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2 User Reviews
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Posted by Ananda (Lacenter, Wa) on 02/18/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I want to share my experience with Bacterial Vaginosis.

I fought the symptoms of BV for six months using the best probiotics available (50 billion organisms) at my local health store. I applied coconut oil with tea tree oil mixed in to the outside and inside of my vagina. I reduced the smell but still experienced constant discharge and varying degrees of odor.

I finally visited Planned Parenthood and they tested me on the spot for Bacterial Vaginosis. I tested positive. they gave me antibiotics which temporarily got rid of the infection. I took exactly as directed but the infection crept back in that same month. So this is when I went into serious research mode and found some information on the internet about a Borax treatment.

Now this is the amazing part I want to share with you: I put a quarter teaspoon of borax into a rubber douche bag filled with warm water. I took it into the shower with me and rinsed my vagina out thoroughly with this simple solution. I could smell foul water coming out of me and it felt very cleansing but I had little expectation that one application would make much difference, however that one application, in conjunction with those awesome probiotics completely resolved my issue. Three months later I sensed another flare-up so I immediately made myself the borax/warm water douche and I have never experienced another symptom again. This treatment had ZERO side-effects. It's been almost a year since that last treatment.

What an embarrassing and lengthy struggle with such a simple, cheap and easy solution!!!

Replied by Joy
(Sc As Rborough,me)

What is borax? I have suffered with bv for years and antibiotics doesn't take it away for long.

EC: Hi Joy,

You can read more about borax on our page here.

Replied by De'anna
(Chesapeake, Va)

Was this borax detergent powder or boric acid? I need to go buy some today, but I don't know which it is.

Replied by Rs

BORIC ACID!!!! Not borax. I make and use boric acid capsules once a week for the maintenance of BV. There is no cure for BV and every woman is different when it comes to keeping this under control......and that is all you can do. Diet and keeping your body alkaline is a key factor. NO sugar, no caffeine, no dairy.......I however cant be that strict with my diet and I rely on boric acid capsules and they are a LIFE SAVER. You can by boric acid on is a pesticide and roach killer, but not harmful to humans when inserted into the vagina, only if consumed orally. It basically suffocates the bacteria in your vagina and kills it. I would be at the end of my proverbial rope by now if it were not for this miracle. ALSO, a little known fact is that your doctor can give you a prescription for this to take to your pharmacy....yep....true story. It is a prescription medication for BV but no one wants anyone to know about it because then the pharmaceutical companies would lose money. I have worked in the medical field my entire life and know a thing or two about pharmaceutical companies. Anyway, there is no cure so you have to manage the symptoms until it subsides and then maintain a regimen.

Replied by Tammy
5 out of 5 stars

Borax...20 mule a wonderful help for bv... diluted in water and inserted via is the only thing that has helped me....and I researched it highly....and also take it internally....

Replied by Anon
5 out of 5 stars

I am having exceptional results with hydrogen peroxide and betadine douches, ACV and garlic.

Boric Acid and Coconut Oil

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Posted by Julie (San Francisco, Ca) on 03/04/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Boric Acid mixed with Coconut Oil made into suppositories by using empty capsules and freezing them has been a life saver! Any time I feel a BV issue coming on I use one of these and the issue is GONE.

I've tried the conventional Flagyl treatments, ACV, Garlic, probiotics, etc. this is the winner.

Replied by Sam

How much of each do you use?

Replied by Jaggedrkcn

Can I put the borax capsule in with a probiotic capsule simultaneously?

(Washington State)

That would be useless since the Borax will kill the probiotic organisms. Better to wait until the BV is under control and then use a trusted probiotic.




1 User Review
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Posted by K (Maryland) on 10/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Buttermilk has worked great for me too, much better than plain yogurt. I use a plastic syringe to get it into the vagina and rub it on the vulva. I have instant relief from itching and burning...try it.

I also took antibiotics, but the BV came back within a few weeks. I got new prescription for antibiotics, but I'm not willing to keep using it and it seems it is causing more harm than good for many. Even if the BV comes back every now and then, buttermilk is an easy solution and safer than other treatment options.

Posted by kisce (Columbus, Georgia) on 08/19/2007

I just wanted to share this one with you. I was talking with an older lady, my neighbor, I asked the question on BV home remedie cures. She told me to douche with buttermilk and a little water. I just wanted to share that with you, I will try this one and get back with you on it.

Replied by Sunsitara
(San Juan, Puerto Rico - U.s.a)

Check for candida. Sometimes this could be a symptom. In the meantime,reduce your refined sugar intake and everything refined that converts into sugar like white flour. Candida flourish and grow nicely in a sweet "media" Try to be in a good PH level. Acid PH makes us prone to inflammation and disease. Mucus membranes are very susceptible to these changes in PH. Search for information about food that makes us acid or make us alkaline.The equilibrium is HEALTH.

