So, I bought a bottle of organic liquid acidophilus culture, and put about a teaspoon in a small dish. Then, I added 5 drops of lemon essential oil, 1 drop of lavender essential oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil. I mixed it all up and just rubbed it directly onto my entire vulva and inside my vagina with a finger. I did this for 3 nights strait and the idor was gone aftet the first application. Now, I do it 2 to 3 nights per week just to help nurture my good flora down there. Please give this a try. You will not be disappointed and it is possible to love your vag again.

Replied by Cv Sufferer

Amber— it sounds like you don't have BV but something very similar that is often misdiagnosed as a yeast infection or BV. It's called Cytolytic vaginosis (CV). The fact that your vaginal pH levels are over 4.5 and is even increased into the 5.0's is a huge indicator that you may have CV instead. Additionally it also is an indicator that you have CV if you have had these yeast-type infections (like you have been) that do not respond to normal medications OR are reocurring continuously. Additionally CV very commonly occurs right before, during and after your menstrual cycle & usually will reoccur every month around the same time but not always there's a great article on it at this URL:

Posted by Kat (Fort Worth, Tx) on 05/29/2012

Hi Ladies..... So glad I've found this site with all your comments/questions.

I have been fighting this now since December and have been VERY upset over the whole thing.... Thankfully I have a loving partner who has so far been very patient and supportive.

The DO that I've been seeing first had me insert plain natural live culture yogurt (this is messy and did not seem to work). I next tried probiotics (poked holes into the capsules and inserted).... This helped a bit but did not get rid of the BV.

Side note... Be sure to get tested at a doc to ensure that you really have BV as there are a few other things with similar symptons that are not bacterial.

I have tried hyrdogren peroxide douches (1/4 cup mixed with 3/4 cup distilled water).... This works instantly for the odor but along with that I take probiotics orally.

The one link (and my DO is now confirming her suspicions) is that my boyfriend has not done anything on his end.... We notice that if we have un-protected sex or if he does not pull out, I get the odor back almost immediatley. The DO advised that semen changes the ph of the vagina but she also had a theory that maybe he has the bacteria as well.

I have also found a product that is a combo of a boric acid sopository with an oral probiotic (it's a 14 day treatment) and really seemed to work (until we had unprotected sex. I was odor free for one month with a combo of two hydrogen peroxide/water douches, the Natren "Gy-Na-Tren" vaginal health kit (oral probiotic & sopository) and protected sex with my boyfriend using condoms all the time.

We are now going to try "Flagyl".... Both my boyfriend and I will take these antibiotics as the DO prescribed.... But I will also plan to continue the Gy-Na-Tren for the 14 day cycle. Then I will begin to take Natren's "Healthy Trinity" which supposedly balances the ph in the vagina. After one month of this we will see what happens when we have unprotected sex.

I will post again with our results. Good luck to you all.

PS... last but not least.... I'm perimenopausal and I'm going to now investigate this angle as well. As our bodies change their hormone levels, I'm wondering if that throws off our ph... No doc as advised this... Just another angle to follow up. AND I just had a period after 8 months without and that made my BV symptoms 10 times worse.... so obviously a period throws off the ph.

Posted by Margarita (Sacramento, California) on 12/29/2010

Can I use a tampon with yogurt during my menstual cycle and will it be affective at stopping the awful odor from bv?

Replied by Strwbryltr22
(Windsor, Ct)
5 out of 5 stars

The yogurt has been the best treatment for me. It has been a godsend. I stuck a tampon in low fat vanilla yogurt, which is what I had on hand, I will try no fat next time. It worked the first time around and on the same day. I've used it for three days thus far and it has worked. I have tried those antibacterial creams, the over the counter BV treatments. Give yogurt a try. If you are not sexually active right now, try it for a few nights straight. I had minimally discharge, because I don't soak it. Just dip and you know the rest. I have left the tampon in for a few hours. I haven't kept it all night. Good luck. Definitely worth a try.

Replied by Maria
(Ponce, Puerto Rico, Estados Unidos)

I've been having BV since a few months ago. In October I think.... The gyn prescribed me with Metronidazole pills which were really difficult to swallow. It did nothing to me, nothing. Then she prescribed me with the Metronidazole gel. A week of treatment for nothing, my BV was as strong as ever. I had no symptoms before treatment except some occasional itching, after it the itching got worse and had various discharges in the day.

