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Folic Acid and Acidophilus Treatment for BV

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Posted by christi (eugene, or) on 12/17/2007

I have been fighting this thing for 2 years. It came on for no apparent reason. Same partner. Dr just keeps giving me Flagyl and then I came across a site bvgone forever. That was helpful but not totally. Something was missing. Just finished a dose of Flagyl and it did nothing had the odor yesterday and came across this site. Went to the store got the Folic acid and took 3 400 mcg and 2 hour later the smell was gone. I did douche with the water/peroxide solution just to feel a little cleaner but I woke this morning and took the same dose of folic acid and will keep up on that for several days until I feel safe again. I also take Ultimate flora vaginal support 50 million. Lets see if this works. Im switching to a naturopath dr also. The regular md just wants to shove meds down my throat and not offer anything else. I have had to do all the research myself.

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Posted by Holland (Greenville, SC) on 12/15/2007

First, I want to say thank you for posting your encouraging messages about the effectiveness of folic acid and acidophilus for healing bacterial vaginosis. I've been suffering from BV and yeast infections since mid-summer 2006. I'm not sexually active and I was very confused as to why I was having vaginal problems. My gynecologist assured me that some women are just more prone to BV and yeast, but no amount of antibiotics, fragrance-free soap, or cotton underwear fixed the problem. I'm getting married this spring, and I was so concerned that I would still be having problems for my honeymoon! I just finished a regimen of Flagyl, Diflucan, and doxycycline. They've even put me on Cleocin in the past. It still didn't cure my BV! But, I FOUND THIS WEBSITE! Ladies, in all seriousness, paring folic acid and acidophilus cures BV! Two days ago, I started taking 1,000mcg of folic acid twice a day with 1 to 2 acidophilus pills (1 billion CFUs). The BV has cleared up! I no longer have discharge or mild odor. The itchiness/uncomfortable irritation is also quickly decreasing. I'm going to continue to take the folic acid because we plan to have children after a few years (probably just once a day instead of twice). Again, THANK YOU!

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Posted by Thalia (Oak Park, michigan) on 12/11/2007

I have been battling with BV since 98. I noticed I would get it when I became sexually active with a new partner. My doctors would always prescribe the metronidazole. I would take it until symptoms disappeared (MY FAULT). I really underestimated this infection because to no ones surprise, it always came back. Once I found a monogomous partner and he was the only person I was with, I wouldn't get BV anymore. Now I have a new boyfriend again and we are in a monogomous relationship. As soon as we became sexually active, the BV showed up. He is the only person I'm sleeping with and every time I have sex with him, the Bv is back. I have taken the medication as presribed and it still came back. This has really put a strain on our relationship. My vagina doesn't like him. So I am taking the Ultimate Vaginal Support Probiotic(with 50 billion cultures per capsule). I am also taking the Folic Acid. I'm taking this all in conjunction with Flagyl. I think that from so many years of taking Flagyl that all my good bacteria is gone. So when his bacteria is introdued, this creates the imbalance. So hopefully the probiotic and folic acid will restore everything to normal. Ladies make sure that if you are taking flagyl along with a probiotic, that you wait at least two hours before taking the probiotic following the flagyl. The probiotics die off as they pass through the body and if taken at the same time as the antibiotic, the flagyl will make sure that none of the organisms from the probiotic make it to where they need to go. The key is to restore and maintain a healthy balance of vaginal and urinary tract bacteria. I pray that this will work because I am so tired of that god awful smell and discharge. Dr. s really seem to know very little about this infection or maybe something else could be going on. Money is the root of all evil. It seems like the makers of flagyl/metronidazole have nothing to complain about. They keep getting paid as long as we purchase, so why give us the cure? If they gave us the cure for recurrent BV, then who would need flagyl/metronidazole, metrogel, clyndamacin? Creepy.....I CAN'T TELL EVERYONE THE JOY I WILL FEEL IF THIS WORKS!!! I WILL LET EVERY ONE KNOW AND THANK YOU!!!!

