First of all, thank you to all the women who have shared their stories about BV. I've been dealing with BV now for 3 years. At first I thought I had hygeine issues and I was actually disgusted with myself! I used to douche every day. When I was diagnosed with BV about 1 year ago, I was given metronidozol, and ended up with a horrible yeast infection. I prefer to do things in a more holistic way, so I tried the acidophilis orally every day for a week. I also tried the hydrogen peroxide douche twice during that time. I did experience some relief. A couple days ago, though, I came across an article that mentioned using diluted honey with distilled water as a douche to treat vaginal yeast infections. I tried that 3 days ago, and again last night. I am so fresh and no discharge, no odor. I have found my treatment of choice for my BV. I used about 3tbsp in a standard size douche bottle, and filled the rest of the bottle with warm distilled water. Shake shake shake, insert, squeeze! The honey I purchased is 100% pure, uncooked, unfiltered. No oozing, no stickiness, or seepage after the douche either. Look up the benefits of honey for more info.
I cured my BV!
For the entire summer, I had a very bad case of BV. I went to the doctor, he gave me a strong antibiotic which I never used, treated it myself and here's how I did it.
At first I tried ACV soaked tampon as its my favorite natural remedy....did not work. I tried soaking a tampon in Hydrogen peroxide and that whole method, did not work. When I was at the doctor I told him of some of the natural remedies I was reading about and he suggested never wearing a tampon for any reason as every time you take out a tampon, it strips your vaginal canal of all the good bacteria in there!
Although I never douched it my life, I decided to give the hydrogen peroxide douche remedy a shot. I bought 4 generic douches (not scented, just the regular), emptied a bottle, filled it halfway with hydrogen peroxide, and cracked open a good women's probiotic, poured it right in the bottle. Topped it off with filtered water. I then used the douche in the shower, making sure to hold in the mixture as long as I could, then letting it flow out naturally. Morning and night I did this douche for several days even if the smell seemed to have faded, finally cleared it up after about 2 weeks and I mean this BV was bad for a while....every time I'd squat or open my legs I could smell it...metallic, fishy odor. Doc also recommended using condoms and having my husband "pull out" during sex as to not affect the pH balance even more.
Due to reading many posts, I was also taking folate (not folic acid, folate) and popping garlic pills. Do NOT know if this helped as I take meds/vitamins/pills very sporadically, I can't help it I'm just bad at it (its why the birth control pill never really worked for me HAHA! ).
Here I am months later and now have my husband on a good men's probiotic as I realized since the first case of BV, whenever he doesn't "pull out"....smell starts coming back. If it does, I douche once with the hydrogen peroxide/probiotic/water mix and its all cleared up.
If you are hesitant about using the hydrogen peroxide, start with filtered water + probiotic to at least help get good bacteria up there to do it's job! Douches are Not what our mothers used. The part that gets inserted has holes on the side not the top, nothing is getting pushed up further towards the cervix. Using common sense and being in tune with your body to figure out dosages. Obviously if you've never used a douche before, do not go 100% hydrogen peroxide. Dilute it and work up to higher quantities until you are at about 50/50% water/hydrogen peroxide.
My favorite probiotic, that incidentally has cleared up uti's and helped with yeast infections can be purchased online and at most organic food stores. The brand I like has 24 strains with 100 Billion CFU and prebiotic inulin.
Hope this helps someone out there! And worry not ladies....as much as we notice the smell, many times our men don't. My husband did not and I had to point it out...still he didn't care ;)
I kept having reoccurring episodes of bv. I wasn't having sex at the time, I only used mild, fragrance soap to wash my vaginal area and I used the same clothes detergent for years so why the reoccurance I have no idea. I did some research and figured that if it's an over growth of the bad bacteria why not add some of the good bacteria to balance it.
I bought a box of 2 vinegar and water douche bottles (I got the ones with the applicator that you can screw off and replace the top of the bottle with a cap), probiotics Acidophilus (capsules) and hydrogen peroxide. I emptied out one of the pre-filled douche bottles and rinsed it with warm water (I know I said vinegar and water like it mattered but I'd rather rinse out something natural then something that had artificial fragrance in it. And traces of vinegar wouldn't hurt much.)
I added maybe an inch to an inch and a half of hydrogen peroxide to the empty bottle; opened up a capsule of the probiotic Acidophilus and emptied the contents of that in the bottle and added warm water. Let the mixture dissolve before using. I would use it in the shower after I wash up, re-filling the bottle with just plain warm water and douching another 4-5 times.