After I finished my menstruation I decided to try with the gel again, and this time I really got better but it was NOT gone. I really didnt wanted to waste money again so I checked some natural remedies. I used tea tree oil for some days, helped me but too slow then I used yogurt and got really better. Had sex and ruined it all. Right now I'm using tea tree oil and putting plain yogurt with an applicator at night. Symptoms are slowly getting better, I'm having like one discharge a day or nothing at all. The itching is killing me, but that is also slowly decreasing and it may be that I irritated it by having sex. I'm afraid to try other stuff because I'm really, really sensitive down there. I'm still wondering if there is some other safe remedy that is suitable for me but I do encourage to use yogurt and tea tree oil (diluted of course) it helps but it requires patience.

Replied by Junie
(Atlanta, Ga)
5 out of 5 stars

I use a turkey baster and insert about half way full of plain yogurt before going to bed at night. I do not soak it in a tampon I put the yogurt directly inside, put on ugly underwear and a sanitary napkin and go to bed for 8 hours. Then I take 1 probiotic pill a day, sometimes two and by the end of the week, it is cleared.

Replied by Ana
(Stockton, Ca/usa)

but her question was, can she use it during her menstrual cycle? I like to know too :)

Replied by Bee
(Los Angeles, Ca)

i just would like to point out.... DO NOT put vanilla yogurt in your vagina. use PLAIN YOGURT. yeast feeds off the sugar in yogurt and can possibly make you situation worse.

Posted by Suzan (Lansing, Michigan) on 11/29/2010

Mix 1/2 c of plain yogurt (no sugar or fruit) with 5 drops of oil of oregano P73(full strength). Make sure to mix it well. A medicine syringe will be needed. Fill the syringe with the mixture. Lay on your back and insert cream into the vagina. Use 2x per day and wear a maxi pad (change pad often). Oil of Oregano is an anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti parasitic, so it will work for Trich, BV, and Yeast(fungus). Also make sure to soak the syringe in very hot soapy water for 45 minutes. This concoction makes a few doses, so keep it in the refrigerator.

Posted by Michelle (Miami, Fl) on 11/25/2010

Lady's please try the plain yogurt with live cultures. It worked for me-all better now!! No odor no discharge it's going on my fourth day since I been using this treatment. Nothing but HEAVEN!!! Just soak a tampon in the yogurt insert in in the vagina and wait to see results. It really worked for me. Try it ladies I think it's worth it. I'm so happy, I finally feel free. Now I can live again. Good luck ladies I wish you the best!

Posted by Kl (Ny) on 10/31/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered with bv for 8yrs on and off. The past 3 years have been horrible. Every single time I have been intimate with my bf I get the horrible odor the day after. It has affected my relationship and my whole life. I have been so depressed. The first few years I would go to the metro gel but of course it would always come back. I decided to try the acidophilus, folic acid, and peroxide douche but everytime I had sex it would still come back even with a condom. I tried the tampon in yogurt a few times but it didnt do much. I just cant keep enuff good bacteria "down there". The acidophilus might not be living thru my digestive track.

I decided to try the yogurt without the tampon. I used the tube applicator I got with the metro gel and got plain greek yogurt. Filled the entire applicator and put it in. I feel like I wasted 8 yrs looking for a cure when it was right in front of me. No smell! Nothing! After sex I just put in the yogurt to keep the good bacteria thriving. I feel so free now, dont have to worry about turning down my bf and making up excuses. Please give this a try, it save my relationship and my sanity!

Replied by Abe
(Belton, Tx, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

I am 32 years old, and have had BV off and on for as long as I can remember.. I recently have taken flagyl more times then I can count.. I do have the Mirana IUD, and have had it for 4 years now.. I recently started getting a period again, and more BV.. I am assuming this is from the hormone becoming weaker in my IUD.. I have 1 sex partner, and he's all a women could ever need or want.. He says BV bothers me more then it bothers Him.. Either way, I don't like it.. He is the cleanest man I have ever met.. He has had a vasectomy and we don't use condoms.. Most of the time I don't know I have BV until the day after we have sex..

I started using a medicine syringe and plain natural yogurt.. My thiery is, it helps keep the vaginal pH level healthy.. From my research, semen can change the pH.. The plain yogurt really has helped my problem.. My partner agrees.. I hope this helps.