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Posted by Dee (Dallas , Texas) on 12/10/2007

Thank you so much for the information on folic acid. In addition, the special note on NOT drinking apple cider viniger helped as well. I too have been suffering with BV for the last year. It appeared that BV was gone two weeks ago but then I noticed a slight smell about three days ago so I decided to search the net for a cure to avoid going to the doctor again - that's when I found this site. When I read the special note on NOT to drink apple cider viginer, it got my attention because I had recently began drinking the vinginer for a weight control measure. On Friday I went to GNC and purchased the folic acid and have been taking 800mg per day and IT WORKS. I also stopped drinking the viniger. This information has really helped me both mentally and physically. Thanks so much.

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Posted by MIMI (NY, NY) on 11/29/2007

Ok, So I have had BV for a year as of now and I'm tired of the thick disacharge that keep comming out. I go to my GYNO and it seems like she keeps giving me medication that doesn't do anything to it... It seems like my BV is immune to just about anything... Nothing seems to work and I'm getting frustrated. First, My GYNO gives me metro Gel and then the Flagy Pill... Which doesn't work at all... All it gave me was a bad taste in my mouth and an upset stomach... The next visit she prescribed me something called Clindessa (I might spelled it wrong)... This didn't work either.... I'm thinking about my next visit cursing her out for not giving me something that does work... But anyway, I was doing my research online to see if I can find my own cures or remedy... And then I came across this site... When I finished reading what other women wrote... I was impressed by the result of the remedy that they've used to treat their BV.... I was happy... This made me go out and buy Folic Acid, Acidophilus and yorgurt the very next day... Which I did, and when I did... I did this, for like a week already, but yet I haven't seen any difference.... I still have the thick discharge comming out... Assuming that it would within a couple of hours or the very next day since, some wrote that when they took it they've noticed a difference... As for me, I noticed nothing!!! Am I doing something wrong?!? I took 2 Folic Acid which each pill is 400MCG, combined is 800MCG.. and took 1 tablet of Acidophilus which contain 500 billion CFU.. By the way, this one that I took is called Accu-Flora Probotic Acidophilus, which is the one that is found in yorgurt... Please can someone tell me what is wrong or anyother treatment that would work...

Replied by Mary
(Tampa, FL)

Back to BXlady. You asked what you were doing wrong. I would suggest taking two 400 mcg in the morning and one at night. That's what made all the difference for me. Also I would suggest taking two of the acidophilus.

It is very easy to get rid of as some say with a day or two if they are just getting the symptoms and are aware of their bodies and so it's a lot easy to get rid of. When I start to feel a little itchy and it's inside not outside I always take Two folic acids and it goes away quickly. however when it was something that I was dealing for a while it took a week for it to work. Once you don't have it anymore it is a good idea to still take one-two pills of 400 mcg folic acid a day and one probiotic a day. I hope this helps! Also one must realize that some people may have different reasons for reoccuring BV such as other issues eg PID, pregnancy that would bring on BV.

However, if you've gone to the gyno and they say there's nothing wrong then I hope this helps!!!God Bless!!

Replied by April
(Los Angeles, CA)

I think that if you have suffered for a really long time and have given up on treatment, it takes longer to get rid of it. Try this, use the peroxide douche daily for 7 days. Just buy the kind that is already mixed with water (the bottle will say "solution"). Don't dilute it at all. Then make sure you are taking 800mg of folic acid 2x's a day. The Acidophilus should be taken at least twice daily as well. This should do the trick for sure.

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Posted by india (brooklyn, new york) on 11/19/2007

In reference to the bacteria vaginosis, i want to say thank you, thank you oh did i forget to say thankyou to all those who shared their remedy. folic acid and acidopholus is what did it for me. i HAVE DEALT WITH THIS EMBARRASSMENT FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS AND IT IS THE WORST!The medical proffesionals just are no help. the medication that they give you, just keeps the symptoms dormant for a while and there it comes again. ladies try the folic acid and keep vinegar around. dont get lazy wash and put vinegar in /on the kitty after your man finshes having sex- ladies heres to your health and the end of this for all suffers!

Replied by Ro
(Temple Hills, MD)

I was just diagnosed with BV today and it's already too much to deal with. I've had the fire or a thousand suns flaming between my legs since last Thursday and I'm bout ready to jump out of a window. I was prescribed some medication, but I figured the folic acid and acidophilus wouldn't hurt. Wish me luck! I'll report back with my results...

