Bacterial Vaginosis
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Hydrogen Peroxide, Acidophilus and Folic Acid BV Cure

| Modified on Apr 13, 2024

When it comes to treating bacterial vaginosis, a single-pronged approach is not enough. So, we've done our research and combined the three most effective BV treatments to create the most successful treatment approach for bacterial vaginosis. Combining hydrogen peroxide, acidophilus, and folic acid, you?ll be bacteria free before you know it.

A Different Approach to BV Treatment

A number of different treatment plans are offered for treating BV; however, many of those are only limitedly effective. The traditional treatment using antibiotics often creates a cyclical progression of the condition, causing it to frequently reoccur when treatment is discontinued. Additionally, many home treatments only approach the condition from one direction, offering a helpful but incomplete approach. We suggest using this three step treatment and management plan to eliminate a current condition and prevent further issues with BV.

The Three Steps for Relief

While not necessarily a "magical concoction", this treatment plan is literally as easy as 1-2-3. Simply combine these treatment options in the order suggested, and you'll experience relief from the condition faster than you thought possible.

1. Cleanse with Hydrogen Peroxide

Initially you want to cleanse the vagina and begin eradicating the underlying infection. You can achieve this level of cleansing by using a combination of 1/2 hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 water. Used as a douche 2 to 3 times a day, this combination begins eliminating the infection and healing the body.

2. Restore with Acidophilus

Once you have cleansed the vagina, another important step for treatment is restoring the natural balance of your body. Acidophilus is a powerful probiotic that restores the pH in your body and helps naturally fight infection. You can use acidophilus as an oral supplement or a vaginal insertion.

3. Fortify with Folic Acid

Supporting your immune system also helps fight off the infection. Folic acid, or vitamin B, helps support immune function and naturally treats the condition.

No matter what other remedies you've tried, you're sure to experience relief with this three step treatment plan. Keep reading below for testimonials from over 90 readers detailing how this remedy combination cured their BV!

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Posted by Michelle (Philippines) on 03/06/2017

This combination is really effective! I had bv since feb last year. I think I got it from using body soap to wash my V. I am prone to having UTI after sexual contact so I had to wash and pee every after contact. We were on a trip back then for 2 weeks and I forgot to bring with me my fem wash so I thought I'll just use my body soap for the mean time. Then I had BV! It started to smell when having sex. It really bothered me I almost didn't want to have sex anymore. But we were really sexually active so I had to do something about my BV. I read a lot about it. I used hydrogen peroxide douche and its also effective. But after 2 days of not douching it just comes back. Yet I settled for hydrogen peroxide because of its convenience. I used it for more than a year. But just recently, I experienced discomfort when using it. I also had slight bleeding. So I decided to try other remedies. I found this site and read a lot of testimonies. I tried the combination of hydrogen peroxide, probiotic and folic acid hoping for a permanent cure to my BV. I use 30ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide as a douche. If what you have is more than 3% you have to dilute it with water. 1 capsule of 200million probiotic. 1 tablet of 5mg folic acid. I took the probiotic orally since I was afraid of putting anything in my V. I did all these once a day before I go to sleep for 2 weeks. And not like the sole use of hydrogen peroxide douche that comes back a day after not douching, I am now 1 week BV free after the 2 weeks of treatment! I am very thankful to this site so I am writing this review. I will update all of you if ever my BV comes back again. I hope somebody learns something from my review. Don't lose hope yet until you try this combination. Thank you!

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Posted by Milly (Nc, Usa ) on 10/06/2016

I want to thank to Earthclinic and all of you who have posted your experiences and solutions for BV. I am going to try to do my best in English since I speak Spanish. 😊

At the beginning I thought it was just a yeast infection and I bought those creams for that, but the odor and discharges increased, as well as the swollen. Since then, it has been crazy as all of us know. Well, reading your post I followed some of your treatments and instructions. I knew it was BV because of the persistent symptoms.

I needed to do something quickly, that's why I tried apple cider vinegar to douche my vagina mixed with water, but in my case, it didn't work. So, I stopped with that and started using the hydrogen peroxide and the acidophilus pills to douche my vagina once a day. I mixed 50/50 of water and hydrogen peroxide and added the pill to the douche, mixed that and douche. Moreover, I am taking orally twice a day folic acid and acidophilus (1 billion). I did this during 4 consecutive days. Then, I stopped douching and checked the odor and discharges. They were gone! 😀 I didn't stop taking orally the pills. Now, today I began my second round of douches. I am going to do them other four times to check. I am planning in 2 weeks to go to the doctor for a check up and a test, this is crazy, but I need to know BV is over. I haven't taken any antibiotics yet, so I hope this effort works.

Additionally, I bought plain yogurt and 3 times a week a I am eating it, to help to restore my good bacteria. I changed my pantiliners brand too. I am washing my underwear with warm water and a a soft soap. I thought the problem was my contraceptive pills, well, I still don't know, I want to ask that to the doctor.

I feel better know, girls. There have been 7 different days where my self-image and self-esteem is again up. I hope all of you can find the solution to this problem. Hugs!

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what kind of acidophilus pills did you use? The chewable tablets?

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Posted by Tryingitout (Nashville, Tn) on 06/23/2016

Have been douching once a week equal parts H202, White Distilled Vinegar, and water. Seems to work but def a shift in symptoms close to and during my cycle. I have read not to douche with ACV as it can ferment, which WDV cannot. I already have a protein and complex carb rich diet, but, I do like social wine and craft beer, so Im wondering if the addition of the Acidophilus oral treatment will inhibit the pH imbalance caused by the wine and beer. Will have to see. Plain greek yogurt, full fat, not the 0 fat, on a tampon was a little messy, but Ive understood its a good method for reintroducing the proper flora n fauna. ACV internally is just plain good for your overall health, period. But dilute heavily with water so you don't burn your esophagus.

I had read on another site there was NO natural remedy for BV, but I called BS; did some more research and found this site.

Thanks for all the ladies input here, youre all lovely.

Replied by Nicole
(Conyers, Ga)

Hi, how much H202 and WDV do u use daily? What is your mixture? I want to stop my Clindamycin inserts twice a week, along with, Boric Acid inserts once or twice a week as well and cure myself naturally. What do you think?

Replied by Melissa

Thank you for your review. This is very helpful. I would suggest removing the carbs and wine from your diet until you have this under control. Both these things are going to feed the bacteria and keep it multiplied and stronger than your good bacteria. I know it sucks as I have not had alcohol in over a year and eat very very little to no carbs.

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Posted by Erin (Georgia, US) on 08/20/2014

After getting wrongly diagnosed with a urinary tract infection 3 months in a row, I developed a bacterial infection as a result of the antibiotics and it couldn't be cured. I took prescribed meds four months in a row and the bacterial infection kept coming back. I tried this combination (Hydrogen Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus) and presto it was gone. I will say, I did get a yeast infection using this remedy, but I used traditional medicine to cure the yeast infection and have been good ever since. If you've tried other stuff and nothing worked, try this!

Replied by Amy
(Pa, US)

I am five years past BV, but the memories are vivid. Such an awful feeling to know you are "that smell" and feel powerless. Anyway, I had BV for 3-4 years and doctors were not helpful at all. I found the hydrogen peroxide and probiotic info on Earth Clinic and found immediate relief for the odor and after several months of persistent use of hydrogen peroxide and live culture yogurt vaginally along with oral high octane probiotic by mouth, I eventually was able to forget all about it! (I don't remember reading about folic acid at that point.) Hang in there, girls. There is hope. And, side-note, I met, dated and married a wonderful man while I was in the midst of the BV chapter of life... I found honesty to be best. His chemistry was part of the puzzle. Frankly, I don't think guys care anywhere as much as we do. So don't let your angst destroy a good thing!