Replied by Curious123
(Missoula, Montana)

how long do you leave the yogart in??

Replied by Fizza

Did you use diluted yoghurt?

EC: Probably not.

Replied by Schneice

I heard that yogurt can cure BV. I have heard of many ways of doing this two are dipping a tampon in it or filling a tampon applicator with it and putting it inside. How would you get the yogurt out of your vag? I am desperate any looking for a cure I suffer from BV going on 4 years now is there something I am doing wrong?

Replied by Sarah

How long did u do this for? How many days & how many times did u put the applicator each day.

Posted by Sonja (Medford, Oregon) on 09/21/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I too hadn't experienced the nightmare of BV until my latest boyfriend. I noticed the smell right after sex and was horrified. If we weren't together, it seemed to go away, but would come back immediately after sex. I consulted this site and started taking probiotics which didn't seem to help. I also went to the doc who prescribed something ( I forgot what) which didn't work either. So now months later it flared up again and I was desperate. I decided to go another route and tried the tampon in yogurt (non-fat, plain, organic) and low and behold after a few hours, the smell was gone! I had put it in at night and woke up and took it out after a few hours. Just to be sure, I did it a second night and nothing! I also as a backup bought some acidophilus capsules to take. I didn't want to post until a few days had passed, but now I feel confident about the yogurt remedy. A caveat: when you put the tampon in the yogurt it starts to swell making it harder to insert. I just put it in a small bowl and made sure it was saturated. I would recommend this approach for all of you who have had no luck so far.

Posted by Richa (Pune, India) on 07/30/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hi all,

I had bv for a long time...n it was really bad.....but i am extremely happy to say that now its been completely cured... as i had read in a lot of articles that yogurt, curd, buttermilk contain probiotics that help body regain its natural microbial flora, I increased my daily buttermilk intake...thus, i recommend a glass of buttermilk, per day for getting rid of bv....

If you do not get ready buttermilk, you just have to take two spoons of yogurt, mix well and add drinking water to make a glass full of buttermilk..

This is really an effective way, rather than taking tablets and other medications.

Posted by Blondiemurph (Oldenburg, Germany) on 06/21/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hello! I recently discovered problems "down there" - a new odor and a new discharge that wasn't there before. After doing some research, I think I have B.V. I don't currently have insurance (I'm American living in Germany and it's hard to get anything not private and expensive) so I haven't seen a doctor. I'm more interested in home remedies anyway. I read on this site about taking folic acid and acidopholus pills - I happened to have some from the states so I've been taking them for two days with very good results. I also tried the whole dipping-the-tampon-in-yogurt thing, which is very messy! I tried this yesterday and today - yesterday I just dipped a tampon without an applicator in "joghurt pur" (translates to pure yogurt, which I'm hoping means it has live cultures in it. It's also the organic "bio" kind) and inserted it and felt fine. Today I tried taking a tampon out of an applicator, filling the applicator with yogurt and inserting it, figuring it'd be similar to a yeast infection treatment that way, but I had bad cramping. Not like normal period cramping either. It was strange. So now I'm wondering if that was a bad idea. I took the tampon out, expecting discharge, but got nothing. 2 hours later, still nothing. Has anyone else tried the yogurt dipping and gotten cramps before? Or can anyone describe something else to try besides other pills? I can't get all the same stuff as in the U.S. I appreciate any advice, and thank all the ladies for the previous advice!!

Replied by Chocolat
(Kathleen, Ga)

I had the same issue with cramping but this also happens when you use monistat so I think that it means it works. The second day the cramps do not happen

Posted by Shell (Savannah,, GA) on 06/10/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Hi I understand all too well the discomfort and embrassement of BV. I to am a victim of this terrible problem. I am now a 32 year old BV free woman. This didn't happen over night. I first had my battle with BV at the age of 18.I just recently discovered the powerful powers of YOGURT! I was so fed up with BV doctor trip after doctor trip. It would go away for a week or two then I would be sitting at work of somewhere and get a whiff of some funk coming on! Me and two of my friends refer to it boy saying " I feel a WOOP coming on. At least one of us always keep a readily supply of meds that we could borrow from each other. Anywho, I'm talking too much. I inserted a tube of yogurt every night just before bedtime for 30 nights.( I did'nt have a boyfriend at the time) After doing this for 30 days I have been completely cured of BV for 1 year now. The yogurt that I used was Activia. Try this I have passed it on to many of my friends and everyone says that this works. You have nothing to lose but smelliness!