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Posted by Anna (West Chester, PA) on 10/17/2007

Im a 20 year old college student...I've been dealing with BV for about a year now. It had started when I started sleeping with my boyfriend a year ago. I had never not used condoms until i went on Birth control and i started sleeping with him. That is when all my trouble with BV started. I didn't really have a bad smell... just alot of discharge that freaked me out. My first thoughts were omg i have an std... but after my tests came up negative i was told i have bv and given metrogel... the stuff sucks. It gives me cramps and its gross and messy. The BV went away for like 2 months with metrogel and then came back. So i did my online reasearch and figured out my own cure. If ur problem sounds anything like mine...try this. Buy Acidophilus (4 billion cfu) You can get it at GNC or any healthfood store. Make sure u keep in a cool place otherwise the live cultures will die. Take 2 tablets in the morning before u eat and 2 before bed. Also buy Folic acid 400mcg. Take 2 in the morning after food and 1 at night. Buy activia yogurt and try to eat one every other day. Keep on this routine for like a week and u should be good. I'm nice and dry down there and I take 2 acidophilus and 1 folic acid daily just to keep things in line. Oh one more thing....try wearing just boys boxers to bed its lets air circulate down there. cotton underware is a must! Hope this helps!

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Posted by Cowgirl (Coldwater, MI) on 10/11/2007

I have been suffering BV for 3 years now. I go to the doctor and leave w/ antibiotics which clears it for awile but it comes back so quickly. I have been reading your site and decided to try Folic Acid along w/ yogurt treatments. Last nite I took 3 folic acid pills and this morning the dischage and smell are gone!!! No more ichy or burning either!!! I also used H202 for my bad breath and thats gone too!!!Thanks so much I will use this website again and again!!

Replied by Karen
(Atlanta, GA)

i have recently turned to homeopathy for all my health needs and concerns and i have suffered from bv for years thank God for this site im buying the folic acid and acidophilus tomorrow and i had already begun lactobacillus in a small dose as a daily dietary supplement these sites are invaluable to people like me who are very much interested in PREVENTATIVE health care.

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Posted by Michelle (Charleston, West Virginia) on 09/28/2007

Hi -- I have tried every over-the-counter remedy prescribed by doctor's for Bacterial Vaginosis. What I notice is that the Metrogel works, but is very strong and can upset your tummy.

If you have these infections often, and they are very often confused with YEAST infections as the symptoms are similar, you may want to try the Folic Acid vitamins 2 X a day 800mcg for a few weeks and also continue on a regimen of Acidophilus. It is certainly not practical to keep running back to the Doctors for a cure if they are not offering one that works for you. I noticed some of the comments on here that Acidophilus didn't work for some people. I think it works better as a deterent against BV than as a quick cure.

I have also used Boric Acid, mostly to cure problems with Yeast infections and it alleviates the symptoms, but I'm not sure that it cures you long-term unless you are taking a supplement of the Acidophilus and also eliminating Sugar from your diet. Yeast loves Sugar and feeds on it -- so if you are serious about curing chronic yeast, eliminate a lot of sugars from your diets -- all of it at first and then gradually allow the healty sugars back in (fruit, etc). The only other thing that I can add, is if the over-the-counter yeast meds don't work for you, don't continue taking them. They certainly don't work for me; they make me feel like I'm on fire inside. And, at all costs, if you can avoid antibiotics -- do so! Thank you all for sharing your experiences with various cures.

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Posted by natalie (london, england) on 09/02/2007

I have recently taken antibiotics for BV and the symptoms soon came back after a few days. The doc said 'Give it time to calm down' so I have been soothing it with salt baths but nothing changed until yesterday - when I found this site and went out to buy ACV, folic acid, yoghurt and aciphpolus. I wasn't taking any chances! The very exciting news is that 12hours after taking folic acid (800mg) and 1 acidpohulus tab, I feel fine. If only women were told they need folic acid all the time, not just in pregnancy...