Replied by Nika
(California, US)

I did a combination of things. First I just took probiotics. But that alone was clearing things up. I did the one day monistat. That took care of the itch but then the discharge went from a thick white to yellow. I knew then I went from a yeast to vaginitis. I tried the hydrogen peroxide douche.that helped with the discharge and itch but only temporary. The 4th time I did the hydrogen douche I didn't dilute it enough and I had some minor bleeding, so I stopped that. I started taking warm bath with tea tree oil sprinkled in my bath water. I noticed that seemed to help with the smell and discharge but still had enough discharge that I had to wear pantyliner.

I saw online where lots of women recommended the tea tree vaginal suppositories. I got the 6 pack. Inserted one each night and alternated douching with alkaline water and 1/2 tsp of tea tree oil. Along with taking 70 mill probiotics, and 800 m folic acid I'm finally all clear. I had been battling it for about 3 or 4 weeks before I used the tea tree suppositories. I probably could have cleared it in about a weeks time had I used them sooner in conjunction with the probiotics and folic acid. I also cut out sweets and sweetened tea. I also got the mr vits which is a prebiotic and a probiotic in one. Boy those help flush your intestines out! I had not had a yeast or bacterial infection in a year and half prior to this. I should have known I would get one because I had gotten away from eating lots of leafy greens. And I was eating too much sugar and drinking too much tea with sugar. Got to keep sugar intake to a minimum otherwise it will throw your good bacteria off every time.

Replied by Lisha
(Anna, Texas)

I have been dealing with this awful Problem. I have used everything from boric acid to douching with apple cider vinegar, but it only worked temporarily. It had caused so many problems in my love life as you could imagine. the recommendations was on point and I'm forever grateful..

Replied by Clairec

I am on day five of this treatment and I have to say that by the third day of douching twice a day with 50-50 hydrogen peroxide and water, I realised I wouldnt be able to keep up with the douching. The outer parts of my lady bits have become so sore and itchy (even after rinsing with water after the douche) that I first tried diluting further - 25-75 hydrogen peroxide to water and then I replaced the hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon apple cider vinegar when I could not bear the discomfort anymore. I'm surprised that more people using this treatment haven't mentioned that the bv seems to be quickly replaced with the discomfort of a yeast infection. I am going to keep up with inserting the probiotic capsules and tsking them as well as the vitamin b orally and see how that goes. The first couple of times I douched everything felt great. But I think twice a day was too much and threw off the balance in the vagina and caused irritation. I will give it some time to heal and then assess whether I should start douching again, this time with a lower concentration and definitely not more than once a day.

Replied by Bella
(San Jose, Ca)

hi, I would love to know how you treated your yeast infection with traditional medicine? Traditional as in herbs or antibiotics?

EC: HI! We're guessing the poster probably meant an OTC cream to treat the yeast infection...

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Posted by Amy (Jackson Ms) on 02/24/2014

Yea! I suffered a year from BV and it was terrible. I think stress is what weakened my immune system. I tried every thing, from antibiotics, acidophilus pills (2 million) orally and vaginally, to peroxide douching. The peroxide helped, but only for a couple of days. So, I had one prescription left my antibiotic. I decided to douche with peroxide and water one day and also begin taking my antibiotic. I waited a couple of days and douched one more time with peroxide and water (more peroxide than water). I also trippled my intake of acidophilus. This got totally rid of my infection. I noticed that the peroxide worked "temporarily", this is only because while the peroxide is great, it wasn't getting totally rid of the infection. And, the antibiotics didn't totally work without the peroxide douche. I also ate Greek yogurt, and increased my multivitamins and added vitamin C to boost my immune system. I have now also started taking a higher potency of acidophilus pills (raw) and exercising. Now, I've been BV free for 2 months!!

Replied by Donalee
(Bc, Canada)

When you talk about this Peroxide, folic acid, acidophilos mixture, what do you mean, and how do you make it?

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Posted by Misty (Missouri) on 11/20/2013

I just wanted to drop a line to say thanks to all the different women and their posts. I had been dealing with bv for 3 years. Flagyl seemed to fix the problem at first then a few weeks out and another onset. I was really getting angry about this. I read and read and then came across this site. I got up every morning mixed a water and peroxide and douched. I then took 1 acidopholis and 1 folic acid tablet and 1 multivitamin. At night before bed I would douche the same as the a.m. I did this for 2 weeks and BOOM! Problem solved. I still do this everyday and no problems. I am almost 2 months out. I talked to my female dr and she said if it works then continue on. I'm afraid if I don't it will haunt me again. When I say thanks I REALLY mean it! Thank you gals for all the input. I feel like I would still be fighting the battle if it weren't for you.

Replied by Ashley

Hello, I just wanted to ask when u started the home meds did u start them while the bv indications were there or did u just try period??

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Posted by P (Memphis, Tn) on 11/04/2013

Hi. Ive been suffering from BV for a couple of years on and off. It just wont seem to go away even with prescribed pills. It justs keeps coming back. Now even with the flagyl and metro gel, it wont go away. I just happened up on this site a few days ago and was reading all the posts and decided last night to try the peroxide, folic acid, and acidophilus. I went and bought the ingredients and did the douche this morning with just peroxide and no water and and when I was done I inserted the acidophilus pill into the vagina. I also took one orally and a folic acid. I can say there was a major difference (hence the smell). Its lighter and I dont smell it. I'm so excited and kind of relieved thinking that this remedy will work. I am going to use it for the full 7-10 days and hopefully get this under control. I'll post back after a few to update progress hopefully.

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I went to the doctor and he gave me this remedy except a couple of things were different....for starters he never said anything about the folic acid and then he said mix the acidophilus pills with the peroxide and water inside the douche top....I will say it worked for about 4 months and then I started back seeing them again......he said to do it before it gets bad because once it does it will not work.

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Posted by De (Carolina) on 09/22/2013

I have suffered with this in the past few yrs... Antibiotics were prescribed every time.. With no cure.. I tried the peroxide n distilled water.. With the Acidophilus... Which worked... But when I thought I was okay it came bk..... I have recently started the folic acid with vitamin D3... Which is working well for me... No smell / discharge.. Feeling like me again.... After sex recently.. No odor of any kind... Will start the peroxide n water for extra reassurance.. So far so good!!!

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Posted by Blessedbeyondmeasure (Michigan) on 08/20/2013

First I have to say, I never EVER posts on these sites, but I want to share my testimony! ..... I tried the Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus. I take two folic acids, and 2 acidophilus daily with a multi vitamin and douche once a day with peroxide/water (.50 -.50) and I can honestly say IT WORKED... Patience is the key ladies. If anyone has had BV, it has been me... IT can definetely lower your self esteem. I prayed and stumbled across this site... THIS SITE IS A BLESSING.... Flagyl, Metronidazole was only "Temporary Relief" but this process has been great!!!! And it has promoted me to taking vitamins and becoming more healthy... Drinking lots of water daily also helps... Oh and I switched to a ph balanced wash instead of soap.... THANK GOD, HE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS... PLEASE PLEASE TRY THIS EVERYONE!!