I did this daily for about 5-7 nights a week and even noticed the signature bad smell was gone the very next morning. By the end of the second day the discharge had lessened and the odor remained gone. I would skip a few days and do it again for another 3-4 days. I re used my douche bottle for about a month before I discarded it. I'd replace the cap on top of the bottle and would clean the applicator with plain warm water and my clean hands, wrap it in a clean paper towel and place it in a clean zip lock gallon bag and sealed it. (I'm a nurse and this is the closest I could come up with as far as a clean technique goes)
I'm still on the quest to find out just why women keep suffering from this. Maybe it's our diet or side effects from my birth control days, I don't know. But I hope this remedy gives helps someone out.
I am a chronic bv sufferer. I have been dealing with bv off and on for at least years. The doctors will give you an antibiotic that will wipe all of your bacteria out and then tell you that there is no way to put the good bacteria back therefore resulting in another bv attack. I have decided to natural cure my bv because the doctors just want you to come back for the office visit money!! I use a combination of peroxide and I use tea tree oil. Once the smell goes away I start taking my probiotic but you need one that has more than one strand of lactobacillius. I find that the probiotics with lots of strands work more effectively and the ones that have at least 20 billion cfu. Good luck ladies!!
Hi! I just want to share what I did. I Had bv last month after my period and it smells really bad that I don't want to have sex with my boyfriend anymore. I waited for a month hoping it will just heal, but it never did, so I got it checked by the ob. she gave me metronidazole, it worked after 3 days but it gave me side effects like nauseous, and dizzines I can't even function well so I stopped taking it on the 5th day. I was so happy that the smell is gone so I thought I have to still work on some remedies so the infection will not return, so I put yogurt inside since I heard its a cure for bv. but it infect my vagina again with bv, so I stopped putting yogurt since it made my bv came back, I don't want to take antibiotics again so I searched for other remedies on the net.
This time I soaked a hydrogen peroxide diluted with water in a tampon and put it inside my vagina, I did this for 2 days but I stopped since I feel it burning inside. so what I did was mix hydrogen peroxide with a probiotic drink and used it as a feminine wash only 2x a day. I drink 1 probiotic drink everyday, take 2 tablets of vitamin c everyday. put omx probiotic tablet inside my vagina at night, then put the vitamin c capsule in the morning for 4 days, I almost lose hope that nothing will work but now I noticed that my vagina doesn't have smell anymore. And I hope this time it stays this way. Hope this helps!
I'm here to let other women know they CAN treat BV while on their periods. I am 24, pretty healthy, and I take birth control pills, which is why I think my pH gets so crazy on my period. My pH seems to change when I get my period, causing the worst itch and irritation. Let me start by telling you how I got here.
A few months ago, I had the most uncomfortable, burning itch that I kept getting around/on my period. It became so unbearable, I did some research and thought it was a yeast infection. Looking back on it, I realize now it was BV. After trying to use OTC treatment for a yeast infection (monostat 1 was so painful! ), I irritated the BV (imagine your lady parts as a balloon animal) and ended up paying about $100 extra to see a doctor, who prescribed me all kinds of crap. Since then, to get rid of my itch and fix the balance of my natural pH levels, I have been mixing hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water, and adding a splash of apple cider vinegar. I insert that with a syringe (no needle, duh) and rinse with it about three times in the morning. Since tampons only irritate me more, I use a menstrual cup. I lube my cup with coconut oil and insert it after rinsing with the mixture.
Then I take two acidophilus pills orally and drink an ACV/water mixture and go about my day.
When I need to rinse my cup at night before bed, I repeat the above steps. I tried soaking the mixture in a tampon and that didn't do much for me, plus I hate how tampons irritate my vagina. I highly recommend trying the cup, especially if you have painful periods and tend to have sensitive skin. So far I have had no problems and the happiest period I've had in a while! Good luck, hope this helps!
I suffer from BV to and it sucks. I'm not sexually active either, mine is brought in by sugar. I wonder if that's the cause fir many if the cases. If BV and if a study could be done and test that. But yeah, I also ready about peroxide I've done it with soaking a tampon in those little cups you would use for rinsing your mouth after brushing your Teeth ( the cardboard wax ones) and a little bit of peroxide and I leave it in overnight it works . I do that and take acidophilus pills three times a day with a lot of water . You can also use liquid acidophilus if you dint think that the pills are helping fast or enough, I think the liquid one is faster but I'm not sure lol .
First a little history....I got divorced in 2013 after being with only one guy for 23 years! When we had sex we always did the rythm method even though I was on the pill (just an added precaution against pregnancy). After the divorce I started seeing a new guy who refused to do the rythm method. That is when I started to have problems with Bacterial Vaginosis. Prior to that I never had it in my life, only the occasional yeast infection. He had stated other women he had seen also had the same problem, so there must be something about his sperm that are toxic to my body!