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Posted by Amanda (Wonewoc, Wisconsin) on 08/15/2007

I have had re-current BV probably 10x or more in the last 2 years...I am trying 1200 mg folic acid per day scince middle of July or before and also taking Florajen probiotics..... Florajen is a very high quality probiotic. You can get it at Pharmacies all over or on the Internet. It is Refrigerated at the Pharmacy so you have to ask for it. I also read that 100 mg of vitamin B6 will cure Bacterial vaginosis (drink plenty of water with it) so I am waiting on the Vitamin B6. I take my florajen (35 billion cfu's) on an empty stomach and wait 20-35 minutes or more so it can reach my intestines. It works best this way.

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Posted by PATRICIA (Greenville, nc) on 08/03/2007

Hey all, I just wanted everyone to know that I have been suffering from BV and tried everything and nothing work until I prayed to God sincerly an He bless me to find this site. I read about several others taking Folic Acid Supplements. It Works wonders! everytime my Monthly would come on I had an horrible fish smell that was quite disturbing to myself and others around me. I prayed for a cure!! I thank GOD for this site because I started takeing 3 folic acids 400 mg a day along with Stoney Field Yourgt.(the plain kind). I have my Monthly today and I smell like a baby. No more odors!!! I thank GOD for this site and the people that had the courage to write and tell about their experiences!

Replied by Janet
(Woodbridge, New Jersey)

Well, I have been having BV for about 5 months now. At first I thought it was because I had a new boyfriend & i thought that had something to do with it. I went to the GYN & he prescribed some antibiotics & it worked for awhile. But then I notice that everytime I got my period the discharged & smell came back, so I wasnt sure if it was BV again or what. I started seaching the internet today & came across this website. I read some stories & they are all very similar to mine! I said: Thank God I am not alone! I am going to get the Folic Acid, Yogurt & Acidophilus right now!!...Wish me luck!!...

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Posted by CJ (Greensboro, NC) on 07/24/2007

I had been fighting BV for close to two years, having been misdiagnosed as having a yeast infection. One time, my doctor did the test and realized I had BV, after that when I called in, even if I said I'd been diagnosed with BV before, I was treated for a yeast infection, never asked to come in and get tested again. Once a month I would get the symptoms, and was told to treat with over the counter yeast infection treatments. This would help for about two weeks, then the syptoms would return. Finally I thought, I bet I'm still having the BV even though my doctor is ignoring that possibility, and searched for at home remedies for BV. I came across this site and the advice to take folic acid. Keep in mind, I'd been dealing with these symptoms for two years, every two weeks to 1 month - my life had been miserable! When I saw that folic acid might help, I immediately went to the grocery store and picked some up with the yogurt (thinking I would do the yogurt treatments as well). I took 2 folic acid supplements and in 30 minutes, felt good as new. I continued to take two a day for a week and the symptoms disappeared! Now, almost 3 months since I tried the folic acid treatment, I have had no reoccuring symptoms, for the first time in two years, I'm free! I only take the folic acid if I think I feel BV symptoms, and it still had not returned. Try the folic acid first and see if it helps! It's awesome, two years of never ending symptoms have stopped by just taking some extra folic acid! YEA!

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Posted by Kira (Canton, OH) on 04/13/2007

I decided I wouldn't go to the doctor's this time. I found this website and I tried the yogurt. It helped some but not completely. I bought folic acid pills and took 1200 micrograms (3 pills x 400 micrograms) and my symptoms disappeared in a half an hour. No more symptoms at all. No itching, no burning at all. Also, why don't you guys suggest apple cider vinegar? I always always rinse myself with apple cider vinegar solution after sex to prevent infections. Last Saturday I was too tired to do it and on Tuesday I started having symptoms. I continued rinsing with apple cider vinegar solution twice a day while taking the pills.

Replied by Pahlee
(Phila, P)

To Kira in Canton, When u say rinse with acv, r u doing this x ternal or n ternal as a douche?

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Posted by Kim (KC, MO) on 03/31/2007

I didn't have any plain yogurt or folic acid supplements, but was in a bind (BV symptoms) and tried strawberry yogurt and eating some foods high in folic acid today. It's not even 12 hours later and my symptoms which had been occurring for about a week are almost completely gone, without a trip to the doctor or even to the grocery store - thank you for your help!!

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