Replied by Keshia
(Jax, Florida)

OMG!! Thank you SO much for posting this! I have dealt with this condition for about 10 years!!! I've taken the prescriptions & yes the condition comes right back PLUS I never felt like it completely took care of the problem on a temporary basis. I still would have to wear party liners daily. I've also used ReP---- which works but you have to use it every 3 days & a box of 4 applications is about $20 which can become expensive. I tried this remedy & I'm on day #2 & THANK YOU GOD!! I FINALLY feel clean! For those that never battled with this, they wouldn't understand that statement. But I was taking 3 showers a day, panty liners EVERYDAY, FDS, powders.. All that EACH day just to TRY & control that HORRIFIC odor. Many times I would say to myself that it smelled as if something crawled up there & died!! UGH!!!! I am SO happy right now I could cry! Thank you again for your post as it convinced me to try the remedy. I was nervous about the peroxide but I tried it & I am Forever grateful! XOXO

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Posted by Bnstdst (Charleston, Wv) on 03/25/2013

I found this site about a year ago when I realized no medication was going to cure my BV. Frustrated I started searching home remedies & tried a few with no success! Then I tried the peroxide, acidophilus , & folic acid & it actually worked!! I was VERY skeptical considering all the medication I had taken in the past barely even effected my BV & never made the smell completely go away! I changed my soap, tampons, & pads to unscented & Before bed I used a syringe with half peroxide & half water a few times to flush myself out & crushed a acidphloios pill with like 2 drops of water to make a thick paste & balled it up on the tip of my finger best I could I put it as far inside myself as possible! In the mornings I would take the acidophilous pill orally along with the folic acid & flush myself with the peroxide a few times. I did this for a week but I still orally take the pills & a one a day womens vitamin in hope that it may help the BV from reoccurring! It has been almost a week since my self treatment & still NO SMELL!! I am beyond happy & just pray it stays away!! I am only 25 & have been struggling with this for almost 2 years! I used a lactobacillus acidophilus probiotic with 100 million organisms.

I NEVER post things on websites like this! I just really hope it can help someone else like me! I literally use to cry over this a feel discusting hours after a shower!

Replied by Rebecca_m
(Los Angeles, Ca)

Thank you, thank you, thank you ladies!! For your honesty and suggestions. I have had reoccuring BV for about 3 years now. Every time I get it, the doctor gives me metronidazole and it goes away and then comes right back! This has caused me so much frustration and embarrasment and has put a serious damer on my self esteem and my personal life. When it came back this time I was almost in tears. I am going to try everything on this list and see what works best for my body. It is so great to know that I am not alone in my struggle and now I have new hope! I'll let you ladies know what my results are!

Replied by L
(Sacramento, California)

Ladies, I have some bad news. I tried religiously every cure on here, especially the peroxide, folic acid and acidopholus cure. I thought I had cured it--I had no more symptoms and went to the doctor and she thought I had cured it, too. Then she tested me and nope, I still have it.

When you have BV with no symptoms you still have it, meaning you are far more suspectible to getting other STDs. Meaning if a man who has ever had a cold sore goes down on you, you may end up with herpes. So if you think you've cured your BV, get tested to make sure.


The peroxide is a temporary relief of the symptoms while taking care of the anaerobe's biofilm that is antibiotic resistant... This is why women have recurrent bouts of BV as, yes, it never went away. So, Yes, get tested to ensure it is gone if asymptomatic but also continue working to eradicate the anaerobic bacterial biofilm and replace with the good, protective, oxygen producing Lactobacilli biofilm.

Replied by Alicia
(New York)

I am using a women's probiotic for vaginal health found in the Vitamin Shoppe for 2 months now, I decided to buy PH test strips and all is normal now, no smell, a little moisture, but no damn smell, only my perfume, I thought for sure that test strip would turn color, but it did not, I stay on that probiotic everyday, and I will contibue to do so, I am so happy for this, this has been nothing but a cruel nightmare for me and I am sure all of you. I tried everything on here too, but I made up my mind to stay commited to these probiotics since they are the strains you need down there, everyone is different, please get this probiotic and stick to it. Good luck, Feeling clean and fresh again after seven long years!!!!

Replied by Nancy
(Fort Worth, Tx)

No, hydrogen peroxide does not work, heres why...

I tried everything, EVERYTHING.. Ive had vaginal problems for YEARS, it ruined a marriage and several relationships.. I tried, apple cidar vinegar, acidophilus, yogurt, Garlic, tea tree, Goldenseal, Grapefruit seed extract, every kind of essential oil from young living essential oils, specially formulated, womens formula probiotics inserted in there for several nights in a row, for weeks, month.. I did the coconut oil suppositories one girl on here suggested with esssential oils.. Boric Acid for months, Iodine douches, and peroxide douches, constantly, Ive been on everything doctor prescribed and over the counter, Gotten antibiotic shots and pills for STDs over and over.. Etc, Got PID a couple times.. I have no sex life, feels like Im walking and sitting on glass all the time, no cure.. But then I got cured.. heres what Happened..

As you all know, monistat yeast cream is worthless, even if you do several treatments back to back in a row, doesnt do nothin.... And it burns, its very irritating and miserable.. Having run out of options and completely and utterly despairing, (having been on every antibiotic in the world) , I decided this must still be a yeast issue, I did some more tireless research, and saw many women talking about gyne lotrimin as an alternative to ministat, where monistat didnt cure them, etc (you feel me?)The yeast spores are not resistant to Gyne Lotrimin, (which is kind of old fashioned, you cannot find it in all stores) women were swearing by it.. It must be the 3 day tho.. I ordered some and it was awesome. I felt 75% better, than I had in years. I did about 3 boxes back to back and every day I felt better, but by the last box, I still had some itching pain issues.. so I decided this must be bacterial, so off to throw myself to at the mercy of my Gyno again..

I was prescribed Clindesse, which is Clindamycin vaginal cream, (an antibiotic cream) now, I've been on this before and the infection came back after I finished the 5-7 day course, I've also been on Metro, same thing.... But this time I got two weeks worth .. She gave me 14 days worth, and by the 15th day, I felt almost ALMOST CURED.. For good measure, I begged her for another refill.. she gave me one, By the end of the next 7 days, I was cured, but for good measure, I did another box of the Gyne lotrimin 3 day, (to take care for any yeast followed by antibiotic treatment) and now I'm well, after years of Hell.

But too bad it couldn't save my marriage..

The thing is, after all the alternative things I tried, nothing worked. Antibiotics truly are.. the miracle drug.. However.. Our doctors do not give them enough or often enough. These bugs are stronger, and require longer, and stronger courses of antibiotics.

And also, not all yeast cream is created equal. Just look online. Gyne is also much more gentle and soothing to the tissues. I use a little everytime after sex to prevent issues, and soothe irritation.

Monistat sucks.

Replied by Jane

Had this problem 12 years. Wondering if this Mixture is safe to use, I may be pregnant by only 3 weeks, don't want to hurt the baby, do you or anyone know how safe this home remedy is?

Replied by Msv89

Hi, I'm just curious about how effective the antibiotics worked. Please give me an update of your status. As much as I want to believe that they work, I think that they're just temporary because I've been on them before too. Plus I really felt weak and tired, with zero energy while taking them. Hope to hear from you soon.

Replied by Kiy Er

I've had BV for about 3 years now & I just started the perioxide folic acid & acidophilus. Did this work for you almost a year later?