BV Might Be Symptom of NGU

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5 star (1) 

Posted by Jules (La, Ca) on 05/17/2018
5 out of 5 stars

BV is super embarrassing and overwhelmingly frustrating. For over a year I was going to planned parenthood with BV/yeast infections, they would give me antibiotics, I was fine, then weeks later the symptoms would reoccur. I went about 10 times in a year. It was evident that there was a bigger issue and they told me I needed to see someone else. By some dumb luck miracle a woman online told of her experience with these symptoms and found a Dr who diagnosed her with Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)!! She took the prescribed medication and her problems were gone!! So guess what, I went to that same doctor, got tested and that was the problem!!!!!

NGU causes symptoms of BV, yeast infections and UTI's but they will never go away until you (and your partner) are treated!!! I fully believe that 90% of women who have reoccurring BV/yeast actually have NGU and I have no idea why doctors aren't looking for it, primarily in the US. My Dr said many doctors don't believe it is a woman's issue and that only men can be affected which is truly unbelievable. Being symptom free has changed my life and I hope that this information can help someone!! FYI the treatment she gave was a shot of Ceftriaxone and a two week round of 100mg Doxycycline Hyclate antibiotics. NO DAIRY can be consumed during those two weeks and no intercourse. Good luck!!

BV Treatments You Must Not Try

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Posted by Me (Polo, Il) on 10/28/2016
1 out of 5 stars


My ob/gyn told me to douche with bleach. 1 cupful of clorox bleach to a bottle of water. Please do not try that one as I was left with burns. Nothing for me works except for prescription flagyl.

Check Your Toilet Paper

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Posted by Alex (Latin America) on 10/18/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Years ago, after eating kefir a couple of times, I got a severe case of vaginitis. It began with clear discharge and progressed to the point of making my underwear wet, and the smell was foul. I had to use a solution of 1:5 hydrogen peroxide and water. I only sprayed it on the labia while I showered, then rinsed after a minute. It was truly miraculous how quickly and effectively it worked. But, even after I realized kefir caused it and stopped eating it, I kept getting flare ups for years, so I had to use the hydrogen peroxide solution at least twice a month. Now, during the pandemic, I couldn't find the toilet paper I've been using for a while. This paper wasn't scented and didn't have any vitamins or aloe. It was plain. So during the pandemic, I bought a super cheap paper that was also plain, then after a couple of days all of my symptoms disappeared. They did return after I began eating coconut oil for a few days, but stopped immediately after I quit eating the oil, no need for the peroxide. I was very happy to discover that it was something external causing it. I hope this helps somebody else.


2 User Reviews
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Posted by Ezri (Florida) on 06/09/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I had been dealing with BV for 6 months. I did two rounds of Flagyl, which did nothing for the BV, and caused terrifying mental side effects (I thought I was crazy until I did some research - it can happen! Never again.). Peroxide douches didn't help for more than a few hours. The only thing that was working was boric acid suppositories, which I had to use at least every other night or else the BV came back with a vengeance.

Grasping at straws, I read about alkalizing. It made no sense to me, as I had understood that a TOO-alkaline vagina was the problem, and is common in menopause (my new phase of life). But I read about alkalizing working for some women, and thought what the heck, and tried liquid chlorophyll - as I'd read chlorophyll was alkalizing to the system.

I started taking two tablespoons in water in the morning, and one tablespoon at night. After the first day, I stopped the boric acid to see what would happen. That was three weeks ago, and the BV seems to have disappeared. As in - never saw it again after the first dose of chlorophyll! After 6 months of BV, it seems like it would be too much of a coincidence if it wasn't the chlorophyll that helped! I don't understand how it worked, but apparently, it did...

Posted by Shenequa (Texas) on 06/28/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have tried Chlorophyll concentrate for BV and it has cured me and I have been dealing with this since I was 16.

Replied by Mh

I'm wondering how did you use the Chlorophyll?

Coconut Oil

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Posted by Kay (Tampa, Fl) on 12/10/2018
2 out of 5 stars

I have had BV off and on for the last year. I read a lot of blogs and most women claim odor or discharge being their irritant. I do not have odor, but I have terrible burning. I tried coconut oil and it worked for a day or two but now I have the burning back. Does anyone else experience the burning?

Coconut Oil
Posted by Jhanaya (Philadelphia ) on 08/20/2018
5 out of 5 stars

So, I'm 22 and I've been having BV since I was 16 years old.

On and off since then. I use to get it about 2-3 times a month. Right after I take the antibiotics it will come back. Sometimes it would come right after my menstrual went off. I would get so frustrated. I currently am pregnant. About 2 weeks ago I had BV following up with the antibiotics. I discovered I was pregnant about 53 days ago along with noticing 5 ago I had BV. So I went to the Dr and she told me it was the high level of acidity was high because of the hormones I'm producing from pregnancy and it's unbalancing my pH level but The “infection” Would go away on its own in a few days. No antibiotics were given. So I looked and looked on this BV situation.