I came to earth clinic and found the hydrogen peroxide treatment. It worked great at first, but I was getting the infections so often, the peroxide was becoming irritating and would result in yeast infections. I made a trip to the doctor and got a prescription which worked to cure the infection.
I still got infections so I research preventatives. Two things helped which I highly recommend. The first is a probiotic which contains LACTOBACILLUS that are native to the vagina and the best at producing natural H2O2. To my knowledge it is the only supplement available that contains the proper vaginal bacteria Lactobacillus.
The other thing that helps is a Vaginal Gel applicators. These are a pricey and only come in a 4 pack. I would use them after sex to restore my pH and I had no issues for a few months.
Due to the price of the gel applicators I risked not taking them as I was taking the Lactobacillus probiotic daily. I decided to see if I could stop using the gel and save some money. I stopped using it and I still have no issues so I only use the Gel applicators after sex and a recent infection until I think my bacteria population is stable (1-2 weeks post infection).
Recently I have been having issues again with infections (not sure if due to too many sweets, dirty man, or what! ). I am almost out of medication from the doctor and really don't want to go back and pay for the visit and meds.
I came back to Earth clinic and decided to do the hydrogen peroxide treatment again. I rinsed internally with 50% water, 50% hydrogen peroxide with empty douche container. I then opened a capsule of the probiotic supplement, moistened my finger, dipped in the powder from the capsule, and inserted that into my vagina. That was in the evening.
By morning there was still a bit of odor, so I repeated the hydrogen peroxide rinse followed by the lactobacillus powder from the capsule. The the end of the day I can say I am cured and all is back to normal.
Hopefully I figure out why I am having a relapse as the probiotic t has kept me infection free for many many months. I'm hoping if I do get another infection the combination hydrogen peroxide and the lactobacillus powder results in another fast recovery!
I always said that I would post once I found something that truly worked for me. I hope that this information also blesses others that have suffered with BV. After lots of research and the combination of trying many things I have found that the following really works and my BV symptoms have not come back even through sexually intercourse, menstrual cycles, and heavy excercise. I first douched with a 3% hydrogen peroxide, that same evening I inserted a boric acid capsule and allowed that to work and drain over night. The next day there was plenty of discharge so be prepared with a liner. That evening I inserted a probiotic directly into the vagina there maybe some slight discomfort. I have not had any BV issues since. No daily maintenance required, which is truly amazing if you have been through what I have been through. Hope this helps! God Bless!
I've fought with bv for years. The ONLY thing that has worked for me is douching with borax and hp. I reuse a standard clean douche bottle with a tbl spoon or so of each. Make sure water is hot so the borax dissolves. I use it for a week or so. Adding Borax to your bottled water will also cleanse the Candida from your system too. There is plenty of info on here about supplementing with Borax! It's wonderful stuff!
First of all I'd like to say a huge Thank you to all of the women on this site for writing about your home remedies and making suggestions, giving the rest of us sufferers some hope. I am 40 years old and have had 5 children. I have suffered with BV since I was 25 yrs old (15 years in total). I have always taken the medication that my doctor has prescribed for me (Flagyl), and it has always worked in getting rid of the BV, but only temporarily. I really felt like I was the only one suffering with this, and always felt "dirty".
Up until I had my 3rd child, I had never ever had a vaginal problem. No odours, no discharge, nothing. I was with the same man for over 19 years, so multiple partners was never an issue. The first time I got BV, my doctor had very little advice or anything at all to tell me on how to fight this vicious infection. I would get it at least 3 times a year every year following that. Here in Canada we do have medical insurance and are able to see the doctor as frequently as we need to and Flagyl is covered by my insurance. For 15 years this medication has done nothing but temporarily make it go away. I am now in a new relationship and have only been sexually active twice in the past month. First time was 1 day before I started my menstrual cycle and there was absolutely no smell, however discharge was thick. The second time was 2 weeks afterwards and I could smell the BV was back and heard that "noise" that happens when I urinate while infected. I had told my doctor about this "sound" and he looked at me like I had 2 heads. However after reading the posts on this site, I have come to learn I was not alone. Other women have heard it too, and can tell when an outbreak of BV will or is happening because of that alone. So after having read each and every single post on here, I decided to try some of the remedies. I have done alot of online research and found out some things that certainly helped me. The very first thing I did was went to the drug store and bought a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide 3%. I also found a product by RePhresh called Pro-B caplets. Each caplet contains 2.5 billion Lactobacillus rhamnsous Gr-1, and 2.5 billion Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14. After very extensive research I came to learn that these 2 types of bacteria are the most important healthy bacteria that fight off the bad bacteria and is found naturally in the vagina. Each one has its own way of fighting, and are necessary to maintain a healthy vagina. So here is what I have done. I'm sure most of you already know that you need more of the healthy bacteria in your vagina than bad in order for you to get rid of the BV. I bought a douche from the drug store and emptied out its contents. I filled half of the bottle with the Hydrogen Peroxide and the other half with warm water. I douched with that and held it in for about 5 mins, then letting it all out and douched again but this time with only Hydrogen Peroxide and no water. Yes it burned a slight bit but barely noticeable. I then showered only using water to clean my womanly area. After the shower I used straight peroxide to clean the outer area. Make sure you dry the area soon afterwards. I took orally 1 of the capsules mentioned above. Just before bedtime I took a tampon and lowered it back down inside the tube to leave some room. I took one of the capsules, broke it open and poured the powdery content into the tampon applicator so that it would sit in a neat little pile on top of the tampon. I stood up to put the applicator in so it wouldn't pour out the powder before being inserted. Do not wet the tampon at all before insertion or it won't go in very easily. I left the tampon in for 2 hours. The second night, I only took 1 capsule orally and inserted one pill vaginally, same way as before.