Replied by Alexis
(New York)

BV isn't an STD

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Posted by Curedinatl (Atlanta, Ga) on 05/31/2012

The following worked for my bv which lasted through 7 consecutive months of alternating gel and pill antibiotics (I pretty much concluded that my period is what triggered the bv each month):

-7 day 1/2 peroxide 1/2 water douche each morning

-acidophilus morning and night while douching and every day for 3 weeks thereafter

-folic acid once a day while douching and daily for 3 weeks after

The key for me was PATIENCE. I was sick of taking/inserting antibiotics for a week every month. I decided to let my body "fix" itself (which it is designed to do) and it did. Yes you'll have to put up with the smell for a while, and so will your partner. It proved to be worth it for me.

Replied by Laruca
(Los Angeles, Ca/usa)

thanks so much for your post! i'm a first time sufferer of BV and after a failed antibiotics treatment, I tried the H202 douche and acidophilus and it helped a lot but I could only get through five days before my period started. now that my period is over I am waiting it out to see but I have some questions:

1. has it come back after the H202 treatment?

2. do you only douche when you feel the need to or on a scheduled basis?

3. you mentioned your period being the catalyst, were you also having sex (protected or unprotected) during this time?

4. do you douche after your period every month?

i super appreciate your response and thanks again!

Replied by Kelsey
(Revel Grove, Md)

I heard that this remedy worked for BV, but I have not been able to find vaginal acidophilus inserts anywhere locally (or online) although I've been told they exist. I tried all the common health food stores. Any recommendations as to where I can find some? Does it have to be vaginal inserts or can it be probiotics? Thanks!

Replied by Jojo
(Bellingham, Washington)

I've had BV on and off for years. I have been given antibiotics which worked for a minute but continue to have issues. I'm very self conscious about BV. I bought coconut oil gell pills to take orally with my normal supplements, acting on intuition I placed one inside my vagina before I went to sleep. I notice the next day things seemed different and better. I did this for three consecutive evening with no negative side effects other than some discharge. It's been about a week now and I've had NO further BV symptoms. I continue to take the coconut oil gell as an oral supplement and will monitor my self to see if its nesaccery to do the vaginal suppository route again.

Replied by Southern Lady
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

BV Treatment does the trick. Ingredients include Borax, zinc, Vitamin C. Time-released. I found it at a local drugstore.

Replied by Alias6148
(Wichita, Ks)

This definitely worked for me! I did the 1/2 water 1/2 hydrogen peroxide douche for 7 days. I took the folic acid and acidophillus pills 2x a day as well for these 7 days. I also started taking a women's daily vitamin, vitmin C and ecchniea as an immune support. I started using a feminine care wash down there instead of the scented body washes. All of these items I purchased relatively cheaply at my local pharmacy.

As a preventive measure I plan to take the pills 1x daily. I'll also use the 1/2 water 1/2 hydrogen peroxide douche after sex. I'll also make sure that I use a lubricant during sex as I think friction/discomfort down there during is what leads to my BV and the symptons of the discharge, odor and discomfort/burning sensation.

I'm so happy to have found this site! Going to the dr helped me diagnosis the BV but the antibotics didn't help me at all! If anything they made things worse- I felt hopelss, depressed and gross. None of my friends had this problem so why me?? Knowing that I'm not alone and that there is a natural and cheap cure to this problem has made a world of difference! I think this is something I'll probably always have to deal with on and off, but I'm hoping the preventive measures will keep things under control!

Replied by Cassi
(Tampa, Fl)

Do you insert the acidophilus? does it need to be a certain mg or anything specific? Do you insert the folic acid? Not sure how to apply this remedy, please help!

Replied by Nat2012
(Birmingham, Al)

Did it go away completely after this?

Replied by Ap

*CORRECTION: Not borax, but rather boric acid. BIG difference!

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Posted by Marina (Grants Pass, Or) on 02/26/2012

Back with 6 week report update! This has been an especially frustrating situation to tackle. My brain hurts from researching. I felt like the BV was gone up until 2 days before my period (I started this treatment the day after my last period ended). I have become paranoid and am constantly doing scent checks, odor shifted right before my period & my period had a slightly unpleasant odor but better than past months. Since I felt off, I put tea tree oil on my tampons before inserting them, I just could not handle pads again this month. T. T. Oil made me feel more 'sterile' & like I had some extra bacterial protection inside. 2 days after my period ended I could smell fish malodor. It was VERY faint but it was there. I did 2 nights of H2O2 douches followed by vaginal probiotic insertion. I also switched back to my original probiotics after trying the Fem kind and feel better about these. No odor and I am having sex again. I am inserting a probiotic after sex and still taking a probiotic orally daily. I am still taking all my supplements daily.

1) The femdolphlius noticeably did not work for me as a Vag. Insert. Maybe it was not active when it arrived??? I'm not sure but I know switching back to a different version by the same compay purchased cold locally has a better effect on me.

2) I just started having sex again last week and I can absolutely tell his DNA is THE contributing factor to this issue. So as long as I am with him I feel I will have to be hyper-vigilant about maintaining my V-flora balance.

3) To PREVENT REOCCURRENCE: I came across an interesting remedy note today, it suggested that menstruation is the time when the flora and pH gets askew especially in women with V-infections. I experienced this. The note on prevention referred to using boric acid capsules vaginally as a method of killing all bacteria, like an anti-biotic. I believe the H2O2 douche does the same exact thing. The note suggested using the boric acid capsules vaginally at night during your period for four months along with taking pro-b's and all the other stuff mentioned here. I used the tea tree oil on my tampons with the same intention: to not allow the bacteria to get out of hand because I noticed the environment had noticeably shifted. The important remedy notation is: you should bump up your treatment during your period at least for 4 months after starting this treatment. If you are already following this method then it would be a good idea to do a bacterial house cleaning at the end of your period (H2O2 douche V. Inserted probiotics for a couple days) for four consecutive months.

I started treatment 6 weeks ago. I don't feel cured but I feel like I have more control over it now & that eventually I will rebalance my flora & now know how to manage it better going forward and no what is going on and am aware of the signs of unbalanced. I have been mostly odor-free for the entire time even during and after sex, so far!

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Or)

I am now a YEA under the MULTIPLE remedy section!!! YEA YEA YEA!

Replied by Sherri
(Brooklyn, Ny)

I wish I was you Marina. I feel so isolated. I do not know who I am anymore. I can't handle this BV, I'm close to suicide.. That is how bad it is, and yes I have tried it all, and still smell like a dead fish, God help me.

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Oregon)

Sherri do give the boric acid capsules treatment a go. They really made the difference for me & also look for posts here by Rs from San Carlos, Ca

Replied by Sherri
(Brooklyln, Ny)

@marina I am on a boric acid regimen for last 2 days, I got it from the pharmacy, it was a persciption 600 mg, I bought some garlic pills and I have cole probiotic, folic etc... I just hate taking all these pills ugh!!! I see your post and I feel some hope, but I have up and down days, ppl smell me and laugh. I feel like a damn child, I wash myself and im not dirty, this is a stubborn infection with a mind of its own, I just want it gone, tomorrow I will go food shopping and change my diet for 2 weeks I want to see if that helps any, I'm not a sweet tooth person, but this thing has caused me to frink, is the yeast in the wine feeding the bacteria? I will stop that too, somehow I'm trying to shift the imbalance, I'm not gonna buy those expensive women probiotic, like femdophilis waste of money as is femanol and those stupid e books, I have gyn appt April 26, I'm desperate, today smell was not so bad, I just want it away already damn, I miss my life!!!