Replied by I Did It
(Saint Cloud, Mn)
5 out of 5 stars

I love earth clinic!! I read about a lot of people doing many things at one time but all I did was the yogurt soaked tampon 3 times for 2 days and it is gone!! Woo Hoo! It's been 2 months and that nasty smell has NOT come back. If it ever does I won't hesitate to do it again.

Replied by From Texas
(Garland, Tx)

What kind of yogurt did you use? And how did u soak the tampon?

Replied by Rick
(Manila, Bulacan, Philippines)

yogurts are available in our country but my wife wants to try acidophilus for her bv are there any substitute for acidophilus since it is not available here.thanks!!!

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Rick, maybe you could try making one of these: rejuvelac, sauerkraut, kefir or kombucha. They all contain probiotics including acidophilus. Although each batch will differ in the amounts of acidophilus that they contain, these foods were being used sucessfully long before there were capsules of probiotics. Rejuvalac can be made from brown rice. All the best.

Replied by Mountainvibe
(Denver, Co)
5 out of 5 stars

Ladies, yogurt is great. It is extremely important that you use an organic PLAIN yogurt with live cultures. Do not use a processed or flavored (even vanilla) yogurt. Take good care of your body.

Replied by Christie 14
(Liberty, Ky, Usa)

yogurt for vaginal smell did not work. Caused cramps and pain. My homeopathic dr recommended white oak tree bark. Boil, cool, and douche t. I. D. (3x/daily) for 7 days, then b. I. D. (2x/daily) the next 7 days, and lastly... Once daily for 7 days. Stop process while on period and pick up/continue process where you left off when period stops. The process took 2 months but I'm cured.

Posted by Stacie (MIAMI, FLROIDA) on 09/11/2007
1 out of 5 stars

Okay I had BV like two weeks ago I tried the ACV and Yogurt treatment (I used 2 caps of ACV and 1 Tablespoon of plain yougurt) And it Came back i did it again and now it won't go away. I keep on using the yogurt but nothing happens is there anything else I can use? or am I doing something wrong?

Replied by Samantha
(Miami, Fl)

I don't know about the ACV, I think it may have thrown off your pH. I used to use ACV on my face for toner and it helps with some of my hyperpigmentation but I only use it at night and in the affected areas. It's too drying otherwise. I used it ONCE on my vagina when I thought I had a pH imbalance. A week after I used it, I had BV and it was bad. I started using the yogurt and tampon method, soaking the tampon in pure yogurt with cultures for 10 min and then inserting it in and leaving it for about three hours. Then I rinse in the shower to make sure it's all clean (just the outside, don't douche! ) and then I do it again for good measure. I don't recommend sleeping with it in because it could make it worse or so I've read in several online articles. Not sure if it's true, but I'm not risking it.

I don't know if this info is important or not - but I'm 20 yrs old and I had my first spell of BV when I was about 16, though I wasn't sexually active so I didn't really notice it. It went away by itself. I never went to the gyn and I never diagnosed it as anything other than 'sweaty vag'. I got another case of it about two weeks ago, I recognized the symptoms but I didn't know what they meant so I googled it and I put the pieces together and diagnosed myself with BV.

I've heard good things about acidophilus probiotics. They're not too expensive either so I'm going to try them as well. I also regularly take Azo pills for urinary tract support, it has probiotics in it. I'm prone to UTIs so this is just preventative. I recommend it if your BV is giving you a burning sensation when you pee. It helps with the pain. I wish you luck with your BV and advise you stay away from ACV, it's not the 'fix all home remedy' that the internet makes it out to be!

Posted by Kels (Tacoma, WA) on 10/02/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I tried monistat 1 day and it gave me 2nd degree burns and made me swell down there like you would not believe. I had to go to the ER and get it flushed out and be out on medication. After the burns healed, I used yogurt. Just put it in waited 20 min and then took a shower. Sleep with a pad so to catch any remaining yogurt.

Posted by Anita (Garland, NC)
5 out of 5 stars

Insert plain yogurt with a syringe or turkey baster. lay down as much as possible so it will not come down. A pad should be worn to catch the leakage. It really works and the itching will also stop almost instantly!!!!