Third day I took another pill orally, did the Peroxide douche and afterwards inserted another capsule. I will not douche every day, as I am afraid of washing away the "good" bacteria that I have inserted and also taking orally. You have to grow and maintain enough good bacteria down there, in order for it to be successful in overtaking the bad bacteria and combat BV. Also always wearing cotton undies, and keeping the area as dry & clean as possible is also an important factor. When you take the Flagyl or other anti-biotics, it kills the good bacteria along with the bad and upsets the acidity and PH levels in your vagina, therefore giving any bad bacteria that survives another chance of regrouping and re-infecting. I won't be doucing anymore and only taking the probiotics that I have bought..
Here in Canada the RePHresh pills I purchased were $35.00 for a 30 day supply, at one a day. However, I have been going through 2 a day as I am using them vaginally as well. It's been a while since I started this regimen and so far everything is working fantastic!!! I have never been drier down there in my life. Even after a very long hard day and no chance of a shower yet, I'm still completley dry down there.. There is absolutely no odour and no discharge. The real test will be after my menstrual cycle or sex... I will keep you updated on how things progress for me. This is trully one of the most horrible infections us women can get.. Not to mention embarrassing, degrading, and I'm tired of living the life of a nun just to keep from suffering the embarrassments. I ordinarily would never write on these kinds of forums especially about this kind of personal thing, however I'm hoping that I can help others out, the same way others on this site have certainly helped me! Good luck to all of you!
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
peroxide/water douche and 10ml of plain yogurt cured my frequent recurring bacterial vaginosis
I am totally happy to find this site, I've had BV for 2 years and was at the end of my rope with Metro Gel and Flagyl. I was beginning to think I was immune to these drugs because they never worked for me. I was sick of being in the doctor's office 3 times a month and decided to do my own research. After reading everyone's post and what worked for them, I began my own experiment that totally worked for me. For 7 days I douched with half water and half 30cc peroxide every night with a douche bottle (which burned a little)and inserted plain Organic yogurt from Country Farm. I thought it was important to use that type of yogurt as it had the lactobacillus which we need to put back directly in the vagina to help kill the bad bacteria causing BV. Its been 6 weeks and I am BV free.
I've been dealing with BV for almost a year. I found that using 3% HP Douche (no water) and holding it in my vagina for 2 - 3 minutes works really well (just squeeze then release when you are ready to let it drain out).
Also--a baking soda paste applied to the outside worked like a miracle for the burning and irritation. I simply dab some on when I first get into the shower and then wash it off when I'm ready to get out.
I came to this site hoping for a cure for my re-current bv/yeast infections. I was tired (and imbarrassed) of calling my Dr. every month for a prescription. And more importantly, with money being tight, I didn't have it to spend. I logged on and found this site and immediately tried the hydrogen peroxide/water (I used a plastic cup and poured equal amounts of each that covered the cotton part of the tampon)on the tampon. It burned for a minute or two then I felt bubbling, but it was tolorable. I drank some Apple Cider Vinegar (2 table spoons and 8 oz of water mix) and mixed a white vinegar and water douch (1/2 and 1/2). I left the tampon in for approx. 30 minutes, then douched an hour later. Again I felt some burning but it was again tolorable. The next morning there were no signs of the "cottage cheese" discharge and I was "so fresh and so clean"! I now have a new remedy that is both affordable and natural. Thanks for the tips.
Whooville, Cat In The Hat, United States