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Oregon)

Sherri - I honestly know what you are feeling, it was absolutely horrible for me too. Please read all posts under MULTIPLE REMEDIES and Boric Acid to see if there is anything helpful.

Everything I tried up to Boric Acid helped but the boric acid treatment actually noticeably CHANGED the situation.

Last month after doing this treatment here, my period seemed odd to me, both in color and a smell but I had honestly forgotten what 'normal' was & also just kind of thought maybe this happens when you get older?! ?! ?! ?! I am on day 2 of my period and I instantly remembered that THIS is normal. Vibrant color and no smell.

I filled 00 veggie capsules with a mixture of humco boric acid probiotics Coconut Oil and a few drops of some other oils I had on hand. I intend to use these at night during 4 periods and after sex. I have been having sex & there is no trace of that smell. I think it has been a little over 2 weeks but it feels like a really long time.

Replied by Sherri
(Brooklyn, Ny)

@ marina this is Sherri, today I was in class and the smell was faint, I was able to sit up and down, tonight is the third night I will insert, I have the boric acid Humco too, does not seem as strong as the compund perscription? Anyway I need the 00 caps, I emptied out some probiotic caps to make the boric pills, Im taking garlic and vitamin d and multi vitamin, wow your having sex again? no smell? good for you, I'm not a hater, anyone to be rid of this is so very lucky!! I want to be with my new gut, But not until this is gone, I have to do what I can to feel fresh again, and yes I will eat yogurt and drink kefir and eat salads and grains fruits and vegs, we have to kick this thing in the ass, I do not intend to be like this forever!!! Odor was minimal today so that is a plus, stay in touch marina u rock!!! Women please put your updates!!! We all need support!!

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Oregon)

Sherri - it sounds like things are improving - stick with it. I talked to the compound pharmacist today to make sure about BA. They use the exact same boric acid I purchased to fill their boric acid prescriptions. In order to get 600 mg you have to specifically use the 00 size capsules. The pharmacist is going to be more exact but if you have the right size capsules you can get as close as possible for cheap.

Wine is alcohol which is sugar and yes yeast and bacteria love sugar. Fruits are ultimately sugars. Breads, crackers, pasta, rice, white potatoes, whole-grains are not SWEETS but they are all converted into sugar/glucose in the body.

Replied by Sherri
(Brooklyn, Ny)

@ marina I just went shopping today and I bought fruits grains and veggies. I'm gonna change my diet for a week with no wine at all and I do not have a sweet tooth at all, but with the wine I do not wise to feed the bacteria as I read it is like adding fuel to the fire. I just want my body to have more healthy foods and see how it will react, thx for the info on the boric acid, I have a big size of Humco, but I thought the persciption was stronger, just saved me 28 dollars!!! I do not have a fish smell now, it kinda smells like feet and old cheese, huh? I eat alot of brocolli one bunch a day and I'm wondering if I should cut this out. I just want to have oats and fruit for freakfast some veggie wraps for lunch and for dinner grilled chicken with steamed veggies, my body should like this. I will let you and others know and I bought a ton of plain yogurt(greek) also some apple cider vinegar with mother in it, oh how I pray:)) also I have plain kefir probiotic and all other supplements!!

Replied by Sherri
(Brooklyn, Ny)

This is Sherri, I still have a odor, like I said before it smells like feet or old cheese, what the hell is going on? I changed my diet and fruits and veggies like they said and my vitamins, I'm very humiliated, going to class is like going to the death chamber for me because I know they can smell it, I'm going back to the doctor April 26, no flagyl, I want something else, I stopped the Boric acid that was not helping, nor anything else, even tea tree oil, the discharge is so nasty, last week it was like goo, I swear I wish I could go back in time..

Replied by N
(S, Wa)

Hi, I just want to say I think you two are so nice to help each other! I'm enlightened by your support.

Sherri, I just wanted to comment that the feet / cheese smell has to be residual yeast. - like a sweaty gym locker??? That's yeast. which u can use garlic on a string, vinegar or other options too. you could go get a yeast test from the Dr. just to confirm it.

good luck to you!!!! >>off to get boric acid :)

p.s. I wish I knew about this many years ago (hydrogen, lacto, folic acid) so many years I suffered but no more, I'm even going to normalize my period.

Replied by Sherri
(Brooklyn, Ny)

Yes that what it smells like now, like a old gym sock, ok no more fishy odor, but am I on the right track? I do not have a yeast infection, but smelling like feet? come on, thx for that info, my diet is good, no sugars, just vegs fruits some meat, v8 juice, coffee w/o sugar, like this, I take a multi vitamin and a probiotic, I still feel kinda down, But Im determined to get rid of this shit, been 8 years of my life!!! Like I said I met a new guy and if he knew he would do a Flo Jo out the damn door!!! I have my period now so I have to wait, to take the boric acid, though Marina said to take it I problay should, yesterday in internship, the room did not smell, it was ok, because before like 2 weeks ago it was smelly like feet and it was me:(( where is the yeast coming from any answers? from fish to old wet gym socks? huh? marin how r you doing?

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Oregon)

Hey there just checking in! I think the yeast comes from it being such a delicate balance of bacteria and microflora that if it tips one way you have BV infection if it tips the other you get yeast??? I don't know but have fluxuated with a bit of annoying yeast myself but have no smell at all. I feel so silly but for a week after I realized it was GONE I wanted to tell everyone how I cured my stench but then that would me telling them I had BV so, I did not. I don't mean to sound crass but I have been having sex (the cause) with no smell during or after I just can't believe it. Now sex feels better, as in there is no pain during or after not to mention I'm not 100% focused on OMG OMG OMG I smell, omg. Seriously, I don't think I would stay with a man that smelled like I did and I certainly would not be getting turned on that is for sure.

I did use my own capsule mixture of BA, probiotics and a few oils during my menses. The pharmacist flat out said boric acid simply changes the pH and menses is a time during the cycle when pH shifts. Do your own research but I don't think you should be afraid. I do insert a capsule after sex too. I have had no side effects. I am overjoyed and thankful to EC every single time I realize I no longer smell and how un-natural and disturbing that was. There IS hope! agree you can slip a string through a garlic clove like an OB tampon and insert. Yeast cannot live in the presence of yeast and garlic is antibacterial as well. Sometimes with natural remedies you literally have to throw everything at it and then your body tells you innately what is and is not working! Boric acid took away my bv agony.

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Or)

p. s. @ N from S, Wa: I went back and forth in my mind for a few month is my period was funky or not. I honestly thought I was just getting old. I was also convinced for weeks that I had a lost tampon or a dead rat inside me. Many many months later after my whole month long treatment and then a week of boric acid capsules nightly, when my last period came, it was like OH, that's what my period should look like, smell like. Now a week after finishing I am still in the clear and ovulating. I will come back again after my next menses.

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Or)

Correction: yeast cannot live in the presence of garlic.

I hope you ladies recover quickly.

Replied by Sherri

This is Sherri, oh man did I smell in class today, I have my period and it was a three hour class and I just wanted to die, listen my diet is good, I do not eat junk, I eat right and I hate to keep losing hope, But damn, I would not even want to sit next to stinky me either, the blood smells so bad with this infection through my clothes, ugh, Im gonna put the boric acid morn and night during my period so at least it can do something up there, I swear marina I wish the hell I was you, this paronoia is killing me, I told you I have a doc appt April 26, I need some meds , maybe because I had this for 8 years these rememdies r not helping I dunno, damn the ridicule and shame, this is so damn nasty, anxiety is killling my whole life, I hate this crap, forget you BV!!!