I've been soaking a plastic tampon in coconut oil (CO) for 3 days then pushing the tampon up for a few hours. I saw you can do it for 2 hours but I kept it up there as long as possible 3x a day. The smell this morning was almost gone. no more weird discharge. I am kinda skeptical on maybe this will give me yeast infection But I read CO can be used for yeast also. So let's cross fingers, (it is now 8:53 AM) that by tonight the smell is completely gone! Try it ladies! I have no complaints. No itching no discomfort or anything with the coconut oil. And I am really really sensitive. I say give it a try!

Coconut Oil
Posted by HM (UK) on 05/19/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the coconut oil suppository method for BV after reading about it here. I quickly warmed a cup of organic CO in a pan on the stove on low heat and transferred it to an ice cube tray and put it in the freezer. At night, I took one out and let it melt slightly and pushed it in and used a tampon applicator to push it up as high as I could. Did this for a week, but noticed results on Day 3. I will do this in the future as needed, but hopefully I won't need to again. I am taking probiotics and cutting back on sugar. Good luck to all.

Replied by Dana
5 out of 5 stars

This remedy works I cleared my BV infection up in one week... I saw relief in just 2 days

Replied by Cindy
(Markham, Il)

How often did you use this method? Can it be done weekly?

Coconut Oil
Posted by Dimpless (Lansing, Mi) on 04/30/2018
5 out of 5 stars

So I would like to share how I cured my BV after 6 years of having it. After many doctors Apt's, many prescribed and non prescribed medication did not work I continued my search on the internet and YouTube for ways to cure chronic yes “Chronic" BV; I came across a post that said to use unrefined coconut oil as a suppository. How I did that was melt the coconut oil in the microwave or let it melt at room temperature afterwards I would pour a little into a small ice tray and let freeze for a few hours or overnight. The reason for freezing coconut oil is because it is very messy and melts extremely fast once touching a warm surface. At night time after work I would come home take the coconut oil ice tray out of the freezer and get in the shower, I would wash my body up as usual and then slide TWO small coconut cubes way into my vagina. The coconut oil melts fast so stay in the shower until you have rinsed off the coconut oil that was dripped out. You will notice either later on that night or the next day that the smell, itching or whatever problem that you may have is GONE. I'm not saying that this remedy works for everyone but it WORKS for myself ...coming from a person that has tried EVERYTHING for over 6 years to get rid of the smell. I hope you ladies try this it is very cheap and would rather do this treatment than buying expensive pills on cream.

Replied by Lisa
(Memphis, Tn)

Thank You so much for this update! I have almost given up on myself and finding a way to get rid of these symptoms. How often should I do this treatment?

Replied by Angelica

May I know what kind of coconut oil (the brand) that u use for the bv?

Coconut Oil
Posted by Maria (Florida) on 08/06/2017
5 out of 5 stars

A couple weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night with vaginal itching. I wasn't sure if I had BV or a yeast infection but my vagina was not smelling the way it normally should either. I searched the web for a natural remedy that would work for both a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis, since I wasn't sure which infection I had. I was not in the mood to go to the doctor because all they want to do is prescribe drugs, and I wanted to treat it naturally. I tried drinking apple cider vinegar for a few days and it didn't do much. So I decided to try coconut oil after seeing reviews that it works well for both BV and YI. I got one of those plastic siringe things from the drug store and filled it with coconut oil. I laid on my back in bed and inserted the plastic siringe as far up as I could and squirted the coconut oil inside me. I had some paper towels on the outside to prevent any mess. I layed there for 30 minutes. After that I would go to the bathroom to pee and have the coconut oil leak out into the toilet. (TIp: don't stand up without paper towels on your vagina or it will leak everywhere) I would then rub some CO on my inner and outter labia for good measure. Then I would put on a pantie liner and go to sleep. I did this for 5 nights and my infection is now gone. It's been a week since I did this and my symptoms have not returned and my vagina smells normal again!

Replied by Angelique

Did the BV return? If not, have you been doing any prevention methods with the coconut oil?

Replied by Lashai

Can I invert the coconut oil extra virgin capsules inside my vagina and how long do it takes did yours start clearing up right away??

Replied by Maria

Nope, the BV has not returned. No other preventative methods. I never used the capsules. Just the syringe to insert and rubbed some on the outside as well. I believe I noticed an improvement after the third day, but I did it for 5 nights. My sister's daughter just had a severe case of BV that was not improving by any other popular methods. I told her to try the coconut oil with syringe. No improvement after two days. On the third day, no itching! They are going to continue the coconut oil for a few more days for good measure.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Ri (New Orleans) on 06/07/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have tried antibiotics, tea tree oil, probiotics, vitamins coconut oil (refined), acv, yogurt and nothing helped my BV. I logged on this site and saw people talking about virgin coconut oil. This stuff has changed my life. I take about 1 1/2 teaspoons out, put it in a cup and microwave it for about 9 secs. I then use a medicine syringe to get it out and stick the syringe inside of me after my nightly shower, place a pad on and go to sleep. First time I tried this i woke up with no smell! I also take probiotics with prebiotics & cranberry and drink plenty of water.

Replied by Erika
(Charleston, South Carolina)

What size was the syringe? What was the max dosage?

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