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Or)

Sherri I am sorry this has been so hard on you. I know it is troubling. You can try me at marinasprings11 on gmail if you want.

Replied by Msjohnson
(Jersey City, Nj)

First congratualtions on the diet change. That is a really big step. It seems that you may need to think about a douche solution of 1/4 3%peroxide and 1/4 of distilled water. Distilled water can be purchased in the grocery store next to the spring water and is fairly in expensive. The douche should be done twice a day morning and night for 3 to 5 days. Incorporate a probotic acidophilus supplement along with the folic acid. The douche will clean out the vaginal cavity and lessen the odor a great deal. The the supplements will be able to balance things as far as good and bad bacteria. Take the supplements with food and be sure to refrigerate the acidophilus once opened to keep the bacteria active. Good Luck and get ready to feel normal again.

Replied by Bridget
(Upper Darby, Pennsylvania)

Hello all! I have been scowering the internet reading up on all this information about bv. 1 thing that I see working for most is throwing everything you have at it when you are going at it the natural way. Antibotics don't work eventually the BV comes back. I started off with Hydrogen Perioxide rinses. I noticed a difference immediately the smell was gone altho it did nothing for the discharge. I read that baking soda w/water. Baking soda is a fantastic pH alkalizer so that helps with your PH so I do that also. 1st the HP rinse. Clean the bad stuff out and then baking soda for the PH and the discharge. I see a difference. I take acidophilus pills. Hydrogen peroxide is a by product of acidophilus. So by doing the rinses and taking it orally you are attacking it hard. Your vagina natural makes Hydrogen peroxide so it works. I also take cranberry pills, apple cider pills, garlic pills. At night I break open both the garlic pill and vitamin e pill put it in my medicine dropp along wit the baking soda water mixture and wooosh! I wash only with non scented dove and lubercate the outside of my vagina with teatree oil and vitamin e oil it help it keep it fresh and bacteria free! I will do this everyday if I have to but so far so good. 1 thing the I also use during my period are rphresh tampons they help keep your ph down during your cycle as this is what cause you to smell even worse during your cycle and IT works. I hope this helps someone I think im on the right path oh yeah I eat yogurt everyday!

Replied by L.a.m.
(Port Washington, New York, Usa)

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Hydrogen Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
Posted by Marina (Grants Pass, Oregon) on 01/28/2012

I want to thank everyone for all of their posts. It's too bad people don't actually follow up after a "24 hour miracle cure". I would like to know more about long-term results.

I am 43 years old and only just found out about this BV - I feel terribly about all the mean thoughts I've ever had in a public restroom over the years. CLEARLY, you do know when you smell that badly. It is horrible to be stinky from your V. One thing that surprised me is, I have had a terrible phobia of having odor 'down there' because of a girl I knew in college. When BV took over my life and sex life, my WORST fear came true, only worse because my stench was far nastier then I ever imagined was possible. It made me gag one night after sex and I had to wonder, how in the world does my bf even want to get near that foul grossness ? ? ? ? He never complained once and it honestly does not bother him like it does me.

One thing I have noticed in the posts is that I think too many people, like with antibiotics, stop too soon when then notice results. It is bacteria you are trying to manipulate so it is very much like antibiotic treatment and needs to be followed for 7-10 consecutive days. The study people reference is a peroxide solution douche 1 time per day for 7-10 days. This is the treatment time I am going to follow.

After you do the peroxide wash, wait a few minutes and then insert a high quality probiotic. Do not use flavored wafers or anything that contains sugar, read the ingredients. The first time I used a pro-b I had on hand. The capsule is thick and it basically stuck to the side of my who-ha, I did not like this. I found the refrigerated kind have thinner gel caps that break down more readily and don't stick or cause grittiness. I like to sterilize a needle and poke several pinholes into the capsule so that I know it is releasing faster through the capsule. I insert it as far as I can. I do a 50/50 peroxide solution wash at night only and insert 1 probiotic 5 minutes later. I insert another pro-B in the morning. I'm all about organic cotton panty liners at the moment.

I also started taking a high quality, easily digestible pre-natal once-a-day multi-vitamin that can be taken without food. It does not make me sick like others. It has 800 mg of Folic Acid, probiotics & other goodies. It is a great multi-vitamin in general for women no matter what your fertility interests are. It will not hurt you in anyway if you are not pregnant or post menopause. For the 10 days treatment I am taking 1 vitamin in the am & pm and I am also taking 1 capsule of a refrigerated 10 billion, 6 strain probiotic orally twice a day. I intend to drop down to 1 a day for the vitamin & probiotic after the 10 remedy phase. I have actually been wanting to add both of these daily but I just didn't stick with it. NOW, I especially have reason to stick with it.

My diet is very healthy and I still got BV. I believe somehow when my bits mix with my man's bits (DNA, sweat, skin cells) it somehow creates some kind imbalance inside me or an acid???? I say acid because of the burning/itching feeling after sex. Neither of us has an STD.

I started the process only 4 days ago. So far so good. I'm posting now because I wanted to add my tips and observations. I feel grateful because the man is gone for one month so I have time to rebalance and not get my new environment distrubed. I think you must abstain from sex during your treatment. You have to get the upper hand on the bacteria and sex just keeps encouraging replenishing the bad environment.

I plan to use the syringe with a weaker solution after sex in the future when I go pee. It's probably a good idea to toss a pro b up there once in awhile for maintenance as well if this is a reoccurring problem. If you ever use a syringe type thing, (needle without a needle) be sure to go S-L-O-W-L-Y & don't force the plunger. You will create too much pressure & can possibly push the infection up higher by blasting in the solution with force. You want to slowly flood the V-canal with the solution and let it do its thing for a few minutes then release it. I put a towel in the bathtub and lay back with my legs up.

Replied by Dj
(Grafton, Nd)

I have 2 douches complete, one last night and one this morning and can't believe the difference. (The first one was a killer, be prepared for some stinging) One comment I would like to stress is you should be using distilled or purified water in your douche, not tap water. Good luck!

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Oregon)

Day 11 Update:
10 days of:
1) 1 V-wash at night with 50/50 H2O2 and filtered water mix
2) wait 5 minutes and insert a refrigerated probiotic vaginally
3) added multi-vitamin with 800 mg folic acid 2X's a day orally
4) added refrigerated probiotic 2X's a day orally
5) insert refrigerated probiotic in am

Highly recommend the Organic all-cotton panty liners.

This sounds weird but I can tell when I now do PB insertion that my V-tissue is healthier a week later & as gross as this is - there is NO ODOR to my finger residue other than slight probiotic particulates. I have not had any sex during treatment.

Now dropped multi-vitamin & oral probiotic to 1-a-day. I just started with fem dophilus yesterday as my V-probiotic suppository. I intend to use it 2 X's a day for 7 days.

I figure sex adds the bad bacteria into my V, I will need to counter-balance it by adding good bacteria via fem-dophilus directly after intercourse.

For people with reoccurring issues it seems not adding back in the good bacteria regularly puts you back in the losing cycle.

Replied by Lwcath
(Pawleys Island, Sc, Usa)

I am a believer in this regimen. For some reason, I only get BV when I travel to my father's house (12 hours away). It's happened for years. I bring my same soap, towels, etc. The only conclusion I can come to is that the pH of his city's water throws me off. Well, he got really sick, and I had to go up there to take care of him for a couple of months. Sure enough, 3 days into the trip I got it again. I was there for 2 months, been back for a month, dealing with the utter embarrassment and obsessing over the smell. I started the hydrogen peroxide douche 2 days ago. Today started a probiotic orally, today took folic acid, vitamin C and acidophilus (with hydrogen peroxide douche). No smell. No discharge. Yay!!! I love you ladies. I'm a registered nurse and wary of antibiotics. Loving this.

Replied by N
(S, Wa)


DO NOT USE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it doesn't matter if they're made of organic anything, they are a huge cause of these problems - bv - AND yeast!!!! don't use them. Stop stop stop!

Also don't wear ANYTHING sythetic or has dyes anywhere near your hoo ha. No polyester, no lycra, no nylon only organic cotton non dyed underwear and skirts or loose pants are best, this is another HUGE factor in bv and y staying around and never getting cured. also, you could be reinfecting yourself if you don't start out with all new white undies.

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Or)

Regarding panty liners: There is some merit to this warning. Regarding all feminine pad, strip things you secure to your panties, it is worth the price and trip to a 'health store' to purchase unbleached all organic cotton products. Tampons especially, IMO.

I read several reports that the dry-weave wick-away super absorbent type pads are horrible for BV. These can cause issues with pH plus your who-ha is resting atop synthetic fibers in a nasty little chemical sauna. This alone is not good for your skin and can assist in creating the right environment for BV & yeast.

IMO, all organic cotton panty liners are the way to go. 1) You are assured you have only fresh organic cotton in & around your area. 2) You can easily change them out re-creating a fresh dry environment. 3) You will not ruin your nice underwear with BV grossness. 4) You won't have to change your undies 6 times a day and do lots of intimates laundry.

IMO, the all organic panty liner is the way to go especially if you are uncertain of the content of your unders or cannot afford new underwear. HOWEVER, I fully agree that regular, commercial, well known brands of feminine hygiene products are not healthy for this condition and an even broader scope of long-term feminine health.

Replied by Dr. Matronum
(Westchester, Ny)

From a survery of my clients, and from my own experience and studies, it has been noted that sex with circumcised men drastically increases occurence of BV in women. With no foreskin, sex is all about friction, whereas a foreskin allows the penis to smoothly glide in an out of the vagina without drying out the vaginal lubrication and altering pH and proper vaginal flora/ bacterial balance. 15 years with an intact (non-circumsised) partner I NEVER had BV or any other issues of dryness or soreness. Never had to use additional lubricant. Not the case with circumsised men; with them, women usually need KY jelly or such like. That should tell us something. If we can stop removing essential body parts from babies at birth, maybe we can reduce rate of BV, yeast infection and all manner of sexual discomfort. Please also see

Replied by Carly
(Seattle , Wa - USA)

Dear Dr. Matronum, Your "evidence" is flawed in that you only give your own ancedotal history as proof that it is true of all women.

Saying that you have been with a non circumcised (intact) male for 15 years and have never had BV is not telling us much. I have been with a circumcised male for almost 30 years and have never had any type of BV either. What does this prove? Maybe it just proves that we are two women are genetically lucky, and not the type to develop yeast infections?

Your "survey of clients" is not a controlled study either.

Mind you, I am neither for or against circumcision, I could really care less. I just don't appreciate your completely anecdotal "evidence" being given out as fact for all.

That being said, of course everyone considering having a son circumcised should read, read, read up on this important (not to mention life changing for the male! ) subject before making a decision for or against same.

Continued good health to you.

Replied by Dr. Matronum
(Westchester, Ny)

Thanks you for your wise reply. I agree, but... All "evidence' is, inherently, flawed. Note also that my experience (and my clinets) is evidence, not proof, as I will admit. However, that an intact penis causes less abrasion, friction, and dryness is a scientific fact, not my invented idea I can assure you :-) Please see books such as "Doctors reconsider circumcision', and "Jews againts Circumcison" (website) and all manner of books, article etc. Again, please see intactamerica. Org. Circumcision is sheer torture to a baby (anyone for that matter) and totally unecessary. Who are we, as parents, to "decide" that our boy has a healthy piece of flesh removed, for life? One medical lawyer describes it as human rights abuse. All best wishes to you and yours, Dr. M.

Replied by Mona
(Clive, Ia)

I tried to use the tampon after socking it in hydrogen peroxide and water, but I had a hard time putting in. My question is when I soak it, do I remove the plastic cap or?

Hydrogen Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
Posted by Kimberley (Troy, Ny) on 11/15/2011

LOOK NO FURTHER!!! All of these posts really have it right! After a year of continually dealing with bacterial vaginosis and taking every antibiotic they make for it (multiple times! ) I had really given up. Then I decided to take the situation into my own hands and try some homeopathic remedies, which led me to this site. I decided to try the Hydrogen peroxide, Acidophilus, and Folic acid regimen. First I went to the drug store and bought a summer's eve douching kit, a few bottles of hydrogen peroxide, and folic acid. My routine for the first 2 weeks went as follows:

Fill the douching kit with half luke warm water and half hydrogen peroxide. After taking a shower use the douche in the morning, then again before going to bed.

Take Folic acid 800 mg once a day, I chose to do mine in the morning

Take acidophilus twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening. Try to keep the times consistent, Ex: 9am every day and 9pm everyday

To my surprise and GREAT delight, this actually took care of my problem!! I felt a difference after the first day of doing my regimen and really could not believe it. I would recommend staying away from any sexual activity for the time period that you are doing this. I gave myself about 2 weeks before having sex again. Surprisingly it was pain free and enjoyable just like before I had the infection. If you are worried about being intimate simply use the hydrogen peroxide douche after sex and that should make you feel fresh again. I would recommend this to anyone struggling with this problem!

Replied by N
(L.a., Ca)

Lots of people say they'll follow up weeks or months later and then they don't; I'm about to try this remedy and I'm just wondering if you ladies who did it months ago are still BV-free! I've tried Metrogel and Flagyl, tea tree oil, and boric acid suppositories and it just keeps coming back. Really hoping it works for me for the long-term! Also, do you ladies recommend doing the hydro douche after having sex to prevent it coming back? It seems to be multiple new sex partners that caused the BV in the first place (that, or I may have gotten it while trying to treat a yeast infection with tea tree oil like I normally do, and screwed up the ph). THANKS!!

Replied by N
(L.a., Ca)

Me again! I've done it for a few days and I'm not noticing any difference, really! Also, it burns, not horribly but uncomcomfortably, every time I do it. Any more helpful hints, anyone?

Replied by F33lm3
(Ny, Ny)

did u also use the folic acid and acidophilus?? that is a must..

Replied by Alias6148
(Wichita, Ks)

I tried the above treatment and have had great success so far this week! I had the itchy/burning/odor symptoms for the past 3 months. I went to my doctor 2x only to told I had a bacterial infection and to be put on antibotics. The antibotics helped to reduce some of my symptons, but it never completely went away. I was starting to become hopeless when I discovered this site.

I did the hydrogen peroxide douche 2x a day. I emptied out a summer's eve douche and put 1/4 full of hydrogen peroxide, the rest with water. I experienced some burning sensations with this but it away about 10 min later and the burning feeling decreased the better my symptons became.

I also started taking the acidophilus and folic acid pills 2x a day.

It's been 4 days and I am sympton free. I am a bit nervous to have sex again as I think this is what caused my problem to start with. I am currently single so this isn't a big deal right now haha. I will probably do more day of the douche and then stop and see how it goes. Fingers crossed it stays away!

Replied by Jo 256
(Melbourne, Florida, Usa)

ok you guys said to use the acido... I read that it's in yogurt so with the hydro douche and the folic acid can the yogurt be a substitute for not having the actual acido..

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Oregon)

@ 01/25/2012: Jo 256 from Melbourne, Florida
Yes adding yogurt to diet and inserting it vaginally will help the same way. I feel the probiotic capsules are far less messy to deal with and highly effective. If using yogurt use plain, whole fat and organic.

Today I found a female dophilus version made especially for women & vaginal health. It must be purchased or shipped cold & it must arrive cold & remain cold. It is a little pricey but it makes sense to me to purchase this trusted brand with better than decent reviews from long-time bv sufferers.
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The peroxide solution V-wash is exactly like doing a round of antibiotics. It destroys all the good and bad bacteria in the region. H2O2 is naturally produced in the V so, all is good! Just do these v-washes/douches gently and limit them to once-a-day. The purpose of inserting & taking Lactobacillus is to replenish the good bacteria, this is a requirement so I think using the best you can afford is a good idea for long term results. I hope.

I also believe you need to go a full, consecutive 7 days minimum of treatment but no more than 10. WITHOUT having sex, including getting oral. After this 7-10 days treatment stop with the daily washes.

If you ever do a wash again in the future for maintenance always follow with a Vag insertion of Lactobacillus. If you stop the wash process mid-way you are just giving the bacteria strength and it will be more difficult to conquer naturally or with pharmaceuticals. Get good quality supplements, read the labels, avoid sugars, fructose, sucrose and look at where the supplements are made.

Folic acid is known for female reproductive organ health, I failed to take the recommendation seriously. It took me awhile to gather all my information once I realized what in the world was going on a few months ago BUT, I KEPT having sex.

It seems it is the combination of all 3 products - while abstaining from sex, that makes the difference and gives the best LT results. - destroy offending bacteria (H2O2 V-canal wash): min 7 days in a row- create a healthy environment (use quality, refrigerated Lactobacillus strains both by mouth and vaginally shortly after wash. Vaginally is the best way to get it where it is needed asap! )

- add a minimum of 800 mg folic acid as daily supplement b/c you are a woman (period)Then, find your maintenance program. I don't know what that is yet, but I know right now that I am blissed out having 5 straight days without the most disgusting stench I have been cursed with for months.

Some people mention yeast. Use an Organic Garlic clove as suppository in the V! Sterilize a needle, run a string through it like an OB tampon. Research midwife sites for more specifics.

I REALLY hope these steps help other women who have lived this horror show! Don't stop after a few days!

Replied by Someonecool!
(Bham, Washington)

This is the second day that I have done the hydro peroxide/water douche, along with folic acid and probiotic. I am using an acidophilus/bifidifulous supplement, but mine it seems to be working. I have tried antibiotics, which have temporarily fixed my issues. Overall this has the same affect, but faster! I am interested in seeing what this will be like after two weeks of treatment. Will it come back quickly after sexual intercourse or my menstrual cycle? We will see!! There is almost no discomfort after applying the douche, compared to what I was experiencing before. I highly reccommend and am so grateful for this blog!

Replied by Marina
(Grants Pass, Or)

I followed the program I descibed twice above for 10 days and then lowered my doses and stopped the H2o2.

Day 16 and I am still odor free and constantly checking. I'm totally paranoid.

I started treatment the day after my last cycle ended. I have not had sex. My cycle starts in 7 days and should end the day before bf returns from 4 week trip to see family.

I will come back to report my results. I just suggest don't STOP after 2 days. Be vigilant for a week straight.

Replied by Bridget
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Actually H2O2 is a by product of acidophilus and as state the v products it naturally so really you are not washing away the "good bacteria."

Replied by Krock
(Vancouver, Bc)

I'm going to try this one. I haven't done the hydro/perox douche yet. I have been doing the garlic (you have to peel off some of the skin before you insert it) and... As one lady suggested: poke pin holes in a very high quality acidopilous pill and insert it. I was having success until my period. Lame. I was also taking more advice from this chat and I'm drinking apple cider vinegar and coconut oil in the morning. (I also used these and baking soda to cure a bladder infection) It DOES get rid of pimples too! I think the whole point is to KEEP doing what you're doing and don't stop just because you show improvement. Go overboard.

Replied by Anna

How many mg of acidophilus did you buy? Going to try your exact regimen! Does it still work for you?

Hydrogen Peroxide, Folic Acid, Acidophilus
Posted by Trudy (Fincastle, Va) on 10/10/2011

Hi, I had bv once a month ago, was given flagyl and now it is back.. Of course. I refuse to depend on antibiotics. Last week for five days I took acidophilus and folic acid as well as doing the peroxice douche. I am still taking the meds but I stopped the douching and the white discharge returned sadly. I also have to pee every 30 minutes but I'm pretty sure it's not a uti ( it doesn't hurt, it's just uncomfortable. I can also see small traces of the discharge in my urine). Should I start the douching back up? and for how long? I just don't want this infection to harm me down the road. After reading all of the blogs, I'm frightened this will be a never ending battle. BUT Thank you for the temporary relief :)

Replied by Randi
(Oakland, Ca, Usa)

I've been battling with BV for months after a lost tampon fiasco. Every time I contact my doctor, he prescribes a new antibiotic. They always work, but the infection returns within a few weeks.

I am so glad I found Earth Clinic! I've been crying so much lately, feeling completely helpless and unattractive, like I'm never going to have sex again. It feels so good knowing there are many women out there going through the same thing.

I went to the health store yesterday and purchased these items. Here is my regimen:

Folic Acid 400mcg twice a day (have to split the tiny 800mcg pills in half)
Acidophilus Bifidus twice a day (5 billion CFUs per capsule)
Hydrogen Peroxide douche - inject about a half cup of 1/2 water, 1/2 3% hydrogen peroxide mixture into the vagina once a day for five days.

I just started last night. The BV smell has already significantly reduced. I hope it continues to diminish over the next few days until it is gone completely. I haven't had sex in weeks, fingers are crossed that we may finally be able to this weekend!

Will report back in a few days about how things are going. Best of luck, ladies!

Replied by Jaleesa
(Kirkland, Wa)

What "health store did you find these items at?" Also what did you use to injection the hydrogen pyroxide mixture with?

Replied by Joanne
(Raleigh, Nc)

The folic acid and the Acidophilus?

Replied by Shalyn
(Lancaster, Pa)

I've tried the hydroogen perioxide with distilled water in a douche for 2 weeks. I am also taking folic acid pills and 5,000 of acidophillus pills every day. The smell went away for awhile but came back. I saw a post to put it in a turkey baster and let it in for awhile but that 1/2c mixture is too much for a turkey baster so I used it as a douche instead. I don't know what else to try next, but the smell is horrible and I cry all the time over this. I've been dealing with this smell for over 10 years. Please help!!!! Thanks

Replied by Omg This Sucks
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Putting a few drops of lavendar oil on your fingers or on a q-tip and rubbing that on the inside of your v can really help with the odor. I don't know if it helps with the symptoms, my friend thinks it does, but at least when you go to the bathroom you smell lavendar instead of yuck.